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Love is a gift at any age…isn’t it?

Betsy’s life is one crisis after another. She never wondered–or care–who her birth parents were until her friend Bett confesses, “I have a child.” Betsy’s adoptive mother, Harriett, and Bett have been best friends since college. Could there be a connection?

Betsy resents that Bett secretly set her up with over-the-top handsome Noel with Crayon blue eyes, tons of dough, and a quirky psychological problem. But, when her kitchen blows up, he saves her life—over the phone!

When daughter Brie shows up pregnant and abandoned by her husband, like Betsy’s husband, The Jerk, abandoned her when she was pregnant with Brie, Betsy takes charge. Noel could help, but will he? And, how does his old friend Muriel fit into the equation?

Will Betsy’s messy life ever get straightened out? How can she help Brie restore her marriage, as well as nurse Noel back to health from the flu with her leg in a cast—the leg she broke visiting him during one of his marathon hospital stays?

Will Noel turn out to be the hero Bett claims him to be and the lover Betsy hopes him to be? Or, will Noel disappoint her and become another butterfly dream?

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Need to be in control Kate meets take charge Lance during a National Cook Off in California, and sparks almost fly. How could the sponsors have scheduled the only two meat
loaf contestants to share the kitchen at the same time?

After Kate boldly credits Christ for her cooking success on national television, the CEO of Family Foods professes his faith. Kate’s promotion to Global Outreach Minister at church threatens her relationship with Lance, and she still doesn’t know what he does for a living. But, his personal assistant, Felicity, does. “I know everything.”

Lance impulsively buys a house for them without Kate’s involvement, and sparks really do fly, practically putting an end to their romance. “I had no say in it!”

Hopefully, her Golden Retriever Sandy can save the day when the dog’s soulful, amber eyes approve of the house. “She wants a child in here to play with.”

Will these two ever be able to create magic in the kitchen when they’re still trying to figure out the recipe for Happily Ever After?


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The cooking class was to be a respite for Jillian from her stressful job as a high school guidance counselor.  Was meeting co-student Erik who carried a baggage of guilt for his parents’ murder and his unique way of witnessing an invitation to emotional disaster?  Caught between “friendship” with Erik and her politically incorrect support of Josh, a Muslim student turned Christian, Jillie almost lost her faith in love.

Her Culinary Catch

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Marci had learned to cope with her deformed leg.  As the curator of The Bridal Museum, she felt almost fulfilled … until the new chef arrived to oversee the Café Wedd.  But, Conrad Thorstrom was beneath her educationally.  His minor accomplishments and associate degree didn’t match up to her MBA.  Besides, she was a gimp, and he was a tall, handsome Swede who dubbed her his Wild Irish Rose. An unlikely coupling. And, what about the curly-haired Tracy, the adorable hostess of the café, who worships Connie? Furthermore, why does he insist on being called Connie? Will Marci learn the answers to these questions, or will she be too stubborn?

Recipes for Romance

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Three stories in one book!  Read this compilation of Butterfly Dreams, A Winning Recipe and A Cup of Love without ever having to put it down!

The Candy Cane Girls Series

Ten years ago six high school freshmen formed a swim team that became legendary. They won the state relay swim championship four years in a row. In addition to their skill and devotion to daily practicing, they prayed together and vowed to be sisters forever. Another thing that set them apart was they chose their own swimsuits making them a team within a larger team. They chose red and white diagonally striped swim suits. Thus, became known as the Candy Canes. They always will be.  Click on each book below to read the descriptions and purchase.

Candy Cane Heart

Noelle’s Christmas Wedding

Noelle's Christmas Wedding

Cindy’s Perfect Dance

Cindy's Perfect Dance

Candy’s Wild Ride

Candy's Wild Ride

Connie’s Silver Shoes

Connie's Silver Shoes

Natalie’s Deception

Natalie's Deception

Stay tuned for Melanie’s story coming up next in The Candy Cane Girls Series