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Thu
Nov 21 2013 6:00pm
Original Story

Wild Child: Exclusive Outtake!

Molly OKeefe

Wild Child by Molly O'KeefeToday we've got a special treat—author Molly O'Keefe is here to share some deleted scenes from Wild Child, her latest release. Wild Child's heroine is a child-TV-star-turned-author, and she returns to her hometown to write another book. Of course, then she meets the hero, and things happen. Here's Molly's explanation of the exclusive outtake, followed by the scenes themselves:

Wild Child was a novel written in revisions. In the first few drafts Monica was in Bishop to write the movie screenplay based on her best-selling book about her father's murder. And Jackson didn't have a sister, but a mother in the early stages of dementia.

One of my FAVORITE series of scenes that were eventually cut from the book was the following outtake with notes being passed between Jackson and Monica. While the scenes didn't stay, the chemistry between them was started in these scenes and only made more potent in the finishing product. I hope you enjoy.

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H&H Presents an Outtake from Molly O'Keefe's Wild Child:

Scarlett O’Hara was going to make an appearance.  Monica was sure of it.

Any minute, wearing a dress made out of curtains Scarlett, or a Scarlett reinactor, or some relative of Margaret Mitchell was going to come strolling down the grand curving staircase at the Peabody Bed and Breakfast and say “fiddle dee dee” or whatever the hell it was she said.

[Read the rest of a special Wild Child outtake...]

Fri
Oct 18 2013 1:30pm

Pick Your Favorite Flavor: Sweet and Spicy Small-Town Romance

Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne ThayneToday H&H welcomes authors RaeAnne Thayne and Molly O'Keefe; RaeAnne's upcoming release, Christmas in Snowflake Canyon is another book in her Hope's Crossing series, while Molly O'Keefe's Wild Child is the first book in the Boys of Bishop series. Both RaeAnne and Molly write romances set in small towns, and they're joining us today to recommend their favorite small-town romances, both sweet (from RaeAnne) and spicy (from Molly). Thanks for joining us, ladies!

Rae Anne Thayne:

I don’t suppose it’s a surprise to any of my readers that I love to write books set in small towns. I’ve written forty-five books and I can think of only four or five that were set in a large city. I find something so appealing in the quiet pace of a small town, about entwined lives and communities where people care for each other—probably because I grew up on a farm in Indiana and live in a small Utah town very much like my series set in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado.

Life in small towns, both fictional and real, isn’t perfect. People struggle and grieve. They go through divorces, they lose spouses, they endure cancer, they have children who make serious mistakes, just like anyone. I love writing (and reading!) books that show the importance of community during those hard times, of neighbors lifting and strengthening each other.

[List of must-reads, coming right up...]

Mon
Jan 28 2013 1:00pm

Author Molly O’Keefe on Bad Marriages in Romance Novels

Today we're happy to welcome author Molly O'Keefe to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Molly's newest release, Crazy Thing Called Love, tells the rekindled romance between two formerly married people. So today we've asked her to come discuss bad marriages in romance novels. Thanks, Molly!

(See the bottom of the post for a comment sweepstakes!)

My four-year-old daughter has become obsessed with my wedding album. Her sighs of delight over my dress and flowers stroke my inner princess. But a month ago when my six year old son had friends over, she insisted they play wedding. The boys declined, choosing to do their own thing—she dressed up anyway and waited for one of them to “win” and then announced that getting married to her “was the prize.”

I thought, “I need to put a stop to that.” But then realized I write the grown-up version of that same mythology. And while romance novels have evolved past the heroine waiting on the sidelines while the hero wins her love, marriage is often the romance novel end-game, the proof that the love the characters feel is real and will last. Marriage is a big part of the promise romance novels keep.

I began to wonder if the romance genre's treatment of marriage was relevant anymore. Or had it slipped into the fantasy land of sheiks, princes, waxed chests, and instant orgasms? Granted, many romances have eased away from the HEA=marriage and into the more realistic Happy For Now, but the door to marriage is wide open.

[Where are we at on the topic these days?...]

Sun
Nov 4 2012 2:00pm
Excerpt

Naughty & Nice: New Excerpt

Ruthie Knox, Molly OKeefe and Stefanie Sloane

Naughty & NiceROOM AT THE INN
Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.
 
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
 

ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS
After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.

Get a sneak peek of the upcoming holiday anthology Naughty & Nice (available November 5, 2012) with this special excerpt each of the book's three stories: “Room at the Inn” by Ruthie Knox, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Molly O'Keefe, and “One Perfect Christmas” by Stefanie Sloane!

“Room at the Inn”

Ruthie Knox

Chapter 1
Carson Vance lifted a bale of twine-tied newspaper to his shoulder and heaved it onto the burn pile. It displaced a plume of fresh snow that winked and sparkled in the morning sun before settling again just as he tossed a second bale on top of it.

He dusted off his gloves and shoved both hands deep in his pockets, heading back toward his father’s house. The thermometer outside the kitchen window read five degrees, and he’d been carrying bundles of newspapers and magazines from the carport since before the sun came up. Long enough that his thighs and ass had gone numb.

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Tue
Jul 31 2012 10:30am

Author Molly O’Keefe is So Over “Nice”

Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’KeefeToday, author Molly O’Keefe visits Heroes and Heartbreakers to share some of what makes Can’t Buy Me Love and Can’t Hurry Love, both out this month, so great: Her characters. They’re not always likeable, but they are memorable. Here are Molly’s choices for some other not-so-likeable fictional characters. Thanks for joining us, Molly!

I’m nice. I am the kind of person who will take your cat to the vet to put it to sleep, because you can’t stop crying (true story, I’ll tell you about it later). In high school I was voted The Friendliest Girl in the senior class (which we all know if just another way of saying nice). Ask my friends to describe me in two words—most of them will say “very nice.”

So, the truth is, I’m kind of sick of nice. Not that I’m ready to start telling the other moms in parent council what I really think of them, or knocking over kids in the park. But I am tired of reading about “nice.” Nice heroines, nice love scenes, nice heroes—I’ve had enough.

[Nice is overrated...]