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Both gave him ultimatums—then left. Hell if he needs that kind of pain again. Time to move forward without the friends he thought might save him from his dangerous cravings. When Ashley Sims returns to Rocky Mountain House, her rambling lifestyle isn't all she's hoping to change. Travis snagged a piece of her, and while getting tangled in his issues again might be crazy, she hasn't given up on him. Nine months ago, Cassidy Jones walked away to stop his best friend from making a huge mistake. Temptation lingers, though, and when Travis shows up on his turf accompanied by a sensually uninhibited woman, the combination tosses fuel on the banked fire. Passion flares among the three of them, as hot as the summer days. But are they willing to push the limits, and fight for love?The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Sara Humphreys, author of Unclaimed . Her website is sarahumphreys.com .Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace (Berkley). Ben Landry knew Emily Lockwood inside and out. From childhood friends to young lovers, they shared an unbreakable bond. But that didn't stop Ben from leaving town without saying good-bye… Twenty years later, Emily now has a successful career, a stubbornly independent grown daughter, an ex-husband who rarely tests her patience, and a mother who often does. But Emily also has a secret, one that she buried long ago and tried to forget. Then Ben returns, and any sense of normalcy in her life is gone. Seeing Ben does more than bring back memories. Visions of her past begin playing before her eyes and show every choice she made in a revealing new light and a startling new angle. For Emily, seeing her life in rewind makes her realize she has hard choices to make for her future—choices that could redefine everyone else's future as well. (Reprint)Tree Change by Tea Cooper (Breathless Press). Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune. But it's not enough—one taste and she's hooked again... Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother's wife, but it seems they have a child. Truth is, Jake's living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?Step Back in Time by Ali McNamara (Sphere). How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion the music her job even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie two companions from 2013 and George the owner of a second-hand record store. If she's ever to return from her travels Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back will her old life ever be the same again?Sparks Fly by Lucy Kevin (Lucy Kevin). Angelina Morgan is a beautiful consultant who practices an ancient art form called Feng Shui. Will Scott is an all-business CEO who doesn't believe anything he can't see and touch. With the help of a meddling ex-wife, a well-meaning best friend, and a matchmaking mother, Angelina and Will are about to find out what happens when opposites attract...and sparks fly.Love's Sweet Song by Annabelle Stevens (HerStory Books). Angelica Castle Murray loses almost everything in a tragic car accident. In the aftermath of this disaster, she must not only struggle to regain her health, but to come to terms with the fact that ever since she and her former fiance Winston broke up seven years before, she has been living a lie. Winston Murray has never stopped loving Angelica, even when she was married to his brother. Her old life is now in shambles. How can he tell her that her life with Oliver has been one big lie? Only through Angelica's determination to find meaning in her loss does she come to truly understand Winston, and recognize that she has never stopped loving him.Eternally Yours by Jennifer Malin (Jennifer Malin Books). A Victorian house in a small town is all that artist Lara Peale has left of her failed marriage. She wants to make sweeping changes to her home to erase reminders of her divorce, but before she can start any major renovations, the plans will have to be approved by the Falls Borough Historical Society. The group sends over local historian and author Mark Vereker, whose views clash with Lara's. As a Falls Borough native, Mark has worked hard to preserve the town's beautiful old houses and is determined, in his view, to keep Lara from ruining hers. Meanwhile Mark's ancestor, late poet and womanizer Geoffrey Vereker, watches the mortals from beyond. What starts as voyeurism gives him insight into his cursed existence ... but can he find redemption for his past.Holding On by Meg Jolie (MJ Publishing). Quinn Johnson has known the McGrath boys for as long as she can remember. Luke has been her best friend for most of her life. He's always been there for her, catching fireflies with her, maneuvering the hazards of high school with her, attending college parties with her, and protecting her. He was the boy that she could always trust, even if he was the boy that stole her first kiss. His older brother, Jake, was the one who teased them mercilessly while they were growing up. Yet, he was the one who would ultimately steal Quinn's heart. A surprise pregnancy and a cruel twist of fate are about to change everything. Forever.Unexpectedly You by Mia Josephs and Riley Janes (Next Door Books). Brooke Winters has every second of her day planned out. She makes lists for the satisfaction of checking things off. When Marks Events and Weddings has an opening, she knows she's perfect for the job. What she doesn't expect is that the boss's unkempt and full of bad attitude son will be the person she works most closely with. Nate Marks lost his fiancé and his best friend the moment he walked in on them sleeping together. Heartbroken and lost, Nate couldn't care less about how he's perceived by wedding clients… or the newest hire, Brooke. When Brooke finds Nate at the office passed out and hung over, she quickly fixes him up to look presentable for their meetings. Nate spills about his broken relationship, and soon their clashed personalities balance each other out. But when they both discover there might be more between them, they panic.A Christmas Family Wish by Helen Scott Taylor (Helen Scott Taylor). When a tree falls on Rachel's house in a storm, the person who rescues her is Ian, the same man who rejected her declaration of love when she was eighteen. She has banished him from her thoughts for eight years, but all her feelings rush back as he plays the white knight and takes Rachel and her son into his home. The young man she once knew is now a wealthy, successful business owner, and more gorgeous than ever. Life has left them both bruised, but can they put the past behind them and start again?Uncharted Waters by Sara DuBose (Sunpenny Publishing). When Beth Davidson spies an unfamiliar black Honda lurking outside her apartment, and hours later a stranger leaves a suggestive message on her answering machine, her worries are just beginning. Her fear grows as mysterious gifts appear on her doorstep, and photos are stolen from her apartment. Beth turns to the police for help – in particular, the rather attractive Donnie Crawford. As the Domestic Violence Unit investigate her case, Beth soon develops a relationship with the protective and supportive Donnie. Beth, up close with the workings of the Department, throws herself heart and soul into her application to join them. Beth manages to achieve the unachievable – maintaining grades in the Academy, a decent relationship, and friends to boot. When Donnie proposes, Beth's dreams seem to be coming true … until she comes face to face with her stalker in the park.The Poet's Wife by Margie Church (Tirgearr). Lily Holliway's life is shattered when her husband, Gabe, is killed in Afghanistan. A new job and dear friends aren't enough to ease her yearnings for the love she clings to. Gabe feels her grief so strongly that his spirit cannot leave the confines of this world. He can't rest in peace until he's sure Lily is going to be okay. In desperation, he reaches out to her using his special gift. Finding the mysterious haiku makes Lily question her grip on reality. When she sees Gabe face-to-face, can she believe her eyes? Lily must trust the only man she's ever loved to help her begin again.If Wishes Were Husbands by Elizabeth Kyne (Elly Books). When Rachel invents the perfect husband, she thrills her friends with tales of his wonderful cooking, enthusiasm for housework and amazing sex! Until her invention takes on a life of its own and her fantasy husband appears on her sofa. Suddenly married to a man with only three things on his mind, she finds out why you should be careful what you wish for.Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut (Rose & Crown Publishing). Blue Freedom is funny, wild, and sometimes woolly, but always entertaining! Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray – and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment?And the Winner Is … by Erin Brady (Price Publishing). Marty Peters is a young professional working as junior tax accountant for Staner, Warsaw and Bentley, a high power accounting firm in New York City. Marty hates her job of number crunching and secretly longs to pack it all in and follow her dreams of Hollywood fame and fortune. When both of those worlds combine through a series of comical misunderstandings and one missing screenplay, Marty finds herself as one of the accountants at Staner chosen to fly out to Los Angeles to attend the Academy Awards. Taking credit for "Until Tomorrow", a screenplay that does not belong to her, and falling in love with the handsome Egan Riley, the writer behind Until Tomorrow and the only person who stands in her way of living the life of paparazzi and movie premieres, Marty finds that she must make a choice between love or her fifteen minutes of fame on the red carpet.Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson (Entangled Embrace). Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something's amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer. Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy's own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he's gotten far more than he ever bargained for.Yours to Keep by Serena Bell (Loveswept ). Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she'll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules. Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can't seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he's hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo's shell—and he isn't the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship.Working It by Kendall Ryan (Atria Publishing). Straight-laced and well-mannered southerner Emmy Clarke is out of her depth in New York City's fashion world, but when she lands a job as an assistant at a modeling agency it seems like the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Working under the notoriously tyrannical Fiona Stone is a nightmare, but there's one distinct perk: ogling the ridiculously hot male models who parade through the office—particularly rising star Ben Shaw. Ben is everything Emmy's not: exquisitely gorgeous, highly paid, and well-traveled. He's also got more issues than Vogue. Emmy looks after Ben on photo shoots, but she refuses to become another one of his lusting groupies. Ben finds Emmy's refreshingly real attitude to be surprisingly attractive.Sorcerer by Ruth Owen (Loveswept). To save Einstein, her company's breakthrough artificial intelligence, Jillian Polanski would do anything . . . even venture into a computer-generated fantasy with the last person she'd like to team up with in this reality. Jillian knows firsthand that Dr. Ian Sinclair's frosty exterior complements a heart of pure steel. But dress the scientist in shining armor and the ice in his veins shows serious signs of melting. Is the heat between them real, or is it just her imagination? Ian Sinclair has learned the hard way not to trust anything that can't be documented, dissected, and double-checked. So why does he enjoy the sight of a woman who keeps causing glitches in his efficiently streamlined life? Entering a synthetic world is risky enough without Jillian there to distract him. But inside their simulated sanctuary, with Jillian playing the part of a too-tempting damsel in distress, Ian starts to give in to a different kind of magic: desire.Star-Spangled Bride by Iris Johansen (Loveswept Classic). When cable news mogul Gabe Faulkner is kidnapped by an overseas terrorist group, the last thing he expects is to be rescued by a beautiful woman. Photojournalist Ronnie Dalton claims she risked her neck only to win an Emmy, but Gabe senses there's more to the story. And though he's known her for only a few hours, he can't deny the sizzling chemistry between them—or his overwhelming desire to protect her. Ronnie doesn't expect Gabe to remember her. She was just a teenager when he saved her life. Now it is Ronnie's chance to return the favor. Once she accomplishes her mission, she'll walk away. But when Gabe throws Ronnie onto his getaway helicopter, he inadvertently puts her back in harm's way. For as soon as they touch down in the United States, she's going to be deported, or worse . . . unless she marries an American citizen. Gabe is up for the ruse. But he also seems to have other ideas . . . ideas that include thoroughly seducing her.Hushed by Kelley York (Entangled Embrace). Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he's never stopped trying to shelter her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed. Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can't deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer's dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn't get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan...permanently.The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shahraz (Arcadia Books). Set in contemporary Pakistan, London, and Egypt, this compelling family drama is a romantic story of love and betrayal in a wealthy Muslim family experiencing conflicts between old traditions and modern life. Zarri, the glamorous 28-year-old daughter of a wealthy landowner, falls in love and wishes to marry Sikander, a business tycoon. Her father, Habib, dislikes Sikander and prohibits their marriage. Soon after, Habib's only son is killed in an accident and he decides to make Zarri his heiress, resurrecting an ancient tradition that requires an heiress to remain celibate for the rest of her life. Unable to marry, Zarri is forced to submit to her father and becomes her clan's holy woman.Synchronized Breathing by Tara Ellison (The Writer's Coffee Shop). Nothing announces the failure of one's life quite as loudly as having to move back in with your mother at the ripe old age of thirty-five. Unfortunately for Scarlett Spencer, her marriage has recently imploded and she's headed to Beverly Hills-toddler in tow-to move in with her over-sexed mother, CeCe. But maneuvering life back at home isn't the only challenge . . . After being a stay-at-home mom, Scarlett wades back into the Hollywood employment pool with hilarious results. Even more terrifying is the prospect of reentering the dating world. She soon learns that balancing motherhood with the unique demands of Hollywood men creates a new twist on the dating dilemma. Tired of dating jerk after jerk, Scarlett goes on a self-imposed "man-diet," which isn't easy when her mother is perpetually on a manhunt. But in the quiet of this new man-free existence, Scarlett discovers what is really important in her life. Synchronized Breathing is a cheeky, light-hearted story about moving on and realizing that mother doesn't always know best.Just Add Spice by Carol E. Wyer (Safkhet Soul). Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her. Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel -- a woman who doesn't believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price.Is This Love by Sue Moorcroft (Choc Lit). When Tamara Rix's sister Lyddie is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leaves her in need of constant care, Tamara resolves to remain in the village she grew up in. Tamara would do anything for her sister, even sacrifice a long-term relationship. But when Lyddie's teenage sweetheart Jed Cassius returns to Middledip, he brings news that shakes the Rix family to their core. Jed's life is shrouded in mystery, particularly his job, but despite his strange background, Tamara can't help being intrigued by him. Can Tamara find a balance between her love for Lyddie and growing feelings for Jed, or will she discover that some kinds of love just don't mix? GAY CONTEMPORARYA Life Interrupted by Lynley Wayne (MLR Press). Dan and Travis met in college, the unlikeliest of pairs, and then became friends and lovers. For the past twenty-two years Dan's lived his own version of happily-ever-after, with Travis by his side. Then tragedy strikes and life as they know it ceases to exist. Will they be strong enough to find their way back from a life interrupted?Echo's Revenge by Linda Kay Silva (Sapphire Books). Sapphire Book's 2013 fall releases includes the latest of Linda Kay Silva's Paranormal Investigative Echo Branson series, Echo's Revenge. In book six, Echo Branson must face her greatest fears in an effort to save the supernaturals held captive on a Hawaiian island. Will her incredible supernatural powers be enough to destroy Genesys labs–and free herself from the person responsible for creating her? Or will revenge spell the end of Echo Branson?Switching Gears by Rhavensfyre (Sapphire Books). Switching Gears is a romantic intrigue authored by Rhavensfyre and published by Sapphire Books. Having spent her life trying to please others, Micah Connolly experiences a dark change. The high-powered attorney, Olivia Holden, regrets losing the one woman she could love–Micah–by her strict adherence to rules. But when they meet again, Micah is forced to come to terms with a past that haunts her. By doing so, she takes an enormous risk. A risk that could destroy her.Andi Unwrapped by Riley Adair Garret (Sapphire Books). Published by Sapphire Books, Riley Adair Garret's debut novel–Andi Unwrapped–is a contemporary romance. Andi Mattison, who has recently walked away from an emotionally abusive husband, begins a journey of self-discovery at an all-woman's college by re-examining all aspects of her life, including her sexuality. Britt Avery, an out lesbian and professor of English, hasn't had a serious relationship in over fifteen years. But when Andi and Britt meet, it's the beginning of an intricate and complex narrative.The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Sylvie Fox, author of the L.A. Nights Series. Her website is www.sylviefox.com .With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg (Samhain). Everyone has at least one deep-seated fear. For Tyler, it's being in debt. He's so desperate to get out and stay out of it, he'll do almost anything—including selling his body at Saturday night sex parties. But he refuses to open his mind to anyone, especially the men paying to use him however they want. The only time he's truly happy is during the week at college, when he can escape into his music. The moment Haris sees Tyler playing piano at a concert, he falls hard, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make the guy his. Even if it means—for the first time in his life—opening his wallet as wide and desperate as his heart. £20,000 to live with a good-looking guy for four months? How can Tyler resist the chance to ditch the sex party scene for good? But neither man realizes how much they're risking. And when outside forces close in, ready to destroy them, the trickiest part about the next four months could be just surviving.Echoes of Us by Teegan Loy (Dreamspinner). Most people think falling in love is a wonderful thing. For Rylan Blake, love only complicates his life. After a disastrous trip home, Rylan and his best friend, Maggie, head back to Chicago to meet their new roommate, Jade Marin, and prepare for their final year of college. Love is the last thing Rylan expects when he meets Jade. But as the two men get to know each other and discover their mutual love of music, friendship becomes more. They compose songs and, at Maggie's urging, post their work on YouTube—where the videos go viral and a music producer discovers them. But hitting it big isn't always a good thing, especially when it comes with a price. When Rylan and Jade sign a deal with a big music company, they're ordered to hide their relationship from the public and take fake girlfriends. At first, it's a game, but as their fame grows, Rylan feels forced to choose: Does he stay and live a lie, or does he walk away from a life of fame—and from Jade?Stronger In Your Hands by Diane Adams (Love Lane). Eighteen and still trapped at prep school, Alex feels he and Jared will never get together, and then a surprise visit from Jared puts all doubt to rest. After Alex graduates everything seems to fall right into place. The heat between them is scorching, but secrets from Jared's past and his need to take care of everyone around him, jeopardizes their fledgling relationship. How will they build a future if Jared can't to face the past?Flamingos Stand Together by S. Allen (S. Allen). How do you find the right man when you're ready to settle down? First spill a drink on him, then babysit his daughter and finally fall in love. Oh and hope he's not straight. Finn was lonely and ready to settle down. He was looking for Mr. right not Mr. right now. He was tired of failed blind dates, but could this one be the ultimate set up? Had he finally met the one? Ryland was newly divorced and just out of the Army. He was looking forward to getting to know his daughter better and was ready to start dating. A friend had set up a blind date for him to meet Finn. Finn definitely grabbed his attention from the moment they met. Unfortunately, Finn has a secret admirer. Will Ryland be able to keep Finn safe and will their budding relationship turn into more?Fusion by Posy Roberts (Dreamspinner). How do you tell your friends and family you've fallen in love with a man when they've only ever known you as straight? How do you explain to your kids that you loved their mother very much, but your new partner is your best friend from high school? Kevin Magnus must figure it out while trying to build a relationship with Hugo Thorson, whose bigger than life, out-and-proud drag queen persona is simply too big to be contained in a closet—even for the time it takes Kevin to come up with an explanation for his kids and Erin, his soon-to-be ex-wife. But Erin faces an even bigger obstacle—one that shakes the entire family to the core. When she unexpectedly turns to Hugo, they form a connection that forces Hugo to grow up and offers Kevin the chance to become the kind of father he wants to be. Despite the coming complications, they'll all benefit from a fortunate side effect: it becomes clear that Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.On Archimedes Street by Jefferson Parrish (Dreamspinner). Just across the river from New Orleans, people cook, eat, ply their trades, pursue their hobbies, and live out their lives in the insulated bubble of Archimedes Street, lined with centuries-old live oaks. Honoria Abbott and Rita Simmons, Redemptorist professors and neighbors, are the salty matriarchs who rule the roost in this small fiefdom. Connoisseurs of M/M romance and aspiring matchmakers, they hatch a plot to awaken two of Honoria's students to each other's charms. The first step is to make Dutch and Flip roommates in Rita's shotgun-double apartment. Dutch Abbott, a coddled, narcissistic rich boy, is drawn to the down-to-earth Flip, a transfer student with good looks and a pugnacious attitude. Secure in his self-esteem, Flip Abbott starts to question everything he ever believed about himself after he meets the arrogant but undeniably brilliant Dutch. Little do Honoria and Rita know that their matchmaking will swirl Archimedes Street into the eye of a domestic hurricane, complete with lost cats, teenage longing, shrewd trading of sexual favors, fierce culinary competition, and environmental activism sprinkled with a little white magic.Reviewing Life by Lara Brukz (Dreamspinner). Recovering alcoholic Marshall Ellerbee still grieves the loss of his best friend and lover, Eric. After a year of sobriety, Marshall accepts a new job with the Wellness Center, something else to help him continue cleaning up his life. Things are finally improving when his sponsor has a heart attack. The counselor hired to replace him is none other than Kyle Young, the lost ex's best friend. Kyle has always hated Marshall, but now they must work together and move past their history. When Marshall saves Eric's life, Kyle suddenly sees Marshall in a new light. But will romance unsettle Marshall's hard-won new stability…The Little Things by Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner). There are lots of things that brighten Joel's life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel's boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are. Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel's life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain. Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn't a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he's keeping Liam at a distance for Evie's sake, when really he's protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?Pen Name: Doctor Chicken by KC Burn (Dreamspinner). Sometimes Stratford Dale feels like Doctor Chicken consumes his life. It's his pen name for a series of wildly popular children's books. They were his brainchild; he meant for them to be a way to pay his many bills while he pursued his dream of publishing graphic novels. But the Doctor Chicken contract was a raw deal. Instead, he churns out book after book for a pittance, leaving him broke and no closer to his dreams. Stratford's dreams of love have fared no better, but he's still trying. After yet another disastrous date, he's intrigued by a man going into a cooking class—so he takes the class too. Vinnie Giani is a successful, self-made man who is charmed by Stratford's bow ties, sharp humor, and clumsiness—which leads to an opportunity to take Stratford in for stitches. Vinnie is, above all, responsible, having taken on the care of his mother and sisters from a young age. Perhaps it's natural when he begins to treat Stratford more as a child who needs a parent than as an equal partner. But when Vinnie tries to "fix" Stratford's career woes—including the Doctor Chicken problem—and ends up making the situation worse, their fledgling relationship may not withstand the strain created by blame and lies. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Undercover Twin by Lena Diaz (Harlequin Intrigue). DEA agent Nick Morgan had no choice but to break up with the love of his life, Heather Bannon. He knew that if he was seen anywhere near the gorgeous P.I., he could kiss his career goodbye. But when Heather's twin is abducted, Nick reconsiders his priorities.Song Without Words by Juli Page Morgan (Carey On Publishing). Top jock Spencer Moretti owns the New Orleans Rock radio airwaves. A veteran of countless band interviews at the age of 22, she's ready for her own world-wide syndicated program. All she needs is one big break, and she finds it during a chance meeting with Geoff Lane, former guitarist for the legendary UK band Axis. When Spencer discovers that Geoff has a secret music project in the works, one that's sure to reignite his career, she ropes him into an exclusive interview, determined to snag the juicy details. Intrigued by the lovely disc jockey's feisty nature and her spitfire temper, Geoff is determined to snag something too – Spencer! Spencer and Geoff make sweet music together until death strikes their circle of friends. As the body count mounts, it's clear that someone will go to any lengths to stop them cold. Can they keep a killer from destroying all they have, or will their love song become a murder ballad?The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Susan Vaughan, author of Never Surrender , Once Burned and Twice a Target . Her website is www.susanvaughan.com . An Inner Fire by Jacki Delecki (Doe Bay Publishing). Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle's waterfront. As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis,that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis' poodle, to conduct her own investigation. As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis' life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in. With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.Betrayed by Donnell Ann Bell (Bell Bridge Books). When a woman learns the incomprehensible, that the stillborn baby she delivered 28 years earlier is alive, she takes the evidence to where her daughter now lives—Denver, Colorado. Detective Nate Paxton can't believe what Irene Turner shows him. Kinsey Masters, a world-class athlete, raised by a prominent Denver family, an unattainable woman he's known and loved for years, was stolen at birth.Burn by Brooke Cumberland (Brooke Cumberland). Book 2 in the Spark Series. Just when Velaney thinks she is safe again...her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her. Eric is dealing with his own insecurities as he tries to accept Velaney's decision to help the enemy...can he get past it? Will they be there for each other in the end? Eric struggles to step aside and trust Velaney...but will his past keep him from doing so? Can he let go in order to move forward? Velaney and Eric had their fair share of ups and downs in SPARK...their love was undeniable and intense. Just when you think they could get their happily ever after...pasts collide and merge together...will they fight for what they want? Or will their love crash and burn?Sergei by Roxie Rivera (Night Works Books). Her Russian Protector #6. After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She's never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei. The Russian behemoth works as an enforcer for mob boss Nikolai Kalasnikov and fights as his champion in the underground bare-knuckle circuit. Sergei is absolutely the last complication she needs in her life—but he's the only man who makes her body ache with desire. When he learns some creep is bothering Bianca, Sergei Sakharov vows to protect her at all costs. He's been trying to get close to the plus-sized beauty for months but she rejects him at every turn. He's determined to show her that he's worth more as a man than his criminal connections. But Sergei's loyalty to his family puts him at odds with the future he wants with Bianca. He has to choose—the woman he desperately loves or his loyalty to the man who saved his life. If you're an author who has an upcoming new romance, you can send information about the book (subgenre, title, author, publisher, 75ish-word blurb) to happyeverafterusat@gmail.com. Please include "new release contemporary" (or whatever subgenre it is) in the subject line. HEA will do its darnedest to get your listing into a new releases post as close to your publication date as possible. All romances and subgenres are accepted, including self- and indie-pubbed. SHARE
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