Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Writer Stays True to Type - by Rebecca York!!

***I'm so pleased to introduce Rebecca York as my guest today. She's a wonderful author who will be receiving a special award at the RWA convention this year for having published 75 books with Harlequin. And, in truth, must have over 100 in total. Truly a gifted and unique woman whose stories entertain and delight us all!!
I’ve been writing romances all my life, only I didn’t know it at first.  Actually, I didn’t start off writing anything down because I’m dyslexic, and I had a lot of trouble learning to read.  But I’ve always told stories.  My mom told me that when I could barely toddle around, I’d go from hydrangea bush to hydrangea bush in my grandma’s backyard, cupping the flowers and giving them fanciful names. 

And when I saw a worm burrowing into the earth in my aunt’s garden, I said, “Where the merm went?”  I immediately answered my own question.  “The merm went to see another merm.”

See—relationships already!

By the time I was ten, I was telling romantic-suspense stories, using my Sandra Sue dolls.  These were the precursors to Barbie. They were little action-figure girls, without the breasts and the elongated bodies. I’d make up adventures for them where they were captured by pirates, whisked away to a mountain cabin, or spirited onto a luxury yacht by a handsome millionaire.


The story I’ve written for Ten Brides for Ten Heroes, DESTINATION WEDDING, fits right into that tradition, only it’s not the hero who kidnaps the heroine.  It’s a rich-as-sin Russian mobster who owns his own Caribbean island.  He takes Camille Norland there to marry her against her will, and it’s up to our hero, Nick Cassidy, to rescue her.  But first he has to figure out who has taken her and where she’s being held. Then he’s got to sneak onto the island and wait for his chance to grab her.  He can’t do it before the marriage ceremony.  But can he wrest Camille away before the wedding night?  And can the two of them escape from the island without getting shot?

Camille and Nick have set off sexual sparks since they first met.  But because Nick works for her father, he thinks a relationship isn’t appropriate. Also, Nick’s from a poor, dysfunctional family, and he thinks he’s not good enough for Camille.  While they’re hiding out from the mobster, can she make him realize that the two of them belong together?

Since I always write stories with a HEA, you can probably guess the answer.

Rebecca York is the author of more than 125 novels and novellas.  She is a multi-published romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romantic suspense writer, with Silhouette, Harlequin Intrigue, Berkley and Sourcebooks—and occasional excursions into science-fiction romance, YA, and cookbook writing. She’s now a hybrid writer, continuing her traditional career while indie-publishing paranormal romantic suspense, science-fiction romance and cookbooks.  She lives in Maryland with her husband and four cats, travels frequently, and cooks and gardens for fun.  For more about her, see .

 ~~~Also, I want to personally thank Rebecca for all her work in collating and producing the attractive cookbook that was made for the Ten Brides for Ten Heroes box set. First she suggested this as a way of promoting the collection and then she made sure it happened.


This is our gift to the readers who have so generously supported us.

Free on SmashwordsiTunes

Please go and get your cookbook now!!
***And make sure and pick up your 99 cent copy of
Ten Brides for Ten Heroes.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

WEDDING FEVER! An appropriate title for a book in a collection about weddings - 10 full-length books ONLY #99cents

*** A second chance....

I was twenty-nine when I married the man of my dreams. He was tall, handsome, and already in a successful career that took us around the world and back. We had a simple, small wedding with only 40 guests. It was held outdoors on a lawn in front of a beautiful mansion that had turned into a restaurant on the oceanfront in Vancouver, Canada. I wore a pretty white mid-calf dress and the groom wore a dark suit.  Although our wedding was uneventful, our marriage certainly was not.

Due to my husband’s career we moved to Australia with our small children for six years, then we relocated to England for another three. It was a glamorous time and being married to a senior executive had its perks. I’ve traveled on the Concorde, the Orient Express, been on safaris and a trip down the Nile.

And yet, like every good novel, our marriage had conflict and a black moment that culminated in a divorce. The story does not end there—like every great romance, there must be a happy ending, and I found mine.

I moved to West Palm Beach in Florida on my own, and three years later I met a wonderful man, recently widowed. He is my true Prince in this real-life fairy-tale-- a handsome, kind, gentle man that is loved by all.

 My tagline is “It’s never too late for romance” and trust me, I’m living proof!

          Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. As a voracious reader, she gobbled up books, and her imagination soared. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

She is the proud mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.


***Patrice Wilton is one of the authors in the new box collection...

Ten Brides for Ten heroes
on sale now for
99cents! 99cents! 99cents!

Full-length books from New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors who have collaborated to make this collection a huge success.

Please don't miss out!! Go and get your copy now...


There’s a Facebook event for Ten Brides for Ten Heroes
going on right now that is a fun place to hang out.

There are a lot of guest authors giving away free copies of their books. There’re gift certificates being won and a list of freebies that you might want to check out while you’re there. Look for this picture:


Just so you know, I’ll be there hosting  part of the day tomorrow after lunch
so please come and say hello…

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hey!! We're having a Facebook event that's gonna rock!! Prizes! #Free books! Special authors!!

We’re having a Launch Party for TEN BRIDES FOR TEN HEROES and you are invited! Here’s a list of all the authors who will be making an appearance and giving away ebooks, gift cards, and other prizes. Join us on the TEN BRIDES FOR TEN HEROES Facebook page June 24th – 28th. Don’t miss a minute of the fun!


Tuesday, June 24th


9 AM: into the afternoon: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Donna Fasano will give an ebook to 3 lucky attendees. She’ll also be giving away an Amazon Gift Card. She’ll ask some fun questions throughout the morning about your favorite romantic movies. She also wants to hear your “bridezilla” stories. If you comment, you might walk away with a new book or a gift card.


9:30 AM: Guest Julianne MacLean is a USA Today Bestselling Author will stop in to say hi. Julie is the author of the popular The Color of Heaven series.


10 AM: Guest Karen Rock, Harlequin Heartwarming author, will stop by for some fun and prizes. Karen is an award-winning author of both YA and adult contemporary romance. Don’t miss her!


11 AM: Guest Ginny Baird writes touching, often humorous, contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Ginny has a prize of her own to give away!


2 PM: Guest Elaine Raco Chase is an Amazon Bestselling Author known for her sassy, laugh out loud, contemporary romances. Elaine will pop in to say hello and some lucky party guest will win copies of Lady Be Bad, which features a “revenge bride,” and some audio books as well.


3 PM: into the evening: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Rebecca York will be introduced. She’ll chat with readers about honeymoon destinations and fairytale weddings. Comment on her question threads and you might win some prizes.


Afternoon/Evening: Guest authors Willa Blair and Lynn Bullock will arrive to chat with readers and offer prizes. 


Wednesday, June 25th 


9 AM – 12 PM: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Theresa Ragan will be on hand to talk with readers. She wants to know all about YOUR Big Day and that ever-popular topic: the wedding dress. Leave her some comments and you might win one of the fabulous prizes she’s offering.


10 AM - 10:30 AM: Guest Ruth Cardello, New York Times Bestselling author of the popular Legacy Collection, will stop in to play a game and give away a couple of prizes.


11 AM: Guest Carmen DeSousa is an Amazon Bestselling author who wants to know: How soon is too soon? If you know, you know, right? She believes in happily ever after—and all that “one true love” stuff. Leave a comment and Carmen will gift her ebook Entangled Dreams to one lucky winner.


1 PM: Guest author Kathleen Pickering writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Super Romance, and guest Traci Hall is best known for her YA and Historical romances—both authors will be stopping by for some fun and prizes. They each will be gifting an ebook—don't miss their visit!


3 PM: into the evening – Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Alicia Street wants to know about your favorite romantic songs, and she wants your take on love-at-first-sight. Comment on her questions and you could win a prize.


4 PM: – Guest Christina Tetreault, an Amazon Bestseller, is the author of the popular Sherbrookes of Newport series. One lucky reader will receive a copy of one of Christina’s books.


Thursday, June 26th


9 AM: into the afternoon: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Helen Scott Taylor wants to hear you pet wedding stories, and she’ll chat about the best season to plan your wedding. Comment on her questions and you’ll be in the running for some great prizes.


11 AM: Guest Lisa Mondello, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, will stop by to mingle with readers and offer a special prize, her own boxed set. Make sure you pop in and say hello. 


1 PM: Guest author Toni Anderson, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of Romantic Suspense will be dropping by for an hour for some fun and prizes, and will be gifting an ebook. Don't miss out on her visit!


2 PM: Guest Melinda Curtis is an Amazon bestselling author who is known for her light-hearted, contemporary romances. She’ll stop by to say hello and offer a prize.


3 PM: into the evening: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Patrice Wilton will give away audiobooks or ebooks, and gift certificates to lucky attendees. She'll ask some fun questions throughout the afternoon/evening, and if you comment with an answer, you might walk away with a prize!

3:30 PM: Sophia Knightly is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves to cook up hot romance and delicious humor in her feel-good stories. Whether it's romantic suspense, romantic comedy or chick lit, her books are fun and sexy contemporary romances that feature hot alpha heroes and strong, smart women. She’ll be chatting with readers and giving away some swag. Don’t miss her visit!

Afternoon/Evening: Guest Author Kathryn Johnson will stop by to chat with readers.

Friday, June 27th

9 AM: into the afternoon: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Mona Risk will talk about memorable bride entrances, and she wants to know what YOU think makes a man attractive. Leave your comments and be in the running for some prizes.

10 AM: for a short while and then from 1PM and into the evening Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Mimi Barbour will mingle with readers and give away some great prizes, so make sure you leave some comments during her visits as there’s a $25 Amazon Gift Cert that will be drawn at the end of the day.

10 AM: Guest author Alyssa Maxwell writes for Kensington and is the author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries. The first, Murder at The Breakers, was a March release, and the next in the series, Murder at Marble House will be released in September. Alyssa wants to know what qualities you look for in a significant other Are there any "deal-breakers"? One random commenter will win a copy of Murder at The Breakers, either print, Kindle, or Nook.

11 AM: Guest author Mary Marvella will stop by.

12 PM: Guest author Lorhainne Eckhart, author of the Walk the Right Road series will stop by and present a lucky guest with a free copy of that box collection.

1 PM: Guest Carolyn Hughey will be on hand to mingle with readers. Also, Patricia Mason will be on hand to visit with fans and give away a copy of her audiobook for In Deep Shitake or print copy( winners choice)

3 PM: into the evening: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Mimi Barbour will mingle with readers and give away some great prizes, so make sure you leave some comments during her visit as there’s a $25 Amazon Gift Cert that will be drawn at the end of the day.

3PM: Guest author Shannon Mayer will visit the launch party and she'll present 2 lucky guests with a free copy of her contemporary romances: High Risk & Ninety-eight.

Afternoon/Evening: Guest author Taylor Lee will stop in for a chat.

Saturday, June 28th


9 AM: into the afternoon: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Rita Herron will mix and mingle with readers, talking about all-things-wedding and she’ll give away a gift or two. Comment on her questions to be in the running for a prize.


10 AM: Guest Jennifer St. Giles will stop in to say hello and offer attendees a couple of her ebooks.


11 AM: Guest Wendy Etherington is Southern, through and through. She’s a Maggie Award winner and the author of My Life in the Obituaries series. She’ll be on hand to chat with readers and offer up a prize.


3 PM: into the evening: Ten Brides for Ten Heroes author Annie Jones loves vintage EVERTHING. She wants to hear what you have to say about vintage fashion, customs, and wedding trends. Leave some comments and you could win some great prizes.


4:00-4:30 PM: Guest Jackie Weger is an award-winning author who has written over a dozen romance novels. She wants to know what borrowed item you wore on your wedding day? And how superstitious are you about “something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new”? Tell her what you think, and you’ll be in the running for one of her ebooks.


 ~Please join us!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

#tenbrides - Helen Scott Taylor writes about - Her Spooky Wedding

***Please meet Helen Scott Taylor, a friend from the partay group and a wonderful writer whose work I've always enjoyed. She's one of the authors in our collection called Ten Brides for Ten Heroes. Her selection is called The Army Doctor's Wedding. Helen's genius son created the book covers and all the wonderful banners floating around the internet that are related to this boxed set.

I was married in a medieval church on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. (Dartmoor is the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.) Local folk lore held that if you poked your finger through the keyhole on the church door at midnight, the Hound of the Baskervilles would bite it off. So a super romantic location!
Hubby and I chose to be married in December. Goodness knows why. The weather was so dark and stormy it looked like night time in our wedding photos.
A few years after we were married the church burned down and now lies in ruins. Despite that Mr. Taylor and I have been happily married for over thirty years.
I love writing about romantic weddings where couples marry surrounded by their family as I was on my wedding day. In my story The Army Doctor's Wedding, the hero and heroine actually manage to get married to each other twice in one story.
Major Cameron Knight thrives on the danger of front-line battlefield medicine. Throwing himself into saving the lives of injured servicemen keeps the demons from his past away. When he rescues charity worker, Alice Conway, and a tiny newborn baby, he longs for a second chance to do the right thing, even if it means marrying a woman he barely knows so they can take the orphan baby to England for surgery. The brave, beautiful young woman and the orphan baby steal his heart. He wants to make the marriage real, but he can never care for them as he longs to while he is stationed overseas away from home.
A good romance often ends in a wedding and I love those scenes. If you are a fan of romances and weddings then try Ten Brides for Ten Heroes. Ten happy-ever-afters for the price of one!
Find Helen Scott Taylor on FaceBook, Twitter and her Website.
p.s. I just had to ask Helen if her and hubby stuck their fingers in the keyhole and her response...
Did we stick our fingers in the keyhole--no way LOL. I'm not really superstitious but still...


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Having your cake and eating it, too – Creating sexy, male characters by Cora Maxine

I was really excited to be able to introduce you to my friend, Cora Maxine, who is also known as - A Girl and her Kindle, Amy Brantley. This is Cora's first book and it's a very exciting and scary endeavor for any author to release the baby that's been hers for so darn long. Welcome, Cora.

Thanks so much for letting me come and visit with your followers, Mimi.

One thing I discovered while writing my first novel, Choices: Make Me Paranormal, was the need to add sex appeal to many of my male characters. There's Vince, a sexy vampire who was inspired by Zak Bagans of the hit Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures. Then there's Ian McGreggor, sexy Scotsman warlock with a to-die-for accent. Even minor characters such as Frederick Starke, elder headmaster of the vampire society, is an incredibly sexy character who was inspired by Danny Koker of the hit TV show, Counting Cars.

What can I say? It's hard to write a male character that isn't drool worthy. Maybe book two will feature some ugly – or even average – men, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

In the meantime, why not read an excerpt from Choices: Make Me Paranormal Book 1:

Chapter 1

I always wondered which paranormal being I would choose to be, but never thought I'd be forced to make the decision.

I rubbed my eyes and tried to let them adjust to the room. Though my eyes adjusted quickly, my brain didn't. I wasn't sure where I was, but I was certain I had been kidnapped by someone from the 100 Acre Wood. The bear, rabbit, or pig had some explaining to do. The walls of the room honestly made it appear as if the room was created inside a hollowed out tree. As I raised my hand to touch the wall, there came a gentle knock on the door and an old woman peeped around the opening.

“Oh good, you're awake,” she said coming into the room and closing the door gently behind her. I guessed her age to be around late 60s or early 70s. She had her white hair up in a bun and was wearing a light brown dress that cinched at the waist, but did nothing for her figure. “I'm sure you have many questions, including why you're here.” 

Actually, I had been wondering how I got here. I was a very light sleeper and someone shouldn't have been able to move me without waking me. 

“All the answers will come in good time, my dear.” She smiled sweetly and clasped her hands together in front of her body, looking quite harmless. “First, why don't you freshen up a bit? Everything you need is in the bathroom, including a fresh set of clothing. Once you're done, I'll be down the path, in the room on your right.”

Something inside nagged at me that I should thank the woman, but another part of me was still in shock about the whole situation so I just stared at her.

“Well, I'll just be going.” And she was gone. Either my eyes hadn't properly adjusted or that woman was damn fast because people don't just they? I guess if a stuffed bear could pull off a high-stakes kidnapping, old ladies could also disappear. 

Wow, I was really beginning to lose it.

As I climbed from the bed, I found a pair of fuzzy slippers anxiously waiting for my feet. The interior of the slippers was warm and upon standing I found that they were lined with memory foam. It was like walking on air. As I walked past the mirror, I noticed that I must have gotten taller or the furniture was shorter. Then I noticed my feet in the mirror. 

“Holy...,” I said as my hand flew to my mouth. I was floating at least six inches above the floor. I immediately kicked the slippers across the room, ran into the bathroom, and locked the door.  I stood there for a second feeling relieved, but then I just felt stupid for running from a pair of slippers. I

carefully peeked out the bathroom door and saw the slippers gliding back into place, at the side of the bed. “Eek!” I closed the door back and stumbled backwards into the toilet, which made me scream even louder.

I sat there, on the toilet, slowly trying to gain control over my emotions. Last night had been my 29th birthday party, and while I'm not a drinker, someone must have slipped something into my sweet tea. I rubbed face with both hands and just sat there for a few minutes. 

Obviously, I was having a vivid dream. Damn melatonin. Vivid dreams were a common side effect of the medication, but without it, I couldn't sleep at all. 

I pulled my hands from my face and stared at the wooden wall before me. I have to admit, my imagination was still in top form. The room looked so real and every detail was perfect. I reached out to touch the wall and it even felt like real wood. 

The bathroom was huge for a hollowed out tree. There was a separate Jacuzzi tub and a large shower with a rainfall shower head and numerous jets. Pretty fancy for the forest. 

I couldn't help but succumb to the giggle fit that followed. It might have been just a dream, but I was feeling extremely nervous. It was time for this to end. I pinched myself hard enough to leave an angry red spot on my arm. Nothing. I was still lost in the forest. A yellow stuffed bear in a small red shirt had some 'splaining to do, but first I needed to take a shower.


I allowed the water to heat up as I undressed and stepped into the shower. While the rest of the room appeared to be made of wood, the inside of the shower had gorgeous slate tiles. Though it didn't look it from the outside, once in the shower, I felt that it was larger than my small apartment. I just shook my head at the impossible notion and allowed the hot water from the shower head to wash away my anxiety. After all, it didn't look like the old lady wanted to kill me or anything. It was just strange to be whisked away in the middle of the night, instead of being invited.

I opened my eyes and searched for some shampoo, finding three potion-like bottles. The one that was a beautiful shade of lime green was marked shampoo. There was another bottle that contained a creamy purple liquid that I correctly guessed was conditioner. The final bottle contained a hot pink liquid that was labeled body wash. I wondered if it was coincidence that the products were my favorite colors as I uncorked the shampoo bottle. 

The fresh lime-orange scent that hit my nose immediately energized me and continued to do so as I massaged the shampoo into my hair and scalp. The conditioner was equally fascinating to smell, with a calming lavender scent. I excitedly uncorked the last bottle and was overwhelmed by the tasty smell of strawberries mixed with fresh cut green apples. It was an intoxicating aroma that left me excited about what was to come from this crazy adventure.

As I toweled off, I searched inside the cabinet and found a new toothbrush and what appeared to be homemade toothpaste. Either someone had guests here often or this had been planned for quite some time. After brushing my teeth and running a brush through my hair, I looked around the room to find a pair of cropped leggings and a t-shirt, which just happened to be my favorite type of outfit. It was an outfit that was comfortable, yet made it appear that I was into being active. Of course, it was a complete lie. I was about as active as a sloth. At least I looked good, I thought as I stared at my cute bottom in the mirror.

Enough getting ready. It was time to find out why I'd been brought there. At that point, I was actually pretty happy about being there. It was certainly an improvement from my boring studio apartment, but that didn't completely squash the anxiety I felt about being kidnapped.

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Author Bio:

Cora Maxine lives in Western North Carolina and uses the towns around her as inspiration for her urban fantasy novels. When she's not writing, she can usually be found reading, baking, and spending time with her amazing boyfriend and houseful of pets.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What a fabulous group to work with!! Ten Brides for Ten Heroes!! #tenbrides

One of our group posted the bios for all the women involved here on Goodreads....slightly intimidating for little ol' me....gulp!! But hugely proud-ful!!
Have you ever collaborated with a bunch of women (men) to bring together one perfect result?

I’m going through that experience right now and I must say - it’s been an eye opener, a learning experience and one I’d do again in a heartbeat!

I’ll admit to working with many of these gals in our Freepartay group and so when the idea of a ten-book collection first came up, I was happy to be involved. I knew and respected their work and thought it would be fun. We all went to our friends looking to add members and eventually we had the ten authors we hoped would be perfect….and we were right!

None of us is the same but we’re all bringing something to the table. Seems we all have talents in different areas of publishing that have been put to use throughout this endeavor. Remember, when you put out an Indie book all the formatting, book covers, promoting, editing, etc has to be dealt with by the author – in this case auth-ors. And it’s been a real learning experience. We’ve all worked together, adding something to make this Ten Brides for Ten Heroes box collection and cookbook a real success.

Some of us have a huge following of fans, are better known and have more acclaim. Others in our group work darn hard and will be on the top rung of the ladder in time – of that I have no doubt. Maybe with this book!! (Prayer-time - Now I lay me down to ….)

By setting up the pre-order buttons on Apple and Amazon, we hoped to get the word out early. So those who love wedding stories and would be thrilled to get ten under one cover would be assured they’d get the collection as soon as it was released.

For others, the release day is approaching and we’ve set ourselves up to burst out with a loud KABOOM!! Book tours, promo’s, facebook events – they’re all planned and will be shared with as many of you as we can reach.

And if you happen to see a post on facebook or twitter, here on my blog or one of the other author’s sites – please do me a huge favor and go share-zies as much as you can. Just like I would for you, my friends, just like I have for you!! XO

I’ll be inviting the Bride’s authors to Believe over the next while to introduce their novels and share their stories. These women will knock your socks off!!
Just sayin…


Friday, June 13, 2014

LOVE ME TENDER - released and ready to entice the #romance loving #Elvis fan.

Anne Pichette, an eighteen-year-old exchange student living in Texas for one year on a ranch with Rose Walsh who treats her like a daughter, believes her life is perfect. Until, Clint, Rose's devilishly handsome son embeds himself deep within Anne's soul. Finding the courage needed one night to admit her feelings, she pours her heart to Clint only it turns out he's too drunk to remember. A week later having to return to Paris devastated - and pregnant, Anne fully intends to tell him about his child. Her plans are halted due to a letter arriving announcing his impending marriage to another woman, a pregnant woman he loves. 

Eight years have since passed when Rose appears in Paris to bring Anne back to Texas to help her through her final days battling cancer. With the love Anne has for Rose, she agrees. Also, the time has come to divulge her secret to Clint. That her boy, Max, is in fact Clint's son and Rose's grandson.

Clint Walsh, now divorced, might be hardened and embittered but he knows he has a good reason for acting this way. After all, the woman he believed was his true love leaves him with their daughter and never looks back. So how’s a man supposed to handle that kind of treachery? Especially after sharing a beautiful night of lovemaking he’s never been able to forget—or remember clearly.

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There they were, coming down the ramp! The boy was tall for his age, quite a bit more so than Debbie. His golden hair, much like Annie’s, crowned his head with curls, reminding Clint of his own unruly mass.

Unlike Debbie, this kid swaggered rather than walked, which made Clint think the boy felt good about himself. As long as conceit didn’t drive that attitude, Clint favored it over his daughter’s hesitant movements.

The woman who waved reminded him of his old friend, if only because she had the same beautiful face. Her hair, she’d worn really long as a teen, was now cut shoulder length and hugged her face with dramatic effect. It made him think of models on magazine pages.

With his guts in his throat, he approached and waited for her to take the initiative about their greeting. Why her enthusiastic hug and kisses on both cheeks surprised him, he’d never know. But wrapping his arms around the slight body, feeling her warmth against the ice he’d lived with for so long, started the first melt he’d had in ages.

“Clint! How wonderful you look! I didn’t know you’d be here to pick us up. I expected Rose.” Her jabbering stopped at that point and she paled. “Rose?”

“She’s fine, a bit tired. So I offered to come and meet you.”

Annie nodded and her composure returned. “Max, this is the man I’ve told you so much about.” She put her arm around the shoulders of the boy, who’d held back as Clint approached.

The inspection made by the youngster flustered Clint. Senselessly, this lack of composure built unexpected anger. Not liking the feeling, he bristled and his greeting turned abrupt. “Howdy, Max.” Sternly, he shoved out his hand.

Stiffening, Max scowled back. He took the proffered hand and waited for the handshake to be over. Then he stuck it in his pocket as if he’d been burned. Turning away quickly, he addressed Anne. “Which carousal is our luggage on, Maman?”

Deadly silence screamed between Clint and a ferocious Annie until he dragged his eyes from her frown and answered for her. “Welcome to Texas. Come with me, we’ll get your bags and head on home.”

Shame rode Clint all the way back to the ranch. What had started out so nicely had changed in an instant with his unacceptable behavior toward Max. The kid’s eyes, so like Annie’s, had mirrored his distress after Clint’s unnecessary harshness. Rather than apologize, or at least try and mitigate the offense, he’d driven home making no effort at all to welcome his guests.

No one had to tell him. This time he knew. No doubt about it. He should be shot!



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Author of The Vicarage Bench Series, Angels with Attitude Series, Vegas Series, Elvis Series and the brand new sizzling romantic suspense series called Undercover FBI. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island and writes her romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”

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