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About Teresa LaBella
Teresa LaBella has been fascinated with fiction since she learned to read. Professional years invested learning the craft of writing and the art of storytelling as a journalist, grant writer and consultant pushed the author past the fiction writing stage of idea to 'I did' in the contemporary romance novel "Reservations" and 'I did it - again!' in "Heartland," the second novel in the romance trilogy.
In the final novel of the trilogy, the story moves from the Midwest to Scotland where a young woman's personal quest to find herself blazes a trail through uncertainty to a place of "Belonging." Comments from readers led to a series spin-off novella, "Love Unlikely" and short stories on the lives of neighbors in small town Harmony, Iowa in "Tales from Heartland."
"The UnMatchables Case #1: Danger Noted," the first in a series of romantic suspense novels, introduces PI partners Eddie Emerson and Kelly Gillespie. Their first slam dunk case pivots deadly when gossip leads to intrigue and an international high society celebrity with more than his reputation to protect.
"Capital Strings", political intrigue/thriller set in Canada's capital city. Prime Minister Evan Reid lives up to his promises. The last one could kill him. The fate of a nation and lives are on the line.
The author grew up in Davenport, Iowa, the largest of the Quad-Cities settled along the bend in the Mississippi River where the river runs east to west. The daughter of a police officer and business executive was inspired by a relentlessly Irish grandmother who taught her to read fortunes with playing cards, tell a good story, and brew a perfect pot of tea.
Teresa and her filmmaker husband John relocated from her hometown in Iowa to his country-of-choice Canada and are at home with their rescue husky fur babies in rural Nova Scotia.
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Four sweet short stories in “Tales from Heartland” re-visits the charm of Harmony, the lives of neighbors met in “Heartland,” and introduces readers to new friends.
Kevin Carstens, the shy tractor salesman who fights for and wins the woman he loves in “Brake Dancing.”
Bradley Jenkins, the mechanic who falls in love at first sight with a beautiful stranded traveler in “Tow in Love.”
Jocelyn Ellis, transplanted Chicago police officer turned Linn County Sheriff’s deputy, uproots her life to save her 15-year-old son Derek. Both mother and son discover their new life purpose with a widowed drama teacher and his autistic daughter in “Kicking the Tires.”
Adele Murphy’s chance meetup with Gerald Werner, a high school sweetheart that never was, rekindles feelings buried but not forgotten in “Adele’s New Life in Love.”
A steamy novella!
Rachel McKenna, Marisa’s sharp-tongued younger sister, is guarded and not easy to get to know or get along with. Drew McKenzie is convinced that he has to have her and will stop at nothing to persuade her that they are meant to be together. The Scottish Highlands and enchanting Edinburgh are the backdrops for this saucy, sexy whirlwind “Love Unlikely” romance!
The daughter of Darien McKenna admires and adores her Michelin star chef father. Lessons learned at his side earn her acceptance into a prestigious school of culinary arts and an apprenticeship at the upscale mid-town Manhattan kitchen Chef Darien once commanded.
Pressure to succeed in a high-stress career crushes her confidence. Devastating loss shatters her world. Marisa’s search to find a new path leads to the land of the McKenna Clan and the arms of a heart-stopping handsome, yet lonely man.
Alistair McKenzie traded his barrister career and life in Glasgow to preserve family history and honor on a farm in the Scottish Highlands. He’s tired of wearing his kilt to weddings and lifting a glass to another happy bride and groom. He yearns for everlasting love with the lass who will be his wife.
Smoldering attraction and ignited passion bring them together. Have Marisa and Alistair found forever love in their desired place of “Belonging?”
The tragic sudden loss of the love of his life forces Darien McKenna to face life alone. His uncharted escape from the pleasures and pain of what was and plans that will never be leads to a detour in a downpour and a place in Iowa called Harmony.
Miranda McCullough put off her art school dream to support her sister Sam through college and help her open a veterinary clinic in their hometown. Restoring and transforming the abandoned Meyer homestead into a place to make art, love and the family Miranda desires seems out of reach.
Until Darien. But will his past keep him from Miranda and the path to their future?
A string of ominous texts and untraceable calls to Parliamentary Protective Service Director Alec Martin tie random acts of violence to threats of impending chaos on Parliament Hill. But what or who is the real target?
The clock is ticking. The vote is coming. The threat is approaching.
The fate of a nation and lives are on the line.
Reader’s Review – Congratulations Teresa LaBella
How refreshing to find a political thriller set in Ottawa instead of Washington. LaBella weaves a terrific story through the policy-making world and workings of Parliament Hill. It has plot, page-turning tempo and drive.
Bruce Graham Nova Scotia writer
The solitary yet satisfying lifestyle Alison carefully crafted for herself through hard work and determination is upended when she meets the uncomfortably good-looking Chef Darien McKenna at a charity gala to help the homeless of New York City.
Despite doubts about his availability and their obvious age difference, she makes a reservation for one at Chez Nouz, the upscale mid-town Manhattan restaurant where Darien commands the kitchen, hoping to attract the attention of the handsome executive chef.
The rapid pace of the lovers’ passionate romance begins their journey to discover if love is ageless when it’s meant to be.