Because it’s not all about me all the time, here’s a guest post by the fabulously talented Edie Ramer… with a giveaway!
Love Cats, Love Dogs, Love Romance
By Edie Ramer
Edie: Thanks to Maree for inviting me to her blog! I admire her writing so much, and I’m happy to be here.
Maree: I’m thrilled to have Edie as my guest, too. I <3 Edie’s writing!!! And, as a human privileged to be “chosen” by a number of felines over the years, the tagline on Edie’s email signature is very dear to my heart: “Save a cat, feed a dog, read a book”…. Awesome!)
Edie: My newest Rescued Hearts series is contemporary romance, but the books come with something extra for the pet lovers. The first book, HEARTS IN MOTION, has a cat as a viewpoint character. She doesn’t get as much page time as the hero and heroine, but she has an opinion and she lets the other cats and dog in the house know about it.
I’m almost halfway through the second book of the series, CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE. In this book, the dog is the viewpoint character (and I love him!). In both books, the animals understand the humans. It’s the humans who don’t understand the animals.
One reason I enjoy reading about cats and dogs in books is that they are down to the basics. They want food, water, shelter, love, and playtime. And they like their humans to be happy. I believe they can tell when we’re depressed or sick. It worries them. In HEARTS IN MOTION, the cat decides to help the humans. As a bonus, they can be comic relief.
Or they can pull at your heartstrings. That’s what the dog in my current book does. I think everyone that reads it will want a dog like him. I hope they’ll love the hero and heroine as much.
I have to say, I love my heroine and hero as much as my cats. If I don’t have that, then I shouldn’t be writing these books. Do you usually have a favorite character in a book?
HEARTS IN MOTION
By Edie Ramer
Take two cats, a dog, and a determined woman…
Animal lover Abby Pimm isn’t looking for love. With two rescue cats, one rescue dog, a struggling business, and her fourteen-year-old sister to raise, she’s got her hands full. What she needs is an angel – though she’ll settle for the devil if he’ll invest in her fledgling company and keep it afloat.
Add a six-year-old girl…
Wealthy businessman Holden Ramsay is no devil. He’s doing all the right things, and when he’s forced to care for his ex’s six-year-old daughter, he ends up hiring Abby as a temporary sitter – a woman who lights up his damaged heart, and perks up other organs as well. A woman who might be his redemption…or his downfall.
Who’s rescuing who?
The animals that Abby rescued think maybe it’s time they do a little rescue work of their own—because sometimes humans in love can be so dense…
Hearts in Motion is available now at:
Excerpt from HEARTS IN MOTION:
Lion greeted Abby at the back door. She dropped to her knees and hugged him, holding on tightly, needing his steady warmth and caring. He pushed the side of his head against her neck, as if he knew she needed comforting.
Sometimes she thought she screwed up everything she touched.
Her sister’s life was so different from Abby’s at the same age. Abby had had more clothes, more money, more house, more security…more love.
It wasn’t all her fault, but that didn’t take away the tight knot of failure in her gut.
Right now only money would untie that knot.
“Oh, you sweet boy.” Her voice came out choked. “I love you.”
In the hall behind him, Quigley and Minnie stared at her, though they usually napped during midday. It felt to Abby as if they knew how important the meeting had been.
As if they knew she hadn’t been able to convince the two women and three men to finance her start-up company.
That was crazy thinking. There was no way they could know.
She sniffed in her tears, dropped a kiss on Lion’s head, then rose to her feet. She smiled at the cats even though her cheek muscles hurt.
“One door closed,” she said, practicing for when Grace came home from school. “But it’s all right.” She straightened her shoulders and set her jaw, feeling her eyes burn and her determination rise.
She reminded herself of all the others before her who’d failed but kept going until they made it. Reminded herself of the old saying that the only real failures were the ones who gave up.
Besides, there was still the one way they could keep going. It was a way she hated, but she would not allow this defeat to stop her. She would not give up.
“There will be another door.” This time the words rang out.
Quigley made an odd growling sound.
“And when I find it, do you know what I’m going to do?”
They both stared at her.
“Whatever it takes to walk through it.” She was tired of failure. Sick to her stomach of it. She needed to succeed for Grace, for her business partner, for her cats, for her dog…and for herself.
She clenched her hands into fists. Pouring passion and determination into her voice, she added, “Even if I need to take an axe to it.”
Thanks so much for being my guest Edie. And I hope Hearts in Motion raises loads of $ for the Washington County Humane Society :)
(Please click here to visit Edie’s website for information about her other wonderful books!)
And now for the giveaway:
Edie has an electronic copy (epub or mobi) of her Miracle Interrupted series novel, MO’S HEART, to give away to one lucky commenter.
And since this guest post is all about raising funds for the Washington County Humane Society, Edie and I would love to know:
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL CHARACTER IN A BOOK?
Please leave your answer in the comments section of this post, along with your preferred file format: epub or mobi, and an email address for me to contact you.
Winner will be selected at random. Open to international commenters.
Giveaways runs until I head to bed on Sunday 4th August.
Winner will be drawn Monday 5th August.
Note: if I’m unable to contact the winner within 48 hours, giveaway will be redrawn.
(Void where prohibited. Standard disclaimers apply. I am not being compensated for this giveaway. No purchase necessary to enter.)