Connected Books

I don't typically write single, stand alone books. I don't think I have it in me to do it. I've tried to write a book with just two characters in it, but I often fail, dragging in brothers or sisters or best friends who bonk me on the head demanding their own stories, thus resulting in a series of three or four or five books, sometimes more. There's just something about a family of books that appeals to me. I love revisiting characters, love having a secondary character pummel me incessantly about when he or she is going to get their own story. (Okay, maybe I don't love that part so much.)

Below are lists of books in order of series as well as character lists within each book. The list will be updated as new books are added.

The Play-by-Play Series

The Play by Play series is a steamy, sexy peek into the world of sports as seen through the Riley family. Mick Riley is a professional football player, his brother Gavin plays baseball. Their sister Jenna runs the family sports bar and doesn’t want anything to do with any guy involved with sports. Their parents are heavily involved in their lives and it’s a loving, tight knit family.

The Play by Play series has since expanded beyond the Rileys to include new characters. Hot, sexy talented men who bonded together at college and remained friends beyond, as well as a new family dynasty—the Cassidys—four brothers bonded by sports and their love of family. I hope you’re going to love these characters as much as you’ve loved and embraced my Riley family.

I love sports. I have mad love for football, both pro as well as college. Come Fall you’ll find me planted in front of the television on the weekends to watch the Oklahoma Sooners play on Saturday and the St. Louis Rams play on Sunday. I grew up in St. Louis so Cardinals baseball has always been a big part of my life (Cardinals football was, too, before they moved to Arizona). I still remember as a kid watching one sport on television while my dad would listen to the other sport on the radio. I’m a big fan of NASCAR racing, and world cup soccer. My older son played soccer from the time he was five years old all the way through varsity soccer in high school. While I can’t catch a ball, kick a ball or throw a ball worth a damn, I love to watch it all.

So having the chance to write a sports series has been a dream come true for me. And what better way to showcase my love for all things sports than to write this series. Hot, sexy, determined to have it all—their successes and their failures pave the way to the biggest win of their lives—that elusive happily ever after.

Read about the Play by Play Series over at RT Book Reviews, or keep scrolling for character guides.

The Play-by-Play Series in chronological order:


  • The Perfect Play

    February 2011 – Book 1 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Mick Riley

    Hotshot star quarterback for the national football league’s San Francisco Sabers.

    Tara Lincoln

    Event planner – Owns The Right Touch, plans multiple events. When she plans a party for the Sabers, that one night changes her life.

    You'll also meet:

    Gavin Riley – Mick's younger brother. Plays first base for the St. Louis Rivers major league baseball team. Smooth, sexy, and very, very single. Gavin is the hero in Changing The Game.

    Elizabeth Darnell – Mick's and Gavin's agent. Cool, calculating, knows what she wants and how to get it. But at what cost? Elizabeth is the heroine in Changing The Game.

    Nathan Lincoln – Tara's fourteen year old son. Typical teenager, but has a strong case of hero worship for Mick.

    Jenna Riley – Gavin's younger sister. Runs the family bar.

    Kathleen Riley – Gavin's mother.

    Jimmy Riley – Gavin's father.

    Irvin Stokes – Owner of the San Francisco Sabers football team.

    Maggie – Tara's assistant at The Right Touch.

    Ellen – Tara's assistant at The Right Touch.

    Karie – Tara's assistant at The Right Touch.


  • Changing the Game

    August 2011 – Book 2 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Gavin Riley

    Mick’s younger brother. Plays first base for the St. Louis Rivers major league baseball team. Smooth, sexy, and very, very single.

    Elizabeth Darnell

    Mick’s and Gavin’s agent. Cool, calculating, knows what she wants and how to get it. But at what cost?

    You'll also meet:

    Mick Riley – Hotshot star quarterback for the national football league's San Francisco Sabers. Mick's story is in The Perfect Play.

    Tara Lincoln – Event planner – Owns The Right Touch, plans multiple events. When she plans a party for the Sabers, that one night changes her life. Tara's story is in The Perfect Play.

    Nathan Lincoln – Tara's fourteen year old son. Typical teenager, but has a strong case of hero worship for Mick. Nathan is featured in The Perfect Play.

    Jenna Riley – Gavin's younger sister. Runs the family bar. Jenna is also in The Perfect Play.

    Kathleen Riley – Gavin's mother. Also featured in The Perfect Play.

    Jimmy Riley – Gavin's father. Also featured in The Perfect Play.

    Ty Anderson – hockey player for the St. Louis Ice professional hockey team. His agent is Elizabeth Darnell.

    Dedrick Coleman – Player on the St. Louis Rivers baseball team. Married to Shawnelle. Friend of Gavin.

    Shawnelle Coleman – Dedrick's wife and Elizabeth's friend.

    Tommy Maloney – Player on the St. Louis Rivers baseball team. Married to Haley. Friend of Gavin.

    Haley Maloney – Tommy's wife and Elizabeth's friend.

    For the continuation of Gavin and Liz’s story, see Holiday Games, Play by Play Book 6.5.


  • Taking a Shot

    March 2012 – Book 3 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Tyler “Ty” Anderson

    Center for the St. Louis Ice hockey team. Talented, tough, and hot as hell, Ty loves to have a good time, but doesn’t believe in love and lasting happiness. But there’s nothing he likes more than a challenge.

    Jenna Riley

    Manages Riley’s Bar, the family business. Tattooed, pierced and sexy, Jenna refuses to date sports jocks. After all, she gets enough sports at the bar. She has dreams of her own that don’t include sports.

    You'll also meet:

    Mick Riley – Jenna’s brother. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Tara Lincoln Riley – Jenna’s friend and Mick’s wife. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Gavin Riley – Jenna’s brother. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Elizabeth Darnell – Jenna’s friend and Gavin’s fiancée. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Cole Riley – Jenna, Mick and Gavin’s cousin. NFL football player.

    Kathleen Riley – Jenna’s mother. The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Jimmy Riley – Jenna’s father. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Eddie Wolkowski – Ty’s teammate.

    Victor Putinov – Ty’s teammate.

    Louise Davis – Ty’s mother.

    Sean Anderson – Ty’s father.

    Gloria Anderson – Ty’s stepmother.


  • Playing to Win

    September 2012 – Book 4 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Cole Riley

    Bad boy wide receiver. Loves playing football, but doesn’t always play by the rules. His halo is tarnished and his career is on the line. He has attitude to spare, and a lot of sex appeal to go with it. Totally untamable.

    Savannah Brooks

    Image consultant who knows her job and does it well. She’s up for any challenge, including a jaded football star who thinks he doesn’t need help.

    You'll also meet:

    Elizabeth Darnell Riley – Cole's agent, and friends with Savannah Brooks. Wife of Gavin Riley. Heroine in Changing The Game. Also appears in The Perfect Play and Taking a Shot.

    Gavin Riley – Major League baseball player, and Cole's cousin. Elizabeth's husband. Hero in Changing the Game. Also appears in The Perfect Play and Taking a Shot.

    Mick Riley – NFL football player, and Cole's cousin. Gavin's brother. Mick is Tara's husband, and the hero in The Perfect Play. Also appears in Changing The Game and Taking a Shot.

    Tara Lincoln Riley – Event planner. Mick Riley's wife and the heroine in The Perfect Play. Tara also appears in Changing The Game and Taking a Shot.

    Jack Riley – Cole's father. Brother to Jimmy Riley and uncle to Mick, Gavin and Jenna Riley.

    Cara Riley – Cole's mother, and aunt to Mick, Gavin and Jenna Riley.

    Alicia Riley – Cole's sister, and cousin of Mick, Gavin and Jenna Riley.

    Grant Cassidy – One of Cole's teammates.

    Kenny Lawton – One of Cole's teammates.

    Jamarcus Davis – One of Cole's teammates.

    Lon Fields – One of Cole's teammates.


  • Thrown by a Curve

    March 2013 – Book 5 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Garrett Scott

    Star pitcher for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team. An injury has forced him out of the game. He’s been resistant to therapy, but the clock is ticking to opening day. Now he’ll do anything to get back in, even work with tough as nails therapist Alicia Riley.

    Alicia Riley

    Sports medicine specialist. This is the hardest assignment of her career, working with uncooperative Garrett Scott. He might not want to listen to her, but if he wants to pitch again, he’ll have to do what she says. She just hopes this isn’t the end to both of their careers.

    You'll also meet:

    Manny Magee – Coach of the Rivers.

    Max – Head of Sports Medicine for the Rivers.

    Phil – Team doctor for the Rivers.

    Elizabeth Darnell Riley – Married to Alicia's cousin, Gavin. Elizabeth is a sports agent and the heroine in Changing the Game. Also appears in The Perfect Play, Taking a Shot and Playing to Win.

    Gavin Riley – Major League baseball player, and Garrett's teammate. Elizabeth's husband. Gavin is the hero in Changing the Game. Also appears in The Perfect Play, Taking a Shot and Playing to Win.

    Gray Preston – Garrett's friend and former college roommate. Gray is the hero in One Sweet Ride.

    Trevor Shay – Garrett's friend and former college roommate.

    Drew Hogan – Garrett's friend and former college roommate.

    Victoria Baldwin – Garrett's agent.


  • One Sweet Ride

    June 2013 – Book 6 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Gray Preston

    Millionaire auto racer. A self made man, despite having Preston family money. He’s estranged from his father, and determined to succeed on his own. So when Evelyn Hill enlists his aid for his father’s political campaign, he’s resistant. He wants nothing to do with politics. But Evelyn can be very persistent.

    Evelyn Hill

    Aide to Senator Mitchell Preston, Gray’s father. She has big political plans for Gray’s father, and for herself, and she’ll let nothing stand in her way, especially not Gray.

    You'll also meet:

    Mitchell Preston – Gray's father.

    Loretta Preston – Gray's mother.

    Carolina Preston – Gray's sister.

    Ian Smart – Gray's crew chief.

    Donny Duncan – One of the drivers for Gray's auto racing team.

    Stacie – Donny's girlfriend.

    Alex Reed – One of the drivers on the auto racing circuit.

    Cal McClusky – One of the drivers on the auto racing circuit.

    Bill Briscoe – Gray's former dorm parent from college.

    Ginger Briscoe – Gray's former dorm parent from college.

    Haven Briscoe – Bill and Ginger's daughter.

    Trevor Shay – Gray's former college roommate and one of his best friends.

    Drew Hogan – Gray's former college roommate and one of his best friends.

    Craig Reynolds – One of Gray's friends from college

    Miranda Reynolds – Craig's wife.


  • Holiday Games

    November 2013 – Book 6.5 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Gavin Riley

    Hotshot first baseman for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team. Married to Elizabeth Darnell Riley. He chased her down and won her heart. Now he intends to make her happy for the rest of their lives, even if she does occasionally make him crazy.

    Elizabeth Darnell Riley

    Sports agent. Married to Gavin Riley. Successful, determined to win at all costs, no matter what the challenge, including trying to have a baby.

    You'll also meet:

    Mick Riley – Gavin’s brother. Hero of The Perfect Play. Also in Changing The Game.

    Tara Lincoln Riley – Liz’s friend and Mick’s wife. Heroine of The Perfect Play. Also in Changing The Game.

    Cole Riley – Gavin, Jenna, and Mick’s cousin. NFL football player. Hero of Playing to Win.

    Savannah Brooks – Image consultant. Cole’s fianceé. Heroine of Playing to Win.

    Alicia Riley – Cole’s sister. Gavin, Jenna, and Mick’s cousin. Physical therapist. Garrett’s fiancee. Heroine of Thrown By A Curve.

    Garrett Scott – Pitcher for the St. Louis Traders. Hero of Thrown By A Curve. Alicia’s fiancé.

    Nathan Riley – Tara’s son. Mick’s stepson. Also in The Perfect Play.

    Sonja – Nathan’s girlfriend.

    Kathleen Riley – Jenna’s mother. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Jimmy Riley – Jenna’s father. Also in The Perfect Play and Changing The Game.

    Eddie Wolkowski – Ty’s teammate.

    Victor Putinov – Ty’s teammate.

    Louise Davis – Ty’s mother.

    Sean Anderson – Ty’s father.


  • Melting the Ice

    February 2014 – Book 7 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Drew Hogan

    Hockey player for the New York Travelers. Loves the game, loves to play, both on the ice and off. Has a past with Carolina, and not a good one. He intends to correct that

    Carolina Preston

    On the cusp of launching her career as a fashion designer. Completely dedicated to her craft. Wants nothing to do with Drew, feels she made a mistake with him in college and doesn’t intend to make one again by getting involved with a man she still feels hot chemistry with.

    You'll also meet:

    Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer – Drew’s teammate.

    Stella Slovinski – A dancer, and Carolina’s best friend.

    Evelyn Hill – Aide to VP Mitchell Preston, who’s Carolina’s father. Evelyn is engaged to Gray Preston. Evelyn is the heroine in One Sweet Ride.

    Gray Preston – Race car driver. Carolina’s brother, one of Drew’s best friends. Gray is the hero in One Sweet Ride.

    Edward – Carolina’s design assistant.

    Tierra – Carolina’s design assistant.

    Avery Mangino – Traveler’s goalie.

    Mitchell Preston – Carolina’s father. Vice President of the United States.

    Loretta Preston – Carolina’s mother.

    Haven Briscoe – Daughter of Bill Briscoe, Drew’s college mentor.

    Bill Briscoe – Drew’s dorm parent and college mentor.

    Ginger Briscoe – Drew’s dorm parent.


  • Straddling the Line

    July 2014 – Book 8 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Trevor Shay

    Plays football for the Tampa Hawks, and baseball for the St. Louis Rivers. Juggles his professional life well, but he keeps a secret about his personal life that no one knows about. He intends to keep it that way.

    Haven Briscoe

    Has a new career as a sports reporter, and since the death of her father she feels she’s dropped the ball on her new job. A chance at doing a career feature on Trevor Shay may change all that.

    You'll also meet:

    Ginger Briscoe – Haven's mother.

    Zane Mellon – Trevor’s half brother.

    Hammond – Works for Trevor.

    Warrell Timmons – Rookie tight-end for the Tampa Hawks.

    Alicia Riley – Sports medicine therapist for the St. Louis Rivers. Engaged to Garrett Scott. Heroine in Thrown By A Curve.

    Garrett Scott – Pitcher for the St. Louis Rivers. Engaged to Alicia Riley. College roommate of Trevor’s. Hero in Thrown By A Curve.

    Elizabeth Darnell Riley – Sports agent. Married to Gavin Riley. Heroine in Changing the Game.

    Gavin Riley – First basemen for the St. Louis Rivers. Married to Elizabeth Riley. Hero in Changing the Game.


  • Holiday on Ice

    November 2014 – Book 8.5 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer

    Forward for the New York Travelers hockey team. Plays hard, both on the ice and off. And when he wants something, he goes after it. What he wants is Stella.

    Stella Slovinski

    Dancer. Works hard on her career, and likes to keep her relationships nonexistent. Men are for play, not for keeps. But for some reason she keeps going back for more with Trick.

    You'll also meet:

    Drew Hogan – Hockey player and Trick’s best friend. Drew is the hero in Melting the Ice.

    Carolina Preston – Fashion designer and Stella’s best friend. Carolina is the heroine in Melting the Ice.

    Greta Slovinski – Stella’s sister.

    Avery Mangino – Traveler’s goalie.

    Lisa Jeffries – Stella’s friend and fellow dancer.

    Lawrence – Stella’s choreographer.


  • Quarterback Draw

    February 2015 – Book 9 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Grant Cassidy

    Quarterback for the St. Louis Traders. Successful and confident, Grant knows what he wants out of his professional life. But his personal life is turned upside down when he meets supermodel Katrina Korsova, a woman who wants nothing to do with him. He’s intrigued by the beautiful woman, and pursues her, because there’s something about her that tells him this is the woman for him.

    Katrina Korsova

    A successful supermodel, Katrina has worked hard to get where she is, because she has her brother and sister to support. She won’t let anyone get in the way of her goals, not even hot, sexy and mesmerizing Grant Cassidy.

    You'll also meet:

    Flynn Cassidy – Grant’s older brother. Plays football for the San Francisco Sabers.

    Tucker Cassidy – Grant’s younger brother. Plays baseball for the St. Louis Rivers. Twin of Barrett Cassidy.

    Barrett Cassidy – Grant’s younger brother. Plays football for the Tampa Bay Hawks. Twin of Tucker Cassidy.

    Mia Cassidy – Grant’s younger sister. Attends college at the University of Texas.

    Easton Cassidy – Grant’s father. Played football for Green Bay, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with his wife, Lydia.

    Lydia Cassidy – Grant’s mother. Former lawyer, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with husband, Easton.

    Leo Korsova – Katrina’s younger brother. High school student.

    Anya Korsova – Katrina’s younger sister. High school student.

    Cole Riley – Wide Receiver for the St. Louis Traders. Hero in Playing to Win.

    Savannah Brooks Riley – Image consultant, married to Cole Riley. Heroine in Playing to Win.


  • All Wound Up

    August 2015 – Book 10 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Tucker Cassidy

    Pitcher for the St. Louis Rivers. Has a wicked curve ball. Confident and successful, and loves the team he plays for. Just broke up with his girlfriend and isn’t looking for a romance. Until he stumbles onto the one woman he absolutely shouldn’t get involved with—Aubry Ross, the daughter of the team owner.

    Aubry Ross

    A doctor, working on the third year of her residency in emergency medicine. She loves her work, and is wholly and completely consumed by it. She has no time for anything else in her life, until she runs into Tucker Cassidy. She doesn’t like jocks, but Tucker isn’t like any man—jock or otherwise—she’s met before.

    You'll also meet:

    Barrett Cassidy – Tucker's twin brother. Plays football for the Tampa Bay Hawks. Twin of Tucker Cassidy.

    Flynn Cassidy – Tucker’s older brother. Plays football for the San Francisco Sabers.

    Grant Cassidy – Tucker’s older brother. Plays football for the St. Louis Traders. Hero of Quarterback Draw.

    Clyde Ross – Aubry’s father. Owns the St. Louis Rivers.

    Helen Ross – Aubry’s mother.

    Katie Murphy – Doctor. Works with and is friends with Aubry.

    Mia Cassidy – Tucker’s younger sister. Attends college at the University of Texas.

    Easton Cassidy – Tucker’s father. Played football for Green Bay, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with his wife, Lydia.

    Lydia Cassidy – Tucker’s mother. Former lawyer, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with husband, Easton.

    Gavin Riley – Plays baseball for the St. Louis Rivers. Hero of Changing the Game.

    Elizabeth Riley – Sports agent. Heroine of Changing the Game.

    Garrett Scott – Plays baseball for the St. Louis Rivers. Hero of Thrown by A Curve.

    Alicia Riley – Sports medicine specialist for the St. Louis Rivers. Heroine of Thrown By A Curve.

    Karina Korsova – Fashion Model. Engaged to Grant Cassidy. Heroine of Quarterback Draw.

    Anya Korsova – Katrina’s younger sister. High school student.

    Leo Korsova – Katrina’s younger brother. High school student.


  • Hot Holiday Nights

    October 2015 – Book 10.5 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Alex McConnell

    A top winner on the competitive surfing circuit, Alex has always had one thing and one thing only on his mind—winning. Women come and go from his life, but one has never made him stop and think about anything permanent—until Victoria.

    Ben Reynolds

    A former surfer, Ben is now a promoter and manager and Alex’s best friend. He likes his life just the way it is, giving him the freedom to enjoy surfing competitions and build his brand. But Victoria has him thinking about things like relationships and permanence, and how the three of them could make a life together.

    Victoria Baldwin

    Sports agent. Successful, driven, her first and only love has always been her job. Until she takes a Hawaiian holiday vacation and falls for not one, but two men. This could upend her world completely.

    You'll also meet:

    Whitney – Young surfer. Works at one of the hotels on the island.

    Matt – A surfer competing alongside Alex.

    Cade – A surfer competing alongside Alex. Also dating Whitney.


  • Unexpected Rush

    February 2016 – Book 11 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Barrett Cassidy

    Plays defense for the Tampa Bay Hawks. Good at his job, and is a team player. Best friends with teammate Drake Evans. He also discovered a recent attraction to Drake’s younger sister, Harmony, and that’s a violation of guy code. A man doesn’t mess with his best friend’ts sister. But Harmony? She’s more than a little irresistible and has Barrett thinking about breaking the rules.

    Harmony Evans

    Interior designer. Harmony is successful and ambitious and knows what she wants. What she wants is Barrett, and she’s not letting something like a ridiculous man code stand in her way.

    You'll also meet:

    Tucker Cassidy – Barrett’s twin brother. Plays baseball for the St. Louis Rivers. Hero of All Wound Up.

    Flynn Cassidy – Barrett’s older brother. Plays football for the San Francisco Sabers.

    Grant Cassidy – Barrett’s older brother. Plays football for the St. Louis Traders. Hero of Quarterback Draw.

    Katrina Korsova – Successful model. Engaged to Grant Cassidy. Heroine of Quarterback Draw.

    Aubry Ross – Doctor. Engaged to Tucker Cassidy. Heroine of All Wound Up.

    Mia Cassidy – Barrett’s younger sister. Attends college at the University of Texas.

    Easton Cassidy – Barrett’s father. Played football for Green Bay, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with his wife, Lydia.

    Lydia Cassidy – Barrett’s mother. Former lawyer, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with husband, Easton.

    Drake Evans – Harmony’s older brother. Barrett’s best friend. Plays defense for the Tampa Bay Hawks.

    Elizabeth Riley – Sports agent. Heroine of Changing the Game.

    Alyssa – Harmony’s best friend.

    Diane Evans – Harmony’s mother.


  • Rules of Contact

    December 2016 – Book 12 in the Play-by-Play Series

    Main Characters:

    Flynn Cassidy

    Plays defense for the San Francisco Sabers.  Loves football and food, so he opened his own restaurant and hired an amazing head chef—Amelia Lawrence. He’s been great at football, and the opening of his restaurant is successful, but he can’t seem to find the right woman.

    Amelia Lawrence

    Head chef at Ninety Two. Amelia is happy to be starting over with a new job in a new city. After leaving a disastrous marriage behind, she only wants to focus on her work. Love is the last thing on her mind.

    You'll also meet:

    Ken Pinkerton – Restaurant manager at Ninety Two.

    Laura Perry – Nurse. Amelia’s best friend from college.

    Jon Perry – Software engineer. Laura’s husband and friends with Amelia.

    Mia Cassidy – Flynn’s younger sister. Attends college at University of Texas.

    Stefanie – Assistant chef at Ninety Two.

    Barrett Cassidy – Flynn’s younger brother. Plays football for the Tampa Bay Hawks. Hero of Unexpected Rush.

    Harmony Evans – Interior Designer. Girlfriend of Barrett Cassidy. Heroine of Unexpected Rush.

    Grant Cassidy – Flynn’s younger brother. Plays football for the St. Louis Traders. Hero of Quarterback Draw.

    Katrina Korsova – Successful model. Engaged to Grant Cassidy. Heroine of Quarterback Draw.

    Tucker Cassidy – Baseball Player. Flynn’s younger brother. Engaged to Aubry Ross. Hero of All Wound Up.

    Aubry Ross – Doctor. Engaged to Tucker Cassidy. Heroine of All Wound Up.

    Easton Cassidy – Flynn’s father. Played football for Green Bay, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with his wife, Lydia.

    Lydia Cassidy – Flynn’s mother. Former lawyer, now retired and lives on a ranch in Texas with husband, Easton.

    Mick Riley – Quarterback for the San Francisco Sabers. Hero of The Perfect Play.

    Tara Lincoln Riley – Event planner. Heroine of The Perfect Play.

The Hope Contemporary Romance Series

This is a series I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I live in a small town in northeast Oklahoma, and though I haven’t modeled any of my characters after people I know, I love small town life. I love the simplicity of it. I love being so remote that I can lie in my hammock at night and see every star in the sky, followed by days where you can sit in your back yard and hear the birds singing. I like knowing people are so friendly they’ll stop and help you when you need it no matter what’s going on with their own lives.

The Hope Series is a small town contemporary romance series. Hope is a fictional small town situated in northeast Oklahoma, filled with people who love and care about each other, but also know everybody’s business. This is a family and town centric series about people who come together when times are tough, who learn to love each other despite the odds against them, and whose passion for life get them through the dark times. It’s a series about second chances at love, first loves reunited, and finding love when and where you least expect it.

Welcome to fervent dreams, fiery passions and love everlasting.

Welcome to Hope, Oklahoma.

The Hope Contemporary Romance Series in chronological order:


  • Hope Smolders

    July 2013 – Part of the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Will Griffin

    Highway Patrolman – Best friend of Jane’s ex husband, he’s kept his distance since Jane and her ex divorced, mainly out of guilt because he didn’t do more to help Jane when her ex left her. But now he sees that Jane is devoting all her time to being a parent, and he thinks she needs to get out and have some fun. He thinks he’s the guy who can show her the way.

    Jane Kline

    High School Teacher – Divorced after her drug addicted ex left her and her two small children, Jane has devoted herself to the needs of her kids for the past few years. Trying to juggle job and family and making ends meet is all she can handle, until Will Griffin comes back into her life and tells her it’s time to see to her own needs again.

    You'll also meet:

    Ryan Kline – Jane’s eight year old son.

    Tabitha Kline – Jane’s six year old daughter.

    Luke McCormack – Local police officer and Will’s best friend. After a bitter divorce, Luke has vowed to never marry again. Luke is the hero in Hope Flames.

    Chelsea Gardner – High school teacher and Jane’s best friend. Chelsea’s gorgeous, funny, and always there for her friends, but can never seem to find the right man.

    Emma Burnett – Veterinarian, back in town after a long absence. Emma is the heroine in Hope Flames.

    Charlotte – Co-owner of Bert’s restaurant.

    Bert – Co-owner of Bert’s restaurant.

    Anita – Waitress at Bert’s restaurant.

    Sarah Smootz – Jane’s mother.

    Greg Smootz – Jane’s father.


  • Hope Flames

    January 2014 – Book 1 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Luke McCormack

    Police officer – After a bitter divorce, Luke’s enjoying the single life, and has no intention of ever marrying again. Until he meets Emma, a strong, beautiful woman who’s very much a relationship kind of woman, and all wrong for him. But he can’t seem to stay away from her.

    Emma Burnett

    Veterinarian – Emma has her hands full with her newly opened veterinary clinic, and the last thing she needs in her life is a man, especially after the mistakes she made in the past. But Luke is someone she simply can’t ignore.

    You'll also meet:

    Logan McCormack – Luke’s older brother. Logan runs the L&M ranch, the family ranch, of which Luke is part owner. Logan is the hero of Hope Ignites.

    Daisy – Emma’s yellow Labrador retriever.

    Boomer – Luke’s police dog, a German shepherd.

    Annie – Emma’s pit bull puppy.

    Rachel – Receptionist at Emma’s veterinary clinic.

    Leanne – Veterinary technician at Emma’s clinic.

    Georgia Burnett – Emma’s mother.

    Emmett Burnett – Emma’s father

    Carter Richards – Owns auto body and repair shops in Hope and surrounding communities. Friends with Luke. Former high school boyfriend of Emma’s younger sister, Molly.

    Jane Kline – High school teacher and Emma’s friend. Jane is the heroine in Hope Smolders.

    Will Gardner – Highway patrolman and Luke’s best friend. Will is the hero in Hope Smolders.

    Ryan Kline – Jane Kline’s son.

    Tabitha Kline – Jane Kline’s daughter.


  • Hope Ignites

    March 2014 – Book 2 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Logan McCormack

    Rancher – A loner managing a huge ranch, Logan’s happy with his solitary life. Until young actress Desiree “Des” Jenkins shows up to film a movie. She’s brash, brutally honest, in his business all the time and he’s attracted more than he should be. She shifts his world upside down, and Logan can’t stay away from her.

    Desiree “Des” Jenkins

    Actress – Used to everything fake in Hollywood, Des is blown away by the reality of Logan’s world, and how vast and expansive the ranch is. She likes the quiet rancher a lot. But Logan isn’t an easy man to get to know. Good thing Des doesn’t mind a little work in her romance, because she thinks Logan is worth it.

    You'll also meet:

    Colt Stevens – Des’s co-star and one of her best friends.

    Theo Winfield – The film’s director.

    Martha Fleming – The ranch house manager. Also in Hope Flames.

    Ben Fleming – The ranch assistant manager, and Martha’s husband. Also in Hope Flames.

    Luke McCormack – Logan’s brother, and hero of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders.

    Emma Burnett – Veterinarian, and heroine of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders.

    Sebastian “Bash” Palmer – Logan’s friend.

    Chelsea Gardner – High school teacher. Also in Hope Flames and Hope Smolders

    Callie Simpson – Desiree and Colt’s friend from L.A.

    Sarah Neufeld – Desiree and Colt’s friend from L.A.

    Carter Richards – Owns auto body and repair shops in Hope and surrounding communities.

    Jane Kline – High school teacher and Emma’s friend. Heroine in Hope Smolders.

    Will Gardner – Highway patrolman and Luke’s best friend. Hero in Hope Smolders.


  • Hope Burns

    September 2014 – Book 3 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Carter Richards

    Owns and manages several auto repair shops in Hope and surrounding areas – Former boyfriend of Molly Burnett. They broke up in high school and she’s back in Hope for her sister’s wedding. Carter still has feelings for Molly and wants her to stay.

    Molly Burnett

    Marketing and business specialist – Hasn’t been back to Hope since high school, and wants to get out of town as soon as possible because of the unpleasant memories of her past. But she still feels the pull toward Carter. Is it enough to make her want to stay?

    You'll also meet:

    Logan McCormack – Runs the L&M ranch. Hero of Hope Ignites. Also in Hope Flames

    Luke McCormack – Hope police officer. Brother of Logan McCormack. Hero of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders.

    Emma Burnett – Veterinarian. Molly's sister. Heroine of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders.

    Georgia Burnett – Molly and Emma’s mother. Also in Hope Flames.

    Emmett Burnett – Molly and Emma’s father. Also in Hope Flames.

    Sebastian “Bash” Palmer – Carter’s best friend. Also in Hope Ignites.

    Reid McCormack – Brother of Logan and Luke McCormack.

    Chelsea Gardner – High school teacher. Also in Hope Flames and Hope Smolders, and Hope Ignites.

    Martha Fleming – Ranch house manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch. Also in Hope Flames and Hope Ignites.

    Ben Fleming – Ranch assistant manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch, and Martha’s husband. Also in Hope Flames and Hope Ignites.

    Jane Kline Gardner – High school teacher. Heroine in Hope Smolders. Also in Hope Ignites.

    Will Gardner – Highway patrolman. Hero in Hope Smolders. Also in Hope Ignites.

    Samantha Reasor – Owner of the flower shop in Hope.

    Megan Lee – Owner of Cups and Cupcakes bakery in Hope.


  • Love After All

    March 2015 – Book 4 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Sebastian “Bash” Palmer

    Owns and runs the No Hope At All bar. Divorced, Bash likes the women, but has no intention of ever settling down again. He also likes Chelsea, but thinks her idea of a ‘perfect man’ is ludicrous. Still, he intends to show her that the he can find the right guy for her—even if that guy isn’t him.

    Chelsea Gardner

    High school math teacher. Chelsea’s had a healthy dating life over the years, but she always seems to date the wrong men. So she’s made a list of the perfect man, a list Bash thinks is stupid. Bash might be hot and sexy and funny and all those things that Chelsea finds attractive, but he’s all wrong for her. She’s determined to find Mr. Right.

    You'll also meet:

    Logan McCormack – Runs the L&M ranch. Hero of Hope Ignites. Also in Hope Flames

    Luke McCormack – Hope police officer. Brother of Logan McCormack. Married to Emma McCormack. Hero of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders and Hope Ignites.

    Emma Burnett McCormack – Veterinarian. Sister of Molly Burnett. Heroine of Hope Flames. Also in Hope Smolders and Hope Ignites.

    Molly Burnett – Marketing and business specialist and engaged to Carter Richards. Sister to Emma McCormack. Heroine of Hope Burns.

    Carter Richards – Owner of several auto repair shops. Engaged to Molly Burnett. Hero of Hope Burns.

    Reid McCormack – Architect. Brother of Logan and Luke McCormack.

    Martha Fleming – Ranch house manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch. Also in Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, and Hope Burns.

    Ben Fleming – Ranch assistant manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch, and Martha’s husband. Also in Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, and Hope Burns

    Jane Kline Gardner – High school teacher. Heroine in Hope Smolders. Also in Hope Ignites.

    Will Gardner – Highway patrolman. Hero in Hope Smolders. Also in Hope Ignites.

    Samantha Reasor – Owner of the flower shop in Hope.

    Megan Lee – Owner of Cups and Cupcakes bakery in Hope.

    Brady Conners – Auto body repair specialist. Works at Carter’s shop.

    Zach Powers – New football coach at Hope high school.


  • Make Me Stay

    December 2015 – Book 5 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Reid McCormack

    Architect and contractor. Lives in Boston, but has returned to Hope to renovate the historic mercantile in downtown Hope. Has no intention of staying in hope once the project is finished, but he’s attracted to Samantha, so maybe they can have some fun while he’s in town. After a recent breakup, the last thing he wants or needs is to fall in love.

    Samantha Reasor

    Owns a floral shop in Hope and stays busy with her business and taking care of her ageing grandmother. She’s very interested in Reid and wouldn’t mind a fling. She’s realistic and knows he’s headed out of town after the renovation, and she has enough on her plate right now and doesn’t need the hassle of a complicated relationship.

    You'll also meet:

    Claire Reasor – Samantha’s Grandmother. She raised Samantha after Sam’s parents died when she was young. To Sam, her Grammy Claire is the only family she has now that her grandfather is gone.

    Faith Clemons – Grammy Claire’s best friend. Former nurse.

    Deacon Fox – Owner of Fox Construction. He’s working side by side with Reid on the renovation.

    Loretta Simmons – Deacon’s ex high school girlfriend. Newly returned to Hope and interested in leasing space in the renovated mercantile.

    Luke McCormack – Hope police officer. Reid’s brother. Married to Emma McCormack. Hero of Hope Flames.

    Emma Burnett McCormack – Veterinarian. Sister of Molly Burnett. Heroine of Hope Flames.

    Molly Burnett – Marketing and business specialist and engaged to Carter Richards. Sister to Emma McCormack. Heroine of Hope Burns.

    Carter Richards – Owner of several auto repair shops. Engaged to Molly Burnett. Hero of Hope Burns.

    Logan McCormack – Rancher. Reid’s brother. Hero of Hope Ignites.

    Desiree “Des” McCormack – Actress. Married to Logan. Heroine of Hope Ignites.

    Martha Fleming – Ranch house manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch. Also in Hope Flames>, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, and Love After All.

    Ben Fleming – Ranch assistant manager at Logan McCormack’s ranch, and Martha’s husband. Also in Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, and Love After All.

    Megan Lee – Owner of Cups and Cupcakes bakery in Hope. Samantha’s best friend.

    Brady Conners – Auto body repair specialist. Works at Carter’s shop.

    Zach Powers – New football coach at Hope high school.


  • Don’t Let Go

    July 2016 – Book 6 in the Hope Contemporary Romance Series

    Main Characters:

    Brady Conners

    Mechanic and Painter. Lives above Carter Richards auto shop. Does body work and paints bikes on the side. Wants to open up a custom bike painting shop someday, but after the death of his brother, he isn’t sure he wants to stay in Hope. Until he starts dating Megan Lee, who makes him begin to feel again.

    Megan Lee

    Owns the local bakery and coffee shop in Hope. She’s always positive about life and happy where she is. She’s extremely attracted to Brady, but she’s knows he’s holding on tight to his grief about his brother. She believes with some love and his friends, Brady will eventually open up and let go of the past.

    You'll also meet:

    Saul Conners – Brady’s father.

    Rita Conners – Brady’s mother.

    Chelsea Gardner Palmer – High school teacher. Married to Bash Palmer. Heroine of Love After All.

    Sebastian “Bash” Palmer – Owner of No Hope At All Bar. Married to Chelsea Palmer. Hero of Love After All.

    Deacon Fox – Owner of Fox Construction.

    Loretta Simmons – Deacon’s ex high school girlfriend. Newly returned to Hope and owner of The Open Mind bookstore.

    Zach Powers – Football coach and teacher at Hope high school.

    Luke McCormack – Hope police officer. Logan and Reid’s brother. Married to Emma McCormack. Hero of Hope Flames.

    Emma Burnett McCormack – Veterinarian. Sister of Molly Burnett. Heroine of Hope Flames.

    Molly Burnett Richards – Marketing and business specialist and married to Carter Richards. Sister to Emma McCormack. Heroine of Hope Burns.

    Carter Richards – Owner of several auto repair shops. Married to Molly Burnett. Hero of Hope Burns.

    Logan McCormack – Rancher. Luke and Reid’s brother. Married to Desiree McCormack. Hero of Hope Ignites.

    Desiree “Des” McCormack – Actress. Married to Logan McCormack. Heroine of Hope Ignites.

    Reid McCormack – Architect and contractor. Logan and Luke’s brother. Hero of Make Me Stay.

    Samantha Reasor – Florist. Heroine of Make Me Stay.

The Wild Riders Series

The Wild Riders series are hot and sexy stories about a group of Harley riding bad boys who work undercover for the Federal government. They were recruited as teenagers by General Grange Lee, who took them out of bad situations and turned them into tough, honorable men. There are six men who as boys were all thrust into this situation together and forced to rely on each other. He educated them, made them stronger, and made them realize there was nothing they couldn’t achieve. Now they use the skills they learned on the streets to keep their country safe by any means possible.

I love the Wild Riders. This has been one of my favorite series to write. Because I introduced all the guys in the first book, Riding Wild, I got a chance to really get to know them all, and couldn’t wait to write all their stories. They’ve all had rough pasts that have scarred them in some way, and if anyone is deserving of love, it’s these men. Oh, and Jessie, too, because she’s the one female Wild Rider tough enough to ride with them.

The Wild Riders Series in chronological order:


  • Riding Wild

    February 2008 – Book 1 in the Wild Riders Series

    Main Characters:

    Mac Canfield

    Strong, capable, but his past collides with his former love, Lily at the worst possible time, causing him to alter his plans, which will change his future.

    Lily West

    Trying to make it as a private investigator, she’s sworn no man will ever be in charge of her life. When she runs into the former of love of her life and he kidnaps her, she’s swept away by circumstance and fate.

    You'll also meet:

    General Grange Lee – Head of the Wild Riders. Created the organization and runs roughshod over this wily group. He’s the father figure for all of them, took them all out of bad situations when they were teenagers, and turned them into the honorable, capable, hard riding federal agents they are now.

    Diaz Delgado – Tough. Quiet. Honorable. He’ll be featured as the hero in Riding Temptation. He goes on assignment with Jessie, the woman who insists he stop thinking of as a little sister.

    Jessie Matthews – Came to the Wild Riders as a scared teenager, brought up like a sister to all the guys. She’ll be the heroine in Riding Temptation and goes on assignment with the one Wild Rider she’s never thought of as a brother.

    Spencer King – tough, arrogant, he’ll be featured in Riding On Instinct and matched with an equally tough female FBI Agent.

    AJ Dunn – Fun-loving, takes nothing seriously except his job. Best friends with Pax. He’ll be featured in Riding The Night.

    Paxton (Pax) Hudson – Loves to have a good time. Best friends with AJ. They share everything — EVERYTHING. He and AJ will be featured in Riding The Night.

    Rick Benetti – His smoldering good looks and easy smile hide his difficult past. He’ll have to revisit that past in Riding The Edge in the Nauti and Wild anthology.


  • Riding Temptation

    October 2008 – Book 3 in the Wild Riders Series

    Main Characters:

    Diaz Delgado

    Tough. Quiet. Honorable. He goes on assignment with Jessie, the woman who insists she stop thinking of as a little sister.

    Jessie Matthews

    Came to the Wild Riders as a scared teenager, brought up like a sister to all the guys. She goes on assignment with the one Wild Rider she’s never thought of as a brother.

    You'll also meet:

    Spencer King – tough, arrogant, he’ll be featured in Riding On Instinct and matched with an equally tough female FBI Agent.

    General Grange Lee – Head of the Wild Riders. Created the organization and runs roughshod over this wily group. He’s the father figure for all of them, took them all out of bad situations when they were teenagers, and turned them into the honorable, capable hard riding federal agents they are now.

    Crush Daniels – Hard-riding leader of the Fists motorcycle gang, a group suspected of selling guns to survivalists. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?


  • Riding On Instinct

    April 2009 – Book 3 in the Wild Riders Series

    Main Characters:

    Spencer King

    tough, arrogant, he’ll be featured in Riding On Instinct and matched with an equally tough female FBI Agent.

    Shadoe Grayson

    Rookie FBI Agent with a lot to prove to herself and to her superiors. Goes toe to toe with Spence, who doesn’t think she’s the right person for the job. She’s determined to prove him wrong.

    You'll also meet:

    Jessie Matthews – Came to the Wild Riders as a scared teenager, brought up like a sister to all the guys. She’s the heroine in Riding Temptation and goes on assignment with the one Wild Rider she’s never thought of as a brother.

    AJ Dunn – Fun-loving, takes nothing seriously except his job. Best friends with Pax. He’ll be featured in Riding The Night.

    Paxton (Pax) Hudson – Loves to have a good time. Best friends with AJ. They share everything — EVERYTHING. He and AJ will be featured in Riding The Night.

    General Grange Lee – Head of the Wild Riders. Created the organization and runs roughshod over this wily group. He’s the father figure for all of them, took them all out of bad situations when they were teenagers, and turned them into the honorable, capable hard riding federal agents they are now.


  • Riding the Night

    September 2010 – Book 5 in the Wild Riders Series

    Main Characters:

    AJ Dunn

    Fun-loving, takes nothing seriously except his job. Best friends with Pax.

    Paxton (Pax) Hudson

    Loves to have a good time. Best friends with AJ. They share everything—EVERYTHING.

    Teresa Oliveri

    Bar owner and AJ Dunn’s high school girlfriend. When her brother is accused of murder, she vows to do whatever it takes to clear his name.

    You'll also meet:

    Joey Oliveri – Teresa’s brother, AJ’s childhood friend. Falsely accused of murder.

    Russ – Joey’s right hand man in the Fists motorcycle club, and his best friend.

    Larks – Joey’s counterpart—head of the Thorns motorcycle club. They frequently butt heads over territory.

    Walter Rinks – Second in command in the Fists motorcycle club.

    General Grange Lee – Head of the Wild Riders. Created the organization and runs roughshod over this wily group. He’s the father figure for all of them, took them all out of bad situations when they were teenagers, and turned them into the honorable, capable hard riding federal agents they are now.

The Kent Brothers Series

The Kent Brothers series is a contemporary romance series set in a small southern Missouri town. It’s about three brothers—the oldest Wyatt, middle brother Brody, and youngest Ethan, who run their family’s construction company, passed down to them by their now retired father.

While a tight knit family, the brothers don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything. But when their backs are against the wall or one brother is in crisis, they’ll be there for each other, no matter what. The have two parents they can count on to give advice when needed.

And when they meet the woman of their dreams, it may be a rocky road to happily-ever-after, but once they get there, it’s forever.

The Kent Brothers Series in chronological order:


  • All She Wants for Christmas

    December 2010 – Book 1 in the Kent Brothers Series

    Main Characters:

    Ethan Kent

    Youngest of the Kent brothers, he was in love with Riley in high school, but made a foolish mistake and lost her. With Riley back in town, he has a lot of mistakes to make up for. But his heart has always been with Riley.

    Riley Jensen

    She followed her heart as a teenager, but when Ethan betrayed her, she followed her dreams instead. Now she’s back and everything about Ethan has changed. Is she willing to give him a second chance?

    You'll also meet:

    Brody Kent – Middle Kent brother – Takes nothing seriously except his job, and also his serious attraction for Tori, Kent Construction’s office manager. Brody is the hero in The Best Thing.

    Wyatt Kent – Oldest Kent brother – Quiet and brooding, he’s still wallowing in misery after his divorce. Wyatt is the hero in A Rare Gift

    Tori Lewis – Kent Construction’s office manager. She’s young, but efficient and knows how to wrangle the wily Kent brothers, but battles her attraction to Brody. Tori is the heroine in The Best Thing.

    Zoey Kent – Ethan’s six year old daughter. Precocious but honest and endearing, she’s a big fan of Riley’s music. Also appears in The Best Thing.

    Stacy Kent – Mother to Wyatt, Brody and Ethan. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas and The Best Thing.

    Roger Kent – Father to Wyatt, Brody and Ethan.


  • A Rare Gift

    December 2011 – Book 2 in the Kent Brothers Series

    Main Characters:

    Wyatt Kent

    Divorced and bitter about it. Oldest of the Kent brothers, he runs Kent Construction with his brothers, mostly keeps to himself and doesn’t get involved with women anymore since his bitter divorce. Until he meets the whirlwind that is Calliope, who refuses to let him drown in his bitterness and forces him to come to life again.

    Calliope Andrews

    Younger sister of Wyatt’s ex-wife, she had a crush on Wyatt years ago, but it’s the more mature Calliope who sees the potential in Wyatt’s sense of humor and how much he has to offer. She wants to help him let go of the past so he has a chance at a future.

    You'll also meet:

    Tori – Kent Construction’s office manager and one of Calliope’s best friends. Tori also has an attraction to Brody Kent she’s trying hard to deny. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas.

    Brody Kent – Ethan’s brother and partner in Kent Construction. Brody is the hero in The Best Thing. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas.

    Ethan Kent – Ethan’s brother and partner in Kent Construction. Hero of All She Wants For Christmas. Also appears in The Best Thing.

    Stacy Kent – Mother of Wyatt, Brody and Ethan Kent. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas and The Best Thing

    Cassandra Kent – Ex-wife of Wyatt Kent.


  • The Best Thing

    December 2012 – Book 3 in the Kent Brothers Series

    Main Characters:

    Brody Kent

    Middle Kent brother – Takes nothing seriously except his job, and also his serious attraction for Tori, Kent Construction’s office manager.

    Tori Lewis

    Kent Construction’s office manager. She’s young, but efficient and knows how to wrangle the wily Kent brothers, but battles her attraction to Brody.

    You'll also meet:

    Wyatt Kent – Oldest Kent brother. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas. Hero of A Rare Gift.

    Ethan Kent – Youngest Kent brother. Also appears in A Rare Gift. Hero of All She Wants For Christmas.

    Riley Jensen Kent – Ethan's wife. Zoey's mother. Heroine of All She Wants For Christmas.

    Calliope Andrews Kent – Tori's best friend, and Wyatt's wife. Heroine of A Rare Gift.

    Zoey Kent – Ethan's and Riley's daughter. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas.

    Stacey Kent – Mother of Wyatt, Brody and Ethan Kent. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas and A Rare Gift.

    Roger Kent – Father of Wyatt, Brody and Ethan Kent. Also appears in All She Wants For Christmas.

PASSION ON THE EDGE