Julie is a seemingly normal middle-aged woman who married the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. She had a very difficult childhood being the youngest daughter of a divorced couple. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her father resents her due to questions surrounding her paternity. Julie’s upbringing left her unsure of how to differentiate between love, sex, and power. Her story is told through a series of therapy sessions. The reader learns of her abusive past and its effect on the present day.
From the desk of Maureen O’Dowd, Innkeeper
Summer To-Do List:
1. Meet with Architect about adding rooms on to Inn Heaven
2. Replenish Nanny Fee’s scone stash weekly and keep her out of trouble (i.e. out of jail)
3. Decorate Cathy’s wedding cake and host wedding reception at Inn Heaven
4. Don’t let Lucas find out how much you love him and don’t let anyone else know, either
5. Try not to fall even deeper in love with Lucas, esp. when you see him in a tuxedo.
From the Desk of Lucas Alexander, Police Chief
Summer To-Do List:
1. Keep the citizens of Heaven safe.
2. Get Robert a job at Inn Heaven to keep him occupied while he visits (added bonus – you get to see Maureen every day.)
3. Tell Maureen you want to be more than friends and convince her this is a good thing
4. Woo Maureen – she loves lilacs
5. Propose to Maureen – get her family involved and on your side., esp. Nanny Fee
6. Marry Maureen
7. Make her happy every day for the rest of her life
Can these two people with such different goals wind up on the same page at the end of the summer?
Innkeeper Maureen O’Dowd has two secrets she’s determined to keep. One involves keeping the man she’s been in love with for years from knowing how she feels about him. The other is a promise she made to her family that she never kept and if it’s revealed, she’s terrified the people she loves the most will be hurt beyond repair.
Police Chief Lucas Alexander wants more than the casual friendship he has with Maureen and he’s determined to show her just how good they can be together. Wearing down her defenses will be hard work, but he’s up to the challenge.
The one thing that could prevent them from a future together is the revelation of the one secret she hopes never to share. Will it drive a wedge between them that can never be repaired?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is the third installment in my Match Made in Heaven romance series and it involves youngest O'Dowd sister, Maureen. Maureen is a twin. Unfortunately, her twin died from a rear form of breast cancer 3 years ago. I've always wanted to write a story about twins because, as an only child, I wondered what it would be like to share everything – including your exact DNA – with another person. Maureen and Eileen were identical twins so that sharing everything theme is a true fact for them. Having Eileen die before the book begins gave Maureen the motivation to keep her love from Lucas a secret, because she feels in her heart there is no way she can escape the same outcome as her twin, and she will not hurt Lucas by declaring her love, and then dying, leaving him alone.
Innkeeper Maureen O’Dowd lives to cook and bake, spoils her family and friends, and is an expert at keeping secrets, especially about the man who’s held her heart for years.
Police Chief Lucas Alexander is dealing with an aging father and a moody teenage son, and he’s in love with a woman who only wants to be friends.
How can these two fiercely private people reveal their feelings for one another without destroying the friendship they already have? And if they’re successful, will another secret, if revealed, drive a wedge between Maureen and Lucas that can never be repaired?
Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.
Adding insult to injury, the investigating detective is the one guy she’s never been able to forget. After seven minutes of heaven in the back seat of his car when they were teenagers, Tony Roma skipped town without so much as a thanks for the memory.
Just when Madonna thinks the present situation can’t get any worse, Tony is ordered to go undercover at the deli to ferret out a killer. Forced to work together, she vows to keep their relationship cool and professional. But with the sexy, longing looks he tosses her at every turn, Madonna’s resolve is weakening.
With Christmas drawing closer and Tony’s investigation taking an unexpected turn, Madonna is at her wit’s end. Can she really be falling for him again? And will he wind up leaving her broken hearted and alone like the last time?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love the San Valentino family and I've mentioned the Aunt Gracie branch in several of the books, so I wanted to write her family tree's story. Gracie and Louie have 6 kids, the oldest and most responsible, Madonna, is also the only girl. She needed to have her humhum life spiced up and what better way than to bring back the one guy she's never been able to get out of her head, and embroil the two of them in a murder mystery?
An undeniable love… an unexpected match…
Faced with a feud with the Sinclairs that is growing deadly, Laird Tristan Mackay is bound by duty to his clan to make peace with the enemy. Tristan arranges a marriage for his stepbrother, Sir Alan, but never imagines that he would meet the woman he longs to marry. When things sour quickly between Tristan’s stepbrother and Lady Mairghread Sinclair, Tristan is determined to make her his. A choice that promises to change his life forever.
Raised with four older warriors for brothers and as the only daughter of the Sinclair laird, Mairghread is independent resourceful, and loyal to her family. When her father arranges a marriage to a man she has never met for the sake and safety of her clan, Mairghread tries to accept her fate. Mairghread is betrothed to one man but it is the dark, handsome, and provocative laird who catches her eye. Arranged to marry Sir Alan, Mairghread finds herself drawn to Laird Tristan Mackay. After meeting her intended, Mairghread knows she cannot go through with the marriage, but she must find a way to end the feud that is tearing the two clans apart.
When the wedding is called off by Mairghread’s father, Tristan and Mairghread see an opportunity to be together. Neither of them imagined that they would find the passion that grows between them. However, a spurned mistress and a jilted suitor stand between Tristan and Mairghread’s happiness. Tristan and Mairghread must fight for the love they have found with one another.
Destined for another…
Mairghread Sinclair is not prepared for the danger that awaits her while visiting the Mackay clan. She must use her wits to keep herself alive when dangers pulls her away from the man she loves.
Fated to be together…
Laird Tristan Mackay was not looking for a wife, but could Lady Mairghread Sinclair be the one to open his heart and bring peace to their clans, or will their passion tear the two clans apart?
If you enjoy a romance with strong women and men who can protect, love, and respect them, then you’ll love Celeste Barclay’s steamy His Highland Lass.
Meet the members of Clan Sinclair in this STEAMY first installment of the five book Highland romance series. The Clan Sinclair features Mairghread and her four brothers, Callum, Alexander, Tavish, and Magnus. Each member of the Scottish clan faces challenges as they meet their fated match, but all of the Sinclairs find their HEA. Each STEAMY novel in the series is a standalone, but they are best read together.
How do you live an authentic life while keeping a secret?
This award-winning memoir chronicles one woman’s struggle to be true to herself as she grapples with the ramifications of accepting that she’s gay amid the religious, social and legal norms of the Sixties.
Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian household, and fearing the rejection of her parents, she keeps the secret of her love orientation for many years until the unexpected death of her father causes her to face what she’s lost in not telling him the truth.
Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
This book offers hope to those seeking to live truthfully as well as those who value the triumph of love over fear.
Lillie Childress is an ambitious introvert who grew up in group homes in Texas. Her only family is Deborah whom she met in a group home when they were 7 years old. Lillie is sure of one thing. She’ll never be abandoned by a man or worse yet, have a child and be abandoned by a man. No marriage. Only simple, uncomplicated relationships as she eats her way across New Orleans, explores every park and venue, and enjoys every minute of it.
With that firm resolve, Lillie meets Charles Chauvet at a concert in Lafayette Park after work one spring afternoon. Charles is a crazy handsome extravert whose family has been in New Orleans since 1754 when his French Acadian ancestors arrived on a ship from an Acadian settlement in Canada. For reasons stemming from his childhood, Charles is also determined to keep his relationships simple and uncomplicated now and forever.
They began with a dinner here and a dinner there. Jogging and picnicking in Audubon Park. Enjoying a concert at Preservation Hall. Dancing at a neighborhood pub. Absolutely simple and uncomplicated.
Fall brought into their lives a hurricane and a surprise that Lillie could never have imagined. If you believe that love can conquer all, don’t miss this sweet romance. Escape now with this page-turning love story.
About Mary Elizabeth Fricke:
This is my public bio, used in my books and most published works
Mary Elizabeth Fricke has lived her entire life within five miles of the Missouri River. She and her husband of thirty-nine years have lived thirty-six of those years on a farm that has been consistently owned and operated by his family for five generations. They have two grown sons married to wonderful women and two beautiful grandchildren.
A graduate of the Writer's Institute of America and a member of the Heartland Writers Guild, she has published a number of articles in various forums and magazines, as well as her autobiography, Dino, Godzilla and the Pigs, My Life on Our Missouri Hog Farm More recently, she has begun to concentrate on publishing romantic fiction with the Birds in Peril Series and the Sweet Pea Trilogy. She is also a prolific ghostwriter.
Her stories, based in rural mid-western areas, concern the unique but quickly vanishing way of life on the family farm as well as other mysterious intricacies that evolve life from generation to generation. Romance is her preferred genre.
What inspires you to write?
I want to breathe. For me, writing is as important as breathing. It is how I express my feelings, my plans. It is often how I dream. I'm a county girl who knows no other life but farm life. In the thirty-plus years that I have helped my husband as an active owner/operator of our family farm, I have seen unbelievable changes, and most of them not good. Farming as we knew it growing up no longer exists. Family farms are becoming fewer and fewer. The family farm in itself is a unique way of life that welcomes a wide range of incomes as well as people and lifestyles. I try to preserve as much of that life as I can with my writing. I am also a hopeless romantic who loves to read romances with happy endings. So I write with the intent of giving new meaning to 'romance in the country'.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing habits are pretty random, at least until a full first draft is complete. I've been known to write endings before beginnings. Sometimes a certain scene pops in my head and I'll jot it down quickly to work it in later. Some thoughts linger and find themselves wound in the plot of a totally different story than the one I was working on at the moment that thought popped into my warped brain. I rarely follow any kind of outline other than a 'suggestion' process and even that is likely to change as the story develops. I do tend to write in small spurts beginning with one section at a time, or even one scene. When I do a 2nd draft my goal is one chapter a day. My writing time is usually limited to late afternoons and most often late at night. So I choose small 'chunks' knowing that is something I can successfully accomplish in a small block of time
How do you develop your characters?
I believe every author has a basic idea of who their primary characters are when they begin a story. It would be very difficult to select the antagonist and protagonist, otherwise. Or, attempt any idea of setting or basic plot. However, and I've heard many an author say this, that characters have a way of developing their personalities all by themselves. Good guys become bad or bad guys become good. Plots like to twist on themselves all because the initial personality of a character changes in mid-story. But that's the fun of writing. This is what, "I'll start here and see where my characters go," means.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm an eclectic reader with many favorites but if I have to pick a favorite author it would be Kathleen E. Woodiwiss for historical romance and Erma Bombeck for non-fiction. Mrs. Woodiwiss wrote in her own special prose with a way of drawing a person into her stories as if the reader was a by-stander to every scene, living through every move of the character right along with them. Mrs. Bombeck was really good at poking fun at herself and other everyday flaws while also pointing out what is really important in life, the things that count and the things that are just better forgotten.
What genres do you write?: romantic suspense, romantic mystery, romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
Where to find out more about the author
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The Christmas season is in full swing and baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no time for any more custom cake orders, and no time to think about love. But when a handsome stranger walks into her bakery asking for her help, she can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.
Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and has been told Angie’s Bakery is the perfect place to get it. He puts himself – and his company’s reputation – in Regina’s capable hands, and hopes for the best. What he didn’t plan on though, was loosing his heart.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I always wanted to write a holiday story about loss and the spirit of moving on around the holiday season.
Oh no! Bailey Devlin is looking for love in all the wrong places. When her horoscope promises the man of her dreams is coming to her door, Bailey is ready. But what she finds on the other side makes proves that the stars didn’t align, they went haywire. Even if he’s not the man she wants, he certainly is the man she needs.