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Braedon Family Series Books


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The Braedon Family Series
(Books 1-4 plus a Novella)
Sweet Regency Set Romances

(originally published by Kensington Books)



Father Christmas

Annie VerHollen is convinced that her eight year old nieces, Kendall and Jessica, deserve more for Christmas than the blank check their father sent. So she fills in one million dollars and waits for the fireworks.

Daniel gets the message. Annie gives his girls a mother’s love even though she is only their adopted mom. So he insists all three join him in New York to celebrate Christmas.

Before long Daniel realizes that Annie is as precious to him as his daughters. The question is how to convince her he can change his ways.

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Father Christmas


Once and Forever

An anthology with novellas by Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Emelle Gamble, Lavinia Kent, and Evie Owens.

Mary's story ...

“Playing for Keeps” is my contribution to the anthology ONCE AND FOREVER. Kendall Marshall loves New York, acting and her sisters. When she meets Steve O’Hara, it only takes one dinner and a couple of near disasters to convince her there is room in her heart for at least one more. As evidence that a stalker is threatening the people Steve is committed to protect, it becomes clear that Steve and Kendall will have to push pause on their growing attraction and solve the mystery that is complicating their lives.

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Mirror, Mirror
September 2013
Jove

**A New York Times Bestseller**
Anthology with novellas by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan.

Mary's story ...

As you can see from the cover we are in the land of fairy tales for this anthology. I chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears and, of course, the magic coin is part of the story Martha Stepp is a housemaid who likes to test beds to find the most comfortable. Jack Tresbere is a retired military man. Life at Craig’s Castle brings them together but their hopes for a future are compromised when a wish on a magic coin leads to a misunderstanding that costs Martha her job and crushes Jack’s hope for the future.

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Mirror, Mirror

 



One More Kiss
April 2013
Bantam Books

The last novel in the Pennistan series ...

ONE MORE KISS captures the adventures of Beatrice and Cecilia Brent, the daughters of a mill-owner, as their godmother attempts to introduce them to the ton at a summer house party. Jess Pennistan invites himself to the party to try to win back land that he should never have gambled with in the first place. The guest list is unique and new friendships and loves are on the play list for all the characters.

Jess Pennistan has long been the black-sheep brother of the Duke (STRANGER’S KISS), spending his days gaming and carousing with friends, boredom his biggest fear. He’s the last man on earth who might fall for an educated bluestocking with an overprotective father.

Enter Beatrice Brent. She could hardly have less in common with an aristocratic rogue like Jess. The daughter of a prosperous mill owner, Beatrice is a student of art, especially Rembrandt's drawings, and hopes for a life where her studies can be the center of her life.

Fate, however, has something else in mind for both. Jess and Beatrice meet at a house party where they discover they do have one thing in common: a passion for each other that overwhelms their better judgment and threatens to shock society. Despite their mutual mistrust and conflicting goals, Beatrice and Jess repeatedly find they can’t resist one more kiss – are they courting destiny or disaster?

Jess and Beatrice’s struggle against attraction is not all you will find in ONE MORE KISS. Remember Viscount William Bendasbrook? He was engaged to Mia Castellano until both agreed they did not suit, in a scene that left Mia cast out of society and on her way to Pennford with the difficult David Pennistan. Mia and David have their own happily ever after in COURTESAN'S KISS, but William is still free and as wild a man as ever.

In ONE MORE KISS William, now Marquis Destry, meets his match in Cecilia Brent, Beatrice's sister. For him it's true love at first sight, but Cecilia takes a bit more convincing. William tries everything he can think of to win her over, making for scenes both poignant and comic, including a race where he rides a horse side-saddle to see who is the better equestrian.

And that's not all! This house party finds romance is infectious, spreading to the other guests and even the servants. It's a 'House Party at Downton Abbey', set in the Regency, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.

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One More Kiss

Exclusive First Look!
Read the first chapter of ONE MORE KISS.

Another sneak peek:
Read a conversation between Beatrice and Cecilia's father and the Countess Haven, the girls’ godmother and hostess of the house party.



"Her Greatest Treasure"
Novella from the THE UNQUIET Anthology

September 2011

Jove

Anthology with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Mary Kay McComas.

Her Most Treasured Possession ...

An attempted kidnapping, an unquiet soul, and an unexpected gift conspire to throw shopkeeper Lydia Chernov's well-ordered life into turmoil. Though Lord Chase arrives in time to stop the kidnapper, he adds to the upheaval by igniting Lydia’s emotions and making her question all she holds dear. But while passion can cause havoc, when Lydia and Chase come together to solve the mystery of her most treasured possession, they discover that a magic coin – even in the wrong hands – can transform determination to desire, and bedlam to bliss.

The first time I told Lydia's story it was as a proposal for a book-length novel, the last in the Pennistan series I write for Bantam. Though my editor and I decided it wasn't quite the right plot for Lord Jess Pennistan, that left Lydia – a character I'd come to care about – without resolution, without love. So, with Bantam's permission, I share the story of Lord Chase and Lydia Chernov in "Her Greatest Treasure." It is adapted from the teaser chapter at the end of Courtesan's Kiss.

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The Unquiet


"The Other Side of the Coin"
Novella from the THE OTHER SIDE Anthology

November 2010

Jove

Anthology with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Mary Kay McComas.

Great Review:
"a light-hearted look at what can happen with ill thought out wishes . . . This is a fun, farcical . . . tale. Harry and Bettina are kind, loving people who have forgotten how to appreciate or even speak to each other. Seeing things from the opposite end helps put their love back on track. A cheerful read and my favorite of the anthology." — Maggie Boyd, likesbooks.com

"The Other Side of the Coin" Novella

In the spring of 1810 as the London Season is at its height. Bettina, the Countess of Fellsborough fears her husband is having an affair. Her husband, Harry, insists not. As they argue, she wishes that Harry could know what her life is like and he wishes his wife "could learn to trust him." Their wishes are granted and each must live in the other's body. It makes for confusion and comedy as understanding grows from heartache.

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Courtesan's Kiss
June 2010
Bantam Books

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The fourth novel in the Pennistan series ...

In Courtesan's Kiss an independent woman is determined to make her way in the world—even if it’s a scandalous one. But first she must escape a nobleman with plans of his own.

After Mia Castellano’s fiancé breaks their engagement, the ton shuns her. Hardly scandalized, Mia sees her chance to finally free herself from society’s restraints — by becoming a courtesan. After all, a courtesan is in full control of her destiny: she manages her money, has her own house, and can choose her lovers. There’s only one obstacle standing in her way — Lord David Pennistan.

Lord Pennistan has been assigned the challenging task of seeing Mia safely to her new home in Derbyshire where her guardian awaits. The woman attracts nothing but trouble from the outset of their journey. Although with every adventure they share, David’s desire for Mia grows. And when they’re caught in a compromising situation, David insists she marry him. But there’s only one thing Mia wants from David and it isn’t his charity or his title. Can he convince her before it’s too late that the love she wants is already hers — to take or to lose forever?

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Courtesan's Kiss


Stranger's Kiss
August 2009
Bantam Books

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STRANGER'S KISS has been nominated for Best Innovative Historical by Romantic Times.


5 / 5 Stars (Top Pick!) — Night Owl Romance

Night Owl Romance Top Pick

The next story in the Pennistan series ...

Stranger's Kiss is the story of a man’s thirst for justice and a woman’s longing for passion.

The Duke of Meryon and Elena Verano are as different as England and Italy. But each understands the others lingering grief after the death of their spouse. One conversation as strangers and one almost innocent kiss spirals into an affair revealing a jumble of emotions both have suppressed for too long.

The duke’s efforts to bring an enemy to ruin and his affair with Elena collide in a way that threatens their growing love as well as their lives.

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Stranger's Kiss


"Lost in Paradise"
Novella from the THE LOST Anthology

November 2009

Jove

Anthology with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, and Ruth Ryan Langan.

** Debuted at Number 4 on the New York Times Paperback Bestseller List on Sunday December 13th. **

On December 23 Mary will be a guest blogging at Border's True Romance Blog and will give away a copy of THE LOST signed by all four authors — a real collectors item. Visit http://bordersblog.com/trueromance

"Lost in Paradise"

Sebastian Dushayne has lived a life of luxury and dissipation despite being cursed for an accident that took the life of his lover.

Two hundred years later, the lovely, innocent Isabelle DeLong is shipwrecked on his island. When he hears her sing and discovers her truly generous spirit, Sebastian begins to wonder if there can be more to his life than being lost in paradise.

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THE LOST


Traitor's Kiss AND Lover's Kiss
October 2008
Bantam Books
ISBN: 9780553592122
$6.99

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In the first two books of The Pennistan Family series, Gabriel Pennistan and Olivia Pennsitan
find that love conquers hardship, loss and heartbreak.

In Traitor's Kiss, Charlotte Parnell meets Lord Gabriel Pennistan, the Duke's youngest brother, in a France facing Napoleon's failed effort to take over the world. Surrounded by lies and deceit the two must overcome their own failures and learn to trust their judgment before they can trust each other.

Lover's Kiss opens as Michael Garrett, traveling through the Peak District In Derbyshire, finds a young woman wandering through the woods naked and near death. Michael saves her only to become part of the intrigue and heartache that surrounds the Pennistan Family.

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Traitor's Kiss and Lover's Kiss


"Love Endures"
Novella from the Suite 606 Anthology

November 2008
Jove
ISBN: 978-0425224441

NYT Bestseller: Dead of Night debuted at #2 on the New York Times Mass Market Bestseller list. It spent the following three weeks on the Bestseller list.

Third in the anthology series with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Mary Kay McComas and Ruth Ryan Langan.

"Love Endures"
Despite the best efforts of a ghost, love stands the test of time as Summer Cassidy and Lord Stephen Bradley are reunited after a five year separation.

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Suite 606


"Amy and the Earl's Amazing Adventure"
Novella from the Dead of Night Anthology

October 2007
Jove
ISBN: 0-5151-4367-7

NYT Bestseller: Dead of Night debuted at #5 on the New York Times Mass Market Bestseller list on Sunday November 18, 2007. It spent the following four weeks on the Bestseller List.

Second in the anthology series with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Kay McComas and Ruth Langan

It's 2006 and a magic coin brings together an unlikely pair, an American from Kansas studying abroad and the brother of the Earl Weston. Amy Stevens and Simon West agree to time-travel back to the Regency in an effort to find the answer to a question that has long plagued their mentor: how could a coin not minted until 1808 exist in a portrait painted in 1805? As they explore the Regency Amy and Simon find the answer to the age old question: is there such a thing as of love at first sight?

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Dead of Night


"Poppy's Coin" Novella
from Bump in the Night Anthology

April 2006
Jove
Cindy Hwang, Editor
ISBN: 0-5151-4117-8

...on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller list!

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First in the anthology series with novellas by JD Robb, Mary Kay McComas and Ruth Langan

A magic coin changes the intertwined lives of three people: eight-year-old Poppy, Waterloo veteran Major David Lindsay who is the guardian she calls Papa and Lady Grace Anderson, a wealthy widow who is determined never to marry again. The coin begins to work its own brand of magic when Grace hires the major to be her escort for the Season.

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Bump in the Night


The Captain's Mermaid
October 2004
Zebra Regency Romance
Hilary Sares, Editor
ISBN: 0-8217-7507-3

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When Captain William Chartwell meets his near neighbor Lavinia Stewart the two wind up arguing over the welfare of his ward. But William needs someone to care for his ward while he is at sea and Lavinia is anxious to escape with her niece and nephew from her brother's home and lecherous friends. With the best interests of the children at heart, the two marry only to find a passionate attraction that leads to love.

* Finalist in the 2004 National Readers Choice Awards Contest *

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The Pleasure of His Company
November 2003
Zebra Regency Romance
Hilary Sares, Editor
ISBN: 0-8217-7506-5

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More than a year after the death of her husband, Mariel Braedon Whitlow comes to London for the Season. Estranged from her brothers, Mariel plans to spend time with her aging grandmother and indulge in some small entertainments. What she finds is a family eager to welcome her back into their close knit circle and Edward Hadley, a man determined to show her how to have fun.

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His Desert Rose


His Last Lover
November 2002
Zebra Regency Romance
Amy Garvey, Editor
ISBN: 0-8217-7181-7

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James Braedon's relationship with his father has never been easy. But now he must arrange care for the aging Marquis and assume his responsibilities as heir to the ruined estate. Life seems utterly bleak until Marguerite Voisson arrives seeking employment as a housekeeper. The last thing James wants is a woman meddling in his life, but soon Marguerite's sunny disposition and warm laugh invade both his home and his heart.

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His Last Lover


"Child of her Heart" Novella
from A Husband for Mama Anthology

April 2002
Zebra Regency Romance
Hilary Sares, Editor
ISBN: 0-8217-7491-3

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The life of governess Caroline Morton is changed in an instant when a riot destroys the home and family of eight-year-old Marguerite Voisson, the child she cares for. They return to England where the fist person Caroline meets is the last person she wants to see, surgeon Reynaud Osgood, the man to whom she was once engaged. Caroline does her best to build a new life for Marguerite, the child of her heart. and ignores the growing surety that her love for Reynie Osgood is as strong as ever.

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A Husband for Mama


His Heart's Delight
January 2002
Zebra Regency Romance
Amy Garvey, Editor
ISBN: 0-8217-7180-9

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Lord Morgan Braedon has no wish for a wife despite his father demand that he find one. He needs one more Season at the gaming tables to secure his fortune and guarantee his independence from his domineering father. Miss Christiana Lambert is determined to enjoy her London Season but wants no importuning suitors. They conspire to fool the ton with a sham courtship, but love takes them by surprise and cannot be denied.

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His Desert Rose


Father Christmas
December 1989
Silhouette Romance
Amy Inman, Editor
ISBN: 0-373-08688-1

Annie Verhalen has cared for her motherless nieces for years while the twins' father earned a living abroad. She would do anything for them, including spending Christmas with their father, Daniel Marshall. They meet in New York City and with the spirit of Christmas on their side, overcome old hurts and misconceptions, and discover that they love each other as much as the two children that brought them together.

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Father Christmas


True Colors
September 1988
Silhouette Desire
Amy Inman, Editor
ISBN: 0-373-05448-3

When single mom Janelle Harper answers the door in her Wisconsin home town, little does she know that she is about to meet a man with enough sexual electricity to power the entire state. And when television heartthrob Tom Wineski talks his way into a home cooked meal, her fate is sealed. Despite their vastly different lifestyles the two find they share the same values and a growing love for each other.

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True Colors

Writing compelling stories of love, hope and family.
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