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Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson

coverfinalcovercookiecutter copyIris Alden and Carter Blackwood couldn’t be more different. Change-averse Iris likes her life neat and organized, while Carter’s itchy feet mean he doesn’t plan to stay in the same place for long.
When Carter moves into the house across the street from Iris, to renovate it, she fights the disruption it causes in her life. Before long, though, it’s not simply the house Carter’s rebuilding, but Iris’s heart, too.

“What are you doing here?”

It’s Carter freaking Blackwood. Of course.

He smiles that ridiculously bright, white smile of his and lets out a soft snicker. “I’m fixing a floor for a friend, what are you doing here?”

It’s completely obvious what I’m doing here, seeing as I’m carrying two huge trays of sugar cookies in my arms.

“A friend? You just moved in. How do you have friends already?” I say it a bit harsher than I probably should but honestly, how does he have friends already?  James and I were here a good six months before people started really talking to me.  It was a year before I could call any of them friends. The edges of Carter’s mouth turn down and his head dips to one side as his shoulders hunch then settle.

“People like me, I guess.”

The smug look on his face is enough to make me want to slap it.  Or kiss it.

Wait. Not kiss it. I didn’t mean kiss it. Why am I staring at his lips?

“People who don’t want to kill me that is.  Are you okay?”

I blink, and search my brain, but I’m still not quite sure what to say to him, so I extend my arms. “I brought cookies.” As soon as I say the words, I hear them. I sound ridiculous and Carter’s bright eyes crinkle with amusement.

He closes his lids and he breathes the baked goods in. Then hums. The sound of his voice sends a vibration through me and I shiver. I am eternally grateful that he doesn’t see it happen.

His eyes open slowly. When they reach mine, I’m glued to his stare like a deer in headlights.

“Those cookies smell really fucking good, Iris.”

The bedroom eyes catch me off guard and my mouth falls open so I snap it shut. I’m a buffoon with no ability to speak.

“Can I have one?” He reaches out and I balance the platter with one hand, then slap his fingers with the other while I find words. A word that is.


“Ow.” He pulls his hand away, like a child getting reprimanded, only when we make eye contact again, he doesn’t seem child like to me.

I wouldn’t say he’s angry. He doesn’t exactly laugh, either. And his eyes gleam as he stares at me. I hate his eyes almost as much as I hate his teeth. Maybe more. Dammit, I’m staring, again.

“They’re for Ally’s class,” I tell him. “Fundraiser, I mean bake sale.” I fumble my words. He’s so frustrating.

A contemporary romcom
Release date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing

Other works by Jo:

Cursed be the Wicked, a paranormal mystery romance, released March 2014 through Soul Mate Publishing


Lost in Christmas, a short story included in Soul Mate Publishing’s 2013 Christmas anthology


About Jo:

BIO PICA movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.

Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.

Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.

Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.

In 2012, she wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. Since then, Jo has also written a couple of short stories and her recently contracted contemporary romantic comedy, entitled Cookie Cutter, is set to release on March 23, 2015 through Little Bird Publishing.

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Picking A Novel Setting

RomanceWeeklyThis week’s Romance Weekly questions are from Brenda Margriet – How do you choose the setting for your book? Does where you live inspire you? This can apply even to books set in paranormal worlds – what do you use from “real life”?  If you arrived her via Gemma Brocato, hope you’ll continue the Romance Weekly hop.

OBX Winter Sunset
OBX Winter Sunset

Living along the coast of Virginia, and always around the water, plus a lifetime of vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has inspired me in many ways. The local beaches have become part to of my brand. That doesn’t mean my characters don’t travel to other parts of the area,  country and world.

I’ve also applied local settings to paranormal works. In my novella, White Doe, I used an Outer Banks legend and tweaked it into a modern day shifter theme.

Courtesy of Wiki Commons
Courtesy of Wiki Commons

Closer to home, Norfolk Naval Operations Base and Oceana Naval Air Station provide a basis for military stories. Fentress airfield, where Navy pilots practice touch and goes, is practically in my back yard. Yes, I love jet noise. Living in a military-minded community feeds my patriotism. Last year I wrote a SEAL romance, Trident Valorwhich won the erotic category in Chesapeake Romance Writers, Finish the Damn Book Contest 🙂 This year I’ve decided to include my love of dogs by writing a military K9 novel.

Football is another passion I put the page after our area had a short-lived semi-pro team. I’m hoping to self-pub Game On! later this year. For the last several months I’ve posted snippets of it on my website for Weekend Writing Warriors 8 Sentence Sunday blog hop.

Next week I’ll be posting 8 sentences from a Valentine story entitled, Cupid in Camo. On Monday, I’ll post the compete short story in my newsletter so be sure to sign up!

Now on to the lovely Xio Axelrod, author ofCalum The Calum. Let’s how she picks settings for her books.