Friday, April 30, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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Her Dark Seduction

Forced to marry a sadistic old man, Lady Lisetta believes her hopes of love are lost forever. Her husband, Lord Mortlock, needs an heir by any means--or man--necessary and he orders his manservant, Vane Sawford, to accomplish the deed. Lisetta is drawn to Sawford's savage strength, and his tender caresses at night suggest he's more than he seems.

Vane Sawford hides a secret. Loyal to another, he has secured Mortlock's trust and a position in his household. But his plans are threatened by the arrival of Mortlock's young wife, and he is torn between duty to his overlord and desire for her.

When Lord Mortlock is betrayed and her home destroyed, Lisetta must submit to Sawford in order to survive. But with Mortlock's allies at large she must sacrifice herself for the man she loves, knowing that in doing so, she risks losing that love forever.

Mississippi Matchmaker

Diana Curtis works hard to grow her businesses and look after her scatterbrained Mama in a charming, southern mansion. So, when Miss Jackie returns from vacation engaged to an English Duke, Diana will do whatever it takes to stop the impulsive marriage. She'll even join forces with the Duke's handsome but secretive nephew.

Tracking his uncle, the card-counting Viscount, Andrew Montgomery, leaves Monte Carlo to stop the duke from making an embarrassing blunder and prevent anyone from learning just how few zeros are in the family's bank account. While attempting to stop the wedding, Diana and Andrew find their growing connection impossible to ignore. With old family secrets exposed, Diana and Andrew must decide if their love is strong enough to withstand divided loyalties, crazy relatives, and unexpected truths.

Last Hope for Hire

Allen's son is in danger. A rare form of epilepsy is damaging his brain and Allen's insurance is cutting him off. To cover the costs, Allen returns to being a high-tech mercenary. Not exactly ideal for a father who enjoys carbs far more than stomach crunches. After his first mission back, Allen soothes his wounds before getting a message from Eamon Tor, America's first trillionaire. Tor tells Allen about Eden Therapy. It treats terrible diseases but can also drive patients insane. Still, it's exciting news—especially with the offer of complete care for Allen's son as a reward. But Tor has a surprise. It's a choice that puts Allen's conscience, marriage, and abilities to the test, and sends his ragtag team on a dangerous operation halfway around the world.

Mint Chip and Moonlight
One Scoop or Two


Amelia Caldwell has no intention of getting involved with anyone, let alone a European race car driver. She wants to attend art school in Paris and has no time for a summer fling.
Her plans come to a crashing halt when she has a fender bender with a super-hot legend on Moonlight Beach's main drag.

Jose Jiminez Rodriguez has never had a collision with an American beauty before and this one throws a wrench in his race day agenda.

Can the two overcome cultural differences to find their way to the checkered flag as a team?         

Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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Time Torn
The Somerset Series


Sarah Somerset's abusive, evil father made returning to nineteenth century England perilous, but she would risk it for her sweetheart, Hudson Drake. She has been lost without him in twenty-first century America.
A British earl now, Hudson has wealth and privilege, but without his beloved Sarah, he has lost his way. Unable to find her through seven miserable years of searching, he has fallen into a life of despair, and has earned a roguish reputation Sarah would never abide.
A twist of fate lands Hudson face to face with Sarah, but so many unknowns threaten to tear them apart once more.

Blade of Redemption
Guardians of the Blades


Lilly Dusalte betrays criminal McKay to the FBI. His revenge—swift and brutal—leaves her broken and dying in a frozen parking lot.
An ancient pagan goddess magically saves Lilly's life, but that aid won't be free.

McKay knows she's still alive. He will come for her.

Pax Harrow, the Sheriff of small town Garnet is furious. He fears collateral damage from McKay if he finds Lilly there.
Unfortunately, an unwelcome attraction to Lily stirs far deeper feelings, and brings out the animal in Pax.

The goddess has a plan. It requires collecting payment for saving Lilly's life, even if that payment places her in peril again.
The only aid Lilly receives from her peculiar patroness is a weird magical knife.

Pax is there for Lilly, and he has special powers of his own. Will Lilly and Pax be strong enough together to defeat deadly McKay and survive the goddess's dangerous scheme?

Hope for the Holidays
Finding New Hope


To save New Hope, Jill Howell sold her family's legacy. As newly installed mayor, she's determined to strike her own path. If she wins a national magazine contest for America's favorite small town, she'll prove herself a worthy leader.
Business owner Rob Carroll faces eviction from the building housing his family business since the nineteenth century. With tightly held secrets under threat of public exposure, he finds himself on the opposite side of Jill in the fight for New Hope's future.
Can they find common ground, or will civic advancement end their chance at happily ever after?

Numbers Game


Former professional football player and coach Duncan "Hatch" Hatcher fumbled his career and marriage. Now divorced and ready to tackle his future, he has an opportunity to redeem himself as coach of his college alma mater's football team. But how can he turn the team's losing streak around and keep the secret of his downfall buried when the school agrees to a documentary that will allow a lovely journalist to dig her way into his past...and into his heart?

Olivia Grant's ex-husband almost wrecked her journalism career while he definitely did a number on her self-esteem. The documentary on Duncan Hatcher is the perfect way to rebuild both. As a freshman in college, she'd had a crush on the senior football hero, but he hadn't known she existed. She never expects the sparks that fly between them as they work on the project nor the struggles they must face if they both want to win.

Someone She Once Knew


When a spring tornado roars through Magnolia Valley, Georgia, it destroys Julia Wilkes' plans to expand her hotel. But, while combing through the rubble of her once-beautiful ballroom, she sees a vaguely familiar man caring for her injured guests. Those amber eyes, she'd know them anywhere. Despite his denial, the huge male with a shaved head, multiple piercings, and a tattooed body is Luke Chevalier, the first man she ever loved. Will he stay long enough for her to discover the secret that caused him to leave twelve years ago, or will he once again disappear without a word of goodbye?         

Sunday, April 18, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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Black's Gold
McGuire Series


"There be gold on that there island."
In 1767, privateer Mackenzie McGuire seizes a Spanish galleon and wins more than a superior ship—the logbook contains half a treasure map for a tiny island off Nova Scotia. But he needs to know how to get past the deadly booby traps. Staying clear of English patrols, he sneaks into Halifax to obtain the keys to these traps, written on the map's other half.
Part of a mother-daughter team, Flora works the Halifax waterfront to survive, picking pockets. In rolling one ruffian, they wind up with more than coins. When her mother dies and Flora is pursued, her path crosses McGuire's. She's admired him from afar. Now, with her new piece of information, can she bargain for what she really wants in life?

Soul Seducer
Reapers of Boone


Audra Grayson became a nurse in order to help save lives. But one night after a brutal beating, she almost loses her own. The near-death experience opens a door between the world of the living and the world beyond. Two Grim Reapers invade her life. One is charming, with the angelic blonde looks of a saint and the black soul of a psychopath. The other is dark, dangerously attractive and, in spite of her distaste for his reaper duties, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him.

When Audra's patients begin to die unexpectedly and her loved ones are threatened, she will risk her life—even her soul—to save them. But can she risk her heart to an inhuman being whose very purpose is to take those she is trying to save?

If Only for Today
Deerbourne Inn


Jared Langford is a happy man. The desk clerk at the Deerbourne Inn knows everyone in his cozy town in Vermont. He is accepted and loved by the community, but he's missing someone special in his life.

Devastating news has brought journalist Xander Fortier to Willow Springs for some much-needed rest. He's photographed every major conflict in the world for the last ten years, but being stateside has forced him to reassess the solitary life he's been living.

Something in Xander's gruff demeanor calls to Jared's caring nature. Soon the men are spending time together, but Jared's kisses might not be enough to keep Xander from leaving. Can the men find a happily ever after if they only have today?

Dangerous Revelations


Dillon Johnson is reeling from the death of his beloved stepmother Paula. When her will is read, he finds she has not only had a daughter he knew nothing about, but also gave her up for adoption. Paula's will had left a bequest to this young woman, Carly James.

Carly, upon receiving word of the bequest, travels from Oregon to Dillon's remote Nebraska ranch to learn more about her birth mother. Upon meeting, they experience an intense attraction toward one another. As they become acquainted, however, strange men threaten them and bring violence into their lives. It all seems to be connected to Paula's journals. But why?

It Happened on Thunder Road

When Emmy Russo returns to high school in Moncks Corner, South Carolina after summer break, she discovers some changes. First: Mom has a boyfriend. Second: the cute new student, Charlie Fields, is a Rockabilly greaser with a gang who obeys his every command. Third: attractive Keir Harper wants to be more than just her best friend. And fourth: a perplexed Emmy soon finds herself drawn to two extremely different boys. How do you choose between sweet and smoldering?

Then tragedy strikes on desolate Thunder Road. Strange things start happening, with Emmy in the middle of it all. Intent on finding the truth, she must fight for her heart, her life, maybe even her soul. Because someone wants to possess all of Emmy. And they will be together, no matter what the cost. For eternity.         

Friday, April 09, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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When Talmadge Hammond drifts into the Idaho mining camp he has no intention of using his law degree. He's there for whiskey and the gold he can win at cards. Instead, he must save the life of the woman who'd once vowed to love him until…
Noletta Kittridge begins that day covered in a man's blood and accused of murder. She has sinned to stay alive. Redemption can come only by giving her life to save the person who accidentally killed the man. Even Tal's reappearance in her life can't revive Letty's will to live.
Determined to keep her from the hangman's noose, Tal must either convince her to tell who did kill the victim or solve the mystery himself. If he fails, he and Letty will finally reach that unvoiced destination beyond until…

Shadows of Doubt

Former grade school bully and, later, amateur drug dealer Jeff Hudson turns his life around and is pursuing a degree in agriculture. His future, as well as a budding relationship with fellow student Sandy Harris, is threatened when a former dealer threatens to expose Jeff's past to university authorities if he doesn't rejoin the ring.

Realizing that Jeff is no longer an angry, misunderstood boy, Sandy must take a stand against her family and friends who swear he is no good and will only cause her unhappiness. Together, can they escape the past in order to forge a future?

The Price of Secrets

When Jamie Crandall left Seattle for college twenty-five years ago, she was pregnant. Her mother demanded that she abort the child or get the hell out of Seattle and never come back.

Jamie chose the latter, using her scholarship to UC Berkeley to disappear with the son she refused to abort. But now, everything has changed. Her mother has died, and Jamie is coming home to face the father of her son.

Reuniting her son and his father will come at a high price though…Jamie has one more secret left to reveal.

Chocolate Raspberry Magic
One Scoop or Two


Prim and proper Trinity Shilo is the assistant manager for Salem's Wildlife Sanctuary. She hasn't had much luck in the boyfriend department, but the new employee Paul is different. Deep and brooding she sees something special hidden below the surface. Besides she has secrets of her own.
Paul Thorp is a wounded Special Forces veteran now working in security and computer support. He's fought hard to keep his demons in check and for the first time feels he is ready for a real relationship.
When a fire breaks out at Puffin Cove Rescue they are called in to help with the recovery and ice cream social fundraiser. Sometimes things are not what they seem, and neither are people. When magic is unleashed will what they learn bring them closer together or push them apart?         

Sunday, April 04, 2021

New Releases from The Wild Rose Press


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The Texas Ranger and the Veterinarian

Veterinarian Henrietta Manville answered a call for a coroner more than once and this time Ranger Tanner would be her guide. She was attracted to the man—who wouldn't be? But they both had a job to do and then never see one another again. Keep it business was her motto in life and it had kept her safe so far.

Journey to New Salem
The Witches of Vegas


A year has passed since The Witches of Vegas saved the city from the evil Wiccan vampire, Valeria. Since then, the show has hit an all-time high. So has the romance between teen witch Isis Rivera and teenage magician, Zack Galloway.

Things couldn't be any better for them until Isis develops seizures that cause her power to spiral out of control. Fires and earthquakes are just the beginning of the chaos caused by the misfired witchcraft. Unable to find a cure, Isis' family journeys to New Salem, a fabled village of witches which may or may not even exist. Meanwhile, Zack ends up face to face with the only being who may have a cure…Valeria. But does he dare pay her price?

Bobby’s Diner
The Bobby's Diner Series


Fifteen years ago, Georgette Carlisle sauntered into Sunnydale and fell in love with Bobby. Not only was he the owner of a diner named after himself, but Bobby was also married. Now, Bobby has died and left his restaurant to both women. But that's not the only problem. The property is situated on an attractive highway corridor, and Zach Pinzer with Chariot International has the diner in his crosshairs. Pinzer wants the property for his next great project and is willing to kill to get what he wants. Will Georgette and Vanessa be able to work the diner together? Or will Pinzer steal the property out from under them? No matter what happens, both Georgette and Vanessa will need to amp up their courage to keep from losing Bobby's legacy.

A Reckless Heart
Scarred Hearts


Meg Thurgood, former society girl, took the blame for her friend and paid a steep price. Now all she wants is solitude and a chance to rebuild her life. She thinks she's found that in an isolated house she rents from a mysterious stranger.

Simon McAlter has hidden in his house on the coast of Maine since a fire left him scarred. A successful landscape architect who conducts his business and teaches his classes remotely, he's lost his inspiration and is trying to pretend he's not lonely.

Simon's new neighbor is more than he bargained for. When he learns Meg's secret, will he retreat into the shadows or will he learn to see past the surface and trust in Meg's love?

Teach Me
Lusty Liaisons


Med student Jayne Willis is devastated when she's stood up for a date arranged by hookup service Lusty Liaisons. Really, who stands up someone willing to have sex?

Widowed professor Noah Gallagher's chance encounter at a hotel bar with an alluring young woman is unexpected but might be just what he needs. He's on the last leg of a cross-country trip prior to returning to the university, ready to start a new chapter in his life.

One lonely widower looking to reconnect plus one beautiful, albeit inexperienced, young woman equals one hot night. Will she get an A in lovemaking, and will he get a hall pass back to life?         

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Recent Releases from The Wild Rose Press


New Romance and Fiction In The Garden

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Mall Girl Meets the Shadow Vandal

Chloe Lamont doesn't live in a neighborhood, like most kids. Her house is in the middle of the mall. And now someone is stealing items from her house and using them to vandalize stores. Who is trying to frame her? And how are they getting into the house?

Desperate to catch the real vandal and clear her name, Chloe seeks help from the kids in her Mystery Reading Group at school. While searching for clues, the Mystery Groupers make an astounding discovery. And then things get really crazy…

Accidental Sin

Jana Sinclair returns to her hometown to settle her grandmother's affairs. While there, she experiences what she believes is a visit by her deceased parents, which casts doubt on the manner of their deaths. After passing out, she wakes up in single, successful, and seriously sexy Garrett Sanatota's arms.

Garrett fans the embers of her long-buried adolescent crush. But his property is the site of her parents' deaths and the focus of Jana's exploration. Oh, how the commitment-phobic temptress entrances him. He offers his assistance and uses every tool at his disposal to ensnare her body and lay claim to her heart.

New information about what happened the day her parents died surfaces, but will it be enough for Jana to sever ties to the past in time to find happiness with Garrett?

Betting on Love

Tempest Swan is out for revenge. Billionaire Leonard Allred's software program has put her out of a job. She makes a bet with a friend that she'll get Leonard to take her on a date so she can get retribution, but a fortuitous accident with an adorable nerd might just derail her vengeance.

Leonard has reasons for hiding his identity from the public. It's worked well for him so far, until he starts falling for the honest and witty Tempest. But how can he destroy their budding romance by admitting he's actually the guy she hates?

Cross your Heart and Die Series


The ghost haunting Karlee Davis is tormented by amnesia. When Karlee finds work in a small coastal community setting up a weekly newspaper, the location jogs the ghost's memory and triggers violent visions from its past.

A severe storm brings Cole Maxwell, the commitment-challenged landlord living in the marina, off the water and inside. He and Karlee share their accommodation while repairs are completed on his boat. Cole's interest in Karlee makes him hyper-vigilant, and it doesn't take long before he discovers the ghost.

The more Karlee learns about the ghost's background, the less certain she is of her own. She'll have to trust her instincts to find everyone a peaceful ever after...if she can exorcise the dark creature manipulating them all.

The Minivan Affairs


Middle-aged minivan moms, Anna Jones and Jennifer Clarke began their friendship back in college. These days, they struggle with the daily demands of parenthood, unhappy marriages, and unfulfilled dreams of being professional writers. During a weekly coffee date in their suburban neighborhood, their conversation turns from the standard husband and children anecdotes to writing erotic novels.

Between soccer games and school carpool, the wannabe authors each write a dirty chapter but discover steamy bedroom scenes escape their grasp. Their sexless marriages offer no inspiration, so in the name of "research," they embark on a two-month-long carnal adventure.

Salsa dancing, a trip to Italy, and a hot barista get words flowing on the page, but while suburbia isn't what it used to be, neither are their lives at home...or their friendship. Will Anna and Jennifer find what they're after or wish they'd never gone looking?         

Monday, March 22, 2021

A New Review for Bobby's Diner

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Bobby's Diner

Susan Wingate

The Wild Rose Press, Inc 

ASIN : B08W8TFLTN            $3.99


Fifteen years ago, Georgette Carlisle fell in love at first sight with the owner of Bobby's Diner. A married man, Bobby found himself caught between two women. His conundrum was resolved (for him) upon his death, but these women are only beginning to grapple with the impact of his decisions when he leaves the restaurant to them both, in his will.


As if this weren't enough struggle, Bobby's Diner is located in a lucrative highway corridor that has investor Zach Pinzer willing to kill for the opportunity to develop it. Literally.


And so two disparate individuals find their lives entwined by opportunity, love, and threat, creating dilemmas that form the foundation of the powerful read that is Bobby's Diner.


Susan Wingate's wry sense of irony and humor come to light in the first paragraph, which tells of the will's unpleasant surprise: "Bobby did something none of us expected. He gave me half the interest in the diner and the other half to Vanessa! Just like Bobby to be equitable."


This sense of humor is injected into their relationship as Georgette narrates the impact of this revelation on ex Vanessa: "The note talked about his guilt for leaving Vanessa but also about his great love for me how Vanessa spent nearly half her life building the diner but it was my creativity that keep it going. Have you ever heard the term livid before? Well, Vanessa’s face turned every shade of livid I’ve ever seen. I remember sitting there imagining her head filling up like one of those water balloons at the fair and exploding right off her shoulders."


Vanessa and Georgette actually have a lot in common. Perhaps that's why Bobby loved them both. Creative, determined women who are hard workers, the two would have been ideal partners under other circumstances. They are about to find out that the differences between them are less than the threat posed by the man who will do anything to gain access to their inheritance.


The power in Susan Wingate's book lies as much in their evolving partnership relationship and the future of a diner that stands at the crossroads of development as it does in the growing threat to both. Wingate does an exquisite job of expanding on this relationship, drawing both women into a cat-and-mouse game between not just each other, but outside forces.


It's actually a triangle of inherited mess, because Vanessa's daughter Roberta also has an unexpected stake and say in what evolves, and a way of putting both women on the spot: “I may not have any say in this, but…but…” She looked around at me and continued, “But Georgette does!” She was nailing her mother by using me. Vanessa’s shoulders dropped and she turned slowly back to face her daughter."


The psychology surrounding these disparate forces and approaches to the diner and life is wonderfully portrayed against the backdrop of crime, business issues, changing interpersonal relationships, and the pivot point of a diner that lies at the focal point of an evolving disaster on many fronts.


Readers who enjoy stories of women at odds with one another, who face mystery, threat, and changing relationships all at once, will relish the lively psychological dilemmas in Bobby's Diner. Much more than a story of suspense or intrigue, it's a vivid study in changing human relationships that will keep readers thoroughly engaged.



Best regards,

Diane Donovan, Editor

Donovan's Literary Services



"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." -C.S. Lewis

Sunday, March 21, 2021

New Romance and Fiction In The Garden


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Deadly Reunion
The Nina Foster Mystery Series


When Richmond, Washington librarian, Nina Foster, and newspaper owner Stephen Kraslow attend his high school reunion in Parker's Landing, Idaho, the event turns tragic when Stephen's good friend, Mark MacTeague, suddenly drops dead at a picnic. Nina has reason to believe he was murdered and vows to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, Stephen's high school girlfriend, Angie Delaney, reveals a long kept secret that brings a big change to his life. Can Stephen and Nina's relationship survive this new turn of events? Will Nina uncover the murderer before he or she commits another crime?

In the Shadow of the Dark Planet
In the Shadow of Destiny Series


Marty and Gillian Wood settle into routine farm life in rural North Carolina. Marty falls into a deep sleep and grapples with a horrifying creature in his nightmare. The next morning, he bears the wounds of his dream and faces the chilling truth that the dream is real. To his horror, Gillian collapses, stricken by the mark of a demon. Marty faces a grim prospect—he must either travel to a foreign world and battle the demon, Jeez, or watch his beloved Gillian die before his eyes. His only hope is to enlist Rachael, the entity that dwells within the Ark of the Covenant, to transport him to the dark planet Oronas to battle Jeez and save his wife.

Eat Your Heart Out
Starting Over


When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind.

Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family of his own until a life-altering surprise rocks his world. He knows he's sending Dana mixed messages. Alex panics when he thinks he's blown his chance with his special person. From appetizers to the main course will these two cooking buddies make it to dessert?

Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex's story will have you rooting for them.

She Wakes the Night
The Dragons Return Series


Trell Langois escapes a thousand-year-old curse. Being trapped as a tree wasn't on her bucket list, but now she can continue as a healer. Traveling with her dragon, Torkel, she seeks out new cures to help others and meets Gren. An unfortunate soul who suffers from a dreadful disease.

Gren Oyg Har is a prince on a mission. In order to rule his father's kingdom, he must find a healer. Not just any healer, mind you, but one with a dragon. Yet, it is Trell who finds and rescues Gren, but wants nothing more to do with him. If not for Torkel, she would leave him behind.

Separate goals soon become entangled, and both Trell and Gren are on their way to falling in love until secrets better kept hidden become known--and threaten to destroy all they hold dear.