Published November 2013 – an electronic book
Hooray for Hollywood? Not really.
Samantha loves being a fashion designer’s assistant, but when her boss jets off on a business trip and leaves her to deal with an upcoming photo shoot, she finds her patience tested in a major way.
Jonathan Aiken is a man who knows what he wants, and when he gets the assignment to shoot the Hollywood Collection, no one is going to stop him from achieving his vision—not even the pesky designer’s assistant.
As sparks fly between them, they both discover that the key to great photos and great fashion might just be a bit of compromise.
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in 1985 by Woman’s Weekly.
Published August 2013 – an electronic book
Most girls would jump at the opportunity to model for a brand new cosmetics line, but Lisa Morgan is different. She resists being the ‘face’ of Golden Girl until she learns it’s the only way she can save the career of the man she has come to love.
Within days her new and glamorous lifestyle leads her into a web of jealousy and competition that she doesn’t understand. The man she loves is fighting with another for power over the company, while the old man in charge prepares to die. And when Lisa realises that his last wish is to see the Golden Girl campaign succeed, she knows she’ll never be able to back out of the agreement, even though it is tearing her apart.
This Retro Romance reprint by Samhain Publishing was originally published in 1983 by Sapphire Romance.
Published May 2013 – an electronic book
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Maggie Silver intends to put as much space as possible between herself and her family just as soon as her parent’s ruby wedding celebrations are over. She is fed up with their constant advice and her never-ending babysitting duties. There’s a great big world out there and she wants to see it before she settles for suburbia. Then Ruairi O’Connor turns up at the same time her sister-in-law goes into labor, and suddenly everything becomes a lot more complicated.
As for Ruairi, in a few weeks time he will be on the other side of the world, so now is not the time to fall in love, especially with Maggie. Until now he’s thought of her as little more than a child so why has he suddenly discovered she is very grown up indeed and the only thing he wants to do is kiss her.
Published March 2013 0- an electronic book
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When musician Marcus Lewis buys the derelict farmhouse next to Jodie’ Eriksson’s riding school he doesn’t know whether to be amused or irritated by her angry reaction to his plans. Then her sister Izzie visits him and makes things a whole lot worse…or is it better…because now he has an excuse to see Jodie again. Although, when he sees her, it’s not exactly a meeting of minds, they do discover they have one thing in common; they both believe they know what’s best for Izzie, and for Marcus’ son Luke.
It turns out they’re wrong. The children they thought they were protecting need to be set free. It’s Jodie and Marcus who have the problem; but can two broken hearts make one whole one? The battle lines that were set when they first met have long since been breached but the war won’t be over until Jodie learns how to trust again, and until Marcus allows himself to believe in his son.
Published October 2012 – an electronic book
When Kerry Farrow falls for star player Pierce Simon, she doesn’t hesitate when he asks her to join him on the international tennis circuit. She doesn’t care if he isn’t ready to settle down. In her experience happy families are a myth anyway. Then she discovers she’s pregnant and her world falls apart. Unable to turn to Pierce for support, and disowned by her wealthy father, she is on her own.
Two years later she is a single mother of twins working hard to keep a roof over her head when Pierce comes back into her life. When he finds out he is a father he gives her an ultimatum: she can marry him or she can fight for her children through the courts.
What she can’t understand is why he wants to marry her. She’s lost her looks and her fortune so why is he so determined to keep her in his life? It can’t be for love because he already has a beautiful girlfriend, and if he thinks she’s going to become part of a ménage a trois then he’d better think again. She will marry him because she has no choice but she won’t be sharing his bed…the only trouble is, it’s the one thing she wants to do.
Published July 2012 – an electronic book
In a rut, and with her love life at an all time low, Claire Harris makes a New Year’s resolution to join an Internet dating agency. Her challenge is twelve dates or twelve months, whichever comes first, unless she is lucky enough to meet Mister Right along the way. On her final date, and convinced that only frogs are left in the dating pool, she is relieved that it’s nearly over…until she meets enigmatic American, Daniel Marchant. The only problem is, his brother has set him up, and Daniel makes it very clear that he’s not interested in dating anyone at all. He is looking for someone to work in his developing conservation research company though, and when he discovers that Claire has the photographic and cataloguing skills he needs, he offers her a dream job in Florida.
But Dolphin Key is not as idyllic as it seems. There are too many secrets and too much heartache. And Claire has her own secrets as well. Not that she is going to share them with anyone, least of all with Daniel, because he must never know he has stolen her heart.
Published March 2012 – an electronic book
The Osprey cruise ship is in trouble. Can Ellie Masters and Andy Smith solve the problem? When they join the ship in New Zealand they soon discover that it’s going
to be hard work all the way to Australia. Not that either of them intend to let long hours get in the way of their blossoming love affair – until Ellie develops feet of clay- or is it Andy who is the problem? Is he really who he says he is?
They joined the ship to help the crew, but now it’s Ellie and Andy who need help. Will they get it or is it already too late?
A Montlake Romance (Nov 2012) Previously an Avalon Romance
The end of a long-term relationship has left Interior Designer Alex Moyer emotionally bruised. Determined to heal her broken heart by concentrating on her career, she is thrilled when her boss asks her to redesign a hotel in sunny Tenerife.
Matt Anderson, the hotel’s handsome owner, has emotional problems of his own, so when Alex starts to melt the ice around his heart he tries to ignore it.
Then things go from bad to worse because Alex seems to attract trouble and he keeps on having to rescue her. When he has to step in to save her from the clutches of charming but untrustworthy Francesco Pascual, things begin to get out of hand. For a start it soon becomes clear that dating Alex was part of a bigger plan and that Francesco wants the hotel to fail. On top of that Matt and Alex are beginning to fall for one another, and that doesn’t suit either of them.
Can they ignore their growing mutual attraction as they search for a way to foil Francesco? Will they manage to finish the hotel in time for Tenerife’s Christmas season? If they don’t then it will fail. If they succeed, well Alex will return to London anyway…won’t she?
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Do you remember how life and love used to be? Maybe you aren’t old enough but this is how romantic fiction used to look!
In my earlier writing career I wrote for various publishers under the pseudonym Anne Beverley. Samhain Publishing is now republishing these books under its Retro Romance label (See Sheila Claydon writing as Anne Beverley) Original copies still occasionally surface on Amazon or eBay as collectors items, a sure sign that I am older than I thought!
A Sapphire Romance (1983)
Many girls would have jumped at the chance of promoting an exciting new range of cosmetics. But Lisa Morgan, chosen as the model whose face would promote the ‘Golden Girl’ look, was not so sure.
Despite her glamorous new lifestyle, she soon found herself caught up in a web of personal jealousy she did not understand. Two men were fighting for power and tugging at her heartstrings – which one would win in the end?
An Images of Love Romance (1985)
Samantha was well used to holding the fort while her boss, fashion designer Dominic,went flying off on one of his business trips. But leaving her to deal with top photographer Jonathan Aiken was a real test of her endurance.
It wasn’t that she felt incapable of briefing him on his assignment to photograph Dominic’s ‘Hollywood Collection.’ No, her problem was dealing with Jonathan himself – who was only too used to getting his own way, whatever he did!
An Images of Love romance (1985)
It was time for Holly to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, and an assignment as nanny in Moscow was a good way to start. But relations between her five-year-old charge Peter and his handsome diplomat father Dirk Van Allen were sadly strained.
How Holly longed to be the bond that would restore the little family to happy harmony.
An Images of Love romance (1986)
Looking after her brother’s wine bar while he was abroad, as well as her own florist’s shop, was a little too like drudgery for Sarah.
After a disastrous encounter with an otherwise charming male customer, it was a relief when businessman Sean Marlow wrote inviting her to discuss selling the wine bar. But it was a devastating shock to meet the man face-to-face!