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About Barbara Meyers
Barista by day; romance novelist by night. When I'm not writing fiction, song lyrics or Dr. Seuss-like poetry, I masquerade behind a green apron as a barista for a worldwide coffee company. I originally thought this would be a fun little job where I could escape from my writer hidey hole and get paid to socialize for a few hours a week. That was in 2003. Each year I grow closer to my goal of being the world's oldest living barista.
I'm still married to my first husband and have two wonderful children who grew up and went off and found their own happy endings.
Be sure to visit my off-the-wall fantasy-writing alter ego AJ Tillock and take a look at The Forbidden Bean, the first in the GRINDING REALITY series. These stories are inspired by my above-referenced years of working in a coffee store.
Visit me at www.barbarameyers.com
Follow me on Twitter @barbmeyers and @ajtillock
What comes to your mind when you see that phrase? A reunion with a former lover? A shocking encounter with a dark face from your past? A dearly held memory come to life . . . or one you’ve tried desperately to purge from your mind?
In this extraordinary collection of original fiction, sixteen great storytellers spin the tales that filled their imaginations when considering that sentence:
• New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan brings us the reunion of father and daughter under deadly circumstances.
• USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad weaves a tale of lost love on a Christmas Eve during the Great Depression.
• New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day traverses realities to pull together generations.
• USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Shay returns to her Hidden Cove series to tell of a father returning to his son’s life . . . and turning that life upside down.
Romance, suspense, and magic, secrets unearthed, mysteries revealed, and promises finally kept – all of this and much, much more comes to you in this unforgettable anthology that is every bit as evocative as the title that served as its inspiration.
JoAnn A. Grote
Ann La Farge
Mary Hart Perry
C. B. Pratt
When widow Devonny Campbell arrives in tiny Red Bud, Iowa, she is determined to make a new life for herself and the child she carries. But when her former career in adult films is uncovered, she becomes the catalyst for a nasty political campaign which creates a tornado of controversy.
High school coach and guidance counselor Luke Bradshaw knows one strong wind will collapse the house of cards he’s built to contain his demons. He’s falling hard for Devonny in spite of her past. And she might be what trips him up and exposes everything he’s kept hidden.
But Devonny and Luke aren’t the only citizens of Red Bud forced to face the judgment of their peers. As the campaign turns vicious, deeply-buried truths are revealed and lifelong relationships are shattered. Can Devonny and Luke stick together? Or will too much truth tear them apart?
Doug Winston looks into his newborn daughter’s eyes and vows to become the kind of man and father worthy of her. But he first must navigate the mess he’s made of his life.
Doug’s wife has left him. The teenage son he raised despises him, the father he worships disowns him, and a child Doug never knew he’d fathered arrives on his doorstep.
After his baby's mother dies her sister, Josie, wants to prove him unfit and attain custody.
As Doug embarks on his quest to live authentically, to make amends where he can and build relationships with his children and with Josie, he discovers that the father for whom he was never good enough is part of a vast criminal network.
Just as Doug and Josie cross the line from hate to love, and Doug has cobbled together the family he always wanted, can he bring the man he once idolized to justice in order to protect them all?
After Niko Morales clawed his way out of gang life, he found a career in law enforcement. He meets Lesley when he applies for a grant for the community center he wants to create. His passion is helping disadvantaged youth, and he will do almost anything to make his vision a reality.
When Lesley asks him to escort her to elite social functions in exchange for her help, he knows he won't fit in but is unable to resist her offer. Even though they are worlds apart, Lesley can't resist Niko's warmth and understanding. But their relationship poses a threat to others, and if Lesley and Niko aren't careful, they could lose each other forever.
For over a year Nick has been locked in Stephanie’s friend zone and he’s planning an escape. An invitation to her sister’s Christmas wedding in Florida is the perfect opportunity to get out of Chicago and get closer to her and her family. But he’ll have to trust her enough to explain why he’s been lying about his own family.
Stephanie accidentally learned of Nick’s family secret, but until he tells her the truth, she can’t consider a future with him. She refused Nick’s offer to be her plus one, but reconsiders once she discovers he’s been invited to the wedding by her matchmaking family.
Nick has been hiding something important from her, and Stephanie has a few confessions of her own to make. Will ending the secrets between them guarantee they’ll spend the rest of their Christmases together?
Zoe Bradford will do anything to find her brother Ben, a missing missionary in Latin America. Even if it means sleeping with an anonymous stranger in order to finance a rescue mission.
Covert operative Aaron Manning doesn’t believe a “normal” life is possible for him. But the bizarre arrangement he creates with Zoe makes him more determined to step out of the shadows permanently in order to achieve his dream.
Zoe wants to believe in Aaron’s promise to save Ben, but she finds it impossible to fully trust him. Her determination to go it alone compromises Aaron’s carefully orchestrated op and endangers everyone involved.
Aaron’s desire to start a new life clashes with Zoe’s need to find answers. And when her phantom lover makes contact again, a pregnant Zoe knows the only way to move forward is to learn his true identity.
Zoe must make a decision when she uncovers the truth about the man she’s in love with and the phantom who duped her.
Is a future possible with either of them?
Sabrina Talbott loves her disciplined routines, her flower garden, and her home filled with a collection of teapots and antiques. She’s even trying to love the finicky cat she inherited from her grandmother. She’d also love Mr. Perfect. If only she could find him.
What she doesn’t love is her new neighbor’s unruly, fun-loving, free-spirited dog or his owner, Tommy Cameron. Skid digs up her roses, terrifies her cat, and wreaks havoc with her wardrobe. If only Tommy would train him!
Tommy finally takes the hint, but what Sabrina doesn’t realize is that while Tommy is training Skid, he’s also training her to lighten up and have some fun. At the same time, Sabrina is certain she’s the one who’s training Tommy to grow up and be more responsible.
Is it possible Sabrina can turn Tommy into Mr. Perfect? Or has he been perfect for her all along?
Hayley Christopher’s high-profile divorce has given her a healthy suspicion of “happily ever after.” While she struggles to get her life back on track, temporary custody of her troubled nephew Fletcher highlights her every inadequacy. And her new landlord is an old crush whose parenting skills put hers to shame.
After the death of his wife, Ray Braddock walked away from his life. But now he’s back, rebuilding his business and thinking maybe he can even learn to trust again. He’s drawn to Hayley—and the silent little boy at her side—even though he may never convince her three broken people could make a whole family.
Hayley watches as Ray bonds with a silent Fletcher. Ray’s patience and persistence overcome her resistance and erode the walls around her heart. Ray might be the one good choice she is finally ready to make. But can she prevent Fletcher’s gang-connected father from traumatizing him again and following through on his threats to destroy her and those she loves?
Finally! Kaylee Walsh has escaped her good-for-nothing ex and her small Tennessee hometown. She isn’t about to let car trouble and zero cash throw a wrench into her plans.
But Rick Braddock makes Kaylee an offer she can’t refuse: free car repairs in exchange for a month of babysitting. He’ll make sure she’s on her way because he knows he doesn’t stand a chance when a woman is blinded by big city lights.
Even though she’s hit a bump in the road, no way will Kaylee become attached to a hot single dad and his little girl. For her, it’s South Beach or bust.
But when Rick discovers what Kaylee’s hiding he fears she may have stolen more than just his heart. Were the sparks between them real? Or is she a thief who took him for a ride?
Warning: Sudden cravings for grape bubble gum and cherry Popsicles™ may occur.
The only thing Jason is focused on is getting through his last year of college. But the instant attraction between him and Kerrie leads to one unforgettable night together.
When Kerrie’s wealthy, overly-protective father learns she is pregnant, he arranges a temporary marriage to teach her a lesson about choices and consequences. Jason reluctantly agrees to keep his participation in the plan a secret, because it’s the only way he can safeguard his future and his family.
Kerrie is blinded by her romantic fantasy and doesn’t suspect she’s been set up. Meanwhile, Jason guards his heart and vows that when Kerrie leaves with their baby, he won’t beg her to stay.
Just when it seems a future together is possible, lies, betrayal and deceit threaten to separate Kerrie and Jason forever. Faced with losing each other and their baby, will their fragile bond be strong enough?
Itching to start over, Cleo Ward is preparing to leave her bad choices and troubled past behind. A temporary gig cat-sitting will benefit her relocation fund. All she has to do is blend in with her aunt's retirement community.
Easier said than done when Daniel “Web” Webster, the sexy property manager shows up...
Nothing gets by Web, especially an intriguing too-young-to-be-a-resident female masquerading as a senior citizen. But since it’s for a noble cause, he might be able to overlook Cleo's rule-breaking for a favor—or two.
But what happens when Cleo becomes more entangled with Web than she intended? Does she even want to escape the invisible threads he’s woven around her?
Warning: Contains frequent retirement community violations and unauthorized use of adult diapers.
There are many things Annie Langdon doesn’t understand…
(mis´kën sēv´) to conceive wrongly;
Why does a man who professes to love her, dump her after she gives him everything?
A second chance with her first love turns into disaster, but she’s not the only one affected by the fallout.
(mis´kën sēv´) interpret incorrectly;
What did she do to make her mother hate her?
By the time Annie discovers her mother isn’t the woman she thought she was Annie is unknowingly following in her footsteps.
(mis´kën sēv´) Misunderstand.
When Annie creates a perfect life with a loving husband and children, why does it all fall apart?
How could she not have known someone was there all along who would help her pick up the pieces?