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Caroline Clemmons writes historical and contemporary genre fiction. Historical romances, contemporary romantic suspense, mysteries, and paranormals are among her current works. Learn more about her at www.carolineclemmons.com
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
GRANT ME THE MOON WON!
What a great week! I received a surprise
email from the Independent Digital Award Contest held by Oklahoma Romance
Writers. My book GRANT ME THE MOON won
first place in short contemporary.
The idea for this book occurred to me as Hero
and I drove from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to Lubbock, Texas to visit
family. Our route took us through Post in Garza County, just below the Caprock escarpment. A fork of the Brazos River runs through the county that is mostly ranch land. There are also wind farms.
View of the Caprock in the distance
Evidences of early man found in Garza County include Clovis spearheads. In 1934, archaeologists also discovered the sixteen-foot-long tusk of a prehistoric imperial mammoth. A type of arrow point used by hunters before A. D. 1500 was uncovered in the county during the 1960s and named the Garza point. The archaeological site is called, what else, the Garza Site. That's on private land and not available to us for a tour.
A Clovis spearhead
Nevertheless, Hero and I always wished we could
visit the Garza Site. We’ve enjoyed visiting places like Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep, and Mesa Verde. Since we couldn’t visit the Garza Site, I invented
one on a nearby ranch.
Writing fiction is so great!
Allow me to share some of GRANT ME THE MOON. Here’s the blurb:
All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school
history club students a local archaeology dig. How could she know the excursion
would involve a murder? Or that one of her students would be suspected as the
killer? And she had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams.
Grant Grayson has taken over management of Grayson
Ranch near Post, Texas to give his grandfather a less arduous schedule. A flash
flood washed away an old talus slope on the ranch to reveal a prehistoric cave
that is a Clovis site. Being a good citizen, he invited the nearest large
university archaeology department to excavate the cave. When a gorgeous blonde
high school teacher asks his permission to take her students to the site, how
can he deny her? Especially when he's instantly attracted to her.
Tory and Grant are drawn into the investigation to
clear her student but unintentionally make themselves a target. They must
ferret out the murderer before they’re killed.
Now I’ll share an excerpt from GRANT ME THE MOON:
He guided her inside [the
restaurant] and they were shown to a table.
After they’d placed their orders,
he asked, “Your grandmother, is she all right?”
“Grandpa died last spring. She’s
not ill, just frail and deeply in mourning. I was lucky there was an opening in
“Where did you teach before?”
She offered a wry smile, almost
as if embarrassed. “Assistant professor at Texas A&M.” She shrugged and
tilted her head. “I realize it appears I took a backwards step, but I was the
one who could rearrange my life to move here. Fortunately, I genuinely enjoy
teaching high school history.”
“So your grandmother is sad
rather than ill. Does she get around well?”
She raised her eyebrows and
nodded. “In fact, she can keep up with me. After Grandpa passed away, she was
so heartbroken that we were afraid her health was deteriorating. Actually, it
was. She wasn’t eating properly and not sleeping well. Or, she was staying up
most of the night and sleeping most of the day. With me here, she keeps regular
hours and we have breakfast and supper together.”
He reached across the table and
laced his fingers with hers. “But not tonight.”
She met his gaze and smiled
before she slid her hand to her lap. Disappointment claimed him at the loss of
“I stopped by the store on my way
home and bought her a chicken pot pie in a brand that’s healthy. I only hope
she’s doing as I asked and having that and a salad for dinner.”
After they’d eaten, he drove
under the speed limit on the way back to Post. Her company fascinated him and
he wished he could prolong the evening. When they reached the edge of the
Caprock above Post, he pulled over at a wide space on the shoulder and opened
“I love this spot. You can see
the lights of our little town below and the stars above.”
She relaxed against the seat and
head rest. “The almost full moon tonight obscures many of the stars. This is a
beautiful vantage point, though. As if we’re divine and are hanging above the
world. I could almost reach out and touch the moon.”
He reached for her hand and
entwined their fingers “Should I grab it for you?”
She offered a whimsical smile.
“Let’s leave it there so everyone can enjoy the moonlight.”
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