Kathryn Shay

Biography

Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first ‘romance,’ a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists – and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women’s college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who’d attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, “I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that.”

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she’d again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-five books for Harlequin, nine mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, one mainstream novel with Bold Strokes Books and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format. There are five million copies of her books in print. She has three never-before-published novellas, one firefighter anthology and seven full-length novels up on Kindle, Nook, SONY, iTunes, Kobo and Diesel.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations – readers say they feel they know the people in her books – and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing. (Her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her work has been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. “My life is very full,” she reports, “but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams.”

Where to find Kathryn Shay online


Books

The Fire Inside
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Pre-release—available December 10, 2014. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fire Department Psychologist Jack Harrison has spent his life helping firefighters in Hidden Cove, but when he goes to upstate New York to train with a recruit class, he clashes big time with Captain Tess Righetti. Then, one night after she is injured, their contact unexpectedly explodes into sizzling passion. Jack never expects to see her again, until she moves to Hidden Cove.
Always and Forever
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Series: The O'Neils, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,280. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
ALWAYS AND FOREVER, the oldest O’Neil brother’s story, features Patrick and Brie, who’ve had a tumultuous relationship throughout their marriage. Now readers get to see why: how their young relationship affected their current one, how much they love each other, what tears them apart, and finally what brings them irrevocably together.
High Stakes
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Series: The O'Neils, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,990. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Back by popular demand…The O’Neil Family. Dylan O’Neil’s Achilles heel is his family. He’ll do anything to protect them. Rachel Scott, a cable newscaster, seems to offend and even hurt them with her news coverage. As bitter enemies, Dylan and Rachel clash publically. But when attraction between them flares, can they work out a lasting relationship with the entire O’Neil clan against them?
Another Time: Portals of Time
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,750. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
A classic Kathryn Shay romance—with a time travel twist… The PORTALS OF TIME trilogy combines heart-wrenching emotions and biting social commentary with unique futuristic elements. Three women travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men they unexpectedly come to love
Perfect Timing: Portals of Time
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
A classic Kathryn Shay romance—with a time travel twist… The PORTALS OF TIME trilogy combines heart-wrenching emotions and biting social commentary with unique futuristic elements. Three women travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men they unexpectedly come to love
Just In Time: Portals of Time
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,460. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
A classic Kathryn Shay romance—with a time travel twist… The PORTALS OF TIME trilogy combines heart-wrenching emotions and biting social commentary with unique futuristic elements. Three women travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men they unexpectedly come to love
Beginnings: Six Series Starters
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 452,340. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Try six of Kathryn Shay’s award winning novels—the first book in each of her series—for a limited time only. See why reviewers call her work “heart wrenching, well researched and highly emotional.”
The Perfect Family
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,910. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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This story of what happens to the perfect family when a son comes out has received rave reviews, reader testimonials & heartfelt responses from the LGBTQ & straight community. A psychologist, a minister & a gay activist say the book “…should be in all school libraries and teachers’ book shelves…compellingly speaks to a teenager's coming out experience…a must read for anyone dealing with coming out
Chasing the Fire (Backdraft, Fully Involved, Flashover)
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,070. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Shay continues her beloved Hidden Cove series with CHASING THE FIRE, three unforgettable novellas about firefighters who must deal with the past in order to embrace the present.
The Bodyguard
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,000. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Cord McKay reluctantly becomes Stacey Webb’s bodyguard, he tries to remain distant and remote. Unbeknownst to her, he played a devastating role in her past. But accidents, attacks and kidnapping attempts bring the two together and nothing can stop their irrepressible attraction and ensuing love. “Vividly appealing lovers whose smoldering romance thrills us to the very last page.” RT
Heart Stealers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 312,720. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Let best-selling authors Kathryn Shay, Patricia McLinn, Judith Arnold and Julie Ortolon take you on the life-changing journeys of four men who find their soul mates in four very strong women. COP OF THE YEAR, LOST AND FOUND GROOM, SOMEBODY’S DAD and FALLING FOR YOU will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Four complete novels in one volume.
Happy Holidays
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 144,230. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
As a holiday gift for her readers, Kathryn Shay offers two of her most popular backlist books, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (formerly A CHRISTMAS LEGACY) and BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS at nearly half price. Follow a high powered CEO and a high school principal as they learn the true meaning of life and happiness through the women they love. “Hope Santa drops this one into your stocking!” The Romance Reader
It Had To Be You
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Beckett Sloan, a war veteran turned firefighter, falls for Lela Allen, the ex-wife of a PTSD sufferer, their relationship is doomed. Beck also has the malady and it affects both their kids. Will fate keep these two apart or will their feelings triumph? With storylines for two other veterans, IT HAD TO BE YOU combines realistic firefighting and war scenes with heart-wrenching emotion.
Playing For Keeps
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When a pro football team sets up its training camp at Beckett College, celebrity Coach Mike Kingston upsets Dr. Jacelyn Ross’ professional life. When he muscles his way into her personal life, tension mounts. Based on the Buffalo Bills camp in upstate New York, the book combines real life conflict with a fictional love story that will knock your socks off. Originally published as OUR TWO SONS.
Better than Before
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Series: RightMatch.com Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,480. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In BETTER THAN BEFORE, charismatic and super rich venture capitalist Spence Wickham makes a bet with his brother to join an online dating service and prove people lie on these sites. But his deceit trips him up with sweet and generous Annie Hopkins, who’s looking for the type of man he’s pretending to be. When the truth comes out, Spence must find a way to make Annie love him for the man he is.
Meant to Be
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Series: RightMatch.com Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,590. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In MEANT TO BE, thirty-four year old Cole Matheson hooks up with Beth Montgomery, forty-five, while he’s lying to her about his age. When he finally tells her the truth, she reluctantly forgives him. But he’s unable to be completely honest with her and, eventually, Beth cannot deal with his consistent deceit. Now, sexy, adorable Cole must convince her he can be the kind of man she deserves.
Waiting for You
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Series: RightMatch.com Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,100. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In WAITING FOR YOU, tough cop Joe Moretti meets the love of his life, Dana Devlin, on his brother’s dating website. Little does he know she’s harboring a very big secret, one that almost destroys their relationship. Joe must find a way to prevent that secret, and his own personal ghosts, from ruining their chance together.
America's Bravest
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 156,680. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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The Rescue Squad in the Hidden Cove Fire Department deals with blazing fires, horrific car accidents and medical calls. They also have complicated personal relationships due to the nature of their jobs. In AMERICA’S BRAVEST, each of the six novellas details the love and work of one firefighter, but the stories are tied together with an arson case and a blogger out to discredit them.
In Too Deep
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Price: Free! Words: 23,770. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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IN TOO DEEP is the first novella in Shay’s powerful, new anthology, AMERICA’S BRAVEST. (All six novellas are available in a boxed set.)For months, Captain Gabe Malvaso and Firefighter Rachel Wellington have kept their knife-sharp attraction to themselves and out of their firehouse. But when a building explodes around them and they’re trapped in the basement, will they still avoid temptation?
Home for Christmas
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,110. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
When Jacob Steele returns home after fifteen years, it isn’t to reconnect with the town that loved him. He needs capital and has come to claim the inheritance bequeathed by the father who betrayed him. But if Jacob decides to fulfill the terms the will, he’ll ruin the lives of two adorable twins and Kate McMann, the woman he unexpectedly comes to love.
Serenity House Trilogy
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Series: Serenity House Trilogy, Book 4. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 220,830. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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Welcome to SERENITY HOUSE, a trilogy about women who spent some of their adolescent years in a group home for troubled girls. Each story explores what effects their dysfunctional backgrounds had on them. Trust—not being able to trust—is a big issue for all three. But with the help of those who love them, each woman overcomes her difficult beginnings and becomes the person she was meant to be.
Against the Odds
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Series: Serenity House Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,600. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
When she was eighteen, troubled Anabelle Crane fell in love with Nathan Hyde, the town’s fair-haired boy. He broke her heart and she left town to become an undercover cop. Now she’s back to guard him against a stalker. But some things haven’t changed and Anabelle and Nathan find that the passion they have for each other has not died!
A Place to Belong
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Series: Serenity House Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,800. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
In A PLACE TO BELONG, Darcy O’Malley and Hunter Sloan have more in common than they know when they meet at her daycare. Both have troubled kids, both grew up as outcasts in their hometown, and both find a deep and driving passion for the other that cannot be denied. Highly emotional and poignant, Shay continues her Serenity House trilogy with a winner!
Practice Makes Perfect
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Series: Serenity House Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,180. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Fifteen years ago they spent time at Serenity House, a home for troubled girls. Now, as adults, they’re women to be reckoned with. In PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, Paige Kendrick is a successful doctor who keeps people at a distance and refuses a relationship with hunky doctor Ian Chandler. But Ian won’t stop until he gets what he wants—Paige! “Heart wrenching and poignant.”
Michael's Family
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,210. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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The last thing widower Luke Rayburn expects--or welcomes--is his adopted son Michael's request to find his birth mother. But the boy's insistence brings beautiful, haunted Meredith Hunter into their lives. And with Meredith comes a secret that could destroy them all.
Finally a Family
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,610. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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Visit Guardian Flight Base, a medical helicopter unit with a crew that routinely performs daring rescues. But when the pilot falls for the CEO of a foundation who may fund them, conflict of interest abounds. Researched at a real life medevac operation, FINALLY A FAMILY has the kind of grit, realism and emotional situations that Kathryn Shay is known for.
A Price Worth Paying
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,630. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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A PRICE WORTH PAYING is Kathryn Shay’s sizzling new summer read that includes passion, romance, a sexual predator, infidelity and the enduring love of two characters whose marriage withstands the unthinkable. This is a major original novel by the author who reviewers say has “earned a well deserved place among the top romance authors.”
Just One Night
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,440. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In JUST ONE NIGHT, polar opposites Zach Sloan and Annie Montgomery married despite their differences then divorced because of them. Five years later, they come together during a tragedy and in the aftermath, conceive a child. But will the baby be able to keep them together this time? Previously published by Harlequin Superromance.
The Father Factor
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,170. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When law student Nick DiMarco meets school counselor Amanda Carson, they clash over the best way to handle his very depressed daughter. What they don’t expect is a passion for each other that they can’t deny.
Maybe This Time
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Series: The Educators, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,810. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Welcome to The Educators, Kathryn Shay’s series of never before published novellas in a school setting. In book #3, Maybe This Time, teacher Delaney Dawson and lawyer Gage Grayson try to help Gage’s daughter stay on the straight and narrow. All three are threatened by the deadly violence which is about to erupt in their school. (novella) “Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop!” Booklist
Someone Like You
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Series: The Educators, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,270. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Welcome to The Educators, Kathryn Shay’s series of never before published novellas in a school setting. In book #2, Someone Like You, teacher Brie Gorman and Coach Nick Corelli come together to help the star of the football team. A fiery passion erupts between them, even when they clash over the best way to save the boy’s life. (novella)“Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop!” Booklist
Still The One
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Series: The Educators, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 22,660. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Welcome to The Educators, Kathryn Shay’s new series of never before published novellas in a school setting. In Still the One, Annie Jacobs is happy teaching at her home town high school until her former teacher, Dylan Kane, returns to be the principal. Annie and Dylan have a past, one which almost destroyed her. Will he do it again? (novella) “Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop!” Booklist
Nothing More To Lose
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Series: Hidden Cove Firefighters, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,320. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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The last in the acclaimed Hidden Cove Firefighter trilogy does not disappoint. An injured firefighter from 9/11 and a disgraced cop struggle to salvage their lives with the help of the women who love them. Originally published by Berkley Press. “Shay writes an emotion-packed story with angst and some hot sex. This dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Club
Ties That Bind
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,200. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When a former client accuses lawyer Reese Bishop and his divorced wife, Judge Kate Renado of misconduct, they must clear their names together. In the process, they fall in love again. Originally published by Berkley Press. “Shay has crafted a novel with an intriguing premise and, best of all, with two protagonists who unleash tons of conflict in their wake.” RT Book Reviews
Taking The Heat
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Series: The O'Neils, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,900. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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If ever there was a mismatch, it’s staid, solid Liam O’Neil and risk-taking firefighter Sophie Tyler. When passion and eventually love consume them, there’s no denying their need to be together. Orig. pub. by Berkley Press. “TAKING THE HEAT is an emotional roller coaster ride.
Someone To Believe In
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Series: The O'Neils, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,190. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Follow New York Senator Clay Wainwright and anti-gang specialist, the Street Angel, Bailey O’Neil as they battle over how to control street gangs and unexpectedly fall in love. Originally published by Berkley Press. “Shay’s writing trademark is taking seemingly impossible relationships and developing them into classic tales of true love, which is what she does here.” Fresh Fiction
On The Line
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Series: Hidden Cove Firefighters, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,090. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Fire Chief Noah Callahan and Fire Investigator Eve Woodward are facing the turmoil caused by accidents at fire scenes. Who knew they’d fall in love? Originally published by Berkley Press. “Powerhouse author Shay follows up After the Fire with another dramatic and dynamic thriller. Her complex and unforgettable characters breathe life into this truly intense novel.” Romantic Times Book Club
Close To You
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Series: The O'Neils, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,250. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Follow brother-in-law of the vice president Aidan O’Neil and Secret Service Agent CJ Ludzecky as they travel the fine line between professional ethics and falling in love. Appearances by characters from SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN. Originally published by Berkley Press “Kathryn Shay writes believable characters you can't help falling in love with.” The Romance Reader Connection
After The Fire
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Series: Hidden Cove Firefighters, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 113,570. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they’ve been living. “Inspiring and emotionally invigorating…a true hero’s tale.” RT Book Reviews
Promises to Keep
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,690. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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By-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse is paired with rebel Agent Luke Ludzecky as they go undercover in a typical high school that has the potential to erupt in deadly violence. The two women they meet cause the situation to be even more explosive. Originally published by Berkley Press. “Kathryn Shay never disappoints.” Lisa Gardner, NYT bestselling author
Trust in Me
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,960. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
As kids, the stockcar racing town of Glen Oaks called them The Outlaws, but no one knew the hoodlums on the streets would grow up to be upstanding citizens. Follow three couples as they struggle to find happiness as adults. Original publisher-Berkley Press. “This powerful tale of redemption, friendship and forgiveness shows again that Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop.” Booklist

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