Sydney Jane Baily completed her first novel at the tender age of 17. Thankfully,
that manuscript resides in an undisclosed secure location. After spending
years as a book editor, Sydney is thrilled to be crafting her own stories of a
bygone era. She resides in New England with her family—human, feline, and
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The Defiant Hearts Series, Prequel

Following her father's untimely death, eldest daughter Elise Malloy
discovers that the family home is collateral for a mysterious loan. With no
record of payments made from her father's accounts, whoever was
paying the bank has now stopped, and foreclosure is imminent.

Desperate to keep the news from her grieving, funds-starved family, Elise
answers the bank summons and faces Michael Bradley, an old flame
who still owns her heart. When Michael extends an unseemly dinner
invitation, Elise invents a nameless suitor as an excuse.

Now, to save face, she must produce him.

Jonathan Amory, Esquire, seems the perfect choice, until her
long-desired relationship with Michael unexpectedly catches fire, and
Jonathan makes it clear he will stop at nothing to destroy her family and
lock her into a loveless marriage.

"...a glittering tale of star-crossed lovers, threatened by a web of lies... a
great new book in a new series." ~Adrienne deWolfe, Bestselling Author
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The Defiant Hearts Series, Book 1

Boston lawyer Reed Malloy is on a mission–deliver two orphans to one
Charlotte Sanborn of Spring City, Colorado. He's not prepared for
Charlotte's refusal to raise her own kin, or for the fire her irresistible
beauty ignites within him.

With her chestnut hair and striking green eyes, Charlotte could be the
catch of Spring City. Instead, she lives in solitude and wears her
independence like a suit of armor.

But as the children challenge Charlotte's vow to never again risk
heartbreak, and memories of brief moments with Reed tantalize her
nights, Charlotte's greatest fear is realized: a letter from her aunt
demanding the return of the children.

Desperate to keep the children she's come to love, Charlotte endures the
2000 miles to Boston in search of Reed only to discover that Boston's
glittering high society intends to keep them apart.

"…the ending was perfect... Many wonderful characters including nasty
villains and villainesses. I had a hard time putting it down!" ~Lady
McNeill, Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books
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The Defiant Hearts Series, Book 2

Disembarking the train at the tiny town of Spring City, Colorado, classical
pianist Sophie Malloy didn't expect to be knocked into the street by a dusty
cowboy with a devastatingly sexy grin.

Riley Dalcourt—the dusty cowboy studying to be a doctor—is stunned. At
first sight, he knows Sophie is for him, right down to her purple
unmentionables. Unfortunately, Sophie is gone from his hometown as
quickly as she arrived.

Now in San Francisco awaiting an audition with the symphony, Sophie
takes a job as a piano player at The Grand Hotel.

Then Riley walks in and everything changes—again.

About to finish medical school, Riley will return to Spring City to take over
his mentor's practice.

For Sophie to realize her dream, she must remain in San Francisco.

But as passions blaze, Sophie finds another reason to stay put. A recent
recipient of a broken heart herself, Sophie refuses to hand the same to
Riley's fiancée, no matter how much she loves the man.
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The Defiant Hearts Series, Book 3

Eliza Prentice didn't anticipate finding herself fevered and hitching a ride
aboard a stifling boxcar. Escaping Jack Stoddard, a murdering gambler
who kidnapped her over an unpaid debt, was bad enough. Worse, the
concerned man kneeling beside her is the only man she ever loved... and

Thaddeus Sanborn has always loved Eliza, despite her betrayal. Now
heading east, the last person he expects to find is Eliza and discover she
is running from the same man he is desperately trying to avoid.

But escaping another broken heart proves more difficult for Thaddeus
when pent-up passions become an all-consuming inferno, and Eliza

Aboard Stoddard's riverboat, against her will, Eliza faces an all-or-nothing
game with Thaddeus' life hanging in the balance.
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