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Evan Manning Update & Excerpt!

shutterstock_111957710I’ve been very bad, I know! This has really been a year of starts and stops for me. We’ve gone through everything from the typical kid flus and illnesses to some really scary stuff with my mother. I’m so happy to say that now, everyone is fine. My father has finished all his cancer treatment and is cancer-free. My mother who had surgery to have a tumor removed this spring (this was not expected and we were really praying for a happy outcome) also received a clean bill of health. We’re all grateful and I feel like things are now settling down and returning to normal fast-speed. School has started and for the first time ever, I now have 2 kids in school-full day!!! And of course, the first school cold has made it’s way through our house. I’m not even surprised…enough babbling? Want some news?

I’ve got SO much news, I might burst with it! I can’t reveal all of it yet (I’m sorry!) but I think you’re all going to be really happy…what can I say at this point?

Evan’s book is coming out this October 20th (one month!).

I will have more news on Evan…as well as some other awesome, exciting stuff. I think it’s worthy of a newsletter so watch for one, soon!

Also, I know a lot of you guys who signed up for my newsletter after I sent the one with the big Evan excerpt one out, didn’t get to read it. So…I’ve got a teaser for you below! I hope you enjoy!

If you’re not already following my blog, be sure to do so-you can on either the left or right sidebars. Same with the newsletter, lots of cool stuff coming up, you won’t want to miss it!

Enjoy the excerpt!
The engine purred, and she turned to him, her fingers gripping gearshift between them. The fear in her eyes propelled him to place his hand over hers. Her hand jumped beneath his. “You can do this,” he said, his voice sounding hoarse to his ears. She gave him a nod and stared straight ahead.
            And then in a split second, she’d pulled the key out of the ignition, slipped her hand from his, and practically jumped out of the car. Evan swore under his breath, and before she could get far, he met her outside. Rain poured down, and he grasped her shoulders. She was crying.
            “Grace,” he said, willing the odd lump in his throat to go down. For some reason, her tears didn’t make him want to run the other way. They made him want to stay. And fix things for her. That should have been his first warning to pull back.
            She squeezed her eyes shut and leaned her head back against the car, rain mingling with her tears. “I thought I could. I thought I could get all the memories of that day out of my head. But being in the car with you…Evan. It just brought me too close. I don’t want to go back and conquer anything. I can’t do it. I’m sorry.”
            He felt helpless for a second as he watched the torture play across her delicate features. But he wasn’t a helpless kind of man. He didn’t sit around and watch people suffer. He didn’t know what the hell he was feeling, what he was thinking, except that he needed Grace to feel safe.
            And he wanted to feel her against him, where he knew he could keep her safe.
            He gently pried her hands off her face, holding her wrists. “You don’t owe me an apology.”
            Her gaze leveled on his, green eyes bright and intense and filled with so much emotion that it slammed him into him. “I owe you everything.”
            He didn’t want that. He didn’t want her gratitude. He wanted everything but her gratitude right now…and if that wasn’t about to complicate the hell out of everything. All the promises he made not to get involved… He let go of her wrists and braced his hands on the car, on either side of her head, taking a step closer, feeling the shiver of awareness that ran through her.
            Maybe he could convince himself that this was his civic duty. Good Samaritan stuff and all that other crap that was involved when a person lived in a small town like Red River. He was more than willing to sacrifice himself and offer up the best thing he could offer for easing any kind of pain.
            He just wanted to make her feel better.
           He leaned down and gently kissed the soft flesh beneath her earlobe. She clutched his biceps and let out the sexiest sound that had every single reason why he and Grace couldn’t happen flying out the window. He trailed kisses along her wet skin until he reached her gorgeous, soft mouth.
            Grace tasted like dessert, the sweetest he’d ever had.

Hope you enjoyed the Evan and Grace teaser!

Victoria

xo

Week of Giveaways-Day 5

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby - By Victoria James

He wanted a marriage for appearance only… she wanted a family for real

It appears my 5-day contest has lasted seven days, lol.

First up? Yesterday’s winner? Nicola! Nicola, just email me your details-along with the print book of your choice and I’ll send along your prize :).

Today’s the last day of the contest (don’t forget I have that newsletter going out soon, so if you’re not already signed up, make sure you do!). It’s also the last day of the t-ball tournament-and it’s raining. Think 7YO’s in the mud and lots of laundry.

Today’s contest question…do you love Christmas books? Do you read them even when it’s not Christmas? I’m a sucker for a good Christmas romance and I had really hoped to have a Christmas release this year, but it just didn’t work with my schedule but I’m tempted to write another one for next Christmas :).

 

TMRHR_500Today’s Prize? A digital copy of fellow Indulgence author, Christine Glover’s book, The Maverick’s Red Hot Reunion + a PRINT copy of either Red River book (your choice).

 

 

Thanks for hanging out with me this week and commenting! xo

 

 

Week of Giveaways-Day 4

Cole ForresterHey guys-first up is yesterday’s winner-PUJA! Yes, it was Quinn. Congrats! Just email me your info :)

Oh and just because I thought it was my duty to share-that man on the left? Cole :)

Today’s contest is super easy because, well, it’s Friday and I’m wiped! How about you guys? Since I didn’t post a new contest yesterday, I will do another one tomorrow. DS is in a T-ball tournament all weekend so I might be late in posting. Also, don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, the big one is going out soon, filled with Red River news and contests, and the longest Evan excerpt ever ;-).

Okay-so today’s question: Do you like revisiting the same town/characters in romance or are you up for a new, fresh start every time? Here’s what I’m getting at…after Evan’s book I’m not sure I want to leave Red River yet…seems like there might be a lot more characters in Red River that need to have their stories told…what do you think? I’ll pick one random winner and announce tomorrow! The Prize? A print copy of EITHER BEST MAN or RISK + a digital copy of A RECIPE FOR ROMANCE (an awesome book!) from my good friend and talented writer, Olivia Miles. RFR-cover-189x300

Doctor Manning has left the building!

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Well, its officially gone. The third manuscript in the Red River Series has been handed in to my lovely editor today. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that Evan Manning was the most difficult of the Manning brothers to write. And you know how this was the secret baby book…which also posed major challenges for me. I also had to make sure there were some moments with the other Manning clan…and another happy ending for another deserving couple as well. I can’t say anymore…but well, this picture sums it up nicely ;-)

I’ll be back next week with more regular posts, teasers, and all that fun stuff!

The Secret Baby Trope nearly did me in…

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OMG, so here it is, The Doctor’s Saving Grace is due this week. The book is done. But I can’t hit send yet. I’ll let scenes and dialogue mull around in my head until Thursday, when I have to send it in.

Of course, this extra little time also means time to doubt myself. I may have mentioned once or twice how difficult this book was to write…Evan Manning has successfully made me ball my eyes out. The things that have happened to Evan and Grace…geez, I didn’t know how I was going to get them to a happy place. I really didn’t. And then I remembered an email from my lovely editor, something about how she’d like to see something light and funny…oh god. It’s a little late for light and funny with these two. There is of course, humour, there always has to be. But this book’s trope-the secret baby was just a tear-jerker of a topic for me. Especially when the baby’s father is dear, Evan Manning. But, I guess Evan wasn’t always a dear…

I know people are divided on this kind of trope and I now know why. I hope I was able to deal with most of the issues that people have with the whole secret baby thing. Grace had her reasons, she was justified…until she discovered the truth…

There’s plenty of the old Red River gang in this book-Quinn, Holly, Jake, Claire, Mrs. Jacobs, all of them, and their kids. If I know anything about the Manning brothers, it’s that a little baby, or a child will melt their hearts and make them into the men they need to be. Something about a father’s love for their child that makes them the ultimate hero…

So this week, I’m handing in the third book in the Red River Series-fingers crossed my lovely editor likes it (I may even ask her when she is planning on reading it so that I know when to start incessantly stalking my inbox). DS’s last t-ball game of the season is this Wednesday night. Family will be attending the big gala game and trophies will be handed out. I believe we’ve promised ice cream after :-)

Hmm…this was supposed to be a motivational Monday post, wasn’t it? How about this? Never give up? Cheesy, okay, but it’s been a rough few weeks!

 

Writer’s Wednesday-and the Third Red River Book

coffee-66586_640In my feeble attempt to make amends for being such an absentee blogger, I think I’m going to implement a schedule…yup, I am going to attempt to go back to regular blogging. You’ve all been so great with the emails and the newsletter sign-ups so I need make a better effort at regular blogging! And there is so much happening, so I need to get back to ‘sharing’ mode and connect with all of you…

So here’s what I’m thinking…

Motivational Mondays-I’m a sucker for a good quote…and I’m a sucker for having a sneak peak into someone’s work/family week. So, Mondays are all about what’s on the table for the coming week, and I’ll throw in a fave quote to get us inspired to face the weeks’ daunting to-do list.

Teaser Tuesdays-Every week I’m going to post a few lines from the book I’m currently working on…or perhaps a few lines of the book that I’m not supposed to be writing, but am cheating with ;-)

Writer’s Wednesday-This is a general day where I’ll share posts about writing in general-or info about what book I’m working on. I’m also fortunate enough to know some fabulous writers, so maybe I can coerce a few of them to do a guest post ;-)

So, since it’s Wednesday, here I go with my first attempt at Writer’s Wednesday…

Things have been pretty hectic since I’m a little behind with everything. I was pretty sick (nothing horrible) a while ago and completely fell behind. I blogged about it on The Hot Pink Typewriter last month. Anyway, I’m doing much better now-only to have summer holidays in full swing over here! It’ll be a bit challenging to try and stay on track this summer, but the non-control-freak  part of me (it’s an infinitely small space that comes out for a few weeks at a time) is looking forward to no routine. We’ll be heading down to the beach for a few weeks hopefully (laptop will be joining us, of course) for some family time.

What am I working on now? Well, in less than four weeks the last book in my Red River Series is due! This book is has been very challenging…namely because of the hero, Evan Manning. Definately the darkest of the siblings, a true alpha that has put me through the ringer. The woman who challenges him is, Grace-and she’s about to turn his life upside down in a way he could never imagine. My working title for this book has been “The Doctor’s Saving Grace” (which I thought was kind of clever, hehe) but I know that title will be changed. I am excited to let you know that at the end of The Best Man’s Baby (coming next month!) there will be an exclusive excerpt of Evan and Grace’s story!

In a little over a month, Jake and Claire’s story will be released (The Best Man’s Baby) and I’m so excited-not even nervous yet! Oh, and I’ve seen the cover! Another gorgeous one-as soon as I can share it I will. I think it will be going up for pre-order on Amazon at the end of the month…

Thank you all for being so patient with me! But never think twice about sending me an email-it’s one thrill I will never get tired of. Really, reading and answering your emails are always a special treat :-)

I’ll be back soon…

 

Exciting Updates & Hot Snippets

It’s almost Monday-which means only a few days until the release of A RISK WORTH TAKING!!!  I can’t wait to share this book with you-and the gorgeous cover.  I look at it a few times a day and it’s sooooo hard to keep it to myself!  The cover really captures the mood of the book and of Holly & Quinn.

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, I’ll be sending a new one out with all my new release info next week and some other exciting news.  If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please do-I promise I only send them out for new releases or really big news.

Also, A RISK WORTH TAKING is now up on Goodreads, and I’d be absolutely thrilled and grateful if you added it to your TBR pile.

I’ve added a page to my website, devoted to RED RIVER-the fictional town in A RISK WORTH TAKING and in all my RED RIVER SERIES books-feel free to drop by and visit.

Hot Snippets from A RISK WORTH TAKING:

This is Holly’s first impression of Quinn when she sees him for the first time in years:

He had the walk of a man who knew himself and didn’t give a damn what the world thought of him. -Holly

And this is Quinn, well, being Quinn:

“I never kissed you the way I wanted to because I knew that if I did I wouldn’t be able to stop. I wouldn’t be able to get enough of you. And if I had thought for one second that you meant what you said that night, I would have come after you,” he said. -Quinn

“I have a feeling you’re going to taste better than all the fantasies I’ve had about you,” he murmured in a low, throaty voice that was as much a turn on as the words he spoke. -Quinn

I just love Holly and Quinn-and I hope you will too! 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

Well, we’re back from our little getaway and as much as it was nice to have a change of scenery, I’m happy to be home.

For some reason, neither of my kids seem to do well with change.  Last week, sleep schedules were completely off, DD woke up a minimum of three times a night and skipped her nap at least twice.  My attempts at writing in the bakery/coffee shop weren’t as successful as I’d hoped and I spent most of my time watching DS charm the locals.  He is so friendly and in typical small-town fashion, everyone stopped to talk to us.  DS was delighted by this, and was quick to offer some of his “artwork” to interested patrons.  And there is now a delightful picture of “Lightning McQueen” hanging in the bakery-only after DS made the owner of the bakery agree that it had to stay on the wall forever.

Now we’re home and back to a somewhat normal routine, though DS still has this week off school.  We have some fun day trips planned and working during the day will be tricky, but I’m counting on my evenings again.  Oh, BTW, my morning routine got scrapped once DS got wind of me waking early and repeatedly woke up to keep me company.  So back to evenings…

By the end of this week, I need to “commit” to the partial I’ve written, as well as the synopsis, and send it off…

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