A Bed of Roses
After three surgeries on her knee, Dana would give anything to walk normal again – anything, that is, except face another physical therapist and his torture chamber. She goes only because she's not a quitter, not because she cares what some good-looking, overbearing PT thinks of her.
"...nicely written love story showcases a promising talent..." ~Review by Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times
Her Phoenix Heart
It took Beth four years to put her life back together after fleeing her abusive husband. Now she runs a tattoo business that helps others deal with disfiguring scars, owns a home, and has a German Shepherd for companionship. She isn't ready to risk her hard-earned independence on the handsome-as-sin chauffeur who comes to her rescue and invades her dreams.
"One of the best contemporary romances I have read this year..." ~Tracy Farnsworth, Romance Reviews Today
Claire is about to take sixteen dogs on the biggest race of her life. She doesn't have time for an Alaska romance. Yes, the musher from Nome is easy on the eyes, but she plans to return to Oregon after the race, to honor a promise. Besides, the man has too many secrets, and secrets always come back to bite her.
LAST LINE CONTEST Honorable Mention: "Most Heartwarming" ~Awarded by the Chesapeake Romance Writers
After three surgeries on a knee injured in a car accident, journalist Dana Whitaker would give anything to walk normal again, but facing yet another physical therapist and his torture chamber terrified her. Her new PT expected her to do things she wasn't capable of doing. Yet, giving up was not an option.
Physical therapist Michael Gordon knew his latest patient's dark sunglasses and sharp attitude were defense mechanisms to keep people from seeing how she really felt. The willful tilt of her chin challenged...and charmed. But he wasn't looking for a relationship. Especially with a patient. And especially with a journalist. He would treat Dana Whitaker like any other patient, and forget for the time being that a reporter had damn near destroyed his career.
"...nicely written love story showcases a promising talent..."
Review by Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times
Note from the author: A Bed of Roses was first published in the U.S. by Silhouette Books, October 1993, under the pseudonym Elyn Day. Over the next two years, the paperback was released in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Japan. I considered updating the story before republishing, because it was written at a time when dial telephones and dot matrix printers were still in use, and people listened to their music on cassette tapes. But, ultimately, I decided to retain the novelty of the story by leaving it as a late '80s historical.
After fleeing her abusive husband, Elizabeth Heart got a tattoo of a phoenix, symbolizing her rebirth. Four years later, her work in dermal pigmentation is helping others deal with disfiguring scars. Content in her new life, the last thing she needs is a colleague with roving hands. A jab to the nose puts a halt to the unwanted advance. But the tall, handsome-as-sin chauffeur who comes to her rescue isn't as easy to deal with. Not when his dimples make her pulse stumble and his smoke gray eyes invade her dreams. He promises not to box her in; no corners, no strings. But everyone has a hidden agenda, and when he touches her, he has her wanting dangerous things. Is she ready to risk her hard-earned independence and possibly her very identity, again?
Still worked up over an argument with his teenage daughter earlier in the day, Tyler Stone is in no mood for diplomacy when his client accosts a woman in the back of his limousine. Leaving the bum to find his own way home is simple justice. But what to do about the woman with hair like fire and an attitude to match is more complicated. There's no mistaking her closely guarded heart, yet her compassion and vulnerability touch him in a way he can't ignore. Fate would seem to be on his side when he saves her kitchen from certain disaster and discovers a breach in her defenses. But does he have what it takes to heal the emotional scars that keep her phoenix heart from soaring?
"One of the best contemporary romances I have read this year. The only thing that I felt was missing is the recipe for Tyler's Pizza Soufflé. It sounds scrumptious!"
~Tracy Farnsworth, Romance Reviews Today
"...strong heroines and heroes to die for...Cindy Hiday has created another powerfully emotional and engaging read."
"Using the legendary phoenix bird as her theme, Cindy Hiday offers a story of a young woman trying to start over...Rise above it all and follow Her Phoenix Heart to a second chance at romance."
~Brenda Gayle for The Write Lifestyle
Claire is about to take sixteen dogs on the biggest race of her life: 1,049 miles of harsh terrain, extreme weather and sleep deprivation. She doesn't have the time or energy for an Alaska romance. Yes, the musher from Nome is easy on the eyes, but she plans to return to Oregon after the race, to honor a promise. Besides, he has too many secrets, and secrets always come back to bite her.
Dillon shouldn't be attracted to a woman who represents everything he walked away from six years ago. But her dark amber eyes remind him of aged whiskey, and that's a problem. Her questions stab at a trauma he thought buried so deep he would never have to face it again. He looks to the upcoming race for solitude, his dogs for salvation, as he plays his strongest card - denial.
LAST LINE CONTEST Honorable Mention: "Most Heartwarming"
~Awarded by the Chesapeake Romance Writers
"Engaging romance about the challenges of falling in love while running the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Cindy is a masterful writer who knows how to build tension and makes us fall in love with all the characters, including the sled dogs. This book keeps a fast pace ... with heroine and hero fighting the cold weather and their own inner demons. This is a great read."