Time To Lose The NEW ADULT Training Wheels

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I got started in writing due to Janet Dailey.  She was my hero and, to a large degree, my mentor.

But this isn’t about her but rather what she did to romance and what part of history applies to New Adult!  Read on…

I can only dream of having the longevity and talent needed to drive my 3 million romance and women’s fiction book sales to even remotely come close to her 100 million plus in sales.  I don’t think she is given enough credit for all she did to completely change the publishing industry.  Janet was known for adhering to the conventions of romance fiction — one man, one woman, happy ending.  But her books broke the mold because they featured independent women who weren’t simpering virgins waiting for their rich prince to sweep them off their feet, plus they were set in America rather than in the old-world Europe of traditional romances.  Janet was the first American writer published by the Toronto-based Harlequin publishing empire and her new bold changes became the foundation of the industry to this day.

Why do I bring this up?  All genres go through an evolution not unlike the romance genre did starting in the 1980s.  Romance was still always the major plot, but suddenly the characters had real lives with a back story and careers.   The romance (i.e. the man) wasn’t all that defined them.

My husband and I just attended the #TexasWriter’sLeague annual Editors and Agent’s Conference where we paid super close attention to the speakers, discussions and meetings that surrounded the New Adult genre.  I noticed that there is still a lot of confusion about exactly what the NA market is and what the audience wants.  The one thing that is clear is that it is evolving, just as romance did, into something more substantial than just bad boy meets good girl, which has been the norm up to now.

After the Saturday sessions ended and before we got back to working on book #2 in the SCANDALS New Adult Series, KILLER DATE, we set out to see where the evolution in the genre is today. Surprisingly, we found numerous blogs, surveys and discussions about new adult literature and how it is finally moving from books focused on New Adult angst to solid stories where the protagonists are in their new adult sweet spot, age 19 to 25 who have more than just boy troubles.  Why deal with just that one element of the complications of transition that most new adults are going through?

Now we’re talking…don’t just saddle the poor new adult characters with relationship baggage.  Let them actually deal with college, family, jobs, roommates, housing and finances.  Let them struggle, but ultimately survive and succeed in the story.  How “new adults”, born between 1989 and 1996, will propel a story set in 2014 forward is what makes a story great and if told and written well, will deliver a best seller.

Of considerable note I came across the blogging of Lauren Sarner at the #Huffington Post and her 2013 blog on new adult books.  I loved it and it summarized very well all the blogs and reviews and face-to-face discussions I’ve had for long time.  She wrote that “New Adult is a new genre whose target audience is people like me–young twenty-something’s, overwhelmingly of the female variety.  A New Adult book is basically a Young Adult book with sex and cursing thrown in.  A typical plot line features two brooding, damaged souls with damaged pasts (typical examples include characters whose entire families have tragically died, characters who have grown up in abusive homes, characters suffering from manic depression or panic attacks) who meet, sparks fly, and drama ensues. The books are often titled something like “Damaged” or “Broken” or “Smashed with a Sledgehammer”

She notes she may have made that last one up, but she was sure it exists somewhere.

Lauren continued.  “New Adult is a label that is condescending to readers and authors alike.  It implies that the books act as training wheels between Young Adult and Adult.  For the New Adult books that are particularly childish, the label implies that they are a step above Young Adult–which is insulting to the Young Adult books that are far superior.  For the New Adult books that are particularly sophisticated, the label implies that they are not worthy of being considered “adult.”  It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone.”

She closed with a challenge for me, as a writer of three series currently…a YA Time Travel Mystery, New Adult Suspense and Romantic Suspense, and it should be for all writers of the NA genre. Lauren explained, “Books are supposed to expand your world; expose you to people, places, emotions, and ideas you might not otherwise experience.  Suggesting that you need training wheels for such a thing is like suggesting that a child needs training wheels to walk.  You’ve just got to do it.  Good fiction is supposed to hold the mirror up to reality, regardless of the genre–and reality does not have training wheels.”

 

So my challenge is not how to write a NA novel that is actually an entertaining book where the characters can be brooding or damaged, but there is more going on in their lives than wondering the if boy is going to call.  That was my goal when I created the New Adult SCANDALS series.  Book #1, DUES DATES, has the usual female and male relationship issue, but her life didn’t start and end with him.  They both have baggage, but there’s a real world going on around them that they also have to deal with that adds complications, drama and humor.  A new adult’s life is not just about male/female relationships, but about their relationships with everyone around them.

Now my challenge is crafting the blurb and discussions about DUE DATES to attract the New Adult reader with the typical relationship of brooding, damaged souls, but then capture them with the complications of being a new adult in a complicated world.

That’s why the title of the blog is  …and yes it is a total rip off of the intellectual capital of Lauren #Sarner at the #Huffington Post.  It’s time for the NA genre to move to the next level that deals with young people that are not just defined by romantic relationships, but have dreams and problems and friends and lots of other things impacting their lives.

So I’m proud to be ahead of the curve with of our two training wheel-free NA novels.

Our current New Adult series, SCANDALS, book #1 DUE DATES was released a few months ago.  Find DUE DATES at http://www.amazon.com/DUE-DATES-SCANDALS-Kathy-Clark-ebook/dp/B00GQC1S3O/

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An inheritance brought her more than she ever could have imagined…

Killeen Ames has it all…beauty, brains, a college softball scholarship and a rich and handsome boyfriend who has helped to stretch her college funds and fill her social calendar. He is the only boy she ever allowed past second base and now he’s her baby daddy. However, being a father was not in his short-range plans. He graduates, then he splits, leaving Killeen to decide what she wants to do about the pregnancy…and to worry about how she’s going to keep her scholarship. With no marketable skills, no job, no home and medical bills for her and the baby on the horizon, she knows she must move forward. A knock at the door of her boyfriend’s apartment changes the game forever when an attorney gives her the news of an inheritance from an unknown dead relative and another due date looming.

After traveling to Austin, Killeen walks into the meeting and is surprised to find out that the relative was actually her birth father, and he had been a popular music star who recently died of an overdose. Even more shocking are the four strangers who share the same absentee dad. He has left them a highly successful private investigation agency, Scandals. The catch is…they have to make the commitment to work there.

Their introduction to the P.I. business almost gets them killed when a bomb goes off in the warehouse that sends Killeen to the hospital. She has kept the secret of her pregnancy from everyone, including Christopher, the totally irresistible manager of Scandals. Their hot night of wild sex in the office was a one-time thing…right? She chalks up her attraction to him as just raging hormones. They have no chance of a future together. He’s gorgeous, intelligent and successful. He would never want anyone with so much baggage.

Christopher has a secret of his own. He’s been investigation the possibility that, despite popular opinion, their father’s death hadn’t been an accidental overdose. He thinks it was murder.

Even though the five siblings still haven’t accepted the fact that they have a father who made no attempt to be a part of their lives, they join together to discover the truth about his death. The search throws Killeen and Christopher together and their passion grows hotter. As her feelings for him slowly become more serious, she knows she must tell him about the baby.

After a fun day in the sun, an event happens that outs Killeen’s secret. Christopher, as expected, doesn’t take the news well. But they must continue to work together to track down a killer, especially since the killer has now focused on them.

Someone doesn’t want them to stay and take over the business. In fact, someone wants them all dead and now the decision on whether or not to be a part of the agency seems very unimportant compared to the job of trying to stop from being killed.

They set up a trap that goes terribly wrong. Suddenly, Killeen must make a big decision. Who should she save? Her baby? Christopher? Her new brothers and sisters? Their lives are in her hands.

Due Dates is the first book in the Scandals New Adult series of romantic suspense. Each book of the series will focus on one of the offspring of Roger Elliott, a famous musician who left them with a legacy they weren’t expecting. Killer Date, the second book in this series will be released in Summer, 2014 and will tell Reno’s story.

 

Life’s What Happens is a 1969-1970 story told in flashback, where the super bowl of angst plays out and life in college when failing a course could land you in a war on the other side of the planet, brooding, sparks and romance flew in between classes, relationships, graduation, career planning and finding draft loopholes that would soon be shut.  Find Life’s What Happens on all the usual book seller sites including Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-Kathy-Clark-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/

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Romance Collections Romance Box Sets They’re Here For You

Some people call them box sets and others call them collections but either way when authors group two or more of their books together and offer them at a discounted price readers win.

Kathy Clark’s romance collections, or romance box sets, are offered as none different groups.  She put two to three books in each box set or collection based on the stories being a similar topic.  This allows readers to explore an author and read stories about dads, being pregnant and alone, a military background or even set in the western United States.

All of these collections can be reviewed at your leisure on Kathy’s website at http://www.nightwriter93.com.

Here’s some of the romance collections for you information and their links on Amazon:

PREGNANT AND ALONE ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-PREGNANT-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6AUUI8

SWEET ANTICIPATION – Lauren Nelson was expecting a baby. What she wasn’t expecting was a man in her life. When the lovely widow decided to go through with the artificial insemination she and her husband had planned, she thought she had everything under control. She had carefully selected the donor for his intelligence, his character, his similarity in appearance to her husband and his anonymity. But a mix up in the lab casts doubt on whose sperm was actually used, and suddenly there was a possibiity there was a very real man involved who wanted the child as much as Lauren did. He just doesn’t want Lauren.

And she doesn’t want him. With her deceased husband still very much alive in her heart and her thoughts, she wasn’t ready to fall in love again. All she wanted was to create a wonderful life for her child and to have a successful florist shop. But Dr. Jordan Daniels doesn’t cooperate. In fact, nothing he does fit into her carefully planned pregnancy. And worst of all, he won’t go away.

This book was written because my readers demanded it. After the controversy of an earlier book, PASSION AND POSSESSION, the feedback from my fans inspired me to write this book about two compelling, but stubborn people who have their whole lives planned…except for the tiny twist of fate that binds them forever. I’m confident this book will satisfy even the most critical of my readers. Enjoy!

NASHVILLE NIGHTS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-NASHVILLE-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6T6RAY/

ANOTHER SUNNY DAY – Sarah and Sunny – the Day sisters – identical twins, a dazzling mirror image. It was Sunny who had all the talent and success as a singer. Sarah preferred to work behind the scenes as her sister’s tour assistant. But Sarah is ready to stop touring and make a life of her own. When Sunny commits to a publicity stunt of riding on a trail ride, she begs her sister to take her place, and Sarah reluctantly agrees. Sarah loves horses, and it sounds like a fun adventure.

How could Sarah know that the moment she landed in Houston bewigged, made-up, dressed in Sunny’s typical over-the-top country siren’s costume, a craggy knight in Levi’s and a cowboy hat would hand her a challenge. Tyler Ross dared the “spoiled superstar” to survive the ordeal. How could he know that horses and ranching were more Sarah’s style than star trips? How could she tell him without giving away the masquerade and ruining her sister’s career?

ANOTHER SUNNY DAY appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List and reached #3 on Waldenbooks Best Seller List of all paperbacks. When originally published, it sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

REVIEWS:
Romantic Times Recommended List 4 Stars “…a winner with both style and grace.”

GOLDEN DAYS – It was a long time since Sunny Day’s last hit record and high time for the ravishing county -and-western singer to make her comeback.
Long ago she’d traded thoughts of lasting romance for bright lights, fame, and applause. But when she was offered the chance to tour with Texas heartthrob Dillon Landry, the country’s hottest new star, she found she had much more than music on her mind. Still, a seasoned veteran, she wasn’t about to wear her heart on her sleeve even as the rest of her ached to cling to Dillon. He was a devastatingly handsome, talented young man. She was the glamorous “older woman”. These were their golden days. And it was dangerous even to dream they could last forever.

ROMANTIC TIMES Recommended (4) “This is definitely recommended reading on any list.”
RENDEZVOUS “You can’t help but love Sunny and Dillion, and Ms. Clark writes with an understanding of what being in the limelight really means. This story stands on its on merits. Not to be missed.”

BORN TO BE WILD – As guardian of a menagerie of wild animals, veterinarian Jenny Grant loved her life. Marine biologist Garrett Reid was intrigued by the stubborn beauty who could soothe the wildest beast. In less than a month, his sailboat would be motoring out of the harbor and heading southeast. Until then, there was only the sultry heat of a South Texas summer . . . and the sensual rhythm of two hearts beating as one. Jenny knew better than to lose her heart to a man who was born to be wild.

RENDEZVOUS – “Terrific characters, interesting plot, and great romance all add up to make this a novel well worth reading.”

FREE BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED

GO FOR YOUR DREAMS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-DREAMS-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D70IW32/

Many fans have requested that I offer boxed sets of my romance novels, so I have grouped them into categories that share themes. Go For Your Dreams is a collection of three of my books that are sexy romances about women who achieved very unusual dreams. Risky Business is the story of a woman trying to hang on to her inheritance. No Satisfaction is every woman’s dream about meeting that sexy rock star you were so in love with as a teenager. But now they’re all grown up. Starry Nights is based on the civilian-in-space program during the early days of the space shuttle flights. All three have a touch of modern-day fairy tale with sensual love stories backed by meticulous research. I lived my own fantasies while writing these books and hope you will get lost in dreams of your own while reading them.

RISKY BUSINESS – Julie’s whole life rode on an exquisite antique carousel. It was her legacy, her future, and all her hope. A Galveston banker was her only chance to raise the money she needed to buy and restore it. One look at blue-eyed silver-blond Julie and Ryan was willing to gamble his job on the risky loan . But he offered more than money. Could she risk it all?

REVIEWS:
ROMANTIC TIMES (4) “This book will delight the heart.”
Recommended read by ROMANTIC TIMES and LOVENOTES.

NO SATISFACTION – When Suzanne Quinn was sixteen she thought Andy Dallas was the most gorgeous, fabulously sexy guy in the world. Someday, she fantasized, she and the lead singer of the rock group Satisfaction would meet . . . meet and fall deliriously in love.
But that was a long time ago, and now she was escorting her teenage daughter’s friends to the group’s reunion concert. Amidst a sea of rollicking teenyboppers, she felt completely out of place . . . until Andy walked on stage. When he began to sing, the music wrapped itself around her like it was yesterday. When she accidentally bumps into him, she has the chance of a lifetime and soon finds herself in his arms.
But even though he made her feel like a teenager again, Suzanne is a thirty-something mother who had a business and a life that firmly grounded her to reality. Is it possible for her teenage dreams to become a reality or must she accept that she is a grown woman who must let her past go?

REVIEWS:
“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4-) – “…readers will have a ball looking back at their ‘glory days’.”

STARRY NIGHTS – When a beautiful gymnast is chosen to join the crew of a space shuttle mission, she jumps at the chance. She enjoys every minute of her training, especially her one-on-ones with astronaut Greg Rogers. But their love creates a conflict of interest that could keep them both from achieving their dreams. Is it worth the risk?

FREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS INCLUDED!

SINGLE DADS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-SINGLE-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6AO3O0/

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Luke Calloway is a turkey farmer in the heartland of Iowa. He has survived the loss of his wife, and is learning to cope with a drastic change of career (from big city dentist to the owner of Wishbone Acres in the small town of Greenhaven) while raising three rambunctious sons. He’s doing an admirable job and isn’t looking for love. But that’s exactly what he finds when Darcy Carson returns to town.

Darcy Carson, a successful Los Angeles television reporter, had fled from Iowa as soon as she was able. Small towns held no appeal for her, but the glamour and excitement of Southern California certainly did. Following a suspension by the station where she’s employed, she returns home, telling herself that she’ll only stay until she wins her court case and can return to work.

But Darcy hasn’t planned on meeting Luke. She fights her attraction to him, telling herself he represents everything she ran away from. Luke, too, fights his growing love for Darcy. He knows he’s only a temporary stopover in her life, that soon she’ll return to California, breaking his heart, and those of his sons.

Neither Luke nor Darcy are prepared for the way love sweeps into their lives, changing everything.

REVIEWS:

“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4) – “Watch as Kathy Clark creates two endearing characters who know they’re being manipulated, but are helpless to stop it.”

“HEART TO HEART” – Selected to be a Highlight of the Month – “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS is great fun.”

“COLORADO ROMANCE WRITERS PAL” – “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS is a perfect story to enjoy during the holidays since it will fill your heart with the wonder and joys of learning that love truly conquers all.”

TEACHER’S PET – MATCHMAKERS COME IN ALL SIZES

When five-year-old Whitney Sloane took a shine to her kindergarten teacher, Miss Greene, it spelled trouble for her handsome dad.

Whitney thought Allison Greene would make a great mom. she had only one problem…getting her lonely dad and her lovely teacher together.

Justin Sloane couldn’t understand why his once perfect daughter had cut off another girl’s braid or why she had put Mr. Wiggly Nose and Snow White, the classroom rabbits, into the same cage so that they made little bunnies while the whole class watched in fascination…until he met Whitney’s idol at the PTA. Suddenly life became wonderfully frustrating for this single father.

How could Justin make the grade with the delightful Miss Greene when she wouldn’t dream of breaking the rules and dating a student’s parent?

BEST OF THE WEST ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-Clarks-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D5U5WC8/

GOODBYE DESPERADO
Though known to millions as a “cowboy’s cowboy,” city slicker and famous western writer Matt Montana had never actually even ridden a horse. When hit with writer’s block, he decided to find his muse by secretly getting his first real western experience at the Rocky K Ranch in Colorado. But when he met Jamie Kimball, the rancher’s daughter, she turned out to be a real burr in this macho man’s saddle.

Back in the days when men were men, women weren’t like Matt’s sassy, sexy trail guide. First, Jamie assigned him a homicidal horse. Then she snickered at his run-ins with small, crazed wildlife.

But worst of all, her long-legged charms tempted this lone desperado to open his heart and learn how to love. And Montana began to believe this was how the West was really won.

REVIEWS:

“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4-) – “Kathy Clark has created complex characters and a blossoming love story that will touch your heart.”

“COLORADO ROMANCE WRITERS PAL” – “The chemistry between Matt and Jamie is one of Clark’s strongest yet. GOODBYE, DESPERADO is poignant and funny, allowing Clark to display her rare sense of humor. The book was a delightful change of pace, one you’re sure to enjoy.”

“HEART TO HEART” – Awarded “Highlight of the Month” – “If you want to find out how the West was really won, read Kathy Clark’s GOODBYE, DESPERADO.”

AWARDS:

The Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.
He had the wildness of the prairie in his eyes…the gentleness of a lover in his lips. And on that fateful day at Little Big Horn, Cody took Elizabeth Lawrence captive without firing a shot.

CODY’S LAST STAND
Elizabeth searched high and low for the raven-haired stranger after their timeless encounter. When she met him by chance, she almost wished he was the ghost she’d believed him to be.

Descended from the great chief Sitting Bull, John Cody was as ferociously proud of his Indian heritage as Elizabeth was of her ancestor, George Custer.

A hundred years after the most famous battle of the West, was there any hope that the descendants of two bitter enemies could at last make peace?

In this modern-day Romeo & Juliet tale, Cody and Elizabeth must defy generations of bad blood and families who cannot accept the possibility of their romance. Can the star-crossed lovers survive a war that still rages?

FREE BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED.

MEN IN UNIFORM ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-UNIFORM-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D5OGUYI/

KISSED BY AN ANGEL- Kristi Harrison loved her job as a flight attendant for Worldwide Airlines until a crash killed her fiancee and her best friend. Unable to deal with survivor’s guilt, she escaped to a friend’s beach house in Florida were she hoped to find the one thing that had eluded her for the past six months…peace.
When nightmares drove her from her bed, she sought the quiet of the moonlit beach. It was there that Scott Sanders, driven by his own midnight demons, first met her. He was living in his own hell, trying to deal with a plane crash in the jungles of Vietnam that has taken his best friend and RIO…while Scott was the pilot.
They had both been kissed by the angel of death and survived. Together they learn how to forgive without forgetting and how to move forward and learn to celebrate life.

REVIEWS:
Romantic Times 4+. “The strong plotting, the rich characterization, the intense emotional atmosphere are all simply outstanding. Bravo!”
Romantic Times Special Achievement Award of “Series WISH Hero for Cmdr. Scott Sanders” Best hero of the year.
Waldenbooks Lovenotes Recommended Book
USA Weekend Recommended Book

PHANTOM ANGEL – He shouldn’t have survived. . . not the crash landing in the Vietnamese jungle nor the years of backbreaking labor. But the painfully thin man with the arresting blue eyes had paid a high price for survival.
The man Melora Delaney faced across a rice paddy, the man she was to bring back to America, had lost his youth and his memory. As a psychologist she couldn’t restore Bo’s lost years, but she could help him begin life again.
Melora planned two months of intensive work with her patient. But then she came to know the man, who existence was a miracle of strength and will. When the time came … and it would … would she be able to let him go?

REVIEWS:
“RENDEZVOUS” . . . “What I liked most about this book is that it seems for the most part absolutely real. No super-perfect characters. No phony love scenes. And a touching story that doesn’t require unnecessary embellisment. Please don’t miss this gem.”
“ROMANTIC TIMES” (4-) . . . “This books gets off to a fantastic start…this powerful tale will entirely engage your interest.”

ANGEL OF MERCY – What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one? During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation.
But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital. Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously.
Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance.
Could they have a second chance? Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend? Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands. But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.
AWARDS: Winner of “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance.
Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.
REVIEWS:
“RENDEZVOUS” “A heavy theme but skillfully woven with love and compassion.”

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-ROMANTIC-SUSPENSE-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6IS4NI/

STARTING OVER – When Kate Cramer’s husband died in a helicopter crash, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Not only is she six months pregnant with her first child, but their transport company, C-Breeze is near bankruptcy and she has no one to fly the remaining helicopter.

Rusty Russell, temporarily visiting the small Texas town, offers to help her out, promising to stay long enough to get the business back off the ground. His skills as a pilot, a mechanic and a salesman save the day, and as he and Kate work together, they form a strong bond of friendship…a friendship that was tested when he was at her side as her baby arrived.

But what felt like a beautiful beginning was shattered by a fierce hurricane and a shocking discovery that threatened to take away everything Kate…and Rusty have grown to love.

REVIEWS:

Romantic Times 4- “…a warm caring romance and a few surprise twists to keep reader interest at a peak.”

Rendezvous “I love the give and take between Kate and Rusty. A good story about the complexities of these loving individuals.”

SIGHT UNSEEN – There was a dead man in a pond. Nicki “saw” it over and over, both when she was awake and asleep. But she didn’t know who it was, where the pond was or even if it was real or just a nightmare. The mud on her shoes and her clothes made her wonder if she had actually been there and had repressed the memory. Finally, not knowing if she is guilty or innocent, crazy or sane, she confided her fears to detective Jake Kelly.

Jake wanted to believe she was innocent, but his investigations proved that everything she had “seen” had been completely accurate. She had the most to gain and the most to lose. They both needed to know the truth…but truth brought danger.

The mists and fogs of the Rockies, the shifting play of light and shadow … the imagination could easily conjure apparitions from the enchanted air that swirled around The Stanley Hotel. ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC . . . all it takes is an open heart.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I enjoyed writing this book so much…partly because the Stanley Hotel rolled out the red carpet and let us spend several weekends there as their guests and partly because it was #2 of a series and the other books were written by two very close friends. I dedicated this to Emma and Jan, both of whom were very talented authors and wonderful pals…and are sorely missed.

So several of the ROMANCE COLLECTION can cover the romance genre pretty thoroughly.  Contemporary romance, category romance, a little fantasy romance, mainstream romance, military romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, time travel romance, traditional romance young adult romance and now new adult romance…Kathy has a very large collection and hopefully these romance collections will provide a good introduction.