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About Carol Moncado
Summers find her at the local aquatic center with her four fish, er, kids. Fall finds her doing the band mom thing. Winters find her snuggled into a blanket in front of a fire with the dogs. Spring finds her sneezing and recovering from the rest of the year.
She used to teach American Government at a community college, but her indie career, with nearly two dozen titles released in the first 2.5 years, has allowed her to write full time. She's a founding member and former President of MozArks ACFW, blogger at InspyRomance, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
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She’s just trying to forget.
Is a masquerade the answer?
Princes of New Sargasso
Lady RoseMarie knows all about loss.
Her parents in an accident.
Her big brother to a military incident.
The love of her life moving on.
But when she comes face to face with the prince who left her behind, she wants nothing to do with him.
And is surprised by the connection with his twin brother.
Or did they pull a twin switch on her?
Could she still have feelings for Prince Caleb of New Sargasso, the man she vowed to forget? More importantly, can she forgive his deception in her Masquerade with a Prince?
She doesn’t want to be a princess.
He doesn’t have a choice.
Princes of New Sargasso
Prince Gideon of New Sargasso is used to people deferring to him.
He’s even had supermodels offer to have his babies - quite a sacrifice for someone who makes their living in bikinis.
So when he walks into a local Aussie-inspired café to find Karsen Robertson laughing to the point
of tears at the idea, he’s a little shocked.
Then she makes him pay for his food.
No one does that.
But nothing and no one has intrigued him quite like the blue-eyed beauty who has nothing but
snark for him.
Of course he’s going to ask her out.
And, if he can keep the paparazzi and tabloids away long enough, finagle a way to make her a
But if she’s not sure about the princess thing, how would she feel about one day becoming
First dinner with a prince.
Then a crown.
If she doesn’t run screaming first.
Heart of a Prince
Canadian Jordan Haines is on vacation in the Caribbean. After the summer he's had, a couple months of fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered. What he didn't count on was meeting a beautiful woman on a private beach - or falling hard.
Crown Princess Astrid of San Majoria seems to lead a charmed life. Just like everyone, there's tragedy in her past, but she lives in a palace, has aides to do everything - and paparazzi hounding her private moments. Her sanctuary on her family's beach is broken one day when a tired windsurfer takes refuge in her cove - and works his way into her heart.
But it's just a summer fling, isn’t it?
After all, Jordan will be returning to Canada before long, won't he?
When pictures of the two of them, and what looks like an engagement ring, appear in the tabloids, they have to deal with fallout - and the beginnings of a real relationship. Secrets kept become hearts broken as they try to discover if Jordan really has the heart of a prince.
The Inadvertent Princess
Anabelle Gregorson is happy. More or less. She works for her best friend at a yarn shop in Akushla, is raising her little sister after the death of their parents, and just met the most handsome man she ever set eyes on. And he seems to like her too.
Prince Kensington of San Majoria never expected his time in Eyjania to result in love. But from the moment he met little Gracie, and her big sister, he was smitten, even if she doesn’t know who he is. He kind of likes having someone enjoy spending time with him and not his titles.
When Anabelle tells him she’s going to have to marry King Benjamin of Eyjania, Kensington can’t let it happen. They run off to elope, but the ceremony must occur before he has a chance to tell her the whole truth.
What will Anabelle think - and will their relationship survive the royal revelation? Even if it does, will angering the king and infuriating her powerful grandfather cause no end of trouble for the Inadvertent Princess?
A Royally Beautiful Mess
Life is messy.
Even more so when you have to deal with two royal families and the expectations of two countries.
And a 200-year-old treaty
Add a scheming royal uncle and one really big surprise, and things just might get a little out of hand.
Princess Esther of San Majoria has always done what’s expected of her. Until she met a handsome stranger at an exclusive resort. Weeks later, she’s discovered his true identity and is dealing with the fallout of their time together. With her father’s help, she’s going to make things right, then head straight to Serenity Landing University to finish her schooling.
Prince Darius of Eyjania isn’t sure what being called into a meeting with his older brother, King Benjamin, and his uncle could mean, but he’s sure it’s nothing good. His suspicion proves correct when the King of San Majoria confronts him about his secret vacation a few weeks earlier. When his uncle tries to threaten King Edward, the other king promises to invoke the Treaty of 1702 - whatever that is.
To appease their most important trading partner, and because it’s the right thing to do, Darius finds himself living in the States, married to the most beautiful girl he’s ever known - and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.
With secrets, international treaties, an uncle who will stop at almost nothing to get his way, and a potential exile, Darius and Esther have to learn that even in the mess, it can be beautiful.
Crowns & Courtships Compilation 2
Royals of Eyjania, San Majoria, Islas del Sargasso, & Auverignon
The Indentured Queen
King Benjamin wants to take over his household for the first time - now that he’s evicted his scheming uncle.
But there’s a plot for revenge up his uncle’s sleeve.
Katrín Jónsson plans to keep her head down and work off her family’s debt.
When the king proposes a deal to shorten her indenture, she jumps at the chance - even after she finds out it means a marriage in name only to the monarch.
She’ll even keep her job as a place dishwasher.
A perpetually grumpy king, a clueless new queen, and an incident that drives them into each other’s arms.
Will she ever be more than The Indentured Queen
Her Undercover Prince
Princess Jacqueline Grace is weary of her every move being criticized.
She just wants to raise her adopted daughter in peace.
Dave Smith has one of the most boring names ever, but his gorgeous accent and magnetic personality say there’s more to him than meets the eye.
He’s also raising a daughter he’s not related to.
And keeping secrets.
He agrees to go undercover and be her bodyguard, but when Jacqueline Grace’s family and the Quatremaines publicly celebrate her sister’s secret marriage, threats and secrets merge.
Can Dave’s secret counter the threats? Is he more than her undercover bodyguard? Is he Her Undercover Prince?
The Spare and the Heir
Crown Princess Esmeralda wants nothing to do with Prince Gabriel of Auverignon and his well-deserved reputation as a playboy prince.
Unfortunately, they’ve been secretly engaged since she was three.
Gabriel will do whatever it takes to redeem his past and be the husband Esmeralda needs.
Between the body blows that rain down on their fledgling relationship, with they ever find a way to be more than just The Spare and the Heir?
He’s hated by nearly every baseball fan in Pond Creek County.
Can a reality show help them both?
Small Town Girls Don’t Marry Baseball Stars
Beaches of Trumanville: Book 5
Madi Beach prefers to stay at home whenever possible.
Wyatt Carson just had the worst seven games of his life - and helped his team lose the whole enchilada.
Separately approached by their publicists to do a dating show, they agree because it seems like the right thing to do.
Secrets - on all sides - threaten to destroy their fledgling relationship before it has a chance to get off the ground.
Madi thinks it might be too much to overcome. Can Wyatt convince her that even though Small Town Girls Don’t (usually) Marry Baseball Stars, their relationship can be the exception?
Betwixt Two Hearts by Amanda Tru
With control of their dating website the prize, Bailey and Camden embark on a matchmaking competition that snags on unexpected results. All is fair in a contest of love. May the best matchmaker win.
The Swedehearts Glory Quilt by Cathe Swanson
Eleanor ran away to find herself. David knew exactly where he wanted to go. Could a matchmaking agency put them on the same map?
Whole Latte Love by Kari Trumbo
Misguided Drew thinks all quiet women hide harmful secrets. While pretty, new best friend Addi's soft-spoken nature reminds him too much of past hurts to move their relationship forward. Can a matchmaking agency change his heart?
Seoul Refuge by Alana Terry
Caroline is a new believer, excited and passionate about her faith. Calvin is a Boston police detective, an atheist who can hardly believe Christians have brainwashed his wife. Caroline just wants to follow God. Calvin just wants his wife back.
Guardian of Her Heart by Carol Moncado
Signed up for a dating service by friends and brought together by a stowaway cat, Mark and Casey must decide if they want to overcome their apparent incompatibilities or go their separate ways.
Random Acts of Shyness by Chautona Havig
Heath's sister, Selby, has laid down the law. It’s time to let her take over his love life. After a series of first and only dates, Heath embarks on her new scheme to help him overcome the debilitating nervous habit that has plagued him all his life. However, between dates, each worse than the last, he tries one more time to do things his way… sort of.
Please Note: The Crossroads Collections are sets of stories that are interconnected in some way, but the collections are independent, complete, and can be read in any order.
She’s desperate to hold him to an old promise.
Can they find happiness together?
Beaches of Trumanville
When Sean Beach’s fiancé ended their engagement, he expected to be far more broken-hearted than he actually was.
Alexis Braverman’s life is… fine. But unwelcome medical news changes her trajectory and forces her hand.
Fifteen years earlier, they’d made a pact. If they weren’t married by forty, they’d get together.
But the news causes Lexi to hold Sean to the promise a decade early. Small Town Girls Don’t Marry Their Back-Ups, but when they do can it lead to happily ever after? Or will his ex-fiancé ruin everything?
She craves a quiet life in her hometown.
A doll-sized coronation gown and an ancient law change everything.
Beaches of Trumanville
Lani Beach had her shot at stardom and turned her back on it.
Now she just wants to help with her sister’s HEA TV movie then go back to teaching drama to high schoolers. Helping transport an heirloom across state lines just might change that.
When Prince Harrison of San Majoria moved to the States for university, he wondered if he’d find an American to fall in love with.
He just didn’t expect a two-foot replica of his grandmother and her coronation gown to help him find the girl.
Lani refuses to hand off the heirloom replica to a foreigner who’s never seen a Maryland Heights Crimson Knights baseball game. He refuses to let her go to the next hand off alone.
She finds herself falling for him - until the actual former queen shows up in her hotel room and Lani discovers Harrison’s true identity.
That’s enough for her to walk away, because Small Town Girls Don’t Marry Secret Princes.
Unless an ancient law says she already has.
In Montevaro, a small country tucked in the Alps between Italy and their sister country of Mevendia, Crown Princess Adeline and twins Prince Richard and Princess Anastasia, are just starting to come into their own as adults and not simply the children of the king. Together, they face family trials. Separately, they must find love.
Good Enough for a Princess
Crown Princess Adeline of Montevaro has her life planned out for her: get her Master's in international relations, marry nobility, produce an heir, inherit the throne. There's no room for romance with the single father she meets when their cars collide on an icy winter night. Parliament - and her father - would never approve.
Charlie Brewer grew up without roots. He's determined to give his daughter the stability he never had. He also wants to give her a mom, but the beautiful European he's falling for refuses to move to Serenity Landing, Missouri permanently.
He won't move. She can't stay. What will happen when they try to forget each other by dating someone "acceptable"? They find themselves drawn together by one of the girls in the after school program Addie supports - a girl who happens to be Charlie's daughter. How will Charlie, and his daughter, feel when they find out the woman they've both fallen for is a... princess?
A trip halfway around the world shows Charlie and Addie how much they long to be together - and how impossible it is. Is there any way he can prove he is Good Enough for a Princess?
Along Came a Prince
Richard Antonio David Nicklaus is Montevaro's spare - and he likes it that way. He prefers traipsing through mountains and rafting down rivers to board rooms and state dinners. After one more trip through the Ozark Mountains, he'll have to head home and help his sister prepare for her wedding and coronation, taking over more official duties because of their father's ailing health.
Trail guide Ellie Brewer is sick of rich, pretty boys, but she's assigned one on her last trip before heading to Montevaro to spend time with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Charlie, before he marries a princess. She admits Rick does okay - until he fails to follow instructions and she ends up injured miles from where they're supposed to be.
After Rick takes her on a once-in-a-lifetime trip on their way to Europe, Ellie spends her recovery in Montevaro. When Rick takes off for weeks at a time, and is seen dancing with other women, Ellie wonders if she really meant anything to him. Ellie finds herself drawn to another man, but knows he can't compare to the one she misses. Rick wants to be with Ellie but official duties have him flying around the world and concern for his distant cousin - Queen Christiana of Ravenzario - preoccupies him when he's home. Somehow, he'll have to convince Ellie not to regret the day Along Came a Prince.
More Than a Princess
Princess Anastasia has grown up in the shadow of her older siblings and foster sister, Queen Christiana of Ravenzario. Ana longs for an identity beyond that of a princess. More than anything she wants someone to see her as more than just a tiara and a pretty face. Two men vie for her attentions but only one believes in her, believes she can make a difference by using her royal status to draw attention to the plight of those less fortunate.
When Ana takes one of them up on his challenge to join him at an orphanage in Ravenzario, they find themselves facing a crisis. A little girl, recently diagnosed with diabetes, is threatened by rising flood waters after a rare Mediterranean hurricane makes landfall.
Twin princesses. A world-famous actor. An RV-driving travel writer.
Can three couples make love work in a world that straddles royalty and reality?
Crowns & Courtships Compilation 3
Royals of Eyjania
Beyond Titles & Tiaras
Queen Mothers were supposed to be boring, staid, and old.
Her family’s head of security knew she was anything but.
Eliana Quatremaine, widow of King Alfred II and mother of King Benjamin I, had the boring part down, at least publicly.
Widowed in her early-30s, she believed nearly fifteen years was long enough to mourn her beloved husband.
It was time to move on.
But, even if Queen Mothers could fall in love again, the head of security was off-limits.
He’d told her so.
When he walked away after an almost kiss.
Thor Sørenson had long known he could easily fall for his former boss’s widow - who was also his current boss’s mother and a member of the royal family he was sworn to protect.
When she moves on in a decidedly public way, he knows he needs to put his own feelings aside and watch her be happy without him.
But an unexpected chance at romance shows them there could be more. With her ten children, including a monarch, and his three - with a total of six still living at home - combining households isn’t an easy thing to contemplate.
A trip to the States, television documentaries, and a security scare have them both wonder if they can have a future - Beyond Titles & Tiaras.
The (Elusive) Princess
She’s a princess who never liked the spotlight.
He’s an internationally renowned movie star.
How can they ever make it work?
Princess Evangeline of Ejanyia prefers staying home and working behind-the-scenes, letting her slightly older sister take the spotlight whenever possible.
Until the night Genevieve was too sick to go.
Then it was time to pull off the old twin switch.
No one would be the wiser.
Until Sir Peter Barker saw her.
He knew immediately that the twin co-hosting the fundraiser was the wrong one, and finds himself immediately intrigued.
A potential royal scandal, jam packed schedules, and a royal family in crisis leave Pete and Evie with little time together. But Pete’s determined to make it work - because he’s falling in love with The (Elusive) Princess.
It’s (Royally) Complicated
She’s the outgoing princess.
He drives an RV around the States for a living.
Is there any way they can have a successful relationship while they’re both keeping secrets?
Princess Genevieve has always been the outgoing one, but she’s finding herself eclipsed by… everyone.
Her sister is finding love with a Hollywood hottie.
Her mother married the second love of her life.
And her older brother - the king - is about to have a child.
She’s not changing, but everything around her is.
So when she’s offered a chance to run away with the only man she’s ever found herself falling for, she takes it.
She has half a working face.
What could possibly go wrong?
Beaches of Trumanville
Mia Beach has spent her life being overlooked.
And she’s just fine with that.
It’s far better than being seen and found lacking.
Especially with her recent diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy.
So when a Hollywood hunk shows up, she decides to keep her distance.
Eli Whitaker has different plans.
He’s fascinated by the girl with the eye-patch, and her faith in a Savior he’s just coming to know.
Paparazzi, family indifference, and a stunning revelation from Eli’s not-so-distant past may derail his chances at an Happily Ever After TV movie career before it begins - and convince Mia they don’t have a future.
Because Mia knows… Small Town Girls Don’t Marry Hollywood Hunks.
Except for when they do.
Compilation 2: Mevendia & Ravenzario
Their distant cousins have found love – now it’s time for the royal families of Mevendia and Ravenzario to have a turn.
Prince Malachi is getting married, but he’s never met his bride. His father arranged everything, including the marriage contract.
Jessabelle Keller would gladly spend her life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, he‘s committed to seeing the king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her for life.
As soon as they return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with private trauma and public drama of groundless accusations in the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they ever held dear.
Secrets have a way of coming out. This one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?
Winning the Queen’s Heart
Christiana has been queen of Ravenzario since her family died when she was five. Her uncle acted as her regent until she was of age. In the last year, the uncovering of his duplicity shook the country’s faith in her - and her faith in herself. At least she is finally going to get to marry her secret boyfriend. Isn’t she?
Alexander Bayfield has been in love with the queen for years. An unexpected chance to eavesdrop inserted him into Christiana’s inner circle. He’s watched as her relationship with a man he knows to be evil progressed. It’s up to Alexander to break the news of his criminality to her.
In the aftermath, Alexander is the only one Christiana can turn to in order to protect her reputation and her heart. Will he be able to win it for himself, or will secrets from his past, paparazzi who tell stories before checking facts, and the long-reaching tentacles of her uncle’s empire keep them from finding love?
Protecting the Prince
Tony Browning has worked for the Ravenzarian royal family since he was fifteen. The day after he took over as head of security, the king's vehicle crashed, killing all inside - so everyone always believed. Tony knows the prince and his nanny may have survived. It's time to track them down - and make up for the tragedy that has haunted him for years.
Michaela Engel has spent her life keeping Prince Nicklaus’s identity secret and keeping him safe from the threats that haunt them. It's nearly time to tell him who he really is.
But first, they find themselves on the run. This time they find a new friend, one with a background in security, who can help them stay safe. Michaela finds herself falling for Anthony. Can she trust him with her heart when they're done Protecting the Prince?
Prince from her Past
Princess Yvette of Mevendia has been engaged since before her first birthday. Thanks to the contract her father signed, the wedding is set to occur a week after her eighteenth birthday, though the groom is dead.
Or is he?
Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario narrowly escaped death. Raised in hiding in the US, and recently informed of his royal heritage, he's returned to the land of his birth just in time for his wedding.