Comparisons and giveaways with Christy Hayes!

UPDATE – It must be Christmas! Christy and I decided to double the giveaways.  Therefore Na, and florence will receive a copy of Heart of Glass while Patti and Trisha will receive a copy of Tuesday’s Child.  Thanks everyone!
Today I’m welcoming Christy Hayes to Magical Musings. She writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction chapter and Atlanta Writers Club. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children and two dogs. Christy donates a portion of all proceeds to charity. Please visit her website at for more information.
Christy and I are sharing excerpts on meeting between characters. She’s first and mine is below.
This excerpt is from my book, Heart of Glass. Kate Donovan is the journalist sent to profile the building and architectural firm of her first and only love, Danny Flannery. They parted on bad terms and this is the second time their paths have crossed. 

She was so caught up in the magic of the process that she almost didn’t see Danny in the cage of the skid steer until the engine died and he unfolded himself from the small space.  It was like watching a flower open in the sunlight.  As if sensing her presence, he wiped his brow on his shirtsleeve and looked her way, hands on his hips, dare in his eyes.  It was only the second time she’d seen him.  Like the building, he was no less impressive.

This was the Danny she remembered, in jeans and a t-shirt, dirty and sweaty and utterly male.  While his reaction to her at their first meeting was obvious, she couldn’t read the look on his face, and couldn’t make her legs propel her forward.  He’d rooted her to a spot with a look.  And the realization of that made her move in his direction.

“Ms. Donovan,” he said when she stopped in front of him.

“Mr. Flannery.”  With real effort, she moved her eyes from his and glanced around the site.  “Busy day.  Hope you don’t mind my dropping by.”

Danny shrugged.  “Free country, but you may want to watch where you step.”

“It’s not my first time on a building site.”  It took work to keep her voice level.  She wouldn’t make inroads if she let him goad her.  “Mind if I look around?”

“Don’t get in the way.”

“Okay.”  She turned and watched the crew move the rammer to the form where Danny had finished pouring the soil mixture, and flinched when the machine started up and the noise made questions impossible.

Not that Danny had followed her.

Not that he’d volunteer any information.

From his clipped tone, she could tell he was defensive, and unless her senses were off, territorial.  She’d stepped into his world, where he had firm footing.  She was wading in quicksand and he knew it.  She moved around freely, tried to ignore the sensation of being watched, every movement observed by Danny and the other men on the site.  She was used to being a distraction, used to having her presence questioned.  Her usual interview subject desired her attention and appreciated her insight. As if she needed another reminder, Danny Flannery wasn’t her usual interview subject.

 I love this excerpt!  I chose an excerpt from Tuesday’s Child, book 1 of Psychic Visions.  This is when Sam first meets a damaged German Shepherd for the first time – a relationship that is key to the rest of the book.

The shepherd’s low growl warned her halfway.

“It’s okay, boy.  It’s just me.  I’ll be taking care of you.  Give you food, fresh water, and friendship.  The things that help us get along in life.”  Although she kept her voice quiet, warm, and even toned, the growl remained the same.

She couldn’t blame him.

He might be able to get along without friendships, but she wanted them.  She’d never had that elusive element that others took for granted.

Sam approached the dog’s cage with care.  According to his chart, he’d had surgery to repair internal bleeding and to set a shattered leg.  On top of that, he’d suffered several broken ribs, a dislocated collarbone and was missing a huge patch of skin on both hindquarters.  Written in red and circled were the words – aggressive and dangerous.  The growling stopped.

Sam squatted down to stare into his eyes.  The dog should have a name.  He didn’t give a damn.  But a name gave the dog a presence, an existence…an identity.

“How about…” she thought for a long moment.  “I know, how about we call you Major?”

The dog exploded into snarls and hideous barking, his ears flattened, and absolute hate filled his eyes.

“Jesus!”  Sam skittered to the far corner of the room–her hand to her chest–sure her heart would break free.

“Is everything okay back here?”

Sam turned in surprise to see one of the vets standing behind her, frowning.  “Sorry,” she yelled over the din of the other animals that had picked up the shepherd’s fear.  She waited for the animals to calm down before continuing.  “I’d thought of a brilliant name for the shepherd, but from his reaction, I think he hates it.”

The vet walked over and bent down to assess his patient.  “It could have been your tone of voice or the inflection in the way you said the name.  He’d been abused even before this accident.”  After a thoughtful pause, he added, “I’m not sure, but it might have been kinder to have put him down.”

“No.”  Sam stared at him in horror.  “Don’t say that.  He’ll come around.”  At his doubtful look, she continued, “I know he will.  Give him a chance.”

That she seemed to be asking the vet to give her a chance hung heavy in the room, but she didn’t think he understood that.

He stared at her, shrewdness and wisdom in his eyes.

Then again, maybe she’d misjudged him.  She shifted, uneasy under the intense gaze.

“We’ll see.  We’ll have lots of opportunity to assess his progress as he recuperates.”

Sam had to be satisfied with that.  She knew the dog was worth saving and so, damn it, was she.  Her salvation and that of the dog’s were tied together in some unfathomable way.  She could sense it.  She’d fight tooth and nail to keep him safe.

In so doing, maybe she could save herself.

Two different books.  Two different styles.  Two different giveaways!  Both Christy and I will be giving away one copy of our ebooks through to two lucky people who leave comments!



About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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30 Responses to Comparisons and giveaways with Christy Hayes!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I love both of these excerpts. Great choices! And great characters, too!

  2. Awesome excerpts! I’m looking forward to reading both books! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ooh, I’m glad I don’t have to choose between the two because they both look like great reads. Thank you for the excerpts. Nice writing, both of you.

  4. Liz says:

    Not an entry, but I do so hope not-to-be-named Major realizes some humans can be kind. All of our dogs have been strays, and with some, it took time and patience.

    • Dale says:

      Hi Liz,

      It’s interesting how the animals in our books tug at our heart stings. I’m happy to tell you the Major – who becomes Soldier, learns to trust again on his road to recovery!

      I’ve actually had people ask me if the dog dies in the book and if so, they don’t want to read it.

  5. Hi Liz,
    We rescue all of our dogs and they do come with challenges, but rescue dogs are a special addition to any family who is willing to take the time and work with these animals. I’m glad to hear Major learns to trust, also!

    • Liz says:

      The dog sitting at my feet assures me that she is not, and never has been, a challenge ❗

      • Challenge may have been the wrong word, Liz. Frankly, all dogs are a challenge of one sort or another, but when you rescue an animal you receive the gift of love while saving a life. It’s a win-win for everyone!

        • Liz says:

          Christy, I should have added, “She lies”. 😆

          My husband found her, abandoned in Greece, so with her other quirks (read, challenges), she’ll only come, sit. etc., if asked in Greek.

  6. Dale says:

    Two of my four cats I currently have I got – literally – on their way to the shelter! A third that arrived at the same time was a solid mat, full of ringworm, and unfortunately sick with a severe feline disease, but we had him for four years and loved every day of it.

    The others are the biggest babies!

  7. Wonderful excerpts from both of your books, Dale and Christy!! I love reading about meetings between characters. And Christy, it’s so nice to see you here on Magical Musings ;).
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …It’s Lovely Weather for a SLEIGH RIDE!

  8. Na S. says:

    I love scenes when two souls meet, whether it’s between two humans beings or a human and an animal it can be quite telling. I like to look for subtle signs, like how body movements and eye contacts to get a sense of the meet. Thank you for sharing these excerpts.

  9. Thanks to both Christy and Dale for allowing me to read portions of their work. My first reaction to Christy’s excerpt is … what a great way to get me into the thick of her mind-set! I love the flow of your words and I am fascinated by what might happen next in Heart of Glass.

    I am into the middle of Tuesday’s Child and loved the scene when she meets Sam for the first time. Two minutes after this book came to my Kindle I began reading. I will probably finish today (reading two at once…one for my book club and you for the pure joy of it) …

    During this festive time of year, I’d like to take a minute to say thanks to all the talented writers who contribute each week to Magical Musings. It has become a must stop for me each day. It began with RWA-WF and continued with each new blog/writer’s web page discovery. You have left the light burning in the window, showing me the way “home.” Happy Holidays to all at Magical Musings.

    Of course, I can’t be selected to receive Dale’s book … but I wouldn’t mind being the lucky recipient of Christy’s (she says with tongue in cheek) 🙂
    florence fois`s last blog was …Ho, Ho, Ho … Holiday Memories Blog Hop …

    • Dale says:

      Hi Florence!
      How nice to hear that you are enjoying Tuesday’s Child! It’s always a joy to hear good news. Lol.

      Many thanks from all of us here at Magical Musings for your kind words! There are many talented here who have dedicated countless hours to keeping the sight up and running and the material current and interesting! We’re delighted you noticed 😆

      A very happy holiday season to you as well!

      As Christy has offered you a copy of her book regardless of the draw – your Christmas gets to start a little early 😛 !

  10. Florance,
    Win or not, I’ll send you the book 😮

  11. fabulous, excerpts!
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …National Bestseller

  12. Dale says:

    Hi Karin,

    Thanks for stopping by with your crazy schedule! Glad you liked the excerpts!

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