--> Please welcome my dear friend Carol Burnside. She's just in time to enjoy our fireplace for late April cold weather!

Her Unexpected Family by Carol Burnside
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?

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.

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), Coming soon
Other titles are planned for this series.
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Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. Also published in short stories, Carol’s novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence.

Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances which have been favorably received. Talk about cross-genre! Enjoy excerpts, review snippets, and more about her sexy Crainesian characters on her website  or connect with her on www.PetitFoursAndHotTamales.com.

Connect with her online via Website / Facebook / Twitter / Newsletter / Goodreads / Pinterest  or email her at Carol@CarolBurnside.com

Read 1st chapter here: http://wp.me/P1e7XX-XY
Buy links are here: http://wp.me/P1e7XX-68

Carol is offering a Her Unexpected Family for a comment picked at random.


  1. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM  

    Thanks, Mary. It's great to be here with the PFS Writers again. Is it cold in Atlanta? It's in the 20's here in north Arkansas tonight. Brrr!

  2. Barbara Monajem // April 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM  

    Hi, Carol! Great to see you here. Your story sounds so heartwarming. :)

  3. Beth Trissel // April 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM  

    Hello Carol! Lovely to have you here in the Fuzzies. Your story does sound very heartwarming. Catchy cover too.

  4. debjulienne // April 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM  

    This was a great story, I truly enjoyed it.

    Thanks for visiting!

  5. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM  

    I hope that's what readers get out of it Barbara. Claire and Travis certainly warmed my heart as I wrote it.

  6. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM  

    Thanks, Beth. I always enjoy my visits here.

  7. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn // April 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM  

    Thanks debjulienne. It makes me happy to hear that!

  8. Mary Ricksen // April 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM  

    The cover says it all!
    Love those tender stories!

  9. Mary Marvella // April 15, 2014 at 9:30 PM  

    YES! It's cold here, and I am NOT amused! I have 2 funerals to attend tomorrow.

  10. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn // April 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM  

    Ah, Mary R, me too.

  11. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 16, 2014 at 4:02 AM  

    Sorry to hear that, Mary B. It actually warmed here to 50'sF during the day, but it's chilly again tonight. I've got a house full of tomato plants waiting to be planted and company coming. Won't that look lovely?

  12. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM  

    And the winner is...Mary Ricksen.


    If you will e-mail me at carol@carolburnside.com, I will arrange to send your e-copy of Her Unexpected Family.

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // April 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM  

    Welcome Carol, sorry to be late, but school has been kicking my butt! today is the first time I've turned on my computer in three days. I know, that is just wrong! Anyway, congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read it.


  14. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 17, 2014 at 12:52 AM  

    Three days? That's a crime. I think I'd have withdrawals.

  15. Josie // April 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM  

    Welcome to the Pink Fuzzies, Carol, and thanks to MM for inviting you. So glad you enjoy visiting us, and best wishes on your new release.

  16. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // April 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM  

    Thank you, Josie!