FINDING HOME PLACES AS READERS’ CHOICE

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Thank you to all of you readers who voted for FINDING HOME, earning my book 2nd place in BTS eMags Red Carpet Readers’ Choice. Following is one of my favorite excerpts and one I think says a lot about hero Sam’s conflict.

Excerpt from No Place Like Home

“We’ll miss you,” Dixie said.

“You already said that.”

“Some things are worth repeating.”

Sam nudged the duffel with his toe, trying to figure why he couldn’t just tell her he’d changed his mind—that he wanted to stay.

She ruffled Ben’s hair. “Say good-bye to Sam.”

Ben stretched his arms up at him…as Sam had so often reached out to his uncle. Sam hoisted the kid up the way his Uncle Stuart had never done him.

Ben folded his arms around Sam’s neck and squeezed. The child was so small, his arms thin and his back narrow. Yet, the power in that hug took Sam’s breath away. Had Stuart finally figured out this was what he’d denied himself when he’d raised Michael? Is this why Stuart wanted his son’s son?

Is this why Sam needed to stay? To protect Ben from Stuart?

“Bye, Tin Man,” the kid said against the side of Sam’s neck.

“Good-bye, Ben,” Sam whispered into Ben’s hair.

When he set the boy down, Dixie took his hands in hers, her fingers warm entwined with his. “You visit us any time you want, Sam.”

 Tell me to stay!

She rose onto her toes and pressed her lips to his cheek. Her kiss was like a summer breeze across his skin. Balmy. Gentle. All too fleeting. He wanted to turn his face and test her lips against his. He wanted to explore Dixie Rae mouth to mouth and body to body. He wanted to know her inside and out. That’s why he couldn’t stay—why he had to leave. She was Mickey’s wife.

Barbara Raffin on Panel at Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

 

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On November 7th you will find me on a Q&A panel at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. Joining me on the panel will be New York Times Best Sellers Stacey Joy Netzel and Donna Marie Rogers, Vice-President of communication for Wisconsin Romance Writers and author PJ Fialla, and former Publisher Weekly Blogger Barbara Vey, known for her yearly author/reader extravaganza luncheons.

If you’re in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area on Saturday November 7th, join me from 12:30 to 1:30 in the university Commons room 101. Or make a weekend of it and check out the entire Festival. For a full list of panels, events and times at go to www.sewibookfest.com and click on program, then 2015 Festival of Books, and Print Program 2015.

COME CHAT WITH ME OCTOBER 2ND IN DOOR COUNTY

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Take a ride up Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County Peninsula October 2nd and you’ll find me, Barbara Raffin, and several other Wisconsin authors at the Lautenbach’s Orchard Winery just south of Fish Creek from 4-6pm. Come meet us, listen to our readings, and chat with us all while enjoying wine and snacks.

NEW RELEASE!!!

Okay, I’m a little behind here. But it’s been a tough summer. Lots of family medical issues. We are trudging along, however, and life sends us happy events as well as sad. Focusing on a happy event…

Last May, I published the first in a spin off series from the St. John Sibling Series. The St. John Sibling: FRIENDS series is/will be about secondary characters from the sibling books who insisted their own stories be told. The first, SAVING ANDI, follows Kelly and Dane’s friend from CRAVING A HERO. But Andi wouldn’t settle for a straight contemporary romance. No, she had to go find her hero half dead from a gunshot wound. If that’s not enough for Andi and Cole to contend with, Cole has amnesia as well and neither of them know which side of the law he operates on.

Both digital and print formats are available from Amazon.

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Thank you to Rogenna of Covers by Rogenna for creating yet another great cover for my book.

BTS eMag READERS CHOICE RESULTS

Finally! The winners of the BTS Readers Choice Awards have been named. I am pleased to announce FINDING HOME took 2nd place in the contemporary category! Thank you to all of you who voted for FINDING HOME. You are each part of this award!11880743_1035487796461321_506724350_nAlt_FindingHomeUPLOADS(72dpi1500x2400px)

THE VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED

The votes have been counted in the BTS Red Carpet Book Awards and FINDING HOME is one of three finalists!

Thank you to all of you who voted and helped me make the finals in the contemporary category. We’ll have to wait several months to find out who actually won as the awards will be presented at ARC convention in New Orleans at the end of July. I say “wish me luck” but I think everything’s a done deal except for the announcing! But thank you all again!!!!

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BTS Red Carpet Awards – Best Book of the Year – VOTE FOR ME PLEASE

PLEASE VOTE FOR FINDING HOME & TAMING TESS
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Main Page http://btsemag.com/redcarpet/2014_ReadersChoice_Romance.html
You can vote once in every category. Form to vote is at the bottom of every page.
CATEGORY PAGES:
Contemporary http://btsemag.com/redcarpet/2014_ReadersChoice_Contemp.html
Finding Home by Barbara Raffin
Romance http://btsemag.com/redcarpet/2014_ReadersChoice_Romance.html
Taming Tess by Barbara Raffin

BREAKING NEWS ON MY LAUNCH PARTY!

SACBREAKING NEWS!!!! Award-winning author of “Greta’s Grace”, Virginia McCullough will be joining the party and giving away a digital copy of one of her books as will New York Times Best Selling Author Stacey Joy Netzel, and Nick Spinelli Mystery Series author, Val Clarizio!!!!!!! Watch for more!

EXCERPT from CRAVING A HERO:
“Drop the pants, Buster.”
“I’ll have you know I get big bucks for baring my butt,” he said as he turned away from her and unzipped his jeans.
“Well, whether administering first aid to your movie-star butt or the butt of somebody less famous, I get the same bucks, and not many of them I might add. Drop ’em.”

EXCERPT from CRAVING A HERO:
“Drop the pants, Buster.”
“I’ll have you know I get big bucks for baring my butt,” he said as he turned away from her and unzipped his jeans.
“Well, whether administering first aid to your movie-star butt or the butt of somebody less famous, I get the same bucks, and not many of them I might add. Drop ’em.”

Party URL https://www.facebook.com/events/549395405161348/

PARTY Wednesday, OCTOBER 29TH:

7-10 p.m. East Coast
6-9 p.m. Central
5-8 p.m. Mountain
4-7 p.m. West Coast

 

Vsit my BLOG SITE http://barbararaffin.com/barbsblog/ for prize pics or my WEB SITE http://barbararaffin.com/ to learn more about me and my books.

PARTY DATE AND TIME

SACSatisfy Your Craving…for a hero, books and chocolate! Join Barbara Raffin as she celebrates the release of CRAVING A HERO, Book 3 in the St. John Sibling series.

There will be hot heroes, chocolate, books, chocolate, giveaways, chocolate, laughs and fun…and chocolate!

7-10 p.m. East Coast
6-9 p.m. Central
5-8 p.m. Mountain
4-7 p.m. West Coast

LAUNCH PARTY PRIZES!

 

OCTOBER 29TH! 6:00PM TO 9:00PM CST!! LAUNCH PARTY FOR

CRAVING A HERO

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