Mainstream Romance: Author Guest Post - Marci Boudreaux
About the author:
Boudreaux lives with her husband, two children, and their numerous pets. She is
a freelance writer and video producer for a variety of local
monthly magazines as well as a content editor for several small publishing
is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than
falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn’t like when she does
that in real life.
is currently working on her Masters in Publishing and has plans to eventually
take over the world.
wrote The Messenger just over ten years ago. I was still riding high on winning
third place for unpublished manuscript in a Texas Writers’ League contest.
Unfortunately, the world didn’t love the book as much as I did. After numerous
rejections, I put it on the shelf and only recently pulled it off to give it
needed lots of work.Let me say that
again: It needed A LOT of work!!Head
hopping, showing not telling, repetitive writing…just to name a few.
I was determined, so I cleaned it up, offered it up and it was accepted by
Secret Cravings Publishing. I knew it still needed more polishing and
scrubbing, so I turned to some great author friends—Vonnie Hughes, Sloane
Taylor, and Parker Kincade all had a peek at it—to help me get my head on
straight and attack this as an editor instead of a sentimental writer. I also
had two nurses take a look just to make sure the medical records bit was in
line with what goes on inside a hospital today.
their help I was able to rework this story that I’ve loved for so long into
something that I hope you will love too!
Evelyn Thomas is tired of being
treated like a little girl playing dress-up. Just because she is working at her
father’s newspaper doesn’t mean she isn’t a good journalist. All she needs is a
chance to prove it.
Unfortunately for seasoned reporter
Wes Reilly, that chance turns out to be the exact same story he’s working on.
When the journalists get separate
leads on the same insurance scam, they butt heads over who gets to expose it.
However, when Eve’s source ends up in ICU she has no choice but to turn to Wes
Every step they take brings them
closer towards the truth and each other. But the path to vindication is filled
with danger and leaves Wes and Eve struggling to get out of sticky situations
and fighting for their lives.
ran her hand along one of the many rows and skimmed the file tags until she got
close to the numerical prefix she was looking for. She pushed the files as far
apart as the overstuffed shelf allowed and tilted her head down to get a closer
look.She went over each name, not
finding any files which corresponded with names on the list Jerry had given
was impossible, like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. She pulled a
piece of paper from her shirt pocket to verify the spelling of the name before
she pushed the folders apart again in case she had missed what she was looking
for the first time.
a hand roughly grabbed her shoulder. She spun around, her heart racing and her
lungs tight with the gulp of air she had involuntarily inhaled. As soon as she
met the angry gaze of the man who had startled her, she let her breath out with
a rush and sank against the wall of folders.
pressed his lips together and flexed his jaw muscles as he stared at her. “What
are you doing here?”
looked at the white coat he was wearing with a badge which identified him as
Dr. Henderson. “What are you doing here?”
leaned down to get eye-to-eye with her. “Answer me, Thomas.”
following a lead.”
don’t have to share my stories with you.”
snorted as he leaned back. “Exactly what story would that be? How to properly
file medical records?”
felt the sting of his words go straight to her heart. Defiance set in and she
stood a little straighter. “Insurance fraud.”
stared at her for several seconds. He may have been trying to intimidate her,
but his glare had nothing on her father’s. She simply cocked her brow in
my story,” he said.
shook her head. “No. I got this tip on my own, Reilly, and if you think you’re
going to steal it away from me—”
it away from you? I’d like to know where you got your tip ’cause I’ve been on
this story since last week. You are so unbelievably—”
raised her brows when he stopped mid-sentence and turned his head away. “I’m so
up,” he breathed. Her mouth opened and Wes put his hand over her lips. “Hush.”
gasped when she was quiet long enough to hear footsteps. She grabbed his wrist
and pulled his hand away. “What do we do?”
Dear Marci, it is a true pleasure to have you on my blog today. I want to thank you for being my friend and for all the help, guidance and confidence you have given me. I am really happy to have met you!!!