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Carole [admin] (author)
Michele Callahan, author of RED NIGHT couldn't make it to the chat yesterday, but she's going to be here today (June 28), so let's welcome her!
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infinitieh
Hi, Michele!
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Hi Michele!
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Welcome Michele!
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Selah March (author)
It was the last thing he'd said to her before his cousin had dragged him away, muttering something about trouble in town with Boone's brother, Gilley.

"Wait for me," he'd said, and she had. Long after he'd enlisted in the army, long after Granny's charm had left her hollow-eyed and spitting blood, she'd waited. Five years, to be exact - which, in the lifetime of a girl who'd never been past the state border in any direction, counted as almost forever.

The look he gave her now went straight to her heart, opening a fracture she'd believed was mended with solid concrete.

"You shouldn't have waited," he said. "I never should've asked you. It was never any good, you and me."

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Selah March (author)
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Tracey, Ana and Jackie. There's nothing I love more than making a reader cry...or laugh!
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Tracey D
Hi, Selah. Wow, what an excerpt. I'm ready to cry, already....
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Ana
Thanks for posting the excerpt here, Selah. I thought it was interesting and made me want to know more about their relationship. I love these kinds of stories -- old lovers getting back together. I love the angst that kind of situation naturally generate.
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Selah March (author)
"Sounds good. You'll have to write that down for me."

She couldn't help laughing. "A tough guy like you does his own cooking?"

"A man's gotta eat to live." He reached out and swiped at a dribble of chocolate syrup she'd left on the counter. "And not by bread alone, or so they say."

She watched him suck the syrup off the pad of his thumb and felt her body flush with heat from the bottom up. His eyes sparked against hers, flint to tinder, and she had to look away.

"Tell me why you're here, Boone."

He went still, leaning against the edge of the counter and staring at the floor. "I don't know," he said.

It sounded like the truth.

She took the pan off the stove, set it in the sink, and filled it with warm water to loosen the burnt milk. When she'd finished, she turned to him again.

"I waited for you." She dried her hands on a dishtowel and hung it on its hook next to the stove. "You remember? You asked me to wait, and I did."
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Tracey D
OK, so is the next post going to make me cry????
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Selah March (author)
"Passing through?" She sounded half-witted, parroting his words as if she didn't have any of her own. But she couldn't seem to absorb the fact of him standing in her kitchen, tall and solid - broader through the shoulders and thicker at the biceps than she remembered - and most definitely not a dream.

He shrugged. "I've got a job coming up in Atlanta next month organizing security for some politician and his family. I thought maybe..."

He stopped and pressed his lips together like he'd said more than he'd meant to. Her own lips tingled where he'd kissed her. She wanted to ask him a million things, but mostly she wanted to close the distance between them and run her fingers over the rough stubble on his jaw. A second kiss wasn't out of the question, either. They'd do it right this time. She'd see to it.

He lifted his head and sniffed the air. "What's that I smell? Not the cocoa - something else?"

"I fried up a mess of okra for yesterday's supper."
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Tracey D
OH, I'm ready for more....
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Selah March (author)
She felt his eyes on her as he followed her into the house, and the sensation made her keenly aware of the shortness of her robe and the bareness of her legs. While she cleaned up the mess on the stove, he wandered around her kitchen, running his fingertips over the shape of every canister and examining the toaster as if he'd never seen one before. Finally, she tossed the dirty rag into the sink and turned to face him, her arms folded over her chest in a defensive gesture she already knew was completely useless.

Boone was staring at her like she was the last working source of light in a fifty-mile radius. "You look good, Delia."

"Do I?" Maybe he hadn't noticed the faint lines at her eyes, or the extra pound or two at her hips, or how the difference between seventeen and twenty-nine might as well have been a lifetime. "Why are you here, Boone?"

He glanced away, and she knew the next words out of his mouth would be a lie.

"Just passing through," he said, careless and offhand. "Thought I'd stop by and see how you're getting along."
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Tracey D
I'm enjoying this excerpt. I'm heading to the next post.
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Selah March (author)
He whispered her name as if that single word was all he could manage. The few feet of space between them seemed too far to bridge, like the distance between stars. When he reached out his hand to touch her cheek, she stepped into it, turning her face into the heat of his palm.

"Delia," he said again, and then his mouth was against hers, quick and clumsy, as if he'd never kissed a woman before. Still, she felt the slow twist of desire in the pit of her stomach, and a flutter in her throat that stole her breath. He pulled away and grinned - that righteous, go-to-hell grin she still saw in her dreams - and in that instant she wanted nothing more than to let him chase her down the path of her own destruction.

"Hope I didn't wake you," he said and she laughed out loud. Sleeping Beauty she'd never be, but if she were cold and dead in her grave, Boone's kiss would rouse her. She knew it for a fact.

From somewhere far away, she heard a splash and a hiss, and remembered where she was.
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Tracey D
"but if she were cold and dead in her grave, Boone's kiss would rouse her. She knew it for a fact." I said WOW after reading this. OK, on to the next post.
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Selah March (author)
This is a longish excerpt from Chapter 3 of AIN'T NO SUNSHINE, so I'm going to break it up into several chunks.

Renee (and anyone else who'd like to comment) please tell me if the sexual tension is up to par! ;)

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...she was standing at her stove, applying a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup to a pan of simmering milk, when Boone Butler walked back into her life.

She knew his shadow against the screen like she knew the shape of her own hand. That same loose, easy stance belied by the tense set of his shoulders, and the way he ducked his head at her approach, appearing almost shy till you caught the bright glint of danger in his eyes.

"Well, look at you," she said and pushed open the door, stepping barefoot onto the porch. A sudden wave of been-here-done-this washed over her, strong enough to make her eyes water. All at once she was seventeen again, face-to-face with the only boy who'd ever made her look twice.
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Tracey D
I'm intrigued and am heading to the next post.
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Selah March (author)
The mournful wails Boone hears at night can mean only one thing - he has to return to Kentucky to see if Delia is safe.

When Delia finds Boone on her doorstep, she's sure the Sorrowful Angel's cries are a warning, not echoes of their past. Yet no way is Boone going to convince her to run — even as the cries grow louder...

Through rain, sleet, dark of night — or heartache — love is an unstoppable force of nature.

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE by Selah March, available now at Samhain.
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Tracey D
Just by reading this blurb, alone, I would check out this book.
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Selah March (author)
Greetings!

Today I'm going to talk about my recent Samhain release, AIN'T NO SUNSHINE, which is my first book with Samhain, and also my first "sweet" romance.

I'm happy to say that along with the other two "Come Rain or Come Shine" novellas -- Gwen Hayes' fabulous LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART and Serenity Woods' wonderful SOMETHING BLUE -- AIN'T NO SUNSHINE made Samhain's bestseller list in its first week of release. All three novellas continue to be bestsellers in the publisher's sweet romance category. These books were the result of a special call by Samhain for sweeter romances as part of an ongoing experiment to discover if sweet-themed stories will sell at Samhain.

So here are my questions to readers: How do you feel about sweet romance? I'm not talking inspirational here -- just a love story with a happy ending that doesn't happen to include "onscreen" sexy-times. Do you like it? Do you seek it out? Or do you prefer something a bit hotter?

Back soon with an excerpt!
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Tracey D
Good morning, Selah. Though I enjoy an occasional sweet romance, I really prefer the hot and steamy novels! It seems like the sweet novels make me cry, though they have a HEA. I am interestd in reading AIN'T NO SUNSHINE and some of your M/M romances; they sound great.
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Selah March (author)
Thanks for commenting, Renee!

What I'm hearing is that you like a little sizzle -- sexual tension, is that right? So do I!
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  Renee Rearden (author,reviewer)
Honestly, Selah, I prefer something a bit hotter. There doesn't necessarily need to be any "onscreen" sexy time, but there definitely needs to be a crazy hot sensuality...at least for me!
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I've never had fried okra.
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Tracey D
I may have to attend the fair this year so I can try some fried pickles. Or maybe I'll try to make them myself!
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Jackie (reviewer)
Me neither. But it sounds good. :)
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  aobibliophile (reviewer)
hmmm fried okra and fried pickles! sounds good ladies! thanks for the idea! c",)
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