Dream Kisses

Dream Kisses

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Author Mims Murphy meets Sage Tanner at Imaginings Publishing while he's posing for the cover of her soon-to-be-released romance novel. After being bulldozed into a coffee break with him by her publisher, an embarrassing incident makes her furious and she walks out. Little does she realize that the "dude" ranch she'll be living at for six weeks is owned by the guy she'd like to forget!Sarah Carter, who goes by the pen name, Mims Murphy, meets Sage Tanner at Imaginings Publishing while he's posing for the cover of her soon-to-be-released romance novel. After being bulldozed into a coffee break with him by her publisher, an embarrassing incident makes Sarah furious, and she walks out. Of course, fate has a wonderful way of intervening in matters of the heart. Deciding she needs to write from experience, she signs up for "dude" lessons at Lazy M Dude Ranch. Imagine her chagrin when she discovers the owner of the ranch is none other than Mr. Tanner himself!Sage Tanner works as a high fashion model to keep his ranch in the black. While posing for the cover of a romance novel, he meets the author, but ends up ticking her off, which ticks him off. How can a romance writer be such a prudish, stick-in-the-mud? A few weeks later when she shows up at his dude ranch, his anger vanishes and he's determined to change her mind about leaving.
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Unconventional Series Collection

Unconventional Series Collection

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Unconventional Series collection of three books:  Abby: Mail Order Bride; Broken Angel; and Ryder's Salvation Minimal language.Sensual love scenes. Abby: Mail Order BrideBrant Samson has fallen on hard times. His beloved wife died a year earlier of lung fever and now he's desperate to find a mother for his three children. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of his mother's death. Brant's options are limited since eligible women seldom pass through Two Rivers, much less settle in the small Texas town. In desperation, he places a classified advertisement for a mail order bride. Abigail Mary Vaughn always dreamed of having her own family, but caring for her elderly parents ended that dream. Her parents are now dead and she's faced with the reality of her dismal existence. After reading Mr. Samson's advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, she garners enough courage to respond. Since she is considered an old maid at the age of thirty-eight, she'll more than likely spend the rest of her life in gut-wrenching loneliness unless she does something unconventional. Broken Angel Luke Samson is a successful writer at the youthful age of twenty-five. His life is going along as planned and he has no desire to marry for at least a few years. While dining in a Dallas restaurant, he overhears an intriguing conversation and receives his first look at Angel St. Clair, a woman who will forever change his carefully laid plans. Although she has been blessed with angelic beauty, her heart is shattered. Can Luke restore this broken woman? Angel St. Clair's sole desire is to hire a suitable husband to escort her safely to the bakery she has purchased in San Francisco. To that end, she ran a classified advertisement for a mail order husband. Her life savings has gone into acquiring her business and she hopes to find, if not happiness, at least contentment after suffering a life of tragedy and heartache. Ryder's Salvation Jenny Samson, sister of Luke (book two) and daughter of Brant (book one), is a gifted artist. She has moved from her country home in Texas to attend Jake Ryder's Academy of Art in New York. She has long dreamed of meeting Mr. Ryder, the great artist known as the Painter of Emotions, but when she does, his criticism of her paintings devastates her. Jake Ryder lost his right arm in a carriage accident. It was the final sorrow in a life of sorrow. Now he lives a lonely existence, rarely leaving his estate outside of New York city. The sweet paintings of Jenny Samson incense the artist in him because life is not sweet, nor kind, nor lovely, and he lashes out at the plain country girl during a gallery exhibition of her works. Soon, however, he will discover there is more to Jenny that he anticipated.Excerpt from *Abby: Mail Order Bride* Abigail glanced at the blacksmith's shop next to the stable and noticed a long-legged man leaning against the siding. He held a cowboy hat in one hand and lazily watched the stagecoach occupants. Even from a distance, she could see he was lean and broad shouldered, with black hair that brushed the collar of his denim shirt. Too young, too handsome. She turned around and watched another man exiting the general store. Maybe that's him. He wore a suit that was a decade out of style, but looked distinguished in a countrified way. He was very short, but carried himself proudly and had a pleasant, boyish countenance for a man probably in his forties. Please God, let that be him and not the one with the missing teeth or the one with the gun. A voice spoke from behind her, "Miz Vaughn?" Abigail turned and stumbled backwards. The lean cowboy from across the street--with eyes that she could now see were the same color as the cloudless sky above them--reached out and caught her by the shoulders before she fell on her backside. "Y-yes?" "Ma'am, I'm Brant Samson."
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Davide

Davide

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Since childhood, Davide Beowolf has been told that he is the fulfillment of prophesy—the Great Shapeling Prince. Early on, he decided the universe had made a mistake. How could he be the Prince when he has no shifting ability? For years he has wanted to confront the Thirteen co-Princes to convince them of their error, and when that opportunity is unexpectedly given, it is with a strange stipulation. He must first travel to Uluru in The Red Center of Australia and go on a walkabout with his childhood friend and confidant, Zoe Spencer. Only after completing their walkabout will his father reveal directions to the Cave of Thirteen. Unfortunately, Zoe has been avoiding him for two years.Zoe Spencer just wants to get on with her life. After accepting the fact that Davide Beowolf will never view her as his soul mate and lover—always his older friend—she severed contact to preserve her heart. She'd already spent too much of her adulthood pining for him. However, while on tour with her...
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Angel Kisses

Angel Kisses

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Since childhood Angel Martinez has loved Harris Brightman, the son of her parents' friends. But now, as a grown woman, she must make a decision to go for what she wants or continue pleasing others. Her entire life has been one of accomplishment and praise. She was always at the top of her class and now has a Master's Degree in Business Administration, with many lucrative employment opportunities. Often, she's been admired for her beauty and even turned down modeling offers. Yet, with everything she has going for her, she's miserable. Her heart's desire is to be a homemaker like her mother and create a beautiful haven for her own family..After a heart-to-heart talk with her best friend she makes a decision that takes her out of her comfort zone. She decides to confront Harris—now a famous rodeo champion—with her feelings to see if they have a chance. However, life can be quirky and the best laid plans often go awry.
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Rock Star Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Book 6)

Rock Star Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Book 6)

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Romance on the Ranch Series: Dream Kisses; Honey Kisses; Baby Kisses; Candy Kisses; Christmas Kisses; Rock Star Kisses; Forever KissesAll the books in this series can be read as standalones.At the age of twenty-three, Tessa Branigan has already been married and divorced, and entering into another romantic relationship is not an option. She's perfectly content working as the receptionist for Tanner Veterinary Clinic, owned by Preston and Toby Tanner, twins she's been friends with since childhood. Preston has asked her to dinner more than once, but she always finds an excuse to beg off. Unexpectedly, Sean Barfield returns to town to spend time with his family for some much needed R and R. She's known him since she was twelve and they palled around together. The crazy thing is, her heart goes ballistic whenever he's around, something she definitely doesn't want. Her solution is to avoid him.  Besides, what would a famous musician like him see in a small town divorcee like her?Sean Barfield escapes the fast life to regroup in the small town of Paxtonville in Colorado where, as a teenager, he visited his birth father for a few weeks each year. But if he's honest with himself, he's also returning to see Tessa, a local girl he met when he was fifteen. He's always had a crush on her, so her marriage only a year out of high school came as a shock. But now she's divorced and living back in her hometown. The problem is, she keeps avoiding him. That dilemma is resolved when her father hires him to work as a ranch hand. He'll even muck horse stalls to prove he's just a regular guy.  
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The Last Kiss

The Last Kiss

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Rodeo star, Harris Brightman, is recovering from an injury he suffered after being thrown and trampled by Devil-for-Hire. His physical injuries however, are no match for the emotional ones caused by reporter Lucinda Bergamot, the woman he was falling for. Her betrayal in revealing tabloid worthy secrets about his life isn't something he can forgive. But when she shows up in his town working for Paxtonville's local newspaper, and the lead story becomes her apology to him and his family, he's astonished. Even so, forgiveness isn't an option.Lucinda made the biggest mistake of her life when she threw Harris "under the bus" and she regrets the exposé that appeared in The Seattle Daily. The only way to make amends is to swallow her pride and print a public apology in his town's local newspaper. Of course, no one knows she was hired by The Paxtonville Weekly because the editor of the "Daily" made a secret deal to get her there. She's digging a hole for herself that she may never...
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Joy's Return (Unconventional Series #4)

Joy's Return (Unconventional Series #4)

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Joy Abigail Ryder has a dream to travel and paint the West, just as her father Jake Ryder did when he was her age. Being the year 1920, societal restrictions are not as cumbersome as they once were a decade or two ago, but still, is she ready to travel westward as an unchaperoned female for an extended period of time. Her sweet grandmother Abby is the one who convinces her to follow her heart.Dr. Walker Flemming's wife died in a horse accident a year earlier and his daughter hasn't spoken a word since. When he meets a young woman in the general store who says that his five-year-old talked to her...he is stunned! However, his aunt, having previously encountered the woman on a train, denigrates her character. Walker doesn't know who to believe. Should he take a chance and ask the young lady to give his daughter art lessons, hoping his baby will speak again? That is, if she even did so in the first place.
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Healing Woman of the Red Rocks

Healing Woman of the Red Rocks

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Dr. Thomas Matthews lost his wife to a mysterious illness and now his daughter is showing the same symptoms. He is desperate to find a cure. In an unexpected turn of events, he overhears two outlaws discussing a woman known as the Healing Woman of the Red Rocks. She supposedly has an uncanny ability to heal. Thomas gains the confidence of the outlaws and they give him directions to a place known as the "red rocks" in Arizona Territory.Tana Raven Sees makes her home in a valley surrounded by red monoliths. Although others claim she lives alone, she is never alone. Not only do the forest animals come to her when they are injured or ill, but she is often visited in dreams by her deceased grandmother, Frannie. For years, Frannie has been foretelling of a man who will seek her out...and make her cry. After waiting so long, she decides her grandmother is mistaken. That is, until the day he arrives with his daughter.
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Forgotten Kisses

Forgotten Kisses

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

Hannah Tanner, daughter of Sage and Sarah Tanner from book one, Dream Kisses, has always dreamed of experiencing diverse cultures in countries other than the United States. To that end, she joins a nonprofit organization that sends her to a third world country where she works as office assistant to a doctor in the same organization. From the beginning, Hannah and the doctor develop a rocky relationship, but over time they become friends—and inevitably much more. Hannah falls deeply in love...then the unthinkable happens.Working for a non-profit organization in a third world country requires tenacity and drive, both of which Dr. Alexavier Wyndham (son of an English Earl) possesses in abundance. The latest addition to his staff isn't what he expected. The girl may be young and frail looking, but the fact that she doesn't kowtow to him is rather impressive. Maybe he'll give her a chance.
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Somewhere by the Sea

Somewhere by the Sea

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

"Finding SOMEWHERE Series"WELCOME TO SOMEWHERE, OREGONNestled in a cove on Oregon's coastline, the town of Somewhere is charming, picturesque, inhabited by townsfolk who love their community—and teeming with mystery. You are invited to join the heroes and heroines of Somewhere as they solve mysteries, discover romance, experience inexplicable phenomena, and fight injustice—just the usual stuff!SOMEWHERE BY THE SEA:Faith Bennison suffered a tragedy that changed her life in unimaginable ways, and she fears she will die of a broken heart. In an attempt to salvage her life, she uproots herself and travels from the Midwest to the small Oregon town of Somewhere. As she settles into the day-to-day life at Hope Bed & Breakfast, she makes friends and even meets a man who jump-starts her battered heart. Strange happenings, however, have her questioning her sanity as she tries to make sense of an unfathomable encounter.
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Fawn

Fawn

Verna Clay

Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary

An unexpected promotion to the rank of Shapeling Master sends Fawn Woods on her first Mission of Mastery: nanny to an emotionally challenged child. Unknown to anyone but Fawn and the Thirteen co-Princes, Zoe is an Indigo child: the next stage in human evolution. To help Zoe, Fawn must first unravel the mystery surrounding her. Complicating matters, Fawn's heart is drawn to Zoe's widower father. Having a relationship with a human is something to be avoided at all costs.A widower for two years, Wade Spencer goes through nannies like water. His daughter's new caregiver is certainly not the matronly type he'd expected. What had the employment agency been thinking to send such a breathtaking beauty to his cattle ranch? However, Wade's not too concerned about her sticking around. Zoe will probably drive her away before the day is over.Seven year old Zoe doesn't want to cause trouble; she just wants the voices in her head to stop talking. When her daddy brings home the new nanny, she...
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