CHARMED BY CHOCOLATE
Lovin' Chocolate Series
Angie Cross, determined to prove her worth by establishing new ingredient resources for San Francisco based Waterston’s Gourmet Chocolatiers, embarks on a whirlwind global search starting with a Venezuelan cocoa plantation. When she lands in jail on bogus smuggling charges, she is tempted to ask for a life sentence rather than accept rescue from mysterious Max Nolin—the heart stopping corporate troubleshooter who walked away with a casual wave goodbye at last year’s Chocolate Gala Benefit.
A man of great mystery, Max Nolin has spent a year regretting his promise to avoid Angie and the risk she represents to his heart. But their paths are inextricably entwined when Max realizes she has been targeted and he sweeps her from a cantina in Venezuela to a castle in Bellebourgh. But the force that seeks to destroy them is equally determined and danger escalates with deadly intent. Will Max and Angie learn to trust in their growing love in time to stop the vicious plan to topple the ruling family of Bellebourgh or will the villain pursuing them destroy the future they envision?
BRIDE BY CHOCOLALTE
Lovin' Chocolate Series
She's everything he's not looking for in a wife…When not-so-sweet sabotage strikes Bebe Waterston’s gourmet chocolate factory, things start looking hopeless. But she’s not a quitter. After sacrificing her personal life to prove she can run the family business, she’ll do anything to save it—including accepting help from an unlikely source: San Francisco’s “Prince Charming” of high society. Sam Sugarman’s on a mission to marry. And in Sam’s family, finding a wife follows a recipe that starts with a box of Waterston’s Chocolates. When the supply runs out right before Valentine’s Day, the savvy CFO steps in to solve the problem, and finds the cure for his sweet tooth in the spitfire redhead. But now his dilemma is two-fold: convince Bebe he isn’t the serial-dating playboy she believes him to be and keep her safe from the person menacing her and her business.Thrown together as the danger escalates, the mismatched duo tangles in and out of the bedroom. With a benefit gala and the fast-approaching, day-of-love deadline, they’ll need more than the gold-foil delicacies destined for a bride by chocolate.
Ladies of the Library
Series Book I
When the matriarchs of a small western town are determined to provide suitable marriage candidates for their sons, their solution is to build a library and hire a librarian.Susan Benjamin has a year contract and, unbeknownst to her, a year to decide which Gemstone son to marry.Escaping the scandal in her past, she is grateful to be accepted into the small community like family, but she’s afraid falling into an intimate relationship with the town’s reclusive rancher will create an even bigger scandal…one her heart won’t survive.
HIS CHRISTMAS CAROLE
Rescued hearts Series
Carole Crispin loves everything about Christmas and makes celebrating the season a tradition. This year, though, she’s grieving the loss of her grandfather, who has willed her his High Mountain Ranch on the outskirts of Sweetwater Springs, Montana. Carole’s despicable male cousins are furious she’s inherited everything. They devise a plan to take control of the ranch by forcing her into a shotgun wedding to one of them. Overhearing their scheming, she escapes. Lost in a snow storm, she finds shelter in a remote cabin. Rancher Halloran James, desperate to avoid memories of a tragic Christmas that still haunts him, intends to hide out in an isolated cabin on the outskirts of his property until the holidays are past and all reminders put away. When he reaches his sanctuary, to his shock, an elfin beauty has turned his hideaway into a Christmas wonderland. Hap is forced to revise his plans for the holidays when she proposes a marriage of convenience to save her inheritance. Seems he’ll be protecting Carole from greedy, dangerous cousins. But celebrating Christmas? Still not on his agenda.
ROMANCING THE PAGES
Romance isn’t limited to one season within a year. From the celebrations on New Year’s Eve, to the sweet sensations of a summer weekend, to spooky Halloween, and into the chill of winter, love blossoms at the least expected times. In this anthology, the Orange County Chapter of the Romance Writers of America has brought together a short story collection featuring seventeen fresh voices. The anthology offers a little something for historical readers with the lush “Purple Orchids” to the modern meet-up in “The Guy with the Dragon Tattoo,” and the darker horror romance, “The Carnival,” where marriage proves to be more than everlasting, and “The Meat of Romance,” which puts a paranormal twist on an age-old battle, reminiscent of futuristic Romeo & Juliet. CANINE CASANOVA and PRINCESS PUMPKIN were contributed by the author for inclusion in the chapter's fundraiser Enjoy your taste of the talent OCC offers. We invite you to celebrate all year long through Romancing the Pages.