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Guest Author Roxanne St. Claire

Boy do I have a treat for you today!!!  If I know my followers, I know a lot of you are going to enjoy  today’s guest.   I want to thank Jihan, from The Hachette Book Group for giving me the opportunity of hosting today’s guest, New York Times Bestselling Author, Roxanne St. Claire!!


Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She currently writes romance for Grand Central/Forever, including the popular “Guardian Angelinos” series and also penned an eight-book award winning series called The Bullet Catchers. Next year, Delacorte Press will release her first Young Adult novel, which has been optioned as a feature film.  She resides in Florida.
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It’s Raining Kisses!  Roxanne St. Claire

As I write this, I’m watching Hurricane Sandy dump buckets of rain on the east coast of Florida and that makes me want to…kiss.  What can I say?  I’m a romance writer.  And I am celebrating the release of Barefoot in the Rain, a book with a few hot kisses in the rain.

A real kiss in the rain is probably not as glamorous as in books and movies.  I mean, what a mess, right?  Your hair is matted, you mascara smears, I bet it’s cold with all that water pouring over you!  But that’s why we call it fiction, folks!  I did a little research and have come up with my five favorite “rain kisses” in the movies…and there is no shortage of them!  To compile my list, I got some ideas from my Facebook fans (thanks, guys!) and my own memory.  My five favorite rain kisses, in order…

5. Four Weddings and A Funeral.  This kiss makes the list because Hugh Grant is so adorable in this movie and the kiss is amazing.  Andie MacDowell’s line (“Is it raining? I hadn’t noticed.”) does fall into the cheeseball category, but bruised Hugh gets high marks for his one of a kind grovel and a lopsided proposal.

4. The Notebook.  This one’s so visually stunning, it made the movie poster!  Also, the hero’s line is sheer perfection.  “It wasn’t over.  It still isn’t over.”  Then Ryan Gosling does a perfect snag and crush kiss and we all melt in the rain.  Nice.

3.  Spider Man – This one got a lot of votes as a memorable romantic moment in an otherwise high-action film.  Naturally, Spidey has to do it upside down.  Would we expect any less?

2. Breakfast at Tiffanys – I recently watched this with my daughter, expecting her to hate this blast to the past in this 1960’s classic.  But she fell in love with Audrey Hepburn (who wouldn’t?) and we were both teary during the incredible “the end” kiss in the rain with George Peppard.  Of course, the cat steals the scene!

1. A Cinderella Story — the “touchdown” kiss.  This is my all time favorite but not because it’s the most swoonworthy of all kisses.  As rain kisses go, it’s very chaste and sweet , like the film itself.  I chose this kiss for #1 because  I. Love. This. Movie.  I find it completely charming and simply cannot bear to pass up Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray when I’m channel surfing.  The movie is in my personal top ten rom com flicks, so the adorable kiss during the first drop of rain following a California drought it definitely delicious for me.

Bonus:  Not a rain kiss but since we’re in Barefoot Bay, that secluded and romantic inlet that is the setting for all four books in the series, how about a great beach kiss, too?  My favorite is from the classic  From Here to Eternity…is that not the best sandy kiss ever?  Wet enough to qualify for Rain Kisses, this one Iands a special place of honor on our list.

What’s on YOUR rain kiss list? Leave a comment below and one winner gets a “Barefoot Bundle” — copies of Barefoot in the Sun and, of course, this week’s brand new release, Barefoot in the Rain!



New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire has returned with her second book of the contemporary romance,Barefoot Bay Quartet, BAREFOOT IN THE RAIN. (October 30, 2012)
Famous “Lifecoach to the Stars” Jocelyn Bloom is entangled in scandal and desperate to go into hiding away from sunny California. When her friends offer her refuge at Barefoot Bay, Jocelyn doesn’t even hesitate… even though Barefoot Bay is the one place that she wishes that she could forget.
Years ago, she left Barefoot Bay with a broken heart and a promise to stay away from Will Palmer to keep him safe.  Now, nothing about the tiny island off the coast of Florida is quite how she remembers it, especially Will.
To Will Palmer, Guy Bloom is more than the elderly, senile neighbor he looks after – he is the last connection to Jocelyn, the woman Will loved and lost. After Will reunites with Jocelyn again for the first time, it doesn’t go smoothly. Shocked by the change in her father’s personality, Jocelyn struggles to reconcile her dark childhood with her father who has grown close to Will.
Jocelyn has guided countless clients to happiness – but can she do the same for her own?



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Guest Author Sandra Brown

Yes!!!!  It’s THAT Sandra Brown.  Sandra Brown, the renowned author, which I have been a fan of, for many years.  So when Caitlin, from The Hachette Book Group contacted me regarding reading, reviewing and hosting a showcase on Sandra Brown, it was an instant YES!!  It is my honor to have the opportunity of spotlighting Ms. Sandra Brown!!!!


Sandra Brown is the author of over sixty New York Times bestsellers, including, most recently, Lethal; Rainwater; Tough Customer; Smash Cut; Smoke Screen; Play Dirty; Ricochet; Chill Factor; White Hot; Hello, Darkness; The Crush; Envy; The Switch; The Alibi; Unspeakable; and Fat Tuesday, all of which jumped onto the New York Times list in the number one to five spots. There are over eighty million copies of Sandra Brown’s books in print worldwide and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. In 2008, Brown was named Thriller Master by the International Thriller Writer’s Association, the organization’s top honor. She currently lives in Texas.
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Sandra Brown is again at the top of her game with a fast-paced mystery set in the high profile world of publishing and tabloid media. LOW PRESSURE (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; September 18, 2012; $26.99) combines all the key elements that make Sandra Brown’s books must-reads.  The Associated Press has said “no one is better in the genre than Brown” and LOW PRESSURE proves them right. Combining an insider’s knowledge of publishing with her trademark dead-on characters and plot, Sandra Brown’s LOW PRESSURE is “a winner.”

Bellamy Lyston was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments.

Now, eighteen years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy’s identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan’s murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward and reckless boyfriend – and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy’s sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections – once unlocked – pose new, unforeseen dangers.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan’s slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear. Through haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer. That is, unless her killer strikes first….
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Guest Author Christie Craig

Have a seat, grab your coffee because we have guests to welcome!!  Jennifer, from Forever, The Hachette Book Group is visiting CMash Reads for the first time and she has brought with her, author, Christie Craig.  And I know you are going to love hearing about her book.  So please help me in giving a warm welcome today’s guests, Jennifer and author Christie Craig!!!


Photojournalist, Author and Speaker

Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig’s latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future.

Click here to see a video of Christie on the Houston about her overcoming the difficulties of being dyslexic.
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Ten Things You Will Learn from Blame it on Texas.

 1. Guys don’t like to play dress up; but when one willingly dresses as a clown for their six-year-old niece’s birthday party—because the real clown canceled—he’s one special uncle. And could possibly make a special hero for some lucky lady.

2. Sometimes, fear itself can do much more damage to us than the thing we’re actually afraid of.

3. Any man who doesn’t cuss up a blue streak when you dump a plate of hot grits on him can’t be all bad. (In fact, he might just be The One.)

4. It’s important to remember the lessons of the past so we can use them when making decisions for the future. But those lessons should never keep us from having the future we deserve.

5. Before accusing the sexy guy who pounced, knocked you down, and crawled on top of you of being foreplay impaired; check to see if someone is shooting at you.

6. The southern delicacy of a banana and mayonnaise sandwich may be an acquired taste, especially when a hungry hero chomps down on the delicacy and is expecting ham and cheese.

7. If you think getting caught screaming and dancing on top of a mattress—all while attempting to rescue your cat from an overzealous dog—can be slightly embarrassing, try doing it while you’re wet from the shower, and as naked as a jay bird. Oh, and just to make it even more fun, make sure you’re caught by your possible love interest who hasn’t seen you naked yet, and . . . (yes it can get worse) his two best friends.

8. It’s downright amazing how playing a few rounds of Strip Scrabble can spice up an evening.

9. A family doesn’t always have to be the people who share your bloodline; sometimes, the best families are those we make when we gather together all the people we love.

10. Learning to trust yourself is usually a lot harder than trusting another person. But both are generally required before finding true love.



 Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State’s richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez.

Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.



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Guest Author Rochelle Alers

I so enjoy when authors come back to visit.  It means that we are in for a treat to read and escape into their latest novel.  Ms. Alers visited us  back in January, so it has been a while since we had the pleasure of her company.  Grab a coffee, sit and please help me wecome Ms. Rochelle Alers back to CMash Reads!

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With nearly two million copies of her novels in print, Rochelle Alers is a regular on national bestseller lists, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Pen Award, the Emma Award, Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.

Bestselling author Rochelle Alers has long been known for her warm yet sensual writing style and intriguing plots set in small towns. Earlier this year she released Sanctuary Cove, the first book in her Cavanaugh Island series. Now Rochelle is poised to release ANGELS LANDING (Forever mass market; August 28, 2012; $7.99), the second book in the charming series.
You can visit Ms. Alers at her website, Facebook and Twitter.


Kara Newell has a big-city life that needs a major shake-up. Her dedication as a social worker is unwavering, yet her heart tells her that there is more to life than just work. Kara gets the push she needs when she shockingly inherits a large estate on an island off the South Carolinacoast. Now the quaint town of Angels Landingawaits her – along with a secret family she never knew she had.

After surviving war, loss, and heartbreak, ex-marine Jeffrey Hamilton takes his position as sheriff ofCavanaughIsland seriously. So he is the perfect person to watch over the beautiful, confident woman who has turned her new family’s expectations upside down-and stepped into the crosshairs of angry local residents.

Soon Kara becomes more than just a job to him, and he begins to need her in ways he never expected. As Kara and Jeffrey confront the town gossips together, they’ll learn to face their fears and forgive their pasts in order to find a future filled with happiness in Angels Landing.
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Guest Author Elin Hilderbrand

What a day!!  Are you sitting down?  If not, you should, because I have a  very special, talented and amazing author visiting today as she kicks off her summer tour.  Plus some very nice giveaways.   Please help me in welcoming Ms. Elin Hilderbrand to the CMash blog!!!


Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
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A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt – but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents – secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.
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Read an excerpt:

SUMMERLANDBy Elin HilderbrandExcerpt: Opening Section
Nantucket: The name of the island brought to mind rolling surf, cobblestone streets, the brickmansions of whaling captains, a battered Jeep Wrangler with a surfboard strapped to the rollbars. It brought to mind cocktail parties on undulating green lawns, investment bankerswearing faded red slacks and dock shoes without socks, a tow-headed little girl holding a grapepopsicle that dripped down the front of her seersucker dress. Nantucket: It was the land of wealth and privilege, a summer playground for those with a certain prep-school, old-money, I-used-to-row-with-him-on-the-Charles-type pedigree.So few outsiders (and by outsiders, we meant everyone from the casual daytripper from West
Bridgewater, to Monica “Muffy” Duncombe
-Cabot, who had been summering on the islandsince she was in utero in 1948) understood that Nantucket was a real place, populated by realpeople. Like anywhere else, we were home to doctors and taxi drivers and a police chief andplumbers and dishwashers and insurance agents. We were home to mechanics and physicaltherapists and schoolteachers and bartenders. That was the real Nantucket: the ministers andthe garbage collectors and the housewives and the crew who filled in the potholes on SurfsideRoad.Nantucket High School had a senior class of seventy-seven students graduating on Junefifteenth. This turned out to be one of the first balmy days of the year

warm enough to sit on
the football field and wish that you, like Garrick Murray’s grandmother, had worn a wide
-brimmed straw hat.Up on the podium stood Penelope Alistair. Although she was only a junior, Penny had beenasked to sing the national anthem. Hers was the voice of Nantucket, her tones so pure and
ethereal that she didn’t need any accompaniment. We mouthed the words
along with her, but
no one dared to sing out loud because no one wanted to hear any voice but Penny’s.

When Penny finished singing, there was a beat of thrumming silence, and then we all cheered.The seniors, sitting in neat rows on a makeshift stage behind the podium, whooped until thetassels on their caps shimmied.Penny sat down in the audience between her twin brother, Hobson Alistair, and her mother,
Zoe. Two chairs away sat Penny’s boyfriend, Jake Randolph, who had attended the ceremony
with his father, Jordan Randolph, publisher of the

Patrick Loom, valedictorian of the senior class, took the podium, and some of us felt tears prick
our eyes. Who among us didn’t remember Patrick Loom as a child, in his Boy Scout uniform,
collecting money in a mayonnaise jar for the victims of Hurricane Katrina? These were our kids,
Nantucket’s kids. This graduation, like other graduations, was part of our collective experience,
our collective success.Twenty- three of the seventy- seven graduating seniors had written a college essay entitled,
“What It’s Like Growing Up on an Island Thirty Miles Out to Sea.” These were kids who had
been born at the cottage hospital; they had sand running through their veins. They were on
intimate terms with Nor’e
asters and fog. They knew that north was marked by theCongregationalists, and south by the Unitarians. They lived in gray-shingled houses with whitetrim. They could distinguish bay scallops (small) from sea scallops (big). They had learned todrive on streets with no traffic lights, no off- ramps or on-ramps, no exits. They were safe fromaxe murderers and abductors and rapists and car thieves

as well as the more insidious evilsof fast food and Wal-Mart and adult bookstores and pawnshops and shooting ranges.Some of us worried about sending these kids out into the wider world. Most of the seniorswould go to college

Boston University or Holy Cross or, in Patrick Loom’s case, Georgetown—
but some would take a year off and ski in Stowe, and still others would remain on Nantucketand work, living lives not so different from those of their parents. We worried that thecelebration surrounding graduation weekend would lead our seniors to drink too much, haveunprotected sex, experiment with drugs, or fight with their parents because they wereeighteen, goddamn it, and they could do what they wanted. We worried they would wake upon Monday morning believing that the best years of their lives were behind them. The electricbuzz they felt on the first Friday night football game under the lights when they ran out onto

the field or led the crowd in cheering

those moments were gone forever. Next Septemberthe Nantucket Whalers would play again, the weather would be crisp again, the air would smelllike grilled hotdogs again, but there would be a new guard, and the seniors who were, as wewatched now, walking across the stage for their diplomas, would be old news.Alumnae.High school was over.There was a bittersweet element to June fifteenth, graduation day, and as we walked off thefield at the end of the ceremony, some of us said we would never forget this one in particular
because the weather had been the most spectacular, or because Patrick Loom’s speech had
been so poignant.It was true that we would always remember graduation that year, but not for these reasons.We would remember graduation that year because it was that night, the night of June fifteenth,that Penelope Alistair was killed.
the world cried out in disbelief. The world wanted the Nantucket that resided in theirimagination: the icy gin and tonic on the porch railing, the sails billowing in the wind, ripetomatoes nestled in the back of the farm truck. The world did not want a seventeen-year-oldgirl, dead, but the world needed to know what we knew: Nantucket was a real place.Where tragic things, sometimes, happened.



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