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Tag Archives: Western Romance

Texas Heat 
Title Texas Heat
Genre Contemporary Interracial Romance
Author Name Rhonda Laurel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Isabelle Reed is having a bad year. The classical violinist is
struggling with a divorce, and a broken arm has left her unable to play. So when
she receives a wedding invitation from her cousin Morgan, her heart just isn’t in
it. Going to the wedding will mean seeing everyone from back home, and seeing everyone
back home will mean facing the music about her divorce. Unable to miss her cousin’s
wedding, she bites the bullet and takes off—and lands right in the arms of Morgan’s
brother-in-law, country western music star Tate McGill. She’d heard about the singer
and his bad-boy reputation, but there was something about those storm-filled eyes
that made her yearn to look deeper. Even though she should know better than to risk
being the subject of a song on his next album.
Country western singer Tate McGill is living the good life. He’s
surrounded by beautiful women, hit music, and a great family. But he gets more than
he bargained for when he agrees to babysit his nephew Jake for his brother Seth
Blake, and finds a beautiful woman in his way. Isabelle Reed is talented and strong-willed,
and she’s a natural with little Jake. But she’s keeping a secret from Tate, and
he’s determined to find out what it is.

Interview with Rhonda Laurel

Why did you write this
book?
Tate McGill first appeared as a supporting character in MVP,
book 2 and The Blake Legacy, book 3 in The Blake Boys series. Readers were intrigued
by Tate and his backstory as a famous country western singer who was scandalous,
insatiable flirt.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I read a lot of contemporary romance.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I enjoy crime procedurals and mystery. I am big fan of Murder
She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes type television shows and movies.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently working on Hollywood Rush, book 2 in the Hollywood
Heat Series and Love Notes and Football, book 5 in The Blake Boys Series.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Texas Heat is Tate’s story and is part of The Blake Boys Series.
Tate is a famous, charismatic, country music singer who meets his match in classical
violinist Isabelle Reed while babysitting his nephew Jake.

Rhonda Laurel is a contemporary interracial/multicultural romance
writer whose two great loves are writing and landscape photography. She uses both
as a vehicle to convey the complexity of the human spirit and the beauty of the
world around her. Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Masquerade were released
in 2012. Shutter, Memories of You, Star Crossed, MVP, California
Bored and Tourism and The Blake Legacy in 2013. The print anthology, The Rhonda
Laurel Collection, featuring Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Shutter released
June 2013.
The author is happily building
her backlist.
Cowboy Boss and his Destiny 
Genre Contemporary Western Romance
Author Name Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity
ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family
betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the
small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she
is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself
profoundly attracted to him, and the feeling is mutual. The thing is, her sexy boss
comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It’s not
just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in
love… Nora has to be sure of what she wants before she takes on the cowboy and
his child.
Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old
daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand—giving
him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time
ranching magazine. His pretty, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman,
including her ginger-red hair. He finds it hard to keep her out of his arms—especially
since she doesn’t mind being in his embrace. But from his experience with
women lately, he’s learned that some don’t want a ready-made family. This one seems
different, and he’s falling hard. But, there’s his little blue-eyed girl, and he’ll
protect Destiny’s heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…
Publisher Teel Blue Books

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The Texas Cowboy 

About the Book

Title: The Texas
Cowboy
Genre: contemporary cowboy romance, modern western
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas,
she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However,
her wealthy Dallas
cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky
away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose
only female company is his horses–that is, until he meets Vicky. However,
Vicky isn’t the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn’t always alone
and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy’s past is about to destroy
his future.

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Interview with Katheryn Lane

Why did you write this
book?
I love Texas
and I’ve been lucky enough to visit it several times. The Texas Cowboy begins with
Vicky seeing the cowboy, Jack, for the first time while she’s out shopping with
her cousin and this opening scene was inspired by something I saw one afternoon
in Dallas. I was
in Highland Park Village and across the road I saw a cowboy
standing outside Hermes, holding one of their trademark boxes. Unlike Vicky, I didn’t
have the nerve to take a picture of him (I wish I had), and he didn’t wink at me,
but I did begin to wonder about who he was and who the orange box was for.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love to read a wide range of books, but my favorite has to
be romance. I love classic authors, such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare – Romeo
and Juliet must be one of the greatest love stories of all time – but I also enjoy
reading books by more modern romance writers, such as Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins.
In addition, ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved reading fairy tales. I guess
my love of romance started with stories like Sleeping Beauty and I have ‘borrowed’
several ideas from fairy tales for my own books. For example, the first part of
my latest sheikh romance, A Bride For The Sheikh, is loosely based on Cinderella.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
That’s a difficult question! There are so many wonderful characters
in literature that it’s like asking me to pick a favorite from a box of chocolates!
However, a couple of people do stand out. I love Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the
Wind and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Although they are from different
eras and places, they are both witty, willful, beautiful women who are willing to
stand up for themselves in a male dominated world. At the beginning of each book,
they make the wrong choices and decisions, but in the end they discover who they
are and what they really want in life.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I’m afraid I don’t have much free time to watch TV as most of
my time is taken up with work (I’m a high school teacher), looking after my children
and writing. However, when I get the chance I do like to go to the cinema and see
a good movie. I live in the Middle East, so the
cinemas here only show a limited range of films and they’re often heavily censored
which can sometimes make it hard to follow the plot! However, we get cable and occasionally
I’ll find the time to watch a great movie on TV. I’m not sure if I have a favorite,
but I always love watching anything with Antonio Banderas in it. He was a great
sheikh in Day of the Falcon and gorgeous in Zorro. I also love Johnny Depp – so
sexy!
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I have several things in the pipeline, including another possible
sheikh romance, but the main thing I’m working on at the moment is a potential sequel
to The Texas Cowboy. Although I originally wrote The Texas Cowboy as a stand-alone
novel, several readers have started to ask me about the hero and heroine’s future.
I don’t think I’d be giving too much away if I said that The Texas Cowboy ends,
like all good fairy tales and romance novels, with the hero, Jack, and heroine,
Vicky, overcoming the many obstacles that have confronted them and telling each
other how much they love each other. As with many romance novels, it’s implied that
they will get married and live happily ever after. However, readers have been asking
about their wedding and if Vicky’s rich Dallas
cousin will take over their wedding plans. Therefore, I might write a sequel and
perhaps call it The Texas Bride.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
The Texas Cowboy is my first cowboy romance; most of my other
romances have been sheikh romances inspired by what I see and hear where I live
in the Middle East. However, like my other novels,
The Texas Cowboy has lots of action, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of
heartache, before the hero and heroine end up in each others arms, happily ever
after.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas,
she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However,
her wealthy Dallas
cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky
away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose
only female company is his horses–that is, until he meets Vicky. However,
Vicky isn’t the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn’t always alone
and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy’s past is about to destroy
his future.

Author Bio

I’m a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys,
so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in
traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn’t move in the supermarket.
However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast
again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give
readers a break from everyday life.
Open one of my books and escape on a romantic adventure, because
it’s easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
Have a break, read a book!

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Katheryn-Lane/e/B0056NJRZ0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1389103864&sr=8-2-ent

About the Book

Title: A Game of Chance
Genre: western historical romance
Author Name: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG13
Gambler Jed Stone journeys
to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man responsible for his best friend’s
death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival, Jed is shocked to see his face
on a wanted poster. He escapes before his hanging, unaware that the man guilty of
those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed. In a case of mistaken identity,
Jed acquires the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco
in a rigged card game his twin is meant to win.
Lily Frontiere takes
over running Lucky Lil’s from her dying mother, the house madam who shielded her
by sending her away to boarding school. Lily’s intelligence and astonishing resemblance
to her mother help in her charade, but she’s entered a world she knows little about.
She clashes with the handsome stranger who turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s
in hand, yet she is attracted to the charming risk taker.
But Simon Morgan seeks
both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess
both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while bringing his outlaw brother to justice and
win Lily’s love?

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About the Character

Name: Jed Stone
Age: 25
Gender: male
Birthplace: New York City
Profession: gambler
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): white
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:
Jed is 6’2″ and 180 pounds, with a muscled chest and thick,
dark-blonde hair and a mustache. He has crystal blue eyes and a killer smile that
melts hearts on both sides of the Mississippi. Think
Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid. Jed could be his younger brother!
Who is the significant
other in your character’s life (hero/heroine)?
Lily Frontiere, who is the daughter of the most famous whorehouse
in San Francisco. She was shielded from the house
life and sent back east to a fancy boarding school and has returned to her home
to find her mother dying and in debt. Lily wanted to be an actress, which her mother
refused to allow her to do so, so she is using her acting skills and incredible
similarity to her mother to “play” Madam Lil. With a dark wig and heavy
make-up and her curves poured into one of Lil’s dresses, she is Madam Lil—but incredibly naïve and having
to learn quickly on the job how to manage her girls and the clientele they service.
How educated is this character?
Is he/she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Jed went to public schools, where during recess he played poker
with his teacher during recess and honed his math and gambling skills. He dropped
out as a teen because the midwife who raised him grew ill, and he needed to support
them. He worked at everything from a boot factory to a brewery, even keeping the
books at a pub while pouring drinks. He fought for the Union
in the Civil War and after the war ended, he put his street smarts and luck together
and became a gambler, mostly playing poker.
What is your character’s
family like?
Jed is an orphan, raised by Elmira,
the gruff midwife who delivered him. He doesn’t know many details about his background,
but will find out the truth when he arrives in San Francisco.
His father Gordon was an actor who pretended to marry a young Boston Brahmin teenager.
She gave birth to a son, and Gordon took off with the child. He wanted the baby
to show his millionaire grandfather that he’d become respectable, hoping Max would
put him in the will. Little did he know his dying “wife” gave birth to
a second son minutes later—an identical twin to the first son. Jed possess a locket
with his mother’s initials, which will play a key role in unraveling the tangled
web of his past.
What inner doubt causes
your character the most difficulty?
Jed learns that his twin brother is wanted for robbery, rape,
and murder. He also discovers his father was a pretty shady character with a checkered
past. His fear is he’s got their “bad blood,” and he’ll never be able
to rise above it. He’s fallen in love, and he wants to be the best possible man
he can be for the woman he loves, but finding out about these two relatives creates
doubt in his mind.
What is your character’s
biggest need at the beginning of the story? As the story opens,
Jed’s biggest need is to get out of jail! He’s been arrested
based on a wanted poster and sentenced to be executed, but it’s actually his twin
who’s committed the crimes. Jed has no idea why his picture is on the poster, but
he’s not about to hang for another man’s crimes, so he needs to escape—and fast!
How emotionally expressive
is your character to others?
Jed is very self-contained, a reflection of his gambling skills
and instinct. He studies people and picks up on the little things about them. He’s
used many aliases in the past and holds his cards, literally and figuratively, close
to the chest. As he begins to fall in love with Lily, though, he opens up to the
possibilities of a life beyond gambling, and we see a very playful side to him.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Lauren Linwood wanted to tell my story because she sees me as
very vulnerable. She was fascinated by the idea that identical twins could be separated
at birth and resemble each other so closely, yet turn out very differently.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
I can’t believe she let the cat out of the bag and told people
how I donate a portion of my poker winnings to various orphanages in each town I
pass through. Just because I’m an orphan and know how hard that life can be, I feel
she had no right revealing something so personal.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
Lauren loves to tell stories—the more complex and twisty, the
better. She loves creating people and their worlds and sharing them with readers.
She wants to entertain and make readers happy when they get that happily ever after
ending. I’m grateful that despite all the complications she threw at me, I was able
to find my golden ending with Lily, the love of my life, and learn about my true
roots.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
When I have kids with Lily, I think their story would be an interesting
one to read about. They would come of age at the turn of a new century in America, so that alone would make for a special story. Besides,
who wouldn’t want to read the love story of their own children? Mine turned out
so well, and I hope Lauren would give my kids their own soul mates for life!
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Lauren would never admit to this, but her two favorite characters
in A Game of Chance are Harold, the butler, and Cleveland Armstrong, a bank clerk.
Harold has a great sense of humor and is incredibly loyal. I think she should give
him a good woman to share his laughter and love. And in the epilogue, Lauren reveals
Cleveland is doing something very special with his
life. He’s the true hero in A Game of Chance, and I believe he deserves his own
book and happily ever after, just like Lily and I got.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Lauren knows how grateful I am to her for bringing Lily and me
together. We definitely had some bumps along the way, but I want her to know that
I truly am the man she thought I was, and I plan to be the best man I can be, for
both Lily and me. I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life, and I look forward
to my future—all thanks to Lauren and her vivid imagination.

Author Bio

As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends
together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating
memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she
became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of
teenage hormones.
Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times
and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in
extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another
grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas
suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress
by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support
group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

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A Game of Chance 
Gambler Jed Stone journeys to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man
responsible for his best friend’s death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival,
Jed is shocked to see his face on a wanted poster. He escapes before his hanging,
unaware that the man guilty of those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed.
In a case of mistaken identity, Jed acquires the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco in a rigged
card game his twin is meant to win.
Lily Frontiere takes over running Lucky Lil’s from her dying
mother, the house madam who shielded her by sending her away to boarding school.
Lily’s intelligence and astonishing resemblance to her mother help in her charade,
but she’s entered a world she knows little about. She clashes with the handsome
stranger who turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s in hand, yet she is attracted
to the charming risk taker.
But Simon Morgan seeks both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky
Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while
bringing his outlaw brother to justice and win Lily’s love?

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What a Texas Girl Needs 
Today’s guest post is by author Kristina Knight.
I’ve been a fan of the Cowboys (the football team and the real-life
guys) for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching cowboy movies with my grandfather
and reading Louis L’Amour books once my brother was done with them. I was just a
leeetle bit of a tom-boy. But the reason I loved those old movies and books were
the romantic cowboys themselves – the guys who loved their land and stood up for
what they believed in.
I always wanted to meet one of those Old West Cowboys.
Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Reasons to Love Cowboys:
10. They look good in hats. Cowboys don’t just wear hats for
the fashion statement, hats are a protection from the cold, heat and other weather.
But it takes the right guy to look good in a hat.
9. They’re honest. Sometimes to a fault. Cowboys don’t temper
their arguments. Cowboys don’t compromise. They see the world as black and white…and
that is kind of refreshing.
8. They’re committed. Whether it’s to the land they love or the
women, cowboys are committed.
7. They know how to have fun. Camping under the stars, dancing
at a honky-tonk or just watching a movie at home, cowboys know what they like. And
what they like is fun.
6. They stand up for what they believe in. This goes back to
Reason #8 – cowboys have a strong belief system and they stand up for it every day.
5. Cowboys look good in Wranglers. Or Levis. Enough said.
4. Those grins! Cowboys, in my experience, have a wicked sense
of humor. And no one is immune.
3. They know how to drive and ride. Whether it’s a big, black
truck or a big, black horse, cowboys are in charge.
2. They’re romantic. No, they may not bring flowers home every
night but a cowboy will never leave his lady wondering where she stands with him.
1. They’re a symbol – of what we all want. Cowboys know who they
are, what they want and what they’re willing to do to get that thing. Isn’t that
what we all want?
In What a Texas Girl Needs, Mat has a secret that may ruin his
life as a cowboy. . .but it’s a secret he doesn’t know if he can share with Vanessa,
even though he loves her. In What a Texas Girl Dreams, Trick knows exactly what
he wants – Monica Witte – and he’s going to do whatever it takes to win her heart.
Both books are on sale for 99 cents for a limited time – grab your copies before
its too late!
(buy links/blurbs/excerpts in separate file)
What a Texas
Girl Needs
Blurb:
Vanessa Witte is ready to finally claim her life. The middle
of three daughters born into the Witte family – a powerful Texas name – she’s been content to float through
life. Being dumped by her shady ex? A blessing in disguise. Having a one-night-stand
with Matias Barnes? Not one of her more stellar moments. But she’s back in Lockhardt
with a secret and a reason to start fresh: A baby.
Matias Barnes knows all about society women – it’s part of the
reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. He doesn’t like
the endless string of parties, the inane conversation, or the gold-digging tricks
those women have perfected. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting Vanessa Witte.
Mat knows she’s so not right for him, but with her back in Lockhardt, can he resist
her charms long enough to really let her go?
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What a Texas Girl Dreams
What a Texas
Girl Dreams
Monica Witte has life the way she likes it. She comes home to
be babied every few months and the rest of the time she has no strings holding her
back. But after her horse is injured in a rodeo performance, Monica knows it’s time
to come home and face her family – warts and all.
Trickett Samuels works best on his own. The large-animal vet
likes his quiet life in the Texas
countryside. When Monica Witte blows into town, demanding a quick fix to her horse’s
big issues, his life is turned upside down. Trickett doesn’t understand Monica’s
need to perform before perfect strangers or why she wants to keep the truth of their
relationship from her family. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wonders
if he can convince this Texas
girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.
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About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from
car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker,
she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories
in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine
articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and daughter. Happily ever after.

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