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SAVING ANDI A WINNER!

Okay, it’s not new news. I posted about SAVING ANDI winning the Write Touch Readers’ Award when I was notified. I even posted a pic of my local Wisconsin Romance Writers of America group giving me a dozen red roses. But the celebration continued at the WisRWA conference May 19-20. Check out the beautiful plaque I got!

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:

Amazon 

Barnes & Noble

iTunes 

 

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

PLEASE VOTE FOR FINDING HOME & TAMING TESS
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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

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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CRAVINGS

Are you CRAVING love? Are you CRAVING romance? How about CRAVING a HERO?
I got ALL THREE for you 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 door hanger is not only made here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where CRAVING A HERO is set, but is actually constructed from a book, a Readers Digest collection of novellas to be precise.
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.

Are you CRAVING love? Are you CRAVING romance? How about CRAVING a HERO?<br /><br />
I got ALL THREE for you in my latest release CRAVING A HERO!<br /><br />
Watch for the date of my LAUNCH PARTY full of PRIZES in the next few days!!<br /><br />
Meanwhile, here's a sample of one of the prizes. This door hanger is not only made here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where CRAVING A HERO is set, but is actually constructed from a book, a Readers Digest collection of novellas to be precise.<br /><br />
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.

GUEST BLOGGING OCTOBER 10

I’m guest blogging at Kate Hill’s annual Halloween blog at http://www.kate-hill.com/halloween2014/barbararaffin.html My day is October 10th. I will be featuring my witchy novella THE SCARECROW & MS. MOON.  There will be new authors every day and mucho giveaways!

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In my case, there will be: TWO LUCKY WINNERS!
WIN A DOWNLOAD of either my paranormal novella JADED or the first book in my St. John Sibling Series, TAMING TESS.
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Go to: http://www.kate-hill.com/halloween2014.html
Tis the month of all things Halloween, my novella THE SCARECROW & MS. MOON among them. Learn more about this WITCHY love story when I blog on October 10th.
But visit Kate Hill’s site via the above URL all month starting October 2nd for Halloween fun and giveaways!
www.BarbaraRaffin.com  

WRITE TOUCH READERS AWARD finalist

NO PLACE LIKE HOME has finalled in WisRWA’s WRITE TOUCH READERS AWARD. Since entering the contest, this book has been retitled FINDING HOME, given a new cover, and reissued. Both versions are presently available in digital and print from Amazon.com.

SAME GREAT BOOK just a NEW COVER & NEW TITLE

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SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR AT JEWELS OF THE QUILL

Hi All–I’m being spotlighted by the Jewels of the Quill this month. http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/jewelsofthequill2.html#spotlight

Want to know what inspired the first two stories in my first series, The St. John Sibling Series? What Shakespeare story inspired Taming Tess? Gee, that doesn’t seem hard to figure out. But, what favorite eatery of mine prompted me to write No Place Like Home? Who are the St. John Siblings and what makes their stories worthy of reading? For the answers to these questions and many more, check out the interview I gave the Jewels of the Quill. http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/jewelsofthequill2.html#spotlight

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But here’s a sneak peek. “No Place Like Home’s” Dixie Rae (St. John) Carrington hasn’t let widowhood, the loss of her restaurant, and a custody battle for her son turn her outlook on life sour, thanks in good part to the support of her loving family. This makes her the perfect mate for Sam Ryan, a man who’s been running from conflict all his life, and for good reason. Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, and raised by an uncle he couldn’t please, he’s never known the sweet support of a real family. What Dixie, her preschool son, and extended family will teach Sam is the family he covets doesn’t have to be related by blood—that he hasn’t been running away all his life but, rather, searching for the right family for him.

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No Place Like Home will be available later this month as a Kindle download. In the meantime, please check out Book 1 in the St. John Sibling Series, Taming Tess.  Taming Tess can be purchased from Amazon’s Kindle shop http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Tess-St-John-Sibling-ebook/dp/B00FDFTJ0E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383972031&sr=1-1&keywords=BARBARA+RAFFIN and Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/372290