Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cowboys and Romance #boxset

Melissa's here today, giving us a sneak peek into the luscious new box set she's in - Cowboy Mine. Yep, it's about cowboys and romance. What could be better?
Enjoy, and please be certain to leave a comment to show your love. :)
Is a Romance Between a Teacher and a Parent Realistic?
The short answer is yes. It happens all too often. Here’s a post about a teacher and parent in a Catholic school in a realtionship. Often the school has to make a judgement about the relationship and if it’s a conflict of interest. The most interesting piece about the above mentioned post is the comments. I love how people become polarized about this issue.
A friend shared a story about a married parent who was having an affair with her child’s teacher. Now the parent isn’t able to come to the school without notice ahead of time and the teacher will be let go at the end of the year. While I don’t justify infidelity, why is it that a teacher is held to a higher standard? But then I’ve seen it happen first hand.
I married a former student’s father. I met Jason (name changed) when I was his son’s third grade teacher. We didn’t date until that summer and then our relationship took a long time to grow before we married. We were friends first and had a lot in common, both divorced, raising children, quiet and driven. While my relationship with Jason wasn’t a secret, it caused issues at work. Some of my co-workers cornered me and accused me of potentially ruining the school’s repuation. They felt I should break up with Jason. To be honest, their ambush brought Jason and I closer. But the relationship with my co-workers was forever changed.
Do I regret my marriage? No way…but my choice makes for an interesting plot point in my latest romance- Chalkboard Romance.
See how Lauren Walsh handles falling for a student’s father after a one night stand. Will she lose her job or will she give up on a chance for a happily ever after? Please let me know how you’d handle things if you were in the same situation.
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Cowboy, Mine... He'll Leave You Breathless...
By the best-selling and award-winning authors….
Kathleen Ball, Krista Ames, Cheryl Gorman, Melissa Keir, Lyssa Layne, and D’Ann Lindun
Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir
Will a One Night Stand prove to be their disaster or their salvation?
Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wants to feel sexy again after her ex tosses her aside for a younger woman. Her best friend encourages her to sign up for The Playhouse--a renowned dating agency. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac Thomas lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.
Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?
Entering Mr. Stevens’s office felt like being called on the carpet by your parents. Lauren fidgeted with her bracelet on her wrist. I won’t cry…I won’t scream…I can be professional. The mantra repeated over and over in her head.
“Please have a seat. You’ve been a teacher here for six years. We’ve always valued your skills and feel you’re an asset to our school. Frankly, your students and their families love you. However, it’s come to my attention you’re dating a parent of one of your students.” Keith plucked a file from his desk and glanced at the page. “A Mr. Mac Thomas. His son is Todd Stone. Is this true?”
“Yes, it’s true. However, I’m not treating anyone any differently. I team teach with Melanie, as you know. She’s the one in charge of Todd’s grades. I don’t play favorites or treat any child better than another.” Meeting Keith’s gaze, Lauren wanted to make sure Keith understood her feelings.
“Well, who you’re dating does matter to at least one family. They came to my office the other day, complaining about your relationship.” Keith’s tone took on a serious note.
Lauren tried to keep the anger out of her voice. Taking a deep breath, she began. “Look, Keith. You, yourself, are dating a teacher, someone you have to grade. Do you give Melanie any more promotions or better pay than the rest of us? Our school allows parents to have their own children as students in their classrooms. How are they different than what I’m doing? Besides, this is a free country. No one can tell me who I can and can’t date.”
“You’re right on both accounts but I can’t jeopardize the school. I don’t want your reputation to suffer. I can’t help but sympathize with you, but before this goes to the board or someone requests we fire you, I want to try to fix things.” Compassion filled Keith’s expression.
“I understand, but you’re asking me to choose between love and a student who needs me.” Tears filled Lauren’s eyes.
“I’m asking you to help Todd as a friend and caring adult…whatever happens between you and Mr. Thomas. I won’t ask you to give up your relationship. Ultimately, this decision has to come from you. I’m going to give you the day off since we already have Mrs. Johnson in subbing. This way you can talk things over with Mr. Thomas. But you must let me know your decision tomorrow. At that point, if you haven’t decided, I will make the choice.”
“So basically you’re telling me to allow you to move Todd or you will move Todd. You’re not giving me much of a choice.” As tears began to fall down Lauren’s cheeks, she used her hand and brushed them away. Keith handed her a tissue.
“I know this isn’t much of a choice. But if you love Mr. Thomas and want to keep your job here, it’s the only choice you have.” Keith’s expression appeared grim. “I’ll see you in the morning with your decision.”
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As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice—a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.
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