Port Serenity Series 

 

A TEXAS STATE OF MIND

 

A quirky wild ride, filled with both humor and suspense

 

Police Chief Lolly LaTullipe’s professional life runs amuck when dead drug dealers start floating up on the beach. Port Serenity, Texas, is known for bird watchers and bikini clad co-eds—not murder and mayhem. Lolly’s situation becomes even more complicated when a sexy undercover narcotics cop shows up, eliciting thoughts of rumpled sheets and hot summer nights. This single mom of two is afraid she’s in way over her head.

 

Christian Delacroix is jaded from years in drug enforcement, and the appealing police chief has him reassessing his priorities and future. Is he ready for this small town with its cast of eccentric characters? And is he prepared for Lolly LaTullipe, with her white-picket-fence life complete with a close-knit family and circle of friends? Not to mention her big shaggy dog and all the complications of life with a teenager.

 

Are diapers, PTA meetings and football games in this cop’s future?

 

Contemporary Romance, 242 pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paperback, $13.99, ISBN: 978-1942209041

E-Book, $6.99, ISBN: 978-1942209058

Praise and Honors for A Texas State of Mind

 

RITA AWARD for Best First Book ~ Finalist

 

RITA AWARD for Long Contemporary Series ~ Finalist

 

ROMANTIC TIMES  Best First Book ~ Finalist

 

TEXAS BORN

 

Wacky mayhem and fiery romance

 

Dr. Olivia Alvarado, full-time vet and part-time coroner for Port Serenity, Texas, and Sheriff C. J. Baker have a history together that is complicating their work on a suspicious death case. She had given her heart away to C.J. before she discovered he was married, and her rage at him for sweeping off her feet is never far from the surface.


C. J. is now divorced from Selena, the woman he had married to rescue her from the clutches of a Colombian drug cartel. He wants to make amends with the fiery-tempered Olivia, but sparks are flying and life in Port Serenity is never dull, especially when mayhem and romance are involved.


Contemporary Romance, 238 pages, 5 x 8
Trade Paperback, $13.99, ISBN: 978-1942209072
E-Book, $6.99, ISBN: 978-1942209065

 

TEXAS ROAD TRIP

 

Barbecue cook-offs, country music and sisters on the road

 

Marci Hamilton is a retired kindergarten teacher. So what’s she doing running around Texas in a snazzy convertible with her flamboyant sister chasing the prize in a series of barbecue-sauce cook-offs? Sponsored by J.W. Watson, the Barbecue-A-Rama is a Texas-wide contest to discover the newest sauce. The sisters get lost on their way to the first cook-off, and J.W. Watson happens to be mending fences on his ranch when the ladies pull up asking for directions. Smitten by the blonde in the convertible, he makes the mistake of introducing himself as Johnny Walker. Not a fan of country music, Marci doesn’t know that he’s famous.

 

J.W. has had one disastrous marriage and he doesn’t plan to go for a second—but that’s before he meets Marci Hamilton. Marci’s last relationship hadn’t been optimal, either. But when unusual–and sometimes dangerous–accidents start happening at the BBQ kitchens, she turns to J.W. for help and the romance starts to simmer.

 

Can romance the second time around be hotter than a jalapeno BBQ sauce?

 

Contemporary Romance, 234 pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paperback, $13.99, ISBN: 978-1942209089

E-Book, $6.99, ISBN: 978-1942209096

 

TEXAS DOUBLE DATE

 

Charming hot-shot lawyer and skeptical small-town girl join forces to save a friend

 

Landry Valliere—New Orleans defense attorney—never thought that an innocent bet with his law partner would turn his life upside down. All he has to do is survive in Port Serenity, Texas, for a month without credit cards or cash. Much to his dismay he discovers that getting a job with his limited life skills is going to be a challenge. It takes a couple of nights in a flea-bag hotel, and a dollop of desperation, for Landry to apply for the shampoo girl job at Sunny McAllister’s salon and dog grooming spa, Double Date.

 

Sunny’s new employee is definitely eye candy, but there’s something off kilter about him. Her first thought was that he was running from the law. He’s too smart, too charming, too everything to be doing a menial job in her salon. And speaking of charming, add sexy to that description, and she’s hooked. The truth about Landry comes out when Sunny’s good friend is accused of murder and needs a hot-shot lawyer.

 

Will Sunny kick him to the curb for his duplicity? And can a big city attorney and a small town girl have a chance at love? Of course, romances always have a happy ending.

 

Holt Medallion Award of Merit

 

Contemporary Romance, 244 pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paperback, $13.99, ISBN: 978-1942209300

E-Book, $6.99, ISBN: 978-1942209317

Praise and Honors for Texas Double Date

HOLT MEDALLION for Southern Fiction

 

A TEXAS SECOND CHANCE

 

Murder, mayhem and blossoming love on the Texas seashore

 

Evil is lurking in Port Serenity, Texas. This idyllic town is known as a beach playground for sun worshipers and bird watchers—not murder and mayhem in the real estate development community.

 

Zack Maynard is a California homicide cop on administrative leave who arrives to investigate the vandalism occurring on a project owned by his family business. His first meeting with Liza Henderson— the project manager in charge of the Blackwater Lake development—is more like a Monty Python comedy skit than a business meeting. She’s a widow with an extended family of eccentric characters and definitely not a typical Texas Rose. In spite of the wacky situation, she’s the first woman in years to jump-start his libido.

 

Can love blossom in this small town with its underground of nefarious characters? And will the good guys win? Absolutely!

 

Contemporary Fiction, 254 pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paperback, $13.99, ISBN: 978-1942209454

E-Book, $6.99, ISBN: 978-1942209447

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