My Stubborn Heart

May, 2012

     Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

    Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

    When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

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what people are saying about My Stubborn Heart 

*Named a finalist in the inspirational category for a RITA Award, given by Romance Writers of America for excellence in romantic fiction.

*Made the shortlist in the romance category for the INSPY Award, the bloggers’ award for excellence if faith-driven literature.

“I have to admit this story had me hook, line, and sinker.  I couldn’t stop reading.  I knew it was bad when I caught myself ordering quickly at a restaurant so I could sneak in a few pages before the food arrived -- on date night with my husband.”

-Misha Enriquez,    

“Wade creates a charming setting amidst a lively bunch of seniors, making My Stubborn Heart more than just a romance.  In scenes of laugh-out-loud humor, home renovation reflects a renovation of hearts.  Readers will enjoy getting to know each of the other characters as they root for Kate and Matt to overcome obstacles on their way to love.”  -Booklist

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Undeniably Yours

A Porter Family Novel, #1

May, 2013

    When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted  -- more interested in art than in oil -- she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them -- her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage -- and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love, and their belief that God can work through every circumstance, survive?

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what people are saying about Undeniably Yours

*Named the winner in the romance category of the Carol Award, given by American Christian Fiction Writers in recognition of outstanding Christian fiction.

*Named the winner of the long contemporary romance category of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

I wasn't ready for this story to end, but when it did, I sighed the happy/longing sort of sigh that romance readers know so well, as in: "I'm so sorry that it's over, but ... ahhh. I'm so very satisfied.” Definitely one for the keeper shelf!” - Serena Chase, USA TODAY

“Wade’s series starter is an enthralling story of overcoming challenges and trusting God.  How Meg deals with her anxiety is inspiring.  When she meets Bo, he lends her the confidence she needs to battle her insecurities.  They are a couple you’ll be rooting for to have their Texas fairy-tale ending.” - RT Book Reviews

Meant to Be Mine

A Porter Family Novel #2

May, 2014

     Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college-- still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

     The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

     Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

     How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

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A Love Like Ours

A Porter Family Novel #3

May, 2015

     Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

     When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

     Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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what people are saying about Meant to Be Mine

*Winner of the contemporary romance category of the INSPY Award, the bloggers’ award for excellence if faith-driven literature.

*Winner of the long contemporary romance category of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

*Finalist in the inspirational category of the National Reader’s Choice Award.

“Allow me to introduce you to Ty Porter. He's a contemporary cowboy with a taste for fun, a definite soft spot, a solid brain, and a few surprising talents you might not expect from a career rodeo man. Consider him drool-worthy. I certainly do.” 

-Serena Chase, USA TODAY

“Fans of a hard-won sweet romance will love Meant to Be Mine.  Readers will enjoy the development of the characters as their story leads them on a path where, with patience and faith, love is meant to be.  With an uplifting and real tale, Wade is an author who writes from the heart.”  - RT Book Reviews

what people are saying about A Love Like Ours

Wade seamlessly blends threads of courage, sacrifice, hope, and family loyalty together with a double-dose of romance and a dash of "Seabiscuit"-style action to create a swoonworthy story that will leave you both cheering and weeping for joy. An absolute must read!” -Amy Drown, Fiction Editor for The Christian Manifesto

Filled with genuine emotion and overflowing with positive examples of faith, the story captures the imagination while warming the heart.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


     Are you wondering if there will be a fourth book in the Porter Family series?  The answer is yes!  Dru Porter’s novel is titled Her One and Only and will release in May of 2016.  Check back!  I’ll reveal the cover here soon.

     In the meantime, I’m so happy to announce that I’ve written a wedding-themed e-novella entitled Love in the Details.  It features an all new setting and all new characters, plus as much fun and romance as I could squeeze into it.

Love in the Details

November, 2015

     Eight years have passed since Holly last saw her high school sweetheart Josh. Now the wedding of Josh’s best friend has brought Josh back to Martinsburg, Texas.  His duties as best man and Holly's as the church's volunteer wedding coordinator link them together.  As they work behind-the-scenes to plan a beautiful November wedding for their friends, they're forced to confront painful reminders of what might have been.

     Holly broke up with Josh all those years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. However, she never told him the true reason behind her actions and now must decide whether to keep her secret hidden.  She's terrified of letting herself fall for him because she barely managed to piece her life back together after losing him the last time.

     Not a day's gone by since Josh parted from Holly that he hasn't thought about her.  The pain of the past eight years has been too much to bear and he doesn't want to make himself vulnerable to her again. But the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to deny the love he still has for her.

Click Here to read an excerpt!