SANDY'S SHORT TAKES Whether you're heading to the beach or a shady backyard, here are three fresh stories to heat up your summer.

Not even an arranged marriage to another man can dim Janet Leslie's love for her Scot, Neil Forbes, in Patricia Potter's evocative historical romance, The Heart Queen. When Janet is suspected of her husband's murder, Neil's brave heart stands with her. Catch a sparkling star in Julie Ortolon's perky comic romance, Dear Cupid. Online advice columnist Kate Bradshaw needs to recharge her own love life, and Michael Cameron is about to give her a cosmic change in attitude. Starry days and nights light up this delightful summer confection.

The mystical heart of a warrior is tested in Karen Kay's Western romance, War Cloud's Passion. War Cloud's obsession for Anna Wiley, a brave woman leading orphans to new homes in the West, transcends life to become legend.

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