Q&A for A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH…..winners

Thanks for all of the comments – we have a nice mix of morning people and night owls here!

I’m going to draw 3 winners for this giveaway: Kate S., Jane Squires and Marcie R. please contact me at michelle@michellemajor.com and I’ll send out your books.

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A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH Q&A….by Michelle Major

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* Tell us about the hero of A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH? Why will we fall in love with him? Josh Travers is a former professional bull rider who retired after an injury and is now raising his almost-teen daughter in Crimson, Colorado. He’s working hard to make Crimson Ranch into a vacation destination to give his daughter a solid home. I think readers will fall in love with Josh because he’s a classic cowboy hero (and it was a ton of fun to visit rodeos and research bull riding to create Josh). He’s strong, upstanding and trying really hard to make his life work.

* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero? When readers meet Sara Wellens at the beginning of the story she’s a bit of a hot mess. Raised in Hollywood, she’s out of her element when she comes to Crimson after inheriting her grandmother’s ranch. She’s perfect for Josh because she makes him see the world beyond the his little slice of life and she helps him have a better relationship with his daughter.

*What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after? Both Josh and Sara have been kicked around by life and betrayed by people they love. There are some trust issues they have to overcome – both trusting other people and being true to yourself.

* Is there any particular significance in the setting? This is the first book in my new series for Special Edition set in the fictional town of Crimson. My family travels a lot throughout Colorado so Crimson is a mix of elements from some of my favorite mountain towns (Ouray, Steamboat Springs, and Crested Butte are a few).

* What was your favorite scene to write? There is a scene in a local clothing store where Sara has a run-in with some of the grown-up mean girls in town. It’s the first time Josh sees that Sara isn’t as tough as she appears on the surface and he tries to come to her rescue – I loved writing it because of how it showed her vulnerability and allowed him to be protective of her.

* What was the most difficult scene for you to write? Sara has a rocky relationship with her mother so several of the scenes between the two of them were hard to write. My mom is wonderful and supportive so it was tough writing a mom character who was such an awful person.

* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book? One of Sara’s habits is that she relates real-life situations to movies and can spout off random movie facts. It’s a defense mechanism for her – something she does when she’s nervous or feeling out of her element. I have an embarrassingly good memory for Hollywood trivia and names of actors – I mean, really, why can’t it be history or great literature or something that makes me sound super smart? But it’s the first time my useless well of movie knowledge has been put to good use. ☺

* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one? Since this is the first in a series, I hope readers will enjoy meeting some of the secondary characters who they’ll get to know better in future books.

My husband and I get up early and are lights out by 10pm, which makes us feel a little lame. I wonder sometimes if more people hit their stride in the evening or run out of gas like we do. So tell me if you’re a morning person or a night owl – what works best for you? I’ll draw 2 names to win copies of A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH
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Top Things I’ve Learned from Watching My Grandbaby

by Lynne Marshall

So glad we see eye-to-eye on this.

So glad we see eye-to-eye on this.

 

To help out my daughter, since she’s gone back to work, my husband and I each watch baby Thea one day a week. That way she only needs to spend minimal time in day care.

Well, this is a blessing for me, of course, as I get to bond with my only grandchild, and I’ve learned a few things from that little one in the process.

 

Oh, and the handsome and distinguished looking Lab is Max.

  1. A smile can win over the world (well, Grandma’s heart anyway)
  2. Licking lips and making smacking noises always gets attention.
  3. When someone kisses your cheeks and play-nibbles your neck – enjoy it
  4. Eye contact brightens the other person’s day.
  5. A long, relaxing nap can really change a cranky attitude.
  6. Drama gets you everywhere
  7. Bath time is both functional and fun
  8. If something excites you kick your feet and flap your arms so the other person will know.
  9. If someone sings to you, act fascinated.
  10. If a person makes silly faces for you, indulge them and laugh, because you’re special and they want your attention.
  11. You fill in this blank.

Share what you’re learned from being around children, babies or grandbabies.

 

Lynne Marshall’s current Special Edition. A Doctor for Keeps, is out now!

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Summertime Songs….Amazon GC winner!

Anita H., you’ve won a $10 Amazon gift card. Contact Michelle at michelle@michellemajor.com. Thanks!!

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Memories from a time gone by… WINNER!

by Stacy Connelly

 

Amy Wright–Email me at stacyconnelly@cox.net with your address, and I’ll send you a copy of my August book, Small Town Cinderella! Thanks, everyone, for posting!

I was talking with a friend recently who was somewhat mourning the fact that she had saved all the classic books her children had read with the idea that they could someday pass them down to their own kids only to realize future generations, even young kids, will likely do all of their reading on tablets, etc. tape

I’ve done some of this myself. I have I don’t know how many cassette tapes and VHS tapes I’ve held onto. The last time I tried playing one of the tapes, it was in pretty rough shape–which could have been the fault of the tape player since it’s as old as those tapes. Still, I can’t quite bring myself to throw them away.

I also have old photo albums with pictures that are fading and yellowing with time, permanently stuck to the sticky surface of the album pages, but I’m still holding on to them.

How about you? Do you hang on to items despite time and technology having past them by? Leave a post, and I’ll draw a winner of my August book Small Town Cinderella.

 

 

 

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WINNERS!!!! Game On – Special Edition Mix and Match (July)

We only had four entries, and I wish I could give everyone a prize, but…

CONGRATULATIONS TO bn100 and Tammy Y !!!!

I will contact you to get the necessary info to receive your books.

Thanks for taking the time to unscramble the info.  Just thought I’d try something different, but doubt I’ll do this type of blog again, due to low entries.  Hope everyone had fun!

Lynne

The Challenge: Put the titles, authors, and correct taglines together for each of the July Special Edition books. For those who get the right answers – two names will be drawn.

The Information:

Dating for Two; The Bachelor’s Bright Valley Bride; Finding true love: priceless; Cindy Kirk; It’s all fun and games—until someone falls in love!; Judy Duarte; A Bride by Summer; A Doctor for Keeps; From undercover boss…to hometown dad?; Marie Ferrarella; Baby, oh, baby!; Christine Rimmer; Meet the neighbors; Her lifelong search for home……might be closer than she thinks!; Sandra Steffen; Ready, Set, I Do!; Lynne Marshall; Rust Creek Ramblings.

The Prizes:

#1 – June Special Edition Bundle 1 (e-book)

#2 – June Special Edition Bundle 2 (e-book)

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(print version upon request only)

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Good Luck!

Lynne Marshall 9780373658282

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Happy July! By Judy Duarte

I love the 4th of July!  imagesCAMKT2L4

I’m a history buff—and patriotic, too—so there’s that aspect of the holiday that I appreciate.  But there’s also more that I enjoy.

Summer has just begun, so no one is burned out yet.  (Well, maybe there are a few sunburns if the sun block wasn’t applied properly!)  There are often camping trips planned around the holiday—or lazy days by the shore or the lake, and picnics at the park—yum…

imagesCADZR2YIAnd speaking of picnics, what do you think about when eating outdoors comes to mind?  Red-checkered table cloths, shady spots under a tree?  Dappled sunlight, children’s laughter… fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon?

How about family reunions?  (My mom’s relatives actually have one planned at a park in August!)

What do you envision when you think about a gathering like that?  Chatting with aunts and uncles and cousins you haven’t seen for a while? Games for the kids—sack races… Red Rover, Red Rover, send Cindy right over?  Maybe goofy Uncle Fred?  Or Aunt Carol’s awesome peanut butter cookies?

I grew up in a small town—which isn’t so small anymore—in San Diego County.  As July approached, we looked forward to the various fireworks displays put on by the larger, nearby cities.   I used to sit outside with my friends, perched on a small wooden fence, staring at the night sky and watching the colorful bursts of color.  How exciting that was!imagesCAKVUJRB

And then there was the county fair, with the carnival rides, the livestock shows, the various exhibits, the concerts at night… Oh!  And the concession stands—cotton candy, hot dogs on a stick, corn on the cob…

Yes, I love this time of year.  How about you?

One lucky commenter will win a copy of THE BACHELOR’S BRIGHTON VALLEY BRIDE, my latest Special Edition and a July release.  I incorporated a few of my summertime memories when I created a romance between computer-geek-turned-billionaire, Clay Jenkins, and single mom, Megan Adams.  The story even wraps up during a 4th of July fireworks display.BVBachelor1

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Summertime Songs…..by Michelle Major

In the summertime we listen to a lot of music. The kids are out of school and we take turns blasting our favorite songs or putting together playlists for when we hang out in the backyard.

Unfortunately for my family, I tend to become obsessed with a couple of songs and play them over and over. This summer my new favorite song is ‘Nothing More’ by the band Alternate Routes. I like it because it’s catchy but also has a fantastic message. The song was originally written to support Newtown Kindness, a non-profit organization that grew out of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, CT.

To me the best line in the chorus is ‘We are how we treat each other and nothing more.’

Honestly, as my son and daughter get older this is the most important lesson we try to give them, especially when there’s so much drama that swirls around. Of course, drama isn’t limited to kids so I also love this song because it makes me happy every time I listen to it.

Here’s the song with lyrics if you want to check it out:

I’m always looking for new songs to add to our playlists or a reminder of oldies but goodies. Tell me the best music you’re listening to now or your all-time favorite song. I’ll draw one winner for a $10 Amazon gift card.

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One Book Many Covers (plus Amazon gift card)

by Lynne Marshall

DRUM ROLL!

…AND THE WINNER IS——-ROBYN THOMAS!

Please contact me either via my website/contact page or via Facebook so I will have the correct e-mail address to send the gift card.

THANKS EVERYONE – I HAVE A FUN BLOG PLANNED FOR JULY 8TH WITH MORE PRIZES, SO STAY TUNED!

It’s always exciting to receive the e-mail with the book cover for upcoming Harlequin books, but the fun doesn’t stop there. With Harlequin being an International business, we authors get several versions of our books. I have gotten a kick out of the different focus each area – United States, United Kingdom, and Australia – have taken with my current book – A DOCTOR FOR KEEPS.

I’ve shared the U.S. cover at the Special Edition blog already, but for comparison’s sake, here it is again.

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In the United Kingdom, I am paired with another author for a 2:1 Cherish – this cover must reflect Alison Roberts’ hero since he looks nothing like my tall Scandinavian, Dr. Kent Larson. Eric Dane was my inspiration for Kent. See any resemblance here? LOL

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However, the Cherish e-book version by itself is definitely on the right track. This father and son portrait captures the sweet relationship between Steven and his dad, Kent, looking much more like the guy I had in mind when I wrote him. Though Desi, the star of the book, is mysteriously missing.

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Downunder has taken the U.S. picture and flipped it to the other side, and I love it as much as I do the U.S. version. There, front and center, is Desdemona Rask, my beautiful biracial heroine. Also, I have the privilege to be in a duo with the fabulous Christine Rimmer and we get her cowboy on the book cover! My first cowboy book cover, yippee!

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I’ll admit it gets a little confusing with so many different covers for the same book, but what a wonderful problem to have, right?

CHIME IN ON WHICH COVER YOU LIKE BEST AND ONE COMMENTER WILL WIN A $10.00 GIFT CARD TO AMAZON.

Thanks for reading,

Lynne Marshall

 

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The Worst Thing About Being a Writer (and win a gift card) – Lilian Darcy

No, it’s not getting major rewrite requests from your editor, or the need to keep coming up with fresh ideas, or being given a cover you don’t love, or even reading nasty reviews on Amazon. For me, the worst thing about being a writer is that I feel I’ve forgotten how to be a reader.

As a child, I was such a voracious reader that I literally would read the cereal packet if that was what was in front of me. I’d even re-read it,, multiple times – because, you know, there might be some sub-textual layers to it that I hadn’t quite seen the first or second time around.

When I became a writer, things inevitably changed.

Sometimes I needed to read for work, not pleasure. When you’re writing a connected series with other authors, they’re not always your favorites, but you need to read their stories so you can keep the connected storylines going. When you’re judging a contest, you don’t always receive books you love, in your judging packet. Occasionally, you’re actively gritting your teeth and counting the remaining pages. When you’re trying to break into a new romance sub-genre, you tend to read exhaustively within that sub-genre to find out exactly how it works, what the boundaries are, and where you might fit. You can get to the point where you have so many shopaholics, secret babies and serial killers swirling around in your head that you don’t know whether you want to write sassy romantic suspense with a chick lit edge, or sweet small town stories centered around a match-making dog detective, or what.

Sometimes it’s like being at the theater and taking more notice of the lighting cues and set changes than the actual play. Instead of being swept along with the story, I find myself thinking, “How did she do that? Why did she structure the scenes in that way?”

As for my own books, I’m not sure that readers realize how many times a writer might have to read her own manuscript. I tend to read my early chapters over and over, in order to launch myself into the later parts of the story. If the book comes back with rewrite requests, that means at least one more big read-through, and sometimes more. Then there’s the edited manuscript to look at, and the copy-edited version. By the time the book comes back to you for the last time, you can feel physically ill at the thought of having to read it yet again, and every descriptive phrase or line of dialogue that you couldn’t get quite right tends to jump out at you as the ugliest words you’ve ever read.

I’m re-thinking a lot about my life as a writer at the moment. I’ve actually decided to retire. My Cherry Sisters trilogy, out several months ago, was my last work for Special Edition, and the current Riverbend series that I’m writing for Tule Publishing’s Montana Born Books imprint will be my last work for this publisher, also. If you haven’t read the Cherry Sisters or Riverbend, I hope you’ll pop on over to Amazon and grab them, because I’d love to go out on a high note. Here are a couple of handy links to my favorite books in each of those series.

The Sweetest Thing

It Began With A Crush

Meanwhile, I think the thing I’m going to enjoy most about retirement is that I’ll be a reader again. Just a reader. Reading what I want, when I want, tossing a book aside if I don’t love it, getting swept away with the action instead of noticing the lighting and scenery changes.

Readers, does this make any sense to you?

Writers, have you experienced the challenges of being a reader and a writer at the same time?

Comment and go into the draw for a $15 Amazon gift card.

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