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BETH HENDERSON BOOKS

It all began with a romantic suspense comedy tale, Nikrova's Passion, which made use of Henderson's "on site" vacation to England. Her three week visit there was not as fraught with danger as her heroine's was in Nikrova. But then it didn't include a dashing hero either. It was definitely her learning book because she rewrote it from scratch three times over more than a decade before an editor called her and said the magic words, "we'd like to go to contract on this manuscript."

What had drawn her to London and points west, east and north of it, was a love of the medieval Plantagenets. Sadly, she never made it to the ruins of Richard III's castle outside of the City of York, but she walked the medieval walls there. However, when she returned to the States, it was back to what life usually has in store for a girl. She met a guy, married said guy, and followed him when his job took them from the American Midwest to the Pacific coast, and then backtracked them to the Mohave Desert and Las Vegas. It was during a weekend touristy trip to Death Valley that all the westerns Henderson had watched on television while growing up now figuratively dug an elbow in her ribs and said, "hey, the research is right here. Use it!"

And thus began the offshoot of the contemporary romance writing goal into one that was pure Old West adventure and mystery. 

During the over three decades of turning out novels, Henderson has written under a few other names, spinning even YA romantic comedy based on the old Saved By The Bell television show. 

In 2021 another 19th century American west novel will be released (her 8th novel length historical) but she's also stealing notes from J.B. Dane's muse and will launch a four book mini series that is paranormal romantic comedy mystery, the Whithur-Wolf Detection series. 

But those are things for the new year. Right now, let's get to the titles currently available!

Coming Soon!

Until...

A new Historical Romantic Mystery
by Beth Henderson set in 1863 Idaho during the Boise Basin Gold Rush

When Talmadge Hammond drifts into the Idaho mining camp he has no intention of using his law degree. He’s there for whiskey and the gold he can win at cards. Instead, he must save the life of the woman who’d once vowed to love him until…

Noletta Kittridge begins that day covered in a man’s blood and accused of murder. She has sinned to stay alive. Redemption can come only by giving her life to save the person who accidentally killed the man. Even Tal’s reappearance in her life can’t revive Letty’s will to live.

Determined to keep her from the hangman’s noose, Tal must either convince her to tell who did kill the victim or solve the mystery himself.

If he fails, he and Letty will finally reach that unvoiced destination beyond until…

Coming April 5th, 2021 from

The Wild Rose Press.

Read a deleted murder from the story on the Blog page!

SUPERSTAR

Kindle only E-book

 

A decade-spanning tale of soulmates torn apart by each’s pursuit of a career in the late 20th century.

 

The choice to follow love or a career tears Paul Montgomery and Aurora Chambers in two different directions, complicating their lives - particularly their personal lives - for three decades.

In a story that weaves through the mid 1960s into the 1990s, success and love touch on the loss of colleagues, the deceit of rivals, and just missed chances to grab what has always fueled Paul's success: his love for the girl next door.

NIKROVA'S PASSION

Kindle only E-book

30th Anniversary edition.

While some "artistic" tampering was done, mostly maneuvering the text to reflect modern reading preferences (though the story still plays out in 1989), nothing about the story itself changed. 

Anne Larkin was just supposed to be studying portraits during her visit to London, not end up in the wrong place at the right time to catch the attention of a thief and the man who's goal was to catch the crafty criminal. Both thought she was working for the "other side", which meant, no matter what she did, there was a good chance that the choice could get her killed.

 

LANDING FLETCH LAYTON

Kindle only E-book

The text was a death threat. There was no doubt about it in Fletch Layton’s mind. Dominique, his slinky, bombshell girlfriend for the past two years had given him one week to decide whether he was marrying her or not.

It was enough to make a man panic. And so, like the master procrastinator he was, Fletch decided to put off making any sort of leap. On one hand there was gorgeous but flinty eyed Dominique. On the other was freedom.

 

There was only answer . . . dump the problem in the hands of his childhood pal and best friend, Brenda Burton. Except, he'd no idea she'd been in love with him forever.

 

Originally published as A Week 'Til The Wedding by Silhouette Books.

 

AT TWILIGHT

Kindle only E-book

J.W. Walford was only a step ahead of the posse when he fetched up at the Burgess Ranch and found an unconscious woman and a hungry baby in need of his aid. Louisa Burgess needed to run before the man who wished to own her arrived to stake his claim - that he'd won her as well as the ranch in the final hand of poker her feckless late husband had played. With J.W. needing to avoid the lawmen on his trail, and Lou in a rush to leave her homestead, it seemed fate had finally smiled her way - at least for the moment. But a different danger tracked her as she fell more in love with J.W. each evening . . . AT TWILIGHT. 

Reviewers say . . . 
"AT TWILIGHT is a powerful, unforgettable story -- a western that's at once tender and gritty, passionate and exciting, with a climax that will both shock and uplift. It comes alive with historical details and offers readers a journey of the heart." Romantic Times

 

SEDUCING SANTA

Kindle only E-book

For the Holiday season, St. Nick got a pink slip.

Wally Pruitt was just too perfect in the role to suit the other Santas, so he was out the door. But with that door still open it left an opportunity that both Roxy Mercer and Nate Carrington were intent upon profiting by. Roxy wanted Santa in place in her Christmas-year-round shop, The North Pole Outlet. Nate wanted a a familiar rosy cheeked and white bearded face on Carrington's Christmas Catalog, and possibly a sales represent well worth his weight in sugar cookies the rest of the year. Which of course meant war was declared when it came to winning this Santa.

Reviewers say: "Beth Henderson delights us with SEDUCING SANTA, a lovely holiday treat filled with jolly scenes and animated characters." Romantic Times

"SEDUCING SANTA has a cute plot with lots of shady, underhanded fun." Affair De Coeur

"Once again, Beth Henderson delivers a heartwarming, feel good book you won't want to end!" Lori Foster

 

LOVING TRIXIE FINE

Kindle only E-book

Chemistry can involve more than merely test tubes.

Take two brilliant scientists, mix in industrial espionage, an age gap, an explosion, an accusation of murder, stir in a touch of wistful fantasy, clever repartee, a bit of erotic bedroom . . . and other rooms . . . elements, and the result is . . .


Two multi-published novelists having far too much fun.

Beth Henderson and Letty James combine their talents and strengths to spin this wild tale of recovered youthful appearance, adventure, danger, and a second chance at life.

 

THE STROKE OF TWELVE

Kindle only E-book

She’d made a mistake once in trusting a man. She was never going to make another. If that meant the only man in her life was the child she’d reared on her own after being betrayed, then so be it.

He’d been coasting, accepting a relationship that when it ended, he’d felt nothing. Not sorrow, not relief. Just . . . nothing. Rather than stagnate, he needed to figure out what was missing in his life and correct the problem. It wasn’t business – that was thriving. It was . . . well, everything else.

The holidays were closing. Friends and family wanted Mallory Meyers to take another chance on love. Patrick Lonergan’s twin wanted his brother to be happy. And Christopher Meyers wanted a Dad. 

Which is how Pat landed on Mallory’s doorstep with a gift tag pinned to his lapel.

Previously published as New Year's Eve (Special Edition) and Ring in the New

 

LUCKY

Kindle only E-book

Harte Favre knew what she wanted - a man who interested her, who drew her like a moth to a flame. A man of fire. One quite likely dangerous. Possibly even an outlaw. A gun hand, indubitably.

 

Richard Thorton found Harte dangerously intriguing and knew better than to associate with a woman of her class . . . and no doubt, clutches. She is a woman longing to be wanton, though he doubts she would feel the same should he give into the temptation. She wants him for more than merely physical education exercises, though. She wants him to protect her feckless cousin Yancy. A job just as likely to see him pushing up daisies as staying within her alluring circle, because Harte Favre isn't merely dangerous. She's the equivalent of a goddamn gut shot, slow, painful and fatal.

Reviewers say: “Beth Henderson creates characters that you might expect to see walking down the streets of the 1800s. They are so real with all the foibles that make us human. Lucky . . . has it all: great promises and great disappointments, romance, and thrilling brawls. And everything is in counterpoint to the plotting of her villains.”

SECOND TIME AROUND

Kindle only E-book

Three years ago, Tim Starling ran from Veronica Dey, the "M" word hanging in the air behind him. But three years is a long time, particularly when a guy is counting the days that have passed since he made the biggest mistake in his life.

 

Three years is also long enough to realize what he really wants is be married and become a father. . . as long as Roni Dey is both that spouse and the kid's mother.
 

Unfortunately, three years is also enough time for her to realize she just might not need him in her life after all. Particularly since it looks like she's replaced him with a Nordic god handyman.
 

But he isn't the CEO of the family firm just because he was born into the executive office. He has a plan, the funds to see it to fruition, and a willingness to do whatever it takes . . . come rain or come shine . . . to win her back for the perfect happily ever after.

Previously published as Mr. Far From Perfect.

NOT QUITE AN ANGEL

Kindle only E-book

A man searching for purpose. A woman needing saving from herself.

When the Man upstairs wants a fellow to do something, the methods aren’t exactly clear cut. As he stood on a lonely country road in Kansas, Kevin Lonergan figured the two flat tires were a message but a really garbled one.

Rella Scofield knew where she’d gone wrong. She’d jettisoned common sense and clung to the two things that she’d always wanted: children and a home in the country. Her marriage had been a travesty long before her husband had taken his 18-wheeler on the road one final time and ended up in that big truck stop in the sky. She was stranded with only her 6- and 7-year-old children and was in labor for the arrival of a third. She needed a miracle.

Which was when he arrived.

Previously published as Mr. Angel (Special Edition).

TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW

Kindle only E-book

Success was hers . . . at least in her career. But when it came to love…well, she’d obviously inherited her mother’s talent for making bad choices with men. With her biological clock ticking, Lauren Nugent decided that motherhood did not require a man to foul things up. But she wasn’t going to take the plunge of adopting until she knew whether she had maternal instincts.

Sam Hackett was the company golden boy. The only man to ever ask for maternity leave to care for his infant daughter, and to telecommute from home. As a parent, Sam was doing a great job of being a father, and he was crushing the “mother” bit as well. Now the company wanted him to head off on a business trip and leave his 18-month old behind? No way! 

He hadn't expected the least likely person on the team to volunteer to fill in. He'd give her a trial weekend with him overseeing things, a temporary compromise. But after that . . . nothing was ever the same again.

Previously published at Maternal Instincts (Special Edition)

QUEEN'S CACHE

Kindle only E-book

It was an evening of catering to her grandmother’s request. One Valentina Crosby would have preferred to miss simply because it was too tempting. Archaeology had been her religion, but she’d put it behind her five years before. Had found a new life in D.C.

A constricted, staid life. A boring life. A life where her heart didn’t rule her head.

Yet when her grandmother pulled a tall man in a turban, a diabolically delicious Arabian Knights jaw rimming beard, and a ridiculous dark tie sprinkled with pink happy faces from the crowd, time backed up five full years to when Harry Smith had been the center of her world. Then someone took a shot at him and her heart was in jeopardy once again.

Author’s Note: I was polishing the final manuscript of QUEEN’S CACHE the summer of 1990 when Desert Storm broke out. My publisher at the time freaked over having a story set even partially in the Middle East and did a print run of only a thousand copies and didn’t promote it. When the rights reversed to me once more, things in that part of the world had continued to build. I thought there would never be a time when Val and Harry could see the light of day.

Things didn’t ease up. They got worse. But thirty years have gone by. This is now a late 20th century historical, though it was a contemporary romantic suspense when I wrote it. I love these characters, and hope that you’ll feel the same about them.

AUNTIE MOMMIE

Kindle only E-book

In her family Meave Brody was known as List Girl. When her twin sister, Fiona, died suddenly, Meave's lists grew long. The shortest one said:


1) Learn to share guardianship of niece and nephew with Max Wheelock, her despised late brother-in-law's best friend
2) Give up dream job
3) Move 2000 miles back home to rear children

Max Wheelock had fallen in love with Fiona then she replaced him with his best friend when she learned his buddy would have a higher income in the future - the near future. If anything, Fiona looked out for Number One - herself. All Max knew of Fiona's twin was that his best friend thought she was feckless and to be avoided. When Fiona and her husband's sudden death partners him with Meave as co-guardians for the children, it didn't sit well with him. 

 

Before long Meave added a new note to her list: 4) Don't fall in love with Max.

 

And Max finally knew what he wanted most: Meave.

PARAMOUR

Kindle only E-book

He'd always been there for her - now she wants to be there for him.

 

Kate Paradise loves Captain Caleb Innes but he still sees her as a child. To convince him that she now a woman and wants only him as her mate, Kate knows she must deceive him first.

When his eyes rest on her, Caleb constantly reminds himself that twenty-five years separate them. He’s loved her since her birth but as a close friend of the family. A sort of uncle.

Or it had been as an uncle in the past. Now it is all too easy to be drawn to the lovely woman she has become. To not have the devil on his shoulder reminding that no ties of blood exist between them. Just those twenty-five years.

While Kate's scheme to win him is dubious, it soon turns dangerous . . . not just for her reputation, but for Caleb physically, as well as for her family.

Reviewers say: "A charming May-December romance. Though Caleb Innes is old enough to be Kate Paradise's father, nothing deters this determined young woman from going after the man she loves or from protecting her family." Romantic Times

Originally published as Paradise in His Arms by Elizabeth Daniels, Leisure Books

WICKED

E-book only

Working as an amateur photographer in San Francisco's sordid Barbary Coast, Lilly Renfrew stumbled upon the grisly stabbing of a prostitute. Fleeing the murder scene with the killer fast in pursuit, she crashed into a man as handsome as sin who vowed to protect her!

As a former con artist, Deegan Galloway knew every back alley of the Barbary Coast, but as a newly accepted member of the upper classes, he was stifled by his boring, respectable life. When a beautiful damsel in distress begged his help in unearthing a murderer, he couldn't resist joining in the search. But he never imagined he'd be in danger of losing his heart . . .

A Harlequin Historical

DESPERATE MEASURES

a Regency romantic comedy novella, Kindle only E-book 

Miss Emily Vale began to picture herself as the woe begotten heroine in a tragic folk tale when her stepmother calmly announced that she had invited a titled but destitute half-French nobleman to sue for Emily’s hand . . . oh, and her fortune as well.

And so it was, when a dashing smuggler stepped into the narrow quarters wherein she had elected to hide, Emily threw caution to the winds.

To escape an arranged marriage, she was quite willing the resort to Desperate Measures.

THE GAME AT EDEN'S HILL

a short story of the American 19th century west, Kindle only E-book

GOOD DEEDS AREN'T ALWAYS REWARDED

Irish emigrant and con man Grady O'Dell is staying far from the war, not feeling he needs to throw in with the high ideals of either Union or Confederate. He's taken up traveling from one small anonymous western town to another, flogging patent medicine and answering to Doctor Leonidas Tybald, a name he borrowed from the man who taught him the trade. It's a lonely life, but a relatively safe one.

And then one day, at the edge of the crowd there stood a girl, and his life changed. He had reason to be proud of her. But when their elixir wagon was poised to enter the town of Eden's Hill, he had a bad feeling about stopping there.

With good reason.


The Game at Eden's Hill is currently free March 1-31

at Prolific Works 

RECKLESS

E-book only

Winona Abbot hadn't a clue as to who was stealing jewelry from all her rich friends. But at the rate she was going, she'd never find the thief, not with the continued distraction of the enigmatic Garrett Blackhawk, a man whose only goal appeared to be to steal her heart!

Baron Garrett Blackhawk had known few women with the spark and daring of Winona Abbot. And her attempts to ignore the heat that flared between them only strengthened his desire to uncover her secrets and make the icy beauty his own.

A Harlequin Historical

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