Romance, Stanley Style: Good, Bad, Disastrous? Maybe Just Plain Weird!

Guest Blogger-Teri Anne Stanley

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

 

TAStanley_authorpicThe jury is still out on whether this was meant to be or not…

I met Mr. Stanley when we were both in college. He was a couple-years-older bartender/bouncer, I was a (slightly?) tipsy bar-butterfly (as opposed to a bar-fly). My friend was dating one of his fraternity brothers and they decided we should meet. We did. As in, I tripped over him, and landed face-first onto the edge of a pilsner glass. He got me a Band-Aid. I still have a little scar on my forehead.

I must have impressed the heck out of him (judgement issues, anyone?) because the man actually sent me flowers and asked me on a real date! And then several more. By Christmas time, he was taking me to the local animal shelter and buying me a puppy.

Alas, by spring, the blush had faded on our relationship. Mr. Stanley was ready to think about graduation and getting a real job and living somewhere besides our Midwestern ivy-league island of ignorant bliss. I, however, had some more years of education ahead of me, and no interest in settling down. We said “Bye.”

Okay, we really said stuff that wasn’t very nice and each prayed never to see one another again. At least, that’s how I remember it.

Anyway.

I finally graduated with my bachelor’s degree, and decided to stick around a couple of more years, because…Grad School—the slick slacker’s method for avoiding real life as long as possible. Eventually, however, I had to get a real job. I started working in Cincinnati.

About six months into “life,” my coworker was bugging me about my relationship-free situation, and interrogating me about the past. I mentioned a guy who’d lived in Cincinnati (guess who?), and she decided that we HAD to find him. She got on the phone and started calling every Stanley in the phone book (that’s how old we are. The phone book was an actual, paper thing). But we were unsuccessful.

I said, “You know, it didn’t end well between us, so it’s probably for the best.” I hadn’t seen or spoken to him, or even heard about him in years, so figured he was probably married with six kids, or something.

That weekend, I went to our college town to visit some friends, and went into my old watering hole, which had, somehow, managed to survive without my financial input (although it WAS under new ownership, now that I think of it…).

Anyway.

A guy that Tom bartended with, back in the day, was still working there. He saw me, and he said, “Oh, wow. You’re never going to guess who I just got off the phone with! Hey, here’s his phone number!”

So I called. Tom says he couldn’t decide whether to just hang up, or ask if I was calling to ruin his life again, so he just said, “Hey, what’s going on?”

Twenty-five years later, we’re still trying to decide who rescued whom from a life of ignominy and desperation.

So. Fate? Or just weird coincidence?

 ABOUT TERI ANNE:

Teri Anne Stanley is a scientist turned romantic—or a romantic in a lab coat. Or something like that. She began her writing career with scientific articles—followed by a three-ingredient recipe column, but wasn’t allowed to write naked parts for them—so now she writes romance.

She’s also worked as a fashion designer for female body builders and a sex therapist for rats. In her spare time, she’s a neuroscience research assistant. Along with a variety of offspring and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley live just outside of Sugartit, which is—honest to God—between Beaverlick and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

Website: http://teriannestanley.com/
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DRUNK ON YOU (A Bourbon Boys Story):

TAStanley_DOYcoverUndiluted desire, served straight up…

Justin Morgan would happily drown the pain of his injured leg—and the guilt he brought back from Afghanistan—in bourbon. Except, there won’t be any booze if he doesn’t rescue his family’s century-old distillery from financial ruin. The problem? Allie McGrath, the youngest daughter of the distillery’s co-owners and the one woman he can’t have. If he can’t keep their attraction under control, there’s a solid chance they’ll send the whole enterprise crumbling to the ground…if he doesn’t

Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn’s hardened
exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she’s ever had and venture into Fenn’s intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn’s searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . . .

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The Way To A Man’s Heart

Guest Blogger-Luanna Stewart

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

Luanna2_LRsmallWe’ve all heard the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Well, in my husband’s case, it was true. Or at least one of the ways to his heart. I also have a love of the outdoors (we went back-country camping on our honeymoon) and I play a mean game of cribbage.

My mother-in-law was a good cook of the meat and potatoes variety, but there wasn’t much variety. She had a dozen dishes that she cooked well, and she didn’t experiment. So when hubby and I started dating, and he’d come to my house for supper, he was in for a treat. I still lived at home, and my mom and I would whip up a feast. We were always trying out new cuisines and new recipes, and quite often hubby was the guinea pig. He did not mind at all.

I still love to cook and am always on the hunt for something new. Our two boys were eating suppers from many ethnicities when their friends were eating chicken fingers. Not that there’s anything wrong with chicken fingers, we ate our fair share of those too. (Both boys went through a phase where the food had to be brown. I grew tired of oven-roasted potatoes very quickly.)

To this day hubby says he’s the luckiest husband around because he comes home to a gourmet meal every day (he does the clean-up), and there’s always dessert.

ABOUT LUANNA:

Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys and two cats. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. Now she is excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

Luanna’s website:
http://www.luannastewart.com

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When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father’s millions…until someone tries to kill her.

Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that’s practically giving him frostbite. He’s hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime suspect—he’ll find the answers he needs. Instead, he’s finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…

Now Tony’s in serious trouble. Even if Heather can’t—or won’t—tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart.

And now someone wants her dead…

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A Very Large, Buff Alien/Shifter/Vampire/Were-Dude

Guest Blogger-Cathryn Cade

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!


rsz_cathryn_cade_shooting_rangeIt is a truth universally acknowledged that kidnapping is not a great way to begin a relationship.

Unless the hero is a tall, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were-dude searching for a bride or baby-mama. Then this can work. The genre is sometimes called ‘capture romance’, and it’s fun! Especially if you’re the invading hero, because, y’know, sex.

Everyone knows Earth girls are easy, right? Heh. Not so much.

I get it, our buff alien/shifter/vamp/were-dude has gifts. He’s fast, powerful, etc. But he can still make a bad choice.

For example, let’s take your average woman up here in North Idaho, USA. She lives surrounded by forested mountains and meadows full of wild game, which means she’s also surrounded by people (husbands, fathers & boyfriends) who enjoy stalking this wild game … with large weapons that go boom! and blow holes in things. She may even enjoy hunting herself.

And around here, as in all areas with good hunting, the more weapons the better.  Buy a firearm, and a strange mind-seduction begins. One is never enough. The firearm owner now needs another for a different type of wild game, and then for game birds, and then ‘Ooooh, shiny, is that an antique firearm?’ And so it goes.

Thus, surrounded by such a wealth of weaponry, a girl’s naturally gonna learn how to use them. I speak from experience. When I travel alone, I do so with purse-size protection. And if my husband is gone and my dog growls at the sound of a nighttime intruder, I know how to cock, aim and fire the shotgun by the bed. Hard to miss with a scatter-gun, especially if the target is a very large, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were-dude.

And that’s just the Inland NW. I have a cousin in California, where the girls are tan (oh, wait, that’s a Beach Boys song). Great place to find that bride or baby-mama, right? Weeell, let me tell about my cousin. She lives on an almond orchard, and her husband is gone a great deal. So this petite, slender woman packs a concealed weapon as she goes about her daily business. She says, and I quote, ‘Cathryn, there are a lot of nuts in California.’

And then there’s my DIL in Seattle area. I’ve been to the shooting range with that girl, and she can lock and load her firearms faster than our hero can aim his seductive gaze. She would not be a good capture choice either—plus, my son saw her first! Hmm. Sounds to me like our capturing hero better be darn careful out there.

I’ll continue to read and enjoy fantasy capture romance (including our own Rebecca Zanetti’s fabulous vampire series!!) Hey, I even began my own latest book by having my hero Jack kidnap the heroine, right here in Coeur d’Alene. And I didn’t let her blow a hole in his manliness, either.

Because it’s romance! All a sexy fantasy, whether paranormal or contemporary.

But in real life, if you’re a large, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were hero out to capture a bride or baby-mama … watch it. We Earth girls are armed, and when I say we’re ready, that may mean something different than you’re fantasizing, dude!

ABOUT CATHRYN:

I’m Cathryn Cade. I write red hot romance in the lake country of North Idaho. When I’m not writing, I usually have my nose in a book, or I’m chatting on Facebook. Outdoors, my handsome husband and I enjoy boating, bicycling and walking with Copper the golden retriever. If there’s a new brew-pub in the area, we’re out to try it.

Cathryn Cade
Author of red hot sci fi & contemporary romance

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Funky Mommy

Guest Blogger-Jodi Linton

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

JodiHey y’all! I’m Jodi Linton, writer of sexy westerns and bad- boy biker contemporary romances. Now that summer is almost coming to an end, and I’m gearing up to send my youngest—a spunky, five year old daughter –to kindergarten, I thought it might be fun to tell a few motherly tales of my own.

Well, where do I start?

Okay, I posted my funky author picture, as my daughter calls it, because in her words, “It’s good to be funky, mommy.” (Translation: “You’re such a thirty-something.”) We also have a cat that she insists on believing is her best friend. Penelope, our ten year old Persian “first baby”, would beg to differ and probably if she could talk spew a few choice words of her own. *cough* Duncan and Delores by Barbara Samuels is my daughter’s relationship with said kitty cat.

But that is beside the point, because I love the fantasy land my daughter lives in. From her IMG_0377fascination with “Sugar”, a.k.a. Adam Levine, (and yes we did have to buy her a fake wedding dress so she could act out the music video), to her knowing that across the street from her favorite taco hut is a tattoo parlor she’s such a blast. And as I grow older I realize the amazing gift I’ve been given. I’ve been handed the keys to help my little girl grow into a bright, strong young lady. And as summer comes to a close I realize she’ll no longer be considered a baby but a big kid. Still, I’ll secretly call her my baby as she dreams up tall tales about cowgirls in red boots, and men in Jeeps riding down to the river bank, or when she decides to belt out all the words to a Taylor Swift song in the backseat while strapped into her booster seat.

photo (17)Most of all, I remember that the spunky little girl that liked to wear flower headbands and princess gowns to the store is the reason I write about strong females. The reason I chase after my own dreams even when on some days it seems I hit more road blocks than wishing wells. Because in the end it’ll all be worth it to have her look at me on her graduation day and say, “I’m ready to start my adventure, mom.”

Dream big, dream grande, and never forget that a new adventure is just around the bend.

 

Hugs,

Jodi Linton

 ABOUT JODI:

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and her upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river.

www.jodilinton.com

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Gunner was planning to propose, and it all went to hell. Now he’s boots-deep into an investigation with ties to the Dirty Southern Mafia and corrupt cops. Yep, Laney is definitely gonna have his hide. Especially when she finds out just how much he’s been keeping from her…

But Laney has a weakness for Gunner’s delectable cowboy hotness. And for him, she will break every rule in the book – including the ones she’s sworn to uphold.

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Love: Single Mom Style

Guest Blogger-Cindy Skaggs

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

CindyBerthoud closeupDating when you have children is like having an overprotective older brother.  A friend of mine had her son (aged 9) stare down a man at the pool for daring to look at his mom.  I could see the writing on the wall with my son. He had a significant laundry list of “musts” for a potential step-dad.

The top three items on my son’s list were that the man play basketball, be independently wealthy, and have children, hopefully a boy my son’s age.  My daughter’s list included the idea that a potential mate not have children.

As a consequence, when my kids were younger, I never let them know I was dating.  They’d get a bonus trip to Parents Night Out, and think it was all for their enjoyment, so I could “sneak out” on a date.

The older they get, however, the harder it is to “sneak out.”  Surprisingly, many men embrace the midday while-the-kids-are-in-school date because it’s low pressure.  Equally surprising are how many times my children bought the lie that I was meeting friends for coffee.  How much coffee do they think I drink?

But no matter how many times you meet for coffee or a late lunch, sooner or later you find yourself with the dreaded Saturday night date.  Once you have kids, Saturday night requires some logistical maneuvers.

At 13 and 15, the kids are too old for Parents Night Out.  They have to be fed, and possibly bribed to behave (pizza acts as both food and bribe).  Plus there’s the fact that I haven’t told them I’m dating again.

My daughter figured things out pretty quickly, and her only concern was that I still have time for her.  That’s an easy thing to promise.  My son, however, was a different challenge.  He’s protective in the extreme and has been known to get abrasive and verbally abusive to boys who get too close to my daughter (a habit I may or may not encourage).  What would he think about me dating?

“So,” I say across the kitchen as I put away the dishes.  “I have a date tonight.”

The third degree begins:  what does he do, how many kids does he have, does he have pets, how did we meet.  This inquisition continues long after the dishes are put away and the dishwasher reloaded.  I answer them all and lean against the counter facing my son.

“That’s fine,” he finally says, “as long as he treats you right.”

Aw, how can I not love this kid?  But before I get too happy, my son wags his finger at me.  “But I get to meet him after three dates.”

I smile and think to myself, not going to happen.  My friend Dan’s rule is that he has to be in a monogamous relationship for six months before he introduces a love interest to his daughter.  I’m not sure I’d go with six months, but three dates is too soon.  I’m sure there’s a happy middle ground.

Any single parents out there?  How soon do you let your kids meet your date?

 ABOUT CINDY:

When they told her a woman could do anything, she thought they said everything, and decided to give it a go.  Cindy holds an MA in Creative Writing, is an MFA student, a single mom, pet owner, child chauffer extraordinaire, and works three jobs on the side.  When she’s not writing, she’s trying to prevent the neurotic dog from either chewing the furniture or eating whole sticks of butter (often still in the paper).  She’s beginning to think maybe she can’t do it all.  At least not all at once.  You can contact her on her website:  http://www.cskaggs.com

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“He stared at her like she was chocolate and tomorrow was the first day of Lent. Sure, she might be forbidden, but no one could withstand temptation forever.”

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She’ll do whatever it takes to find her son – Lie. Cheat. Steal. Seduce…

As the former wife of an infamous crime boss, Sofia Capri is untouchable. She exists outside of the law…and outside of the criminal world. When her son is kidnapped, Sofia’s desperate to find him. She’ll do anything. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Anything but trust. But it’s a strikingly handsome FBI agent who’s her only chance to get her baby back…

Something about Sofia’s fiery beauty must be hitting all of his weak spots, because suddenly Mr. Law And Order Logan Stone finds himself bending the rules. When they’re implicated in the kidnapping, Logan and Sofia discover they have less than 72 hours to find the boy and clear their names.

Now the heat is turning up…and time is running out…for everyone.

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