Shirley Hailstock


Shirley Hailstock began her writing life as a lover of reading. She likes nothing better than to find a quiet corner where she can get lost in a book, explore new worlds and visit places she never expected to see. As an author, she can not only visit those places, but she can be the heroine of her own stories. The author of twenty-five novels and novellas, Shirley has received numerous awards, including the Waldenbooks Bestselling Romance Award and The Emma Merritt Award from Romance Writers of America. Romantic Times Magazine awarded her a Career Achievement Award and The New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America gave her their Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, one of her books was included in the the Top 100 Romances of the 20th Century list and she is a recipient of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s highest award, the Pinnacle. Shirley is a past president of Romance Writers of America. Her books have appeared on Blackboard and Library Journal Best Seller Lists.

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One Christmas Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,460. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
One Christmas Elizabeth Gregory’s world fell apart. Now as another holiday season happily paints the streets of the nation’s Capitol red and green, her heart softens. Then her ex-fiancé, James Hill comes back into her life, making her a wager she can’t refuse.
Wrong Turn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is a short story-- Nancy Emerson is back in Craggs Station. She's not a prodigal daughter after being responsible for the death of the town's favorite son, but she needs closure and Craggs Station is the only place she'll find it. When she discovers a plate of oatmeal-raisin cookies on her doorstep, her life changes as she finally finds someone who believes her story.
Something to Remember
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Rachel Jordan’s world changed after her accident. It continues to alter while she’s on vacation. She’s confused and can’t remember simple things. She’s losing people and memories, and fears her mind is going too. The only thing that remains constant is a mysterious man who appears out of nowhere and haunts her every step.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,320. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Attorney Michael Lawrence turned his back on the law and escaped to the Maryland mountains. Discovering he's heir to a fortune, he returns to the city and works with multinational corporate president Erika St. James. While thoughts of her stray from the boardroom to the bedroom, someone else plans to make him pay for past deeds. Erika is the pawn he’ll use to force Michael into his crosshairs.
The Magic Shoppe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,750. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Georgiana Castleton is gifted. She knows gifts come with a price. Hers is a short life. This will be her last Christmas and she’s resolved to her fate--until two mysterious men enter her life and revive her hope. It will take a miracle to do what they ask. And even with her gift she has no guarantee that she will succeed. Previously published as A Miracle for Christmas by Temple Johansson.

Smashwords book reviews by Shirley Hailstock

  • Taste of Love: A Romance Sampler on Jan. 01, 2014

    SPARKS by Susan Connell is one of Ms. Connell's new books. It's the story of one sister protecting another from a dishonorable husband and a cast of shady characters along the Jersey shore. Ms. Connell always makes the setting in her books so alive it could be a person. SPARKS uses the glitter and glamour of Atlantic City as vibrantly as if it was one of the showgirls in an extravaganza. Erin Smith believes her sister’s husband Nickie has committed arson in the past to get insurance money, and that he’s going to do it again. Erin knows Nickie is a sleaze, but she can’t prove it. She wants her sister to open her eyes and divorce him before something bad happens to her. Steve Hamilton worked the first arson case that went horribly wrong causing the deaths of two people. Given the chance to balance the scales, he jumps at it deciding to use Nickie’s wife and Erin’s sister, Zoe, to get the goods on Nickie. Erin has no trust for Steve, aka medium Ronzoni, whom Zoe pours out her soul to. But when she sees him knocked out by men she knows are in cahoots with her brother-in-law, Erin reevaluates her beliefs and sparks begin to fly. Combining efforts with the undercover investigator, they two ferret out the truth, all the while trying to control their deepening attraction and the sparks snapping off each other. Ms. Connell’s story pulls you into the bright lights of the casinos crystal chandeliers, but also takes you into the dark underbelly of life behind the scenes. The adventure and surprises SPARKS has will keep you on your toes. You’ll laugh out loud at times and fist pump at others as Erin and Steve search for justice and love.