More Than Words Can Say has Released!!!

The wait is finally over!

More Than Words Can Say is now available!

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I’m so excited to share Zach and Abigail’s story with you. Dozens of readers wrote to tell me that they fell in love with Zacharias Hamilton in his big brother role in More Than Meets the Eye. I have to admit that I did, too. Finding the perfect heroine for him, was a challenge, but Abigail’s feisty independence, her big heart, and her dedication to family became a recipe for love that Zach couldn’t ignore. Oh, and she can bake like a dream. The old adage about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach didn’t become a classic for nothing. Wink, wink.

I thought I’d introduce you to Abigail with a fun little excerpt.

Her cheeks were growing pink. Probably because he was just standing there staring at her like an idiot instead of saying something.

Tightening his grip on the square, he cleared his throat. “What kind of proposition?”

She thrust a set of papers at him, the sheets crinkling as the corners bent against his chest. “A business proposition. A rather . . . um . . . unconventional one, but one I believe will prove beneficial to both of us if you’ll look past the first hurdle.”

He reached for the papers. “That hurdle being?”

She straightened her posture, which was an impressive trick of engineering since she was already standing as stiff as the board he’d been working on moments ago. Then she met his gaze and something grabbed at his gut. “Marriage,” she said. “To me.”

A cough exploded in his throat. He ducked his chin and turned aside, the choking sensation worsening to the point that he had to brace his arms against the workbench as he struggled to control the spasms. He’d always wondered how his brother Seth felt when an asthma attack hit. Now he knew.

“It might appear to be a beggar’s bargain on the surface,” she said from behind him, “but I promise there are benefits.”

At the word benefits, images jumped immediately to Zach’s mind. Vivid images. Of bedsheets and unpinned hair. Of luscious curves, dimpled smiles, and welcoming glances.

His throat constricted further. Not even a cough could escape now.

“To start with, you can have all the sticky buns you like free of charge. For life.”

Breakfast. She was talking about breakfast.

Finally, a bit of air seeped into his lungs, allowing him to wrestle his unruly thoughts into submission as he turned to face Miss Kemp. He leaned back against the workbench, not yet trusting his knees to hold him upright on their own, and forced himself to meet his tormentor’s gaze.

He thrust the crumpled papers back at her. “I ain’t lookin’ for a wife.”

She made no move to collect the unwanted documents. “There’s a law,” she blurted. “A ridiculously archaic city ordinance that precludes women from owning businesses in Honey Grove. After my father died, the city council gave me three months to grieve, then approached me with an ultimatum. If I don’t sell the business, I can either partner with a male financial backer by the end of the month or have the marshal close the bakery doors for me. Permanently.”

Zach frowned. That seemed a bit extreme, but he didn’t doubt her word. Plenty of men believed that women belonged in the home and nowhere else. And he wouldn’t put it past them to enforce their will on her by dusting off some outdated legislation.

“That’s unfortunate, but I still don’t see what this has to do with me.”

Dimples appeared for the first time that afternoon as her lips curved in a triumphant grin. “You, my dear sir, are option number three.”

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  • What are your favorite baked items for romantic occasions?
  • What treats do you bake specifically for that special someone in your life?

By the way, today is my 27th wedding anniversary. Still living the happily ever after and loving it!

Hmm . . . maybe I should whip up some baked goodies for my heroic hubby. Does refrigerated cinnamon roll dough count?

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.

29 Comments

  1. I don’t bake period.

    1. Ha! Well, I don’t bake very often, but I do enjoy the results when either I or someone else spends some time with flour and sugar in the kitchen. 🙂

  2. Your book sounds amazing.
    I love to bake, especially something chocolate. Another easy recipe I’ve found, because I’m gluten intolerant, is peanut butter cookies flourless. It’s easy 3 ingredients.
    1- cup peanut butter
    1- cup sugar ( I use Brown sugar)
    1- egg
    Mix together then form in balls place in cookie sheet and mash down with fork or your fingers and bake 350 for 12-15 minutes.
    I took these to an office cookout and they were all gone!

    1. Wow! That is super easy. Sounds yummy!

  3. I love cupcakes, but I am not a baker. I buy them.

    1. I love watching baking shows on the Food Network, and I am always amazed at the art that can be created with cupcakes. 🙂

  4. Oh my … you had me grinning from the start! The book cover couldn’t be more charming either! I love that Zach was number three on her choices! Hilarious!

    My husband has a favorite chocolate cake that I have baked for his birthday the past 47 years. Boring huh! I love making cinnamon rolls like my mom used to make. And, yes frozen dough is definitely okay to use.

    Loved reading your excerpt. Thank you for the day brightener!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. And I bet your hubby looks forward to that chocolate cake all year. It’s not boring, it’s a mouth-watering tradition. 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary to you and your better half as they say. I usually do the brownie thing of chocolate cupcakes hubby goes for the chocolate.

    1. Thanks, Quilt Lady! I’m the chocolate eater in my relationship. My hubby goes for lemon. 🙂

  6. You know I adore this book! It’s become my favorite of the year already!

  7. Happy Anniversary! Sweets had to stop for both my husband and me so no baking in this house.

    1. You have wonderful self-control, Melanie. Good health is definitely more important than the temporary enjoyment of sweets. 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary, Karen! That calls for a celebration. Congrats too on the new book release! This sounds like a great story with your classic warmth with a lot of humor mixed in. Wishing you much success, dear Filly sister!

  9. Oh my but this sounds like a Great book. I bake a lemon blueberry bundt cake with a lemon glaze that I take to church dinners and it always gets raving compliments Will definitely have to put this book on my TBR list

    1. That sounds delicious! I bet my hubby would love it. 🙂

  10. I love making cookie cakes and decorating them for family and friends.

    1. I’m sure they love being the recipient of your baking prowess, Colleen!

  11. Looks like a great read, Karen!!!

  12. Happy Anniversary! Our 27th is in October.

    1. Wonderful, Denise! 1992 was a very good year. 🙂

  13. Happy Anniversary, Karen! Love the excerpt you shared. So fun!
    As for baked goods, my husband’s favorite is carrot cake, which I usually make for his birthday. I love to bake, though, and have fun experimenting with recipes. For romantic occasions, I try to do something special, like red velvet cheesecake or panna cotta.
    Congrats on the new release!

    1. Yummy! I love carrot cake. It sounds like you bake up love regularly!

  14. Welcome. Happy Anniversary. LOL LOL LOL LOL Oh my goodness, I was laughing at the excerpt. Cant wait to read this book. I have it on my to buy list. She is one gutsy little lady. My husband likes pies and cookies, so that is what I bake for him. I love sweets, but cant do them right now. So I enjoy watching him enjoy.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Lori. 🙂 And how wonderfully self-controlled you are to be able to watch your hubby enjoy his sweets without partaking yourself. I’m so impressed!

  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Karen! Chocolate is always the best choice!

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