Valentine's Day comes at the perfect time of year. Spring is in sight, but enough cool, grey days remain that a warm little holiday is a welcome treat. If you've got plans to surprise a loved one this weekend, you can't go wrong with a good book. But perhaps you've got a notion to curl up alone instead? You'll find that the characters in a great story are the perfect companions.
We're celebrating love this weekend by highlighting the titles in our Timeless Love imprint. If you already admire the genre, you'll surely find something new here to interest you. If you've never read a romance, why not give love a chance and pick one up today? Already made plans to spend time with your beloved? Choose a novel to read aloud and add a memorable story to your date.
Happy Valentines Day and happy reading from Oak Tree Press. <3
Burning Questions by Elaine Busby (Kindle). Kelly Moran, TV feature reporter in Portland, OR, is tormented by uncertainties when she is offered her dream job in L.A. at the same time she becomes romantically involved with a candy company owner who is accused of arson.
Daddy's Christmas Angel by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). When Kathleen learns she will be an angel in the class Christmas play, the seven-year-old plots a meeting between her attractive teacher and Kathleen's daddy, a lonely widower who blames himself for his wife’s death. Angie McAllister is drawn to the subdued student and her handsome daddy, but has her own emotional scars.Can the magic of the season clear the way for a little girl's Christmas wish to come true?
Dig the Grave First by April Knight (Kindle, Nook). Cameo Easton is a completely honest person. She never lies, she pays her taxes, and obeys all the rules. So why does she have a human skull hidden in the detergent box in her laundry room and a body buried in her flower garden? When Cameo’s brother, Drake is tragically killed in a car accident, she inherits his house in the quiet suburbs of Seattle. While planting flowers in the back yard she discovers a human skeleton. She decides not to call the police until she discovers the identity of the body in her yard. She begins investigating her nice friendly neighbors and discovers none of them are what they appear to be. Little old ladies have dark secrets, a mysterious Scotsman carries a gun and her brother’s best friend has a bigger secret than she ever dreamed. There is no one she can trust. Cameo risks everything to uncover the terrible truth and finds she might be in love with a killer and she has to choose between mercy and justice.
Dragon Sutra by Richard Marranca. While wandering around Asia, Jason comes to Cambodia, where he’s drawn into a dangerous underworld and political violence. He and Rachany, a beautiful woman he met at the Russian Market, are pursued by a mysterious foe. They flee across Cambodia, Laos and Thailand through exotic tribes, ancient cities... and end up in Burma’s rebellion. The beauty and luster of passion and love is counterpointed by the darkness of the criminal underworld and the Cambodian holocaust. Will the fateful past destroy Jason and Rachany? Will their affections flower amidst the corruption and violence?
Eagle Rising by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle). Still mourning her fiance, Rachael’s editor sends her to cover a New Age novelist in Sedona, where she meets Derek, who is also coping with grief. Mystery and intrigue leads them to the desert, but a greater force shows the way forward.
Evening of the Dragonfly by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Threatening telephone calls and strange cars with dark-tinted windows plague artist/teacher Farrah Ferand. Recovering from the tragic loss of her mother, Farrah is trying to adapt to the life of a small-town art teacher when she encounters Dirk Lawrence, a mysterious stranger. Her attraction to him is immediate and electric until Farrah discovers Dirk is part of the Lawrence and Pendesky investment firm that led to her mother's downfall a few years earlier. Farrah's not too perfect dating relationship with Tom Douglas, the town favorite football coach, worsens. An unexpected encounter leads to dates with Dirk and his help with the construction of a dream art studio in her rented house. But trouble looms with Tom who believes he and Farrah are engaged, and the entire town appears to be drawn in. Haunting dreams and lost memories overwhelm Farrah as she creates paintings for a one-person art show. Will shadows of the past ruin all hope for Farrah and Dirk?
Fairy Tales are Fragile by Cindy Ladage (Kindle, Nook). In 1939, when the threat of war drifts over Vienna, young Ilyana Verner sails across the Atlantic to emigrate to the US. She and her mother plan to join relatives in Chicago, but a shipboard romance changes things. As her mother re-marries, Ilyana finds herself torn between two men—the unabashed pursuit of rough and wild Connie O’Brien, and the subdued attentions of Andy Henry, a serious-minded student at Harvard Law. A night of passion under a San Francisco moon changes everything—and now a child must be considered. How will Ilyana choose between the man she loves and the one who laid claim to her?
In Franklin's House by Beverly Lauderdale (Kindle, Nook). In an isolated, turn-of-the-last century house on a No.California hillside, Kate steps into a deserted room that exudes a strange appeal. Based largely on her reaction, she decides to buy the Victorian and to move from Iowa with husband Dan, whose affair has rocked their marriage. Lost and far from her home and familiar things, Kate is drawn repeatedly to the room where she finds a diary written in 1906, and a delicate rose bud necklace. The diarist describes visits from her deceased husband, Franklin, a poet. Captivated, Kate can't resist donning the necklace, which, to her amazement provides a portal though which Franklin can enter Kate's world.
Hearts Across Forever by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle). Kathryn Calder's unexpected job assignment to Jamaica changes her life. From the moment she arrives, she is haunted by odd memories of a distant past. Is Flynt Kincade, the stranger she meets in an art gallery, part of that past? Kathryn senses he is, especially when dreams connecting her with Flynt grow vivid. A visit to Rose Hall Great House draws Kathryn into a scene from long ago when evil reigned in Jamaica and Annie Palmer, the white witch of Rose Hall, was part of the danger. Can a love affair from old Jamaica reach across forever and bring Kathryn and Flynt together?
Jungle Jeopardy by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). When Dana realizes Clifton is missing, she takes off for Costa Rica to find him. An apparent kidnapping turns into a jungle adventure that leads Dana and Clifton into the wilds of Guatemala where they discover an unexplored Maya cave, find pottery and walls covered with glyphs. Tyler Hunter wants to save Dana’s sister from prison, and to do so, he must find her grandfather’s hidden treasure. An archaeologist on sabbatical, Tyler intrigues Dana with his knowledge of the Maya. Dana has never doubted her sister’s guilt in the murder of their grandfather on the island of Antigua, but now an element of doubt begins to creep in.
Lake Meade by Heather Mosko (Kindle). What do you do when your first love returns to town after fifteen years, at the same time the remains of your high school boyfriend surface in the lake not far from your home? And when you become the primary suspect in his murder...what do you do? If you’re Maggie Granger, you keep running your Bed and Breakfast, take care of your son and grandfather, and try to find the real killer before you end up in jail for a murder you didn’t commit -- and maybe, just maybe, you find love all over again along the way.
Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith (Kindle). After her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty, Nicole Ainsworth struggles with the changes forced on her life. Her efforts to focus on her daughters and cope with her grief are kept off-balance by images of Steve, her deceased husband who seems to be trying to communicate with her. Eventually, Nicole finds that Steve isn't the only one watching over her, and discovers a second chance at happiness.
A New Leaf by Elaine Cantrell (Kindle). Betsy McLaughlin's father is the richest man in Covington, and she’s engaged to the son of a wealthy, socially prominent family. Her future seems bright until Kyle Alexander enters the picture. Kyle is newly paroled after serving 5 years for armed robbery. He’s free now, and he can’t keep his eyes off his boss’s beautiful daughter. Can prison really change a man for the better? Betsy’s about to find out.
Night Watch by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). From the moment Lily’s plane lands in tropical Trinidad, things go awry. She planned for rest, relaxation and photography, but instead faces mistaken identity, a gun running operation and danger. At the airport, Kyle mistakes Lily for someone named Katherine. Later, Lily enjoys the ocean view room only to see Kyle watching men stealthily unloading cargo from a small boat. Lily’s resemblance to Katherine puts her in danger and Kyle attempts to protect her. With her life in peril, Lily discovers a deep kinship with her doppelganger and a growing attachment to Kyle.
The River Hideaway by Billy Beasley (Kindle, Nook). The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the country, is embedded in racial turmoil. Two boys on the brink of manhood— Bret Marin and Clarence (Money) Wilkins—forge an unlikely friendship that alters the course of their lives forever. Bret and Money find their friendship tested by the racially charged times, by the cruel demands of an overbearing father, and ultimately by an allure that develops between Bret and Money’s sister, Teke.
On the Rocks by Elaine Busby (Kindle). Panic attacks start to plague Jade, just as this musician’s career begins escalating. An L.A. restaurant owner, Calvin Collins, helps her recover, then wines and dines his way into her heart. However, Jade’s agent warns her that Calvin has an unsavory back story. As their romance develops, Jade starts climbing the charts with her new CD. Her panic attacks are also on the rise, and the L.A. gossip mill would love to roast Calvin; all issues she’d rather ignore than investigate. Will Jade’s life end up “On the Rocks”, like the dark song she’s writing? Or will she seek the truth, and sing those secrets into the light?
A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle). Meg, her niece and brother set out on a wagon train headed for Denver where Meg's fiancè in an arranged marriage awaits. When a senseless murder claims her brother's life, Meg determines to push on. However, when she meets handsome Cade Russell, the wagon master, her conviction to enter a loveless marriage wavers. Will Meg honor her father's wishes and marry John O'Sullivan, whose dowry will save the family farm from foreclosure? Meg has difficult choices to make.
Sarah, Darlin' by Shirley Skufca Hickman (Kindle, Nook). English aristocrat, Richard Moresby, seeks his fortune in the California gold fields so he can reclaim his ancestral estate. But when he meets spirited Sarah O’Malley at the Jenny Lind Theater, his thoughts of England fade. Accustomed to rebuffing male attentions in 1850s San Francisco, Sarah is surprised to find Richard intrigues and excites her, but she knows Moresby’s rakish reputation and fears damaging hers, so she rebuffs him. Moresby persists, and continues to pursue her, but before they can declare their love, they must deal with prejudice, a murder trial, a lynching party, a fire at the Jenny Lind and a terrible secret from Sarah’s past.
Secrets by the Sea by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle). Stunned to learn that her grandfather’s body had washed onto an Antigua beach, a victim of foul play, Dana Sinclair leaves immediately for the exotic place her grandmother had always called “Heartbreak Island.” She moves into her grandfather’s centuries-old home, Edgewood Manor which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and begins searching for answers to the questions haunting her.
Summer in Italy by Joe Chiba (Kindle, Nook). When he finds a World War II letter hidden among his dead father's possessions, Joey recalls a long-lost cousin and flies to Italy determined to locate him. However, he never planned on Jeanette, a tall, stunning photographer with a tortuous laugh and a fondness for perfection. A season away from the wedding of her dreams, Jeanette agrees to tag along in a yellow Mini Cooper as Joey searches for his cousin. With lemons, cigars, and spiders along for the ride, a series of doomed misadventures sweeps them across southern Italy, changing them in ways they never imagined. But will their summer in Italy be enough to find the something they never knew was missing?
Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls by April Knight (Kindle). Funny, tender, inspiring romance stories for busy women who think they don’t have time to read...Every story is different, takes less than ten minutes to read, will touch your heart and make you smile. Perfect for reading while riding a bus, having coffee, during the kids’ naps or just before going to bed at night. The stories are about imperfect people searching for perfect love—young love, old love, lost love and re-found love—and feature unforgettable characters of all ages.
Waifs of the Wasteland by Wayne Beauvais (Kindle, Nook). In 1925 Hollywood, Joe Holder, an ex-con just released from prison seeks to reclaim a lost love. But there is a hitch – while he was locked up, she became a movie star. Amid the glitter and grit of silent filmmaking, Joe soon finds he has two rivals for Rose Allen – an actor named Yancey Dix and Hollywood itself. Pooch, a pickpocket and Joe’s sidekick shows us the first golden age of tinsel-town -- a hectic world filled not only with movie folk but also with bootleggers, socialist-labor leaders, sassy flappers and newshounds. In their midst appears a genuine tough guy who reaches for a star – and nearly captures her.
The Wooded Path by Nancy LiPetri (Kindle, Nook). Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all…and afraid of what really happened to Paula.
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