What to Read Wednesday

20 Nov

Thank you so much for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have a special treat. Author Lynda Bailey is sharing a fun guest post about her bucket list and she also has a great giveaway!

I have to mention that today is Lynda’s birthday, so please wish her a Happy Birthday in the comments! Birthday’s are special days to be filled with smiles…so I hope to brighten up Lynda’s special day with some wonderful comments and well wishes 🙂

At the end of Lynda’s post please check out her latest release BATTLE-TESTED LOVE! She has a fabulous cover and excerpt to share.


Battle Tested Love Lynda Bailey

I want to thank Christine for hosting me today! And, yes, it’s my birthday – grin. So to celebrate, I’m giving presents!!!!! A lucky commenter will get his/her choice of one of my print titles along with a matching charm necklace in either silver or gold. (These prizes can only be shipped in the United States…sorry.)

With this being my birthday (and please don’t ask my age – suffixes to say dirt is older than me, but just barely…<wink>) I thought to share my current “bucket list” of things I’d like to achieve before I reach the end of my journey in this dimension. (I should note that before I even knew what a “bucket list” was, I managed to cross off a couple of items: becoming a welder and learning to box.)

My list now includes the following:

            Visiting Labrador Island

            Visiting the Galapagos Islands

            Visiting American Samoa

            Taking an extended cruise to Alaska

            Traveling above the Arctic Circle

            Climbing Mount McKinley (this I plan to do when I’m ninety…J)

I also want to learn ballroom dancing (LOVE Dancing with the Stars!) as well as pole dancing – yes! Pole dancing!

Now that you know what’s included in my “bucket list,” please share one or two of your dreams. What’s something you hope to accomplish before the end of your journey? Remember to leave your email in the response, not only for the chance to win one of my print books + a matching charm necklace, but to be in the raffle to win the $25 Amazon gift card at the end of my blog tour.

Titles available in print: Battle-Born Love, Battle-Tested Love, Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple, Naughty Neighborhood, Wildflower. You can find the covers and blurbs on my website,

Thanks again to Christine for hosting me – on my birthday!

Thank you for coming on Lynda and HAPPY BIRTHDAY again…I hope you’re day is wonderful!!!



All she wanted was a little adventure…

Darcy Williams is desperate for some relief from her ho-hum life, but getting kidnapped by an outrageously handsome man isn’t at all what she had in mind. She needs to keep it together long enough to escape. Because escape is what she wants, right?

He’s a nice guy doing a bad thing for a really good reason…

Ben Gallagher loves his baby sister, Ana, more than anything. So, when she’s date raped by the mayor’s nephew, Ben has no problem sending said nephew to the ER. Now Ana’s gone missing and Ben will stop at nothing, nothing, to find his sister and ensure her safety—even if that means carjacking and kidnapping an innocent woman.

Things spiral from bad to worse…

When Ben is injured protecting Darcy from some thugs, he has to trust her if he’s going to get to Ana. And he has to ignore the passion Darcy stirs in him. Darcy learns Ben is actually a good man, one she’s starting to have feelings for. Can their fledging relationship stand the test of time —and the law?


“I’ve got an idea,” she said. “Why not tie me to a tree and leave me here? It’d be tomorrow before anyone found me.”

He cupped her elbow to angle her into the seat. “That’s not gonna happen.”

She spun which again planted her body tight to his. He stifled a growl and none-too-gently pushed her into the car.

“But why not? You’d be days gone and I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone where you went. You could ditch my car and steal another one. It’s the perfect plan. You don’t have to hassle with me and I don’t have to be kidnapped.”

He re-tied her hands. “It’s not the perfect plan.”

“Really?” Her mocking tone shredded his nerves. “Give me one reason why you can’t leave me here.”

He leaned an arm on the top of her car. “I won’t give you one reason, I’ll give you two. One, I don’t make a habit out of stealing cars.” His jaw clenched harder at her unladylike snort.

“And two, I know this area. I used to hunt chucker round here. No one would find you for days. And with all the fires, you’d be a sitting duck for a hungry, displaced bear or bobcat.” He clicked her seatbelt into place then firmly closed the door in her face. He got behind the wheel and turned the key.

She twisted to face him. “Let me get this straight, you won’t leave me here because you’re thinking of my safety?”

He backed down the road. “Something like that.”

“Dude, your logic is seriously warped.”

“Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.” He steered the car onto the paved road and headed toward the expressway onramp. “And stop calling me dude.”

“What’s the matter, dude?” she sneered in an exaggerated California accent. “Don’t you like the name?”

“No. So knock it off, lady.”

“Don’t call me lady. I’m twenty-four not eighty-four. Might as well call me ma’am.”

“All right, lady. Tell me your name.”

“You first, dude.”

Ben chuckled. He couldn’t help it. This lady was spunky and tenacious and not at all afraid to challenge him—even in this situation. He wondered how things would have progressed between them had they met in a social setting rather than in this trying situation. “Ben. My name is Ben.”

“Ben what?”

He took his eyes off the road to stare at her. She shrugged. “I took a shot.”

“So what’s your name?”

She stared out the passenger window. “Darcy.”

“Okay, Darcy, this is how it’s gonna work. I’ll let you go just as soon as I can, but I can’t have you going to the police or reporting your car stolen. Just think of this as an unexpected road trip.”

“Don’t suppose you’ll tell me where this little road trip ends?” Bitter sarcasm coated her words.

He accelerated her sub-compact onto the six-lane highway. “Nope.”

“And there’s no way I can convince you to let me go.”

“Nope again.”

“In other words, I don’t have a choice.”

“In other words, you don’t have a choice.”

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Author Info

I’ve always loved stories.  Especially love stories.  Growing up in the Midwest, I’d make up stories to my favorite TV shows – usually westerns.

As I got older, the stories didn’t relent.  In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until I had no choice but to put it all on paper.  It’s become an obsession for me.  One that I love.

When not sitting at my computer, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor.  Guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.

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29 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. ChristineWarner

    November 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Happy Birthday Lynda and thank you again for joining us on What to Read Wednesday!

  2. Kelly M

    November 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    HI Christine! How are things?

    Happy Birthday Lynda! Hope you have a great day!

    I love your bucket list! I want to go to Alaska and Galapagos too.

    I’m going on a Caribbean cruise next month, which has been on my bucket list for a long time. And one more thing on my list is to own a beach house one day….this dream is going to take awhile though, lol!

    Your books look really fun so I’ll add them to my reading list. I’ll share this giveaway on my FB romance page too (Friday Night Romance).

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Beach house, eh? Sounds uber romantic. *sigh* Hope you have tons of fun on your cruise. 😉

      Thanks for sharing part of your Bucket List, and for the shout-out to your FB page. I’m gonna go check it out right now.

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Wonderful to see you Kelly…thanks for coming by and for sharing Lynda’s giveaway.

      Have fun on your cruise. That’s also on my bucket list..among 100’s of other things. lol One thing at a time right?

  3. vlmbatman

    November 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Happy birthday! Love the cover, love the excerpt. The dialogue is very snappy. As for bucket list…raft down the Grand Canyon, go to the Galapagos, Macho Pichu, take the Orient Express from Venice to Paris.

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thank you for stopping by! You have an awesome bucket list..I might have to add a few of yours to mine! lol

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for your kind words about the excerpt – – and thanks for sharing part of your Bucket List. Rafting huh? Not for me. Cruise ships (nice, BIG ships) yes, but rafts? No. 😉

  4. Tasty Book Tours

    November 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for hosting today! And a BIG Happy Birthday to Lynda!!

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thank you for coming by Tasty Book Tours!

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa! And thanks sooooo much for all your hard work on my blog tour. 😉

  5. JackieW

    November 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    One of the things on my bucket list is to have my photo taken in front of the capitol building of every state in the US. Have a great day on your birthday.

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      That’s an interesting one Jackie. Way to be original and thank you for coming by!

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Wow, Jackie. That is original! Thanks for popping in today!

  6. Eva Millien

    November 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more! Sounds like a great book. My bucket lists includes finding a job and a home in Montana, Colorado or Oregon. Visit Scotland. Visit Alaska, maybe the cruise. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Oh, Scotland! Might hafta add that one… 🙂
      Thanks for your birthday wishes, and for stopping by!

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Scotland would be an interesting place to visit…Ireland too! Thank you so much for coming by Eva 🙂

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Congratulations, Eva! You won your choice of one of my print books plus a matching necklace, in either gold or silver! Look for my email very soon!

  7. Gemma Juliana

    November 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Happy Birthday, Lynda!

  8. Marianne Stephens

    November 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love your bucket list…hot and cold places to visit…and pole dancing?? Go for it!
    Best wishes on your career!

  9. Melissa Keir

    November 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Lynda. I liked your bucket list. I have some travel on my list too… England, Scotland, American West. I finally did a couple of things on my list like run in two 5K marathons. Both were different than just running. One was a mud run with obstacles. It was so much fun I want to do it again.

    daringzoey at

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      A mud run with obstacles, Melissa? And I thought learning to box and becoming a welder was…different. 😉 Here’s to us both completing our lists. Thanks for commenting!

    • ChristineWarner

      November 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Melissa…thanks for dropping in. Love that you ran 2 5K marathons….so cool!

  10. Joy Isley

    November 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Happy Birthday
    On my bucket list I have a lot of things I want to accomplish. My hope is that my bucket doesn’t get a hole in it and let all of my wants pour out!

    • Lynda Bailey

      November 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

      LOL, Joy! I think that’s a good hope for everyone with a bucket list!
      Thanks for commenting!


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