Monday, November 18, 2013

Joyce Zeller - Maddie's Choice - Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate for affection and an accounting book in the red.

The other half of the failing ranch belongs to Gideon Spartman, Jonah’s grandson, who believes all capacity for love was torn from him during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Rugged and sexy, Gideon is the enthralling physical manifestation of the hero in Maddie’s current manuscript. He is far from happy to be sharing an inheritance that is rightfully his. As she senses the need behind Gideon’s rough and unwelcoming exterior, Maddie acknowledges her own yearning for love and family.

Jonah’s will requires Maddie to stay on the ranch for three months. When that time is up, will she return to her comfortable but emotionally barren existence or embrace the challenges of her new life, which include cattle rustlers and drug dealers? Maddie’s choice proves to be far from simple.

My Review

The sexual tension in this book is off the charts, and I love that it's written by a feisty grandma who just so happens to be one hell of a romance novelist. Kudos to Joyce Zeller in penning a story that gets the pulse racing and the heart pounding. Maddie and Gideon are a couple you won't soon forget. The electricity between them will have sparks shooting out of your e-reader.

Maddie's the isolated writer, depressed and alone in the teeming metropolis of New York City. Gideon's the rugged, chiseled cowboy just home from the war in Afghanistan. They're both dealing with mental health issues to varying degrees. Maddie needs some fresh air in the great outdoors, not to mention some companionship. While Gideon needs a shoulder to cry on and someone to unburden the guilt he's been carrying after the atrocities he witnessed in combat. They're two battered souls looking for safe harbor from the dark clouds hovering above them.

For a girl who's never even been to Wal-Mart, Maddie is hoping to impress with her bright red boots and her take no prisoners attitude. But she's bowled over when she has a 'time stands still' kind of moment, worthy of any romance novel, when she first lays eyes on Gideon. He feels it too, but instead of flirting, he resorts to sparring with her. He's afraid of experiencing any kind of emotion, and he tries ever so hard to keep her out of his heart.

But to no avail. Maddie's already daydreaming about what it would be like to spend the rest of her life with him. In her mind, she can't help comparing him to every other man she encounters. Gideon craves her affection, even though he tries to deny himself. He's been bottled up for so long, it's like he's a ticking time bomb ready to go off. They have an awkward first attempt at expressing their love, getting lost in their utter neediness. The second time around, they're both ready for it. Gideon overcomes his fear of hurting her and Maddie experiences a new awakening. Zeller sums it up best by saying, "She'd written this scene in a dozen books. Finally she got to experience it."

Maddie and Gideon come from two completely different worlds, but together they just work. For once, Maddie doesn't feel like she's in a temporary situation. It feels permanent. She can set up roots with this man after breaching his defenses. He's no longer lost in his world of death. She saved him from that. And he brought her out of her fantasies and back into the real world by interweaving her life with his. Now they're determined to take care of each other, and there's nothing more romantic than that.


Maddie's Choice can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 274
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: September 1, 2013
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About the Author

Joyce Zeller has written articles for a magazine and a cooking column for a chain of suburban newspapers north of Chicago. She has written five books and published two, The Hidden History of Eureka Springs, and Accidental Alien, a work of science fiction, both available on Amazon. Her short story, “Love is a Seed,” is featured in Embrace: A Romance Collection, (2012 Goldmine Press). Joyce has served in the United States Army. As a professional perfumer (School of Perfumery, London, England) and an aroma-therapist, she made custom fragrances in her store. Her creation, Mountain Air, was declared the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Fragrance in 1965. Her latest achievement was getting elected as Alderman to the Eureka Springs City Council. Maddie’s Choice is a romance with her favorite theme, that being human is a lonely business, but for everyone there is somebody to love. It’s a matter of finding them. There will always be kids and animals in her books, and always, humor, “because life without humor is unthinkable.”

Links to connect with Joyce:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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  1. This sounds like a beautiful and emotional story. I can't wait to read it.
    It's definitely on my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com