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HOLIDAY DREAMS, An Avalon Romance
Book 2 of the Matchmaker Quilt Trilogy

NOTE TO READER: "Momi" is the Hawaiian word for pearl. It is also a popular name for women. The proper pronunciation is: moe´-mee.

Momi Kanahele loves the holidays and goes all out to celebrate. Especially this year, when she expects to meet her true love at a holiday party. Because Momi has just taken possession of the family's heirloom quilt, the one that tradition claimed brought the owner her one true love. Momi, however, doesn't seem to be meeting anyone special. And no matter what her sisters think, her apartment building's supervisor is not "the" one.

Rick Mahoney is taken with his newest tenant. Unfortunately, he hates the holidays and doesn't like the decorations she drapes throughout the building. But he enjoys bantering with her, and even promises to teach her to cook. Is there any hope for two such disparate souls?

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Secret Correspondence

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THE SECRET CORRESPONDENCE

Julie Wong has a dilemma. Her next door neighbor, Claudia Smith, has broken her leg and moved into the care center where Julie works. But Claudia has told everyone that she doesn't want her son, her only relative, to know about her misfortune. Julie however, thinks he should be informed. So, she initiates a secret email correspondence to let him know what has happened.

Ned Smith isn't sure what to make of Julie and her email. But he sends off a short note acknowledging her post and beginning a correspondence.

Within a short time, Julie and Ned are hooked on daily emails. When Claudia finally calls her son to tell him about her broken leg, she passes the phone along to Julie and sparks fly along the long distance line. What will happen when he arrives to visit his mother?

 

Dolphin Dreams

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DOLPHIN DREAMS

Jade Kanahele has a great family, a brand new degree, a new condo, and her dream job--marine biologist at Dolphin Life Research at a resort in west Hawaii. What more could a girl want? Drifting in on the morning trade winds, Jade thinks she hears the softly spoken words: “a man.” Could it have something to do with the beautiful heirloom quilt her mother gave her? The one her mother claims will help her meet her true love?

Adam Donovan, whose family specializes in high end resorts in tropical locations, is in west Hawaii looking into the purchase of the resort which houses Dolphin Life Research. But with his thirtieth birthday rapidly approaching, he's feeling restless and wonders about the path his life has taken. He is impressed with Jade and her sunny outlook on life. What is her secret?

As the two become friends, Jade’s positive disposition seems to rub off on Adam, and he begins to view his life and his career with new eyes.

Jade is experiencing some strange dreams--dreams that seem to come when she sleeps beneath the antique quilt. Is her ancestor trying to tell her that she and Adam are meant to be together?

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THE SECRET WISH

Abby Andrews left Malino at the age of twelve when her parents moved to Los Angeles.  At twenty-three, she decides it is time to return and start a new life there. 

With the help of fireman Kevin Palea, Abby begins revamping Malino's old beauty salon.  And in the process, she falls in love. 

Kevin has waited a lifetime for the right woman.  He wants someone who will be happy in the small town he loves.  And while he likes Abby a great deal, he's not sure she'll last out the year.  Will she return to big city life, or be happy to settle forever in Malino?

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THE SECRET BEAU

Kim Ascension is in need of a date.  But this is a special occasion, requiring a very special date.  In order to salvage any remaining shreds of dignity, Kim must not only hold her head high as her old roommate marries her ex, she must also do it in style--on the arm of her small town's most eligible bachelor.

Greg Yamamoto, an ambitious young veterinarian, has returned home--temporarily--to attend to his sick mother, yet all the charms of "home" eventually begin to work their magic.  As Greg begins to appreciate everything he left behind, including a certain small town bank teller, he feels obliged to stay.  The town is delighted when he joins the staff of the animal clinic, and he is happy to rediscover his niche in the community.

When Kim and Greg are reunited at the town's annual Christmas extravaganza, both are surprised to see each other.  What is even more surprising is Kim's sudden invitation for Greg to be her escort to the dreaded Valentine's Day wedding.  Romance is definitely in the air--the question is whether Kim can put aside old heartaches and give love another try, and whether or not Greg can lower his defenses and his need for practicality, and surrender to the mysteries of love.

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THE SECRET SANTA

It's the month of December and Mele Pitman is receiving little surprises at the oddest moments.  Sweet, inexpensive gifts in her locker and in her car.  "It's just like the Secret Santa at school, Aunty Mele," her twin nieces tell her.  But Mele knows she hasn't exchanged names with anyone.  Especially not a certain handsome cowboy--because she never consorts with cowboys.

Ben Mendoza used to spend his summers visiting his great-uncle's ranch.  Now he finds himself the unexpected owner of the neglected ranch.  He loves the old place, but he's working himself into exhaustion.  Except for Friday and Saturday nights, when he drives into Malino and eats at the small café.  The food is great, but the waitress is out of this world.

Will Mele figure out who the mystery Santa is before Christmas?  Old-fashioned courting is no doubt the perfect method to win Mele's heart.  But it eventually takes the whole town to pull it off.

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THE SECRET WEDDING

Luana Young is the new wedding consultant at the posh Kukui Wana'ao Resort, a dream job. Or is it? One of her first clients is Jake Lawrence, a handsome, personable man who wants her to plan a wedding for a couple whose identities he refuses to reveal. With the bride absent, Luana finds her task more difficult than she ever bargained for. What she doesn't expect, though, is the way Jake opens her eyes to the wonders of her own island and helps her to have fun despite her stresses at work.

As the plans proceed, they become closer and closer and soon their feelings deepen as well. Suddenly, word about the wedding leaks out to the press and Luana feels the heat from her boss. When Jake isn't as supportive as she would like him to be about her innocence, their romance is quickly put on ice. Can their new and fragile romance survive the suspicians and the accusations?

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THE SECRET ADMIRER

Emma Lindsey thinks her life is dull, dull, dull.  Then on Valentine's Day a dozen yellow roses are delivered to her at work from a secret admirer.  Suddenly, her days are as exciting as those of a heroine in a romance novel.  But why doesn't her secret admirer call and identify himself?

Matt Correa is Emma's confidante, neighbor, and best friend.  She relies on him for advice in all areas of her life.  She already ruled him out because he just isn't romantic and there is no "spark" between them.  Not Matt, who she's known forever.  So why do so many people in their small town believe otherwise?

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JUST FRIENDS

Ilima Lyman has led a quiet and uneventful life, growing tropical flowers for the cut-flower industry.  But suddenly everything has changed.  Jack, her twin brother and business partner, lies in a coma after being hit by a fleeing car, and the police and doctors tell her someone tried to kill him.  And Kimo Ahuna, Jack's best friend who has come to help, disturbs Ilima's equilibrium.

Kimo knows the importance of family and friends; Jack saved his life once.  But why had Kimo never noticed before how pretty Jack's sister was?

Ilima and Kimo form a lasting friendship as they work to help Jack and to discover what they can about his accident.  But how long will they remain just friends?

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CHASE YOUR DREAMS

Pamela Perreira has been living in the shadow of her talented and beautiful cousin all of her life.  Now that she is finally on her own, she is finding capabilities in herself that she hadn't realized she possessed.  But business is one thing; the idea that she might appeal to a handsome hunk of a man is another altogether.

Trent Longhurst is an amateur triathlete in training.  He gave up a successful law career because the high-stress job was ruining his health.  Now he does what he enjoys, and that includes his training regimen, his new career as a writer of legal thrillers, and visiting with a delightful island woman named Pamela.

Two people focusing on their individual goals, Pamela and Trent are surprised to find they share a common ground.  Will it be enough to bind their dreams together?

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MAUI ROSE

Dr. Lani Kalima is struggling with life-style changes.  Just out of residency, she is establishing her practice, paying back staggering medical school loans, and dealing with the continued separation of her close-knit family.  The last thing she needs in her life is a handsome, macho celebrity like Derek Wolfe.

A former football hero frequently seen on the front pages of the supermarket tabloids, and the owner of a popular new restaurant in Lahaina, Derek is attracted to the quiet, professional Dr. Kalima.  But can he convince her to let him into her life--without completely breaking his heart?

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LEI OF LOVE

Dana Long is a seamstress specializing in formal wear, wedding clothes, and hula costumes.  In the midst of her preparations to open a small shop in Hilo, Hawaii, her elderly father disappears.  Although Dana hasn't seen police detective Brian Vieira since they broke up two years ago, it seems natural to turn to him for help.

As they search for her father, Dana and Brian become reacquainted, and their lost love takes on new meaning for both of them.  Can Dana and Brian succeed in putting their past behind them?

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ABOVE THE RAINBOW

Melia and Eric have nothing in common.  Melia owns a small quilting shop in the Hawaiian hotel Eric is hired to renovate.  She is an islander, closely tied to her family and rigorously involved in local concerns.  He is a globe-trotting architect who has little contact with his wealthy relatives.  Yet, whenever Melia and Eric meet, they always manage to find common ground.

Then tempers clash over an intended project in the sugarcane fields near her home.  Melia feels betrayed by Eric's plans to build yet another resort complex on the island.  Doesn't Eric realize how important preserving the natural landscape is?  But it is Melia who learns about preservation as she fights her love for this man who would destroy her home.