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Brenda Novak is a bestselling author that writes romance. Born in 1964 in Vernal, Utah, USA, she attended Brigham Young University. At the age of 20, she was studying business when she decided to abandon her scholarship to start a family.
Order of 9 Months Later Series
|1||Because of the Baby||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||Another Man's Child||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||Father: Unknown||1998||Description / Buy|
|4||Expectations||2000||Description / Buy|
|5||Snow Baby||2000||Description / Buy|
|6||Baby Business||2000||Description / Buy|
|7||A Baby of Her Own||2002||Description / Buy|
Order of Dundee, Idaho Series
|1||A Baby of Her Own||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||A Husband of Her Own||2003||Description / Buy|
|3||A Family of Her Own||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||A Home of Her Own||2004||Description / Buy|
|5||Stranger in Town||2005||Description / Buy|
|6||Big Girls Don't Cry||2005||Description / Buy|
|7||The Other Woman||2006||Description / Buy|
|8||Coulda Been a Cowboy||2007||Description / Buy|
|9||A Dundee Christmas (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Stillwater Trilogy Series
|1||Dead Silence||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||Dead Giveaway||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Dead Right||2007||Description / Buy|
Order of The Last Stand Series
|1||Trust Me||2008||Description / Buy|
|2||Stop Me||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Watch Me||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||The Perfect Couple||2009||Description / Buy|
|5||The Perfect Liar||2009||Description / Buy|
|6||The Perfect Murder||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Dept 6 Hired Guns Series
|1||White Heat||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Body Heat||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Killer Heat||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Bulletproof Series
|1||Inside||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||In Seconds||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||In Close||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Whiskey Creek Series
|1||When We Touch (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||When Lightning Strikes||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||When Snow Falls||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||When Summer Comes||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Home to Whiskey Creek||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Take Me Home for Christmas||2013||Description / Buy|
|7||Come Home to Me||2014||Description / Buy|
|8||The Heart of Christmas||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||This Heart of Mine||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||A Winter Wedding||2015||Description / Buy|
|11||Discovering You||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Hanover Chronicles/Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Series
|1||Hanover House||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||Her Darkest Nightmare||2016||Description / Buy|
|3||Hello Again||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||Face Off||2018||Description / Buy|
|5||Blind Spot||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Fairham Island Series
|1||The Secret Sister||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||The Secrets She Kept||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Silver Springs Series
|1||Finding Our Forever||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||No One But You||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Until You Loved Me||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||Right Where We Belong||2017||Description / Buy|
|5||Unforgettable You||2019||Description / Buy|
|6||Christmas in Silver Springs||2019||Description / Buy|
|7||A California Christmas||2020||Description / Buy|
|8||When I Found You||2021||Description / Buy|
|9||Home for the Holidays||2021||Description / Buy|
|10||Keep Me Warm at Christmas||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Brenda Novak Standalone Novels
|1||Of Noble Birth||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||We Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Dear Maggie||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Shooting The Moon||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Sanctuary||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||Taking the Heat||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||To Win Her Heart||2004||Description / Buy|
|8||Cold Feet||2004||Description / Buy|
|9||Every Waking Moment||2005||Description / Buy|
|10||The Bastard||2011||Description / Buy|
|11||A Family by Christmas||2011||Description / Buy|
|12||Through the Smoke||2013||Description / Buy|
|13||A Matter of Grave Concern||2014||Description / Buy|
|14||Just Like the Ones We Used to Know (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|15||Blood In, Blood Out (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|16||On a Snowy Christmas||2018||Description / Buy|
|17||Before We Were Strangers||2018||Description / Buy|
|18||One Perfect Summer||2020||Description / Buy|
|19||The Bookstore on the Beach||2021||Description / Buy|
|20||Summer on the Island||2022||Description / Buy|
|21||The Seaside Library||2023||Description / Buy|
|22||The Talk of Coyote Canyon||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Brenda Novak Non-Fiction
|1||Love That! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of More Than Words Series
|1||More Than Words: Stories of Strength||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||More Than Words: Stories of Hope||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||More Than Words, Volume 7||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Worth the Risk (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
|5||More Than Words, Where Dreams Begin||2013||Description / Buy|
Brenda Novak Anthologies
|1||Mother, Please!||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||More Than Words||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||A Hot Pursuit||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Once Upon a Christmas||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||Taking a Risk / Party of Three||2006||Description / Buy|
|6||The Night Before Christmas||2009||Description / Buy|
|7||That Christmas Feeling||2010||Description / Buy|
|8||Stories of the Heart||2012||Description / Buy|
|9||Love is Murder||2012||Description / Buy|
|10||Together for Christmas||2014||Description / Buy|
|11||Bake, Love, Write||2014||Description / Buy|
For a time, she made her living from commercial real estate. Novak also worked as a loan officer. Because her children were still young, she had to leave them in the hands of a daycare provider.
When she realized, later on, that the daycare provider in question was using cough syrup and Tylenol to put her children to sleep, Novak was furious. Even more disturbing was the fact that the daycare provider was using this tactic so she could watch TV.
The author was wracked with guilt because she had left her children in the care of the wrong person when they were still so vulnerable. She decided that she would stay home and look after them. But she was still determined to contribute to her home’s financial situation.
At the time, the internet was still in its infancy. As such, Novak did not have much in the way of opportunities that would allow her to work from home. She was reading ‘A Knight in Shining Armor’ by Jude Deveraux when she started wondering whether she could write stories similar to the ones Jude had penned.
Novak did not have any formal training as a creative writer. It took her five years to hone her craft. She learned to tell stories by reading books. This is why she encourages aspiring authors to read.
‘Of Noble Birth’ was the first book she sold. But it wasn’t the last. Interestingly enough, the title for ‘Of Nobel Birth’ was the first thing that came to her. It jumped into her brain one random day.
As she considered the words, she realized that she wanted to tell a story that would explore the root of nobility. This compelled the author to give her book a historical setting because the caste system that was so rife centuries ago would allow her to create interesting emotional conflict.
Once that first novel was done, Novak realized that she couldn’t rely on random coincidences to inspire her. She started training her imagination, giving it additional depth so that it would respond to her call with captivating characters, plots, and settings whenever the need arose.
Novak’s imagination has never disappointed her. She believes that it has adapted to the demands of her career. It looks at everything she encounters, not just the major events she witnesses but the conversations she overhears and the articles she reads. It takes all the seemingly irrelevant aspects of the author’s daily life and distills them into surprisingly engaging ideas for novels. A wife and mother of five children, Novak doesn’t believe in writer’s block. To the author, any obstacles she encounters are a sign that she went wrong somewhere.
She can always overcome those obstacles by taking a step back and looking for the mistake that derailed her story.
Brenda Novak Awards
Novak’s collection of accolades includes The National Reader’s Choice Award and The Bookseller’s Best Award. She has received multiple Rita nominations.
Best Brenda Novak Books
The author, whose son has diabetes, raises money for diabetes research. Novak’s best novels include:
When Lightning Strikes: Gail DeMarco was doing well. Her PR firm had a strong roster of A-list clients. But Simon O’Neal was determined to ruin Gail’s career. A turbulent divorce had devasted the unpredictable star and he had responded by falling down a self-destructive hole.
When Gail dropped him, she did not expect Simon to leave with all her clients. Now, Gail and Simon have made a deal. Simon has no hope of winning custody of his son unless he marries a squeaky-clean girl that can redeem his image. For her part, Gail doesn’t mind playing the role of Simon’s wife. For all his faults, Simon is difficult to resist.
Her Darkest Nightmare: Evelyn was 16 when her boyfriend traumatized her. Now, she runs a maximum-security facility in a small town in Alaska. Sergeant Amarok respects the work that Evelyn does. However, he doesn’t want her facility in his town. When a bitter winter cuts the town off and a woman is mutilated, Evelyn and Amarok are forced to put their differences aside.
When Does The Next Brenda Novak book come out?
The next book by Brenda Novak is The Talk of Coyote Canyon and will be released on November, 28th 2023.