Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Crazy Homecoming by Cate Baylor: Promo



Crazy Homecoming


Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 8/1/2013


Getting fired over a workplace meltdown was bad enough, but getting dumped at the exact same time by her boyfriend-slash-boss was the ultimate humiliation. With no real friends in L.A. and perennially absent parents, Daphne Simms has no one to turn to. To heal her heart, she runs to the only true home she’s ever known—her grandmother’s rural Texas ranch, called Crazy. She knows ranch folks will be a far cry from those she's known in L.A., but she certainly doesn’t expect to be greeted by a cranky cowboy shoving a shotgun in her face.


Mick Williams has lived and worked on Crazy for twenty years. Though he’s utterly devoted to Daphne’s grandmother, he’ll be damned if he’s gonna let a city slicker like Daphne sashay in and disrupt his nice, quiet life. When the future of Crazy is threatened, Mick and Daphne must join forces to keep the ranch afloat, but the heat of their attraction makes working together more complicated than either of them imagines. 


When their physical and emotional connection deepens, Mick tries to turn away from the woman he’s convinced he doesn’t deserve, so Daphne has to pull out all the stops to convince him that the heart of Crazy is big enough for the both of them.


At some point during the night, Mick pulled the covers over their bodies and they dozed in each other’s arms. He woke up with Daphne snuggled in to him with her head on his shoulder. As he watched her sleep, he’d never felt so at war with himself.
 One side railed against the Mick who was lying in bed next to Daphne, telling him that there was no way that a cowboy with no roots, no real family, no ties would ever be good enough for a woman like her. The other side wanted so badly to stay here in her warm arms, wanted to believe he was good enough, that he almost convinced himself.
 He closed his eyes and willed his mind to still. He’d calmed crazed cattle, lived on the streets as a teenager, and survived a druggie mother, why was he scared now?
He was as terrified of losing Daphne as he was of keeping her. 
 How could he possibly keep her? They had nothing in common except Missus B and Crazy. As much as he loved Missus B, he knew he wasn’t part of the family. She said he was, even Daphne had said he was, but blood runs thick. Being like family wasn’t the same as actually being family.
 He was the hired help. Sissy’s jibe had hit so close to home because deep down that was how he felt. And everyone knew the hired help couldn’t live happily ever after with the princess.
 Daphne stirred and snuggled into Mick, sighing as she cinched her arm around his waist. With that simple touch, Daphne wiped away any thought he had about living without her. Damn status and family, how was he supposed to walk away? But how could he stay?
 Stop thinking so loud,” Daphne mumbled.
 He laughed and kissed her hair. “Sorry,” he whispered, stroking her hair and back. “Go back to sleep.”
 She propped herself up on her elbow and looked down at Mick. She reached up and gently brushed his tousled hair out of his face. She trailed her fingers over his temple and down his cheek, and he couldn’t help nuzzling into her hand to accept the caress.
 He grabbed her hand and kissed her fingers. “Guess I need to shave, huh?”
 Her teeth flashed in the darkness when she grinned. “Actually, turns out I’m kinda into the scruffy, outdoorsy type now.”
 His heart skipped a beat. Or three. “Daphne…” he started.
“Mick.” She frowned in mock severity.
Absurdly he bristled. “Are you picking a fight while we’re naked in bed?”
Daphne gasped. “We’re naked?”
He groaned and rolled his eyes. The woman never took anything seriously and he said as much.
 Daphne straddled him and braced her palms on his shoulders. “You take things too seriously. What on earth has got you in such a lather so early in the morning?”
 He gazed up at her, shrouded in sheets and faint moonlight, with her hair shimmering around her face, and couldn’t think of one damned reason. “I can’t think when you’re on top of me like that,” he admitted.
 She leaned back with a coy smile and pushed the sheets off her shoulders, exposing herself fully. “Finally, a fault I can take advantage of.”
 And she did.
Author Bio:
Cate Baylor
Cate Baylor has been a technical communicator for over fifteen years. When she's not writing, she suffers from hobby addiction, which includes (but is not limited to!) reading, jewelry making, crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, cross stitching, and home DIY. She lives in Houston with her geeky husband, three neurotic cats, and precocious Yellow Lab named Tex. She comes from a long line of Texan farmers who are likely rolling over in their graves knowing she’d much rather stay blissfully air-conditioned than suffer outside in the Texas heat. She's a die-hard Texans fan but hasn't decided whether she's willing to embrace the Astros as an American League team.

Guest Post

 Finding What Comes Next

The end of a romance. The illness or death of a loved one. The loss of a job. All of us have been there at some point in our lives, put in an uncertain situation by choice or circumstance, when we have to figure out what comes next. Sometimes we pull ourselves together, sometimes we fall apart. But we all have to find the fortitude to move on, to recover, to flourish again.

This is where Daphne finds herself in A Crazy Homecoming. Her life crashes down around her, forcing her to retreat. On the journey to rebuild her life, she discovers that the things that matter most to her are the things she didn’t expect at all. She ends up where she least expects to be.

Finding what comes next, as a theme, is very important to me as both a reader and a writer. Reading has guided me on my own journey through transitions. There’s something incredibly powerful in finding reflections of ourselves in the stories we read. It’s as though, even in only our imaginations, someone empathizes with us. And that is enough to not only keep us in the story, but also for the story to be part of our life.

That’s what I find so amazing about stories and about the romance genre in particular. I love that no matter what’s happening in my life, there’s something about the story I’m reading that speaks to me. As it turns out, that’s one of the most gratifying aspects of writing stories, as well.

I love taking a universal situation, like finding what’s next, and exploring the different ways the journey plays out. Will the character pull together or fall apart? How do they manage to move on and get their happily ever after?

Have you been faced with finding what comes next? Did a story help you?

Connect with Cate on her web site or her Facebook page.
You’ll also find her author profile on Goodreads and LibraryThing.
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