Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Welcome Caroline Clemmons

It's so exciting to have a guest blogger today. She is both an excellent writer and a new friend. So Ill let her tell you a little about herself and her new book.

As long as I can remember, I've made up adventures. Okay, I admit the early creative stories featured me riding the range with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and saving the West. What a disappointment to learn that Roy was exclusively committed to Dale! Eventually, my best friend from across the street and I decided to become better detectives than Nancy Drew. We drove our parents and neighbors crazy sticking our pert little noses where they didn't belong. About that time I started writing down my adventures, but mostly I was a reader. Not until I read Nora Roberts' early novels did I decide to create my own romance manuscripts. My road to publishing was a lot slower than Nora's was. No surprise there! I still read Nora's books—as well as those of countless other authors—but now I write full time. Unless life interferes, that is.

My Hero and I live one a small acreage in the ranching and horse country of North Central Texas. Our two daughters are grown, and supportive of my writing. Living with Hero and me now are Webster, our sweet black Shih Tzu, and our two shorthaired cats: Sebastian, a black and white tuxedo who thinks he's our watchcat; and Bailey Erin, a shy apricot tabby. When I'm not writing, I love spending time with family, reading, traveling with Hero, browsing antique malls, and digging into family history and genealogy. I also love garage and estate sales, but have to ration myself—we only have so much room and I think we've filled our home until the walls are bulging. Writing about strong heroes and heroines who overcome amazing obstacles to forge a meaningful life together is my passion. I hope you'll share my stories with me.

Synopsis for OUT OF THE BLUE

Deirdre Dougherty has always been an outsider because of her clairvoyant visions and the fact she uses herbs to heal others. When the local potato crops rot in 1845, the people of her remote Irish village don’t realize the cause is a nation-wide blight. Villagers accuse Deirdre of witchcraft, and she flees for her life. Cut off from escape, she leaps off a cliff into the Atlantic and is propelled through time. She plops down 165 years later in Possum Kingdom Lake in North Central Texas beside the boat of Police Detective Brendan Hunter. He is the man from Deirdre’s visions, and he demands answers she can’t supply. Deirdre only knows that he’s in danger, and she senses an old vibe. Brendan wants answers. Who shot him and killed his partner? Why? And why does Deirdre know details only his late partner knew? The beautiful psycho’s story must be a colossal fabrication. He wants her gone before he becomes even more fascinated with her. Together they must solve the riddle of Deirdre’s displacement, battle a drug scandal, and stay one step ahead of the enemy—without knowing friend from foe.


Kathleen said...

Welcome, Caroline. Great to have you here. I'm awed the reviews you've garnered. Can you tell us a little about your writing process.

Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Caroline! I love both reading and writing romances with adventure too. I think my start reading Nancy Drew mysteries set me on this path.
In fact, if a romance doesn't have some kind of adventure in it, especially a full-length, I tend to get bored.
Best of luck with your new release. Can't wait to read it!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Kathleen, thanks so much for having me as your guest. I'm honored to be here.

Susan, you are the greatest to comment. Bless you in all you do!

Bobbye Terry said...

Hi Carolyn,
As always eloquently written. I do wish the best for you with the book. I think it's a winner and a keeper.
Bobbye Terry

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Celia Yeary said...

CAROLINE, my "cousin,"--How many of us grew up and thrived on old westerns? I think it was one of the most wholesome things a child could do in those days. I wonder at the movies kids watch today, and just cannot equate "wholesome" with childhoods. But we're probalby biased. Today, all of Roy's and Dale' possessions--1000 items--are being auctioned off. How sad.
I do love the premise of your story. Congratulation on the release. Celia

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thanks for commenting, ladies.

Celia, I know Trigger is being auctioned off. Why hasn't a museum bought him? I was hoping the Cowgirl Hall of Fame would buy him, even though he belonged to a man. I can't believe all Roy's stuff is up for grabs. Such a sad commentary on life, isn't it?

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Caroline,
Hey, I finally got in. Perseverence does pay off. Great blurb, sounds like an intriguing story you have penned.



Sandra Crowley said...

Hi all. I, too, grew up on Nancy Drew and Roy Rogers and am concerned today's youth don't benefit from strong role models. However, my grandmother harboured the same worries for my sister and me, yet we turned out fine.
Caroline, your writing and characters provide hours of enjoyment as well as illustrating strong values. Good luck with all your endeavors.

Ruby Johnson said...

I just purchased Out of the Blue and am looking forward to a fun read. I, too, grew up on Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. Loved those little mysteries. I read somewhere that they weren't all written by the same author.
Good luck with this new release.

Kathleen said...

Thanks so much Caroline and thanks to everyone that commented. Last night we put the names in a hat and pulled ut Susan's name to win the bookmark.

margaret blake said...

Welcome, Caroline, it's very interesting what you have to say.

Best of luck.

Margaret B