Writing has always been my passion, and fortunately, I never run short of ideas. As a result, my more than ninety novels cover a wide array of genres, including Regency romance, science fiction, fantasy, romance and mystery.
I'm excited to be self-publishing my first original ebook novel. It's a science-fiction thriller called Out of Her Universe. The idea of alternate history and alternate selves has long fascinated me. Along with thriller pacing, it has a love story at its heart.
In addition, an ongoing project is reediting, updating and in some cases rewriting my earlier books. It's a thrill to bring books, including a half-dozen traditional Regency romances, back into "print."
SINGLE DAD DILEMMA
After a disastrous relationship, Nurse Zady Moore just wants a family of her own and a guy with no baggage. With a young, vulnerable son, Dr. Nick Davis is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But his offer is too good—free rent in exchange for occasional babysitting. And it comes at the right time, just as Zady's young goddaughter comes to stay with her. It's only for six months—surely she can resist Nick's charms.
Nick likes Zady, and he enjoys the camaraderie of chasing after two little kids with her. But she works for his hated cousin, and with a battle brewing between departments at Safe Harbor Medical, can Nick trust that Zady's loyalties lie with him?
Stands Alone: yes
ANOTHER MAN'S FAMILY
Safe Harbor ultrasound technician Zora Raditch has made some big mistakes, but sleeping with a man just before divorcing him takes the cake. And then she discovers she's pregnant—with twins. Struggling to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and accept that her ex wants nothing to do with her, Zora finds that the only man she can count on is her handsome and headstrong housemate, Lucky.
Luke "Lucky" Mendez wants to protect Zora and her babies—he knows her ex won't suddenly turn into the husband she needs. But being a friend is a lot different than stepping in as a father. Can Lucky prove to Zora that he's the family man she and her babies deserve?
Stands Alone: Yes
Triple The Trouble
When fertility counselor Melissa Everhart decided to have a baby on her own, she didn't anticipate triplets…or her ex-husband's return to Safe Harbor. Three years ago, Edmond's reluctance to have children tore them apart. But now that he's been made guardian of his niece, Melissa witnesses how tenderly he cares for the little girl.
Though Edmond doesn't believe he's father material, his sudden custody of Dawn leaves him little choice. He turns to Melissa, the warmest, kindest person he knows, for help. They begin to rediscover the love they once shared, but the betrayals of the past trouble them both. Can they find the forgiveness they both need to come together as a family?
A baby is the last thing surgical nurse Anya Meeks expected from her passionate New Year's Eve fling. Growing up, Anya shouldered more than her share of responsibility, even raising her three younger siblings. She isn't ready to tackle a lifelong commitment to a child—or to a man—no matter how caring and attentive he seems.
A drop-dead-gorgeous doctor like Jack Ryder is used to the women of Safe Harbor Hospital vying for his attention. Too bad the only woman he wants is avoiding him. Jack longs for a family—he'll do anything to persuade Anya not to put their baby up for adoption. But with her jaded views on relationships and family, it won't be easy. Can he convince her that their love is no accident?
Father, Meet Son
Safe Harbor obstetrician Adrienne Cavill couldn't love her nephew more if he were her own child. And no deadbeat dad is going to claim the little boy she practically raised.
Detective-turned-P.I. Wade Hunter has missed five years of his son's life and nothing's chasing him away this time. That includes the pretty doctor who's giving his child everything—except the father he needs.
Now that she knows the reasons why he left, how can Adrienne keep Wade from his son, who's over the moon about having his dad in his life? The rugged ex-cop's having a similar effect on her. Will Christmas bring Adrienne the family she never thought she could have?
She’s a professor studying sexy cowboys. How could she guess she’d fall for one?
Nancy Verano’s spending the summer on a Texas ranch disguised as a nanny, secretly filling in for her unreliable younger sister. She never meant to trick handsome rancher Max Richter, but she has to publish or perish, even if it’s a pop culture magazine article about hunky cowboys. Might as well research her article while bailing out her sister.
Max has no idea that the nanny he hired for his two children was an actress who based her résumé on her role as a nanny in The Sound of Music, nor that she’s been replaced. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that Nancy’s clueless about housekeeping, but she does have a gift for corralling children.
Before long, Max and Nancy are falling for each other. But what will happen when she tells him the truth? After all, he’s hated psychologists ever since his first wife ran off with their marriage counselor. Find out in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from the author of Yours, Mine and Ours and Run, Run, Runaway Bride.
Under its original title, Heaven Scent, this book won a WordWeaving Award for Excellence.
Determined To Be A Dad
Biology teacher Peter Gladstone may have lost his beloved wife, but the tragedy only strengthened his resolve to create a family. With a donor egg and a surrogate mom, Peter is sure to be a proud papa soon, thanks to the fertility specialists at Safe Harbor Medical.
Harper Anthony seems like the perfect choice for the donor. She's smart, beautiful and a great mom to her young daughter. The problem is, Peter has recently become reacquainted with the young widow and now sees her as a friend-or maybe something more than a friend. And Peter has chosen to keep his identity a secret. If the truth comes out, the consequences may threaten their budding romance. But only the truth can turn them into a family....
They Know Everything About Babies...
So why is recently single Stacy Layne suddenly on the mommy fast track? As Safe Harbor Medical's first successful egg donor, she should have known better. That goes double (or should she say triple?) for Cole Rattigan, the country's leading fertility surgeon.
Cole prefers the operating room to figuring out what's going on inside a woman's head. But after an unplanned night of passion with his favorite nurse, the the man who wrote the book on fertility is about to become a father...three times over!
Stacy not only nixes Cole's marriage proposal-she plans to give up the triplets for adoption. Stacy wants to be swept away. Can a man who's just discovering his paternal side find the words to let the woman he loves know how much he cares?
On the verge of a divorce, Jana Edwards wishes she could go back six years, before she met the rogue she impulsively married, and respond to the online profile of a farmer who sounded like an ideal husband and father. To her astonishment, her heirloom pendant grants her wish...but the "perfect" man turns out to be the same rogue, using another name and involved in a shady project.
Jana knows Drake Edwards—intimately—but he has no idea who she is. And no matter how hard she wishes, her pendant refuses to send her home to the future. Could it be trying to tell her something?
A Time For Truth
What were the odds of Dr. Zack Sargent turning up at Safe Harbor Medical? Nurse Jan Garcia's former fiancé would be on staff here-and assigned to work closely with her as she launches the hospital's new egg donor program. It's more than a little awkward.
Years ago, a terrible misunderstanding tore them apart. And now Zack, a widower raising his young stepdaughter alone, learns that Jan secretly kept the daughter-their daughter-he thought she'd given up for adoption.
Zack has become the kind of steady, caring father both girls need, and he and Jan can't ignore the sparks that still fly between them. But to become a family, they must learn to trust each other again. Could two little girls and two stray cats be enough to bring them back together?
She used to be a ballerina…
At the height of her success, Kerry Guthrie’s career was cut short by an accident. Now she’s on her feet again, teaching young dancers and hoping for a comeback…until she butts heads with the father of her 15-year-old star student, and feels a spark that’s new to her.
A police officer, Chris Layne comes from a different world. Can they work together to make his daughter’s dreams come true, especially since he and his daughter are increasingly at odds? Along the way, Kerry must find her balance through an evolving emotional landscape.
Thanks to her anonymous sperm donor, a baby is about to be more than a gleam in Dr. Paige Brennan's eye. So why the Safe Harbor obstetrician just agreed to further complicate her life with a roommate, she'll never know. She still can't decide whether private detective Mike Aaron is irresistible…or just plain irritating. Though it is nice to have a man around the house.
Until Paige gets the sneaking suspicion that her baby's "anonymous" father is none other than her new roomie.
Helping out couples with fertility issues is one thing. Raising his own child is something Mike never envisioned. But the mother-to-be is bringing out his protective instincts. And some other feelings he didn't even know he had. Things are suddenly moving a little too fast. Or is Mike right where he belongs—on the fast track to fatherhood?
She may work at a fertility clinic, but the mommy track is definitely not in dedicated nurse Erica Benford's future. So when a one-night stand with hunky private detective Sherlock Vaughn leads to an unexpected pregnancy, Erica plans the only logical next step….
Becoming a father was the furthest thing from Lock's mind. But he'll be darned if he's going to sign away his rights to his own child! Lock knows how it feels to be unwanted, and no way is he giving up his son or daughter for adoption. If Erica isn't ready for parenthood, he'll go it alone.
Except—what does he know about being a dad? Nurse Erica will just have to train the single father-to-be. And hope she doesn't lose her heart to both of them in the process!
An heiress is missing, but Sarah the librarian is on the case!
Shy librarian Sarah Farentino lives through books, especially mysteries. When handsome, sophisticated Michael McCord comes into the library looking for clues to track down his missing fiancée, Sarah seizes the chance to live out her fantasies. She’s going to find the charismatic Whitney Greystone and help Michael—even if she loses her heart along the way. This is a romantic comedy about people, not teddy bears!
She’s zany, notorious…and in love with Mr. Wrong
Heiress Whitney Greystone is a reformed rebel…well, sort of. Now that she’s running her family’s soft-drink business with Jonas Ameling, the handsome, old-fashioned man she secretly adores, she’s determined to stay out of trouble. But when her latest promotional stunt goes awry, it’s Whitney’s job to save the day--while hoping to save her nights for Jonas. A romantic comedy about people, not teddy bears.
In The Surgeon's Surprise Twins, high-handed surgeon Dr. Owen Tartikoff arrives at Safe Harbor Medical Center to head the new fertility program. He's also looking forward to the birth of his brother's baby, for whom he donated sperm. But surprise! His sister-in-law isn't pregnant. Instead, they recruited a surrogate who's unaware of Owen's involvement. Nurse Bailey Wayne isn't at all impressed with the arrogant physician, especially when they find themselves reluctantly sharing a house. Then Owen’s brother and sister-in-law get into trouble with the law, and Bailey has to make some tough decisions about her babies…and their father.
After selling 90 novels and teaching writing to more than 100 students, Jacqueline Diamond decided to share her knowledge of the craft of fiction in this 24,000-word book (that’s about 80 pages in conventional printing). You won’t find any one-size-fits-all schemes, just readable information with tips organized to help you no matter how much or how little writing experience you have.
This book is based on three articles previously published in Romance Writers of America’s monthly magazine plus Jackie’s workshop “Turning Your Weaknesses Into Strengths.” Everything has been updated and rewritten for this book. The author has also created study notes to help writers analyze techniques used in the first chapters of a mystery, a dark paranormal romance and a light Regency historical romance.
A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist under the name Jackie Hyman, Diamond has won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine, has finaled twice for RWA’s prestigious Rita Award, and has hit bestseller lists including Waldenbooks and USA Today. Her novels have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Turkish, Japanese, Norwegian, Greek, Swedish, Hungarian, Korean, Czech and Danish. She currently writes the Safe Harbor Medical romance series for Harlequin American Romance. A full list of her novels is available on her website, www.jacquelinediamond.com, along with free writing tips.
Jackie teaches writing for Long Ridge Writers Group, which is college accredited in the state of Connecticut.
Here are quotes from some of Jackie’s writing students:
Your assistance has helped me gain my footing and develop enough confidence to begin writing as I always dreamed I could.
You've been a most encouraging instructor. Your comments have been insightful and easy for me to understand and learn from.
It’s hard to believe how much I have learned about the craft of writing in such a short time. There is no way I could have done this on my own.
Love is full of surprises...
Hairdresser Emma Lindt is horrified. The plumber who turned up at the crack of dawn, catching her looking like a refugee from fright night, is none other than Eric Jameson, high school heartthrob, the boy most likely to succeed.
Years before, Emma and Eric spent a rainy afternoon sharing their dreams, but they haven’t seen each other since. Now their friendship is blossoming just as those long-postponed dreams are starting to come true for them both.
Emma and Eric have their eyes on the future, but it has a pint-size surprise in store for them. Will they have to give up their dreams, or will they find a new and better one?
Originally published by Harlequin American Romance. Updated by the author.
Being nearsighted in Regency London isn’t a crime—but it feels like one!
Meg Linley has good reason to feel cursed in the ballrooms of Regency England. Though a beauty, she can barely see and is forbidden to wear spectacles. When she accidentally cuts the prince’s friend Beau Brummell at a ball, the scandal sends her packing to the countryside.
Her faulty eyesight causes her to enter the wrong coach, which delivers her to the estate of handsome Lord Bryn. He mistakes her for the governess who was due to arrive from London and, preferring work over a life of isolation, she goes along with the erroneous impression. She can’t help adoring his orphaned niece and nephew, a mischievous pair who’ve driven off their previous governesses.
Deception has a way of turning the tables, however. When Meg begins falling in love with the handsome lord just as he’s about to become engaged to another woman, she can’t see a way out of her dilemma. But then, eyesight was never her strong point.
This 219-page, lighthearted tale in the traditional Regency mode—no sex, but plenty of romantic complications and a happy ending—was originally published by Harlequin Books.
Josh Lorenz is the last man Diane Bittner wants for a neighbor-he's the holdout juror responsible for letting her husband's killer walk. But she finds herself outvoted when their preteen daughters conspire to bring their divided parents together. Josh has always followed his conscience and hopes Diane can forgive him for doing what he believed was right. But he realizes he wants a lot more from the attractive single mother. With the help of their kids and their close-knit community, he and Diane have to decide what really matters. Reliving the mistakes of the past? Or planning their future-together?
From the moment he arrives at Safe Harbor Medical, Ian Martin is on infant overload. But the story he's covering gets a lot more interesting when the adventure-seeking reporter meets Jennifer Serra, an intriguing PR director who has created a stir by taking home one of the center's unwanted newborns!
Jennifer has always wanted a child of her own. Her dream becomes thrilling reality when she agrees to temporarily-- permanently?--be a mother to a sweet baby girl. Ian could complete the picture--Jennifer sees how easily he bonds with little Rosalie.
But just when she begins to look at Ian as potential father material, the dashing journalist dredges up a scandal from Jennifer's past that could jeopardize her plans for adoption...and for a future with Ian.
Protecting the citizens of Safe Harbor is what gets cop-turned-P.I. Patty Hartman up in the morning. So how can she say no to a four-year-old who needs her help? Even if domestic detail isn't Patty's strong suit. Even if the little girl's father happens to be Dr. Alec Denny, the man Patty's loved since she was seventeen.
Alec came home to California for his career, but safeguarding his daughter's future trumps everything else. Hiring his high school sweetheart as her bodyguard is risky, especially with all that unfinished business between them.
With her maternal instincts—and a few other hot emotions—kicking in, Patty's got some serious soul-searching to do. It's not a choice between love and duty. It's about not letting the guy who broke her heart become the one who got away…again!
A Regency lady with a secret…
It isn’t Marianne Arnet’s fault that her parents are reputed to be spies for Napoleon and have fled Regency England. Now the handsome and powerful Lord Whitestone is threatening to bar her from the upcoming London Season and deny her a longed-for chance to mingle in the literary world.
Lord Whitestone doesn’t realise that Marianne is his secret correspondent, and that he’s already half in love with her. Now she’s determined to come to London, even if that means employing another identity.
After these two meet, there’s love in the air. And danger as well.
Safe Harbor obstetrician Nora Kendall longs to have a baby, but en route, what's wrong with a fling with a handsome young police officer who's not ready to be a dad? Well, nothing -- until their night of passion results in a pregnancy. Nora's determined not to rope Leo into anything, but he's beginning to wonder if his next big case shouldn't involve serving on diaper detail.
First she lost her memory … now she's misplaced her heart.
London society considers Lady Elizabeth Fairchild a tease and a flirt. And it is true that during her come-out she acted the part in her desperation to please her difficult mother.
Then, after a nasty fall and a loss of memory, Beth resolves to be her caring and honest self. But instead of reclaiming her reputation, she finds it growing dangerously worse. A story is spreading that she broke the heart of a close friend of the Marquis of Meridan, the man she truly “ but secretly “ adores.
Now her every action is misinterpreted and scandal nips at her heels. If only she could remember what happened between her and the young man who supposedly fled broken-hearted to his untimely death. If only she could see passion, instead of anger, in the eyes of the man she loves.
Will her memory never return? And will the marquis ever see her as she truly is?
Lady Victoria Courtney has abandoned hope of winning the heart of the dashing Richard, Marquis of Lansdon, although their mothers planned that they would someday marry. Then, while on a journey to Ipswitch to meet her new stepmother, Victoria is mistaken for a woman of the London stage and the mistress of Richard's friend Henry. Moreover, Henry, being unexpectedly called back to London, has arranged for Richard to meet and entertain his mistress until his return. What high-spirited young lady could resist the temptation to play along? Imagine Richard's chagrin when he begins falling in love with this most unsuitable woman, and Victoria's embarrassment when she's charged by a local dowager with employing her acting skills in a play being staged for charity. Mistaken identities, separated lovers and love gone astray - it's all part of the screwball comedy in this Regency romance set in England during the time of Jane Austen. Originally published in hardcover by Walker and Company, Lady in Disguise has been lightly reedited for this digital edition.
Mark Rayburn always admired Samantha Forrest's fierce dedication, even if it often caused heated disagreements between the two doctors. But making a lifetime commitment to three babies without a moment's thought? Unbelievable, even for Sam. None of her professional pediatric experience would prepare her for real-life motherhood—Mark knows Sam is in over her head.
Though he thought he swore off fatherhood years ago, Mark steps in to help Sam, and quickly falls in love with the adorable triplets. The former rivals make a great team, and soon Sam and Mark are giving off enough sparks to keep the whole town lit up through New Year's Eve. But when Sam's impulsive nature puts both their careers on the line, they find themselves fighting again…only this time, they're on the same side.
A romantic comedy...with pets and an orphan!
For holiday cheer, nothing beats a classic romantic comedy by Jacqueline Diamond, complete with an orphan, cute animals, a very hunky Santa Claus, and a heroine named Merrie who'll steal your heart.
When wealthy executive Dave Anders goes to the vet to pick up his dog, he ends up chasing a monkey and kissing the vet herself. Dr. Merrie McGregor's dazzled by Dave's powerful sensuality but never expects to see him again--until he shows up as Santa Claus on her doorstep on Christmas Eve with gifts for Merrie's niece Steffie...and a burning passion for Merrie.
Then her snobbish sister plans to stick her adopted daughter in boarding school. Merrie will go to any lengths to get Steffie entrusted to her, even claiming an engagement with Dave. The problem is that Dave seems to be taking the whole engagement business a little too seriously, while Merrie's afraid their values are worlds apart. Can a warm December really last the whole year round? Three people's happiness hangs in the balance.
Originally written under the pseudonym Jacqueline Topaz, A Warm December has been updated by the author to maintain its original freshness and humor.
Surrogate mom Kate Evans, a widow with a five-year-old son, isn't looking forward to her upcoming delivery--not because of the pain, but because when it's over the doctor will place her baby in the arms of the couple who hired her. When Kate gets the startling news that Tony Franco's wife has abandoned him, it only makes her feel more conflicted.
Second thoughts or not, Kate signed a contract, and she won't go back on her word. Instead, she offers to help prepare Tony for single parenthood, never expecting to fall for him in the process. But once their baby is born, she'll lose both of them forever...unless she can convince Tony to give love another chance.
When Luke Van Dam unexpectedly gets custody of his young daughter, the busy obstetrician has a new mission: to be the best dad he can be. Except he can't do it alone. So he turns to his good friend and new partner--fellow ob-gyn Jane McKay.
Ten years ago Jane and Luke were more than med-school buddies. Until Jane realized Luke wasn't ready to settle down. Now the ultimate babe magnet is becoming the ultimate baby magnet. He just became guardian of an infant girl!
Luke knows it takes two parents to make a family...and now Jane's planning to start one of her own! Is the cautious single dad ready to risk his heart with the woman he loves--and who is changing him baby step by baby step?
After being stripped of her wealth by a conniving con man, Sherry LaSalle may be down, but the suddenly broke socialite is far from out! She may not be used to having a job, but she's just landed the ideal position with sexy single dad Rafe Montoya. How hard could it be to take care of a pair of irresistible four-year-old twins?
The beautiful ex-heiress is the last person Rafe expected to bond with his orphaned niece and nephew. But Sherry is confounding the Harmony Circle mechanic with her down-to-earth, gingerbread-baking ways. She's clearly the perfect nanny for his kids. Is she also the woman Rafe wants and needs to complete their instant family?
When Brooke Bernard learns she's pregnant, she knows exactly what's missing from her soon-to-be family.
That certainly isn't Oliver Armstrong, Brooke's new roommate. Oliver may be gorgeous and caring, but the ambitious developer definitely isn't father material.
When Oliver agreed to let Brooke temporarily move into his condo, he should have known the free-spirited beauty would promptly turn his life upside down. Now she wants him to help her find a suitable husband! But weeding out all the Mr. Wrongs is just making Oliver realize that Brooke's ideal mate is closer than she realizes-right under the same roof!
The scars from Marta Lawson's near-fatal accident have faded, but she still doubts her ability to attract a man -- never mind one as handsome as the Villazon police department's Derek Reed. But when the sergeant comes up for auction at a charity event, her friends have the winning bid -- and a dream date with the blond poster boy turns out to be her birthday gift.
Finding herself in the arms of the charismatic cop is so intoxicating she throws caution to the wind, and she's not totally surprised a month later when her doctor gives her some (doubly!) electrifying news she dreads sharing with the elusive bachelor.
But he's hiding a surprise, too. Will it break them apart - -or bring them closer together?
An angry ghost, a brooding ex-cop and a mysterious beauty…
In this paranormal mystery, injured ex-cop Ian Fanning is obsessed with painting the woman his grandfather murdered. Then he meets his new neighbor down the hall: Sharon Mahoney, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead woman. Strange events focus on Sharon, a teacher with a seven-year-old son. An old murder case seems to be playing out with new twists involving the Victorian home’s other occupants and the spirit of Ian’s grandfather, who may have deadly unfinished business. Can Ian save her, or is he himself becoming the threat?