A collection of stories by Judy Bagshaw, Kate Devlin, Louise King and Misty Simon
Come Away With Me by Misty Simon Princess Ashlyn is spoiled, vain and rude. She's also unwed, despite her father's best efforts. When his latest matchmaking idea goes horribly awry, he's at the end of his rope and determined to teach the willful Ashlyn a lesson. Ashlyn doesn't believe the King will follow through with his threat to marry her off to the next man who comes to the castle. But the following morning she hears a balladeer sing the first notes of his song and footsteps pounding up the stairs. The King's plan may backfire when the balladeer takes on the arrogant princess and all her vanity. Then again, the haughty woman may be helpless in the face of the one man who asks her to simply "Come Away With Me." Seanin and the Sleeping Prince by Kate Devlin Seanin is a dedicated daughter living out her life with her mother and her loom. Life has a rhythm and simplicity that both comforts her and structures her days. But one night the rhythm is shattered when she follows the sound of music, to end up at an abandoned mansion. Beings she thought existed only in fairy tales come to life. Swept into the night with their magic, she ends up coming home with more than she bargained for--a man who can't speak or hear, cursed by vengeful fairies. Seanin feels responsible for his misfortune and welcomes him into her life since she has no way of returning him to his family. As the seasons turn, she can't help feeling drawn to him. Can there be love between a lonely woman and the man she saved? Between Seanin and her Sleeping Prince? Elusion by Louise King When the crown of Navarre unexpectedly falls into Genevieve des Plaines' hands, she finds herself embroiled in a battle of wits with her step-brother, Gavin. To secure the throne, Gavin needs her as his bride, but Genevieve would rather die than marry the man she suspects of killing her father. Under the cloak of night, she embarks on a perilous mission to her cousin in France--the only person she knows she can count on. En route, disguised as a boy, she is captured by the foreboding Marquis de St. Aignan when she tries to steal food from his campfire. As his army takes her further from the threat of her homeland, Genevieve finds herself falling for this mysterious man and his unusual ways. Countries soon clash as her battle lands on his doorstep, and Genevieve fears their fragile love will not survive... Someday My Prince by Judy Bagshaw The Enchanted Cottage Bed & Breakfast needs some renovating, but BBW proprietor Merrilee Allbright can't find the funds, no matter how hard she crunches the budget. Then a surprise visit by her eccentric Aunt Cordelia begins a chain of events that will not only solve Merrilee's problems, but alter her life forever. Noble carpenter Vasili Dobecek--who unexpectedly drops into Merilee's life--captures her heart and proves that, if the time is right, one day your prince does come.
April 2006 : USA Paperback