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Maisey Yates | Exclusive Excerpt: CLAIMING THE RANCHER’S HEIR
Author Guest / November 10, 2020

“You like it. My testosterone. You’d like to be poisoned by it, admit it.” “There’s that sense of unearned self-confidence,” she said, her heart hammering steadily against her chest. “Right on time.” “It’s not unearned. I watch you. When we fight. Your face gets all flushed.” “That’s called anger.” “Why? What is it about me that makes you so damned angry?” “You… You are just…a useless, base ape.” “Base?” He asked the question with a dangerous sort of softness to his voice, and it made her trem­ble. “That’s what you think? That I’m like an animal who can’t control himself?” “Yes,” she spat. “I know all about you and your reputation. You get drunk at the bar, you pick up women every night of the week.” “I don’t get drunk,” he said. “That’s not me.” “Maybe that’s how you see yourself, but it’s not what I hear. I hear that you’re just a big, dumb, blunt instrument. You might go on and on about how you pulled yourself up by your bootstraps, but your daddy made all this happen. You might wear a cowboy hat, but there’s a silver spoon in your mouth the same as mine. So don’t you…

Kim Redford | My Favorite Fall Tradition
Author Guest / September 29, 2020

Fall in Texas is the perfect time of year to enjoy cooler weather. At Twin Oaks Ranch, that means more than fun campfires, cookouts, trail rides, and family get-togethers. It’s time to take stock of the ranch after summer growth in the pastures, as well as damage to trees and bushes by high winds and storms. This year there was quite a bit of clean-up on my agenda after a wild–weather-wise–spring and summer. What to do? Fortunately, my cowboy neighbors are always ready to lend a helping hand, so I called on them. As we worked on the ranch, I took photographs to show readers how art imitates life in my cowboy firefighter novels. Photo 1: Zander wears a harness that is a potential life-saver. If a line breaks, the harness will keep him from falling to the ground. He climbed up a shade elm that had been damaged by straight-line winds. He cut out the limbs, but he saved the trunk. We expect to see new tree growth appear in the spring. That will be a happy day for us all. Photo 2: Rod can wield a chainsaw with exact precision. In this case, thick blackberry vines had grown…

Joanne Kennedy | Author-Reader Match: BLUE SKY COWBOY CHRISTMAS
Author Guest / September 29, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Joanne Kennedy! Writes: I write light contemporary Western romance set in small Wyoming towns and on ranches like the ones that surround my home. My authentic working cowboys are challenged by women who are fish-out-of-water that absolutely refuse to get back in the bucket. My secondary characters range from cranky old men to schoolteachers to kids of all kinds. Happily ever after doesn’t come easy in my books, but the rougher the road, the better the story–and the more you discover about what really matters in life. About: I live in a secret hideout on the wild edge of Wyoming, an hour away from everything. Much as I love my mountain sanctuary, I’m glad I have a Facebook page (Joanne Kennedy Books) where I can meet readers and share photos of my hiking adventures with our three dogs. There are three cats, too; I have no idea how I ended up with that many pets, but they love starring in my books. I’m crazy in love with…

June Faver | Exclusive Excerpt: THE BEST COWBOY CHRISTMAS EVER
Author Guest / September 29, 2020

When Derrick picked Genie up at TyTyler’s house, she appeared to be shy. He figured she was embarrassed to be sneaking around when she was a grown woman, but she was living in her father’s house, and he seemed to be less than enthusiastic about the budding relationship. He hoped to be able to show Genie that he was proud to be seen with her and wanted to deepen their ties. “You’re sure you want to keep Angelique tonight?” she asked Leah. “Of course. Go on now. You deserve a night out.” Leah made shooing motions with her hands. When Derrick handed her up into his truck, he assured her that he would bring her back to TyTyler and Leah’s house whenever she wanted. Genie enjoyed the beautiful countryside as they drove toward Langston. The moon was just rising and it cast a glow on the snowy scenery. There must have been a million stars strewn across the night sky, and all of them were twinkling for her pleasure. “Beautiful night,” she said. He glanced at here and reached for her hand, placing it on his thigh. “Not nearly as beautiful as you are tonight.” A flush of warmth filled…

Jennifer Ryan | 20 Questions: WAITING ON A COWBOY
Author Guest / August 11, 2020

Wednesday, August 26 at 7pm CT, you can chat via Zoom with Jennifer Ryan, during the Fresh Fiction Virtual Book Club! Please check our Eventbrite page for more details and to register. Hope to see you there! *** 1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Waiting on a Cowboy 2–What is it about?  Tate McGrath and Liz Scott have been best friends since kindergarten. Tate can always count on Liz to have his back and give it to him straight, so he’s not about to mess a good thing up. Until he sees her with a new guy and she gives Tate the cold shoulder. Tate doesn’t think Clint is good enough for Liz, and when her relationship with Clint turns dangerous, he discovers that not only does he want to protect her, he wants to keep her because everything he ever wanted was right in front of him the whole time. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Tough 4–What makes your hero irresistible?  Tate cares, and he’s persistent. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  Each other and family. Readers will get a glimpse of the entire McGrath family. 6–What do you love…

Erin Marsh | Author-Reader Match: WILD COWBOY COUNTRY
Author Guest / July 31, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Erin Marsh! Writes: Cowboy romances with a supporting cast of cuddly, rascally animals.  In Wild Cowboy Country, passionate national park ranger, Lacey Montgomery, must partner with hard-working rancher, Clay Stevens, to help save two wolf pups injured in a cave-in accidently triggered by Clay’s troubled teenage nephew. Already members of feuding families, Lacey and Clay have clashed in the past over the reintroduction of a wolf-pack on the land bordering Clay’s ranch.  When they are thrust together, however, they discover that they might not be such opposites after all. About: Author seeking readers who enjoy heart-felt romances populated by supporting characters of the furry, four-legged type, including adorable wolf pups, a nursemaid capybara, and a heroic camel.  Must be willing to both laugh and to open up their hearts to a Romeo-and-Juliet-like couple who must confront their pasts as they fall in love against the chiding disapproval of an entire, gossipy town.  Author has placed own experience with head injury into heroine’s…

Makenna Lee | Author-Reader Match: HER SECOND CHANCE COWBOY
Author Guest / July 21, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present MAKENNA LEE! Writes: Makenna Lee writes contemporary romance set in the Texas Hill Country. Her Second Chance Cowboy takes place in the fictional town of Cypress Creek. There’s a massive ranch with loads of history and a secret family mystery. Readers will meet James and Reese who played together as children, fell in love as teens, and haven’t seen one another since he broke her heart eleven years ago. About: Fifty-year-old introverted debut author who drinks way too much coffee while writing. Special needs mom of a twenty-three-year-old who has Down syndrome and influences her characters and stories. Has discovered a love for amateur nature photography after writing a photographer heroine. Dabbles in herbal medicine and enjoys renaissance festivals. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: -Loves a handsome cowboy who wants to help special needs children -Roots for an adventurous heroine with career goals and a romantic heart -Wants to meet a mischievous hound dog who rescues a kitten…

Lucy Gilmore | Exclusive Excerpt: PUPPY KISSES
Author Guest / June 30, 2020

If Dawn hadn’t already succumbed to Adam’s sexual allure, the sight that greeted her as she entered the barn would have sealed the deal right then and there. He wasn’t, as Phoebe had said, putting Gigi through her paces. On the contrary, he was lying on his back with his hands behind his head, allowing the puppy to crawl all over him. Gigi explored and licked and tugged at the buttons of his shirt, as sure of her reception as any adorable ball of fur had a right to be. And on the hay, too, straw itch mites be damned. Dawn paused to watch, unwilling to draw too close for fear Adam would hear her and ruin the moment. I want that, she thought. Not just to crawl all over Adam as her mood and desires demanded—which, admittedly, she wanted a lot—but to elicit that relaxed look on his face, the expression of easy enjoyment. They enjoyed each other’s bodies, obviously, but they were never relaxed together. Never easy. Now that she thought about it, few men were with her. What is it about me that makes it so impossible? “I know you’re there,” he said, not bothering to raise…

Jennie Marts | Title Challenge: COWBOY STATE OF MIND
Author Guest / June 30, 2020

A is for ANIMALS–there are so many cute and funny animals in this book * C is for COWBOY–of course. One hunky cowboy hero coming right up O is for OTIS–the ornery goat who is always causing trouble W is for our WOUNDED and scarred hero, Zane, the tough but tender cowboy B is for BRYN–the spunky heroine of this story O is for OINK–the sound that Tiny (the adorable fashion conscious pig who thinks she’s a dog) makes Y is for YEARNING–which there is sooo much of in this book * S is for SHAMUS–the cutest mini-horse who is always causing trouble with Otis T is for TROUBLE–what Bryn and Zane find themselves in when they realize the horse they rescued is pregnant A is for the sweet ABANDONED horses that find their way to Bryn T is for TENDERLY–the way Zane treats the rescued horses E is for ELECTRIC–the passionately-charged air between Zane and Bryn * O is for ORNERY—did I already tell you about Otis, the crazy goat? F is for the FIVE puppies that Bryn, Zane and Elle rescue from a storm cellar * M is for MANDY–the sassy 10 year old daughter of the hot…

Maisey Yates | 20 Questions: THE BAD BOY OF REDEMPTION RANCH
Author Guest / June 23, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release? The Bad Boy of Redemption Ranch 2–What is it about? The heroine, Pansy, is on a quest to become Chief of Police to honor her father’s memory, but her attraction to the new bad boy in town complicates things… 3–What word best describes your heroine? Pansy is very good. It’s important to her to honor her father’s memory and to do right by the town of Gold Valley. She’s also afraid of her own wild impulses, which West brings out in her.  4–What makes your hero irresistible? He’s a bad boy who is also a good man.  5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help? West is learning the concept of family and connecting with half-brothers he only recently met, and he’s starting to turn to them for advice. Pansy is very close to her siblings. When their parents died, they took care of each other. She confides in her sisters, and in her older brother.  6–What do you love about the setting of your book? I always love returning to Gold Valley. I love the old west feel of the town and the mountainous terrain that surrounds…