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These stories are technically "historical romances," taking place in the years 1969-1975, and also "island getaways," occurring mainly on Île de la Réunion ("Hawaii for Frenchmen").

Second Chance, Crimson Romance, 2012. On Amazon - B&N - Kobo - Publisher

  At East Virginia University in 1969, Bishou Howard is a female Yankee graduate student in a Southern man's academic world. It is a rough life, but no rougher than living at home. Her parents are ill, and she and her twin brother Bat (Jean-Baptiste Howard, a retired Vietnam vet) are raising their younger brothers and managing the rest of the family almost by themselves.
    Because of her French-Canadian background as well as her tight budget, Bishou accepts a job as an interpreter for an attendee at a university conference. Louis Dessant, a French-speaking visitor from Réunion Island, is attractive, wealthy, lonely, and somehow vulnerable.
    Why is Bishou sensing something wrong with him? What is his dark secret, and why is she drawn to him nonetheless? Is Louis's attitude to her simple gentlemanly courtesy, or is he falling in love? Bishou finds it increasingly difficult to remain professional about him. As Bishou unravels the secrets of tobacco millionaire Louis Dessant's life, she feels drawn to him, the people who staunchly support him, and the beautiful island he calls home.
    Bishou takes the risk and travels halfway around the world to see Louis's tropical island. Can Bishou and Louis find a place in each other's lives? Will Bishou be welcome there, or has this all been a mistake?


Second Chance Sister, Crimson Romance, 2013.   On Amazon - B&N - Kobo - Publisher

The sequel to Second Chance continues the adventures of Bishou and Louis on the island of La Réunion. They may be hoping for "happy ever after," but the sister of Louis's murdered fiancée is on her way to the island, with a gun in her purse and cold murder in her heart. It will take all the love and courage that Louis and the rambunctious Howard family have to offer, to deal with this conflagration.


Second Chance is in the Crimson Romance e-bundle, Timeless Passion, and in the CR e-bundle, Beyond the Ballroom.  
Second Chance Sister is in the CR e-bundle, Just One Look.
Crimson Romance is now a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster Inc.
Amazon links listed above. Here are the Nook and *Kobo* links:
Just One Look *Kobo link to Just One Look*  
Beyond the Ballroom  *Kobo link to Beyond the Ballroom*
CR Link to Just One Look  CR Link to Beyond the Ballroom
Timeless Passion is no longer available, but there's a lovely description of it on the
Crimson Romance web site. All the books included in the Timeless Passion e-bundle can still be purchased separately.

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