Callie Carmen

Thank you, Eileen for having me as a guest on your wonderful Dragon’s Den Blog.

AVA Bounces Back
Ava in my latest romance novel, Joshua, had to deal with a breakup of sorts that was devastating for her. Black Velvet Seductions included her love story entitled, AVA, in the Cowboy Desire Romance Anthology along with so many other wonderful stories from talented BVS authors. Here’s some words of wisdom about recovering from and unexpected break like Ava had to do from the relationship specialist Stefanos Sifandos.

Getting Over A Breakup
Stefanos Sifandos Relationship Specialist wrote an article and included a video on how to recover from an unexpected breakup. If you know someone going through this or if you’re a writer you may find this information helpful. Stefanos goes over of these six steps to help with a break-up:
1.) Feel your feelings.
2.) Create space for yourself.
3.) Seek support.
4.) Create and find your story around the relationship. Don’t polarize.
5.) Reclaim yourself and your power.
6.) Have fun
I’ve included the link so you can learn about each of these steps in great detail by Stefanos at:

I hope you enjoy the excerpt below from my romance story, Ava, about her
lost love and how she’s doing all she can to move on with her life.

AVA Excerpt
by Callie Carmen
from the Cowboy Desire Anthology


I’d been a fool pining over Joshua. I’d been in love with the man since I was twelve years old. I had barely dated in college knowing that it was Josh I wanted when the time was right. After I graduated, I had even followed him to Michigan. When he’d told me he had fallen in love with another woman, I had been sick to my stomach for days. I’d quit my job and moved back home to Kentucky where my heart belonged. I’d promised myself I’d never fall for another man. Dating sure. But love no way. There would be no more wasted time and heartache in my life.

At least something good had come out of my friendship with Josh. I’d banked away over forty thousand dollars while I had house sat for him when he was overseas on an ex-pat assignment. I’d used it as a down payment for the home my contractor Ryan was building. I now had a mortgage to worry about, and I was counting on my full-time art business to cover expenses. I prayed that it would be enough so I wouldn’t have to go back to being a bookkeeper part-time.

A truck was coming up the long gravel driveway as I stepped out of the barn. Ryan was in the driver’s seat, but who was the black-haired hunk riding shotgun? Ryan parked, got out of the truck and we gave each other a hug. “How are you, Ms. Ava?”

“I’m right as rain and more than ready to get this show on the road.” I smiled.

“Glad to hear it. As promised, we are finishing the upstairs of your art studio in the barn today.”

The other door shut, and I peeked around Ryan’s shoulder. A tall man holding a cowboy hat stared at me with steely, cold gray eyes that made me shiver. I crossed my arms to warm myself.

I bobbed my head to the left, and Ryan turned.

“Who’s your friend?” I asked.

“Colton, this is Ava Kinkaid. Ava, this is my brother, Colton Maples.”

He tipped his hat but didn’t say a word.

“You said you were looking for a professional to take over the framing of your artwork, since you had to leave the other one behind in Michigan. Colton’s your man.”

He was gorgeous, but his contemptuous snort let me know there was a coolness to him. It was nice of Ryan to help me out. However, I didn’t think I could work with someone as aloof as his brother seemed. Have sex with? Yes. I’d been in a dry spell for over a year and it had gotten so bad that I’d named my vibrators. There was Griffin the mythological beast; he rocked my G-spot every time. And Dante the broody inferno; he always rubbed my clit until I couldn’t breathe. My body heated.

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