Month: June 2015

Gambling On A Dream – Sara Walter Elwood

Welcome to the final stop of Sara Walter Elwood’s Book Tour for Gambling on a Dream! There are several stops on this tour so please be sure to check all of the below listed stops in the coming days. Plus every stop that you leave a comment at gains you one entry to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble $25 gift card. Until then, Sara shares with us the tricks of the perfect story setting!

 

The Unplanned Book

It is not uncommon for a well plotted or well planned story to take an unexpected turn. I had an author friend once voice her frustrations over one of her historical romances. The heroine wasn’t falling for the hero, but rather had a strong chemistry with the villain, who was turning more heroic while her hero was just drifting along like a piece of driftwood. She eventually decided to have a different villain, let the guy she original planned to be the villain become the hero and completely cut the driftwood from the story.

A similar thing happened to me while writing the third book of the Colton Gamblers.

Gambling On A Dream was never in the original outline of this series. This book was supposed to be “Gambling On A Wish” and Dawn and Wyatt’s story was supposed to be a supporting storyline for another couple’s story. However when it came time to write the book, I didn’t like where that main story was going. It was too sad and required a tragic death of new mom after giving birth. So, I ended up changing not only the plot to make Dawn and Wyatt the main story, I dumped the other couple altogether from the series. The heroine is the same—Wyatt’s younger sister—but the hero is different and the new mom doesn’t need to die.

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Gambling On A Dream

Colton Gamblers Book 3 by Sara Walter Ellwood

June 9, 2015

With Everything At Stake…

It’s been years since Sheriff Dawn Madison said goodbye to Texas Ranger Wyatt McPherson. She’s closed the door on the heartache of her past. But when the sleepy town of Colton, Texas, is rocked by a series of shocking murders, Dawn has no choice but to trust the man who broke her heart if she wants to protect the ones she loves…

All Bets Are Off

Four years have passed. But Wyatt hasn’t forgotten the bold, Native American beauty who stole his heart . . . and broke it. Losing her and the life they had hoped to share left him an empty shell of himself. But if he wants to stop the deranged killer terrorizing the innocent kids of Colton, he’ll have to let Dawn back into his life. It’s a risk he’s willing to take, even if heartache is all he takes home…

 

Excerpt:

When the door closed with a resounding click behind her brother, Dawn pounded a fist onto the table with enough force to rattle their coffee mugs. “Dammit, who is he protecting?”

Wyatt glanced back at the door. Her older brother Talon had always had it rough, but no worse than Dawn and their younger brother. Sure, being one of Jock Blackwell’s ill-begotten sons wasn’t something he’d wish on a rabid coyote. However, Tom Madison had treated Talon like a son all his life, even giving him a third of his ranch when he retired.

Talon had changed, and not for the better. His problems didn’t come from how he was raised, or even the occasional bullying. He was a troublemaker, and nothing would have changed him.

He sat in the chair Talon had vacated. “Or the question could be what is he hiding?”

She ran her hands over her dark hair to the tight bun at the base of her skull. With jerky movements, she pulled out the band holding the twisted braid captive. As she ran her fingers through the long mass of raven silk, heat coursed through him at the memories of all that hair covering him like a blanket while they’d made love. When she bent over the table and scratched her scalp in pure frustration, all he could think about was her hair hanging down her back to brush and tickle his thighs as she rode him–her favorite position–to orgasm.

The erection was fast and furious and nearly had him groaning. Thank God, he was sitting. He forced his numbed mind to focus on the case.

“We have to find someone else who may have seen or knows something.” She glanced across the table at him and straightened. If there was ever the perfect picture of a beautiful Indian maiden, it was Dawn with her hair down. Had she ever had the stuff cut? He swallowed hard and shifted in his chair as his jeans strangled his cock. How long had it been since he’d had sex? He couldn’t remember, but refused to believe he hadn’t been with someone since Dawn.

With swift, practiced motions, she broke the trance he was under by daftly braiding her hair and wrapping it into a bagel-sized knot at the back of her head. She snapped the hair band over the bun.

He cleared his throat. “When are we talking to Chris’s friends?” His voice came out sounding a bit husky, even to his ears.

She stood, taking their coffee cups with her, and refilled them. After she dumped that god-awful crap pretending to be creamer into hers, she handed him a mug of black joe. Sipping her coffee from the extra-large, bright green mug he’d given to her for her thirtieth birthday, she returned to her chair.

“Hendricks and Kennedy are getting a list, but according to Julie, he didn’t have many friends in Colton.”

“How about Justin Vaughn? He’s always been a known dealer. Maybe he knows something.” He sipped his coffee.

She smiled, and he almost choked as he swallowed the hot, bitter brew. “Haven’t thought of him. We should talk to him. They’re about the same age. Vaughn’s working over at his uncle’s farm and garden market.”

He set his mug on the table and glanced at his watch. “I can’t today.”

“Hot date?”

Grinning, he stood. “No. I’m buying the Estrada Ranch.”

Her dark eyes widened. “Really? I heard Luis and Stella were thinking of moving to New Mexico, but I didn’t know it was a done deal. I figured it would go to either Jose or Mary,” she said, referring to the Estradas’ son and daughter. “How long has their place been up for sale? I haven’t seen a sign in their yard.”

He shrugged and reached for his hat where it sat on the edge of the table. “Luis and Stella told Mom and Dad they planned to sell the place a couple of weeks ago while playing Bingo at the firehouse. When they told me, I called the Estradas and made an offer. It never officially made it on the market. I’ve been looking for a small ranch.”

“We’ll be neighbors when you settle in there.” She cocked her head to the side. “I never knew you wanted to be a rancher.”

“You never cared about a lot of things I wanted.” His bitterness surprised even him.

She stood and picked up her mug, leaving his where it sat. As she headed for the door, she nodded toward it. “We have a policy around here. We clean up after ourselves. Something I seem to remember you have a hard time with.”

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gambling-Colton-Gamblers-Walter-Ellwood-ebook/dp/B00ONTR994/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gambling-on-a-dream-sara-w-ellwood/1120611668?ean=9781616507350

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/gambling-on-a-dream

iTunes: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gambling-on-a-dream-sara-w-ellwood/1120611668?ean=9781616507350

About Sara:

Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.sarawalterellwood.com

Blog: http://www.sarawalterellwood.com/blog/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarawalterellwood.ceradubois/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sara_w_ellwood

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869635.Sara_Walter_Ellwood

 

Gambling On A Secret, Book 1 and Gambling On A Heart, Book 2

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-collection=Colton+Gamblers&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

For other links and book information check out my website page: https://sarawalterellwood.wordpress.com/the-colton-gamblers-contemporary-western-romance-suspense/

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White Privilege vs Ethnic Privilege

Is there really such a thing as racial privilege?

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Is there a tier as to which race gets more and which gets less?

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Myths about Men and Women

There are some prevailing myths about men and women most people believe in. Are all women really looking to get married? Are all men obsessed with their careers? Even if we know these things depend on individual characteristics, it’s sometimes difficult not to buy into one of those prevailing myths.

What are the most popular myths about men and women?

Myths about Women

Here are some of the most prevalent myths about women:

  • All women want to get married. Many people assume that all women want to get married eventually, andlarge that a woman’s primary role in life is to be a wife and mother (see below). How true is this myth? Do really all women want to get married, even if they claim they do not want to?
  • All women want children. Related to the above, but it’s a separate myth. There are many people who assume that even if a woman doesn’t want to be married by some chance, she still wants to have children. Or, if she doesn’t, that there is something wrong about her.
  • Women are not good with math (or science). This is another prevailing myth about women. Many people believe women are no capable of doing math and hard science, or if they are good at it, they are still worse than male scientists.
  • Conflict

    Conflict

    Women are not good leaders. Since women are often perceived as caretakers and more submissive than men, the assumption is that a woman cannot be a good leader. Also, some people believe that any woman showing leadership abilities is “bossy” in a bad way, or unfeminine.

  • Women are more sensitive and emotional. It is often assumed women are more sensitive and easier to commit to a relationship. They are perceived as more emotional, especially when it comes to love. How true is this myth? Just like any other myth on the list, it uses generalizations, and not all people are the same.

Myths about Men

There are some prevailing myths about men. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Men identify themselves with their career. Since men are still seen as primary breadwinners, their job is an important part of their life. Even more, it is often their main source of success. It’s therefore believed that all men care a lot about their job to the point of identifying themselves with it and basing their self-worth on the amount of money they make.
  • All men worry about their height. The assumption is that tall men are considered more attractive and Countriesmore capable, so following this logic, it’s believed that all men want to be tall – and if they are already tall, they would like to be taller. According to this myth, men are never satisfied with their height.
  • Men worry about their penis size and performance in bed. Since men are perceived as inherently sexual, it is assumed that most of them base their insecurities on sexual performance. Their anatomy and how they perform in bed are things perceived as highly important to all men and a constant source of worry. Closely related to this myth is a belief that men think about sex all the time.
  • Men are aggressive. Men are often considered assertive and natural leaders, and an extreme form of this is a belief that men are inherently aggressive. Some people simply assume men are more aggressive than women, while others believe men are too aggressive by nature. Interestingly enough, this aggressiveness is sometimes perceived as a fault and sometimes as a great quality.
  • romanceMen aren’t romantic and cannot commit. This is a mirror myth of a myth about women being too emotional. If women are perceived as emotional and ready to commit, men are seen as less romantic and eager to avoid commitment.

The Truth?

The above was easy. We all know of these prevalent myths about men and women. Now for a more difficult question: how true are these myths?

Just like any myth about human behavior, myths about men and women are generalizations. As such, they cannot be applied to all people. There are some men and women who fit these descriptions perfectly, but there are many others who don’t.

What’s the truth, then? Even with so many people not fitting into these stereotypes, are these myths true in general? Share your thoughts below.

Rock Soup – Bring Your Own Topic

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Char’s topic: Should Marijuana be legal?
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