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About Megan Squires
In 2012, her creativity took a turn when she wrote and published her first young adult novel. Megan is both traditionally and self-published and An Heirloom Christmas is her tenth publication. She can't go a day without Jesus, her family and farm animals, and a large McDonald's Diet Coke.
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Local television personality Kate Carmichael has two weeks to learn how to run a Christmas tree farm for her latest assignment with On the Job. Too bad the gruff cowboy who owns Yuletide Farm doesn’t want her anywhere near his property, much less rolling her camera. For someone whose entire livelihood revolves around Christmas, the man is anything but merry. But Kate is determined to break through his frozen exterior. After all, uncovering the real story is what she does best.
For Deacon Winters, maintaining the legacy of his family’s tree farm is a weight heavier than Santa’s toy-filled sleigh. When his mother hires Kate as a holiday farmhand, it’s with the hope her TV show can generate publicity for their business. Deacon isn’t thrilled, but numbers are down and the memory of the year he almost lost it all is as fresh as the cut evergreens he sells. Plus, there’s something about Kate’s joyful—albeit persistent—attitude he can’t resist. Suddenly, he’s baking gingerbread houses, dancing in the fallen snow, and decorating Christmas trees, all to spend more time with her.
Just as Deacon’s heart begins to thaw, Kate’s assignment is cut short and the reason for her sudden departure has him reliving painful memories of Christmas past. Is a merry-ever-after in the cards this holiday season or is their relationship just more of yesterday's news?
Landscape architect, Cole Blankenship, has always lived in his father’s shadow. When he’s selected as the designer for a popular backyard contest, a trip out west offers an opportunity to finally prove himself. He meets the charismatic florist who farms the same plot of land and tensions grow, along with unexpected feelings. But any sort of relationship is prohibited and could cost Cole the first place title and Sophie, her livelihood.
Will Sophie and Cole let a contest dictate their love lives? Or will they discover that love grows best when you follow your heart and not the rules?
Jolene Carter lives in Merrylark Lake, a quaint town where neighbors are like family and vacationers become fast friends. With her dream of opening a downtown storefront on hold, Jolene volunteers wherever she can, whether it be at Cat’s Coffee Cart or the town’s annual tree lighting. It is while she’s tending to her neighbor’s vacation rental that Jolene meets Luke, a cowboy with a mustang rescue and a past he’s hoping to leave back at the ranch.
Luke Handley isn’t one to believe in holiday magic. That disappeared when his winter wedding was called off and his honeymoon was canceled. But the more time he spends in Merrylark, the more he’s convinced this magic exists. When Luke’s ex unexpectedly shows up as the other half to the lake house reservation, things get complicated. Luke knows all the magic in the world won’t clear up this misunderstanding. If he’s learned anything from Jolene, though, it’s that helping others is the most effective way to show love. With a surprise up his sleeve and a little help from his new Merrylark friends, Luke hopes he’s able to do just that.
After a career ending injury, hockey superstar Nick McHenry has no other choice than to return to his hometown of Heirloom Point. But things aren’t easy with his high school sweetheart working in the candle shop directly across from his parents’ hardware store. And it’s even harder to ignore the town chatter regarding his failed career and failed past relationship. Suddenly, he’s reliving the Christmas traditions he thought he’d left behind, and revisiting old feelings he figured were long gone.
Will Nick and Chrissy discover that some Christmas heirlooms aren’t actual things, but the people who make up those nostalgic memories? Or are memories better left in the past where they were made?
An Heirloom Christmas is a heartwarming romance filled with second chances, hometown traditions, and the magical promise of the holiday season.
Growing up, they shared a fence line, first kisses, and a romance that had the whole town talking. But Maren Friar traded her barbed-wire life for city lights and gave up on her childhood dream of marrying the cowboy next door. He’d made it clear that had been nothing more than playing house.
Rodeo pickup man Grady Cutter works hard, loves harder, and when he gives his word, it’s his bond. But agreeing to stay away from Maren hurts worse than being bucked off a wild bronco.
Now Maren’s returned home to her ranch and Grady is done pretending. With her father no longer standing in their way, they’re finally learning what the grown-up version of their love can look like. But the pretty blonde constantly at Grady’s side makes Maren second guess everything. And she can’t stomach the fact that Grady seems to be the only man in Riverburn to know the real truth behind her father’s mysterious death.
Will digging up past secrets ruin their chance at a future forever? Or will they discover that the best love stories are often a lifetime in the making?
Take the Fall is the first in a series featuring the cowboys of Riverburn County. All books can be read as standalones.
All things that can be considered—and oftentimes are—just a bit crazy.
With an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, seventeen-year old Eppie Aberdeen has learned firsthand that life’s circumstances aren’t always sunshine and roses.
So Eppie doesn’t expect the fairytale, because reality certainly isn’t one. She’s not waiting on the handsome prince with his white horse to come to her rescue. But even though she’s not waiting on it, that doesn’t stop nineteen-year-old Lincoln Ross from driving straight into her heart with his teal and white campervan and his too tall stature and perpetually goofy grin.
It’s difficult to believe in a happily ever after when a happy now is quite hard to find. But Lincoln gives Eppie hope that despite the odds, a true and unconditional love might actually be out there. A revised fairytale. A new kind of love story.
But then again, that might just be plain crazy.
You do right by your neighbor, no strings attached. But with his parents eyeing retirement and his “family-man” brother on the docket to inherit the cattle company, he’s forced to rethink that notion. He needs to prove he’s ready to buckle up and settle down, and cashing in a favor with the feisty horse shoer staying on his property might be his only option.
When the rented land Josie Friar keeps her fifth wheel on goes into foreclosure, she’s left with one hunk of junk and nowhere to park it. Not one to take a handout, she nearly turns down the handsome rancher’s offer to post up on his Riverburn acreage.
When she hears talk of Seth being passed up to take the reins of the family company, she feels compelled to help however she can. Even if that means pretending to be his girlfriend. After all, she knows what it’s like to work your entire life for something, only to have your dreams go sideways.
When disaster strikes and there’s no longer a business left to fight for, Josie wonders if their ruse of a relationship will go up in flames, too. She had counted on their little short-term stunt, but never thought she might be in store for long-term heartbreak.
Take the Reins is the second in a series featuring the cowboys of Riverburn County. All books can be read as standalones.
4,384 days: Their time apart.
When he last saw her she was lying in a hospital bed, purpled with bruises, sewn together with crude stitches, and unconscious of his presence at her side. Heath figured he’d never see her again. That’s what happened to teenage love ripped apart by a cross-country move. But when Mallory shows up in California twelve years later, he knows he can’t last another minute without her. And Mallory feels it, too. But they’ve both let others into their hearts to fill the absence, and they’re not the same naïve kids from before. Time has changed them, but has it changed their love? Is it possible, after more than a decade apart, to pick up where they left off?
Guys like Torin Westbrook aren’t supposed to exist in real life.
When Darby meets Torin as a fellow counselor at the survival camp she impulsively applies to, she’s certain his main goal is to turn her world upside down, with his disheveled curly hair, irresistible dimples, and endearingly quirky habit of reciting quotes from classic movies and ancient thinkers.
Darby’s not sure she can adapt to Torin’s way of viewing his past and the tragedies he's faced. Because she’s had her own share of heartache too, and as much as she wants to believe that it’s all been for a purpose, she hasn’t been able to move on. Yet the more time Darby spends with Torin, the more she longs to break free of her carefully constructed routine and fall into something new.
She’s just not sure that she should be falling for Torin along the way.
Revised edition: This edition of The Rules of Regret includes editorial revisions.
I’m a fine arts student, navigating life in the Big Apple, my pencil and sketchpad in hand.
We meet. We fall in love.
But it’s not that story.
Sometimes, by a rare gift of fate, two lives cross paths. And hey, if that happens to occur when staring at Michelangelo’s naked masterpiece, even better. We can tell our future children how a seventeen-foot tall marble guy named David brought us together.
But there’s always more to a relationship than its beginning and ever after. In life, there’s a whole lot of backstory. There are ex-fiancés and hot roommates and family members whose advice continues, even beyond the grave.
When you say you love someone, it’s never just that one person you’re saying it to. And it’s never just that one moment that sets everything in motion.
There is always more that draws you in.
In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.
Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.
But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.
Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Maggie feel. Maybe meeting Ran is life’s little gift for Maggie—a sort of consolation prize for enduring everything she's had to go through.
But things don’t come easy for Maggie. Why should love be the exception? And just when everything starts to settle, it’s all turned on its head once again.
If there is one thing Ran has taught Maggie, it’s that you can’t sit on the sidelines of your own existence. When life takes something that’s yours, you have every right to demand it back.
Only for Maggie, that is easier said than done.