Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spotlight + Giveaway: A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside

GENRE: Fiction > Romance > Contemporary Romance

A Suitable Wife by Carol Burnside

This book is the first in the Sweetwater Springs series of stand-alone books by Carol Burnside.

Sam Moreland is desperate to keep his daughter out of the clutches of her abusive mother seeking custody. He resists legal advice to provide the court with a complete family unit because past relationships have soured him on love.

Though she yearns for children, Rosie Baxter knows a failed pregnancy has likely left her barren. She remains single rather than bring her problems into a marriage and concentrates on her business with its financial woes.

A temporary marriage pact means Rosie provides Sam with the illusion of family in return for an influx of cash into her store. But kisses for show become all too real. When outside threats shake their growing bond, each must trust the other with their darkest secret or lose their best chance for love and happiness.

Warning: This book contains a heated tryst in the kitchen, a cricket choir, conniving exes, and big family gatherings. Do not read if you are allergic to tall, dark and handsome men with sweet baby girls or determined red-haired women with strong maternal feelings. The author makes no guarantees against sudden urges in the reader to move to a small southern town.

Author Bio

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary
romance with serious sizzle. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. Also published in short stories, Carol’s novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence.

Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances which have been favorably received. Talk about cross-genre! Enjoy excerpts, review snippets, and more about her sexy Crainesian characters on her website  or connect with her on

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Carol will be awarding an ebook copy of A Suitable Wife for a comment picked at random on this blog post. Open internationally. Ends 4/13/2014 at 11:59 pm (EST).


  1. "Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"

    I am trolling Goodreads for books to read for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon (April 26). A Suitable Wife is on my read-a-thon list. I thought that I would share this note about the Sweetwater Springs series from ASW's Goodreads description.

    "Fans of Marie Ferrarella, Tanya Michaels, Leanne Banks and Susan Mallery will enjoy this series, which contains sensual, contemporary romance against a backdrop of family and community in the small town of Sweetwater Springs, Arkansas."

  2. Thanks for including ASW in your read-a-thon list! In case it helps readers in their selection process, here are a couple snippets from recent five-star reviews:

    “I thought I would take a quick look at the first chapter... Before I knew it, I was more than halfway through the book . . .. This book was well worth the sleepy morning.
    A Suitable Wife has it all. Passion, friendship, a villainous ex (or two), picturesque settings, heart touching back-story, dedicated family, and some great love scenes. Sweetwater Springs is a place where anyone would feel welcome. Carol Burnside has created a community that I hope to visit often. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.” – Tami 5/5 stars, Goodreads review

    Set against the backdrop of charming Sweetwater Springs with a supporting cast of evil exes, a loving family, and devoted friends, this is a love story that satisfies in every way. I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series. Five enthusiastic stars! Very highly recommended! – Pam Asberry, Sometimes It's Cloudy, Sometimes It's Clear (blog)

  3. A SUITABLE WIFE sounds like such a wonderful read. Loving the cover.


    1. Thanks, Mary. I thought the artist fit the story very well.

  4. Congrats, Mary Preston! You've won a copy of A Suitable Wife. I'll be in touch via e-mail.

    Congrats also go to Skeeter Lee, as my blog host winner of a $5 Amazon GC.

    Watch your inboxes, ladies!