I’m excited to welcome Marie McGaha, author of ONE GOOD MAN, who is here today sharing her views on how the internet has enabled us to connect with people.
As part of her virtual book tour, Marie is giving away 1 signed paperback copy of ONE GOOD MAN. To enter, click the rafflecopter giveaway link below and fill out the Rafflecopter form.
Something In Common
Thank you, Janna, for having me as your guest. While checking out your website, I was surprised to see we have so much in common. Besides being authors, we’re both Cally girls. I was raised a little farther north than you, in Humboldt County, but San Francisco is my favorite city. My late husband was raised in the east bay, and he and I used to go to SF and play tourist seeing all the sights and hanging out at Pier 39. We also have seven children each, but I, along with my late husband, wound up adopting three more, and he had two of his own, so I raised twelve. You also have a lot of grandchildren, and I do too!
It’s funny how we can live across the country from people we would never know if it wasn’t for this thing called the internet. I remember when we got our first computer, a big old desktop that came with floppy disks that had to be loaded onto the computer because it didn’t come with any pre-loaded programs. And then we only had dial-up that took us to Prodigy. Not understanding this new thing we had in our house, my first phone bill was nearly $300! I almost choked!
Today, desk-tops, laptops, iPhones, iPads, Androids, PC’s, Macs… the list goes on and are a common household item that anyone born after 1995 practically had placed in their hands at birth. The internet has brought us all much closer together to the point that we have more online friends than actual friends. But because of the internet, we can also stay in touch with loved ones that we couldn’t before without writing letters because phone calls were too expensive. We’ve also been able to find relatives we had never met, and friends we’ve lost touch with. And now we can also write books, become published authors, become editors and publishers without ever leaving the comfort of our homes.
While this new world is more convenient than ever before, it also feels a little less personal to me. The world used to be a big, wide wonder but the electronic world has caused it to feel so compacted, I feel there is no wonder in what we see. Having been born in an era that would have never guessed computers would one day fit on our laps, I miss the wonder of exploring places for the first time. But I also appreciate the fact that whenever I miss the ocean, I can Google Earth and go home any time I want.
By Marie McGaha
New Adult Contemporary Romance Categories: Action/Adventure Comedy, BBW Release Date: November 24, 2012 Heat Level: Sweet Length: 188 pages
Allison Hamstead thought it was love. Finally, after all the years alone, someone loved her in spite of the fact she was fat! Not that her size had ever kept her from being successful, but it had kept her far from personal relationships. She’d heard all of the fat jokes ever told, all of the things people in her office said behind her back, and she didn’t miss not having a boyfriend, or dates, every weekend. Did she? But now she was in love and she couldn’t wait to introduce him to her best friend, Sarah. And what a mistake that had turned out to be! It wasn’t long before the love of her life and her best friend were living together, and Allison was humiliated.
Starting over is never easy, but Allison is determined to do just that and moves far from Chicago to the warm waters of Biloxi, Mississippi where she accepts a position at one of the floating casinos. For the first time in her life Allison feels like she’s truly at home. She loves her job, she loves her boss, who is like a father to her, and she loves being a part of all the excitement going on around her. Except for one little thing…
Her boss’s eldest son, Stephen is probably the most handsome, gorgeous, and sexy man she’s ever laid eyes on… and he knows it! And for some reason he acts interested in her. Then her mother comes to visit and winds up dating her boss. Her accounts start showing large amounts of money missing. And her ex shows up unannounced and says he wants her back. Can anything else possibly go wrong?
As she lay back on her towel, a shadow fell across her. She opened one eye to see Stephen standing over her, grinning. “You’re blocking my sun,” she said and shut her eye.
“Mind if I join you?”
“Yes, I do mind.”
Turning toward him, she again opened one eye and frowned as she discovered he had removed his shirt and spread his towel beside her.
“There’s a lot of beach here you know, you could pick another spot.”
“Yeah, but I like this one.”
“You’re just trying to make me mad.”
“Now why would I do that?”
“Because you act like a twelve year old and teasing girls is what twelve year olds do.”
“Yeah, but my toys are much bigger and go a lot faster,” he smirked.
She rolled her eyes and went back to sunning herself in silence. Stephen didn’t speak for a long time either, which she thought was a blessing and probably too good to last very long. She was right.
“Have dinner with me.”
“Because it’s fraternizing and your father doesn’t allow it.”
“Not true. We’re just two colleagues having dinner together. The fraternizing rule only applies between management and underlings. He’s afraid an employee would feel their position would be threatened if they refused a date with management.”
“Or perhaps he just didn’t want you dating the entire staff.”
He laughed. “That’s a possibility.”
“So I’ve been told.”
“I’m not having dinner with you.”
“I’ll pick you up at seven.”
“Look, Stephen, you don’t have to do this.” She sat up and looked at him squarely.
“Do what?” He asked, almost managing to look innocent.
“All of this…” she waved one arm, “this flirting you seem to be doing with me. I’m not exactly your type.”
“What do you mean my type? That’s pretty judgmental and shallow of you.” He grinned at her again.
“And if anyone would know about shallow, it would be you, now wouldn’t it?” She said rather tersely. “Just stop it.”
“Allison…” he watched as she picked up her things and began making her way toward the casino. He blew out a breath and shook his head.
~~~Book Tour Schedule~~~
May 13: Triad Literary
May 15: Aspired Writer (Author Interview)
May 16: Janna Shay’s Fair Play (Guest Post)
May 20: My Devotional Thoughts (Guest Post)
May 21: Mythical Books (Author Interview)
May 22: Samantha Holt (Guest Post)
May 24: 4 the LUV of SANITY (Guest Post)
May 27: Babbling about Books, and More (Guest Post)
May 28: Le’BookSquirrel
May 30: Dawn’s Reading Nook
Jun 3: Kisses, Caresses & Whispers in the Night (Author Interview)
Jun 4: Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Guest Post)
Jun 4: Love, Laughter, Friendship (Guest Post)
Jun 5: The World As I See It
Jun 7: deal sharing aunt (Author Interview)
About the Author
Marie McGaha is an author, editor and publisher at Dancing With Bear Publishing, a Christian publishing company. While most of her time is spent editing manuscripts, she does try to find time for her passions. First, the love of the rest of her life, Nathan, whom she has been married to for almost thirteen years, and loves to spend time with riding motorcycles. They are both members of The Patriot Guard Riders. Second, Marie’s passion for shoes has filled several closets, so she decided to start her own shoe line, Girls Got Grit. She and Nathan also like to spend time spoiling grandchildren, traveling, and just being together. “Nathan is my best friend, and I am very blessed to have him as my husband too,” Marie says. And everyone who knows them says it’s quite obvious these two are living out their own romance novel.
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