Author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

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About the Author

 

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy is a former newspaper editor and reporter who makes her home in the Ozarks. As a widow with three grown children, her focus is on writing romance novels that range from sweet to heat, from contemporary to historical. She has written more than twenty-five novels and novellas along with a variety of non-fiction and freelance works.  A native of St. Joseph, Missouri where the Pony Express began and outlaw Jesse James met his end, she is a graduate of Crowder College and Missouri Southern State University. She lives in what passes for the suburbs in far southwestern Missouri a little north of Arkansas and just east of Oklahoma.

Saving the Sin Eater

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Print ISBN:    9781629892108

eBook ISBN:  9781629892115

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date 03/01/2015

Tessa Owens has dreams of making it big in country music and moving on from her first love, Lucas Rowlands, who broke her heart. She left the old ways of her native Ozarks for modern life when she hit Nashville but a death in the family brings her home. Tessa didn’t plan to stay but when she meets Lucas at the visitation, the old sparks ignite. When she learns he’s not the simple country farmer she left behind but has become the Sin Eater, an ancient role handed down from his grandfather, she struggles to understand. When sin eating makes him ill, she hangs out to help and has to admit she still loves him. There’s no doubt what he feels for her but the devil wants Lucas’ sin-heavy soul and if they don’t come up with a plan, his life – and their love – is over.

Cam's Witness

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Hardback ISBN: 9781629893105

Print ISBN:         9781629893112

eBook ISBN:       9781629893129

Genre: Romance Contemporary/Suspense

Release Date 09/15/2015

Federal Marshall Timothy Campbell – ‘Cam’ to his near and dear – makes the biggest mistake of his career when he falls for the witness he vowed to protect.  When Kendra Driscoll’s cover is compromised in a hail of bullets at a discount store, she’s terrified and when a stern faced lawman drags her away to a safe house somewhere in Arkansas, she’s beyond upset.  Although she can be Deborah, her real name again, her future is anything but secure.  Things become complicated when she realizes Cam isn’t as stern as she thought and when both discover the forbidden attraction is mutual.  When danger follows her to Arkansas, Cam’s life hangs in the balance and it’s up to Deborah alone to survive, if she can.

Slattery's Sin

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Paperback ISBN: 9781629894782

eBook ISBN: 9781629894799

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date 06/20/2016

Living in California, working undercover is still surreal for Louisiana native Pride Slattery.  He stands out – because of his unusual name, his military service in Iraq, and even his disability.  Although he’s never quite adjusted to Los Angeles, he remains in place because he’s lost any enthusiasm for the future. One day is just like another and he’s schooled himself not to care. Things change, however, when he rescues a stolen purse for a beautiful woman, Sabetha Hill, who turns out to be from back home.  He risks his heart for the first time in years as events propel him closer to an unexpected future.  When he’s billed as a hero at a traffic accident, Pride is unmasked as a federal agent and danger looms ahead for both him and his lady.  Someone will live, someone will die, and whether or not there can be a happy ending rests in Pride’s hands.

Canaan's Land

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Paperback ISBN: 9781629896052

eBook ISBN: 9781629896069

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Release Date 01/16/2017

Canaan Moss is a farmer, a man struggling to make a living from the land his family has owned for generations. It’s difficult to accomplish in the 21st century Ozarks in a remote corner of Missouri but he’s scraping by, one day at a time, living lonely. He meets Kaitlin Koch, a local journalist who wants to do a feature about his farm but before it can happen, law enforcement agents descend on his farm. He’s arrested for a marijuana field he didn’t grow and for pot stored in an old barn. Cane’s innocent but no one except Kaitlin and his cousin believe that. As he tries to prove his innocence, he’s shunned in the community. After the true perpetrators break in and beat him so badly Cane ends up in the hospital, he’s in danger. He recognized the two men who hurt him and if he doesn’t get someone to listen, he can’t clear his name and he may just end up dead. Finding a happy ending with the woman he loves seems a remote possibility.

Where Dreams Come True

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Hardback ISBN: 9798798975622

Paperback ISBN: 9781956788501

eBook ISBN: 9781956788518

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date 1/24/2022

When his life falls apart after losing his estranged wife and children in a car crash, St. Louis weatherman Cole Celinksi takes a forced leave of absence to return to the Ozarks where he spent his childhood summers. He finds his old friend Maggie running the Lake Dreams Resort and raising her teenagers. Their old mutual attraction ignites but it’s complicated as Cole seeks to figure out if he has the courage to rebuild his life with a new family. On the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Cole searches his heart until a near tragedy almost ends his life. In the wake of it, he comes to realize that the resort is a place where dreams do sometimes come true.

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Scrooge & Marlee

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Hardback ISBN: 9798836444754

Paperback ISBN: 9781958336281

eBook ISBN: 9781958336298

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date 7/11/2022

Theo Scrooge, like the fictional Ebenezer, isn’t fond of Christmas. Any resemblance ends there for the chef and proprietor of Bah Humbug! but his love life is almost nonexistent until he meets a teacher who plans to relocate to the small German flavored town in the Missouri Rhineland. When Marlee falls into the turbulent Missouri River, Theo rescues her. As their relationship grows, so do the obstacles in Theo’s life until his worries about making money and his profit margin overshadow their romance. He’s changed but it’s not an improvement. On the eve of Christmas, Marlee offers him an ultimatum and a copy of Dickens’ book to read. Whether or not Theo will reorganize his priorities will affect if Marlee and their love can both survive.

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Taken at Face Value

 

Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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His little niece calls him “Uncle Beast” after her favorite fairytale. Marine veteran Nicholas Reilly, severely scarred from surviving a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, calls his isolated home “Beast’s Lair”. He’s reclusive, suffers from PTSD, and has a lonely existence until he meets Maribel Barbier, who goes by Belle. He rescues her after her car slides off the road during an ice storm and brings her home. Unlike any other woman, Belle sees the man behind the scars. Their attraction is there from the first night and deepens as they realize this is something more than either one expected. He battles PTSD but with Belle at his side, Nicholas learns to live a little more each day. They have more to overcome together than his PTSD but he comes to believe what Belle tells him – scarred or not, it’s just a face, it’s not the man. Together, they seek a future and a life where looks don’t matter at all.