Falling Hard and Fast (#MFRWhooks) Get Caught on my Hook!


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MFRW Authors BlogThis week I’m joining other authors who participate in the meme, Book Hooks, put on by MFRW Authors Blog.

What is this? It takes place every Wednesday and will include sentences from a book or WIP we’re working on, plus buy links and a blurb.

You’ll be able to jump to other posts via the Linky at the bottom of my post. I’ve done other memes and you know how this works. :-)

Join me this week as I bring a few sentences from the first book in the Double trrtoppicksDutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight, Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. A Sensual contemporary western romance.

This book was published in February 2014 so it’s still a fairly new release. Sale Price is still in effect for a limited time. The second book will be out this summer.

Shortened Blurb (Full can be found Here)

CowboyBossandhisDestiny_MEDNora Trinity returns home after a long absence. Hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she’s profoundly attracted to him. But, is she ready for this sexy cowboy and his four-year-old daughter? Tristan Carlson can’t keep her out of his arms. Before he can let his heart go, he has to know she’s different from women he’s met, who don’t want a package deal. But he’s falling hard.

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Meet Tristan and Nora. Destiny is in the background.

  • A night Nora didn’t want to be alone…

It took at least two breaths and she gripped the rail, closed her eyes, and pictured what just happened. Omigod. When she opened her eyes and looked down, he stared up at her, a needy gleam in his she wanted to see more of. She backed away and took another big breath before going downstairs to face him.

She returned to the recliner and met his gaze—lost in the dissimilar glow of his blue or green.

When Destiny fell back asleep, Tristan took Nora’s hands. “Should I apologize?”

She ran her tongue over her lips, still experiencing the tingle, tasting him, smelling him. She met his heated stare. “No need to apologize for something pleasurable.” Something I want more of…soon.

Tristan lowered his voice. “I wanna do it again. Nora—you don’t know how much I’ve wanted to…kiss you. Our lunch together… I’m falling hard and fast for you. Fast…and damn, I don’t get it.”

“Yes I do know. I get it, because I’m doing the same.” She swallowed hard—knowing she had wanted to kiss him. Wanted to kiss him again, too. She reached for him—touched her lips to his for a second, enough to know it was real the first time—still wanting more of him. Heaven knows she wanted more.

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What’s Goin’ On? or What’s going on…


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What’s Mary up to these days?

Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2 (Bull Rider Series) On schedule for a spring release. This book has been a long time coming. Howdy, Ma’am, the first book in the Bull Rider Series is available. Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews. short quote 2_____________________________________________

Jase’s Story Bk 2 (Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight) Some of you knoweffects Jase 2 extra small 3 (2) the title isn’t Jase’s Story. This is what I’m using until I do a cover reveal.

Who is Jase? Oh, I’m glad you asked. He is Tristan’s older brother and makes his appearance in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. Some of his issues are revealed in Cowboy Boss. He deserved his own story and, wow, did he get one. On schedule for a summer release. This book is now with the editor! This is always scary/exciting.

The reveal will be when I get my first round of edits back, or when I send the first round back to my editor. I’m itching to do a reveal, but not too early.

trrtoppicksCowboy Boss and his Destiny was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews with a 5 star Review. I’m very proud of what the reviewer had to say. This book is still priced low. Pick this one up before book two comes out. Cowboy Boss is a standalone. No cliffhanger at the end.

What is next?

Nora, Tristan, and Destiny’s story will go on. Cowboy Boss is standalone, but I wanted to write a novella to follow up their story. It’ll be numbered 1.5 in the series. I have a title and cover idea. Whoohoooo… I hope you’ll agree the title is perfect. See images…through my eyes….for Cowboy Boss and Jase’s Story.

• Of course, there is Book #3 which is already in the works, and I’ve written the beginning. I’ve learned a lot about this youngest Carlson brother so far, and I can tell he’ll be a great hero in his own book. His heroine has materialized, too.

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13 Romantic Movies I’d watch again~ Thursday Thirteen


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#Thursday13 #ThursdayThirteen

TT11Watching romantic movies gives me a ‘feel good’ feeling. Even if I have to cry. There’s a big difference between happy tears and sad tears. With my selection, you’ll find both. Either way, I’ve watched these movies more than once and I’d watch them again.

How about you?

They should come with a box of tissues.

My List

Somewhere in Time Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. Takes place in my own state on Mackinac Island. I have a cute story about my Somewhere in Time tour—it has to do with the tree scene in this trailer. The book: Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson. I’ve read it. (Richard Matheson had a bit part in the movie.) I have the soundtrack too. It’s beautiful. Each year they have a festival on the island to celebrate this movie and era.

image_thumb.pngThe Lost Valentine A Hallmark Channel Movie staring Betty White, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Sean Faris.

The Notebook Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

A Walk to Remember Shane West and Mandy Moore

Under the Tuscan Sun Diane Lane. More of a romance between the heroine and Italy with a happy ending.

Ghost Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore

Dear John Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum

Hope Floats Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr

The Back-up Plan Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin

Letters to Juliet Another movie taking place in Italy. Beautiful. Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal, and Franco Nero.

Moonstruck Cher and Nicolas Cage

Nights in Rodanthe Richard Geer :-( So sad.

Kate & Leopold Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman

I see a pattern here! Nicholas Sparks has written more than one of these. It figures, huh. He is one of my favorite authors.

Do you have a movie you watch again and again?

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This post got up late this morning. Sorry about that.

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From White Page and Dark Space, Miracles Occur

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

A great post to begin the week. Your words are uplifting, Christina. :-)

Originally posted on A Spark in the Dark:


Something amazing is about to happen.

From your mind, all of the pieces that make up who you are, will band together to create….

Not just a story, but a living, breathing world.

You, are its god. You will sweat during its trials, smile during its triumphs, and cry among its inhabitants when they experience heartbreak.

Because they will experience heartbreak. You know that’s a part of life, and that sheltering your people from it is stealing away some of life’s bittersweet beauty. And because you love them, you will give them real life, taking away nothing. Not even heartbreak.

You are a writer. But more importantly, you are a storyteller.

Don’t take the title lightly.

From the nothing of white page and dark mind-space comes light, your breath, blown into pages, into the lungs of fictional characters…. You make them real by breathing your…

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Link of the Week – Open Culture and Stephen King

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Link of the Week – Open Culture and Stephen King
Reblogging from MUSETRACKS

Originally posted on MUSETRACKS:

stephen-king This week’s link is to an interview  by Open Culture, a “cultural and educational” site, with the great Stephen King. is for all writers of any genre. Whether just starting out or a seasoned pro, you’ll want the twenty gems from Stephen King. When he speaks, I listen. Mostly because he is so relatable, like a mentor, like a friend. Be inspired!


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It’s a Buffet of Books! May Day Romance. Authors. Prizes. Party!


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Load up—you won’t gain a pound

Thursday May 1, 2014 3:00-10:00 pm EST

Come one, come all!

You’re all invited to our Facebook Party. Fun. Prizes. Books. Meet authors. More.

See a video of all the books in the buffet.

Take a look at all the categories and books available – Contemporary, Erotica, Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Historical, YA/NA, Contests!

(Cowboy Boss and his Destiny is under Contemporary. Still on sale.

Links to the website to see all the books and categories can be found on the Facebook Event Page.

Visit us on our Party page. Say I sent you! Say hi.

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#BookLVRSBuffet BOOK LOVERS BUFFET Thursday May 1 FB Party http://buff.ly/R3M87t 50+ Authors #FBParty Prizes. Join us from 3-10 pm EST

Thanks! Happy May Day!

Notice I have a Contact and sign up to be notified of New Releases Page. Two new books coming between now and summer.

Sorry for sending two posts today but this one is time-sensitive.

Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is Back!


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May 1 – 31, 2014

flyersmAuthor Brenda Novak does an auction every year and it brings in some big names with wonderful items to bid on. Please check it out HERE and please share on your social networks. Find information on this site about the auction and the reason New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak does this each year. Please stop by throughout the month of May.

This is the Tenth Anniversary of Brenda’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. It’s not only books. Bid on a vacation!

Last year I donated a copy of Howdy, Ma’am to be loaded on a Kindle with other authors. What a treat for the winning bid to pick up a Kindle with so many books!

Novak Auction

This year, I donated a copy of Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. You can see a list of all the authors I’ll be joining on this year’s Kindle PaperWhite WiFi #1: Historical And Contemporary Romance. I must say I’m very proud to be among the list. See the Kindle Paperwhite with the list of authors HERE. (My name is spelled wrong, but you know me.)


Brenda Novak’s Auction for Diabetes Research Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakDiabetesAuction Please share with your FB friends.

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How about this: What a Deal! A Sweet Life. Better grab this one.

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“The One in the Fire Pit, and Mine”


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#Novellines Excerpt from Cowboy Boss and his Destiny #WesternRomance

Tristan ran his fingers up and down her arm, taking a moment to squeeze her neck in a firm massage.

“Your fingers are magical. For sure I’ll be sore tomorrow after that ride. I’ll have to soak in the hot tub. Come in with me Sunday?”

“Yeah, sure. No problem.”

“You didn’t have to think about that much, did you?”

Tristan grinned. “Nope. Not if I get to see you in a bathing suit again. You have a hot body. You must work out a lot.” His fingers lingered against the side of her neck. She peered at him and his heart softened.

“I don’t work out much.” Her eyes raked over him. “You with those abs!”

“I work my ass off around here, even grab extra bales of hay when it’s delivered. I’m glad it shows.” He stood and took her hand, hauling her up. “I know some time tonight I have to let you go to bed, but holding you feels too damn good inside.”

“I like having you around to hold me.”

“You got it, sweetie. Let’s get inside, but I have to put the fire out first. The one in the fire pit, and mine.” He extinguished the fire and they gathered the pizza box, plates, and beer cans. Tristan turned to her as he held the door open on the way in. “Let’s fall asleep on the sofa together. Fully clothed so you don’t have to freak. I need to hold ya all night.”

Nora sat the items on the island in the kitchen and tossed the pizza box and paper plates to the trash. She turned to him when he sat the beer cans down. “Will your wild man pop out again if you share the sofa with me? I’d like your arms around me all night, cowboy, but…you know.”

“Oh, Nora, if anything pops…never mind.” Tristan lifted her into his arms and headed for the family room, shoving the door closed when he entered. He dropped her to the sofa, wrenched her beside him when he sat, and grabbed the remote…

Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight #1

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The price is still reduced on Cowboy Boss and his Destiny

Interview With a Book Character Hero~ Meet Tristan


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


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.

Tell these nice people how long you’ve been at the Double Dutch Ranch.

T.C. Nice to meet ya, ma’am. You know what I mean—since I live in your head a lot of the time, I kind of know you. We know each other pretty dang good, don’t ya think?

I see you’re being bold again. I didn’t think a character I created could make me blush.

T.C. Yes, ma’am, but you know I have to be bold. Anyway, I came here ten years ago when Dad got sick. I bought the house from my mom and she lives there with me and my little girl, for now.

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Tell us about your little girl. It choked me up the way he laid his hand over his chest when I mentioned her.

T.C. You mean my heart. My daughter owns me. Smart as can be, too. I’ll be sending her to college next year instead of first grade. Everybody says she’s adorable, and ya know what? She is. She’s got the prettiest blue eyes. Don’t let her fool ya. She’s got a bit of mischief tucked away and she’ll show it now and again. My mom says she gets it from me.

You’re a horse rancher. How many do you have?

T.C. Six of my own, but there’s ten in the border barn. Two belong to a barrel racer who boards them. I have ranch hands who help me take care of it all. I try to give a good home to a rescue horse when I can. My own mustang is a rescue.

But, that’s not all. You also publish a magazine.

T.C. Yes, ma’am. I do it because I’m a journalist second to ranchin’. Gives me a chance to write, and the subscribers seem to like it. Everybody’s happy.

That includes your newest employee.

T.C. Ah, yeah. Well, I’m not called cowboy boss for nothing. That’d be Nora you’re talking about I suppose.

Yes, I referred to Nora.

T.C. Darlin’, you’ll have to talk to the redhead if ya want information about her. I’ll set you up with an interview if ya want. She’s free after five o’clock…most nights, but…I keep her here real late when we’re doing a launch…or something like that.

But, there’s a little more to it than you being her boss. Correct? After all, your series is called: Double Dutch Ranch: Love at First Sight.

T.C. Excuse me? Ah, did you not…never mind. That would be rude. Would you like an interview with Nora? She’ll probably tell more than I will.

There must be something about her you can tell our readers.

T.C. A couple things. One—she’s beautiful. Two—she’s compassionate and passionate, ah, she has a big heart. Everything great about her is tucked into one cute package. Damn straight about that. She’s talented at her job. That’s why I hired her.

Hmm, interesting. Being a single father and running the ranch has to fill up all Tristan 2your time. Do you have time to date? Tristan laughed, and those cute dimples on the side of his mouth were so darn adorable. I heard it was a family trait. 

T.C. Honey, I don’t have time to sleep, let alone date. But, let me back up here a bit. Single father. Bingo. Key word. Women my age don’t want no man with a four-year-old. I’ll rephrase that. They want me for fun, let’s say, but not for keeps. My daughter is my priority. I don’t play their game.

What about Nora, your assistant? How does she feel about you having a child?

T.C. She’s not like other women. No other comment, ma’am. Yep. She’ll be in to work in less than an hour. Maybe you’ll get a chance to see how tender she is with my child. Make your own decision after that.

Absolutely. How does your daughter get along with Nora?

T.C. You don’t give up easy, huh? Destiny loves having another woman around besides her grandmother…ya know, around the office. My door is always open to my child. She cares a lot for Nora and drops in to see us often.

Lucky for you. I’ve heard nightmare stories about single parents and their kids not accepting their mom or dad dating.

T.C. Yes, ma’am.

I waited. Tristan apparently had nothing else to say on the subject. I looked around the room. Is that Nora’s office over there? I nodded toward a doorway. Do you mind if I take a look around?

Tristan stood and I followed him into Nora’s office. Did I mention his height? He’s a tall one. Mmm, he’s hiding some muscle under that t-shirt. In her office, I immediately saw two photos on her desk. I picked them up and glanced at the rancher. He had the cutest smirk on his face. Not to mention, mischief danced in his eyes.

 T.C. Maybe you should’ve done this interview with Nora.

With an awry grin, he took the photos from me and set them back on the desk.

T.C. If we’re finished here, I have a ranch to run. My lead ranch hand, Selva, will be on my back if I don’t get out there and lend a hand. He thinks he’s the boss sometimes.

Wait. What can you tell me about your brothers? And not only that—I hear you have a professional bull rider in your family.

T.C. My brother, Jase? He’s a year older than me. A great guy, but don’t tell him I told ya. He owns a quarter of the ranch. You can go the back way through the desert to his place, too, if you want to visit him. He has a son and daughter. Cute kids. You’ll meet him in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. Ha, that’d be me—cowboy boss. Insider tip—Jase is getting his own book. My little brother’s not around much. He does his own thing for now. He’s not much interested in ranchin’ at the moment. He’ll come around in time. Dang, he’ll probably get a book too.

He narrowed his eyes at me with that statement. Maybe I should tell him he gets to be in all their books.

T.C. And the bull rider? That’d be my cousin, the adrenalin charged, crazy fool—Caulder McCutchen. Yeah, he has his own book, too. Actually, he has two books. I wonder how that happened. But, another inside tip? I get another one, too. Look for it, and I can tell ya Nora will play a big part.

I wonder if he knows that smile of his has the ability to knock my socks off? (Literally!)

Thanks so much for the interview, Tristan.

 T.C. Hey, come on, take a walk through the barns with me if ya don’t mind getting those fancy shoes messed up. Oh, and watch the toes, horses are known to step on them if ya get too close. I’ll introduce ya to my rescued mustang. Maybe I’ll take ya for a fast ride through the desert in my red, jacked-up 4×4. I’ve been known to have a lot of fun in that thing. He snickered and diverted his eyes.

T.C. Come on, I’ll give ya a quick lesson on mucking out a barn. Not so good in high heels though… Hey, here comes Nora. She can come along.

I looked up when a blue SUV pulled in, and a woman with gorgeous coppery-colored hair got out. Her face lit up when she saw him standing at the door. Tristan’s lips quirked into a smile almost as big as a crescent moon. 

Daddy! Wait for me.

The prettiest little blonde girl ran out of the office. She had on cowboy boots! Tristan lifted her, kissed her cheek and released her to the ground. So cute!

 We passed a woman sitting on their front porch tuning a guitar. The little girl waved and said hi to her grandma.

NOTE from Mary: I read a blog post from an influential blogger in my field. She suggested we shouldn’t talk to our characters, and was adamant. Unfortunately, I had already written this blog post before reading her post. (Yes, I wrote this months ago before Cowboy Boss came out. I kept it as a draft, waiting, trying to decide if I’d post it here.)

She said anyone interested in the character, or book, would be those who have already read the book and met the character. It was a good point, and I understood it, too.

The thing is, I like talking to my characters, and I’ve been known to step outside of the box now and again. Not that I’m disagreeing with the blogger at all. I’m not.

Of course, I do have to talk to them because they live in my head. From this point on, this is probably my last character interview. I would love to interview Jase Carlson who is the hero in book two in this series…but I won’t. He grew on me so much that by time I wrote the end to his story, he became my favorite hero. It’s hard to say because I love them all.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to sign up to be notified of new releases via the Mailing List Form. I expect to have two books out between now and the end of summer 2014. Jase’s book and the compelling second book in the Bull Rider Series– Hey, Cowboy, Book #2. (Update: Hey, Cowboy is now Available.)


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