~Six years ago Alyssha spent the happiest summer of her life in an alternate universe. Now she's going back...~
Alyssha promised her father she wouldn't return to Bandor, and for six years she has kept that promise. But the hit-and-run victim she found dying on a Granville street was a man she met in that other world, and his family won't know what happened to him unless she goes back to tell them. She really has no choice, has she?
And the other dead man, the body lying in a willow grove near the road to Bandor Gan... Finding him there was just a terrible coincidence, wasn't it?
Alyssha fervently hopes so. Yes, six years ago Bandor had troubles – cruel and repressive laws, workers exploited in the city's woolen mills and the northern mines. Growing pains of the budding industrial revolution. Some people were angry, ready to fight. But these problems seem smaller and easier to solve, somehow, than the problems she's left behind. Bandor is cleaner, kinder,
more peaceful, more right, than the frantic world she inherited in 21st Century America.
Anyway, the problems aren't hers to solve. There's so much country here that these troubles don't touch. She'll go to the nomadic village where her friends are, where she was happy all those years ago. She'll study with the old kura, learning to be a teacher, a healer. Her life will mean more, here among these cheerful, pleasant people, than it would mean in Granville. She'll find her home here, and she'll be content.
And, as in a fairy tale, there'll be a happy ending. She and Kardl loved each other back then, when they were children. Now they're grown up, and the daydreams that sustained her in Granville will come true at last. Kardl will be here, waiting for her, as she's waited all these years for him…
~ A broken thing can be mended. Can a broken man?~
A hot appendix is about the only thing that would get Montana Thomas out of the isolated mountain valley he calls home, especially when his reappearance into the world could endanger the people he loves. All he wants to do is go home. But the weather doesn't cooperate, and the treacherous mountain passes are closed for the winter.
Dr. Jericho Jax lost his wife to an auto crash a year ago. Worse, the medical team that was supposed to save her life failed. Now he has vowed vengeance on them all. One by one he checks names off his list, until he comes to Bisi Sinclair's, the doctor who just saved Montana's life. The woman he is falling in love with.
Montana senses something not quite right about Jericho. When he starts asking questions, arousing Jericho's suspicions, he becomes the next target. In order to get to Bisi, Jericho has to go through Montana. And that may not be as easy as it looks, for Montana will do whatever it takes to protect what is his.
~Instinct tells Zander that Riley isn't safe. Or is his troubled mind playing tricks again?~
Riley McConnell, 19, loves living in San Antonio while she attends the University of Texas. Her major: public health. Although grateful that her aunt and uncle took her in when her mother died, she welcomes the break from them and her three young cousins. How she wishes she could forget advertising for a housemate to share the rent. But her part-time job selling tacos in a mall food court just isn't cutting it.
Zander Bennett, 23, is also separated from his family by choice. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in a trailer park near Brook Army Medical Center where he receives care for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Zander is a physical and emotional wreck, and the psychic gift that was an asset overseas is now as useless as his military training.
Or so he thinks, until he spots a zombie in the mall food court on Halloween night. To most, the guy with the creepy face paint is just another costumed shopper among hundreds. But Zander knows recon when he sees it, and this dude is definitely sizing up the area as well as the pretty brunette bagging tacos. Even weirder, he has buddies doing the same. Zander's skin actually crawls, a feeling not experienced since his return to the states. Should he warn the pretty brunette? Or is his paranoia just another symptom of his troubled state of mind?
~Lady Genia Brierley is trapped by poverty. Lord Wessington's return to society coincides with a time of crisis in her pitiable family. He offers himself as her rescuer. She can only wonder why...~
New cover for 2015 edition, text of book is unchanged.
Lady Iphigenia Brierley is trapped by a poverty that she must conceal from the beau monde. She lives on the fringes of society, satisfying her hunger at the ton parties to which she is invited and gambling to obtain money for clothing. The Marquess of Wessington is wealthy beyond her imagining, and has a respected and admired place in society. His return to London from travels abroad coincides with a time of crisis in her pitiable family. He offers himself first as her friend, then as her rescuer. Finally, he asks for her hand in marriage. But the question to which Genia requires an answer is...why?