Wait a Lonely Lifetime, Avalon Books, April 2012
Eric Wasserman has left the Army after 4 years of service. His best buddy and the man who saved his life tells him that the olive-eyed girl Eric has been working up the courage to speak to will soon be Mrs. Steven Langdon. Sylviana Innocenti has just met the man she knows she will love all the rest of her life. By the time she gets close enough and thinks he might condescend to talk to her - if she could only be quiet for a little while — he's gone.
Her Good Name, July 2012
When twenty-four year old Espy Estrada, an immigrant's daughter from the wrong side of the tracks, lands a job in Holliston, Maine's best neighborhood, she hopes to attract the town's most eligible bachelor, only to find that catching Warren Brentwood's eye is a far cry from capturing his heart. In the 1890 thriving coastal town, the leading lumber baron's son fights his attraction for Espy. But a church project throws them together and Warren discovers there's more to Espy than a pretty face. But when rumors circulate about her, Warren believes the worst. Disgraced, Espy leaves her family and hometown for the nearest city with little money and no acquaintances and is forced to spend the night on the street. A man who heads a mission for the homeless finds Espy and offers her shelter. Espy finds the true love of God while working at the mission. When Warren asks her to come back, will she be able to face the townspeople and return home?
'Twas the Night Before New Year, (Nights Before #1) Eres, December 2012
New Year's Eve is a time for reflection and change. Jocelyn has more changes coming at her from all directions on this Portland, Maine winter day than she's faced since her mother's death. None of it bodes well for the junior editor's fledgling career when her fiancÚ abandons her to spend this holiday alone. If not for three unwise princes, a Viking warrior and a sinkhole... A short story - alone for New Year's Eve, what can be worse for a single girl? A lot!
Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls, Part I, January 2013
When a career minded woman hits that certain age, nothing will satisfy her primordial urge to procreate. Pterodactyl men make the best candidates. Emily's promotion is on hold after her Public Relations VP transfers her to the Legal department to research for the corporation's takes-no-prisoners lawyer, David Gitano. Her career isn't the only part of her life on hold. Her closest friends are married and making babies. Her baby-clock is ticking and her doctor has no good news. Dance is the one part of her life not letting her down and dancing the lead in her ballet class recital is as close to her dream come true she's likely to get.
'Twas the Night Before Valentine's Day, (Nights Before #2) Eres, February 2013
All may be well with Jocelyn at the end of the New Year's Eve party, but three unwise princes may not bode well for Valentine's Day. Junior editing is all work and no play with Gordon Fieldcott. Genius or not, idiosyncracy has some unpleasant side effects. The return of her beloved 4x4 has a curious added benefit but Jocelyn has little time to enjoy the effort Steel Rod has put into the vehicle, not if she's going to be ready for her date with that sanctimonious officer of the law. Bradford Foster has a few surprises to offer at the Portland Old Town wharf but nothing takes the wind out of a girl's sailing into oblivion faster than an Ex.
Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls, Part II, Eres, March 2013
Reaching the pinnacle of her ambitions as the director of Hollis-Beaulieu's charity brings Emily Burdis in close contact with her lover's in-laws, Elizabeth and Donald Seger-Tomlin. David's friends, the Gerards, may be good people but when there's more at stake than visiting rights, a good executive director takes advice from her PR background. Emily and David have their future planned, their differences in the open, their objections and obstacles cleared, inadmissible evidence shelved, possibilities on the agenda. Their house on Resaca Place is nearly ready. Nothing can go wrong.
Her Good Name, July 2012
Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need—or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?
Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.