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Friday, January 27, 2012

Have book will travel -a guest blog by Michelle Beattie




Have book will travel -a guest blog by Michelle Beattie

I don't read to "travel" to exotic or never-been-to-before places. I usually grab a book based on a) partly it's cover, b) it's back blurb and c) if it's a favorite author. Still, I have to say that if I enjoy a story AND it's taken me someplace I've never been, I feel like I've travelled, in some small way, away from home.

Through books I've been swept to a Caribbean island, a mountain ski resort and the Florida Everglades. I've "been" to Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, New Orleans, the Chesapeake Bay. I feel as though I've felt the icy chill of an Alaskan blizzard, felt the humidity of Louisiana and bounced along a rutted road in a stagecoach.

What a treat it is to lose yourself in a book, to be taken on an emotional as well as a physical journey.

I live in Alberta, Canada. I have two daughters and my husband has his own business. We don't travel much and, frankly, some of the settings I've read about aren't really on my radar anytime soon. However, BECAUSE I've read about them, I am now more interested in seeing them than I was before.

So, readers, is there a book/location that so captivated you in a book you've since gone there yourself or are planning a trip to go see?



I don't read to "travel" to exotic or never-been-to-before places. I usually grab a book based on a) partly it's cover, b) it's back blurb and c) if it's a favorite author. Still, I have to say that if I enjoy a story AND it's taken me someplace I've never been, I feel like I've travelled, in some small way, away from home.

Through books I've been swept to a Caribbean island, a mountain ski resort and the Florida Everglades. I've "been" to Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, New Orleans, the Chesapeake Bay. I feel as though I've felt the icy chill of an Alaskan blizzard, felt the humidity of Louisiana and bounced along a rutted road in a stagecoach.

What a treat it is to lose yourself in a book, to be taken on an emotional as well as a physical journey.

I live in Alberta, Canada. I have two daughters and my husband has his own business. We don't travel much and, frankly, some of the settings I've read about aren't really on my radar anytime soon. However, BECAUSE I've read about them, I am now more interested in seeing them than I was before.

So, readers, is there a book/location that so captivated you in a book you've since gone there yourself or are planning a trip to go see?


Another Chance
By Michelle Beatti


Being a veterinarian in the late 1800’s is difficult enough, but for Jillian Matthews it’s impossible. Not allowed in the vet schools, she trained at her father’s side until she had the skills needed to move west. Jillian accepts an advertisement for a position in Montana, using only her initials which happen to be same as her father’s. Convinced that in the untamed west, her skills will be valued and appreciated, regardless of her gender, she’s quickly proved wrong.

Wade Parker is sure the pretty redhead claiming to be the vet he sent for is one of his ranch hands’ practical jokes but the fiery woman very quickly puts him in his place and proves him wrong. His impression, however, turns south when the animal she operated on later dies. With a ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, losing an animal was the last thing he could afford and he can’t help thinking the old vet, the male doctor, wouldn’t have let his animal die.

With Wade’s initial reaction guiding them, the town is quick to want Jillian out. But the more Wade gets to know Jillian, the more he sees her grit and compassion, the harder he falls for her. When Wade realizes he was too hasty in his judgment and urges the town to give Jillian another chance, he makes more than few enemies. Enemies that would do almost anything to get her out, and to make sure Wade doesn’t take her side again.

Soon threats turn to violence and both Wade and Jillian must make a stand. The problem is, at what cost?

About the Author:



Michelle Beattie has been writing for 16 years. Her first pirate novel was released in December 2008 under the title, What a Pirate Desires. Since then she added two more to her series, Romancing the Pirate and A Pirate's Possession.



Changing gears a bit, Michelle has decided to follow the growing trend of published authors independently publishing their own books. She released her first independent title, a contemporary light paranormal, Love By Accident, in October and is following it up with a historical western, Another Chance.



Her pirate books have received wonderful praise from publisher's weekly, Romantic Times and several on-line review sites as well as have been published in several languages. Love By Accident hit #14 in ghosts on Amazon's site on its release day.



Michelle lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, two daughters and a rabbit.




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