A TRUE COWBOY CHRISTMAS ~ CAITLIN CREWS

 

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From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn’t mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He’s got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer’s daughter has tried to deny it, Abby’s been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land—and work together toward a common cause—Abby can’t refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?


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USA Today-bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Caitlin Crews has written more than seventy-five books, including FrenemiesPrincess from the PastA Royal Without Rules, and Undone by the Sultan’s Touch. She’s won fans with her romance, Harlequin Presents, women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels, many of which she writes as Megan Crane (including the dystopian Viking romance Edge series). These days her focus is on contemporary romance in all its forms, from small town heat to international glamour, cowboys to bikers to military men and beyond. She’s taught creative writing classes in places like UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, gives assorted workshops on occasion, and attempts to make use of the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards, and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

 

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“Why would you try to tell me that chemistry doesn’t matter? Of course it does.”

“I’m not saying it doesn’t matter. But sheer stubborn- ness matters more.” He heard the intensity in his voice, but did nothing to temper it. “If people want to stay married, they do. If they want that marriage to be a good one, they work on it and make it that way. It’s not rocket science. It doesn’t require your online profiles. You don’t need to get matched on your smart phone. You make a commit- ment to someone, then you keep it. It’s as simple and as hard as that.”

He watched in fascination as her hands curled into fists at her sides.

“I appreciate that you have experience being married, and that gives you a platform to make sweeping state- ments,” she said, her voice low, as if she was fighting back her own intensity. “That’s great. But you’re missing that I’m not interested in the state of marriage in a general sense. I’m telling you I am not going to marry someone I have no chemistry with. That has nothing to do with me being stubborn, not stubborn, or insufficiently committed. It’s actually all about the fact that I’m not staggering around in a grief-induced daze, proposing marriage to people I’ve never looked at twice before in my whole life.” That should have annoyed him, because he wasn’t dazed. Amos had been a mean, unhealthy old man. His death hadn’t been a real surprise. Gray wasn’t sure he was grieving him so much as the father Amos had never been, and he knew he wasn’t crazy with it. But he couldn’t seem to lose his grin, especially when he moved closer to her.

Because when he did, she lost that scowl. Her eyes went wide, that cute flush brightened up her face again, and she had to tip her head back to look at him. Not as much as some of the other girls he’d dated had, as she’d pointed out. Gray liked that too. He didn’t have to hunker over her.

She was . . . right there.

He had an urge and went with it. He reached over and curled his fingers around her ponytail, then pulled them gently along the length of it.

And figured the chemistry question was answered by the way her breath went shuddery.

But he didn’t end it there.

“If I’m following all this,” he said, his drawl low. Thick. “You don’t actually have any objections. You think we maybe ought to date first. You’re worried we don’t have chemistry. But at the end of the day, you’re not opposed to the idea.”

“It’s crazy. And I’m worried that you’re crazy, in a clin- ical sense.”

“If you agree to marry me, I’ll take you on a date or two. If that’s what you want.” His hand was still tangled in her hair, and he was close enough now that he could catch her scent. Gray breathed deep. She smelled like rosemary. And something that reminded him of the pies she and her grandmother had brought over the day after the funeral, warm and good. Right. “But we can settle the other question right here.”

“What do you mean . . . ?”

Gray didn’t wait. He didn’t answer her question, half stammered out with her hazel eyes so wide they looked like summer gold.

 

He used his free hand to cup her cheek, flushed and smooth beneath his palm. Then he bent—only a little, which struck him as unexpectedly hot—to take her mouth with his.

He felt her tremble. And there was something about the way she melted into him as their lips touched, then brushed, as if she was being pulled by some kind of magnetic force he was half certain he could feel himself.

Gray had only meant to kiss her to make a point. The way a gentleman might, not that he’d ever met too many gentlemen out here where the mountains and the land were the only things that mattered.

But Abby’s lips were soft and velvety beneath his. And she made a tiny sound in the back of her throat that he could feel like a flickering flame.

Before he knew it, Gray was angling his head to one side and licking his way into her mouth.

As if he couldn’t help himself.

And everything got hot. Bright. Impossible.

This was Abby Douglas. Abby Douglas. There was something deliciously wrong about it being Abby that made it hotter, wilder.

It rolled in him and made a joke of him imagining he was in control of any of this. Of her.

Of this sudden storm of sensation that would have taken him off his feet, if that didn’t mean he would have had to let go of her.

When the door slapped open, both of his hands were sunk deep into her hair, and Abby was up on her toes, pressed against him, her arms wrapped around his back.

It turned out Gray wasn’t going to have to worry about easing his way into some or other form of eventual chem- istry with the woman he already knew would make him a good rancher’s wife. He was going to have to worry about what the hell to do with all this chemistry—so much it was like a lightning storm and he kept getting hit—with a woman he’d never paid the slightest attention to until his father’s funeral.

The fact that the front door had opened penetrated the heat and fog that was swirling around him.

Finally.

 

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Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown……Teaser Blitz!

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Title: TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS

Author: Carolyn Brown

Series: Happy, Texas #1

On Sale: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s begins an all-new series of rugged cowboys.

“This is an emotional star-crossed lovers tale with tangible depths and an attitude that’s relatable to real life.” –RT Book Reviews

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she’s back to run her mother’s café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he’s still the town’s golden boy-and she’s still the wrong kind of girl.

Brody hasn’t had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school—and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he’s dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget…

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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 2.75 million books. She presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW (Jessie Hart of Heart’s Desire by T.J. Kline)

1) Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jessie Hart and I run HeartFire Ranch. Growing up, it was a dude ranch owned and run by my parents and I helped them, especially when it came to the horses. My dad had just told me that I could start focusing on my real passion, rescuing and rehabilitating abused horses, and use the ranch to do it but they were killed in a car accident. Now I’m trying to run both aspects of HeartFire by myself. Well, not entirely alone, my brother, Justin, sister, Julia and cousin, Bailey help me but they are running their own businesses. I’ve been able to pair some at-risk youth with horses to benefit everyone as well.

I need to make this work. I won’t let my family’s legacy die out on my watch.

2) What is it that makes you different?

Different? I guess that depends on who you’re comparing me to. I’m different than my sister and cousin because they are the nicer women in our family. I think I inherited more than my fair share of my mother’s Latin temper but that also means I’m passionate. I’m different from other women because I don’t balk at doing a man’s job. It doesn’t matter to me what part of ranch work, I’ll do it all – bucking hay, cleaning stalls, mending fences. I don’t have the luxury to be picky about typical gender stereotypes.

3) What’s your greatest asset?

I’d like to think that passion is my greatest asset. I am single-minded when it comes to something, or someone, I feel strongly about. I can’t stomach the thought of horses being sold for slaughter, or left to die in an empty field, when I can help. I’ve seen the lives of these animals change drastically. Some with nothing more than some attention from the foster kids who visit the ranch. And the horses have been able to fill a need and help heal the kids. I’m too passionate about what I do to give up, even in the face of dire circumstances, like bankruptcy.

4) What is your biggest weakness?

Besides my stubborn streak? I have a tendency to set my feet, and my mind, on a certain path and not want to stray from it. If you happen to be on the wrong side of the battle in my eyes, you’re against me and should watch out.

5) What are you afraid of? Have you told anyone?

I’m afraid of losing the ranch, losing what my parents built. I’m afraid of not measuring up to the expectation my father had for all three of us, especially since I’m the only one who hasn’t been able to turn a profit in my business. I’m worried that I’ll have to let the rescue fall to the wayside in order to bring the ranch back into the black and return to running the dude ranch. But I don’t like talking about it. Doing that would be like admitting defeat and I’m not ready for that yet.

6) Have you ever been in love? How did that end?

I have. Eight years ago, Nathan Kerrington came to spend the summer at the ranch with my brother while they were on break from college. He was a city-boy who had no idea what he’d gotten himself into. But, there was something about him that just drew me to him. Maybe I was just young and naïve but when he promised me it wasn’t a summer fling, that he loved me, I believed him. Then he disappeared and I never heard from him again. At least, until a few days ago.

7) What is the biggest goal in your life right now?

The biggest goal is to see HeartFire Ranch as a successful rescue and rehab for abused horses. I’d like to eventually hold camps where at-risk youth can spend time but, (shrugs) a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen.

8) Any regrets? Would you go back and change what happened? If so, how? If not, why not?

Absolutely. I would go back to that summer, knowing what I know now, and never give Nathan Kerrington the time of day. I can admit that a piece of me broke forever when I realized he lied. I’ve never forgiven him for it and not sure I ever could. He played my entire family for fools. See, I told you I’m stubborn. (wink)

9) What is the one thing you never want to give up?

HeartFire Ranch, my family. I grew up on this ranch and love every foot of it. Losing it would devastate me. It would be like losing my parents all over again.

10) If you were stranded on the side of the road, who would you want with you and what would you do?

This has happened to me several times until recently when I got a new truck. Honestly, I’d like to be stranded with one of my horses. It might not sound particularly exciting to many people but I’d go for a ride. I’d prefer a horse to a person most days of the week. You don’t have to pretend when you’re with a horse.

Let’s play a game! Pick only one answer. (You can also chose a question from the game above.)

1) Beach or Mountains – Mountains, The Ridge on HeartFire Ranch specifically

2) Car or Truck – Truck, have you seen my new 4×4? It’s a beauty!

3) Popcorn or Candy at the movies? – Candy, I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth

4) Bedroom or Kitchen? – Barn

5) Alpha or Beta? I’m an Alpha and two Alphas don’t usually mix well.

6) Naughty or nice? Naughty

7) Sweet or Spicy? Spicy

8) Her/Him on top or you on top? Didn’t I mention I’m an Alpha…Me on top

9) Handcuffs or Scarves? (arching brow) Neither really but if I had to choose, cuffs

10) Love or Lust? I prefer lust, it’s easier and no one gets hurt.

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Healing Harts # 1
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing April 28th, 2015
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TJ KLINE’s brand new Healing Hart’s series kicks off with HEART’S DESIRE

If you could have anything, do anything… what would it be?

Jessie Hart has a soft spot for healing the broken, especially horses and children, but her business is failing and bankruptcy is looming. The one man who can save Heart Fire Ranch is the last man she wants to take advice from – financial expert Nathan Kerrington – the same man who broke her heart eight years ago.

Nathan Kerrington has it all, except the one thing he’d wanted most – Jessie. Now that he’s finally freed himself from his corrupt family, he wants to make amends. When he’s called in to save Jessie’s ranch, he sees his chance to win her back – if only he can prove to her that she can trust him with her heart…

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TJ KLINE
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.

 

 

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