Monday, May 12, 2014

*Guest Post & Giveaway* Laugh by Mary Ann Rivers

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by Mary Ann Rivers
The Burnside Series


Mary Ann Rivers continues her Burnside family series—perfect for readers of Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Ruthie Knox—as two people try to share their hearts without losing their cool.

Dr. Sam Burnside is convinced that volunteering at an urban green-space farm in Lakefield, Ohio, is a waste of time—especially with his new health clinic about to open. He only goes to mollify his partner, suspecting she wants him to lighten up. Then Sam catches sight of Nina Paz, a woman who gives off more heat than a scorcher in July. Her easy smile and flirty, sizzling wit has him forgetting his infamous need for control.

Widowed when her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Nina has learned that life exists to take chances. As the daughter of migrant workers turned organic farmers, she’s built an exciting and successful business by valuing new opportunities and working hard to take care of her own. But when Sam pushes for a relationship that goes beyond their hotter-than-fire escapades, Nina ignores her own hard-won wisdom. She isn’t ready for a man who needs saving—even if her heart compels her to take the greatest risk of all: love.


Character Profile: Nina. How she dealt with her first husband's death and how she managed to translate her grief into strength.

Nina Paz has taken on a great deal of loss in her life as an adult. Her childhood was unique, but full of love, and her first love was her childhood sweetheart. Her first husband, as a young woman, was someone who knew her and her family well, and someone she knew well. Nina is a character who from the beginning of her life, was taught very well what love is, how to feel it, why it's important.

As an adult, she lost so much. She lost her husband to war, she lost a pregnancy by choice and not without grief, she lost her home, and connection to her family. However, she is still a woman in the middle part of her life who has been built on a foundation of understanding and valuing love. In her knew home, she surrounds herself with friends and with support, and loves them deeply and unconditionally. When she meets Sam, she sees in him first, a man who understands both love and loss.

To love is to understand that inevitably, you will face loss. Except -- you love anyway. You do. You love in the face of that inevitable loss because love is too good and too strong. Grief acknowledges that love exits, is possible, has happened to you.

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About the Author

Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.

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