Forgotten Memories #MFRWHooks

logo book hooksIt’s Book Hook Wednesday again. This time I’ve got a bit about the hero from the first book in my Winter Creek, Montana series with Beachwalk Press, Forgotten Memories. Hero and heroine will be meeting soon.

Here you go–

“It’s a herd of cattle, for crying out loud.”

“Please, Mr. Craine.” The younger man leaned toward him. “It will do you no good to get angry at us. Jack and I can’t make a decision without Jen’s input. Jack will call her, and she’ll be here soon. She’s only across the street from the bank.”

Jen, he thought. According to the sign hanging on the wall directly behind the younger man’s clean desk, Jennifer Ferguson was the history expert on the town’s original time period. Two other names joined with hers–William Longstreet, an accountant and Jack Phillips, a historical constructionist.

Adam could only imagine what this woman looked like. Probably an old crone who knows the history of town because she used to live in it, he thought with tight grin.

And, yes, he’s got it all wrong.

The blurb–

For some people ghosts are everywhere…Forgotten Memories_Medium

When rebuilding an old ghost town, a few ghosts shouldn’t be a surprise. And for Jen Ferguson, history professor and psychic, it’s par for the course. But ghosts aren’t her main worry.

After a disastrous affair, which has affected her job at the college, Jen promised her grandfather—the most important person in her life—that she would stay away from men until the end of the semester. That’s a promise she’s determined to keep, but when she meets rancher Adam Craine, it becomes a struggle. Adam’s sexy and flirty, and her psychic abilities are telling her that he might possess a very important quality the previous men in her life had been lacking…he can be trusted.

It’s a daily battle for Jen to keep her hands off of him, but she believes she can do it…until two of Winter Creek’s ghostly residents decide to up the stakes by possessing Jen and Adam’s bodies. How can Jen keep her promise with these two passionate spirits interfering?

And if all that’s not enough to deal with, now she’s having premonitions of danger which could lead to the destruction of Winter Creek.

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Some Bets Are Better than Others #mfrwhooks

Hey, it’s Wednesday again. That’s means it’s time for book hooks.

logo book hooksI’ve got another little snippet of one of my sexiest romance so far, Winning the Bet. The first time the readers experience the heroine and hero together.

Enjoy.

“Fridays are always so dreadfully slow. It makes the day go a bit faster,” Phillip declared. “And it’s harmless fun.”

“Then why don’t we ever bet on something different? Like who will get the strangest guy or the oldest woman?” Maggie shook her head. “Or the most frightened, dependent child or skeletal-thin girl?” She glanced at Phillip. “Or the prettiest girl?”

“Well, what would be the fun of that?”

“Oh, Phillip, you will never get it.” Karen snorted at the man before staring hard at Maggie. “And you are so…unbelievable. Your divorce was final six months ago.” She moved closer to the desk and leaned over her. “Hell, your marriage was over for a year before you even filed for divorce.”

She didn’t want to think about that. Maggie didn’t want to think of her marriage at all. She was just glad she’d never had a child with the bastard. “I shouldn’t have ever married him.”

“Maybe not,” Karen said. “But that has nothing to do with the sexy guy out there.”winningthebet_medium

Maggie swallowed down bitterness as she slid from her stool and walked through the lab toward the opened door. She peeked into the waiting area, spying the man in question sitting in one of the black chairs near the middle. One man sat in a seat opposite the doorway and two older gentlemen and one woman sat at the farthest end. The younger man moved and she refocused her attention on him. Wide shoulders filled the expanse of his seat, one hard, tanned arm lay on the side of his chair, while the other lay in his lap. Both hard-muscled legs stretched out toward the empty chairs in front of him.

“Hello.”

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First Seven Paragraphs

This is the first seven paragraphs of my current project, The Marshall’s Lady. This is book four in my Winter Creek series with Beachwalk Press. I’m about half of the way finished with it. Be aware this is the first draft, unedited version. Research is still needed to find out the name of the assistant living facility, and to see if I ever gave her grandfather’s last name. It’s the heroine’s mother’s father, but I have it written as her father’s.

First Seven Paragraphs

She wanted to be anywhere but here.

As soon as Kimberley Ferguson walked out of the main building of the NAME OF ASSISTANT LIVING toward the line of apartments behind it, she sensed coming here today might be a mistake. Would her grandfather even remember her? Would he want to see her if he did? Forcing a breath into her empty lungs, she stopped near a bench and wrapped her unbuttoned coat around her. You need to leave, Kim, before Jen or Ed show up—or Dad. Her visiting would only confuse grandfather. He wasn’t well now.

“Ma’am, can I help you?”

The voice tore through her uneasiness, twisting her around and away from the bench. She spied a nurse standing near one of the apartment doorways. Dressed all in white with a stethoscope hanging around her neck and a clipboard in her hand, the woman studied her with suspicious eyes. “Are you alright?”

“Yes, I’m…fine.” Kim traveled her hands down her knee-length coat, wiping the dampness from them. She’d never been this nervous before, so unsure of her next move or word. She hated feeling this way. “I’m…visiting my…grandfather. Edward Ferguson.”

“Oh,” she said, eyes narrowing as if not believing her. “You’re one of Professor Ferguson’s granddaughters? I thought he only had the one, Jen.”

“I’m Kimberley,” she answered, not allowing the nurse’s attitude to upset her. Jen and Ed, as well as her father and her Aunt Mabel, were regular visitors to grandfather’s assistant living apartment. This was her first time. If she’d arrived with her aunt today, she wouldn’t need to go through this nurse’s interrogation. It would be easier on all concerned.

 

The heroine is the younger sister of Jen from the first book of the series, Forgotten Memories. The hero is one of the three working board members, Jack, who plays the Marshall and is an ex-cop.

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#MFRWauthors No, I Have to Choose a Book Title

How do I choose a book title?mfrw2017-52-week-challenge-image-300x300

I have a hard time choosing the right title for my WIPs. Usually I start off with something like ‘Winter Creek series, Book Four’ or ‘Bri’s Story’. That way at least I have a title–kind of. Then usually some words I’d just typed in the story comes alive to me and I use those for a title. And other times I used the jobs of the heroine or hero. For instance, The Dressmaker’s Dilemma and Trusting the Cowboy.

What upsets me is when I find a title I like on another book already published, so I feel like I need to change it. For instance, I changed the title of one finished, still unpublished story three times until I found the perfect title for it. First it was called ‘Finding the Right One’ which changed to ‘Listening to Her Heart’ and then finally, “A Second Chance in Panama’. Wonderful. Then I checked on a publishers website and found a recently published book with same title except for the last word. Growl.

Unfortunately finding a good title for one of the books I’m writing is the hardest thing for me. Sometimes the book is completely written and I still don’t have a title for it.

Wish it was easier.

Cowboy-largeDressmaker's Dilemma

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Last Thing I Wrote…

Definitely not going to get 50,000 words written this November. Unless I can manage to write 15,000 words today and 15,000 tomorrow. Don’t see that happening, so I guess…

Kim’s Redemption, the last (maybe) book in my Winter Creek series with Beachwalk Press, will not be finished by December 1. So far I’ve only got 20,22o words and I just started the fourth chapter. (Long chapters.)

Here’s the last paragraph I wrote–

Wil offered him a room in his home in White Sky for the winter, yet he liked staying in the town. So far it hadn’t gotten too cold or uncomfortable for him. He might change his mind if the weather got worse. Jack was too old to live with a roommate, to set in his ways. Wil was his friend. If the two of them had to live together, that would definitely not be good for their friendship. The younger guy was a fine man, but he did get a bit…uptight at things.

The hero and heroine are Jack, the oldest of WCHA’s town board members, and Kim, Jen’s sister. I was going to write Bri’s and Wil’s story (need to give him a nickname), but I’m solving the mystery of how Grandpa Adam and Aunt Grace, the saloon’s ghost, meant their end. I need to have someone who can see ghost, and that’s Kim. I see the ending so clearly.

I also see a few strong scenes that belong in the middle of the book. I think I’m going to do something different and write them out of sequence.  All the books I’ve finished were written one event after another, yet I need to change it up. I have at least five unfinished books on my hard drive, one of them only needs one and half or two chapters left to write.

Oh, well!

Just because I want to, here’s the first paragraph of Chapter One of Kim’s Redemption. First draft and still need to do a lot of research in the other three books. That’s why I have NAME OF ASSISTANT LIVING in the paragraph. I can’t remember the name of the place Kim’s grandfather is living now.

Hey, it is a first draft.

She wanted to be anywhere but here. As soon as Kimberley Ferguson walked out of the main building of the NAME OF ASSISTANT LIVING toward the line of apartments behind it, she sensed coming here today might be a mistake. Would her grandfather even remember her? Would he want to see her if he did? Forcing a breath into her empty lungs, she stopped near a bench and wrapped her unbuttoned coat around her. You need to leave, Kim, before Jen or Ed show up—or Dad. Her visiting would only confuse grandfather. He wasn’t well now.

#amwriting

 

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On the Way to being Published–

oneandsame_w2526_300Found this old post from a long, long time ago, before I was first published. Thought I’d share it again.

Just noticed it’s from June 18, 2008

Starting now

The contract was signed by Rhonda and sent back to me.

The edits were done, then the final edits.

Now I’m waiting for the Galleys.

It’s not a dream.

One and the Same will be released by The Wild Rose Press–still. Get it here from Amazon– http://amzn.to/19RzSLT

The way my life has been going the last two or three months left me thinking wild stuff.  Hell, we lost our job at Beech Bend, then we got laid off from a second job at the Bowling Green KOA three weeks later.  Until yesterday, we had no job at all.  Now we’re working at Happy Holiday RV Park and Campground, but we’re probably not going to make enough money.

But at least we have a home.

This is a beautiful place–in the Smokies Mountains, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.  We look out our RV windows and there’s stunning vistas all around us.  Peaceful and quiet, nice people and great environment, I already like this place better than the KOA.

It also has something else–a Bluegrass Festival.

Seems this campground is the setting for the annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival.  Two of them.  One’s happening this weekend (June 19-21) the second one is in August.  And because we work here, we get to listen to the bands for free.

I can live with that.Dressmaker's Dilemma

As for my writing–

Ethan is still holding Maddie up in the air.  Check out this entry.  I think I’m going to put this manuscript on hold for a while and redo a finished one set in Alaska.  It’s been critiqued and revised by a critique group I used to be a part of, but I need to add an external plot.  It’s a sexier book, more in the lines of a Silhouette Desire.  I’m hoping to send this one to my editor in a few months.  My critiques partners may be seeing the first chapter soon–hopefully.

Interrupting here–

Second book in my Winter Creek series from Beachwalk Press. Here’s a link to them all from my website.

http://www.theresastillwagon.com/winter-creek-montana-series.html

Oops, I just went back and read the old highlighted post and it wasn’t part of The Dressmaker’s Dilemma. It’s another book I still haven’t finished, for another series I started in 2008.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still go and check out the Winter Creek series. I’m writing the last story in it now, Kim’s Redemption.

And I thought beginnings were hard for me.

And back to the past post.

But first I’ve got to do a few critiques.

I’ll keep you posted.

Yes, I have a new cover

Nwinningthebet_mediumow Maggie has something else to worry about—her heart.

Maggie and Jack were introduced to the kinkier side of sex by partners with the wrong idea about the lifestyle. They are now careful and leery around others, and for good reason. Jack is afraid he will hurt the women he dates, and Maggie is just afraid.

The two live in the same apartment complex, and they’re very aware of each other, but that’s as far as things have gone. Neither one of them knows how to get past the mental block. Then one day Jack shows up at the VA clinic where Maggie works, and their lives begin to change due to the interfering actions of her coworkers and a stupid bet.

When Jack suddenly shows up at their usual Friday night dinner out, Maggie ends up spending the night with him. It’s a passionate, sexy encounter, and they both begin to hope that they might be able to get past their previous experiences. But things are still not well. The two may have given each other their bodies, but now they have to decide if they can give their hearts. And the trust required to do that doesn’t come easily.

Content Warning: contains strong language, sexual content, and light BDSM

Note: This book has been previously published.