Some books come quickly and others take time to marinate. “The Black Sheep Master Builder’s Fake Marriage” was one of those that had to sit for a while and soak up some flavor. The wait was worth it because it’s finally ready to release!!
About the book:
He needs a wife…
But he doesn’t want one.
Find out what happens when he places an ad and finds a woman he can’t live without.
Cash’s grandfather left him the family home but he can’t take possession of it unless he has a family of his own. He places an ad in the local classifieds and is shocked when Maggie shows up at his door.
She was the one that got away.
But not this time.
He’ll do everything he can to win her trust back and be the man she deserves. But will it be enough to make up for shattering her heart? Or will the two of them say goodbye just as fast as they said I do?
Find out in this sweet romance, today.
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I love trying things out before I buy them. Like pants. I can’t buy a pair of pants without putting them on and seeing how they fit.
I think books are like that too.
Trying a book on is a little different than trying on pants. With pants, I can tell you within 5 seconds if I like them.
Sometimes books take a minute to evaluate. I look at the cover. Then read the back. Then I’ll read the first couple of pages.
When my kids were little, I’d hand them a book and tell them they had to read the first three pages before they could tell me they didn’t want it. 🙂
That’s why I like to share excerpts from my books. I know it’s nice to try something on.
Here’s an excerpt from “His Small Town Fresh Start: the Harvest Ranch Romance Series Spring Flings and Engagement Rings.”
The early evening air brushed Lucky’s skin with a sense of possibility. Tonight was the family roping, and he was all over dusting off his skills and seeing how he held up against these longtime cowboys.
“Are you warm enough?” Lucky adjusted the blanket over Swayzie’s sore leg as he situated her on the bleachers. She was not happy to be here, and the scowl line between her eyes needed to be smoothed away. His hand opened and closed with the yearning to do just that.
“I’m fine.” Her clipped tone had more to do with sitting on the sidelines than it did with his care for her. The crutches were tucked safely in the garage because he hadn’t figured out the perfect time to give them to her yet. She was stubborn and bullheaded in the best of ways. She’d insisted on riding the side-by-side instead of in the padded truck where he could put a pillow under her leg. Yet she hadn’t complained once when they’d jostled.
“I’m fine. If you don’t get going, you won’t be in the jackpot.” She shooed him away, readjusting the blanket he’d just moved.
Lucky grinned at her obstinance, looked her right in the eye, and moved the blanket back where he’d had it. “They can’t start without me. I’m the main attraction.”
She rolled her eyes. “I hate to tell you this, but Jaden’s the only one rooting for you tonight.” She nodded to where Jaden and Miles rode their horses in circles to get them warmed up. As they watched, Jaden had his horse change leads, putting him on the right one. Lucky swelled with pride to see his nephew make the change without anyone telling him to. The two boys would get time in the box, chasing the dummy attached to the four-wheeler for practice, while the grown-ups would rope live steers.
“I think I have more fans than that.” Lucky climbed down the bleachers, his long legs spanning the seats with ease.
“Who?” Swayzie called behind him.
“The most beautiful woman on the ranch.” Lucky stopped Carrie as she moved to join Swayzie on the bleachers. He bowed over her hand. “I can count on you to cheer for me, can’t I, Mrs. Westbrook?”
Carrie twittered. “Of course.”
“That doesn’t count!” Swayzie called to his back. “She cheers for everyone.”
My inspiration for “His Small Town Fresh Start” came from several different places.
I was reading a list of romance tropes and “playing house” was one of them.
Do you remember “Whose the Boss?” The television show from the ’80s? It was based on a man and woman living together and playing house–even though there were strict boundaries: she was his employer. I liked that dynamic. Tony–from the show–never lost his man card. He was an alpha male who kept house and cooked meals. While Angela was a successful, no-nonsense business woman who was feminine and beautiful. Together, they raised their two children and eventually fell in love.
So, that was one if the inspirations behind the storyline for “His Small Town Fresh Start.” We have Swayzie–a no-nonsense cowgirl with gorgeous long hair and impossibly pink lips; and Lucky–a risk-taking, bronc rider, alpha male brought together to take care of their nephew. (Swayzie’s brother is married to Lucky’s sister. It’s not THAT small of a small-town romance. 😜)
I don’t usually give my characters names right off the bat. I work with their story and then choose a name that fits their personality.
However, some names have a personality that comes with them. Swayzie was one of those names. I fell in love with it when I saw it on a rodeo program. I didn’t meet the cowgirl with the wonderful name, but I didn’t have to in order to picture her. She’s tough, doesn’t take crap from any cowboy who thinks he’s all that, and has a heart as big as the sky. I couldn’t wait to write her love story.
I hope you enjoy meeting her and finding out that kind of guy captures her heart–it’s certainly not the guy she’d thought it would be!
The box set is doing incredible on the charts. Readers and reviewers are loving it. Check it out:
Can’t Forget a Love Like That by Lucy McConnell This is my favorite story in the collection so far! It was like a combination of An Affair to Remember and While You Were Sleeping. Iris and Reggie work in the same building. They’ve been flirting on the elevator for months, but don’t even know each other’s names. They finally kiss (he’s pretending to be her boyfriend to get her out of a set up). The kiss is amazing, but Reggie isn’t at work the next day, or the next. He’s just gone. When Reggie awakes in the hospital, he can’t remember his name, or anything except the face of a beautiful woman and one amazing kiss. He knows they must be in love. This leads to the sweetest comedy of errors! He thinks they must be really close, she doesn’t know much more about him than he does, but you can’t forget a love like that. This story was so darn cute! It will leave you smiling, and going back for more. ~Jessie C.
Yay!! Reading that made my day.
I hope reading this excerpt makes yours. 🙂
From Can’t Forget a Love Like That
Maybe it was silly to worry about seeing a guy in the elevator for less than two minutes a day, but he was my only romance. I didn’t have a boyfriend. I didn’t even have a man who was a friend right now. My life consisted of work, yoga, and hanging with a group of girls from the apartment building where I shared an impossibly tiny space with my best friend Zelda.
I hit the elevator button, ready to pretend I forgot something at my desk if the doors slid open and he wasn’t there.
Zelda used to think I was desperate for male attention—until she saw the guy. Now she’s a firm supporter of my mission to hit the elevator between 5:10 and 5:16 every day. I mean, the man has a jaw sculpted by da Vinci. Not to mention he filled out a suit like a Greek god come to visit us mortals. And his brown, wavy hair … it made a girl want to run her fingers through it until the wee hours of the night.
The best part of this whole thing was that we were strangers. I could dream about him being an Olympic swimmer, a cowboy on horseback, or a Hollywood heartthrob here to sweep me off my feet, and nothing he said contradicted my daydreams.
The doors whooshed open, and my elevator boyfriend lifted his gaze from his phone and broke into a smile. “’Ello, love.”
Did I mention he had an English accent? Because … yeah—there’s that too.
I’ve been a reader much longer than I’ve been a writer and I love talking about books. Reading reviews is like sitting in on a bookclub anytime I want. I’ll peruse the review section of a book before I pick it up. What about you? Do you read them, write them, or ignore them?
I have an absolutely fabulous ARC team who not only post thier reviews quickly, but they send me typos they find in the books and I’m able to get them fixed before publication. Their input is SO valuable and I value them as a last set of eyes on a manuscript before it goes to publication.
So I read reviews because I want to know if my latest book was up to snuff. 🙂
As I’m reading through, I also get to see the verified purchase reviews. These come in from people who have bought the book and been kind enough to leave a review. I say kind, because taking the time to leave a review is a wonderful service to the author and to other readers.
Here’s a few of the fun reviews for one of my latest books, His Broken Heart Antidote: A McKnight Family Romance.
“This is my first time reading a book in the McKnight Family series. It was soooo good that I must go back and read the earlier books as well. … This book kept me completely engaged and left me feeling uplifted and happy.” ~VVV
“I’m not sure why, but I always thought Carter was a serious type. Must be a surgeon stereotype. I enjoyed getting to know him and see his playful side.” ~Kindle Customer
“There aren’t words! Every time I read one of the books in the series, I am certain it can’t get any better than this! This one was amazing! I absolutely loved reading Carter and Ellise’s story!!” ~RB
You know what’s fun about these reviews? It’s that the reviewer talks about the characters as if they’re real people!! It’s fun to have the people in my head land on the page in such a way that others get to know them too. 🙂
Some books flow like sweet, warm caramel. Others are like carving rocks out of a mountain.
Thankfully, I’m in a caramel book right now. 🙂 “Can’t Forget a Love Like That” is a sweet romance that’s going to be part of the Love In The City box set due to release on February 15, 2021.
If it seems like that’s a close deadline, it’s because it is. Don’t worry, I’m almost done.
While the writing went smoothly, the edits are a bit tricky. My internal editor can get hung up on a single word. It’s important to know when to let her dig in and when to pull back. But I guess it’s like that in most aspects of life. If we obsess over insignificant things, we can miss the big picture. The trick is knowing what’s important and what’s not.
When it comes to editing, my top priority is the flow of the story. Does it make sense? Are the motivations clear? Is there enough romance? Are they falling in love too fast? (I have a tendency to rush into love. 😉)
Well, I’m off to get this book done.
P.S. If you’d like to preorder your copy of Love in the City, you can get it here: