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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Best Man

About the Book: 

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all there’s some great scenery there…Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

Excerpt from The Best Man:

The server came and whisked away their dinner plates, setting down coffee, cream and sugar. ‘Did you see anything you liked on the dessert menu?’ he asked smiling at them. Because really, they were an adorable couple. ‘ How about the mango crème brulee?’ Clint said. ‘I don’t know if I’ll survive watching you eat it, but what a way to go.’
                Hello! Tingling at a 6.8 on the Richter scale. ‘The crème brulee sounds great,’ Faith said and the waiter sped away.
                Clint slid a little closer, putting his arm around Faith’s shoulders. ‘You look amazing in that dress,’ he murmured, trailing a finger down the neckline. ‘What are the odds of me getting you out of it later on?’ He dropped a kiss on the side of her neck.       
                Oh, melt! Another kiss. ‘The odds are getting better.’ She breathed.
                ‘I really like you Faith,’ he whispered, nuzzling her ear, causing her entire side to electrify.
                ‘I like you too,’ she said and looked into his pretty brown eyes. His finger slid lower, and she could feel her skin heating up, getting blotchy, no doubt, the curse of the redhead. What the heck. She turned her face and kissed him on the lips, a soft, sweet, lingering kiss.
                ‘Sorry to interrupt, lovebirds,’ said the waiter. ‘Don’t mind me.’ He set the dessert on the table with a knowing smile.
                The bark made all three of them jump. Clint’s elbow hit her glass, the wine spilling onto the tablecloth.
                ‘Don’t worry about it,’ Faith said. ‘I do stuff like that all the time.’
                Clint wasn’t looking at the wine.
                A woman stood in front of their booth, a beautiful little boy dangling from her hands as she held him out in front of her. 

And check out this great Guest Post from the Author Kristan Higgins:

Where do you find inspiration for your writing? Other books and authors, long walks, meditation?
I think the primary form of inspiration for me is eavesdropping! I love hearing people’s stories, and eavesdropping is a family skill. Every person has a great story, whether it’s tumultuous or sweetly simple. Wherever I am—the train, the bakery, a ball game, the kids’ school—I inevitably end up asking personal questions. “How’d you meet your spouse?” “Five kids? Wow! Do you come from a big family?” “Why did you decide to move here?” I think curiosity about people is the best quality a writer can have. Nosiness, we might call it.
Every person has some kind of coping mechanism that both helps and hinders them in dealing with challenges. Remember Scarlett O’Hara? “I can’t think about that today. I’ll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.” That way of thinking allowed her to get through some incredibly difficult times…and it kept her from seeing a lot of what happened around her, sometimes to her detriment. I love exploring that kind of thing.
Taking a long walk alone is a great way for me to solidify story lines and conflicts. I talk to myself a lot…constantly muttering, laughing or weeping (sometimes all three at once). My family’s used to it by now, as are some of the neighbors. I don’t get the concerned glances and phone calls I once did. ; )
Definitely, I get inspiration from other books, movies, TV shows. I love stories, in whatever form they’re told. Sometimes I’ll read or see something and say, “You know, I would’ve handled that differently. That was a little too easy.” And I’ll get thinking about it, twist it and turn it, and every once in a while, that becomes a story. And sometimes, I’ll read something so perfect that I’ll think, “I wish I wrote that.” That’s the kind of book I carry around in my heart for a good long time, and the kind that makes me want to be a better writer.
As for other types of inspiration, there’s always falling in love! That never hurts when you write romance. Granted, in real life, I have the greatest husband, and we’re very happy together. But part of my job requires me to fall for some other guy about two times a year, and that can happen from a picture, or a sentence, or a story on the news. Celebrity crushes come in very hand at times like this.

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