Mar 1, 2015

Accept This Dandelion By Brooke Williams

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Release Date: February 4, 2015

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Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host at the radio station where she works.  When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of “the Bachelor,” Renee goes along with it in order to raise her public profile.  Ben McConnell, the most eligible bachelor in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show, despite her bumbling audition.  Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee.  He gets a girl who doesn’t bow to his every whim…and a girl who opens his eyes to true, unexpected love. When nothing goes right on the local program called "Accept this Dandelion"...hilarity ensues. Imagine your worst possible dates happening...on TV!

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EXCERPT:

Renee leaned way over in her chair, throwing her arm up beside her for dramatic effect. She had the perfect line to close her short ad, but instead of delivering it, she flung one of the flickering candles to the floor with a loud crash.

“Fire!” she screamed as she realized the flame had not extinguished, but rather had transferred itself to the hem of her dress.

Before Renee could stop drop and roll, Ben leapt from his chair and threw himself across the small space separating them. The pressure of his body against her leg put out the fire instantly, but it also toppled her chair over, leaving them in a heap on the concrete.

Renee found herself on her side with Ben’s breath on her cheek. She slowly turned her head, though what she really wanted to do was push him away and run out of the studio as fast as possible.

“That was quite a commercial.” Ben didn’t make a move to rise. “Are you okay?”

Renee wasn’t sure how the dress looked, but there were no burning sensations on her leg. There was a twinge in the pit of her stomach. She nodded. “I’m okay.” She met his eyes and allowed herself a few beats to study him closely. He was handsome. And now, he was even a hero. Though he wouldn’t have had to save her from burning flames had she not set herself on fire.

Ben deftly got to his feet and pulled Renee from her chair as the producer rushed over and the camera operators stood by, panning down to capture Renee’s smoldering dress.

“Hey, Renee,” Ben whispered into her ear, “next time there’s fire between us, I’m not going to put it out.”

About the Author


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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” And she looks forward to the upcoming released of “Mamarazzi” and “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut.” Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).

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How do you juggle family life and writing life?

Very very carefully!! I dropped my baby once at 5 months old and the emergency room visit was not something I ever want to experience again! But seriously, the juggling is hard, but it’s all about priorities. While I love writing more than any other job I’ve had or could imagine having, I love my family SO much more. My girls come first and that’s that. Writing gets the leftovers, which means I get about one hour a day to write. My oldest daughter is in kindergarten and my youngest is 2 years old and naps about an hour a day. That’s when I write! And that’s it! I get up very early in the morning and occasionally I’ll get a little in then as well, but my youngest gets up early too so I don’t generally get much, if anything, done. And I can’t write at night because I’m simply too tired from the long day!

I often wish I had more time for writing because there are SO many things I want to do and SO many stories I would love to tell. But I remind myself that my girls are growing fast and they will both be in school before I know it. At that time, I will have all day everyday to devote to my fiction writing as well as my freelance writing business. And I will look back on the days I’m in now and wish I could go back, I just know it! Until the time when I HAVE more time, I enjoy every minute I get to be with my girls. Their giggles and smiles and glittery mischievous eyes are worth every second I give them. And my fingers fly in the one-hour I get to spend on my writing!

The key to success in juggling is to never take on more than you can handle. I am very careful about the freelance jobs I accept and take on. I have to realistically believe that I can get the job done by the deadline with ease, given my one-hour a day to work situation. I have turned things down because I don’t think I can handle them in my timeframe. I hate to do it, but I’m not going to sacrifice sleep or time with my daughters. I have overwhelmed myself a few times to know how I feel and I don’t like it. I don’t want to panic and have to stay up late. Sleep is too precious right now!

I wrote “Accept this Dandelion” about 5 months after my youngest was born. The story was on my mind and I couldn’t NOT write it. Some of it I wrote with her asleep on my lap. Some of it with my eyes half closed from extreme tiredness. But it had to get written. There was no way around it!

So while juggling novel releases, new projects, many different clients, and a family, among other things is not easy, I’ve always said when I’m not busy…I’m bored! And I can honestly say that at this stage in my life, I am NEVER bored!



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