LAURIE KELLOGG'S BOOKS
The Memory of You
Something Worth Remembering)
PREQUEL to The Return to Redemption
"Readers will find
themselves touched by this enduring tale of unforgettable love. Kellogg has
chosen a delicate subject and she blends faith, hope and romance to create a
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“A heart-warming tale of
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and sensual read filled with great
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She can't forget him — He can't remember her
Together they must discover the healing power of
day Second Lieutenant Matthew Foster departed for his so-called ‘tour’
in Vietnam, he never expected a sudden change in his itinerary would
include an extended stay in horrific accommodations like the Hanoi Hilton.
Six years later, he’s finally released with the other POWs during
Operation Homecoming. Unfortunately, his memories before his capture were
erased by the complimentary physical and emotional torture generously
provided by the hotel’s concierge. Due to prior facial injuries and the
beard concealing his gauntness, he looks nothing like the boyish photo in
his military file.
the Army informs Matt he has a wife and he was mistakenly declared dead,
he’s sure Abby must have made a new life for herself. He doubts the bitter
man he’s become can salvage the boy she once cared for, so to be fair to
her, he decides to simply write a note to wish her well and leave. But
before he does, he can’t resist going to Redemption, PA, to catch a
glimpse of the woman he’d loved enough to marry.
irony of the small town’s name is totally eclipsed by Matt’s dread that
he’ll discover he’s lost something truly worth remembering. That
fear becomes reality when he learns Abby is engaged, and he’s a daddy!
Luckily, his wife doesn’t recognize him, so Matt could still walk away
from the beautiful stranger who’s been starring in his X-rated dreams.
However, he could never, ever abandon his sons.
clock is ticking. Any day, the military will inform Abby he’s alive, and
her wedding is in only six weeks. It doesn’t give Matt much time to
discover if he can reclaim the love the war stole from him.
Excerpt from The Memory of You
A Little Bit of Déjà
BOOK ONE of The Return to Redemption
Sometimes destiny has the last word (and
Fate thrust them together
Blackmail and deception tore them apart
Nineteen years later, their children’s love reunites them
Now, only truth and forgiveness can make them a family
Margie Bradford is picking up the pieces
of her shattered life following her husband’s death. When her cousin
encourages her to make a fresh start with her teenage daughter,
unsuspecting Margie takes a reading specialist job in the small town
of Redemption, PA. The last person she expects to encounter is Rocket
Manion, the ex-NFL quarterback and Dr. Phil wannabe who broke her
heart nineteen years ago.
Strangling her meddling cousin is now at the top of Margie’s to-do
Divorced teacher and head football coach Jake Manion experiences an
eerie sense of déjà vu when his son announces he’s gotten his
girlfriend pregnant. The feeling simply grows stronger when Jake
learns the girl’s mother is Maggie, the same woman on whom he’s wasted
nearly two decades of bitterness.
While planning their kids’ wedding and helping them grow up too soon,
Jake attempts to pick up right where he left off—in Margie’s bed. But
no matter how irresistible his kisses are, she isn’t stupid enough to
let him hurt her again. Or is she?
Read an Excerpt from A Little Bit of Deja Vu
The Great Bedroom War
BOOK TWO of The Return to Redemption
trying to forget the pleasure in her ex’s arms
He’s doing his damnedest to remind her
is attempting to banish her
call-all-the-shots ex-husband from her dreams, but it’s kind of tough
forgetting the Zorro look-alike
willing to do anything for her, except give her the only two things
she wants—another baby and his love. When their 14-year-old daughter
Dani—who’s maintaining a shaky remission from leukemia—rebels, Sam
foolishly seeks advice from her Don Juan ex, who, incidentally, could
charm the knickers off a nun.
corporate vice president Nicolàs Riverà returns to Redemption, PA, to
help control his defiant daughter, he discovers he not only has
serious competition for Sam’s affection, but Dani has a crush on
a boy who is the last kid Nick wants her
interested in. The boy is a horn-dog rebel who reminds Nick way to
much of his teen-aged self.
Sam never understood that to a Latino man
familial responsibility is número uno—regardless of whether he
was born and raised in America. She also has no concept of how
terrified this reformed bad-boy is of losing her to another high-risk
pregnancy. The death of
their premature son devastated Nick and incited The Great Bedroom War
that ultimately destroyed his marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to
get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way back into
his ex-wife’s home to become a greater presence in his sick child’s
life—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart.
Read an Excerpt from The Great Bedroom War
The Parent Pact
BOOK THREE of The Return to
Cinderella and Prince Charming never had
to consider the welfare of their children
When widower Tyler Fitzpatrick meets Annie Barnes at his daughter’s
school, his libido goes tilt. The sexy single mother is
everything he and his grieving little girl need. Unfortunately, Annie
flatly refuses his dinner invitation. She wants a husband and a father
for her son—not just a boyfriend. And the last time she checked,
wealthy, summa-cum-laude lawyers didn’t marry high-school-drop-out
Tyler concedes there’s a vast difference between their experiences and
lifestyles. Still, he’s inexplicably drawn to the impoverished young
though her little boy reminds Tyler of an underprivileged past he’d
rather forget. While becoming better acquainted, he offers Annie a job
caring for his daughter and home in Redemption, PA. He also proposes a
agreement to become role models to each other’s child and to fill one
another’s needs as single parents while they continue to search for
Accepting Tyler’s offer would solve a lot of Annie’s problems.
However, surrendering to her weak-in-the-knees attraction to the
irresistible widower could very well leave her and her son
heartbroken. Yet, when circumstances threaten her ability to feed her
child, Annie reluctantly agrees to the pact, making it clear she has
no desire for Tyler to fill her so-called needs in bed. It’s a
bald-faced lie, but she knows the man’s desperation to give his
daughter the nurturing she needs will compel him to accept a purely
Annie’s only problem is resisting the overwhelming temptation to let
sin-in-a-tailored-suit Tyler seduce her.
Read an Excerpt from
NO Exchanges, NO
BOOK FOUR of The Return to
were never such devoted sisters . . .
Pediatrician David Lambert and his wife, Brianna, received the
ultimate gift from her fraternal twin. They gratefully
accepted it, of course, because everyone knows you can’t return a baby
like an itchy sweater. Yet, that’s essentially what Brianna does when
she unexpectedly divorces David and runs from their home in
Redemption, PA, leaving their surrogate—her sister, Casey—pregnant
with his little bundle.
When David chose her beautiful twin over her, Casey MacIntyre
hurt behind a wall
of sarcasm. Now that her sister has
left him, it’s increasingly
difficult to remember why hunky David is supposed to be off
limits—especially since Brianna doesn’t seem to want him or care if
Casey and he get involved.
David has always liked and admired his selfless
ex-sister-in-law—despite that the sassy preschool teacher is always
busting his chops. Therefore, after his wife bails on marriage and
motherhood, it’s only natural he turns to Casey for sympathy.
Unfortunately, the exasperating pixie becomes more irresistible with
each day she carries his child. He already mistook lust for love once
and jumped way too fast into marriage. He’s not about to botch up his
life that way again.
whatever temporary happiness she can
grab. The only problem is, if she
lets herself love her baby (or David), what will happen to her
when her sister inevitably realizes her mistake and returns to
Read an Excerpt from No Exchanges, No Return
A short story originally published in
the May/June 2009 issue of
New Love Stories Magazine
This story took tenth
place out of over 2,100 entries in the Genre Short Story category in the
Writer's Digest's 75th Annual Writers Competition
Only two reasons could make Kathy
Sullivan’s usually responsible daughter elope to Vegas with a man Kathy
has never met—insanity or pregnancy. Neither possibility is one Kathy
cares to consider. Even though things turned out okay for her in the end,
the last thing she wants is to see her child repeat her mistakes.
Since her husband’s death only ten months ago—the second time Kathy has
lost a man she loved—she feels her life is over. While waiting to meet her
daughter and new son-in-law for dinner, she discovers destiny still has a
few wonderful surprises in store, and it’s never too late for a second
chance at love.
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