Artist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.
After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.
With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them?
Praise for BAYOU BORN
“A true southern experience, Cajun style!” ~Kathy L Wheeler, author of Color of Betrayal
“The bayou isn’t the only thing hot and sultry in this sassy romance. Linda Joyce captures all your emotions and tantalizes your taste buds in this saucy southern tale.” ~Claire Croxton, author of Santorini Sunset
“Family, a little scandal, two people risking their hearts in the name of love, all mixed with Southern charm—this story has it all.” ~Kellie Kamryn, author of Pleasure Island
About Bayou Born:
Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.
College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire–Branna.
Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? Even if she stands her ground, can she convince James that she truly is his “type”?
Praise for BAYOU BOUND
BAYOU BOUND received First Place in Romance from the Southeastern Writers Association in 2011
“A raging storm has nothing on the steamy and fierce passion of Nick and Biloxi. Linda Joyce is the new author to watch!” ~Kathy L Wheeler, author of The Color of Betrayal
“As if the bayou needed more heat and steam! Step aside, Shakespeare. Linda Joyce adds southern charm, and a much happier ending, to this modern day Romeo and Juliet.” ~Claire Croxton, author of Santorini Sunset
“Family feud turns up the heat between jet-setting photographer Biloxi Dutrey and family-oriented veterinarian Nick Trahan. BAYOU BOUND is a keeper.” ~Marilyn Baron, author of Under the Moon Gate
Linda Joyce delivers another compelling story of second chances that will have you heeding the Bayou’s Beckoning. ~ Melissa Klein, author of Her Hometown Hero
Linda Joyce is the master of emotional impact and epic storytelling. ~ Kathy L Wheeler, author of Color of Betrayal
Party-girl and bayou babe Camilla Lind treats life like a game. After sleeping with her sister’s fiancé, she’s struggling to change, but karmic payback is a bitch. When the actions of her past crash into the present, they stand to ruin her future…and destroy any chance of love with the only man she’s ever wanted.
Rancher Jared Richardson guards his heart carefully after suffering the pain of infidelity. He never expected to fall for a woman like Camilla Lind, nor did he think he’d follow her across the country to beg for a second chance at love.
As Hurricane Katrina bears down on them, can they weather the storm and put aside past hurts to embrace their future together?
When an E-5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011, part of the major devastation to the community was to school buildings in the Joplin R-VIII School District. Among these were libraries of four schools, along with the district’s Teacher Resource Center. In a collaborative effort, the Missouri Writers’ Guild and its Joplin Writers’ Guild chapter, the Missouri Humanities Council, and Mozark Press present a collection of the region’s writers and poets who contributed their work as a fundraising effort to restore library resources for the Joplin School District. Inside are contributions ranging from Missouri and Kansas poets laureate, to a Joplin High School sophomore, to a 2011 Pushcart nominee, to sixth-grade students from Fair Grove Middle School. Most importantly, inside you’ll find the creative voices of the caring community existing within the region we call “Storm Country.” All proceeds from the sale of Storm Country: The Anthology will go toward books and learning materials for the Joplin school libraries and Teacher Resource Center.
Mention friends and everyone has a story or memory to share. This Patchwork Path volume, Friendship Star, is a collection of those heartwarming, inspirational, and funny stories. Painting Friendship is Linda Joyce’s memoir of her painting friendship with Carolyn Horton.