Thursday, 24 May 2012

This Thursday Promotion presents BABETTE JAMES.

Clear As Day 
by Babette James
Come fall in love at the river.

Babette has brought a little competition for you so watch out for details at the end of this post!


What’s a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?

Haunted by dark memories of her parents’ volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.

The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate’s come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can’t let go. He’s done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay’s always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.


Kay!” That male voice was not her imagination.

“Oh, shit!” She twisted and dropped into the water, sinking neck-deep.

Mother always said, among other things, that a lady never goes skinny-dipping and must always wear a proper hat. Kay was only half skinny-dipping, but she fervently wished she’d worn something a bit more substantial than a baseball cap and the bottom half of the quintessential teeny-weenie yellow polka-dot bikini.

Shit, oh, shit, oh, shit. She so hated when Mother was right.

Okay, time to find out who’d just gotten an eyeful. The guy had called her name, so she should know him. Oh boy, if she’d flashed old George…

She wiped water from her face, sucked in a breath against her pounding heart, and peeked around.


She must be sun-dazed. Nate? With a beard? Hair curling over his ears? No way.

Just because a familiar slouchy fishing hat topped those unruly, sun-bleached blond curls and just because this guy possessed the same deep-water tan and footloose taste in clothes as Nate with his electric blue Hawaiian shirt, bright orange swim trunks, and beat-up deck shoes didn’t mean—

“Hey, babe. Now that I’ve finally caught your attention, how about a hug from my girl?” He opened his arms. “Am I coming in after you or are you coming out?” Only Nate’s voice held that mellow timbre like chocolate for her ears.

“Nate! What…” Giddy delight flushed over Kay, clearing her shock. She dashed from the water and into strong arms, a wonderful hug, and a better kiss that launched her mind into a blissed-out whirl of oh, yes and why?

The oh, yes won out until the need to breathe forced them apart.

Nate gave her a long look, his usually easy gray eyes holding a new, simmering heat.

Wow. Whoa.

That's a great blurb and excerpt from Clear as Day. Now let's find out something about the author.

Who is Babette James?

I’ve always loved writing and making up stories, beginning back when I used to act out epic fantasy tales with my dolls. (My Barbies had swords and knew how to use them.) I even have a degree in Literature, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I wrote my first full rough draft of romance novel and began gathering up my nerve to pursue publication. I fell in love with writing romance and have focused on that ever since. I write contemporary and fantasy romance and love nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after.

Clear As Day is my debut novel, a spicy contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press about two friends with benefits facing the fears and uncertainties of their changing relationship and is set against the background of the summer heat and cool waters of Lake Mohave. I loved writing Clear As Day, it’s been a story of my heart in many ways, so seeing this story published and receive the 4 1/2 star scorcher review from Romantic Times truly has been a thrill. Being able to hold my book in my hands is a dream come true and I hope you enjoy Nate and Kay’s journey as much as I have.

I’m also a teacher, and I enjoy encouraging young readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. My class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! When not writing, teaching or reading, I dabble with bread baking and painting, and try to keep up on weeding the garden beds. Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, I’ve had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. I now live in New Jersey with my wonderfully patient husband and our three extremely spoiled cats.
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...and now for that promised competition! All you have to do is answer the following question, and it could be you....

Do you have a favorite summertime or vacation memory?

Babette will be giving away a set of Romance Trading Cards to one lucky commenter. Please leave your E-mail address with your comment.

Thank you for visiting today!


  1. Favorite vacation memory? Perhaps the little excursion to Chicago with just the hubby. We had been married 8 years-- and had not taken a single vacation apart from the kids --and we desperately needed it!! And the windy city was our little spring/summer excursion--we had a blast!!

    Cheers, Jenn
    jennsonthego @ gmail .com

  2. My favorite vacation memory has to be the first time my DH and I went to Wyoming. I can honestly say in this lifetime, I'd never been there before that trip. But, as drove into Wyoming on I-25 and made the dog leg from I-25 to I-80 to Laramie, I wasn't able to explain why but I started to cry. They were tears of happiness, tears of joy, tears of relief, and tears of homecoming because it felt as if I had finally come home. The Medicine Bow Range of the Rockies was rising into a clear, cobalt sky, the air was tanged with sagebrush and pine, and after half an hour heading west on I-80, Laramie was spread out over the valley below us. This is the place that is (and looking back, I can admit has always been) my soul's lodestone, the place that I have to return to again and again to recharge my spiritual batteries. This is the place where I first heard the wind whisper my name as it rustled over the tops of the sagebrush and murmured through the pines. It is my favorite vacation memory because my DH understood, without being told, that this is a place he needs to take me back to and he does, every year.

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  4. Hi, Jenn. I can empathise. It didn't take me quite so long to get a weekend away with hubby after the two kids, but we did have a wonderful time in Paris. Snag is...he was at a training course as well. C'est la vie!

  5. Hello, Lynda. That sounds an amazing place, and very moving to hear your story. I'm Scottish, have been to a few states now, in the US, but not Wyoming! Sometime?

  6. Hi, Nancy, thanks for letting me visit here today and share a little peek at Clear As Day.

  7. Hi, Jenn. Sounds like fun and, boy, do I know that "I need a vacation" feeling! :)

  8. Hi, Lynda. What a lovely memory. I hope to see Wyoming someday. :)

  9. We love to camp or even just spend a day at a local beach. The sand, the sun, the cool lake water - that's my favorite place to hang out and get away from it all.

  10. Sounds ideal, Karyn. Thanks for popping in and leaving your comment!

  11. Hi, Karyn. I have many fond memories of lazy days at a lake with my family. :)

  12. Hi Nancy.
    My favorite vacation was in 2006 a year after my father died. He died three months before their 50th wedding anniversary. My husband offered to take my mother on vacation with us to the Atlantic. We rented a house off the ocean and this was my mother's first time going to the ocean. She's Jamaican and "1976" was the last time she'd seen the ocean. Daddy wanted to take her before he did but his health wouldn't allow it. My hubby rented an umbrella and beach chairs to set out just for her to watch the dolphins and her grandchildren play in the waves. He took her to dinner and fished off the docks with her lik my father would have. Seeing her happy was the stars and the moon for me.

    Cora Blu

  13. Love the scenario of Clear as Day, Babette. I think my best ever trip was to Egypt a couple of years ago, a week's Nile cruise, visiting all the ancient places I never thought I would ever see, followed by a week relaxing at a hotel in Luxor, right on the banks of the Nile. My novel 'Her Only Option' (to be published in November) was 'conceived' during that trip!

  14. Hi Cora, that is a very moving tribute not only to your husband for doing what he did for your mother, but also to your whole family for knowing what was needed at such a 'vulnerable' time-post your father's demise. Definitely a vacation to remember, and I hope you're surprised in the future when your children remember it too. Kids can be very aware of fine nuances.

  15. Hi Paula. Good to have you visit! I went to Egypt(sometime in the nineties-1996?-senior moment here)and came back enthused. At that time I wasn't serious about writing for personal reasons, ie fiction, but did start what I suppose was my first novel. (was totally abandoned since it was 'pants' to paraphrase my erudite daughter) Cairo, and the surroundings, featured a lot in it though I didn't get up the Nile, as I went on after 5 days to the Middle East and visited another 3 places. Maybe some day I'll resurrect it! Good luck with your 'Her Only Option'.

  16. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by. After pulling a name from my coffee cup, the winner of the Romance Trading Cards set is Lynda!


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