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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway: Wild Horses by Claire McEwen


Claire McEwen will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. Scroll down to enter.







Blurb

This wild stallion can't be tamed.

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he's endangering lives—Nora Hoffman's to be exact. Nora hasn't seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she's nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything. 

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can't deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she's willing to risk.

Excerpt

How was it possible that Todd had the power to make her crazy after all these years? She was a rational person. She always had been—except when it came to him.

He said he’d changed, but he was still the clueless rich kid who’d never had to struggle to put a roof over his head.

Nora took a deep breath of the clean air and let it out slowly. She just wanted all of her feelings about him to be gone. To live her life without the burden of her old, dusty love for him. Because, despite his ignorance, despite their differences, he still haunted her.

She kept the memories at bay during the daytime—she’d had years of practice at that. But at night he came to her in dreams so vivid that she woke in the morning genuinely shocked to open her eyes and find him not there.

And now he was here, as opinionated and idealistic and idiotic as ever. The guy she’d dreamed of, who’d never dreamed of her. And somehow she would have to figure out how to keep going forward and living her life, knowing Todd wasn’t just in her dreams anymore. He was in the machine shop in town, and at a ranch down the road. He was here in her hometown, judging her and finding her lacking.

Dreams were easy. They faded in the daylight. Reality was a lot more difficult.

AUTHOR Bio

Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband, son and a scruffy, mischievous terrier.  When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.  She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!

Website  http://www.clairemcewen.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CMcEwen.writer/
Twitter  https://twitter.com/ClaireMcEwen1
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Review
Wild Horses made a nice change from the usual when it comes to Western romances. The setting and the issues surrounding the horses was really refreshing but it still had the same comforting feeling of small town and beautiful descriptions of rugged countryside. True to the Superromance line, Wild Horses delivers more than romance. It brings light to the plight of the wild horses and of the issues facing people living in a small town. Nora is desperate to escape her past but is unable to when having to return home to help her brother with his ranch.

Shadowed by her past and her need to be perfect, Nora is pretty uptight. I found it quite hard to connect with her, in spite of understanding why she was the way she was. I was really hoping for some more light-hearted moments from her but even when she was enjoying banter with Todd, it didn't seem natural. Todd is a good counterpart to her--easygoing and understanding though I felt he had more patience than I would have done. Whilst I found him likeable and certainly heroic, I didn't fall for him. He was sometimes a little too perfect.

The theme of growth and understanding was strong in this story. Having dated in the past, the story could have been one where they hashed over all their previous issues. I'm glad they both realised quite early on to let go of who they were in the past. Though their growth wasn't complete, both managed to realise neither of them were like the teenagers they were in the past and they were honest with each other. It was a breath of fresh air to have two adults behaving just like that--like adults. And the story offered a heart-warming promise of a fresh start that was both satisfying and beautiful.



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109 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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    2. Hi Nikolina! Thanks so much for reading it, glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Congrats on your new book. Did you have to do a lot of research?

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  3. Sounds like it would be a good book to read...

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  4. This sounds interesting. I would love to read it.

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  5. Congratulations on your new book! It sounds really good! I'm a music lover so I'd like to know, if you create a playlist when you are writing your books?

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    1. Hi Jane, Thank you! I love music too and each book I write has a playlist. I talk about it in an interview on the USA Today blog today. http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/03/01/claire-mcewen-interview-wild-horses/ This book had a ton of Keith Urban and Little Big Town on the playlist, but much more as well! Thanks for reading the blog post today!

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  6. I love any books that have horses in them... Sounds like it is going to be a wonderful book to read.

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  7. Sweet giveaway and free books too, just lovely!❤️❤️❤️ Congrats on your release!

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  8. enjoyed the blog post today//book sounds really good

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  9. Sounds like a great read

    Betul E.

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  10. Living in NC I hear stories about the Wild Horse on Ocracoke Island....so this book peaks my curiosity!

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity

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  12. Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway. This book sounds good. Can't wait to read it.

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  13. Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway. This book sounds good. Can't wait to read it.

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  14. tHANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE!

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  15. Sounds very interesting! Thanks. Jodi Wresh CIAwoman66@yahoo.com

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  16. Thank you so much! I am always looking for new authors to read an enjoy!!

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  17. The books looks very interesting. What research did you need to do for it?

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    1. Hi Alina! I did a bunch of reading for this book. I ordered a book about the history of wild horses in our country and I read a bunch of articles from different newspapers and magazines on line. There is so much going on right now in the efforts to figure out how to manage wild horses that there's a new piece of news almost every day! The tough part was to figure out how much of what I learned really needed to be in the book because ultimately it's a romance, and the focus had to stay on Todd and Nora's relationship.

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  18. Totally awesome giveaway!! :) :)

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  19. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway. Sounds great!

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  20. Hey Everyone! I'm so excited to be on Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains today. I appreciate the thoughtful review and also all of your comments and enthusiasm. I hope you enjoy the giveaway and I hope to see you at other stops along my month-long, every-Tuesday tour!

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  21. Sounds great, on my TBR list!!!

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  22. What is your favorite guilty pleasure television show?

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  23. What is your favorite guilty pleasure television show?

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    1. Hi Artemis! I love Nashville! That is definitely my guilty pleasure. It's such a soap opera but I love the music and the whole setting and I'm a big Connie Britton fan. How about you? Do you have a show you love?

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  24. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE!

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  25. This book sounds so good! Can't wait to read it!

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  26. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  27. Loved reading the excerpt! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  28. Sounds like a fantastic book! I enjoyed reading the excerpt :) thanks for sharing!!

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  29. I was horse crazy when I was a kid! This sounds like a trip down memory lane for me!

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    1. Stephanie, I was too. I actually started writing western romance party for the horses! I miss riding but don't have much time to do it right now.

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  30. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Dreams vs reality! Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!
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  33. Really interesting excerpt! Looks like a great read! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Thank you for this excerpt. I have read a couple of your books and really enjoyed.

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  35. Thanks for the excerpt. Looks like a great book. Thank you!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

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  37. Thanks for the chance. Glad to have discovered you

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  38. Congratulations on your new book!

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  39. Love horses. Wonderfully intelligent creatures. Looks like a book to addbto my TBR.

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  40. I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

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  41. I am looking forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!

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  42. Looking forward to reading Wild Horses.

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  43. Sounds like an amazing book. Cant wait to read it.

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  44. I had such a nice time being on Love Lust and Lipstick Stains! Thanks so much for hosting me here today! And thank you, everyone, for your kind words and for stopping by! ~ Claire

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  45. sounds like an interesting book.

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  46. Enjoyed the except, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour! Thanks for the review!

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  47. I really enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

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  48. congrats on the book. cant wait to read

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  49. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  50. This book sounds fantastic!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  51. Sounds Great and Thanks for the chance!

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  52. Sounds Great and Thanks for the chance!

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  53. Thanks for the post. This sounds like it will be my kind of book.

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  54. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for doing the giveaway :)

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  55. Thanks for hosting. Looks like a good book.

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  56. really enjoyed reading the excerpt and review -- sounds like a great read and have added it to my TBR list -- thanks

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  57. Congratulations on your new release! The book sounds wonderful
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway

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  58. can't wait to read this, it sounds good!

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  59. Hope your enjoying your weekend.

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  60. Congratulations on your new release 💜

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  61. Wild horses & Romance!! Right up my ally.

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  62. Congratulations on your release
    Thank you for the chance.
    What do you do to relax and recharge

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  63. I just love the book cover, it’s amazing!

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  64. I love that this book touches on the plight of wild horses. Looking forward to reading this.

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  65. I love that this book touches on the plight of wild horses. Looking forward to reading this.

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  66. Thank You so much for the chance xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  67. Hope you enjoy your weekend and thanks for hosting.

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  68. Looking forward to reading this!

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  69. Congrats on your new book. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity

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  70. Do you ever get emotionally attached to your characters?

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  71. Sounds good. Love finding new authors. Thank you for the chance.

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  72. How long from start to finish does it take you to write a book?

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  73. Looking forward to more great reads!

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to read this soon!

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  75. Do you ever get emotionally attached to your characters?

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  76. Thank you for the chance. :)

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  77. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  79. enjoyed reading about the book..it sounds like a good book.

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  80. Thanks again and happy hump day!

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  81. Thank you for sponsoring such a lovely giveaway.
    All my fingers are crossed to win.
    Congrats on your new book!! :)

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