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Cast of Characters
Riley Gordan - law student and co-heir of the Gordan fortunep
Kirby Gordan - older (by 7 years) brother of Riley and co-heir, former baseball player turned police detective
Amos Edwards - trusted employee of the deceased Uncle James Gordan.
Carol Edwards – wife of Amos. They live in one of the three apartments in the converted old church building.
Max – the large, yellow cat which belongs to the Edwards. (Sorry, no dogs.)
The Cleaning Crew: Bill and Judy (2 children) The men actually make up The Cleaning Crew
Jessie and Alice
Juan and Louise (1 child)
Al Jensen – local banker
Rayford Barnes – book collector
Connie Reece – research assistant
Beth Reece – mother of Connie
Freddy Seals – claimed to be son of Uncle James
Earl Lance- man with mysterious past
Jed – Adairsville Police Department officer
Mike – Adairsville Police Department officer
Tony – teenage boy
Eddie – teenage boy
Judson Rittman – prominent Adairsville citizen
Shelia Rittman – daughter of Judson Rittman
Chuck Jensen – pastor of church attended by Uncle James and Edwards
Holders from first series (After all it is a small town)
Davis and Deidra Morgan – former minister turned bookseller
Charley and Tanya Nelson – young police chief and his wife
Dean Nelson – Charley’s brother
Janie – clerk from 1902 Stock Ex
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About the book
When a wary farm girl takes on a big city chiropractor as her stand-in boyfriend, convincing her family they’re in love might be easier than convincing themselves they’re not.
There are certain things a single country mom learns to accept. Like the fact that she now shares a sacred bond of empathy with her dairy cow, that spit-up can reach places it never should be able to, and that a pretend relationship is far less complicated than one her southern mama insists on setting her up in. At least, it is when you have anyone’s luck besides Ainsley Jamison’s.
Only in Ainsley’s life would her imaginary decoy turn out to be a real-life city boy who is as hilariously wrong for her as he is persistent. With less than four weeks before her entire family shows up for Thanksgiving, they don’t have a cotton-picking prayer of turning Connor into a believable cowboy in time, let alone fix up her place while they’re at it.
Heaven knows Ainsley’s already maxed out her faith hoping she made the right choice raising her son there. But while praying she didn’t make a mistake taking on her daddy’s farm is one thing, praying she didn’t make one taking on Connor Allen is another entirely. One that’s about to turn everything in her life upside down.
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I don't know where I have been and I wonder why I have never read one of Crystal Walton's titles before. And I am not sure how I stumbled onto this one but I am glad I did!
Her Stand In Cowboy was the kind of read I love.
A sweet love story with fun, loveable and charming Characters.
Even the non humans!
There is a barn full of fun and comical Characters that have fitting names.
All given to them by Ainsley the main character that has a heart for all creatures even earth worms!
The plot/storyline focused on Ainsley's drama that her Southern MaMa is coming to town and probably in all likely hood is toutin' 'Would Be Suitors'.
But Ainsley is one step ahead of MaMa as she has a pretend boyfriend at the ready.
As any good Romance with a Happily Ever After ending of course Ainsley and Connor the pretend boyfriend fall for each other.
But not before a bit if drama and soul searching.
Her Stand In Cowboy is without a doubt the best book that I have read by a new to me Author in a long time!
I look forward to reading many more and working with Crystal Walton to share her books to other new readers.
I received a complimentary copy.
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To my right, a film crew looked as if they were conferring with each other about technical stuff. I hadn’t seen a picture of Drake, but I figured I would know who he was the second I saw him, as there weren’t that many people in the room.
I glanced around, searching for a guy who fit the profile of a bachelor type, and the second my gaze landed on him, I nearly lost my breath. For a second, I just stood there, completely stunned.
He sat in a chair on the other side of the room, his brownish hair streaked with gold as if he’d been out in the sun lately. A makeup artist powdered his face while I took a moment to observe him, taking in his measure. He wore navy blue sports pants, expensive-looking sneakers, and a white t-shirt that showed off lightly tanned muscled arms. He appeared to be in his early thirties if I had to guess. His five o’clock shadow and the black-framed glasses sitting on his nose gave him a rugged preppy look, but what was most surprising was his weary, frustrated expression as if he didn’t want to be there.
The man was so gorgeous all I could do was blink and gape at him. And blink and gape some more.
So, this was Drake Arnold.
Abby had said he was handsome, but I had only processed that information in an intellectual sense.
The producers had chosen him for a dating show, so it was reasonable to assume the man would be attractive, and I had assumed that, but I hadn’t given it more thought. Back when I was in college, I’d had a huge crush on my English professor, and this guy kind of reminded me of him because of the glasses. Drake was ten times better looking than Dr. Harris, though.
That was all before my parents died. After they passed away, I’d kept my feelings so tightly controlled, there was no chance of falling for anyone new.
And the strange thing was…I hadn’t thought that I would personally fall for the guy since I hardly ever looked at men anymore. I had decided a long time ago that a relationship wasn’t possible at this time, so why torture myself?
He must have sensed my gaze because he glanced up and our eyes connected. My stomach dipped and twisted, all the angst of that moment tying me up in knots. I couldn’t get a read on his reaction to me.
He just stared and then turned away as if…nothing. As if he were thinking about absolutely nothing that concerned me.
One of the men from the film crew glanced at me and cleared his throat. “Good morning. I’m Brad, the director of this project, and you’re here for a five-minute audition for ‘Who wants to date a billionaire?’” He said it so fast it sounded like a memorized line he spouted to each woman who walked through the room. “We’re ready, so please take a seat.”
I swallowed and forced myself to move forward, but I couldn’t look at Drake for fear that I would start freaking out the closer I got. I took a steadying breath and reminded myself that it didn’t matter how good-looking he was. A man’s character was more important, and I refused to be that shallow person who only cared about someone’s appearance. He was way out of my league, so it was doubtful the producers would choose me, anyway. Abby and I had seen hordes of beautiful women while we’d waited in line, and most were probably used to being on camera. I figured it was safe to assume my audition wouldn’t go anywhere.
I finally made it to the chair and sat down, and the moment I did, my heart began to pound so hard it felt like I was having a fight-or-flight response. We were sitting very close to each other. Way too close for my comfort. Most likely because the crew needed to film us on the same screen. Or manufacture a more intimate conversation.
Whatever the reason, none of that mattered. It was making it hard to breathe, and I felt like I was about to suffocate from not getting enough air.
Drake glanced away as if bored, discretely checking his watch, and I suddenly realized his response was the opposite of mine. My presence completely underwhelmed him.
Nothing about me brought about the tiniest spark in his gaze.
I sensed his indifference.
He wanted to be somewhere else, and he was mentally checking out.
It made me a little sad.
But then it gave me courage.
If he didn’t care, then neither should I.
I could get through this audition without worrying that I had to impress him because clearly, he wasn’t impressed. At all.
I’d never been one to back down from a challenge or let any man intimidate me, much less some guy on a cheesy dating show. I sat up straighter, squared my shoulders, and lifted my chin a little higher. Let’s do this.
Brad cleared his throat again. “Please state your name.”
He nodded and checked something off on a clipboard. “Karlie, this is Drake Arnold.”
Drake shook my hand and mumbled, “Nice to meet you,” but he wasn’t truly looking at me. He was looking past me or around me, but I wouldn’t say he saw me. I understood that he had a lot of sessions to get through, and it was probably tiring, but he could have tried to be friendlier. At least show respect for someone who had been waiting for hours to talk with him.
Brad walked over and held out a bucket with tiny strips of paper in it. “Please take two questions.” When I hesitated, he seemed slightly impatient. “Quickly. Don’t look. Just pull them out.”
I did as he requested, and then he handed the bucket to Drake so he could take out two pieces as well.
“Karlie, I’m going to count backward, and when I say, ‘You’re on,’ you’ll introduce yourself, and then Drake will ask the first question. Got it?”
I nodded. “Yes.”
“Five, four, three, two, one. You’re on.”
What happened next nearly floored me. Bored, tired, Mr. Arnold lit up and turned to me with a smile on his face as if he actually cared.
Surprised by the change in demeanor, which was only because he was on camera, I hesitated for a long moment. And then I let out a breath. “Hello, I’m Karlie.”
He brightened even more as if truly interested, but I knew better. “It’s an honor to meet you, Karlie. Shall we get started?”
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Welcome to Author Chat
Hello Ellen thank you for joining us today!
Thanks for having me. It is always fun to chat!
Spring is my favorite season. What is yours?
Believe it or not, that’s a hard one here in Los Angeles. I don’t care what natives say – there really are no seasons, at least not like I grew up with in New York. But I would agree that Spring is my favorite. Especially when I lived back east. That amazing period when Spring is beginning to spring, the weather warms up, and the leaves are that bright new green – it’s intoxicating.
Do you have a Spring Bucket List?
I don’t, and I blame that on my previous statement that I really don’t feel like there are seasons here. I guess the one thing on my list would be to pull out the weeds and foxtails that sprout up after L.A.’s brief winter rains.
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas! I love it. I love putting up the tree, the outdoor decorations, then just enjoying the day.
I love the recipes in your books. And I bet you have some family favorites. What is the dish your family always asked you to bring to family get gatherings?
Lol, none! My mother, nonna, and zia were such great cooks that our only job was to sit back and eat. I was very good at that. When we visit friends, though, I always like to bring a dessert from one of my book’s recipes. I’m really excited about the cannoli cake recipe in LONG ISLAND ICED TINA. Not to brag, but I think it’s a real winner.
Do you have a pet that keeps you company or is your office assistant?
Our beloved Chi mix rescue, Pogo. He’s the light of our lives.
Do you have a special place/room you display your books and awards?
I didn’t have a special place for my books and awards, but I set up an area in our den for the books when I was shooting a #GoodreadsBookTour video. The alligator is kind of the “spirit animal” for my Cajun Country Mystery series, and I found these great gator bookends online.
Likewise, I don’t haveu a special place for my awards. But since we’ve been doing Zoom events, you best believe that Agatha teapot is front and center on my office desk!
I am a quilter. And as such I have lots of works in progress. Can you tell me us what you are working on?
I love to needlepoint. It so relaxes me that I swear it lowers my blood pressure. There will be two peacocks in my Vintage Cookbook Mystery series, so right now I’m needlepointing what will be a peacock ornament. I love it!
Do you have more than project going at a time?
I tend to finish a project before I move on to a new one. But I do have several unfinished needlepoint projects that kind of stopped speaking to me. On the other hand, I pulled a canvas I bought probably twenty years ago out of the pile when the pandemic started and finished it last month.
BTW, when I’m writing, I don’t move on to a new project until I’ve finished whatever’s outstanding. I don’t go back and forth.
If you could write anywhere in the world where would you go, and which character would you take? New Orleans! And I’d take Grand-mere from my Cajun Country Mysteries.
You have just written The End. How do you celebrate? By running the errands I’ve put off while writing! It may not sound like much of a celebration but there’s joy in a) getting out of the house, and b) not being plagued by the thought, “I should be writing.”
Ellen writes the award-winning Cajun Country Mystery series. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called her most recent book, A Cajun Christmas Killing, “superb.” It won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, as did Body on the Bayou, the second book in the series. Both books were nominated for Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Awards.
Her debut Cajun Country Mystery, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Find out more about Ellen on her WEBSITE or on TWITTER and FACEBOOK
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About the book
Competing for a date with a handsome billionaire goes against everything she believes in, but she has no choice.
Five years ago, when Karlie Spencer found out her parents died in a plane crash, she quit college and rushed home to care for her two siblings. They became her priority, leaving no time for a relationship.
After losing her job, she auditions for a dating reality show and saw it only as a means of income until she found other work. She didn't count on falling for the billionaire bachelor, but when she looked beyond his arrogant demeanor, she saw a lonely man, hiding from pain.
A horrible accident haunted Drake Arnold, making him look to the show as a distraction from thoughts that plagued him. He had no intention of getting into a real relationship with anyone, but then he met Karlie. It wasn’t until his feelings ran deep that he suddenly realized...she might not be able to accept his past.
Can he push through the pain to find a future with Karlie? Or will they both walk away at the end, knowing it was never meant to go anywhere?
This is a contemporary Christian story with strong Biblical themes and Bible references.
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Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . .
Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
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I always love the chance to visit Debra and Hope's world.
I have read several of the books in this series and I have enjoyed everyone.
I enjoy the Characters and the storylines and with this one Debra did not disappoint.
I love Hope the main character. Something I noticed in this one is how Hope cares for everyone and tries to solve the crimes but she is constantly being drug down but many of the other Characters. Hope endures and sleuths anyway which speaks highly big her devotion to her friends and family.
Hope does tend to get into tight spots when she confronts killers even when she's not trying.
I like her relationship with Jan her Author friend that Hope bounces off questions and scenarios which helps Hope put the pieces together and solve the crimes.
I enjoy the recipes the Author includes.
I liked the cover showing the town library that is the setting for many important scenes in the book.
I have enjoyed each of the books in this series and I am anxiously awaiting to turn pages again.
I received a complimentary copy.
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