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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Still the One by Robin Wells - Giveaway!

Still the One
by Robin Wells

After Katie Charmaine's husband is killed in Iraq, all she has left is a closet full of his clothes, a few pictures, and fond memories. She not only lost her love, but her last chance to have the children she's always wanted. Until Zack Ferguson shows up in town . . . with the daughter Katie gave up for adoption nearly seventeen years ago.

Zack Ferguson has never forgotten Katie, or the one magical night they spent together. Seeing her again brings up a tidal wave of emotions: regret over the way he left her, anger at the secret she kept, and desire he hasn't felt in years. But he's in town for Gracie. Their daughter is sixteen, angry at the world, and-worst of all-pregnant. She needs the love of her two parents now more than ever. Can these three forgive the hurts of the past and open their hearts to each other?


I always know a lot more about my characters and fictional settings than I have room to put into a book. One thing about the fictional town of Chartreuse, Lousiana that didn’t make it into either Between the Sheets or Still the One: it has a sign at the city limits that reads: “Welcome to Chartreuse, the most colorful town in Louisiana.”

The town of Chartreuse is loosely modeled on a town about thirty minutes from my home called Pontchatoula. Pontchatoula is very eccentric: it has a giant strawberry on the roof of the police station and a caged pool in the middle of town that houses an enormous alligator.

The concept of the Chartreuse Cafe as a local gathering place comes from a cafe in Pontchatoula. When you walk inside, it’s like entering a time warp to the fifties.

I decided to create a fictional town instead of setting my stories in an actual one because I mention local politicians. I didn’t want anyone to think I was referring to actual people.

I love writing about small towns because they have such a rich sense of community. People’s lives and histories are intertwined, which can make for some interesting dynamics. When one person changes, it can be hard for the other people to accept (after all, they remember what you were like in high school!), but then every change has a ripple effect throughout the whole community.

I started thinking about Katie’s story the moment she appeared as a secondary character in Between the Sheets. I wanted her to be married so that she could offer Emma experience-based advice about love, but I wanted her to be able to hang out as a single, unencumbered by a husband. I decided Katie’s husband would be in Iraq. Then I started wondering what her life would be like when he returned - or if he would return. And that’s when the story of Still the One took off.

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I have five copies of this book to giveaway courtesy of Hachette Books.  Giveaway is open to U.S./Canada - no PO boxes.  To enter - just leave a comment with your email address.  This giveaway will end on June 20.


thaeter7 said...

I voted.

Virginia C said...

"Still the One" sounds like one great read : ) Please enter my name in the drawing.

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DarcyO said...

This sounds like a great book. Please include me.

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Kara said...

Ohhh...I have been wanting to read this one!! Please enter me.

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AmandaSue said...

I'd love a chance to read this book thanks!


ChristyJan said...

This sounds like a great read ~ please enter me.


Colleen Turner said...

I would love to win this, please enter me!

tetewa said...

Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Shirley said...

I'd love to read this book! Thanks!

christina said...

count me in! thanks!

Christine H said...

I'd like to read this book. count me in too. Thanks for all the giveaways!! and all the great books too.


Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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enyl said...

Thanks for the contest. Still The One sounds like a great way to start the summer.

Linda Kish said...

I hope you pick me.

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Mystica said...

I would like to be entered please.

Thank you for hosting.


Renee said...

this book sounds great; thanks for this wonderful giveaway


Anonymous said...

I am so anxious to read this one...please enter me. Thanks!!!

thecoolmom said...

Sounds like a great read for the summer.

Crystal said...

This one sounds so good - I would love to win it.


ossmcalc said...

This definitely sounds like it would be full of a tidal wave of emotion. I would like to read this book. Please enter me into your giveaway.

Thank you,


Dawn M. said...

I've been hearing a lot about this one. Would love to read it. :0)

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to enter for my wife. Thanks for the giveaways!

Aik said...

I'd love to enter this contest!

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