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WELCOME BACK ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE

ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE

First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.
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Q&A with Roxanne St. Claire

Your heroines are great friends. Are they inspired by women you know?
None of the Barefoot Bay characters are based on “real” people but the concept of how powerful and life-changing female friendships can be is at the core of the series.  I’m blessed that I definitely drawn from my real life in that regard.  I simply can’t put into words what my girlfriends mean to me — I would get all teary talking about it.  I have “BFF” from THIRD GRADE who I talk to every week, I have friends from college, my single years, my young mom years, and now, writer friends.  My girlfriends are a source of joy, laughter, comfort, and stability that I treasure as much as family. I wanted every book in the Barefoot Bay series to capture the sense of completion we get from girlfriends.

What’s been the secret to keeping the Barefoot Bay series fresh and interesting, both for fans and for you as the author?
I hope I do! The island seems to be ever-expanding, so that helps to introduce more secondary characters and give the whole place more color.  Also, each book MUST stand alone — that is absolutely essential for me.  And I refuse to delve deeply into the other characters’ stories because I don’t like when series books slow down for “recaps” of what happened in earlier books.  That is just my approach to a series and I hope it works for readers.  I want the books to all have the same tone/feel so readers start to know what to expect…but every story is completely different and every romance has its own pace and passion.  More than anything, I want to tap into a wide range of emotions and issues, so that readers never get bored on their visits to Barefoot Bay.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

When you think you know your heart’s desire . . . 

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay’s new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn’t want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it’s this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It’s been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he’s desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there’s a catch-he must prove he’s got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

Read an excerpt

“Tessa,” he said softly, looking from side to side for a second. “I have to tell you something about me. Something you didn’t ask in your interview.”

Interesting, since he didn’t even answer the questions she did ask. Still, she waited, dying to see where he’d go with this.

“I don’t shy away from anything,” he finally said. “When I see something I want, I get it.” He gave her a hard, straight look.

Did he mean the job as chef or…her?

“So, what are you here to get?”

“My plan is that we start all over again.” Reaching down, he lifted her hand and very slowly drew off the gardening glove, sliding one finger out at a time out of the rough canvas. She couldn’t do anything but stare at his large, tanned, masculine hand undressing her much smaller one, her throat parched and every nerve ending dancing at the touch.

“We could shake on it,” he said, dropping the glove to the ground but still holding her hand. His skin was warm. A little rough, a little dry, but very warm. “But I’d rather do this.”

He lifted her fingers to his lips, barely brushing the knuckles, the sensation shooting fireworks down her arms. “To new beginnings, pretty Tessa. A new job, and a new…” He looked up from her hand and met her gaze, his own so serious she forgot to breathe again. “Friendship.”

For a moment, she stared at him, a thousand emotions erupting like a volcano in her chest. Disbelief and excitement and desire and disbelief and longing and—yeah, mostly disbelief.

“What is it?” he asked.

“Well, I’m not really trusting by nature, so I’m fighting the sensation that you might be full of shit.”

He laughed. “I deserve a chance.”

Did he? “And you’ll probably get one, but what happened?”

He lifted both brows. “I want the job.”

“So you’re suddenly Prince Charming? After being guarded, evasive, and walking out in the middle of an interview?”

He curled his fingers around her hand and sighed with resignation. “I guess I’m going to have to do some seriously high-quality groveling.”

“Major high,” she agreed.

“Let’s start with dinner tonight. We can finish the interview.”

Obviously, he didn’t know she’d called all his references and they glowed like polished gold, and he certainly didn’t know about the wedding planners and the urgent need for a chef. Instead, he’d come to grovel and take her to dinner.

“I’ll give you time to clean up and change for our date,” he said, as if she might be looking for an excuse to say no.

As if a groveling man offering dinner and looking like a sex god fell into her lap on a daily basis.

“I thought it was an interview,” she said.

He shrugged. “You call it an interview, I call it a date.”

“I call it a pretty remarkable turnaround for the guy who suggested a one-night stand of tongue-tattooing the last time we talked about going out.”

His smile was sinfully slow and so damn confident. “Haven’t you ever changed your mind about something,Tessa? Ever looked at a situation in the light of day and realized you’d need a new approach to get what you want?”

She tried to ignore the little thrill of his words and be smart about this. “What about trust?”

He lifted his brows. “What about it?”

“Did you change your mind about the advice you gave me in the bar? Or don’t you remember when your one                word about trusting you was ‘Don’t’?”

She could have sworn a little bit of color left his face.

“How else are you going to know if you should or not unless you have dinner with me?”

She couldn’t argue with that logic. Or maybe she just didn’t want to.

BOOK DETAILS:

Genre: Romance – Contemporary
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Series: Barefoot Bay (Book 4)
Number of Pages: 448 pages
ISBN-10: 1455508233
ISBN-13: 978-1455508235

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Roxanne is also offering SIGNED copies of BAREFOOT BY THE SEA through her local bookstore- found here

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  3 Responses to “ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE Guest Author showcase & giveaway ENDED

  1. I love the Barefoot Bay Series…each book SAND, RAIN, SUN, and now SEA…spreads the joy and sorrow of the Fearsome Foursome…They are there for each other for any crisis that comes up..I received an ARC for an honest review…It simply an amazing book…Tess is the nurturer..She wants desperately to have a child. Her family which are her close friends…Lacey, Zoe, Jocelyn…they are her support system. The book is filled with so much love..When Tessa meets John Brown is it fate that has brought them together? The laughter and tears you will experience in this book are all good and happy..it’s heartbreaking but you will see something that is so beautiful. When it comes down to it…what Tessa really wants with all he heart. It’s much much more. She has a spirit within her…John is just the person who is right by her side. He is the right man for her…he knows she is the right woman for him…He can trust her with his secret. She must promise to him..she can’t tell anyone…They set out to fake something but really is not fake for him..it becomes real and she feels it too. Sometimes you just have to go with it..It’s hard for her and hard for him but you will love this story…It’s worth all the laughter, the tears and heartwarming feelings you will feel when reading this book, trust me…When it grabs you as it did me you will feel it tug at your heart. It touched me in a way I had never felt before…

    Roxanne St. Claire has done it again…A winner with this one. You will be taken away to the Sea by Barefoot of course…Sweet and Happy…
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  2. Good luck to everyone that enter and to the person who wins the books. They are in with such a treat and will fall in love with everyone in the book. I know I did. Each book gets better and better. It’s hard to pick one favorite: Zoe, Tessa.

  3. I love this series. Roxanne St. Claire writes such beautiful stories. Her characters are so full of life that by the end of the 4th book I felt these 4 girls were my friends. Roxanne takes you through all the emotions…I laughed…I cried. Read these books…you will not be disappointed.

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