Decadent Publishing A buck a book featuring The One He Chose by Wendy Burke – R-Excerpt/Interview/Giveaway

Decadent Publishing A buck a book featuring The One He Chose by Wendy Burke – R-Excerpt/Interview/Giveaway

When not playing with the people in her head, Wendy has a silly life working in TV and radio. She shares her clean, yet perpetually dusty hovel with her her way-too-cute chef husband and two furry feline kids. She’s proud to be a displaced Cheesehead, now living in Cpl. Maxwell Klinger’s hometown. 

Find her on Facebook, Twitter (@WendyBurke1994) or send her a nasty email ( to which she will promptly respond!

The four books above are available through Decadent Publishing and all reputable e-book distributors. Her fifth book, ‘For Me,’ another 1NightStand story through Decadent Publishing is due out this fall.

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Top ten things you don’t know about me:

1.  Cotton or Silk?

Depends if I’m wearing them or someone else is!

2.  Champagne/beer/wine?

Like’em all, but I’ll take an uber-frosty Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing anyday! Oooo, where is that?

3.  Plotter/pantser?

Shouting it from the rooftops! —PANSTERS RULE!

4.  Describe your workspace

Leather couch, feet up on coffee table, cats interfering with typing and huz yelling at the manager of the Detroit Tigers.  Harlie writes with Cartoon Network on.  She hates Spongebob to this day.  LOL!

5.  Sports fan or just tolerate it?

Fan. Spent a couple of years seeing Tigers/Astros/Padres catch, Brad Ausmus anywhere nearby. (Stop…I am not a stalker, I’m a ‘patron.’)  Pink here…sure, you go right ahead and believe that.  LOL!  I watched that backside when he was with the Astros, too.  *sigh*  I’m sure you have seen him without his shirt on, right?  *fans self*

6.  Who is your biggest influence on writing?

Tough one – it’s a tie between James Rollins and Brad Thor.  I love their continuing characters and clear action.

7.  Favorite food –

Skordalia from the Pegasus in Detroit’s Greektown, before the casinos were there!
8.  When did you start writing?

In the womb…no seems that way. I’ve been in media all my life…so…

9.  If money were no object, where would you like to live?

Another tough one…but probably somewhere where the nearest neighbor was at least five miles away. Or St. Andrew’s Scotland.  Ah, Scotland.  On the bucketlist…Would love to play the course, too.  Yes, I play golf.  Don’t laugh.
10.  What’s next for you?

Currently waiting for the edits for my next 1NightStand story, For Me, due from Decadent Publishing this fall and fending off the people in my head with at least a dozen works in progress!



A year after losing her beloved husband, Grace Witzler learns he left a special surprise for her. A fabulous getaway in the beautiful Canadian Rockies that includes a date with a mystery man arranged through Madame Eve’s 1NightStand dating service. She’s shocked and intrigued…what was Ben thinking?

Grace’s date is charming, handsome and about to find out whether the woman of his dreams will return his affection. He’s waited forever, but he’s reading to risk it all on a 1NightStand.



“Grace.” The deep voice worked its way into her consciousness.

She sighed in her haziness and clutched the imaginary hand resting on her tummy. Whoever or whatever held her carried a familiar scent, one that elicited trust and caring.

Out on the porch, the mountain air had chilled. Despite the comfort of the presence around her, her body responded with a shiver.

A hand slipped into the lace triangle of her thong, caressing the area between navel and Nirvana.

Definitely not a dream.

She blinked, slowly coming to life. The frightened tone of her inquiry shocked even her “Who are you?”

Relax.” His lips lovingly met her shoulder. “Ben sent me.”

He didn’t seem to have any malicious intent—well, at least not at the moment. And Madame Eve wouldn’t allow something hurtful to happen.

“What do you…?” The hand cupped her waxed-for-the-occasion pubic area. His callused digits followed a natural path. It’d been so long since someone had touched her in this manner, nearly two years. She didn’t blame Ben for the extended dry spell, only the disease which had dampened his interest and stamina.

“I want you to relax and let me make love to you. That’s what you want, isn’t it?”

So, this is how this Madame Eve stuff works.

With little thought, she relented to her physical loneliness. She closed her eyes and shoved the lace below her hips. The stranger assisted until her legs were completely bare. “Yes, please.”

He was strong, agile, and wonderfully gentle.

A warm, sincere, somewhat familiar voice tickled her ear. “Grace.”

She leaned into him, wanting to sigh in happy relief and cry in terrible sadness. His arms about her, she slowly turned into his embrace. She closed her eyes, waiting for the initial kiss.

Then, it came, gentle yet deep and although he was a stranger, she felt a profound connection, a silent conversation. She raised her hand to touch his cheek in encouragement. Blinking in the darkness, desperately wanting to see her soon-to-be lover, her eyes finally focused and the world came to an abrupt halt.


He He!  I got to read a “naughty” book.  Only Harlie doesn’t know that I read it off her Kindle.  Don’t tell.  OMG, know I know why Harlie raves about this series.  They are short, hawt and emotional stories that have me totally hooked now.  When I was signed up for the hop, I had no idea what author I was gonna get to spotlight and I’m super excited it was Ms. Burke.  She writes a highly emotional story that captured me from the start.

I’ve heard of dying spouses that try to fix up their respective spouses in situations like this and I’m not sure what I think about it all.  Ms. Burke makes sense of it all with her wonderful tale of Grace, Ben and Jake.  Jake has been in love with Grace since forever and was there for her when Ben got sick and passed away.  She never looked at Jake as anything as more than a friend, someone that helped her through the hard times and that special someone that made her laugh in her darkest time of her life.

Getting an invitation from Madame Eve for a week a way near the place that Grace and Ben had their honeymoon is bitter sweet.  Deciding why not, she packed her bags and went.  Ben thought of everything for her, just like he always did.  *sigh*  The IM messages between Grace and Madame Eve were funny.  Grace was a strong heroine for me and I can not even fathom what she went through with the death of her husband but I could understand the “why” she was skeptical on the whole idea that her husband had picked her “date” for the week.

I’m not sure what else to say except that I loved Ben, Grace and Jake.  Ben was a dream from beyond the grave.  He paid attention to his wife’s every want and need when he was with her.  Jake was the guy next door that waited and hid his true feelings from the only woman that he loved.  Grace didn’t know what to think at first but once she discovered that her “date” was Jake…the conversations between them were emotional, heartfelt and honest.  I truly felt connected with them even though the story was short.  🙂

Now that I’m completely hooked on the whole Madame Eve/1NS, I will be sneaking more of them off of Harlie’s Kindle.  Oh wait…I can just buy them on my own.  :p




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  1. Wendy Burke says:

    Thank you so much for the kind comments — now to answer the ‘new’ questions:

    1–New Glarus Brewing is in New Glarus, WI — a small, Alpine-eque town in southern Wisconsin.
    2–DUH Brad Ausmus shirtless! Crap, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when the Tigers trotted him out as the ‘future’ of the team, then promptly traded him the following season!
    3–I love Scotland, although I’ve only been there once – to visit a penpal (& family) of 30+ years! My husband was in golf Nirvana when he stepped foot on the sacred St. Andrews. What a place — even if you don’t golf!

    Again, thanks for the kind comments! I enjoyed writing this story as well!

    • Wanna here something funny? Harlie and her husband honeymooned in Canamore, Alberta, Calgary. In fact, it was a golf/spa trip. Harlie got to go to the Fairmont Hotel Spa, her husband, played the golf course at the hotel. They both played Silver Tip, too. You should see their pictures. Beautiful.

      In fact, they have a framed picture of the 18th hole at St. Andrews and the14th at Augusta. Yes, we all play golf. 🙂


      Ausmus is the bomb, just saying. 😉

  2. Shannon G. says:

    Nice interview – I always like getting a glimpse at who the author is as well as the book 😉

  3. I love interview so much 😀

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