Angelica Kate (pen name for Angela K. Naff) writes contemporary and inspirational romances primarily, but occasionally likes to dabble in other genres. She is a lifetime scribbler who has always enjoyed writing as a release from the reality of life. In 2014 in keeping a promise to a friend that has since passed she published her first book Loving Abby through Amazon’s self-publishing tool and was bit by the bug. The feedback both positive and negative continues to propel her to hone her writing chops, and she still reads every review (even those that require a glass of wine to stomach).
In October 2015 Angelica’s family relocated from Stillwater, Oklahoma to the beaches of Sarasota, Florida. She is hoping that the change of scenery will keep her creative processes churning out new ideas. When she isn’t writing Angelica is spending time with her husband, two daughters, extended family or friends or on the road pursuing her quest for new adventures to write about in her next book.
PIECES OF HER HEART
Genre: Romance / Inspirational
Dana is trying to put her past behind her and start over with her son Beau. Having just graduated with the help of her best friend Hannah from college, she is looking forward to the next step. Moving across country and starting their own business is a dream on the cusp of becoming reality, that four years before she had not even thought possible. Hannah’s brother Brady was burned by a woman once, and now his only goal is taking care of his mother and sister as he deems appropriate. He is not about to let an irresponsible single mother like Dana derail the plans he has for his family. Unfortunately, this hurt unfeeling man might be the only thing able to stand up to the past when it blows into town demanding steep dues. The consequences for these two damaged hearts will hang in the balance.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Eryn spent years putting her hometown in the rearview mirror, never wanting to revisit the events that drove her from the only home she had known. She has become a successful businesswoman with a heart of stone, moving from one critical assignment to another never in one place too long. Now on the verge of attaining that final all important promotion, she is given the final test in a project so big it will be the feather in her cap or her undoing. The only obstacle, it is the new Sports Complex in her hometown. Noah was the older brother of Eryn’s best friend growing up and part of her extended family. Every memory he has of his childhood she is intertwined within, but after a set of tragedies in his life he has locked up all those warm memories and replaced them with a no nonsense work routine and raising his daughter as a single father . When his company wins the bid for the new Sports Complex it is the job of a lifetime for his family construction business. Unfortunately, the Project Manager from the company’s corporate office overseeing the project is a blast from his past and may push the bounds of his professional behavior. Neither Noah nor Eryn is willing to back down from a challenge, but working together proves to be a bigger obstacle than either has experienced previously. Throw in meddling family members, and one precocious little girl and things get a lot more complicated. They are navigating a haunting past, trying to both do what they must to advance their careers and fighting their feelings in the mix. Sometimes history isn’t linear, it’s a circle and all the running in the world just brings you one step closer to confronting the past!
SCRIPTING THE PAST
Genre: Romance / Action Adventure
Declan lives in the shadows helping deliver people out of the worst moments of their lives. After his military career ended he joined a team in a foreign land putting the most lethal skills in his toolbox to best use, all the while watching over his only family from afar. He wants his sister, Morgan to enjoy all the best in life, free from the confines of the knowledge of what he does and the evil that threatens their world daily. When his sister’s life is unexpectedly jeopardized though, he will need to break every rule to help find answers of historically altering events that will change his world and cause him to question everything in the pursuit of truth. Alessa has always lived a sheltered life under the overly watchful eye of her parents, even after their untimely deaths she follows their advice to the letter. Avoiding people, technology and any social interactions with the only exception being her best friend and editor friend Morgan, she maintains the solace she was born into and knows best. When secrets from her parent’s past start threatening her Morgan, she will embark on a journey toward answers with the most brusque, infuriating man she didn’t know she would never be able to live without.
THE FINAL WORD
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ryan, Beth and Grace had been the best of friends from kindergarten through high school graduation. The trio considered each other family and every significant moment of their lives was chronicled in the minds of the other friends. Graduation night the crossroads between high school and the rest of their life takes a major detour, hurtling them in directions no one could have imagined. A decade later the physical wounds of that night have healed, but the emotional price of going home is still too steep. With a little meddling by family, one incorrigible little girl and a touch of heavenly intervention they will find themselves making the journey home.
LIFE’S A BEACH
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Welcome to the Beach House, where life’s outcasts all gather for a little reprieve from the unforgiving world. Taryn had packed her world’s belongings and her daughter Harper, taking off for new horizons in an effort to outrun a past she wished to leave in the rearview mirror. Late at night days into their journey they stumble across the Beach House and the quirky older ladies that run the establishment. On the shores of the ocean Taryn finds a place she never thought existed along with a host of characters she soon calls family…and maybe a friendly ghost or two! Graham lost his sister off the shores of Beach House and spends time helping out Lilith the owner in his free time from policing the streets of their sleepy haven. Taryn and Harper’s arrival on the scene turns his world upside down, and as his guardian angel pushes them together he finds the first rays of hope shining on is world in a long time. As he tries to make peace with the past, forge a new path to possible romance and balance the safety of his town’s resident’s secrets Taryn and he attempt to hide may bring them face to face with a truth no one will see coming!
Genre: Romance / Science Fiction
Zoya Palseck was raised with all the conveniences her father’s vast fortune could purchase, but she was cursed to live without the love she desperately craved. Her mother was felled by a drunk driver when Zoya was but a child, and years later her father perished in a mysterious plane crash in South America. She has spent innumerable years shut off from the prying eyes of the world, hiding behind computers and the walls of her heavily secured home. When her father’s company is in jeopardy of being sold by an internal group seeking their own agenda, she assumes her rightful place and stops the mutiny in progress. That decision, along with a gift her father left for her kept hidden since his demise, will change her in ways she could never have imagined. The wild chase that ensues where everything she once held as truth will be revealed as a tangled web more dangerous than any she could conceive. Jonathan Lange has served as Zoya’s bodyguard, legal counsel and guardian ad litem since her late father’s demise. He will do anything to safeguard her, help keep the secrets of her family and ensure the success of the Palseck family company, Viztec. Unfortunately, forces outside his control are out to right old wrongs, and Zoya is the last member of her family whose blood can provide vengeance and immortality of sorts. As a trail of bodies begin to stack up on Zoya’s doorstep, Jonathan will enlist the help of some shady security forces and any means necessary to stop those pursing Zoya. In the end the best weapon of all, will turn out to be Zoya herself and a secret “cure” that will change all the rules. Just when you think you know how it will turn out, turn the page.
SCARS OF YESTERDAY
Genre: Romance / Military
Jordan Kuriel was tough as nails, immovable and unflinching which were the very characteristics that propelled her into a decorated military career serving multiple tours overseas, until the moment a bomb ended that trajectory and sent her state’s side for good. Upon her return home, she found her younger sister’s lifetime of bad choices come to a head making Jordan a single mother causing her life’s mission to take a drastic turn. Balancing her grief, healing and an infant Jordan finds peace with the past and focuses on building the life she desires for her new son. Over time Jordan comes to cherish her close-knit family, a career she loves and is making the best of all her blessings while never allowing herself to focus on the sacrifices her injuries forced upon her and ruin that peaceful existence. That balance is upended the day she comes home to one of the richest men in America standing on her doorstep demanding her name a number for her to turn over custody of her son. Domninic Bansuelos runs his families multi-national company with firm but fair hands and puts his duty to the masses of employees and his family above his own happiness. The scar across his heart honed by hordes of people who only seek his company to better their bank accounts, company position or other selfish endeavors causes him to always feel alone even in the most crowded of public spotlights. He was raised by parents who only ever had eyes for each other until the moment his father passed on the reigns of their kingdom to him. His parent’s marriage provided him a blueprint of the ideal relationship that no woman has ever been able to attain and give him a reason to break his bachelor existence. When his mother demands he once again clean up his baby brother’s mess, and try to gain custody of the nephew he never knew existed he crosses path with the indomitable force that is Jordan Kuriel. He had hoped for a simple showing of for.
OUT OF SOLITUDE
Nora survived a parent’s worst nightmare, but now lives in a small compressed world keeping people at bay. Her mother has provided her a job that allows her to make a living cut off from the world in general, making only tiny in roads with the women around her for companionship. Until the day a small child with a similar story walks in and refuses to leave her alone. Learning to put her own feelings aside to help Anabeth regain her independence and happiness again allows Nora to focus on something outside her own pain for the first time. Dealing with Anabeth’s overprotective father though is too far outside her abilities at the moment. Daniel is willing to do literally anything to help his daughter overcome the lingering effects of one awful chapter in their life. Moving across country to be closer to family and even allowing her to spend time with the off putting Nora if it helps her talk again. When he starts to lean on Nora for her advice and eventually to help fill the hole left by Nora’s mother in that role the woman who doesn’t need anybody starts to be the person he can’t live without. When offered the offer of his career though, will he choose this flourishing happiness or chase his own dreams to new horizons?
A SOLDIER’S VOW
THIS BOOK IS THE FOLLOW-UP AND FINALE OF ‘A SOLDIER’S PROMISE’ AND ‘A SOLDIER’S OATH’
Sarah had always been Lane’s strength, the woman who saw him through all the difficult times, even the death of a team member who had been like a brother to him. Finally, he had decided to leave the military and devote his time to the love of his life, and his newborn daughter. But fate steps in and all that changes in the matter of one terrible day. Left alone to raise his baby daughter, Lane struggles to find a footing on the path toward the future that is his new reality. With the help of his ex-military buddies, their significant others and friends, he begins to live again, helming a new business and taking care of his child.Sydney has been friends with Clementine through college, and now is her partner in a new business venture. Their friendship extends to Clementine’s fiancé Jett along with his buddies from his military service, so when Lane’s wife passes away unexpected Sydney is there to help support him and his infant daughter in any way needed. She owes Lane for saving her life during a mission trip, and she had been friends with Sarah. The circle of friends come together to support Lane in his grief, but none of them are expecting the changes that assistance might bring.
THE BEAST OF WINE COUNTRY
Alex James has a plan for everything in her well-scheduled and ordered life. She works as an executive assistant to Denise Poulsen to gain the knowledge she needs to back up her wonderful education and advance in five years to the next level position. She has the perfect boyfriend, who’s now on a trial run living in their newly acquired apartment with a ring expected by the end of the year should all go well. Every check box of her life is being completed in precise order, until the moment her boss’s son puts them all in a bad position, which prompts Alex to be sent on a three-month assignment cross country to help at the family’s vineyards. Determined to not allow this tiny detour to unhinge her entire life, Alex agrees to the relocation – but not without a few stipulations.
Sawyer runs the family estates with a heavy hand, snarky comments, and a fair amount of bullying. His invaluable assistant, Marjorie, has decided to quit after decades by his side. She’s the only member of his staff that he allows to talk back to him, as she has served in a capacity closer to a mother than an assistant over the years. With time dwindling on Marjorie’s resignation, their hiring process hits a snag and his mother – without his knowledge – sends one o,f her own people to help out during the transition. The male assistant he was expecting named Alex turns out to be the quick-witted, extremely beautiful female distraction he never knew he needed or wanted on his property. Through a hilarious battle of wits, these two polar opposites will battle each other every step of the way, while learning that sometimes the hardest fought battles lead to the sweetest surrender.
Abby left home an emancipated, beaten and broken sixteen year old. Years later she is still tethered by the physical and emotional scars to the past. Having built a successful career at Halseth, Inc. under the steady tutelage of the retiring CEO Jack Halseth, she is in for the shock of her life when Brandon Halseth is named the new CEO. Brandon’s attention is much less altruistic and causing her to step outside her safely constructed existence. Brandon surrounds himself with smart people who can help shoulder the burden of the company’s success. Abby being the brilliant engineer in charge of the latest government contract, is one such person. Her off putting personality and personality quirks don’t deter him from making her his next “project.” The outcome for both of these people from such differing backgrounds will change the path of their lives forever.
Gabe Lundin has it all, a wonderful girlfriend, growing business and extended tight knit family. But he misses his best friend. He and Camille grew up together and she is in every memory and milestone in his life up until two years ago. Time and several bad choices have driven a wedge between them, and they have taken different paths. As he contemplates taking a life changing plunge this Christmas season, his greatest hope is that they can rebuild their friendship and she can be there to watch him walk down the aisle. Single mom Camille Heskett focuses all her strength on her high-powered legal career and her daughter, Bella. She doesn’t have time to hang out with her friends, or even dream about those things she once wanted. She remains doggedly focused on ensuring that her daughter has everything, and avoiding anyone who might be ashamed of the choices she has made. A single newspaper announcement is about to leave Gabe, Camille and all of their extended family’s futures hanging in the balance. A dream long believed to be lost is waiting for both of them and the journey home may end with the greatest surprise of all.
A SOLDIER’S PROMISE Genre: Romance
Ryker was raised in foster care group home, and never gained the softer skills a family would have given him. Upon graduation he joined the military, providing him structure, meaning and a great career of which he could be proud. After twelve years he has a life he is comfortable within, a team that he would die to protect and little else in his solitary existence. Unfortunately, all that changes when one of his team doesn’t make it out of the latest covert operation and Ryker is made to keep a promise that will take him on a trip toward everything he always claimed he didn’t want.
Darby is the all-American girl that her fiancé left behind to serve on a covert military team. Engaged to be married that summer when he returned she is knee deep in getting her organic produce and therapeutic horse farm operation off the ground. She is busy working toward her goals when the first letter is delivered by impersonal military personnel ending her dreams of the marriage she had planned since high school. The next three envelopes will be from members of her fiancé’s team, all making good on a promise they made him. One of those letters will bring the loner Ryker to her doorstep for one surprising month.
Cassie doesn’t have time for a man, dating or any relationship not revolving around her children. Her hodgepodge family takes every ounce of strength and organizational capacity she has each day. They may have come to her in the darkest moment of her life through circumstances she would give anything to change, but now they are her entire world. As she works her freelance contracts, contends with a cranky elderly nanny with little English language skills and trying to avert the next disaster the children hatch up she completely misses the curve ball about to be pitched at her by Trent Thomson.
Trent is the contractor on her latest job. He and his tight knit family run the construction company that is going to pull of a miracle turnaround on her latest project that should secure her even more lucrative contracts. He may be the oldest, and his mother’s special project as the last unmarried of her five boys but he is adamant about remaining single with no complications. When these two polar opposites meet it’s anything but love at first sight. Soon the lines between professional and personal start blurring, when Cassie’s boys join a baseball team Trent and his brother coach after hours. This sweet inspirational romance, will have you cheering for a happy ending for this large blended family.
THIS IS AN INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC TALE!
As an infant, Brielle was found abandoned with only the clothes she wore and not a clue as to where she came from. Despite this bleak beginning, she was fortunate to have been adopted by a loving couple and raised with all the benefits of an upper middle class existence. On the verge of graduation from college, and acceptance into the Medical School program, she has long since put the mysteries of her birth in the rearview mirror. She is tethered to the past by one tiny flaw; she sees, feels and hears things that aren’t real! Her visions have always been a part of her, and learning to cope with them over the years as therapists, medical trials and even ‘untraditional’ treatments failed, was just part of life as she knew it. Unfortunately, what was once just a nuisance to her mental state is escalating as each ‘episode’ becomes more violent and the visions threaten everything she has worked to accomplish.
Sarai’s parents have always lived outside the grasp of rational society’s rules and regulations. Having been raised in various communities around the country without the benefit of medical care, school or socialization, Sarai is able to explore the outside world only through the written word her mother taught her to love from an early age. Her mother is the one beacon of light in Sarai’s dark and miserable existence, along with the visions she enjoys of life out in the sunshine filled with laughter, joy and love. Despite the firm hand her father has always wielded on all aspects of her life, she will defy him to fulfill a strange request by her mother. That single moment’s decision will begin to unravel a mystery, decades in the making, which will propel Sarai on a journey toward self-discovery and escape from her father’s dictates. Unfortunately, as Sarai and Brielle’s paths hurtle towards an overlap, not everyone will survive the revelations of secrets better left buried.
RE: DISCORD – THIS BOOK CONTAINS THEMES OF CHILD ABUSE, RELIGION, MURDER, THE AFTER-LIFE AND OTHER CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS THAT MIGHT BE DISTASTEFUL TO SOME READERS. ADDITIONALLY, FOR MY ROMANCE READERS THIS DOES NOT HAVE THE TRADITIONAL HEA ENDING MY OTHER BOOKS FEATURE!
FOSTER INTELLECT – Book 1
Before her death, Mama Jean, as she was fondly known by the foster children she took in, set in motion the plans for the Hertzel-Mendall Family Farm, a community established to offer homes to families that fostered children. The “Farm” offers therapeutic, recreational and many other services all in one place to achieve the best outcomes for children in the foster care system. “Mama” Jean Hertzel fostered teenagers who had run out of options. Teens who were considered unadoptable mostly due to their ages, but sometimes for other reasons. She gave them a chance when they were out of chances. Through the years, six of those young people made it all the way through her innovative program, and this group tight as any biological family, were named in her will as the team to assume not only her wealth, but the weight of caring for the oversight of the Farm. Each of them have overcome big odds, and each book in this series allows us to be part of their world for a little while.
BOOK #1 – FOSTER INTELLECT
Preston Young could hack any computer, rewire any machine. What he couldn’t do was remain in any foster home. His bad attitude and increasing age were causing all of his options to fade. Then one night he ended up on Mama Jean’s doorstep. It was his last chance, but it was a good one. Years later his thriving computer business and monetary contributions to the Farm’s operations are a reflection of how far he has come. He can fix anything electronic, but dealing with most people is a challenge.
Alex is a fifteen year old foster kid with little hope of finding a family to take her before she ages out of the system. Her social worker, Sadie Reece, just can’t give up on her, though. The kid is intelligent. She causes enough trouble to be irritating, but never enough to get herself in too deep, and Sadie is determined to help her before it is too late. She will do anything to change the girl’s future, even going toe to toe with the mean spirited and emotionally void Preston Young.
Audra is so busy caring for her terminally ill mother, and her demanding career as a trauma nurse she never found time for a personal life. Her mom and her had formed a tight knit team for all of her life, without a father figure of any kind imposing on their relationship. One fateful night though a patient brought into the emergency room will rock her world in unimaginable ways and change the course of her personal life and family ties forever.
Donovan has worked for Steinbender Corporation and served as the company’s owner Marshall Steinbender’s right hand since graduating college. His busy schedule handling the various business and personal requirements his bachelor boss imposes on his time doesn’t leave a spare moment to focus on his lack of personal entanglements. On the way to another business dinner, he will be detoured by a medical emergency straight into the path of a nurse who will rearrange his carefully ordered world in a manner he never saw coming.
A SOLDIER’S OATH
THIS IS A FOLLOW UP STORY TO ‘A SOLDIER’S PROMISE’
Overcoming a history of hard knocks, Jett has made the military his entire life with no room for anything other than his next mission, or anyone outside of his team. Jett is one of the men that served with Bryce Holmes, carrying out covert operations for the military. When Bryce doesn’t make it out, Jett and the other two members of the team are tasked with carrying out their most important assignment to date. Visiting Bryce’s hometown to fulfill his oath to a fallen brother will present an unexpected ordeal in the form of feisty, redheaded Clementine Holmes, Bryce’s baby sister.
Clementine is trying for the sake of her family to get into the spirit of the first Christmas without her beloved brother Bryce, and failing miserably. One knock at the door will bring her face to face with a man that is hard to ignore, both because of the information he comes bearing about Bryce, and because of the attraction that instantly springs up between them. She has plans for her future, and is on the brink of seeing them all realized, and a tattooed military commando certainly does not fit her requirements for the prince charming needed to achieve her ten year plan. But soon she begins to wonder if her brother really knew what he was doing all along?
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Emily is doing everything she can to protect her two young children, including a late night bus trip to parts unknown where her ex can’t find her. She just needs a little time to heal from the last physical encounter and figure out her next move. She is determined to find a way to make more of herself and provide a different life for her children than the one she had as a child. She is determined to do it on her own, as the only men she has ever allowed close have crushed her spirit and body. Travis finds the holidays a reminder of everything he lost when his wife and daughter were killed years earlier by a drunk driver. Each year as the winter holiday season looms he sojourns to his cabin removed from civilization until all the craziness is over. It also gives him a chance to recharge and face another year alone. His sister not knowing of his plans this year has already promised the cabin to a single mother and her children. A snow storm will prevent any from making other arrangements to vacate and so they must learn to coexist. The tight quarters and long winter nights start to give way to other bigger complications for all of them.
JOURNAL OF A LAST HURRAH
Talia and Scarlett are the perfect opposite of each other, except for the fact that they are identical twins. Talia is focused, brainy, and finds interacting with people strenuous. Scarlett lives life with her arms wide open to each new experience and is the life of every party. They are the perfect foils for each other, weak where the other is strong and vice versa. Unfortunately, one of them is fighting a losing battle and when she makes a request for one final hurrah to finish her bucket list her sister can’t refuse her. Dr. Zane Michaels has devoted his life to developing treatment protocols for those who have no further treatment options. Driven by, and married to his career, he is okay bypassing personal human relationships. Until he is presented with the machinations of two resourceful women who change his world in ways he isn’t prepared for. When he is asked to help make the trip home more comfortable for one of them, he faces the biggest challenge of his life. For once, the mission is not about finding a cure for cancer, but about healing the hearts of those involved in the journey.
Tristan Dancing Star is dedicated to helping preserve his tribe’s rich traditions and heritage and leading them into even brighter things down the road. His father, the Principal of the local elementary school, has been charged with the task of helping select Tristan’s future mate in a very traditional arrangement from those normally undertaken in this day and age. Tristan walks a fine line between contemporary business and caring for the needs of his people. He has a strong moral fiber that will not allow bending of rules. Emma Kendrick has always lived a vagabond life with her missionary parents. She doesn’t have roots or a place to call home until she comes back to her mother’s birthplace, Eagle Ridge. She loves teaching children and is excited by the opportunity the position at the reservation school promises, except for the interactions with Tristan Dancing Star that cause her to turn down the initial offer. Neither may have been looking for the other, but together they will uncover secrets that will help cement their individual futures, heal the wounds of the past and possibly find the love neither knew existed.
FOSTER HOPE – Book 2
Before her death, Mama Jean, as she was fondly known by the foster children she took in, set in motion the plans for the Hertzel-Mendall Family Farm, a community established to offer homes to families that fostered children. The “Farm” offers therapeutic, recreational, and many other services all in one place to achieve the best outcomes for children in the foster care system. “Mama” Jean Hertzel fostered teenagers who had run out of options; teens who were considered unadoptable mostly due to their ages, but sometimes for other reasons. She gave them a chance when they were out of chances. Through the years, six of those young people made it all the way through her innovative program, and this group tight as any biological family, were named in her will as the team to assume not only her wealth, but the weight of caring for the oversight of the Farm. Each of them have overcome big odds, and each book in this series allows us to be part of their world for a little while.
When their parents died in a plane crash, Nick and his identical twin, Nate, end up bouncing around foster care, always trying to find a way back together. No one wants two teenage boys, until the night Mama Jean made them a deal they couldn’t refuse. Now he has finished college, and is the new baseball coach and teacher at his old high school. Excited to have landed a job so close to his home and responsibilities on the Farm, he arrives ready to help the teenagers he surrounds himself with daily. The last thing he expects is to run into Hope, the girl that had left Mama Jean’s program without any explanation years before.
Hope Garland is the soccer coach at the high school. The last thing she ever wanted to do was come face to face with Nick Buckman again and have to finally explain what had happened to cause her to walk away from the one place she had been truly happy.