Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway of Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer

Author: Diana Palmer
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: December 2017


Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He’s closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he’s shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it’s only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren’s alpha instincts soon kick in.

The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He’s too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!

Excerpt 4.
She looked up into his eyes and couldn’t look away. Neither could he. His breath came quickly. He brushed his fingers along her cheek, down to the bow shape of her pretty mouth. They lingered there, teasing the soft flesh, making her feel liquid, melting. She wanted to push close to him, feel him hold her. She wanted to tempt his mouth down to hers and see what a kiss felt like. She was hungry for something…
Incredibly, his head started to bend. She felt his whiskey-scented breath in her mouth. She drew in her own breath as she looked at his sensuous lips and won­dered how they were going to feel grinding hungrily into hers.
His hand slid to the back of her neck and began to pull, ever so gently. She felt her lips parting, her body throbbing, as his mouth came closer, closer, closer…
“What happened?” Delsey asked from the doorway.
Ren drew back from Merrie, glaring at her as if he was angry. He got to his feet quickly. “She had a nightmare,” he said shortly. He turned away, grateful that his pajamas were loose. “She’s all right. I’m going back to bed.”

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About Diana Palmer

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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Diana Palmer’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, December 27th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Wednesday, December 28th: Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, December 30th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Monday, January 2nd: Read Love Blog – excerpt
Monday, January 9th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, January 11th: Buried Under Romance
Thursday, January 12th: Becky on Books
Monday, January 16th: From the TBR Pile – excerpt
Wednesday, January 18th: What I’m Reading
Friday, January 20th: Susan Peterson
Monday, January 23rd: The Romance Dish – excerpt
Tuesday, January 24th: Books that Hook
Wednesday, January 25th: Books and Bindings
Thursday, January 26th: Heather Kerner
Monday, January 30th: Broken Teepee – excerpt

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte

Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: October 2014

It's Not Easy Being Right...

Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She's fit, successful...and decidedly lonely. She can't stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He's just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.

...But Someone's Got To Do It.

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too well. She's a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past misunderstanding has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?

I read the first two books in this series a while back and, for some reason, I never continued.  I'm sorry that I waited so long to pick up the third McCauley brother book, Ruining Mr. Perfect.  This was Cameron and Vanessa's book.  Both of them are pretty straight laced and different from their families and friends.  The fact that they are so similar should make for a logical relationship. But emotions have a way of rearing their ugly heads to make things more complicated,

I thought this was a really cute romance.  Vanessa and Cameron were really suited for each other.  Loved how Cam saw right through all of her BS and broke down her walls.  This book is big on  the theme of communication.  Because of that, there was a lot less angst in the story.  That was refreshing.  There is a big surprise toward the end of the book that throws the couple for a loop, but I loved it.  

There is a secondary story line that continues from the previous book.  Beth and James McCauley are separating after 30 something years. It is hard on everyone involved.  Watching them make their way back to each other was entertaining.  I think I was rooting for them more than Cam and Vanessa.  This as a great addition to the series.  I highly recommend it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spotlight Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway of Blazing Hot Cowboy by Kim Redford

Author: Kim Redford
Series: Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #2
ISBN: 9781492621508
Pubdate: January 3, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Western

He’s all the heat she’ll ever need.
Lauren Sheridan’s return to Wildcat Bluff after the death of her husband is bittersweet. Thirteen years have passed since she set foot in the place that’s always held her heart…and the sizzling memories of her high school sweetheart. 

Kent Duval has it all. A proud rancher and volunteer firefighter in the small town of Wildcat Bluff, he’s missing only one thing from his life: passion. Kent last saw Lauren Sheridan when she was sweet sixteen and they were head-over-heels in love. Now she’s back, spunky daughter in tow, and he no longer knows which way is up. As the heat between them builds, Kent can’t help but wonder if past flames can be rekindled and second chances really do exist.

A Note from Kim Redford: 
I’m excited to share one of my favorite firefighter characters!

The Towering Inferno (1974) was adapted from two novels: The Tower (1973) by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno (1974) by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. The movie received eight Academy Award nominations, won three Oscars, and was the highest-grossing film of its release year. In San Francisco, an electrical short starts a fire on the 81st floor of the 138 stories of the Glass Tower. SFFD Chief Michael O’Halloran (Steve McQueen) guides firefighters in their quest to rescue occupants and stop the blaze. Architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) braves the fire to help rescue trapped people that includes his fiancée Susan Franklin (Faye Dunaway). Chief O’Halloran, as well as Doug Roberts, demonstrates the crucial traits of American heroes in skill, bravery, and determination to save others.

He's one hero who inspired my Smokin’ Hot Cowboys series of contemporary cowboy firefighter novels.

Enjoy this sneak peek:

In Wildcat Bluff County, Texas . . .
Kent Duval joined other firefighters in front of a burning barn. He wasn’t wearing much firefighter gear, so he’d pump water and roll hose from the booster while another volunteer used the nozzle to wet a perimeter around the structure.
Streams of water hit the building and steam rose along with smoke as Kent and the other first responders fought to bring the blaze under control. Even so, the fire quickly expanded in size as it ate up oxygen. Soon the wooden barn was fully engaged and pumping smoke. Flames surged higher into the sky. They kept up the water barrage, beating back the blaze despite the orange-and-yellow flames spitting and licking and clawing to take back what was lost. Every fire had its own personality. This one reminded Kent of a dangerous wild bull.
And just when he thought they had the blaze contained, a piece of shake-shingle roof was
ripped off by the wind and whipped across firefighter heads to land in the adjacent pasture. Flames immediately set the dry grass ablaze, and a line of fire headed straight for the nearby house at Twin Oaks.
“Watch my pump!” When Kent got a nod of understanding from another firefighter, he took off running, hoping he could stomp out the fire with his cowboy boots before it took hold and swept away from them.
He got ahead of the blaze, but the flames were quickly consuming the grass. He stomped hard, making a little headway, but he quickly realized he wasn’t able to do enough fast enough. And the other firefighters couldn’t leave the barn. He’d have to call for backup, but he feared the engine couldn’t get there in time.
Just as he pulled his cell phone out of his pocket, he heard Lauren calling to him. He glanced up. She’d crossed the road, dragging a heavy fire extinguisher in each hand, up to the barbwire fence. He could’ve cheered because she might just have saved the day.
He pocketed his cell, ran over to her, grabbed the canisters, and set them down on his side of the fence.
“Hold up the barbwire and I’ll crawl under,” she said as she went down on her knees.
“Lauren, I don’t want you in danger.”
“I’m not letting that fire get anywhere near my daughter at Twin Oaks.” She lay down and started to crawl on her stomach under the fence.
He quickly raised the bottom strand of wire so she wouldn’t tear her clothes or scratch her back.
Once she was on the other side, she grabbed a can and dragged it toward the leading edge of the blaze.
He used the black strap to hang the other fire extinguisher over his shoulder and caught up. He tried to take the canister from her, but she gave him a no nonsense look.
“Two of us are faster than one,” she said. “I remember how to use these cans, so let’s get to it.”
He grinned, loving her sassiness even as he wanted to keep her safe. He knew better. This was his Lauren, and she didn’t back down for nothing or nobody. “Let’s do it.”
Together, they got out in front of the fire and started spraying the potent chemical on the blaze, leaving a trail of yellow. They continued to relentlessly douse the flames till nothing was left except charred grass. When their fire extinguishers were empty, they tossed them aside, and then stomped on the crisp grass to make sure there were no hot embers left that might reignite.
Finally, Kent picked up one empty canister and hung it from his shoulder by the strap before he put the other strap over his free shoulder. He couldn’t resist leaning down and giving Lauren a quick kiss.
“Don’t you know I’m too hot to handle?” she teased, chuckling with a sound caught somewhere between delight and relief.
“Guess I’m looking to get burned.”
“I think we’re both a little on the scorched side.” She pointed toward the barn. “But that building took the brunt of it.”
He looked in that direction. He felt a vast sense of comfort when he saw the old barn was nothing more than a pile of black rubble with a red-orange glow of banked embers here and there. He glanced back at the blackened patch of pasture. He’d been cocky tonight—maybe because being with Lauren had made him feel like Superman. He knew better. You could never count on a fire doing what it was supposed to do, and particularly not when it was a raging bull of a blaze.
He clasped Lauren’s hand and threaded their fingers together. “Guess you’re a Wildcat Bluff volunteer firefighter all over again.”
She squeezed his hand. “I feel like I’ve never been gone.”
“Let’s get you home.”
“Twin Oaks will look mighty good.”
But Kent hadn’t been thinking about that place. He’d been thinking about his own farmhouse on Cougar Ranch.

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About the author:

Kim Redford is an acclaimed author of Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos for inspiration. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Visit her at

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon & Kira Breed-Wrisley

Authors: Scott Cawthon & Kira Breed-Wrisley
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Date of publication: September 2016

Ten years after the horrific murders at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza that ripped their town apart, Charlie, whose father owned the restaurant, and her childhood friends reunite on the anniversary of the tragedy and find themselves at the old pizza place which had been locked up and abandoned for years. After they discover a way inside, they realize that things are not as they used to be. The four adult-sized animatronic mascots that once entertained patrons have changed. They now have a dark secret . . . and a murderous agenda.

I will admit to having only played the first game once or twice.  I didn't really find it scary, but maybe the later games were.  This book was a top pick at my kids' middle school book fair this past fall, so I gave it a try.  I will preface this all by saying that the author has said that it is a alternate imagining of the events in the Five Nights at Freddy's video games.  Apparently some fans had issue with the book not following the games.  It was never really meant to.  I think if you are a fan of the games and you go into the book with that in mind, you will enjoy it a lot more.

I thought this was a fun book.  It reminded me of the Christopher Pike books I loved in middle school. I have always thought the animals at Chuckee Cheese were creepy.  Given that this is about creepy animatronics, the creepiness factor was right on par with what I expected.   I liked the characters and how the back story unfolded.  There were some pretty tense moments that I think YA readers will get a good scare out of.  For a YA horror, there was really nothing gory or objectionable, so I would say any middle grade lever reader would be fine with the content.   

Friday, January 13, 2017

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Date of publication: May 2016

Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

Whenever I see the tag " For fans of The Girl on the Train", I am instantly wary of the book.  I didn't care for Girl on the Train.  But, I gave Beware that Girl a try anyway.  Overall, it wasn't a bad book and had great potential. But, I just didn't love it and it fell short of my expectations.  At first, this seemed like a YA appropriate book, but after finishing it, I wouldn't classify it as that.  It's kind of like Gossip Girl in that the girls are rich, go to a private school, and seemed to have the freedom to do anything.  But, the last half of the book was kind of disturbing and I would be reluctant to let my under 17YO reader read this book.

The story involves Kate who is an admitted liar, but, not really. She is a scholarship kid starting at Waverly School in her senior year.  All she wants to to get into Yale.  She also needs to find a new best friend and use her to better her living situation. Olivia just might fit the bill. There were a couple of twists that kept the book interesting, but there was more about the story that bothered me.  The girls  are seniors and 18, yet the parents have no problem letting them drink openly and freely.  Even at a fundraising gala.  Can the rich get away with underage drinking in public?  Also, the whole story line with Mark and Olivia was really uncomfortable to read.  18 or not, she was still in high school and it was really unnecessary. Kate's flashbacks are disturbing, but do kind of give you some insight as to her character and situation. The story is also told in Kate's POV in first person and in Olivia's in third person.  I thought that was a weird choice and was really disrupted the flow of the story for me.

The ending was terrible. In fact, it just ended and at the same time kind of came out of nowhere.  I can see what the author was going for, but the rest of the book didn't really lead up to that ending.  I'm not sure I would really recommend this one.  It wasn't a thriller or even remotely thrilling.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Baddest Virgin in Texas by Maggie Shayne

Author: Maggie Shayne
First published in 1997 by Silhouette
Four big Brand brothers won't stop Jessi from taming her man….
Contrary to what her four older brothers believed, Jessi Brand was a grown woman. With very adult needs. And what she wanted was drop-dead-gorgeous drifter Lash Monroe. He was the one. The man she'd saved herself for. The man she wanted as her husband. But this ornery cowboy required some serious convincin'….
Lash had vowed never to settle down—especially when the lady came with four very protective brothers who knew how to handle shotguns! But he couldn't get Jessi out of his mind. And he couldn't resist her tempting offer….
But once he discovered Jessi was pregnant with his child…everything changed.
The Baddest Virgin in Texas is the second in the "Texas Brand" series about a group of siblings and their journey to find love and happiness.  I reviewed the first one, The Littlest Cowboy, about 4 years ago.  It's about time I continued with the series, right?  This is Jessi's story.  She is the only sister among the alpha brothers.  She is finally ready to prove to her brothers that she is all grown up.  She also wants to make her intentions toward Lash known.  Lash s a drifter, but can he resist Jessi?
I thought this was a cute addition to the series.  It was nice to connect with the the family again.  I especially loved Chelsea from the first book.  It was fun to watch Lash finally give in to Jessi.  The cattle rustling mystery was not very surprising, but it did provide for some entertainment.  In all I would recommend it.  You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one.  It's a quick and enjoyable read and one I would recommend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen

Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: December 2016

The Granger siblings thought they’d left their ranching days behind, until fate sends them home to Wrangler’s Creek, Texas—and into the passionate arms of those they’d least expect… 

It’s some run of bad luck when Sophie Granger loses her business and gets left at the altar all in one day. Desperate to not appear jilted, Sophie begs Clay McKinnon, Wrangler’s Creek’s smoking-hot police chief, to pretend they’re having an affair. But Clay refuses, leaving Sophie to retreat to the family ranch to lick her wounds.

Hoping to leave his disreputable past behind, Clay moved to Wrangler’s Creek for a fresh start. But that looks unlikely when Sophie’s ex-fiancé shows up married to Clay’s impulsive kid sister. Overcome, Sophie resuggests the affair—but this time for real. Clay is hesitant. City-girl Sophie isn’t usually his type. But he can’t deny the desire she elicits—or his yearning to have her plant her cowboy roots for good.

Those Texas Nights is a new series involving the Granger siblings.  Sophie Granger is left at the altar and loses her business all in the same day.  Clay is the interim Chief of Police and just wants to make his job permanent and keep an eye on his sister.  When she shows up married, his world gets more complicated.

This was a fairly quick read.  For the most part, I did enjoy the story.  It is filled with some great and quirky characters.  I definitely laughed out loud on more than one occasion.  I really liked the little town that the author has built into the series.  It should make for a lot more entertainment in the coming books. 

What I wasn't so sold on was the romance between Clay and Sophie.  I felt like a lot of time passed in the book, but I didn't see enough of them together to convince me that they fell in love.  There were too many side stories that took away from the main couple.  Despite that, this was a fun read and one I would recommend.

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About Delores Fossen

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.

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Delores Fossen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, December 27th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, December 28th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Friday, December 30th: Books and Bindings
Monday, January 2nd: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, January 4th: The Sassy Bookster
Friday, January 6th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 9th: Books and Spoons
Wednesday, January 11th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 13th: Written Love Reviews
Monday, January 16th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, January 18th: The Romance Dish
Friday, January 20th: Read Love Blog – excerpt
Monday, January 23rd: Stranded in Chaos
Wednesday, January 25th: Susan Peterson
Thursday, January 26th: What I’m Reading
Monday, January 30: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Retreat by Jay Crownover

Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: December 2016

Every once in a while, you need to get away from it all. I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart. 

My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a week-long wilderness retreat.  She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner bad-asses.  It was supposed to be all about the two of us roughing it and making do with the bare minimum. She assured me we were going to be pushed to our limits in ways that were unimaginable. Neither one of us could have ever guessed just how right she was.

Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged and sexy trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention the part that warned when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

If you have followed this blog for a while you should know by now that Jay Crownover is one of my favorite authors.  I have read everything she has written from the beginning.  When I saw that she had published surprise book  right after Christmas, I had to get it. Retreat begins a completely new series and is pretty different from her usual offerings.  This takes place in the gorgeous outdoors of Wyoming.  The hero is a definitely an alpha, but isn't big and tattooed.  He is "almost" a cowboy.  The heroine is a city girl searching for a way back to herself. After surviving a bad breakup, Leo's friend Em convinces her to take a rustic vacation to try to find herself again.  She reluctantly agrees, not realizing the trouble she will find.

I really liked Leora (Leo).  Surprisingly, I could identify with her in so many ways.  I know I would have reacted to the ranch in exactly the same way she did in the beginning.  I loved watching her grow and find herself again.  Leo and Cy together were wonderful.  

One of the big differences with this book is that we only get one point of view. That is really my only complaint about the story. Usually in this author's books, we get both the male and the female side.  I have always loved that about her books, so that was something that I really missed in this one. I did love getting Leo's thoughts, but I really wanted inside Cy's head. I feel like it would have helped me get to know him better, instead of having to rely on Leo and the other characters to tell me about him.

The "suspense" part of the book was fast paced and kept me reading.  It had everything that I like about romantic suspense.  A good mystery, great action, and interesting characters.  I definitely recommend this one.  I can't wait to read about the other brothers and perhaps Ten will get her own book as well.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Date of publication: March 2015

On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was a random audio pick from my library's new audio-book shelf.   The Walls Around Us is told through the eyes of two girls, Violet and Amber.  Both are connected by another girl, Orianna.  Amber tells us of her time in the Aurora Hills juvenile detention canter for girls where she met Ori.  Violet gives us her perspective on her friendship jealousy of Ori. There is a mystery as to what happened, but who is telling the truth?

I liked that this book kept me guessing.  Throughout the story, I kind of had a sense of what the ending would be.  I was both right and wrong...even better! Both narrators are pretty unreliable, so the reader is constantly guessing. I felt the plot was well planned out with no major reveals coming too early.  The ending was both dark, yet satisfying at the same time. The characters were interesting and helped keep my attention on the book.  I really liked how the author didn't sugar coat what the juvenile detention center was like.  

I'm not sure if I would classify this as a YA novel.  It does have some adult themed stuff in it, so I would probably keep it to the over 16 crowd.  I definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Spotlight of Texas Two Step by Cynthia D'Alba

Author:Cynthia D'Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Date of publication:February 28th 2012
Their love never died, but her secrets could break his trust beyond repair.

After six years and too much self-recrimination, rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he was wrong. He’d loved Olivia Montgomery but commitment wasn’t high on his list back then. That was his first mistake. He’s just divorced his second, and he’s set to do whatever it takes to convince Olivia to give him another try.
Through hard work, determination and more than a few tears, Olivia survived the break-up with Mitch. She’s rebuilt her life around her business and the son she loves more than life itself. She’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made—particularly the secrets she’s kept—but when life hands you manure, you use it to make something better of yourself...lest you get stuck in it.
At a hot, muggy Dallas wedding, they reconnect. Olivia’s first instinct is to play it cool, but after one devastating kiss things flare real out of control, real fast. Maybe a quick roll in the hay will get him out of her system once and for all. Funny thing about hay though, once it’s tangled in your hair, getting it out risks revealing things that were never meant to see the light of day.
Warning: Contains hot sex, a vindictive ex-wife, and hot chocolate chip cookies.

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I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and lived there until I went off to college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Go Razorbacks!). I’ve lived in Little Rock, Memphis, back to Little Rock, and finally back home to Hot Springs, where my husband and I live on a lake. Here are a couple of photos from my yard. Notice all the dogwoods in bloom.
I spent seventeen years in the healthcare field. I worked as an RN, taught Obstetrics in an RN program, coordinated a prenatal screening program and then was Medical Services Director at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and ended my medical career as an Administrator for a private group medical practice. I missed academic and left medicine to return to the University of Memphis as Director of Graduate Programs at the Fogelman College of Business. I grabbed the opportunity to return to Arkansas by taking a position as Assistant Dean for Executive Programs in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It was there that I finished my education by earning a doctorate in Higher Education Administration.
In 2002, I retired and took up the pastime that had consumed all my spare time my entire life –reading, a new book every day. I’ve been a reader as far back as I can remember – including forging letters from my mother when I was in grade school so I could stay in from recess and read! I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, and The Hardy Boys.
When I decided to try my hand at writing, I did what any academic would do; I decided to get as much information about the craft as I could. I traveled a great deal in 2006, meeting people and learning about writing as an art.
Since my husband retired in 2003, we’ve split our time between home in Arkansas and home in our RV on the road somewhere. But we don’t travel alone. We have Maggie (Border Collie), Jill (Flat Coated Retriever) and Panama (Spoiled Parrot).
So, that’s my story. I travel. I read. I write. I erase what I wrote. And FINALLY…I can say…I SOLD!
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