Guest Author & Giveaway: Sarah McCarty featuring Tucker's Claim

Friday, October 2

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It's finally Friday!  Big sigh of relief.  It's time to sit back, relax, and think about your plans for the weekend.  Originally I had planned to enjoy Tucker's Claim this weekend, but sadly Amazon has yet to ship it....I'm an unhappy Booklover :(  Seems like any other time you pre-order books they ship them out early, but since I also pre-ordered Caleb: The Shadow Wranglers at the same time  neither  has shipped yet....whatever.  I'm done with my little rant, now on to better things.  My guest today will certainly brighten things up, because Sarah McCarty is here to talk about Tucker's Claim!  Woo hoo!

All this week I've been talking about firsts.  The first book I read by each author being featured among other things.  The first Sarah McCarty book I read was Promises Keep, and incidentally was also the first Ellora's Cave book I ever read.  I was never really  into historical western romances, or any western romance for that matter before reading Promises Keep, but I had picked it up used for less than a dollar so I thought I would give it a try.  Needless to say I had no idea what I was in for. It was the beginning of my Booklover love of Sarah McCarty's books.  

Sarah writes across several genres from historical westerns, to paranormal shapeshifters, vampires, and finally contemporary novellas.  I have loved them all, but I especially love her historical western romances.  Tucker's Claim is her newest book in the Hell's Eight erotic romance series.  I am so excited that it has finally been released.  It's been a long wait, but I am sure it will be well worth it.  So read on for an interview with Sarah, with some great excerpts, and a chance to win one of three copies of Tucker's Claim Sarah has graciously agreed to give away.

Hi Sarah, Welcome to Seductive Musings. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have you as my guest! I am a huge fangirl of your historical western romances, both the Promises series, and the Hell’s Eight Erotic adventures. All of them sit proudly on my keeper shelf. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Do you have any favorite authors, and what’s on your keeper shelf?

Oh, my keeper shelf. *gives it a virtual hug*. It's fully stocked with Catherine Anderson Historicals, Julia Garwood Historicals. Penelope Williamson's The Outsider, everything Tom and Sharon Curtis every wrote, Linda Howards Mackenzie series, Elizabeth Lowell's Medievals and westerns, favorites of Christen Feehans dark series, favorites of Marjorie Lu's series, Roberta Gellis' medievals, Robin Schone's romance, and the list goes on...

Julie Garwood and Robin Schone are favs of mine too, they write such great love stories.  For someone who has not read one of your books before, can you tell us what you think makes a great love story, and what readers should expect when they read one of your novels?

A great love story is one that grabs your heart on the first page and never lets it go until the last. And in between, it's a wonderful ride. 

I try to follow that formula when I'm writing a story. If as I'm writing, I’m not as enthralled as the story unfolds, then I know I'm "off". I do find that stories develop out of the personalities of the characters, so each story is different. Some will be slow and languid. Others will be fast and furious, but always, I hope they grab the reader’s heart.

I know they always grab my heart:)  I am so excited about Tucker’s Claim, the third book in the Hell’s Eight Erotic Adventures. Tell us about your hero, Tucker? What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Sally Mae, fall in love him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story?

I like Tucker's desire to be different than what he is. Softer with someone. It's that journey to trusting that he can be soft with Sally Mae that made me fall in love with him.

They’ve been in the periphery of each others lives for a year, but as he’s half-Indian and she’s white, the attraction cannot even be acknowledged but they are in the background of each others lives, watching out for each other, wanting and yearning, but turning away, separated not only societal dictates, but also by the differences in their beliefs.

He’s a former outlaw turned Texas Ranger who believes might makes right. She’s a pacifist who doesn’t believe in violence even as a last resort. It should be enough to keep them apart, but these are deep people who have faced enough adversity in life to see beyond what should be black and white, and the one thing they can see clearly is the true person behind the image they each present to the world.

OMG now I'm even more upset with Amazon...that description makes me want to drop everything to read their love story.  What’s your favorite scene or moment from Tucker’s Claim, and why?

I like the first moment that he and Sally Mae touch. It reveals so much about their true selves which are very different than what they show the world. 

A year after the murder of Sally Mae’s husband, in the softness of a summer’s eve when time seems suspended and reality too far away to be a threat, they give into temptation and touch. There is such a sense of inevitability—impossibility—mixed with tenderness in the moment Tucker takes Sally Mae into his arms for a private dance beyond the light of the dance hall, it sets the tone for the entire relationship. What it also revealed about them both brought tears to my eyes as I typed it.


If it brought tears to your eyes while you wrote it, I can only imagine what it's going to do to me when I read it (note to self:  buy a new box of kleenex).  Next week a brand new series releases and begins with Caleb: The Shadow Wranglers. I am especially intrigued by this series because not only are the heroes cowboys, but they are also vampires, as well as werewolf shapeshifters….it’s like a paranormal romance trifecta :) Give us the scoop, we are dying to know about Caleb and this new series. What’s the series about, who are the heroes we will be meeting, and how did it all come about?

This series just came to me while I sat on the couch sipping coffee one day. The opening flashed in my mind and I got those special kinds of chills that indicate this was going to be good. I started writing right away.

In the 1860’s, the Johnson brothers were a force to be reckoned with in the Wyoming territory. Not exactly outlaws, but a far cry from saints, they did what they had to in order to survive. They made friends and enemies with equal ease. To take on one was to take on them all. They lived every day to the fullest, knowing it could be their last, until the day the oldest brother Caleb was bushwhacked and left to die of his wounds.

That day everything changed because a pretty little vampire came across Caleb in his dying moments, felt his pain at leaving his brothers, and gave him a choice by converting him. Newly immortal, unable to face eternity alone, Caleb tracked down his brothers and one by one converted them. Now, two hundred and fifty years later, the Johnson men are still coping with the ramifications of being cowboys to the bone and vampires to boot in a world that changes faster than they care to keep up.

The first book in the series introduces the characters through Caleb and Allie’s love story and brings the Johnson brothers into the middle of a vampire civil war. The three other brothers’ stories take place in the middle of the war. The youngest brother’s story opens the door for the spin off to the werewolf series which will flesh out those intriguing alphas readers meet in all the Shadow Wrangler books.

I. Can't. Wait. to start this series and read Caleb and Allie's story....Amazon better be on time with this one.  Just sayin'.  But I digress.  Who are some of the most requested characters that readers want you to write stories for? Is there a book or character's story that you are dying to write once you find the time?

Everyone wants Zach's story (from the Unchained series) and more of the The Other's series. I would love to continue each. It's just a matter of having the time.

If you ever get a chance to write them it's going to make a lot of fans very happy campers!  What are some of your other upcoming releases we can look forward to?

I've got the second book of the Wild series coming out in December. Fun bunch of characters in this. In April, the second book of the Shadow Wranglers comes out. That's Jared's story. He's a very intense dude. 

The following books are contracted, but I don't have release dates yet: Trackers Sin (book four of the Hell's Eight,) Promises Decide, (book five of the Promise series), and book one of the Highland Burn series. (HQN Highlanders)

I am in Booklover heaven!!!!  I am so excited that you are going to be writing a series with everyone here should be well aware of, they are near and dear to my heart.  If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

I have a reputation for writing stories that take readers through a gamut of emotions, which as a writer I enjoy because that means as I’m writing them I’m also going through those emotions, but as a reader, do you shy away from stories you know are going to tap you emotionally? Do you buy them and set them aside or do they go to the top of your TBR pile?

Where and how can readers connect with you?

Email or my Yahoo group works fine.

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

 Live your life

You can also find Sarah on her website  There's all sorts of goodness goin' on there.

He is everything her body craves… And everything her faith denies.…

Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right.

So even he is shocked when he falls for Sally Mae Reynolds, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging every one of her wildest sexual fantasies. Tucker's occupation, however, is the one thing about him she can't embrace. A staunch pacifist, Sally Mae can't understand how his strong, caressing hand can clench in fury or pull a trigger to take a life. In this lawless land, Tucker knows you have to fight to survive. But when Sally Mae becomes pregnant, he's willing to do whatever it takes to have his family—including hanging up his guns.

Every night they spend together exploring new heights of ecstasy binds them ever closer, slowly erasing their differences…until the day Tucker's past comes calling, precipitating an explosive showdown between her faith, his promise and the need for revenge….

And if that is not enough, please enjoy a special bonus excerpt:

"I'm not so sure I want thee anymore."

The little liar. The truth was in the way she cuddled against him and the way her eyes watched his lips shape around the words as if imagining other things… "Even if I promise to be very easy to seduce?"

Her fingers dug into his shoulder as he pressed against her in little pulses. "How easy?"

Trailing his fingers down her cheek, over the slight ledge of her shoulder to her chest, he confessed, "Very."

Biting her lip, she continued to hold still as he found and followed the strap of her camisole beneath her dress. "I could meet thee in the barn."

The confession came out in a breathless rush that touched his tender side and reminded him she was new to this, likely had never been with anyone but the good doctor. That being the case, this was a very big step for her. The least he could do was make it easy. As his finger hit the bodice of the hidden camisole, he kissed her lips for no other reason than that it had been fifteen seconds since the last time he'd placed his mouth on hers, fifteen seconds since he'd taken her breath as his. Fifteen seconds since he'd felt that particular arc of pleasure go through him. It was no different this time. Pleasure arced in a rich unfurling. And when its journey culminated its race down his spine, settling in his balls, pulling them up tight, it was almost like coming home. This time, when their lips parted, he couldn't manage easy. His impatience bit into his drawl, dragging it down to a rough growl.

"The barn's too conspicuous."

She blinked, not with him yet. Her tongue ran over her lips. "I can sneak."

As if sneaking was an option. "The rumors will start before you get to the rose garden."

She sighed and flicked her fingers in dismissal. "Some people lead very boring lives. They need something to talk about."

She'd obviously never been on the wrong side of community opinion, otherwise she'd know how much other people's assumptions could ruin a life. He drew his thumb across the remnants of their kiss, the soft, moist flesh clinging to his calluses.

"Bored people could make life very difficult for you."

"If I worried about how others see my choices, my life would be equally boring."

He kind of liked the idea of her life being boring. Predictable. Safe.

"Thankfully, the sacrifice won't be necessary." He let her slide down, his breath hissing between his teeth as her stomach slid along his cock. "The moon's bright enough. I'm thinking that I could meet you down by the pond."

She ran her hand up his back. "Outside?"

She didn't sound put off by the idea. He hadn't really expected her to be. In his experience, being taken outdoors was part of what women expected when they invited him to their bed. "Yes."

Her fingers pressed against his nape in a fleet kiss of excitement. "I'll have to take my leave and then stop by the house. I will meet thee in an hour."

An hour was too damn long. As the only thing he could figure she needed from the house was a blanket, he offered. "I can take the quilt off my bed."

She stepped back, out of his arms. "Not those kind of things."

He had a gnawing urge to drag her back. "Care to explain?"

She sighed. "Thee must not take this wrong, but I do not wish to become with child."

He wasn’t in any particular hurry to be a father, though a part of him couldn't resist toying with the thought of a child. A little bit of him to go on in the future. He wouldn't have one, of course. Caught between the Indian world he'd never known and the white world that wouldn't accept him, there was no place for him, anymore than there'd be a place for a child who would no doubt bear his skin color. There were just these stolen moments with different women with no forever on the back end.

"You've got a way of stopping that?"

"Yes." Sally's fingers brushed his, drawing his gaze. "This bothers thee?"

He smiled automatically. "Not a bit."

She didn't smile back.

"I do not want thee to take offense, but…" She licked her lips. "I must ask…."

No doubt she wanted to caution him to be gentle. Women always seemed obligated to ask that, as if he weren't aware of his size and the harm he could do. "What?"

"It occurs to me that a man like thee might already have a woman."

Shit. He'd rather she'd ask him to be gentle than to be insulting him. "If I did, I wouldn't be out here kissing you."

She shook her head, causing moonlight to dance off the crown of braids wrapped around her head as the strings to her white cap danced about her shoulders. He wanted to pull those hairpins out so that heavy swathe of hair spilled like sunlight, brightening the darkness around them.

"I don't mean to insult thee. It's just not my way to cause another pain."

He knew that about her. It just annoyed the hell out of him that she didn't know the same about him. But then again, why should she? To her, he was a means to an end. "Then you can stop worrying. No one's expecting me anywhere."

Except Ari, Caine's wife's sister, held prisoner somewhere out there, but until he received a response to his query, which would give him a direction to search, he had no choice other than to stay put.

Sally Mae reached up, cuddling the softness of her breasts into the hardness of his chest. His hand fell naturally to the small of her back, supporting her. There were definitely compensations to staying put. "Except me."

"Except you."

He shook his head, feeling her shiver when the ends of his hair flicked across her forearms as her fingers linked behind his neck. She was very sensitive to him. "I'll be waiting for you at the woods straight off the back door, whenever you're ready."

"But what if someone—"

He put his fingers over her lips. "No one's going to see me unless I want to be seen, but you're not to walk in the woods at night by yourself."

"I have done it many times. Two nights ago in fact."

"I know."

She frowned. "Thee watched?"

"I kept guard."

Her smile caressed his fingertips. "Thee always watch over me."

"I owe you."

She went still against him again


Her hands slid down to his shoulders. "Thee are not planning on being with me tonight because thee feel obligated?"

Only a woman could come to that conclusion. "Moonbeam, I'm not that nice a guy."

The mischief came back to her smile. "Good."

It was foolish. Someone could come out any second, and the one thing never was, was foolish. But when Sally looked at him like that—part seductress, part challenge—he lost all sense of civilization. Yanking her into his arms, he kissed her with all the hunger she roused—hard enough to bruise, hard enough to leave an impression And when he let her go, she swayed, her gray eyes glazed over with the same passion tearing through him. Hell, when he finally got her to himself, they were going to set the grass on fire.

Touching his finger to the kiss-swollen center of her bottom lip, he drew it away from her teeth, revealing the moist inner lining. He licked his lips, savoring her taste. Tonight he'd know what she tasted like all over. Tucking his finger under her chin, he lifted her face to his.

"Don't make me wait too long."

I can't thank Sarah enough for being my guest today and putting up with my constant emails and questions.  She's a saint...really :)  

If your looking for super sexy and hot alpha heroes,  and  an emotional read combined with a great love story, than look no further than Sarah McCarty.  Her Hell's Eight series novels are a great place to start if you've never read her books, but I think my favorites will always be the Promises series...again because they were the ones I discovered her with.  They're a must read for any erotic romance reader.

To celebrate the release of her new Hell's Eight series novel Sarah has offered to give away THREE copies of Tucker's lucky duckies!

Ways to earn entries:
  • In order to be eligible you must answer Sarah's question she posed to readers in the interview, and leave a meaningful comment 
  • Become a follower of Seductive Musings, and/or mention that you are already a follower in your comment (good for 3 extra entries) 
  • Blog about this contest on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 10 extra entries)
  •  If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter: 
  • You must answer Sarah's question and leave a meaningful comment in order to be eligible. 
  • You can choose to earn extra entries as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
  • Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to absolutely anyone who would love to win this book (unless you live in a country that considers this book illegal due to content) 
  • The contest will end Saturday October 10th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be posted on this blog 
  • Winner will be selected using 
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted as the winner to provide the requested information. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS 
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed 
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Shayla Black, Lora Leigh, Binding Ties, and Sue-Ellen Welfonder giveaways which will be ending soon

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scottsgal October 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

I like books that have different emotions - but if I'm in a mellow mood I like reading easy mindless fluff where not a lot of concentration or thought is involved.

+3 longtime follower

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Mary G October 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM  

Hi Sarah
I love the deeply emotional, sensual books that you write. I actually have to blame you/give you credit LOL for introducing me to erotica. My first book was Caine's Reckoning & OMG it was incredible. I went & bought everything I could find of your backlist, contemp & historicals even though I mostly read contemps. Your books have it all: love, romance, suspense, humor & total hotness. Can't wait to read Tucker's Claim. Thanks Seductive Musings for having amazing guest authors.

Pamk October 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

Hi Sarah, I have both of these coming from the book depository as we speak. Just wish they'd hurry it up. Love your books and am so glad to get new ones but darn it two at once and now I don't what to read first lol.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

jeanette8042 October 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

I think as a reader I would be more drawn towards the book that I know will be emotionally charged just because I get to feel the chracter's emotions and have a better connection to the story and book. I love these types of books but i think it's best not to read so many consecutively.

Amy M October 2, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

I love an emotional book. And I love to run the gammet...ones that make me laugh and cry, fall in love with the characters, or even make me mad at them sometimes are at the very top of my list! I cannot get a connection or into the book if there are no emotions. Thanks for the great interview!

+3 I am a follower

Thanks so much!
Amy M

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pamela peddy,  October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

I think I actually prefer books that are emotional but a lot depends on the author and how she is able to convene the emotion throughout the story. But I HAVE to have my HEA.

RO October 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

The "thinking woman" of erotic romance, Sarah clearly puts a lot of thought into her characters' emotions making them more realistic and believable. Noramlly not a fan of the western life, that all changed one I started reading Sarah's books. I agree that happily ever after is still all the rage with me, and thank you for continuing to write the books we love.


Kathleen O October 2, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

You can't have too much emotion for me in a book. It is the esseance of a romance. You have to know what the characters are feeling emotionally to conect to them. I want a book that is going to make me "feel" something, whether it be, love, hate, fear, something to keep me from putting down the book. And it has to start from the first page. Or else it goes into the "maybe I will try to read that book again" or the "no give it to charity pile"..

I am now a new memeber of this gorup.

Anonymous,  October 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Hi Everyone!
*waves* How are you all this am? Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting! I have to say I like to read emotional stories. Life is so busy right now I need that level of engagement to keep my attention from wandering to the exploding to-do list. *G*


Mary G October 2, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

OMG - I forgot my email address.

Chris R October 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

I will only put a book that hits me emotionally if I am having a bad time of it in the real world. My dh has been in the hospital since July 27th so I have been concentrating on less emotionally draining stories right now.

Lisa F. October 2, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah! I finished Caleb this week and can I say how much I loved it? I really loved how the integrity of each brother was evident. I loved the affection and ribbing between the brothers. It definitely makes you want to know them, and gives new ideas for our fantasies!

I already have Tucker's Claim so don't include me in the giveaway. I can safely say I love the emotional stories. It makes the romance so much more real to me. I'll admit there are times I don't want that in a book but those times are few and far between, usually when I'm PMSing.

joder October 2, 2009 at 3:59 PM  

I definitely want to read a book that's very emotional. I feel a more vested interest in what happens to the characters because of how much they've made me care about them. These kinds of books that end up on my keeper shelf.

I'm already a follower--Jody F.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

chey October 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

I enjoy emotional books. They go to the top of the tbr pile. I also like to be enthralled as the story unfolds.

chey October 2, 2009 at 5:58 PM  

I'm already a follower

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Maureen October 2, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

I do like stories that are emotional but I don't always read them right away. I enjoy them most when I'm in the mood to read that type of story.

I am a follower

mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Mitzi October 2, 2009 at 6:34 PM  

Emotionally charged books are my favorites and go to the top of my TBR pile!!!

I've read all of your books and love them. Hands write the absolute best erotica writer!!!

I'm a follower.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Virginia C October 2, 2009 at 6:48 PM  

I love books, movies and music with deep emotions because my own emotions are deep. That's why I love cowboys. They are quietly intense with charming smiles and twinkling eyes. When a cowboy loves a woman, he loves her with all his heart. Yes, I reach for books that will hit me hard emotionally, and they stay with me for a long, long time.

I am a follower and a subscriber.
gcwhiskas at aol dot com

throuthehaze October 2, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

I love reading books that take me through many deep emotions. The story is more satisfying that way.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Rhonda October 2, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

I go on and buy the book and wait to read it until I'm in the mood for it.

I'm a new follower!


etirv October 3, 2009 at 3:33 AM  

Sarah, you write intense novels! The books I remember the most are those that make me cry or laugh, just get me so emotional. If I own the book, I'll put in on my TBR pile. If it's a library book, I read it immediately. Now and then I like lighthearted romances, too!


etirv October 3, 2009 at 3:34 AM  

I already follow!


Sabine,  October 3, 2009 at 6:53 AM  

Stories of any kind have to have some kind of emotional content in order for a reader to connect with the characters and the situtations in which they find themselves - if there is none, then the author isn't doing their job properly and I as the reader do not really connect with the characters. I read books based on a lot of recommendations from different groups I belong to and some have been real tear jerkers, and others, well, I just fell in love with the characters - that emotional attachment. I have a TBR pile, but only because I have so many books that I want to read. Sometimes the emotional overload is too much and then I put the book aside to when I feel I can cope with the story. Othertimes I am sitting tears rolling down my face reading and forget everything - it is cathartic in some ways to release emotions in the reading process - connects you also to the characters.
Read all of your books Sarah and am really looking forward to the new ones.

Amy S. October 3, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

I love those kind of books. They are the ones I read first. Tucker's Claim sounds great! I love this series and I can't wait to read this and the new series. Congrats on the new releases!

alba October 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

Hello Sarah I so enjoy a book that puts me on an emotional roller coaster There are many of my favorite Authors & book that when A new one come's out It goes straight to the top I know I will be full of Laughter Anger Sadness then at last JOY. I am sad to say I have not read You Sarah ( I Know SHOCKING ) this will change Made my order list last evening So glad I read this BEFORE I placed my order from ed Calebs book TSW to my list Looking forward to enjoying the read and many more to come.
I am a follower +3 & enjoy doing so.
email alba47dotcom.
Have a great weekend If you have the change enjoy the beauty of FALL everyone I know I will.

Kathleen O October 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

OOOPS I forgot to include my email address

Eva S October 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

Thanks for the great interview!! I've heard so much about your books, they sound wonderful and now I'll have to order them! I love emotional books and they go to the top of my TBR pile.

I'm a follower.

eva.silkka at

Anonymous,  October 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

Happy Saturday everyone!

I see we're pretty much in agreement on loving a deep story. And thank you so much for letting me know you're enjoying my books. Makes my day.

I think an excerpt got put up here somewhere, not sure where but i'm sure it's here!



flchen1 October 3, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

Hi, Sarah!

Terrific to read your interview and to learn about your latest! Your Promises series is on my keeper shelf and the Hell's Eight on my TBR.

To answer your question, I do enjoy stories that put readers through the gamut of emotions (including putting us through the wringer!) but I do have to pace myself--I know I can't read too many of those in a row, so I alternate them with lighter fare. So they'll go near the top of the TBR, to be spaced with "fluffier" titles, if that makes sense. They are more likely to end up keepers though; part of what I enjoy is being able to reread some of the ups and downs and then especially to relish how it all comes together in the HEA :)

Hope that makes some sense!

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- already a follower, and tried to blog here:

Anita Yancey October 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

No, I do not shy away from stories that I think will tap me emotionally. They go to the top of my TBR pile. Please enter me. Thanks!


Amy S. October 3, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

I am a follower of the blog.

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Maija P. October 4, 2009 at 3:00 AM  

I love emotional, heart wrenching stories - they are the best! I have found many books that fall into that category and they are all on my keeper shelf. Looking forward to adding your books there!


Bella October 4, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Hi ladies, thanks for the awesome interview AND giveaway! Sarah, I am so excited about all the books you have coming out soon, and delighted to here about all the others that are contracted! YAY!

As to your question, I definitely do not shy away from the heavy duty emotional story -- I love them! I do wait until I have time to read if I think it's going to be a real tear-jerker. Or at least until the munchkin is in bed! ;-)

Thanks also for the excerpt!

I'm a happy follower (+3)

b42bella AT gmail DOT com

ddurance October 5, 2009 at 7:25 PM  

I have been known to shy away from really emotional books at times. Nicholas Sparks novels are always tear-jerkers and sometimes I'm just not in the mood for that because life can be sad enough, you know? Sometimes a good cry is nice and even therapeutic and that's when I search out those emotional novels.

I'm already a follower.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

booklover0226 October 6, 2009 at 6:45 PM  

I do not deliberately read tear jerkers. I have been caught off guard while reading several books and have bawled my eyes out...even in public....

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booklover0226 October 6, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

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Patricia Barraclough,  October 6, 2009 at 10:41 PM
My fortune for the cookie would be:

Don't be afraid to live life to the fullest.

Good luck with your releases.

pixie13 October 9, 2009 at 1:43 AM  

It depends on what kind of mood I'm in. Sometimes I purposely go for books I know are going to reach in & twist my heart into knots, and at other times I avoid them. Thanks!
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Caffey October 9, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

I so love Sarah's books and its so exciting to read these Hell's 8 books and the others! I love that TUCKER'S book is out with EHarlequin. They are near me, the warehouse, so when I order from them, the books come fast :) I hope you get your copy from Amazon. I have ordered books that weren't out yet so I had to wait for them to come together. I need to get CALEB! Gosh these both sound fab!!

I too loved the PROMISES books! I remember when a friend told about them and at that time the first couple were in print so I got them on the keepers shelf. They are each special reads for themselves. Sarah, I loved and cried with ANNIE'S SONG by Catherine Anderson! Did you too see the movie for OUTSIDER by Penelope Williamson? Showtime did fab with it. Its on DVD too! I'll shut up now, LOL. I love chatting books here at this blog!

I definately don't shy from emotional reads. I know what I get from you and other authors and a cry is good sometimes (Yep I do cry with emotional reads). Its the story for me and author I want to read and I wouldn't miss it! Usually they go as my next read! So great to read the peek into TUCKER and the awesome interview. Great questions and loved reading the answers!!

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*ina* October 10, 2009 at 4:07 PM  

Hi Sarah!
I need a lot of emotions in a story, because what should I do without them? They create the characters and the world...without them the book would be 08/15...
your series sound great - I will check them out ;)

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Armenia October 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

Hi Sarah,

+1 You are a new-to-me author. With all the comments from other readers experience with your books I am very much intrigued. Emotional reads are my kind of cuppa. That's why I also enjoy reading Robin Schone's books, as well. Looking forward to discovering more of your books.

I am just fascinated with your Shadow Wranglers series. I mean, cowboys and vampires, what's not to like !! Loved the excerpt. I ordered CALEB today and I am so excited about getting this book.

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+30 Purchased CALEB via SM's Amazon store, sent email

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