Cat’s Meow~~Reviews that Purr~~Spring Fling Kitty @AyalaRachelle

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Field Trips and Writing

There’s a saying about writers that everything we do ends up in a book. Everything we see, do, taste, hear about, and every place we visit, inhabit, and explore. Every story has characters, plot elements and events, and of course, place and location, or setting. Many stories are set in imaginary places and others are grounded in real places. Since I live in California, I enjoy setting my romances in places I’ve lived and visited: San Francisco, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Hollywood, as well as an imaginary place, Christmas Creek on the Redwood Coast.

My Have a Hart Series is set in San Francisco, particularly the Sunset district, south of Golden Gate Park. It is a fascinating neighborhood that surprisingly enough has a “small town” feel smack dab in a large, impersonal city. Perhaps it has to do with being on the edge of Golden Gate Park, or the fact that it has the worse weather in California, smack dab in the fog zone. Or it could be Irving Street full of small Asian restaurants, or the neighborly feel of the dive bars and independent coffee shops that still exist despite recent gentrification. In any case, while writing Spring Fling Kitty, I wanted to experience the essence of the neighborhood by walking through it, eating at a ramen shop, and visiting Golden Gate Park.

In Spring Fling Kitty, my heroine, Nadine Woo, is an adventurous artist. She first meets Connor Hart, a San Francisco firefighter, while climbing a tree to rescue her kitten. I walked through Golden Gate Park looking for interesting trees that she could climb. Nadine enjoys eating at the Asian food shops along Irving Street, so I walked up and down the street and ate at a ramen shop. My friend and I also walked by the fire station and looked through windows of the area bars, which weren’t open on a lazy Sunday morning. The day was drizzling and rainy at parts, but it was a wonderful adventure.

Although the setting for Spring Fling Kitty was based on real locations: Golden Gate Park, Spreckel’s Lake, Irving Street, and Ocean Beach, all the shops and locations such as the Love Bean Coffee Shop, the firestation, and other details are all fictional. It’s good practice to avoid getting into trouble. But by visiting the actual setting, I was able to capture the feel and energy of the neighborhood and weave it into my story in ways that made it more realistic. There is a Vietnamese restaurant with over a hundred items on their menu, spicy ramen noodles, trees that are angular and crooked, a firestation, and row houses worth millions. That’s all real, but the details are imaginary. What I love best about writing real places is the notes I get from readers either wanting to visit, or actually checking it out for themselves and telling me they saw a tree Nadine could have climbed, or the coffee shop she might have met Connor at, or the firebox that figured into the end of the story.

 

A stray cat shows a fire chief and his fiancee’s sister that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right when it comes to love. Spring Fling Kitty – feel the love, the romance, and the danger.

 

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Title: Spring Fling Kitty

Series: Have a Hart book #3

Author: Rachelle Ayala

Pages: 298 pages

Heartbreaker Connor Hart, one of the youngest fire chiefs in the country, is planning on marrying Dr. Elaine Woo, a woman who pretended to cheat on him with his best friend many years ago. She bought him a Dalmatian puppy, he gave her a ring—and the women of San Francisco are about to lose their most eligible bachelor.

Artist and poet Nadine Woo is down on her luck. The cast-off half-sister of Dr. Elaine Woo, she doesn’t measure up, according to her strict and distant father. When Nadine and her mother are about to be evicted from their apartment, she gets an interesting offer from her sister. Seems she’s in need of a little help concerning her relationship with Fire Chief Connor Hart.

As soon as Nadine meets Connor, she knows she’s in for a rough ride. Connor is the fireman who rescued her and her little gray kitten, and she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms.

When Nadine takes her sister’s place at a spring fling weekend with Connor, love ignites, and there’s no going back.

Can a spunky little kitty show Connor and Nadine that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right, especially when it comes to love?

Spring Fling Kitty is Book #3 of the Have A Hart Romance Series. It can be read standalone, although characters from the previous books appear here in supporting roles.

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MY REVIEW

Connor Hart a young Fire Chief is about to marry his childhood sweetheart Elaine Woo, who gave up on their relationship in College to become a doctor. Now she is back and claiming Connor.
Nadine Woo, Elaine’s half sister from her Father’s mistress is a free-spirited artist. She met Connor one day when he rescued her and her Fiesty Kitty Greyheart. She feels connected to him immediately…until she finds out he is her sister’s fiance and her sister wants her to be their surrogate.
Thier Father suddenly decides to divorce Elaine’s mom and kick Nadine and her mom out of their apartment for Elaine’s best friend, a young doctor. Schemes abound among Elaine, Nadine, and their brother to break them up.

I loved this story. There is a lot going on and i was surprised at all the drama and twists. Just when you think you have things figured out…Bam! another twist! There is not on-page sex, so the story is sweet and clean.
I loved Nadine and her free-spirited ways. I also liked the poetry in the story and how the meanings fit each situation, almost like a premonition.
If you like sweet, clean romance with lots of twists and drama, Sexy firefighters and sweet artists you will love this book. I highly recommend this book( and the other two Hart stories) for some fun summer reading.
*I received a copy for an honest review*

Have a Hart Romance Series

Christmas Lovebirds, Book #1

Valentine Hound Dog, Book #2

Spring Fling Kitty, Book #3

Meet Rachelle

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

 

Message from the author

Hello everyone. I am a writer who loves to combine romance with suspense and humor. My foremost goal is to take you, the reader, on a shared emotional journey with me as my characters grow and become more true to themselves. I believe stories are the means for us to connect and experience life in new ways. As a writer, I’m privileged to share my private dreams and visions with readers. I’m a romantic. I believe in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feel that everyone should find love as often as possible, even if it’s within the pages of a book. Happy reading and loving!

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Books by Rachelle Ayala 

Michal’s Window 

Sports Romances

Played by Love

Playing the Rookie

Roaring Hot!

Playing Without Rules

The Remingtons: Leap, Laugh, Love

Intercepted by Love [Parts 1 – 6]

Playing Catch

Christmas Romances

A Father for Christmas

Christmas Flirt

Christmas Stray

A Pet for Christmas

Christmas Lovebirds

Santa’s Pet 

Jewells in Love

Whole Latte Love

Chance for Love

Broken Build

Hidden Under Her Heart

Knowing Vera

Sánchez Sisters

Taming Romeo

Claiming Carlos

 

#snippetsunday~~Decisions,Decisions

Snippet Sunday

Hi, Y’all! It’s time for Snippet Sunday again. It’s February and what better time for a sweet contemporary romance?

This week  I introduce Gypsy Rose’s mom and more than one decision Gypsy Rose needs to make.

This is a rough draft and the only eyes on it has been mine… so remember this is a diamond in the rough please be kind.

Sweet Gypsy Rose copyright 2014

 I finish putting the new stuff out on display when mom comes in. I’m glad to see her. She comes in most days but what time she shows up is a crap shoot. When she is off exploring with Ebby my niece picks up the slack if she isn’t tied up with cheer-leading or whatever teenage girls have going on these days. My mind clouds up when I remember my life at her age.
“Dollar for your thoughts.” My mom’s cheery voice snaps me back to the present.
“I think that’s a penny mom.” I chuckle.
“A penny doesn’t even buy a piece of bubble gum anymore so I figure your thoughts should be worth at least a dollar.” She pulls me into a big hug. I’m thankful she is a tiny woman or she might suffocate me with those tight hugs.
“Whats wrong sweetie?”
“All is good mom. I have a date tonight and was wondering if you would be in today or if I needed to call Whippoorwill. With my luck you wouldn’t be here and she would be off doing whatever it is she is into this week.”
“I see, then you remembered what you were doing at her age and that’s why the sad look.”
I look quickly away and hope we don’t go into her thoughts on that again. I really want to talk about my date, she will have some good ideas I’m sure. I turn to see her colorful skirt disappearing into the back. I take of to catch her. “Wait mom!”
“I thought I’d bake you a batch of those chocolate rolls you like so much. Those always make you feel better.”
“MMM Ok. When you come back down I want to talk about this date. I told him I would show him around town. I have no idea what he likes or doesn’t like. Should I take him out or take him to dinner at my place or what? I’ve never been the one to ask a guy out first.”
“I see it’s not with Ray or you wouldn’t be asking any of these questions. Sounds like someone new in town. Who is it sweetie.”
“Frank the new man at the bank.”
“Really? He is a bit of an oddity around here. Seems friendly but from what I hear he is a loner, never goes out or anything.” She stops moving and taps her chin with a long red nail. “ Elsie, one of the tellers at the bank told us the other night at bingo she has invited him over a few times to dinner or out to bingo and he always has an excuse. She says he usually eats his lunch in his office and rarely sits in the lounge room. She also said she sees him clean his desk every time a client leaves and she thinks he uses a bottle of sanitizer a day.”
“Mom I doubt anyone can use a whole bottle of that a day. The ones the bank has are huge. Besides Elsie is a busybody and a nag. No wonder he turned her down. She’s enough to scare anyone off.”
“She’s not the only one that says that kind of stuff about him. Everything I hear makes him sound like one of those Germiphobes.”
“Well that’s good to know. I’ll keep that in mind while planning.Any suggestions on what to do?”
“Let me think about it while I’m cooking your chocolate rolls. Though you can rule out taking him to your place.”
“My place isn’t that dirty mom.” I roll my eyes like a teenager. Then I remember I worked all night and the house isn’t as clean as usual.
“I wasn’t exactly thinking about neatness.” She shot me an odd look.
I nibble my nails trying to figure out what she is talking about.
“Your problem is over 6 foot tall and even though he has his own place seems to stay at yours.” She smacks my hand from my mouth. “You better not do that around your new man if he has germ issues.”
“He’s not my new man. Yet.” I let out an exasperated puff of air. ” Yeah I am going to have to have a talk with Ray.” I know she is right. Mothers are always right. Or that’s what I have always been told.

I hope you are enjoying this story and will come back next for more Sweet Gypsy Rose.

If you missed meeting Gypsy Rose week 1 you can catch up here.  http://cathybrockman.com/2016/01/10/snippetsunday-sweet-and-funny-time/ ‎

If you Missed meeting Frank you can check him out here http://cathybrockman.com/2016/01/17/snippetsundaylets-lighten-up-our-readssweet-romance-time/

Want to read about a complication in the form of a sexy ex? Meet Ray Here http://cathybrockman.com/2016/01/24/snippet-sunday-sweet-and-spicyno-not-the-latte/

A glance at a touch subject here; http://cathybrockman.com/2016/01/31/snippetsundaya-touchy-situation/

 

If you are in the mood for more fun snippets, skate on over to visit V. L. Locey. http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/

If you would like a taste of a paranormal fantasy check out Valkyries Curse by Ellie Mack. https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com/

Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purr~~ Valentines Special ~~Valentines Pets and Kisses Box set

Hi Y’all Its time for a new review special. This month I am featuring Valentine books. Some will have sweet romances of Valentine stories other may have the cupid himself. I have rounded up a few great sounding books so join me for the fun and see if you find a book or several to add to your reading list this month.

I am kicking the month off with a boxed set called Valentine Pets and Kisses. It has 14 sweet romances books by 14 fabulous authors.

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I am reviewing three of the stories for you this week and featuring Rachelle Alaya, Aubrey Wynne, and Cindy Flores Martinez.

First up is Aubrey Wynne with

19 Ivy Lane –  A mysterious woman and her cat befriend a postman and set tongues wagging on Ivy Lane. But when he delivers a long-awaited letter, will his heart be “returned to sender?”

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My Review ~5 meows

Eloise is a young want to be actress. She is young, beautiful and gullible. She falls for a popular screenwriters charms and thinks he is going to ask her to marry him. Instead, he tells her he is going to go to Rome for a shoot. Left near penniless and homeless he makes her and offer to get a place his aunt left him in a small remote town ready to place on the market.
Victor, the local mailman, has had his eye on 19 Ivy-lane for all of his life. It has been his dream home but when the widow died and left it to her sister, no one ever came to sell it. One day a beautiful woman shows up to clean it up. Will he get more in the bargain than a home or will he get broken heart?

19 Ivy-lane is a poignant historical, romance. I loved Eloise and Victor and routed all the way. If you like a lovely, well-written, clean historical romance you will adore this one!

I asked Aubrey if she ever received a Pet for Valentines.

The Year of The Fish: I wanted a puppy or another horse. My husband did not. “We have two horses and a mule and two dogs. We’re good.” Over 40, I knew it would fill that maternal need that my classroom children could not. I needed something else to smother.

On Valentine’s Day, my stubborn husband presented with a beta fish. Much to his surprise, I loved him. I named him Azul for his bright beautiful blue color, put him in a huge crystal flower vase (that made my mother daily, wiggling his tail.

Yes, I know. That’s how they swim. Yes, I know. They can’t “hear.” But I swear that fish enjoyed my company. He would stay and watch me for as long as I sat next to his crystal aquarium. He lived almost three years. Quite long for a beta, I think. And I give credit the one-sided conversations we had.

Meet  Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her stories, Merry Christmas, Henry, and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies received Best Short Romance and Other in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2013 and 2014.

Aubrey’s life experiences are often hidden “between the lines” of her books. As a volunteer humane investigator for rural Illinois, the furry friends she has encountered often make appearances in her stories. The upcoming  series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the first half of the 20th century, beginning with 19 Ivy Lane, in 1950s Hollywood. Wynne’s first love is historical romance. Her medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2016 with Rolf’s Quest.

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Next up is Rachelle Alaya and The Valentine Hounddog

Valentine Hound Dog – Rachelle Ayala
A fashion designer and her basset hound puppy convince a burned ex-firefighter that beauty is never skin deep and neither is love.

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 My Review 5 meows 

I loved this story. It is my first in the Have a Hart series( I did buy the first after reading this) and am eagerly waiting for Connor’s story.
Valentine Hounddog is a sweet short story about a beautiful fashion designer and an ex-fireman that was burned severely in a fire. This is a fresh take on the beauty and the beast story though I hated whenever the presses or anyone referred to him as a beast. I never saw him as anything but a hero and a very sexy, sweet, kind man at that.
Take a hot man that risk’s his life to save children falls in love with a cute, funny basset hound and a fashion designer he thinks is out of his league you have a well-written story you won’t want to put down.

I asked Rachelle a favorite Valentine Memory

  Playing Stupid Cupid in our college dorm and buying nasty magazines for my target. Cutting out pictures and pasting them inside a heart shaped box of chocolate so when he opened the chocolate box everyone got a great view of the pictures. 

Meet Rachelle

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

You can stalk—oops—follow Rachelle

Download a FREE surprise ebook by subscribing to her newsletter: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, Google Play, and Smashwords. Borrow her books at Scribd.

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Last but  not least is  Cindy Flores Martinez with Three plus Three by Cindy Flores Martinez

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Two years after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon fries visit their favorite place the day before Valentine’s Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.

My Review 5 meows

  I can’t say much more about this without spoilers the blurb above says it all.

Three Plus Three is a bit sadder than the other two, yet just as beautiful and a sweet romance. My heart went out to both Violet and Tom. A lovely well-written story perfect for a valentine read.

Cindy is going to share a favorite Valentine Memory.

My Favorite Valentine’s Day

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Cindy Flores Martinez

 

When I look back through the past, I can remember so many wonderful Valentine’s Days. There were the times my dad took my mom and me to dinner, the times I went to school dances or parties, and the times I celebrated with the men in my life. I can even remember some of the gifts I received, but when I consider my most favorite Valentine’s Day, my thoughts drift back to my childhood. Nothing else was more exciting than being in the first, second and third grade and celebrating that special day at school.

Every year was the same fun-filled experience. The night before the big event, my parents would take me to the store where I pored over all the boxed Valentine’s Day cards, which always had a variety of designs on the inside. Choosing only one wasn’t easy, but I finally settled on a collection. Afterward, I would rush home, spread them all out on the dining room table and decide which students I wanted to give them to. The prettiest cards always went to my friends. The cards I liked the least were for the mean kids. It was my childish revenge, I guess.

The next day, the anticipation overwhelmed me as I made my way to school with all of those cards carefully stored inside a shoe box. Sheer excitement followed as we all exchanged cards and then admired the ones we received during our party, which was full of sweet Valentine treats. Those days were so simple.A complete contrast to the romantic dinners and gifts of adulthood, but they were unforgettable. I’m sure I’m not the only one who fondly looks back at those times.

 

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FOURTEEN ALL-NEW, SWEET VALENTINE ROMANCES

Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties!

Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES — an anthology of fourteen sweet romances from USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors — and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and sweetheart.

Valentine Hound Dog – Rachelle Ayala
A fashion designer and her basset hound puppy convince a burned ex-firefighter that beauty is never skin deep and neither is love.

The Crazy Girl’s Handbook – DelSheree Gladden
Watching her nephews was supposed to be a fun and relaxing weekend for Greenly, not a never ending disaster all witnessed by the best blind date she ever stood up.

The Vet’s Valentine Gift – J.L. Campbell
A veterinarian is caught between his job, an ex, a menagerie and love. Can a little Cupid fix things by Valentine’s Day?

Her Perfect Catch – K.L. Brady
Years of faithful dog-sitting pays sweet dividends when a struggling sports writer scores tickets to the Super Bowl and encounters her favorite football player.

Inflamed – Jade Kerrion
A firefighter running from his past convinces a hard-luck single mother to believe in happy endings.

Remember When – Hope Welsh
Laura and Brent really tried to make their marriage work, but in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be–or was it?

Your Biggest Fan? – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Snowed in with the man of her dreams, a football fan and her dog find love.

The Feline Fix – Caroline Bell Foster
A scientist questions her cat’s loyalty when it comes to love and a hunky policeman.

Trembling Hearts – Suzette Riddick

A daring young woman crashes into the life of a disfigured recluse and his pooch. Can love be far behind?

Valentino, Be Mine – Tina D.C. Hayes
Sparks fly when two people who can’t stand each other wind up dog-sitting a rambunctious little Yorkie that needs a new home.

Lost and Found – Jeanne Bannon
Stuck with her ex’s puppy, a young teacher meets a new man after a series of unfortunate events.

Surviving San Francisco – Susan Oloier
A small town girl survives San Francisco after she hits a cat and falls for a handsome veterinarian.

19 Ivy Lane – Aubrey Wynne A mysterious woman and her cat befriend a postman and set tongues wagging on Ivy Lane. But when he delivers a long-awaited letter, will his heart be “returned to sender?”

Three Plus Three – Cindy Flores Martinez
A grieving widow and her beloved doggie meet a handsome widower the day before Valentine’s Day.

More books by Rachelle Ayala

 

Michal’s Window

Sports Romances

Played by Love

Playing the Rookie

Roaring Hot!

Playing Without Rules

The Remingtons: Leap, Laugh, Love

Intercepted by Love [Parts 1 – 6]

Playing Catch

Christmas Romances

A Father for Christmas

Christmas Flirt

Christmas Stray

A Pet for Christmas

Christmas Lovebirds

Santa’s Pet

Jewells in Love

Whole Latte Love

 

Chance for Love

Broken Build

Hidden Under Her Heart

Knowing Vera

 

Sánchez Sisters

Taming Romeo

Claiming Carlos

 

#snippetsunday~~A touchy situation

Snippet Sunday

Hi, Y’all! It’s time for Snippet Sunday again.  I am continuing with my sweet contemporary romance Sweet Gypsy Rose. over the past few weeks, you have met the main Characters, Gypsy Rose, Frank, and Ray. This week I am doing something very different. Since this is a first draft I add notes to myself. I left these notes in this snippet.  Feel free to answer one or all of the questions I posed to myself.

This is a rough draft and the only eyes on it has been mine… so remember this is a diamond in the rough.

Sweet Gypsy Rose copyright 2014

Of all the women in the world why would God choose this one for me. For heaven’s sake I’m 39, have only kissed a girl once and hated it, a loner, and have a serious case of OCD. This woman is my polar opposite. She is an open book to the public, friendly, charming outgoing, seems to volunteer and participate in everything. Oh yeah! I almost forgot. She is drop dead gorgeous in an outlandish way. She makes me think of a cross between Madonna with an overdose of Cher tossed in for good measure.
This has to be a cruel trick of fate. I’ve never been interested in a woman since my fateful prom night and now I eat, breathe and sleep this woman. I can’t get her out of my mind.
When she walked in the door today, my first instinct was to run to the bathroom to hide. That didn’t happen. I was waylaid by the teller manager on the way (find out what this is called) to relieve one of the ladies who needed to take her daughter to the doctor. I quickly took care of my business, washed my hands till they were pink from the hot water( is this necessary or should I leave it out.) and ducked into the lounge to grab an extra bottle of sanitizer from my locker. I didn’t want to take a chance on that booth being out. Besides I prefer my own brand with a moisturizer in it, not the generic stuff the bank has.
I look longingly at my office across the floor wishing I was in there hiding under my desk. Her beautiful face lights up with the most radiant smile as our eyes meet. She speaks to everyone she passes as she looks the lines over(do I need something else here something like she is sizing up the situation), stopping to hug, shake hands or even kiss a few on the cheek. She greets everyone by name, asking about their family. I think she knows everyone in town on a personal level.
My hands shake. I hoped she won’t choose my line. I probably won’t have to worry. She may have a favorite teller, most people do. Thankfully by the time she is done with her meet and greet my line has become longer than the others. My heart begins to somersault as I look up and see her standing at the end. Oh shit!(should I leave out?) What do I do? I’m trapped behind this counter with no choice but to face both my biggest fear and my fantasy all in one fell swoop.
“Hello, Ms.Ceely what can I do for you today.” (Do I need something here?)
“Oh Mr. Taylor I bet you could do lots for me.” She winks. The pretty woman actually winks at me. No denying she is flirting with me. Me. Plain, Mr. Invisible me. “Call me Gypsy Rose. I’d say Ms. Ceely is my mom but she might smack you for calling her that. You’d be safe calling Gram Ms. Ceely the first time you meet her. If she likes you she will tell you to call her Grams, if she doesn’t, it’s best to avoid her like the plague.” She shoots me a precocious smile. I’m doomed. I stand there frozen in place as she extends a hand to me. I feel like an idiot. I’ve wanted to touch her ever since I saw her, but she has touched every person in this room. I can feel my body trembling as I slowly reach out. I glance at the Hand sanitizer. She follows my gaze, reaches out, sanitizes her hands, re-extending it to me. Her hand is so small and soft. I actually like the feel of it.

I hope you are enjoying this story and will come back next week  to see what Gypsy Rose is up to.

If you missed meeting Gypsy Rose week 1 you can catch up here.  

If you Missed meeting Frank you can check him out here 

Want to read about a complication in the form of a sexy ex? Meet Ray Here.

If you are in the mood for more fun snippets, skate on over to visit V. L. Locey.

If you would like a taste of a paranormal fantasy check out Valkyries Curse by Ellie Mack. 

#snippetsunday–Sweet and funny time.

Snippet SundayHi, y’all! It’s time for Snippet Sunday again. Time to start the year off on a lighthearted, funny note.  This is a story I started in fall of 2014 after a visit to my dads. I loved the delightful tourist town and decided to make my own.  Sweet Gypsy Rose was born. Then I got sidetracked along the way with sickness and lots of family issues. This year I plan to get a few stories written then decide which path to go on.  For those of you looking for a lighter, humorous story with a free-spirited female lead and a sexy banker that has no idea his potential, toss in a very hunky ex-boyfriend that won’t let go and a secret past, I present… Sweet Gypsy Rose… oh and don’t forget you cat lovers!

Hi, y’all! It’s time for Snippet Sunday again. Time to start the year off on a lighthearted, funny note.  This is a story I started in fall of 2014 after a visit to my dads. I loved the delightful tourist town and decided to make my own.  Sweet Gypsy Rose was born. Then I got sidetracked along the way with sickness and lots of family issues. This year I plan to get a few stories written then decide which path to go on.  For those of you looking for a lighter, humorous story with a free-spirited female lead and a sexy banker that has no idea his potential, toss in a very hunky ex-boyfriend that won’t let go and a secret past, I present… Sweet Gypsy Rose… oh and don’t forget you cat lovers!

 

This is a rough draft and the only eyes on it has been mine… so remember this is a diamond in the rough.

Sweet Gypsy Rose copyright 2014

From chapter one — Meet Gypsy Rose

I’m so excited, my adrenaline seems to be in overdrive. That’s not a bad thing. Since I’ll be out tomorrow night, I decide to make some soap, candle waxes and potpourri pies for the shop. I have lots of herbs in the back garden to use up before the frost hits. I gather the lavender, some sage, and rose-hips. I have a few roses, so I decide to take those in too.
The rose hip and blackberry sage teas are two of my biggest sellers. I need to hurry up and use the basil, thyme, and oregano too. Perhaps one day this weekend. I never thought about having a man in my life, other than Ray that is and he’s more like a big child or brother to take care of not a boyfriend. That boat sailed years ago. If only I can convince him of that things will be so much better. Perhaps if things work out with Frank, Ray will finally move on.
A creamy blur attacks my leg, swirling around it like a whirlpool. I nearly fall.
“Daisy! What have I told you about that. You nearly made me fall.”
A nip and meow is all the answer I get. I bend down and scoop the big, fat cat into my arms and rub her nose with mine.
“If I break my arms you won’t get fed so stop running up on me like that in the garden.” I set her down and pick up my baskets of goodies. She follows me into the trailer.
I love my home. It may not look like much, but it suits me. I live in a double wide mobile home that sits at the edge of a large, woodsy campground owned by my mom’s boyfriend and Ray’s dad, Ebeneezer Patterson. My family history is complicated, but I live as simply as I can. I feel at home surrounded by nature, and I help Ray and Ebby run the campgrounds. I am mostly the hostess and help mom with the book keeping.
I do craft workshops in the afternoons on weekends for kids, well used to be kids but now mom’s and some dad’s want to join so it’s just a workshop for anyone wanting to join. I give lessons at the shop also both group classes and private ones. I enjoy them, but I stay busy from morning till bedtime. The downside is the classes are my only social life. I’ve met a few men but once they find how odd my life and extended family are they head for the hills.
I feed Daisy and make myself a snack of goat cheese and fresh fig preserves while assembling my stuff to get to work. I find it goes much smoother this way. As the ingredients cook and the jars boil, I do a quick sweep of the house. When the soaps and waxes are set to cool, the teas bagged, and a batch of jam is processed I take a quick shower wash my hair, and head to bed. I’m so tired that I don’t even pull out my Kindle to read. I close my eyes and think of Frank Taylor. He reminds me a bit of George Clooney except Frank’s hair isn’t as gray. But those eyes are. I’ve never seen eyes like his. Deepest n his handsome face and the color of steel. I bet he is younger than he appears. His face is so full of tension, and he looks sad even when he smiles. I’ve watched him since he moved to town. He has a very set routine and doesn’t get out much.If he did, I would have heard about it by now. The gossip is he works and goes home. No-one has seen him out other than the bank, the coffee shop and one small cafe on our strip. I hope soon I will give them something new to talk about.

I hope you are enjoying this story and will come back next week and meet Frank, Gypsy roses love interest.

If you are in the mood for more fun snippets, and would like a peek at Roster Addition, A Wildcats novella this is for all you Derrick and Viekko fans..) skate on over to visit V. L. Locey. http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/

 If you would like a taste of a paranormal fantasy check out Valkyries Curse

by Ellie Mack. https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com/

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