When Margo misreads a road map while travelling by car through France, her husband Alan flies into one of his habitual rages. Tired of his constant bad moods, Margo slips away from him at a motorway café. She hitches a lift with a woman truck driver and escapes into the French countryside. What follows is adventure and romance far beyond her wildest dreams. Will Alan find her before she finds herself? Continue reading
When her father dies, Maud learns that her mother, the beautiful Eleonore, whom she had never known, was from Sweden. She travels to Stockholm to meet her Swedish family and discovers both a new country and a mysterious past.
Maud also learns that Lukas, the handsome older man she meets, was deeply in love with Eleonore in his youth. Maud’s attraction to him is marred as details of Eleonore’s past emerge from family letters.
The story that is revealed, that of a rebellious and somewhat immoral young woman, shatters Maud’s fantasy of the fairy tale princess she had always believed her mother to be.
Only when Maud reads her mother’s final letter does she learn the truth about her own parentage, and Lukas.
Set in Stockholm, its beautiful archipelago and Australia
Mia is beautiful, talented and has the world at her fingertips. But what makes her different than the average college student who juggles a heavy workload and a rat of a boyfriend? Many years ago she was born to an unknown family in China but soon discarded to fend for herself in a busy train station. Fate stepped in when Mia was taken to the local orphanage and adopted at the age of four by her American family. Life has been good for her, or at least as much as she has allowed it to be while pushing her deep feelings of abandonment to the back of her mind. Finally she has decided that in order to move forward, she must confront her past. Mia takes a journey to the mysterious land of her birth and embarks on a mission to find answers. As she follows the invisible red thread back through her motherland, she is enamored by the history and culture of her heritage–strengthening her resolve to get to the truth, even as Chinese officials struggle to keep it buried. With her unwavering spirit of determination, Mia battles the forces stacked against her and faces mystery, danger, a dash of romance, and finally a conclusion that will change her life. Continue reading
As an editor at a hip woman’s magazine, Diana Hudson’s job is to spot mistakes and erase them. But when her boss discovers she’s been applying the same critical eye to her love life, she decides it’s time for Diana to re-edit her style manual for love. She offers Diana the chance to write her first story for the magazine–the EX files–a series of articles about whether spending time with old flames can kindle new fires. For the aspiring writer it’s an irresistible, though admittedly awkward, opportunity — especially when her photographer and BFF Nick is sent along to document whether “Mr. Wrong Then” might be “Mr. Right Now…” But as Nick focuses his lens on Diana’s love life, she’s not the only one who begins to see things from a different angle… Continue reading
Three tales of broken hearts and love gone wrong
Matt was the great love of Lydia’s young life. But how can she possible survive, knowing that he loves another, that red-headed bitch Jeannie?
They got their happy ending, the white wedding, the house, the suburban life together. But every morning when he leaves for work, she secretly hopes he won’t come back.
Three years ago, A.J. and Diane were a couple. It didn’t work out and Diane grew a hard shell around her wounded heart and adopted a new tough personality to survive. But when she runs into A.J. at a wedding party, the past comes crashing back all at once. Continue reading
In present day China, an old woman’s house sits opposite an ancient bridge. Not just any bridge–but a special one because it has always been known as The Lucky Bridge. In olden days it was said that to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or at the beginning of the New Year would bring the traveler good luck. Because of its reputation, over the years it has also become a popular place for young mothers to abandon their children. What to some may seem cruel is in reality their final gift to their offspring–one last chance to send them off to their new destinies with luck on their side. Jing, an old woman, is the unofficial and often reluctant guardian of the bridge. When no one else will, Jing steps in to prevent the children from frostbite, abuse and hunger, and then she delivers them safely to the orphanage. This has been her routine for many years, but what does Jing do when the latest child, a blind boy, burrows deep into her heart?
Read ‘The Bridge’ to see how Fei Fei’s life is changed by the love of a lonely old woman. The Bridge is a short story of 17,000 words, approximately 72 pages. Fei Fei’s character is based on a real orphaned boy that Kay Bratt met during her time in China.
It wasn’t the first time she’d had to pick herself up and dust herself off, but after her husband of more than twenty years announced to her he wanted a divorce, Lane Jensen thought she might never recover from this cruel blow.
With her husband gone and both kids away at college, Lane decides it is time to do something life changing and unexpected.
Unwilling to let her sadness destroy her, Lane accepts an offer to work on a fledgling reality TV show, “Fire on Ice”. The whole prospect sounds like a bit of a disaster, but at this point, what has she got to lose?
Lane’s challenge will be to take retired star quarterback Ron Brannon, and pair him with professional figure skater Elena Denkova in an attempt to make a pairs team out of the two of them and ultimately win a pairs skating competition.
Not only does the team’s seriously mismatched talent seem intimidating, but Lane is soon finding herself attracted to her gorgeous co-star Ron, who is married and completely off limits. Will Lane be able to hide her budding attraction to her co-star when the cameras are rolling constantly? Will coming to Hollywood be the diversion she had hoped for, or the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back? Continue reading
After so many disappointments, ever-cautious Amelia hazards to trust again with her dear friend Drew, desperately hoping that this time her love might prove to be enough.
But that means Jodie is losing, and Jodie hates to lose. She hates that her roommate is getting married, because now she needs a new roommate, and Jodie hates new people. She hates strangers, hates dating, hates romance in general. She doesn’t need anyone in her life. She doesn’t need to be completed. She doesn’t need anything.
But Jodie is wrong, and she hates being wrong. There is something she needs. And now she’s about to lose it all.
Exactly Where They’d Fall is a story of friends and lovers, closely held secrets, and the deepest truths we try to deny. Told from three friends who each stand to lose everything, this is a story that explores the complicated and tender bonds of friendship and love. Fans of upbeat, witty literary fiction, and character-rich women’s fiction will enjoy this charming and honest debut.
length: full-length novel, 88,000 words
genres: contemporary women’s fiction, literary fiction, tragicomedy Continue reading
When her mother deserts her to be with a new man, Amanda is hurt and betrayed. She loses faith in the world. To soothe her pain, she retreats into fly fishing, until she learns that her loving grandmother has terminal cancer.
Amanda struggles to find answers. Then one day she discovers that her grandmother, against the doctor’s orders, has gone fishing somewhere on the Junction River. Frightened, Amanda, along with Shana, her adopted dog, and Vernon, a grieving alcoholic, searches the river—but marches into an unexpected, terrifying event that, in a surprising way, helps her learn to forgive and to see the good in the world.
An eastern wind carries more than dust and ashes; it uproots secrets and everyone knows that once one secret is told, no secret is safe. Laine’s haunting secrets–the estrangement from her husband—the unknown body laying in her grandfather’s coffin—the sudden and strange appearance of a difficult ghost—take her to the tiny town of Rose Arbor, her grandfather’s hometown and the place of her grandmother’s death.
As Laine unravels the mystery of her grandparents’ marriage she is forced to face one more question of the heart—Can love live even after it has died?
Kristy Tate, author of Stealing Mercy, returns with another story laced with romance and intrigue. Continue reading