Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Please Welcome Bestselling Award-Winning Author Melissa Keir!





Five Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa Keir

I ended up getting my teaching degree when it was suggested by my children’s first grade teacher. She saw something in me during the times I helped out in her classroom. I was still dreaming of becoming a race car driver but couldn’t figure out how to make that dream work, let alone pay for it.

2.      When I first moved to Michigan, I wanted to be a horse trainer and work at the local stables breeding the best horses for racing. Down the road from the condo I was living in was a farm owned by Pam Dawber and her husband, Mark Harmon. I dreamed of being a breeder on their farm. In fact, the ranch that Mac’s father owns is based off their place in Michigan.

3.      I couldn’t be a zoologist because I’d have to have a degree in animal biology. My college dissected fetal pigs, lampreys and cats. I didn’t want to have to hurt an animal, even one that was already dead. I couldn’t do it, feeling like they were killing cats just for us to experiment on. So another career was checked off my list. (actually a whole field)

4.      I grew up riding horses at the local stable. It was only $5 to ride for an hour but since I went so often, they didn’t worry about how long I had the horse out for. My favorite horse was Cherokee 2. I don’t know what that meant for Cherokee 1, but my horse was the sweetest thing and we loved to race across the field. It’s one of my favorite memories of growing up.

5.      In 1984, I attended Ohio University for the summer while my then husband was finishing up his degree. Matt Lauer was a speaker that year because he graduated from Ohio University. While Matt Lauer isn’t the hard hitting journalist that many others are—going to the war zones, the fact that he went to the same school as I did stuck with me and I knew I wanted to write about a journalist.



Cowboy, Mine... He'll Leave You Breathless...
By the best-selling and award-winning authors….
Kathleen Ball, Krista Ames, Cheryl Gorman, Melissa Keir, Lyssa Layne, and D’Ann Lindun
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-939590-99-2
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Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

Will a One Night Stand prove to be their disaster or their salvation?
Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wants to feel sexy again after her ex tosses her aside for a younger woman. Her best friend encourages her to sign up for The Playhouse--a renowned dating agency. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac Thomas lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.
Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?

EXCERPT:

After a two-hour drive, the car slowed down in front of a tall. black iron ornamental gate. It looked like those gates from the big Texas Hollywood TV shows. The house or barn were nowhere in sight. It was obvious Mac came from a prestigious family, but she couldn’t imagine growing up around all this wealth. Fortunately, Mac had turned out well rounded, not pretentious at all.
“Are we here?” Todd sat up straighter, looking around.
“Yes. My family’s farm has been home for the Thomas family for decades. My parents live here now. I can’t wait for them to meet you. We’ll drive over to the barn so we can ride. After the ride, Mom planned a lunch.”
The anxiety in Lauren’s stomach grew. She put her hand to her churning stomach. They’re not squirrels anymore but gazelles leaping and running. Holding back her fears wasn’t an option, she had to say something.
“Mac, you didn’t mention your parents were going to be here. Isn’t this a little soon for the meet-the-parents event? I’m not even sure they’re going to like me. I don’t hang with the country club crowd. I’m a coupon cutter who loves shopping at discount stores. I have money to live comfortably but I’m not extravagant. I’m just a small-town teacher.”
Mac placed a hand on her cheek. “My parents are going to love you. First of all, you don’t have to be anything you aren’t for them. Dad’s still the one who cleans the barn each day and cares for the horses. Not because he has to but because they’re a passion of his. Mom will want to know all about your secret discounts. She still saves and reuses her plastic baggies. They aren’t the ostentatious wealthy people you think they are.”
Lauren let out a deep breath. “Thank you for explaining about your family. It’s important for them to like me if we are to have any relationship. I’m scared.” She grabbed Mac’s hand and gave it a squeeze.
Mac returned the gesture, smiling at her and flashing his dimples once again. “Besides, they’ll like you because I do.”
Lauren couldn’t stop staring at Mac’s dimples. Those little dents are going to be the way he gets whatever he wants. I can see how things will be now.
Mac put a quick kiss on Lauren’s cheek before punching a number into the keypad by the gate.
“Ewwww.” Todd’s face scrunched up showing his disapproval. “Kissing’s gross.” 

Melissa Keir
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice—a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.

Melissa loves hearing from readers!

 

16 comments:

  1. Thank you Gemma for sharing your space with me today!

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  2. Welcome, Melissa! You're my first blog guest on this new blog. Your boxed set looks like a great read.

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    1. Thank you! The website looks wonderful!!

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  3. A bundle of Hot Cowboys!
    Click :-)
    Congrats on your latest book, Melissa. All the best!

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  4. LOL - Great excerpt! Love the last line.

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    1. Thank you! Those last lines have to hook you!

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  5. I enjoyed learning a bit more about you. Race car driver! Fun dream. :)

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    1. If only... I think I was born in the wrong family although I was called Mario for my quick driving (not the Mario Brothers video game!)

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  6. Hi, Melissa and Gemma! I love getting to know Melissa more and the excerpt is delightful. Congratulations, my friend. ox

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    1. Thank you Vicki for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Vicki,

      Nice to see you here today. I hope you come do some guest blogging with me soon!

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  7. Loved hearing about your memories of growing up. Good luck with your boxed set!

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    1. Thank you. It's funny how many times I changed my career choice!

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