Being a county girl who married a city boy, I can’t help but loving this kind of story!
Bachelor in the Boondocks by River Ames is a Clean Contemporary Romance.
Jared Sherman has been coerced into spending six months of his life in the small Missouri town of Green River. His uncle wants to merge their businesses, but before the older man will talk business, he’s made it a pre-condition of the agreement that his nephew move to Green River.
Jared, a big city sophisticate, is having trouble wrapping his mind around country living. He feels as if he’s traded in his life in the fast line for a sojourn straight out of a rerun of the “Andy Griffith” show.
Except, Jared doesn’t remember an episode that had Sheriff Andy standing in the buff with only a flimsy pair of frilly curtains preserving what’s left of his dignity while being surrounded by the broken glass of his bedroom window.
Cue Amelia Greene.
“Call 911, and I’ll break your arm.”
She can understand him not wanting anyone else to see him in this bizarre situation, but his tone is unacceptable.
Being the good neighbor that she is, and because it was her younger brother whose baseball smashed through Jared’s window, Amelia helps Jared free himself from the shards of glass essentially holding him hostage.
Jared Sherman is a man who’s counting the hours until he can escape the confines of country living. Another countdown is underway, however.
He’s counting down the next time he can steal another sweet kiss from a woman who’s so devious he can’t figure out how she manages to be so darned seductive. Maybe by wearing her flaming hair in a bun, going about in long-sleeve blouses, and forgoing expensive perfumes, she’s discovered a sure-fired way to entice even the most dyed-in-the-wool bachelor.
Who would have ever thought the natural look could inflame a man’s desires?
Good grief, she was literally the girl next door.
But, he was a man who had no intention of living in the boondocks, minus the docks.
“In the big city, that’s how we say goodnight,’’ Jared whispered, releasing her.
“You don’t say,” Amelia responded tartly.
His eyes narrowed. “You don’t give an inch, do you? I feel as though I’m waging a military campaign against you.”
“Don’t be expecting a white flag of surrender any time soon.”
“The thought never crossed my mind. But you should know, I do take prisoners.” He brushed his knuckles against her cheek. “Will you invite me over for dinner tomorrow night?”
“I’d have to be crazy to invite the enemy into my camp, wouldn’t I?”
“Live dangerously,” he said, turning to leave.
Madness—wild and reckless—seized her… “Wait!”
Her wild, reckless, and impetuous kiss cut off his start of surprise.
Her arms twined about his neck. His stronger ones pulled her even closer.
For a few mindless moments, she experienced the thrill of both conquest and surrender.
“That is how we say good-night in the country, Jared.”
About the Author
River Ames spent the first eighteen years of her life in Southern California. Here is a partial list of some of the cities in which she lived: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte, Arcadia La Puente, Lomita, West Covina, Pacifica, Santa Monica, Palmdale, and Hacienda Heights. In some of those cities, she lived at six different addresses. In the city of La Puente, River’s family lived in four different houses on the same street. The non-glamorous reason for all the moves was habitual eviction necessitated for non-payment of rent. It was an interesting way to grow up.
River attended twenty-six different elementary schools, two different junior high schools and four different high schools. In one elementary school, she was a student for only three days.
Perhaps, because she was so frequently identified as the “new girl,” the pattern of River being an observer instead of a participant in the interactions going on around her seemed a logical fit for her personality.
When she was thirteen, River read “Gone with the Wind.” She skipped three days of school in order to finish the book in one sitting. Disappointed in Rhett for “not giving a damn,” River wrote her own sequel–in long hand, on three-hole punch, notebook paper. The opening line? “Tomorrow dawned bright and fair.” In less than fifty pages, Scarlett had been transformed into Jane Eyre and Rhett had fallen in love with her all over again.
After Southern California, River has spent the next part of her life living in the semi-rural town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of Idaho State University, majoring in Health Education Sciences and Addiction Counseling. She’s worked the past ten years at a Behavioral Health Center where she assisted children, teenagers, and adults committed in a 24/7 secured facility because of mental health challenges they are experiencing.
River’s books celebrate the good-natured humor that lays at the heart of most of our human predicaments. The conflicts are significant, yet it is her characters and their quirky (yet somehow universally relatable) thoughts, words, and choices that reflect a light-hearted peek into a world we wish was real. The amazing thing is that these worlds are real to readers for the time they visit there.
Readers have said: “In a River Ames book, one minute I’m laughing out loud, and the next I have a lump in my throat.”
River is currently readying a historical novel, “Gideon’s Justice.” This three-part novel is Book I in a three volume western series set in the Colorado Territory.
Hi River, and thank you for being with us today.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
My secondary characters often have their own stories to tell. It is through my secondary characters and their experiences that my heroes and heroines are able to gain insights to their own challenges.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Definitely not silence and not with noise, either. I write to music. I click on Pandora and have a favorite playlist. I love the soundtracks from Last of the Mohicans and Brave Heart. Listening to major motion picture soundtracks seems to draw me into my characters’ world and gets the creative magic flowing. My imagination also reacts well to orchestrated Christian music, along the lines of How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace, and other classics.
What do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
My reading preferences seem to be in a constant state of flux. I love Dean Koontz’s novels (The ones in the midpoint of his career) One Door Away From Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, and Watcher are among my favorites. I’m kind of a wimp, though, so some of his writing is just too gruesome for me. Jayne Krentz, Linda Howard, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Julie Garwood are among my favorite romance authors. Again, though, I skim through their graphic sex scenes. Linda Howard’s Open Season and Mr. Perfect are two of my favorites that she’s written. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Dream a Little Dream is my all-time favorite book that she’s written.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely want writing to be a full time career. One of my challenges is that I have several passions that compete for my writing time, i.e., gardening, fixing up my house, and crafting. All three activities provide outlets for my creativity that truly satisfy something deep within me.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I concentrate on writing one book at a time. And yet, I have a half-dozen or more novels in my head. I’ve created files for them. And, when a bit of dialogue between their characters, or a plot twist comes to me, I make detailed notes which I later type up and put in their respective folders.
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