NEW RELEASE: HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY by Carol Burnside

Contemporary Romance, Sensual
Released: 2.19.2014
Novel length, e-book
Format: e-book
Editor: Emily Sewell
Cover Design by Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs
Price: $3.99

This book is the second in the Sweetwater Springs series of stand-alone books by this author.
Former bad boy, Travis Baxter, has a reputation to live down, a job to do fast, and one woman he can’t seem to avoid. He’s starting a 24/7 renovation flip on Claire’s beauty salon when a surprise appears at his door . . . a three-year-old son. Immediate custody brings Travis a major problem. He needs a nanny.

Claire Larkin glimpsed a rare and appealing side of Travis during one ill-fated date, but her personal policy is no involvement, no strings. Not even a pet until she’s pronounced cancer free. With free time until her salon is done, Claire pitches in to help the grieving little boy and stunned father. Despite her best efforts to resist, she and Travis succumb to their attraction.

When it appears Claire’s cancer has returned, she pulls away and Travis is faced with a seemingly impossible decision. Protect his son from another loss or support the woman he’s come to love?

Fans of Marie Ferrarella, Tanya Michaels, Leanne Banks and Susan Mallery will enjoy this series, which contains sensual romance against a backdrop of family and community. 

Book 1: A Suitable Wife (Rosie and Sam), January, 2014
Book 3: His Small Town Princess (J.T. and Cass), March 2014
Other titles are planned for this series.
Read the first chapter here:
Read a scene with delicious banter between Claire and Travis here.
Buy links
Book 1: A Suitable Wife (Rosie and Sam) Excerpt / Buy links
Book 3: His Small Town Princess (J.T. and Cass), coming in March 2014
Other titles are planned for this series.
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Carol Burnside is an award-winning author traditionally published in short stories. Five of her novel length, contemporary romance manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. They reside in northern Arkansas, where Carol enjoys the Ozark foothills from her office windows and drinks sweet iced tea year round.

Also writing as Annie Rayburn, Carol produces speculative, erotic romance with a humanoid race living openly among us in present day. No matter what she’s writing, Carol/Annie loves hearing from her readers.

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46 comments

  1. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 2:44 AM  

    Fuzzy ladies, I'm honored to be featured on your blog today, my release day for HER UNEXPECTED FAMILY. Thanks for the invite!

    I'm gifting one randomly drawn commenter with a $10 Amazon GC and another with an ecopy of their choice: A Suitable Wife or Her Unexpected Family.

    Cheers!

  2. Cynthia D'Alba // February 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM  

    Good morning Carol! Love your voice! Best of luck with your new book.

  3. Anonymous // February 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM  

    Carol,
    You are on fire! I love your new series and with your great writing, Emily as your editor and Kim as the cover designer, you can't go wrong. Best of luck!

    Marilyn Baron

  4. Sandy Elzie // February 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM  

    Hi Carol,
    Love the cover...and love the storyline. It sounds like a touching novel and I can't wait to read it. Here's cheering for your continued success.

  5. Pam Asberry // February 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM  

    Go, Carol! :-)

  6. Debbie Kaufman // February 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM  

    Hey Carol & all you "Fuzzy Slipper" ladies,
    So excited for your new release! As soon as I finish commenting here, I'm off to buy it for my Kindle. Don't enter me in the contest, let someone else win since I already love your writing, Carol :)

    I really love the conflict you've set up and the complications that ensue. Best of luck with Her Unexpected Family!

  7. Terry Spear // February 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM  

    Woohoo, Carol, congrats on your new release!! Love your cover and the book sounds like a delight!

  8. Sia Huff // February 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM  

    Her Unexpected Family sounds very touching, with impossible conflict. Good job! I look forward to reading it.

    Sia

  9. Connie Gillam // February 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM  

    Congratulations, Carol!

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I love the cover.

  10. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM  

    Good morning, Cynthia. Same to you, girl!

  11. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM  

    Aw, thanks, Marilyn. I hope you're right!

    Carol

  12. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM  

    Thank you, Sandy. I had to keep the tissues handy while writing this one. It wasn't easy to write, but I love the characters.

  13. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM  

    I'm trying, Pam A. I'm trying! LOL

  14. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM  

    Oh, Debbie, that's so sweet. Thanks and right back at ya!

  15. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM  

    Ah, Terry, I appreciate you stopping by with your impossible schedule. Thanks so much!

  16. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM  

    Thank you, Sia. *waives* I'll see you on the PFHT blog tomorrow. :-)

  17. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM  

    Hi, Connie!

    VBG...
    Thank you.

  18. Mary Ricksen // February 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM  

    Congratulations on the release of what sounds like a terrific book! On my to buy list for sure!

  19. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM  

    Thanks, Mary R! That's great. :-D

  20. Mona Risk // February 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM  

    Welcome to the Pink Fuzzy Slippers and congratulations on your new book. www.monarisk.com

  21. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM  

    Thanks, Mona, and thanks for having me here.

  22. Nightingale // February 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM  

    The series sounds like good reads. I'll have to check them out! Thanks for sharing on the PFS. Linda

  23. Emily Sewell // February 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM  

    Congrats on releasing Her Unexpected Family, Carol! This is such a fun series to edit. Great cover!

  24. Autumn Jordon // February 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM  

    Her Unexpected Family sounds like a heart-warming read. As someone who lost their love to cancer, I love stories where cancer is kicked to the wayside. Way to go!

    Congrats on it's release.

  25. Anonymous // February 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM  

    Carol,
    This is one of my favorite stories. And I love the cover.

    Susan Carlisle

  26. Mary Marvella // February 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM  

    Carol, I am so glad you joined us today! That cover is a winner. Must get that book! grin!

  27. debjulienne // February 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM  

    Sounds like an amazing and touching story...can't wait to read.

  28. Barbara Monajem // February 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM  

    Hi, Carol. :) I must say your story sounds like the kind that would make me cry (a good thing). Good luck with it!

  29. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM  

    I'm glad you think so, Linda N. Happy to be here.

  30. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by to support me Em! You keep me on my toes.

  31. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM  

    Autumn, I've lost loved ones to cancer as well. Mean disease! I was happy to give Claire a better outcome, but I tried to be real and show that her struggle still affected her life for a long time.

  32. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM  

    Thank you, Susan. Ladies, Susan is my critique partner and best cheerleader. She also writes terrific medical romance.

  33. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM  

    I'm glad you like it, Mary. Kim Killion nailed this cover on her first draft.

  34. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM  

    Thank you, debjulienne. I appreciate the comment.

  35. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM  

    Hi, Barbara. I've since added a paragraph to my description for this book. It goes like this:

    Warning: This book contains hair salon gossip, hunky construction workers, sex in the shower, sudden humor and it might tempt you to gorge on pizza and brownies. Even so, at certain points the reader may wish to keep tissues handy.

    :-)

  36. Pamela Varnado // February 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM  

    Carol, you have such a distinct voice. You write the books I find hard to put down because you make it easy to bond and connect with your characters. Congratulations and best of luck to you.

  37. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM  

    Carol, congrats on the new release! Can't wait to read this one! You go girl.

  38. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM  

    Aw, Pamela V, now you're just making me blush, but THANK YOU!

  39. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM  

    Thanks, Scarlet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy revisiting the characters in Sweetwater Springs.

  40. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM  

    Randomly drawn, the prizes results are:

    debjulienne wins an ecopy of her choice: A Suitable Wife or Her Unexpected Family

    Pam Asberry wins the $10 Amazon GC

    Congrats, ladies! I'll be in touch with you regarding your prizes.

  41. Mary Marvella // February 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM  

    Excellent job, Carol! Feel free to return!

  42. Beth Trissel // February 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM  

    Hello Carol. I am soooo late to the party. Love having you with us. Your new series looks great.

  43. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM  

    Thank you, Beth.

  44. Josie // February 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM  

    Beth,
    I am later than you to the party.

    A belated welcome to the Pink Fuzzies, Carol/Annie, and best wishes on your new release.

  45. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // February 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM  

    Josie, I appreciate you ladies hosting me. I had a great time here.

  46. debjulienne // March 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM  

    This was a terrific book, thoroughly enjoyed the read. Adding Carol to my authors to follow list.