Review: Once a Champion by Jeannie Watt

May Contain Spoilers


Once a Champion pushed all the right buttons for me.  Both the heroine and hero are wounded in believable ways, and both are struggling to make sense of their new realities.  Matt is an aging rodeo star with a torn up knee, a will to compete that won’t die, and no other options in life.  He refuses to take good advice and retire for the sake of his body.  He knows that he has at least another good season in front of him, if only he can work past his injury.  Liv has been raised to always be agreeable, to always give in to other people’s happiness, despite how unhappy it makes her.  She has been drilled that she must always compromise for the sake of family and relationships, until that doesn’t work for her any more.  And what draws the line in the sand for her?  An injured horse that she refuses to give up on.

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Review: Her Rodeo Man by Cathy McDavid

May Contain Spoilers


I really enjoy Cathy McDavid’s novels, so I’m a little puzzled why I haven’t read more of them.  I like that her characters are every day people.  There’s not a billionaire in sight, just ordinary folk working hard to get through each day and provide for their families.  They could be my neighbors.  They could be me.  McDavid has a way of taking average problems and building them up into something that’s easy to relate to, and like Donna Alward, simple daily tasks become compelling efforts to better oneself and make the most of each protagonist’s strengths. 

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Review: A Wife in Wyoming by Lynnette Kent

May Contain Spoilers


Wow! Some times you strike gold when randomly checking books out of the library.  I didn’t even read the blurb for A Wife in Wyoming.  I just saw the cover, which I find very appealing, and clicked Borrow.  Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve been reading Harlequin American Romances forever, and I’ve never noticed Lynnette Kent before, but I enjoyed this so much that I immediately glommed onto her expansive backlist.  Thank goodness for Scribd!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Cowboy Heaven by Cheryl Brooks

Howdy! In honor of the launch of Cheryl Brooks’ new erotic western series here’s a little intro to a few of the sexy cowboys – and one cowgirl – that appear in the first book in the series, COWBOY HEAVEN.

Angela McClure

Born and raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch, Angela Kincaid McClure had to grow up fast following the death of her mother at a young age. An only child, she has been the lone woman on the Circle Bar K for most of her life, and her father has always discouraged fraternization with the cowboys employed on the ranch. Angela married her high school sweetheart, Cody McClure, and enjoyed a very happy marriage, raising two sons who have no interest in ranching. With her father aging rapidly, Angela and Cody took over the running of the ranch until Cody was killed in a fall from his horse. Recovering from his loss has taken some time, but after two years, Angela’s interest is once again focused on male companionship. Unfortunately, no one seems the slightest bit interested in taking on her forty-two-year-old self or the ranch. Her father believes she should marry the ranch foreman, Rufus Bentley, but though Angela had a crush on him in her youth and the sixty-year-old foreman is still attractive, his total lack of personality and stern attitude leaves her cold. She’s had her eye on Dusty Jackson, a handsome cowboy employed on the ranch, but she has never received the slightest hint that he might see her as a love interest. Love-starved and lonely, Angela finally finds solace when she picks up stranded rodeo cowboy Troy Whitmore and makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: T J Kline, Author of Runaway Cowboy

This morning TJ Kline dropped by the virtual offices!

Ten Things In My Bag

  1. Wallet complete with credit cards, pictures, money and coupons

  2. Notebook (a mid-size spiral bound to take notes or jot down ideas)

  3. Pens (several in various colors because I ALWAYS write with colored pens)

  4. THREE pair of sunglasses (Why three? I have no clue!)

  5. Halloween face paint – green (How did this even get in there?)

  6. Pink Himalayan salt (for my various water bottles either carried, refilled or purchased daily – seriously, try it!)

  7. Water bottle (right now, it’s a 1 liter bottle, half full)

  8. Two Victoria Secret lip gloss (because one never fails to disappear so I keep a spare)

  9. Keys (with my book key chains)

  10. Orbit sweet mint flavored gum (because this is the only mint gum I like)

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Interview and Giveaway: Jessie Evans, Author of Hot Texas Days Box Set


[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Good morning, Jessie! Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Jessie Evans] Silly, kind, sensitive, weak-in-the-presence-of-chocolate, determined

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Hot Texas Days box set?

[Jessie Evans] Yes! The Hot Texas Days Box Set features the first three books in my sweet and sexy Lonesome Point series. Inside you’ll find a cowboy biker, a sweet country singer who’s a bad boy in the bedroom, and a professional baseball player ready to reconnect with the only woman he’s ever loved. These men are hot, handsome, and devoted to their women and I am so excited to have them all together in one steamy box set.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

This morning I have an excerpt, trailer, and giveaway for Victoria Vane’s latest Rough Rider.< ?P>

Rough Rider

By Victoria Vane

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Contemporary Western Romance

February 3, 2015

ISBN: 9781492601159

Two wary hearts …

Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect—until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

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