Brenda Novak Books in Order

The Brenda Novak books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Brenda Novak books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of 9 Months Later Books

Because of the Baby

Macomber, Debbie 1996

Lonely men in Hard Luck, Alaska, looking for women. Our town might be cold, but our hearts are warm! Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!) But the three O’Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town.

Matt Caldwell, Charles O'Halloran's brother-in-law, is an easygoing charmer, still in love with his ex-wife. Karen's still in love with him, too. Her reaction to him the night of his sister's wedding certainly proved that. It also left her pregnant.

… Now Matt wants her to marry him again — and not just because of the baby!

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Another Man's Child

Tara Taylor Quinn 1997
Another Man's Child by Tara Taylor Quinn released on Dec 25, 1996 is available now for purchase. Read More

Father: Unknown

Tara Taylor Quinn 1998
Father: Unknown by Tara Taylor Quinn released on Feb 20, 1998 is available now for purchase. Read More

Expectations

Brenda Novak 2000
Expectations by Brenda Novak released on Jan 25, 2000 is available now for purchase. Read More

Snow Baby

Brenda Novak 2000
Snow Baby by Brenda Novak released on Aug 25, 2000 is available now for purchase. Read More

Baby Business

Brenda Novak 2000
Baby Business by Brenda Novak released on Nov 24, 2000 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Baby of Her Own

Novak, Brenda 2002
A Baby Of Her Own by Brenda Novak released on Aug 23, 2002 is available now for purchase. Read More

Publication Order of Dundee, Idaho Books

A Baby of Her Own

Novak, Brenda 2002
A Baby Of Her Own by Brenda Novak released on Aug 23, 2002 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Husband of Her Own

Novak, Brenda 2003
A Husband Of Her Own by Brenda Novak released on Apr 24, 2003 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Family of Her Own

Novak, Brenda 2004
From the back cover: "Facing herself back in her hometown years after leaving to make her way in the big city, Katie Rogers is forced to face the man she left behind." Pages: 296; 6.62" x 4.12" Read More

A Home of Her Own

Novak, Brenda 2004
A Home of Her Own by Brenda Novak released on Nov 24, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Stranger in Town

Novak, Brenda 2005

The car accident was Hannah Price’s fault—a few seconds of inattention that changed Gabe Holbrook’s life forever, destroying everything he’d been or ever wanted to be.He was a man who’d had it all. Intelligent, handsome, talented, rich, he’d been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Now he’s come home to Dundee, the small town where he was raised, but he’s a stranger to the people who once knew him. Folks think he’s bitter and withdrawn; he knows he’s just focused on recovering. But thanks to Hannah Price, there are some things that can’t be fixed.

Hannah has been struggling to recover from that fateful night, too. Unlike Gabe, she sustained only minor injuries. But she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to forgive herself for making a mistake with such far-reaching consequences. Especially when Gabe becomes her older son’s football coach, and she begins to fall in love with the man she nearly destroyed…Look for all eight books in Brenda Novak’s Dundee, Idaho series, available now.

And don’t miss her new romantic Whiskey Creek trilogy, available from Harlequin MIRA!

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Big Girls Don't Cry

Novak, Brenda 2005
Big Girls Don't Cry by Brenda Novak released on Sep 13, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

The Other Woman

Novak, Brenda 2006
The Other Woman by Brenda Novak released on May 09, 2006 is available now for purchase. Read More

Coulda Been a Cowboy

Novak, Brenda 2007

Grandpa Garnier used to say, Love is like a bucking bronco.It takes guts and determination to hang on, but it''s worth the ride. If only Grandpa was around now to help Tyson Garnierout of this mess. The famous pro football player issuddenly saddled with a very public scandal—and anillegitimate child.

Tyson needs a good nanny now if he''sgoing to salvage his career. And plain, no-nonsenseDakota Brown is the ideal candidate.Dakota doesn''t care for football—or for a man whodoesn''t seem to want his own son. But she needs thisjob, and that precious little baby needs her.

Dakota isn''t Tyson''s kind of woman. But the more hesees of her—and the more he sees of his son—the harderhe wants to hang on.

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A Dundee Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2010

For the first time as a stand-alone ebook!Down on her luck, Cierra Santos is seeking refuge in the small town of Dundee during a snowstorm when she is taken in by a man who helps her discover a new sense of home. But Ken Holbrook provides more than safety and comfort because, with him, she also finds love.

Originally published in 2010

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Publication Order of Stillwater Trilogy Books

Dead Silence

Novak, Brenda 2006

There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouseGrace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only thirteen the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.Grace left the town of Stillwater thirteen years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good.

As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she's finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn't — so she's come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.

Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He's running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yet…she's an enigma he can't resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened — and that could ruin them both.

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Dead Giveaway

Novak, Brenda 2007

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Novak brings you a trilogy that Publishers Weekly called "a great read."Every town has its secrets—and Stillwater, Mississippi, has more than most! Starting with a murder almost twenty years ago…The Reverend Lee Barker went missing nineteen years ago…And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why.

They'e convinced he was murdered—by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay—and his mother and sisters—can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.

Allie McCormick is a cold-case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she's returned to Stillwater with her six-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she's starting over.

But when Clay's powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn't murder the Reverend Lee Barker.Maybe Clay's a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just sixteen at the time.

And he's not a cold-blooded killer. At least, that's what Allie believes—until she finds proof that behind the preacher's pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster.Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done…

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Dead Right

Novak, Brenda 2007

Twenty years ago Madeline Barker's fatherdisappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks,Madeline's convinced her stepfamily had nothingto do with it. But the recent discovery of his carfinally proves he didn't just drive away. Worse,the police find something in the trunk that saysthere's more to this case than murder.

With no other recourse, Madeline decides to hirea private investigator—even if the cops don't likeit. Even if her family doesn't like it. But when P.I.Hunter Solozano begins to uncover some shockingevidence, someone in Stillwater is determined toput a stop to Madeline's search for the truth.

And that means putting a stop to her. Permanently.

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Publication Order of The Last Stand Books

Trust Me

Novak, Brenda 2008

Four years ago…Skye Kellerman was attacked in her own bed. She managed to fend off her knife-wielding assailant, but the trauma changed everything about her life. As a result of that night, she joined two friends―also survivors―in starting The Last Stand, an organization to help victims of crime.

But now…Her would-be rapist is getting out of prison. Skye knows that Dr. Oliver Burke hasn’t forgotten that her testimony cost him his reputation―and his freedom.Sacramento detective David Willis, who investigated her case, believes Burke is a clear and present danger―and guilty of at least two unsolved murders.

And now Burke is free to terrorize Skye again. Unless David can stop him. Unless Skye can fight back. Because Oliver Burke has every intention of finishing what he started. And that’s a promise. Trust me.

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Stop Me

Novak, Brenda 2008

Who was the real killer?Romain Fornier lost his reason for living when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. He used a cop's gun to mete out his own justice and spent the next few years in prison. Once he was freed, he returned to his Cajun roots in small-town Louisiana.

But now he learns that he might have killed the wrong man.Jasmine Stratford, a psychological profiler, is convinced his daughter's killer is still alive―and that she and Romain have something in common. She believes the same man kidnapped her sister, Kimberly, sixteen years ago.

What happens next?Jasmine is determined to track him down when she receives an anonymous package, postmarked New Orleans―the bracelet she gave Kimberly for her eighth birthday. She approaches Romain because she knows he can help her… if he chooses.

But searching for the man who irrevocably changed both their lives means they have to rise to a killer's challenge: stop me.

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Watch Me

Novak, Brenda 2008

Teenagers Sheridan Kohl and Jason Wyatt were parked at the lake in Whiterock, Tennessee, when a stranger wearing a ski mask shot them both. Sheridan lived but Jason died―and the stranger was never caught. Even though Sheridan's family moved away right afterward, she's never been able to put the crime behind her.

And now that someone doesn't want her to come homeBecause of a new development in the case, Sheridan returns to Whiterock. But when she's attacked a second time, it's only because of Jason's stepbrother, Cain Granger, that she survives―and Cain's the last person she wants to face.

If not for their history, if not for her, Jason wouldn't have been in that parked car.Cain knows that whoever killed his brother probably isn't a stranger at all. But figuring out that person's identity is easier said than done―especially since the killer seems to be taunting them both: watch me.

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The Perfect Couple

Novak, Brenda 2009

One afternoon in May, Zoe Duncan's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing from her own backyard. The police think Samantha ran away because she's unhappy about her mother's upcoming marriage—but Zoe doesn't believe it. In fact, she's willing to do anything to bring Sam home, even if it means losing her job, her beautiful home, her fiancé.

Even if it means divulging all her secrets to a private investigator.Jonathan Stivers is a P.I. who donates his time to The Last Stand, a victims' charity in Sacramento. He's good at what he does, the best. But never has he had fewer leads to work with—or been more attracted to a client.

Jonathan's sure of only one thing: Sam was taken by someone close to the family. He doesn't know how close until he realizes that the "perfect" couple next door is anything but….

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The Perfect Liar

Novak, Brenda 2009

Obsession leads to lies…When air force captain Luke Trussell opens his door one Sunday morning, he's shocked to find the police—and even more shocked when they charge him with rape. He knows he made a mistake in judgment the night before, but he certainly didn't force his attentions on the woman who's been stalking him for months.

Problem is…Karina Harter has the bruises—and the DNA evidence—to make her claim convincing.And lies can lead to murder.Determined to isolate Luke, Karina goes to victims' rights advocate Ava Bixby of The Last Stand, hoping Ava will help put Luke behind bars.

But Ava soon realizes she's defending the wrong victim.Problem is…switching her support to Luke could be dangerous—especially when she falls for him. Because Karina won't tolerate losing the man she wants to anyone. Least of all Ava…

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The Perfect Murder

Novak, Brenda 2009

For more than a year, Sebastian Costas has been trying to unravel the truth behind the murder of his ex-wife and son. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he's convinced that her second husband—a cop—committed both murders, then faked his own death.

Now Sebastian has followed the slimmest of leads to Sacramento…and that's where he finally gets the break he needs. Jane Burke, an investigator with The Last Stand, calls him in connection with a separate crime—a crime that could lead him straight to the man he's been looking for.

Once married to a serial killer, Jane has spent the past five years rebuilding her life. And with Sebastian she finally has a chance at happiness. But the man they're after is after them, too. For him this has become a personal battle, one he's determined to win.

Whatever it takes…

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Publication Order of Dept 6 Hired Guns Books

White Heat

Novak, Brenda 2010

A dangerous cult has recently taken over the desert ghost town of Paradise, Arizona. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed—of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff, and obey his orders blindly. They've already tried to murder one woman and they're implicated in the disappearance of another.

Nate Ferrentino, who works for private security contractor Department 6, has been assigned to infiltrate this group. It's a challenge he welcomes—until he learns that colleague Rachel Jessop will be going undercover with him. Thanks to their shared history, he'd much rather go alone….

The problem is, only married couples can participate in cult rituals. So, like it or not—and they don't—Rachel and Nate must pretend to be husband and wife.There's no choice. Because if Wycliff isn't exposed, if he isn't stopped, more people will die.

And Rachel might be one of them.

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Body Heat

Novak, Brenda 2010

Twelve people have been shot at point-blank range and left to rot in the desert sun. It's Sophia St. Claire's job to do something about it. She's Bordertown, Arizona's new chief of police—and she's out of her depth. Help arrives in the form of Department 6 hired gun Roderick Guerrero.

As far as Sophia's concerned, his involvement only makes things worse. Maybe he's managed to turn his life around. And maybe he's a good investigator. But as the bastard son of a wealthy local rancher, he has a history he can't get past. A history that includes her.

Rod refuses to leave town until the killer is caught. He's not worried about the danger posed by some vigilante. It's Sophia who threatens him. Because he's used to risking his life—but his heart is another story.

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Killer Heat

Novak, Brenda 2010

The bodies of seven women have been discovered in Skull Valley, Arizona. Jonah Young, a private security operative from Department 6, has been hired by the Yavapai County sheriff to assist in solving these murders. But Jonah's not prepared for the complications that arise when he's forced to work with a woman from his past, private investigator Francesca Moretti.

Jonah betrayed Francesca ten years ago. She hasn't forgiven him and she's pretty sure she never will. But the woman she was hired to find has been murdered in exactly the same way as the seven in Skull Valley, so, Francesca has to work with Jonah. They quickly zero in on the most likely suspect—but questions remain.

Questions they have to answer. Because if they bet on the wrong man, it might be the last thing they ever do….

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Publication Order of Bulletproof Books

Inside

Novak, Brenda 2011

Virgil Skinner served fourteen years for a murder he didn't commit. He's finally been exonerated, but he can't escape the gang he joined in order to survive. They'll do anything to keep him from telling what he knows. And if they can't get to Virgil they'll go after his sister and her kids.

The California Department of Corrections needs someone to infiltrate another gang, one that's taking control of the state's most notorious supermax. Virgil agrees to do it under an alias—in exchange for his sister's protection.Chief Deputy Warden Peyton Adams is opposed to having Virgil in her prison.

How will she protect him if things go bad? Besides, she's far too attracted to him; she might even be falling in love with him. That makes her all the more desperate to keep him safe—and it gives him someone else to lose.

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In Seconds

Novak, Brenda 2011

They're back…Laurel Hodges has changed her identity twice. She's been on the run for the past four years, trying to outdistance the gang members who blame her for the death of one of their own. She's finally found peace and stability in the small town of Pineview, Montana.

But just when Laurel thinks she and her children are safe…the nightmare starts all over again.The Crew, a ruthless prison gang with ties to Laurel's brother, will never forget and they'll never forgive. And now that they've finally tracked her down, they'll stop at nothing.

Sheriff Myles King, who happens to live next door with his thirteen-year-old daughter, appoints himself Laurel's personal guardian. His growing attraction to her could change his life—Myles is beginning to picture marriage and family. But it could also end his life.

If he can't save her, everything he's built, everything he wants, could be destroyed. In seconds…

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In Close

Novak, Brenda 2011

Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident—after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance.

Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire is determined to find out—and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life.

Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found….

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Publication Order of Whiskey Creek Books

When We Touch

Novak, Brenda 2012

You're invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek, Heart of the Gold CountryUnfortunately, it's the wrong wedding. Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities—and it's the hardest thing she's ever done. Because she should be marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for more than a year….

But her jealous sister, Noelle, stole him away—and now she's pregnant.All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle's making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle's determined to go through with it, for his child's sake.

Olivia's devastated, but surprisingly Brandon—the black sheep of the family—is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn't the right man for her….But is Brandon?

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When Lightning Strikes

Novak, Brenda 2012

“It’s steamy, it’s poignant, it’s perfectly paced—it’s When Lightning Strikes and you don’t want to miss it!”—USA TODAY Welcome to Whiskey Creek—Heart of the Gold Country Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles.

Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says.

She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him. Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image.

He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek…. Previously published 

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When Snow Falls

Novak, Brenda 2012

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman.

A woman who isn't her mother.Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy.Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years.

For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside—which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better.

But…maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

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When Summer Comes

Novak, Brenda 2013

Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm.

She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear she can't manage it, that she'll have to return to town.One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter.

Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose—her heart.

And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.Look for A WINTER WEDDING, the latest heartwarming story in Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek series.

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Home to Whiskey Creek

Novak, Brenda 2013

RT READER'S CHOICE WINNER!Sometimes home is the refuge you need—and sometimes it isn't When her aging grandmother needs care, Adelaide Davies returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. But Adelaide isn't happy to be back. There are too many people here she'd rather avoid, people who were involved in a horribly violent night fifteen years ago.

 Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she's wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible—men now—are punished. But she can't, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it's better to pretend…. Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won't have anything to do with him.

He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she'd rather forget. But he was the only good thing to come out of that awful experience, and opening her heart to him could mean finally finding happiness—after all, fear is no match against love.

 

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Take Me Home for Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2013

www.BrendaNovak.comChristmas is a time for remembering… Too bad not all memories are pleasant! Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned. But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions.

The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. Then he goes missing—and she soon learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he's left her to face all the townspeople he cheated….

 Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she accepts a job as housekeeper for Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can't turn his back on her, but he refuses to get emotionally involved.

 Will Christmas, the season of love and forgiveness, bring them another chance at happiness?

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Come Home to Me

Novak, Brenda 2014

www.BrendaNovak.comHome is where her heart is When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood.

Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family. There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop.

And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now.

And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.

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The Heart of Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2014

www.BrendaNovak.comJust call her Christmas Eve… Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own.

But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining. Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town.

Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she's counting on the best Christmas of her life!

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This Heart of Mine

Novak, Brenda 2015

www.BrendaNovak.comFirst love. Second chance?  As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of.

Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next. Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence.

Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming. Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love.

And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both!

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A Winter Wedding

Novak, Brenda 2015

www.BrendaNovak.comOne night can change your life… Kyle Houseman believes he'll never find anyone he could love as much as Olivia Arnold, who's now married to his stepbrother. Not only did he lose her, he's been through one divorce and has no desire to go through another.

He's determined to be extra careful about the next woman he gets involved with—which is why he fights his attraction to the beautiful stranger who rents his farmhouse for the Christmas holiday.  Lourdes Bennett is a country music artist. She's only planning to stay in Whiskey Creek long enough to write the songs for her next album—the album that's going to put her back on top.

Her dreams don't include settling in a town even smaller than the one she escaped. But as she comes to know Kyle, she begins to wonder if she'd be making a terrible mistake to leave him behind…

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Discovering You

Novak, Brenda 2016

Can she ever trust another "bad boy"? India Sommers once had the perfect family—until an ex-boyfriend broke in and shot her husband. Not only did that cost her the man she loved, a respected heart surgeon and the father of her child, but she also feels responsible.

Charlie died because of the people she hung out with before she had the strength to change her life. Just after moving to Whiskey Creek with her little girl, Cassia, to start over, she's learned that her ex-boyfriend's trial ended in a hung jury. He's getting out of jail; he could try to find her again.

And that's not all that scares her. She's extremely attracted to her next-door neighbor, but Rod Amos is the handsome "bad boy" type that's given her so much trouble in the past. If she got involved with him, her in-laws would sue for custody of Cassia.

 India has to keep her distance from Rod—but the more she gets to know him, the more difficult that becomes.

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Publication Order of Hanover Chronicles/The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Books

Hanover House

Novak, Brenda 2015

Welcome to Hanover House…. Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her.

So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them.

And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries. He knows what could happen if one little thing goes wrong...

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Her Darkest Nightmare

Novak, Brenda 2016

Her Darkest Nightmare, first in an electrifying new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLEREvelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her―and left her for dead.

Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.

BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her―the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again.

. .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same… “Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity, and true-to-life characters…make her books completely satisfying.”―New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan

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Hello Again

Novak, Brenda 2017

From the New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak comes the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths in Hello Again.SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND. Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers.

But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered―or he is wrongly convicted.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN? When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen.

Jasper also murdered three of her friends―and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .

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Face Off

Novak, Brenda 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak comes Face Off, the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths.SHE VOWED NEVER TO BE A VICTIM AGAIN. BUT NOW A KILLER HAS HER IN HIS SIGHT. . . Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work―studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers.

Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her―until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate―and finds not one but two bodies―Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught.

But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing―Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice… “Novak is a master of suspense.

”―RT Book Reviews

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Blind Spot

Novak, Brenda 2019

New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak's Evelyn Talbot series returns, with a heavily pregnant Evelyn being held hostage.With Jasper Moore, the privileged boy who attacked her when she was only sixteen, finally caught and in prison, Dr. Evelyn Talbot, founder and head psychiatrist at Hanover House (a prison/research facility for psychopaths in remote Alaska), believes she can finally quit looking over her shoulder.

She’s safe, happier than she’s ever been and expecting her first child. She’s also planning to marry Amarok, her Alaska State Trooper love interest and the town’s only police presence. But before the wedding can take place, a psychopath from the much more recent past comes out of nowhere and kidnaps her in broad daylight.

Instead of planning her wedding, Evelyn finds herself doing everything she can to survive, save her baby and devise some way to escape while Amarok races the clock to find her - before it’s too late.

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Publication Order of Fairham Island Books

The Secrets She Kept

Novak, Brenda 2016

Exciting, emotional, intense. The thrilling follow-up to New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak's highly acclaimed The Secret Sister. The things that happen in families are always surprising and sometimes shocking! The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead.

The police say it's suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it. Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he's worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he's built a new life in LA.

He's also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother's death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he's determined to find his mother's killer. Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact with Nancy Dellinger, the woman he hurt so badly when he left before.

And digging that deep into his mother's final days and hours entails a very real risk. Because the person who killed her could be someone he loves…

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Publication Order of Silver Springs Books

Finding Our Forever

Novak, Brenda 2017

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner! The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed.

And once she gets to know Elijah Turner—Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager—that decision becomes even more difficult. Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems.

But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

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No One But You

Novak, Brenda 2017

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again…Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether.

Her waitressing gig isn’t enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed—the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents.

Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he’s innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie and Dawson’s professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there’s more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees—he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

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Until You Loved Me

Novak, Brenda 2017

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver SpringsSometimes starting over means finding everything you’ve been missing…After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar.

Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy’s full name, something that shouldn’t have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women.

But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she’s carrying his baby, he’s stunned. And more than a little betrayed.But after growing up as an orphan, he’ll do anything to stay involved in his child’s life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent.

Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…

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Right Where We Belong

Novak, Brenda 2017

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you’ve got nothing left to loseSavanna Gray needs a do-over. Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women.

With her divorce settled, she takes her two children to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of a farmhouse her late father had planned to renovate. It needs a little TLC, but she’s eager to take control of something.Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over.

Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn’t until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse.Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance.

She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it’s hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.

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Unforgettable You

Novak, Brenda 2019

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs, where no past mistake is so big the heart can’t find a way to fix itJada Brooks couldn’t have known how her life would change when she fell for bad boy Maddox Richardson back in high school.

She couldn’t have known his troubled brother would leave hers forever crippled. Or that she’d be forced to shun Maddox completely—only to discover she was carrying his child.Although Maddox was devastated by the events that transpired that fateful night, losing Jada was the worst of it.

He’s back in Silver Springs, ready to make amends and provide the kind of youth outreach that once saved him. If only he’d known Jada was in town, too, he would never have come. Jada has returned to Silver Springs to be with family after her father’s death.

But when she sees Maddox, every tough decision she’s made concerning their now twelve-year-old daughter begins to haunt her. Falling for him again is so tempting, but she doesn’t just stand to alienate her family—if he finds out about Maya, she could lose what matters most.

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Christmas in Silver Springs

Novak, Brenda 2019

Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart.

But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with local Tobias Richardson.The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it.

But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming.Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t reveal his checkered past. He’s falling hard, and if Harper finds out, he’ll lose her for good, especially because her famous ex is now trying to win her back.

Secrets have a way of coming out, but maybe this Christmas will bring Tobias the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.

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A California Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2020

Spend the holidays in Silver Springs, where the greatest gift of all is the love you never expected. Up-and-coming TV anchor Emery Bliss can’t imagine anything more humiliating than the sex tape her ex revenge-posted online. That is, until it causes her to lose her job on top of her self-esteem.

Seeking solace—and anonymity—in Silver Springs, Emery isn’t looking to get involved with another man any time soon. But when she’s thrown back into contact with Dallas Turner, she sees something that his many detractors have missed.Being home for the holidays and his adoptive mother’s wedding isn’t where mountain climber Dallas feels most comfortable.

Thanks to his troubled childhood, he’d rather be on a rock face alone than trying to connect with people. Emery, however, makes him want to overcome his past…somehow.Both Emery and Dallas had been planning on a quiet, solitary Christmas, but the sparks between them are lighting a fire strong enough to last—possibly forever.

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When I Found You

Novak, Brenda 2021

Sometimes the biggest emotional risk can reap the best romantic reward… After everything she worked for is destroyed, pediatrician Natasha Gray is determined to build a new life. Divorced, bankrupt and suddenly a single mom, she’s ready to start over in Silver Springs—on her own.

She certainly doesn’t need help from Mack Amos, the man who’s already broken her heart twice. Although Mack has had feelings for Tash since they first met, too many things have stood in the way. He’s always given her the support she needs, though, and he’ll do the same now.

Even if the desire he wrestles with threatens to undermine his intentions… But her heart is not the only reason Natasha wants to keep Mack at bay. More time in her life means getting closer to her son, which could lead to a revelation neither of them is ready to face.

Contains the bonus prequel story Home for the HolidaysSilver Springs

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Keep Me Warm at Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2021

Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart—and heal hers. Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer’s secluded estate in Silver Springs.

It’s the escape from the limelight Tia’s been craving, until she discovers she’s not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore. Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens.

Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them—this time, for good.Silver SpringsBook 1: Finding Our ForeverBook 2: No One but YouBook 3: Until You Loved MeBook 4: Right Where We BelongBook 5: Unforgettable YouBook 6: Christmas in Silver SpringsBook 7: A California ChristmasBook 8: When I Found You

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Of Noble Birth

Novak, Brenda 1999
Dreaming of escaping her cruel stepfather, lovely seamstress Alexandra Cogsworth never expected to be kidnapped by handsome seafarer Nathaniel Kent, a vengeful pirate who mistakes her for his half-sister. Original. Read More

We Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Novak, Brenda 2001
We Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Brenda Novak released on Oct 25, 2001 is available now for purchase. Read More

Dear Maggie

Novak, Brenda 2001

Maggie Russell is the ideal heroine, maintaining her vulnerability even as she presents herself as strong, direct, spunky and tenderhearted. Although she's left behind the difficult teen years of acne and embarrassment over her red hair, Maggie's professional self-confidence masks the insecurities of her personal life.

Maggie rates men by their F.P., father potential, because she's the single parent of three-year-old Zach, the love of her life. A police reporter, Maggie works the night shift to have more time to spend with Zach. Maggie had worked at a tabloid to support her previous husband while he was in school, so she hopes that working at the Sacramento paper will lead to real journal

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Shooting The Moon

Novak, Brenda 2002
Shooting The Moon by Brenda Novak released on Apr 24, 2002 is available now for purchase. Read More

Sanctuary

Novak, Brenda 2003
Sanctuary by Brenda Novak released on Oct 14, 2003 is available now for purchase. Read More

To Win Her Heart

Novak, Brenda 2004

April Ashton needs to do something about her roommate from hell—who just happens to be her mother. If she doesn’t get her parents back together and get her mom out of her hair, she’ll go crazy. So April schemes to take them on a getaway to Mexico, hoping the vacation will lead to romance.

And it does—but not in the way she expected. Because her parents have a plan of their own in mind, and it involves April and heartthrob race-car driver “Gunner” Stevens…Originally published in 2004 under the title What a Girl Wants, in the anthology Mother, Please!

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Cold Feet

Novak, Brenda 2004
Cold Feet by Brenda Novak released on Jan 23, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

Every Waking Moment

Novak, Brenda 2005
Every Waking Moment by Brenda Novak released on Jul 12, 2005 is available now for purchase. Read More

The Bastard

Novak, Brenda 2011

To some men honor is just a word…. Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent—and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way.

Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger. To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything…. Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy.

Treynor is determined to prove he’s as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her—or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

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Through the Smoke

Novak, Brenda 2013

Winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for Historical Romance A shocking betrayal…Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.

But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last shocking confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood. A forbidden love…Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine’s life.

In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the scaffold—and the devil. The earl agrees, but Rachel is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.

Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart…

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A Matter of Grave Concern

Novak, Brenda 2014

Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places.When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader.

Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.

Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career.

She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart.

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The Secret Sister

Novak, Brenda 2015

Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why? After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the South Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who's asked her to come home.

But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago. Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she'd prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen.

He's back on the island, and to her surprise, he's raising a young daughter alone. Maisey's still attracted to him, but her heart's too broken to risk… Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too.

Maisey believes the girl must've been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister. Maisey's convinced that child existed. So where is she now? 

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Blood In, Blood Out

Novak, Brenda 2018

Discover heart-racing intrigue in this Thriller Short of romantic suspense.Originally published in LOVE IS MURDER (2013),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown.In this Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak shows how past deeds and current love can both bind us to our fate.

Rex McReady joined the Crew to survive in prison, but he also killed two of his onetime brothers to save Laurel, the woman he loves. Now in the witness protection program, he is trying to sort things out in his tempestuous on-again, off-again relationship with Laurel.

He loves her, she loves him, but the breakups and makeups go on and on. After one of their all-too-frequent fights, Laurel is tracked down by Mose, a Crew enforcer. Rex comes by to try to patch things up with Laurel and, with eyes only for her, Rex allows Mose to get the drop on him, too.

Is death the only way out of the Crew for Rex and Laurel?Don’t miss any of these Thriller Shorts from Love Is Murder:Diamond Drop by Roxanne St. ClaireCold Moonlight by Carla NeggersPoisoned by Beverly BartonSpeechless by Robert BrowneLockdown by Andrea KaneSpider’s Tango by William SimonNight Heat by Laura GriffinB.

A.D. Mission by Sherrilyn KenyonDeadly Fixation by Dianna LoveHot Note by Patricia RosemoorLast Shot by Jon Land & Jeff AyersGrave Danger by Heather GrahamWithout Mercy by Mariah StewartEven Steven by D.P. LyleDying to Score by Cindy GerardThe Number of Man by J.

T. EllisonHard Drive by Bill FloydAfter Hours by William BernhardtBlood In, Blood Out by Brenda NovakWed to Death by Vicki HinzeThe Honeymoon by Julie KennerExecution Dock by James MacomberIn Atlantis by Alexandra SokoloffBreak Even by Pamela CallowDirty Down Low by Debra WebbBroken Hallelujah by Toni McGee CauseyHolding Mercy by Lori ArmstrongVacation Interrupted by Allison BrennanI Heard a Romantic Story by Lee Child

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On a Snowy Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2018

When their private plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains shortly before Christmas, two political enemies must do what it takes to survive in the icy terrain. Neither one of them ever thought they’d have to rely on the other to survive. But they soon discover that survival means more than just staying alive.

In their case, it also means falling in love…Originally published in 2009

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Before We Were Strangers

Novak, Brenda 2018

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air.

And then there was that other sound—the ominous thump before all went quiet.In the morning, her mother was gone.The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else.

But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult—he was deadly.Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced.

But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

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One Perfect Summer

Novak, Brenda 2020

Some families we’re born intoSome we find for ourselvesWhen Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed.

Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives.

Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

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The Bookstore on the Beach

Novak, Brenda 2021

"A page-turner with a deep heart."—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of SummerHow do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing.

Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised.

She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again.

Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heart…and hope it won’t lead her astray."A heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review  

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Love That! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook

Novak, Brenda 2015

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has written more than fifty novels. She is also a mother of five, and there is nothing that turns a woman into a fighter more quickly than a threat to one of her children. When her youngest son was in kindergarten, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

She’s spent the years since trying to juggle her career with the demands of providing healthy meals for her large and boisterous family, managing her son’s diabetes care and raising money for research. To date, she’s raised $2.5 million and is continuing her efforts with the sale of this cookbook, which includes her own personal recipes (all her healthy favorites) along with recipes collected from friend and co-author Jan Coad.

For more about Brenda’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.brendanovakforthecure.com, where you will learn about three limited edition box sets—SWEET TALK (11 contemporary romance stories, including WHEN WE TOUCH, a Brenda Novak classic), SWEET DREAMS (13 thrillers, including HANOVER HOUSE, the kick-off to Brenda’s new suspense series) and SWEET SEDUCTION (14 hotter stories a la FIFTY SHADE OF GREY).

These sets include brand-new novels and novellas from some of today’s most popular authors (for less than $1/story), and all proceeds go to the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute to help fund a cure for her son and everyone else suffering from this disease.

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Publication Order of More Than Words, Volume Books

More Than Words: Stories of Strength

Neggers, Carla 2009

They're your neighbors, your aunts, your sisters and your best friends. They're women across North America committed to changing and enriching lives, one good deed at a time. Three of these exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award.

And three New York Times bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.We hope these stories inspired by strong, courageous women will touch your heart and motivate the heroine living inside you.

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More Than Words: Stories of Hope

Palmer, Diana 2010

More Than Words: Stories of HopeThree bestselling authorsThree real-life heroinesEveryday women from all walks of life are making their communities, and this world, a better place through their caring hearts and unshakable commitment. Three such women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award for their exceptional work.

And three bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.We hope these stories inspired by strong, courageous women will touch your heart and motivate the heroine living inside you.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be reinvested into the Harlequin More Than Words program to support the causes that are of concern to women.

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More Than Words, Volume 7

Phillips, Carly 2011

Each and every one of us has the ability to effect change—to make our world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, some of our bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you.In Carly Phillips's Compassion Can't Wait, two high school sweet hearts are reunited years later, as if by fate, and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible.

Donna Hill's Someplace Like Home tells the story of how one woman's dream becomes reality, as three special people learn that it's never too late to form a loving family.In Jill Shalvis's What the Heart Wants, an honorable man must learn to forgive himself to regain the trust of the ded icated teacher who is the love of his life.

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Worth the Risk

Sawyer, Meryl 2011

More Than WordsBestselling authors & Real-life heroinesEach and every one of us has the ability to effect change—to make our world a better place. The key is to begin in our own backyards, look at needs within our communities and then decide to do something about them.

The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, bestselling authors have written stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

In this book, Meryl Sawyer honors the work of Gracie Cavnar, founder of the Recipe for Success Foundation. We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you.

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More Than Words, Where Dreams Begin

Woods, Sherryl 2013

Three bestselling authorsThree real-life heroinesEach of us can effect change. In our own unique ways, we can all make the world a better place. We need only to take that first step, do that first good deed and the ripple effect will be life- changing to so many.

Three extraordinary women who were compelled to take that first leap and make a difference have been chosen as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

Sherryl Woods captures the magic of pretty dresses and first dances in Black Tie and Promises.Christina Skye's Safely Home is the story of a woman determined to help the elderly in her newly adopted community.Pamela Morsi explores how literacy and the love of reading can enrich and indeed change lives, in Daffodils in Spring.

Net proceeds from the sale of this book will be reinvested into the Harlequin More Than Words program to support causes that are of concern to women.

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Publication Order of Anthologies

Mother, Please!

Brenda Novak 2004
Mother, Please! by Brenda Novak\Jill Shalvis\Alison Kent released on Apr 23, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

More Than Words

Palmer, Diana 2004
More Than Words by Diana Palmer\Carla Neggers\Emilie Richards\Brenda Novak\Susan Mallery released on Sep 24, 2004 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Hot Pursuit

Marie Ferrarella 2005

Once Upon a Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2006

Just Like the Ones We Used To Know by Brenda NovakAngela Forrester is determined her foster child will get the one thing she wants for Christmas: to meet her real father—even though he doesn't know he has a little girl.The Night Before Christmas by Melinda CurtisSimon Castle's on his way to a make-or-break meeting unseasonably scheduled for December 25—until the gorgeous redhead subbing for his limo driver takes him on a detour….

All the Christmases To Come by Anna AdamsSingle dad Andrew Durham had resigned himself to losing Rachel Ford. After all, she wants more kids, and he doesn't. But the minute he finds out his second child is coming he goes after Rachel…

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The Night Before Christmas

Novak, Brenda 2009

When their private plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada, two political enemies discover that survival means more than just living—it also means loving.A gripping story by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak.***Wrapped in a bow and left on a doorstep, an innocent baby proves a true gift for three couples who have let hurt feelings get in the way of healing hearts.

A tender tale of family and forgiveness by USA TODAY bestselling author Day Leclaire.***Reluctantly returned home after a disastrous breakup, a young woman is thrown together with the man she once pushed away—but never forgot.A touching story of secrets revealed and love reclaimed, by beloved Harlequin author Molly O'Keefe.

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That Christmas Feeling

Novak, Brenda 2010

Wishes come true this holiday season in this heartwarming collection of three stories from your favorite Harlequin Superromance authors.A Dundee ChristmasA woman seeking refuge in a strange town during a snowstorm is taken in by a man who helps her discover that home is where the love is.

We Need a Little ChristmasA prodigal son returning to his family ranch meets a woman with an unconventional way of bringing the holiday spirit into their town and hearts.Kiss Me, SantaThe battle's on between a reclusive widower and the single mom determined to open his heart and banish his Grinch-like behavior.

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Stories of the Heart

Macomber, Debbie 2012

Even as you read these words, there are women just like you stepping up and making a difference in their communities, making our world a better place to live. Three such exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award.

To celebrate their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.Debbie Macomber touches the heart in What Amanda Wants—a young woman's story of strength and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Brenda Novak's Small Packages shows us how the love of a very special baby boy helps two people get past their pain and embrace a hopeful future…together.Meryl Sawyer explores the importance of creating balance in our lives, stopping to smell the roses and making time to chase our dreams in Worth the Risk.

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Love Is Murder

Sandra Brown 2012

Lori Armstrong * Jeff Ayers & Jon Land * Beverly Barton * William Bernhardt * Allison Brennan * Robert Browne * Pamela Callow * Lee Child * J.T. Ellison * Bill Floyd * Cindy Gerard * Heather Graham * Laura Griffin * Vicki Hinze * Andrea Kane *Julie Kenner * Sherrilyn Kenyon * Dianna Love * D.

P. Lyle * James Macomber * Toni McGee Causey * Carla Neggers * Brenda Novak * Patricia Rosemoor * William Simon * Alexandra Sokoloff * Roxanne St. Claire * Mariah Stewart * Debra Webb Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romance suspense today.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan's Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire's "bullet catcher"—bodyguard Donovan Rush—who may have met his match in the sexually charged "Diamond Drop.

" Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child's pitch-perfect "I Heard a Romantic Story" puts a whole new spin on Love Is Murder.Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.

I.s, killers—these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

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Together for Christmas

Macomber, Debbie 2014

This Christmas, visit four of your favorite towns, created by four of your favorite authors! Listen to some of the stories people tell at Christmas… 5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie Macomber  In Cedar Cove, Washington, you'll meet Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul.

You'll find out how Ruth and Paul met—and you'll learn about Helen's breathtaking adventures during the Second World War.  When We Touch by Brenda Novak  Whiskey Creek, California, the site of a Victorian Days Christmas celebration, is where you'll find out how Noelle stole Olivia's fiancé, Kyle, and what happened next! But is there any chance the sisters can reconcile, especially at Christmas, the time of forgiveness and peace?  Welcome to Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts  Come to Icicle Falls, Washington, for a Christmas cookie exchange at Muriel Sterling's house.

Hear about the summer Muriel fell in love with a handsome stranger. Her dad expected her to take over Sweet Dreams, the family's chocolate company, but Muriel had sweet dreams of her own… Starstruck by RaeAnne Thayne And in Cold Creek, Idaho, visit with former Hollywood stuntman Justin Hartford, his daughter, Ruby, and wife, Ashley.

Ruby and her friends love the story of how her dad and her new mom met!   There's something special about sharing our memories when we're together for Christmas!

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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing

Winston, Lois 2014

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences.

And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

Authors include: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T.

Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D.

Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.

V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, Karen Rose Smith.

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