An injured ex-athlete discovers that giving up on the game of life is not an option…
As far as former NFL star Jake Masters is concerned, dreams are risky propositions. Years ago he came achingly close to achieving his ambition of playing in the Super Bowl—before a spinal injury ended his career. Confined to a wheelchair, unwilling to take a chance on another risky surgery that could restore his mobility, Jake now stays cocooned behind the imposing gates of his lavish home.
But his twin sister, Beth, has no intention of letting him languish there forever. After years of flitting from one failed business idea to another, all fueled by Jake’s generosity, she now owns a highly lucrative matchmaking service. And she’s gifting the business to Jake—whether he likes it or not—while she follows her dreams of making it as a singer in Nashville.
Though Jake had plenty of women falling all over him at the peak of his success, he knows nothing about matchmaking. He’s willing to try for his sister’s sake, and it’s soon clear that he needs an assistant. Enter Gracie Sweet, whose slender frame belies a take-no-charge toughness that would put any linebacker to shame. Grace begins by revamping the business and soon she’s overhauling Jake’s entire life—and to his huge surprise, Jake’s enjoying it. But when their clients become victims of theft, Gracie and Jake must reconcile their very different outlooks if they’re to have any chance of saving the business…and if Jake is to make another play for the life he thought he lost…
In Plain Sight – Sisterhood #25
Paperback June 30, 2015
For years Myra Rutledge and Annie de Silva, founding members of the Sisterhood, have funded an underground network run by former Supreme Court Justice Pearl Barnes to help women escape abusive relationships. When two of Pearl’s clients fail to report for their weekly check-in, the Sisterhood and their allies begin a search for French model Amalie Laurent and her one-time maid, Rosalee Muno. Amalie’s estranged husband, Lincoln Moss, is a distant cousin of the President of the United States and one of his closest advisers. Moss’s power is matched by the violent streak he hides from the world, and he beat Amalie viciously until she finally escaped with her maid’s help. Moss is accustomed to doing exactly what he wants without fear of consequence. But Moss has never faced an adversary like the Sisterhood…
Double Down: The Men of the Sisterhood #4
Paperback September 29, 2015
After years of standing by their women, the Sisterhood’s significant others have also become loyal friends. And now Jack Emery, Nikki’s husband, has enlisted Ted, Joe, Jay, Bert, Dennis, and Abner to form a top-secret organization known as BOLO Consultants.
Jack has two missions in mind. The first: offering some behind-the-scenes help to Nikki’s law firm as they take on the all-powerful Andover Pharmaceuticals. Andover’s anti-leukemia drug causes terrible side effects in young patients, but a class-action suit seems doomed to fail. BOLO Consultants have a prescription to cure that. Meanwhile, Virginia’s lieutenant governor has a sideline as a slum landlord, and his impoverished tenants are suffering. Tyler Sandford believes his status puts him above the law. But when the Sisterhood and their allies decide to get involved, no one is beyond the reach of true justice…
Paperback March 31, 2015
Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani believed her innocence–and Adam Star’s guilt–but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday–the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and also leaves her a huge fortune in atonement.
Sophie retreats to Kala’s house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store–about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart–even those we think we know best. . .
To Have and to Hold
ePub March 3, 2015
Sometimes life is handed to you. Sometimes it’s taken away without warning. For Kate Starr, her life is now about moving forward not knowing if her husband has been killed in his tour of duty. Suddenly Kate must raise their two daughters by herself and struggle with the U.S. government to get news of her husband. Slowly but surely, her fight to be heard transforms Kate into a successful businesswoman ready to find love again and live life to the fullest—by learning to let go of the very things that mean the most to her…
ePub February 17, 2015
An orphan rescued by a wealthy uncle and raised in spheres of privilege, Pete Sorenson is set to launch his career as a high-powered attorney. At his side is Annie, the perfect princess of a companion, ready to support him in every way, gracefully, patiently. But then Maddie Stern enters Pete’s life. More than her notable beauty and enigmatic allure, it’s her past as a foster child that draws a connection between them that Pete could never share with Annie. But on the eve of their wedding, Maddie disappears. Distraught, Pete reaches out to his most trusted friend. Annie drops her life in Boston to once again provide the emotional support Pete needs. Together, they try to solve the mystery of Maddie. And together, they discover life is always unexpected…
Seasons of Her Life
ePub February 3, 2015
Having left behind a bitter childhood, Ruby Connors quickly finds that marriage is not quite the escape she imagined. Instead, as a military wife in Washington, D.C., loneliness turns out to be her most dependable companion. But determined to realize her faith in happiness, she raises her two children in a nurturing, beautiful home that mirrors her resourcefulness and good sense. It’s the perfect environment in which to bake delicious, unforgettable cookies. After years of struggle, Mrs. Sugar’s Cookies succeeds beyond Ruby’s wildest dreams. But closest to her heart is the memory of the man she longs for in her soul…
1. So many of you write and ask if I do book signings and ask to be notified when and where it will happen. It's happening right here in my home town very soon. I'll will be doing a book signing on May 2, 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina from noon until 3 p.m at Henry's Salon.
Henry's Salon 117 West 7th North Street Summerville, SC 29483
Copies of "Perfect Match" will be available to purchase at the salon. Please join me so you can meet Henry and our friends in person before you meet them between the pages of "Perfect Match.
We will be holding a drawing where the winner will receive the first hard cover copy of "Doubledown" that will NOT be in bookstores until September!
2. Readers, we're gearing up for quite the special contest with Sister City Cruises this summer! One winner will receive a cruise to the beautiful seaport of Beaufort, South Carolina.
We'll be forgoing our regular monthly contests until then, but please be sure to check back for more details on this wonderful contest to come!
3. Have you read A Family Affair yet? Dive in with this sample chapter! Download PDF
4. Perfect Match releases in hard cover on April 28th! Get a sneak peek with this chapter preview: Download PDF
5. I want to share with all of you, my new grandson. Meet Owen Matthew. He had a bit of a rough entry into this big old world that is now his oyster but he made it safe and sound. He was born on December 22. The perfect early Christmas gift. His mom, his dad and his grandma are all doing great!
Thank you all for letting me share this mini person (he was a preemie) with you all.
6. New York Times Author Brings Christmas Joy to Have a Heart Humane Society
Tehachapi—Fern Michaels, a New York Times Best-Selling author of womens’ fiction and her daughter, Cynthia Kuczkir, donated a combined total of $30,000 to Have a Heart Humane Society.
Michaels, a resident of Summerville, South Carolina, has been writing and selling books for 37 years. Most of those books have hit the New York Times Best-Sellers list. Her Polish grandmother told her that when God is good to you, you have to give back. Michaels set up The Fern Michaels® Foundation and grants four-year scholarships to needy, deserving students. She also opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are have a hard time making ends meet. She is also well known for her love of animals. Not only has she rescued many a mistreated or abandoned animal, but she has outfitted numberous canine officers with bullet proof vests.
Michaels has ties to Tehachapi through Have a Heart Humane Society’s founder and president, Chelley Kitzmiller. “We became friends at a romance writers’ conference in the 1980’s and later, after I had published several books, we wrote an anthology together titled Heartbreak Ranch, set in the Caliente/Walker Basin area.” Lisa Kimball’s TV interview of the authors’s collaboration on the book won her an Emmy. Just as the book was coming out, Kitzmiller got word of an animal abuse case in Walker Basin; 50-60 Arabian horses had been neglected and were starving to death; some had already died when Animal Control reached them. Fern, Chelley and the two other authors in the anthology, Jill Landis and Dorsey Adams, donated money to save the horses who were taken to the Lerdo Prison to be cared for by the inmates.
“Fern and I are old friends,” says Kitzmiller. “We share a love for animals. For us, the abuse of those horses put a pall on the release of our book. We felt we had to do something to help—in the name of Heartbreak Ranch.”
Have a Heart’s email newsletter announcing its October 2014 fundraiser, an auction through Ebay Giving Works, was sent to more than 1500 subscribers and personal friends in September. Auction proceeds were to provide more mobile spay/neuter clinics in Tehachapi. Have a Heart began doing the clinics with Kern County Animal Control/Services in January of 2013, beginning with low-income Tehachapi residents and then to all Tehachapi residents. To date, the organization has hosted nine s/n clinics, all funded by grants and private donations, not by Kern County Animal Services or tax-payer money. People signed up, paid a small co-pay $15-$25 and both cats and dogs were spayed or neutered, microchipped, given a pain shot and a Rabies vaccination.
“I could not have been more surprised when a check for $10,000.00 arrived in the mail,” says Kitzmiller. “With Fern’s donation, we were over our $10,000.00 fundraising goal before the auction had begun.”
The first low cost mobile spay/neuter clinic using Michaels’ first donation was held November 8th and 39 cats and dogs were served. The second clinic, with 44 pets scheduled, on that same donation will be held Saturday, December 6th at West Park Activity Center, 410 W. “D” Street, Tehachapi. Additional clinics are scheduled for March, April and May. So far these clinics are for Tehachapi residents only, but it is the hope of Have a Heart that they can eventually branch out into Mojave, California City, Boron and Rosamond.
“Another surprise arrived on Giving Tuesday with a Christmas card,” says Kitzmiller, “one check from Fern and one from her daughter, Cynthia, both in the amount of $10,000.00. It was the most beautiful Christmas present I have ever received,” says Kitzmiller. “With this money Tehachapi will be well on its way to becoming Kern County’s first NO-KILL community.”
7. The Men of the Sisterhood Series will be coming out in paperback in October 2015.