Love’s Hidden Promise — Coming February, 2018!

If you missed WAITING FOR THE RAIN the first time around — And even if you didn’t– Wait ’till you see it now! Same beautiful story. Awesome new publisher. Sleek new cover. Updated content. New title. And the best part is, it’s available NOW for pre-order for just .99!
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sunset cove

They were connected by a nightmare,
and bound together by a dream.

Sunset Cove had always seemed too limited, too impoverished for waitress Lacy Kennedy. Desperately in search of a better life, she’s left trouble behind and worked hard toward the dream of opening her own bakery. No way she’s ever going to let anyone drag her back into the
nightmare of her past—not even a man as captivating as Chase Alexander.

From foster child to police officer, Chase has traveled a long road back to Sunset Cove, carrying with him the kind of news he knows will make Lacy hate him. Despite her icy exterior, he’s drawn to her in a way he never expected—a way that makes him dream of new beginnings, of pasts forgiven … of love on the lake.

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Coming Soon!

When I set out, more than twelve months ago, to write the third installment in my Love on the Lake series, I had no idea what an undertaking it woud be. Aside from the usual distractions of work, running a household, and being a mother, life got in the way in some very unforseen ways. There were family illnesses, personal illnesses, financial difficulties, and even some broken bones. There were happy distractions, too, as my son entered his senior year of high school. There were senior portraits to sit for, varsity sports competitions to cheer at, and colleges to look into. That being said, Sunset Cove was a very challenging book to write. As much as I enjoyed creating these characters and their stories, it took a lot of time and perseverence to get from Chapter One to those glorious words, “The End.” Thanks for your patience, dear readers. I hope you will think Sunset Cove was worth the wait!

Sunset Cove

When the undercover drug operation he is in charge of goes horribly wrong, New York City police officer Chase Alexander turns in his badge and returns to his hometown of Sunset Cove, an emotionally bankrupt man. Desperate to put the past behind him, he takes a job as manager at Shadow Lake Campground and tries to get on with his life. But when the Shadow Lake community is plagued by a rash of drug-related burglaries, Chase feels compelled to get involved, hoping his success in eliminating the drug threat from his home town will help him come to terms with his past failures. He enlists the help of Lacy Kennedy, the beautiful, headstrong waitress at the local diner. She reluctantly agrees to be his eyes and ears in the community, unaware that Chase has a hidden agenda, that she is, in part, the reason for his return. For little does Lacy know that it is only in helping to make her dreams come true that Chase can truly redeem himself.

 On the other side of the lake …

Life has not always been easy for Polly Church. The young bride of an abusive husband, she spent her life living in fear, never knowing the meaning of true love. Freed from Benny’s cruelty by his death, sixty-year-old Polly finally finds peace. A certified wildlife rehabilitator, she lives out her retirement years in her secluded cottage on Shadow Lake, taking pleasure in the blue birds that share her four country acres. But Polly’s placid existence is shattered when she finds herself faced with the challenge of raising her drug addict sister’s teenaged daughter, Wendy. As her relationship with Wendy deteriorates and her health unexpectedly falls apart, Polly finds solace in her lifelong friend, Sammy Delaney. When Sammy hints that he would like more than friendship, Polly is reluctant to take a chance on romance. But though it sometimes arrives when least expected, Polly learns that love always arrives when it is needed the most. With Sammy’s help, Polly discovers hope, wholeness, and the healing power… of love on the lake.

Sunset Cove, Book #3 in the Love on the Lake series coming soon!


Shadow Lake Released Today!

Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake

My new contemporary romance, SHADOW LAKE, was released today from Black Lyon Publishing!

 Author: M. Jean Pike

 ISBN: 978-1-934912-14-0

Price: $11.95 paperback

Price: $6.00 Ebook (PDF format)

Pages: 144 paperback


They weren’t looking for love. So love found them.

Sexy campground owner Shane Lucy needs summer help. Divorced and raising a teenage son alone, the idea of finding love is the last thing on his mind. Yet there’s something sincere and kind about lovely Emma, something genuine unlike anything he’s encountered before. Emma Beckman is trying to pick up the threads of her unraveled life. Recently widowed, she ventures into Shadow Lake for the prospect of tranquility and a new summer job. Her new boss is a prospect all his own—a magical, beautiful prospect … of love on the lake.


Excerpt from Shadow Lake

An excerpt from Chapter One of my upcoming release…


“I’m not in the habit of hitting on t-teenaged boys, if that’s what you m-mean,” she said, struggling to control her stutter.

            “No, that’s not what I meant.”  

            Waves of anger and embarrassment washed over her and for a moment she was afraid she’d cry because she knew exactly what he’d meant. She wouldn’t be a problem for his male workers because she was plain and unattractive. Her eyes ached with the effort of holding back tears.  Beck had thought she was lovely, and the beauty he saw in her had been his pride and joy. He was forever surprising her with jewelry, bottles of perfume, gift certificates to have her hair done at upscale salons. After Beck’s accident the medical bills had chewed up their savings, and when he died, Emma had sold their house, a handyman special still in progress, for only a few thousand dollars more than was owed on it. Now she had to save what little money was left to pay the rent and keep the lights on in her shabby room on Fuller Street. There was no money for clothes, salons, or even a bottle of nail polish. But she was a hard and willing worker; she’d proved that today, hadn’t she? And he’d not given her so much as a word of thanks or encouragement. All she had left was her battered pride, and she couldn’t, wouldn’t let this brute of a man take it from her.

            “Could you could start tomorrow morning?” he asked, oblivious to her anger.

            Gathering the shreds of her dignity, she stood. “I d-don’t think I’m interested in the job after all. But thank you for your time.”

            He reached out his hand as if he meant to touch her, but seeing her angry expression, let it fall back to his side. “Look, about what I said, it came out wrong. I didn’t mean–”

            The bell above the front door chimed and a voice boomed out, “Hello? Is this where we’re supposed to check in?”

            He passed a hand over his face and pushed out a breath. “Just wait here, all right?”

            While he trudged up front to deal with the customer, Emma quietly slipped out the back door.

            A job in the middle of nowhere. A beat-up old rust bucket to get there in, and an arrogant ass for a boss, Emma thought, jamming her key into the ignition. Strike three. You’re out.    

Shadow Lake … Coming April 1, 2009!   



A Rainbow of Romance

Lately I’ve been playing with a new story idea and it’s got me thinking about color and what a big part it plays in the writing of a romance. I never really thought about how heavily I rely on it, not just for physical description, but for those subtle nuances that I just can’t quite create in any other way.

Take red. The color of passion as well as fury, red simply will not be ignored. It’s the rich kid’s convertible, the bad girl’s lingerie. Red rimmed eyes have been the result of many a wife’s fights with her husband, many a husband’s night out with the guys.

 Orange calls to mind crackling campfires and funny-faced pumpkins. Unlike red, orange seems to have a ‘take me or leave me’ attitude. It’s the color of an eccentric grandma’s hair, of the ditch lilies that grow beside a country road, basking in their own brilliance, just because they can. When I’m in need of a character that’s offbeat and quirky, more often than not she wears orange.

Yellow is, to this writer’s mind, the most fun filled of colors. It’s a field of sunflowers, or a butterscotch sundae. Yellow is a wide-brimmed sun hat, a child’s bouquet of dandelions. My happiest scenes are often sketched on a backdrop of sunny, yellow days.

On the darker side of the spectrum, there are hot chocolate eyes, and nights as spooky as black cats. There is the steel gray silence that follows a lover’s quarrel, the deep blue calm that comes with forgiveness.

Color. What would a romance novel be without it?