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Friday, February 22, 2013


One day Arkansas farm girl Keri Ford picked up a copy of Cosmo and read an excerpt of Christina’s Skye’s Code Name: Princess. Her life would never be the same. She now writes romances as Kerri Ford and romantic mysteries as Charley Colins. Visit Kerri/Charley at her website to learn more about her and her books. -- AP

The Secret Stash

Sara Livingston, heroine of Taken By Trouble, isn’t the craftiest girl out there. Not in the sense of gluing and sewing. She’s crafty in her thoughts, but she has the occasional moment.

She is a total and complete chocoholic. It’s one of the first things that draws her to the hero—she smells chocolate on his shirt. From fun sized to king size, it’s sweet, sweet comfort food. When things really hit the fan, Sara lays on the floor with a bag of chocolates and eats the whole bag. When the hero, Clark, returns, he finds her surrounded by wrappers.

Everybody needs this survival kit. While Sara’s kit had been brought to her, many of us aren’t so lucky. And when we bring chocolate in the house, husbands, kids, pets, visitors all seem to think it’s a free-for all.

So, for you crafty readers, I suggest a secret stash.

Clark has a secret stash in the bottom drawer of a dresser. And in his bag. Both are for when Sara’s hair is on end. (She eventually finds both…he needs to hide better if he wants to ration them out!)

I secret stash, too. I’m the only one who eats somewhat healthy in this house, so a handful of treats stuck behind the fruit will go unnoticed. I have decorative boxes by my desk filled with office supplies. (psst…paper and pens aren’t all that’s in there!). Here’s some secret stash ideas:

-Old purses hanging in the closet.
-The bowl in the cabinet you keep because it belonged to your great-great aunt, but you never use it.
-An empty tampon box (or half full…you never know).
-Behind your shoe rack.
-The pockets of your robe.
-Pull all your books forward and inch, fill the new space behind them.

Where are you stashing the goods, and do you have any other ideas?

Taken By Trouble
It’s not every day a girl takes out the trash and is nearly run over for it, but that’s exactly what happens to Sara Livingston. Manager and waitress at a bar, Sara typically spends her days serving drinks and turning up the TV volume on the latest sports game, a job that is quite enough to make her mostly liked by all. When she’s dropped into a game of cat and mouse with a stalker, she has no idea who could be behind the wheel of the truck or why they want her flattened on the pavement.

With her private eye brother out of town, she’s relying on her brother’s coworker, Clark Russells, to keep her from eating asphalt.


Jenna said...

I have a tiny chocolate stash. But it's sugar free chocolate, which no one else wants, so I don't have to hide it. Back in the mid-90s (showing my age here) I had a secret romance stack, though. 50 or so HQ and Silhouette category romances I'd bought over a couple months of being out of work. I shouldn't have bought them in the first place, since I was out of work and money was tight, so I didn't want my husband to see them, and I also thought he'd make fun of me if he knew what I was reading. So I kept them in the closet behind the hanging clothes.

Rose Anderson ~ Romance Novelist said...

Funny thing about stashes and I. They don't last. I might as well just put them in the open!

Donnell Ann Bell said...

I'm with Rose on that one, Keri, can't have chocolate in the house, or like your protagonist, I'd be surrounded by empty wrappers ;) Cute post. How come I didn't know you wrote under another name. I'll have to check out Charley Collins!

Marilyn Levinson said...

I'm not addicted to chocolate so it stays in my house over a period of time. I've two stashes, neither of which is secret: yarn and books.

KeriFord said...

Jenna--that's the way to go! I can keep the husband out of my ice cream if I buy sugar free/fat free, ect! and great thing about men, they hardly ever look in the back, dark spots of the closet :)

Rose--LOL that works too! I generally do that with boxed candy. they're already open! how are you NOT supposed to eat them all. they could go bad!

Donnell--Charley is my mystery side :) I didn't want to confuse existing, Keri romance readers with Charley's stuff. the romance is completely 2ndary to the story!

Marilyn--I've met a few of your kind. I'm unsure where you come from. I think the ocean or something, since chocolate and water doesn't mix ;)

Sonya said...

My stash has white chocolate in it. Not just any white chocolate.

Ghirardelli Sublime White Vanilla Dream white chocolate. Oh. My. This is the kind of chocolate that came from fairy tales, from the end of the rainbow-it's what was in the pot instead of gold. I try not to buy it too often because it sings such a sweet, siren song when I have it around.

Liz said...

I don't do chocolate. In truth, it might not make it from the store to the car, much less into the house and a stash.

Cinette said...

With four daughters in the house, hiding my stash among my panties wasn't enough of a deterrent, but no one has found the one in the bottom of my yarn basket!

KeriFord said...

Sonya--ohboyohboyohboy now I'm tempted to come find your stash!!!


Cinette--Good going! maybe they never dig around in your yarn and find it!