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Jun 20, 2012

Author Guest Post: Michelle Beattie (Heart of Mine)

Hi my lovely readers! I trust that you're all doing fine. Today we have a very special guest. We have Ms. Michelle Beattie, the author of Heart of Mine (Bandit Creek), to share her thoughts to us. This would make us know more about her and her characters in her book, Heart of Mine (Bandit Creek). I won't make this any longer, please read on to Ms. Michelle Beattie's guest post..

Author Guest Post:

Who doesn't like a Cinderella story?  That idea that a person down on their luck, who has the worst parts of life constantly being thrown at them can find the happiness they deserve?  I love this concept and while I realize that it isn't a universal truth, that there are millions of people who only ever see the worst life has to offer, the romantic in me likes giving my characters the happiness they've struggled to achieve.

And so, take out the palace, princes and fairy godmothers and throw a flawed couple into the American West and you have a western, historical Cinderella story.

Jake is rich and bitter, tired of being used for his wealth.  Laura has loved Jake her whole life but he doesn't see her.  So when her father forces her into trapping Jake, she sees it not only as a chance to break free of her controlling father, but a chance to make Jake happy.  Obviously Jake doesn't see it that way, but Laura is determined to show him she isn't after his money, only his love.

What appeals to me, more than the downtrodden get a chance at happiness is the one truth I've always believed; money can't buy happiness.

It can't buy you the cure for cancer; it can't bring back a loved one.  It can't make people love you.  It can't help you love yourself.

And so, while it's always fun to play the "what would you buy if you had all the money in the world?" game, I thought I'd take this post down a more serious path.

If you had all the money you ever wanted but could trade it for ONE thing.  What would that be?

Interesting thoughts from Ms. Michelle Beattie. I guess, if I have all the money in the world I would trade it for simple happiness. I think that's the only treasure I would want to keep.

Thank you Ms. Michelle Beattie for this very interesting guest post. I enjoyed reading it.

I have read Ms. Michelle Beattie's "Heart of Mine" and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I will post the full review in the coming days.  But for now, I'm leaving you with this...

Heart of MineTitle: Heart of Mine(Bandit Creek)
Author: Michelle Beattie
Print Length: 94 pages
Publisher: Michelle Beattie (April 12, 2012)
Book Blurb:

To avoid a forced marriage, Laura Gibbs has little choice but to go along with her controlling father’s plan to deceive the man she’s secretly loved for years. Scared and alone, she lies next to a drugged and sleeping Jake knowing fully well the position she’s putting him in. Jake Evans has been burned in the past and has learned the hard way that nobody is interested in him, only his money. So when he wakes to find Laura in his bed, he’s convinced that she’s yet another in a long line of women who only wants his share of his recently inherited gold mine. A fact soon confirmed when her father storms in the room and demands Jake make an honest woman out of Laura, lest he be charged with rape and hanged. A bitter Jake agrees, but vows that money-grubbing Hugh will never see a cent of his money. As Laura gains freedom from her oppressing father, she also gains courage. Determined to make a real marriage with Jake, she refuses her father’s demand that she steal from her husband and instead concentrates her efforts on showing Jake the woman she truly is. Despite Laura’s deceptions, Jake can’t deny his attraction to her. With the physical attraction sizzling between them, Jake begins to believe he’s finally found the woman for him. But there’s trouble brewing. Hugh, neck-deep in gambling debts with no money in sight, seeks drastic measures that won’t only risk Laura and Jake’s marriage; it’ll risk her very life.

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About the Author:

Award-winning author Michelle Beattie has been writing since 1995. She sold her first book, What a Pirate Desires, in 2007.

She continues to write her pirate series as well as historical westerns and contemporary novels.

When she's not writing she enjoys reading, playing golf, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.


  1. Thank you for having me today. If I could trade all the money for the world I would trade it for everyone in the world having enough to eat and all the clean water they can drink. Seems so unfair that the simple things in life are so out of reach for so many.

  2. I don't even want all the money in the world, just enough to be comfortable... but I wouldn't say no to Freedom 6 49 (lottery). Otherwise I'm rich enough. For the longest time as a teen (and onwards) I didn't want to become a Dr, or teacher etc, I just wanted to grow up happy. Got my wish and I'm richer for it!

  3. Thanks for dropping by! I enjoyed reading your book. I was supposed to post the review together with this guest post but I had a problem with internet connection at home. It won't be fixed until later tomorrow. I'm actually in an internet shop right now, renting a pc so I could post this. I'm thinking of changing my internet provider.

  4. no worries! And I hope you get it all sorted out. Sometimes technology gives me a headache! lol

  5. I always remember Christina Onassis, who was dripping in wealth but apparently spent most of her short life unhappy. Though, I know a lack of money can cause troubles and heartaches, as well. But love? There's no greater currency.

  6. Michelle BeattieJune 21, 2012 11:23 AM

    exactly! I've seen much less wealty couples so much more grateful and in love than those who make it all about the material things. thanks, Roxy, for stopping by


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