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Archive for August 10th, 2011

Five months ago today, a few people had the idea to hold an online auction to raise money to help support Fatin and her daughters. We decided on the name Operation Auction and started asking for donations. The outpouring of support from the romance community was an amazing thing to see. One of the first donations that came in was from Tessa Dare. Tessa would make the winner a special book trailer. The highest bidder was Maya Banks.

Today is the world premier of that very special book trailer. Nuns, secret babies, and Highlanders – it has it all. Enjoy!

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Seven years ago, Lily Travis was only too glad to see her hometown of Petal, Georgia in her rearview mirror. Thanks to her father running off with a twenty-year-old, though, here she is, trying to pick up the pieces. First order of business: meet with her brother’s teacher in a quest to pull his grades out of a downward spiral.

Nathan Murphy is pretty much resigned to his bachelor status—until he looks up from his desk to see an all-grown-up Lily walking into his classroom. Of all the women who turned out to be totally wrong for him, she’s the only one who felt right. At least until his foolish, immature mistake drove her away.

Lily has to admit that time has been more than kind to gorgeous, sexy Nathan. Except there’s no room on her full plate for another complication. Especially with a man who broke her heart once before.

With a little help from his friends, Nathan has a plan to rekindle the flame. It isn’t long before they’re burning up the sheets. Winning her heart? That’s another matter.

Warning: Hot, sexy high school teacher in denim and boots. Strong-willed females abound. Bad words and naughtiness, too. Come on, you know you want to read it.

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Anyone who’s read a few of my books may notice food is a big part of the story. It’s not just because I love food, though I totally do (as anyone who’s ever seen my butt could attest to). Mainly it’s because I think food is a way for people to communicate.

 

When I was growing up, my grandmothers taught me how to cook. I can still remember the boiling hot kitchen when my maternal grandmother would can. The tiny space would be filled with my aunts and girl cousins along with my grandma and some of her sisters. We’d be washing tomatoes, peeling, slicing, cleaning up strawberries for the jam. All while the space hummed with chatter.

 

This was the world of women and it was their job to raise up the next generation who knew how to feed their families, especially in the lean times. I really can’t do justice to how wonderful this is to me, what these memories have given to my life.

 

I didn’t only learn how to put food up for a rainy day (or winter), I learned how to be self sufficient too. I stirred the gravy while my grandmother got the pork chops ready. (and yes, smothered pork chops are real and they are ridiculously good) Oh and I still, sadly, suck at making gravy, though I can make a mean biscuit.

 

So when Polly Chase makes food for her boys, or for the women they’re courting, it’s not just a fun thing to fill a scene. Polly is old school, she’s bonding with them, caring about them. She’s not just bringing over a casserole because that’s what people do, she’s feeding her people. She’s making them better. Comforting them, strengthening them. And it gives her a chance to visit with people, to talk and commiserate.

 

When the Murphy siblings come over to Tate’s house, it’s to find comfort. Not so much in a sandwich or some meatloaf, it’s about knowing there’s something who knows what you like. It’s about eating a cookie someone made for you, knowing you like yours with walnuts. Or how my mom always made four enchiladas that were just cheese because that’s how I liked them best.

 

This is why I write books about family. Be it a family of rock stars and tattooists, or a family in a small town in the south – connection through the rituals, kindnesses and traditions with those you love is the glue that holds us together.

 

 

What about you all? Do you have any rituals or traditions passed down from your elders?

 

I’ve got two different prizes to give away: 1) A digital ARC of ONCE AND AGAIN to one lucky winner chosen from the responses to this post.

 

2) And then from all the comments to all the guest blogs and posts I’m doing for Once and Again, I’ll choose THREE winners of a complete set of the CHASE BROTHERS books in digital or paper – winner’s choice. International entries are absolutely welcomed.

 

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