Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hey Partner, Let's Talk About Cowboys #WesternWednesdays #PaperbackHeroes

The cowboy is one of my all time favorite heroes.  From the ranges of the old west to the deepest, darkest parts of space, the cowboy is a hero for the ages.   My love of cowboys was one of the reasons I started writing my Fevered Hearts, Space Cowboy, and now my Lone Star Leathernecks series.

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Cowboys have mystique that pervades the American culture. Their legendary status of the cowboy riding off into the sunset is as iconic as the days gone by of the old west where they rode.  Real cowboys did exist, their reputations were only enhanced by the tales and penny novels written about them.

Hell, some of my favorite cowboys are fictional cowboys. In Marshal of Hel Dorado, we met the lawgiver cowboy,  Sam Kane.  The Marshal's extended family provides a wide array of cowboys to choose from including the noble and loner cowboys.

The Noble Cowboy

You know the type? He's the Adam Cartwright (Bonanza), the Heath Barclay (The Big Valley), the Rowdy Yates (Rawhide).  He actually works with cattle, he sleeps under the stars and he works with his hands.  He's the prototypical cowboy who relies on his wits, his strength and his skill to survive against the odds and to bring his herds in.   In my new Lone Star Leathernecks series, Tanner Wilks is the noble cowboy.  He served his country with distinction as a Marine, and even though he doesn't want to leave his career he returns home to the family ranch to protect it and his father when his father falls ill. Tanner will stand up for his people, his family, and his friends.

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The Loner Cowboy

A second prototype, the loner is a drifter who wanders around the periphery of others.  He avoids the company of other men or limits his contact to just a few.  He's often viewed with suspicion or mistrust, no one is ever quite certain of his motives, but that is because he comes from a troubled past.  But the loner keeps his secrets close to his heart, fiercely protective of that small handful he lets into his life and when the time is right, he is ready to step up as the hero he was meant to be. Clint Eastwood excelled as the loner cowboy.  In Space Cowboy Survival Guide, Shaw is very much the loner. He's traveling through the cosmos to save his family ranch. Can you be a cowboy with a ship instead of a horse? I think so. Of course it helps that Shaw has his own horses as well. Shaw's adventure continues in Showdown at the Omega Kilo Space Station.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#TeaserTuesday : #SaddleUp and Go Behind the Scenes with #SemperFiCowboy

One of the best parts of working on Semper Fi Cowboy for me were all the horse scenes. I have loved horses for years.

In fact, one of the first time I rode I was all of ten years old and I escaped from my uncle's house in Stafford and went over to this beautiful field nearby with horses in it. There was grey gelding there with a loose halter on. If you got on his back, he'd take you for a trot along the sandy river, then back again. Most of the time he only let you have one ride and that was it.

Also, where I grew up in Dallas, we lived in an apartment, but there were riding stables about a mile away. I used to hike over there at every opportunity. The folks who owned the stables let me groom or pet the horses as long as I followed the rules, and more than once they'd take me into the arena to ride one of the more bombproof mares while they controlled the horse at the end of a lunge line.

When I was in fifth grade, my parents saved up to send me to a summer camp in Texas where I got to ride every day. I experienced two of my worst accidents there, but also learned so much about horses and not once was I ever afraid. The wrangler and stable master were excellent at helping me see what I'd done which contributed, how to improve, and  what I needed to do to avoid them in the future. Their love for horses matched my own and emphasized to me that I was where I wanted to be.

Flash forward several years to when I made my own dream come true. I owned horses. Rode regularly, trained, and rescued them. I'd done everything from delivering a foal to gentling a mustang, to putting a young horse's first halter on and being the first rider on a horse's back. I'd done jumping shows, and hunter rides, and long, lazy trail rides as we explored the country side.

It was heaven.

It was horses. Writing Semper Fi Cowboy brought up every single one of those memories.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

#NewRelease #MilitaryMonday Semper Fi Cowboy is here! #SaddleUp

It's here! It's here! It's here! Sorry, I'm buzzing with excitement to share Semper Fi Cowboy with you, finally. This is a story over two years in the making, and I couldn't be happier to welcome you to the world of the Lone Star Leathernecks. 

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A leatherneck by any other name can still kick ass . . .

Subject: Captain Tanner Wilks, US Marine Corps

Current Status: Honorable discharge, returning home

Mission: Save the family ranch, replacing his father, retired Marine Colonel Jasper Wilks, before his next heart attack kills him

Obstacle: Julia Heller. He shared a hot night with the sexy new girl in town, before discovering she’s the ranch’s veterinarian. She’s made a home for herself at the ranch and doesn’t appreciate his return. What began as a passionate interlude rapidly proves vital to his sanity. Can he persuade the woman he’s falling for and the father he barely knows that they need him too?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebrate #SummerSolstice with some #MagicMayhemWorld and #WitchyWednesday Goodness! Whew!

As our lovely, witch-in-chief would put it, HOLY SQUEEEBALLS ON FIRE! Summer Solstice is here and Assjacket is hopping! Go fill those Kindles and party! Party! Party!

Magic and Mayhem: The Witched Away Bride 
by Heather Long

It's the cracked finale of the series within a series. 

My story began when a vampire I dubbed Mr. Nasty-Face sent me on a crazy, impossible task to fix his mis-Turnment of a certain succubus. Easy, right? Yeah, then I ran into the skunk who would change my life (and spray me, but let’s forget that memory). Once I got to Assjacket, well, let’s just say I ended up with the teenager who wasn’t—a kind of happily-while-you’re-here scenario. Now my teen is a grown woman with a Highlander for a lover, and I’m left to deal with Gigi. She wants me to find her a happily-for-real-ever-after and I’ve still got to solve my problems.

So to be clear, all I have to do is undo the unbreakable, pair the unpairable, and keep my man happy. One out of three isn’t bad. I’m a witch singer, not a dang miracle worker.

Just sing at a couple of weddings, the Baba Yaga said, it’ll be fun, she said, it’ll solve all your problems…except no weddings are possible with the witched away brides.

Don't miss all the other witchy goodness!

Magic and Mayhem: Thor and Peace
by Barbra Annino

Magic and Mayhem: Sh*t My Vampire Says
by Michele Bardsley

Magic and Mayhem: Stop Your Witchin'
by Deanna Chase

Magic and Mayhem: If the Wand Fits 
by Saranna DeWylde 

Magic and Mayhem: Mr. & Mrs. Shift
by Renee George

Magic and Mayhem: There's No Place Like Wicked 
 by Cherie Marks

Magic and Mayhem: What A Witch Wants 
by Monette Michaels

Magic and Mayhem: Witch With An Axe To Grind 
by Isabel Micheals

Magic and Mayhem: Sammie Jo 
by Julia Mills

Magic and Mayhem: Witchy and the Beast 
 by Virginia Nelson 

Magic and Mayhem: Once Bitten, Twice Shy 
by Teresa Reasor

Magic and Mayhem: Secrets, Lies, and Meatballs 
by Jordan K.Rose

Magic and Mayhem: The Incompetent Witch and The Missing Men 
by DC Thome

How it all began....
Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One 
by Robyn Peterman 

Friday, June 16, 2017

#1stLineFriday Burning for some Wild West hunks with a twist? I’ve got an alpha for that.  Meet the men of Fevered Hearts

Meet Sam Kane. The oldest brother, the steadfast son, the confidant marshal – he’s never met a problem to hot to handle.

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The white man blamed the Indians saying they used their mojo on them.
The Indians blamed the white man saying they angered the spirits.
The survivors know it doesn’t matter.
Meet the fevered hearts, the men and women who survived spirit fever. Forever changed, these are their stories.

Sam Kane is the oldest brother, the steadfast son and the confident marshal.  He’s never met a problem too hot to handle until a gang behind a string of robberies across the territory set their sights on his town.  Now with the bank's gold inexplicably missing from a locked safe, the town hunting the elusive thieves and a passionate redhead with a fiery secret in his jail, Sam has his hands full.

Scarlett Morning Star lived in seclusion in the mountains of West Texas most of her life.  She longs for adventure, but with seven very protective older brothers, adventure is hard to come by.  When she tags along uninvited on their latest escapade, she is left behind during a bank robbery and finds herself in the custody of the very sexy town marshal.

The town wants to lynch her, the Marshal wants answers and her brothers want her back, can Scarlett keep it together or will her explosive secret burn them all?

Her life.  His badge.  Their fight.

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