They’re your neighbors, your aunts, your sisters and your best friends. They’re women across North America committed to changing and enriching lives, one good deed at a time. Three of these exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin’s More Than Words award. And three New York Times bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.
We hope these stories inspired by strong, courageous women will touch your heart and motivate the heroine living inside you.
Tall tales. High stakes. FBI Special Agent Justine Gillespie is better handling bombs than romantic relationships. She goes to Arizona to handle her mother’s affairs and get her settled into a nursing home.
A series of misunderstandings lead to her being arrested. Officer Brady Hall’s life changes when he pulls Justine over. She has explanations for everything, but they’re not very believable.
But will their efforts be enough to save countless lives?
It was a one-night stand five years ago. As much as I hated myself for thinking about Emelia, I couldn’t help it. But she left town and life went on. I married someone else and started living. I thought we were both happy. I was wrong. My ex-wife walked out on me and our son, not wanting domestic anything. So I did the only thing I could.
I started over. A single dad with my focus on my boy and my job teaching kiddos. Until Emelia came back to town and got a job teaching at my school.
He can look…but he’s not supposed to touch! Bodyguard Noah Fraser hasn’t seen diamond heiress Morgan Moreau for eight years—but the image of her naked body has been imprinted on his mind ever since! The sexy socialite was totally off-limits and it took every ounce of Noah’s iron control to walk away….
Now he’s been hired to protect her again, so picking up where they left off definitely isn’t an option. But Noah’s body doesn’t seem to have got the memo – keeping his hands off Morgan is a 24/7 battle!
My name is Kaeleen Donovan. I’m a Theosian-a minor goddess. They call me Fury. Oath bound to Hecate, I was charged from birth to hunt down Abominations who come in off the World Tree and send them back to Pandoriam.
When the Thunderstrike – an ancient artifact from the time of the Weather Wars – is stolen by the Order of the Black Mist, Hecate orders me to find the magical device. The chaos magicians are out to upset the balance that Gaia instilled during the World Shift. But I soon discover that the leader of the Black Mist is out to do more than stir up trouble. He’s looking to set up a new world order with himself on the throne.
Being the best friend to a prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As attorney and spokesperson for the royal Andraste family, Richard Prentiss lives under a microscope. Fair or not, he’s not able to date like a regular person. So when his personal assistant retires, Richard knows her pretty replacement, Kate, is strictly off-limits.
Kate Braddock’s resume includes special forces training and enough profiling work to pick a threat out of a crowd. None of that prepares her to resist the charming, down-to-earth attorney she’s assigned to protect.
Twenty-year-old Meriwether Walker enjoys the challenge of teaching her varied group of students in the one-room schoolhouse. What she doesn’t like is the nomadic lifestyle that comes with it as she rotates boarding with families in the community on a month to month basis. Meriwether longs for a home of her own, but since single female teachers have to follow so many rules, she doesn’t see any end to her plight–until the letter from the attorney handling her uncle’s estate arrives.
When Meriwether discovers her uncle left her his ranch, the one she loved to visit when she was a child, she quit her job and moved without hesitation to Trickling Springs, Texas to take over her property.
FOOLS DIE IN THE ZOO. THEY DIE FAST AND HORRIBLY.
Born from the fertile imagination of bestselling author Michael Anderle. Read the entire series in the bestselling Soldiers of Fame and Fortune series at a discounted bundle price!
“I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time . Having read all the other Zoo books , I confess I’m addicted. This anthology is outstanding. Thanks for the great stories.” by Amazon Customer
Five women…five dreams…a lifetime of friendship…revisit the beloved stories of the Calamity Janes by #1 New York Times bestseller Sherryl Woods with Home to Stay, originally published as To Catch a Thief in 2001!
Gina Petrillo thought she was on the run from her troubles…but they followed her home to Winding River, Wyoming. City-slicker lawyer Rafe O’Donnell is in hot pursuit of Gina, and he doesn’t intend to let his suspect out of his sight, even though Gina’s mouthwatering kisses are irresistible. And while Rafe is out to catch a thief – she just might steal his heart!
As the German war machine claims Europe, tanks roll into the peaceful French village of Fains Les Sources, and the brave French Resistance fighters wage their desperate struggle for freedom. But for three proud, passionate women, the same fierce conflict that rages throughout France burns in their own hearts…and will forever change their lives.
From the sun-drenched beauty of the French countryside to the bloody beaches of Normandy, from the dark and terrible days of the Occupation to the glory of liberation, this is the magnificent story of the men and women, lovers and enemies, whose passionate dreams and undying patriotism shape the destiny of their land and their lives.
When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels. Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.
Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries surrounding them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both.
Resilient to the core, Maddy McAllister has worked hard to overcome a rough history. But, when her slimy ex comes back with plans to win her back, destroy the town, and bulldoze her father’s fisheries business, she has to face her past head-on, and the stakes are much higher this time.
No stranger to danger, former deep-sea diver Chase Anderson will be there for Maddy every step of the way – if she’ll let him. Passion ignites when these 2 reunite and can no longer ignore the sparks between them. When Maddy’s past threatens to crush everything she cares about, her world is turned upside down. And, maybe that’s not a bad thing…
Nora Hooley’s shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials.
The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household’s inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts – blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.
Author Jessie Jameson is the Bad Girl of romance, making a huge name for herself writing love stories with sizzling hot sex scenes. No one needs to know that her real-life inspiration is sexy publishing exec Grayson Reynolds. Or that after the hottest sex of her life, Grayson walked out on her.
Grayson’s finally taken the reins of his family’s publishing business, and he’s determined to sell off the romance division. But Jessie Jameson’s contract is complicating things. It’s like she’s been trying to ruin him ever since the mind-blowing night they shared-the night she walked out on him.
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Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding, a missing necklace, two annoyed flamingos, and a dog named Rhett and you’ve got a recipe for a sexy, hilarious novel about the disastrous side of true love…
Agnes Crandall’s life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she’s staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window.
She chose her career over him. He put his family before her. When they get a second chance, will they choose to put each other first?
As she climbs the corporate ladder, Sophie doesn’t let herself think about what she gave up when she declined Spencer’s proposal five years ago. So when she’s called home to say goodbye to her dying grandmother, she goes out of her way to avoid seeing him. Of course, that means he’s the first person she runs into. Much as she fights against it, being near him stirs up old feelings and makes her question old decisions.
Will Merry get the Christmas gift she wants most of all? Desperate to make ends meet, winsome diner waitress Merry Hopper takes a temp job as a Christmas Coordinator for a handsome widower, promising to bring Christmas back for his three kids.
As the “haves” collide with the “have nots” of this world, Merry finds herself head over heels for the family she’s never had, most of all her new banker boss, not realizing that he’s well on the way toward a Yuletide engagement to his employer’s beautiful daughter.
A heart divided…
An enemy unseen…
A riddle of trust.
Lindsey Dumont, photographer, must defend her home in the Pine Barrens while she struggles to revive her career and salvage a long-distance romance.
What is God doing? And who can she trust?
Rescued as a baby by the Chief of the Shoshoni tribe, Kimani is raised on protected land owned by the River’s Family. Raised with the Indians and nourished by the River’s family she is taught the ways of both worlds. The five River’s brothers see her as a little sister, but her heart feels differently when she looks at Harris.
After years of waiting and hoping he would notice her, she gives up and travels with her tribe to the Spring Tribal. It’s a time of excitement and new beginnings. A time where matches are made, and new bonds are formed…
Bertha Langston (who prefers to be called Bert) is far more interested in tinkering with her inventions than becoming a bride. Her latest passion is hot-air ballooning, which doesn’t make it easy for matchmaker Chance Redburn and his lovely new wife, Violet, to find her the perfect groom. In fact, it makes the task next to impossible!
Kane Jameson, cowboy by day and innkeeper by night at the Black Barrel Inn, sees no point in marrying and settling down any time soon. Life is one big adventure, and he’s fairly certain it doesn’t begin and end in Bent, Colorado…
Waiting for one’s fiancé to set a date is never fun. Especially when it has now officially been years. Particularly when one is a veritable wallflower with little chance of anything better coming along. More so when said fiancé’s brother is paying particular attention to one’s life and causing all sorts of confusing emotions.
All Miss Augusta Snow wants is for Henry to return home and set the date. If that means trying as hard as she can to break out of her quiet temperament to gain his attention, then she’ll do her best. But it seems she’s attracted the wrong brother’s attention…
Will a blast from the past derail Merry’s future? When Merry gets surprised by a Thanksgiving proposal, it seems that all she’s hoped could come true. Not only will she have the joy of celebrating Christmas with the family she’s come to know and love. She’ll also be planning the Yuletide wedding of her dreams.
But everything changes when a man who says he’s Merry’s long lost father suddenly comes into their lives. While Merry is thrilled at the prospect of having family to call her own, her new fiance isn’t so sure. Is this man really everything he claims to be? Or could his presence upend their Christmas wedding?
Shelly Griffin is looking forward to spending time with her beloved father in Seattle for the holidays. But unexpected complications arise when her plane from San Francisco is rerouted to Portland due to inclement weather. To make matters worse, Shelly finds herself stuck sharing the last available rental car with one of her fellow passengers: handsome, uptight businessman Slade Garner.
Sure, he’s attractive, but Shelly isn’t immediately convinced she likes Slade.
The marines prepared me for everything… Except for the most important job on the planet.
A world made me into the man I am today. Then Piper walked back into my life. She woke up the beast I had locked away. I need to have her. Own her. Taste her.
But, men with a death wish want to harm her and Caleb. I’ll protect them both… And finally show my little sister’s best friend… What she’s meant to me all these years.
The minute he got the message, undercover agent Logan Quinn sprang into action. Getting Juliana James out of Mexico alive was the Elite Ops covert agent’s only priority. But once the senator’s daughter was safely back in their Mississippi hometown, Logan had a new mission: to get another chance with the woman he couldn’t lose again.
Juliana had never forgotten the day, ten years ago, when Logan left her heart in pieces. Now he was back in her life, sworn to protect her from the ruthless weapons dealer who wanted her dead.
Three best friends embrace life – and love – in Manhattan, in USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan’s sparkling new series. Find out where it all begins in this enchanting novella!
Matilda is a shy New York waitress by day, but an aspiring author by night – and she loves to write about kick-ass heroines! So when she meets gorgeous millionaire Chase Adams, she decides to channel her heroines and act on their sizzling attraction! One magical night later, she’s living the dream, but will a midnight trip to Tiffany’s make it a reality?
Schoolteacher Charlotte Brindle is relieved that her long journey from Boston to Wyldhaven is about to come to an end. And then the bullets start flying! As she sprawls on the floor of the coach and curls her arms around her head, she wonders whatever in the world possessed her to give up the civility of a Boston school for the promise of adventure on the wild frontier?!
Her fellow passenger, an elderly man named Patrick Waddell, has obviously angered the men outside. And he has no intentions of going down without a fight – or without a bargaining chip!
He doesn’t deserve her, but he can’t stay away.
Will this wealthy rancher’s dark past stand in the way of love?
When Jesse Navarro meets single mom Jillian Norris, she makes him feel…everything. But he’s carrying the guilt of a past tragedy and knows he can’t take her for his own. Still, denying their sizzling attraction and ignoring Jillian—vulnerable and dedicated to her little girl—isn’t an option. Already Jesse’s defenses are weakening…
There’s an arsonist on the loose in rural Wilton, Indiana — and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep from being found out. Even murder.
Out of work, accident prone, and dateless, Sam McNamee packs up her belongings and her daughter to move to the Florida Keys, where she can pen love stories as S.A. Mack to ease the lingering pain of her husband’s death. First, though, she has to help her dad sell his home of forty-plus years. It just might be the hardest job she’s ever tackled. He’s a hoarder; she’s a neat freak.
Intrepid reporter Ellie Blair gets an undercover assignment as a mail-order bride and heads off to Wyoming where she discovers her potential groom isn’t what he appears to be, either.
Ellie wants a story – the one story – that will make her name bigger than Nellie Bly’s. She’ll do anything to get it. Lie, masquerade as someone else … even walk away from a man she could love. Treasury Agent Jim West wants to break the Irish Mob and will do anything to see it fall – lie, masquerade as someone else…even sacrifice love for law and order.
Nine NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors offer stories of men and women who go to great lengths for the children they love.
A scent of innocence, that touch of softness, an angelic nap, and deep belly laughs. Babies and toddlers bring great joy, love, humor, and even conflict into our lives. But first, we need a passionate encounter, a romance that transcends time. Marriage-of-convenience, a woman and child in danger, a platonic marriage (but not for long), an adoption in the nick of time, finding out there’s more to life than work, holding on to love at any cost, and a brother’s love for the mother of his nephew—these are the themes that make the boxed set.