Books by Norma Budden

The Prayer

The thought of going to university for another year sends shivers up Sierra's spine. She knows she needs an education but is quickly becoming bored with life, unable to find passion for anything. All she desires is to get in her car and drive.


Tamara loves her mom with all of her heart, but she has missed out on having a dad in her life, an ache that never seems to go away. The unthinkable happens: her mom falls and suffers a head injury, then goes into a coma.


A month later, the heartache has become too much to bear so she insists upon a trip to the ER, where she meets Doctor Brady Carlos – and the longer she's around him, the more she wishes he could be her dad.


Long after Tamara left the ER, she was still on Brady's mind – so much that, at the end of his shift, he makes a trip upstairs to visit her mother, Katarina. The moment he sees her lifeless form in the bed, he gravitates toward her in a way that takes him by surprise, even as a paternal instinct he didn't know he possessed yearns to shelter Tamara from further emotional pain.


A chance meeting later brings Sierra and Brady together in the same place, equally fascinated with each other for different reasons. As they get to know each other, an emotional connection develops between them, but is it strong enough to withstand the pull Brady feels toward Katarina?


When all is said and done, will Brady and Tamara be able to hold onto each other, become the father-daughter team they both desire, or will something greater than either of them imagined stand in their way?


An Adoption Story ~ If Only

While still in high school, Demi gave birth to a baby girl and, feeling she had no other options, put her up for adoption. Having moved on with her life – gotten married and having had two other children – 16 years later, Demi Glenn suddenly cannot get her firstborn daughter out of her mind. 


After hiring two private detectives to find her but getting no solid information to go on, Demi turns to the one man who will not come back empty-handed – David Alexander – the father of the baby she had given up so long ago.


Together, will they be able to find their daughter without both of their families being torn apart or will fate intervene, upsetting their lives in a way they'd never dreamed in the pursuit of finding the daughter they can no longer live without? 

Coming Unglued:

(A Mother's Journey into Hell)

Kelly had everything a young woman could hope for: an admirable boyfriend, a strong family unit and determination to succeed. 


A few moments shattered everything. En route to a friend's house, Kelly was raped. Weeks later, she is horrified when she learns the result of her pregnancy test.


When life seemed to have settled into a normal routine, a surprise encounter with her rapist changes her life forever. After apologizing, he strives to reconcile the past and win Kelly's heart.


Tragedy strikes. Hearts are broken. Lives are shattered. In attempting to move forward, Kelly makes a decision which affects everyone who knows and loves her - a decision which begins her decent into a worse hell than she'd known.


Written on the Stars

After seven years, Sarah Chambers knew it was time to try setting thoughts of Mike Rivers aside. It didn’t matter that she loved him; because of his parents, they could never be

happy together.


Determined to take a step forward, she

arranged to meet an online friend at a club – but ran into Mike instead. Fleeing into the darkness, Sarah couldn’t outrun the

memories which chased her – of falling in love, of falling apart.


Desperate to find refuge from the gathering emotional storm, she heads to the only sanctuary she knows. Hours later, when Mike arrives at her door unexpectedly, claiming he wants to talk, he reveals a devastating secret.


Will it bring the ultimate showdown between them or will Sarah be able to look inside herself and, finally, forgive?

An Affair to Remember

Kidnapped at gunpoint, Monica Townsend was held hostage at an abandoned warehouse, and prayed her life would be spared as shots rang through the air.


Being the first officer at the scene, Chase Travers didn't anticipate the sight awaiting him - three dead men sprawled on the warehouse floor. Upon further inspection of the premises, he discovered a barely conscious Monica Townsend.


In the hospital later that evening, supposed to be returning home to his wife and two sons, Chase felt prompted to stay at Monica's bedside. In the still of the night, a gunshot rang out in the hospital corridor.


Chase and Monica escape and begin running for their lives, but they face an even bigger challenge as they battle an attraction to each other which intensifies as each hour passes.


Will they be able to withstand temptation or, in the heat of the moment, after one devastating phone call, will they give in, changing their lives forever?           

When Love Abides

Monica Townsend returns to the city bringing a surprise - Chase Travers' daughter, Hope, whom she had given birth to seven years earlier. Various emotions arise, and reactions take place, as family members learn of Hope's existence. 


In another part of the city, private investigator, Dee Fleischman, is scared of the masked man who chases her; the last time, she just managed to escape. Does it have anything to do with her recent questions about Tyler Washington? Is she getting close to finding the man who stole her daughter's heart so long ago? 


What about Jack Steele, the broken man preparing to pull the trigger which will put him out of his misery? It was a job he decided long ago that belonged to Tyler Washington, before he disappeared. Will Jack succeed with his mission or will a higher power than himself, finally, bring redemption?

Soul Confessions

Jack Steele wondered if the day would come when Tyler Washington would stop running. He was desperate to talk to him, to confess a sin he committed long ago. 


Meanwhile, Tyler returns home in time to foil a kidnapping attempt; little does he realize the impact that single action will have upon his life – how it will send him into hiding, even change his hopes and dreams.


Dee Fleischman cares about both men – Jack as a partner, Tyler like a son. She has the power to bring them together but, despite her love for Jack, she has loyalties towards Tyler, thus keeps quiet.


Will Tyler stop running long enough for Jack to confess his sin or will they continue traveling in the same circles without Jack ever hearing the sound of Tyler's voice?

Divided Loyalties

 Monica and Chase have decided to get married but there is a lingering feeling of doom within Monica's heart and soul.


Dee is torn between her love for Jack and her loyalty to Tyler, caught in the middle between two men who need to meet, yet she fears the repercussions if they do.


Terri feels divided. She's interested in Charlie yet cannot set thoughts aside of two deceased men from her past. She's confused even further when her adopted granddaughter insists that one of the deceased men is really alive.


Will events unfold to bring about a sense of peace or will divided loyalties linger in the heart and mind?

The Promise

Charlie is a tormented father; he yearns to reach out to his two children, but they have no idea he's alive. He has resigned himself to keeping his identity a secret. That doesn't stop him from growing closer to Tyler's mother, Terri.


After a close brush with death, Tyler feels it's time to take Melissa for a weekend getaway. They meet up with Jonah and his mother. Both adults are starving for adult conversation but they didn't anticipate the feelings they would share, nor the fears they would reveal.


Meet Shawn McAllister – a man Jack wants to buy land from in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Jack will do whatever it takes to acquire a piece of the ranch, even agreeing to an odd condition involving his daughter, Judy. Will Jack get the land he desires so badly, or will Judy put a crashing halt to any negotiations which may have taken place?


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