Guest Post: A Typical Day in the Life of Roxanne St Claire and Giveaway!


Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St Claire to the virtual offices this morning! She stopped by to celebrate the release of Barefoot By The Sea, the final book in her Barefoot Bay series.

Describe what a typical day is like for you

There is no “typical” day for a writer. There are good days when the words flow and the story cooperates and the world is sunshine and rainbows. And there are days when the keyboard is my enemy, the book is the worst thing ever written, and every word hurts to yank out of my imagination.

But let me tell you about a Writers’ Camp day! These happen two or three times a week and they are the best, most productive, and definitely the most fun days for this writer.

All days start the same way: I am awakened at precisely 6:23 AM with a quick swipe of a tongue over my cheek, shoulder, or other exposed body part. That would be my one year old Shih Tzu and four-legged alarm clock. Before I’m really awake, I take my two dogs (Ginger and Pepper, aka the Spice Girls) for a walk around the lake in my neighborhood. I plan my day’s writing then and by now the neighbors are used to me talking to myself as I work out the dialogue. After that, I get my daughter off to school (which, sadly, now only means I say goodbye and she drives off…sniff) and then I zip through my emails, favorite blogs, and Facebook. I try to post a blog on my own site, catch up on any “admin” and marketing things that need to be done, and then I pack up and GO TO WORK.

About two years ago, three of my RWA chaptermates and I started going to the library together, where we would snag a private a conference room and write. We’re all writing very different books (short contemporary, urban fantasy, erotica, and my contemps) but we are all serious, professional, published authors. Okay, professional and published; we’re not always serious. The library thing got dicey because we sometimes lost the room when we went to lunch, so we started meeting at each other’s homes. We gather round the dining table, open our laptops, chat a little to warm up, and then the only thing that you’ll hear is the tapping of the keyboards, the turning of a page, the scratch of a pen, or the occasional whispered plea for help.

When we hear that, it usually means a mini-brainstorm and we all throw our collective brains at problems ranging from “what’s a better word for smile” (there isn’t one) to “I need an accidental death that’s really a murder” or “does anyone know if goats really smell?” (That was me and, guess what, one of my friends actually had a book about goats! Win!)

We break for lunch, which often involves brainstorming titles, character names, or new story ideas, then write until five. There might be a Chocolate Break in the afternoon….okay, there is ALWAYS chocolate in the afternoon. Writers’ Camp, as we’ve come to call our routine, is amazingly productive. We all write two or three thousand words a day (or revise up to fifty pages) but we never feel lonely, lost, or frustrated. There’s an incredible amount of laughter, chatter, idea-sharing, and more laughter. But we are all there to work and the synergy of the room is fantastic! So’s the chocolate.

After that, I drive home (or say goodbye if I’ve hosted) and it’s time for another dog walk, a full report on the latest drama at High School, a glass of wine, a lovely dinner made by my personal chef, and family relaxing time.

Then it all starts again at 6:23 with a dog lick.


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First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.

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A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart’s desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay’s new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn’t want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it’s this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It’s been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he’s desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there’s a catch-he must prove he’s got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

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“Tessa,” he said softly, looking from side to side for a second. “I have to tell you something about me. Something you didn’t ask in your interview.”

Interesting, since he didn’t even answer the questions she did ask. Still, she waited, dying to see where he’d go with this.

“I don’t shy away from anything,” he finally said. “When I see something I want, I get it.” He gave her a hard, straight look.

Did he mean the job as chef or…her?

“So, what are you here to get?”

“My plan is that we start all over again.” Reaching down, he lifted her hand and very slowly drew off the gardening glove, sliding one finger out at a time out of the rough canvas. She couldn’t do anything but stare at his large, tanned, masculine hand undressing her much smaller one, her throat parched and every nerve ending dancing at the touch.

“We could shake on it,” he said, dropping the glove to the ground but still holding her hand. His skin was warm. A little rough, a little dry, but very warm. “But I’d rather do this.”

He lifted her fingers to his lips, barely brushing the knuckles, the sensation shooting fireworks down her arms. “To new beginnings, pretty Tessa. A new job, and a new…” He looked up from her hand and met her gaze, his own so serious she forgot to breathe again. “Friendship.”

For a moment, she stared at him, a thousand emotions erupting like a volcano in her chest. Disbelief and excitement and desire and disbelief and longing and—yeah, mostly disbelief.

“What is it?” he asked.

“Well, I’m not really trusting by nature, so I’m fighting the sensation that you might be full of shit.”

He laughed. “I deserve a chance.”

Did he? “And you’ll probably get one, but what happened?”

He lifted both brows. “I want the job.”

“So you’re suddenly Prince Charming? After being guarded, evasive, and walking out in the middle of an interview?”

He curled his fingers around her hand and sighed with resignation. “I guess I’m going to have to do some seriously high-quality groveling.”

“Major high,” she agreed.

“Let’s start with dinner tonight. We can finish the interview.”

Obviously, he didn’t know she’d called all his references and they glowed like polished gold, and he certainly didn’t know about the wedding planners and the urgent need for a chef. Instead, he’d come to grovel and take her to dinner.

“I’ll give you time to clean up and change for our date,” he said, as if she might be looking for an excuse to say no.

As if a groveling man offering dinner and looking like a sex god fell into her lap on a daily basis.

“I thought it was an interview,” she said.

He shrugged. “You call it an interview, I call it a date.”

“I call it a pretty remarkable turnaround for the guy who suggested a one-night stand of tongue-tattooing the last time we talked about going out.”

His smile was sinfully slow and so damn confident. “Haven’t you ever changed your mind about something,Tessa? Ever looked at a situation in the light of day and realized you’d need a new approach to get what you want?”

She tried to ignore the little thrill of his words and be smart about this. “What about trust?”

He lifted his brows. “What about it?”

“Did you change your mind about the advice you gave me in the bar? Or don’t you remember when your one word about trusting you was ‘Don’t’?”

She could have sworn a little bit of color left his face.

“How else are you going to know if you should or not unless you have dinner with me?”

She couldn’t argue with that logic. Or maybe she just didn’t want to.


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31 thoughts on “Guest Post: A Typical Day in the Life of Roxanne St Claire and Giveaway!

  • November 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I cant wait to start on this series! It sounds awesome! And the cover of barefoot by the sea is so pretty!

  • November 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Your writers day sounds like a good kind of day, as long as it is not one where you are banging your head against the keyboard. It is nice of Ginger to wait until 6:30 too, my cats sometimes don’t read the clocks very well and it is 4:30 or 5 am on the weekend (though that is my normal weekday wake up times).
    It was good that you had Tess get up so early to try to finish her harvest.. even though it got interrupted both times.

  • November 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love that you’ve created your own “office” environment complete with water-cooler chats and coffee. 😉 One follow-up question…do you do hair and makeup for work or go as you are?

  • November 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Just have to amend that to add…I don’t REALLY have a personal chef! It should say “AKA my husband who is an amazing cook!” Thanks for hosting me and good luck to all! xo

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Can’t wait to read this one! I am a real fan of the Bullet Catcher Series.

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    That’s a great way to start the day so much love which is shown in your books..
    This my favorite book of the Barefoot Series..I fell in love with all the girls~Lacey,Jocelyn, Zoe, and Tessa…The Fearsome Foursome..They are always there for each other in a time of crisis…In Barefoot by the Sea~Tessa not only finds more then having a baby complete her something which goes beyond that….

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Barefoot Bay is such a wonderful series and this book, Barefoot by the Sea, is my absolute favorite. Keep writing Rocki!!

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Sounds like you have an amazing support system 🙂 From what I hear, it shows in your amazing books! I say that b/c *insertsadfacehere* I haven’t had the chance to read your books yet. But I’m dying too! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the series and new release!

  • November 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Rocki is one of my favorite authors. Loved all her Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos and now the Barefoot Bay series. Lots of tears and lots of fun!

  • November 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    What a great look at a “day in the life”! Loving BB and looking forward to the next series set there!!

  • November 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Absolutely love this series! Love this “day in the life”!

  • November 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I seriously need to make myself a writing cave so that tv, kids, and hubby will not bother me when I’m writing. Good luck to all (I do not need the books I rather someone who hasn’t read her get a chance to try her)

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Can’t wait to read this one

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I love the Barefoot Bay series. Love how your day goes Rocki.

  • November 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Sounds like you have it all figured out and have a great support system…which is so important!

    I fell in love with the first three books and am looking forward to Tessa’s book but will be sad to see the series end.

  • November 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Love the series. And how interesting to hear about how you write. Thanks for the peak into your life.

  • November 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Series sounds interesting

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I love this series. Roxanne St. Claire writes such wonderful stories with even better characters. These 4 best friends come together to help each other find their happy ever after. By the end of the 4th book you feel as though these characters are your friends. I laughed with them and cried with them. Try at least the first book. I’m sure you will love it so much you will go and get the other 3!

    Don’t include me in the giveaway, since I already own all four. Thanks!

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Rocki! You made me miss my puppy! Though, the sickness that has been circulating campus since the beginning of the semester finally hit me (I think I did pretty good fighting it off until Nov. haha) I may convince my mom to come get me next weekend 🙂
    I can’t wait to read your new book! You have such a sassy narrative and I just love everything you write…even the crappy first drafts that you courageously read aloud to a room full of women (and 1 man from smashwords hahahaha!)
    Miss you! Happy writing 🙂

  • November 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Romance on the beach? Sign me up!

  • November 3, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I have read this whole series and it is fantastic!! Rocki has outdone herself.

  • November 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I’d never heard of this series, but it sounds great and I’d love the chance to win some copies. Fingers crossed! 😉

  • November 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It sounds like a really great series. All of the books look so good. I would love to read them. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  • November 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh this series is a favorite of mine! I’ve been hooked from the very first book. Each book is as unique as the four main friends. The stories are full of depth and emotion and humor. This last novel is about Tessa and how she finally gets her own HEA. The entire series is a group I will read over and over!

  • November 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    So glad this book (and book series) is getting such good reviews. Yay You!

  • November 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I loved reading this post. I hope to one day find a core group of writer friends such as yours. You have a pretty full day. Who says writing is not a full time job! Thanks for sharing your routine, Rocki!

    It’s working wonders. Love your Barefoot Bay series 🙂

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  • November 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    these are perfect for taking us away to someplace warmer during this cold winter (at least in our own minds)

  • November 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I love your story about the four legged alarm clock! I always love reading about how authors make it work. I can’t imagine being driven enough to sit down and write everyday. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • November 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    haven’t read any yet sounds like a fun series!

  • November 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    It looks like a fun story and I enjoyed the excerpt.

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