Mother, Please! [NOOK Book]


What's a daughter to do?

Three brand-new stories . . .three exasperating moms.

Abby Ashton's roommate-from-hell . . .her mother. If she doesn't get her parents back together, she'll go crazy. So Abby schemes to get them to Mexico with her, hoping the vacation will lead to romance. And it does — for Abby and race-car driver "Gunner" Stevens!

Tall, dark and charming Jason Lawrence keeps visiting Mel Anders's ...

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What's a daughter to do?

Three brand-new stories . . .three exasperating moms.

Abby Ashton's roommate-from-hell . . .her mother. If she doesn't get her parents back together, she'll go crazy. So Abby schemes to get them to Mexico with her, hoping the vacation will lead to romance. And it does — for Abby and race-car driver "Gunner" Stevens!

Tall, dark and charming Jason Lawrence keeps visiting Mel Anders's veterinary clinic — with everything from a drooling St. Bernard to a potbelly pig. And the man doesn't even seem to like animals. Hmm . . .Mel is mighty suspicious — but she never suspects her mom . . .

Avery Rice is way too overprotective of her widowed mother. So when Mom gets a new man in her life, she enlists her cute tenant, David Marks, to keep Avery off the trail. And of course she's matchmaking. She's Mom!

When it comes to love, mothers know best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426871405
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/26/2010
  • Series: Harlequin Romance Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 374,160
  • File size: 570 KB

Meet the Author

Most writers say they've had stories running around in their head since they can remember, but that wasn't the case for Brenda. She grew up thinking she didn't have a creative bone in her body. She considered herself "left-brained," with talents in science and mathematics, and even went to school for business.

It wasn't until she was 29 and married with three kids that she discovered writing-- and if not for a difficult situation that prompted her to find a way to make money from home, she might not have started even then.

Brenda was a loan officer for a mortgage company when she caught her in-home daycare provider drugging her children with cough medicines and Tylenol to get them to sleep while she was gone. They'd been waking up several times in the night and she couldn't figure out why. Except for the baby, they were too old for that. But once she found the medicine in her baby's bottle, she suspected the baby-sitter had been doing this for several months.

No longer able to trust someone else with her children's well-being, Brenda quit her job to stay home with them--but her husband's business was failing and she needed to find some way to help him financially. That's when she decided to write a book.

It wasn't the "quick fix" the Novaks were hoping for. It took her five years to teach herself the craft and to finish her debut novel, Of Noble Birth, published in November 1999. But it introduced her to something she loves to do more than anything else. Shortly after she sold Of Noble Birth, she sold three books to Harlequin's Superromance line, the first of which, Expectations, came out in February 2000.

Now she has five children; three girls and two boys, and juggles her writing career with softball games and field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions, and trying to keep up with her active husband. Fortunately, her family is as involved in what she does as she is in their activities. Her husband or one of her daughters sometimes go to conferences with her, they put stamps on the postcards she sends to her mailing list when she has a new book come out, and they come to all her book signings.

Her oldest, Ashley, throws her backpack down when she gets home from school and immediately joins Brenda at her computer, wanting to hear the latest installment on her current work in progress. Ashley gives Brenda valuable feedback, and so does her husband, who hears the same pages when he comes home from work. Now, as a family, the Novaks look back on those hard times when Brenda was just starting out and are grateful that something so good came out of it.

Brenda loves to hear from fellow romance enthusiasts. You can contact her at P.O. Box 3781, Citrus Heights, CA, 95611 or via her web site at

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Mother, Please!

By Brenda Novak Jill Shalvis Alison Kent

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-83605-8

Chapter One

SOME THINGS WERE never meant for a daughter to see. April Ashton was fairly certain that watching her mother stride into her father's company Christmas party on the arm of a man clearly half her age was one of them. The bright red, skintight, sequin-covered dress Claire Ashton was wearing would have embarrassed April enough - it had a neckline that plunged almost to her navel. But her mother was also flaunting a companion who looked barely twenty-five and had the body of a Chippendale dancer.

What was Claire thinking? Pushing her tortoise-shell glasses up to the bridge of her nose, April straightened her own simple black calf-length dress and backed into a corner while she searched the crowded ballroom for her father. Walt Ashton might have launched her mother's midlife crisis, but he was not a subtle man and he wasn't going to take this well. As the owner of Ashton Automotive, he was too accustomed to being in charge. He'd built his L.A.-based company with his own two hands. Now, nearly twenty-seven years later, it was one of the most successful chains of auto-parts stores in the western United States.

A hush rolled through the room. Evidently everyone was beginning to recognize the woman in red. It had taken them a few seconds; April understood why. Claire hardly resembled the woman she used to be. Since April's mother and father had split up four months ago, her mother had lost thirty-five pounds, bleached her hair platinum-blond, acquired a tan even though it was winter, and cast aside her matronly wardrobe for ... well, for something better suited to an actress on Sex and the City.

Not that April considered herself a fashion expert. She'd long known her brain was her best asset and didn't bother much with fancy clothes or beauty aids. She'd never possessed the kind of curves that would turn a man's head. Which was just as well. She'd learned that few men had egos that could tolerate dating a woman with an IQ above 160. Even the gold diggers her father warned her about had never materialized. She'd gone out with some of the physicists where she worked, but nothing romantic had ever developed. She and the men she dated invariably fell to discussing theories and models, and soon became nothing more than mutually respectful peers.

Suddenly, Rita Schmidt, from Accounting, who was standing not far away, seemed to notice the whispering that had replaced the initial hush. Craning her head, she stood on tiptoe to see what was happening. "Hey, isn't that ..."

Les Burrows, at Rita's elbow, followed her gaze. "Oh, my God - that's the boss's wife!"

This comment elicited a whole storm of response from others in the same group.

"You mean his ex-wife...."

"They're not divorced yet...."

"Believe me, that's a mere technicality...."

"It's no secret that Mr. Ashton's been diddling his massage therapist for the past six months."

A few chuckles resounded at the diddling comment, and April briefly considered slipping out the back. She didn't know what was happening to her parents, why her father had strayed after so many years. But she had a lot of work to do at the lab and didn't want to be here. Parties weren't her thing. Give her a good book on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, challenge her to a heated debate on quantum physics, but please don't ask her to dance....

She couldn't leave, though. She'd promised her father she'd stay for the entire evening. He'd told her that Keith Bodine, the local plant manager, was looking forward to seeing her; she didn't return Keith's interest, but her father hoped someday she would. Besides, April was the only one who could keep some semblance of peace between her parents.

Sometimes she hated being an only child.

"I guess we're going to be treated to another family fight," someone else in the crowd whispered loudly, obviously unaware that April was standing so close.

April leaned to the left in time to see her father turn his head in her mother's direction - at which point his eyes nearly popped out of his head. His girlfriend, Regina Parks, stood beside him, but that didn't seem to matter. His face darkened to an unhealthy shade of maroon, and he started tearing through the crowd as if he'd strangle his estranged wife.

April abandoned the safety of her dark corner and intercepted her father before he could reach Claire and her muscle-bound date.

"Dad! Wait!" Bringing him to a stop by clutching his arm, she continued to hold on to him, just in case getting his hands around Claire's neck had really occurred to him. Since her mother had moved in with her several weeks ago, violence had certainly crossed April's mind once or twice. Like yesterday, when she'd come home to her small house at Redondo Beach to find that her mother had rearranged all her furniture.

Her father looked at her, but April wasn't sure he saw her. He was too intent on yanking free, muttering, "How dare she!"

April struggled to retain her hold. "Hang on, Dad. You two have been going through a lot of changes lately," she said, trying to stave off the worst of his anger. "You've barely started divorce proceedings. She'll settle down soon." At least April hoped she would. Her mother's recent talk about getting breast implants wasn't a good sign, but April was trying to be optimistic. "Let's not make a scene, okay, Daddy?"

"Not make a scene?" he bellowed. Everyone within twenty feet turned to stare. "She's already made a scene! My God, there's not a man here who isn't stepping on his tongue! Who invited her, anyway?"

"She owns half the company, remember?" April said softly.

"Like hell she does!"


Excerpted from Mother, Please! by Brenda Novak Jill Shalvis Alison Kent Copyright © 2004 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

What a Girl Wants 9
The Road Home 159
Upstairs, Downstairs 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013


    That is wierd,move to please res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013


    Tell me about yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013


    Theres another jacob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012


    steals $1,000 dollars from a bank tyen gets arrested by capt.cody again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Great romantic anthology

    ¿Upstairs Downstairs¿ by Alison Kent. In Tatem, Texas, since her father passed away five years ago, Avery Rice is very protective of her mother, teacher Susannah. Seeking freedom to date, Susannah drafts Computer Science teacher David Marks to occupy her daughter. David has loved Susannah since high school and hopes Avery will see him the way he lovingly sees her. With her matchmaking mother on his side he believes can succeed.................................... ¿The Road Home¿ by Jill Shalvis. In Martis Hills, California author Jason Lawrence keeps visiting veterinarian Melissa Anders with different animals though he acts uncomfortable around his ¿pets¿. His incentive to visit the vet comes from her mother as he owes his life to her. As Mel and Jason fall in love he fears how she will react to the truth because she wants nothing to do with her mother, who gave her up at birth............................... ¿What a Girl Wants¿ by Brenda Novak. Quantum physicist Abby Ashton is stunned that her parents are filing for a divorce. Her mom Claire is irate that her spouse for thirty-three years cheated on her and so she is out to have a good time. Meanwhile her dad Walt is thinking of selling the family automobile parts business to former NASCAR legend Gunner Stevens. Abby obtains Gunner¿s help to aid her in her attempt to reconcile her parents in exchange for her supporting his purchase of the business. Abby arranges for the foursome to go to Mexico where love flourishes.......................... These three novellas are fine contemporary romances starring two generations of women struggling with relationships with one another and especially with the men in their lives............................. Harriet Klausner

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