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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest Post with Author Lynda Bailey and Giveaway

Meet author Lynda Bailey.

I’ve always loved stories. Especially love stories. Growing up in the Midwest, I’d make up stories to my favorite TV shows – usually westerns.

As I got older, the stories didn’t relent. In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until I had no choice but to put it all on paper. It’s become an obsession for me. One that I love.

When not sitting at my computer, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor. Guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.

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A big thank you to Ramblings From This Chick for letting me hang out for this stop on my blog tour.

I was recently asked about the pros and cons of writing a book series and thought it was an interesting topic, especially since Battle-Tested Love is my first official sequel and the second book in my *Battle for Love* series.

Now, as a reader, I’m pretty flexible if I read the second or even third book in a series. I tend to focus on the interaction between the main characters of the current story and accept any brief explanation of secondary characters which were in the prequel. In many cases, it’s those hints about how so-and-so had a hard time getting his wife to agree to marry him which will land that earlier book on my TBR list.

But it’s a balancing act. If there’s an overabundance of information about the people in the first book, you risk losing your audience on THIS book. In fact, one of my critique partners dinged me on that very point with Battle-Tested Love. I went into too much detail about the characters in Battle-Born Love, the first book in my *Battle for Love* series. She reminded me this was Darcy and Ben’s story, and that I needed to concentrate on them. However, I also knew I had to include at least some background about the characters of Battle-Born Love to keep the reader from being completely lost.

So, what’s your opinion about series? Do you have to read the first book in the series or can you go with the flow? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember to leave your email in your response for a chance to win the $25 gift card at the conclusion of my blog tour.

Thanks again to Ramblings From This Chick for hosting me today!

All she wanted was a little adventure…

Darcy Williams is desperate for some relief from her ho-hum life, but getting kidnapped by an outrageously handsome man isn’t at all what she had in mind. She needs to keep it together long enough to escape. Because escape is what she wants, right?

He’s a nice guy doing a bad thing for a really good reason…

Ben Gallagher loves his baby sister, Ana, more than anything. So, when she’s date raped by the mayor’s nephew, Ben has no problem sending said nephew to the ER. Now Ana’s gone missing and Ben will stop at nothing, nothing, to find his sister and ensure her safety—even if that means carjacking and kidnapping an innocent woman.

Things spiral from bad to worse…

When Ben is injured protecting Darcy from some thugs, he has to trust her if he’s going to get to Ana. And he has to ignore the passion Darcy stirs in him. Darcy learns Ben is actually a good man, one she’s starting to have feelings for. Can their fledging relationship stand the test of time —and the law?

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“I’ve got an idea,” she said. “Why not tie me to a tree and leave me here? It’d be tomorrow before anyone found me.”

He cupped her elbow to angle her into the seat. “That’s not gonna happen.”

She spun which again planted her body tight to his. He stifled a growl and none-too-gently pushed her into the car.

“But why not? You’d be days gone and I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone where you went. You could ditch my car and steal another one. It’s the perfect plan. You don’t have to hassle with me and I don’t have to be kidnapped.”

He re-tied her hands. “It’s not the perfect plan.”

“Really?” Her mocking tone shredded his nerves. “Give me one reason why you can’t leave me here.”

He leaned an arm on the top of her car. “I won’t give you one reason, I’ll give you two. One, I don’t make a habit out of stealing cars.” His jaw clenched harder at her unladylike snort.

“And two, I know this area. I used to hunt chucker round here. No one would find you for days. And with all the fires, you’d be a sitting duck for a hungry, displaced bear or bobcat.” He clicked her seatbelt into place then firmly closed the door in her face. He got behind the wheel and turned the key.

She twisted to face him. “Let me get this straight, you won’t leave me here because you’re thinking of my safety?”

He backed down the road. “Something like that.”

“Dude, your logic is seriously warped.”

“Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.” He steered the car onto the paved road and headed toward the expressway onramp. “And stop calling me dude.”

“What’s the matter, dude?” she sneered in an exaggerated California accent. “Don’t you like the name?”

“No. So knock it off, lady.”

“Don’t call me lady. I’m twenty-four not eighty-four. Might as well call me ma’am.”

“All right, lady. Tell me your name.”

“You first, dude.”

Ben chuckled. He couldn’t help it. This lady was spunky and tenacious and not at all afraid to challenge him—even in this situation. He wondered how things would have progressed between them had they met in a social setting rather than in this trying situation. “Ben. My name is Ben.”

“Ben what?”

He took his eyes off the road to stare at her. She shrugged. “I took a shot.”

“So what’s your name?”

She stared out the passenger window. “Darcy.”

“Okay, Darcy, this is how it’s gonna work. I’ll let you go just as soon as I can, but I can’t have you going to the police or reporting your car stolen. Just think of this as an unexpected road trip.”

“Don’t suppose you’ll tell me where this little road trip ends?” Bitter sarcasm coated her words.

He accelerated her sub-compact onto the six-lane highway. “Nope.”

“And there’s no way I can convince you to let me go.”

“Nope again.”

“In other words, I don’t have a choice.”

“In other words, you don’t have a choice.”

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  • 1 $25 Gift Card (Amazon or Barnes & Noble)

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  1. I've kind of gone to battle for love. Not as dramatic as in any novel of course, but I'm pretty meek.

    1. Kirsten~
      I think we battle for love all the time, we just don't realize it. Doing things we don't necessarily want to in order to please our significant other. Compromising during a fight - Making up AFTER a fight. ;)
      Thanks so much for commenting today!

  2. I was thinking I did NOT battle for love - but after reading your answer to Kirsten - I realize we all battle for love - thanks!!! I'm a warrior & didn't know it :)

    1. You bet you're a warrior! We all are! We know what we want and we go after it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I also think everyone has gone to "battle" for love, though perhaps not in obvious ways.

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I'd love the chance to win an Amazon gift card, so fingers crossed. :-)

    1. Thanks for commenting today, Lindsey! I'll cross my fingers for you, too - and everyone else! ;)

  4. I have to agree with the previous posts. I think we all battle for love at one time or another. Sometimes we lose (Im divorced) but only because better things (Im remarried lol) are waiting for us!
    I love the sound of your books! I cant wait to read this series!

    1. Karen~
      Yes, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose - but we gotta always keep the faith, right?
      Thanks for popping in!

  5. I'm looking forward to reading these books. Thanks for sharing :)
    Yes, love is a battlefield. I believe that's how the song goes :)

    1. Ooh! I love that song. And the lyrics are sooooo true.
      Thanks for commenting, Beautiful Disaster - I'm loving your handle too. ;)

  6. This book sounds great! Love the excerpt! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

    1. Glad you liked the excerpt, Marcy, and thanks for commenting!

  7. I agree the other posts about having gone to battle at one point or other.
    Also, I wanted to answer your other question about reading the first book or out of sequence. I tend to read books out of sequence if I missed the first or more books, which happens a lot with so many authors, series etc out there and so little time, money etc. So, I really appreciate having background on the other characters. If I like the book, I can go back and buy/read the other books.

    1. I agree with reading books out of order - what order? ;) But a little background is important to tease the reader...
      Thanks for stopping by today!

  8. No.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. This one sounds awesome!! In answer to your question about reading in order. I'm notorious for getting the second or third book (not realizing it is a series!) loving the book and then having to hunt up the previous books. So, I guess it doesn't bother me!!

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  10. I've never battled for love, but I did move cross country for it!