Posts in the Western genre

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Gift Giving in A Very Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford!

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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas…

Christmas is coming up, and single mom Sydney Steele is determined to make this a holiday to remember for Wildcat Bluff County. She still has to get those pesky, reluctant—and deliciously attractive—firefighting cowboys to pose for her charity calendar. They claim they’re too busy pursuing an unknown arsonist to take a break.

Dune Barrett has been flirting with Sydney for months, so he jumps at the chance to give her a hand. And when he agrees to pose as Mr. December, she couldn’t be happier. But to really win her over, Dune will have to convince eleven other guys from his crew to exploit their good looks for charity…a task much easier said than done.


What gifts are on Sydney’s wish list this holiday season? What gifts are on Dune’s?

In A Very Cowboy Christmas, Dune Barrett has Sydney Steele and her daughter, Storm, very much on his mind. He wants to get them something special for Christmas, since he’s been invited to their home for the holiday. Plus, they’ve had a rough time of it lately, what with Storm taking a nose dive off her four-wheeler and Sydney hurting her feet to save her daughter.

He’s been teaching Storm to rope a goat using a goat-tying dummy, but she’s doing so well that he wonders if he should buy her a goat for Christmas. Still, he’s not sure if she might want something well . . . more girly, but if so, he’s clueless. Sydney’s been wearing retro chic clothes to promote Christmas at the Sure-Shot Drive-In, so he wonders if he could find a place to buy her more of the vintage underwear that’s kept him on edge for a month. But again, he could mess that gift up big time, if he could even find the stuff.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Movies that Will Make You Fall in Love with Romance

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Like so many other romance fans, I can watch the same HEA movies over and over again.

I have always been a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies. I don’t start watching them until the day after Thanksgiving, and never watch them after New Years Day, but in between, my husband does a lot of eye-rolling. Truthfully, he thinks my obsession is adorable.

My go-to romance movies otherwise are Pride and Prejudice, the Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen version. My youngest son used to say, “Mom, are you watching the English movie again?”

Another favorite is While You Were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock. And who doesn’t love You’ve Got Mail? I could watch both once a month, or more.

The first to change my life, or make me a romance fan, are much older. My grandmother and I used to watch Cary Grant’s His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story. Needless to say, Cary was my first ideal leading man!

Most recently I discovered the “Before” movies . . . Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I know I was late to that particular party, but being able to watch all three in a row, without having to wait ten years in between each, was such a gift. These three movies inspired me as a romance writer, more than any other. Brilliant subtleties, rich and complex characters, breathtaking scenery . . . that’s what I want to write.

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EXCERPT: Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday!

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He’ll do whatever it takes

To keep them safe

Duel McClain has lost everything he’s ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he’ll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies…

Just as Duel swears his life can’t get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed…


Panic set in when Duel returned to camp less than an hour later to find the bedroll empty. Blood pounded in his temples as he scanned the area for Jessie and Marley Rose. Then he heard the faint sound of a child’s happy gurgle.

The creek.

He suddenly developed four left feet in his haste to find the missing pair. A mesquite branch grabbed his shirt, tearing a long gash. It didn’t matter. Nothing did except finding his baby girl and making sure nothing happened to her. Only one thing stopped him dead in his tracks-—the metallic click of a cocked hammer and a cold warning.

“Stop where you are or you’re a dead man, mister.”

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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EXCERPT: Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell!

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He’s got five rules

And she’s aiming to break them all

Rodeo producer Cole Jacobs has his hands full running Jacobs Livestock. He can’t afford to lose a single cowboy, so when Cousin Violet offers to send along a more-than-capable replacement, he’s got no choice but to accept. He expects a grizzled Texas good ol’ boy.  

He gets Shawnee Pickett.

Wild and outspoken, ruthlessly self-reliant, Shawnee’s not looking for anything but a good time. It doesn’t matter how quickly the tall, dark and intense cowboy gets under her skin—Cole deserves something real, and Shawnee can’t promise him forever. Life’s got a way of kicking her in the teeth, and she’s got her bags packed before tragedy can knock her down. Too bad Cole’s not the type to give up when the going gets tough…

 


EXCERPT:

The parking Nazis attacked before Shawnee turned off her pickup. Red-faced and dripping sweat under their neon-yellow plastic vests, they waved their orange-painted sticks so frantically you’d think she’d landed a 747 in the contestant lot.

She rolled down her window. “Is there a problem?”

“You can’t park here,” the taller one declared, jamming his thumbs in his pockets and thrusting his beer gut at her.

Shawnee ran a deliberate glance around the clipped grass field, dotted with live oaks like the one she’d parked beneath. Four hours before the first rodeo performance, only seven other rigs had arrived, all lined up with military precision along the back fence. “Looks like there’s plenty of room.”

“There is now.” Beer Gut attempted to radiate pompous authority in a dime-store cowboy hat. “But it’ll get crowded once the rest of the contestants arrive. We have to keep it organized so no one gets blocked in.”

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt

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Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she’s offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers—dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover.

As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can’t afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs…even if it means risking everything he holds dear.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below!


Seth Grover was growing weary of his double life. On the surface he presented himself as a man to be watched—a quiet, soft-spoken stranger who was good with a gun and who had no visible means of support other than being very good at playing poker. That combination made most folks believe he was probably operating on the shady side of the law, which suited his purposes most of the time. The truth was that he was an undercover agent for the Wells Fargo Company, hired to go wherever he was needed to foil outlaws targeting the company’s wealth. Most recently he’d been charged with doing whatever it took to stop the string of robberies that had cost the company close to half a million dollars over the last few years.

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Q&A

Q&A with Jennie Marts!

 We ask Jennie Marts the tough questions!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of this story together? I loved the ending where I got to bring everything together and tie up all of the fun parts of the story. I really love happily ever afters!

Most frustrating? The parts I had to cut. ☹ This book came in long and we needed to cut out some sections and that’s always hard.


FIVE BOOKS

If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

  1. Can I count the Harry Potter series as one book??? Because I could read those forever. They are my favorite books. I love the idea of an average kid getting a chance to go to magic school and be a wizard and the writing is just out of this world.
  2. One of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich—she’s my favorite author and those books always make me laugh.
  3. The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. This book touched my heart and changed me in profound ways. I loved this book.
  4. Outlander- this one is nice and chunky and takes a long time to read and lets you live in the world of Claire and Red Jamie for a long time
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg- I love the small town worlds that she builds and the feel good feels of all of her books.

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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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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

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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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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