Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Grant Me The Moon (Novella), Come Love a Cowboy Anthology by Caroline Clemmons ETAL

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GRANT ME THE MOON (Novella)
Come Love a Cowboy
Contemporary Western Romance Anthology

BY CAROLINE CLEMMONS
w/Kathleen Ball, Patti Sherry-Crews, Julie A. D’Arcy, Keta Diablo, Andrea Downing, Hebby Roman & Margo Bond Collins

Blurb

All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school history club students a local archeology dig. How could she know the excursion would involve a murder? Or that one of her students would be suspected as the killer? And she had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams.

Grant Grayson has taken over management of Grayson Ranch near Post, Texas to give his grandfather a less arduous schedule. A flash flood washed away an old talus slope on the ranch to reveal a prehistoric cave that is a Clovis site. Being a good citizen, he invited the nearest large university archaeology department to excavate the cave. When a gorgeous blonde high school teacher asks his permission to take her students to the site, how can he deny her? Especially when he is instantly attracted to her as he’s never been to anyone.

Tory and Grant are drawn in to the investigation to clear her student but unintentionally make themselves a target. Now they must evade the killer to celebrate their new found love.

Setting As A Character in GRANT ME THE MOON
By Caroline Clemmons

My story, GRANT ME THE MOON in the anthology COME LOVE A COWBOY, is set in Garza County, Texas. There, the Caprock marks the dramatic geographical change from the rolling lower plains to the high plains. The Caprock’s rise forms a one-sided canyon. At Post from Highway 84, you can see the Caprock’s imposing face rising 1000 feet. Driving northwest on Highway 84, stop on the Caprock’s crest and look back toward Post. The scene is fascinating and one I use in GRANT ME THE MOON.

Above the Caprock, in the High Plains, nature and life are different. Cottonwoods and willows grow above the Caprock, but their stands are so sparse that owls live underground in holes, like rabbits and prairie dogs. My daughter and I were fascinated to see owls living in holes alongside prairie dogs at one place in Lubbock. We were sad to see “progress” eliminate this prairie dog/owl settlement.

The Caprock escarpment stretches for some 200 miles south-southwestward from the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. This is technically hardpan rather than rock, a layer of caliche that resists erosion. And if you’ve ever lived where caliche was used to surface country roads, you know how that fine, white dust covers and/or infiltrates everything. Rivers and streams cut into the escarpment to create arroyos and larger formations, including the magnificent Palo Duro Canyon and the smaller Yellowhouse Canyon. Although Yellowhouse is dry now, at one time there was a stream and a lake in the canyon just below the Lubbock Lake Heritage site.

The Llano is dry and mostly treeless, the prevailing wind is from the southwest, and mirages are a frequent occurrence under the hot sun. Traveling from Post to Lubbock one day, my husband and I saw a very genuine-looking mirage of the Colorado Rockies. Even the crevices were visible as was snow on the peaks. We had seen actual sights like this while traveling in Colorado and were amazed that the mirage was so complete and realistic. If we had been traveling Highway 84 for the first time, we would have thought we were driving toward the mountains, for that is exactly how it appeared. After about twenty minutes, the mirage gradually softened and disappeared. An amazing experience, and I do wish I’d taken a photo.

This part of Texas continues to fascinate me for reasons I simply can’t explain. GRANT ME THE MOON is the second book I’ve set in Post (BE MY GUEST is the first) and I have one book set south of Lubbock, HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME. The future holds more books set in this area. I hope you’ll give COME LOVE A COWBOY a read and that you’ll enjoy GRANT ME THE MOON.GRANT ME THE MOON (Novella)

GRANT ME THE MOON (Novella)
Come Love a Cowboy
Contemporary Western Romance Anthology

BY CAROLINE CLEMMONS
w/Kathleen Ball, Patti Sherry-Crews, Julie A. D’Arcy, Keta Diablo, Andrea Downing, Hebby Roman & Margo Bond Collins

EXCERPT

This evening, she’d traded her business suit for a blue sundress and left her golden hair down, which he liked much better than the bun-like twisty thing she’d worn this afternoon. Instead of the killer heels she’d worn earlier in the day, she wore low-slung white sandals.

The forty-mile drive to Lubbock passed quickly with talk of archaeology and travel to ancient ruins.

As they entered the city, he asked, “Do you have a food preference?”

She wrinkled her nose. “I don’t want liver or Brussels sprouts. Anything else is fine.”

A laugh erupted from deep inside him. “I don’t like liver either. How about a steak house with a variety of food?”

“Your call, Grant, because I’m not familiar with what’s available. I’ve been reclusive this year. Except for school functions, I’ve spent evenings and weekends with Grandma.”

He chose a restaurant on 82nd Street and pulled into the parking lot. “Monday evenings are not especially busy, so we shouldn’t have trouble getting seated.”

He guided her inside and they were shown to a table.

After they’d placed their orders, he asked, “Your grandmother, is she all right?”

“Grandpa died last spring. She’s not ill, just frail and deeply in mourning. I was lucky there was an opening in the school.”

“Where did you teach before?”

She offered a wry smile, almost as if embarrassed. “Assistant professor at Texas A&M.” She shrugged and tilted her head. “I realize it appears I took a backwards step, but I was the one who could rearrange my life to move here. Fortunately, I genuinely enjoy teaching high school history.”

“So your grandmother is sad rather than ill. Does she get around well?”

She raised her eyebrows and nodded. “In fact, she can keep up with me. After Grandpa passed away, she was so heartbroken that we were afraid her health was deteriorating. Actually, it was. She wasn’t eating properly and not sleeping well. Or, she was staying up most of the night and sleeping most of the day. With me here, she keeps regular hours and we have breakfast and supper together.”

He reached across the table and laced his fingers with hers. “But not tonight.”

She met his gaze and smiled before she slid her hand to her lap. Disappointment claimed him at the loss of her touch.

“I stopped by the store on my way home and bought her a chicken pot pie in a brand that’s healthy. I only hope she’s doing as I asked and having that and a salad for dinner.”

After they’d eaten, he drove under the speed limit on the way back to Post. Her company fascinated him and he wished he could prolong the evening. When they reached the edge of the Caprock above Post, he pulled over at a wide space on the shoulder and opened the sunroof.

“I love this spot. You can see the lights of our little town below and the stars above.”

She relaxed against the seat and head rest. “The almost full moon tonight obscures many of the stars. This is a beautiful vantage point, though. As if we’re divine and are hanging above the world. I could almost reach out and touch the moon.”

He reached for her hand and entwined their fingers “Should I grab it for you?”

She offered a whimsical smile. “Let’s leave it there so everyone can enjoy the moonlight.”

Meet Author Caroline Clemmons… 読書

Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys time with family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends.

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Burst_02**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Caroline will give away a copy of COME LOVE A COWBOY ANTHOLOGY to two lucky readers who comment on this Karen’s Killer Book Bench Blog. NOTE TO READERS: Be sure to also check out Caroline’s #FREE sampler book link. Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your novella and anthology with us.

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15 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Grant Me The Moon (Novella), Come Love a Cowboy Anthology by Caroline Clemmons ETAL

  1. Rose Arbor says:

    Wow! An anthology! This just looks wonderful! Hours of good reading! Sorry for all the exclamation points. I’m just excited.

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Caroline, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’m with Rose on this one. Who doesn’t love an anthology of romance? Add in a cowboy? I’m there! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your anthology with us!

  3. Ora Dee Rocks says:

    Wow I’d love to read these books 🙂

  4. Caroline Clemmons says:

    Ladies, thank you for commenting. The eight stand-alone contemporary western romances were fun to read and work on.

    Karen, thank you for sharing your Killer Book Bench today!

  5. Thanks for hosting, Karen. Caroline sure knows how to put the reader in the story with her attention to detail.I felt like I was in Post, TX.
    This is a great collection of stories with something for everyone.

  6. Colleen C. says:

    Oh I love anthologies! What a great way to get a taste of other authors’ books when they are new to you… thanks for sharing!

  7. Good morning, Karen and Caroline,
    What a fascinating bit of background for your story! The way you described it, it almost sounds like Fataa Morgana, a fabulous phenomenon we see here frequently.

  8. Thanks for showing off COME LOVE A COWBOY as well as Caroline’s great book. It was great working with her and all the others on this anthology.

  9. Love Caroline’s writing

  10. Keta Diablo says:

    Hello Karen & Caroline,

    Thanks so much for featuring Come Love A Cowboy and Caroline’s story Grant Me The Moon. I promise you it’s a very good story Caroline delivers.

    Sincere appreciation from all the authors of Come Love A Cowboy. We appreciate your support and spotlight,

    ~Keta~
    http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

  11. Hebby Roman says:

    Thank you for hosting our anthology, “Come Love A Cowboy.” Love the name of your blog, it really grabs you!

    • Karen Docter says:

      You’re welcome, Hebby. I can’t wait to read everyone’s story. Thanks for being a part of the Killer Book blog! It’s fun to share all of the wonderful stories that are out there. 🙂

  12. bn100 says:

    interesting anthology

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