By Margaret Daley
From Judith Arnold about how The Inheritance collection originated:
The idea for the series was born during the “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference in 2015. Patricia McLinn, Day Leclaire, Lisa Mondello, Kathryn Shay, and Judith Arnold were all at the conference, and we were tossing ideas around, searching for a concept that we could use in our own individual romance series and that could also link our books together somehow. I no longer remember any of the ideas we considered and discarded. But Pat mentioned the old TV series, “The Millionaire,” in which a millionaire bestowed unsuspecting people with a check for a million dollars. In each episode, a different person received the check, and the show would be about how this windfall changed the recipient’s life. From there, we brainstormed The Inheritance. We Skyped Jean Brashear, who couldn’t attend the conference. I remember us all crammed into a guest room at the Burlington Marriott, piled on the two beds, with a laptop open on one of the beds and Jean’s smiling face on the screen as she helped us to develop the idea.
Originally, we thought we’d just have six books in the series, but we liked the concept so much, we decided to approach other authors whose work we loved and who were writing their own romance series, and invite them to participate. We asked Judith’s son, who’s an attorney, to write the lawyer’s letter that introduces each book. (Poor guy–he’s used to writing briefs about international monetary exchanges and national security issues, not prologues for romance novels!)
Billionaire Harold Hopewell crossed paths with many people in his lifetime, all of who affected him greatly. In his will, he leaves each of the characters in The Inheritance Series a bequest. Check out the books at: http://theinheritanceseries.com/
Author: Kathryn Shay
Title: A Burning Passion
Series: Hidden Cove Firefighters series, Book 8
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Firefighter Dan Collins, everybody’s favorite guy, was dumped by his wife for a richer man. Eleven months later, he finds love with Lucy Coretta, another firefighter who’s been his best friend for years. But when he receives a windfall from a wealthy benefactor who recently died, his newly made plans with Lucy are threatened, and the inheritance sends everybody into a tailspin.
Author: Judith Arnold
Title: Take the Long Way Home
Series: The Magic Jukebox, Book 6
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Maeve Nolan left town ten years ago in anger and pain, planning never to return. But an unexpected inheritance lures her back. If she’s going to remain in Brogan’s Point, she’ll have to mend her tattered relationship with her father. She’ll also have to deal with Quinn Connor, Brogan’s Point’s one-time golden boy, who’s changed his life but can’t escape the expectations the folks in town have of him. When “Take the Long Way Home” emerges from the Magic Jukebox, Maeve and Quinn must figure out what home really means, and whether they can find it in each other’s arms.
Author: Patricia McLinn
Title: Where Love Lives
Series: Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 6
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Zoe Parisi hasn’t forgotten rodeo cowboy Matt Halderman or the night he walked out on her. Now a doctor, Zoe wants nothing to do with him or his good looks, but this inheritance is a whole different matter, because she could improve medical care for Knighton, Wyoming with those funds. If only she could get that money without dealing with Matt — the one man she wants to forget and can’t.
Author: Day Leclaire
Title: The Sinful Seduction
Series: The Sinful Secrets Series, Book 4
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Self-made billionaire and recluse, Thaddeus Lambert doesn’t have time for love or marriage or a family until he receives the services of Jazz Jones, a professional matchmaker, as an unexpected—and unwanted—inheritance from a man whose opinion meant the world to him. Unfortunately, none of the matches appeal as much as Jazz, and even though she’s totally wrong for him, he can’t resist seducing the sexy matchmaker.
Author: Lisa Mondello
Title: The Wedding Dress
Series: Texas Hearts Series, Book 7
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Young and in love, Hannah Ward has found the perfect wedding dress to elope with her childhood sweetheart, Dane Bancroft, but is outbid at a bridal auction and never ends up married. When she is willed the wedding dress ten years later by the billionaire who outbid her, she wonders if she’ll get a second chance to actually wear the wedding dress of her dreams and marry the only man she’s ever really loved.
Author: Jean Brashear
Title: Texas Sweet
Series: Texas Heroes, Book 18
Release Date: June 21, 2016
The quiet and shy teenage waitress Brenda Jones has a past shrouded in mystery, but the residents of Sweetgrass Springs have taken her into their hearts without questions. Will an unexpected windfall force her on the run again or free her from her past?
Author: Margaret Daley
Title: Deadly Legacy
Series: Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations, Book 7
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Down on her luck, single mom, Lacey St. John, receives an inheritance from a wealthy stranger, and her happiness is complete until her life is threatened. Is the strong, capable neighbor, Ryan McNeil, as amazing as he seems or the man who wants her dead?
Author: Kathy Carmichael
Title: Abby’s Cowboy
Series: The Texas Two-Step Series, Book 6
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Rancher Josh Callahan is astonished when he learns he has inherited the two Corgis he once returned to their owner Harold Hopewell, as well as a truckload of cash—and an interior designer. Designer Abby Palmer is excited about making over Josh’s beautiful old farmhouse, whether the stubborn cowboy likes it or not. Between the dogs, the debris and the designer, Josh is in over his head—and his heart.
Author: Julia Kent
Title: Shopping for an Heir
Series: Shopping for a Billionaire Series, Book 10
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one.
The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancée Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke.
Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one.
And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed.
Author: Trish McCallan
Title: Bound by Betrayal
Series: Bound By Series, Book 4
Release Date: October 18, 2016
After Rebecca Blaine inherits a novelty desk from her mother’s old boss, she finds a journal hidden in one of the compartments—a diary indicating her mother’s suicide had actually been murder. The discovery leads to a homicide investigation, which alerts the killer to Becca’s existence, and her cynical first love to the fact she’s back in town.
Author: Teresa Hill
Title: Entrusted to the SEAL
Series: The McRaes Series, Book 6
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Some crazy rich guy died and left US Navy SEAL Mace Daughtry a woman. A fortune and a woman. Half for him, half for her. All Mace had to do was convince the stubborn, young widow to accept it. How hard could that be? Mace had no idea what he was up against.
Author: Amy Gamet
Title: Sheltered by the SEAL
Series: HERO Force Series
Release Date: December 20, 2016
A pregnant and desperate Lisa McConnell assumes the identity of a coworker to secure her own future, but finds her life in danger when she inherits a book intended for the other woman. The only person who can protect her now is HERO Force member Jax “Aces” Andersson, a former Navy SEAL and the unwitting father of Lisa’s unborn child.