Books by Carolyn

Blame it on Texas:

From Prairie to Princess

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PrairieToPrincess_167pxBobbi Jo Bentley, Jersey girl, law school dropout turned private investigator, is heading to Texas for her first assignment as a PI, because she’s aiming to show her controlling, critical, socialite mama she’s good at something besides having a pretty face—but mama’s angry because she fears once her circle of friends find out her daughter’s profession, she’ll be the laughing stock of the group. But Bobbi Jo doesn’t care about any of that stuff because, unlike her mama, she’s learned that money doesn’t buy happiness.

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Catering to Love

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catering-to-love-cover-167pxGabi Johnson tests more than new recipes after her parents use their home as collateral to finance her dream restaurant. The Inn at Carters’ Mill in New Hope, Pennsylvania, is just a half-day’s drive but a world away from her failed catering business in New York. Nell and John Carter want to sell the inn but not to their moody sous-chef, Corey Edwards, and instead they entrust it to Gabi.

When Gabi meets Corey, sparks fly. But he only remembers his failed restaurant and the woman he blames for it. As Gabi works with her young staff, she puts up with Corey’s snarly insubordination because he’s a pro and she needs him. And, well, there’s that attraction thing.

As pressure mounts to debut the menu Gabi believes will establish her restaurant’s reputation and cash flow, she tests her relationships, new and old. Sixteen delicious recipes reveal their makers’ inner thoughts.

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One Menu at a Time

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OneMenuAtATime_167pxMix one part job seeker, one part gourmet chef, and one part frazzled guardian, and the result is Jamie, one very stressed-out gal. Jamie dons the apron of a personal chef, but when her sweating in the kitchen fails to bring results to her bank account, she’s back to square one.

Then her matchmaking sister Renee comes to the rescue with the perfect solution. What about the sexy NASCAR driver who is looking for a private chef and who just so happens to be the brother to one of Renee’s best friends? At first Jamie does not see beyond Chase’s charming demeanor—he seems to collect women like she collects recipes. But when Jamie discovers they have more in common than she thought, will she allow Chase to capture her heart?

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Dishing Up Romance

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DishingUpRomance_167pxCassie Pirelli is at it again in her ongoing saga of denial. Past mistakes with romance have left her scarred. But she’s banking on a change! Those scars are minor compared to the ones she now faces: losing a job, searching for a new career, giving up the apartment she so loves in the Village, and having to listen to Mama’s ongoing nagfest about marriage and grandbabies.

But fate didn’t get the memo that she’s focusing on her career, and neither did Papa, who’s joined forces with Mama. Despite their attempts, Cassie holds strong to her conviction to pursue professional success over a romantic relationship–that is, until the arrival of Mr. Rock-hard-chest Contractor Guy, Josh Benson, who could throw her plans right down the commercial garbage disposal.

In her new career as a chef, Cassie devises thirty recipes she happily shares. But will these recipes test her resolve and lure her into a world of love?

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Shut Up and Kiss Me

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ShutUpAndKissMe_167pxWhat’s hotter than a summer in New York City? Two sexy Italian chefs fighting over you, of course!

Ellana Licari, a hopeless romantic, has her sights set on the tall, dark, and handsome chef Nick Soranno. With the help of the two meddling mamas, she’s determined to show him she’s ‘The One’ not that scrawny redhead who’s rapidly becoming more than his casual ‘flavor of the month.’

Convincing Nick to stop thinking of her like his sister won’t be easy, but Ellana’s canoodling with the Italian Stallion, chef Giovanni Cavallini, to make Nick jealous. Of course, Giovanni’s only too happy to oblige he’s got his own agenda but now that she has Nick’s attention, is it too late?

With the matchmaking mamas doing their best to interfere, Ellana’s stuck in a quandary: Which one of these tempting chefs will she choose?

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Cupid’s Web

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CupidWeb_167pxCassie Pirelli has big problems – like a mama who suffers from Cupidity and who wants Cassie married with lots of children running around. And her mama knows just the guy who can help her achieve those goals even if Cassie can’t see it herself.

But Cassie has different ideas, and being barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen isn’t part of her master plan. She’s busy working hard, building her career, climbing the corporate ladder, and no one is going to stop her – especially not a man. Cassie makes her escape by accepting a job in New York City, and things start to take off in her career.

But just when her life’s on track, she starts having dreamy thoughts about her boss, who she has dubbed Mr. Foxy Guy. To complicate matters, Mr. Cute Guy appears and suddenly decides he wants more than a platonic relationship. Couple that with a strong dose of Sammy Scarliotti, who refuses to take `no’ for an answer and you pretty much have too many irresistible forces and one immovable object – much to her mama’s glee!

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Insanity Claus

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InsanityClaus_167pxA widow of two years, Mallory Gardner is hanging on for dear life, struggling to keep her business afloat while functioning in her dysfunctional family. That’s enough to test anyone’s sanity. But when Arden J. Miller waltzes into town, he has other ideas—like capturing Mallory’s heart even though love is the last thing on her mind.

Can two irresistible forces deal with two immovable objects, or will the effects of the holiday spirit help resolve issues previously thought to be unsolvable?

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Gossip Girl: Murder & Mayhem

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GG_MurderMayhem_167pxIt’s fifteen years later for the Gossip Girl crew, and debutante-turned-socialite Blair Waldorf-Bass, the queen bee of New York’s Upper East Side, is set to discover that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…

They say history has a way of repeating itself, and Blair’s daughter, Ashley, is now the Queen of Mean at Constance-Billard, with the latest generation of the bold, the beautiful, and the spoiled wrapped around her little finger.

And when Chuck leaves Blair and his family for a pregnant Jenny Humphrey, who stole him right from under Blair’s nose, Ashley vows revenge on her father and his lover—and as we all know, getting mad has never worked for the Bass clan, but getting even runs in the family.

Throw in old friends, long-hidden secrets, rampant infidelity, and even murder, and Murder and Mayhem is sure to offer Gossip Girl fans plenty of delicious deep-dish gossip, just like old times.

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

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Gossip Girl: Lovers, Liars and Thou

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GG_LoversLiarsAndThou_167pxThe Gossip Girl is back. Let the drama begin!

Fans of the wildly popular Gossip Girl book and television series will be thrilled to know that everyone’s favorite spoiled and spoiling-for-a-fight debutante is back. This time out, the queen bee of New York’s Upper East Side, Blair Waldorf finds her perfect little world crumbling: A nervy French ingénue is trying to capture her throne … not to mention the eye of the fabulous Chuck Bass, a gentleman admirer Blair wants left in her own court, thank you very much.

Blair’s father is misbehaving again as well. No surprise there. Living in Paris, he’s bought a French burlesque company on a whim, just to indulge his gay lover, a performer in the show. Quelle drag! To get even with everyone and fill up an otherwise boring week, Blair runs off to Vegas and plans to marry a fetching plaything she’s been using to make Chuck jealous. Will Chuck save the day before the wedding is consummated, or will Blair be forced to face and tame her own demons as friends and family walk away?

Full of the delicious, deep-dish gossip that made Blair Waldorf the girl everyone talks about, Lovers, Liars and Thou is sure to satisfy fans of Gossip Girl.

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