Lots of folks equate the end of summer with the end of freedom and a return to responsibility and, well, boredom.
Thanks to the Top Shelf Authors at Writerspace, however, you can bring your summer of 2013 to a close with lots of reading pleasure. For example, why not try:
By Jayne Castle
Released 8/06/13, reissue from 09/99 CHARMED anthology, July 2002 in the 2-in-1 HARMONY and October 2005 as a stand-alone novella by Berkley
Published as a Penguin Special for Jove
The novella that introduced the world of Harmony.
Just below the City of Cadence lie the remains of the Dead City of Old Cadence—resonating with the psychic and para energy of its dead souls. While exploring the darkest depths of the city, two business partners discover passions within each other that are very much alive…
Virginia Burch, a psychic archeologist, can’t believe her luck when she meets Sam Gage, a ghost-hunter and owner of prime real estate in the Old Quarters of Cadence, above the Dead City. He offers her his space to live and start up her business. What follows is an even more intriguing proposal—to become his wife. Strictly for professional reasons, of course…
Their marriage of convenience would lead to a very lucrative business partnership, Gage & Burch Consulting. Until something throws a wrench into the plan: the undeniable sensual energy that naturally exists between them—and a love so strong it could wake the ghosts below…
Includes a preview of the next Rainshadow Novel, DECEPTION COVE.
A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER (Good Knights #2)
By Christina Dodd
Mass Market Paperback
Released July 30, 2013, reissue from 07/99
Published by Avon
She cannot risk ruin . . .
Once the Duchess of Cleere, Lady Edlyn is now a widow. After suffering a humiliating scandal, she is forced to take refuge in an abbey, where she uses her skills as an herbalist to heal injured soldiers. When she’s asked to tend to the wounds of a knight who’s in hiding, she’s shocked to discover he is none other than Hugh de Florisoun—the man she has desired for years. Yet she knows surrendering to the temptation he presents could be her ultimate downfall.
For a night of passion . . .
Renowned for his prowess on the battlefield, Lord Hugh de Florisoun never imagined the day would come that he’d see the beautiful, refined Lady Edlyn working as a common peasant—and in a nunnery, no less. His yearning for her burns as strongly as ever. But Edlyn scorns all his advances. Somehow Hugh must find a way to unlock her heart—before secrets from both of their pasts jeopardize any chance for a future together.
THE TIES THAT BIND
By Jayne Ann Krentz
Released 7/13/13, reissue from 06/86 & 07/93
Published by Purple Papaya LLC
A Jayne Ann Krentz Classic. First time in eBook.
Shannon Raine’s Mendocino cottage offers a peaceful view of the Pacific ocean and the inspiration she needs to create her silkscreened artistic treasures. The only problem with her quiet, creative existence is the neighbors. Last year, the rental next door was occupied by two visiting mothers and their noisy brood. This year, however, seems much more promising. The new neighbor is a very interesting — very sexy — mystery man.
Garth Sheridan rented the cottage in Mendocino as an escape. The last thing he expected was a very curious neighbor who threatens to disrupt his carefully planned life. Still, an invitation to dinner seems harmless enough. And a weekend affair ought to be manageable… But Shannon Raine is about to turn his world upside down…
By Amanda Quick
Released 7/17/13, reissue from 05/05
Published by Bantam
New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick’s first two romance novels, SEDUCTION and SURRENDER.
SEDUCTION (originally published March 1990 in mass market paperback)
Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil’s wrath.
Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood’s new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the tawny-haired lass had her own reasons for agreeing to a marriage of convenience. One was vengeance, and in its pursuit she would entangle Julian in a blackmail plot, a duel at dawn, and a dangerous masquerade. The other reason was dearer to her heart, but just as wild a quest: Sophy Dorring intended to teach the devil to love again.
SURRENDER (originally published October 1990 in mass market paperback)
From the dazzling ballrooms of glittering London society to magnificent, cursed estate in the distant wilds of Yorkshire, comes the deliciously wicked story of a thoroughly unconventional courtship — and a thrilling midnight rendezvous that could only lead to love… At four and twenty Victoria Huntington thought herself quite adept at fending off fortune hunters… until she came under siege from Lucas Colebrook, the darkly disturbing new Earl of Stonevale. Amidst the brightly plumed birds of the town, Lucas was a hawk. And when he held out the lure of moonlit rides and wild, reckless midnight escapades, Victoria found herself powerless to resist. But becoming Stonevale’s companion in adventure was far more dangerous undertaking than Victoria could ever imagine. For the attractive Earl would use her every weakness to woo her, to win her, and ultimately to wed her. And soon the amber-eyed lady would find herself ensconced in a crumbling mansion deep in the English countryside… where the real reason for her hasty marriage becomes all too apparent…and where the ghosts of her dark-stained past are waiting to rise up in a terrifying plot that will threaten her life, her honor, and the only man she could ever love.