Sometimes unexpected friendships are the ones you need the most.
Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.
Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and relationships. With the help of family and friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a restarting point.
- The Restarting Point has been included in Barnes & Noble’s Top Indie Favorites, April and May 2021
- The Restarting Point was chosen as one of Barnes & Noble Press Blog’s top five during release week! Check it out!
- Barnes & Noble Press Blog has included The Restarting Point in it’s Favorite Indie eBooks of 2021 (so far)!
Darby Zamora has always gotten by with work that suits her unique way of life, but success hasn’t exactly come easy. A former bridal seamstress, Darby gave up making custom gowns years ago. Her heart was always too big for her business’s pocketbook, until she comes up with a way to make an old business new again: The Un-Do Wedding Boutique.
Selling dresses online in her bridal consignment shop has merchandise flying off the virtual shelves. People are lining up not only to buy the dress overstock that Darby’s been holding onto, but she has new clients desperate for her to help them re-sell their unused wedding items.
But success comes at a steep price when ghosts from her past resurface and make Darby and her new company confront harsh realities of life and business. With the help of her friends Jade and Taylor, Darby is forced to reassess her business, rediscover herself, and ultimately find her selling point.
I love books about deep female friendships, who accept each other’s flaws and mistakes and celebrate their achievements and successes, both personally and professionally.
– Page Journeys review
A Life Without
Healing can take a lifetime.
*this series deals with death and mental illness
Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built.
John Bowman is sick. Very sick. While he still can, he has some amends to make and some promises to fulfill. But to do that, he not only needs his ex-wife’s agreement…he needs her.
With the past hovering between them like a ghost, Carol and John embark on a decades-overdue road trip. Together they plunge back into a life without water…but which may ultimately set them free.
A Life Without Water was included in The Fussy Librarian’s You tell us: The best book you’ve read so far this year list and Barnes & Noble’s B&N Press Top eBooks to Read this summer in 2020.
Twenty-four years after losing her daughter in a tragic accident, Carol Denman has finally made peace with Katie’s father. But releasing her ex-husband from blame and facing how deeply she held herself responsible were only the first steps in Carol’s journey toward peace.
With the pain of her failed first marriage behind her, Carol is determined to mend her broken relationship with her mother. But she soon discovers she isn’t the only one who has been hanging on to bitterness. A road trip to face the past leads Carol’s mother, Judith, to unearth the seeds of past mistakes and deep resentments in ways neither of them would expect.
The roots of family animosity run deep and thick. While Judith seems hesitant to start digging, Carol commits to pruning away the thorns of the past so she no longer has to live a life without flowers.
A Life Without Flowers was included in Barnes & Noble’s The Best Indie eBooks of 2020!
Since losing her husband, Tobias, in a tragic accident, Carol Denman has been on a journey of self-growth. She’s taken steps to finally grieve her daughter’s death, forgive her first husband, and mend her broken relationship with her mother. The one heartbreak she can’t seem to come to terms with is losing her husband.
As Carol continues her travels, family, old friends, and new confidants want to help her heal. However, this is a path Carol must travel alone. She knows her husband would want her to be happy again. She just has to figure out how to move forward.
Carol must dig deep to find a way back to the peace and happiness she once had in her life with Tobias. Coming to terms with being a widow isn’t going to be easy, but with the support from her loved ones and a few strangers, Carol embarks on her most poignant journey yet—finding a life without regrets.
A Life Without Regrets was included in Barnes & Noble’s Top Indie Favorites list!
Definitely a series worth reading. So real, heart wrenching and warm at the same time. I will not be the same.
– Melody C., AMazon Review
Small town. Big romance.
*titles contain explicit sex
Sometimes the only place left to go is home.
Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share one night she’s never been able to forget. Nearly three decades after being disowned by her parents and forced to raise her son on her own, Kara’s made it—her art is being toasted at a gallery opening. Even better, she and her son are finally on stable ground. Until Mr. One-Night Stand himself crashes her party.
Harry Canton always knew Kara would make it as an artist. Almost thirty years after high school, he still considers her the one that got away. But the surprise reunion doesn’t quite go to plan when Harry discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move cross country for a fresh start with his father—and pleads with Kara to come home, too.
Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away. But her son desperately wants the father he never had and denying him that may cost her everything. Can love heal old heartaches so Harry and Kara can have a second chance at the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much to face?
Divorce and heartbreak make you reevaluate everything!
Dianna Friedman never expected her husband to leave her. After over twenty years of marriage, she’s making the most of what she has left–a sarcastic near-grown son and a mountain of bills that just keeps growing. She’s in over her head, but determined to survive. Until a man knocks at her door with a proposal to bring their spouses to justice.
Everyone else may have seen it coming, but Paul O’Connell was blindsided by his wife’s betrayal. Determined to prevent her from bleeding him dry in their divorce, he turns to the only person he thinks can help him: the wife of the other man.
Dianna and Paul start as unexpected allies, but become fast friends…and maybe more—although neither of them can admit their growing dependence on the other. When Dianna’s life takes an unexpected twist, she and Paul must reevaluate everything…including what they really mean to each other.
It only takes a moment to change your life.
Annie O’Connell runs a business she loves, has a daughter she raised entirely on her own, and protects two younger brothers the way she has all their lives. She’s the foundation of her family, but sometimes being solid as a rock means she has sharp edges. After a lifetime of fighting to succeed, there is only one person she trusts not to let her down: herself.
Marcus Callison has loved Annie for as long as he’s worked for her. Convincing her to admit the feeling is mutual is a challenge he’s been facing for just as long. He would stand by her through thick, thin, and everything in between. But he won’t stand by while she pretends what they feel for each other isn’t real.
When Annie’s carefully constructed life is shattered, Marcus is determined to stand by her, help her through disaster, and prove that what they share is stronger than the tragedy that changes the lives of everyone in its path…if only she’d let him.
One wish can change everything.
This year when Jessica Martinson-Canton blows out eleven candles on her homemade vegan cake, she makes the same wish she’s made for as many birthdays as she can remember: she wants a mother.
Jessica’s father Phil has worked his entire life to create a more stable childhood for his daughter than he had with his unwed teenaged mother. When his wife left him and their newborn daughter in their most vulnerable hour, Phil pledged to give his baby everything. His parents have reunited and are working hard to create a supportive extended family, but rainbow pancakes and princess murals can’t heal the dark void left in Phil’s heart which he won’t even admit is there.
Mallory O’Connell leaves her dream job in a big city to return home to help her fiercely independent mother recover from tragedy. After forming a unique bond with Jessica—and a friendship with Jessica’s hot father—Mallory finds that in coming back to Stonehill she might just have found a way to make all of her dreams come true. But as their families push Phil and Mallory together, old insecurities and Phil’s worst fears threaten to break up the happy trio and catch Jessica in the emotional crossfire.
Now serving second chances.
Jenna Reid purchased the Stonehill Café to prove her ex-husband wrong. Three years later, her building is crumbling, her savings are dwindling, and her pride is more bruised than a bad batch of apples.
Pride is something Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Maguire lost long ago and isn’t likely to find living in the alley behind the café. While he takes a little time to get on his feet, keeping an eye on the overworked café owner gives him a sense of purpose. He has no intention of drawing attention to himself until he hears her scream.
He rushes in to help but rather than confronting danger, he finds Jenna drenched in the aftermath of a plumbing disaster. With her last bit of hope fading, Jenna accepts Daniel’s help to fix up her building, but it doesn’t take long for them to start trying to fix each other.
Would you give your ex a second chance?
Four years after having her heart shattered, Meg Tanaka is finally over her good-for-nothing ex. By focusing on her career and helping her loved ones navigate their lives, Meg has recovered from—or at least buried—the hurt Aiden caused. Unfortunately, her old resentment rushes to the surface the moment she finds out he’s back in town.
Aiden Howard has made a lot of mistakes in his life, but never one as bad as choosing his medical career over the love of his life. Still unable to get over losing Meg, he’s come home with one mission: earning her forgiveness.
Despite Aiden’s attempts to make amends for the past, Meg is determined not to give him another chance to break her heart. But how can she resist the one man she believes is her forever love?
The Road Leads Back by Marci Bolden is the first ever romance book I have given 5 stars. I picked it up, started reading and by the end of the first chapter I was absolutely smitten. This is not just a romance – it is so much more – family dynamics, second chances, love, and living with disability.
– Sandy’s Book A Day Reviews
The Women of HEARTS
Romantic suspense with heart.
*titles contain violence and explicit sex
Former Army Sergeant Holly Austin and her team at the HEARTS agency don’t normally find the police at their door. But it’s been weeks since a local woman vanished into thin air…and now there’s a second victim.
Police Detective Jack Tarek wasn’t officially working the Julia Fredrickson case until a second victim made the matter personal. Holly is willing to cooperate with Jack “unofficially,” but she quickly becomes a distraction he can’t resist. The leads on their cases might be running cold, but the attraction between the investigators is sizzling hot.
With every lead a dead end, those close to the investigation grow increasingly impatient for answers. Just as hidden secrets come to light, one of the investigators vanishes without a trace. The HEARTS team has just hours to solve the case—or risk losing one of their own.
After a spycam is discovered in a secure community, the homeowners association hires HEARTS to track down the culprit. Investigator Eva Thompson fits the description of every victim so far and volunteers to move into a vacant condo to draw out the suspect from within. But until they know what’s behind the peeping, no one feels safe sending Eva as a decoy alone.
Joshua Simmons is Eva’s ex and the one man she can’t quite escape. As the county medical examiner, he frequently consults with HEARTS on cases—and uses that connection to keep close to the woman he’s still not over. When Eva needs a fake husband to work alongside her as a decoy, Josh agrees on one condition: that Eva won’t do anything to put herself in harm’s way.
Living together stirs up old feelings and old passions. And while Eva and Joshua try to sort out their demons, a voyeur is on the loose and getting braver by the day.
Twenty years ago, Alexa Rodriguez’s sister disappeared without a trace. The trauma drove Alexa to become a private investigator. No matter how many cases she solves, there will always be a hole from the one that haunts her.
When Dean Campbell hires the HEARTS Agency, he has no idea what has happened to his sister. The police aren’t taking her disappearance seriously, but Dean knows Mandy—and he will do anything to bring her home safely.
As the line between investigator and client blur, the hunt for Mandy continues. But will their need for one another compromise their search?
Rene Schwartz ended a twelve-year career as a federal agent working Witness Protection when a subordinate went rogue and lost her life. Rene left the job she loved to manage her guilt and regret. Working as a private investigator with HEARTS has given her a chance to use her skills—but not to heal her heart.
Quinn Stanton found his ex-wife murdered in her home. While he was cleared of any involvement, he and his six-year-old son Danny definitely aren’t safe. After a series of suspicious break-ins at his house, Quinn decides he needs the one thing the police—including his twin brother—can’t provide: protection.
With Quinn and his son in a safehouse, the HEARTS team tries to unravel the mystery of who killed Eliza Stanton—and who could possibly want Quinn and Danny dead. But as secrets come to light and passions ignite, protecting each other may be the one promise Quinn and Rene can’t keep.
If you enjoy Romantic Suspense with STRONG women then this book and series are for you.
– Nadine Bookaholic Review
Stand Alone Titles
*titles contain explicit sex
Starting over will have to wait.
Reporter Andrea Davidson isn’t running from her mistakes. There’s no escaping the career-ending mess she fell into back home. But she is moving forward, and is halfway to a new life in California when someone breaks into her motel room. She’s lost her computer and her dignity, but that’s only the beginning of her newest problem: local news editor Graham Bradley.
Graham Bradley doesn’t know a thing about the newspaper business. A widower with a promise to keep, he’s got more than just his own personal welfare riding on this small-town paper. The last thing he needs is a pushy woman with a secret in her past and a vicious red pen throwing all his mistakes and insecurities front and center on his desk. Faced with an impossible choice, Graham hires Andi, but hopes she’s not just the last-and maybe worst-in a long line of bad decisions. Saving the small-town Gazette is the second chance both Andi and Graham need.
But with bill collectors calling, Andi’s past catching up fast, and the chemistry between them making work next to impossible, will Andi and Graham get the second chance they both desperately need? Or will their demise be the next big headline?
After losing her husband, Carrie Gable buries her grief at the historic Gable Inn, the now-defunct bed-and-breakfast where her mother-in-law lives and works. Before long, Doreen’s medical bills drive Carrie to make an impossible choice: open for business and risk Doreen’s health and safety or lose the generations-old Inn.
Will Walker is a Hollywood A-lister whose star has most definitely fallen. His team assures him this period piece is just the thing to bring new life into a string of forgettable flops but another lackluster script and impossible costar make him question everything he’s worked an entire career for.
Entrusted to board a handful of Hollywood’s most elite actors, the down-to-earth Carrie isn’t blinded by the lights of fame, even when they are under her own roof. The sparks between this hometown girl and the Hollywood star create tension both on and off set. With stardom pulling Will in one direction and Doreen’s needs tugging Carrie in another, will their attraction be just a filming fling or a chance at something truly unforgettable?
*M. Bolden books contain erotic content and are intended for readers over eighteen years of age.
When Kyle Chambers goes home with his roommate for a family-style Thanksgiving meal, he never expects that lust will be on the menu. Serving up fuel for his obsession: his best friend’s mother.
Kate Ellis has a pattern: dating the worst men. When she pushes the most recent Mr. Wrong out of her life and home, she has space to invite her son’s roommate to crash for the summer. Kyle is sweet, respectful, and while he works a local internship, he will be the simple, uncomplicated company Kate needs.
Over a steamy hot summer, Kate and Kyle share dips in the pool, glasses of wine, and meals that feel altogether too charged. Is the attraction that simmers just below the surface as one-sided as Kyle thinks? When he dares to push the issue, he finds Kate more than willing to succumb to his seduction.
*M. Bolden books contain erotic content are intended for readers over eighteen years of age.
The only fantasy too taboo is falling in love.
A no strings relationship, the freedom to explore all their wildest fantasies, and walking away when they’re done is all Casi and Conner want from each other. Nothing is taboo . . . except falling in love.
Still reeling from catching her husband in bed with his mistress, the last thing Casi Hanson is looking for is romance. When she meets brokenhearted Conner Bennett, she thinks she has found exactly what she needs.
Their mutual desire for a “no strings attached” sexual relationship offers the opportunity to explore fantasies and fetishes their spouses denied them and the freedom to walk away when they are done.