Kate Taylor hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since her husband David died. It doesn’t help that David’s dog, Socrates, watches her constantly as if he expects her to bring his master back; that her personal life is a series of telephone conversations with her evasive adult daughter and her demanding mother; that working as a family counselor she regularly faces a client named Rachel, a narcissistic woman who evokes Kate’s most painful memories.
Kate is exhausted: tired of coping, tired of listening, tired of life. Then one night on an icy road, she goes into a treacherous skid. A razor’s edge from death, she realizes she wants to live.
She makes plans. She sets goals. She takes a lover. She copes with her daughter’s newest crisis and her mother’s financial foolishness. But then Kate discovers the truth about her client Rachel, and she’s thrown into an ethical nightmare.
I’m very pleased to be releasing this new version of The Colors of Love, a romance novel I originally wrote for Kensington books a few years ago. I had a lot of fun writing this novel, and editing the novel in preparation for this new release brought me some joyous memories of my uncle, the artist John Keast, who passed away recently. John had a passionate interest in life, people, and art. My journey back through the love story of my fictitious artist heroine, Jamie Ferguson, brought some wonderful memories back for me.
The Colors of Love – now available!!
“Ms. Grant creates a masterpiece … romance at its best.” Rendezvous.
Dr. Alexander Kent feels disturbing surges of both irritation and desire every time he encounters Seattle artist Jamie Ferguson. Alex likes order, efficiency, and women who are as sensible and reliable as he is. With her riot of red curls and flashing emerald eyes, Jamie is the very picture of a restless spirit – the kind of woman he knows all too well: here today and gone tomorrow.
Jamie finds Alex domineering and strangely gruff. But when she begins painting his portrait in gold and rose hues, she discovers that his scowl hides a well of tenderness. It’s up to her to show him that the growing love they share is not only red-hot, but also enduring, timeless, and simply meant to be.
She needed his help to find her son – no matter what the cost!
Surgeon Emma Garrett had made sacrifices to follow her dream of becoming a doctor – and yet none was as painful as turning down Gray McKenzie. But not even the threat of losing her greatest love could stop Emma from fulfilling her dream of repairing the bodies of damaged children.
Now widowed with a thriving Seattle practice and an eighteen-year-old son, Emma is suddenly plunged into the wilderness when her son and his friend disappear on a kayaking trip. She desperately needs the help of an expert who knows the territory – and nobody knows the Pacific Ocean’s north coast wilderness like Gray McKenzie.
But when Emma arrives on Gray’s remote doorstep unannounced and determined that Gray will rescue her son, she soon realizes that reawakening her past may cost far more than she’d imagined.
I’m thrilled to be able to announce that If You Loved Me is now available. The story of children’s surgeon Emma and wilderness photographer Gray McKenzie is one of my favourite, and the first of four books I wrote for Kensington Books a few years ago.
If You Loved Me is now available in Kindle edition. A sample chapter is also available at Amazon USA and Amazon UK
Years ago she ran from a hopeless love … she never dreamed she’d return as his prisoner!
Juan Corsica Perez was a man who believed the earth belonged to him, and everyone in it. Only Cathy Jenan thought otherwise. They had known each other once and once it had been wonderful, but although Cathy had traveled all over the world since she last saw her first love, she’d never returned to Peru. Then fate, and Juan Corsica Perez, forced her back.
What happens when a drifter running from his past rescues a woman who can’t speak Spanish from a cluster of admiring Mexican men? The last thing Joe wants is to fall for a woman who craves commitments and can’t refuse a cry for help, but he can’t leave Dinah and her ancient car on a remote mountain road …
Dinah dashed off to Mexico without knowing if her car could survive the journey, or thinking about her lack of Spanish. Maybe it wasn’t surprising that she herself needing rescuing, but finding a young girl desperate for help in a strange country was difficult enough without Joe. Having hit bottom herself and pulled back up, she had no patience for drifters and Joe was the last thing she wanted … and everything she needed.
They had met under difficult circumstances, and Abby had fallen into his arms seeking comfort in her grief. Then she’d walked out on him and she’d been living a lie ever since. Now, Ryan Marsdon was back and he wanted her. But Abby had to protect herself from this man or she could lose her family, her reality, and her daughter.
I got the idea for Stray Lady while I was writing my fifth romance novel, Jenny’s Turn. I needed someone to shake Jenny out of her hopeless love for Jake, and get her far enough away for Jake to realize how much she meant to him. I reached for inspiration and Jenny’s phone rang. When she picked it up, there was her cousin George. Like Jake – the hero of Jenny’s Turn – I didn’t realize at first that George was a woman.
George and her guitar caused me quite a bit of trouble while I was writing Stray Lady. Here’s a woman sailing around the world and afraid to stop because she’s running from her grief. George’s story unfolded for me as I wrote Jenny’s Turn and I had to take a firm hand with this restless woman to stop her from taking over her cousin’s romance.
“Just step back,” I told George firmly. “This is Jenny’s story, not yours. I’ll do you next, I promise.”
Once Jenny’s Turn was shipped off to my publisher, I was finally free to let George loose, but as soon as I put her on the page of her own romance, she started causing trouble for me again. How on earth could I get George to stay in one place long enough to fall in love?
I hope readers enjoy Stray Lady as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
Synopsis of Stray Lady
One minute George was sailing single-handed down Canada’s west coast, willing the salt breezes to show her how to go on living without her late husband.
… and rescue
The next she was being pulled from the waves by island lighthouse keeper Lyle Stevens and drawn into a magic existence with Lyle and his daughter. Lyle offered George love and the home she’d never known – but did she have the courage to gamble on love again?