Archive for September 2011

Kathryn Shay’s SERENITY HOUSE TRILOGY – All 3 Novels for Just $6.99 on Kindle

Welcome to SERENITY HOUSE, a trilogy of stories about women who spent some of their adolescent years in a group home for troubled girls.

Each story explores what effects their dysfunctional backgrounds had on them. As you might guess, trust—not being able to trust—is a big issue for all three. But with the help of those who love them, each woman overcomes her difficult beginnings and becomes the person she was meant to be.

In Practice Makes Perfect, Paige Kendrick is a successful doctor who keeps people at a distance and refuses a relationship with hunky doctor Ian Chandler. But Ian won’t stop until he gets what he wants—Paige! And because of his assertiveness, he almost destroys their chances of a life together.

In A Place to Belong, Darcy O’Malley and Hunter Sloan have more in common than they know when they meet at her daycare. Both have troubled kids, both grew up as outcasts in their hometown, and both find a deep and driving passion for the other that cannot be denied.When she was eighteen, troubled Anabelle Crane fell in love with Nathan Hyde, the town’s fair-haired boy. He broke her heart and she left town to become an undercover cop.

In Against the Odds, she’s back to guard him from a stalker. But some things haven’t changed and Anabelle and Nathan find that the passion they have for each other has not died!

From the reviewers:

“For readers like myself who have been a bit disappointed with the quality of the genre of late, Shay’s latest might as well have antidote stamped right next to the “Serenity House” logo. The second and third doses can’t come fast enough.”  The Romance Reader

“Fans will enjoy the return of the Serenity House residents, and can only hope for a second-generation series one day!”  Word Weaving

Practice Makes Perfect

Welcome to Kathryn Shay’s first book in her “Serenity House” trilogy. This novel features complex characters, heart-wrenching emotion, and no easy answers.

Dr. Paige Kendrick is a successful pediatrician with a troubled past. As a pregnant teenager, Paige was one of the first residents of Serenity House, a group home for girls. When her drug-addicted parents were killed in a motorcycle accident, and seeing no alternative, Paige gives her child up for adoption. Upon her 18th birthday, Paige gets down to business raising her younger sister, and throwing herself into her chosen profession. While she now has a strained relationship with Jade, all the work has paid off – Dr. Kendrick has a thriving practice working with an upscale clientele.

Dr. Ian Chandler is an OB/GYN who is starting up an inner city clinic to be named after his late adoptive mother. There’s only one piece of the puzzle missing – a pediatrician. Naturally, Ian wants the best, and that which means Dr. Kendrick. After much convincing, she finally agrees – but not before Ian finds himself hopelessly intrigued. What makes Ms. Coldly Professional tick? And why won’t she let him in?

A Place to Belong

Fifteen years ago, Darcy’s mother left her at Serenity House, a home for wayward girls. A promise of two months turned into four, and eventually seven. Despite the painful experience, Darcy maintained her free spirited lifestyle through boyfriends, marriage, two children, and divorce.

Author Kathryn Shay boldly tackles difficult life challenges in A Place to Belong. Both Darcy and Hunter have struggled with failed marriages and bad reputations. Both struggle with self-images in ways that will endear them to readers. They also both love their children, who are sparkling additions to the tale. The greatest strength of the novel lies in Hunter’s challenge with his son’s ADHD and his realization about his specific events in his own past. A Place to Belong comes highly recommended.

Against the Odds

Fifteen years ago, the Crane brothers assault and plan to rape their stepsister Annabelle. Fortunately, the timely intervention of police officer Dan Whitman sends Annabelle to the safety of Serenity House, a home for troubled girls.

A few years later, she accepts a nanny position with Nathan Hyde’s family. She and Nathan have an affair that ends tragically. Now, after five years as an undercover cop in Seattle, Annabelle returns home to recover from a bullet wound.

Nathan’s political career as a congressman has made him the target of a stalker. Subtle clues indicate the perpetrator is someone close to him.

He refuses the usual bodyguard, and only Dan’s interference persuades him to accept Annabelle as an undercover bodyguard. Annabelle plays the role of Nathan’s personal assistant, but the success of her assignment may depend upon how well they can control their feelings from the past.

Click here to download the three-book Kindle set for just $6.99 >>

25 Most Wanted – Week of September 19

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

4. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

5. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

6. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

7. From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2 by Bella Andre

8. Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster

9. An Accidental Family by Donna Fasano

10. The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1 (Contemporary Romance) by Bella Andre

11. The Millionaire’s Nanny by Carol Grace

12. ABDUCTED by T.R. Ragan

13. Once and Again: Petal, Georgia, Book 1 by Lauren Dane

14. The Sheriff and the Innocent Housekeeper by Lynda Chance

15. BLIND FAITH by CJ Lyons

16. Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost

17. The Abbey by Chris Culver

18. [NSFW] Game For Love (A Bad Boys of Football Contemporary Romance) by Bella Andre

19. The Underland Chronicles #1: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

20. Taken by the Cowboy – A Time Travel Romance by Julianne MacLean

21. Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel by Lisa Lim

22. Shattered (Dream Realms Trilogy, #1) by Sophia Sharp

23. Rally ‘Round Green (Green (Abingdon Press)) by Judy Pace Christie

24. Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves Series) by Quinn Loftis

25. A Killing Tide (Columbia River Thriller) by P.J. Alderman

Free Classics: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Every Friday, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn’s recommendations at her blog,, a guide to the best free and inexpensive classic literature for the Kindle. You can also get Marilyn’s blog on Kindle and I recommend that you “Like” the Classic Kindle Facebook page as well so you don’t miss anything. Here’s Marilyn’s post:

Have any men read The Secret Garden? I would be very impressed if a man told me he was reading this beloved book.

Did any women not read this as a child?  Here is your chance to once again -or perhaps for the first time- visit a world where secret gardens may be restored and made to grow more than flowers.

But before we visit the garden, we make a stop in India under the British Raj.


“Is it so very bad? Oh, is it?” Mary heard her say.

“Awfully,” the young man answered in a trembling voice. “Awfully, Mrs. Lennox. You ought to have gone to the hills two weeks ago.”

The Mem Sahib wrung her hands.

“Oh, I know I ought!” she cried. “I only stayed to go to that silly dinner party. What a fool I was!”

At that very moment such a loud sound of wailing broke out from the servants’ quarters that she clutched the young man’s arm, and Mary stood shivering from head to foot. The wailing grew wilder and wilder. “What is it? What is it?” Mrs. Lennox gasped.

“Some one has died,” answered the boy officer. “You did not say it had broken out among your servants.”


The book has a chapter index with links.  Here is an Amazon review:


“I hadn’t read The Secret Garden since I was a kid. I’m so glad I found it on Kindle and read it again as an adult! What a wonderful story! And as a free Kindle book, it’s hard to pass up!

I gave it 4/5 stars only because the formatting didn’t quite come out perfect (a few squares with question marks in it appeared). Still, it’s easy to read despite the few errors.”

So many people are re-discovering books they loved as children, that are now free on the Kindle.  Others are discovering literature they only knew by titles or perhaps from playing the card game “Authors!”  For whatever reason you might pick up “The Secret Garden,” I think you will like it; I read it again a few years ago and it did not disappoint.