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A man on a mission....
Mackenzie Coalson was determined to rebuild his hometown after a devastating flood left it in ruins. He has no time for a relationship and all the romantic junk that goes with it. He has a vandal to catch and no sweet smelling bundle of femininity is going to sway him.
A woman protecting her family.....
Dixie Harris charged into the county sheriff's office with a sassy sway and a smart mouth, eager to give the sheriff, and anyone else, a piece of her mind. When she locks horns with the devil himself, in the form of Mac Coalson, she quickly learns he has a temper to rival hers, even if he's the living epitome of her sexual fantasies.
When the two unite to catch a potential murderer, it's in everyone's best interest to keep it, "business only". But that's hard to do when their combined attraction is volatile enough to burn down the town.
Knocking again a little more forcefully, he pleaded. “Dixie baby, please open up. You didn’t see what you thought you saw. Please. Just let me explain.”
“I may be young, but I’m not stupid. And I am most certainly not blind,” she snapped at him from the other side of the door. The man was unbelievable.
“You are the most infuriating bit of baggage I have ever encountered. If I didn’t care for you so much, I’d leave right now and never look back.”
“You call that caring?! I call it a line of crap! The only thing you cared about begins with an “F” and ends with me losing my virginity!” Oh, God! Had she really just shouted that?
Pounding on the door with his fist, he shouted, “Dixie Harris, you open the door this minute, or I’ll break it down!”
“Then I’ll just have you arrested for breaking and entering. Sort of ironic, don’t you think?” she countered sweetly. She felt like crying the Mississippi River because he broke her heart, but she was not going to let that arrogant pain-in-the-ass know just how much she was hurting. She had her pride!
“Fine. Just fine. I should’ve known better than to get involved with a little girl, anyhow. Maybe, in a few years, when you grow up and if you have apologized nicely, I might just take you back! And bring a damn soapbox to stand on. My neck’s getting sore from looking down at you!” he snarled. After giving the closed-door another good pounding, he stomped out of the house, slamming the front door.
“Oooooh!” Dixie’s eyes narrowed to mere slits and her hands balled into fists as Mac’s last remark registered with the banging of the screen door. It was like pouring gasoline on a bonfire. She was out of her bedroom and on the front porch in seconds. Heedless of the people walking down the street, she advanced like a mad woman across the yard, screaming. “Apologize to you? When pigs fly, you Mississippi River rat.
Tell us about yourself? – Ok., well, I’m a wife, married to my high school sweetheart, Ned. I have two wonderful kids – Katie, married to Kyle, and Ross, girlfriend is Valerie. Physically, I’m short and curvy with red hair and hazel green eyes. I used reading as an escape from a not so great childhood, and writing was a natural extension of that to me. I wrote down what I wanted my life to be like.
What was your first book? Published? That’s Whistlin’ Dixie! The first in my Tempered Steel series.
Describe your first break. I was a freelance writer for our small town newspaper in addition to working as an office manager. I took over the education line when the regular reporter had an emergency, and I hated it! I didn’t want to report the news, ferret out the story. I wanted to create the story. So I managed to get the human interest pieces or “fluff” as the rest of the reporters called it. I loved it! Real people doing interesting things. Creating something. I could relate!
What is your favorite genre to read? To write? I love to read erotic romance, especially with a bit of humor and suspense. I’ve got a few things in the works in that genre as well. My favorite writing genre is a bit more difficult. I write a bit of everything except horror. I might try my hand at an old gumshoe mystery if the mood strikes or plan out a creative way for children to learn about space. It’s just whatever hits my crazy brain.
What makes a protagonist interesting? Flaws. I love reading and writing about flawed characters. I feel they are more believable. Everyone has flaws. How the character allows it to influence his or her life, the journey to correct or temper the flaws and even the other characteristics, which make the flaws more pronounced, can feed the emotions of the reader and bring the character to life.
What is the best being about being a writer? Getting that idea or plot or even a character just right. I sit back and say “yeah, that’s it. They’ll understand what I’m getting at.” So much of my writing is a struggle to get it “just right.” I think it’s the same for most writers.
What is the worst thing? Knowing you didn’t get it “just right” and you can’t figure out how to say it or convey it. Even worse, you can’t figure it out at all, so you just sit there and pray the words come back.
Pantser or Plotter? I’m a bit of both. I have a general plot in my head how I want a story to go, but once I start writing, the characters take over and I fly by the seat of my pants to wherever they decide to take me.
What do you see the direction of your future writing taking?
What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.
Well, as I finish up the second book in the Tempered Steel series, Leather and Lace, I find myself riding a fine line between contemporary romance and erotica, so I’m probably going to plot out a few stories I have twirling about in my head. They involve older women discovering the sensuality. One has an “encounter” while on a book tour. The other enlists the aid of a Dominant to “critique” her sexual prowess before taking a lover after her divorce.
Just for fun: Cat or dog? Dog, and a real dog, no barking ball of fluff
favorite food? A really good grilled burger
favorite book? The Flame and the Flower, Kathleen Woodiwiss. It was the first romance novel I ever read and still my favorite.
favorite movie? The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. It makes me giggle every time I watch it. Burt Reynolds is such a bad singer.
Favorite vacation destination? I love Disneyworld. It’s impossible to be unhappy there.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hi! I'm Maggie Adams. I live near St. Louis, MO, with my high school sweetheart, Ned, and my wonderful kids, Katie (Kyle) and Ross (Valerie). My life is like a walking, talking sitcom from I Love Lucy, but I love it, although people do tend to keep their distance from me!
Writing has always been my dream, with reading my favorite hobby. When I’m not writing, I can be found singing, dancing, and cooking, often all at the same time. I try to include a little bit of my life in everything I write, so when you read my books, keep your eyes wide open - I'm in there somewhere! Happy reading!
I love to hear from readers and I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/maggieadams.