Author Tags: Fiction, Romance
Born in Vancouver, Nicola Merrells lives in Surrey, B.C. with her family. She has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a Creative Writing Diploma. She works in a library, teaches creative writing classes, undertakes freelance and contract writing and has helped to organize the annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference.
Country Charmed (Avalon Books / an imprint of Thomas Bouregy, Inc., NY, 2005).
[BCBW 2005] "Fiction" "Romance"
"Taryn Christiansen never shied away from hard work, yet the challenges she faced were growing too quickly. She'd landed at the remote Aspen Creek Inn and Ranch desperate to prove herself as a hotel manager. If she could turn a profitable season for the troubled inn, a dream job at a glamorous downtown hotel was within her grasp. She didn't expect to fall in love with her co-manager, the disarmingly intuitive cowboy, Douglas Prescott. Or count on the small Aspen Creek community instilling a warm sense of home and belonging into her battered heart. A home, a career, a purpose, and the love of a wonderful man: She suddenly had every reason to stay. However, problems with her former job have come back to haunt her. Her former co-worker (and ex-boyfriend) becomes embroiled in plans to foreclose on her beloved inn. To further complicate matters and add to her dismay he launches a blackmail and slander campaign against her, falsely labeling her as "traitor", causing Douglas and others to begin eyeing her with suspicion. Taryn had gained everything at Aspen Creek, and now risked losing it all." -- author website