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Romance Expo 2017


Join lovers of the romance genre as we celebrate the 3rd annual Romance Expo, on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm at the W.T. Bland Public Library.


Ronnie Allen

Ronnie  is a cosmopolitan New York City woman who relocated to rural Central Florida with her husband six years ago, to a city that has a five-mile radius. Imagine the culture shock!

She says confidently why she is the expert to write the content in this novel. Ms. Allen has a background as a Licensed School Psychologist, has taught  in New York for thirty-three years, and holds a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Sciences.  The reader will find aspects of her career experiences throughout her books.

Ms. Allen is a Certified Crystal Therapist; Certified Tarot Master Instructor; Certified Reiki 11 Practitioner; Certified Advanced Metaphysician; and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner certified through The American Association of Drugless Practitioners

Ronnie is also a very proud member of Sunshine State Romance Authors (SSRA),  Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA and International Thriller Writers..

Ronnie Allen teaches her clients the mind/body connection, as do the characters in her novels. What she recommends regarding nutrition, her main character recommends. What she teaches about Tarot analysis, two of her characters do. What she teaches about Greek goddesses, one of her characters knows. What she teaches about contacting and communicating with spirit guides, one of her characters does a lot. In fact, the guide has a life of his own!

So through reading her novels, you will be taking a journey of psychology, the paranormal, metaphysics and romance.  After rewrites, critique partners, going to conferences, taking workshops, Ronnie was offered a contract by Black Opal Books in 2014.

The Sign Behind the Crime Book 2

Lying. Deception. Cover-ups. Anger. Revenge. Death. That’s what happens when an Aries-obsessed killer combines black magic rituals, knives … and murder.

Samantha Wright, a rookie NYPD detective, gets her first case, a big one, by stumbling over the body while jogging in the park. Sam has a lot to prove, both to herself and to her new precinct, on this serial murder case involving fashion icons in New York City. Together with a rough around the edges Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, forensic psychiatrist, Frank Khaos, Sam chases down leads through the five boroughs of NYC. As the bodies pile up, sparks fly and Sam and Frank, polar opposites, go from their dislike of each other to setting the sheets on fire. But their main suspect is hooked up to an IV in a hospital bed, so how has she pulled off five murders in seven days? And can Sam and Frank stop her before more innocent lives are lost?


Kathryn J. Bain

Kathryn Bain was born in Spokane, Washington, then immediately shipped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where she lived until the ripe age of 19. She graduated from North Idaho Junior College, and then packed her bags and moved to Boise. Kathryn remained for two years until she could no longer tolerate the winter weather.

Once her toes hit the sand in Florida, there was no turning back. Kathryn has lived in Jacksonville for over 26 years. She is a Florida Certified Registered Paralegal with experience in the legal field for over twenty years specializing in guardianship, probate and estate planning. She is also the mother of two grown daughters.

Her first book Breathless was released January 13, 2012. Since then, she has published six other releases. She enjoys writing mystery, suspense, and humor. Kathryn is what they call a hybrid author because she publishes both traditionally with a publisher, and self-publishes.

Ms. Bain was President of Florida Sisters in Crime for 2010-2011; Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors, 2012-2013; and is now Public Relations Director for Ancient City Romance Authors.

Small Town Terror

Strangers are a rare commodity in Bisby, a small town fading away in a quiet corner of North Carolina. Liz Corman runs the town’s diner while her husband Billy tends to the auto shop next door. When KT Morgan’s vehicle breaks down, Liz reluctantly offers the intriguing stranger the use of their spare room. The drama that unfolds with KT’s arrival is nothing compared to what awaits Liz and the town folk, as three men head their way with revenge and murder on their agenda.

Blair Bancroft

Although Blair entertained herself by creating stories from the time she was five or six years old, she never considered being a writer because her mother was a highly successful children's book author, and it never occurred to her there could be two writers in the same family.

During the years she wasn't planning on becoming an author Blair taught public school music, sang professionally, including a stint in the National Company of The Sound of Music, was editor of an educational publishing company; and, after moving to Florida, ran a costume rental business, The DreamWeaver - Costumes and Creations, for which she designed and made eighty percent of the outfits.

Only when her husband suffered a stroke and Blair became a caregiver 24/7, did she settle down to serious writing. At times, isolated between two RWA chapters sixty miles in either direction, she was certain she was the only romance author in the state of Florida. But the years 1999 and 2000 brought publication in both print and e-books, and she's been at it ever since.

Blue Moon Rising 1
Rebel Princess

The people of the peaceful planet Psyclid have spent a millennia cultivating skills of the mind, the people of the planet Regula Prime an equal amount of time developing their military might. Kass Kiolani, a Psyclid princess in disguise, is the first of her kind to attend the Regulon Space Academy. But when her new “friends” invade her homeworld , she is rescued from rape and possible medical experimentation only by the swift action of Tal Rigel, an honorable (and admiring) captain in the Regulon fleet. She spends the next four years in solitary confinement, where she dreams of her rescuer but has no idea she has inadvertently sparked a rebellion against the Regulon Empire.

When Kass is freed at last, she finds herself in the midst of a fight against the Empire, and thoroughly disoriented by the contrast between her fantasies and the actual Tal Rigel. She also must contend with Regulon rebels who fear her psychic powers, her fey younger brother who speaks only through illusions, her parents who believe in non-violence, and a fiancé who happens to be sorcerer. The hope of toppling the Empire is a dim light at the end of a very long tunnel.


Joyce Humphrey Cares  

Ms. Cares lives in Central Florida with her three dogs. A voracious reader since childhood, she finally decided to take a stab at writing. She combines her love of history and the places she has traveled when she weaves her stories.

When she is not writing: Joyce volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, builds and decorates dollhouses, plays golf, and plans her next trip to a place where she can return home and write a romantic suspense or time travel story.

Joyce is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sunshine State Romance Authors, the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and the Florida chapter of the Historical Novel Society.


It Started with Forbidden Love

This time travel/romantic suspense novel is set in present day Ireland and back in time to the mid eighteen hundreds when the famine almost destroyed the people of the Emerald Isle. It is a tale of romance and intrigue.

When Logan Fitzgerald, investigative reporter, discovers tantalizing clues to her past in her great-great-grandmother’s diary, she’s inspired to plan a trip to the Emerald Isle and the small village with a link to this past. Will her visit to the lush green hills of Ireland uncover the past?

Love is the furthest from her mind when she meets Quinn O’Rourke, Lord of Clermont Castle, and enlists his help in solving the mystery surrounding her family. Quinn, enthralled by her beauty and friendliness jumps at the chance to help.

Logan confesses she’s clairvoyant—called “The Sight” by the Irish—and believes in the unbelievable. She feels she’s protected by the shape-shifters—a wereraven and a leprechaun— and realizes the castle holds more than a mystery from the past; it holds lies, secrets, and cold-blooded murder from both the living and the dead.

Will Logan and Quinn uncover the truth and conquer evil? Will their mutual attraction turn into a passion neither can deny as they share the magic of Ireland?
Lorelei Confer

Lorelei lives on a peninsula on the mid west coast of Florida with her husband, 1one cat, and AJ, a long haired Chihuahua.

She wrote her first story in the fourth grade in the form of a play, which actually was produced by the teacher for parents and students. She continued writing and majored in English in college. She practices everyday to improve her craft.

She loves reading almost as much as writing and has filled her book shelves with her favorites, i.e. Harlan Colban, Eliza March, Johanna Lindsey, Roxanne St. Claire, Terri Garey, B.H. Daniels, and Bobbi Smith just to mention a few, as well as all the classics.

She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), TARA (Tampa Area Romance Authors), PRO, Kiss of Death, Lethal Ladies, and CSI (Crime Scene Investigations).

An Uptown Girl and a Cowboy

Samantha Williams, a New York City girl and a wannabe photographer, stumbles into Rosie's Diner in Saddle Creek, Wyoming, outside Jackson Hole. Disheveled from a horrid travel day, Sam finds the only seat available is at the counter beside a burly, staggeringly handsome and strong-muscled cowboy - a cowboy who she is immediately attracted to and who has some baggage of his own.

Elliott Bouchard, an outfitter and trainer of therapy horses, thinks he already found his one true love, Mariah, whom he married. When she died two years ago, he felt responsible for her death, and regrets not being able to save her. It's a big part of his life everyday until he meets Samantha Williams. He wants to protect her, not only from the raw elements of the West but from someone following her who wants her gone.

When Sam's life is threatened, due to evidence she unknowingly has in a picture, Elliott comes to her rescue. But will he be there in time?  A BookStrand Mainstream Romance


Leigh Court

Award-winning author Leigh Court has been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for her elementary school newsletter, growing up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took her on real life adventures.

After traveling most of the world, she segued into the more normal job of public relations, but she's never stopped writing. She now writes romantic fiction because she wants her readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending!

You can connect with Leigh by email at leigh@leighcourt.com, through her blog at http://fierceromance.blogspot.com or on Twitter at @LeighCourt3 or on Facebook, Goodreads or Pinterest!


Fear of Flying

You’re never going to die in a plane crash…

A mysterious fortune teller’s prediction plays right into book publicist Jessie Jordan’s biggest fear. A difficult childhood has left Jessie determined to control all aspects of her life, but she can’t control airplanes.

Travel writer Regan Quade also has control issues. A devastating event during his time in the military has scarred him into believing he needs to remain single. He can’t risk being responsible for anyone else’s life.

But during a nationwide media tour to promote Regan’s newest travel book, Jessie’s fear of flying prompts Regan to help calm her anxiety in a shocking and highly intimate way. The sudden change in their relationship from professional to personal unleashes their mutual attraction, but Jessie doesn’t know if there’s any way to pierce the wall Regan has built around his heart.

Fear of Flying first appeared in the multi-author box set, Seduction—One Fortune at a Time. Cupid Publishing, 2014

Wynter Daniels

Wynter Daniels has penned more than two dozen books in various romance genres including paranormal, romantic suspense and contemporary for several publishers including Entangled, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Red Sage and Loose Id.

Wynter began making up stories as soon as she could speak. She started working on her first novel in college - a mystery. But she soon realized the collegiate life involved way more than books, so she spent the rest of her time in academia partying.

When the writing bug bit her again years later, she tried her hand at many different romance genres from contemporary to suspense to erotic. She quickly became multi-published.  Now married with two nearly grown children and two spoiled cats, she writes full time. She sincerely hopes her stories are as much fun for you to read as they were for her to write. You can find her on the web at: www.WynterDaniels.com


The Surrogate Husband 

To have and to hoax ...

Wild child lingerie store owner Lucy Hamilton is a happily confirmed bachelorette. As far as she's concerned, men are something best enjoyed in small doses, never to be allowed too close. Then Lucy's mother tells her Aunt Bev that Lucy has eloped and is married—a tiny lie only meant to appease the dying woman ... until Aunt Bev miraculously recovers. Now Lucy needs to find a “husband” for an upcoming family wedding, and fast.

Fortunately, Lucy's ridiculously hot, ridiculously straitlaced new accountant Dex Levian is willing to be her stand-in spouse for the weekend. And that's when the trouble really begins. For starters, Dex's “involvement” with a client―no matter how irresistible―might ruin a merger he hopes will make his career. Worse still, the chemistry between Dex and Lucy is more than convincing―it's sizzling. But for Lucy, falling for her fake new husband is the most dangerous thing she can do...

JoMarie DeGioia

JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copy editor for her tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. A hybrid author, she also writes Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories, New Adult Romance and Paranormal Romance.

JoMarie gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England.

Connect at JoMarie@JoMarieDeGioia.com

Loving Cassie

The girl with a knack for getting into trouble
The guy who comes to her rescue again and again
Can he be the one to save her from herself?
Or is she too much to handle?

Cassie Chapman finally caught her father’s attention when racy photos of her hit the tabloids. She comes to Cypress Corners to get a job and find herself. She reconnects with her family but doesn’t believe she deserves their faith in her. Or their love.

Ty Walsh makes sure the animals at Cypress thrive in their habitats. He can’t resist Cassie’s combination of boldness and vulnerability. As he rescues her from wild animals and her own enthusiasm, he sees there’s so much more to her than she thinks.

Can Ty prove to Cassie that she can find herself with him? Or will she let her past mistakes cost her the life she was just starting to build?

Debra Ann Fisk

Debra Fisk grew up in a small town in New Jersey which serves as the foundation for her Cozy Cove series. She has worked in the hospitality and construction industry in sales and marketing where she has been published in multiple business and trade magazines. But what she loves the most is writing about romance.

She says writing her Cozy Cove series has been like writing about the town where grew up in. In fact, it is much like the town she lives in now-where the community is full of caring, loving, nosy, quirky people, who offer an endless supply of story ideas.

She resides in Florida and is happily married to a very "hot doc," has an amazing son, and the mother to five wonderful fur babies.

When she's not writing, she can be found painting, cooking, reading some of her favorite authors, or spending time with her husband.

She's the Vice President of the Space Coast Authors of Romance (STAR) Chapter in Melbourne, Florida, and is a member of Romance Writers of American (RWA), Washington Romance Writers, Georgia Romance Writers, and the Central Florida Romance Writers group.

Irresistibly Delicious

One feisty Southern chef. One sexy city doctor. One thousand miles apart. Trauma draws them together, but will circumstances pull them apart?

Chef Olivia Carson’s painful past haunted her until she discovered the healing solace at the Cozy Cove Inn. She fell in love with the bed and breakfast and its owner, Myra. But her world is rocked to its core after Myra has a life threatening emergency.

When Brady Matthews, Myra's son and a well-known cardiologist in NYC, shows up to care for his mother sparks fly in more ways than one. Olivia and Brady disagree about everything, all the while fighting the sexual attraction that draws them together. As Brady begins to reevaluate his life and Olivia creates a new career for herself, the risk of scandal and past secrets threatens to rip them apart.

Will a headstrong surgeon and a gourmet chef learn to accept love? Or will they choose professional success with a side order of loneliness?


Lori Sanders Foley

Lori Sanders Foley has been entranced by stories since birth. As soon as she could hold a pencil, she was writing stories and poems, invariably getting into trouble for it. In sixth grade, her teacher accused her of plagiarism, saying that at age eleven she couldn't possibly have written such a good Halloween story. Lori suspected then that she had found her niche, especially since she was the only student in the class who knew the meaning of the word "plagiarism".

Her previous career in the travel industry allows her to travel to the places she writes about. In her many adventures, she has visited all five floors of the Louvre (though only three are open to the public); scaled Tintagel, skulked through Stonehenge and the Coliseum; and has even been kidnapped by Elizabethan pirates.

When she stepped into her first TARA meeting in 2001, she found herself in a wonderland of ideas, of intellect, of passion, and decided to stay. In 2003 she won the TARA for her medieval historical Dragon's Lair. Currently her alter ego as a Drama Teacher allows her to toy with characters and plots while she polishes her manuscripts.

Dragon’s Lair

When Morgan, a Marauder's daughter finds a half-dead, half-naked warrior wrapped up in the most recent plunder, she doesn't know whether to ransom him or run from him. What she does know is the English soldier's cape he's wrapped in is a sign of the danger she faces if anyone discovers her father is dead. Her grandfather is a Welsh prince, and she is of marrying age which makes her a valuable pawn in the game of kings.

Rann of Galbraith, a mercenary agent, awakens to find he has survived an English massacre, only to be the captive of a fiery woman who orders men around as if she were the lord of the keep. Besides his desire to return to his own people, Rann wants revenge for the attack that nearly killed him. Soon enough, he learns that his captor's secret could help him achieve both goals, if he is willing to play by her rules.

However, a mysterious fraternity of assassins known as "The Dragon", wants them both. The stakes are high for both. Morgan could lose her home. Rann could lose his freedom. They may lose their hearts...if they don't lose their lives, first.

Selena Fulton

Selena lives in sunny Florida and considers herself a southerner because she has lived here for most of her life. Being born in a landlocked state, she loves being near the ocean.

She can’t remember a time when books weren’t a part of her life. From the beginning, her mother would take both Selena and her brother to the library and let them check out as many books as they could carry. She remembers the smell of the library and the thrill of venturing into the stacks to discover the new worlds in books.

Stories abound in her head, usually before she drops off to sleep. Coming from a long line of storytellers, she hopes to honor them with her stories.

Life isn’t about the destination. We all get there, sooner or later. Life is about the journey…

The Crystal Slipper

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...

Sometimes you just have to believe...

A single crystal slipper. It was probably the weirdest gift librarian Celinda Branham ever received during a Christmas gift exchange. Who would even wear these in the real world? Not Celinda, wearer of sensible shoes and fairy tale naysayer. That said, she certainly has the requisite wicked stepmother, irritating stepsister, and empty bank account. Of course, if she actually believed in all that fantastical junk, she could wait for her Prince Charming ...

Only Prince Charming doesn't exist.

But Preston Chandler believes in fairy tales. Oh, does he ever. All he did was spurn the advances of a certain witch, and now his sister is under a sleeping spell. And the only way to break it? Find the other glass slipper and give someone "Love's First Kiss." But when Preston finally tracks down Celinda, he's dismayed to discover that the shy librarian who owns the other shoe has no interest in anything remotely resembling magic—including love. Now he must find a way into his Cinderella's cynical heart, or lose his sister ... and his only chance for true love.


Connie Y. Harris

With close ties to the Navy SEAL community, Connie’s mission as a writer is to offer the reader a realistic portrayal of men who transfer their alpha tendencies and athletic prowess into serving a noble cause.  A former English teacher and corporate executive, Connie holds a B.S. from East Carolina University.  Although she continues her role as Vice President in a busy ad agency, her first love has always been writing. She maintains a portfolio of songs, poems and stories she wrote as early as ten. When she isn’t working or writing, Connie enjoys Zumba fitness and claims her best story ideas come to her while dancing.  www.ConnieYHarris.com

Connie lives with her family and adorable Westie near the Gulf Coast of Florida.




Forever in Ocala

Determined to protect her life and heal her broken heart, equine vet Ariel Armstrong seeks a refuge from her violent ex-boyfriend. Her job working with prized race horses enables her to hide in plain sight and care for her brother, an injured Marine. After losing her father to war and witnessing her brother’s daily battle to overcome his injuries, she’s sworn off military men forever.

Gavin Cross, Navy SEAL, and the son of Ariel’s new boss has one mission in life—to serve his country. After showing signs of PTSD, he’s sent home but vows to get back in the action ASAP. The last problem he needs is an emotional entanglement but the beautiful vet’s love tempts him in an undeniable way and has him questioning his need to return to duty. Will Gavin choose a future with Ariel or protection of America from terrorism?  A Wild Rose Press Romance

Annette Heathman

Ann Heathman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small farming community in the Midwest. For twenty years, she taught middle school and worked in the dual role of a digital age literacy coach and educational consultant. She retired early from teaching and moved to Florida where she began a new career as a professional dog trainer. In 2013 she penned her first book, Deny Tomorrow. She currently lives in sunny Florida where she trains dogs and writes.




Capture Tomorrow: Navy Seal Romantic Suspense
Sometimes love is deadly ...

Arianna Garrett has no idea who Zach Acevedo really is—or the dangerous job he hides from her. His unexplained absences as a CIA special ops agent take its toll on their relationship, as does his controlling nature. And when Arianna’s documentary on the plight of women under the Taliban grabs national coverage, putting both her and Zach in danger, it tests their relationship to the breaking point.

Sparks fly as the two battle each other’s strong personalities while contending with doubts, deception, and death threats. Will Arianna learn the truth about Zach? Can Zach survive the unwanted media attention, or will his worst nightmare of being outed become a reality?

In this suspenseful and sizzling hot sequel to Deny Tomorrow, will their journey to capture tomorrow lead to heartache or to an everlasting love?


Kristal Hollis

Southern born and bred, Kristal Hollis grew up amid cane fields and orange groves. Books fed her imagination, providing adventurous portals to ancient civilizations, medieval fiefdoms, alternate realities and futuristic worlds. Then, a friend gave her Johanna Lindsey’s Fires of Winter, a historical romance which ignited a life-long love affair with romantic fiction.

After earning a degree in psychology, Kristal has enjoyed career and volunteer endeavors that have included sales, banking, social services, and animal rescue. When a family medical situation required her to take a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances as an escape from the real-life drama. Even though the crisis passed, her passion for writing continues.

A 2015 Golden Heart® finalist, she sold her qualifying manuscript to Harlequin Nocturne. Her debut novel, Awakened By The Wolf, is scheduled for a June 2016 release.


Awakened By the Wolf

Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure. 

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

Catherine Kean

Catherine Kean has always loved tales of heroic knights and stubborn damsels.  She penned her first novella at age twelve and her first full-length manuscript at sixteen.

After completing a B.A., double major (first class), in English and History from the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, she was accepted into the post-graduate Works of Art Course run by Sotheby's auctioneers in London, England, where she studied centuries of history, antiques, and fine art.  She worked in Canada for several years as an antique and fine art appraiser.

Her debut medieval historical romance, Dance of Desire, was the launch title of Medallion Press's Sapphire Jewel Imprint.  Dance of Desire won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Best Medieval in industry review magazine Affaire de Coeur’s 2006 Reader-Writers’ Poll, and finaled in four contests for published romance novelists.

Her other medieval romances have also garnered accolades.  Among them, My Lady's Treasure won the historical category of the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest and finaled in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  A Knight’s Reward was a 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards finalist.

Catherine also writes contemporary romances as Cate Lord.  Her romantic comedy Lucky Girl was released in trade paperback and eBook by Entangled Publishing in September 2011.

Busy working on her next novel, Catherine lives in Central Florida with her husband, daughter, and two very spoiled rescue cats. 

A Knight to Remember

When widowed Lady Aislinn Locksmeade finds a naked, unconscious man in the forest, she wonders if he's Hugh Brigonne, her first and only true love. When he wakes, he can't remember who he is or what happened to him.

Does she dare to love the roguish stranger, or is there far greater danger to Aislinn than risking her heart?

**This novella was originally published in the Enchanted By an Emerald Anthology published by the Jewel Box Authors in September 2014. The anthology includes seven stories about a precious emerald. A Knight to Remember is the first story.**


Pamela Labud

Pamela Labud, author of historical, paranormal and fantasy romance fiction, also writes sexy historical western romance stories as Leigh Curtis. She's been published in book length fiction since 2003. Her first print book, Spirited Away, was published in Kensington's Zebra line, earned a Double RITA nomination. Since then she has published in both print and electronic formats. You can read more about Pam at: www.pamlabud.net, and Leigh at www.leighcurtiss.wordpress.com.

As the captivating Hunt Club series from RITA award finalist Pamela Labud continues, a notorious earl and a brokenhearted young lady are running from love ... until their foolproof scheme backfires in the most decadent way.



A Most Delicate Pursuit

Though he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, Michael Carver has managed to avoid romantic entanglements by cultivating a reputation as a rake and a gambler. Believing himself incapable of intimacy, the Earl of Blandon avoids anything more than lighthearted flirtations or trysts with married women—which leaves more than enough time to slip out into the wilderness for a little fishing. All is well until Michael agrees, as a favor, to keep his best friend’s stubborn yet alluring sister-in-law company.
After one failed engagement, Beatrice Hawkins would rather become a spinster than risk her heart again. Her family, however, is relentless when it comes to finding her a suitable match. So when the roguish earl suggests they join forces to feign courtship and throw everyone off their scent, Beatrice only hopes the ton will take the bait. But at the hunting lodge where Michael takes her to escape prying eyes, Beatrice finds herself lured in by the unexpected charms of a man who has so much love to give—even if he doesn’t know it yet.
  Rosemary  Houseknecht  is novelist Jeanne Leighton, her latest pseudonym.  Her current novels are  available at area libraries, Barnes and Nobel, and most other fine book stores upon request.   “Veronica’s Story” and “Never Say Never” are also available on Amazon and E-books.  Several earlier novels can be found by Jeanne Leighton on Amazon and Kindle.  “When laughter Ends“ (“The Rising Crest”),was the first in a series of three  novels  published  as “Veronica’s Story”, a trilogy. The other two novels in the trilogy are “The Ebbing Tide” and “Weathering The Storm”.
“NEVER SAY NEVER “, recently published, is the first book in the Leighton “Never Series”, a trilogy that will include “NEVER AGAIN” and “NEVER EVER”.  Both books will be published during 2016.
All profits from the above books in the “Veronica’s Story” trilogy, now selling, are earmarked as a donation to a breast cancer “Cancer Research” fund account.
Additional author information is available at jeanneleighton@centurylink.net, or contact rosemaryhouseknecht@yahoo.com.

Jeanne Leighton

Rosemary Houseknecht, writing under her current pseudonym Jeannne Leighton, has published five books since 2013.  Her novels tend to be romantic in nature and lean toward family sagas.  Her latest novels all have a five Star rating and can be purchased at Barnes and Nobel, most fine book stores. at Amazon, and Kindle.  Veronica's Story is under consideration for a future television series.  All proceeds from the trilogy are earmarked for Cancer research until October 2017.

Rosemary has worked in several major University libraries, including libraries at Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan.  She was a research specialist assisting faculty and graduate students in locating research materials and information.  Rosemary traveled much of the world with her husband, Doctor Robert and the reader will find many of her travel experiences reflected in her novels. The couple now reside in The Villages, Florida.


Never Say Never

After an unfortunate occurrence in the local coffee shop, Tessa finally arrived at the Bishop-Templeton Corporation for her job interview.  Once there she found she would be interviewed by the President of the company, Randolph Templeton himself, as his Vice President was temporarily indisposed.
The interview went well and Templeton was impressed with the young woman and with her credentials.  He decided he would hire her for himself and let his son continue looking for an assistant.
The interview was ending and there was a light tap on the door, “Sorry I’m so late Sir, but I was unavoidably detained.” At the sound of his voice Tessa Stood and exclaimed “YOU!”   At that same moment Trent Templeton uttered “YOU!”
After listening to the two of them ‘go at it’ awhile, although Templeton Sr. was highly amused, he put a stop to it.  Much to his son’s displeasure he hired Tessa on the spot.  Trent was then determined to make her life a living ‘Hell’… while Tessa was determined to keep her new job and possibly win Trent over.
After a few months Tessa realized she had feelings for her boss’s hardnosed son.  Her only problem was to get him to notice her … then compete with Super-Model Samantha Stark for his attention. “Good luck Tessa!”


Sarina Rose

Sarina Rose was born to first generation Italian-American parents in New Jersey. Her childhood memories of living in the four family apartment house with extended family decorate her books. She attended local public schools and learned to use the public library as a youngster. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ and taught seventeen years in several New Jersey school districts spaced with raising four children and working as a tutor and insurance service representative.

Sarina continued studies at Kean University graduate school accruing credits in computer usage, reading, liberal studies, science, art history, music history, and cooperative education courses. "Along the way I enrolled in an on-line creative writing class and began what I love to do now which is writing stories full time.”

Sarina says she is lucky enough now to live near the beach on the Space Coast in Florida with her husband and their two loveable dogs, Andy, a Labradoodle, and Cici, a Shih Tzu.

Sarina Rose is a member of Space Coast Authors of Romance and Romance writers of America. She is also a member of the Melbourne Women’s Club. “I enjoy the Women’s club where I am the Arts Chairperson and contribute to the monthly newsletter. She quilts children’s blankets for local hospitals and wheelchair bags for nursing homes. Sarina is a docent at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and leads a lively discussion of publishing at S.A.I.L. (Senior Adventures in Learning).

The Relentless Brit

The Relentless Brit is an historical romance. It is a tale of sex, romance, betrayal, and heartbreak during World War II. History, romance, spies, espionage, intrigue, love, sex, war, peace, and the happily every after ending you love.

War rages in Europe. Conflict is worldwide. History is repeating itself. Germany seeks domination of Europe. Hitler’s troops occupy all countries except Great Britain. Nevertheless, bombing from German aircraft have scorched London and other parts of the British Isles. Peace is elusive. Hitler has betrayed the Prime Minister of England. Spies and espionage are rampart on all sides. Japan is on the move in China and the island in South Pacific.

Marie Gentile is a charming young widow working in her brother’s law office investigating divorce cases. Life had betrayed her by taking her husband to an untimely death. She longs for adventure, maybe romance and the chance to work on criminal cases for a change of pace. As she sits in a diner waiting for a friend, a handsome man comes through the door and attracts her attention. Can he give her a happy ever after, she muses? She wouldn't mind making a new history for herself.

Charles Stanhope is a handsome, strong British secret agent who is married to ending World War II with a promise of peace. He is in the United States to recruit Marie to assist him in preparing propaganda to thwart the German Occupation and the rule of Mussolini. He succeeds and the two spend evenings working together. It is love at first sight for him. He wants her to love him as much as he loves her. He foresees love and romance, but does Marie?

Marie and Charles are relentless in their fight against Hitler. Will determine their romance? Will they survive World War II? Will they find the happy ever after in the end or will Marie return to the United States in peace time and find true love?