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Fire and Ice

Sherrilyn Kenyon - 2001
    She knows that the one thing he values in her is her virginity, and in a last-ditch effort to escape the fate her father has decreed for her, she sets out to seduce the first man she can find. Adron Quiakides was once a fierce League assassin. Now he lives in constant pain from wounds suffered years earlier at the hands of a madman. When Livia approaches him in a darkened bar, he willingly falls for her seduction. But when he feels the warmth of her healing touch he knows that he can't let her go. With her in his arms, he is free of pain, both body and soul.FIRE & ICE - Originally published in a stand alone ebook in 1998. Currently available in the OUT OF THIS WORLD anthology that features all the short stories Sherri wrote for Penguin.

Before the Dawn

Beverly Jenkins - 2001
    Ryder Damien is not about to welcome this beauty with open arms, however, especially since Leah was the one who won the affection of Ryder's late father and now may inherit, his considerable wealth. But when she stands before him in the flesh -- proud, vulnerable, and intoxicatingly lovely -- desire replaces hatred in Ryder's heart. Yet can passion survive this wild land and its dangerous men...and the most breathtaking peril: untamed love?

Emma's Folly

Carolyn Brown - 2001
    She's intrigued by stories of the Oklahoma land rush the previous year, 1889, and buys a train ticket to Oklahoma. After all, that's where the excitement is. Trouble arises the moment she steps inside the general store in Guthrie, coming face to face with the sheriff, who has received a telegram to be on the lookout for a tall blond from Georgia. Jed Thomas just came to town to buy supplies for his homestead. The sheriff asked a strange lady a question just as she begins mouthing the words, "Help me, please," in Jed's direction. In half an hour Jed was married to the woman and wondering just how in the world it had all come about. They're married on paper only but slowly come to realize through daily living, arguments, and compromises that they've fallen in love. However, Jed doesn't think a blue-eyed Southern belle could ever really love a dirt farmer like him. And Emma thinks Jed will always love Anna Marie, the woman with whom he almost had an agreement before he married her.

A Family Reunion

Brenda Jackson - 2001
    But for four special cousins, hidden desires and long-kept secrets will challenge their bond, test their courage, and change their hearts forever...Taye A hair stylist with big ambitions, she trusted the wrong she's determined to land the right one, no matter who stands in her way.Michael—A divorced airline pilot struggling to manage his teenage daughter...turbulence comes when a new passion enters his life.Alexia The chubby little girl became a sexy superstar who seems to have it all...except the one thing she's always wanted to make her life complete.Rae'jean—Engaged to be married, this pretty young doctor's past has been shrouded in mystery. Now she's coming home to finally learn the truth...Before this reunion is over, this unforgettable foursome will have to go beyond betrayal and reach deep for forgivemenss if they truly want to understand the bone-deep bond of love that is family.

The Ivy Tree

Carolyn Brown - 2001
    He surely didn't expect to be awakened the first morning he was there by a snaggle-toothed kid and his sassy Irish mother, who'd moved right into the house with him.Allie McCleary wouldn't have ever consented to move to Dougherty, Oklahoma, if she'd known Truman had the freedom to use the house, too. And she sure didn't expect Truman James to be the magic she'd been searching for since her husband was killed five years before.The rest is what happens when you cross a handsome-beyond-words bull rider with a mostly-Irish lass with a temper to match her rich chestnut brown hair and mossy green eyes. It's the story of an old ivy covered elm tree in the corner of the yard, sitting in dormancy like Allie's heart and rooted deep in the rich ranch soil, like Truman's soul.Will they realize that the real fight lies within their hearts? Although they're as mismatched as oil and water, they have fallen in love. Can either of them admit it?

Dance Upon the Air

Nora Roberts - 2001
    Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore cafe--and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him--for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she's created so carefully could shatter completely.Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse--one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women--and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step--she must find the power to save her home, her love...and herself...

Lily's White Lace

Carolyn Brown - 2001
    Knowing she can't marry a man she can't trust, Lily leaves Dylan at the altar and heads to Oklahoma to clear her head and mend her wounded heart.She resolves never to trust a man again. Not even Jesse, her best friend Marcy's brother. Especially since Jesse knows just how to infuriate her, bait her, make her laugh and even bring the glitter back into her eyes. And he's a farmer, the very type of man with whom she vowed she'd never fall in love with. As the daughter of a farmer she knows that she doesn't want that kind of life.That's just fine with Jesse because he's going to marry a tall blond angel who loves farming as much as he does. And Lily is too short, her hair is too curly, her eyes are too light and she never smiles. She doesn't have one appealing quality except her cooking, which is spectacular... and she can plow a field better than anyone he's ever known. But that wasn't enough to build a relationship on. Maybe a friendship if she'd thaw out a little. But that's definitely as far as it can go.Or is it?

Crane's Bride

Linda Ford - 2001
    Everything, that is, except a wife. An impromptu ad placed in the local mercantile brings Maggie Malone into his life--and a whole lot more than he bargained for. Before the ink on their marriage certificate dries, the feisty new bride has managed to add a foundling girl and a young boy to the "family." Maggie has no reason to trust men. But Crane promises to give her a home in the west. She’ll take a chance with him if for no other reason than to escape her present situation. But she will not tolerate any sort of injustice which lands her in one situation after another. Through it all, Crane remains true. Is this enough reason to trust him with her heart? This is a re-release. This title was originally published by Heartsong Books in 2001.

Safe Harbor

Radclyffe - 2001
    Reese Conlon, LtCol USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attentions. Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father�s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one another a Safe Harbor.

Between Lovers

Eric Jerome Dickey - 2001
    His latest book is no exception. Set in the San Francisco Bay area, Between Lovers brings together three irresistible characters. The novel's narrator a Los Angeles-based writer is still reeling from being dumped by Nicole after seven good years followed by an aborted trip to the altar. Nicole grew up during their time together, and changed—she became a successful career woman, moved north to Oakland, and fell in love with another woman. But she's still not satisfied. She likes what she has, but misses what she had, and wants to find out if she can have it all. She's playing with fire, not to mention the feelings of the two people who love her most in the world, but Nicole lures her former fiancé back into her new life, opening the floodgates of anger, passion, pain...and refreshing honesty. How these three fascinating people handle this unusual and complex love triangle makes for one of Dickey's most provocative and unforgettable novels.


Sandra Brown - 2001
    Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.Her trip to Georgia to meet the mysterious author takes her to an eerie, ruined cotton plantation, where Maris finds Parker Evans, a man confined to a wheelchair who carefully hides his past. Coaxing his novel from him chaper by chapter, Maris becomes caught up in his tale of two friends who rent a boat with a young woman for a night of sex and drinking. Only one person will return from that trip.Disturbed about her sexual attraction to Parker and worried about her marriage to author and her co-publisher Noah Reed, Maris returns to New York, where the delivery of Parker's newest chapters convince her they are more than fiction. She wonders how well she knows her husband and begins a harrowing search for a truth that ties back to a terrifying crime and a man who will use her, or anyone, to get his revenge.©2001 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What If?

Shari Low - 2001
    1999.Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye' to Mr Right.But there is a problem:Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.On a mission to discover if she walked away from her 'happy ever after', Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye?

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

James Patterson - 2001
    This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.James Patterson has written a love story!--a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker--everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy's father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened--and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving. Written with James Patterson's perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

Sam's Letters to Jennifer

James Patterson - 2001
    There, Jennifer will discover new meaning in life and experience not one, but two of the most amazing love stories ever.

The Stanislaski Series Collection Volume 2: Convincing Alex / Waiting for Nick / Considering Kate

Nora Roberts - 2001
    When she meets the sexy detective Alex Stanislaski she decides to follow him around to get "ideas" for her show. Nick is absolutely perfect for her research…and maybe for herself as well. WAITING FOR NICK Frederica Kimball has three goals now that she’s moved to New York City: find her own place, become a Broadway lyricist and get Nick LeBeck to fall as desperately in love with her. Though Nick has always treated Freddie like a little sister, he can't help but notice the gorgeous woman now standing in her place. Perhaps everything he's ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined… CONSIDERING KATE Kate Stanislaski Kimball has come home to make a fresh start. The only thing more perfect than the beautiful — dilapidated — building she's bought for her new dance school is Brody O'Connell, the frustrating contractor she's hired for the renovation. As a single father, Brody is determined to resist Kate's effortless allure. But how long can a man hold out against his own heart? Originally published.

Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree

Santa Montefiore - 2001
    All, that is, except her Irish mother, Anna, who punishes her daughter for her own sense of alienation and inadequacy while doting on her sons.When a horrified Anna discovers that Sofia has embarked on a passionate love affair that can only bring shame upon the family, she sends Sofia away to Europe, inadvertently exiling her from her family and the man she loves for over twenty years. And then a family tragedy calls Sofia home.Following the story of the Solanas family in Argentina during the tumultous years of political upheaval, and Sofia's life in exile, MEET ME UNDER THE OMBU TREE is a moving, evocative and unforgettable story of love and forgiveness from a brilliant new voice.

The Scarletti Curse

Christine Feehan - 2001
    But a still more fearful secret lurked within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who entered its forbidding walls was doomed to leave in a casket.The BrideMystical and unfettered, Nicoletta had no terror of ancient curses and no fear of marriage...until she looked into the dark, mesmerizing eyes of Don Scarletti. She had sworn no man would command her, had thought her gift of healing set her apart, but his was the right to choose a bride from among his people. And he had chosen her.The BargainCompelled by duty, drawn by desire, she gave her body into his keeping, and prayed the powerful, tormented don would be her heart's destiny, and not her soul's demise.

Above All, Honor

Radclyffe - 2001
    Cam’s duty is her life and the only thing that keeps her from self-destructing under the unbearable weight of her own deep personal tragedy. However, she hasn’t counted on the fact that the beautiful, willful first daughter will do anything in her power to escape the watchful eyes of her protectors, including seducing the agent in charge. Both women struggle with long-hidden secrets and dark passions as they are forced to confront their growing attraction amidst the escalating danger drawing ever closer to Blair.From the dark shadows of rough trade bars in Greenwich Village to the elite galleries of Soho, each must balance duty with desire and, ultimately, chose between love and honor.

Dusty Britches

Marcia Lynn McClure - 2001
    Why today? she wondered. Why was her memory tarrying on that young cowhand from five years ago? ]"Well]now," a deep, masculine voice said from behind her, "if it ain't Miss Dusty Britches " Dusty felt the color drain from her face]felt the blood seem to drain from the rest of her body and puddle in her feet. She felt dizzy and nauseated all at once. ]There was only one person on the whole of the earth who ever called her Dusty Britches, and that was the cowboy who gave her the nickname in the first place. ...Dusty slowly turned around to see standing before her a man whose eyes were those belonging to a boy she'd once known--a boy who had grown into a man. Angelina Hunter was seriously minded...and it was a good thing. Her fathers ranch needed a woman who could endure the strenuous work of ranch life. Since her mothers death, Angelina had been that woman. She had no time for frivolity; no time for a less severe side of life. Not when there was so much to be done--hired hands to feed, a widower father to care for and an often ridiculously light-hearted younger sister to worry about. No. Angelina Hunter had no time for the things most young women her age enjoyed. And yet, Angelina had not always been so hardened. There had been a time when she boasted a fun, flirtatious nature even more delightful than her sister Beccas--a time when her imagination soared with adventurous, romantic dreams. But that all ended years before at the hand of one man. Her heart turned to stone]safely becoming void of any emotion save impatience and indifference. Until the day her dreamsreturned, the day that the very maker of her broken heart rode back into her life. As the dust settled from the cattle drive that brought him back, would Angelinas heart be softened? Would she learn to hope again? Would her long-lost dreams become a blessed reality?

A Glimpse of the Mersey

Anne Baker - 2001
    Daisy yearns for the love and security that a family of her own would give her, but she finds comfort in her relationship with Brenda, her older 'sister'. One day in 1919 Brenda arrives home flushed with excitement. She has agreed to marry local businessman Gil Fox. Daisy is dismayed at the news, for she doesn't trust the handsome Gil. Not long after their wedding, Brenda begins to realise that Gil isn't the man she thought he was. But Daisy's dreams are about to come true. Ellis - Gil's upright, kind and dependable brother - falls in love with Daisy. A family of her own is finally within her reach. But will it be enough to get her through some stormy times?

A Very Gothic Christmas

Christine Feehan - 2001
    Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult . . . and their evil machinations may plunge the family into darkness -- unless a Christmas miracle occurs. . . .LADY OF THE LOCKET by MELANIE GEORGEThe echoes of history and romance lure Rachel Hudson to Glengarren, the Scottish castle where her parents met many Christmases ago. But it is the portrait of fierce Highlander Duncan MacGregor that sparks an inexplicable yearning inside her. On a storm-tossed night, as lightning cracks across the castle's turrets, Rachel finds herself face-to-face with MacGregor himself, astride a mighty stallion. Now, stepping into Rachel's time -- and her heart -- the warrior from the past is pursued by an ancient, evil enemy. . . .

True-Blue Texan

Linda Barrett - 2001
    Brave. Bold. Brainy. One woman reached for the gold, one for the law, one for the university, and one ran as far from home as possible. But often, the best laid plans fall apart, and Starting Over is the only thing to do. True-Blue Texan, Book 1 -- A fish out of water. University instructor, Katherine Kirby, reluctantly faces a new city and a new job. How could she, who was used to teaching eager undergraduates at a prestigious college, relate to a class of adult high school dropouts seeking an equivalency diploma? She has no family, no love in her life, and no choice but to jump into her new position and do the best she can. After all, it's only temporary while she gets her career back on track. Her new students, however, begin to touch her heart. Especially the tall, dark Texan in the second row. Nick Martinelli's presence in her class is a secret -- from his parents, his customers and the entire city. But his interest in Katherine is no secret. In his desire to teach the teacher, however, Nick learns a little something himself.

Dream of Me/Believe in Me

Josie Litton - 2001
    They know that their only hope for peace is to persuade the Saxon Lord Hawk to unite his noble family with theirs — in a bond sealed forever by the sanctity of marriage. Together these three men will strive to overcome centuries-old rivalries and hatred. Each will unite in marriage with an extraordinary woman who has her own special gift — and her own dreams of bringing about an end to war....Book OneIn Dream of Me we meet the Viking leader Wolf Hakonson as he embarks on a mission to kidnap the Lady Cymbra, a legendary beauty Wolf mistakenly believes is the cause of war. Instead he discovers that she is a gifted healer who will challenge him to confront his deepest yearnings — and together they will become soul mates who forge a future blessed by peace. Book TwoThe drama continues in Believe in Me, when the Saxon Lord Hawk, brother of Cymbra, seeks to strengthen the alliance by wedding a Norse noblewoman. But Lady Krysta arrives bearing many secrets — including her gift for seeing what others cannot. And as an unexpected love ignites, only Krysta can sense the looming danger that threatens the peace — and Hawk as well.Now, discover Josie Litton....

Divine By Mistake

P.C. Cast - 2001
    But then her latest purchase--a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it--somehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess... It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while it has some very appealing moments--what woman doesn't like a little pampering now and then?--it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she's her double.Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind... .

Love Came Just in Time

Lynn Kurland - 2001
    Four classic novellas from the USA Today bestselling author, including "The Gift of Christmas Past," "The Three Wise Ghosts," "And the Groom Wore Tulle," and "The Icing on the Cake."

Naughty or Nice

Eric Jerome Dickey - 2001
    But this holiday season, Frankie, Livvy, and Tommie McBroom are not only getting together, but finally gettin' it together-and discovering what family, sisterhood, and love are all about.

Kentucky Rich

Fern Michaels - 2001
    Now, the next generation of Colemans and Thorntons are back in an exciting new trilogy that combines the heady thrills of Kentucky horse racing with strong, accomplished women who fight for their dreams. Kentucky RichJosh Coleman left behind the unfinished family business when he took to his deathbed at SunStar, the thoroughbred horse farm he'd built from nothing. But now that unfinished business cannot be ignored--because his long-lost daughter has come back to settle an old score. Nealy Coleman no longer resembles the teenaged waif who slipped away the middle of the night with her illegitimate child, Emmie, thirty years ago. This Nealy is rich, sophisticated, and renowned in the racing world--a woman to be reckoned with. Nealy's shocking return will change everything for her two brothers, Pyne and Rhy; for her daughter, Emmie; and for all the Thorntons and Colemans, who have strong connections with SunStar. And when the truth about her father and a family's troubled past is revealed, Nealy will find herself faced with the greatest challenges of her life--challenges that will test her courage in unexpected ways and reveal what is truly important. In Kentucky Rich, Fern Michaels surpasses herself once again, with a novel as rich and lush as the Kentucky bluegrass country itself. . .a story of stunning power that ushers in an extraordinary new trilogy.

Naughty or Nice?

Sherrilyn Kenyon - 2001
    Four of today's hottest romance authors are gathered here with stories designed to arouse your imagination, titillate your senses--and leave you breathless . . .Naughty or Nice?Sherrilyn Kenyon heats up an office where two coworkers decide to spend the holidays together--only to find themselves surrendering completely to forbidden passion . . . "Love Bytes"Carly Phillips explores a "mistletoe moment" when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead--and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more . . . "Naughty Under the Mistletoe"Patricia Ryan surprises a cynical P.I., who meets the kind of woman he never wanted--until she takes him on a journey of rapturous pleasure . . . "Santa, Baby"Kathryn Smith teases a pair of Regency lovers who once shared a night of white-hot passion with the temptation to forgo propriety for something scandalous and irresistible . . . "A Christmas Charade"

The Turning Point

Francis Ray - 2001
    With broken dreams and countless regrets, she points her twelve-year-old car east, hoping and praying to find a new beginning.Car thieves stole Adam Wakefield's Porche, his eyesight, and his identity. Once a prominent neurosurgeon in San Francisco, Adam now lives at his secluded estate in Louisiana. Fearing that is blindness is permanent and that he will never be in control of his life again, he sinks deeper into depression each day.When her car breaks down on a back road in Louisiana, Lilly seeks helps and finds unexpected employment as Adam's caregiver. Her first encounter with him is disastrous. He reminds her too much of the angry husband she feared; she reminds him of how far he has fallen from the self-assured man he once was. But as the two spend long days together, an unexpected bond develops--one that will be tested by pain and joy and heal both of their shattered lives.

Love's Melody Lost

Radclyffe - 2001
    A fragile melody of love is played between these damaged souls, a song made sweeter and stronger by the day...but will their blossoming romance be destroyed by an outsider's greed or will it succumb to the discord of one woman's tormented heart? A reprint of the classic lesbian high-romance between a deeply secretive musician and the woman who returns the light to her dark days and the melody to her soul.

Sentimental Journey

Jill Barnett - 2001
     Written with depth, power, and emotional insight, New York Times bestselling author Jill Barnett’s sweeping novel of World War II delves deep into the lives of the women and men of war—young people driven by a sense of duty and honor, and sometimes of revenge, and who were once everyday people looking for happiness and love…until they must struggle to survive as the world around them is exploding.

The Smoke Jumper

Nicholas Evans - 2001
    For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…

Stanislaski's Bundle 1 of 2: Considering Kate / Convincing Alex / Falling for Rachel

Nora Roberts - 2001
    The only thing more perfect than the beautiful�dilapidated�building she'd bought for her new dance school was Brody O'Connell, the frustrating and surprisingly fascinating contractor she'd hired for the renovation. But Brody was determined to resist Kate's effortless allure. She was Natasha Stanislaski's pampered, perfect daughter, after all. Still, every fiber of his being longed to make her his…. Convincing Alex When Alex Stanislaski mistakenly arrested daringly bold soap-opera writer Bess McKnee for soliciting, she decided the sexy detective was absolutely perfect�for her research and for herself. Now all she had to do was convince him she was right…. Falling for Rachel Landlocked in Manhattan, rugged seaman Zack Muldoon needed a tough, no-nonsense lawyer to save his kid brother's delinquent hide. Public defender Rachel Stanislaski was not what he had in mind�until he discovered there was a lot more to the beautiful, coolheaded attorney than met the eye…and found himself falling for her, hook, line and sinker.

Rosa's Island

Val Wood - 2001
    Mr Drew's religious fervor holds a dark secret; Jim, the eldest son, is terrified of something from his past; Delia longs to escape from the island and tall, handsome Matthew wants only one thing - Rosa herself. Rosa's background is one of mystery, but Mr Drew knows the secret of Rosa's past - and so do the two mysterious Irishmen who come back to the island after many years to threaten everything Rosa holds dear...

Precious Time

Erica James - 2001
    Of course, her friends and family think she's gone mad. But when they arrive in Deaconsbridge, a small market town on the edge of the Peak District, Clara and Ned become drawn into the lives of the locals. Two in particular seem destined to get under Clara's skin—Gabriel Liberty, a cranky widower who terrifies his family, and Archie Merryman, a local dealer in second-hand furniture, who possesses a heart of gold. Then Clara finds herself having to confront a problem much closer to home, and one she had hoped she would never have to face

The Winston Brothers

Lori Foster - 2001
    Now, these tantalizing tales are available for the first time in one volume.


Sharon Sala - 2001
    Snowfall by Sharon Sala released on Apr 25, 2006 is available now for purchase.

Thursdays at Eight

Debbie Macomber - 2001
    Claire, Elizabeth, Karen, and Julia meet every Thursday for breakfast to share the events that are happening in their lives, from a painful divorce to an unexpected pregnancy, and to offer each other undying support, love, and encouragement.

Grand Passion/Absolutely, Positively

Jayne Ann Krentz - 2001
    One of the hottest writers in romance today--USA Today serves up a sizzling and suspenseful pair of classic New York Times bestsellers together in a single paperback volume.

A Bend in the Road

Nicholas Sparks - 2001
    Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it's her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years . . . and falling in love. Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret -- one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

The Edge of Town

Dorothy Garlock - 2001
    She's not prepared for the Jazz Age roaring through America, sweeping a flapper named Birdie Stuart and war veteran Evan Johnson into her Missouri town. As the summer heats up, life turns explosive. A wave of terrifying crimes threatens Evan's courtship of Julie, and Birdie's schemes begin to tear her family apart. Soon everything Julie wants and believes is at stake--including Evan's freedom--and Julie Jones must decide how far she will go to fight for herself and those she loves.

More Than Memory

Dorothy Garlock - 2001
    Now Nelda returns to her Iowa farmland home, only to rediscover her teenage love who was, for a few brief months, her husband. But is their love reawakening?

Scandalous/ Irresistible

Karen Robards - 2001
    The family's riches will pass to the next male heir -- a distant cousin -- and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast. Which she does. Pretending that Marcus is still alive, Gabby arranges beautiful Claire's London season. She'll keep up the pretense just long enough for Claire to marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives at the door and claims to be Marcus, Gabby's plan backfires. For if she exposes this mysterious stranger's deceit, she exposes her own. Bound by secrets and lies, Gabby and the roguish adventurer strike sparks off each other -- and soon London society is abuzz over the scandalous pair of "siblings" who appear to be falling in love.... With this beautifully rendered romance, bestselling author Karen Robards begins a sweeping series about three unforgettable sisters poised to take the ton by storm.

The Stanislaskis (Stanislaskis #1-6): Taming Natasha / Luring a Lady / Falling for Rachel / Convincing Alex / Waiting for Nick / Considering Kate

Nora Roberts - 2001
    The Stanislaski Collection contains 6 fantastic linked novels featuring the lively, colourful, passionate Stanislaski family: Taming Natasha, Falling for Rachel, Luring a Lady, Convincing Alex, Waiting for Nick and Considering Kate.

Chase the Lightning

Madeline Baker - 2001
    It was a spirit horse, Trey had been told, one that would always carry him away from danger. And if ever he'd needed such an animal, now was the time. With a bullet in his back and posse in his trail, he wouldn't last long unless the words of his Apache grandfather came true.FROM THE LAWAmanda couldn't believe her eyes when the beautiful white stallion appeared in her yard with a wounded man on its back. Dark and ruggedly handsome, the stranger fascinated her. He had about him an aura of danger and desire that excited her as her law-abiding fiance never could. But something didn't add up. Trey seemed bewildered by the amenities of modern life; he wanted nothing to do with the police; and he had a stack of 1863 bank notes in his saddlebags. Then one soul-stirring kiss made it all clear --- Trey might have held up a bank and stolen through time, but when he took her love it would be no robbery, but a gift of the heart.

The River Folk

Margaret Dickinson - 2001
    The pretty daughter of a wife-beating drunk, it is no surprise that she has grown up afraid of her own shadow. That is until 'Battling Bessie Ruddick' takes the young girl under her wing and into the heart of her bustling family.Growing into an attractive young woman, Mary Ann yearns to be loved and when her affection for Bessie's son, Dan, is finally returned she becomes a skipper's wife. But the arduous life aboard ship is clearly not for her and only the arrival of a daughter, Lizzie, seems to hold the marriage together. Yet, tragically, the family is torn apart when Mary Ann is seduced by the promise of a happier life.Although bewildered by her mother's disappearance, it is now up to Lizzie to help her father. For she, unlike Mary Ann, has inherited Dan's love of the river. But then, disturbingly, her life starts to follow the same pattern as her mother's . . .

The You I Never Knew

Susan Wiggs - 2001
    Her father, a Hollywood legend, had finally summoned her to his Montana ranch. But when he learned of her affair with Sam, a hired hand, he had Sam fired and destroyed his family. Michelle, pregnant, fled to Seattle. There, she is successful and safe--safe from love, safe from hurt. But her son is lost to her, a troubled teen on the verge of self-destruction, a boy who blames her for the absence of his father and grandfather. And then her father calls to tell her he is dying. He has only one chance to live--if she will donate a kidney to save him. So she goes, resolved to save her father, terrified to face Sam, but driven by desperation to save her son. To do that, she must face all the secrets of the past and find a way to heal the scars and love again.

Just Between Series

Gina L. Dartt - 2001
    They're forced to face their fear and inexperience while deal with a melding crew, a disastrous away mission, and the Captain’s sense of duty and feelings of responsibility for stranding the crew in the Delta Quadrant...This is a very large series, consisting of 50 stories broken down into five 'seasons'. It follows the trials and tribulations of the relationship between Janeway and Seven which begins somewhere near the end of the first year Seven came on the ship (season four on the show) and carries them all the way back to the Alpha Quadrant and to a new vessel.Posted: February, 1998 - January 26th, 2001Cover by Calli's Creations

A Bargained-For Bride

Marcia Lynn McClure - 2001
    Jilly smiled. "And you're the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know," she flirted in return. Jack smiled. "I do know," he said. Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable-and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove-and he was, for the most part. Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man-no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason-ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true-being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did.

Open Season

Linda Howard - 2001
     On her thirty-fourth birthday, Daisy Minor decides to make over her entire life. The small-town librarian has had it with her boring clothes, her ordinary looks, and nearly a decade without so much as a date. It's time to get a life—and a sex life. The perennial good girl, Daisy transforms herself into a party girl extraordinaire—dancing the night away at clubs, laughing and flirting with abandon—and she's declared open season for manhunting. But her free-spirited fun turns to shattering danger when she witnesses something she shouldn't—and becomes the target of a killer. Now, before she can meet the one man who can share her life, first she may need him to save it. Seamlessly blending heart-pounding romance and breathless intrigue, Linda Howard delivers a stylish and provocative novel that absolutely defies readers to put it down.

Pipit's song: A love story

Alene Roberts - 2001
    She finds a lighted cabin but doesn't know who she is or why she was running.

The Gold Coin / The Silver Coin

Andrea Kane - 2001
    The books follow the saga of a pair of beautiful identical cousins enmeshed in a web of passion and deceit.

Midnight Falcon

Cassie Edwards - 2001
    In Cassie Edwards' newest romantic adventure, a young widow in colonial Jamestown follows her heart into the arms of a noble Powhatan chief -- and sets the land ablaze with the hostility of their different peoples and the heat of their unbridled passion....

Hawk's Way Rogues

Joan Johnston - 2001
    A special "Hawk's Way" collector's edition features three "Texas-style" romances of the Whitelaw family: "Honey and the Hired Hand, The Cowboy Takes a Wife" and "Temporary Groom"

Keeper of the Flame

Stephanie Burke - 2001
    Love, Lies, And Murder includes the stories: Telling Tales and His Every Desire


Bonnie K. Winn - 2001
    That's why he became a veterinarian, and now cares for three dogs, two cats, a raccoon, snakes, ducks...but children? Luke hadn't considered parenthood before, but when he finds three orphaned kids, he can't just walk away. Now all he has to do is convince Social Services that a single man would make a great foster parent....Social worker Kealey Fitzpatrick firmly believes that taking in a child—not to mention three—shouldn't be undertaken as lightly as picking up milk at the store. Raised in foster homes herself, she knows the importance of belonging to a stable and loving family. And yet the more time Kealey spends with the kids, she realizes they've already adopted Luke as their dad. The only thing a mommy.

The Larton Chronicles

James Anson - 2001
    Robert comes to like Larton, but finds there are drawbacks to living there – Michael being one of them.The Larton Chronicles is a gentle, humorous amble through the English countryside meeting Michael's eccentric relatives, Robert's long-suffering agent, the Irish showjumping team, Robert's beloved Aga, and the folk from Larton itself. Damp dogs, hard-ridden horses and snooty cats roam pages filled with the story of Rob and Mike – fighting, laughing, loving and building a life together.

Marrying a Doctor: The Doctor's Girl / A Special Kind of Woman

Betty Neels - 2001
    Andrew Fforde offered her a job as his temporary receptionist. She hadn't expected to fall in love with him, but he was just so handsome and charming!Caroline Anderson's A Special Kind of Woman : When single mother Cait Cooper sees her daughter off to medical school, she feels now's the time to do all the things she's yearned to do. Enter Dr. Owen Douglas, who sets about giving Cait more fun than she's ever had, until their affair puts her right back where she started and Cait doesn't know which way to turn.

The Engagement Effect: An Ordinary Girl\A Perfect Proposal

Betty Neels - 2001
    But Philly knows he has a fiancée, and she can't hope to match such a glamorous woman.A PERFECT PROPOSAL (FIELDING): A novella-length romance by the talented Liz Fielding. Mark Hilliard's daughter Shuli is three years old and wants a mother. He's been raising her by himself since shortly after her birth. After due consideration, Mark and Shuli decide his efficient secretary Jane Carmichael will do nicely. But what does Jane think?

Future Dreams

T.J. Mindancer - 2001
    Between Jame's changing feelings for her childhood sweetheart and pressure to return home, and Tigh's rejection of the family business, they become kindred spirits in their struggles against family and societal expectations. Will they be able to break from their inherited paths and achieve their dream of a future together?

Viking Pride

Darlene Mindrup - 2001
    Promised in marriage to Edwynn, the village smith, Arietta is content to spend her days providing for herself and others. But the return of several long-lost village women, including her older sister, Gwyn, throws Arietta's orderly life into chaos. The women arrive with their Viking husbands and families, and one Norseman in particular challenges every assumption Arietta has made about life. Wulfric, the unmarried brother of Gwyn's husband, cannot resist Arietta's independent spirit and innocence. But he questions why she would follow a God he perceives as weak. Nor is he about to submit to her God just to win her favor. Will Arietta persist in marrying Edwynn, even though he loves another? And will love be enough to tame Wulfric's Viking pride?

You And Me, Always

Jill Mansell - 2001
    On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie's attentions.Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily's friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again...

Master of Desire

Kinley MacGregor - 2001
    The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this breathtaking man be Emily's yearned-for lover? Indeed, Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, has come for Emily...but romance has nothing to do with it.In the Tender Embrace of an Enemy...Draven would never have entered the home of his most hated adversary had not the King himself ordered him to take in his foe's daughter for a year to forge bonds of peace between their two feuding houses. Worse still, here is a lass whose exquisite loveliness could tempt Draven to betray his sworn vow never to let another close to his heart. Emily knows the searing heat of her passion could burn down the defenses of this proud warrior. But will the surrender of the sweet nectar of his lips and his bold, sensuous caress ignite a blaze so hot it consumes them both?

The K.I.S.S. Guide to the Karma Sutra

Anne Hooper - 2001
    This work teaches you the importance of touch and kissing and how these can add to lovemaking.

Glass Houses

Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt - 2001
    Two actresses fight the system and each other when the director of their career making film dies in the middle of production.


Sharon Sala - 2001
    Believe by Sharon Sala released on Sep 24, 2001 is available now for purchase.

Going to the Chapel

Rochelle Alers - 2001
    Now she hopes that the wedding won't be the only occasion worth remembering...Gwynne Forster's "Learning to Love"Working for the United Nations has given Sharon Braxton a passion for other cultures--and for a Nigerian prince. What can stand in the way of their love besides two vastly different worlds? The other bride his father has arranged for him to wed...Donna Hills' "Distant Lover"Can anything be more glamorous than a job that takes career-minded Mia to the Caribbean? Yes! A hot, sexy hunk from Barbados, who wants to sweep her to the altar, but his old-fashioned values keep driving them apart. And the intense passion is too irresistible to ignore...Francis Rays' "Southern Comfort"A bridesmaid for the eight time and not the bride, political fundraiser Adrienne Summers is fed up. Worse, she finds a major problem at this wedding--the Best Man. They're fighting about her clothes (too sexy), her behavior (too flirty), and his macho views (wives shouldn't work). it sounds like they just might be falling in love!

The Dream Seekers

Patricia Shaw - 2001
    From his home in 1870s Hamburg, he plans to pioneer an idyllic German community in faraway Australia, in a backwoods hamlet, barely settled, called Bundaberg. He soon finds other dreamers eager to join him, thrilled by the prospect of a sunny clime, cheap arable land, and their own Lutheran society.But when they arrive they find the land, bought for them by Father Beitz, is nothing but a jungle, and before long it seems the trials of their new home may force the community to disintegrate. As time passes, a combination of courage and determination carries the pioneers beyond their fears, but a new threat awaits. Only an elderly Aborigine mystic sees the evil that threatens them, but can he warn them in time?

Fire & Brimstone

Laurinda D. Brown - 2001
    "Praise the Lord" is her mantra. Macking women is her game. Destroying every life she touches, Gayle brings more misery than harmony. She has a lesson or two to learn after she uses her "relationship with God" to break up a seemingly happy home. Alternately set in Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tennessee, Fire & Brimstone is an "in your face" tale that explores lesbianism and black motherhood as both separate and integrated issues impacting the main character's role as a single parent, while opening dialogue on same-sex domestic violence, religious beliefs, bisexuality, negligent fathers, economics, and intra-racial caste systems among African Americans. Depending on one's beliefs and opinions, Fire & Brimstone leaves no room for "in-between" emotions, leading the reader to ultimately draw his or her own conclusion as to what the ending actually means: Is homosexuality a sin, or does God love us as we are? The author reminds us that gay women are everywhere, even in the African American church—a place where no one expects to find them. Fire & Brimstone does an excellent job of testing the boundaries of 21st century morality.

To Be a Fine Lady

Elizabeth Jeffrey - 2001
    Jo keeps her spirits up, strengthened by the knowledge that she was discovered in a luxurious blue velvet cloak - evidence that her mother must have been a fine lady.

Dear Maggie

Brenda Novak - 2001
    Maggie Russell, a police reporter in Sacramento, works the night shift. She's divorced and the mother of a very active three-year-old son. Maggie may not have much time for a social life, but she's recently begun an email correspondence with a man named John.WHAT MAGGIE KNOWS ...She's finally stumbled on the big crime story that will truly establish her career --- if it doesn't end her life. A serial killer who moves from one city to the next. A murderer who chooses a female reporter and writes her letters ... before he kills her.As if things aren't complicated enough, Nick Sorenson, the paper's new photographer, seems to be taking an unusual interest in this case. And in her.WHAT MAGGIE DOESN'T KNOW ...Nick's an undercover FBI agent tracking the killer and keeping an eye on Maggie --- at work and through his email persona, "John." Maggie doesn't realize that she's falling in love with a man who's not what he seems to be. A man whose deceptions may save her life.

Kitty Little

Freda Lightfoot - 2001
    Each of them is captivated by the travelling theater, each is pretending to be someone she is not, and all are in love with the same man. Katherine is escaping her marriage and throws herself into an acting career, Charlotte can have any man she wants, and she wants Archie—whoever is standing in her way, and Esme is relishing in the theater life as a stark contrast to her life as a parson's daughter.

The Wife He Chose

Susan Fox - 2001
    But he was desperate: Cade needed to share custody of his orphaned niece and nephew with her. The trouble was, each time he was alone with Colleen for even a minute, they clashed....It wasn't just antagonism -- it was explosive attraction. Cade decided he simply had to bite the bullet -- the best thing for the children would be for him and Colleen to marry. It was a purely common-sense proposal, but the result was fireworks!

All I've Ever Wanted

Adrianne Byrd - 2001
    All I've Ever Wanted by Adrianne Byrd released on Apr 24, 2001 is available now for purchase.

Desert Bloom

Ronda Thompson - 2001
    Especially Grady Finch, the rugged foreman of the WC Ranch, who, even though devastatingly handsome, is tactless. Lilla fears the heat is getting to her when she dreams of Grady's hands upon her--but she soon learns that anything, even love, can bloom in the desert.

Fox River

Emilie Richards - 2001
    Julia Warwick grew up amid wealth and privilege, the beautiful daughter of a legendary Virginia hunt master. A talented artist, Julia is devastated when she loses her sight after a fall from a horse - but that loss is only the beginning. When doctors say her blindness has no physical cause, her husband commits her to a clinic where she's kept a virtual prisoner - until her mother brings her back to her childhood home, along with Julia's daughter, nine-year-old Callie. But rest alone cannot heal Julia. Trapped in a darkened world and captivated by her mother's unpublished novel, "Fox River," she is beginning to see some devastating truths, both past and present - truths about her husband, her family, and a murder case from years ago in which justice went astray and lovers were torn apart. Only one question remains: Will the light of truth be strong enough to restore all that Julia has lost - her sight, her life, and her forsaken love?

His Fair Lady

Kathleen Kirkwood - 2001
    . .During the murderous assault on the village of Vaux, little “Ana” lost all she knew. Suddenly, out of the burning wreckage, a young man appeared and rescued her from the horrors of the night. He proved to be a squire in a company of knights, on their way to join the Crusades. At a neighboring village, he delivered her into the care of a peasant couple who promised to love her. Before departing, he gifted her with something to remember him by . . . the silver cross from around his neck.A wrong to be righted . . .After a decade of fighting in the east, Sir Royce de Warrene returns to England a celebrated knight. But he soon discovers the terrible mistake he made on that long-ago night. The orphan girl was no peasant child, but an heiress of noble blood — Lady Juliana Mandeville — and he deprived her of her birthright. He is charged with a quest — to find her at once and restore her to her grandfather — by order of the king!Love to be fulfilled, fated long ago . . .Now grown to womanhood, the stunningly beautiful and saucy “Ana” refuses to believe the knight when he disrupts her wedding day, intent on taking her from those she loves and to deliver her to strangers at the English court. She grips the silver cross she wears, wishing her gallant squire could rescue her once more. Although she cannot remember his face clearly and never knew his name, she has not forgotten the night he saved her so long ago.

Cowboy in My Pocket

Kate Douglas - 2001
    Discover romantic comedy at its best in this captivating tale of a woman who finds her one true love and the cowboy hero afraid to give his heart. Romance author Michelle Garrison is on a mission to learn more about the American West. Her books are no longer selling and her editor has given her an ultimatum--learn what cowboys are really like, then write the next bestseller. Tag Martin is desperate for a bride. If he doesn't marry before his 40th birthday, his grandmother will sign away the deed to the ranch he's worked and managed for his entire adult life. Coop Jones has been Tag's sidekick since Tag was barely kicking. Almost 80, he's been pining for the love of Tag's grandmother since she was only 17. An avid romance fan, he's concocted a fantastic plan to stage an MOC--a marriage of convenience for the uninitiated--in order to save the ranch for Tag. Lenore Martin at 78 is a widow with a mission. Get that grandson married and his hard-headed cowboy sidekick to realize she's not too old to romance. There's sizzle left in the old gal yet. Add a little amnesia, a few white lies, a flop-eared dog, the requisite white stallion and a love too hot to handle, and you've got a rowdy romp on the wild side with COWBOY IN MY POCKET.

If You Want Me

Kayla Perrin - 2001
    Now, thirteen years later, Alice is tall, stunning, sensational...and a genuine movie star who goes by the name of Desirée LaCroix. And passion's flame starts smoking again when she sees that handsome Marcus still has it going on. But is it Alice or her famous Hollywood persona who's got his beautiful brown eyes wide open?Marcus's own heart has gone through major achin' since back in the day. And the reappearance of Alice/Desirée seems to spell bigtime trouble. Still, this proud, sexy sista could make Marcus forget the pain and his promise not to let a fine face and figure turn his head ever again. And even though the lady's got drama -- and there's serious danger doggin' her trail -- this could be the time for cautious Marcus to commit to a perfect love that he once let get too far away.

A Falcon's Heart

Jayel Wylie - 2001
    Eager to maintain his hard-won peace, the new king deeds the estate to William, provided he marries his enemy's daughter. Bearing a false proclamation that their union was her father's last wish, William journeys home, where he is unexpectedly bewitched by his bride. Lady Alista stuns him with her trust and burns him with the fire of her kiss. And though he knows she will soon despise him, he weds and beds her before she can learn the truth. Grief-stricken, Alista opens her heart to Will only to see their future threatened by treachery and the unnatural call of a heritage she can neither understand nor deny. Haunted by visions, she is drawn to the ruins of Falconskeep, where the women of her bloodline find their destiny. It is there Will must go to save her -- if he can find the faith to battle a force that defies a warrior's sword yet may yield to the power of love.

In Close Quarters

Candace Irvin - 2001
    But she was a navy doctor with a serious problem-lethal drugs were disappearing from her hospital-and DEA agent TJ Vasquez was the only person she could trust. Their undercover mission landed them in close quarters, and before she knew it, Karin was under the covers with TJ! She wanted to believe the gorgeous bachelor's claims that his reputation was legend, not fact...that his kisses burned only for her...that his strong arms protected just her...that he would forevermore forsake all others...for her....

Once An Angel: (Jewels of the Sea)

Tammy Hilz - 2001
    In the 1760s, three English sisters take to the high seas and find adventure and romance.

The Art of Desire

Selena Montgomery - 2001
    One doomed love affair after another has made lovely Alex Walton swear off men. Now, she's determined to try something that maybe she can succeed at: a writing career. Little does she know that a chance meeting with a strikingly handsome stranger, a mysterious obelisk, and lost kingdom will change her life forever. As Alex is about to discover, truth can be stranger--and far more dangerous--than fiction....BUT TRUE LOVE COMES ONLY ONCE After three years inside a terrorist organization, Phillip Turman is trying to rebuild his life. His first assignment is to pick up Alex Walton, the maid of honor for his best friend's wedding, at the airport. His second is to deal with his instant attraction to her. But his third may be the toughest: to keep Alex out of danger as his past--and her need to know about it--threaten to destroy their future.

Indian Affairs

Parris Afton Bonds - 2001
    Can they defy Destiny to stay together? This tempo molto largo historical follows Alessandra O'Quinn, who has been exiled to Taos to either recover from tuberculosis or die. Manuel Mandragon, battles for her health and her love. She in turn battles the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Taos Indians' right to their sacred Blue Lake -- and battles her father and her husband and brother for her right to autonomy. Against this historical backdrop pass Mabel Dodge Luhan, Willa Cather, Dr. Carl Jung, Georgia O'Keeffe, and D.H. Lawrence, among other prominent personages of the day.

The Colorado Bride

Mary Burton - 2001
    But the town was hiding something, and he had a feeling he knew who was behind whatever was going on.The Widow's Secret...Rebecca's heart stopped when Cole McGuire walked back into town, his green eyes blazing with passion. And the longer he stayed, the more she wished for the love she'd never had. But would Cole ever forgive her for hiding the truth – that the son she claimed for her own was the child he'd been searching for?

An Outlaw for Christmas

Lori Handeland - 2001
    Arriving at the depot on Christmas Eve, Ruth is lucky to be adopted by a wealthy childless couple, and horrified that a rough-mannered farmer has chosen her only friend. Before they part, Ruth begs Noah to promise that they will meet each Christmas Eve, at the same depot. But every year, Ruth searches the festive crowds for his face in vain....a long ago love.One Christmas Eve, ten years later, a wounded man stumbles from the darkness and falls at her feet. It's Noah—and he's the outlaw Ruth's suitor, the town sheriff, has vowed to find. As her past and her future collide, Ruth remembers the gentle boy she once knew, but responds to the haunted man who needs her help. With all the odds against them, Ruth wants to believe in Noah's innocence, but one year later, she must put her trust in the magic of Christmas Eve before they can celebrate the gift of their love...together.

Across the Sweet Grass Hills

Gail L. Jenner - 2001
    Though drawn irresistibly toward each other, Liza and Red Eagle come from different, perhaps irreconcilable worlds, and must struggle to resolve their hearts' confusions, even as events conspire to keep them apart.

An Ostrich a Day

Nancy J. Farrier - 2001
    And, despite her determination to make a good impression on the staff, Blaire can't seem to do anything right. From falling on her face to having her hair pulled by the ostriches, she gives everyone reason to laugh.Ranch manager Burke Dunham finds himself laughing with Blaire one minute and fuming at her the next. He struggles with anger whenever Blaire mentions selling the ranch and moving back to the city. Burke knows how much effort Ike put into building his dream--and wonders why any man would trust that work to a woman.In spite of her rough start, Blaire begins to enjoy the peace and quiet of the desert, and Burke finds himself learning to trust her. Can Blaire find contentment on an ostrich ranch? Can she put a bad relationship behind her and accept her growing love for Burke? Will Burke overcome his past and give his pain to God?

El Bombero

Kathryn Shay - 2001
    EL BOMBERO is the story of Firefighter Tony Ramirez and his beloved wife Sophia, sweethearts since high school, who run into the biggest challenge of their lives: Sophia can no longer tolerate the danger her husband is in every day.

The Limits of Pleasure

Daniel M. Jaffe - 2001
    Gay/Lesbian Studies. Jewish Studies. Even during scorching sexual encounters with strangers in public parks and gay baths, Dave Miller is haunted by images-some perverse, some downright homey-of his dead family. In two intertwined chronologies, this remarkable novel follows Dave, a 40-year-old Jewish man who was raised by his Orthodox, Holocaust-survivor grandmother. From the cruising spots of Boston to the gay tourist scene in Amsterdam, Dave trysts dangerously with every available man. "We've heard of survivors' guilt, but Daniel Jaffe brings us a visceral understanding of its less understood concomitant, survivors' rage, in this extraordinarily fearless novel."--Diane Lefer.

A Little Christmas Magic

Sylvie Kurtz - 2001
    She's not going to let anyone spoil the holidays, not even her new grinch of a neighbor.The only reason Logan Ward liked Christmas was because of the light in his daughter's eyes. But she's gone now. The ex-cop wants to ride out the festivities in the cold isolation of his dilapidated new house.Until the bright hummingbird of a new neighbor falls off a ladder and becomes his responsibility, along with her small son.When a sledding accident put Beth's son in the hospital and jeopardizes his Christmas, can Logan put aside his heartache and play Santa?