As a top insurance agent in Chicago, Katia Stanislaus isn’t just used to pressure; she thrives on it. When she finds out her firm’s future is at stake, she’s the first to dream up a solution: relocate to Indian Lake and land the town’s reclusive millionaire as a client. Austin McCreary might be the sweetheart she left brokenhearted when they were teens, but she can’t let her feelings—or his—get in the way of her career. If she can just convince him to listen to her explanation, and her pitch, he’ll see this is the deal of a lifetime. But that would involve talking, and he won’t even take her calls! How ridiculous. Because this is strictly business...isn’t it?
Read Catherine's blog on the inspiration behind the book's hero, Austin McCreary, here.
CATHERINE IN THE NEWS
Read Catherine's latest post "Hometown Heroes" on the Harlequin Heartwarming blog.
Read Catherine's interview with Kate James here!
Check out Catherine's interview with Rula Sinara in "USA Today" where she dishes about her latest novel, "Heart's Desire." Click here for the full story.
A Fine Year for Love
Readers' Favorite Review by Chris Fischer:
A sweet and lovely story. Those are the words that I would use to describe Catherine Lanigan's book, "A Fine Year for Love" from the Shores of Indian Lake series. The story follows Liz Crenshaw, the beautiful vintner who loves nothing more than spending time on the land of her family's vineyard. When she finds Gabe Barzonni, the son of the most successful farmers in Indian Lake, handsome and headstrong in his own right, stealing a container of soil from her family's land, she is not pleased. Her grandfather had always told Liz never to trust a Barzonni, and Gabe has certainly done nothing to prove that advice wrong. A family secret, a contentious relationship, a play for Liz’s land; all of these elements blend together in this charming story to make a wonderful read.
I so enjoyed this story. Catherine Lanigan's writing flows smoothly, her descriptions are so picturesque, and her characters are so vividly drawn that you will find yourself believing you are in wine country, and that you know Gabe and Liz as if they are your own neighbors or friends. This book would appeal to any reader who is in the mood for a delightful, romantic story that will keep their attention throughout, and one with an ending to satisfy even the most jaded reader. A Fine Year for Love was the first of the Shores of Indian Lake series that I've read, and I will certainly go back for more. I look forward to seeing what this author writes next!
RT Book Review:
A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE (4.5) by Catherine Lanigan:
The Shores of Indian Lake series returns with the story of Liz Crenshaw and Gabe Barzonni. Liz catches Gabe trying to sneak a vial of soil off her family’s vineyard. Why would he try to steal soil? She doesn’t fully know, but she does know that Gabe is up to no good. Gabe is going into the wine business himself and he’s interested in Liz’s family property ... or, more specifically, in purchasing some of her family’s land. But the more time he spends in Liz’s company, the more he realizes that he just might want something more than land. Featuring a love-hate relationship between the leads and a long-held family secret, A Fine Year for Love is an enjoyable story woven with an abundance of small-town charm and a tender romance. *Web Exclusive Review* Reviewed by: Susannah Balch
Read the plot below:
Liz Crenshaw’s grandfather always told her never to trust a Barzonni. When Liz found Gabe Barzonni trespassing on her precious vineyard land, trying to steal soil samples, she reluctantly lowered her shotgun, but not her suspicions. As handsome, ambitious and charming as Gabe was, Liz thought she could fend off his romancing ways, but when he offered to buy her land to start his own vineyard, Liz realized that Gabe had only been using her. With her finances declining by the week, Liz had only one option. She had to call on the one man who’d broken her heart.
The creatures in Catherine's house were stirring over "A Fine Year For Love" on New Year's Eve. (See pictures below!)
His homecoming is bittersweet---for both of them
Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future’s all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.
At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she’d said no—she couldn’t let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.
The first book in Catherine's "Shores of Indiana Lake" series under the Harlequin Heartwarming banner is available April 2014!
You can order your copy today at Amazon and Harlequin.com.
Check out the "Readers' Favorite" review of "Love Shadows" here.
Also, check out the BLOG Catherine and other Heartwarming authors are posting to! Or read her latest blog post here.
Wings of Destiny
Read Foreword Magazine's review of Catherine's upcoming novel below
“…there is no past, no future, only the present…the now…all living things are connected. All is one.”
The latest offering by author Lanigan connects the lives of six generations to weave a tale of epic proportions. Wings of Destiny spans the centuries with timeless themes of prejudice, revenge, determination and love.
The tale opens in 1906 San Francisco with ninety-one-year old Jefferson Duke asking his young friend, Barbara Mansfield Kendrick, to read his mother’s journal, otherwise known as “The Rachel Papers”. Duke warns Barbara that she won’t like what she reads, particularly the information she’ll learn about her father’s murder. The story then rushes back to Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1774. Nine year old Yuala, a slave of the Duke family “sees” an apparition of Barbara with a message from the future. The ghostlike Barbara places a tiny white infant at the feet of young Yuala, explaining that the child is Rachel, Yuala’s future daughter. The image of Barbara goes on to reveal herself as Yuala’s future great-great granddaughter.
In the chapters to follow, the story ripples outward to include a panorama of prostitution, opium dealers, and political corruption…masterfully intertwined and set against a backdrop of forbidden love in pre-earthquake San Francisco. Readers are introduced to the Su Family, Chinese immigrants who seek revenge against the Duke family for the death of their patriarch. As Barbara continues her journey through the papers, she discovers the startling truth about her closest friend, Jefferson, and her own racial heritage.
The saga unfolds with increasing velocity and culminates with a desperate race to save Jefferson from death at the hands of the Su family. In a fascinating bit of irony, members of the Su family are rescued from the wrath of their own kinsman. In the final reel, the story erupts in one of the greatest cataclysms of modern times, the San Francisco earthquake.
Lanigan has written numerous romance novels and is the bestselling author of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile.
Billionaire's Love Suite
Chosen for Amazon's Summer Reading Store
He owned a chain of the most luxurious hotels in the world. For Justin Yates, women were a weekend affair until he met gorgeous Shana Jackson, his fiery Operations Director. Billionaire's Love Suite is a sexy story about the search for true love.
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Try these recipes at home
If there's anything Catherine loves as much as writing, it's cooking. On her recipes page, she posts some of her all-time favorite dishes—and shares them with you! Find holiday treats, homemade staples, family traditions and more.
Featured recipes: Christmas Chocolate Tea Cakes, Bishop's Bread, and Valentine Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Read Catherine's latest story "My Indiana Hometown Christmas Memories" published in The Beach Coast magazine December. 4
Catherine recently spoke about her book "Angel Tales" in an indepth interview for TalktoTara.com. Listen to the podcast here and be sure to check out Catherine's other interviews in the News section .