A lonely widow and widower are brought together by a twenty-year-old mystery.

When she was young, Lacy Jasperson had been horribly hurt by an unknown assailant. In the years since, she’s found healing in the little beach town of Pajaro Bay. Now she’s alone, a widow living in a lovely little cottage by the sea, trying to make peace with her grief and loss, and move forward.

But when a private detective comes to town, digging up the past and forcing her to face what she’s kept so long hidden, she realizes she can’t move forward until she finally deals with the trauma that drove her to the village all those years ago.

Rico Gallagher sees the same grief in Lacy’s eyes that he feels in his own heart. She’s lost someone just like he has. He can’t imagine he’ll ever find peace again, but when he’s forced to spend time with the lonely widow, he feels a healing he’s never felt before.

Can they figure out the truth about what happened all those years ago? Can they heal from their losses and find love again? Can they bring peace, not just to themselves, but to someone else whose loss is even greater than their own?

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NEW RELEASE! I have a fun, escapist book to share with you today. Maggie and the Rattled Rake continues the story of Maggie McJasper and Reese Stevens as they try to keep their heads on straight in Carita Cove, the Playground of the Stars on the California Coast.

If you haven’t read the earlier Carita Cove books, I recommend you start from the beginning with this series, since it follows the adventures of the same characters throughout. Luckily, the first story in the series is free today, so you can get a taste of Carita Cove and see if it’s for you. You can start the series now for free at https://barbaracoollee.com/?page_id=3595.

If you’ve already caught up with our heroes, you can head right over to Maggie and the Rattled Rake (https://barbaracoollee.com/?page_id=4044), where Maggie finds herself in the unenviable position of trying to broker a peace treaty between Reese and his teenaged son—while at the same time trying to figure out why her friend Nora is being charged with the attempted murder of her boy toy husband. Poor Maggie has her hands full, but I guarantee this one, like the others, will all work out in the end when Maggie uses her observational skills to figure out what’s really going on and save the day.

If you haven’t started Carita Cove yet, now is the perfect time to escape with this fun romantic mystery series. Follow the adventures of a boho craft shop owner and her movie star boyfriend as they try to keep their heads on straight in Carita Cove, the glamorous “playground of the stars” on the California Coast. The short intro story, Maggie and the Black-Tie Affair, is free now.

Happy Holidays!

This has been a rough year for us all. As I do each year, I donated 10% of the net earnings from my writing to charity. In 2020 I focused mainly on small, grassroots groups that helped the hungry, the homeless, and at-risk youth.

Thanks as always for buying my books and giving me the chance to do this small bit to help.

You can see the current list of charities here.

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Have you had a chance to read Rum Cake Cottage yet? If not, here’s your chance to pick up this heartwarming, feel-good book about forgiveness and second chances. This Pajaro Bay story is one of my favorites, and it is discounted for the very first time to only 99 cents.

The sale runs from October 22 to November 5, so don’t miss it!

Pajaro Bay’s hunky surfing Santa is perfectly dressed for a coastal Christmas in his mirrored shades and cut-off jeans. But when he spots the woman who once broke his heart in the holiday crowd, his holiday spirit takes a nosedive.
Roxy isn’t in a Christmas mood either. She spent ten years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit, and now she’s got just seventy-two hours to find the real killer, or she’ll lose her daughter forever. But how can she convince her baby’s father to help her, when he thinks she’s nothing but trouble?

You can learn more about Rum Cake Cottage here.