Monday, March 30, 2015

Second Chances

With: Barbara White Daille

Congratulations to "Julia C" and "Colleen C.", the winners in Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated!

As a big believer in setting goals and making New Year’s resolutions, I’m always ready at the first of the year with a long list of things I want to accomplish, both long- and short-term.  And as an overachiever, I’m usually upset with myself somewhere around the middle of February, when I discover I haven’t checked off many—or any—of my short-terms goals.

Not long ago, I read about an interesting concept:  re-starting New Year’s goals later in the year.  The author of the article mentioned selecting the midway point in June or July. Overachiever that I am, I figured…with a new month just around the corner…why not re-start on April 1—and that’s no foolin’!  :)

Think about it.  

I’ll bet many of us are all gung-ho on January 1 and set way too many goals.  Instead, if we paced ourselves and set just a few objectives around the first of the year, we could start off a new quarter with a fresh list.  Plus, if we haven’t checked off any of those short-term goals, we could get a second chance to accomplish them before too much of the year is behind us.  

In the long run, pacing ourselves could mean we might actually 1.  achieve all our goals by the end of year and 2. not have to periodically beat ourselves up over the goals we didn’t meet.  And I have to tell you, I’m always as ready to beat myself up over those missed goals as I am eager to make them in the first place!

Getting a second chance sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?  And it can relate to much more than New Year’s resolutions.  

“Do-overs” works for many things in our lives and in the lives of storybook characters, too.

Tomorrow is release day for the first book in a new series called The Hitching Post Hotel.  In this series, a matchmaking grandpa has a goal of his own:  he wants to get all three of his granddaughters married off and settled down, preferably somewhere close to his Cowboy Creek, New Mexico, ranch.

In book one, The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, Cole and Tina are former high school sweethearts…sort of….  :)  

This is a secret-baby book—one of my favorite types to read and write—which means the heroine has had the hero’s child and the hero is completely unaware he’s a daddy.  A secret-baby book is as satisfying to me as the thought of re-starting my New Year’s resolutions, because the whole idea behind each of them is getting a second chance to do things right.

Now, it’s your turn—and this doesn’t have to be about New Year’s goals.  In what area of your life would you like to have a second chance? 

I’m happy to chat, plus I’m giving away a couple of books through entries into the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest.  Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s thrilled to share news about the debut of a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, which features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed.  The series begins in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and a third as-yet-untitled book in December.

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The Cowboy’s Little Surprise 
By: Barbara White Daille – April 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME 

A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she's tried to bury the pain of Cole's cruel betrayal. But it's impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son's eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had. 

Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there's a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can't be the man Tina deserves, he's determined to try. For his son's sake—and his own.

Excerpt:

“Ally,” Tina said, “as sorry as I am about your cute wrangler, you can’t throw yourself at every good-looking cowhand who walks in. Please tell me you didn’t do that with this one.”

“I can’t help my impetuous nature.” Ally grinned. “You could learn something from me, chica. How to have your heart broken on a weekly basis. It would sure make your life more exciting.”

“Once was enough for that, thanks,” she said grimly.

Ally frowned. “You’re not looking too happy yourself. What’s wrong?”

She hesitated. But Ally was the only friend who could understand what Cole’s return meant to her. “Your blond isn’t the only man who’s shown up in town. Cole’s back.”

“You’re kidding me!”

Her best friend was also the only woman Tina knew who could manage to screech in a whisper.

“Do I look like I’m kidding?”

Ally shook her head, sending her dark curls tumbling around her shoulders. “No. You look like you’re in shock. C’mon, let’s get going.”

Tina moved through the parking lot and out onto the sidewalk on autopilot, in the same manner she had gotten herself to the store. Somehow, she had made it all the way here without thinking again of Cole. Blurting out the news of his return to Ally had brought him back to her again.

A ridiculous choice of words, since he’d never been hers to begin with.

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19 comments:

  1. Hey, readers - just popping in to say thanks for checking out the post, and I'll be in and out all week to chat!

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  2. I would say if I could have a redo, I would travel more when I was younger because now I'm unable to travel much and there are so many places I'd like to visit.

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  3. That's a tough one, Linda.

    I'm more of an armchair traveler but can see I may look back someday and feel I missed out..

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  4. would not marry my ex after we divorced the first time.

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  5. I love books with kids and babies! :) Hmmm, a redo... I wish I had spent more time with my grandparents before they passed away.

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  6. Anonymous - I have a heroine who is about to run into her ex. She'll definitely have to run down a list of pros and cons about the situation.

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  7. Colleen - I'd imagine many of us would like the same chance - a good reason for us all to make the most of the time we have.

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  8. can't think of anything

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  9. I would exercise younger. Make it more of a habit and I would cut out sodas

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  10. If I had a second chance I would finish college. However, I would not want to change any other part of my life as I have a wonderful husband and 3 wonderful children.

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  11. Beth, I so hear you on that! Not the soda, since I gave that up in my teens, but the exercise habit - oh, yes!

    I have friends who were athletic in school, and exercise has always been a part of their lives. I wish I could say the same. But we still have a shot at working exercise into our regular routines, don't you think? Let's try it!

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  12. Julia - I went through college a class or two at a time and am proud of myself for finishing, so I can understand wanting a do-over.

    But imho, having a wonderful family like yours trumps a diploma any day. :)

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  13. I would like to have a second chance to have another child. I waited too late to start and now I am too old/

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  14. i would like to go back to when i was young and get into an exercise routine so i would have been able to play sports and have fun when i was a kid.

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  15. Tammy - that's such a tough one. Hugs.

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  16. Angela - you're not the only one who wishes she'd exercised years ago - as you may have read above.

    I'm now thinking about the fact it's healthy to exercise. The fun factor especially for kids is a great point, too!

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  17. If I had a second chance, I wouldn't have gotten on that horse that threw me. It kinda rearranged my brain. But it wasn't all bad. I think I'm even better now!

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  18. Jo-Anne - that sounds awful - hugs! I hope that was a while ago and you're much, much better going forward.

    I'm betting lots of people want second chances over accidents they couldn't have seen coming.

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