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Here are some new contemporaries and romantic suspense, compiled for you and HEA by some of our favorite authors (info provided by publishers and/or their websites):

Hearts Afire by Deborah Fletcher Mello (Harlequin Kimani Romance). After a nasty divorce, Maitlyn Boudreaux is ready to reclaim her sensuality and rediscover her inner wild child. A luxury cruise to exotic ports of call is just what the New Orleans negotiator needs…and meeting Zak Sayed on board could be an added bonus. A brilliant entrepreneur and professional gambler, Zak is one of the world's most sought-after bachelors. But beneath the playboy facade is a guy who's playing for keeps.

Runaway Groom by Virginia Nelson (Samhain Publishing). The groom is back in town. Abigail lost her best friend years ago when he ditched her at the altar like a loaf of stale bread. Now he's back and determined to do whatever he has to—even lie, apparently—to get under her skin. Although he makes her hormones rev to life in a way that no one has since he left, she is equally determined not to fall for his boy-next-door charm. His bride-to-be is somewhat reluctant. Braxton Dean was too young and stupid to know better when he walked away. Years of trying to fill the Abby-shaped hole in his heart have left him empty, and now he's going to win back his girl—or get over her. But first he needs answers. Particularly why she never responded to any of his letters. It might take a whole town to make this wedding happen. With the help of their friends, the two battle it out. The army? An entire town of busybodies. The prize? Happily ever after.

Once Upon a Valentine by Allison Leigh (Harlequin Special Edition). Shea Weatherby doesn't believe in fairy-tale endings, especially after watching her mother have so many of them with so many different husbands! So when Shea's Prince Charming comes along, she's skeptical. When she gets pregnant after a one-night stand with said Prince Charming, she panics. Paxton Merrick made millions crafting custom yachts for Seattle's überwealthy. But now, with Shea, his very own ship has come in.

When Falcone's World Stops Turning by Abby Green (Harlequin Presents). Rafaele Falcone runs his luxury auto empire and private life with the same ice-cold ruthlessness. Emotions play no part in his decisions, and he always demands the best, so he doesn't hesitate to ask brilliant engineer Samantha Rourke to join his company. That sexy Italian accent still sends shivers down her spine, but gutsy Sam knows it's not just about her impossible desire to feel his hands on her body once again.

A SEAL's Salvation by Tawny Weber (Harlequin Blaze). Being run out of his hometown years ago for misbehaving with Genna Reilly—the sheriff's daughter—was one thing. Now Brody is about to step into real danger. Not the suggestive letters he's been exchanging with Genna, but the kind of trouble that can send a soldier home injured and broken inside… Genna's entire life has been orchestrated by her family and Brody's return offers the promise of lust-filled pleasures. She's not expecting to find a soldier with distant eyes who has secluded himself from the world.

The Cowboy's Reunited Family by Brenda Minton (Harlequin Love Inspired). Blake Cooper thought he'd never see his daughter again. Then his former wife, Jana Cooper, shows up on his doorstep with Lindsay asking for help. Blake can't deny his ill child anything. But he's struggling to sort out his feelings for the woman who abandoned him ten years ago. Jana's back in Oklahoma for Lindsay's sake, and a second chance with her first love. Somehow she must prove she's no longer a confused young wife, but a woman willing to do anything to reunite her family forever.

Be Mine This Christmas Night by L.A. Sartor (L.A. Sartor). The Children's Author … Annie Hamilton's children's series Star Light~Star Bright is a mega hit. She loves kids and wants nothing more than a family of her own, but twice burned, thrice shy. When a gorgeous man with two young boys moves next door, Annie can't help but dream her impossible dream. And The Widower Who Moved Next Door … Cole Evans is a brilliant scientist, but finds fatherhood a challenge. When his son develops a bond with their enchanting neighbor, the boy's favorite author, Cole discovers just how much he's lost—and how much he needs. Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night? Can Cole overcome family meddling and alleviate Annie's fears so they can be a ready-made family?

The Butterfly Garden, That Second Chance Series, Book 6 by Mary Campisi (Mary Campisi). A second chance story of love, sisters, pecking order, and finding your true self. The Butterfly Garden is Book 6 of That Second Chance Series. These are emotion-packed standalone stories tied together by a common theme—belief in the beauty of that second chance.

GAY CONTEMPORARY

The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Sylvie Fox, author ofUnlikely, an L.A. Nights Romance. Her website is www.sylviefox.com.

My Heartache Cowboy by Z.A. Maxfield (InterMix). Jimmy Rafferty and Eddie Molina go way back at the J-Bar ranch. They've worked together, bunked together, camped out, and drank together. So how has Jimmy failed to notice that Eddie is gay? Eddie has not failed to notice that his friend has a serious drinking problem, and he's determined to help Jimmy kick the booze cold turkey. Taking him up to a snowbound cabin to detox, Eddie is confronted with Jimmy's fierce denial. But the pains of withdrawal are nothing for Jimmy compared with the heartache of denying his true feelings and his deep longing…for the one man who cares for him more than anyone else on earth.

Husband Material by Xavier Mayne (Dreamspinner). Husband Material is a long-running reality show, where eighteen lucky guys compete for the hand of one lucky lady. Meet contestant number one, Riley. Since being left at the altar, he's hit the gym to get into the best shape of his life. Now he's in it to win it. Contestant number two, Asher, doesn't really want the bachelorette; he needs the prize money for his sister's cancer treatment. They make a formidable team, with one complication: Asher's falling for Riley. Producer Kaitlyn has her hands full when two bachelors are found in the shower soaping up inappropriately. The two bachelors are on a collision course under the watchful eye of a producer torn between wanting them to find true love and trying to keep her show going. In the end, Riley must choose the bachelorette or the bachelor.

Better Than Chance by Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner). Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn't likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren't quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too. They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.

Hound Dog & Bean by B.G. Thomas (Dreamspinner). There's been little love in H.D. "Hound Dog" Fisher's life bouncing around the foster care system. He ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. "Bean" Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean's shop, Bean jumps to intervene. So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Tennessee Takedown by Lena Diaz (Harlequin Intrigue). It can't be a coincidence that in the past twenty-four hours, three different thugs have tried to kill or abduct Ashley Parrish. Sexy SWAT team leader Dillon Gray saved her, but now he wonders why someone would want to murder the beautiful accountant…and why he finds her so infuriatingly attractive. Then the FBI comes after Ashley for embezzlement, and Dillon knows he must protect her from a killer and prove she's being framed.

Cat Got Your Tongue? By Rae Rivers (The Wild Rose Press). A billionaire's life and art collection are at risk. Who better to help than the daughter of a cat burglar? When art collector Cole Anderson is targeted for his priceless Renoir, he reluctantly employs a bodyguard to upgrade his personal security. Imagine his surprise when she arrives—professional, capable, and sporting a ponytail and a gorgeous smile. Alex Foxley is all woman—sexy, feisty, and intimately familiar with the shady workings of the art underworld thanks to her mother's connections. While battling an explosive attraction for each other and thwarting thieves determined to have Cole's Renoir at any cost, Cole and Alex must work together to protect his life and property—and uncover a secret neither of them knows exists. Will they discover who is behind the deadly conspiracy before it's too late? Or will passion and lust blind them to what's right under their noses?

Deathblow by Dana Marton (Dana Marton). Deathblow begins at Mach 2 with a heart-stopping plunge off a bridge while the hero is handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. Then, it gets complicated. Joe and Wendy are a "movie of the week" couple - a football hero turned small town cop, and a single mom - tossed together with a lot of sex appeal and charisma. Dana Marton takes these basic components for a happy-ever-after and turns the story on its head. Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. While Joe is trying to find and corral Wendy's wild-cannon, abusive ex-boyfriend, he's also working undercover to expose a dirty cop. And he's hunting the murderer of an old friend. Not only are these three threads intertwined, each one leads to other mysteries that also weave in and out of the main stories. Deathblow, the latest entry in Dana Marton's Broslin Series, is impressive twice over - the mystery/suspense is marvelously complex while the romance is funny, endearing, and rich.

The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Susan Vaughan, author of Never Surrender, Once Burned and Twice a Target. Her website iswww.susanvaughan.com.

Final Vow by Kathleen Brooks (Kathleen Brooks). As the ultimate bodyguard, Ahmed's focus has been protecting the lives of everyone he cares about. When the darkest part of his past resurfaces, Ahmed knows he must go on the offensive to protect his future . . . a future with the one woman that can match his toughness and return the love that was once robbed from him. Bridget Springer's private security work involves training with a mysterious man feared by many in her line of work. She finds herself drawn to Ahmed despite his attempts to remain distant. Bridget vows to help Ahmed in his pursuit of justice, not knowing the full danger that she would find along the way. As their passion heats up, so does the threat from Ahmed's oldest enemy. Can they defeat him and finally be free to pursue their chance at love?

Passion by Florencia Bonelli (Amazon Crossing). Helping suffering children of the war-torn Congo has long been a dream for pediatric surgeon Matilde Martinez. When the opportunity arises, she must leave Paris—and the recent heartache of love lost—to take it. Professional soldier Eliah Al-Saud arrives in the Congo with a different goal: to take control of a coltan mine—a mineral highly coveted by manufacturers of mobile phones—and to acquire all its profits. But Eliah's heart has another burning ambition, one much more important than money or power. He vows to win back Matilde, the love of his life—his very reason for living and breathing. In a land ravaged by violence and cruelty, the two star-crossed lovers must overcome not only the painful secrets that separated them in Paris but the very real and immediate danger of powerful guerrilla groups. They must once again fight for their passion.

If you're an author who has an upcoming new romance, you can send information about the book (subgenre, title, author, publisher, release date, 75ish-word blurb) to happyeverafterusat@gmail.com. Please include "new release contemporary" (or whatever subgenre it is) in the subject line. HEA will do its darnedest to get your listing into a new releases post as close to your publication date as possible. All romances and subgenres are accepted, including self- and indie-pubbed.

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