Cruise to Nowhere
My short story in A Christmas Anthology
Handsome, charming widower Nick is ready to risk his heart again. When he and Kelli meet on board a Cruise to Nowhere, he knows she is the one for him. Her emotions still in tatters from her former marriage to a manipulative, controlling man, Kelli’s biggest fear is losing her heart to the wrong man for a second time.
Is their mutual attraction merely a holiday romance, or could it be a forever love?
December Heat Wave (previously December Heat)
Following the death of her husband, Nicolette Oliver concentrates on re-establishing her career as a dancer, though still dealing with emotional issues relating to her life with Mark. When his friend appears on her doorstep, Nicolette honors her late husband’s invitation and invites Jake to stay.
Jake Harrigan has always been attracted to Nic and sees her as untouchable, even though she is now on her own. They are opposites, their lives and expectations literally worlds apart. Drawn into a romantic interlude, the parting is difficult when Jake returns to Europe to resume his career as TV news journalist and Nic moves to Sydney to begin rehearsals for the show that will resurrect her career.
Jake returns to Australia to see Nic again and also to finalize details with his network to sail around the world making documentaries. Will Jake follow his heart and ask Nic to give up all that she’s worked for and sail away with him?
"This author knows how to write passion between two characters. I loved Nicolette’s attitude ...Jake is a hard man to figure out...he tricked this reviewer each chapter making me wonder what his feelings really are for Nic. Joanie MacNeil did a great job in the scenes, my favorite was the belly dancing...one scene that will blow your mind." - Lena C., Fallen Angels Reviews
Desperate and Dateless
Desperate and Dateless? Not Liam Reynolds. He has no time in his busy schedule to foster a romantic liaison. But when his teenage brother, Dan, surprises him with a ticket to the Desperate and Dateless Ball, Liam couldn't resist the temptation to attend.....merely to satisfy his curiosity, of course.
Desperate and Dateless? Certainly not, Zoe O'Malley declares. How dare her girlfriend send her a ticket to the Desperate and Dateless ball! No way will she go anywhere with a computer-matched date. But fate intervenes and when Liam and Zoe are drawn together over a business arrangement prior to the ball, their lives become irretrievably entangled. Can they live by their golden rule---never mix business with pleasure?
Good, funny, entertaining!" Susan Joynor-Pettigraf, Paper Tiger Reviews
Sapphire Kisses (previously published as Sapphire Summer)
Alexandra Jordan doesn’t anticipate the challenge ahead of her when she agrees to spend the summer as a research assistant for acclaimed author, David Meredith, who is gradually losing his sight.
David feels threatened by her presence in his home, his sanctuary, the only place he can be independent. He is determined to prove he doesn’t need help and wants Alex out of his life. She is equally determined to do the job she’s been paid to do. Once he accepts Alex isn’t like other women, her beguiling ways soon intrigue him…until he discovers her secret.
Can these two wounded souls find happiness together? Fun to read, I enjoyed the way that David and Alex grew separately, facing their individual adversities and becoming stronger independently so that they could more fully give their love to each other. Grace Atkinson
Loving Nick...Again - (previously published as A Time for Love)
Claire Vincent’s unexpected encounter with old flame, Nick Sheridan, threatens the new beginning she’s made for herself and her twin sons. Can Claire trust him enough to risk losing her heart to him again?
Though Nick’s long buried desire for Claire is rekindled, Nick isn’t sure he’s ready for a new relationship, or an instant family.
"A poignant, tender story about two people haunted by mistakes of the past, but with the courage and spirit to overcome their fears and fight for their happy ending. Joanie MacNeil is a truly gifted storyteller.” - Carrie Brock, In the Heart of the Diamond
"A heartwarming romance about first love and second chances. Claire and Nick have been hurt in the past and must now overcome assumptions and attempt to communicate with one another again. Although not as sensual as some books, Ms. MacNeil skillfully turns up the heat, keeping conservative views to the forefront. The Australian setting is interesting, while the scenes with Claire’s sons add an endearing touch and further define the hero’s character. Overall, I prefer a faster pace and more action; but if you’re in the market for a sweet love story, I would recommend A Time For Love." - Pat Cavender, Bookbug on the Web
The Trouble with Natalie - (previously published as Trouble or Nothing)
Natalie Harrigan knows from past experience that men are trouble, and having a man in her life is not on her agenda. She'd much rather focus on her career. Success in her new appointment to the coveted position of CEO in the recently established Training Advisory Council is her number one priority and she intends to prove she will be the best CEO ever.
Enter Luke DeMarco: newly appointed Director of Public Affairs in the Training Advisory Council, and her young brother’s best friend. Luke DeMarco has always loved Natalie from the moment he first set eyes on her at eight years old. Now, twenty years later, she’s more woman than ever, and Luke’s not too worried about the twelve years difference in their ages. Surely his gentle wooing will convince Natalie that age is no barrier to love? But Natalie is his boss. Will she allow him to move from their boardroom to her bedroom?
Attractive Paige Delaney is more woman than Jack Shannon wants in his life, though he's in serious need of her award winning skills in web design. Paige believes her sexy new boss thinks he's God's gift to woman. Both are single parents with shattered dreams and damaged hearts, having suffered betrayals of trust in previous relationships. Each desires to love and be loved, but they are afraid to trust the opposite sex again.
When Jack moves into his new house and discovers Paige is his next door neighbor, their protective barriers and personal goals are threatened. Is it fate or their teenage children conspiring to push them together?
"This is a wonderful love story. I enjoyed the fact that, although Jack had more than one bad relationship in his past, he was still capable of falling in love with Paige and so easily acknowledging that fact to himself. What a wonderfully romantic story and definitely recommended reading." - 5 Hearts, The Romance Studio
A Taste of Romance - A short anthology - self published with Amazon and Draft2Digital, and available where good ebooks are sold.
The following books will be re-released at a later date
A Sense of Duty
Carefree and used to a nomadic lifestyle, Regan MacInnes returns to Braemar, Scotland to get to know his eighteen-year-old daughter, a difficult task at best.
What he doesn't count on is being bewitched by Australian widow Hannah Lindsay. Hannah has no room for a man in her life. Her goal is to sell the bed and breakfast, her late husband's dream, and move back to Australiato be with her family. She is so focused on her plan that not even the likesof handsome and charismatic Regan MacInnes can stand in her way
A Traditional Affair
Within the imposing halls of historic "Carabrae" near Inverness, AustralianKate Fielding finds herself inadvertently caught in an unusual love triangle.
Kate keeps her pregnancy a secret, and ultimately, two lives are pitched together in a push and pull search for love, trust and family values.
Dark and dominating, traditional Scot Galen MacBain is intrigued by this outspoken young woman who stirs both his demons and his passions. Galen nurses a secret of his own, a problem which he perceives will be solved by marriage to Kate. But Kate cannot accept his generosity. Though she would be providing her baby with a father and the trappings of wealth, she would be marrying Galen for all the wrong reasons. Can this modern and determined young woman resist the temptation to accept Galen's proposal of marriage?
Irish in the Outback - short story
Outback temptation or man of her dreams? Reilly Jacobson was the kind of man who'd make a woman tremble at the knees. Will Maura's encounter with the rugged Australian stockman tempt her to change her life forever?