Monday, September 14, 2015

#BlackHillsWolves Blog Hunt: If At First with @ChandraRyan

During my college years, I worked as a waitress at a small town pizza place. The hours were long. The pay was minimal. But neither of those factors were why the job was so hard. I am a klutz.

I spilled pitchers of soda on tables, dropped pasta on costumers, and would trip over my own two feet while carrying hot pizza. Despite the hardships, I never gave up. I didn’t actually quit until I’d married my husband and we were moving for his job. I was determined to get it right or be fired trying.

When I started writing Reluctant Mate, I wanted my hero to have that same sense of perseverance. He met his match when he found his mate, Aimee. She stubbornly refuses to accept she has a mate. Jackson can’t let that get him down, however. He’s determined to do everything in his power to win her. If things between Aimee and himself don’t work out, it won’t be for lack of trying on his part.

What did I learn from writing Jackson? There’s something incredibly sexy about a man who puts it all on the line for the woman he wants to share his life with. And a hero is sometimes strongest when falters because we get to see him stand up and try again.

Aimee Crest is the prissiest; most stuck-up Wolf Jackson Cooper has ever met. The woman has a temper that would send sailors running and enough emotional baggage to keep a shrink in business for a lifetime. A Wolf would do well to steer clear of her. And Jackson would be happy to do just that—if it weren’t for one little thing that makes her irresistible to him. She’s his mate.

It’s a fate Aimee didn’t ask for and one she’s not at all happy about. She doesn’t want a mate. More to the point, she refuses to accept one. Even if that mate happens to be tall, muscular, and damn good with his hands. He won’t be able to seduce his way into her heart. She won’t let him.

But in this battle of wills, there is no middle ground. Somebody is going to have to surrender.

Have you ever given your all for something? What's the hardest job you've ever stuck with to get it right? We'd love to hear what you think! One lucky commentator will win Portrait of a Lone Wolf by Katalina Leon and Taming his Mate by Melissa Limoges.

Be sure to check out Celia Breslin as the blog hunt continues.

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  1. For me it was overcoming the idea that I was not good at maths. I struggled with it at school (not good when you are little miss perfectionist) and it took me two attempts to get a passing grade. I did various jobs before I started working at a Gov't department and had the chance to try lots of different administration roles. I discovered a love of reconciliations and accountancy. Algebra and I will ever be strangers, but give me a bank account that doesn't balance and I'm in heaven!

    I wish they taught practical maths more - budgeting, calculating APR on loans, basic investments and bank account management, handling credit. I can't believe we send young people out into the world without such essential life skills

  2. This is a new series for me, cant wait to srart.

  3. This is a new series for me, cant wait to srart.

  4. Can't wait to read this and thanks for this awesome chance for a Kindle :D

  5. For me it would be running a machine in a factory setting. When I first started I had a really hard time remembering the little ins and out of how a machine ran and I would get so frustrated with myself. I was the only girl on the shift too which didn't help. The guys would tease me and tell me to get a different job and forget learning the machines. Well, it took a while and I finally got it to the point of being better than a lot of the guys.
    Love this series!!

  6. Haven't had a chance to start it yet, but will add to my wish list

  7. I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Getting physically challenged kids to put their faces in the water and swim was tough but I was really happy with each obstacle overcome.

  8. I have a problem with change. So anytime I change my job it is a struggle for me to acclimate to my new position. sounds whinny I know but that is my struggle, I have to make myself go to interviews and most of the time I sit in my car and talk myself out of going in and leave. Getting out of the car is my biggest accomplishment. Love the series.

  9. Congratulations Shadowcat, you've won ecopies of Portrait of a Lone Wolf and Naming His Mate if you can drop me an email at heather (a) heatherlong (dot) net we'll get you your prizes sent out.

  10. Congratulations Shadowcat! Those are both terrific stories, I'm sure you will enjoy them