March 19, 2013

Guest Post with Ruthie Knox

Hi all I met this lovely funny lady on Twitter after her books were reccd to me by a friend. 
I am thrilled to use my blog to help her get the word out about her upcoming story Along Came Trouble 
Ruthie writes lovely funny stories with lots of heart and of course great characters 
I hope you give her stuff a shot 

Hello, Cleveland! Or wherever you are.

Happy to be here at So You Think You Can Write (I do! I do!) to talk about Along Came Trouble, which released on March 11 from Random House / Loveswept. Along Came Trouble is the second novel in my Camelot series, though it can be read as a standalone.

It’s a “bodyguard book,” but it’s a little different, too. I see it as a novel about what happens when a woman meets the right man at the wrong time and has to decide how much of herself to give him when she doesn’t feel like she’s got any self to spare. And most of all it’s about how hard it is to find a balance between dependence, independence, and interdependence—and how love can lift our burdens and help us become better versions of ourselves, if we are brave enough to let it.

To give you a taste, I’m including this excerpt, which is in the heroine, Ellen’s, point of view. Ellen is having her first long conversation with the hero, Caleb, and finding herself far more curious about him than she wants to be. As she talks to him, we listen to her thoughts and get an idea just where her resistance to intimacy and dependence comes from:

She fought back all the other questions she wanted to ask. How big was his family? Did he have brothers and sisters, nieces or nephews? A girlfriend?
Her curiosity had no shame. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d cared so much about the mundane details of someone else’s life. There was nowhere this intense wanting-to-know could lead that she had the freedom to follow.
“It sounds kind of nice,” she said. “To have all that family around.”
He laced his fingers behind his head, resting his elbows against the chair back. “It has its moments. Does that mean you don’t? Have family or somebody around, I mean?”
“Just Jamie, when he comes to visit. And my ex’s mom, I guess. She takes care of Henry a few days a week. She’s sort of family. Both of my parents are gone.”
“What about the ex, does he help out?”
“He’s an alcoholic.”
Caleb made a pained face, a standard response to her confession about Richard. He was probably thinking the standard thoughts and would soon offer one of the standard platitudes. What a shame. How hard for you.
It had been hard, but the alcohol had been the least of her problems when she was married to Richard.
One time, she’d embarrassed him at a dinner party by admitting she’d never read Ulysses. He’d had a few too many drinks, and he’d launched into a monologue that began with a few witty jokes at her expense and ended with a dissertation on her shortcomings. It went on so long that she’d fantasized about standing up and dumping her dinner in his lap. She’d imagined herself walking out, hiking half a mile home in the dark in her heels. Locking him out of the house until he sobered up.
She’d done nothing. Not that night, and not for days afterward. Finally, when it seemed possible it could be funny, she’d told Jamie.
Verbally abusive, Jamie had said. Never good enough for you. You should leave him.
But those were all Jamie’s words, and she hadn’t been able to absorb them, to believe them. Part of her had understood the logic behind her brother’s hatred for Richard, but she hadn’t known how to make it her own logic, her own hatred. Not until Henry came along.
In the divorce, she’d gotten the house and a custody agreement that allowed Richard three hours’ supervised visitation with Henry each week. Richard had gotten everything else. Ellen considered it a victory.
Caleb leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. Ellen waited for his sympathy, but it wasn’t what she got.
“No boyfriend?” he asked.
Surprised and grateful, she made a snorting sound of dismissal, the sort of accidental pig noise she was always embarrassing herself with. “No.”
Caleb rubbed his finger and thumb over his jaw, looking ponderous but with mischief in his eyes. “A girlfriend, then.”
“Come on, I’m not gay,” she protested. “Just, you know, divorced. A mom.”
“You say that like it’s the same thing as ‘washed up.’”
It is.
“Camelot’s a hard place to be thirty and single,” she pointed out. “All these college girls running around are tough on the ego.”
“They’re kids. They could hardly compete with you.”
When she glanced over, he was smirking at her. Served her right. She’d fished pretty deep for the compliment.
Caleb’s smirk was dead sexy.
Her libido growled and started pacing back and forth across her lower belly.
Don’t look at him, Ellen told herself, but her furtive eyes snatched tidbits to catalog. Shoulders so broad, he just about filled the whole chair. His throat where he’d unbuttoned his shirt. The shadow of stubble on his neck and jaw.
Here was a species of man she had no experience with. She’d always gone for the Heathcliff types, men with wild hair and deep thoughts. Army guys didn’t do it for her. Or they never had before.
Oh, not good. Not good at all.
She couldn’t have him. There was no room in her life for any man, let alone one this . . . big. Even if she had the feminine wiles to capture his attention, what would she do with him?
You’d roll right over and let him take charge.
And then she’d be back at square one, weak-willed and malleable, chained to the whims of another man who didn’t want or respect her enough. No, thanks.

About the Book
Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Camelot series, book 2
Releases March 11, 2013

Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

E-book. 350 pp. ISBN 978-0-345-54161-1.

About Ruthie

Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. She debuted as a romance novelist with Ride with Me—probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story yet to be penned—and followed it up with About Last Night, which features a sizzling British banker hero with the unlikely name of Neville. Other publications include Room at the Inn (a Christmas novella) and How To Misbehave, book 1 in the Camelot series. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia.


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