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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Candy and flowers and love - oh my!

by Maggie Toussaint

Happy Valentine's Day!
What’s the best gift for Valentine’s day? A card? Candy? Roses? A teddy bear? The options are as limitless as your imagination.

This holiday is all about romance and love. Everyone hopes to be swept off his or her feet and fall madly in love. For those who aren’t in a relationship at Valentine’s Day, romance writers are here to help! Though experiencing romance and love first hand are the best, living vicariously through a well-crafted story can put the pep in your step.

Speaking of romances, my Muddy Waters has a strong heroine who yearns for love. Roxie’s the girl-next-door type, the one who helps others reach their dreams, while no one notices she has dreams of her own happily ever after.

In walks the town’s bad boy, all tall, dark, and dangerous, and Roxie’s prospects for romance increase dramatically. Though Sloan’s a charming rogue, she wants to believe in them.

Can you guess what happens to Sloan and his gift of roses? Read this abridged excerpt from Muddy Waters:

Sloan tapped his thumbs against the steering wheel to the rollicking beat of "Rambling Man by the Allman Brothers as he sped east. He couldn’t wait to see Roxie. He reached in the cup holder, picked up her business card, and sniffed the faint vanilla fragrance. Only a few more miles to go.

She was on the phone in her cozy office when he parked next to her burnished red Cadillac DeVille. No one else was around. Good.

He reached into the cooler in the back and withdrew the red roses he’d bought in Atlanta. Flowers in hand, Sloan strode into her office. With each step, he felt lighter, happier.

“I wasn’t expecting you until tomorrow,” Roxie said as she rose.

He stopped when his shoes touched hers. “I missed you.”

Her eyes widened into shimmering tropical pools. He inhaled deeply, filling his lungs with her essence. He fitted his hands to her waist and drew her close. “I’ve been thinking of you all week.”
MUDDY WATERS in Digital format: Kindle  and Wild Rose Press
MUDDY WATERS in Print:  Wild Rose Press and Amazon

What happens next with Sloan and Roxie?

What Valentine’s gift would sweep you off your feet?

Maggie Toussaint


Dorothy McFalls said...

Great excerpt, Maggie! I look forward to finding what happens next.

The sweetest Valentine's gift I ever received was a hand drill. My dh knew that I wanted one of my own. I loved it!

Dorothy (dorothymcfalls @

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Dorothy!

I love a woman who wants power tools! That's so practical, and its the gift that keeps on giving. I remember my aunt being horrified because I bought jumper cables with the check she sent for my wedding present. I still have those jumper cables today.

The thing about Valentine's Day is knowing what's in someone's heart. Once you know that, the gift is easy.

thanks for stopping in!

Anonymous said...

Very romantic excerpt! My favourite Valentine’s gift would be a day away with my boyfriend. Ehm, to a nice new city maybe?
Lucia (luciatea01 (at)

Maggie Toussaint said...

ooh. that sounds nice Luciatea! I hope he's following your posts today!

Happy Valentine's Day to you both.


Kara Lynn Russell said...

Luciatea, I agree. A day away would be fabulous!

Maggie, great excerpt. I'm wondering what happens next.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Kara Lynn!

So wonderful to see you here! I'm glad that scene kept you wondering. My editor Laura Kelly at The Wild Rose Press really knows how to rachet up the tension in scenes and I'm forever grateful that she's in my corner.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Maria Zannini said...

The best gift is having my hubby home. He is away from me far too long.

--but roses are nice too. ;-)

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Maria,

There's nothing like companionship, is there?

I hope he's able to be home with you for Valentine's Day.

Best wishes, Maggie

Celia Yeary said...

Maggie--what DOES happen next? You know how to leave a reader hanging. Have fun today! Celia

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Celia! The hook is intentional and I hope folks will want to know more about Muddy Waters - and Sloan and Roxie's romance. Thanks for swinging by! Maggie

Diana Quincy said...

Very sexy excerpt!

What Valentine's Day would sweep me away? Something surprising and sweet. Anything that is truly from the heart.

Diane Craver said...

Great excerpt, Maggie. And you did everything right - I published my posts today and the date is wrong. Not used to blogger, I guess. Anyhow your post looks perfect.

My favorite Valentine gift was actually when I came home from a writers' conference and my husband had cleaned the whole house.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Diana,

I love your ideas for Valentine's Day. I hope your true love knows your heart.

All the best, Maggie

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hey Diane, I love a man who isn't afraid to clean house. He sounds like a keeper! Your posts are fine, by the way. Don't sweat the small stuff in life! Hugs, Maggie

Doc Nani said...

I love reading these excerpts and blogs. My cousin -Diane Craver- got me hooked. Thanks for the invite.


Jean P said...

Great excerpt! The gift that would sweep me away would be an anniversary ring, but I would be just as happy with flowers.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Doc Nani, I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Sloan is a fun guy who thinks he knows what he wants. I love how strong he is and how he has secret insecurities. Thanks for stopping by! Maggie

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hey Jean P,
Are there wedding bells in your future? Sounds like you're hoping they are. Romance novels are just the thing to empower real-life heroines into being assertive about what they want. I hope your fella comes up to scratch - and soon!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Maggie, great excerpt for a great book. I got my valentine gift today. I was sick, too tired to drive for an hour to participate in a booksigning I was looking forward to. DH drove me and waited for me. That was way better than candies or flowers.

Kasey said...

I love girl next door romances with bad boys. I’ll definitely be checking this out. So many books I’ve added to my list today! LOL

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Mona,

Your husband is a great guy. I'm glad you were able to participate in the signing because of him. Give him a hug from me.


Maggie Toussaint said...

Hey Kasey, It's nice to meet you. I have more information about Muddy Waters at both my website and blog. I hope you'll think of us when you're shopping for your next read:) Maggie

Di said...

I'm having such fun touring these sites today. Oh, and you really can't beat the old standards of flowers & chocolate for VDay (as long as it's dark chocolate).

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Di,

I discovered dark chocolate late in life and it's a new passion of mine!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Adelle Laudan said...

Swoon... great excerpt. The best Valentine's Day present came from my ex husband. One year funds were tight and he sat down with construction paper, scissors, glue and markers and made a card for me.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my. Sounds like my kind of office visit! :-) Super excerpt, Maggie. Happy Valentine's Day!

Kathy Altman

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Adelle, I love your Valentine story.

Hey Kathy, I love your humor.

Best wishes, Maggie

liana laverentz said...

I'm with Di on the dark chocolate thing. But today my son took me out for lunch after church. A very nice Valentine's Day surprise!

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Liana,

How nice that your son treated you to a Valentine luncheon. You brought him up right!

Happy Valentine's Day from me!


Diana Cosby said...

Hi Maggie,
Fun blog. :) A Valentine's gift that'd sweep me off my feet? Hmmmm . . . the unexpected. Or, the simple, which equates to a nice grilled steak with grilled veggies with a glass of wine and watching the sunset as I engage in fascinating conversation. Take care and I wish you continued success! *Hugs*

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Diana! I love your Valentine answers. Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a very nice impression!