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Monday, November 7, 2016

Guest Post/Excerpt & Giveaway For HOME FREE (Sierra Legacy #3) by Claire McEwen

Sierra Legacy #3
Claire McEwen
Contemporary Western Romance

His first taste of freedom was only the beginning...

Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He's not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen's irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day--and thankful that they're neighbors.

Mandy's just the distraction Arch needs. Her sweet voice quiets the memories that threaten his chance to be a better man, and he's determined to help her confront her fears. But the past is its own prison, and even love might not be enough to set them free.

384 Pgs. |Heat Level: 3 |
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Ten Things I Loved About Writing Home Free
by Claire McEwen

First of all, thank you for having me on your blog today! 

I absolutely loved writing my new book, Home Free.  And here’s why:

I love the cover! Harlequin found a model who was Arch Hoffman, the hero of the book! The photo on the cover is exactly as I pictured him!

I think I might have a crush on the Arch.  He’s a very compelling, complicated man who grows and changes as the story goes on.  Plus, he’s rather handsome!

This book surprised me!  It’s a story that I feared might be depressing, because the hero and heroine are quite troubled at the start of the book. But they were so lovely together, very funny and sweet.  It really lifted the mood of the story, even when they were dealing with hard times

Mandy, the heroine, was a lot of fun to write. She is very sweet and shy, but as I wrote the story and her personality emerged, I realized that deep down she’s tough as nails.  It was great to see her grow so much.

I got to write about cake!  And muffins. And cupcakes.  It made me hungry, it made me crave sugar, but it was also fun to describe all of Mandy’s delicious treats.

There is the cutest character in this story, named Shrimp. He made me happy every time he showed up.

I got to research gorgeous, rustic, barn weddings for this book, as well as really unusual western-themed wedding cakes. I lost hours of time adding pretty pictures to my Pinterest page. 

I really enjoyed writing the supporting characters. I especially loved writing Dalton, the hermit artist who grudgingly becomes Arch’s mentor and friend.

This book wraps up the story of the three Hoffman siblings, and their final scene together was very bittersweet for me, because I loved telling all of their stories.

Without revealing too much, I ended the book in one of my favorite places in the world, very close to where I grew up. It made me so happy to write a scene there!

Home Free is a heartwarming fall read. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about it.  And if you’re interested in reading it, please note that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the other books in the Sierra Legacy series. Each book can be read on its own.  Happy Reading!

A flicker of motion across the black backs of the cattle caught Mandy’s eye. Dark hair under a brown cowboy hat. Long legs in faded jeans. Shoulders wide under his padded canvas jacket. Arch Hoffman.
He was standing on the rail of the fence, waving with both arms to get her attention. She rolled down the window. “Hey,” she called, knowing that it didn’t matter what she said. There was no way she was getting out of this situation without looking like an idiot.
“What’s going on?” He shouted the words, but it was still hard to hear him over the indignant mooing. The steers wanted breakfast, and they were confused and frustrated. Well, boys, welcome to the club. She’d been confused and frustrated for years now.
“Not much,” she called back in a lame attempt at nonchalance. “What’s up with you?”
She could see the confusion on Arch’s face even from this distance. He probably hadn’t been expecting small talk. “Um, not much. You need a little help there?”
She forced a breezy voice. “I’m okay...just need to get out of this truck and get feeding.”
“Oh.” He paused for a moment, as if trying to come up with the right words. “It’s just fell into the cab.”
How long had he been there, watching her make a fool of herself? “Oh, ya know, just lost my balance for a minute.” It was almost impossible to sound casual while yelling over the ruckus of forty upset steers.
Arch jumped off the fence and Mandy lost sight of him. She had a tiny moment to hope that he’d decided she was fine and was gone on his way. Then she saw him swing up on the back of a big black gelding and guide it along the fence to the gate. Leaning gracefully from the saddle, he let himself into the pasture, closing the gate behind him.
Mandy reached for the door handle, but her hand was shaking so hard she couldn’t grasp it. She wanted to get out and face Arch while tossing hay out of the truck like a pro. But fear had its cold claws sunk in deep.
With a wave of his rope, Arch cleared the steers easily from his path. He took their place at her truck window, looking down at her from his relaxed perch in the saddle. “Do you want me to feed them?”
His voice was a balm of gentle concern that almost brought out the tears fizzing hot beneath her eyes. She felt her cheeks heat, too, and knew her usually pale skin had gone scarlet. She couldn’t answer. But she nodded.
“Okay,” he said. “Just sit tight.”
She watched him in the side mirror as he guided his horse alongside the vehicle and leaned over, grabbing a few flakes of the hay she’d stacked there. He threw them to his right and several of the steers trotted toward the pile. Quickly he grabbed more hay and tossed it out behind the truck, creating another feeding area. Soon the pasture was littered with piles of hay surrounded by happy cattle. Mandy buried her face in her hands. He made it look so simple.

Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband, son and a scruffy, mischievous terrier.  When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.  She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!

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1 comment:

Claire McEwen said...

Thank you very much for hosting Home Free on your blog!