I love celebrating a good book! Today we are very excited to bring you the promotional event for GOLDEN HOUR by the stellar writing team of Campbell Reinhardt. We haven't read this yet but it sounds AMAZING! Especially with all the goodies we have for you, so take your time and enjoy the teasers and character goodies and don't forget to enter the giveaway below! Thanks for stopping by! -Hootie
Title: Golden Hour
Author: Campbell Reinhardt
Print Length: 215 pages
Published: March 23, 2014
In the medical field, the precious moments following a traumatic event in which you have the best chance of saving a life are known as the golden hour.
But being there during the golden hour doesn't mean you'll be able to save the one you love...
New Orleans native and ER nurse, Elise Dupuis knows that fact all too well. There was nothing she could do to save her fiancé, New Orleans police officer Mike Bazanac, when he was brought into her hospital with two fatal bullet wounds.
Now everyone walks around on eggshells when she comes into the room—except her brother Charlie. As Mike's partner, he bears a guilt that's spiraled him into dark pain. Charlie is lashing out, Elise is turning in, and life seems to be falling apart around them.
Caleb Warren knows what it feels like to always be on the losing end of things. A few criminal turns in his youth landed him two crap choices: mandatory service in the armed forces or jail. He chooses to enlist, and just when he finds a commander who has a little faith in him, their truck hits an IED. Caleb's training as a medic isn't enough to save the one person who's ever given a damn about him.
Now back in New Orleans as an EMT, Caleb is bound and determined to drown himself in booze and regrets. But he crosses paths with nurse Elise Dupuis and finds a woman whose passion and courage gets under his skin in a way that wakes him up and makes him want to live again.
Unfortunately, Charlie doesn't think the new EMT is good enough for his sister, and he’ll step outside the lines of the law to prove it to Elise.
Caleb has to figure out what's worth fighting for…and how far he's willing to go for the woman he loves.
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Caleb’s perfect Po’ Boy
Caleb’s note: First of all, you have to clear your mind and forget what all of the TV chefs have told you. Forget the Po’ Boy you once had a restaurant that tried to make it gourmet. It’s called a Po’ Boy for Chrissake. A Po’ Boy should be “dressed,” but that doesn’t mean fancy. Keep it simple.
1- 12” piece of New Orleans Style French Bread
3 Tbsp Mayo
3 Tbsp Creole Mustard
¾ cup Shredded Lettuce
Slice the bread in half horizontally. Pop it in the oven for a minute or two. It leaves the inside chewy and the crust nice and crispy.
Spread the mayo on the inside of the bottom bread, and the mustard on the top. Add a layer of lettuce to that and then your pickles and tomato. Top that with the fried shrimp and put the bread together. Cut it in half and serve with an ice-cold Abita and some Zapp’s chips.
*Makes one Sandwich, unless you’ve got a girl like Elise, in which case, you’ll gladly fork over half of it because you’re damn lucky that woman is coming to bed with you later on and you know it.
Makes 12 Servings
Note from Elise: This recipe was my Gran’s and it’s the only one we’ve made in our house as long as I can remember. The recipe card with her familiar handwriting is yellowed and the edges crinkled, but I keep it on my refrigerator so I can see it every day and remind myself how much she loved to give love through her cooking. It’s become one of Caleb’s favorites, too. He brings it up to the station, scoring points with all of the medics.
¼ C. oil
1 cooked chicken, cut up and de-boned
1 ¾ lbs. sausage
2 heaping tsp. Cajun seasoning
4 C. chopped onions
2 C. chopped celery
2 C. chopped green pepper
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
4 C. long grain rice
2 ½ C. of Mama’s homemade stock
1/4 cup paprika
2 ½ cups tomato juice
Season and brown the chicken in oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pot and sauté with chicken. Remove the chicken and sausage from pot, leaving the drippings in the pot.
Sauté onions, celery, green pepper and garlic in the drippings until tender. Return chicken and sausage to pot. Add stock and seasoning and bring the mixture to a boil. Add paprika and tomato juice.
Add rice. Stir and return to rapid boil. Stir again and remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let the jambalaya rest for 25 minutes. Remove cover and quickly turn rice from top to bottom completely. Add green onions and chopped tomatoes if desired.
How we came up with the idea for Golden Hour:
To be honest, Liz had been suggesting we write a book with paramedics/based around the medical field for well over a year. Before I wrote full time, I worked as a medic and Liz felt like incorporating that experience would provide a really unique spin on the typical contemporary romance. But the right characters never spoke to us. Until Caleb and Elise popped into Liz’s head one night and she sent me the first chapter (which didn't end up as the actual first chapter, but is still in the final book.) From then on, we were hooked. We wrote the book in a matter of days, unable to sleep because even though they took a long time to appear to us, once they did, we both knew Caleb and Elise inside and out and couldn't wait to tell their story.
My ten year old son actually suggested the idea of setting the book in New Orleans. He heard me talking to Liz one day on the phone about it and caught that it had a medical theme. My husband, kids and I live in Louisiana, but we stayed in New Orleans for a couple of months when our youngest daughter, Britta was treated at Children’s Hospital of NOLA. The hospital holds such a special place in our hearts that Liam immediately associated medical stuff with NOLA. It provided uniqueness and the perfect backdrop for Elise and Caleb’s pasts and a gorgeous setting that you can’t find anywhere else. We hope we did this spectacular city justice. We’ll be in New Orleans next month doing tons of research for the companion book and hope to bring even more of the city into that book.
About the Authors:
Liz grew up on the East Coast, and Steph on the West Coast-and somehow they both ended up making their homes with their husbands and children in small, Southern towns. They've been co-writing since 2012 after they each read a book written by the other and contacted each other to gush. Liz loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature Zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway. Steph has one husband, four children, and a serious nail polish obsession. When she isn't reading, writing or wiping someone's nose, you can usually find her baking something.
You can find the writing duo on Facebook.
More books by Campbell Reinhardt:Silver Strand Series:
Stand Alone:A TOAST TO THE GOOD TIMES
COMING SOON:Rutherford Vineyard Series:
ALMOST LOVER (Summer 2014)