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Westmore: Second Chances Excerpt

Hello Everyone!

As you all know, Westmore: Second Chances has finally been released.

I promised to share an excerpt from the book so without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at what’s happening in the latest Westmore installment.

Enjoy!

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Excerpt:

With her arms wrapped around a pillow, Alicia curled up on her side. The touch of a man’s hand on her hip interrupted her peaceful slumber. Startled she jumped; swinging her fists she managed to hit the man in the chest before he grabbed her arms. She tried to wiggle free, but he had a strong hold on her.

“Calm down, Alicia.” A male voice responded.

Alicia’s body fell limp at the voice, one she recognized. “Wayne, is that you?” He released her. “What the hell are you doing here? How did you get in?”

“I needed to see you.”

“So you broke into my house?” She threw her hands in the air. “You really are crazy. My stepdad’s a cop, he’ll arrest you.”

“I know it’s risky, but I couldn’t resist.”

“You need to leave; my mom or Jim could see you. Then you’ll be in trouble.” She cracked open the door to make sure nobody was awake.

“I don’t care.”

Exasperated, she shut the door. “Wayne, please go.”

“No,” he said in a firm tone.

“Please, I’m worried about you. If anybody finds out you’re here…”

“They won’t.”

The more he refused, the furious Alicia became. I can see stubbornness also runs in the Braxton family.

“Alicia, both you and I know you don’t want me to leave.” His fingers caressed her cheek, her smooth skin felt good to him.

Her body became weak at his touch. “Wayne, please.”

“Do you really want me to leave?” He put his finger on her lips as she opened her mouth. “Don’t answer yet.”

Pulling her closer, his left hand rested on her back as his other cupped her head. He took a moment to appreciate her beauty, everything about Alicia captivated him. Not wanting to wait another second longer, he pressed his lips against hers. She resisted at first, then she slowly came into the kiss. Parting her lips, she let his tongue explore her mouth. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders as he deepened the kiss.

He scooped her up in his arms and carried her to the bed. Gently he laid her on the covers. He pulled away; gazing down at her. Both of them were breathless from the kiss. “Do you still want me to leave?”

“No,” she whispered before pulling him down on her. His hands made their way under her tank top; Alicia closed her eyes and moaned. She didn’t want this to end.

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Blurb:

Second chances are hard to come by. But when they occur, you have to grab the opportunity and prove your worth.

In volume 7 of the soap opera inspired series, fate gives Westmore’s residents a chance to redeem themselves.

*Wayne’s new venture lands him in the good graces of his family again. But his budding romance with Alicia Green could cause his downfall.

*Recovering from his divorce, Andrew decides to enjoy life with the company of another woman. Will he find love with his new lady? Or will he resort to bad habits for another shot at love with Elizabeth?

*A fatal shooting almost cost Jim his life, but he pulls through to reunite with Charlotte and his family. But his near death experience has him contemplating a huge decision.

*Laura and Rick vowed to leave their relationship in the past, yet a sensual encounter could have the lover reigniting the flame.

Will this these characters succeed in gaining their second chances? Or does destiny have other plans for them?

Find out in Westmore: Second Chances.

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Westmore vol 7 is Finally Here!

Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged, but I wanted to share with you some big news.

Last week, I released Westmore: Second Chances, the 7th volume in the series.

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The release of the book was a special moment for me. It took nearly two years for me to write, edit, and finally publish Westmore: Second Chances.

I had some stuff happen in life that affected my mood. I was in a funk and really didn’t feel like writing, so volume 7 just idled away on my computer.

I didn’t know when or if I’d ever publish it.

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Then finally about a year ago, I decided to start working on it again. This time I was determined to stay on track and get it published.

It took some time, but I finally finished writing the book. Then after some tweaks in the editing, Westmore: Seconds Chances was ready for publication.

I was so happy to finally hit the publish button. Plus, I’m sure anyone whose read Westmore was excited to have volume 7 available.

I won’t give away too much about what happens in this volume, I’ll be saving that for next week’s post.

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of the cover to tide you over.

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New Release of Westmore

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You’ve been waiting for it, and now here it is …

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Three families come together in this soap opera style romance. Westmore is the story of the Greens, the Braxtons, and the Reynolds—families enveloped by drama threefold.
Charlette Green mourns the loss of her husband while battling her dislike for her son’s new love. One day, handsome Detective Bryant comes into her life, rescuing her abandon. Meanwhile, Scott and Alicia, musical siblings, fight their way to the top of the charts when tragedy strikes.
Andrew Braxton is a ruthless and influential businessman who runs his household the same way he runs his company … with an iron fist. Upon learning his son Wayne plans on abandoning the family company, which Andrew has dedicated his life to, Andrew will do everything and anything in his power to stop Wayne from leaving.
After Laura Reynolds’ divorce, she and her daughter Megan move back home to live with her father. Her plan is to start life anew, relinquishing all sorrow. Little does Laura realize that it is harder than she thinks to leave the past behind.
Drama, mayhem, love and heartache are the ruling elements in this small New England town called Westmore.

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In celebration of the release, you can now get “Westmore” FREE for a limited time only!

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Westmore Guest Post

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“A literary version of a soap opera.”

That’s how I describe Westmore whenever someone asks about the book.

Anyone who follows me online knows I’m a soap opera fanatic. I’m always posting my opinion about the latest happenings on my favorite shows. At times, the shows can be so bad that I often say I can do a better job of writing them.

That’s one of the things that lead to the inspiration of Westmore. I wondered what it’d be like to create my own version of a soap opera.

One day I grabbed a notebook and began writing ideas for a soap opera. I outlined the character descriptions along with the plot. I had about ten pages filled by the time I was finished.

When I decided to turn it into a book, I knew there was a gamble. Odds are people wouldn’t understand the premise or they’d get confused with the various characters.

But that was a chance I was willing to take. With the way the book industry is, I think you have to be different.

With Westmore, I’ve got a little bit of everything going with it. First, there’s the various characters. You have everyone from the millionaire CEO to a musician to a bartender. All these characters have a different background, yet throughout the story they become connected in some way. That’s one of the things that I believe is what makes the story. You read about these characters, become attached to them, and watch as their bond grows.

Aside from the characters you have the romance element, which is important in any soap opera. Then of course you have to have the drama. In Westmore, there’s heartache, family turmoil, and secrets from the past coming to light. All these elements combined together is what makes a great story.

Now, you won’t be seeing the usual outrageous stories you’ll see on the shows. For instance, I won’t have characters returning from the dead, baby switch stories, or a couple marrying for the twentieth time.

I prefer to keep my stories simple. Although, I don’t know how simple you can get with a soap opera book.

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Author Bio

Carol Cassada hails from a small town in Virginia. Growing up, Carol loved to read, but it wasn’t until her teens when she decided to be a writer. After taking a creative writing class, Carol set out on her writing journey.

After graduating college, Carol began writing her first book, Going Home Again. Since then, she’s written and published 6 volumes in the Westmore series. With a penchant for romance and drama, Carol’s books draw you in with their soap opera essence.

Although, romance is her main genre, Carol has expressed interest in writing in writing other genres. With a notebook full of ideas, Carol promises there’s more to come with her stories.

Author Links

https://carolcassada.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/dramacjc

https://www.facebook.com/Author-Carol-Cassada-233360543344573/?fref=ts

Adding An Element to Westmore

What element would I add to Westmore?

Let’s see what element do I add to Westmore?

Well, I’ve got a lot of elements already.

First, there’s the romance element.

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Plus, let’s not forget the drama element.

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So what else can I add to Westmore?

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I’m a fan of mysteries, especially whodunit stories. I know it sounds cliché, but I thought it’d be cool to add one of these plots to Westmore.

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I won’t mention which character would be the murder victim, but let’s just say this person is one of the top villains in the book.

If you’ve read the series you can probably guess who I have in mind.

With any good who done it story, you have to explore all the suspects’ motives. For each character, I’d explore their reasoning and write a scene with them confronting the victim.

Now, most who done it stories end with the suspect being someone you’d least expect. It’s usually a supporting character, someone who’s not seen often.

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To me, that’s going the safe route. With me, I’d make one of the main characters the killer. I feel that would add more drama to the story.

Talking about the whodunit mystery has me anxious to work on the story.

Stay tuned for the next volume of Westmore, you never know which character is going to suffer a tragic fate.

Westmore Cover Reveal

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Greetings,

Today the members of All Authors P&P are bring you a phenomenal cover reveal, celebrating the re-release of “Westmore” by Author Carol Cassada.

First, the blurb:

Three families come together in this soap opera style romance. Westmore is the story of the Greens, the Braxtons, and the Reynolds—families’ enveloped by drama threefold.

Charlette Green mourns the loss of her husband while battling her dislike for her son’s new love. One day, handsome Detective Bryant comes into her life, rescuing her abandon. Meanwhile, Scott and Alicia, musical siblings, fight their way to the top of the charts when tragedy strikes.

Andrew Braxton is a ruthless and influential businessman who runs his household the same way he runs his company … with an iron fist. Upon learning his son Wayne plans on abandoning the family company, which Andrew has dedicated his life to, Andrew will do everything and anything in his power to stop Wayne from leaving.

After Laura Reynolds’ divorce, she and her daughter Megan move back home to live with her father. Her plan is to start life anew, relinquishing all sorrow. Little does Laura realize that it is harder than she thinks to leave the past behind.

Drama, mayhem, love and heartache are the ruling elements in this small New England town called Westmore.

Now, little bit about the author.

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Author Bio:

Carol Cassada hails from a small town in Virginia. Growing up, Carol loved to read, but it wasn’t until her teens when she decided to be a writer. After taking a creative writing class, Carol set out on her writing journey.

After graduating from college, Carol began writing her first book, Going Home Again. Since then, she’s written and published 6 volumes in the Westmore series. With a penchant for romance and drama, Carol’s books draw you in with their soap opera essence.

Although romance is her main genre, Carol has expressed interest in writing other genres. With a notebook full of ideas, Carol promises there’s more to come with her stories.

Links:

Website

Twitter: @dramacjc

Facebook

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Now, without further ado we present you with the new cover of “Westmore” by Carol Cassada.

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Coming December 1st, 2016

Page 42 of WIP

Today’s topic for #WingWritingChallenge is page 42.

Now, it could mean one of two things.

Share page 42 of the book I’m reading.

Or

Share page 42 of my current WIP.

Since I’m the type of person who reads multiple books, it’d take all day to share the pages from the books I’m reading.

So I’m going to share a snipped from my current WIP.

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Today, I’m going to be posting about volume 8 in the Westmore series.I haven’t released volume 7 yet, but I’m planning to soon. As for volume 8, I’m hoping to have that published next year.

Before I begin, I’ll give you a little backstory about the series. Westmore is what I refer to as a literary soap opera. The book have a variety of characters who are all connected in some way. Throughout the series, the characters will experience romance, drama, heartache, and betrayal.

Two of the characters in the series are Charlotte Green and Jim Bryant. Charlotte’s a widow with four grown children, who finds love with Jim after her rescues her from a dangerous incident. They’re one of my favorite couples because it’s hard not to root for them. You want Charlotte to find love despite her fears, and Jim’s the right man for her.

In this scene, Charlotte and Jim visit her husband’s grave to tell him news of their engagement. Charlotte wants to do this because she needs closure from her past in order to move on with Jim.

So without further ado, here’s the snippet from Westmore 8.

Enjoy!

Excerpt:

She drew in a deep breath and began. “Hello, Michael.” She paused and felt Jim give a reassuring pat on her back, nothing about this was normal, yet everything about her life wasn’t normal. “I brought a visitor with me.” She held out her hand and Jim cradled it in his. “This is Jim; you’ve heard me talk about him.” She waited to see if anything would happen, maybe some sort of sign would appear, yet everything was calm. “He wanted to come with me, I know it sounds weird, but he wants you to know his intentions. So please hear him out.”

She turned to Jim and motioned for him to start talking. Jim acted fine before their arrival, but now that they were at the cemetery his nerves got the best of him. She rubbed his arm prodding him to go on.

“Hi, Michael.” Jim’s voice cracked, clearing his throat he began again. “I’ve heard a lot about you and you’ve heard about me too.” He moved a little closer to the grave. “As you’re well aware, Charlotte and I are getting married. She’s an amazing woman; I’m blessed to have her in my life.” He glanced back at her, offering a smile. “Michael, I wanted to let you know that nobody’s going to forget about you. You’re an important part of Charlotte and the kids’ lives. I can never replace you.” He inched closer to the tombstone. “I’ve been in a similar situation with my father and stepfather. I was worried that my dad was going to be forgotten, but my stepdad made sure my father was still part of my life. He visited the grave with me and helped celebrate the milestones.” Jim sniffled; he wasn’t sure if it was the cold or if he was choking up, although he was leaning more towards the latter.

Charlotte came up to him, rubbing his back she asked if he was okay.

“Michael, you were a remarkable man. You had a beautiful wife and four amazing children. I promise I’m going to take very good care of them, no harm will come to them.” Jim felt Charlotte huddle up beside him. “I know you’re looking out for them from above and I’m doing it down here. Our love for them is what we have in common. I love Charlotte more than anything and the kids; I treat them like they were my own.” A small smile pressed on his lips, then his mood turned serious again. “But like I said earlier, there’s no way I can ever replace you. You’re an important part of the family and your legacy’s going to live on, I promise you.”

Charlotte’s gloved hands touched his cheek. “Thank you.” She rested her head on his shoulder. “This was hard on you, but I appreciate you coming here.”

“I had to do it.” He let out a breath. “It’s therapeutic to get your feelings out. I had to let him know where I stood.”

A snowflake fell on the stone; they looked up to see more floating to the ground. “I thought it wasn’t supposed to start until this afternoon.” Charlotte raised her palm catching the flakes.

“Actually, I think it may be something else.” Jim’s eyes moved to the grave. “I think Michael may have sent us a sign.”