Friday, July 31, 2015

Guest Blogger: Melissa Keir

Melissa Keir is here to talk about furbabies vs real babies! Take it away, Melissa!

Furbabies VS. Real Babies – Which do you prefer?

The lifespan of a dog is much shorter than the life span of a human child. But with children, you eventually hope that they will be around to take care of you. Or as my son says, “Remember Mom, I get to pick your nursing home.”

Both love to give kisses and leave stinky messes. Furbabies and Real babies provide unconditional love. Yet the big furbaby on your bed will help keep you toasty warm during the frigid Michigan winter. Try that with your teenager! Most want nothing to do with Mom in a nightgown, let alone in a bed.

Furbabies shed. Human babies cry. If either of these get on your last nerve, it’s not a good idea to consider either! I was lucky enough to have both furbabies and real babies. The furbabies have been my children’s companions and confidants as well as my own little snugglers now that the children are grown. I’m sure if you asked my son, he’d tell you that the furbabies are getting away with a lot more freedom than he did! But that’s only because they return the car fully gassed up. (wink)
You can see why Keira Matthews in Crash and Burn even brings her furbaby on her second honeymoon. Besides traveling with an infant or toddler on a plane could be much more challenging! Which would you choose? Furbaby or Real Baby??

Crash and Burn is a novella in the Crashing Into Love book bundle.
Crash and Burn by Melissa Keir
Can Rob and Keira's second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?

On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they've pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?


Once again alone with her thoughts, she turned toward her husband. They’d been married for seven years, and his looks still caused her stomach to flutter. I love running my fingers over his buzz cut. And his rough beard left sexy marks on my neck when we made love…not that it’s happened in a while. A part of the reason we’re on this trip is because of our lack of sex, tenderness. Of course, he’d have to be home in order to touch me.
Keira crossed her legs tighter as she glanced around the cabin. Her gaze fell to the cowboy two seats in front of her and across the aisle. That rancher is hot. His jeans really showed off his best assets when he walked back to the bathroom a while ago. His blue-striped shirt hugged his shoulders and guns. Those arms would hold a girl down or up and down all the while he loved on her. I bet if he and I were married, there’d be no need for counseling. She imagined running her fingers over his shoulders and down his arms. She uncrossed her legs and ran her hands down her jeans, shifting them.
Opening the water, Keira poured herself some. She picked up the glass and held it to her face, trying to cool her flushed skin, then drank. Emptying it, she set the glass back on the tray then poured a little water into the cup. She unzipped the top of her dog’s carrier and waved the water in front of Gris’s face. “Here, baby, you can have a little. Not too much. There’s no fire hydrants on the plane.”
As she watched her fur-baby drinking, her stomach clenched. What if this is the only baby I ever have? She ran her fingers over the teacup poodle’s fuzzed head.

Crashing Into Love:
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.

Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.

Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?

Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time.

Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other's arms, but can that love survive reality?

Falling Hard by D'Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?

A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn't on it. Oliver Lawson's divorce is final and he's looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing...who knew?

About Melissa Keir:
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn't enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to "borrow" her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn't really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.

I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Thank you for having me on today! :)

  2. Hi, Melissa! A little girl on a plane kept screaming "Mine!" an entire flight and I began to wonder if she would be that way as an adult. lol Right now, I am having to make the hardest decision about my kitty, to let her go. She's 22 (I know!) and can't stand up. My heart breaks for her. My boys are grown and wouldn't snuggle either. But both held my hand when my dad died. I think we have to have both.

    1. I'm sorry Vicki about your baby kitty. It is the hardest thing to do...letting go of a loved one. I'm glad you have both furbabies and real babies in your life!

  3. I've had both. Dogs are easier, kids are more fun.

    1. True Diane.... which do you think is cheaper? Dogs or kids?

  4. I have kids and now grandkids. I'm still thinking I'd like a dog, though.

    1. I can't wait to have grandkids... Oh the spoiling and loving without all the other issues! *sigh*