#SnippetSunday: His Small Town Princess, Part 4

CarolBurnside_HisSmallTownPrincess800Welcome to Snippet Sunday again, where writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work.

My sentences are the 4th installment from His Small Town Princess, a work in progress and the 3rd novel in my Sweetwater Springs series. These books are sensual contemporary romance full of Southern, small town USA charm and are both humorous and emotional.

To read the previous installments, they are #1: HERE and #2: HERE and #3: HERE In this scene for #SnippetSunday, J.T and Cass were doing some heavy flirting in the greenhouse/plant nursery one morning when her phone signaled an incoming text. J.T. picks up her phone, sees the text is from “Randy,” then looks at her as if asking permission to read it. She shrugs, and now, here’s more of the story:

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“He says he’s looking forward to your date tonight and will pick you up at six thirty.”

What God-awful timing.

“I’ll cancel,” she said while reaching for her phone, but J.T. held it out of her reach, his jaw jutting forward.

“Don’t ever toy with me again, Cass.”

“But, I—”

“No excuses!” he ground out through clenched teeth while taking a step back. “I get that you’re spoiled and may be used to having a string of men, but I don’t operate like that. I don’t date or have casual sex, because I’ve got kids and a mortgage and a business to run. Playing sex games isn’t even on my radar, so let’s keep things all business between us. Save your kisses and flirting for Randy, who probably lives up to his name.”

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J.T. Baxter is having a very bad year. As if adjusting to widower status and caring for two sons, weren’t enough, he has a landscaping business to keep afloat with a loan coming due. The last thing he needs is the town princess waltzing into his life with a business proposal he can’t afford to refuse.

Cassandra Bing feels adrift after her father’s death, a nasty broken engagement and enduring a job she loathes. She’s searching for her niche, something that would’ve made her dad proud and will bring her fulfillment. But gardening is a hot, dirty business, and soon she’s wishing she’d made a different sort of proposition to the sexy dad.

As an affair escalates between J.T. and Cass, tensions grow in a house where secrets fester. Can her presence begin to heal the Baxter household, or will their tender feelings become a casualty of the impending emotional storm?

SSSeries covers_SM_CBurnsideA Small Town Princess will be released later this year. However, the first two books in the series are available in e-book and print. Click HERE for info, excerpts, reviews and buy links.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my snippet! Click the Sunday Snippet link above to enjoy more snippets by other authors.

 

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A Suitable Wife #giveaway

CarolBurnside_ASuitableWife800A Suitable Wife is the Book-of-the-Day (BAD) giveaway on The Romance Studio today. It’s a simple drawing which you can enter by clicking on the link above.

Want to know more about the book before you enter? Check out the Blurb and excerpt here on my website.

New reviews for A Suitable Wife:

“This is book grabs your heart and doesn’t let go.”Becky 4 stars, Amazon/Goodreads review

“Overall it was a great fast read couldn’t put it down once I started it.” – Jenn, 5 stars Goodreads review

“What a great story, with wonderful character’s that you fall in love with. You’ll laugh and cry, you won’t want to stop reading.” — Willow, 5 stars

Good Luck!

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#SnippetSunday: His Small Town Princess, Part 3

CarolBurnside_HisSmallTownPrincess800Welcome to Snippet Sunday again, where writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work.

My sentences are a 3rd installment from His Small Town Princess, a work in progress and the 3rd novel in my Sweetwater Springs series. These books are sensual contemporary romance full of Southern, small town USA charm and are both humorous and emotional.

In this scene for #SnippetSunday, J.T and Cass were doing some heavy flirting when her phone signaled an incoming text. To read the previous installments, they are #1: HERE and #2: HERE.

J.T. and Cass in the greenhouse/plant nursery one morning:

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J.T. flinched and took a step toward her phone where it lay beside her gloves and trowel. “Aren’t you going to get that?”

“I’d rather finish this conversation.”

He looked at her phone as it dinged again. “Says you have a message from Randy. Sure you don’t want to get it?”

Ohmigod, today was Friday. She’d completely forgotten about the plans she’d made with her ex-boss. Shock must have registered on her face, because J.T.’s eyes narrowed before he picked up her phone and touched the screen.

His gaze lifted to hers, as if asking permission to intrude on her privacy.

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A Small Town Princess will be released later this year. However, the first two books in the series are available in e-book and print. Click HERE for info, excerpts, reviews and buy links.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my snippet! Click the Sunday Snippet link above to enjoy more snippets by other authors.

 

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I’m seeing stars!

Wow! I’m so excited to see new reviews coming in and just have to share these four (yes, 4!) recent or very new reviews:SSSeries covers_CBurnside

For A SUITABLE WIFE…
5 stars! “a well thought out story that gets you involved and keeps you turning pages until the end”—Amazon review

5 stars! “What a great story, with wonderful character’s that you fall in love with. You’ll laugh and cry, you won’t want to stop reading.” – Willow, Amazon review

4 stars! “This is book grabs your heart and doesn’t let go.” – Becky, Amazon/Goodreads review

For HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY…

NEW 5 STAR review for Her Unexpected Family, and on my birthday too!

“I normally do not enjoy such a topic [cancer], but Carol Burnside handles it well. You can’t miss with this exceptional author! You will enjoy this book for its story and its humor.”—Amazon customer

 

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#SnippetSunday: His Small Town Princess, Part 2

CarolBurnside_HisSmallTownPrincess800I’m participating in Snippet Sunday again, wherein writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work.

My sentences are from His Small Town Princess (a WIP), which also happens to be the 3rd novel in my Sweetwater Springs series. These books are sensual contemporary romance full of Southern, small town USA charm and are both humorous and emotional.

This continues the scene from my previous #SnippetSunday post. The preceding eight lines are HERE if you want to read them first. And seriously, you should read them first for the full impact.

J.T. and Cass in the greenhouse/plant nursery one morning:

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She sashayed closer and slid her arms around his neck. “A lace thong in nude, and the bra matches. Practically looks like I’m not wearing anything at all.”

“You’re deliberately baiting me.” His gaze, while reflecting a definite interest, remained wary. “It’s been a long time for me, Cass. You don’t know what you’re asking for.”

“Don’t I?” Her question was hardly more than a whisper, so the sharp double ding of her cell signaling an incoming text was especially loud.

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A Small Town Princess will be released later this year. However, the first two books in the series are available in ebook and print. Click HERE for info, excerpts, reviews and buy links.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my snippet! Click the Sunday Snippet link above to enjoy more snippets by other authors.

 

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Summer Brides (Wiggs/Woods/Mallery anthology)

Summer Brides (includes Fool's Gold, #2.5)Summer Brides by Susan Wiggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a collection of three stand alone novellas:

The Borrowed Bride by Susan Wiggs (1996)
During her own bridal shower, Isabel Wharton is whisked away by past love Dan Black Horse to his retreat in the Cascade range. But returning to her Native roots, and Dan’s loving arms, is harder than she ever imagined.

I’m a Wiggs fan. Susan gives us a charming second-chance-at-love story, which I’m a sucker for. My only nit in this book was Isabel’s fiance, Anthony. Even if he did have a great family that she wanted to be a part of, he was too laid back and unconcerned to be totally believable. Who wouldn’t trade him for the uber sexy Dan Black Horse?

Wiggs has a knack for grounding the reader in the scene. I felt like I was right there in the woods with Isabel and Anthony. The romance and feelings between the characters were believable and the problems in their background realistic, making me root for their HEA.

A Bridge to Dreams by Sherryl Woods (1990)
With her vacation plans foiled, Karyn Chambers realizes that her long-awaited escape must give way to staying at home in San Francisco. Little does she know her Prince Charming is right in her own backyard.

I enjoyed the sibling exchanges in this one between Karyn and her brothers. She’s chafing under the protection of many family members while trying to be independent. Brad Willis is a man who sees her as a strong woman.

Susan Wiggs mentioned in her Dear Author letter than she’d updated a few spots in her novella and I wish Woods had done the same. The mention of negatives in a camera and scarcity of cell phones were somewhat of a distraction. Even so, I liked Brad’s determination and patience. Even Karyn’s growing pains were believable and provided a nice black moment in the relationship prior to the satisfying wrap-up.

Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery (2010)
When Katie McCormick finds out that her sister is marrying her ex, she finally agrees to a setup for the big day. To her surprise, Jackson is a catch. But when wedding catastrophe ensues, will their sparks fizzle or ignite into flames?

What a hoot! I loved the humor and quirky secondary characters in this one as well as the banter between Katie and Jackson. Mallery’s authorial voice shines, making me glad I have more of her work in my Kindle for future reading.

All said, an enjoyable collection for fans of contemporary romance and bride stories.

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This book purchased by the reviewer.

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Tuesday Tidbits: 8.5.14

Top 5 tidbits from my SPAM folder:

Size Matters!
Dylan wants me to call.
Liz and Edgar want to call me. (Geez, I’m popular, ain’t I?)
Apparently blood sugar has secrets ???
And a lost dog has been found on a camel farm…  (Can’t get much more random than that, but, yay for the dog!)

What’s in your spam folder? (Keep it PG-13 folks!)

 

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My Alamo Thursday at #RWA2014

My Thursday at the RWA 2014 conference included a lot of workshops and a side trip to the Alamo. Honestly, it was only a couple blocks, so Terry Spear, Susan Carlisle and I walked over and enjoyed a little respite from the crowds. Here are a few pictures of the grounds as no pictures are allowed inside.

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WP_20140724_010That’s Terry Spear on the Alamo grounds, inside the perimeter walls. It’s a lovely oasis surrounded by modern city.

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The beautiful fountain just beyond where Terry is standing. And to the right, flowers as tall as a person. Aren’t they beautiful?

 

 

 

Tomorrow: Friday breakfast meeting and a surprise celebrity author or two.

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Top 3 Wednesday at #RWA2014

Wednesday at #RWA2014 had three major events:

1. Lunch with my son, Jason, at the Rainforest Cafe along the Riverwalk.  WP_20140723_009We took a selfie.

2. My roommate, Susan Carlisle arrived! Yes, this deserves an exclamation mark because she’s awesome and any time we get together is a good time. WP_20140723_010

3. The RWA annual Booksigning for Literacy Event took place on Wednesday evening. HUGE ballroom, huge crowds, madness ensues as readers jostle through the melee to their favorite authors. I wasn’t signing this year, but Susan distributed my bookmarks along with her sexy doctor bookmark. See what I mean? She’s awesome, awesome, awesome!

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It was also great to see long time friend and USA Today Bestselling Author, Terry Spear! We made it a point to exchange phone numbers and we met up several times. I loved reconnecting with her and catching up in person. She’s a sweetheart.

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Susan and I were delighted to run into a friend from RWA 2012 in Anaheim, Anita Learned. We reminisced about our day on Venice Beach. Fun times!

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Announcing Winners from Blog Hops!

CarolBurnside_HerUnexpectedFamily_200pxFrom the Summer Reads Blog Hop, Sherry Strode wins an ecopy of HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY.

FrPF2 WEB largeom Melissa Schroeder’s 10th Aniv Blog Hop, Kathy Watts wins an ecopy of PHANTOMS & FANTASIES.

Ladies, please contact me at Carol(at)CarolBurnside(dot)com with your preference of file type. Thanks to everyone for participating!

7/30/14: Actually, ladies, check your e-mail. I’d forgotten I have your addys. Happy reading, everyone!

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