Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bluebonnets for Elly

I started writing BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the goal of creating a love story. However, as I got into the plot and began to know my characters better, Elly's grandmother keep butting in. I finally had to let Granny have her say. The end result is a book that not only shows the romance between a man and a woman, but also the relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. I hope readers enjoy the interaction between these two women, as well as the sparks that fly between Elly and Derek.
Bluebonnets for EllyBlurb:
When Elly Macauley's fiance leaves her for another woman, she flees to her grandmother's home in small town Shannon Ridge Texas. After all, Granny needs help to heal from a broken ankle and her granddaughter is the logical person to help. Elly hopes that together they can recover from their wounds.
Derek White returns to Shannon Ridge--his hometown--to leave behind the trauma from his wife's disappearance. His landscaping business is thriving and he has become a part of the town again, but his life isn't going as planned. After one kiss from Elly Macauley, he wonders if it's time to take another chance on love.
When the two meet, there's an instant attraction. But is Derek legally free? Rumors fly about Derek, and Elly questions whether she can trust him. When Elly's ex-fiance calls, she must decide--give him a second chance or gamble on a man whose past may end their love before it starts.
(In keep with Sweet Craving Publishing's requirements, BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY is a sweet romance. Although there's plenty of fooling around, the main event takes place behind closed doors.)
Derek stared in his rear view mirror and took another look at Elly as he left the driveway. That tight T-shirt fit her like a coat of paint, and when she bent to pick up the shovel and he’d caught a glimpse of pink panties cupping her butt, he was pretty sure his mouth fell open.
He let out his breath in a whoosh.
And the taut muscles in her legs—long legs that went from pink-painted toenails all the way up to heaven. Derek felt a stirring in his jeans when a snapshot of that vision clicked in his mind.
And when she asked if he saw anything else he wanted, he’d had to bite back the answer that came to mind. Oh, yeah. He’d definitely be buying more of her grandpa’s tools, and he was sure interested in anything else she had to offer.
For the first time in many years, he found himself really drawn to a woman, wanting to get to know her better in all kinds of ways. The feeling surprised and pleased him. Sure, she was damned good looking, but her kindness toward her grandmother and the way she didn’t seem to fuss about her appearance attracted him too. A nice woman—not at all like some he’d been with since Jeanette.
When he’d seen Elly at the rummage sale, he hadn’t realized she was so tall. At least five foot ten—maybe more. Today, he saw that her height almost matched his own. Her body would be a perfect fit for his.
Hot damn.
A vision of deep brown eyes and wild red hair sealed the deal.
Hell, don’t forget those long legs.
Oh, there was no way he could forget those legs.
He gripped the steering wheel tighter and stared straight ahead, realizing he’d better guide his mind away from the direction it was heading and pay attention to the road or he’d wind up in a ditch.
Buy Links:
BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY is available in ebook formats from the following websites. Paperback release is scheduled for early summer 2014.
Sweet Cravings Publishing / Amazon / Amazon UK / All Romance eBooks
/ Bookstrand
Author Bio:
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I've been writing one thing or another since childhood. My first romantic story was written in elementary school, in pencil on lined paper. (My dad saved it.) The heroine got a kiss as the happy ending. I still have diaries from my school days, one of which inspired my first book, I.O.U. SEX.
I love to travel and keep journals (written and photographic) of each trip. Most exciting and memorable place I've been? I walked halfway across Spain -- from León to Santiago de Compostela -- with my daughter-in-law and her mother. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I'll treasure always.
When not writing, I like to make quilts, sew, garden, take photos, read, have lunch with friends, and (like Granny in BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY) spend as much time as possible with my granddaughter.


Twitter: @sandynachlinger


  1. This sounds like a touching love is more than "romantic attraction". The love between family members is important too.

  2. Sounds like a fantastic tale! So many wonderful books come out of NaNoWriMo.

  3. I loved this book. There was plenty of sexual tension and the plot kept me turning the pages. I couldn't put it down.

  4. Bluebonnets for Elly, is set in my neck of the woods, North Texas. Reading about fictional Shannon Ridge, Texas was like taking a walk around my home town. Elly, Derek, Granny, and all the other quirky characters became my friends, and I really enjoyed sharing their lives through the pages of this book!

  5. Sounds like a deep read--I love your style, Sandra!

  6. Damn, I love this excerpt. Hot damn!
    Good story all around. I've been recommending it to all my lonely friends in need of a little romance. See my review on

  7. Bluebonnets for Elly is a sweet, feel-good romance. It's all about second chances and finding the one that's just right for you. I loved it!
    Kelly Marshall

  8. Love the sound of this story and am off to buy it. I'm wondering, are American Bluebonnets similar to bluebells in the UK?

  9. I really loved this book. It was a feel good, warm hearted romance. Granny reminded me so much of my own grandmother that during the time I spent reading it, I felt she was with me! I would recommend...and anyone who loves a good story

  10. I loved this book, too, and I'm glad you let Granny butt in, as she adds such a nice flavor to the story. Your characters and settings drew me right in.

    I started my recent release during NaNoWriMo, too! (Mine was in 2010, and I fiddled with it for a long while).

  11. Such a sweet romance with a touch of southern humor.

  12. A sweet 'lil romance with a touch of southern humor and charm. I loved it.

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed Bluebonnets for Elly. Well-written and charming, the book kept me engaged until the end. I like the uniqueness of this book. Instead of following a cookie-cutter approach to romance, the book was believable and entertaining.


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