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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Megan Frampton ~ GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday, and thank you for joining me for the 2nd author visiting us for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Megan Frampton. I enjoyed her guest post and think you will too. Afterward don’t forget to check out her release The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior : Duke’s Behaving Badly #1. Is this cover delicious or what? YUM!

Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway…the link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Megan…


Megan Frampton’s Guide to Correct Writing Looking at Pictures of British Actors Romance Novels

Thanks for having me here today!

Many authors say they knew in their hearts they were born to be writers from the first time they got an A (or a C, for that matter) on a writing assignment in school.

I had no such epiphany. I liked reading, certainly, and spent most of my free time occupying myself with books as much as possible. I started out with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, then read all of Andrew Lang’s Colored Fairy Books, then found Barbara Cartland at some point and gorged myself on historical romances from then on.

Then I hit the Dark Ages of Romance—the books people who don’t read romance think of when you say ‘romance novel,’ even though those books aren’t written any longer (that’s another rant for another time). I didn’t like those books, with their perfect heroines who were forced into having sex with the perfect hero. I wasn’t perfect, I sure as hell wasn’t having sex, and I definitely hadn’t found a “hero,” so I had nothing in common with those books.

I took a break from romance for a long time. I got back into it (long story, again, for another time), and then wound up getting laid off from a job post 9-11. My husband and I decided I’d stay home with our then 2 ½ year old son. I thought it’d be a good time to see if I could actually write a romance novel. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but apparently I’d been thinking about it for a while, since when I started to put fingers to keyboard, I had a story.

Every writer writes differently, and I’d say if you can find just one bit of writing advice that rings true to you, you’ve won. So here are some of my writing thoughts:

  1. Don’t worry about trying to copy someone else’s technique.
  2. Keep in mind, as Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch said, that there are only seven different stories. But there are myriad ways to tell each one. Don’t be afraid of borrowing someone else’s story and putting your own imprint on it.
  3. Do whatever you have to to eliminate distractions. I use a timer, and make myself write for 20 minutes, then I take a five-minute break to see what the internet’s been doing, since OF COURSE I would have received the most important email in the world during those 20 minutes.
  4. Let yourself write what you hear in your head. Editing is for later, after the words are on the page.
  5. Read in the genre. A fun thing I like to do is find a favorite author’s lesser books, so I can see more clearly just how she does it.

Thanks again!

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
Dukes Behaving Badly # 1
By: Megan Frampton
Releasing November 25th, 2014


All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .


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Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.


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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Shannyn Schroeder ~ Giveaway

Thanks for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have 2 authors visiting for What to Read Wednesday. First, please help me welcome author Shannyn Schroeder. We’re going to MEET THE HEROINE of her latest release Her Winning Formula Hot & Nerdy #3.

Afterward, don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway!

Take it away Shannyn…


Her Winning Formula – Meet the Heroine

By: Shannyn Schroeder

The heroine of Her Winning Formula is Felicity Stone. Felicity was easy for me to write because we have much in common. Felicity is a science nerd, which is not my thing, but she’s socially inept and very aware of it. This is a feeling with which I am intimately acquainted.

Felicity is on her way to South Padre Island in Texas for her last spring break with her friend, only to find out that her friend’s car broke down and Felicity is left alone. On the plane, she meets Lucas, a teacher on spring break headed to his brother’s wedding.

Felicity and Lucas chat for a while on the plane, and Lucas asks Felicity to be his date to the wedding. The mere thought of being around that many people practically makes her break out in hives. However, after Lucas graciously gives up his rental car for her, she agrees to be his date. Spring break is supposed to be about having fun, and Felicity at least wants to give it a shot.

Although she wants to try, Felicity is afraid she’ll mess up Lucas’s plan. He wants a date to keep his ex-girlfriend (the maid of honor) at bay. Felicity doubts her ability to be a convincing girlfriend. When Lucas gives her a plan to be able to interact at the wedding, she is amazed at how well it works. Because of this success, she asks Lucas to teach her how to pick up guys.

She’s attracted to Lucas and they have chemistry, but she chalks it up to him being nice and playing the part of boyfriend. After the wedding is over and they sleep together, she figures she’s back to being on her own for her spring break and learning how to flirt by herself. To her surprise, Lucas asks her for one more family dinner and reminds her that he agreed to teach her to flirt in order to pick up guys.

Lucas manages to give her another winning formula and she finds success in picking up a guy at a bar, but she finds herself wishing he was Lucas. She might not be quite as inept as she thinks.

Her Winning Formula

Her Winning Formula

Hot & Nerdy # 3

By: Shannyn Schroeder

Releasing November 24th, 2014





Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…
Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?




Felicity was beginning to think this trip was cursed.

Lucas stood there staring at her, then he sighed. “Take my car. I can have someone from my family come get me.”

“I can’t do that.”

“Sure you can. I’m probably going to be at the hotel most of the time.” He leaned over the counter and flashed a sexy smile at the clerk. “You can change that reservation, right? I’d like to give my friend Felicity here my car.”

The girl’s face brightened. “Of course, we can do that.”

Felicity pulled out her credit card. “Thank you.”

Lucas had stepped away from the counter and pulled out his phone. She watched him and knew she should do or say something. Thank you didn’t quite cut it. She thought about Layla and Charlie and even her mother and what they would do in this situation. “Don’t call your family. I’ll take you to your hotel.”

“You sure?”

“It doesn’t make sense for someone to drive thirty miles to get here and then have to turn back. It’s the least I can do.” She signed the paperwork, and they walked outside to get the car. Felicity slid her sunglasses on her face as Lucas stowed their bags in the trunk. He climbed in beside her, looking no more comfortable than he had on the plane. “I’m a safe driver.”

He jiggled the handle to adjust the seat and shoved it back to allow more legroom, and then he relaxed. He typed his hotel information into the onboard GPS, and Felicity began driving. Lucas made call after call while they drove. From what she could hear, he’d been roped into taking care of a bunch of wedding details, but nothing seemed to bother him.

When he finally clicked his phone off and tucked it back in his pocket, she knew she should say something.

“Sorry for all the calls. My family was a little panicked that I wasn’t going to make it on time.”

“Okay.” In the silence, she thought about what she’d wanted to get out of this vacation, besides time with her two closest and oldest friends. She wanted to have fun. She’d been counting on Layla and Charlie to help with that. It was bad enough that Charlie refused the trip, but now Layla was late. As they neared Lucas’s hotel, she blurted, “Okay, I’ll go to the wedding with you.”

“You make it sound like it might be torture.”

She laughed. “After you see me in a big crowd, you might think that way too.”

“It’ll be fun.”

Ha! Volunteering to put herself into a group of people she didn’t know didn’t sound fun at all, but being with Lucas did. He made her laugh, which was something she didn’t get from most guys.


Lucas relaxed his shoulders. He had a date for the wedding. This would be perfect. Felicity would be able to keep Becky from clawing at him, and he might actually have a shot of enjoying this week.

Felicity pulled up in front of his hotel. “Give me a call and let me know what time I should be here tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow? No, I need you now.”

Her eyes widened, and he realized how his words sounded. “I mean, there’s rehearsal in a couple of hours and then dinner after. My family will expect my date to be there. Plus, you’ll need a crash course on me and my family if we’re going to pull this off.”

Felicity’s brows furrowed, and a cute wrinkle waved along her forehead. “Pull this off? I thought you just needed a date.”

He released a slow breath. “I need a date to keep my ex away. If she knows we just met on the plane, it’ll be like waving a red cape at a bull. She needs to think we’re in a relationship.”

Felicity swallowed hard.

“We don’t need to make them believe we’re getting married or anything, just dating, but that means we need to know about each other.”

“But…but I have to check in at my hotel.”

“Call and tell them you’ll be late. You can go there after dinner tonight.” Lucas waited patiently, like he did in the classroom when a student needed time to develop an answer.

Felicity faced forward, staring out the windshield, looking like she was carrying on a conversation in her head. She blew out a breath and shook her head. “Fine. Get the bags from the trunk and I’ll park. I need to change before dinner.”

“Thanks. I could kiss you.”

She turned, and one eyebrow arched up above her sunglasses. “Is that part of our deal?”

He smiled. “Only if you want it to be.”


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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

Shannyn Schroeder 

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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What to Read Wednesday with Amber Hart and Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome author Amber Hart to the blog. She’s sharing her secrets and process for writing memorable characters.I think you’ll enjoy her information. She’s also giving us a sneak peek at her release Until You Find Me, which released November 11th.

Don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Amber…


The Secret To Writing Memorable Characters


Undoubtedly the #1 question asked about writing is: What’s the secret? And more specifically, what’s the secret to writing characters that jump off the page to live in people’s hearts forever? Well, I’ll tell you. So grab a cup of coffee and a comfy spot. Here goes.


The secret to writing memorable characters is…



Yes, really. I’m totally serious. That’s where it all begins. All too often aspiring authors think up their characters, entire scenes play through their mind, but they freeze when it comes to writing. There’s no “right” way to begin. You can start with sticky notes or paragraphs or outlines or whatever works for you. Most importantly, though, is to start writing. You can always go back later to edit. You can add, cut, or embellish in time. So, grab a laptop—or if you’re old-school, a pen and paper—and write.

Picture the characters you want to create. Are they magical? Are they surrounded by dragons and beasts and monsters? Or are they human, living in the real world? Wherever they belong, detail is the key. It’s what will make a story come alive with imagery. It’s the difference between flat and 3D characters. Details matter. And unless it’s a haunting story, most people don’t like to read about skeletons. So flesh your characters out. Slap on the meat and skin and personalities. Where do they come from and where are they going? What is their dilemma? What stands in their way? How can they reach growth? What is their relevance to the story? What makes them important? Where do they reach a breaking point? Characters need life breathed into them so they feel as real as your best friend, or as real as you.

When what makes up the core of a character is apparent, focus can shift to what they look like, what they sound like, little quirks they display. Some characters stutter, some have a sweet voice, while others have deep, gravely tones. Does your character have freckles or scars or distinguishing markings? Does your character have a nervous tic, or an odd habit? Maybe they tap their feet, or rub their fingers along the hem of their shirt? What are their physical traits? When a character is as real on the page as the person you see in the mirror, it will show.

Remember: Development and growth take time. Relationships, more often than not, bloom naturally over the course of chapters and events. Characters are not perfect. Actually, it’s important that they not be faultless. I’ve always found the most relatable characters to be flawed, because so am I. So are you. The most memorable characters are those who go through struggle—not to come out impeccable in the end, but to come out flawed AND stronger. You’ll get it wrong. You’ll get it right. You’ll repeat this torturous pattern probably forever. It’s a process that demands dedication and determination. It can take months or years. Best way to see if your character is real enough, is to ask someone else to read your words. Or to draw a picture based on the descriptions you listed in your novel. Does their feedback or picture look like the character you meant to create? If so, congrats. If not, tweak. Practice makes progress. Keep writing. Never stop writing. And don’t be discouraged. Even the best writers in the world struggle with words. We all fall peril to the depths of our writing caves but those who preserve eventually do see the light again. So, write and write and write. I hope to one day read your words, too.

Amber Hart is the author of the YA contemporary romance Before & After series, and the NA romantic thriller Untamed series.  She’s rep’d by Writers House and is often on social media. You can meet her there.






Until You Find Me

Until You Find Me # 1

By: Amber Hart

Releasing November 11th, 2014

Loveswept: Flirt

 Until You Find Me_Hart



Amber Hart pushes contemporary romance to its wildest limits in this heart-pounding novel, the story of a girl who travels to Africa to protect the legacy of one man . . . and stays for the love of another.

Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.

Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.

Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?


Advance praise for Until You Find Me


“If you think the jungle is hot and dangerous, wait until you meet Jospin. He and Raven turn up the heat to scorching and burn the jungle down!”—Lisa Desrochers, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far

“A beautiful, unconventional story that takes you to the jungles of Africa to fall in love, Until You Find Me contains the perfect balance of angst, thrills, and page-turning appeal.”—K.A. Tucker, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths

“Wonderfully unique and utterly unputdownable, Until You Find Me is a breath of fresh air. Each page is sexier than the one before.”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely



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Amber Hart is the author of Before You and Until You Find Me. She grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, and now resides on the Florida coastline with her family. When not reading, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or dipping her toes in the sand.


 Amber Hart

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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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What to Read Wednesday with author Charlee Fam ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Charlee Fam visiting. She’s sharing a deleted scene from her release Last Train to Babylon.

I think you’ll enjoy her visit and afterward don’t forget to sign up for her wonderful giveaway :)

Take it away Charlee…


Deleted Scenes


If you’ve read Last Train to Babylon, you already know that Aubrey Glass is the novel’s

22-year-old, slightly contentious narrator. In it’s finished form, the book is written

entirely in first person POV.

But fun fact: I originally intended to write Last Train in alternating POVs between

Aubrey and her high school boyfriend, Adam Sullivan. I was about halfway through

writing when I realized I had way more Aubrey than Adam chapters. So as I made a

conscious effort to beef up the Adam scenes, they started to feel forced and extraneous

– like I was rewriting the exact same scenes with different commentary for the sake of

word count.

I struggled with it for a while. I even put the whole writing process on hold while I tried

to figure out how to finish the book. I considered everything short of cutting out the

Adam chapters. I’d put a lot of heart into some of those scenes, and the thought of axing them felt sort of like betrayal. I eventually realized this was Aubrey’s story, not Adam’s.

And in the end, I had to let go of his side of the story. But I saved his chapters, just in



Here’s a deleted scene:


She’s in her room. It looks the same as it did back in high school. She doesn’t notice me at first, and just sort of moves around the place like she’s in a hurry. But she’s definitely not dressed like she’s going anywhere — at least not to a funeral. So I just stand in the doorway, not really sure how to break the silence, and wait for her to see me. I practice a few poses — prop my hand up against the door frame, cross my ankles, but it seems too forced, too seductive. That’s not really what I’m going for. I’m going for casual. Curt but causal.

She’s in these sweatpants, they look like they might belong to a guy. I heard she’s got boyfriend, at least that’s what it looks like on Facebook. So I think maybe they’re his.

She doesn’t look the same though. Her room looks the same. But she doesn’t look the same. She’s too think and pale. Her hair is too long, too ratty. She seems kind of skittish too, real nervous even though she doesn’t know anybody’s watching.

I adjust my position again, cross my arms over my chest, but I lose my footing and the floor boards sort of creak, and I see her stiffen. Great, now I have to say something.

“Um,” I cough. “I thought you might want a ride.” She knows its me, even without turning around. I know she knows, but its almost like she’s expecting me, so she turns around really slow, like real slow.

Her lips have got this purple tint to them, the way Rachel’s used to get on those nights I’d pick her up from the beach and she’d be clutching a half-empty bottle of red wine. But Aubrey’s lips are more dry, I can tell even from where I’m standing. And the wine, probably from last night, is just stained through her dry swollen bits of lip.

She holds eye contact for about a second. And she’s got this glassy gleam in them, like maniacal almost. But then she looks away and goes back to whatever she was doing.

“I’m not going to the funeral,” she says. Her voice is shaky. She hasn’t looked at me again. I see the empty wine bottles lined up in front of her bed, and everything starts to click for me.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Come on. She was your best friend. It’s really quite a statement if you don’t go.” I think of Aubrey and Rachel before and I think of them after, even though there never really was an after. They were both two completely different people, at least the way I see it.

Before and After.

She mumbles something. I can’t really make it out, but I think it’s something about Rachel not ever being her friend.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Look at me.” She doesn’t look. Just sort of flits around the room, all jittery. Her hands are shaking, I can tell when she picks up an empty wine bottle and tosses it into the bottle. “Since when do you,” I stop, and remember that Rachel is gone. Rachel is gone so we speak in the past tense. “Since when did you not consider her your friend.”

I know the answer. But I need to hear it from her. I need to hear that she knew. If only ease my own conscience.

She perks up at the question. It’s what she’s been waiting for, I can tell. It’s what she’s been waiting for for five years, I’m sure.


Last Train to Babylon: A Novel

By: Charlee Fam

Releasing October 28, 2014

William Morrow Paperbacks / Harper Collins



It’s been five years since Aubrey Glass left her Long Island hometown and since then, she’s crafted five perfect suicide notes—just in case. Now, her former best friend has gone and killed herself—Rachel always did have to be the center of attention—and Aubrey can’t believe her luck.

But Rachel’s untimely death doesn’t leave Aubrey in peace. There’s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey must face—and worse, a tasteless after-party, disguised as a memorial for Rachel, that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone…including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between her and Rachel.

As the event approaches, memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all, Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. In one devastating night, everything will change. As the past and present collide, facing the future will force Aubrey to confront herself and decide what will define her…what lies behind or what waits ahead.

LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is a gripping novel of twisting relationships and raw emotions pulled taut by a touch of delightfully dark comedy as a young woman faces the demons of a past she’s buried and discovers that the life she desires is one she must demand from herself.


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CHARLEE FAM is a twenty-something novelist living in New York City. A Long Island native, Charlee graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and several awards to her name. LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is her first novel.

Charlee Fam

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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What to Read Wednesday with Callie Hutton ~ Giveaway

Howdy! So glad you could join me for What to Read Wednesday :) Today we have my friend Callie Hutton stopping by for a visit. She’s been on the blog several times and we always have a great time.

Callie is a fabulous author who writes wonderful Western romances and Regency romances. You’ll love her stories and the characters she creates.

Don’t forget to check out her latest book and enter her giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Callie…
I am of the generation that spent Saturday afternoons at the movies. Two movies and cartoons. A great way to while away an afternoon – especially for my mother who got four kids out from under her feet. A lot of those movies were Westerns with big stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, and Jimmy Stewart, to name a few. There they were, cowboys big as life saving the ranch and courting the pretty girls.
Our television life followed the same with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Davy Crockett, and The Rebel. As you can see, I spent a lot of my growing up years idolizing the old west and strong cowboys. They were handsome and muscular and could shoot, ride, and rescue the ladies. What’s not to love?
When you combine all of that with being a History major in college, it certainly followed that one of my favorite types of books to read and write is Western Historical Romance. Give me a strong sheriff with a feisty heroine and my story pretty much writes itself.
Women of the old west were different than their east coast counterparts. You had to be a tough gal to travel to the west, set up housekeeping in the middle of nowhere, and survive. In my book, Emma’s Journey, I detailed the horrors and pain of the Oregon trail. Emma was subjected to Indian encounters, floods, river crossings and flu epidemics. It was not an easy life.
Although my book An Angel in the Mail had a lot of humor in it, the story still acknowledged how difficult a woman’s life was in the old west. Especially if you’re a newly penniless young society lady on your way to Oregon to marry a stranger with five children!
I have one of five stories in Wild Western Women, about spirited western women, with four other well-known western historical authors: Kristen Osbourne, Sylvia McDainel, Caroline Clemmons, and Merry Farmer. My story is A Chance to Love Again, which is the third book in my Oklahoma Lover series. In Wild Western Women, our heroines are gutsy and give their heroes enough of a bad time to make the men stand up and take notice. That’s what the old west women did.

Here is the blurb from my story: A Chance to Love Again
Widow Rachel Stevens is very happy with her job as a cook for the Lazy Sunset ranch where she is raising her son. However, the new foreman, Rusty McIntyre, is turning her life upside down. She could overlook how her son has begun to idolize Rusty, but she’s having a heck of a time ignoring the flutters in her stomach every time the man smiles at her.
But Rusty has problems of his own. His previously unknown fourteen year old daughter has just arrived to live with him. Used to always being on his own, now he has a young boy following him around imitating his every move, and a surly young lady glaring at him. Throw into the mix the tug he feels toward the ranch cook—who wants no part of him—and life is no longer as easy as it once was.


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One commenter will be drawn to receive an e-copy of A Run for Love (the first book in the Oklahoma Lovers series) or another of my books, and a $5 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice.)


USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also recently welcomed twin grandsons to her ever expanding family. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a “friend” on Facebook. You can contact her through her website:

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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Laura Simcox ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday :) Thank you for joining me for Part I of What to Read Wednesday. First up we have author Laura Simcox visiting. She’s sharing her 10 favorite words and then her latest release Various States of Undress : Virginia. I love this cover, and the blurb draw me right in. This sounds like a fun book :)  (please come back for our second author who will be visiting later today)

Laura’s also got a fun contest going on…so check it out….and she’s offering up a wonderful giveaway :)

So, Enjoy!

Take it away Laura…


My Ten Favorite Words

By Laura Simcox


Understatement of the year—I love words. I’m an author. Awesome words? Right up my alley—which, I’ll warn you, is a random, winding alley that involves stops for food. (I could use a snack at the moment.)

Anyway…my favorite words:

  1. Selection: Okay, not a big, impressive word, but such a great one. It’s pleasant, and makes me think of making good choices. “Have you made your selection?” “Why yes, I have. I’ll take the hot guy who’s nice to kittens, please.”


  1. Cartography: Maps are totally fun. When I think of map-making, it makes me want to take a nap, but when I think of looking at maps, plotting adventures (especially for my characters) or finding impossible-but-true town names in real life, it’s a blast. No, it doesn’t take much to entertain me, thanks.


  1. Buffalo: Again, the adventure thing. I don’t write Western-themed romance, but the idea of plains, whipping wind and a cowboy are pretty cool. There’s also the chicken wings thing. I think I love buffalo sauce more than ice cream, and that’s saying a lot.


  1. Dupioni: My favorite kind of silk. It shimmers, it’s soft but tough, and it has layers of color. Back when I designed costumes for a living, if a theater’s budget would allow it, I always reached for it!


  1. Shasta: I love grape soda, that’s why, and if I could find it in diet (any suggestions?) I would buy it by the case, unless it ended up tasting gross. I also want to name a cat Shasta someday. Wouldn’t that be an awesome cat name?


  1. Benediction: Okay, going all churchy for a moment, but a blessing before parting ways is a good thing. It also calls to mind very cool names: Benedicta. Benedict. Cumberbatch? Or Benedict the Shakespeare character, who is so much fun.


  1. Breezy: It’s a multi-use word, and it rhymes with stuff. Characters can be breezy (a lot of mine are) and the weather can be, too, which makes me happy because I hate being hot. I have also named a fictional cat Breezy.


  1. Gack: I use this word all the time, in place of the F word, because I have a little kid. “Mama gacked up dinner again.” I was curious, so I looked gack up in an online dictionary and found that it meant “an exclamation of disgust”. Close enough.


  1. Petite: When referring to food, it makes me feel as if it’s okay to have two or three of something, because it’s small. Petite items are also generally cute and fun. Everyone needs more cute and fun in their lives.


  1. Serendipity: Well, first of all, there’s the wonderfully romantic movie with John Cusack. Secondly, it’s a word with amazing promise. It makes me think that the future’s so predictably bright, I’ve gotta wear my petite, breezy shades. (I have some, too! They have flowers on them.)


So those are my ten words! What about you? Do you have a favorite word—why?

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When the president’s daughter risks everything with her sexy new boss, they’re bound to find themselves in Various States of Undress!

If she had it her way, Virginia Fulton—daughter of the President of the United States—would spend more time dancing in Manhattan’s nightclubs than working in its skyscrapers. Tired of dodging paparazzi, she needs a change. And a real chance. So when she finds herself in the arms of sexy, persuasive Dexter Cameron, who presents her with the opportunity of a lifetime, Virginia sees it as a sign … but can she take it without losing her heart?

CEO-to-be Dexter Cameron knows he’s taking a risk by hiring a stylish party girl to jumpstart his family’s legacy department store. But the president’s gorgeous daughter has her thumb on the pulse of Manhattan, and the partnership seems like a win-win … until Dex discovers that his goals now include more than securing the corner office—they include Virginia herself. Dex must decide: does he make a move up the ladder? Or on the girl of his dreams?


Putting on her best smile, Virginia took a slow, deep breath; nodded to people on the sidewalk; and walked into the museum with Dex.

The usual gasp that occurred when she walked into a public place barely registered in her mind, but the short silence afterward did. Her lips curved into an automatic, friendly smile. “Good evening,” she murmured.

Dex nodded and glanced around the room. “We need to move before half the people in here come this way.”

Virginia looked over her shoulder at several society matrons who crept forward like zombies wearing couture. Ugh. She glanced back, her eyes resting on an area where a string ensemble was playing softly. “Want to dance?”

“Really?” His gaze followed hers. “Nobody else is yet.”

“So? They will if we will. But if you really don’t want to—”

“It’s not that.” He stared down at her. “I’d love to dance with you.”

Suddenly, she wanted nothing more than to see what it was like to be in Dex’s arms. Her breath caught at the unexpected thought. Yes, he was attractive—but so were a lot of men, and she’d danced with plenty of them without getting all giggly about it. He wouldn’t be any different, right? Taking his arm, she winked up at him. “We’re going to put on a show.”

“No, we’re not.”

“We already are,” she pointed out and raised her chin toward the crowd who was pretending to be too worldly to watch them, but were anyway.

“Right.” Dex let out a breath. “Virginia, maybe I spoke too soon. I’m a bad dancer, just so you know. Maybe this is a terrible idea.”

Virginia grabbed his hand and led him forward. “How bad can you be?”

“Spasmodically bad.”

Her eyes widened even as she pulled him onto the dance floor. “Well, it’s too late now.” She placed one hand on Dex’s shoulder and felt a rush of heat as his fingers slid across the bare skin of her back. Swallowing, she raised her other hand and placed it in his. “Box step?”

“Box what?” He began to haul her in a diagonal motion.

Oh hell. Giggles threatened to spill out of her mouth, and she gently tugged on his shoulder. “Slow down and just move around in a circle.”

He tried. He really did, but the look of concentration on his face—teeth gritted in a fixed grin, eyebrows knit tight—made her lose it, and she laughed.

“Thanks,” Dex muttered. “Thanks a lot.”

“I’m sorry for laughing,” she said. “You did warn me about your dancing ability.”

“I did.” He glanced around. “Oh, thank God.” Several couples had joined them, and after a moment he relaxed into a smoother rhythm. “At least they’re only staring at you.”

Virginia wanted to tell him that a lot of the people were staring at him too—with quite a bit of curiosity—but she held her tongue because if he got super nervous, he might rip her arm out of her socket. She needed to concentrate since she was acutely aware of his hand on her back, which had begun rubbing gently against her skin in time to the music. She doubted he realized he was doing it or that his chest brushed against her breasts every time he attempted to turn her—but she knew, and the longer they danced, the shorter her breath became.

This situation wasn’t good. Like, at all. She needed to be able to think straight, and how could she even entertain the idea of working with him if she couldn’t quit looking at him and fantasizing that . . . no. No. Why would she turn down a job in fashion just because she’d danced with the man and liked it a little bit too much?

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After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.

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Suggest A Secret Service Nickname for VSOU: Georgia

Laura Simcox, author of the fabulous VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS series, wants your help for the next installment of VSOU: Georgia! Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame.

Each sister in the three story series has been given a nickname from her Secret Service agents. VSOU: Carolina was lovingly called Care Bear and VSOU: Virginia was nicknamed Candy Cane.

Laura would love readers to suggest a nickname for the last of the President’s daughters! Help decide what the Secret Service should dub Georgia, the sexy intellectual of the three!

*****If your nickname is chosen for VSOU: Georgia, Laura will include your name in her personal acknowledgments in the book, and you will receive a free copy of the first two books in her series!*****

FUN FACT: Historically, all First Family code names begin with the same letter. The Obama’s are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud.



Posted by on October 29, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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What to Read Wednesday with Anna Richland ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me and author Anna Richland for What to Read Wednesday :) Anna is visiting to share her latest release His Road Home. I enjoyed the blurb and her guest post and think you will too.

Also, she’s offering up a unique giveaway that is sure to grab your heart. You can enter at the end of the post.

Take it away Anna…

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Thanks for hosting His Road Home on your blog! I’m so excited to be sharing my new release with readers.

Can you tell us something about Rey that isn’t in the book blurb?

One thing people don’t expect is that Rey is a big-time reader. Grace can’t keep up with how fast he reads what she picks for their personal book club. Even though he dropped out of high school, Rey pursued his education through the military and is working on his college degree. He loves to read nonfiction, but he’s also a massive fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books and he’s written the author emails discussing the real incidents behind a few of the stories Lee Child tells.

Big confession: I really like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books too, and I was thrilled to meet him at RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans in 2014.

And one question about Grace. If she’s Korean-American, why do her parents have a Chinese restaurant?

Where I live in Washington State, it’s common for restaurants to mix Korean, Chinese and Japanese cuisine – the best of all the traditions! – often regardless of the ethnicity of the owner. For instance, the Chinese restaurant closest to my house serves wonderful Korean barbecue beef, Chinese vegetable dishes and Japanese-style stir-fried yakisoba noodles. They do both Japanese miso soup and Chinese hot and sour soup. It’s the direct inspiration for the restaurant Grace’s parents own – and I think it’s a great symbol for the way America can, in the best of times, combine all of us from different backgrounds even while celebrating our differences. Isn’t Korean barbecue paired with Japanese noodles as American in its mix as pineapple pizza or Cincinnati-style chili spaghetti?

Here’s a brief excerpt from a scene at her family’s restaurant, near the end of the story:

One week wasn’t long enough to revise all of her misconceptions about her parents, especially a week filled with catch-up at work and obsessively checking weather conditions in the pass for her drive Friday, so the news that her mother and father were throwing a town-wide celebration for Rey at the restaurant was a shock. How much they relished the chance to host everyone in Pateros and Brewster who wanted to shake Rey’s hand was an earthquake.

Standing in the dining room, she studied the familiar restaurant. The red and gold wallpaper had seen better days, but it highlighted the fresh Christmas tree centered in the window and the garlands tied across the booths. An American flag, a Washington state flag and an army flag—where had they unearthed that?—clustered in front of the register. No one would pay for today’s buffet of Chinese food sitting next to tamales and empanadas from Rey’s family.

Her phone chimed with the signal that meant him.

On the way. Have a surprise for you.

What? she texted in reply.

Have to wait until we’re alone.

Best kind!

“Grace, Grace,” her mother called. “You hung the award, didn’t you?”

“Yes, already.” The mayor had proclaimed today an official celebration in honor of Reynaldo Cruz.

The distinctive red hanbok her mother wore for celebrations had a full-length A-shaped skirt in the Korean style and was at risk of catching in the swinging doors as she carried food to the steam table.

“Mom, let me take that.” Grace held out her arms for the tray of fried noodles.

“No, no. You are also guest of honor.”

Then she understood. In her parents’ minds this was also an engagement celebration. By her silence, she’d permitted the status quo to continue since the news had originally announced the engagement. Whatever people thought in Pateros hadn’t affected her in Seattle, and now that Rey was home and had satisfied her father’s career interrogation, they must assume wedding plans would move forward. If her offer of living together had made him need independence, her parents’ expectations might make him freeze. Or disappear.

I’d like to explain one more thing before I leave a question for your readers. Instead of the usual types of gift cards, with this blog tour I’m giving away a $50 donation to the Fisher House Foundation in honor of a veteran of the winner’s choice. The Fisher House Foundation is a charity that provides free lodging for families of injured veterans in fully-equipped homes near military hospitals. I support them with part of the proceeds of all my books, and characters in my debut First to Burn and Rey’s mother in His Road Home stay in different Fisher Houses. So please enter my contest – and when you’re reading His Road Home, remember that Fisher House is a real charity, and really amazing.

Here’s my last question for your readers. What’s your favorite dish to order at a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Thai restaurant? The one that always makes you happy. My kids adore stir-fried green beans and garlic noodles, so those are always on our order. What’s yours?

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Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, to avoid insulting a matchmaking Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey is injured while rescuing a local boy, the image no one was supposed to see goes viral.
Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? A traumatic brain injury means Rey can’t tell her, until they figure out how to communicate. Touched by Rey’s funny texts and determination, Grace offers friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.
And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?

EXCERPT : Grace Arrives at the Hospital (478 words)

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Chapter 2

The rose-tinted stone buildings and immaculate landscaping of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, reminded Grace of a university campus more than a military hospital. On the parking shuttle route, signs pointed to the Warrior Center and celebrated Warrior Pride, and she half expected men in blue paint and kilts to swarm the bus.

The massed display of flags inside the main lobby pressed home the weight of her false pretenses. The closer she drew to reception, the harder the fictions she hadn’t created but had been too obedient or timid to unravel squeezed her stomach. Five feet from the front desk, her charade bit more uncomfortably than the airplane seatbelt she’d worn all night.

“May I help you, ma’am?”

No one else was behind her. She was the ma’am.

The man on the other side of the desk smiled at her. “Are you here to see someone?”

Although she’d read his name in dozens of news articles, she hadn’t said it aloud. Her first attempt was a whisper. “Reynaldo Cruz.”

The keyboard clicked as he asked, “Are you Sergeant Cruz’s next of kin?”

“No.” Her stomach somersaulted as another lie rose to the surface to join so many others.

“Whoa, ma’am.” He reached across the desk as if to catch her. “Sergeant Cruz arrived yesterday from Landstuhl, but we have to ask because sometimes people pretend to know soldiers who’ve been in the news.”

That was her, a pretender. She clutched her jacket over her chest, chilled even inside the building, and hoped the airplane bagel didn’t revisit the scene.

“Name and photo identification, please.”

“Grace Kim.” Her driver’s license shook until she dropped it on the counter.

More clicking and peering before he said, “I don’t have you listed.”

If she couldn’t find out why Reynaldo Cruz had turned her life upside down, she’d never put it back together. Her chest expanded with bottled frustration.

“Hold on, I’ll call the ward to get permission.”

While the receptionist muttered into the phone, she willed the hot ball in her throat to dissolve. If she had to leave, this farce would end without an explanation to share with her family, her boss, her co-workers. The reporters calling her parents would change their tone, and people in Pateros would stop eating at the restaurant.

“Duty nurse confirmed you’re Sergeant Cruz’s fiancée.”

Relief snapped through her, even as the label made her squirm.

“Petty Officer Boichek will escort you. Visiting hours until twenty-hundred.” He clarified, “That’s eight tonight. I’ll add you as a permitted visitor. Here’s your temporary badge.”

Her escort was a woman, younger than her. “Morning, ma’am. This way to the elevators.”

As they left the lobby, Grace’s clogs clomped on the gleaming bare floor. At least her escort wouldn’t hear her thudding heart.

“No matter what, when you see your warrior, smile.”



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Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of her debut paranormal romantic suspense novel, First to Burn, Anna joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to a career on four continents.

She donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free accommodations near military hospitals for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.

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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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