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About Marianne Bayliss
Marianne Bayliss is a writer of sweet contemporary romances about finding once-in-a-lifetime love.
Her debut novella Unwrapping her Heart was a finalist in the 2020 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) awards and a finalist in the 2019 Australian Romance Readers Association for favourite small-town romance.
An ex-professional dancer, Marianne spins words into elegant love stories set in picturesque locations, and always takes time to soak up the scenery.
A rural Australian mum with two grown-up children, she is now learning how to parent a 30kg puppy, finding it similar to taming a toddler with extra-sharp teeth and poor language skills.
Marianne’s stories feature ordinary people finding extraordinary love. Spring over to mariannebayliss.com to discover more.
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A.R.R.A. FINALIST!!! Favorite Small Town Romance 2019
Karen says ... "This is a 4-book set, and it's wonderful! This is a good afternoon read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the set. My favorite is The Christmas Movie Date I particularly like that the chapter titles are the date and the movie that they see." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ fun holiday stories
Carmen says ... "A Kiss for Christmas Eve by Jayne Kingsley: 5 stars
Cara and Noah were fantastic! I love small town romances and this really fit the bill. It was super sweet and I couldn't help but root for them!!
All I Want by Stella Quinn: 5 stars
Stella Quinn is the reason I even picked up this book. I love her Stowaway series!! Adam and Prue were so stinking cute!! I loved the story and how the two of them met. It's a great story with a touch of romance.
Unwrapping Her Heart by Marianne Bayliss: 10 stars!!!!
This was beautiful!! Hands down the best. Jake and Lexi are amazing. I got so wrapped up into it and was sad when it was over. This is the only one that gives you a HEA feeling rather than just a HFN.
" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ So sweet!!
The Christmas Movie Date, by Megan Mayfair
New in town and with little family, preschool teacher Annabelle Smyth is passing the lead up to Christmas at the holiday film festival at the Hope Street Movie Theater, knowing happy endings are little more than Hollywood magic.
Architect John Golding is a family man without a family. With his ex-wife and daughter spending the holidays in sunny Miami, he throws himself into his work, his heart too wounded to allow himself to be hurt again.
At a chance meeting at the Theater, Annabelle and John realise they have more in common than simply loneliness, but will a series of unexpected plot twists roll the credits on their chance at happiness?
A Kiss for Christmas Eve, by Jayne Kingsley
Cara Hewitt has spent her whole life searching for the perfect place to call home. Now settled in Cathedral Springs with her beloved vintage store, she’ll do anything to stop her landlord selling the building. If she loses her store, she’ll lose everything.
Noah Aimes left Cathedral Springs straight out of high school, taking with him the biggest lie he’s ever told. Now he’s back to sell the building his grandma left him in her will, bringing him face to face with the truth.
In the race to stop Noah signing on the dotted line, will Cara convince him that love could be the winning choice neither of them considered?
All I Want, by Stella Quinn
Meet Adam, metalwork artist and New York darling, who’s so worried he’s burned out he accepts an offer from his godmother to forge a replica ancient bell for an historical society’s building renovation project in Upstate New York. All he wants is peace, and no deadlines, so he can rediscover his artist’s spark.
Meet Prue, fastidious and punctual university lecturer and student of early American architecture. Her future depends on her finishing her thesis. Lucky for her, the bell tower renovation project she’s writing her last piece on is almost finished. All she wants is to see the bell installed, so she can be on her way to secure her future.
Too bad they can’t both get what they want ...
Jean says ... " the characters were absolutely brilliant and I couldn't put this box set down." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ LOVED THE STORYLINES
After the success of our anthology last year, Christmas on Hope Street, we (the Fabulous Five) decided we couldn't let a year go by without bringing you another collection, but this year we're doing New Year's Eve! With sparkles!
Love and Fireworks: a New Year's Eve romance anthology ... because next year can't come soon enough!
Here's the setup:
A mystery philanthropist holds a New Year's Eve party every year, and this year the party is being held on a mega yacht in Sydney Harbour to raise money for the Community Heroes Foundation.
This annual party is famous! Tickets cost a thousand bucks a pop, they sell out in seconds, but guess what?
There are secret tickets. Golden secret tickets. And all you have to do to win one is be nominated by a member of the public for being a community hero.
Will you receive a golden ticket this year?
Our stories include a golden ticket winner, a journalist, a singer from the band, a hideaway in a cupboard, and even the shock unveiling of the mysterious philanthropist who makes this party happen!
Do you want to take a break from the grim reality of now? Why not escape into our stories and let love and fireworks bring in a new year!
Love and Fireworks is sweet contemporary romance set in sunny Australia, and it uses Aussie spelling, Aussie slang, and homegrown Aussie heroes.
LOVE IS A HAPPY NEW ENDING by Stella Quinn
Joanna spends her days digging up dinosaur fossils in the Queensland outback, dreaming of one day leading her own excavation team. When she saves a kid from a runaway excavator, she has no idea she'll be getting a golden ticket in the mail to attend a flash party on New Year's Eve in Sydney's glamorous harbour. A ticket for her ... plus one.
She's living in a tent. She doesn't own a dress. She definitely doesn't have a plus one. But somehow, at the stroke of midnight, she's going to find herself with a happy new ending.
MAKING THE NEWS by Megan Mayfair
Journalist Niall and public relations manager Emma have never met, but neither can stand the other. When Niall attends the New Year's Eve yacht party, he's chasing the interview with a reclusive community hero that will define his career, but will uncovering Emma's secret spark a story that neither of them could have predicted?
DOUBLE TROUBLE by Anna Foxkirk
Alice has pretended to be her identical twin sister Sophie before, but stepping into her shoes on New Year's Eve singing in the band hired to entertain guests aboard a luxury yacht means double the usual trouble ... especially as she's so lovestruck by lead singer, Guy. Will there be fireworks or will she end up in deep water?
THE GUESSING GAME by Marianne Bayliss
Tech hardware guru Jock knows exactly who the mysterious philanthropist of th
Australian Romance Readers Association Finalist: Favourite Small Town Romance
Jake might have the recipe for big city dreams, but with Lexi keeping him at arm's length, an unforgettable Christmas could have all the ingredients they need.
Contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland (x2), Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen