Monday, March 31, 2014

The End

Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner in Abigail's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately.  (Shhhhhhh – don’t tell my editor.) If loving NetFlix is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

I got hooked on watching How I Met Your Mother.  I’m all caught up now, but let me tell you – those writers know how to do it.  At the end of almost every episode, I was all – I just have to watch ONE more. It wasn’t because of a great big shocking event or revealing someone has a secret.  It was organically done, making the ending part of the story that had me dying to know what happened next.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is another one, especially that last season.  I found myself watching the snippets of the next show – the part that happens before the opening credits – before I could turn off the TV and go to bed.

Y’all have read books like that, too, right? When you finish a chapter and you HAVE to know what’s going to happen next?

     A wild desire to catch her unique scent rocked his senses. Solitary suddenly didn’t sound very appealing.

Sure, you tell yourself, just one more.  Sometimes you even believe it.  And then you look at the clock and realize you have to get up in three hours.  Even worse are cliffhanger books!  Especially when the next one isn’t out yet.  Yes, I’m looking at you, Diana Gabaldon.

And THEN there are the times when you aren’t even aware of how much time has passed because you’re so engrossed.  It’s like you’re watching a movie and can’t stop because you’ll miss something.

     “Don’t hang up.” His voice lowered again, almost a whisper. “We’ve never able to spend a full night together. If this is the only way, then you have to stay on the phone.” 


“I do have to warn you. I snore.” 

She laughed softly and turned on her side, snuggling under the covers, her emotions playing havoc with her common sense. “I know.”

It always gives me a glow of pride when I see my kids do it, too.  They beg for just one more chapter when it’s time to turn off the lights.  (Though I don’t know how much of that is love for the book and how much wanting to stay up past bedtime.) When we finished Insurgent and Allegiant wasn’t out yet?  Forget it.  And yes, Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena DID end with a cliffhanger, and you know it!

Now, I KNOW you’ve read books that clamored for your attention even when you should have been doing other things, like putting away the groceries before the ice cream melted.  Tell me your favorite! I’ll send a copy of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy (digital or print, winner’s choice) to one of the commenters.  

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after. 

The quotes on the blog are from Abigail’s next release, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Facebook at

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  1. Maureen! You rock, as always. Thanks for having me here today.

  2. Actually, "Who Wants to Marry A Cowboy" was the last book that I stayed up waaaaaay too late reading. I've been really good about not staying up too late and putting the book down when I get too sleepy, but that time? "Oh, I only have a third of the book left, this shouldn't take too long, it's only 11:30pm." "I only have thiiiiiis much left of the's only 1am." "It's just a couple more chapters left, I might as well finish it... *squints at clock saying 2:30am*... I can get a good nap in still before work." And then after finally finishing the book at 3am, I managed to have a few processing thoughts of "so good... want mooorrrreee...." before passing out. Being tired at work the next day? So worth it.

    1. Meg, you're like my new best friend in the whole wide world. What a great thing to read to start my week!

  3. Don't have a fav

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. My favorite book that I recently read - way too late - was The Cowboy's Runaway Bride by Jenn Roseton.


  5. My favorite book that I recently read - way too late - was The Cowboy's Runaway Bride by Jenn Roseton.



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