Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tour: Married by Monday by Catherine Bybee (Guest Post)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to romance author, Catherine Bybee!

Conventions are an Author’s Book Club

What a great place for me to finish up my two week blog tour but right here with Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Seriously, can there be a better grouping of words in a blog title? I think not.

This week I will be attending my very first National Convention with RWA. I’ve been to a couple of Romantic Times Conventions which personifies romance book lovers from all walks of life. I understand that RWA is a more focused gathering of writers, publishers, and librarians. What I’ve always found amazing about romance writers and everyone they surround themselves with, is how helpful they are to and for each other.

I only know a couple of writers that actually have time to join a book club, mainly because of deadlines and such. A conference such as RWA Nationals is ideal for this group of readers, who are actually writers, to talk about the genre in a global sense and learn from each other to be better writers.

These conventions are filled with women, and a few good men, talking about the genre they love to read and write and we often do it with a glass of wine or some other adult beverage in our hands. Much like a book club, there are plenty of good topics to talk about, great food, and amazing company. Hooking up with friends you only talk to online is not only acceptable at conferences such as this, but it’s encouraged.

So for me, RWA Nationals, RT, Rom-Con and everything in between is one giant book club. Only in these book clubs, you have the opportunity to meet the authors, agents, and publishers of the books you love. And that, my dear reader, is living large. It’s five full days of intense learning, networking and schmoozing, intermixed with laughing, drinking and not sleeping. You leave these things worn out and reenergized all in the same breath. 

Married by Monday
Catherine Bybee
Book Two in the Weekday Bride Series
Carter Billings: Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor's seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can't even stand to be in the same room with him.Eliza Havens:It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love. 
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He folded his arms over his chest. “I suppose you could say I’m following Blake’s lead. Marriage solves a few fundamental problems in my career path.” 
She stared at him full on now, not trying to look away. “Your problems. Not mine.” 
“Problems you helped play a role in.” He saw the spark in her eye before she managed her first syllable of defense. 
She sat the tea down and placed a hand on the counter. “That’s low, Carter.” 
“And true or you’d be the first to tell me I’m wrong. If I had a choice, I’d be married by Monday to help dispel all the media crap created by yours and Gwen’s night on the Texas town. I thought I could come to you and obtain a little bit of cooperation.” 
“A little bit of cooperation. Marriage is a tad more than a little bit of anything.” Her voice rose and her knuckles started to grip the counter. 
“Yet you earn your living arranging marriages or partnerships on trite reasons less important than mine.” How dare she follow a moral high ground. Maybe she’d forgotten how well versed he was on her and Samantha’s business. 
“You forget that our clients have to approve of the relationships we arrange. They have to like the person—” 
He laughed, interrupting her. “Do you really want to pretend we aren’t friends to prove your point?” 
Her cheeks grew rosy which he had to admit was a much better than the pasty color she’d been sporting when he walked into the house. He felt the fire burning inside her as she shot daggers with her eyes.
“You’re my best friend’s husband’s friend. If you’re looking for a wife you might peek into your little black book, or whatever it is you use, and draw another name.”
Carter let his arms drop and took two steps closer. The angrier she became, the more his blood churned. His body responded to her outrage, but not in anger. “I don’t want to draw another name.”

Catherine Bybee
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California. 

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