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Maya Banks Contest

Another contest for you all to enter. Deadline for Maya’s contest is November 30th and the prizes are awesome so go enter! We have two books coming out soon by her. INTO THE LAIR, an October release and BE WITH ME, a November release. Can’t wait! 🙂

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Look here, ladies! Lauren got bound ARCs of UNDERCOVER and she’s running a contest on her blog so GO, GO, GO! Go comment for the chance to win one. 🙂 Good luck!

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Cari Michaels has known for a long time that Reed Preston is the only man for her. Until her boss—the dynamic CEO of a family-owned department store chain—announces his engagement…to another woman.

It’s just the reality check Cari needs to get over Reed. But when a plane crash strands her in the west Texas desert with the man she loves, she can’t hide her feelings. And now they have only each other to depend on for their survival.

I’m excited to be at The Romance Reader at Heart and share my September Harlequin American release, Texas Heir. I’m asked all the time where I get my ideas for stories. This one just sort of evolved. I heard on the news a few years ago about a couple who survived a plane crash. They waited and waited for help, but it never came so they started walking to save themselves.

This man and woman were strangers, but I thought it would make a great story if they had a past, present or future. I’m a romance writer so I wanted the story to have a happy, romantic ending. In the real story the couple was saved and returned to their respective families.

In the fictional story I plotted and plotted, but I just couldn’t make the story work. So I just put it aside for awhile. Then in 2004 I wrote The Christmas Cradle and I received a lot of mail about the minor characters Reed Preston and Cari Michaels. Readers wanted to know their story. Reed’s family owned a chain of department stores in Texas and Cari worked for the company. They were constantly flying to visit the stores. Ah, finally I knew I could use the plane crash and I did. It wasn’t easy, but once the story started it took off just like I wanted. That’s always a good feeling.

Well, most of the time. The plane crashed in west Texas and there are a lot of wild animals in the area. I’d been there years ago, but wasn’t sure I’d remember everything or if even it was still the same. So research began. And let me tell you researching rattlesnakes was not fun. I’m not fond of the critters. They invaded a lot of my dreams. My vow is to never research rattlesnakes again.

Texas Heir received a 4½ Top Pick from Romantic Times magazine. I was thrilled about that. Here’s part of the review: “What a difference a plane crash makes! Cari and Reed are stranded together in the southwestern desert and explore the true chemistry that has been bubbling under their work relationship for years. Texas Heir (4.5), by Linda Warren, is an adventure story with a surprising amount of emotional depth. Warren terrifically showcases how a romantic relationship can change the nature of many other platonic relationships.”

Texas Heir is an action, adventure story, but it’s also about two people finding love under extraordinary circumstances. And you’ll even learn what to do when encountering a rattlesnake. May none of us ever have that experience.

Thank you for letting me share Texas Heir. I hope you pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

Linda

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