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Erin Nicholas: Up By Five (Contest)
Friday, April 4th, 2014

I have been fascinated with the influence of birth order on personality for a long time. Probably ever since I met my husband. J

I’m the oldest of two girls. My husband is the youngest of seven—and six of those seven are boys, with his sister being the oldest.

I’m a decision maker.  I’m even what some people (my first grade teacher for instance) might call bossy.

My husband… isn’t. He goes with the flow.  The first three Thanksgivings we had with his family, I offered to bring something.  Something good to impress them right?  Something real.  But my husband was in charge of asking his sister what we should bring.

Dinner rolls. Brown and serve.

Yep. That’s what we brought. Because my husband just went along with whatever they said and his sister would never dream of having the baby actually do something.

New to the family I went along with it. For awhile.

But we’ve been together almost twenty years now. We no longer bring dinner rolls.

And my husband is no longer in charge of making family plans.

I love writing about families.  There’s just so much built in drama and emotion J Family always plays a role in my characters’ lives—for better or worse—but I’ve written a new series where the family is the core, driving force behind many of the attitudes and conflicts in the books.

Specifically, a group of siblings.  A boy and four girls. An older brother with four younger sisters.


If you’re thinking “poor guy”… you’re right.  Conner Dixon has been tortured for four books by having to watch his sisters—who are more than just younger siblings, he’s raised these girls since their father died—fall in love.  And not just in love… in love with four of Conner’s best friends.

Yeah, poor guy.

Well, now it’s his turn.  And it was absolutely as entertaining to write his love story as I thought it would be.

As I’m finishing this series up, I have to admit that the sibling bond was even stronger and more a part of the books than I’d expected. Sometimes you can’t plan this stuff.  And when it happens naturally, it’s even more fun.

The birth order of the Dixon siblings is, oldest to youngest (and this is not the exact order of their booksJ)

Conner:  the protective big brother

Amanda: the oldest girl who tries to take care of her little sisters and protect her big brother

Emma: the wild child. The one who tests all the boundaries.

Isabelle: the side-kick. She’s right there with Emma getting into trouble and raising hell, but Emma’s the instigator.  Usually.

Olivia: the baby of the family. The sweet one. The optimist. The one who wants everyone to be happy.

Conner took this quiz and turned out as a typical first born.  How about you? 🙂

Birth Order Quiz

You can get to know Conner and his four feisty, fun sisters in the Counting in Love series!

She’s the One– Amanda Dixon

It Takes Two– Isabelle Dixon

Best of Three– Emma Dixon

Going for Four– Olivia Dixon

Up By Five– Conner Dixon


Up By Five

Releasing: April 8th, 2014

He’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they’re all in love and Conner’s ready to retire—from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.

Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can’t say no. But it’s no problem—Gabby’s just one of the guys.

Gabby’s penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner’s usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner’s crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby’s in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don’t-need-anyone bluster and Conner’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted—a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that’s maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won’t work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.

Tour Schedule:

4/1     I am, Indeed
Redheads Review it Better
4/2     Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
4/4     Riverina Romantics
Delilah Devlin
4/7     S.J. Maylee
All I Want and More
4/9     Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
All Things Romance
The Book Pushers
4/11   A Book Lovers Review
Ex Libris
4/15   Reading Between the Wines



Author Bio:

I’ve been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen. LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber… they took my ‘happily ever after’ ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I’ve been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I’ll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father’s love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I’m sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn’t long until I started writing about true love and that’s where I’ve been ever since.

I’m so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.

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8 comments to “Erin Nicholas: Up By Five (Contest)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
    · April 4th, 2014 at 8:15 am · Link

    I know how he feels I am the oldest of four sibling and it is sometimes hard to corrall them sometime. I just love the excerpt

  2. Michele Ficht
    · April 4th, 2014 at 8:21 am · Link

    I have an older brother that I love dearly now. lol When we were younger, him and his buddies used to scare away any guy that was interested in me. I think it’s funny now, but I did not think it was funny then. 😛

  3. Erin Nicholas
    · April 4th, 2014 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Thanks for letting me stop by today, Delilah!

    Hi Toni and Michele! Thanks for saying hi! 🙂


  4. Virginia E
    · April 4th, 2014 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Well, the quiz just proved that quizzes aren’t perfect. The answer was dead wrong. Sorry, I’m late to the party, but I was busy today. Let’s just say I’m not the oldest sibling, but if I’d just gone with the flow, I wouldn’t have survived my siblings.

  5. Pansy Petal
    · April 4th, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Yes, I too am the typical first born! Now if I could find a great catch like Connor. . . *sigh* I loved your thoughts on birth order. Fascinating subject. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Robin the Book Nerd
    · April 4th, 2014 at 10:28 pm · Link

    I got Middle Child! Which I am interesting the description fit pretty well! This was an excellent series!

  7. Mary Preston
    · April 5th, 2014 at 3:02 am · Link

    I have a younger brother. He is protective. Not over-bearing which I would hate.

  8. Warinda
    · April 6th, 2014 at 5:29 am · Link

    I’m the eldest (of three). I’m the protective one. 🙂

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