Hello and welcome to the Home Town Heroes Blog Tour featuring author Melissa Keir! I’m so happy to be one of the stops on this fabulous tour by Safari Heat Book Tours and Author Services! So without further ado I give you the wonderful Melissa Keir who is sharing a little about the love of her life!! Welcome, Melissa!
The Love of My Life
That’s right…I’ve found the love of my life. He is always there for me and you can’t imagine the way his face lights up when I get home. But it is those fluffy ears, the slurppy wet kisses, and the way he cocks his head when I talk to him that makes me smile.
If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about my dog. Pets have been an important part of my life since I could walk. When I was born, my parents already had a white German Shephard named Heidi that they doted on, but I also easily fell in love with her. he used to follow me around, even when I got in trouble. She followed me into the road on one fateful day and was hit by a car because I was playing there. If not for her, I may not be here today. After Heidi, numerous other pets soon followed.
Throughout the my growing years, I’ve had dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, hamsters, mice, and guinea pigs. No animal was too strange for me. The chickens used to roost in my garage on top of the van. They never learned to lay eggs so they became dinner. The rabbit was as big as a dog and even was mistaken for a dog by one of my boyfriends. The poor cats became my dolls as I dressed them up and forced them to dance along to Elvis Presley. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the animals that were strange…*grin*
But having pets means giving of yourself and putting someone else first. I had to learn how to care for another living thing that relied on me. They taught me character, responsibility, caring, kindness, and compassion. Sometimes it was the way that they did what I asked, but most often my lessons were best taught by the tough times that they were sick, missing or just being stubborn. Have you ever tried to get chickens to come when you call?
I’ve seen the miracle of life as my cat, Blackie, gave birth to seven babies one night in a box in the garage. The five of us stood around her box and watched as each pain gripped her body and the first breaths of her new kitten.
The biggest lesson that I learned from animals was about how life really worked. There are times of happiness and times of sorrow. Each time a pet left my life, it felt like my heart would break. And their passing made the passing of my grandparents and mother that much easier. Pets have taught me so much.
Today, my two dogs, Calleigh and Grissom sit by my side as I type this. They snuggle with me when I go to bed and are my two little fur babies. I also have a cat, Thunder, who has been a protector to me—killing snakes and other creatures—all without his front claws! Now that he is old and no longer goes outside, I am his comfort and protector.
The many things that pets have taught me are what I bring to my writing. My stories are like my little paper babies. I’m still in the infancy stages of writing where I’m bound to make a few mistakes—maybe get a little too close to the dog’s face in all that excitement. But I am sure to learn from those lessons and come out a stronger writer for it.
Each time I sit down to write a story is like watching those kittens being born in the box. I wonder how it will all work out and amazed at the final piece, seeing it come alive. I’m humbled by it and excited to try it all over again.
Caring and compassion are two things that I bring to my characters. I like that my characters are “real people” with real life situations. Lissa Vincent in “Second Time’s the Charm” and “Three’s a Crowd” has felt the sting of divorce and constantly grapples with the guilt of being a good parent to her sons. That fierce need to protect them and put the children first comes through in her story. In that way, she was like my dog, Heidi, willing to give her life for the people she loves.
It is when Lissa sees that spark of a good father in Alex that she begins to believe in the future. There is nothing sexier than a guy who is a great father. Check out my book “Three’s a Crowd” to see how their happily ever after is working as they blend two families including ex-spouses. It’s certainly a trial by fire.
For Lissa, the second time at love was a charm but in marriage, three’s a crowd.
Single mother Lissa Vincent found her soul mate in her best friend’s ex-husband. Alex Hunter couldn’t believe his fortune when his ex-wife told him her best friend was available. After divorce, finding love again could be a challenge but it appeared Alex and Lissa had gotten lucky. Yet as they start their lives as newlyweds, Alex and Lissa don’t realize just how difficult it might be to blend a family.
When Alex’s ex new marriage begins to unravel, she sets her sights again on Alex. Does Alex still have feelings for the mother of his child? Will Lissa keep her best friend or lose her husband?
Fairytales promise a happily-ever-after. But what really happens after the after.
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“Hi, honey. I’m home.” I called as I entered the house. The boys were spending the night with their father but I could see Alex was on the phone and he quickly waved me toward him. Sitting down next to him on the couch, I listened patiently, curious as to what was going on.
“Yes, I suppose we can switch days for Joe to come over. I’m sorry things are that way at your house. Joe’s always welcome here. Just let me know what I can do to help.” Chloe. Frowning, I listened for more. “Mike seems like a great guy. If you two are having issues, maybe you can talk to a counselor or something. Let me know what I can do to help. I’m always willing to listen. Bye.”
“What’s going on? Your conversation seemed pretty edgy.”
“She and Mike are having issues. She thinks he might be having an affair. She wants us to get Joe early and maybe keep him a few days extra so she can spend some time with Mike and try to talk things through. She doesn’t want to put Joe in the middle. You know how he feels about Mike.”
“I’m sorry to hear it. She mentioned the stress to me at lunch yesterday but nothing about an affair. I didn’t want to bring it up to you or share things I shouldn’t. The boys love spending time with him and it’ll be good for Joe to spend more time with you.”
Alex put his arm around me and kissed me softly. “You’re wonderful, Lissa. I know this will take more work on your part, but I really appreciate how you’re willing to do anything for my son.”
“I love Joe, you know that. But honestly, I’m worried about something. Chloe seems to want to rely on you for support. I don’t want you to get caught in the middle of their issues. The other day at lunch, she told me how much she still cares for you and warned me away from you. It was uncomfortable.”
“Lissa, I love you. Not Chloe. You have nothing to worry about.” Taking my face in his hands, he kissed me deeply and made me forget all of my worries. “Let me show you how much you mean to me.” Alex picked me up and carried me to the couch. Undressing me slowly, he worshiped my figure with his mouth, making me cry out in passion. Then he moved me to our bed and showed me again, this time with his hard body, just how much he loved me.
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.
This is what readers are saying about Melissa’s books:
Amazon 5 star review for Second Time’s the Charm- “Such a sweet and heart warming story. As I read it, and the details unfolded, I was engrossed to see if that I thought was going to happen, would really happen.” – Lacey Wolfe, Romance Author.
Barnes and Nobel 5 star review for Protecting His Wolfe- “Great read. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the characters, especially Betsie and the Pigg brothers. A love story with suspense and surprise.” – Anonymous
Melissa loves hearing from readers!
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMelissaKeir (fan page)
At the end of the tour Safari Heat Book Tours and Melissa will be giving away a $40.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N. This will be decided by the winner. There is more than one way to get entries to the contest. You will get an entry for each blog you join, and one for leaving a comment. So for each blog stop you can get two entries!!
Thank you so much for joining us today!! I hope you’ll follow along for the rest of the tour!
Have a fabulous day!!