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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “The Mason Dixon Line” by Linda Morris

Feb 17
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Linda Morris has taken over the blog for today 🙂

She’s sharing her Top Five scenes from THE MASON DIXON LINE

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there’s a giveaway.

Enjoy 🙂

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CABRBTP

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Blurb:

Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good. She has the beauty and style to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting elected homecoming queen.

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She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA. And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids’ book as a fundraiser for the school.

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Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids’ book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for.

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The gorgeous teacher’s aide he’s assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there’s any line he won’t cross for her.

Note: This book contains mature situations and is intended for readers over 18. 

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Linda Morris:

Hi, Sasha.

Thanks so much for having me at Caribbean Accent Book Reviews! I’m here to count down my top five scenes from The Mason Dixon Line, the sequel to my bestselling Melting the Millionaire’s Heart.

Like the previous book, this one revolves around the staff at a private school for kids with special needs, Horizons. Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good.

She has the beauty and style to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting electing homecoming queen. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA.

And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids’ book as a fundraiser for the school.

Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids’ book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for. The gorgeous teacher’s aide he’s assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there’s any line he won’t cross for her.

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So now that you know the deal, here are my favorite scenes, in descending order:

5) Any scene with Dr. Dunne, the headmaster at Horizons and quintessential boss from hell, is going to make my top five. The opening scene of the book features Dr. Dunne in all of his idiocy, giving Carolyn an assignment she doesn’t want. Dr. Dunne is such a *jerk* and he’s so fun to write, even though I want to throttle him.

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4) The scene where Carolyn meets Barney, who is, um, Mason’s unusual pet. He’s not a cat or a dog. Think outside the box: That’s all I’m saying! Carolyn seems like such a shallow princess at times, but her willingness to embrace (figuratively, anyway) Mason’s unusual pet makes him see her in another light.

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3) For sexytimes, I think the first time Carolyn and Mason are together is one of my stronger love scenes ever. A luxury hotel and champagne are involved. *Sigh* Too bad she has to go and muck it all up shortly thereafter.

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2) The big fight. Oh noes! Shortly after they’ve just made love for the first time, Carolyn does something that makes readers either hate her or totally relate to her. You’ll have to be the judge for yourself whether what she does it totally out of bounds or an understandable goof.

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1) You’ve probably gathered that the course of true love does not run smooth in this book. For a time, Carolyn is convinced things just won’t work out with Mason and she leaves him. The scenes where Mason, who is an emotional, sometimes angry guy, struggles with his emotions and tries to move on without her are my favorites.

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My *most* favoritest (if that’s a word) is the scene where Carolyn’s friend Kayla (heroine from Melting the Millionaire’s Heart) tries to talk Mason into giving the relationship another shot. I’m not saying anything more, but that scene gets me every time!

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Those are my favorite scenes. If you’ve read the book, drop me a comment and let me know yours!

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EXCERPT from “The Mason Dixon Line”:

“Got a pen?” Mason asked her.

She rifled through her purse. “Yeah, here. Why?”

“Thought I’d do some drawing. Waiting is boring.”

“We’ve been waiting like thirty seconds.”

“And I’ve been bored for thirty seconds. I’d rather draw.”

She watched him stroke his pen across his napkin and frown when the pen’s nib tore the paper. “This napkin sucks. Got any paper?”

She dug through her purse again until she found a long receipt. “Sure.” She handed it over.

He eyed it. “You blew two hundred and fifty-six bucks at Victoria’s Secret?”

“Hey, I gave it to you so you could draw, not criticize. No judging!” Flushing, she grabbed for the receipt but he held it out of her reach, grinning. He was cute when he smiled. Damn him.

“Who said I was judging? That purchase actually sounds worthwhile.” His lips curved and she had the oddest sensation he was imagining what she might have bought. “What was it? Two hundred and fifty bucks ought to buy a lot of lingerie.”

She scowled. “You’ll never see it, so don’t worry about it.”

“Oh, I don’t plan on seeing it. But I can dream, can’t I?”

“Is that the Mason Dixon version of flirtation?” She crooked one eyebrow. He didn’t plan on seeing it? That was a first. No guy had ever come right out and admitted he had no shot at seeing her scantily clad.

Most men were optimistic that way, even if it was totally unfounded.

He looked down at the receipt and began to doodle, his cheeks reddening. “I wouldn’t say I was flirting with you.”

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Linda Morris pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in.
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Her book Melting the Millionaire’s Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller. Its sequel, The Mason Dixon Line, was published in February 2014.
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Her vacation fling romance, Nice Work if You Can Get It, will be published by Swoon Romance in Aug. 2014.
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A Sedona-set spa story, Just a Touch, is coming from Samhain in December 2014.
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When she’s not writing, working as a freelance editor, or mommying, she’s doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn’t eat.
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Linda believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former.
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Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she’s never looked back.
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