by Carol Burnside
Debuting a new series isn’t for the the disorganized writer unless you have total recall. Let’s just say it’s a really good thing I have a love for spreadsheets and puzzles, especially since the first three books in my Sweetwater Springs series features the Baxter family who, by the end of book three have, let’s see… yes, twelve family members. That’s twelve birthdays and four aniversaries to keep track of, oh and holidays because they have a tradition of big cookouts for family celebrations. There are school children in those twelve, so I needed to factor in school schedules. It’s enough to make a person’s head spin.
Then my editor noticed some timeline “issues” in the first book. It seems I needed to clarify a few backstory items. Thank goodness I had an actual calendar made up and was able to figure out what needed to be added. Finally, A SUITABLE WIFE was ready to format for publication. The result is this:
Sam Moreland is desperate to keep his daughter out of the clutches of her abusive mother seeking custody. He resists legal advice to provide the court with a complete family unit because past relationships have soured him on love.
Though she yearns for children, Rosie Baxter knows a failed pregnancy has likely left her barren. She remains single rather than bring her problems into a marriage and concentrates on her business with its financial woes.
A temporary marriage pact means Rosie provides Sam with the illusion of family in return for an influx of cash into her store. But kisses for show become all too real. When outside threats shake their growing bond, each must trust the other with their darkest secret or lose their best chance for love and happiness.
Fans of Marie Ferrarella, Tanya Michaels, Leanne Banks and Susan Mallery will enjoy this series, which contains sensual, contemporary romance against a backdrop of family and community in the small town of Sweetwater Springs, Arkansas.
Also in the series:
Book 2: Her Unexpected Family (Claire and Travis), February, 2014
Book 3: His Small Town Princess (J.T. and Cass), March 2014
Other titles are planned for this series.
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Carol Burnside is an award-winning author traditionally published in short stories. Five of her novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. They reside in northern Arkansas, where Carol enjoys the Ozark foothills from her office windows and drinks sweet iced tea year round.
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Today Carol is giving away a copy of A SUITABLE WIFE for a comment picked at random. Are you an organized person or prefer controlled chaos to keep you sane? Something in-between?