FLEEING SALT LAKE CITY AS A FAILURE, LAURIE FINDS HERSELF FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE ON NEVADA’S HIGH DESERT PLAINS.
Fleeing Salt Lake City as a twenty-¬four¬-year-old failure, Laurie takes the long way home through the middle of Nevada’s lonely high desert plains. Her rest stop should have been routine, but now she’s fighting for her life against a well-armed escaped murderer who’s dragging her further into the empty wilderness.
Forest ranger Jeff Dawson’s lonely life suits him just fine, but he’s concerned he’s falling into a rut and becoming soft. If trouble happens, will he be ready for it?
Single mother Elizabeth Ladina decides to take her life into her own hands after her mother passes away, her college-age daughter begins her own life, and she ends her five-year relationship because she doesn’t want to get married again. She’s done with men. From her father on down, all they want to do is control her life.
A visit to an upscale skin care boutique in Italy inspires her to dream big. She could create an upscale lotion line that is splashed across the pages of the best glossy fashion magazines. She’s eager to get home and make her dream a reality.
So why does she invite a sexy Italian stranger to visit her in California?
Italian Marcos Gamari has one goal in life — to create the world’s finest wine from the best vineyards in the world. His vineyards in Italy and France are producing prime wines that are already garnering awards and he has no time or desire for romance in his life. Emotional entanglements only lead to pain.
His ex-wife had proved that.
Still, when he sees the pretty American eating alone in a hotel dining room in Liguria, he’s compelled to strike up a conversation, which leads to dinner and Elizabeth’s invitation to see the vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains. She claims they are equal, and cheaper, than anything he’ll find in Napa, his original destination.
Sparks fly when they meet again, but Elizabeth and Marcos are determined to maintain their single-track focus on their businesses and keep romance out of their lives.
Divorced mother Annie Gerhard spotted rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, no matter how good she is at her job, even if she hates it. This is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.
John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.
If Annie’s willing to take a risk and stay in California, John would be tempted to put the past behind him. But Annie always plays it safe – a legacy from a nightmarish childhood and alcoholic marriage. Ever since her divorce providing for her son has been her top priority. She’ll have time for love after her son graduates from college, won’t she?
But doing what she’s always done isn’t working for her anymore. David’s facing jail and her prospective manager in New Jersey has roving hands. John’s old flame shows up in California.
Is it time for Annie to deal with the truth about childhood and get the life and love she wants and deserves?
“a very easy, enjoyable read,” Soleful Reader.
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My husband Ken and I published Mountain Vines, Mountain Wines: Exploring the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2003. It’s way out-dated and we’re working on the second one.
Life has gotten in the way, so as a stop-gap, I’ve pulled together stories about Santa Cruz wineries into a Kindle edition. The Tour Guide to the Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains is a handy tool to have as you explore the great chardonnay and pinot noir and unique winemakers who make their home in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Pick up your copy today! It’s the only one of it’s kind!