Welcome to Book 12 in the Bandit Creek series, a romantic suspense titled A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs!
SAM HUTCHINSON was once motivated by power and money. But after his son’s murder, he alternates between losing himself in a bottle of scotch and researching James Ryan Morley, the still-at-large killer of the boy Sam never had time for in life. Broken and desperate, Sam traces Morley’s roots to Bandit Creek, Montana and an addict who once sheltered him.
There, against a serene mountain backdrop, he finds the woman’s resourceful daughter, Amy Tesher, and her eleven-year-old child, Renee. Lies are Amy’s camouflage—her age, her name, even the identity of her child’s father—all fabricated to escape the secrets of her past.
Unaware of Sam’s real mission, she takes him into her boarding house. Just as Morley returns to take possession of Amy…and her daughter.
Read Carla Roma’s interview with Roxy Boroughs or an excerpt from A Stranger’s Kiss or buy the book. And be sure to stop by for the Facebook release party where you’ll have a chance to win some terrific prizes.
On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!
Stay tuned for my upcoming Bandit Creek releases. BABY FEVER, part of the Fool’s Gold anthology, is scheduled for release on April 1, 2012. And WEDDING FEVER, the follow up story, will be out on July 15, 2012. Covers to be posted soon.
It’s Valentine’s Day and the latest edition of the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies is here.
The Viva La Valentine Edition features authors D.D. Scott, Talli Roland, Chicki Brown, Lisa Lim, M.G. Ainsworth, Buck Buchanan, Diane Vallere, Christy Hayes, and … drumroll please … Sheila Seabrook.
That’s right, folks. My first indie release!
I’m currently reading the stories by the other authors and loving them, but today I’m here to tell you about my contribution to the anthology.
THE VALENTINE GRINCH
Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug!
Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.
Fortunately, she’s not in this alone.
Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.
Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug.
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Ah, so many plans, so many good intentions, and so little done. Week 6 of the ROW80 writing challenge was a bust. I managed to get my house vacuumed. Does that count?
The rest of the time, I sat at my desk like a good little writer and stared at the computer screen. Not a single word made it past my eyeballs. Everything I read bounced back into the great unknown. In breathless anticipation, I will wait for the words to return because they were no doubt brilliant and necessary to my career as an author.
1) Write every morning:
– At my desk every morning by 7:00. As stated above, stared at the words on the screen for six of the seven days.
– I received the last of the critiques for my Bandit Creek novella WEDDING FEVER. Thursday morning, the fog cleared from my brain and I worked on edits until noon when I was interrupted by the urge to sleep.
– For the upcoming week, I’ll finish off the WEDDING FEVER changes, then send the manuscript out for professional editing.
2) Social Media, the love of my life, the bane of my existence:
– I visited 59 blogs.
– The super fabulous August McLaughlin hosted the Beauty of a Woman blogfest. I laughed and I cried at the posts shared by all of the awesome women who opened a vein and spilled their guts to the world. If you missed the blogfest, check out August’s page where you will find links to all of the people who participated in the day. Or you can start by reading my post and then follow the link there to August’s blog.
3) Avoid chocolate.
– No chocolate. Another thumbs up week.
– Did you read my opening paragraphs? I can summarize the week in one word: sleepy.
– Hard to do when your eyes are closed.
– I started to read the WG2E All-For-Indies Viva Le Valentine edition — you know, the book with my story THE VALENTINE GRINCH included — and SLIM TO NONE by Jenny Gardiner is on the back burner.
Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.
Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!
On Friday, February 10th, August McLaughlin is hosting the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. Make sure you stop by her blog. There are prizes to be won, but even more important, you can read inspirational stories about women and men. Tales about beauty, not on the outside, but on the inside where it counts the most.
My mother was a knockout. She didn’t have to work at it. In fact, to this day, she’s one of the least vain women I know. My dad carried this picture of her around in his wallet until the day he died. He would often pull it out, show it to others, and brag about the amazing woman he’d married.
Beside my mother and two younger sisters, I felt like a giant, tall and awkward and gangly. I slouched to hide my height. I hid in the background of pictures to hide my ugliness. I often imagined I was adopted into the family because I didn’t look like I belonged.
It was years later that I realized I’d taken after my dad’s side of the family. The women there were tall and stocky. They had meat on their bones and calves that weren’t small and delicate. But they were sweet and kind and loving.
My mother is now 83, has shrunk, and barely comes up to my shoulder. My sisters are still smaller than me. But I’m no longer that awkward, ugly teen. I’ve grown into myself, and learned that generosity of spirit is far more important than looking like the supermodel I once wished to be.
The greatest gift you can give to yourself is acceptance. Be comfortable within. Be sweet and kind and loving, and you will always be beautiful to me.
Do you have a story to share? On Friday, make sure you stop by August McLaughlin’s blog for the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. I’ll see you there. 🙂
Have you heard the tale about the curious little girl who, after breakfast one morning, left the house and headed down the block to grandma’s house for supper? (Don’t worry … this isn’t one of those tales where the girl gets eaten by the big bad wolf.)
I’m telling this story over at the Women Unplugged site. Please join me there.