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Celebrate The (Not So) Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means, Celebrate The Small Things, wherein we post our celebrations, big and small. Thanks to our awesome host VikLit and all the co-hosts for this wonderful hop.

It’s been a very busy week but I’m not complaining as I have lots to celebrate about this week:

  1. Got a bit of good news at work so that’s one less stressor.

  2. Had dinner with some visiting relatives. It was great to catch up and I love all the ancestral history I learned!

  3. I received word from the mentor I applied for through the awesome Womentoring Project. I’m so thrilled and honored to be mentored by Janette Currie. Yay!!

  4. If you missed Melissa Maygrove’s celebrations, it is not too late to sign up for her giveaway. The contest runs until May 19 and winners will be announced May 21. Congratulations on the release Melissa!

Is that a GREAT week or what? What are you celebrating for the week? How’s your writing going? Ever had a mentor before? What was it like for you?


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Guest Post and Excerpt – Come Back by Melissa Maygrove

I’m very excited to host Melissa Maygrove today. Her debut novel Come Back, a historical western romance, is released today and she’s here to share an excerpt with us, plus a little something I’m sure all of you writers out there can relate to.


 Things that make you go ugh.

• When you send an email to someone really important, then—ten seconds later—realize your spell-check wasn’t turned on. 0_o

• When your internet service goes down on your busiest blogging day. (‘Course, you might get some word count out of the deal.)

• When you open a critique—of something you thought you nailed—and the first line reads: This might seem harsh. Just remember, I still love you! ducks


Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Maggie.

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[Seth] sighed. “I don’t blame you for what happened. And I trust you.”

“No you don’t,” she choked out.

“Yes I do. But I convinced you to travel with me. I’m responsible for your safety.”

Becca lifted her head and wiped the moisture from her face. “That’s admirable, but it’s not realistic. No matter how hard you try, you can’t protect me from every possible danger. You’ll kill yourself trying.”

Troubled eyes studied her from under drawn brows.

“I mean it, Seth. If you’re not willing to let me do my part, then leave me here. We’ll never make it to California if we don’t work as a team.”

He sighed again and closed his eyes. When he opened them, they were soft with acquiescence. And dull with fatigue. “You’re right.” He brushed the ridge of her cheekbone with his thumb. “I know you can take care of yourself. I didn’t mean what I said before.”

Seth left her and collected Cyrus. “Ride with me?” he asked over his shoulder.

The vulnerability in his voice softened her even more. “Yes.”

“Good.” He mounted and lifted her onto the saddle. “I need a rest. And Sam would skin me alive if I left a lady to walk while I rode.”

Becca sat a little taller and glanced at him sideways. “I’ll go along—in front of Sam. But when we’re alone, that’s another compulsion you’ll have to get over.” She squirmed and shifted her hips. “Riding makes my backside numb.”

“Lord, have mercy,” he muttered. “What have I gotten myself into?”

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Sometimes a single choice alters the course of a person’s life forever.

Come Back
by Melissa Maygrove
Western Historical Romance
Adult / New Adult

Available May 12th from Truelove Press

Where to find Melissa…

Where to find her book…
Amazon / Kindle / B&N / Nook / Kobo


Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads.

Cover designed by Carrie Butler,



Celebrate The Small Things with Melissa + Giveaway

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Time again to Celebrate The Small Things with our host VikLit.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to celebrate for the week. I’m sick again and stress levels are up, mostly due to work. This has made it harder to focus on the small things, which is the point of this blog hop. I should try to make more of an effort so in an attempt to be positive, here are my celebrations:

  1. I’m alive

  2. I have a job

  3. Melissa Maygrove’s debut novel Come Back is due for release on May 12. Yes, it’s really her celebration rather than mine but I saw the awesome trailer she posted on her blog a few days ago and just have to share. She’s also celebrating the release with a rafflecopter giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest starts May 5th and ends at midnight on May 19th. Winners will be announced May 21st.

The two prizes are:

A $50 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Book Depository for international entrants)

A signed paperback copy of Come Back for winner living in the cont. U.S. or Authorgraph + e-book copy (international entrant)


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Cover Reveal – Come Back by Melissa Maygrove

Sometimes a single choice alters the course of a person’s life forever…

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Title: Come Back
Author: Melissa Maygrove
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Category: Adult / New Adult
Publisher: Truelove Press
Cover Design: Carrie Butler, Forward Authority Design Services
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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~ ♥ Blurb ♥ ~

Left behind by everyone she loves…

Rebecca Garvey had the promise of a California future dreams are made of, until the wagon train her family was traveling with left her behind. Now she’s slowly dying in the wilderness, abandoned and stripped of her self-worth. Once the shock of her desertion turns to embittered despair, she doesn’t want to be found. Then a handsome stranger challenges her convictions and changes her mind.

Headed for Texas, chased by the demons of his past…

Seth Emerson knows exactly what he wants. Working to save for a cattle ranch of his own keeps him busy and keeps his pain buried. Rescuing a stubborn woman from the hills of New Mexico Territory isn’t part of his plan—but she’s exactly what he needs.

Making greater sacrifices than either of them could foresee…

Seth and Rebecca set off on a risky journey and a quest for truth, each healing the other’s love-starved soul along the way. Will they give in to their growing attraction? Or will they honor their commitments when Seth returns Rebecca to civilization… and her betrothed?

~ ♥ Author Profile ♥ ~

Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a wife, mother, nurse, freelance editor, and romance writer. When she’s not busy caring for her tiny nursery patients or shuttling teenagers back and forth to after-school activities, she’s hunched over her laptop, complicating the lives of her imaginary friends and playing matchmaker. Melissa loves books with unpretentious characters and unforgettable romance, and she strives to create those same kinds of stories for her readers.

You can connect with Melissa through her website or blog. She’d love to hear from you.