Sellwood Novellas

Welcome to the thriving, eclectic town of Sellwood, a small suburb of Portland, Oregon. According to Wikipedia, “Sellwood-Moreland is a neighborhood on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in Southeast Portland, Oregon, bordering Westmoreland to the north, Eastmoreland to the east, and the city of Milwaukie to the south. Sellwood originated as an independent city, as a rival of nearby early Portland on the 1,320-acre (5.3 km2) Donation Land Claim of Reverend John Sellwood, who sold the claim in 1882 to the Sellwood Real Estate Company. The town of Sellwood was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 25, 1889. It was annexed by the city of Portland in 1893.”

But the town is more than streets and businesses and houses. It’s about the people who live and work there. And the people who fall in love there. The Sellwood novellas and short stories are about fictional people who are connected by community, but no less real in our hearts.

The Sellwood Stories are Novellas for busy lives.

Two Authors, Same Town, Different Stories.

Watch for Book Four, Heart of Glass by Darla Luke coming soon!

Sealed With A Kiss

Book Three

by Susan Lute

SealedWithAKiss When friends become lovers, is there a chance friendship can turn into something more?

Cyber security consultant, Sloane Cooper is dumped by her wanna-be politician boyfriend, his parting shot—not only are you the worst girlfriend I’ve ever had, but you’re a lousy kisser, too! So she turns to game developer Miles Preston for “kissing lessons”, but very quickly realizes, though there’s a surprising attraction there, playing kissing games with her safe, easy-to-talk-to best friend isn’t the solution to her problem.

Who is the real Sloane Cooper?

For two years Miles has been Sloane’s best friend while he watched her play house with another guy. Secretly he’s wanted more, but never once thought he’d catch her on the rebound. How does he convince the enchanting woman steamy kisses are not enough? Helping her open a cyber cafe is a start, but the real fun begins when he hires her to alpha test his new game. Traditional wooing won’t work. Can a few well chosen gaming obstacles do the trick instead?

Heartwarming stories about family…community…and the journey home

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A Merry Little Sellwood Christmas

(A Sellwood Short Story)
By Susan Lute

AMerryLittleSellwoodChristmas_800-683x1024“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…”

It’s time to put down roots, and all Victoria Cahil wants is to keep the promise she made to her eight-year-old niece, MacKenzie. They would spend Christmas Eve in their new Queen Anne colonial home. There was only one hitch in her plan. The house needs more work than she anticipated, and Chief Deputy Gavin Stevens has put the derelict house on his “dangerous buildings” list.

Okay with his bachelor status, Gavin hasn’t given a second thought to finding a family of his own…or the love of a good woman. He’s survived being orphaned at a young age, Marine boot camp, three tours in a war zone, and is not often taken by surprise. But when a feisty house renovator calls him on the carpet for condemning the sow’s ear she’s determined to make into a silk purse, he begins to wonder. Can he survive the provocative Tori Cahil with his heart…and bachelorhood intact during a holiday season when Christmas miracles are practically the norm?

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All of You

Book Two

by Darla Luke

Visiting her grandmother in the city turns out to be anything but routine.

After a childhood spent always on the move, Mia Belden longs for stability and a ranch of her own where she can grow deep roots. Getting away from a persistent ex-boyfriend, she sets out for a long-overdue visit with the woman who raised her. But when she arrives in Sellwood, Oregon she discovers Grams has secrets: A dusty antique shop, the father who abandoned her as a baby, and the biggest shock of all—Grams’ uber-sexy neighbor, Dr. Nashville Anderson, who makes her re-think her solitary life in the country.

Nash Anderson’s life is in perfect alignment. His budding chiropractic practice in Sellwood is starting to take off and although marriage and family may be in the cards eventually, his five year plan comes first. Until the fascinating granddaughter of his landlady arrives. Mia is independent, outspoken and easy to be around. And he wonders if his plan needs a major adjustment.

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And don’t miss the book that started the Sellwood Novella series!

A Fool for Love

Book One

by Susan Lute

A Fool for Love

Alice York lives a nomadic life working as a classic car mechanic so she can follow her dream of painting landscapes. Then she breaks down in Sellwood and takes a temporary job with sexy Zach Barret, but getting drawn into this single dad’s delightful family is not on the menu.

Zach Barret has two priorities – be the best dad he can to his twelve-year-old daughter and keep Martha’s Elder House running without hiccups, a challenge at the best of times since his granddad persists on chasing off the hired help.

When a gypsy caravan-style truck breaks down at Martha’s curbside, the last thing Zach needs is an impulsive pixie rocking his boat. The more determined he is to stay away from the free-spirited, green-eyed nomad, the more he finds one kiss is not enough. Uncovering her secrets in paintings of empty swings and merry-go-rounds puts a new priority in the top spot on his short list. Can he convince this stunning woman to park her truck permanently in his drive?

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