Sunday, August 18, 2013

Where in the world is Maguire’s Corner?

Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Heather's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Maguire’s Corner is a fictional town loosely based on a real place. Well, more like numerous real places that I hacked and slashed then combined to make one kick-ass-town.  

For years, I had passed this tiny, old schoolhouse in a tiny, old hamlet with a giant, old Irish name. (Not Maguire.)

My imagination, which often gets the best of me, began to create an entire bustling metropolis around this stone schoolhouse where a large number of the population would all be related.

Maguire’s Corner was born.

It’s got it all. Historic downtown mixed with urban chic. Small-town America feel meets a rich cultural atmosphere. Who wouldn’t want to live there?

The Maguire family is fun, noisy and way over-extended. They own and run some of the best establishments in town and spend a lot of their time volunteering in the community.

All in all, I wanted Maguire’s Corner to be a place that everyone wanted to visit and maybe never leave.

Have you ever wanted to move to a fictional town?

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Maguire’s Corner Book Blurb

Coffee shop owner Maggie Maguire doesn’t trust the new police chief her father hired to protect Maguire’s Corner. He’s a stranger, cold, bossy and annoyingly handsome. But, Maggie’s witnessed a serious crime and now someone’s trying to kill her. The man that aggravates her most might be the only one that can help her.

Police Chief Jack Munro likes his new job and his new town, and unfortunately he also likes the stubborn but beautiful town sweetheart. His self-imposed hands-off Maggie policy is about to be put to the ultimate test when he must keep her close to protect her while he tracks down a ruthless killer.

Determined to ignore Jack’s charms, Maggie attempts to help him unravel the mystery but when their lives hang in the balance she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the man she suddenly can’t resist.
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Maguire’s Corner Excerpt
For a while, Maggie’s room was busier than Main Street during the annual summer float parade. When Kristen and her torture devices left, Bobby came back with a notebook and she began to document everything that happened.

A new doctor came to check her head, another nurse to draw some blood and still another nurse to remove her IV.

Kristen returned and helped her walk her to the bathroom to clean up her face. The injury didn’t seem nearly as bad once the dried blood was washed away. Together they managed to get most of the glass out of her hair.

Finally, Kate came back to give Maggie some medication to help her sleep but every time she moved, the pain from her cracked rib would wake her.

Bleary eyed, she spotted someone in the chair next to her bed. Part of her brain warned her it could be the man from the SUV but another part easily recognized that long, solid frame dwarfing the hospital furniture.

Chief Jack Munro was sitting in the chair with his eyes closed. He looked like a statue, all stiff and formal, just like when he was awake, she thought.

However, Jack was actually quite nice to look at when he wasn’t glaring down at her. He had a strong face and jaw with a straight defined nose placed evenly between eyes that when open, were an ice cold blue.

Those eyes could stare holes right through your brain when he was searching for answers. His coal black hair was cut almost military short, but it suited him. Even his lips were nice, not too thin and not too full.

“Just right,” she whispered, sleepily.

Jack’s eyes opened, cleared and locked onto hers.

“Maggie?”

“Yes?”

“Are you okay?” he asked.

“Why are you here?”
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Giveaway:
Heather will be giving away a digital copy of Maguire's Corner

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

29 comments:

  1. Maguire's Corner sounds like a great story and I can't wait to read it! I was drawn to the location of Virgin River in the VR series by Robyn Carr. Breathtaking scenery and a small town atmosphere, what's not to love? My email is wlweddle at gmail dot com. Thank you!

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    1. Whitney W - Thanks for your comment. I haven't read this series by Robyn Carr but I just put the first book on my TBR list. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. I've also wanted to live in Virgin River because of the community Robyn Carr skillfully created. She's done the same with Thunder Point.

    Brenda Novak has done the same with Whiskey Creek and the group that meets at the local coffee shop every Friday.

    Maguire's Corner seems to have a similar vibe and you've turned up the heat by adding suspense. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Jonetta - Thanks for stopping in today. Now I had to add Brenda Novak's series to my TBR list as well! Maybe this was a bad idea to ask for suggestions. :) I'll read more than write. Have a good one!
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  3. Hi Heather,
    I've always wanted to live in Barbara Freethy's Angel's Bay.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Jane - Thanks for leaving a comment. This sounds good too! You guys have some great suggestions. I appreciate your time today!
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  4. Maguire's Corner sounds like a great suspense book with some romance tossed in. Perfect for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    joanneboyko at yahoo dot ca

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  5. Joanne - Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Best of luck!
    Heather M. Gardner

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  6. No, I haven't

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. bn100 - Thanks for taking the time to stop in today!
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  7. Any wish I have ever had for moving to a fictional town is quickly quashed when I realise that indoor plumbing is a must.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary - I suppose that might take the romance out of the situation! Very true.

      Thanks for commenting!
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  8. This book sounds just like my kind of book!

    seminordic@gmail.com

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    1. Angela - I certainly hope so! Thanks for your time today!

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  9. I love the cozy small town stories. They are.my.comfort reads. This one sounds like another one. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. TrishJ - I think its a great town. I hope you enjoy spending some time there. :)

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  10. I would love to live in Gansett Island. I have been to Block Island but it doesn't compare to Gansett. Of course all the yummy men would have to be there too. I would love to win the NOOK version of your book. I look forward to reading it...thanks. lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. LS August - That sounds lovely. Especially the yummy man part! Thanks for coming by!

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  11. This book sounds really good! I love the cover. Can't name a specific fictional place I'd like to live, but anywhere in the West with cowboys or Washington State or Oregon!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Martha - Thank you! Nothing wrong with cowboys! Thanks for your time.

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  12. From an old schoolhouse to an entire novel - bet you didn't see that coming, Heather!

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    1. Alex - You are absolutely correct about that. :) Thanks for the visit! I appreciate it.
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  13. I would definitely want to live in Maguire's corner! Way to go to your imagination.

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    1. Murees - Thank you! I kinda want to live there too! Thanks for coming over!
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  14. definitely want check it out!

    cookiesmasher5@yahoo.com

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    1. Karin - Thank you and thanks for stopping in today!

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  15. I've always wanted to live in Virgin River, Robyn Carr created such a inviting town.. Maguire's Corner sounds very similar. Will definitely put it on the list of books to read.

    krisrich85 at ymail dot com

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  16. Kristen - Thanks for coming by! I appreciate your time! Heather M. Gardner

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  17. Thank you so much for letting me be part of your blog for the last two days! Very cool!
    Heather M. Gardner

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