Excerpt Reveal – Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was the cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping a verbally abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…. Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

 

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AN EXCERPT FROM COWBOY UP

 

I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues.

I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly.

This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow.

The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp.

“Huh?”

“Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses.

I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples.

“Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again.

“I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles.

“Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for.

His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger.

“Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want.

I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs.

His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast.

Then he stops.

 

 

 

 

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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Dreamcast and Giveaway – Reckless In Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

We were so honored to have Kari Lynn stop by and share with us who she pictured her hero and heroine of Reckless In Texas.  Thank you so much for sharing Kari Lynn!  

To celebrate the release of Reckless in Texas, we are giving away a copy!  For a chance to win, simply comment on this post and tell us who your favorite cowboy or cowgirl are and we will select one winner from the comments.  Good luck!

Meet the Characters

 

I know writers who can’t begin a book until they’ve found a picture of the actor or model who is their character. Some create entire collages of people, places and things to help them visualize their story.

My usual process is the exact opposite. I begin with a situation. Sometimes a single scene that springs into my mind in vivid detail. Reckless in Texas began with an offhand comment made by a rodeo clown—the guy whose job it is to entertain the crowd with jokes and such during dead spaces in the action.

I was working as an athletic trainer with the sports medicine team at the Pendleton Roundup and after the bull riding, Flint said, “I have got to be sure I turn my mic off when I get close to the bullfighters or this won’t be a family show anymore.”

My imagination latched onto that idea: what if you did give a cocky, profane bullfighter a microphone in the arena? And what if he used it to tease…hmm…how about a female pickup rider, who is all too aware that she is an oddity in the business and prefers not to have her womanly attributes pointed out while she’s working?

It wasn’t until long after the book was complete that I was watching NCIS: LA (I live with two males. I get to watch all the NCIS shows, Castle, cartoons and every re-run of Open Range and Lonesome Dove.) And suddenly, there he was.

Joe is Deeks (actor Eric Christian Olson http://www.ncislamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/misc/eco_300.jpg ), complete with the shaggy hair, lean, graceful build and the ability to go from irreverent humor to sarcasm to intense focus in a heartbeat. Like a cop and every bull rider and bullfighter in rodeo, Joe knows the danger to life and limb is extremely real every time he shows up for work.

Hey, that and knowing he’s saving lives is what makes it such a rush.

But as you’ve probably noticed, he looks nothing like the guy on the cover of Reckless in Texas, which is a little awkward now that I’m pointing it out. There’s a perfectly logical explanation, though. If we’d dressed the model like Joe, readers wouldn’t have been able to tell this book is a western. Joe favors threadbare jeans and raggy t-shirts with the sleeves whacked off, and sometimes ties on a bandana headband-style to keep his hair out of his face. He doesn’t care if anything matches. As Violet observes, He looked like a color blind surf bum.

In the arena, a bullfighter has to dress for speed and agility, so forget jeans and boots. Joe wears football cleats, soccer-style shorts and a jersey plastered with sponsor logos. At his first rodeo in Texas, one spectator informs him, “You don’t look much like a cowboy.”

And she’s right. But he does look very fine.

Violet was inspired by the daughter of stock contractor, a friend of my husband’s, who worked as a pickup rider at her daddy’s rodeos for a while. They share the same coloring. But somewhere along the line, Violet grew up and became Lucy Lawless—aka Xena, Warrior Princess Check her out here. She is tall, strong, and physically fearless, handy attributes for a woman who hauls cowboys off the backs—and occasionally from under the hooves—of bucking horses. There’s even a line in the book where a friend teasingly calls her “Xena, Warrior Cowgirl”.

Now, imagine tossing Deeks and Xena together in a rodeo arena and watching the sparks and dust fly. That’s why this book is called Reckless in Texas.

 Still not enough?  Well then don’t forget to run out and grab you copy of Reckless In Texas, releasing on August 2nd.  Or, if you would like the chance to win your very own copy, comment on this post and tell us who is your favorite cowboy or cowgirl and we will select one winner from the comments.  Good luck!

 

9781492631941

Title: Reckless in Texas

Series: Texas Rodeo, #1

Author: Kari Lynn Dell

Pubdate: August 2nd 2016

ISBN: 9781492631941

 Tour Titles 3

Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe’s everything a superstar should be—and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s way out of Violet’s league.

Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.

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Kari Lynn Dell is a ranch-raised Montana cowgirl who attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, her son, and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on her lawn, Glacier National Park on her doorstep and Canada within spitting distance. Her debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was published in 2015. She also writes a ranch and rodeo humor column for several regional newspapers and a national agricultural publication.

 

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