Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Winning her over means winning everything
Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington’s best lead to tracking down the man he’s been hired to bring to justice: Sophie’s own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad in a way no one has ever been able to before. She spends her life finding—and making—homes for others: abandoned pets, her young niece. He’ll have to tell her why he’s really here. Which means he’ll have to choose between his sail-away dreams and the chance to build a forever home—with her.
Charmed I’m Sure (Or: The Art of First Impressions) by Cari Lynn Webb
I asked my two teenage daughters about the things that make a good first impression. Here’s their list:
1. Someone who can make you laugh
2. Someone who is upbeat
3. Someone who is sincere
4. Someone who is sweet and kind to everyone, including animals and nature
5. Someone with a real, genuine smile
Then I asked about things that make a bad first impression. Here’s their list:
1. Someone self-centered and who only talks about him/herself
2. Someone who is rude
3. Someone who is disrespectful, both to others and the environment. (I have a rule follower and she doesn’t like when others disregard the rules at a park or school playground or public places)
4. Someone who is two-faced and a hypocrite
5. Someone with bad breath
As I looked back over their responses, I was surprised that their first impressions were based on people’s actions and not so much on people’s physical appearances or clothing. We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover and I’ve tried to teach the same to my daughters. But this was a nice reminder that while I might look neat and put together, my actions are going to make an even stronger first impression. And I need to make sure it’s a good one every time.
And for fun, I thought I’d share the first impression teasers from my new release, The Charm Offensive, about PI Brad Harrington and pet-shop owner and animal rescuer, Sophie Callahan.
The man grinned at Sophie.
There was nothing symmetrical in the small smile that lifted only one side of his mouth, backed up into a sculpted cheekbone and sparked into his more green than brown eyes. She’d never quite understood that centuries-old fluttery feeling women described until now. She’d never liked being too warm or too queasy or too aware of those complicated emotional spots deep inside her. She blamed the single dimple denting his left cheek and wished he’d step behind the storage-room door. Instead, he studied Sophie as if she might be his next task on his own private to-do list. And made her wonder if she ranked first. Sophie told herself to focus and cleared her throat. “You need to move.”
“If you step aside, the cart and I can clear the doorway.”
Even his smooth voice appealed to her. But good-looking men were like designer shoes in the department store. She’d notice, acknowledge and keep moving. Designer shoes busted her budget; good-looking men busted more than her bank account, like her heart.
Brad noticed Sophie push the empty cart into the back room. For such a petite package, the woman remained a study in motion. She hadn’t stopped moving since she’d wedged herself between him and the cart and demanded he stop shelving her dog food.
He wouldn’t be surprised if she’d already found families for those kittens he’d brought inside.
She was efficient, competent and obviously guilty—like her father. There had to be a dark side to balance all that good, and he’d always been fascinated with exposing that shady inner core. And Sophie Callahan was too fascinating.
Now it’s your turn to let me know what makes a good or bad first impression on you!
Cari Lynn Webb
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Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
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