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A Groom for ChristmasA GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS by Cara Marsi
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This sensuous romance is like a Hallmark Christmas movie with some intense love scenes.
When a young woman hires her hometown’s former bad boy to be her pretend fiancé for the holidays, she finds she can’t wrap up her feelings as easily as a Christmas gift.

New York jewelry designer Graceann Palmer has two days to find a fiancé to bring home to Pennsylvania for the holidays so her matchmaking mama will quit fixing her up with jerks. The Falcon, a motorcycle-riding, leather-clad former high school crush, helped her out once before. Maybe he'll do it again.

Jake Falco, man of many mysteries, is back in town on a mission—one the people of Spirit Lake most likely won't appreciate. When Graceann presents him with her crazy scheme, it gives him something he's always wanted—a chance to get to know Graceann. It also gives him the perfect opportunity to add fuel to his project of revenge.

But as Jake and Graceann grow closer, their engagement-of-convenience begins to feel like the real deal—until Jake’s secrets are revealed.

Can a relationship that began with lies and secrets bloom like a rare Christmas rose into happily-ever-after?

A Cinderella ChristmasA CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS by Cara Marsi
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Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

2014 EPPIE finalist, best short romance



Epic award winner!

MURDER, MI AMORE by Cara Marsi
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Lexie Cortese is in Rome to forget. The last thing she expects is to meet a sexy Interpol agent who suspects her of being part of a terrorist plot involving a stolen diamond. Suddenly thrust into a world of murders, muggings, and kidnappings, Lexie doesn’t know what to think—or who to believe.

Dominic Brioni’s assignment is simple. Befriend the American and bring her to justice. Only Lexie seems like the most unlikely terrorist Dominic has ever met. Sweet, determined, and direct, she faces life with courage and fire, a fire that sparks his protective instincts and a longing for something more—something he allowed himself to hope for only once before.

But that woman betrayed him, and his boss isn’t about to let him forget it. With his career on the line and Lexie in danger, will Dominic learn to trust his heart before they both get killed?

2012 EPIC Finalist
2012 Second Place Winner Oklahoma Romance Writers International Digital Awards
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Logan's RedeptionLOVING OR NOTHING by Cara Marsi
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Tami Morrelle is a struggling business owner who’s trying desperately to hold onto the only thing she has left that ties her to her parents...a beachfront home on the coast.

Daniel Ramsey, Tami’s high school crush and the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks, is back in town and he’s on a mission—to prove his worth now that he’s a wealthy developer.

Too bad Daniel’s plans include an oceanfront development and he needs Tami’s land to make it happen. Will the pair be willing to give up what they think they want in order to find what they really need?

Kindle Semi-Finalist 2012
Semi-finalist, Kindle Book Reviews,
Best Indie Book of 2012
Silken Sands Finalist 2012
Third Place Winner, Gulf States RWA
Silken Sands Contest, 2012

THE RING by Cara Marsi

After Heather DeLuca's fiancé is killed in Iraq, an eccentric elderly woman and a handsome new friend teach her to bury her fears and dare to dream and love again.

This approximately 8500-word short story is dedicated to our brave men and women in the military who keep us safe, and to their loved ones who have endured so much.


Logan's RedeptionLOGAN’S REDEMPTION (Redemption Book 1) by Cara Marsi
Doriana Callahan’s life is unraveling. Someone is stalking her and sabotaging her father’s company; her teenage son is rebelling; and Logan Tanner is back in town. For sixteen years she’s kept an explosive secret from Logan, a secret he soon discovers. Despite the fact that Doriana kept the existence of his son from him, Logan vows to protect her. He races time to stop the culprit threatening Doriana and works to forge a bond with his son. Can the love and passion that still burn between Doriana and Logan overcome old lies and new dangers?
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Stubbornly self-reliant Mary Beth Kendrick needs financial backing to keep her catering business cooking. Forced to accept help from Tom Sackett, the man who once broke her heart, she resolves to keep their relationship business-only. Tom has other ideas.

2013 Second Place Winner Oklahoma Romance Writers
International Digital Awards


Corporate attorney Samantha Greco needs some peace and quiet to come to a decision about her career. Instead, while an icy nor’easter rages outside, she finds herself trapped in a cottage on Fenwick Island with Aiden Rourke, a man she used five years ago when she ran from the heartbreak of her fiancé’s betrayal.

Aiden Rourke has loved Sam for years. For one glorious night she was his. But then she fled, wounding his ego and his heart. Thrown together again, they soon discover time hasn’t diminished their fiery passion for each other. Only Aiden has ever been able to melt Sam with just a look or a touch. But the fear that she’s like her mother, who used men mercilessly, scares Sam to death.

The storm outside is nothing compared to the storm of desire, fear, and guilt raging inside Sam. But during their wild weekend together, Sam and Aiden draw closer and realize their all-consuming passion for each other masks deeper needs and desires.

When the storm ends, will they go their separate ways? Or will they find the courage to face the future together as one?

2013 Winner, Second Place Novella Category,
Gulf Coast RWA Silken Sands Star Contest

2013 Fourth Place Winner Oklahoma Romance Writers International Digital Awards

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The redeeming power of love in a collection of short, sweet romance stories.

A TASTE OF ROMANCE-Two chefs cook up romance in the kitchen.

A CAT'S TALE-A clever cat with her own agenda conspires to reconnect a couple.

PLUMBING FOR LOVE-Grandma's plumbing problems bring a handsome plumber into a young woman's life.


A NEW BEGINNING FOR MELISSA-A family wedding offers a woman hope for a better future.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM-A runaway cart and a runaway cat bring two people together.

MY FANTASY PIRATE-A sexy pirate steals a woman's heart at Halloween.

Note: Each of these stories is also available individually

Accidental Love by Cara Marsi

This short story of 6,744 words is also included in the novella, Loving Or Nothing.

Carly Madison’s luck couldn’t get any worse. A cheating ex, a dumped
plate of pasta, a car accident. Through with men, she rejects the advances
of sexy James Cresci. Can he change Carly’s luck and teach her to trust
and love again?


Franco's Fortune (Redemption Book 2) by Cara Marsi
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When the past and present collide...
Somebody wants rich playboy Franco Callahan dead. When security expert Josephine Fortune arrives on his doorstep thanks to his sister Doriana, Franco finds it hard to refuse. He's had a secret attraction for the diminutive bodyguard since they met at Doriana's wedding five years before.
But attraction is all it is. Combat boot-clad Jo is not the kind of woman Franco usually loves and leaves. Which makes the ruse that Jo is his new live-in girlfriend just that until Jo gets a makeover. Suddenly seduction is on his mind and Franco has all the time in the world to pursue it—and Jo.
Martial artist Jo can take down men twice her size without blinking, but Franco's appeal outmaneuvers her emotional defenses. Jo's tough exterior hides a dark past, and Franco seems determined to learn her every secret. But he has secrets of his own.
The more Franco gets to know Jo, the more he realizes he needs her in his life, and not as his bodyguard. But as the threats to Franco escalate, Jo must use every one of her combat skills to protect him.
Can Jo keep both Franco and her heart safe, or will they pay the ultimate price for love?

Love PotionLove Potion:

For uptight veterinarian Nicole Caruso, a fortuneteller's prediction, a vial of gold liquid, a handsome man with secrets and some very strange happenings prove there's no escaping the magic of love.

This is a 14,000 word story with a touch of magic.




The One Who Got Away

When one fantasy ends, another begins....

Is it possible to go home again, to reconnect with the guy you’d crushed on during high school, your “one who got away?” Bianca Dillon intends to find out when she attends her ten-year high school reunion. But fantasies have a way of crashing and burning.

In Bianca’s eyes, Adam Campana had been her buddy, the guy who’d taught her to play chess, but nothing more. Now, at the reunion, he’s determined to make her notice him in a whole new way.

Will Bianca’s dream become a new one with Adam?

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