If You Were Mine

Final book in the beloved Bayview Heights Series February 4, 2016!

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them, as evidenced by this new book in the Bayview Heights series!

Joe Taylor has followed in his father’s footsteps. A former journalist, he switches careers and becomes a high school teacher, just like Seth. He also loses his wife and is left a single father. When he returns to Bayview Heights to live and work, he settles in a wing of his family’s home. He has great childcare, is surrounded by unconditional support and a job he adores. But something’s missing. It’s time to move on.

Juliet Mason comes back to Bayview Heights High School to teach in the English Department. She left her job to have a baby five years ago and help her husband with his career as a U.S. Congressman. When she meets Joe, she sees a gentle, tender man who loves deeply. But because she’s married, they maintain a collegial relationship. Until her secret is revealed…

The world of education and politics clash in this story of love and hope when Joe realizes that Juliet needs rescuing…and he’s the man to do it!

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Praise for the Bayview Heights series:

“Kathryn Shay will make you pull out a hanky for more than one intensely moving scene.”

– RT Book Reviews

“You have to read this powerful, heart-wrenching story. Ms. Shay…is a truly gifted storyteller.”

– Old Book Barn Gazette

“Shay’s heart-touching, sympathetic approach, powerful storytelling ability and depth of characterization of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, speak of first-hand knowledge of teens, challenges, and matters of the heart.”

– Word Weaving


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An invitation to join Shay Sisters Street Team 

I’m happy to share with you a new way to connect with me and other readers. It’s call Shay Sisters Street Team and I would love you to be part of it. In case you may not be familiar with the term Street Team or what a Street Team does, let me give you a brief definition and description. An author’s Street Team is a group of readers who help spread the word about the author and her books by performing different tasks such as (but not limited to) posting reviews, distributing swag, and sharing information about sales, upcoming releases, events, etc. via social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.).  

You’ll also get special contact with me and other members of the team on a private Facebook page. I’ll talk to you about my current work, answer any questions you have about my writing and share other things with you.

Those who wish to join the team will need to ask to join the FB Group…

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Book 8 in Hidden Cove Firefighter Series March 8, 2016!

A BURNING PASSION: The Inheritance 

Welcome to A BURNING PASSION, book 8 in my favorite firefighter series. But it’s also part of another project, THE INHERITANCE.  Twelve authors have gathered to present a wonderful concept that lasts for all of 2016!

Billionaire Harold Hopewell traveled the world, encountering people and learning about them. In death, he is giving back, leaving an unusual will filled with life-altering bequests to the people he met along the way. Read the Inheritance Series, and let their stories touch you.

In the launch book of the series,  Firefighter Dan Collins, everybody’s favorite guy, was dumped by his wife for a richer man. Eleven months later, he finds love with Lucy Coretta, another firefighter who’s been his best friend for years. But when he receives a windfall from a wealthy benefactor who recently died, his newly made plans with Lucy are threatened, and the inheritance sends everybody into a tailspin.

More information to come!

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Welcome to my website!

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the world of Kathryn Shay. I write contemporary romances that reviewers have called “heart-wrenching and emotional.” Many of my books are set in upstate New York, New York City, and surrounding areas.

You might have heard I write firefighter and teacher stories, but I cover a whole host of professions such as lawyers, Secret Service agents, CEOs, Irish pub owners, architects and police officers.

My work centers on hot, controversial: family problems, parents and children, friendship, troubled teens, school violence, infidelity and marriages in trouble, holiday stories and online dating. I hope you’ll peruse my website and get to know me (on my bio page and fun stuff) and the novels I write on the rest of the pages.

Best always,

Kathy