When Lightning Strikes

Whiskey Creek Series, Book 1

“It’s steamy, it’s poignant, it’s perfectly paced—it’s When Lightning Strikes and you don’t want to miss it!”—USA TODAY

Welcome to Whiskey Creek—Heart of the Gold Country

Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….

Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. She isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like…but because he’s too hard not to love.

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“It’s steamy, it’s poignant, it’s perfectly paced—it’s When Lightning Strikes and you don’t want to miss it!”—USA TODAY

Welcome to Whiskey Creek—Heart of the Gold Country

Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….

Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. She isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like…but because he’s too hard not to love.

Order Ebook

Harlequin
Amazon Kindle
Apple Books
Nook
Kobo
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Indigo
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Praise

"Talk about easy to love... this book had me falling hard and fast. As soon as I finished reading I wanted to flip back to page one and experience the enchantment all over again. The complex characters, the layer upon layer of mesmerizing conflict and the charismatic setting that delivers as much suffering as salvation all contributed to a superb story, and one that ended much too soon. [...] It’s steamy, it’s poignant, it’s perfectly paced — it’s When Lightning Strikes and you don’t want to miss it!"

USA Today, Happily Ever After Blog<

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:55:45-07:00

USA Today, Happily Ever After Blog<

"Talk about easy to love... this book had me falling hard and fast. As soon as I finished reading I wanted to flip back to page one and experience the enchantment all over again. The complex characters, the layer upon layer of mesmerizing conflict and the charismatic setting that delivers as much suffering as salvation all contributed to a superb story, and one that ended much too soon. [...] It’s steamy, it’s poignant, it’s perfectly paced — it’s When Lightning Strikes and you don’t want to miss it!"
"Gail DeMarco is handling the biggest PR campaign of her career: rehabilitate the reputation of one Simon O’Neal, the biggest movie star in the U.S. Simon has been on a downward spiral since his divorce, getting into fights, womanizing, and drinking heavily. [...] Their heartwarming romance develops slowly and sweetly. The sex is fantastic, but the best part is how Simon and Gail tease and laugh as they grow closer."

Publishers Weekly

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:52:37-07:00

Publishers Weekly

"Gail DeMarco is handling the biggest PR campaign of her career: rehabilitate the reputation of one Simon O’Neal, the biggest movie star in the U.S. Simon has been on a downward spiral since his divorce, getting into fights, womanizing, and drinking heavily. [...] Their heartwarming romance develops slowly and sweetly. The sex is fantastic, but the best part is how Simon and Gail tease and laugh as they grow closer."
"This is a good story with very definitive characters. The writing and plotting is interesting... a very readable book."

Feathered Quill Book Reviews

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T22:01:03-07:00

Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"This is a good story with very definitive characters. The writing and plotting is interesting... a very readable book."
"Fun, sexy and, at times, tender, this not-to-be-missed dance from one of my favorite bestselling authors, Brenda Novak, kicks off a nine-book series set in the quaint, fictional town of Whiskey Creek, CA."

The Boomer Brief

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:57:27-07:00

The Boomer Brief

"Fun, sexy and, at times, tender, this not-to-be-missed dance from one of my favorite bestselling authors, Brenda Novak, kicks off a nine-book series set in the quaint, fictional town of Whiskey Creek, CA."
"Novak delivers a lively, sparkling series debut, proving that a timeworn plot and stock characters can be alchemized into romantic gold by a superior novelist. The love story blossoms naturally, which is rare nowadays, when so many writers contrive to dump their lovers into bed by page 30. Additionally, by populating Whiskey Creek with realistic characters — instead of ‘quirky’ caricatures — Novak ensures that readers will eagerly await their next visit."

Romantic Times Magazine

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:53:57-07:00

Romantic Times Magazine

"Novak delivers a lively, sparkling series debut, proving that a timeworn plot and stock characters can be alchemized into romantic gold by a superior novelist. The love story blossoms naturally, which is rare nowadays, when so many writers contrive to dump their lovers into bed by page 30. Additionally, by populating Whiskey Creek with realistic characters — instead of ‘quirky’ caricatures — Novak ensures that readers will eagerly await their next visit."
"...for those who enjoy sexual tension and strong relationships between characters, look no further then this book and this author!"

Dad of Divas Reviews

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:56:45-07:00

Dad of Divas Reviews

"...for those who enjoy sexual tension and strong relationships between characters, look no further then this book and this author!"
"A hero in need of redemption, a heroine up to the challenge, and an idyllic California gold country setting brilliantly launch Novak’s foray into the thriving ‘small-town community’ market."

Library Journal

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T22:00:19-07:00

Library Journal

"A hero in need of redemption, a heroine up to the challenge, and an idyllic California gold country setting brilliantly launch Novak’s foray into the thriving ‘small-town community’ market."
"I believe I found another Contemporary Romance author who I can turn to! Excellent dialogue, check. Snarky banter, check. Small town vibe, check. Building romance, check. My favorite part of this book was the strength that the author gave to her characters. Gail was a fighter with heart. I can’t wait to read more in the series."

The Daily Dosage (Writer’s Digest Blog)

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-09-15T21:59:20-07:00

The Daily Dosage (Writer’s Digest Blog)

"I believe I found another Contemporary Romance author who I can turn to! Excellent dialogue, check. Snarky banter, check. Small town vibe, check. Building romance, check. My favorite part of this book was the strength that the author gave to her characters. Gail was a fighter with heart. I can’t wait to read more in the series."
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Other Books in the Whiskey Creek Series

When We Touch Cover Art

Book 0.5

When Snow Falls (Reissue)

Book 2

When Summer Comes (Reissue)

Book 3

Home to Whiskey Creek Cover Art

Book 4

Home to Whiskey Creek (Reissue)

Book 4

Take Me Home for Christmas Cover Art

Book 5

Come Home to Me Cover Art

Book 6

The Heart of Christmas Cover Art

Book 7

This Heart of Mine Cover Art

Book 8

A Winter Wedding Cover Art

Book 9

Discovering You Cover Art

Book 10

Home for the Holidays

Book 10.5

Whiskey Creek Volume One

Books 1-3

Whiskey Creek Volume Two Cover Art

Books 4-6

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