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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPTS: Not My First Rodeo 2

 

We present you with not one, not two, but THREE excerpts from the new novella collection NOT MY FIRST RODEO 2 by Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Sarah M. Anderson. Keep reading!


EXCERPT ONE – SEDUCING THE SHERIFF

Joe turned over onto his side, wishing he could fall asleep. Crime in their little town was generally the mild sort, and armed robbery was a total anomaly. But it wasn’t the seriousness of the crime keeping him awake. It was Cassidy, in his bed, dressed in some flimsy pink pajamas.

Bringing her here might have been a mistake. In the office, it had seemed perfectly sensible and platonic. They’d always been friendly. But sitting with her on the sofa as she got tipsy on a little bit of whiskey was something else. She brought out his protective instincts. She brought out more than that, too. When she’d looked up at him and said that she trusted him today…something had changed. He’d felt it, like a thump to the chest. There was something about the way she’d looked into his eyes. Nothing was completely platonic. They were two people of roughly the same age, single, and damn, she was pretty. Even during the stress of the day, she’d managed to crack a few jokes. He admired that.

He flipped over to his other side and closed his eyes, focused on slowing his breathing, and tried to lull himself into sleep. If only he could shut off his brain.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Things I Would Like To See More Of In Romance by Heather Slade

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In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

The answer is always, “yes, you can.”

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it.

Did you ever wish you could meet someone again for the first time?

I don’t just write romance, I jump in and roll around in it. I’m incurable. And an optimist.  I love the idea of meeting someone again, for the first time. Having that second chance at love whether it’s with someone you know, or someone you’ve just met. Reaching for the dream that you believe is impossible to achieve, because you wake up one morning and say, “what the hell—I’m going for it.”

I’d like to see more leaps of faith in romance. One of my favorite poems was written by George Sand. It begins, “Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy.” I love the idea of throwing out all reason and allowing ourselves to fall in love without allowing fear to talk us out of it.

I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life, when they wonder what if? Or is it too late for all my what ifs? Letting love in, even when we think that phase of our life is over.  Deciding it’s time, finally, to make a a lifelong dream a reality.

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Q&A with Joya Ryan!

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Thank you so much for having me! I’m excited to be on the Ever After blog!


FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):

What was the first romance novel you read?

The first romance I ever read was “Eternity” by Jude Deveraux. My aunt gave me a box of her old romance novels when I was thirteen and I loved the cover. I started reading and decided right then that I needed a rough and dirty country man loyal to his family.

What do you remember about it?

I remember how the heroine was strong. She was met with such struggles in a situation she knew nothing about, yet even when she was discarded by the man she loved, she still found a way to survive and even thrive.

What did you like most about it?

I liked that the hero and heroine needed each other. They both struggled and were different people, yet found a way to make the other stronger.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Welcome to Two-Time Texas, Y’all

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Welcome to Two-Time, Texas…

You might wonder how the town in A Match Made in Texas got its name.  Prior to 1883, there was no standard time.  A person traveling from the East Coast to the West might have passed through more than a hundred time zones.  This wasn’t a problem when traveling in a slow-moving covered wagon, but was a real pain when speeding along in a train.

The town jeweler usually determined the time. However, Two-Time had two jewelers and they both insisted they alone had the right time. This was the basis of a feud that practically tore the town apart.  (You’ll have to read the first book in the series, Left at the Altar, to find out how the feud was resolved.)  

The number of doctors and lawyers say a lot about a town’s reputation, and Two-Time has plenty of both. No fewer than four attorneys occupy offices on Jackleg Row (a derogatory named given to the street housing the town’s lawyers).  However, a disturbing number of clashes are still battled out at twenty paces, keeping all three doctors in fine Kentucky whiskey and Cuban cigars.

A railroad runs the length of the town, along with a string of saloons. A dirt street separates the rows of adobe and brick buildings, each with false wooden fronts. Two-Time has a general store, bakery, gun shop, butcher, post office and barber. It also has the Lockwood Watch and Clockworks shop, which belongs to the heroine’s father.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Outlaw’s Honor by BJ Daniels

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It’s hard to forget a beautiful woman who picks your pocket the first time you meet. Darby Cahill recognizes Mariah Ayres the moment she walks into his bar looking for a job. He shouldn’t hire her…or crave more after one impulsive kiss. But what starts as curiosity about her motives turns to concern when he senses how much danger she’s in. Mariah has been running ever since she left her fiancé at the altar. Now she’s playing the part of the perfect employee, terrified that her past will catch up with her. But Darby has already seen through her act. He’s the kind of guy who saves people. And even if Mariah’s given him no reason to trust her, he’s determined to protect her—and he’ll risk his life to do it…


Darby Cahill adjusted his Stetson as he moved toward the bandstand. The streets of Gilt Edge, Montana, were filled with revelers who’d come to celebrate the yearly chokecherry harvest on this beautiful day. The main street had been blocked off for all the events. People had come from miles around for the celebration of a cherry that was so tart it made your mouth pucker.

As he climbed the steps, Darby figured it just proved that people would celebrate anything. Normally, his twin sister, Lillie, attended, but this year she was determined that he should do more of their promotion at these events.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Flirting with the Law by Vanessa Vale

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Chasing the infamous Black Widow, they may be the ones getting caught.

Maddie didn’t want to be an outlaw, but fate forced her hand. Now she’s known as the Black Widow, the wild and deadly leader of a group of women fugitives. The law has hunted them before, but Maddie can’t walk away from her new life until justice is served.

Jackson and Seth are experienced U.S. Marshals. Bringing in a rag-tag group of women outlaws should be easy. But one look at Maddie and everything changes. Right and wrong, lust and duty blur along the edges as these two rough cowboys discover the truth about Maddie’s dark past and fall in love.

A new series with two heroes! Who doesn’t love a cowboy…or two? This steamy MFM historical romance is ALL about the woman. Check out an exclusive excerpt below! 


“You don’t even know my name,” I replied, turning my head slightly. Mr. Bane was right there. I could see the hard line of his jaw, just the hint of whiskers, his full lips, his pale eyes that held humor and heat. I couldn’t help but breathe in his clean, male scent before he took his seat again. 

I’d recovered from choking on my water, but not as much from their topic of conversation, or his nearness. I couldn’t believe the, well, gall of these two. Their boldness. I didn’t let them respond, just kept right on talking. “We’ve just met, not even thirty minutes ago and you want to marry me?” 

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Exclusive Excerpt: CADE’S LOSS by Selena Laurence

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Welcome back to the post Oscars work grind? Need something to take the weird taste of confusion out of your mouth? Reward yourself with this peek at Cade’s Loss by Selena Laurence!


 

There was nothing that soothed Cade’s battered soul more than the ocean. He’d been that way as long as he could remember, spending every available moment at the beach, in the water, following his dad from wave to wave until he’d been better on a board than the old man. As he looked at the water now, he could almost see the outline of his dad’s form, riding the long tail of a wave midway out, sun on his hair that was the exact color of Cade’s, water spraying on his tan skin, weathered from the years of being outdoors. The familiar ache that was his companion so much of the last six years caught him like a hoof to the gut, and he swallowed, tasting the lime and tequila in the back of his throat as he blinked the painful image away.

And that was when he saw her. She was leaning on the glass wall that ran along the edge of the deck, her blonde curls blowing in the light breeze that came off the water. She had on a sundress, white cotton, like a little girl’s, but it was backless, tiny straps running over her slim shoulders, and with the sun shining through it, the long skirt was nearly transparent. He could see enough to know that she was wearing thong underwear or none at all, and that her legs were long and lean, curved in all the right places.

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Q&A: Carolyn Brown of WICKED COWBOY CHARM

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your site today! I’ve got coffee and cookies in hand and I see you’ve got questions so let’s dive right into them.

FAVORITE MOVIES:

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Lucky Seven, While You Were Sleeping, Steel Magnolias, Quigley Down Under and Gone With the Wind

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Lucky Seven:

While You Were Sleeping:

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Aural Pleasures + Giveaway: Kim Redford’s BLAZING HOT COWBOY

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I’ve always enjoyed second chance love stories, so in Blazing Hot Cowboy, I paint a vivid picture of former high school sweethearts Kent Duval and Lauren Sheridan getting back together. But when these two aren’t all over each other, how do they pass the time?

Both enjoy listening to music! What tunes are their favorites?


Kent Duval’s favorite musical playlist includes:

Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”

Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”

Waylon Jennings’ “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”

Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”

Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire”

 

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Exclusive Excerpt: A HEAP OF TEXAS TROUBLE by Carolyn Brown

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Know what we love more than new books from Carolyn Brown? Sneaking a peek at new books from Carolyn Brown! Check out this exclusive excerpt of A Heap of Texas Trouble!


Some men are just born stupid. Some don’t get infected until later in life, but they’ll all get a case of it sometime. It’s in their DNA and can’t be helped.

Carlene could testify with her right hand raised to God and the left on the Good Book that her husband, Lenny, had been born with the disease and it had worsened with the years. Proof was held between her thumb and forefinger like a dead rat in the form of a pair of bikini underwear. They damn sure didn’t belong to her. Hell’s bells, she couldn’t get one leg in those tiny little things. And they did not belong to Lenny either. Even if he had become an overnight cross-dresser, his ass wouldn’t fit into that skimpy pair of underbritches, not even if he greased himself down with bacon drippings.

They were bright red with a sparkling sequin heart sewn on the triangular front. They’d come with a matching corset with garter straps and fishnet hose. Carlene recognized them, because she’d designed the outfit herself at her lingerie shop, Bless My Bloomers. They belonged to a petite, size-four brunette with big brown eyes who had giggled and pranced when she saw herself in the mirror wearing the getup.

Carlene jumped when her cell phone rang. The ring tone said it was Lenny, but she was still speechless, staring at the scrap of satin in her hand.

She dropped to her knees on the carpet and bent forward into a tight ball, her blond hair falling over her face. She felt as if someone had kicked her firmly in the gut and she couldn’t breathe. In a few seconds she managed a sitting position, wrapped her arms around her midsection, and sucked in air, but it burned her lungs. The noise that came forth from her chest sounded like a wounded animal caught in a trap. Tears would have washed some of the pain away, but they wouldn’t flow from her burning green eyes. Finally, she got control of the dry heaves and managed to pull herself up out of the heap of despair. Dear God, what was she going to do?

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