Saturday, July 16, 2016




Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Laguna Beach Kindle World!

I’m so glad you are here and diving into this wonderful story. All of the Laguna Beach Kindle World stories are set in the same town of Laguna Beach, where my original series takes place. And if you’re familiar with the series, you’ll no doubt run across some of your favorite characters. The difference is, this book is entirely the work of the author. I didn’t help with plotting, writing or editing, but I was thrilled that when I asked her, she agreed to bring her imagination and storytelling skills to Laguna Beach!

Happy reading. For more about Laguna Beach, stop by my website:

Enjoy your time at the beach!

Kaira Rouda


Dog walker Tally Tallahan has tried out for every reality show on the planet, but she’s never made the cut. She visits a former client, Laguna Nights star Laura Kincaid, to ask her to pull some strings.

Lucky Lenigan is lucky in everything except love. The shy scriptwriter writes for reality shows, but he is tongue-tied when it comes to romance. He bumps into Tally when she’s buying a lottery ticket with his lucky numbers.

Tally recognizes Lucky as the genius behind a number of high profile reality shows, and gets close to him so she could land a role.

When a bigshot actor’s eyes and hands land all over Tally, Lucky is torn between wanting success for her and keeping her for himself.

Will Lucky be more than Tally’s lucky break? Or will she abandon him for a slice of celebrity life?

“Luck had nothing to do with it.” Tally Tallahan’s lucky friend Laura Kincaid, the former reality TV star turned fashion designer, stared wide-eyed at her from across the table.

Tally set her chopsticks down and stared back, making sure to bug her eyes out. “Duh, you met the love of your life, Paul Dorn, because you just happened to crash your car outside of his store. He just happened to own Brace Activewear. As luck would have it, he wanted to expand into women’s wear, and there you were.”

“Yes, there I was, but I still had to wow him with my designs, among other things.” Laura punctuated her statement by pointing her chopsticks at Tally.

“I’m not saying you didn’t,” Tally agreed. “I wish you’d rub some of that ju-ju luck off on me.”

The two friends, who had met during Laura’s stint on Hollywood Nights, were at Laguna Beach’s premier Chinese restaurant having dim sum.

“You have to make your own luck.” Laura picked up an eggroll and dipped it into the sweet and sour sauce. “I take it you’re still trying to get into a reality show?”

“Heck yeah.” Tally poked a shrimp ball with a single chopstick. “I’ve tried everything, cooking, singing, dancing, even the weird stuff like rescuing wildlife where I got paired with a family of abandoned baby skunks.”

“And? Nothing?”

“I keep getting cut before the cast is selected. What am I doing wrong?”

“Nothing.” Laura took her time crunching her eggroll. She wiped her lips with a napkin and turned her wide blue eyes on Tally. “You’re too nice to be in a reality show.”

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from sweet to steamy and believes that everyone should find love as often as possible, even if it's within the pages of a book. Rachelle is working on a sweet series of romances with pets and firemen, Have a Hart Romances, and one full of bad boys, Bad Boys for Hire. She also writes sports romances in both football and baseball, as well as many holiday romances, both sweet and spicy.


Add a dose of treasure hunting danger, mix in the excitement of finding true love when you least expect it, and you have A Treasure in Laguna...

Failed teen reality TV star Crowe Erickson comes to Laguna Beach looking for gold, redemption, and a new treasure hunting reality TV show. What he finds is another kind of treasure: Jenny Craft, the sexy television star who was his first crush.

While intrigued by his hunt for gold, Jenny left Hollywood and its shallow people far behind and is now running a successful restaurant of her own. She wants nothing to do with a younger, fame-seeking man.

One bad day in front of the cameras cost Crowe his first career. But he’s determined that this time it isn’t going to cost him the girl.

“Are you okay?” Crowe called.

A flashlight flared to life. Blinking against the sudden light, Jenny pulled her left foot out of the hole. Only her sock covered her toes. “I lost my shoe down there.”

“How deep?” Crowe asked, kneeling next to her.

“Up to my knee.”

He stuck his hand in the hole.

“Oh, don’t do that,” Jenny yelped. “It’s wet and disgusting.”

Justin held the flashlight over Crowe as he dropped to his stomach, ignoring her, and stuck his arm down up to mid-bicep.

Jenny waved her hands. “Crowe, come on, it’s not important. I mean, I found this marking just above where my foot sank in, but—”

He glanced up. “Treasure hunting is a messy business.”

“My shoe isn’t treasure. What creatures might be living in there?”

“Maybe not your shoe, but that marking might indicate something else of note.” His expression became intent as his shoulder rotated. “You know, I’m not finding your shoe, but I’ve got something else.” He lifted his hand. Rotting vegetation covered his palm.

Jenny was on her knees, but she still managed to jump back, her knees grated by small sharp pebbles. “Don’t you throw that at me, Erickson.”

He chuckled and dropped the muck against the cave wall. “Going down. I thought your feet were pretty big for a girl, but your shoe seems to have vanished.” He stuck his arm in again as Jenny huffed in mock outrage.

“Huh,” Crowe said after a few seconds. His arm came up again.

“What is it?” Jenny asked.

He rubbed one palm against the other, vegetation and water dripping off his hand. “Well, would you look at that.”

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she has written in many subgenres of romance since then. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.



Schoolteacher, Melanie Whitman’s dating life is in shambles when her boyfriend and former boss dumps her. Her best friend arranges for Master Draikoh San, matchmaker extraordinaire, to provide her with a night to remember.

Breakout star of the third season of the reality TV show Laguna Nights Cole Hayes was burned by the limelight and started a family. After a messy divorce and looking to move back into the dating scene, he agrees to a one-night stand.

Can Cole and Melanie create a relationship that will last a lifetime, or will their one-night stand crash in the waves of Laguna Beach?

“Sure. A pop, please.”

Melanie watched Cole walk to the bar. His tight slacks outlined his backside, while his dark hair reminded her of a Greek god, with the short back and sides and a long layer on top. She longed to run her fingers through his hair. Each peek at the tanned skin of his neck had her biting her lip. Melanie hadn’t been this physically attracted to someone in a long time. Her reaction was spontaneous. Maybe Master Draikoh San knew what she needed. After all, she wasn’t looking for a happily ever after, only a happily for tonight.

Cole wasn’t what she’d pictured when she thought of a California guy. Board shorts and bleach-blond hair, scruffy beard, and dark tan. Nope. None of those applied to Cole. With his high-end slacks, broad shoulders, and short hair, he looked more like a Navy Seal than a beach bum. And while his hair was shorter than in his photograph, Melanie had no complaints about Cole in the looks department, but she’d learned to be cautious. Her ex had been good looking and charming, too…right up until he dumped her.

“Here’s your soda. They had Coke.” He placed the tall glass in front of her. “I hope that’s okay.”

“Sure. Although, if you asked my friend, Brandi, from Texas, the only pop is Dr. Pepper.” She raised the glass and took a sip. Bubbles tickled her nose as the cold drink washed down her throat.

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. Her stories feature small towns and happily ever after!



He was the gardener’s brilliant son. She was the rich girl who loved him. But when Nio Reyes mysteriously left Laguna Beach ten years ago without a word of goodbye, he broke Becca Howard’s heart.

Now, with Becca’s once wealthy family in ruins, their money gone, the ever sexy Nio has returned on the eve of their old friends’ beach wedding to undo the damage he left behind. With secrets and family lies still standing in their way, Becca has quit believing in happily-ever-afters.

But one reckless, long-overdue weekend just might change everything.

“I’ll take you home, if you want.” Nio held Becca against him there on his father’s deck, reluctant to let her go. “Or we could stay here. Watch the morning come.”

“No. No, I couldn’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because, if I stayed,” she said, “I might ask you to kiss me again. And that would be—”

Without invitation, he dropped his mouth against hers and kissed her until her toes curled, until she forgot where she was and all of her objections. She opened her mouth to him and he took full advantage, slanting his kiss first one way, then the other in a breathless crush of need. A sound—more like a mewl of hunger—escaped her as he picked her up, walked a handful of steps to the padded beach chaise and stretched out half-atop her.

She inhaled the heady scent of him, ran her hands across his strong, muscled back, then lower, toward the taut curve of his hip. She felt his need hard against her thigh, inflaming the hunger rising in her. He felt so good. So very, very good.

Yet, some small voice, way-y-y way back in her mind warned her that this was a mistake, reminding her that she had sworn off men forever, because none of them could be trusted. Including him.

But this was Nio, the boy who had loved her when she’d felt unloved, laughed with her when she needed laughter and taught her how to gently plant a tree so as not to crush its roots. Nio, the boy she’d dreamed about for so many years, right here in her arms. And finally, there was no money standing between them, no parents interfering, no one forbidding them to do what they were about to do right now.

Barbara Ankrum considers it a gift to write about hope and the healing power of love, because, let’s face it, there are times when all of us need a dose of that in our lives. Readers have taken her bestselling books into their hearts because, as in real life, the bitter in her stories is always balanced with the sweet, the funny and the adventurous misstep. Stumbling is part of life, but it’s the getting up part she loves to write about.

Having written for Zebra, Harper Collins, Harlequin and Silhouette, Barbara’s been fortunate enough to have been twice nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award for both her historical westerns and her romantic suspense. Her latest contemporary romance series is set in the hugely popular Marietta, Montana from Tule Publishing. But no matter what genre she’s writing in, her books are always about characters your heart aches for just a little bit.

She’s been married forever to the love of her life, has two grown children, three young grandkids, and after being a California girl most of her life, she’s a recent transplant to the Midwest. And yes. She knows that’s crazy.



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