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Have you ever wondered whether love is destiny or chance? What if it's both? What if it's the universe at work linking one hungry heart to another? That's what you'll find in my romantic women's fiction novels. I aspire to give you romance entwined with the comedy of life, the complexity of circumstance, the importance of family and friends, and the hope of what is meant to be....
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M. Kate Quinn
Release Date October 13, 2020!
I am so proud to announced the release of my first romantic suspense novella, Endangered Diamond.
Supermodel, Olivia Diamond, is enjoying her retirement from the glitz and rigor of fame by living the good life on Nantucket, an island off the coast of Cape Cod, until her world craters with the discovery of a dead woman on her beach. The anticipated launch of
Olivia’s highly publicized tell-all memoir coupled with her eerie and undeniable resemblance to the victim, the local police urge her to hire protection until the case is solved. She knows just whom to trust.
Declan Keene, a retired Army Ranger, now a bodyguard for The Brotherhood Protectors, flies from his home in Montana for his assignment on Nantucket. It has been twenty years since he last saw Olivia, known to him then as Livvy Dorman, back when they were young and in love. They had made promises of forever and while he was deployed overseas, a talent scout crooked his finger and she was gone in a flash.
Declan and Olivia cannot forget the past and old feelings refuse to lay dormant while they navigate the twists and turns of the murder case.
Can they face the truth that lives in their hearts and can they stop a murderer hell-bent on evening a score?
Coming Soon! Book 3 of the Sycamore River Series - "The Hope Chest"
Book 1 - Sycamore River Series
On Rylee McDermott’s 30th birthday, she doesn’t have much to show for her life. Dumped by her sometimes boyfriend, she’s living back home with her mom and stepfather number three. But when she inherits her grandmother’s bridal shop, she is determined to make it work.
Darius Wirth, host of TV’s business-rescue program, Wirth More, needs just the right fit for the show’s season one finale, one that will both wow their main sponsor enough to garner a second season and keep him from letting his father down again.
Rosie’s Bridals fits the criteria, and before long Darius and Rylee begin work on the episode. Sparks fly, despite the no-fraternizing clause in their contract. So it’s hands off.
But what’s a girl to do when all she wants is her hands on the guy?
Can these two wounded hearts find both success and their way to love?
Book 2 - Sycamore River Series
Bridal shop alterations expert, Kit Baxter, lives a nightmare when forced to tailor her grandmother’s wedding gown for her traitorous cousin who’s marrying the ex-boyfriend that dumped her.
A thunderstorm sets the stage for a crazy scheme when a fallen tree demolishes car and she’s rescued by next door neighbor, Hop Monaco, the town’s fire captain, leaving her owing the old guy a favor.
Shane Dugan, the new recruit at the fire department which requires he reside in town, needs temporary housing while awaiting availability of his new apartment.
Kit rebuffs Hop’s outlandish idea, but when the pressure of the wedding festivities looms Kit reluctantly agrees to rent Shane her spare room if he’ll play the part of her boyfriend.
But, what starts out as two strangers with a bargain, evolves into something more, and for the first time since her world turned upside down, Kit’s starting to think maybe.
Victoria at Sea
Book 1 - Destiny's Detour Series
Why has no place in what the heart knows for sure.
On the eve of their wedding Victoria Gliden and fiancé Owen Walker call it quits. He accuses her of not being able to get over her deadbeat father’s vanishing act when she was a child and she and her cold feet run and don’t look back.
An interior designer, Victoria, has an important meeting on Cancun that could garner her a promotion and the plan was to incorporate her presentation with the honeymoon cruise that’s journeying to the island. Since she’s sure Owen is on his way to Portland to escape the aftermath of their ruined wedding, Victoria takes the honeymoon cruise anyway. Only Owen has the same idea and they’re stuck with each other for six days, five nights.
Tony Gliden, Victoria’s father, dies in a freak accident and is sent back to earth disguised as a crotchety old man with the mission to convince his daughter to believe in love. So, he, too boards the ship.
At sea, destiny takes a detour when Victoria befriends the quirky old man with kind eyes and together they join forces with a quartet of unabashed women in their fifties who drink pink martinis and flirt with the wait staff but are wiser than they look. While trying to dodge Owen, Victoria’s new acquaintances help her face old wounds and confront new fears.
Most of all, Victoria and Owen both realize it all boils down to one word—why?
By journey’s end will two broken hearts get their answer?
The Ronan's Harbor Series
Book I - Letters and Lace
Where the heart's journey requires love as its compass. A chance meeting at a beachside pub…
A sultry dance with a stranger…
A brazen kiss…
Not a good way to meet your enemy.
Trouble arrives special delivery when divorced innkeeper Sarah Grayson receives a letter of complaint against the renovation of her Jersey shore inn for her daughter’s wedding. At a town meeting, she’s stunned to learn her adversary is none other than the stranger from the dance floor, Benny Benedetto.
Benny should’ve known better than to buy property with his brother. Now he has to protect his investment without letting his attraction to Sarah get in the way. When she begins receiving threatening letters, all fingers point to Benny—but he has his own hunch.
Determined to solve the mystery, Benny and Sarah search for the writer’s identity together. But the undeniable passion they unveil proves that sometimes while chasing one desire, the heart’s compass leads another way.
Book II - Restless Spirit
Strange things are happening at Aubrey Donner's cottage in Ronan's Harbor, NJ. Noises in the night, crashing antiques and an eerie presence all add up to only one thing: her cottage is haunted. Her new job hosting a pet-related program on local television finds her battling to hide her lifelong fear of dogs from local no-nonsense K-9 officer Asa Kavanaugh and his four-footed, pony-sized partner, Scout. Aubrey can't wait to be done with the duo until she realizes she can use Asa and Scout's help to wrangle her phantom. While chasing shadows, yearnings of two wounded hearts collide, banishing old fears and unveiling the possibility that true love may really exist after all.
Finalist - Best First Book - Golden Quill Awards
Moonlight and Violet - Winner - Best Long Contemporary Romance - Golden Leaf Award
Brookside Daisy - Finalist - Best Contemporary Romance - Golden Leaf Award