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Big-city free spirit meets small-town cop. And a symphony begins…

Oak Hollow police officer, Luke Walker, is adjusting to his role change from fun uncle to full-time guardian of his five-year-old autistic nephew, Cody. In the chaos after his sister’s funeral and learning to single parent a special needs child, Luke has forgotten about renting a room in his house. And the person who shows up on his doorstep is far from the young man he thought he’d corresponded with over email. Alex Roth is a strikingly beautiful woman with a guitar, art supplies, and a free spirit that doesn’t fit with the stable home he’s creating for his nephew.

Musician and artist, Alexandra Roth has left her home in Manhattan to spend time in Oak Hollow, Texas. She’s giving herself one last excursion to paint the Texas Hill Country scenery before taming her wanderlust and settling down to use her music therapy degree. When she arrives at the house on Cherry Tree Lane, a young boy peers out the front window and lets her in but won’t speak. She’s surprised to discover the handsome cowboy she saw on the town square is her landlord, and he’s not the welcoming small-town guy she expected.

She’s exactly the kind of woman Luke is attracted to, but he’s vowed to change his ways and focus on Cody. When he starts dating again, it must be with a woman who is ready to settle down in a small town and be a mother. A free-spirited, traveling, big-city hippie like Alex is not what they need. But Cody adores Alexandra and believes she’s his very own Mary Poppins, and her music gets him interacting with his surroundings again.

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.


It was only supposed to be a temporary home…

He interrupts her plans…

When police chief Anson Curry returns a lost little girl to her frantic mother, his only goal is to ease the single mom’s anxiety. But it doesn’t take long for Tess Harper’s amazing child to have Anson wrapped around her little finger—and for Tess to have him thinking about a possible relationship. As for Tess, she’s tempted—even though she had planned to be in Oak Hollow, Texas, only temporarily. But after losing her father and brother in the line of duty, Tess thinks Anson’s job poses too much of a risk to her heart. And Anson has no plans to get involved with someone who’s planning on leaving.

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

Home to Oak Hollow

Book 1: A Sheriff’s Star

A Sheriff’s Star Featured in Library Journal!
Choosing Love: 54 Romances for Our Times Promise Escape and Hope

Praise for A Sheriff’s Star

What Readers Are Saying!

A Sheriff’s Star has the lovely cozy and comfortable elements of a good holiday story, but it was the added nuances to the individual characters, their situations, and the relationships going on that pushed this into a superb story.”

Sophia R.,

5-Star Amazon Review

“I wish there was a place for ten stars.”

Dorothy S.,

5-Star Amazon Review

“I loved absolutely everything about A Sheriff’s Star. This is one that will stay with me for a long time.”


5-Star Amazon Review

“I was drawn to this story by the cover. It didn’t disappoint! I loved this book!”



“I absolutely loved A Sheriff’s Star. Both Anson and Tess are moving away from their demons in the past, and little Hannah along with Nan is making it easy for them to trust and fall in love. The only bad thing about the story is that it ended.”


5-Star Amazon Review

A Sheriff’s Star is a treasure—a joy to read and become completely captivated!”

Susan P.,

5-Star Amazon Review

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Wealthy cowboy, James MacLachlan, is content running his massive family ranch and starting an equine therapy program for special needs children. After his mother died in childbirth, and witnessing his father’s destruction at the loss of true love, James sticks to casual affairs. Marriage and children are risks he won’t take.

Reese Turner visits Cypress Creek, Texas, to complete a photo assignment for National Geographic and buy back her grandparents’ cottage. After disastrous romances, she’s sworn off men to focus on her career. Marriage and the babies she longs for can wait. When she runs into an old flame, she decides she can live out a fantasy, then leave town to pursue her dreams.

But love doesn’t play by the rules…

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A Child's Christmas Wish

Coming September, 2021!

No one has ever accused single father, Eric McKnight, of being Mr. Christmas, but his daughter’s temporary nanny is determined to make him feel the magic of the season. Can Jenny Winslet reach his guarded heart while discovering true love and the power of Christmas wishes?

New from Harlequin Special Edition


Her Second Chance Cowboy

Finalist – 2019 Golden Heart Awards

1st Place & Grand Prize Winner – 2018 Golden Rose Awards, Single Title Romance

2nd Place – 2016 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, Contemporary Romance

3rd Place – 2016 Hot Prospects Contest, Contemporary Single Title Hot Prospects

Hearts on Hold

1st Place – 2017 Pages From The Heart Award, Contemporary Short

3rd Place – 2018 Golden Rose Awards, Single Title Romance 

Award-Winning Author Makenna Lee

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