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Contemporary Romance

The Spy Games Series 

*Note from Paula: These books can be read independently of each other. I hope you enjoy them. Seriously, though. International spies–how can you not?

“International intrigue, adversaries with more in common than they want to admit, and ohhhh the chemistry…I couldn’t put HER SPY TO HAVE down!” ~Samanthe Beck, USA Today Bestselling Author of Emergency Engagement

“Sex, spies and video-tape… if you like your characters hot and your stories smart, don’t miss this great read!” ~Roxanne Snopek, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Chocolate Cure on HER SPY TO HOLD

“HIS SPY AT NIGHT by Paula Altenburg is an intriguing and engrossing entry into the author’s spy novel series. Readers will be enthralled by this latest selection.” ~ Judge, Writer’s Digest 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards

“Paula weaves enough intelligence tradecraft in her writing to keep the shadowy side of the story credible and easy to follow. I was able to relate to Garrett Downing’s analysis and deductive reasoning while he tracks down a criminal selling his country’s secrets.” ~ Mike Fournier CD, Canadian Army Intelligence Operator Warrant Officer (Ret’d) on HER SPY TO HAVE 



Her Spy to Have ~ Spy Games Book One

The games are about to begin.

Au pair and ex-pat Isabelle Beausejour has been living abroad for most of her twenty-four years, traveling the world with her irresponsible father. When Isabelle finds herself stranded in Bangkok, with no job, no money, and nowhere to turn, she soon becomes desperate.

Intelligence officer Garrett Downing is on the hunt for military goods that have gone missing. Instead, he finds himself coming to the aid of a young woman with more resourcefulness than common sense.

Isabelle has no choice but to accept a stranger’s help in getting back home. Once there, however, as enemies turn into lovers, it soon becomes a game of keeping secrets. Garrett is more than he seems. Isabelle knows more than she’s willing to admit. Will she choose loyalty to her father over the love of a man who tells lies for a living?


Read Chapter One here



HerSpytoHold_PaulaAltenburg-eBook_FINALHer Spy to Hold ~ Spy Games Book Two

Two can play this particular game.

When software engineer Dr. Irina Glasov’s top secret project is compromised, Irina has no one she can trust and only one place to turn.

Intelligence officer Kale Martin is ready to step up to the plate. Finished with his latest assignment, he’s all-in to help the reserved but very sexy Dr. Glasov find her man. Getting the brilliant doctor to let down her guard long enough for things to heat up between them quickly becomes a game Kale plays to win.

Irina’s not foolish enough to trust her heart to a man who lies for a living, and she knows he’s been lying to her. That doesn’t mean she’s not willing to play along.

Unfortunately, a cyberstalker is playing with her, too. Irina soon has no choice but to put all her faith in Kale, because with a higher priority case unfolding elsewhere, he’s left on his own to investigate. Can they work together to figure out who’s hacking into her computer before her reputation is ruined?

Or is Kale the one who’s about to ruin her? 

Read Chapter One here




His Spy at Night ~ Spy Games Book Three

For love of the game.

You win some, you lose some.

Intelligence officer Marlies Wiersma plays hard and loves harder—sometimes with disastrous results. After falling for a man who wasn’t who he pretended to be, Lies is anxious to prove to her boss that she won’t make the same mistake twice. She accepts an assignment which pits her against a charming crime lord—and alongside a diplomat with no patience for spy games, particularly feminine ones.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

When a national security threat results in Trade Commissioner Harry Jordan harboring a spy in his embassy office, his instincts scream that Lies Wiersma is a woman not to be trusted. The two of them are supposed to be on the same team, but Lies is a little too good at these games for Harry’s personal comfort. He’s been burned by a woman before.

Harry’s reluctance to play along proves to be too much temptation for fun-loving Lies to resist, and once again, she finds herself in over her head with a man. This time, however, he’s exactly who he claims to be.

Now Lies has to convince Harry that, no matter who she pretends to be during the day, at night she’s all his.

Read Chapter One here



Her Spy at Dawn ~ Spy Games Book Four

It’s a high-rolling game.

Intelligence officer Dan Hanson once made a decision that cost him his best friend’s life and taught a valuable lesson about following orders without question. He now has a well-deserved reputation for calmness under pressure and the unwavering loyalty of his team.

When Dan is asked to work with a government police investigator to bring down a corrupt politician, he doesn’t hesitate. However, when the sexy investigator turns out to be the love of his life—and his dead best friend’s ex-fiancé—he second guesses the past decisions he’s made.

Police investigator Alycia Evers has loved and lost. Twice. And if the past has taught her anything, it’s that life is short, it isn’t always fair, and she should rely on no one but herself. Being handed a case the Department of Justice believes can’t be won is a challenge she’s eager to accept, but the discovery she’ll have to work with the man who once broke her heart means the stakes are dangerously high.

Dan’s hiding secrets he can no longer keep and Alycia’s not sure she can face. He’s never stopped loving her. She has no intentions of loving again. When the sparks between them reignite, turning into an inferno of epic proportions, can they learn to forgive and forget and look to the future, not the past?

Read Chapter One here

Order: Amazon UK/ Amazon AU/ Amazon NL


The Sweetheart Brand Series

Welcome to Sweetheart, Montana!


Her Sweetheart Brand ~ The Sweetheart Brand Book One

Whoever claimed it’s better to have loved and lost has never met Jess Palmer.

Small business owner and metalworks artist Damon Brand finally has his future in sight when his past rattles into town in a broken down car stuffed with designer clothes and sky high heels. The last time he saw Jess, he declared his undying love. In return, she stranded him by the side of the road, taking his boots, pants and the tattered remnants of his heart.

So much for the bright lights of LA. Failed actress Jessica Palmer arrives back in Sweetheart, Montana homeless, destitute, and desperate. She’s hoping her grandfather will let her have her inheritance early so she can make a fresh start—anywhere but Sweetheart. No deal. She has to stay for six months and get a job to prove she’s matured. Not easy in a town where she flamed all her bridges in order to flee a wild child reputation and her high school sweetheart.

With every door that’s slammed shut in her face, Jess grows more determined than ever to prove she’s changed, even if it means she must turn to her first love, Damon, for a job at his gas station. Surely 10 years is enough time for him to forgive and forget…

 Read Chapter One here

Order: Amazon.UKChapters-Indigo/ KoboBarnes& Noble/ iBooks 


Branded with a Kiss ~ The Sweetheart Brand Book Two  

Patterson Campbell has a “love ’em and leave ’em” philosophy when it comes to women. He’s never given anyone a reason to believe he’s after more than a good time. That is, until he sees Alayna Brand across the room. 

A bold, outgoing cowboy is exactly what shy, introverted Alayna needs to bring her out of her shell. But after an unforgettable night ends up being memorable for all the wrong reasons, Patterson has to prove that he’s much more than just a good time if he wants to capture her heart.

When Alayna and Patterson find themselves working together, Alayna realizes that moving on from that night might not be as easy as she thought. And Patterson? He discovers reputations are sometimes hard to live down.



Read Chapter One here

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Branded by Firelight ~ The Sweetheart Brand Book Three

Easy-going cowboy and roping champion Ben Nichols is at loose ends while his best friend prepares for his wedding. Best man Ben must partner with the maid of honor–not a chore, even if the bride’s sister is as aloof as she is beautiful. Ben’s never backed down from a challenge, especially since this one has a clearly marked expiration date. 

Ambitious golden girl and software tester Claire Brand is not acquainted with failure… until recently. Now, she needs to get through her sister’s wedding and back to Seattle before her family discovers her painful secrets. Her hot groomsman partner, who has temporary written all over him, offers the perfect distraction to get her through the next couple of weeks. Why not? It’s been a long time since Claire’s had some fun.

But then, love turns a short and steamy fling into something neither one of them is prepared for.

Coming 06 February 2018

Read Chapter One here

Order: Amazon US/ Amazon CA/ Amazon UK/ Amazon AU/ Amazon NL/  Kobo/ iTunes



More Contemporary Romances by Paula Altenburg 


Her Secret, His Surprise

Conflict of interest is an understatement…


Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up…until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.

Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded…

And then he meets Cass’s daughter. 


Order: Barnes&Noble/ iTunes/ Kobo/ Google Books

Desire By Design 


He stole her job, and now she’s stealing his heart.

Eve Doucette finally almost has it all. Shes free from her mistake of an ex-husband and just landed her dream job: project manager for a new City Hall and drafter of the final design. That is, until a handsome architect sweeps into town to commandeer her blueprints.

Famous architect Matt Brison is unsatisfied with his mundane life in Toronto. So when the mayor of Halifax asks him to spearhead his City Hall project, Matt jumps at the opportunity. There’s just one problem: the feisty and beautiful project lead, Eve, who isn’t exactly thrilled about her new “coworker” hijacking her design.

But when the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves falling for the colleague they shouldn’t want. And before they know it, their already shaky foundation might come crumbling down…



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What Reviewers are Saying

Her Spy to Have

“All in all, this is the perfect book for the busy person who needs a nice, light read after work or school. It’s sexy, relatively fast-paced, and enchanting.” ~ Natalya, Goodreads

“I dived into this book and didn’t come up for air until I read that last page on a heartfelt sigh and a smile. It’s awesome and I loved it. Highly recommend.” ~ Sandy LM, Goodreads

“I’m so happy I found this book and look forward to reading the next one in the series…” ~ Trosado, Amazon

“Her Spy To Have was Sexy, emotional, thrilling and just a pleasure to read. I look forward to seeing what Paula Altenburg will write next and I am very excited to read book 2 in this series as soon as I possibly can.” ~ Jojodeen, Amazon

Her Sweetheart Brand

“An emotionally charged story…” ~Janine, Janine’s Cool Cats and Reviews
“This was an emotional read for me.” ~Christine, Amazon
“The more I read of Cherry Lake the more I love it. This series is an absolute winner!” ~Shelagh, Amazon
“A sweet story…”  ~Trish S. Goodreads

“Loved this one! It’s a story filled with hope and forgiveness, doubts and insecurities, and in the end love. Great writing and characters make this one you don’t want to miss!” ~Bette Hansen, Goodreads

“…It was wonderful to see how Jessica redeemed herself and how Damon and Jessica grew together. This is a well written book and a great addition to the Cherry Lake Secrets.” ~Sbart61, Amazon

“A heartwarming story that might let you believe second chance at love might happen. The characters pulled me in from the first page.” ~Donna, Goodreads

“Together Damon and Jess are adorable, they have passion, attraction, and also much deeper connection between them. They get each other in a unique way that only close friends do, and are there for each other when needed.” ~Books and Spoons, Goodreads

“Her Secret Love is a story of finding your voice, speaking your mind, growing up and moving on.” ~Isha Coleman, Goodreads

Her Secret, His Surprise

“LOVED loved loved Logan. There is something extra sexy about a guy who knows how to care for a baby. He and Cass were so perfect together and the office investigation had me interested as well. Great story!” ~Jennifer Shirk, Amazon

“Wit, tenderness, and a smoking hot hero who will melt your heart make Her Secret, His Surprise a must read!” ~Robin Bielman, USA Today Bestselling Author

“You’ll be cheering for the characters in this sweetly seductive story. Also, beware, you might want to have Logan’s baby!” ~Roxanne Snopek, USA Today Bestselling Author

“This has to be one of the sweetest books I’ve read in a long time…” ~Sam, Goodreads

“The characters were great, their chemistry was smoking, and their baby was adorable–” ~Becky, Goodreads

“Heart-felt, touching and with a side story that brings secrets and keeps you guessing a little…” ~Nicola, Goodreads 

Desire by Design

“I loved Desire by Design by Paula Altenburg, it was fun, sweet, sexy and fast paced with just the right amount of intrigue and passion to make it just perfect.” ~Harlequin Junkie

“Altenburg has written a wonderful story of building trust, establishing boundaries and finding love in the most unlikely of circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more…” ~The Reading Café

“I picked up Desire by Design completely on the spur of the moment. The first paragraph had me hooked, and I remained engaged in the story for the entire length.  I’m looking forward to reading more from the author, because this hit all the right buttons for me.” ~Manga Maniac Café

“Altenburg’s Desire by Design was fun, sexy and had some serious moments that made me sad for one of the characters, but ended with such a sweet note, I pulled out a Kleenex. This is a keeper for me…” ~Basia’s Bookshelf