Melinda Curtis

USA Today Bestselling Author


She isn't giving up—on her town or herself  

An accident cost Tracy Jackson not only her high-profile job but also her ability to easily communicate. Back in her California hometown, she's working at the bakery and painstakingly relearning how to speak. Now she has a new mission: to protect her community from Chad Healy. 

The travel writer is in Harmony Valley to cover the Harvest Festival. And—big surprise—he's helping Tracy make her dreams happen. But his lampooning style could hurt her town's longtime traditions. Filled with conflicting emotions, can Tracy find the words to let Chad know how she feels before he's gone for good?

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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A Man of Influence





“Take a deep breath, relax and say something else.”


Before Tracy could shrug him off, he added, “Pause after the first word.”


“I can’t.” How she hated to admit she had a weakness.


He massaged her shoulders, thumbs delving deep into her tense muscles. “Think Olympic athlete. Nothing comes easy to them. And yet they triumph. Take a—”


“ stop with the coaching already?”


“That was awesome.” Chad moved to her side, draped an arm over her shoulder and gave her an air- stealing squeeze.


She shoved his arm off. “Seriously? Now you’re being nice to me?”


“Hey, I’ve always been nice.” Chad grinned. Grinned!


She wanted to slug him. She wanted to shout at him. She wanted to kiss him.


 The Story Behind the Story (Coming Soon)

Many of you know that my parents are old. My mom is 90 and my dad (also 90) recently passed away (sniff). They have their quirks, many of which are the basis for some of the characters in Harmony Valley (epitomized by Eunice in A Memory Away and her crazy recipes - yes, my mom tried to make me eat the dishes Eunice made). My parents' quirks made me wonder what it would be like for an older couple to have a child. Enter Chad, whose parents were often mistaken for his grandparents when he was growing up. Chad looks at every elderly resident in Harmony Valley and sees their frailties - the spot that might be cancer, the jaundiced skin tone, the puffy hands that indicate circulation problems. It was almost like putting someone with arachnophobia in a room with lots and lots of spiders. Poor Chad.




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