Monday, October 28, 2013


Hello bookish friends,
Today we have Roxanne St. Claire on this here blog. The fourth book in her Barefoot Bay series, Barefoot by the Sea is out tomorrow (10/29)!
We are giving away all 4 books in the series! Keep reading to enter.

When you think you know your heart's desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn't want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it's this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It's been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he's desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there's a catch-he must prove he's got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

Excerpt from Barefoot by the Sea
“Tessa,” he said softly, looking from side to side for a second. “I have to tell you something about me. Something you didn’t ask in your interview.”

Interesting, since he didn’t even answer the questions she did ask. Still, she waited, dying to see where he’d go with this.

“I don’t shy away from anything,” he finally said. “When I see something I want, I get it.” He gave her a hard, straight look.

Did he mean the job as chef or… her?

“So, what are you here to get?”

“My plan is that we start all over again.” Reaching down, he lifted her hand and very slowly drew off the gardening glove, sliding one finger out at a time out of the rough canvas. She couldn’t do anything but stare at his large, tanned, masculine hand undressing her much smaller one, her throat parched and every nerve ending dancing at the touch.

“We could shake on it,” he said, dropping the glove to the ground but still holding her hand. His skin was warm. A little rough, a little dry, but very warm. “But I’d rather do this.”

He lifted her fingers to his lips, barely brushing the knuckles, the sensation shooting fireworks down her arms. “To new beginnings, pretty Tessa. A new job, and a new…” He looked up from her hand and met her gaze, his own so serious she forgot to breathe again. “Friendship.”

For a moment, she stared at him, a thousand emotions erupting like a volcano in her chest. Disbelief and excitement and desire and disbelief and longing and—yeah, mostly disbelief.

“What is it?” he asked.

“Well, I’m not really trusting by nature, so I’m fighting the sensation that you might be full of shit.”

He laughed. “I deserve a chance.”

Did he? “And you’ll probably get one, but what happened?”

He lifted both brows. “I want the job.”

“So you’re suddenly Prince Charming? After being guarded, evasive, and walking out in the middle of an interview?”

He curled his fingers around her hand and sighed with resignation. “I guess I’m going to have to do some seriously high-quality groveling.”

“Major high,” she agreed.

“Let’s start with dinner tonight. We can finish the interview.”

Obviously, he didn’t know she’d called all his references and they glowed like polished gold, and he certainly didn’t know about the wedding planners and the urgent need for a chef. Instead, he’d come to grovel and take her to dinner.

“I’ll give you time to clean up and change for our date,” he said, as if she might be looking for an excuse to say no.

As if a groveling man offering dinner and looking like a sex god fell into her lap on a daily basis.

“I thought it was an interview,” she said.

He shrugged. “You call it an interview, I call it a date.”

“I call it a pretty remarkable turnaround for the guy who suggested a one-night stand of tongue-tattooing the last time we talked about going out.”

His smile was sinfully slow and so damn confident. “Haven’t you ever changed your mind about something, Tessa? Ever looked at a situation in the light of day and realized you’d need a new approach to get what you want?”

She tried to ignore the little thrill of his words and be smart about this. “What about trust?”

He lifted his brows. “What about it?”

“Did you change your mind about the advice you gave me in the bar? Or don’t you remember when your one word about trusting you was ‘Don’t’?”

She could have sworn a little bit of color left his face.

“How else are you going to know if you should or not unless you have dinner with me?”

She couldn’t argue with that logic. Or maybe she just didn’t want to.


Here's a quick This or That with Rocki. We told her: You must choose one or the other and you cannot explain your answer:

Early bird or night owl? Earlier the better.
E-books or physical books? E
Cookies or cake? Cookies
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Mac or PC? PC
Writing space: Quiet or with background noise? Dead silence

More About Rocki St. Claire
First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.



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Good luck everyone and happy reading,
Michelle

20 comments:

  1. I have read and loved the first three in this series and am really looking forward to reading Tessa's story!

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  2. Brilliant author! Thanks so much for the interview - I love the last bit, for me it's always so hard to choose coffe or tea...:)

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  3. Oh yes! My first foray with Roxanne was her Bulletcatcher's Take me tonight was the first book. I was hoooked..

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  4. I love Roxanne and can't wait to read this book!

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  5. This series sounds so amazing, and I'm really wanting to read them!

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  6. I met Rocki at a book signing and got her book Space in the Heart and I really enjoyed it. That's the only book I've read, although this series sounds wonderful.

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  7. Heather Brister EgtvedtOctober 28, 2013 at 8:35:00 PM PDT

    Yes, I've read many books by Roxanne! She is one of my favorite authors and this series is one of my favorite in her collection. I was nervous when she moved from Romantic Suspense to Contemporary, but I am SO glad she did. This series is complex, emotional and touches your heart- in each book! You can't go wrong with a book by Roxanne!

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  8. I haven't read any of Roxanne's books, but I would love to. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  9. I haven't read any books by Roxanne but would love to win and start reading.

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  10. I found Roxanne St. Claire with her first in this series, Barefoot in
    the Sand. She starts off with a hurricane, leads into Alzheimer’s,
    cancer and infertility. She includes deep issues but so well written
    that they make you cry and laugh and feel! Throughout the series is the
    story and connection of the 4 friends and their deep and long-standing
    friendship. The romances in these books don’t take a back stage either
    but smoothly slide into place. If you haven’t read them yet, please do!
    Start in where you can! No need to read from the beginning, but you’ll
    want to go back and read them as well as Barefoot in the Sea.

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  11. Love the Barefoot Series!

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  12. Rocki is one of my favorite authors. I've loved all her books from the romantic/suspense Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series' to the contemporary Barefoot Bay series and everything in between. To learn about the characters and the strong ties between these four girlfriends, I would recommend reading them in order, although it's not necessary. Put them on your must-read list!

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  13. I love the BAREFOOT BAY books...Be prepared to be swept away in this series...Rocki gives so much of her heart in these books...The love that each girl has in there heart is paramount...They will do everything for one another...It's a support system...they never judge each other,...they are friends, family...The biggest key is HEART and FORGIVENESS and these books have it in spades...

    They are a must read...BAREFOOT IN THE SAND, RAIN, SUN...and released today...BAREFOOT BY THE SEA...

    Love all Rocki's books...My very first was an anthology~What You Can't See...It was the first Bullet Catcher book I read by her...I was hooked ever since...So I had to read all the Bullet Catcher books, then onto the Guardian Angelino's, and the BAREFOOT BAY's....what a ride and so much fun...I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next...😃

    Happy Release Day! 🎉

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  14. I started with the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos and love them the best, but this series is really about the girlfriends and you will find every emotion under the sun as you experience everything they go thru to get to the HEA... Rocki is just an outstanding author. I highly recommend these.

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  15. I was fortunate to be given an ARC & let me tell you I gave this book 6 stars on 5 star scale it was THAT good!

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  16. Love love her books:)

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  17. I haven't read anything from the wonderful Author but I'm going to add her books to my TBR list! :D

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  18. I haven't read anything by her, but I am really looking forward to it. ;)

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  19. No, but I love the covers and info on these books! Thanks for the chance to win!

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