Monday, 10 June 2013

Love Me Some Cowboy

Title: Love Me Some Cowboy

Authors: Lisa Mondello, Jean Brashear, Day LeClaire, Ginger Chambers, Barbara McMahon

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Description: Who can resist a tough, rugged cowboy? Not these feisty, determined women!

Five full-length novels at a steal of a price!

In Nothing But Trouble by USAToday Bestselling Author Lisa Mondello, city girl Melanie Summers must spend an entire month alone in the Wyoming wilderness with sexy rodeo cowboy, Stoney Buxton, without getting into trouble. Possible? Not a chance in the world!  

USAToday Bestselling Author Jean Brashear adds Lone Star flavor with Texas Secrets. Boone Gallagher returns to the only home he's ever known only to find it's been willed to a sexy stranger who's intent on leaving. He must keep her there for thirty days or it will be lost to them both.  

Love romantic reunion stories? Then much-loved Harlequin author Barbara McMahon has the perfect book for you! Crazy About a Cowboy brings you Sam and Lisa Haller, who divorced for all the wrong reasons. Now Sam wants his ex-wife back for all the right ones.  

Once Upon a Cowboy by Day Leclaire, author of the wildly popular Dante's Legacy series, introduces Cami, a lovable, greenhorn spitfire determined to become a cowboy, despite the objections of her sexy rancher boss. 
And last, but far from least, beloved Dell and Harlequin author Ginger Chambers offers a heartwarming treat with Love, Texas, in which Cassie Edwards returns to the hometown she'd forsaken to negotiate the sale of land belonging to the Taylor family. Hard-working rancher Will Taylor, once her girlhood crush, is all man now and fighting hard to save his heritage. When attraction flares, will true love triumph?  

Love Me Some Cowboy Buy Links:  Amazon  B&N  iBooks  Smashwords 
Nothing But Trouble by Lisa Mondello: Book 1 of Love Me Some Cowboy

His jaw tightened. Yes, there was something definitely wrong here. And money had nothing to do with it. It had everything to do with this beauty standing in front of him, who was clueless about what she was getting her pretty little hide into. "No," he replied tersely.

"Mr. Buxton, I need your help."

"Tourist season is in full swing. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding someone else."

He turned his back to her and began walking along the fence toward the barn, almost forgetting... Abruptly, he glanced up and saw the charred remains of the barn. The place where all his troubles had started just one year ago. It hadn't taken but a second for him to hear her boots digging into the dusty gravel behind him, jarring him from his thoughts.

"Then I'll do it myself," she said to his back.

His whole body stiffened. He angled back to read her face, to see if she was just being a spoiled rotten rich kid, trying to get her way, or if she was actually serious. Seeing her head held high and her arms crossed in front of her, he realized she was dead serious.

And dead she'd be if she stepped one boot into those mountains alone.

"You'll do no such thing."

Frustration flaring, he lifted his dusty hat and forced his fingers through the thick crop of black hair before returning the hat to his head.

"You just don't get it, do you? You're not asking me to take you on a theme park ride where you'll get to see the wonders of the world at a nice safe distance. This is God's country. The creatures that live up there don't know civilization, and you are no better than them. You could--probably will--get killed if you go out there alone." His lips twitched, taking a good long appraising look at the woman in front of him. "You might even chip a nail on that pretty hand of yours."

Links to the first chapter for each of the other books in the anthology:  
Nothing But Trouble by Lisa Mondello
4 out of 5 stars
Who can resist a tough, rugged cowboy?  Definitely not me, and Stoney Buxton is perfect for the role.  Bring on the fantasies. 

In Nothing But Trouble, Melanie is trying to get away from her suffocating parents and make it on her own.  She needs to prove to them, as well as herself, that she can face the world and come out on top despite her medical condition holding her back. 

Stoney sees Melanie as the spoiled little rich girl and wants nothing to do with helping her.  He has his own problems with a ranch to run, bills to pay, and rodeos to ride.  When she makes him an offer he would be stupid to refuse, they find themselves alone in the mountains of Wyoming.  But Stoney is your typical cowboy, stubborn and prideful, and Melanie has a stubborn streak of her own. 

I love Stoney and Melanie together.  Despite some stupid choices, mostly on Melanie's part, and some pigheadedness, mostly on Stoney's part, the chemistry between the two was fabulous.  There was sexual attraction between the pair right from the start, which helped build their relationship over the next few weeks.  I love that we got to see Stoney's point of view as well as Melanie's.  Knowing what he was thinking and feeling helped build the suspense to the point of them finally breaking, and the ending was perfect.  I loved it!

Q&A with Lisa Mondello

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A:  Melanie Summers is a Long Island debutante who wants more to life than marrying someone her parents think is a suitable partner. She’s trained as a zoologist and she wants adventure. There are 2 problems standing in the way of her going on an expedition in Kenya. She has type 1 diabetes and her father is over-protective and will do anything to stop her from going. She has one month to prove to him that she can handle her diabetes in the wilderness of Wyoming. She enlists the help of a sexy and stubborn bull rider, Stoney Buxton, who is in need of fast cash to help save his family’s Wyoming ranch. He agrees to take Melanie into the Wyoming mountains and be her guide for a month. And he gets a whole lot of trouble for it.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
A:  I loved writing the action scene where Stoney needs to make a decision to either stay with Melanie in the wilderness or leave her in order to get help. The conflict within him is great and the fear of the unknown for both the reader and Stoney is compelling. I wrote the initial draft of that scene very fast so it was almost as if I was experiencing him racing through the wilderness like the reader does.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A:  I write every day. Some days my output is better than others. But I don’t wait for inspiration to hit me. I make sure I’m writing something even if it only ends up being a half a page. I get up and check emails while I’m having my first cup of coffee. Reply to people, schedule blogs etc, then I get down to writing at around 10 or 11 AM. The kids are older now and come and go in the house so it’s hard for me to get quiet time. But when I do have that luxury, I make sure I’m writing.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A:  I’m very fortunate that everyone in my family has been extremely supportive of my writing. My mom and my sisters were big romance fans so they were excited when I started writing romance. We’re all pretty close so I think that’s why I enjoy writing stories that have strong families.

Q:  If you could be any character from your books, who would you be and why? 
A:  Hmm, I think it would be fun to be Josie Tibbs from Gypsy Hearts. Josie is a Sound Engineer. I went to college for Sound Engineering but never did it as a profession. She traveled around with a country singer, but I did have a lot of fun traveling around with a rock band that I managed years ago. So it’d be cool to revisit that as it was when I wrote the book.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
A:  Read, spend time with the family and cook. I enjoy cooking and baking. I hate cleaning dishes though.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A:  Sicily. I hear I have family there. But honestly, there are so many interesting places to visit that it’s hard to choose. I’d love to visit Germany since my in-laws grew up there during WWII and I’d just love to see it. And there are a whole lot of places in the US that I haven’t been to so that’s on my list, too.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A:  Shelter from the Storm by Patricia Ryan. Next on my list is Soulflight by Natalie Damschroder.

While you're here, stop by Amazon or Smashwords and get Lisa's free book, Her Heart for the Asking.

Promises made...secrets kept...

Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. He once promised he'd love her forever. But he'd abandoned their love for the rodeo and she hadn't seen him since. Now she's back in Texas. Her uncle’s heart is failing and Mandy has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare...the one man she’d never stopped loving.

Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle and a promise he'd made to an old friend. Hank Promise, Mandy's uncle, was more like a father to Beau than his old man had been. The hardest thing Beau had ever done was leave Mandy behind for the rodeo. He can still see the bitterness and hurt on her face. It has killed him all these years to think Mandy had forgotten him...maybe even in the arms of another man. But now they’re both back in Texas, and Beau's going to do all he can to win back her love.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today!! Make sure you all pick up a copy of Her Heart for the Asking for FREE and check out LOVE ME SOME COWBOY!!