Monday, December 22, 2014

No Regrets

With: Maggie Wells

Congratulations to "Amy P.", the winner in Maggie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m not a big believer in regrets. My husband claims I have a shark-like need to keep moving forward. He’s not wrong about that. I’m always looking ahead. But just because I refuse to spend time circling around things I might have done differently, it doesn’t mean I don’t believe in grabbing hold of second chances if they pop up again.

I laugh about how I was a bridesmaid nine times, but never managed to have a wild wedding hookup back in my single days. This isn’t something I truly regret, as I was never really all that wild. Frankly, I talk (and write) a much bigger game than I’d ever have the courage to attempt in real life. But in my head…whoa! Watch out, fellas, she’s fearless!
In writing my newest release, Three Little Words, I was able to ‘marry’ my wanton wannabe daydreams with one of my favorite types of story to write—a second chance at love. 

Greg Stark is a divorced dad whose son is tying the knot. At the reception he meets former wild-woman-turned-maiden-aunt, Josie Masters. Stir in a few shots of tequila and an old flame and you have my recipe for spontaneous combustion.

Here’s a taste:

“God, no.” The response was automatic. She hated champagne. Pure desperation forced her to resort to the glass poured for the toasts because the dinner wine was long gone. Now he was offering her more. The sparkling wine seemed an apt choice for him. He looked like Cary Grant, what with the wings of silver in his dark hair, the crinkly brown eyes sparkling with mischief, and the tuxedo. Maybe he was offering her champagne because Cary Grant would offer her champagne. Cary would call her “darling.” Would Gregory Stark call her “darling?”

Something tugged at her fingers. She stared in rapt fascination as he removed the forgotten flute from her hand and placed it on the bar. “Oh. No. No more champagne.” She managed a weak twitch of her lips. “Thank you.”

A proprietary hand landed in the small of her back. Jo surrendered to the gentle pressure, closing her eyes and imagining the pads of his fingers to be electrodes. Sparks sizzled along her spine. He spread his fingers wide as he drew alongside her at the bar. Arousal swept through her like a hot flash. Unlike those endless minutes of core meltdown, this heat wasn’t something to be endured. His touch was a treat to be savored. She opened her eyes and found him staring at her, his lips parted and his eyes shining bright.

“What’ll it be, then?”

“Tequila. Three shots.”

The answer popped out before her brain engaged. It was a ghost from her past. A remnant of the reckless youth she’d left buried under a pile of soul-crushing responsibility.


It’s never too late to make the best impulsive decision of your life.

Jo Masters isn’t the party girl she used to be, but now that she’s a woman without obligations, she’s ready to recapture a little of her misspent youth. Her niece’s wedding, with its open bar and dark dance floor, proves to be the perfect opportunity to let loose.

Gregory Stark is just trying to make it through his son’s wedding day… and make some time with the gorgeous brunette on the bride’s side of the aisle. His kid’s wedding probably isn’t the best occasion to put the moves on the sexy woman, who introduces herself only as ‘Josie’, but his best friend is closing in on her too and he has to act fast. With a couple of tequila shots under his belt, Greg propositions Josie -- and neither wants to refuse.

(WARNING: This book contains scenes guaranteed to spur middle name usage from my mother if she ever found out I wrote them. Very hot!)

Three Little Words is available at the fine retailers below, but I’d love to give a copy to one JCR reader. Just comment below and tell me one thing from your life (anything from a hair color to a hare-brained scheme) you’d like to do over.

Thanks for reading!

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By day Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. She'll tell you she's a deep down dirty girl, but you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, she just can't help herself... That's part of her charm.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 23rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I would like to have been born as a result of my parents' love for each other, but, alas, my elder brother and I were born as a result of a longstanding affair my mother had with her childhood sweetheart (while still married to my father)....

  2. I would gotten in shape earlier in life when it is easier.
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  3. I often wondered if I could go back and change something, would I. I honestly don’t think I would. By no means do I think I’m perfect and wouldn't like to change things about myself or my life, but I’m afraid it would be like the butterfly effect and everything after that would change, and I wouldn't be who I am today, and I’m OK with who I am today. amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

  4. They say we don't regret the things we do but the things we didn't do. Let's just say I was such a good girl before I married - I should have had more fun. ;-) But life and times and things we don't control drive us down paths. I am where I am because of things I did or didn't do. It's not so terrible a place to be.
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  5. I'd like a do over for my initial career option in college. I made a decision based on what others said I should do. It served me well but I do regret not following my passion, interior design.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  6. Oh boy... one thing I wish I could have done differently... spent more time with my grandparents before they passed away... Thanks for sharing... I enjoy second chance books! Happy Holidays!

  7. a bad haircut

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