Melinda Curtis

USA Today Bestselling Author


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Some quick hints:  I love all my, books...equally.  But some have different tones and characters than others.  If you liked the more light-hearted Amber Rules, you'd probably also enjoy Count on Love, Once Upon a Christmas and The Best-Kept Secret.  If you liked the drama in Michael's Father, you'd probably also enjoy A Marriage Between Friends and Back to Eden.  The rest of my library falls somewhere in between (a balance of drama and fun).

Looking for a sweeter read?  Try my Harlequin Heartwarmings, where I write as Melinda Curtis.

Looking for a hotter read?  Try my Hollywood Rule series, where I write as Mel Curtis.

SRR Xmas Final2This holiday season, warm your heart with 14 Sweet Christmas Kisses, a bundle of PG-rated romance novels and novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Sweet Christmas Kisses takes you from small-town USA to England, Scotland, and even Ecuador; from the beach to snow-capped mountains, and to the wild--sometimes magical--west. The Sweet Christmas Kisses bundle will bring you laughter, tears, and always joy, for more than 1600 pages.

Heat level: Sweet

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ChristmasActuallyDiscover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child... But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

The Christmas Wish by Anna J Stewart
Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis
Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date...and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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A HOT Novella from The Hollywood Rules!

To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after.  And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.


Heat level: hot-hot-hot
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Read more: Breaking the Rules


Novella one in the new Bridesmaids Series!

They used to call her the Bon-Bon Heiress...Tiffany Bonander (of Bon-Bon Chocolates) grew up in New York with a silver spoon, a heart of gold, and a lifelong supply of sweets. But now her life is falling apart. Recent changes in cocoa supply are threatening the quality of the family's chocolate and sales are down. Add to that Tiff's penchant for falling in love quickly and breaking engagements at the last minute...Now they call her the Bon-Voyage Bride. Can this socialite turn around a cocoa plantation in South America?

Jackson Hardaway is trekking through the Andes in Ecuador as a tribute to a fallen comrade. This wounded warrior didn't expect to meet a beautiful damsel in distress and her three fairy, trio of meddlesome nuns...on his journey. But everything in Ecuador is bigger – the trees, the snakes, the attraction. Is this love? Or just another case made to label Tiff a runaway bride?

Heat level: PG
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Read more: The Wedding Promise


Part 3 of the Gemma Rules Novella!

Randy loves Gemma.  Gemma loves Randy.  That should be enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after, but Gemma has experience being the roadblock to someone's dreams and it's not a role she's eager to reprise.  She won't stand in the way of Randy’s NBA dreams, even if it means setting him free on the side of L.A.’s busiest freeway.  She doesn’t count on Randy’s determination to win her back or her unpredictable half-sister, Cora Rule, who’s about to get married.  Predictably, with the Rules involved all rules are meant to be broken, including Bride Rules.

Heat level: PG


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Part 2 of the Gemma Rules Novella!

Gemma Kent Rule and Randy Farrell’s romance has moved beyond the Twittersphere into real world Hollywood. Can their budding relationship survive Hollywood gossip, out of control starlets and big time dreams?



 Heat level: PG


Read more: Wedding Rules

SeasonofChange1The third book in the Harmony Valley series! 

Christine Alexander needs to prove herself as a top-notch winemaker, and in Harmony Valley she's got a chance to build something legitimate, quality and lasting. What she doesn't need is part-owner Slade Jennings poking his nose in her cabernet. 

Brooding, buttoned-up Slade Jennings won't be making things easy for his new hire. Someone has to worry about the bottom line. Forced into an uneasy partnership, the pair faces two challenges: create a spectacular award-winning vintage within months…and figure out if their tenuous friendship can grow into something deeper and lasting.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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 Until her father died, Cora's goal has been to look drop dead gorgeous in the latest fashion and be seen at all the right places. Now in order to keep her inheritance she can't buy any new clothes for a year, and she's assigned to help her ex-lover's wife, Vivian Gordon, rediscover her mojo. Cora's in serious need of a massage. And there's one N.B.A. coach who's ready to give her more than that.

Heat level: hot

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What started out as an innocent assignment for work –accompanying a popular actress fresh out of rehab on shopping trips – has gained Gemma Kent regular makeovers by said actress and a sidebar photo on People magazine’s cover!  All the attention would be flattering, except she’s become famous as a mystery woman with the Twitter handle: GlitterfrostGem.  Everyone, even the local gossip column, is speculating about her identity.  In real life, Gemma wears combat boots, poindexter glasses, and a prickly attitude.  Now Randy Farrell, the man she can’t get out of her head, wants a date with Glitterfrost Gem!  Which would be great if he realized that invisible Gemma Kent and Glitterfrost Gem were one and the same.

Valentine Rules can be found in the Love, Valentine Style collection or be purchased independently.

Heat level: PG

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Love, Valentine Style, 6 authors/6 Valentine romance novellas, 99 cents: Amazon

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SummerKissesFrontribbonThe second book in the Harmony Valley series! 

Rebecca MacKenzie's career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories…and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached. 

Flynn Harris, her new patient's grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion—and worst of all, his kisses—are more than distracting. They're dangerous. Because she's teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And…staying.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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Blue has a nice life.  He's got a job in public relations with a local production studio and a nice social life with some hot reality stars.  But then his father dies and his sister, Amber, blackmails him into working with her at the Dooley Foundation, their father's life coaching business.  His social life grinds to a halt.  Now every woman wants him to fix her - and not in bed!  Along comes Maddy Polk, up-and-coming reality show producer, with an idea about a new reality show based on their work at the Foundation, featuring him as a matchmaker.  Who does Maddy want him to match up?  All his really hot, slightly crazy, reality show ex-girlfriends!  Trouble is, it's Maddy who makes Blue hot and slightly crazy.

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 Heat level: hot-hot-hot!

Read more: Blue Rules

DandelionWishesFinalThe first book in the Harmony Valley series! 

Emma Willoughby's mind wandered, her car drifted, and her best friend, Tracy, nearly died in the resulting automobile accident.  Now Tracy's brother, Will Jackson, is determined that Tracy will never see Emma again.  What Will doesn't count on is Emma's determination, her slightly dotty Granny Rose, and the power of dandelion wishes.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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agold-bookFor years, Amber Rule was the main attraction in her father's self-help infomercials, his personal before-to-after example of how to transform your life:  overweight to svelte adolescent, dependent teen to independent adult, social dork to paparazzi princess.  Dooley Rule pointed out all of Amber's failings - on camera no less - and then made it appear he'd fixed them.  He used Amber to hawk his personal life coaching services and peddle his motivational books.  She had no interest in the Dooley Foundation and the Rules of Attraction it hawked: Choose, Voice, Trust, Welcome.

But then her father dies, leaving Amber and the rest of gossip hungry L.A. wondering what celebrity secrets her father kept.  All Amber has to do to ensure her secrets are safe, earn her inheritance and return to her normal, paparazzi free life is improve the mental game of the biggest bad-ass in the NBA, Evan Oliver.  Too bad Amber knows nothing about basketball or life coaching.  Too bad Evan Oliver is determined to do things his own way, especially when it comes to teaching Amber a new set of rules.

Heat level: hot-hot-hot!

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findingloganmccallPart time caregiver, Thea Gayle, is left to care for two young girls who've been abandoned by their father.  She turns to the only other family the twins have - their uncle, Logan McCall.  But is Logan up to the job?  He's hidden his heart from his friends and family for so long, he's forgotten he has one.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story has no overt sensuality.

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CountonLove150What do you do with your life if you peaked at age 12?  If you're Annie Raye, numbers whiz and former Black Jack champion, you try to be like everyone else, with a normal job, forgetting your past.  Which would be fine if you hadn't married an embezzler and had to start all over in a new town applying for a new job and needed to pass a background check conducted by a tall, sexy stranger who doesn't realize you're no trouble at all.

Heat level: medium.

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Read more: Count on Love

onceuponxmas150Looking for a lighthearted holiday read by three great authors?  Try The Night Before Christmas.  After all, sharing is the biggest gift of all.  

Think Scrooge had it bad?  Simon Castle has to be in Las Vegas by Christmas morning or he'll miss the chance of a lifetime...or will he?

Heat level: mild.

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Read more: Once Upon a Christmas

best kept secret150What do you do when your big career break might lead to your best-kept secret getting out?  If you're Rosie DeWitt, political guru, you might be willing to take that chance and if you're Hudson McCloud, sixth generation Senator trying to rebuild your career, you might only want the best, hoping all your secrets will be kept.

Heat level: medium.

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BacktoEden150Pilot Rachel Quinlan is fearless fighting forest fires, but on the home front it’s a different story.  She’s still not completely over her crush on Cole Hudson, love of her sister Missy’s life – and he left Eden eleven years ago.  Not that it matters, because now she has Missy’s kids to raise and her family’s failing business to run.  But that’s before the past collides with the present – and an accident brings Cole to the rescue. A Little Secret (a big surprise).

Heat level: medium.

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TheFamilyManPart-time caregiver Thea Gayle is left to care for two young girls who've been abandoned by their father. She turns to the man who is the only family the twins have--their uncle, Logan McCall. But is Logan--a wildland firefighter who is never home--up to the job? Thea has to know because she won't leave the twins with someone else who is going to let them down.

Logan's been in a slump ever since his twin sister died. The biggest mistake of his life was allowing his nieces to be taken away, all because he thought he couldn't take them on his own. He's going to try to make it right this time, by giving the girls—and Thea—the happiest home her can.

Heat level: medium.

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ExpectantFather150What not to expect when you're expecting... Becca Thomas is thrilled to be pregnant, even though it means bringing up her baby alone. At thirty-eight, this may be her last chance to have a child. And she doesn't expect to see Aiden Rodas again — doesn't think that a freewheeling younger man like him would even want to be a father. Wrong.

Aiden may live the life of a devil-may-care wildland firefighter, but he's not going to walk away from his responsibilities, no matter how unexpected they are. His challenge now is making Becca see that their child needs both of them. An even bigger challenge will be to make her realize that this expectant father has fallen in love with a certain mother-to-be!

Heat level: mild.

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