Best Selling author Carra Copelin writes contemporary and historical romance. The Texas Code Series, contemporary romantic suspense novels to include Code Of Honor, Book One (Now Available at Amazon.com), Code Of Conscience, Book Two, Code Of Justice, Book Three, and Code Of Law, Book Four. The Brides of Texas Code Series, western historical novellas, Katie and the Irish Texan, Book 1, (Amazon.com) and Matelyn and the Texas Ranger, Book 2. Holiday Romance short stories include A Santa For Christmas and Lilah By Midnight.

Monday, August 18, 2014

MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR



Welcome to my Meet My Character Blog Tour! My good friend and critique partner, Caroline Clemmons, invited me to participate in this fun project. I want you to get to know my character, Matelyn O'Donnell, but first I'll introduce you to Caroline.


Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon best selling author of historical and contemporary western romances whose books have garnered numerous awards. Her latest release is, GABE KINCAID, book four of her popular Kincaid series. A frequent speaker at conferences, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view and layering a novel.

Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, From The Heart Romance Writers, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series: BRAZOS BRIDE, HIGH STAKES BRIDE, and BLUEBONNET BRIDE and the audiobooks of BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, Newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and -- for a short time -- an antique dealer. When she's not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, getting together with friends, and enhoying watching the birds, butterflies and squirrels wandering through her back yard.

Meet My Character

Now, I'll introduce you to the heroine of Matelyn And The Texas Ranger, the second novella in the Brides of Texas series. 

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character is Matelyn Gloria O'Donnell. She is completely fictional, except she is exhibiting traits of the spunky woman she is named for - my mother. 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story starts in Dallas County, Texas, moves briefly to New Orleans, Louisiana, then wends its way back to Dallas from Indianola on the Texas coast. It's set in the year 1875.

Ship Matelyn may have traveled on to Texas.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Mattie is a single woman who learned to take care of herself early in life and is fiercely


independent. This trait served her well on the trip from Ireland with her brother, Jamey, and cousin, Katie. She fought for what they needed and for their safety. Being self-sufficient has proven beneficial  in her job as a lady's companion and will be essential for her survival when she reaches Texas. Her strength and independence have prevented her falling in love thus far, but she's certain there's a man willing to love her for who she is.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

The trip to Texas from New Orleans offers Mattie an incredible opportunity to begin her life anew. When plans go awry and she's forced to rely on the Texas Ranger for her very survival, Mattie finds it hard to comply with his overbearing attitude. After days on the trail and being chased by a band of outlaws trying to kill her, she begins to rethink her thoughts of complete independence. She develops unexpected feelings for this tortured man and begins the process of finding a chink in his armor.

Dress like Matelyn may have worn.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Mattie wants to marry a good man, have children and a home of her own. Barring that, she at least wants to be self-sufficient, living life on her own terms.

6) Is there a working title? And can we read more about it?

Yes, the title is MATELYN AND THE TEXAS RANGER. I will be sharing excerpts on my Facebook author page and will post the cover and blurb right here on my blog soon.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

I've had to push the date back a couple of weeks to the second week of September 2014.



Next week (August 25) Check out this awesome writer's characters.

Person I'm Tagging:

Kit Morgan, Author

Kit Morgan, Author
A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational, sweet stories that depict a strong sense of family and community. 'His Prairie Princess' is the first of the Prairie Brides books and the first in the series of a long line of stories about Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the wackiest little towns in the old west! Get to know the townsfolk in Clear Creek and come sit a spell!

You can find Kit here:



Thanks for stopping by today!
Carra

Thursday, June 19, 2014

KATIE AND THE IRISH TEXAN, A NEW NOVELLA

Hi, everyone,

I'm back! After quite a long absence from blogging on my own site, I finally have some exciting news to share with you.

For the last few months, I've been working on several projects and have completed a western historical romance novella for the Texas Code Series. Titled, KATIE AND THE IRISH TEXAN, The McTiernans, it concerns Dermot McTiernan and Katie Gilhooley and their Texas beginnings in 1873. The story begins in Jefferson and ends in Dallas. Texas was finally recovering from the war and these two cities were booming with the coming of the railroads and had populations as large as 30,000.

I hope I've captured some of the spirit of the people and the cities to tell about romance and undying love in these exciting times. The scheduled release is for June 27, 2014.


The following is a brief introduction to KATIE AND THE IRISH TEXAN

Blurb:

Dermot McTiernan is determined to move on with his life after losing his one and only love to another man. He decides to try his hand at ranching in North Central Texas with his friend, Ian Benning. He figures if that doesn't work out, there are many other opportunities in the booming post-war state. When the luscious red-head from County Cork, Ireland shows up in Dallas, can he retain the courage of his convictions and move on without her?

Kathleen O'Donnell made a monumental mistake marrying, Kelsey Gilhooley. Her decision for entering the union, no matter how honorable, had made her life a living hell. Even though still married, she holds out hope for finding the man of her dreams. When she comes across her tall, dark-eyed Irishman in Dallas, Texas, will she be able to abandon happiness and walk away a second time?

          Excerpt:

Dermot looked around the room and its many patrons. Most were men dressed in black business suits. He noticed two women serving food and drinks, one a tall brunette, the other had red hair worn in a long single braid down the center of her back. He sincerely hoped the brunette served them because he wanted nothing else to remind him of Katie O'Donnell What-ever-her-married-name-was.
He closed his eyes to the memory and swore he caught a whiff of her scent. His imagination was playing a cruel trick. He thought to get up and leave, but before he could tell Ian he'd changed his mind about eating, a female voice whispered in a familiar brogue. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph."

Kathleen O'Donnell Gilhooley almost swallowed her tongue. The very moment she'd prayed for since the day she'd left Ireland a year ago had materialized, yet she wanted to run as far and as fast as she could. She'd hoped to meet Dermot McTiernan dressed in her best, but obviously the saints had other plans.
Hands shaking, she smoothed the humidity-laden curls back from around her face, and blotted the perspiration from her forehead with the hem of her apron. Trying her best to hide her nervousness, she stepped forward, shoulders squared. "Dermot, is it really you?"
"It would appear so, wouldn't it?" He stared past her to the window apparently fascinated by the activity on the street.
 There was no way she could've known how he'd react to seeing her for the first time in almost ten years, but his tone took her aback none-the-less.  She wondered if he'd gotten her letter explaining the circumstances surrounding her union with Kelsey Gilhooley.  From his reaction this morning, she guessed he hadn't. Either that or it hadn't made a difference.
Well, that was okay. They were here now and, hopefully, with time on her side, she could make him understand. "How many eggs for ye?"
Dermot's friend and the taller of the two by a couple of inches, spoke up first. "I'll have four, please."
Kathleen waited patiently for Dermot to speak. He took so long, she wondered if he'd gone mute in the last minute and a half.
Finally, he lifted his head, looked her straight in the eye but spoke to his companion, "Ian Benning, this is Katie O'Donnell."
"Pleased to meet you, ma'am." The man stood, offered his hand in greeting.
She shook his hand, correcting her name, "Kathleen Gilhooley, 'tis my pleasure." She directed her attention back to Dermot. "Will ye be havin' four eggs, as well?"
"Sure."
After turning in the order, she checked on the pan of biscuits she'd left cooking in the oven. She'd placed them in to bake just before going out to help Sarah take orders. Normally she liked to help out in the dining room instead of being cooped up in the over-heated kitchen. This morning, however, turned out to be a different story.
Following what just happened in the dining room, she certainly questioned her decision to leave her homeland. She might've expected anger when they met, discomfort to be sure. What he'd exhibited had been much different. He'd been distant and sullen. That scared her more than any outburst.
She put two biscuits on each plate and took them to the table. The man introduced to her as Ian, thanked her. Dermot said nothing until she grabbed the pot and poured each of them a cup of coffee. The hurt and betrayal in his eyes wounded her far more than any physical injury she'd endured in her marriage to that drunken monster Gilhooley.
As she turned to walk away, he grabbed her hand demanding, "What're ye doin' here?"
His tone set her off and, while she knew it wasn't rational, that he was trying to defend himself by making the first strike. But she'd learned to protect herself, too, and rose to the bait. "'Tis a free country and I can be here if I want." She backed away in an effort to pull her hand from his grasp, but he only tightened his grip.
"I want to know why you're here," he demanded through clenched jaws. "How could ye've done such a thing to me?"
Ian stood. "McTiernan, calm down and let her go."
"I'll let her go when she gives me a good answer."
Kathleen looked about the large room in a panic. Every one of the café's patrons watched the scene with interest including the owner, Mr. Browder, who was walking in their direction. She feared what Dermot might say and she needed this job to keep her room above the establishment.
"Can we talk outside?" she pleaded. With one last great tug, she wrenched her hand loose but the motion sent her reeling backwards into the table behind her where she sat in a plate of fried eggs and a bowl of strawberry jam. A couple of gentlemen, their mouths agape, helped her stand, after which they returned to their seats. Her face heated with humiliation, she straightened to face her boss.
"Mrs. Gilhooley, please return to the kitchen. I'll handle the situation from here." He turned to Dermot and Ian. "I apologize for the interruption to your meal. Let Sarah or me know if there's anything else you require."
Kathleen entered through the kitchen door, as Mr. Browder aided the diner who'd lost his eggs to her backside. The whole incident had been embarrassing enough without having to sashay through the dining room with bright yellow yolks streaming down her green skirts.
Mrs. Browder waited for her with a wet soapy rag. "What in the world caused all that commotion?"
"A reunion with an old friend that didn't go as well as I'd hoped."
"I see."
Sarah came into the kitchen carrying the customer's empty plate. Her look was one of wary amusement. "Mr. Browder said to replace Mr. Smith's breakfast right away."
 Kathleen took the egg soaked rag from Mrs. Browder and, while the older woman fussed over cooking the gentleman's eggs, she found she didn't care if her dress could be saved. She really didn't even care if she lost her job.

The only thing that mattered to her more than her livelihood or a place to lay her head at night was Dermot. She had to talk to him and make him understand she'd married to ensure a good future for her parents. After that, well, she didn't know yet but, being the optimist she was, something was bound to turn up.

Well, there it is. I hope it peaks your interest. The book has a scheduled release for June 27 and will be available on Amazon in ebook and print.

As always, thank you for visiting today. I appreciate you sharing your precious time with me.

H.U.G.S ,
Carra

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Friday, November 1, 2013

A SANTA FOR CHRISTMAS & LILAH BY MIDNIGHT NOW ON AMAZON



I'm excited to announce that my two Holiday Short Stories are now available on Amazon for just 99 cents each. They are both feel good romances that have been rummaging around in my head for a while. As a matter of fact, A SANTA FOR CHRISTMAS was posted on this blog last Christmas as a very short story and I loved it so much that I added more to it to finish out Merry and Sam's tale. While writing their Christmas Eve experience, Lilah and Jack popped into my head insisting to have their story told. So I did. And the fun part for me is they're both set in Texas.



Blurb for A Santa For Christmas: 

Merry Hernandez has lost both her father and her brother in the last year to unfortunate circumstances, and, due to a bad economy, stands to lose her business, Very Merry Events, as well.,. No one is spending unnecessarily for parties they can plan themselves. While that is bad, she regrets most not participating in the River Walk Christmas Pageant in San Antonio, Texas, where her father always played Santa and handed out toys to the children. Will the handsome stranger and his father be able to help her fulfill her dreams?

Sam Claus has journeyed to Texas with his father to help him make a young woman's Christmas wish come true. Due to the older man's illness, Sam doesn't see a way to help Merry Hernandez. Throughout their evening together on Christmas Eve, too many circumstances occur that he can't explain. Will Sam be able to turn the tide of events in her favor?

Will Sam and Merry realize their special connection and reach their Happily Ever After?
 
 
 
Blurb for Lilah By Midnight: 
Lilah Canfield's career as a country music performer is on the line. It's New Years Eve and she has one last chance to save her career with a performance in Forth Worth at Billy Bob's Texas. Bad thing is the worst snow storm in a century has hit the Texas Panhandle making passage on the highways dangerous at best and closed at worst. When her motor coach slides off the road into a snow bank outside her hometown of Mistletoe, Texas, will Lilah make her gig and save her career? Or will she give it all up for a second chance with her high school sweetheart and first love?
 
It's been two years since his wife passed away and Jack McCommas is ready to move forward for himself and his eight year old daughter. When he and a friend stop to help the folks in a stranded motor coach, he can't believe Lilah Canfield's standing in front of him and is literally shocked to realize the old spark is still there when they touch. If she chooses her career, will he be able to let her go a second time? Or will he try to convince her to stay in Mistletoe?
An early review for A Santa For Christmas from Deborah says, "I loved this Christmas story. It's a very sweet story of love, hope and of course happy ever after."
And for Lilah By Midnight, Deborah says, "Another great holiday story by Carra Copelin. This one is a New Years story, with a very sweet happy ending."
 
I hope you enjoy these Holiday Romances which can be found on Amazon at these links:
A Santa For Christmas,    http://tinyurl.com/oqjdq9f
Lilah By Midnight,          http://tinyurl.com/opgrccg
 
Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you an early Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs,
Carra 

Friday, August 30, 2013

SEVENTEEN - 5 STAR REVIEWS FOR 9 WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE

 

***THREE WEEKS ON AMAZON'S TOP 100 FOR SALES***
 
#12 ON AMAZON'S HOT NEW RELEASES
 
Eight friends and I have united to produce what we think is a wonderful boxed set, NINE WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE.  We released the set on September 1st for only 99 cents at Amazon. That's only 11 cents per book!  Each book is a romance, but some are suspense and some are humor, contemporary or historical. Our launch party is going strong and friends are having tons of fun! 

To introduce the boxed set, we are giving away lots of prizes all through the month of September. Giveaways will include a Kindle Fire, jewelry, ebooks, autographed print books, gift cards, and a Coach bag filled with books.
UPDATE: MANY PRIZES HAVE BEEN WON AND THERE ARE MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN GREAT GIFTS.

Sign up join the launch party on Facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/events/567696843290957/, and leave a comment or subscribe to the newsletter at http://southerncomfortromance.com.
 
Simple, yes, but beware this super bargain lasts only through September 30th. October 1st, the price goes to its regular price of $8.99, still a great price for nine books.

A 5 STAR review says, "This is a great collection of love stories. I was surprised to see this many romance novels in one set. These are full length novels. I loved Code of Honor, a debut novel by Carra Copelin. I've not read anything by Caroline Clemmons and I loved the Texan's Irish Bride. Two Sides of A Heartbeat is part of a series and very good. I've already read book 1, Running to You in that series, so it was great that I got book 2 as part of this set. Sweet Return by Anna Jeffrey had to be my favorite.

This is a great collection and I've been recommending it to everyone."

 
Here’s a rundown of the authors and titles included:

Caroline Clemmons, THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE, a western historical romance.
Cenora Rose O’Neill knows her father arranged the marriage trap for Dallas McClintock but she’d do anything to protect her family. Wounded rescuing Cenora from kidnappers, rancher Dallas learns his wife has a silly superstition for everything. But passion-filled nights with her make up for her annoying habits and family.

Carra Copelin, CODE OF HONOR, a contemporary, sexy romance with mystery
Graeme McAlister returned home to discover why his foster brother supposedly overdosed on morphine and crashed a company jet. When Graeme McAlister comes back to McTiernan, TX and stirs up widow Maggie Benning’s old memories and feelings, can she overcome past pain to accept the a new love in her life? Can Graeme and Maggie fight the evil threatening their family?

Geri Foster, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, a contemporary, sexy, romantic suspense
Falcon Securities Agent Brody Hawke sees the world from a tilted angle. His best friend, A.J., who saved Brody’s life is captured and diplomats are getting nowhere in his rescue. Brody takes over even though he knows his impetuous actions will ruin his career. He is not willing to abandon his friend to torture in a Mexican jungle hacienda. What’s Brody’s plan—kidnap a CIA agent and use her as bait.
CIA agent Kate Stone is fighting for her job and sanity after a failed attack in Iraq. She knows the truth is out there somewhere, but can’t prove it. Her life is torn apart when Brody kidnaps her. When she and Brody reach A.J., they learn the situation is more serious and far-reaching than they’d imagined. Brody, Kate and Falcon Securities must rescue A.J. and stop the assassination of the President of the United States.
Can Brody and Kate find true love in the mist of all the chaos? And can Brody accept what Kate revels about his past so he can finally reach out for a love of his own?

Kathy Ivan, LOSING CASSIE, a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense

Welcome to Destiny's Desire Lodge, where The Fates can manipulate the threads of life at their whim and the Fate-Keeper battles to unite the predestined souls of true love. Firefighter Jake Stone lost the love of his life when his high school sweetheart disappeared. The arrival of a mysterious letter promising answers draws Jake to Destiny's Desire. Cassie Daniels has been running for seven long years. At Destiny's Desire she might finally have a chance for a happy future, if she can face the evil from her past. When Fate and Destiny collide . . . can Love survive?

Anna Jeffrey, SWEET RETURN, contemporary romance

When renowned war correspondent and photojournalist Dalton Parker is dragged back to his hometown to face his past and handle a family crisis, the last thing he expects is to see a prime pasture of his family’s Lazy P ranch taken over by hundreds of stinking chickens. There’s an explanation for this and its name is Joanna Walsh, his mother’s best friend. While Joanna is a good-looking woman who’s no dummy, she’s the most uncompromising and infuriating woman Dalton has ever met. Still, he can’t keep from admiring her caring nature and common sense. The dumbest thing he could do is try to lure her into his bed, but he’s never been smart when it comes to women. Joanna Walsh is known for trying to fix other people’s problems. Believing the oldest Parker son could and should help his mother, Joanna is the one who called him to come back to town. And that turned out to be the biggest mistake she’s ever made. Once the rugged, self-assured Dalton sees her hens and her free-range egg operation, he’s determined they have to go. Yet, through their daily conflicts, Joanna starts to see that while he’s seen and photographed the worst of humanity and grown a hard shell, deep down he’s a softie hiding a damaged heart. At the same time she dreads his abrasiveness, she can’t keep from being drawn to him in a way she’s never been before. Can she fix him, too?

Paty Jager, SECRET OF A MAYAN MOON, a contemporary, Isabella Mumphrey mystery/romantic suspense

Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions. DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

DeLaine Roberts, TWO SIDES OF A HEARTBEAT, a contemporary romance with mystery
"I never stopped loving you, I just stopped begging for you. There's a difference."

After a beautiful proposal, Dr. Grayson Brooks pleads with his fiance', Alexandra Morrison, not to get on the plane. Once the plane is in the air, the events that unfold turn their lives upside down. The tragedy and loss engulfs both families in a situation that spirals out of control.

Secrets are revealed and the past once again haunts both families; as if that isn't enough, Olivia Balcone, once engaged to Grayson and romantically involved with his twin brother, Harrison, returns to Dallas and stirs up more feelings and a lot more trouble.

Alexandra was so close to having it all: a baby, a gorgeous husband, and a family united. But is she strong enough to fight for what she wanted?

Jacquie Rogers, SLEIGHT OF HEART, a western historical romance

Starched-up Lexie Campbell, more comfortable with neat and tidy numbers than messy emotions, must find the man who ruined her little sister and make him marry her. When his lookalike brother Burke appears, she greets him with a gun and forces him to help her. Smooth-dealing Burke O’Shaughnessy, riverboat gambler and prestidigitator, must find his brother Patrick to claim the family fortune. But when Lexie shows an astounding talent for counting cards and calculating odds, he figures she might be useful after all. Can he resist the queen of hearts? 

Beth Trissel, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, a paranormal romance
 
Two hundred years ago Captain Cole Wentworth was murdered in his chamber where his portrait still hangs. Presently the estate is a family owned museum run by Will Wentworth. As spirit-sensitive tour guide Julia Morrow begins to remember the events of Cole's death, she must convince Will that history is repeating, and he has the starring role in the tragedy. The blade is about to fall.

Find NINE WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE at, http://www.amazon.com/Ways-To-Fall-Love-ebook/dp/B00ERAREBW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377890000&sr=1-2&keywords=carra+copelin

 I'll be looking for you at the party!
Carra


CODE OF HONOR buy links Amazon for Kindle ebook and print:  http://tinyurl.com/muln4r9

and, Smashwords for nook, kobo and iTunes:  http://tinyurl.com/llshmbg
 

Find me on my website: http://carracopelin.com
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

SUMMERCOVER SMACKDOWN ~~ ROUND TWO

My cover for my new release, CODE OF HONOR, made it to Round Two in the SUMMER COVER SMACKDOWN, Hooray!! Thanks to all of you who voted in Round One.



The second round of voting is open from now until Midnight EST, August 27, 2013. Click on the link to sign in and post your vote for my cover and the others that strike your fancy. You will be entered to to win a $10 gift card to either Amazon or B&N. Thanks in advance for your support. Now here's the link:

 http://thecheapebook.com/live/summer-smackdown-bracket-selection/


Love you lots!
Carra


CODE OF HONOR buy links Amazon for Kindle ebook and print:  http://tinyurl.com/muln4r9

and, Smashwords for nook, kobo and iTunes:  http://tinyurl.com/llshmbg
 

Find me on my website: http://carracopelin.com
Facebook: http://facebook/carracopelin
Twitter: http://twitter/CarraCopelin

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/mfynmj2