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17 October 2014

A Look At Melissa McClone & 'Bar V5 Dude Ranch Series' @melissamcclone @GoddessFish #romance

Today we have author Melissa McClone visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

What are you going to tell us about today?
Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!
1. Mistletoe Magic – short story – Free at Amazon and Smashwords
2. Kiss Me, Cowboy – eBook novella — $0.99 on Kindle Oct 16 - 22
3. Mistletoe Wedding — eBook novella — New Release! only $2.99

~ Blurbs ~
~ Mistletoe Magic ~
* Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin's heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won't be spending this Christmas... alone.
* Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn't a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic's waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn't belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he's not careful, he'll wind up on Santa's naughty list.
~ Kiss Me, Cowboy ~
* She didn’t mean to kiss him…
* When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.
* He didn’t mean to kiss her back…
* Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not.
* A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?
* When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?
~ Mistletoe Wedding ~
* Longer: Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.
* Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.
* After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.
~ Excerpt ~
~ Kiss Me, Cowboy ~
* A few minutes later, Charlie stepped out of the barn. Two copper braids hung down from her hat. The only time he'd seen her wear make-up had been at Nate and Rachel's wedding. Charlie had worn a dress showing off long, toned legs no one expected, east of all him. He'd had to keep his distance that night and keep the other wranglers away from her, too.
* She might act like a cowboy, rough and tumble, ready to jump into a fight if called upon, but she was girl-next-door pretty, with blue eyes that sparkled and a generous mouth that readily curved into a smile. He didn't let himself think of her as a woman often. Treating her like a guy kept him from focusing on her soft lips, sweet scent, and sexy curves.
* She rubbed the back of her neck. "Thought you'd be at the bunkhouse by now."
* He shrugged. "Was waiting for you."
* She inhaled sharply.
* Ty was right about them not getting along. She seemed more pissed off today. He jumped off the fence and closed the distance between them. "Got a few minutes?"
* "For?"
* The blues of her eyes reminded him of two tempting, deep pools of water. Perfect to jump into when he was hot and sweating. Truth was, drowning in her didn't sound like a bad way to go. The reason that would be a mistake poked at him like hungry mosquitos.
* "I want to talk," he said.

Buy Bar V5 Dude Ranch Series here...
Mistletoe Magic - $0.99 for Kindle | Mistletoe Magic - $0.99 on Nook | Mistletoe Magic is FREE on Smashwords | Kiss Me, Cowboy - $0.99 on Kindle Oct 17 - 22 | Mistletoe Wedding - New Release! Only $2.99

Find Melissa McClone here...
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Thank you for joining us here today, Melissa McClone! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Melissa McClone said...

Thanks for hosting this stop on my super book blast tour! Kiss Me, Cowboy went on sale today for 99 cents and that will continue through the end of the tour! Thanks again!

Andra Lyn said...

Hi Again Melissa!

So...which of the series is your favorite??

Emma said...

Mistletoe Magic,Kiss Me, Cowboy and Mistletoe Wedding are wonderful books. I am looking forward to reading books by Melissa McClone.

Cindy Jackson said...

Melissa McClone's Kiss Me, Cowboy is a wonderful story! Sweet, fun and worth reading, and it's only 99¢!

Melissa McClone said...

Audra - that's a really tough question. Like asking me which of my three kids is my favorite ;) I think each has its own flavor.

Mistletoe Magic is very short, a quick read, and I love the animals in the story (all three have animals, but the focus is more so in this one.) It's great for a fast escape if you're busy.

Kiss Me, Cowboy was one that just poured out. I could visualize the hero and heroine so clearly, and having had crushes when I was younger, Charlie really tugged on my heartstrings while writing it. More than once I got mad at both of them when they did stuff I hadn't planned on. It's my only non-Christmas Bar V5 book (there's another book from last Christmas but that one doesn't have Caitlin and Noah from the short story in it). And I think it has more of a western, cowboy feel than the others.

Mistletoe Wedding is one I knew I had to write when I was finishing up another Bar V5 Christmas novella last September. Ty just called to me as a hero and I love reading and writing Christmas stories. There's just something magical about the season and my hope is reading it would get you in the holiday spirit.

I know that doesn't answer you're question, but though they are similar in ways, they are different too so hard to pick just one! (i.e. my way of weaseling out of answering ;)

Melissa McClone said...

Thanks Emma and Cindy! So happy you enjoy the books! Appreciate you leaving comments :)

denise226 said...

love the excerpt and author bio thanks denise smith

Melissa McClone said...

Thanks so much Denise! Really happy you liked the excerpt :)