Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Rachel Carrington

Welcome to Broomtown, Kentucky
(Inside Connecting Strangers)
By Rachel Carrington

Broomtown is a fictional town I created just for Connecting Strangers, but it’s a conglomeration of many small towns I’ve lived in over the years.  It’s a place where everyone knows everyone, and while that can be good, on occasion, in the instance of Broomtown, it’s anything but. 

To give you an idea of what it looks like, think of a small town with one or two stoplights, no big grocery stores or shopping centers. There’s a town square where the police station is, and it resembles something like the one on The Andy Griffith Show. The only difference there is the sheriff was a good guy.

In the heart of town, there are some local shops, like the general store, a hardware store, the post office, and a small grocery store where everything is higher than it would be at a chain store. 

The houses you will find in Broomtown are clapboard, nothing fancy, but they suit the residents. The yards are big, and the homes are small with the exception of Ike Metzger’s. His is the biggest house in Broomtown, although, that isn’t really revealed in Connecting Strangers. It does come into play later in the series. 

Everyone worships the former high school football star, Mark Metzger, and feels he got the short end of the stick when his scholarship to play football was stripped away after a senior stunt that involved fire and the principal’s car. No school would touch him after that, and Mark was stuck in Broomtown where he’d lived all his life. His celebrity status never died, though, and he lived in the past.

The winters are cold in this part of Kentucky, and that makes everyone a bit more miserable…and meaner. Excerpt for Ike Metzger. He’s always mean. 

So think of the smallest town you’ve ever visited. That’s probably Broomtown in my mind. Only, those towns are nice, decent places to raise a family. Not Broomtown. You’ll find out why. 

Connecting Strangers
Discovering Emily Series
Book 1
Rachel Carrington

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Date of Publication: July 21, 2014

Word Count: ~67,000

Cover Artist: Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become.  I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.

About the Author:

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance Writing.com, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/RachelCarrington

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Rachel would like to thank all of her sponsors for contributing prizes to her blog tour for Connecting Strangers.

For a complete list of participating authors and how to connect with them socially, please visit: http://www.rachelcarrington.com/blog/huge-shout-out-to-these-fabulous-authors

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