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Saturday, September 10, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight Fall #RomanticTravel with Patricia Preston

Good Morning from Hattiesburg, MS!

Well my vacation to South & North Carolina is coming to an end. Left Cherokee, NC yesterday and will arrive back home in Louisiana this afternoon.

Today's guest is not a complete stranger to our blog. Patricia shared some treasures with us in June but returns to share some Fall Romantic Travels!

                  #RomanticTravel Fall Beauty along #NatchezTrace #GiftCardGiveaway

I love autumn and the Natchez Trace in Tennessee has provided me with plenty of inspiration for the fictional setting, Lafayette Falls, that I’m using in my contemporary romances for Lyrical Shine. The drive is leisurely and stunning along the Trace in the fall. This is a national parkway so there are no stores, gas stations, power lines or commercial traffic on the Trace. It is steeped in history along with pastoral beauty. Great for photographers.

So if you want to get out on a pretty fall day for a drive and a picnic, check out these places.

Rock Creek. You can skip across the creek on square rocks. Fall Hollow is a lovely waterfall. I used it as a model for the waterfall in my book. It is an easy walk from the roadside. Jackson Fall is a larger waterfall and a longer hike from the road. There is also a portion of the original Trace that you can hike. This is the path Jackson’s army took on the way home from the Battle of New Orleans. One of my favorite overlooks is Baker’s Bluff which features a working 19-century farm. To learn more about all the sightseeing stops along the Trace, go to https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm     

New Release! One Week in Your Arms

My newest book, ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS, is mainstream contemporary romance filled with witty, charismatic characters. The fun, fast-paced plot features a secret baby, a billionaire baby daddy hero who needs a pretend girlfriend for a week, and a young doctor who is desperate to keep her child a secret. Unfortunately for the intrepid heroine, Marla, she needs money for her community clinic so she has no choice but to spend a week in paradise with the one man who can destroy her life. How can she say no? (Personally, I couldn’t say no. Could you?)


Six years ago, Dr. Marla Grant gave into temptation with a gorgeous man. Now the medical director of Lafayette Falls Community Clinic and a single mom to a little girl, Marla finds herself in a dilemma when the funding for the community clinic is threatened by none other than the powerful man of her long-ago fling and unsuspecting father of her child...

Carson Blackwell has never forgotten bright, beautiful Marla. When he discovers that she works at the clinic his grandmother's foundation sponsors, it's the perfect opportunity to end to his ongoing infatuation and use his leverage to cement a new business deal. He needs a fake girlfriend for one week in Hawaii, and Marla is just the woman for the job. It's a win-win situation, until they realize the attraction between them isn't feigned, and the heat has never died down. Only the secrets they're both keeping stand in the way of a future together and a love that could last a lifetime.

Excerpt from One Week in Your Arms

She picked up the letter opener. Her heart palpitated in sheer terror as she slid the opener under the flap of the envelope. With the envelope open, she peeped inside to see one folded sheet of stationery.
After six years, what could he possibly have to say?
She pictured him, standing beside a black truck in the drive of Royal Oaks, an old estate belonging to his grandmother. She recalled the date. June twenty-eighth. The day they had said goodbye had been a warm, blustery day in Tennessee. A summer storm was heading toward the rolling hills near Nashville.
The wind made a mess of Carson’s unruly dark hair. His dark blue eyes were hidden by a pair of mirrored lens aviators, and his alpha-male physique tested the seams of his polo shirt.
“If I’m ever back in town, I’ll look you up,” he promised as their casual affair came to an inevitable end. For three weeks, they had been together and finally, the time had come for them to go their separate ways. She hadn’t realized it would be so difficult.
“Sure.” She forced a smile of goodwill. After all, they weren’t parting in anger, or in love for that matter. And it was unlikely that she would ever see him again.
“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.
He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”
“You think so?”
“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”
“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”
She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.
“Goodbye,” he called.
             At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same.

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Author Bio

Patricia Preston writes witty mainstream romances where love matters most. You are her reader if you like funny, passionate, feel good reads. Must haves in her writing cave include sweet tea and music. Besides writing, she loves music, history, movies, and anything containing chocolate. Her dream-come-true would be a townhouse in the French Quarter so she could party twenty-four seven. She never misses Supernatural or the Walking Dead. Sam, Dean, and Darryl fangirl!! She is repped by the Seymour Agency and currently working on a contemporary romance series, Love Heals All, for Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books.  

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Wow...sounds like a good book.

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Until next time, take care and God Bless!


Ashantay said...

I enjoyed your blurb and excerpt, Patricia. The Natchez Trace is on my bucket list, and you've given me new impetus to drive the parkway. Best wishes with your book!

Patricia Preston said...

Hi Ashantay! Thanks for stopping by. Keep the Trace on your list. It is such a beautiful drive.

Patricia Preston said...

Pam, Thanks for having me over today! I will be working at my weekend job some today but I will be back later on today.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


The Natchez Trace sounds lovely! Congrats on the publication of your new novel.

Patricia Preston said...

Jacqueline, Thanks for stopping by! The Trace is pretty!

Diane Burton said...

Best wishes on your new release. Love the pictures.

Susan Coryell said...

The conflict sounds ripe for romance! May your latest work be a huge success!

Tanya Hanson said...

I enjoyed your blurb and excerpt and yes, I'd find a week like that hard to resist! Hubba. The Trail sounds so delightful. Native Californians, Hubs and I took a Southern tour for our 40th anniversary and got a little taste of southern charm in Savannah and Jeckyll Island but still have Tennessee on the bucket list. Thanks for the preview!

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Diane! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I love taking photos on the Trace.

Patricia Preston said...

Hi Susan!! Yes, there's a lot going on in that story! Thank you for the good wishes.

Patricia Preston said...

Tanya, you must visit Tennessee. Such beautiful country. I'm a hill person!! And Marla does have an interesting week in the book! :)

marilyn leach said...

Thanks for informing us about that beautiful byway. It sounds like a fun and refreshing outing. I love the plot line for your new book, too. It must have been a hoot to write. There's so many opportunities for comedy in that set up. Cheers

Kara O'Neal said...

Hi! I loved the excerpt. Their goodbye was filled with that sweet emotion of a good thing coming to an end. Sounds like a great book!

Patricia Preston said...

Marilyn, Thanks for stopping by. The Trace is such a soothing drive. Thanks for the compliments on the book. It was fun to write and the second book in the series is even funnier!

Patricia Preston said...

Hi Kara! Thanks for joining me today! I'm glad you liked the excerpt. They were a fun couple to write.

Marissa Garner said...

Hope I'm not too late. The Trace drive sounds lovely. Best of luck with your book.

Patricia Preston said...

You're not too late, Marissa! Thanks for your good wishes. The Trace is a beautiful drive.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Good luck on the new release!

Linda McLaughlin said...

The Natchez Trace sounds amazing! I've been to Natchez, Mississipi, but not on the Trace. Tennessee is on my bucket list, and I'll be sure to include this lovely drive.

Good luck with your new release.

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks! Elizabeth. Glad you stopped by.

Linda: The Trace is really pretty. Much more so in Tennessee, I think. But the Trace near Natchez has a lot of historical sites.