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Welcome to the Odds & Sods portion of my website. Here you'll find added content related to some of my stories-maps, recipe cards, reader discussion questions and character guides. Feel free to explore. You never know what you'll find…

C. J.'s Totebag and Ten Book Giveaway


Twisted Cedars, Oregon
CJ Carmichael's Twisted Cedars, Oregon
Coffee Creek, Montana
CJ Carmichael's Coffee Creek, Montana

Map courtesy of Rolf Stengl

CJ Carmichael's Chatsworth Map

Reader Discussion Questions

Her Better Half
Her Better Half

For Her Better Half, I did something a little different than I usually do. I have six Reader Discussion Questions available for you to download in PDF form and use in your book clubs. Here are two sample questions:

  • The title of the book, Her Better Half, can be interpreted on many levels. Discuss it's meaning in relation to Lauren's marriage, her self-image, and even the house she moves into on Carbon Corner.
  • In some ways what happens to Erin affects Lauren more deeply than her own divorce. Why is this? What does this say about the state of Lauren's relationship with Gary?

Download the full version in PDF form and get your discussion started!

Character Guides

Return to Summer Island, the Forget-Me-Not Friends:
You Made Me Love You

Simone DeRosier: renowned jazz singer and pianist, she coined the phrase "forget-me-not friends" in one of her hit songs. She was Harrison's wife until her apparent suicide before the story opens.

Harrison Kincaid: hero of Book 1, during his childhood, Harrison came from a weathly family who spent holidays on Summer Island. Entralled by Simone, he finally married her and was devastated by her apparent suicide.

Aidan Wythe: Raised by his mother in Seattle, Aidan has been Harrison's best friend for as long as he can remember. Aidan is the hero of Book 2. Emerson Cotley—a local on Summer Island, he took over the family landscaping business after his parents were killed in a car accident.

Jennifer March: heroine of Book 3, her family owns the Lavender Farm Bed and Breakfast on Summer Island. She and Simone were best friends.

Gabe Brooke: Gabe owns a real estate business on Summer Island, as well as the local newspaper. He married Harrison's sister, but also had a suspicious relationship with Simone.


Love and the Single Mom
Love and the Single Mom

Try Margo's Daily Soups... Three recipes are now posted and print-friendly! Click on the links below and enjoy!

Good Together
Good Together

Try Grandma Carrigan's Cranberry Coleslaw...

    Grandma Cardigan's Cranberry Coleslaw

Just for Writers

Writing the Bestseller

Are you a writer or interested in becoming one? C.J. recommends this book (and not just because she contributed one of the sections):

Writing the Bestseller: Romantic and Commercial Fiction

Writing the Bestseller offers practical advice and wisdom from a dozen successful authors who have sold hundreds of thousands of books, experiencing all the ups and downs of the publishing industry. What to do, what not to do, as romance and commercial fiction have their own rules.

Writing the Bestseller doesn't sugar-coat the work involved. Instead, authors who've been there tell you how to understand the genre and reader expectations. The rewards of writing a bestseller are worth the effort, and these authors share what they've learned over the years so you, too, can succeed in today's competitive market.