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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The Capitol Chronicles
Washington, DC is the backdrop for the romantic suspense novels that happen in and out of the political halls of the nation's capital.


Blythe Cove Seasons
Price: Free! Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2020 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Bed & Breakfast, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Come to the island of Martha's Vineyard and learn the stories behind the Blythe Cove Manor stories. Blythe Cove Seasons features essays pertaining to the island and our fictional bed-and-breakfast, including recipes from the kitchen of Blythe Calvert, proprietress of Blythe Cove Manor. You'll also learn a little about our authors, Lorraine Bartlett, Shirley Hailstock, and Kelly McClymer.
An Everlasting Bond (A Tale From Blythe Cove Manor Book 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Sharon Parker's daughter convinced the family to go to Blythe Cove Manor for Mother's Day. Little did she know that the simple act of love would unveil a long held secret that could bring the family together or tear them apart.
Forever Bound
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,680. Language: American English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
You never know what you'll find when you pull a wall down. But Eleanora Sloan was unprepared for the mahogany box and its unusual contents as she worked on her home in Tennessee. And she never thought it would lead her to Blythe Cove Manor on Martha's Vineyard. Drew McAdams is practically a native to the island. Staying at his inherited summer home, he knows this season is different that any othe
The Last Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Darwin L. Clarence III, called Dancey since nursery school, has eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day for years. His parents are moving to another planet, one where they don't grow peanuts or strawberries. However, Dancey has a plan. Yet he has no idea of its its far-reaching effects or how much it will change his new world.
Christmas in Washington (The Holiday Collection - Book 4)
Series: The Holiday Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,970. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Elizabeth Gregory thought all her happy Christmases were behind her. Then her former fiancé returns to her side and she finds that life with him might be better than her solitary existence. If she can just find a way to forgive him, they might find their peace on earth.
His 1-800 Wife (The Ballantine Series - Book 2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,780. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Catherine Carson needs a husband...temporarily. Devising a plan to keep her sister and mother at bay, she installs a phone to find the perfect man -- no the imperfect man.
I Do!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,900. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Whoever wins these contests -- not Serena Coleman. After being engaged for way too many years, she and her long-absent fiancé win a contest for an all-expense paid wedding and honeymoon sponsored by the Rainbow Room. But will they really have rainbows or just rain?
One Christmas Night (Capitol Chronicles Book 6)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,480. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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.
Under the Sheets & White Diamonds (Capitol Chronicles Books 1 & 2)
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 228,900. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In Under the Sheets, Robyn and Grant Richards’ happily ever after is cut short when she's whisked her into Witness Protection. Five years later a critical need for his blood type brings him and danger back into their lives. In White Diamonds, Finding missing Senator Wyatt Randolph bleeding in the snow plunges Sandra Rutledge into a non-stop race to keep herself and the senator alive.
Opposites Attract (The Ballantine Series - Book 1)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,760. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Nefertiti Kincaid and Averal Ballantine are an explosion waiting to happen. The IT director watched her friends and colleagues lose their jobs. Now it’s her turn. Even though she is attracted to the management consultant facilitating the merger, she can’t prevent the sizzle between herself and her gorgeous adversary, especially when her mind runs from the boardroom straight into the bedroom.
More Than Gold (Capitol Chronicles Book 3)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,470. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this heart-pounding, government conspiracy thriller for fans of Sandra Brown, Shirley Hailstock delivers a novel that delves into the halls of Washington, DC's power players. From the complexity of government all the way to the White House, the action never stops. If you're a fan of thrillers, don't miss this action-packed read! Rating 4.6 by 77% of readers. Buy, More Than Gold, today,
Something to Remember
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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.
Legacy (Capitol Chronicles Book 5)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,320. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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 Christmas List (The Holiday Collection - Book 2)
Series: The Holiday Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
An accident changed tennis player Allie Underwood’s life. Finally back on her feet, Allie encounters architect Peter Barrett who literally pulls the rug out from under her, by taking the land where her tennis academy stood. Patting himself on the back, Peter Barrett is stunned when a teenage angel appears in his home office and tells him she’s there to save his soul.
Under the Sheets (Capitol Chronicles Book 1)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 106,420. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Robyn and Grant's happily ever after was short lived. He's held prisoner in Lebanon and her government-coerced testimony against a crime network whisked her into Witness Protection. Five years later a critical accident involving Brooke’s daughter forces her hand. She reveals Grant’s location to the doctors, never believing he’d deliver Kari’s rare blood blood type in person.
Joy Road
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 215,570. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
Joy Road is the story of four remarkable women from Woodmere, Goergia (called Bottoms) and their struggle to survive, love their men and, raise their children. As the Great Depression puts forty percent of the country out of work, people sell apples on the streets and comfortable living quarters are traded in for Hoovervilles. Life in the colored section of Woodmere, Georgia reaches rock bottom.
Kwanzaa Angel (The Holiday Collection - Book 3)
Series: The Holiday Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Erin Scott withstood the humiliation of being abandoned at a high school prom by the man of her dreams. Channeling her personal feelings into work, Erin opened a department store which now flourishes and is about to expand. Just as her family gathers for the Kwanzaa celebration, her nemesis returns to town, opening old wounds and throwing her life in to passionate chaos.
The Magic Shoppe (The Holiday Collection - Book 1)
Series: The Holiday Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,750. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: 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.
White Diamonds (Capitol Chronicles Book 2)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 127,170. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
PhD candidate Sandra Rutledge intends to lead a quiet life. But finding missing senator Wyatt Randolph bleeding in the snow plunges her into a non-stop race to stay alive. Wyatt Randolph received a package containing fifteen diamonds. Mentioning its contents got him stabbed. Now he doesn’t know the good guys from the bad. And the difference is a matter of life and death.
Mirror Image (Capitol Chronicles Book 4)
Series: The Capitol Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,580. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Aurora Alexander and Marsha Chambers look like twins. Yet the blood between them is bad. Each harbors a secret. And one secret could get them killed. Duncan West, talk show producer, is trying to keep the show going after hostess, Marsha Chambers, pulls out following a kidnapping attempt. Aurora stepping in adds to Duncan’s problems especially when he finds it hard to keep his hands off her
A Miracle for Christmas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,620. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
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. Re-published as The Christmas Shoppe by Shirley Hailstock.
Holding Up The World
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,410. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lisa Russell wasn’t a make lemonade kind of woman when it came to life’s little surprises. Having to accept custody of a three-month old granddaughter she didn’t know she had, threw those plans into turmoil... A chance meeting with Judge Rhys Baldwin further complicates her life.

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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.