Patricia Preston Gives Away Great Writing Advice, Free Books, and An Amazon Gift Card!

Hello readers! I’m delighted to return and host self-published romance writer Patricia Preston. Patricia seems to have reached a happy place with her writing and publishing, and in this interview, she shares her journey to publication. She also tells you how you can win FREE books and a $20 Amazon gift card!!!! Enter a comment here and/or on Patricia’s website for chances to win!

What made you decide to write romance novels?

I like positive, fun stories with a happy ending and characters who are heroic, even though sometimes they make mistakes. I love stories with a positive message and where the good guys win and love conquers all and for a little while, I like making all that seem possible for a reader.

What would you have done differently if you could start all over again?

When it comes to writing, I would have not written anything “according to category guidelines.” When I started, I knew was trying to write a category romance, and so I jumped on the bandwagon, which was stupid of me. Writing to specific guidelines suppressed me as a storyteller. I regret the loss of that time in my life and that’s one thing I would do differently. As a writer, you should always do what works best for you and your stories. I had a lot of friends who wrote according to publisher guidelines and enjoyed it.

Can you imagine having a different career? What would it be?

I can imagine a lot of fun things. But writing tends to suit me best.

How has the market changed since you first published?

Greatly. I mean, it is totally different with ebooks. I wish it would have been this way years ago. I love all the different opportunities writers have nowadays. Best time ever to be a writer.

What was your biggest challenge when it comes to publishing?

Nowadays, a writer has to make choices. Whether you want to go traditional or indie. Because each has a different route. Right now, I’m working with a traditional publisher, and I enjoy it. But that isn’t to say I’ve given up indie publishing. I have several short stories I want to write, but I signed a three-book contract, and I have to spend my time getting those books written. I also have a part-time job in healthcare as well as writing, so there’s only so much I can do.

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

Wonderful! The first story I published was The Yard Sale. I had no expectations. I just wanted to see what it would be like. It turned out to provide me with one of my best writing moments ever. It was such fun to write and I had been depressed over some losses in my life during the past year. It really helped me emotionally and set me on a new path as far as writing goes. The first day of its release, it made the top ten in comedy and for a while, it was in the number 1 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller list in Comedy. I almost passed out!

What is the single most important thing a writer should do?

Regardless of a writer’s publishing status, you should focus on writing the best book you can.

How has your life changed as you have published more books?

I write more. Like every day. Seven days a week. Seriously.

What is your perfect writing place?
I like what I have right now. But, if we’re talking wishful thinking, it would have a wall of windows overlooking forested hills and a vibrating recliner. LOL!

What advice do you have for new writers?

Work at the craft. Never stop learning or trying new things. Write what you love. Be sure to finish the book you start.

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Patricia’s newest book, ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS, is mainstream contemporary romance filled with witty, charismatic characters. The fun, fast-paced plot features a secret baby, a billionaire baby daddy hero who needs a pretend girlfriend for a week, and a pretty doctor who is desperate to keep her child a secret. Unfortunately for the intrepid heroine, Marla, she needs money for her community clinic so she has no choice but to spend a week in paradise with the one man who can destroy her life. How can she say no?

ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS is the first book in Love Heals All series where romance causes havoc, heartache, and humor for a cast of unsuspecting doctors until they realize love heals all. published under the Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. They do feature the same location and continuing characters. The next book in the series is EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES, coming in Jan 2017.

Excerpt:

She picked up the letter opener. Her heart palpitated in sheer terror as she slid the opener under the flap of the envelope. With the envelope open, she peeped inside to see one folded sheet of stationery.

After six years, what could he possibly have to say?

She pictured him, standing beside a black truck in the drive of Royal Oaks, an old estate belonging to his grandmother. She recalled the date. June twenty-eighth. The day they had said goodbye had been a warm, blustery day in Tennessee. A summer storm was heading toward the rolling hills near Nashville.

The wind made a mess of Carson’s unruly dark hair. His dark blue eyes were hidden by a pair of mirrored lens aviators, and his alpha-male physique tested the seams of his polo shirt.

“If I’m ever back in town, I’ll look you up,” he promised as their casual affair came to an inevitable end. For three weeks, they had been together and finally, the time had come for them to go their separate ways. She hadn’t realized it would be so difficult.

“Sure.” She forced a smile of goodwill. After all, they weren’t parting in anger, or in love for that matter. And it was unlikely that she would ever see him again.

“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.

He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”

“You think so?”

“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”

“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”

She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.

“Goodbye,” he called.

At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same.

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Patricia Preston writes mainstream romances where love matters most. You are her reader if you like fun, passionate, feel good reads. Must haves in her writing cave include sweet tea and music. Besides writing, she loves music, history, taking road trips, and anything containing chocolate. Her dream-come-true would be a townhouse in the French Quarter. She never misses Supernatural or the Walking Dead. She is repped by the Seymour Agency and currently working on a contemporary romance series, Love Heals All, for Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books.

Available titles include Amazon best sellers, “The Yard Sale” and “Laid to Rest,” as well as historical romances: To Save a Lady and Almost an Outlaw. Coming in September is the first book in the Love Heals All series from Kensington Boos, One Week in Your Arms. Also available for pre-order is the second book in the series, Everything His Heart Desires.

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Patricia is celebrating the coming of fall and the release of her first book in her new contemporary romance series by giving away a batch of her Kindle ebooks and a $20 Amazon gift card. You can enter by leaving a comment and email address on this blog and add extra entries by going to her Giveaway post on her blog: http://patricia-preston.blogspot.com/2016/08/celebrating-new-release-monthbatch-of.html Drawing will be on Sept 30th. Winner notified via email.

Christmas Spirit Giveaway!

You’ve just read about how Julie Cameron wrote and published Christmas Spirit. (If you missed it, here’s the link: http://wp.me/p6pX1m-8x) Now you have a chance to read Christmas Spirit for yourself! It’s the season of giving, and Julie is giving away a free e-copy of her debut!!! You know the drill: comment on this or the previous Julie Cameron post, like/comment on the Romance Debuts Facebook page, and/or tweet/retweet romancedebs for up to 3 chances to win. Winners will be announced Thursday, 12/17.

Marilyn Baxter Gives Away Two Copies of Her New Release…and Some Fabulous Writing Advice!

I’m so pleased to host Marilyn Baxter today. Marilyn has so many helpful insights to share, from where to get inspiration to balancing everything, to fine-tuning the writing process. After hearing her thoughts on the writing life, especially the need to forget about the rules, I feel motivated to work on my draft…I hope you do too!

And it gets even better! Marilyn is giving away TWO digital copies of her newest release, PICTURE THIS!!! For a chance to win, leave a comment here; like or comment on the Facebook page, Romance Debuts; or tweet @romancedebs. The winners will be announced Sunday.

How long have you wanted to be a romance writer?

After discovering romance novels in 2001 and reading at least 4-5 a week, I decided to try my hand at writing one in 2004.  I’d been published in non-fiction in a professional journal back in the 70’s, but I wanted to try my hand at this happily-ever-after stuff.  I got the first three chapters written and dithered around with them until NaNoWriMo of 2008 when I declared in front of my RWA chapter that I was going to participate and finish the book.  I got my 50,000 words done but the book wasn’t quite finished.  I got it completed a few months later just in time to submit it to an online pitch contest where I was a finalist, got a request for the full manuscript and was rejected.  I sold that book, DIRECT DEPOSIT, to Boroughs Publishing Group in 2013, and it was released earlier this year.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere!  DIRECT DEPOSIT came about when I saw a news article about online sperm banks.  PICTURE THIS features a secondary character from DIRECT DEPOSIT.  She’s a family law attorney, and I work for a family law firm.  Rest assured, I never EVER breach client confidentiality, but some situations I run across in old case files spark ideas.  Usually I’ll have a character in mind and then decide what is the worst situation I can put them in and who is the worst love interest for them.  And I go from there.

Describe your writing process. 

S-L-O-W.  I get an idea and I mull it over.  I figure out who the characters are, what their backgrounds are, what their parents named them, where they live and what they do for a living.  Many times it’s their profession that sparks the whole idea.  For example a future project will feature a massage therapist who is also a Reiki practitioner because (1) I love to get massages and (2) I’m a second degree Reiki practitioner myself.  Then I work out each character’s goal, motivation and conflict, and I come up with the Black Moment that drives them apart.  From there I work back to the start and on to the resolution.  Yeah, weird.  I’m somewhat of a plotter.  I use a Word table and create a section for each chapter and briefly describe what happens in each chapter.  Then I pants my way from there.  Once I get to The End, I go back to the beginning and revise until it’s where I think it should be, and I send it to my editor.    Because I have a part-time day job, I usually write at night.  My mornings are spent with housework, bill-paying, doctor’s appointments, obligations to other things.  After work I come home, get into my writer’s uniform (AKA pajamas) and either write at my desk on the desktop PC or in my recliner on my laptop.

How do you fit your writing into the rest of your life?

I have to make an effort not to let the rest of my life overrun the writing part.  I’m involved in my church, a Red Hat group and I have both writing friends I get together with as well as non-writing friends.  And there’s the day job.  I’ve learned to recognize just how much my plate will hold and say no to things that won’t fit.

How has your life changed as you have published more books? 

I’m not rich or famous (yet <wink>), but I do feel a sense of accomplishment because not everyone has written a book, much less had one published.    The changes are not so much external as internal.  I’m proud of myself, and I have more self-confidence.  And I’ve gained a whole new set of friends through my publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group.  At the RWA conference in New York City this past summer, I got to know a lot of the other writers and had fun sightseeing and going out to eat with them.

What is the single most important thing an unpublished writer should do to get published? 

Simple as it might sound, write.  You cannot get published unless there is something to publish.

Where is the best place to go for writing advice?

I have found Romance Writers of America to be an invaluable source of solid writing advice.  The annual conference, the online workshops, my local chapter and the members who were already published before I was have all contributed bits of advice here and there.  And all that advice has added up to where I am now.  I highly recommend joining RWA and also a local chapter if you have one.  The local chapter gets you with other writers on a regular basis, and these are the people who “get” you and understand the voices in your head.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever gotten? 

“Finish the book!”  As I said before, without a book, there’s nothing to publish.  Another sage piece of advice was “Forget the rules.”  I’d heard so many rules about what you should or shouldn’t do that I became almost paralyzed.  A good writing friend who was already multi-published told me to just write my story and then let whoever bought it tell me if it needed to be changed.  That piece of advice was freeing.  The words began to flow again.  And the piece of advice I’d like to offer anyone who reads this is, “Don’t try to compare yourself to anyone else.”  Every writer has his/her own process, voice and ultimate path to publication.  Comparison is only a road to disappointment.

Who’s your favorite debut author? 

I’m currently reading a NA romantic suspense called HOT SHADE by Tamara Lush.  It’s set in Florida and is about a young, eager newspaper reporter and a hot, sexy Italian guy with secrets.  I’m thoroughly enjoying it and only wish I had time to just read to the end.  But there’s MY work in progress and the day job and the… well, you get the idea.

Can you imagine having a different career? What would it be?

I would love to be a tour guide and take other folks who like to travel all around the US and the world and show them all the magnificent sights there are out there.

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When it comes to relationships, Tess Callahan is gun-shy. An ambitious Atlanta divorce attorney, she’s seen the aftermath of relationships gone bad, which is why she has no time in her life for any man except for Nick Russo. Handsome and exciting, he’s the perfect choice to give her all she desires—including the fact he’s never around long enough for things to get complicated. Until suddenly they do.

Nick Russo has the world. His job as a photographer takes him everywhere, and he wouldn’t give that life up for anyone, not even the beautiful and brilliant Tess Callahan. Or so he thinks. An unexpected pregnancy is about to bring everything into focus, a brighter and more colorful world than he ever thought to imagine. The possibilities are endless, and they’re something he can capture not just on film but in reality.

 

In 2001, Marilyn discovered romance novels quite by accident, which led to a renewed interest in writing.  Before having a novella and two full-length novels released, she sold over forty stories published in the confessions and romance magazines.

Marilyn Baxter headshotIn addition to reading and writing, Marilyn loves to knit and crochet simple things, cook for one in the crockpot and garden in a few pots on her patio.  Her motto is “Have passport, will travel,” and in 2013 added Ireland and Wales to the list of 32 states and 21 foreign countries she has visited.

A native of North Carolina, she came to Huntsville, Alabama by way of Frankfurt, Germany.  She has lived there longer than anywhere else and calls it home.  After raising two great sons, she loves to dote on her two granddaughters.  And somewhere amidst all the above, she fits in a day job as an administrative assistant for a boutique law firm.

CONTACT INFO:

My website is www.marilynbaxter.com.  From there you can sign up for my newsletter.  You can also friend me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.baxter.372 and join my street team, Baxter’s Belles, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/992618844102430.

Find me on Twitter @marilyn_baxter.

 

Linda Bradley Giveaway Winner!

I’m so excited to announce the winner of Linda Bradley’s Maggie’s Way…

Annette Rochelle Aben!!!!

Congratulations, Annette! Enjoy the book, and please leave a review if you can; reviews mean so much to debut authors!

Please send me your contact info at romancedebsatyahoodotcom.

Linda Bradley Gives Away A Copy of Maggie’s Way!

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? In need of a gift for yourself after all the cooking, cleaning, and Black Friday shopping? Linda Bradley is giving away one paperback copy of Maggie’s Way, a story of a cancer survivor whose life changes during her summer of solitude and recuperation.

Earn a chance to win with each like or comment on the Facebook page (Romance Debuts), tweet @romancedebs, and/or like or comment on the blog post.

“Sometimes you havmaggie's waye to lose your way to find yourself.” –L. Bradley

Middle-aged Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

REVIEWS OF MAGGIE’S WAY:

“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” -Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” -Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

LINDA BRADLEY’S INTERVIEW WITH ROMANCE DEBUTS:

https://romancedebuts.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/from-cancer-survivor-to-debut-author-linda-bradley-will-inspire-you/

Melissa Rolka Shares Perfect Writing Advice…and a Chance to Read Her Perfect Books For Free!!!

I’m so excited to host Melissa Rolka, author of the New Adult Perfect series. The first book, The Perfect Distraction, is currently available for free on Kindle (yay!), and Melissa’s giving away three e-copies of her second book, The Perfect Emotion (double yay!!)! For a chance to win, comment below, like Romance Debuts on Facebook, comment on Facebook, or send a tweet to @romancedebs.

Read Melissa’s thoughts on publishing independently below and share your thoughts!

What is the single most important thing an unpublished writer should do to get published?

I am self-published, which is a very different route.  If you are eager to get your work and your story out there I recommend this route.  You are completely in charge of your story, marketing, and managing all aspects of selling your books.  It is a lot of work, but I enjoy being in control and making the decisions.

What is the single most important thing a newly published writer should do?

Do your research first!  Make sure you understand the process to be able to hit publish.  It’s important to have your ‘ducks in a row’ or else you get bogged down and it takes even longer.

Where is the best place to go for writing advice?

I’ve found through networking on FB.  Strange I know, but truly I’ve found a wealth of information on FB from fellow writers.  It’s very helpful and great to meet people who are doing the same thing as you.

What is the best writing advice you have ever gotten?

Find time out of every day to write, even if it’s only a small amount.  It helps keep the story flowing.  Even if they words don’t come out just the way you intend them keep going and get the scene out, then later you can edit.

What would you do differently if you could?

Write faster! Ha!

Can you imagine having a different career? What would it be?

I’m not sure I totally look at this as a career yet, more of a hobby, a love, a passion, a way to express my creative side.  I really enjoy doing this and don’t put any pressures on myself to pound out books as fast as I can.  I do it for the love of it and because I enjoy it.

Do you have a favorite debut author? If so, who?

Wow, that’s a tough one.  There are so many amazing authors out there who never get noticed.  I read in all categories, in terms of romance… Michelle Lynn’s Love Me Back is an amazing debut.  Collide by Gail McHugh sucked me in.  Consequences by Aleatha Romig is one of my all time favorites, but it’s dark, twisted and mysterious.  I loved Divergent by Veronica Roth, and her personal success is encouraging.

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Book 2 in the Perfect series: Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though. With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option.

All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis.

As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together.

Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?

The Perfect Emotion (Book 2 in The Perfect Series):
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Book 1 of the Perfect series: When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.
Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?
Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.
Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
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Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers’ world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with, and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing, she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle. 

Marina Adair Gives Away Great Writing Advice…And One Signed Copy of her Newest Book!

I am so excited to host Marina Adair, a #1 national best-selling author who writes contemporary romances about the loves and lives of the handsome heroes of St. Helena, California; Sugar, Georgia; and Sweet Plains, Texas. Her work has been described as a “witty blend of sugar and sizzle” with “endearing characters and a unique quirky flair.”

I am particularly excited because this is our first giveaway! Marina has offered to give away one signed copy of her newest release, Need You For Always. You will get one chance to win for your Facebook Like (Romance Debuts), Facebook comment, WordPress comment, and/or Tweet to @romancedebs. The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, October 14th.

Read on for Marina’s advice for new and aspiring authors.

What made you decide to write romance novels?

I started my writing career as a screenwriter, focusing on family adventure films, which led me to writing YA novels. One day, I discovered a romance novel at my local library, Falling For Mr. Dark & Dangerous by Donna Alward. I finished it in one sitting, then said to my husband, “I want to write books that makes other people feel what I am feeling right now.” The next day I started my first romance novel.

What was your biggest challenge when you were trying to publish your debut novel?

Figuring out my voice and what made me different from other writers. That’s why it is so important in the beginning to experiment with voice and genre. Sometimes what you’re drawn to as a reader isn’t what will cement you as an author. 

How have you dealt with that challenge as you have published more?

Knowing my voice and the kinds of stories I want to tell makes it easier to utilize edits and criticism to grow my craft. If a writer decides to go the traditional route, securing an agent and publisher, then their works become a collaboration. Being adaptable and open to other ideas is key to growing as a writer.

What would you have done differently if you could start all over again?

Honestly, nothing. At the time, every mistake and rejection letter was awful, but I came to realize that every mistake and failure prepared me for my career. They got me one-step closer to where I am. I have four books that never sold, and never will. But each of those books lead me to discover a different part of myself—and my voice.

Can you imagine having a different career? What would it be?

I was a competitive cheerleading coach before I started writing and loved it. I could see myself going back to working with teenagers, maybe teaching writing.

How has the market changed since you first published?

Options. Holy moly, with self-pub, e-exclusive deals, traditional, and hybrid careers, authors have more options than ever before. It is exciting to think about all of the different avenues an author can take toward publication.

How has your life changed as you have published more books?

I had to become a master at multitasking. In the beginning, I would work on one book at a time, giving my sole focus to the story at hand. Now, with multiple series and publishers, I can be working on as many as four projects at one time, all in different stages of publication. Multitasking and time management have saved me. 

What is the single most important thing an unpublished writer should do to get published?

It is simple: Write. My professor told me the only thing that separates writers from aspiring writers is that they sit their butts in the chair and write…everyday.

What is the single most important thing a newly published writer should do?

Be adaptable. The only way to grow as a writer and excel as an author is to be open to change and criticism. Once you sell to a publisher, it is no longer a story written for your sole enjoyment; your editor’s job is to help you fine-tune your story so it can be enjoyed by the largest reader base possible.

Where is the best place to go for writing advice?

Join local writers support group. There is one for nearly every genre. Romance Writers of America has been a great source for me throughout all of the stages of my career.

What is the best writing advice you have ever gotten?

Sit my butt in the chair and write … everyday.

Do you have a favorite debut author? If so, who?

I recently discovered MK Meredith. She writes emotional and complex characters that feel real and pull you in.

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Emerson “Emi” Blake dropped out of culinary school to care for her ailing mother, but she has bigger dreams than running St. Helena’s most popular pita cart. First on the menu: upgrade to a gourmet food truck. A new part-time job as a personal chef will definitely provide the funds, but it also forces her into close contact with her one and only one-night stand, Dax Baudouin, who’s daring her to try a second taste.

 Former army Ranger Dax has a clear mission: come home, get healed, and get gone. Yet Emi’s tough-girl exterior and hidden soft side are even harder to resist than her mouthwatering baklava. After years of battles, he knows better than to try and rescue anyone—not that she’ll let him get close enough to try. Truth is, Dax is starting to think that Emi’s the one person who can save him…if he can just persuade her to give him another shot.

Author Marina Chappie seen outside her Santa Cruz, Calif. home, Friday February 17, 2012. (Photo by Tosh Tanaka)

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Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her upcoming Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

 As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at http://www.MarinaAdair.com. Keep up with Marina by signing up for her newsletter at http://www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.