“Love Birds!” Book Hooks Wednesday~ A Weekly Meme ~ New Release, Tristan’s Destiny Excerpt

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From MFRW Book Hooks Blog: Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog.

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Hi, Welcome to my blog and an excerpt from my new release Tristan’s Destiny, Bonus book #1.5.

Set-up: Our hero and heroine are returning from a trip. Tristan’s brother is picking them up from the airport. Tristan’s little girl is with his brother. While they were gone there was an issue with a horse…the reason for the “evil eye.”

“I had fun with Uncle Jase, Daddy. He gave me ice cream.”

“Of course he did,” said Tristan with a friendly chortle. He nudged his brother. “Let’s get the hell outta here.”

“Aw, Daddy, you cussed. I’m telling Grandma.”

Tristan held the door for Nora and she slid to the middle of the seat. “How about I just give you a dollar instead of putting it in the bank, Des?” He released her to the back where she hopped into her booster seat.

Destiny held out her hand for the money. “Alrighty.”

Tristan waited for her to buckle in, closed the door, and lifted their luggage into the bed of Jase’s truck. When he got inside he asked his brother, “How’s everything? The horses?” He turned back. Destiny got his evil eye. She held her teddy bear in front of her face, yet peeked around it with a smile. “We have to talk, little girl.”

Nora elbowed him in the ribs. “Be nice. You just got home.”

She got the look. “Hey, I’m back to being a cowboy, and I got work to do.”

“Like I said, it takes more than a cowboy hat to be a cowboy. I hate to tell you this but you’ve been one this whole time.”

“I’ll comment to that later, sweetheart.” Tristan pulled her into the crook of his arm. “Don’t make me kiss you like crazy right here, woman.”

Jase turned the volume up on the radio. He peeked around Nora. With a lowered voice, he said, “Do I have to tell you two to get a room? For cryin’ out loud! Save it till we get back to the Double Dutch, love birds.”

Destiny giggled in the back seat, repeating after her uncle. “Love birds!”

Thank you for reading the excerpt. So what’s this story about? Read on…but don’t forget to visit the other #BookHook participants below.

Bonus Book #1.5

Bonus Book #1.5

Blurb:

Author Note: This story takes place directly after Cowboy Boss and his Destiny ends. Contains spoilers regarding that book.

On the day they met in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, rancher Tristan Carlson told Nora Trinity it was fate…

 He fell hard and fast…

In this follow-up, Tristan and his young daughter Destiny totally give their hearts away to the woman with ginger-red hair—the woman they both love. However, a dreadful memory comes back to haunt him when a near-tragic incident occurs, leaving him to believe he and his child will have to suffer all over again.

 She gave up trying to resist his sexy smile…

Nora’s chemistry mixes with his and that’s enough for her. The rancher and his little girl own her heart without even trying. Life with her new family is sweet. But due to an act of love, will the man she loves succumb to the forces of nature—at the time when she needs him the most?

 Together, all they see is a happy future filled with sunny days. Although their days and nights are happy, fun, and bursting with passion, every day isn’t filled with sunshine. As Tristan and Nora embark on a new path filled with love and romance, their bond still needs to be strong enough to overcome obstacles. In this story, a man and his family vow to love without limits—to prevail—even though circumstances beyond their control attempt to prove them wrong.

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Gentlemen Cowboys (with a touch of bad) and Their Feisty Heroines. Sensual Contemporary Western romance.

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Venice in the 16th Century

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Reblogging Venice in the 16th Century video trailer to celebrate Siobhan’s new book release. “In My Lady’s Shadow” by Siobhan Daiko.

Originally posted on Siobhan Daiko's blog about her writing and life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong and Italy:

I had fun putting together this little video to show the Venice of In My Lady’s Shadow.

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New Release: Tristan’s Destiny, Bonus Book 1.5 Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight

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Tristan’s Destiny, Bonus Book #1.5

This “bonus book” to go with Cowboy Boss and his Destiny is available.

Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight #1.5

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Interview With a Book Character Hero~ Meet Tristan

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Since “Tristan’s Destiny, Bonus Book, 1.5″ will be out within days, I thought you should get to know the hero in these two books all over again. Yes, he should be happy since he’s getting a second book, too. Remember he complained about his cousin getting two books? Anything to make my heroes happy. :-) (I’ve added some updates and links to his interview.)

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Tristan Carlson–hero in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. He runs his quarter of the Double Dutch Ranch. 

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Backdrop for the Double Dutch Ranch Series

I feel lucky. Characters come to me in a certain way. When they appear to me, I know what they look like. They usually have a name and a career, and I see a bit of their character. Tristan came to me as a gentle soul right from the beginning. He has a soft heart and I couldn’t see changing his character for this book. One reviewer didn’t like him this way. (I’m sure they’ll be more.) I’m sorry. I aim to please, but of course, we can’t please everyone.

Introducing Tristan Carlson:

Tristan came in with his usual confident swagger, removed his hat, and took a seat across from me. Now I know what they all mean about his sexy eyes. They’re very unique.

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From My House To Yours

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Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

In my country we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, which falls on November 27, 2014 this year.
I’d like to take this time to wish everyone who celebrates, a very Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday weekend.

If you don’t celebrate this holiday, I’d still like to wish you a happy rest of the week and weekend.

Enjoy yourselves in whatever it is you are doing.
Either way, be safe.

Mary~

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Cover Reveal ~ Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight #1.5

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Nora, Destiny, and Tristan’s story isn’t over…

Tristan’s Destiny
Bonus Book 

Double Dutch Ranch Series:
Love at First Sight #1.5

A short novel

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Author Note: This story takes place directly after Cowboy Boss and his Destiny ends. Contains spoilers for those who have not read Cowboy Boss and his Destiny.

BLURB

On the day they met in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, rancher Tristan Carlson told Nora Trinity it was fate…

 He fell hard and fast…

In this follow-up, Tristan and his young daughter Destiny totally give their hearts away to the woman with ginger-red hair—the woman they both love. However, a dreadful memory comes back to haunt him when a near-tragic incident occurs, leaving him to believe he and his child will have to suffer all over again.

 She gave up trying to resist his sexy smile…

Nora’s chemistry mixes with his and that’s enough for her. The rancher and his little girl own her heart without even trying. Life with her new family is sweet. But due to an act of love, will the man she loves succumb to the forces of nature—at the time when she needs him the most?

 Together, all they see is a happy future filled with sunny days, but every day isn’t filled with sunshine. As Tristan and Nora embark on a new path filled with love and romance, their bond still needs to be strong enough to overcome obstacles. In this story, a man and his family vow to love without limits—to prevail—even though circumstances beyond their control attempt to prove them wrong.

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Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight Books

Cowboy Boss and his Destiny (Standalone)
Tristan’s Destiny (Late 2014)
Heartbreak’s Reward (Standalone)

Coming 2015
Dane’s Story Bk #3

More books will follow in this series.

 Thank you for reading.

NaNo-Who-Wha…Huh?

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Count Down:

November is more than half over. Isn’t that scary if you don’t want time to fly by so fast? Or, maybe you’re like me—still stuck in June. I believe I moved into September. Yes, that does sound better and doesn’t make me look quite like the hermit I am. Oh, not hermit…writer. Excuse me, I, er…um, meant writer. Don’t judge. ;-)

This finds us Wrimos more than half way through NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month)

Time for an Update:

Mary is ahead of the game. Remember back to the end of October when I wasn’t sure I wanted to do, or might not have time for, #NaNoWriMo 2014? I pulled it together but my second round of edits are due back, so that’ll take some time away. I like to stay ahead of the game (word count) if possible.

About my NaNo Manuscript:

Oh, boy. This story is taking me on a whole other path. No, not really… I wanted to see if you were paying attention. I plotted out most of the storyline, but still, I’m going down a path I had doubts about when plotting took place. It is taking me on a path where I don’t know the outcome. That doesn’t mean I don’t know the story ending. It means I don’t know the outcome of this particular scene.

To get a feel of my “what if” scenario, I wrote ahead to get an idea of how this scene should/ could play out. The scene leaves me with two choices.

Of course I’m not telling. Sorry, not trying to be rude. *Wink* You already know that, right? Okay.

At this point, I’ll say no more about said manuscript. I’ll show you my progress instead. I’ve had fun writing Book Three in the Double Dutch Ranch Series so far. The stats page shows my last update from Monday November 17th, 2014 with 888 words for that day. Cool number. I know my word count was not met for the day.

Note: Last year on November 1st, I started Heartbreak’s Reward, Bk #2. It was published in September 2014. (A standalone novel.) The Romance Reviews Top Pick.

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nano current word count

I’ll be back either later this week or next week with a cover reveal for my upcoming bonus book numbered 1.5 in the Double Dutch Ranch Series. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll see it sooner. Mailing List signup HERE.

A couple weeks ago Word Press informed me that my blog was seven years old. Happy Belated Birthday to my blog.

Have a great week.

My NaNoWriMo Experience Has Evolved

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Here I go again–REBLOGGING a post. (Mine) This might be beneficial to those doing NaNoWriMo this year. As I read through this, I realized I’ve always been working on two books during NaNoWriMo. So, why should this year be any different? Yes, this means I’ve decided to participate in #NaNoWriMo2014. Onward… Have fun and enjoy the rest of October. If you’re participating, I’m sure you are plotting and planning. November 1st will be here soon. Remember, this post was written last year.
Ugh, November. I’m not looking forward to another winter in Michigan, but it’s better than the alternative of not being around to experience it. :-)

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Whew, I’ve been so busy. I won’t talk about what NaNoWriMo is because by now, if you’re interested, you already know.

Maybe you can learn some things from my NaNo Experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert in this. My three years and two days is a drop in the bucket compared to some. This is about how my NaNoWriMo experience has evolved in almost four years. I follow the rules (most) and I’ve learned a lot. But…my biggest rule breaker might be the one where I allow my inner-editor to sit on my shoulder. Heck, she can sit on my lap if she wants. I’ll share my M&M’s with her. After all, I’m used to sharing my chocolate with my stubborn little muse.

question-markTHE OLD ME:

  • Strikethroughs HEY YOU, yes you—do not delete that word. ← (The old me.)
  • Don’t Do not use contractions
  • Use plenty—I repeat, plenty…

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Is It Time Again? To NaNoWriMo or Not?

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Participant-2014-Web-Bannerquestion-mark a HUGE question to myself in 2014.

I’ve already added and anticipated a NaNo novel for 2014, but my decision is about 95% final. Consider my decision a BIG question mark.

National Novel Writing Month or better known as NaNoWriMo (NaNo)

From the NaNoWriMo About Page Click for more info including FAQ.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

My Page: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/maryjdressel

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To NaNo or not to NaNo? This is my question of the month. Editing one book while writing another book fills my agenda for the rest of this year. This doesn’t include NaNo. I take that back because NaNoWriMo has been on my mind more than I care to think about. Is my muse betraying me by nudging [forcing] me to be consumed with it right now?

IF, and this is a big “IF” I do NaNoWriMo this year, I might have to be a Rebel. Yes, this counts and NaNo recognizes it.

I’ve been known to color outside of the lines.

But, there are some who don’t agree with being a REBEL. If writing 50K words to a novel in thirty days like everyone else, I see no difference. Of course we can’t count anything already written. Some of my close author friends don’t agree with being a Rebel, although no one has called me a cheater, in so many words.

This will be my fifth NaNoWriMo. How do I pass up a “five year” milestone?

  • How about you? Will you be a NaNo participant this year? Have you ever participated?
  • Have you heard of NaNoWriMo?

I ask this because even my local librarian never heard of it until I mentioned it to him. Not that he planned on doing anything about it. In my writers’ mind, I thought it would QuestionMark2be a good idea to have a write-in there. Not so with him. He wanted to know how much it would cost them and basically, was the least bit interested in finding out. *Eye Roll*

In 2015, I plan on bringing another book into the Bull Rider Series and this book could be my NaNo project. The thing is, nothing is planned for this book, except in my head. (Well, a vague plan…um, maybe.)

On the other hand, I’m also writing the third book in the Double Dutch Ranch series, and readers are waiting for this book. See my dilemma?

Believe me—going into NaNo with no plans can suck. This coming from a pantster. A pantster who has learned to plot, if that makes sense.

In my own words:

  • Plotter=Your story is planned out from beginning to end.
  • Pantster=Sit down and write your little fingers to the bone by the seat of your pants. Better known as “just sit your butt down and write.”
  • Mary=A little bit of each. Maybe 89% plotter these days. In the past I was 87% pantster. The more writing I do, I’ve discovered the more I have to plot. I’ve published three full length books this year with one more planned. Yes, plotting has helped.

I’m anxious to hear if you’re a plotter or pantster.

Plotting and planning can happen to creative souls in general I’d think. I take photos of whatever I see unless I’m looking for something in particular. My son photographs foot races when he isn’t participating. He goes out days before to scope out the trail/route, etc., and plans out where he will take photos, at what shutter speed, lighting, and whatever else he comes up with for the perfect shot. He’s a plotter and doesn’t realize it. (I took this image while walking along a river trail. Someone painted this beneath an overpass. The photo wasn’t planned, but there it was waiting. Having my camera with me was planned.) I digress…

  • By the way, NaNoWriMo entails writing 50K words in thirty days, and boils done to 1,667 words a day. Some of my author friends write 5K a day or more.

Being a full tiWriter picme writer, making the word count won’t be a problem for me, but…as I said in the beginning, I’m working on two books now, and one is due out in December.

Now, if only my spell checker would agree to the way I spell NaNoWriMo and Pantster.

Stay tuned for the final decision…

Little Bit of Bad MFRW Book Hooks Wednesday

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Book Hooks ~ #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor Sensual #Western #Romance

Nora, Destiny, and Tristan’s story isn’t over. The following EXCERPT is from a “Bonus Book” I wrote as an addition to Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. Book #1.5 picks up right after Cowboy Boss ends. Coming late 2014.

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Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of theMFRW Authors Blog.

A cowboy Takes a Vacation! 

Excerpt

Picture this: Moonlight and a starry night sky.

She clenched her legs around his body when he lifted her. Waves bounced them around, so he had no choice but to release her before they fell over. “This didn’t go to plan.” Tristan pulled his zipper up. He tiptoed his fingers up her arms and slipped the straps of her dress off her shoulders. “One of us is getting naked in the Pacific.”

“Tristan!” she screeched. “There’s probably camera’s out here. Let’s get to that blanket before you get naked…”

“Not me.” Tristan released her only to have her float on her back away from him. “Get over here, woman. I can’t swim. See what happens when you take me out of the desert?” Grabbing a hold of her foot, he pulled her back.

Nora stood in water now up to her chest. “Are you kidding me? Wait, I know you can swim.”

“Yeah, I am, darlin’.” He hauled her into his arms. “I wasn’t only the star quarterback in high school. I was on the swim team, too. ”

“Well, listen to you, rancher.” Nora broke free, plowing through the waves back to shore. She dropped to the blanket and brought part of it around her.

Tristan dropped beside her, ripping off his wet shirt and tossing it aside. He caressed her cool skin, gradually pushing her dress above her thighs.

Nora captured his hands. “I’m so happy to be here with you. Fre-ee-ezing, but happy! We’re in the Pacific Ocean in February.”

 Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight

Some books in this series are standalone. The Carlson’s are a close-knit family and the characters will appear in each others books.

Books One and Two are available.

Cowboy Boss and his Destiny #1

Heartbreak’s Reward #2

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More books will follow in this series.

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