Cowboy, Mine… He’ll Leave You Breathless…
By the best-selling and award-winning authors….
Kathleen Ball, Krista Ames, Cheryl Gorman, Melissa Keir, Lyssa Layne, and D’Ann Lindun
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-939590-99-2
Texas Haven Kathleen Ball
Can love shine through the clouds of treachery and misunderstanding?
Advertising for a wife seems like the answer to all of Burke Dawson’s problems. He wants a wife and kids without emotional attachments, but he has no idea how much havoc one woman can cause.
Annie Douglas has her heart set on her hunky cowboy’s love and she isn’t about to stop until she gets it.
Take Me Home, Cowboy by Krista Ames
When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy a growing attraction or show them the way home?
Ally Kincaid returns to Rock Creek, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with Matt Gentry—her father’s foreman—instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.
When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?
Honeymoon Ranch by Cheryl Gorman
Can two reluctant partners ride off into their own blissful sunset on Honeymoon Ranch?
When wedding planner, Summer Conroy, discovers she has inherited half of Silver Creek Ranch, she is stunned to learn the other half is owned by sexy cowboy, Bryce Jericho. Her idea of turning the ranch into an exclusive wedding and honeymoon destination is met with a wall of resistance from Bryce who doesn’t want his ranch ruined with a bunch of wedding nonsense. He is determined to conceal his vulnerable heart that beats in fear of being betrayed again. Will this woman with dreams of happily-ever-after in her eyes transform his fear into love everlasting?
Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir
Will a One Night Stand prove to be their disaster or their salvation?
Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wants to feel sexy again after her ex tosses her aside for a younger woman. Her best friend encourages her to sign up for The Playhouse–a renowned dating agency. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac Thomas lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.
Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?
Until You Fall in Love by Lyssa Layne
Can a longtime friendship suddenly blossom into love?
Single mom Jordan Glastetter doesn’t know how she’d survive without her best friend, Abram Tomko. He’s the father her son never knew and he’s the rock she’s always leaned on.
When Abram’s father suffers a heart attack, it’s Abram’s turn to depend on Jordan, finally seeing her as the woman she’s become and not the little girl he grew up with.
Will they risk their friendship for a chance at love?
The Cowboy’s Baby by D’Ann Lindun
Cat wanted to keep her baby: Tanner insisted she give it up…can they find common ground seventeen years later?
Cat O’Brien left her heart in Granite, Colorado, seventeen years ago—her first love, Tanner Burke, and the baby girl she gave birth to at sixteen. Suddenly, both Tanner’s high school sweetheart and the teenage daughter they gave up for adoption are back in his life.
Cat is adamant their daughter keep her baby; Tanner isn’t as sure. Just like seventeen years before, he and Cat are butting heads over the fate of an unborn child.
Character Interview for Chalkboard Romance
Hello, I’m Mac Thomas and this here is Lauren Walsh. We’re the main characters in Chalkboard Romance. Thank you for having us stop by and visit with your readers.
*What was your first opinion of each other?
Mac- I saw her and was instantly attracted.
Lauren- Was that before or after I fell on my face. That’s the last time I let Melanie talk me into Ferragamo shoes. *smiles*
Mac- I thought you looked like a filly- all legs and frisky. *winks at Lauren*
*What kept you from acting on that attraction?
Mac- Who says we didn’t act on it. The elevator ride to our room was amazing.
Lauren- *blushes* No comment.
*What’s the best thing about the two of you together?
Lauren- He gives me the strength to stand up for myself. I have a new self-confidence that I’ve been missing for a long time.
Mac-She gives me insight into my son that I never had. I’m calmer and more loving.
*What song title best describes your relationship track record: “Nothing but a Good Time,” “Turn Me Loose,” “Shot Through the Heart (You Give Love a Bad Name)”, “Money Talks/Material Girl”, “Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places”?
Mac- My former wife was a “Material Girl”. Maybe “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” fits her best. She only wanted the money.
Lauren- “Shot Through the Heart” fits my ex-husband. He put me down and taunted me.
Mac-Now our new song is “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Lauren is my treasure and I don’t deserve her.
Lauren-Aww. That’s sweet but so not true. You’re my treasure and you’ve brought Todd into my life full time. *she bends over to kiss Mac*
*What are you most looking forward to as a couple?
*Lauren- I’m looking forward to being a parent to Todd and growing old with Mac. I sense a lot of humor in my future. Mac keeps me laughing.
*Mac- I’m looking forward to more children or at least the practice making them. *winks at Lauren*
*What’s your ideal romantic evening?
Lauren- My ideal romantic evening is to recreate our first date. I’d love to return to the Lotus Hotel and enjoy all the hospitalities the hotel offers. It was where I knew you were going to break through to my heart.
Mac- I’d love to take her for an evening ride through my folk’s property and have a midnight snack and swim at the fishing hole, then sleep under the stars.
Lauren- That sounds nice too. But why do we have to have only one romantic evening? Let’s do both!
*What’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?
Mac *bends over and whispers to me*- I got Lauren her own horse this year for Valentine’s Day. She’s going to love her.
Lauren- What are you whispering about? Mac Thomas, you know I don’t like secrets. Now I’m going to be wondering all night…and bugging you. *smiles*
Mac- Thank you for having us. We’d better get going. I have a feeling this is going to be a long night!
Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir
Will a One Night Stand prove to be their disaster or their salvation?
Mac’s decision to romance Lauren left her very little time for her friendship with Melanie. She missed having her friend around to bounce ideas off of, and to be silly with, or talk to about men. So, she made plans for drinks after work.
They drove across the street to their favorite Mexican restaurant. After selecting a high-top table in the bar, the girls flagged down a waitress and ordered drinks and chips before beginning the gabfest.
“You’ve been seeing a lot of Mac. How are things going?”
“We are spending almost every day together. Last weekend we went on a picnic to the zoo with my family. They adored him. Mostly we do family type things, cooking dinner or hanging out at his parent’s house.” Lauren felt giddy with excitement. “Mac told his parents we would marry on our first date to their farm. Isn’t that cute?”
Melanie snorted and margarita shot out of her nose.
“Oh, Mel. I’m sorry. I should’ve warned you.” Patting Melanie on the back, Lauren signaled the waitress for more napkins.
Coughing and sputtering, Melanie looked like a drowned rat, but at least the flood of margarita from her nose had stopped. “I’m fine. What do you mean wife? Has he proposed to you? Are you engaged?” Lauren thought Melanie’s eyes might pop out of their sockets.
“Girl, I need deets,” she sputtered out.
Lauren wiped up the mess on the table as she composed her thoughts.
“Are you sure you’re okay? You look like a frog. Positively green. Calm down. He didn’t propose. His mom told me Mac’s dad acted the same way. Supposedly Mac’s dad proposed fifteen times before she agreed. I guess the Thomas men are single-minded when they decide they’ve met the one.”
“Have you met the one?” Melanie whispered. “You know James railed on how you looked, acted, well…everything. I don’t want you to leap with your eyes shut.”
“I’m not.” Conviction filled Lauren’s tone. “Mac’s the one for me. I’ve never been able to be myself more than when I’m with him. The sex….” A blush heated her cheeks. “It’s amazing. James thought I had the problem. I don’t with Mac.” Lauren leaned into Melanie’s ear. “We even had sex on the kitchen table.”
Melanie covered her mouth. Lauren pulled back and nodded. Her friend’s eyes grew gigantic once again.
“Okay, so sex isn’t the problem. What about Todd? Have you considered his reaction? How does he feel about you two dating?”
“I haven’t spoken with Todd. Mac wants talk to him, just the two of them. However, Mac and I make sure Todd feels included. We date as a family most of the time. He’s always happy. You’ve seen how much he’s improved at school.”
“I have but Todd’s still your student. Mac—a parent. We can’t make the issue go away.” Melanie stared hard at Lauren.
“Mel, Mac wants Todd to be in our class. He’s seen how much we’ve helped him. Besides our school allows children to be students in their parent’s classroom. Todd’s situation is no different. I love Mac. I don’t know how or when my feelings changed. They just did. If he asked me to marry him, I would. Then anything about Todd being my student would be moot.”
“It’s not the same, now.” Melanie shook her head.
“Why would it be a big deal if we do get married? I know we haven’t dated very long. But Mac’s been perfect. We have so much in common. Besides, I’m allowed to remarry.” Lauren saw skepticism cross Melanie’s face.
“Still, Mac’s a parent of one of your students. We’ve gone over this before. People will talk…. In fact, I’ve heard rumors about your relationship. You know the gossip mill at work. Someone’s going to push the issue. You’ll be fired.”
“They can’t say who I date. What I do in my time off work is my own.” Anger tinged her voice. “Who’s talking?”
“I’ve just heard things. No one in particular. But Todd is our student. You aren’t his parent, yet. That’s a conflict of interest.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice—a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.
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