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WHERE DID I GET THE IDEA TO WRITE SAVING ANDI?

Saving AndiSince winning the Write Touch Readers Award with SAVING ANDI, I’ve been thinking maybe you’d like to know what prompted me to write this romantic suspense.

It started with Andi Johanson making an appearance in CRAVING A HERO. She’s the character who plows out Kelly’s family camp when Kelly and Dane get snowed in (don’t get me started on the bombshell that forced togetherness exposed) and later for their Valentine Day winter wedding.

Initially, Andi was a guy with a different that was going to make a walk on and never be heard from again. But this young woman living hand to mouth reached out from the back of my brain and I knew SHE was supposed to be driving that beat up old truck with the plow. When Andi let me see into her past–see what a hard childhood she’d had, I knew she had a story that needed to be told.

In my last blog post about SAVING ANDI, I mentioned Andi’s rough childhood. Cruel is a more appropriate adjective what with an alcoholic father who viewed women as little more than chattel to do his bidding and an older brother following in his path. Her mother’s premature death left Andi to take on the household duties and to mother her younger brother. Put them all in an isolated cabin on a wooded lake living hand to mouth because Dad couldn’t hold down a job and you have a recipe for everything from poaching to outright burglary.

This is the environment that shaped Andi, the only saving grace her need to protect her younger brother—to see him free of the harshness of their lives. Her mother had instilled at least that much integrity in her before she died.

But a drug addicted older brother, a protective young brother, and the law all came together to one fateful afternoon, shattering the one hope she had in life; that her baby brother could escape their wretched life. It left her with the burden of guilt and a big distaste for cops.

A year and a half with her baby brother dead and big brother in prison, Andi has given up on life–hope…until she finds Cole McCall, a man with a bullet hole in him and no memory. Prime for a dangerous liaison, she takes him in, nurses him back to health, and hides him from the authorities. Too bad whoever wants Cole dead are still tracking him.

Find SAVING ANDI at most online book sellers, including:

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SAVING ANDI WINS WRITE TOUCH READERS’ AWARD!

Having been a finalist in this prestigious competition in the past, I am thrilled to win with SAVING ANDI. This Romantic Suspense  is the first of my new spin-off series, St. John Sibling: FRIENDS. That my Great Green Bay Area Wisconsin Romance Writers of America group would honor me with a beautiful bouquet of roses puts me over the moon. Big THANK YOU to my fellow writers for your thoughtfulness. Having a community of fellow writers to share the good times with is priceless. And thank you to all of you readers who judged SAVING ANDI in THE WRITE TOUCH READERS’ AWARD CONTEST and found it worthy.


For those of you who haven’t enjoyed reading SAVING ANDI yet, let me share a little about the story and its characters:

Cole McCall is shot, dives off a bluff, and hits his head. Now he has amnesia and can’t remember who wants him dead or why. He doesn’t even know which side of the law he operates on.

Fortunately for him, Andi Johanson finds him at the camp he’s broken into. Given her family history of being on the wrong side of the law, her distrust of lawmen, and a guilt she carries over her younger brother’s death, she takes Cole home rather than to a hospital and nurses him.

All that togetherness feeds their attraction to each other. But their love is jeopardized by his unknown past, her secrets, and the fact whoever wants Cole dead has tracked him to Andi’s cabin.

CHECK my FB author page for snippets about what inspired me to write this story and what shaped these characters.

VISIT MY WEB SITE to read excerpts from all my books and learn more about me. Dog lovers, there’s a surprise waiting there for you. But above all know this about me. I love to write romances that will make you laugh and cry.

BUY “SAVING ANDI” from most online stores including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, D2D, and Apple iBooks

 

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.

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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/ 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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CRAVING CHOCOLATE?

Are you CRAVING CHOCOLATE? How about a HERO as YUMMY AS CHOCOLATE?

Meet Dane St. John, Sexiest Action Hero of the Year and perfect fantasy tryst. The problem: there’s a lot more to Dane than a sexy actor, and Conservation Officer Kelly Jackson falls in love. The problem worsens when Dane heads off to film his next movie and Kelly discovers she’s pregnant. She can satisfy her craving for chocolate easy enough, but how does she satisfy her CRAVING for a HERO whose idea of having a family falls into the someday category? Find out in CRAVING A HERO: St. John Sibling Series, book 3.

Watch for the date of my LAUNCH PARTY full of PRIZES in the next few days!!

Meanwhile, here’s one of the prizes, quality chocolate Yooper Bars (U.P. bars. Think about it and you’ll get the Yooper connection). The bar displays a raised silhouette of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is made by long-time chocolatiers Sayklley’s right here in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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

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CRAVINGS

Are you CRAVING ESCAPE? How about CRAVING ESCAPE with a HERO?

Dane St. John is a hero to die for, and he escapes to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan every chance he gets to be with the love of his life, Kelly Jackson. ESCAPE by reading their love story in CRAVING a HERO!

Watch for the date of my LAUNCH PARTY full of PRIZES in the next few days!!

Meanwhile, here’s one of the prizes, a mini tote displaying a silhouette of the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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

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CRAVING A HERO

Are you CRAVING love? Are you CRAVING romance? How about CRAVING a HERO?

Get ALL THREE in my latest release CRAVING A HERO!

Watch for the date of my LAUNCH PARTY full of PRIZES in the next few days!!

Meanwhile, here’s a sample of one of the prizes. This t-shirt was worn by heroine Kelly Jackson during a rather memorable moment in the story. Be sure to read the excerpt with the picture. The shirt came from the Ottawa National Forest Ranger Station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where CRAVING A HERO is set.

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