Romance Collection

That’s what I’m calling the collection of novels I’m releasing over the next few years. They were written over the past ten years but not released. Romance is often not the main theme of the book, but it’s in each one in some measure.

Below are the books in the order they were published with the newest one first. To learn more about a book, click the cover or the READ MORE link.

To learn more about these books, visit my Amazon Author Page. All books are available to Kindle Unlimited Members.

a dECEMBER kNIGHT

RELEASE DATE: December 3, 2021

When Santa fails to deliver, a knight bestows the perfect gift.

It’s two weeks until Christmas, and all Jan Cooper can think about is surviving the rush of holiday shoppers. As the manager of a camera shop, she’s obligated to put on a happy face and wish her customers a Merry Christmas. What the single mother wants to do is curl up in a warm chair with a cup of hot cocoa, read a book and let the season pass without her. When a handsome customer crashes into her well-organised life, she discovers what she really wants for Christmas.

This story takes place in the early 2000s in the communities of Cole Harbour, Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I classify this story as Romance / Christmas.

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NATURAL SELECTION

RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2021

Today is bathed in the shadow of yesterday.

The year is 2051. Almost three decades have passed since the Devastation destroyed civilization. Only the strong and wise survived; the weak and intellects perished. New societies emerged, forging a future with skills from the distant past.

In Green Wood, Eloise has lived in seclusion with her uncle for 12 years. While they receive visitors to Larkspur Cottage, the number of friends they have can be counted on one hand. When strangers arrive and capture her uncle, she is forced to run, but who can she turn to when she doesn’t know the land outside Green Wood or where those friends live?

I classify this story as dystopian / adventure / action / romance.

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THE SALVATION OF MARY LOLA BARNES

RELEASE DATE: October 27, 2020

She reserved the most convenient lies for herself

the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes

Mary Lola Barnes has everything: a loving husband, two wonderful grown children, good friends and a lovely home. She has no business asking for more. It doesn’t matter if she feels something is missing. She’s just being silly. After all, what could she ask for? When new friends enter her world, she’s ill prepared for the harsh light that shines on the imperfections in her life. It reveals the emptiness she refuses to acknowledge.

If you love stories about women redefining themselves after decades of living, you’ll love the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.

I classify this story as Women’s Fiction / Inspirational / Mid-life Awakening / Romance.

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“A story about the unexpected places love takes us.” ~ Beta Reader

“Loved the book. The author knew the feelings of being 50 and stuck. Many of us have lived this story.” ~ Amazon Review

NORTHERN SURVIVAL

RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2020

Surviving the plane crash was the easy part.

Northern Survival

Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.

Northern Survival was inspired by a video created by a pilot who recorded the crash of his small plane in Northern Quebec. The only reason he survived was because the plane had a parachute.

If you love stories of adventure, survival challenges and characters who test each others ability to endure, you’ll love Northern Survival.

I classify this story as Survival / Adventure / Romance / Action in that order.

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What does a struggling writer from Nova Scotia and a wealthy movie star from California have in common? Nothing.

When they are the only survivors of a plane crash in Northern Ontario, then opposite sides of the continent must come together and overcome their Imperial and Metric systems and their failed past relationships to escape the wilderness before starvation and the approaching winter weather claim them.

Olive and John are not your typical characters in a romance novel. Both are over 50 with a lot of life left to live if they survive.

WHAT INSPIRED NORTHERN SURVIVAL?

A fast-paced story inspired by an actual event.

I saw a video on YouTube by a man who had crashed his plane in the remote wilderness of Quebec. He survived because his plane had a parachute. I’d never heard of such a thing, so I did a little research on the subject and found CAPS, which stands for Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. Their website states, “The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment.”

Cool. Right? That’s what I thought.

Matt Lehtinen, the pilot who crashed and was stranded in the remote area of the province, shot a Vlog to capture his experience. He was rescued after only five hours but WOW, what an adventure.

My imagination absorbed the information and the energy from the video and the story took shape within minutes. It took much longer to write: 25 days.

Diane McGyver

REVIEWS

“A good read with lots of how-to information if you ever find yourself stranded in below-zero weather with nothing but trees around you.” ~ Jacqui Murray, Amazon.com review, September 2020

“Dialogue is important to me and I enjoyed the back and forth – there was tension, humour and on a couple occasions my eyes welled up and I had that burning lump in my throat!” ~ Barb

“Cover is very tempting, I want to pick it up and read it. It looks so good!” ~ Anonymous, friend of beta reader

“I loved the story. I especially liked the ending when … [removed to prevent spoiler], because that I wasn’t expecting.” ~ Lynn

“A really good adventure story and romance. This was my first book by this author, and I’m looking forward to reading another asap! The fact that the two leading characters were in their 50s was terrific.” ~ Amazon Reviewer Mmamacat

“Thoroughly enjoyed this book…….kept me on the edge the whole way. What a great story showing the strength you can exhibit when necessary. Loved the progression of the feelings of the characters. Shed a few tears near the end…….will remember forever.” ~ Judy Greene


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