Friday, February 13, 2015

Whistlin' Dixie Blog Tour! (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Whistlin' Dixie
Author: Maggie Adams
Series: Tempered Steel
Pages: 128
Date Published: October 24th, 2014
Publisher: N/A
Format: ebook
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

A man on a mission....

Mackenzie Coalson was determined to rebuild his hometown after a devastating flood left it in ruins. He has no time for a relationship and all the romantic junk that goes with it. He has a vandal to catch and no sweet smelling bundle of femininity is going to sway him.

A woman protecting her family.....

Dixie Harris charged into the county sheriff's office with a sassy sway and a smart mouth, eager to give the sheriff, and anyone else, a piece of her mind. When she locks horns with the devil himself, in the form of Mac Coalson, she quickly learns he has a temper to rival hers, even if he's the living epitome of her sexual fantasies.

When the two unite to catch a potential murderer, it's in everyone's best interest to keep it, "business only". But that's hard to do when their combined attraction is volatile enough to burn down the town.

~Guest Post!~
Good night, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning.....
If you've seen or read The Princess Bride by S. Morganstern, you will likely recall that phrase. But it's absolutely the truth when it comes to fictional characters. Sometimes, it's as simple as needing an extra character to carry in the tea (and then get shot by the murderer). At other times, it's become a beloved part of the story. A writer knows it needs to be done, but, darn it, he/she's such a likable person!

It is a vast relief to my many friends that I don't adopt this cavalier attitude toward them. I'm not a very good friend if you measure such things as phone calls every day, always remembering special occasions in their lives, or even keeping in touch through the years. But my friends are MY friends. They get me. I'm funny, insecure, slightly depressed, totally inappropriate at the most inappropriate times, and loyal. That last one is important. LOYALTY.

They know that most of the time, I'm physically absent (and mentally too, if you count the many times my brain focuses on something and a story starts forming) in their lives, but I'm never far away. If they need help, one call and I'm there.

And that's important for book characters too. They become part of a reader's life for however short a period. If the book is memorable, the characters become part of your imaginative family. You read and reread that book or series. You find yourself trying to emulate the characteristics of your favorites. You love a happily ever after, but also fear it. It means the end of the story.

In the beginning, my Tempered Steel series was a single story, Whistlin’ Dixie, about a stubborn man and a sassy woman. But as I wrote it, I realized the characters needed, no, demanded more. I fell in love with my own story and didn't want it to end. So I committed to doing a four book series with two brothers finding love in each book. And it was good. But once again, I didn't want it to end.

So now, it's a seven book series, with an extra novella to help cement it all together. And because being a true loving family, when the Coalson's gather,  they EAT! So, now I've planned a companion cookbook of all the food mentioned in the series as well as a favorite recipe in the back of each book.

So although the Coalsons may go through hell before everyone finds their Happily Ever After, rest assured that I have no immediate plans to kill them off.

 Of course, tomorrow is another day!
~Try an Excerpt!~
Knocking again a little more forcefully, he pleaded. “Dixie baby, please open up. You didn’t see what you thought you saw. Please. Just let me explain.”

“I may be young, but I’m not stupid. And I am most certainly not blind,” she snapped at him from the other side of the door. The man was unbelievable.

“You are the most infuriating bit of baggage I have ever encountered. If I didn’t care for you so much, I’d leave right now and never look back.”

“You call that caring?! I call it a line of crap! The only thing you cared about begins with an “F” and ends with me losing my virginity!” Oh, God! Had she really just shouted that?
Pounding on the door with his fist, he shouted, “Dixie Harris, you open the door this minute, or I’ll break it down!”

“Then I’ll just have you arrested for breaking and entering. Sort of ironic, don’t you think?” she countered sweetly. She felt like crying the Mississippi River because he broke her heart, but she was not going to let that arrogant pain-in-the-ass know just how much she was hurting. She had her pride!

“Fine. Just fine. I should’ve known better than to get involved with a little girl, anyhow. Maybe, in a few years, when you grow up and if you have apologized nicely, I might just take you back! And bring a damn soapbox to stand on. My neck’s getting sore from looking down at you!” he snarled. After giving the closed-door another good pounding, he stomped out of the house, slamming the front door.

 “Oooooh!” Dixie’s eyes narrowed to mere slits and her hands balled into fists as Mac’s last remark registered with the banging of the screen door. It was like pouring gasoline on a bonfire. She was out of her bedroom and on the front porch in seconds. Heedless of the people walking down the street, she advanced like a mad woman across the yard, screaming. “Apologize to you? When pigs fly, you Mississippi River rat.
~Meet Maggie!~ 
Hi! I'm Maggie Adams. I live near St. Louis, MO, with my high school sweetheart, Ned, and my wonderful kids, Katie (Kyle) and Ross (Valerie). My life is like a walking, talking sitcom from I Love Lucy, but I love it, although people do tend to keep their distance from me!

 Writing has always been my dream, with reading my favorite hobby. When I’m not writing, I can be found singing, dancing, and cooking, often all at the same time. I try to include a little bit of my life in everything I write, so when you read my books, keep your eyes wide open - I'm in there somewhere! Happy reading!

I love to hear from readers and I can be contacted at



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Maggie will award a $20 GC to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.


  1. Hi! This is Maggie Adams and I wanted to thank Andralynn for hosting me today. What a fun site! I'll be checking in periodically to answer any comments you might have. AND you might want to hop on over to my Facebook page to enter to win a Diamond Heart Pendant!

  2. This sounds like it is going to be all types of fun!! I love a leading lady that is ready to go to battle!! Thanks for sharing the excerpt I enjoyed it :)

    1. Thanks Victoria! Miss Dixie is definitely NOT a doormat!

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    1. Thanks Rita! Whistlin' Dixie has humor, suspense, and of course, steamy romance!

  4. What a fun excerpt. This sounds like a really great story.

    1. Thank you. There's lots more where that comes from! It's a seven book series!

  5. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. I've never heard/read that line before, so I thank you for sharing:
    "Good night, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning....."
    Makes ya think!

    1. It's from one of my all time favorite books which was made into a movie and they actually did it right! Lol
      The Princess Bride.

  7. I wanted to thank Unabridged Andralynn's again for inviting me to their blog post. It was such fun! Look for my second book in the Tempered Steel series, Leather and Lace coming Feb. 27th, 2015.

  8. I love a steamy romance. This sounds yummy !

  9. I love a steamy romance. This sounds yummy !

    1. Thanks! It's steamy and sassy and fun. I enjoyed writing it !

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    1. It's my daughter and son-in-law's engagement pic. It just fit perfectly !

  11. I enjoyed reading about the author!

  12. I like the author bio part of ths post the most. She sounds very independent and doesn't care what others think, and singing dancing and cooking at the same time means she is gloriously happy.

  13. Thank you Natalie and Katieoscarlet. I am a happy person. I try to focus on the positives in my life. So much negativity is bad for digestion and I LOVE to eat! Lol

  14. Like the excerpt,wish to read the whole book. Thanks for the chance

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

  15. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for sharing it.

  16. Thanks John. I enjoyed it so much, I wrote about Mac's other brothers, his parents and I'm adding a cookbook!

  17. I loved the excerpt. I have added this book to my ever growing book wishlist.

    Juana Esparza