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Monday, July 9, 2018

To Catch A Thief by Nan Dixon ๐Ÿ’• Guest Post, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway ๐Ÿ’• (Contemporary Romance)



What would you do for your family?

When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamรก, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.

Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?


Putting Family First and Living Your Own Life

Thank you for having me on your blog and thank you for this topic. It is so difficult to balance your own dreams with your family and job. And as I think back to my children’s younger years, I have to admit the time is blurred. But I found one of my Christmas letters as I was cleaning up scrapbooks and photo albums at my family cabin this last weekend. It reminded me of those years.
Let me take a step back. I have five children. (One set of twins.) And I was a CFO in the healthcare industry when they were growing up. The job was bigger than 5 days a week and I was so happy that the my youngest, the twins, were always excited to come to the my office on Saturdays and draw on my white board, or play on the calculator, or have a rubber band war with the IT staff that was usually around.
But back to the Christmas letter. Here is what I said: The household is on its usual chaotic carousel ride: trying to fit work, play, sports and dance into our lives. ‘Our lives are filled with wondrous variety.’ (A quote from Robin Hood that my youngest loved.)
I was exceedingly organized. With five active kids I didn’t have a choice. I had an Outlook calendar just for their activities and who needed to pick them up and where they were. (Carpooling helped a lot!) I also had a great capacity to compartmentalize and multi-task. But when I was home, the kids and house were the first priority.
Even them I was writing. But my family didn’t know. I didn’t write until everyone was in bed, dishes cleaned and the house picked up. Usually I wrote with my laptop in bed. Because the characters and stories in my head needed to be freed. And I plotted in the car on my homeward bound commute. Heading to work was prep for the day’s activity.
How did I do all this? An optimistic outlook on life was a must. I probably didn’t get as much sleep as I needed. I drank massive quantities of tea. I thrived in chaos. Having fun with the mundane tasks was required. My children still talk about matching socks every Sunday evening. (They hated it. And I think there is still a basket of socks in the basement.) I had make time to hug and read a book and play. And to survive, all the kids had their chores.
I’m so proud of how my children have grown and flourished. They are each such wonderful people and so individual. When my family gets together with my other sisters’ families, it is nice to hear the compliments on how my kids don’t have to be told to do tasks. They are responsible adults and it makes a mother proud to hear this.
This was the ending of the Christmas letter –
As you can sense, our lives are full, if not with wondrous variety, then with schedules, books, music, laughter, car seats, diapers, dance shoes, footballs, basketballs, a million unmatched socks, homework and a huge family with a lot of love.
And love is needed the most. Celebrate the small accomplishments and victories of each day with the people you love. And be there to help the ones you love survive the tough days, the disappointments, the tears, anger and frustration.
Maybe that is why I write romance and books about families pulling together and finding each other. Because without love, our world would be bleak and gray. And I want sunshine and joy.
I am so lucky to be able to write fulltime and have a family that is proud of what I have done and encourages me. Right now I am at the family cabin. A place my father built before I was born. Two of my sisters and I own it now. The other sister has a place five cabins away. Family pictures cover every wall in the room where I sit. I tear-up as I look at a wall of dock pictures of my kids along with their cousins. My father always put them in age then stood in the water to take the photo. There are pictures of my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and my great-grandfather Seymour from the civil war. I am surrounded by family and love and what could be better than that?
This weekend there will be a family reunion. I can’t wait for the kids to fill the cabin with joy and laughter. The happy memories are strong here at the cabin, but I’m greedy. I want more. More laughter, more dock pictures, more joy. With my family. My books are all dedicated to my family. I hope you have family to share your life with, if not I hope you have friends that are family to you. Because we all need love.




“I really appreciate you coming to the hospital.” How many times had Carolina said that already?

Sage slid closer. “I want to see you again.”

She could see the kiss coming.

He stopped inches from her face and asked, “Can I kiss you?”

“Yes.” Her single word was a whisper.

His lips were gentle. Sweet. Light pressure with a little scrape from his stubble.

“Nice,” he murmured, brushing kisses on her cheeks and eyes.

Her hands rested against his chest. “Really nice.”

Sage leaned in. His tongue licked the seam of her lips, seeking entrance.

She opened and stroked his tongue with hers. He tasted of coffee and mint and something dark and sexy. His chocolate-citrus scent made her want to sip at his lips, kiss his eyelids and nibble on his collarbone. She gripped his shoulders, the muscles hot under her hands.

He tipped her head and buried his fingers in her hair.

She fell hard into their kiss, wanting to explore the firm body beneath her fingers. “Sage.”

He pulled her closer.

Pain slashed her chest as her seat belt locked in place. "Ooh."

They laughed.

He cupped her cheek. “I guess your car is trying to tell us something.”

That she should take him up on his offer to come up to his apartment?

“I can meet you at the hospital in the morning,” Sage suggested. “Maybe we could have breakfast nearby?”

Guilt had her sitting back behind the wheel. While kissing Sage, she’d forgotten about her mother. “I’ll have to see what’s happening.”

“Sure. Sure.” He brushed another kiss on her lips, this one sweet and soft. “Will you let me know when you get home? I don’t want to worry that you didn’t make it.”

Had anyone ever cared if she got home safely? “I’ll call.”

    




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Award winning author Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career. She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson and one neurotic cat.


   


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27 comments :

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks for following the tour, Lisa!

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  2. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win but also for helping us find some terrific books to read. I have a family who loves reading so this helps me out since they all have various genres.

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  3. Thank You so much for hosting a stop on the tour!

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  4. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. If you are involved with a fed, stealing is definitely risky. Loving the premise.

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    1. I liked the challenge it presented to him.

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  6. Did you interview many FBI agents?

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    1. Since this isn't a FBI procedural, I did my research on the internet. The FBI has pretty good information on line.

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  7. They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, so I guess a thief is a handy thing to keep around. Of course, I guess you have to catch one first.

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  8. Great excerpt!! Shared on all my socials!!

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  10. To Catch a Thief sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great book.

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  12. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour! ๐Ÿฆ‹

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  13. This sounds like a great read.
    I wish you success on your tour.

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  14. What genre have you been reading lately and what inspired you to want to read that genre?

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