One For The Road !!!


We’re ready for winter and Christmas here on the ranch. Got the decorations up and the horses geared for fun.

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But when I find a minute to sit down and rest I’m reading a fun book currently. It has a sexy older hero, a heroine who reminds me of myself, (except for the cremated hubby) and secondary characters I don’t know if I want to love or hit! Today in the round pen I have the fantabulous Lynne Marshall! She’s talking about the book I’m reading: One For the Road. I tried for many weeks to get this book and finally did. This is one book I will be keeping in e and paper format. Want a good chuckle? Heads up!

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Thank you for the book Lynne, and for taking time to visit my cyber ranch. Ignore the horses. They are getting ready for the reindeer races later this week.


Here we are on the eve of winter solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year, and I’m so happy to be guest blogging for Calisa Rhose.  Winter solstice is also known as midwinter or first official day of winter, the day when the earth is the farthest away from the sun. Today is also one year away from the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.  Honestly, I’m not worried about the end of the world based on a culture that couldn’t survive itself.  And I’m not going to let worry interfere with my enjoyment of the holidays.  I’m ready to celebrate!

The best way I know how to celebrate is to count my blessings.  Yup, just like George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life (after the angel Clarence set him straight) I’m going to focus on what I do have and not what I don’t.  We’ve all had disappointments in life, and since we can’t have do-overs or set back the clock (except on daylight savings time in the fall), we may as well move forward.

What do you say, let’s leave behind those nagging disappointments and look forward to a new year, a year filled with possibilities.  There are surprises waiting for us, we just have to set ourselves up for the best possible outcome by working hard, keeping a positive attitude, and by being open to change.

In my Wild Rose Press book, One for the Road, my heroine has lost everything near and dear to her.  She’s a widow, broke, and stranded with her only asset being the forty-foot deluxe RV. She’s bargained to drive a rowdy country band toLas Vegas fromNashville, and instead of fearing for her life, she’s having a midlife coming of age experience.  When her sons suspect she’s leftNashville for Nutsville, she is determined to take back her destiny.  On the biggest detour of her life, she discovers there’s no place like home, and home is where the heart is.

How about you?  What have you had to reclaim this past year?  Everyone who comments today will get their names in a drawing for a free e-book of One for the Road.

Here’s an excerpt:

D’Anne breathed shallow, silent breaths through relaxed, parted lips. Thick brown lashes rested on her cheeks. For the first timeTylernoticed a sprinkling of freckles across her nose. He liked the oval shape of her face, and the tiny thumbprint of a cleft in her chin. He hankered to trace it with his finger.

Tylertook a deep breath, inhaled the faint scent of D’Anne and last night’s perfume. His eyes drifted to her chest as it rose and fell. He wondered how it would feel to put his hand on her stomach and stretch his fingers across her skin. Or slide his palm along her side, and up over her ribs, until he cupped her breast. He wanted more than anything to touch her, flick his thumb across her nipple, feel it respond and tighten beneath his caress.

I won’t bite. He remembered his promise. Oh, but he did want to bite. He longed to kiss her neck, starting at the curve of her shoulder and moving up to her ear. He longed to feel the soft, pliable lobe in his mouth to suck and nibble just a bit. He craved licking her to see if she tasted as good as she looked. And hell yeah, he wanted to bite her too. And he wanted her hips right on top of his…?

The tight bulge in his pants grew harder. He rolled onto his back, adjusted himself, and considered putting the icepack on his crotch. Instead, he placed it on his aching brow and groaned.

“You okay?” her husky, sleeping voice whispered.

“Just peachy, Slick, just peachy.” He shut his eyes tight and tried his best to ignore the woman that made his body wake up and want to live again.


Get your copy of One For The Road: ie=UTF8&qid=1323750227&sr=8-2

Lynne Marshall is a multi-published author for Harlequin, Mills & Boon, and The Wild Rose Press.  She firmly believes it’s never too late to fall in love, and second chances shouldn’t be squandered.  Visit Lynne at her website:

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Thank you for the great fun, Lynne! I havta say I just love this scene in One For The Road!

Now I have to go save the dog from Old Red.


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About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 12/20/2011, in The Wild Rose Press and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Thanks Calisa –

    One day your daughters will quote you to their own kids, and you’ll know your words sunk in! 🙂


  2. My daughters grew up hearing “Don’t complain about what you don’t have. Be thankful for what you do have” and I try to tell myself that each day even now they are grown and moved out.

    I’ll let Joelene know, Lynne. YAY Joelene!!!


  3. I Lynne and Calisa,

    What a great way to look at things. I LOVE “It’s a Wonderful Life”, we watch it every Christmas. But I think I love your comment more…life is full of disappointments, but it’s so much better to focus on what we have rather than what we don’t have. It’s so easy to fall into looking at things negatively.

    This coming year I want to reclaim the joy of my job…it’s been a rough start this fall, so I’m ready to start over from scratch in the new year, even though the school year is only half over. A new calendar year: a new beginning!


    • Dear Debra – I am so happy that my words resonated with you, and what a great shift in perspective regarding your job. Some years we need to start fresh each and every month. New beginnings. Reclaiming. However we put it, the positive approach has many benefits.

      My husband and I watch It’s a Wonderful Life each year, too. The message is so powerful.

      Thank you for reading the blog and may your “new beginning” be a huge success.



  4. I retired this year, so I’m reclaiming a lot of things and having just the best time! I loved your post.


  5. This one’s on my After-Christmas-Wish-List. 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!


  6. Joanna Aislinn

    Howdy, ladies, and happy holidays to you and yours! Nice post and your book sounds great, Lynne.

    I liked your comment about reclaiming some aspect of me: my creative side and the time to be taught in a formal course.

    Take y’all and ttys. 🙂


    • Hi Joanna! I’m so glad you found the time to pop over and reclaim something. Yup, our creative side will hit us upside the head if we ignore it. Enjoy that formal writing course!

      thanks so much for commenting.


  7. Hi Lynne! I finished OFTR tonight! (in case you wonder why I haven’t been in here) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ending! ROFLOL

    Thank you so much for coming on even while busy with jury duty.

    Draw a name whenever you’re ready.


    • Calisa – Thank you for reading my book. I hope you enjoyed the whole story. I’m really happy to know you loved the ending.

      OK, so I drew a name and if Joelene Coleman is the winner. I have a coupon code to give her for One for the Road at The Wild Rose Press, so please contact me!

      Congratulations Joelene!

      And thanks everyone for reclaiming something special today! It’s been a pleasure visiting the ranch, Calisa.

      Holiday blessings everyone!


  8. Dear Calisa – let me know when to draw a name and I will!

    Thanks for hosting me today. 🙂


  9. Joelene – loved, loved, loved what you reclaimed! To you!

    Sometimes it takes a bit of behavior modification to get families on board when we set out on our own adventures (i.e. writing!), so hang in. Not only will they still love you, but they’ll have a lot more respect for you, too!



  10. An RV and a rock band…my kind of retirement! The thing I had to claim back this year — the right to say “No” without feeling guilty. I had to remind my family that I was someone other than a wife, mother, daughter, and dog groomer. They’d already adjusted to my refusal to be maid and cook when I decided to take my writing seriously, but they still believed they held part ownership in “my time.”


  11. One for the Road sounds fabulous. I’ve added to the top of my TBR list. This year, I reclaimed time for myself and I’m loving it! In fact, I think I’m due for some right now.


  12. I love when people count their blessings and move from being stuck to motivated.
    I’ve reclaimed my self.
    It’s not selfish to truly live and share that joy with others.
    Thank you for the interview.
    Lynne’s excerpt looks yummy.


  13. Yepo. Mud here, too. Not too bad this time, but I’m sure my horse would disagree- poor fella.


  14. Hi Lynne,

    Great excerpt. Stay strong while serving.

    Hi Lisa, we’ve no snow yet either, but I’ve got plenty of mud.


  15. Have a good day serving, Lynne. I’m not in the area with snow (yet) but the panhandle got hit hard this morning! We may, or may not, get a little winter mix later this evening, but nothing like they got out west and north of us.


  16. OK – off to jury duty, will check back later. I hope I get to give an e-book away today! I’ve got the coupon all ready!

    Have a great day and see y’all later.


  17. Lynne knows I loved this book from beginning to end, so no need to enter me in the drawing. As for your question about what I’ve recaptured this year, I would say it’s the love of writing and the belief that I can do it–self-doubt is such a terrible thing. And for those who raise an eyebrow and mutter, “Oh, you write those kinds of books,” I smile and say, “Hell, yeah!”


    • Vonnie! Thanks so much for commenting on what you’ve reclaimed – it is so important to look at life as one neverending learning experience. Anyone who thinks life is over when they hit (pick a milestone age) is a loser – because they lose out on all the surprises that await them.

      Like you, I didn’t start writing until much later in life. It has opened up a new world, and allowed me to cyber-meet wonderful new friends like you and Calisa and Christine and Callie.

      The world is a better place because you’ve written Storm’s Interlude (a wonderful book! folks – this book gets nothing but 5 star reviews!) and I look forward to your next project!

      hugs, and thanks for reading my book.


  18. Callie Hutton

    Hi Lynne,

    The book sounds great, another one to add to my TBD list. I like the older h/h.

    Calisa, wrap up a piece of that Red Velvet cake and bring it with you to the meeting in January, lol.


    • Ooh! I might do that Colleen! Bring some dessert… Nice idea! Thanks for coming by.

      ~Lisa Selfridge~

      w/a ~Calisa Rhose~ OKRWA/RWA Member since March 2008 NRCA Category Coordinator since 2009 Website ~ Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter HOME- The Wild Rose Press- 12/28/11


    • Hi Callie!
      Thank you for reading the blog and excerpt. I definitely feel older heroines are under-represented in romance books. Heck Sandra Bullock is the same age as D’Anne, and so is Julia Roberts (she’s close to it anyway). I feel women hit their prime in their 40s because they’ve lived and have a lot to put on the table.

      So that’s my spiel! Since all the other commenters already have the book – the odds are looking great for you!

      all the best,


  19. *tackle hugs* Hi Christine! Yep. Slow reading on this one at this time of year. I enjoy an hour or so each evening though before bed. Last night ‘they’ reached Las Vegas! Oh my…

    Lynne, I am so excited to have you visit the ranch! Remember, my Diva girls love hanging out on the porch in the evenings– with wine, beer and li’l smokies and today I have Red Velvet cake– to shoot the breeze. I hope you’ll join us!

    Have a great day and Happy Holidays!


    • Hi Calisa! I definitely wanted to pop in before I head off to jury duty today (big, long case – and I am definitely doing my civic duty).
      I love your ranch and I sure hope the blizzards in the heartland aren’t stopping your Christmas celebrations. Oh, yeah, sign me up for that red velvet cake later. I’ll be checking back when I get home from court. I’m 2-3 hours behind you so it may be around 6 or 7 your time before I comment this pm.

      I hope I get to give a book away today! And thanks for having me.



  20. Hi Lynne and Calisa! Very nice post Lynne, enjoyed it 🙂 I have to agree with Calisa on the book. I actually have the printed version and am really enjoying it. I’m a slow reader lately due to the fact that I am trying to write and do a zillion other things, but have been making my way through the pages of this story before I fall off to sleep each night. It’s a great story and I love the characters and the premise….and the fact that the heroine is a bit older with some great life experiences already. Nice change of pace 🙂

    Congrats on your success Lynne and I everyone has a Merry Christmas!!!


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