Welcome to my home on the web! I write historical and contemporary romance and romantic
suspense set in my home state of Georgia. I've authored a dozen traditionally
published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten
Historical Romance (https://lpcbooks.com/smitten-historical-romance/) and Heritage Beacon Fiction (https://shoplpc.com/heritage-beacon-historical-fiction/), Lighthouse Publishing of the
Carolinas, I also get to help others reach their publishing dreams. I'm a wife and
a mother of two daughters, and I always pause for coffee, chocolate, and old
Denise's Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Novels:
Spring Splash - Candlelight Romance - contemporary athletic romance set in Athens. After 15 years as a swim mom, this story is close to my heart.
When an injury sidelines college swimmer Anna Callaway, her dreams are crushed. She pours herself into her sports marketing practicum, helping a local special needs organization promote their athletic event. What she doesn’t expect is a swim team ripe for the Special Olympics—and their handsome but stubborn coach.
Craig Holt has dealt with eager and ignorant volunteers before. No matter how determined or persuasive uptight Anna might be about coaching his team to the Special Olympics, he has no intention of allowing her to raise the hopes of his swimmers, his sister, or his guarded heart.
Then Anna herself gets a second chance at becoming a champion. Will she pursue her lifelong goals or make room for a new dream?
Traces - BLING! Romance - romantic suspense techno-thriller set in Atlanta
"Denise Weimer knocked the ball out of the park on this riveting page-turner. Readers are on the edge of their seats as a reality show becomes the stage for murder and intrigue."
When a failed
romance and a $500,000 prize lure Kate Carson into participating in the reality
TV show, “Traces,” the least she expects is to pick her partner. After all,
she’s the PR spokeswoman of the company that derived a thirteen-lens, rotating
camera from military use and installed it atop Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper.
But she never would have chosen to evade techno hunters for twenty days with
Stoic, ex-military Alex Mitchell is the sort of man she always vowed to avoid, while the shadows of Alex’s past cause him to spurn emotional involvement. When Kate’s insider knowledge makes her a target of someone more threatening than game show hunters, Alex offers her only hope to reveal the dark plans of proponents of The Eye.
Fall Flip - contemporary romance set in Augusta
The Witness Tree - romance set in 1805 Cherokee Territory
Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.
Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.
This title is coming soon on audible!
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For book business. With an option to make books available, I speak to clubs in North Georgia and North Atlanta on the writing and publishing process, turning historical research into fiction, and topics for emerging authors.
Bent Tree Bride - Smitten Historical Romance - April 2021
This is the story of Sam, a boy at the mission school in The Witness Tree, when he grows up and joins the Cherokee Regiment during the War of 1812.
Susanna Moore can’t get him out of her mind—the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he’s leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he’s wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman.
As both Susanna’s father and Sam’s commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn’t have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna—like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna’s protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart.