Friday, January 25, 2013

Day Job vs. My Passion by Sara Walter Ellwood

KAREN: Welcome to the Gambling on a Secret tour with Sara Walter Ellwood! She is here today to tell us about her passion for writing and what keeps her motivated to pen such exciting tales. You're also in for a few treats. Not only do you get a sneak peek at her new release: GAMBLING ON A SECRET, she also has prizes to give away! Read on and find out how you may be dealt in on this game of fortune.

Day Job vs. My Passion by Sara Walter Ellwood

“So, now that you’re published, when are you quitting?”

If I’ve had this question asked once, I’ve had asked a thousand times since publishing my first book in July of 2012. And after I have a nice laugh, my answer is always the same. “I can’t quit.”

Would I like to? Emmm… Now that’s a hard question. In many ways, I’d love to write full time. I could get so much more accomplished! But I think my writing would become very stale. Without work, I could see me becoming a homebody, and that doesn’t make for good stimulus for the muse.

Besides, I like my day job… No, I don’t love it as much as I do my passion for writing, but I’d miss it. As much as I dislike some of the work politics, I like the people I work with. And I enjoy the reward of helping others and serving my country (I’m a medical secretary for the U.S. Army).

Of course, I’d never turn down the opportunity to work part time if I could afford it. That would be the best of both worlds!

****So, what about you? Would you quit your job for your passion? Or would you prefer a compromise?****

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

CONTENT WARNING: Details abuse of a minor, drug abuse, alcoholism, swearing, spicy sex, murder.

COVER QUOTE: “Full of intrigue, tangled pasts, and raw emotions, this one is guaranteed to keep you turning pages from start to finish and then wishing for one more chapter!”
Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Just a Cowboy and His Baby.
Ms. Brown also named Gambling On A Secret as one of her favorite romance reads in 2012 in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today.

“Ferguson, what are you doing here?” Dylan barked.

Leon ambled toward them on the stone path. “I’m saving a young maiden from torment. What are you doing here, playing the part of the devil?”

“I’m Miss Monroe’s new manager.” The deadly edge of his voice matched the flintiness of his eyes. “If there’s anyone to save the young maiden from, it’s you.”

“Mr. Quinn, please.” She turned to Leon. “Leon, is there something I can do for you?”

He smiled, showing off perfect white teeth in a face handsome enough to belong to an actor. “I was just passing by on my way home and decided to stop. How are the boys working out?”

Dylan’s stance widened and his hands flexed at his slides. “What boys?”

“Charli and I have entered into a business arrangement.”

She lost the battle with the urge to wrap her arms around herself. As much as she appreciated Leon’s kindness, respected him, and was even a little attracted to him, something about him didn’t sit right with her. He represented her peers in the community. According to Mrs. Pratt, besides the Cartwrights, she and Leon were undoubtedly the wealthiest residents in the county. No one in Colton could learn about her past. It would ruin her, and Leon, no doubt, had the means to dig up the dirt.

“Really?” Dylan stepped closer to her in a protective manner. Whiskey tainted his breath as the warmth of the exhalations tickled her cheek. “What kind of business arrangement?”

She could protect herself. Dylan Quinn wasn’t any safer than Leon Ferguson. Stepping away from him, she forced her arms to her sides. “Mr. Quinn, I can handle this.”

She faced Leon. “I’m amazed by how much the men got done since starting on Monday. The foreman told me last evening they’d be reseeding another fifty acres for hay this morning. And they have the corrals fixed and started on the fencing in the north pasture.”

“Good, good.” He glanced at Dylan. “I’ll be going, unless you need a more reliable exterminator. I couldn’t help but overhear about your snake infestation. I can give you the name of the company that has gotten rid of the snakes in our lakes over on Oak Springs for years.”

Although he presented the perfect solution, she didn’t the like way Leon had looked at Dylan as he said the word exterminator. “No, Mr. Quinn is quite capable of getting rid of the snake.”

“Oh, I’m sure he is.” Leon tipped his hat. “Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you, Charli.” Dylan’s jaw tightened as his uncle glanced at him. “It’s good to see you up among the living again.”

Leon headed back to his Porsche. With no pretense of lowering his voice, Dylan said, “Now, there’s a snake no one wants in their garden.”

Upon hearing the jibe, Leon’s shoulders jerked in mid-stride.

Rattled by Leon’s attention and the snake fiasco, she turned on Dylan. “You aren’t off the hook. I want those snakes gone.”

“We’ll see.”

“I hate snakes.” She shuddered and put her hands on her hips. “Maybe I should have asked him who the exterminator is.”

Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara 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 stories. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 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.

She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

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~One poster from every stop will win a Gambling On A Secret ebook
~One commenter from each stop will win a piece of custom jewelry.
(The winners of these two prizes will be announced the day after the tour stop.)

I also have 2 Grand Prizes!

~First Grand Prize is a SWAG PACK, including a signed copy of Carolyn Brown’s Just a Cowboy and His Baby. Also included is a copy of D’Ann Lindun’s Shot Through the Heart, a pen, a notebook, a horse themed mini calendar, a patriotic themed day planner, and more all tucked away in a reusable tote bag at the end of my blog tour.

~Second Grand Prize is a $10 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you follow the tour and comment as often as possible, you increase your chances of winning!
(The winners of the Swag Pack and Gift Card will be announced on March 1, 2013.)
(Swag Pack is only eligible for US residents to win. The jewelry and gift card are eligible to US and Canada residents only. The ebook is eligible to anyone, unless prohibited by law.)

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Sandra Dailey said... Best Blogger Tips

'Gambling on a Secret' sounds fantastic and I love the cover. Good luck!

Melissa Fox said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking forward to reading, Sara! We lived on a small cattle ranch in CO before moving to WA about 18 months ago. That was my day job, and since moving, I'm lucky enough to be able to spend some time putting the stories in my head into the computer. Enjoyed the excerpt - thanks!

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry, I don't do raffle copter, but I'll chat here. :) I don't work and you're right in that it gets stale. Not so much my writing, but being stuck at the house more than not...I'm used to working or going constantly and with fil living with us, me his caretaker, I can't do that. I can leave for short times but then the stress of wondering if he's ok while I'm gone is almost not worth leaving sometimes. But having lots more time to write I love!

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, ladies, for stopping by and thank you, Karen for having me!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

maybe a compromise


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBoisThank you so much for coming by and sharing your new release. I wish you the very best success!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

If I could afford to quit the day job, I would. I'd have more time to create book covers and more time to write. I would love that!!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I might like staying home, but sometimes we want what we don't have. lol It might not be what I imagine, but hey, I'd like to one day see.

Your book looks really good. Interesting post.
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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to write full-time, but I do get more ideas when I am away from the keyboard.

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

Enjoyed reading the comments. Your book sounds really good so I have added it to my TBR list.