Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Excerpt & Giveaway: WOOING CADIE MCCAFFREY by Bethany Turner

  Genre: Christian Romance / Humor
Publisher: Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: May 21, 2019
Number of Pages: 352

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After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

“Rising star Bethany Turner’s Wooing Cadie McCaffrey highlights the author’s oh-so-readable voice and engaging characters. One of the many things I love about Turner is the way she tackles tough subjects with candor yet writes with the right amount of discretion. Romantics everywhere will sigh happily at the perfect ending. Highly recommended!” -- Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of The House at Saltwater Point and the Rock Harbor series

Bethany Turner has done it again! Filled with wit and loaded with pop culture references, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is sure to be an instant favorite among fans of Christian romance. I’ve found my new go-to author for rom-com with heart.” -- Carla Laureano, RITA award–winning author of The Saturday Night Supper Club and Brunch at Bittersweet Café


Prologue from Wooing Cadie McCaffrey
By Bethany Turner

     Four years ago, on my thirtieth birthday, I had two very important realizations.
     1) I didn’t need a man in my life in order to be happy or fulfilled.
     2) My chances of meeting and falling in love with a man—­and having him fall in love with me—­would increase exponentially if I lowered my standards.
     Not my standards for the man, of course. No, with the introduction of realization number one, the standards for the man had never been higher. If I didn’t need a man, then there was no harm in being very picky and waiting for the right one to come along. But with the introduction of realization number two, I could no longer deny that I did very much want to be in love . . . whether I needed to be or not.
     In my heart of hearts, I knew I had no desire to settle for anything less than a man who would make at least one of the Bronte sisters proud. But there wasn’t much chance of falling in love with any man at all if I stayed hung up on the idea of my romantic life playing out like the classic novels and films I loved so much.
     Cary Grant does not exist in my Millennial world.
     Of course, I wasn’t expecting Will Whitaker to show up, or for him to burst onto the scene as if acting out a storybook meet-­cute.
     You know what a meet-­cute is, right? It’s that charming first encounter between two characters that leads to a romantic relationship between them. Suffice it to say, with realization number two, I had given up on ever experiencing a true meet-­cute. Actually, I was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t know a true meet-­cute if it fell on me. I’d spent most of my life trying to force the meet-­cute. Trust me . . . that doesn’t work. Intentionally bumping into guys and dropping your books rarely results in them saying, “Hey, let me help you with that.” I’ve found that “Hey, watch where you’re going!” is more common.
     So by the time I turned thirty, I was absolutely convinced that meet-­cutes were a thing of legend.
     Enter Will, stage left.
     It was a day like any other at ASN, the American Sports Network. That’s where I worked. ASN. But not like in sports or anything. Heavens, no. All I know of basketball, football, lacrosse, or any other sport is how much money is generated in advertising dollars as a result of our coverage of said sport, and how much all of those on-­air sports people get paid. My office is in the part of the ASN complex that the sports people call The Bench. They come to our stark wasteland of blah concrete walls for marketing and accounting needs. Perhaps the occasional human resources disaster. But then they happily return to the glitz and glamour that they refer to as The Field.
     “Gotta get back on The Field,” they love to say. On The Field? That sounds so stupid. But when I say “I’m heading over to The Field for a bit,” I am invariably met with questions that they think are hilarious. “Got some plowing to do, McCaffrey?” Sure.
     So there I was, in The Bench—­or on The Bench, as they continually correct me—­when I heard the most dreaded of all birthday sounds: about twenty tone-­deaf sports experts and about half as many barbershop quartet wannabes from The Bench, all singing “Happy Birthday.” To me, presumably.
     “Oh, wow. You shouldn’t have,” I managed to say in a way that I’m pretty sure sounded grateful, as they made their way into my office—­holding a monstrous cake ablaze with thirty giant candles.
     “Happy birthday, dear Cadie,” they belted. “Happy birthday to you!”
     I waited for Kevin Lamont, who was carrying the cake, to set it down on my desk so I could blow out the candles, but he just kept holding it. Kevin, of course, is now the host and executive producer of The Daily Dribble, the most successful show on ASN. He’s also the vice president over all prime-­time programming for the network, which makes him my boss. But back then he was simply The Daily Dribble’s host and one of my absolute favorite people around the ASN offices. And though he’s gone a bit gray and put on a little around his midsection, he certainly hasn’t lost a centimeter of height from his NBA days.
     “Make a wish and blow out the candles,” Kevin teased as he held the cake at his shoulder height—­which is still at least an inch above my head.
     “Well, I’d love to, but—”
     “Here, Cadie,” Max Post, resident sound engineer extraordinaire, chimed in as he pulled a chair over to my desk. “Climb up here.”
     “Very funny, guys,” I replied with a smile. “C’mon, Kevin. All of the wax is going to melt down onto the cake.”
     “You’d better do something about it then!” he insisted as he jutted out his chin toward a couple of former linebackers.
     In an instant, the linebackers had grabbed my arms and hoisted me up—­not onto the chair by the desk, but onto the desk itself.
     I was so grateful that after six years at ASN, I knew better than to wear a skirt to the office.
     “Very funny,” I repeated, as I did all I could to remind myself that I loved my job—­and that it wasn’t my coworkers’ fault that they were savages. They meant well, and I knew that everything they were doing was an attempt to show me that they cared. They just happened to be from a culture in which you showed someone you cared by snapping them with a wet towel in the locker room.
     I was ready to end the spectacle, so I took in a deep breath and prepared to use every bit of power my lungs could muster to blow out those thirty massive candles in one fell swoop. But just as I released the pressure of air, Lindy Mason called out from the hallway.
     “Hey, everyone. Montana’s here.”
     Kevin turned his 6’9” frame toward the door—­and my cake went with him.
     “Happy birthday, Cadie!” scattered voices called out as they left me in favor of Joe Montana, who was on The Field for an interview. An interview that they’d been waiting months for—­but that only about eight of them were actually required to be present for. The others were just going as fans who happened to get paid to gawk at their heroes.
     “Sorry, McCaffrey,” Kevin said as he shrugged and handed me the cake.
     “Et tu, Kevin Lamont?”
     He smiled and winked as he said, “Next time, don’t have your birthday on a day a legend is scheduled to be in the studio.” And then he ran out after everyone else.

Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which was a Christy Award finalist. When she’s not writing (and even when she is), she serves as the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.
Grand Prize: Copies of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck + stationery set
2nd Prize: Copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey + bookish coffee mug
3rd Prize: Copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey + $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar May 20-26, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of May 20-26, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

Fresh Reads 2019, Dallas, May 16-25

Boldface Conference, Houston, May 20-24


Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Austin, February 17-May 26

The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts, Dallas, March 1-June 15


El Paso
VA Clinic, Tumblewords Project Writing workshop for Veterans, their families, and civilians, 3PM

Brazos Bookstore, Rodrigo Hasbun reading and signing LAS PALABRAS, 7PM

Houston Public Library, Houston Poet Laureate reception honoring new Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Sujata Massey will sign and discuss The Satapur Moonstone, 6:30PM

Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: Manuscript Development with Darren Sapp, 7PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Clay Coppedge discussing and signing Texas Singularities, 5PM

Evelyn Meador Branch Library, An afternoon with Chitra Divakaruni, author of Before We Visit the Goddess, 11AM

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM

Austin Central Public Library, HANIF ABDURRAQIB speaking & signing Go Ahead in the Rain, 7PM [ticketed event]

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Oscar Cásares reading and signing WHERE WE COME FROM, 7PM

Houston Improv, May: H.A.M. presents his new book, DEMIgOD, 8PM

Houston Public Library, Austin Kleon discussing and signing Keep Going, 7PM

The Menil Collection, The Watchful Eye: A WITS Student Reading, 7PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Joy Selak discussing and signing CeeGee'sGift, 5PM

Deep Vellum Books, Fernando A. Flores presents Tears of the Trufflepig, 7PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Rick Atkinson, author of The British Are Coming, 6PM

Interabang Books, Austin Kleon discussing and signing KEEP GOING, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Ray Viator discussing and signing HOUSTON, SPACE CITY USA, 7PM

Houston Public Library, Valerie Jarrett discussing and signing FINDING MY VOICE, 6:30PM

Super Happy Fun Land, Manifesto Form: An evening of music and poetry, 8PM

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, Meghan March Live Author Takeover, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Fernando A. Flores reading and signing TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, F. Anthony Falcon will discuss and sign his book BE BRAVE, BE BRAVE, BE BRAVE, 1PM

Brasil Houston, Houston VIP Workshop & Slam featuring Nova, 7PM

Friends of the Bear Creek Area Public Library, Houston Writer Guild class: How to Research Your Novel, 10:30AM

Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild library workshop, 10:30AM

Writespace, Writers of Color Reading and Reception, 6PM

New Braunfels
The Book Haus, local author Yuen Yung reading and signing The Blind Grind, 2PM

B&N - Preston/Park, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life book signing with Randy Travis, 1PM

San Antonio
Half Price Books Mother Ship, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar May 13-19, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of May 13-19, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction, Dallas, May 14

Fresh Reads 2019, Dallas, May 16-25

5 Book Dive Presents: The 2019 Summer Reading Splash, Austin, May 18

Spring Book Fling, Fort Worth, May 18

10th Annual Children's Book Celebration, Houston, May 18

Local Author Fair, Spring, May 18

3rd Annual Spring Fling, Sulphur Springs, May 18

Austin 2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, May 18-19


Worlds of W O N D E R: David Ezra Stein, Abilene, February 14-May 18

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Austin, February 17-May 26

The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts, Dallas, March 1-June 15


El Paso
VA Clinic, Tumblewords Project Writing workshop for Veterans, their families, and civilians, 3PM


The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


The Wild Detectives, Pecha Kucha: Second Thoughts, 7:30PM

B&N - Stonebriar, Nexus book signing with Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings, 7PM


North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Jennifer McMahon, author of The Winter People and Burntown, 1PM [ticketed reception 12PM]

Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul Poetry Slam: Blaq Mic Poetry featuring RJ Wright, 8PM

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, Jaci Wheeler Live Author Takeover, 7PM

Literarity Book Shop, Poetry Therapy, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Liv Constantine will sign and discuss The Last Time I Saw You, and Samantha Downing will sign and discuss My Lovely Wife, 6:30PM

South Irving Library, Author Visit: We Hunt the Flame launch party with Hafsah Faizal, 7PM

Marble Falls
Marble Falls Public Library, Maya Perez on The Golden Ages of Television, 11AM

B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet the Author: Iona Cordero, 9AM

San Antonio
B&N - Lincoln Park, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life book signing with Randy Travis, 3PM

Deep Vellum Books, A Night of Translation with Sean Cotter: Curl, 7PM

El Paso
Half Price Books Mother Ship, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Writespace, Workshop: "Crafting Surprise Scenes" with BC Oliva, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Dallas Writing Workshops seminar: "Secrets to Conquering the Writer’s Conference" with Whitney Davis, 3PM