Got Cowboy?!? I do…

I’m excited to be a part of this hot group of writers. I’ll admit I did a country-girl’s-booty-shake when I was asked. I’m not sure why my wee one (a.k.a my youngest child) walked in, shook her head and walked back out. What’s wrong with these kids today? I gave birth to them, breast fed them, changed their diapers and nothing has really changed after all of these years–but at least no more poopy diapers. The least they could do is join in on my moment of glory. So what if I embarrass them at the most inopportune (opportune for me) times. How the hell was I supposed to know she had her friend with her when she walked into my office.

Anyway, for those who don’t know me (sniffle, sniffle), I love cowboys. I write cowboys. I love secondburncowboy2500characters with multiple flaws (not personalities). I enjoy laying out all of my hero and heroine’s dirty laundry for readers to see. Why? Because it’s fun, and we all have a few secrets so it’s easy to relate. On occasion, I’ll write something other than cowboys. I also have a fascination for firefighters. And military. Oh shoot, I just love men! And hot romance.

Let’s get down to business. My latest release, Second Burn Cowboy, is now available on Amazon. This is Book 6 of the Second Chance Series. If you love strong but sweet cowboys, you’ll love Deckland Brooke.


HE WAS EXHAUSTED and the sooner he fell into bed, the better. He was horny and the torment wasn’t getting any better.

Storming out of the house a few hours ago, he’d rambled an excuse off to Elsa as he passed her in the kitchen on his way to the door. Hell, he couldn’t admit to her that he’d implode with need if he touched her one more time and was expected to back off.

Sometimes a man just needed to clear his head. He’d gone to Starkey’s and had a beer.

A group of women who were celebrating a bridal shower had paid for his drink. Several of them, gorgeous and smelling good, had made it obvious they were available for his taking. They’d brushed their breasts against his shoulders, laid soft hands on his forearm and looked at him with sultry gazes. He’d gotten a glance at more cleavage tonight than he had in the last year. He’d known, without a doubt, he could have propositioned one, two or more of them and they’d have screwed him senseless.

When was the last time he’d been screwed senseless?

He groaned in disappointment.

Truth was, not one woman he saw tonight had interested him. Even the most beautiful of the group didn’t fill him with a desire so dark and deep that he thought he’d starve with hunger if he didn’t have her. He had no overwhelming drive to tear any one of their clothes off, throw them into bed and make love to them until they were a trembling mass of skin and bones.

The only woman who came to mind—the one who had him raging like a savage beast—was the one he couldn’t have. The woman he had no business wanting.


Climbing the stairs, he tore his shirt from his frame. Seams ripped and he didn’t give a shit. He got to the middle of the hallway when he heard a faint sound.

A sliver of light tumbled from the crack of the opened bathroom door.

Another sound drifted to his ears. A moan?

What the hell?

“Elsa? Is that you?”

No answer.

He headed in the direction of the light that beckoned him. He pushed through the open door, took one step into the bathroom and stopped dead in his tracks. His breath swooshed from his lungs. Elsa was in the tub, her long locks spread over the edge like a golden wave. Her eyes were closed and her cheeks were a fascinating color of red. She appeared to be sleeping but her shoulder jerked.

Her pale pink nipples skimmed right above the line of water. His mouth watered and his dick cocked in observation. Another moan slipped past her trembling lips, a telltale sound that warned him she was focused.

Her back arched as the water splashed around her, her knees widened.

Bloody hell! She was touching herself.


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It’s the FINAL countdown

They say all good things must come to an end…and for me, that big ending will arrive on Sept. 9 with the release of Falling Softly, the last story in the Compass series. Jayne Rylon and I began this voyage back in 2011 when Northern Exposure came out, I don’t think either of realized how much this family, these stories would impact our lives. The third book in the Compass Brothers series, Eastern Ambitions, gave both of us our first hit on the New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers lists in November 2011. Then…we hit again (and higher!) with Western Ties in March, 2012. It landed at #17 on the NYT bestseller list the same week 50 Shades of Grey was #1. Getting the calls that we hit those lists are still probably in the top 10 moments of my life!

In 2013, we created the daughters. We were hanging out at a conference one night and said, “What would bring the Compass Brothers to their knees?” The obvious answer–girls! lol. So…the Compass Girls series began. Three of the four books is out now and I thought I’d share the covers, blurbs and buy links with you today in an attempt to tempt you to give them a try. I’m also sharing the blurb and cover of the very last Compass book, Falling Softly.

Winter’s Thaw, Compass Girls, book 1

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Sometimes it’s better.

Sienna Compton has it all figured out. Her life’s goals are set and it is all systems go. At least, it was. Until her long-time boyfriend Josh threw a ringer into the master plan, requesting a “break” from their relationship. Now she’s left alone during the long, cold Wyoming winter, questioning what her heart has always believed to be true love.

Daniel Lennon is facing an uncertain future. When a tragic accident leaves him unable to pursue his career as a professional bull rider, he finds himself at Compass Ranch, working to help Sienna’s father, Seth, build his horse breeding business. One look at Sienna has Daniel envisioning things he never imagined wanting—a permanent home, love, marriage—and he’s willing to use all the red-hot tricks in his sexual arsenal to melt the ice surrounding Sienna’s broken heart.

When lust turns to genuine emotion, can Daniel convince Sienna to take a chance on something different and unexpected? Can he persuade her to consider a new path, one that will lead her directly to his arms…forever?

Product Warnings

Roping and riding, past and future, cold winter and fiery desire, lust and love all come together in this new Compass series. Saddle up and hang on. The Comptons are back!

Read Excerpt.

Winter’s Thaw is available from SamhainAmazon and Barnes and Noble.

Hope Springs

Compass Girls, Book 2

What will grow from the seeds of desire?

Hope Compton never considered her parents’ unconventional relationship a dangerous thing. Until, after a few too many drinks in a crowded bar, she admits her desire for a ménage to her college boyfriend—and uninvited guests try to turn her fantasy into a nightmare.

When Wyatt catches some thugs harassing the pretty daughter of his bosses, he doesn’t hesitate to call on his partner Clayton to kick some asses. But then he realizes what a temptation the sweet, sheltered Hope presents. Especially her naughty wish to unleash her inner vixen—with both of them.

Hope has no doubt her playmates want to fulfill her every desire, but something’s holding them back. She has an idea what those somethings are. With luck, and a little help from her Compass cousins to hold her fathers off, she’ll find what she needs in the shadows of the past—and convince them she’s found two men of her own who are worthy of her love.

Warning: Compass books bring love in every direction and every season. But not all of life’s moments are filled with joy. Take the good with the bad, and the steamy.

Hope Springs is available at SamhainAmazonBarnes and Noble and Kobo.

Summer Fling 

Summertime and the lovin’ is easy…until it’s not.

Compass Girls, Book 3

Too much love and loss taught Jade Compton to protect her heart and her sanity by steering clear of all that romance nonsense. She’s doing just fine, working two jobs, hanging out with her cousins and her best friend, Liam.

But when a combination of unbearable heat wave and a case of the boredom blues knock her down, she longs to do something spontaneous…maybe even a little bit reckless.

Liam Harrison met Jade when she was sixteen—in the local cemetery. If he’s learned anything after eight years of friendship, it’s that Jade has a wild streak a mile wide. And while he doesn’t want to tame the adventurous woman, he wouldn’t mind showing her a few sexy ways to channel some of her impulsiveness. With him. In the bedroom.

When he proposes a sexy, no-strings-attached summer fling, Jade jumps at the chance to spice things up and indulge some pretty kinky fantasies. Then summer ends…and Jade comes to the uncomfortable realization that there’s only one place she’s comfortable in her own skin—Liam’s arms.

Warning:  Excessive heat in this story—in the bedroom, the barn, the kitchen, the bar. Drink lots of water. Stay hydrated!

Available from Amazon, Samhain and Barnes and Noble.

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Viho never imagined he’d find himself in Compton Pass, Wyoming, but he should have figured that if his truck would break down on any stretch of highway, it’d be in that hellhole.  Things appear to improve when he gets picked up by a gorgeous young woman whose carefree spirit attracts him from the first instant.  Her innocent offer of a ride to town turns into lunch, then a licentious dessert in the back of her truck.  Neither of them mean for it to happen, but something about the perfect autumn day and each other’s company entices them to fool around despite their lack of protection on hand.

Serenity is shattered in the aftermath of their loving when Viho learns he has more in common with Sterling than he expected.  Her father is one of the infamous Compass Brothers he’s grown to hate.  One of the assholes who kept his father, Jake, from him all these years. The Comptons offer Viho shelter and work to fund the repair of his truck.  He can’t say no, not when part of him yearns to get to know his father.  The short term stint turns into a month long affair with Sterling, and he’s glad he stuck around.  Because their reckless indiscretion turns out to have everlasting consequences.

Now he’ll have to convince Sterling that she’s more to him than an obligation and be the kind of father he never had.  Especially as the woman he’s fallen for deals with her ailing grandmother and the impact the erosion of that cornerstone has on her entire family.

One he hopes to become a part of.  If she’ll have him.

Warning:  Sometimes it’s hard to let go, but every story has an ending.  This one will be happy, sad, and steamy.

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What’s better than a cowboy?

What’s better than a sexy cowboy? Two sexy cowboys in love with one woman!

What’s better than a book about two cowboys? Two scorching hot books!


Carina Press has bundled my Texas Tangle, an erotic contemporary western with a steamy m/f/m menage, and Tangled Past, an erotic historical western with a m/m/f menage (because come on, we want to see those sexy cowboys get it on with each other in a time when their love is strictly forbidden, don’t we?)

And even better — you can buy both books for just 99 cents. But only today. Tomorrow the bundle goes up to full price!

Buy the Bundle from Carina Press or

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Google Play ~ iBooks

The love scenes sizzle on each and every page. I couldn’t get enough and had to read it twice—okay, three times!”  – Talia from Joyfully Reviewed
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Tangled Past (historical western menage) Nominated by The Romance Reviews for “Best Erotic Menage a Trois or More”

TangledPast200x300Forced to marry a man she just met, Sarah McLeod clings to the hope that she’ll finally find the love and acceptance she’s always craved. But her tenuous dreams of a happy life on the frontier are in danger of being dashed by the one thing she can’t change—her husband’s love for another man.

Jackson Kellar’s determined to do right by his bride, yet he’s torn between his newfound love for Sarah and his still-burning desire for Nate.

Ranch owner Nate Campbell loves them both. He hates to see Jackson’s loyalties so divided, and doesn’t want Sarah hurt either. But how can they fix the tangled mess they find themselves in? Nate suggests a possible solution – a permanent threesome.

With the open frontier closing in around them, is Nate’s solution their path to happiness? Or will others destroy what they’ve found together?

Texas Tangle (contemporary western menage)

TEXASTANGLE_new_200x300Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an over-drawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued…and a little gun-shy.

Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki’s life, but he’s determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki’s heart.

Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?


And while I have your attention, stop by my website and enter my Birthday Bash where you could win a basket filled with all sorts of goodies to pamper yourself.

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Some News and Fun Stuff

I finally got my contract from my editor at The Wild Rose Press.

The Red Club Project will be part of the Lobster Cove series.  I’m very excited to have my story be a part of this series.

My story takes place in the town’s only BDSM club with reunited lovers.  Here’s a blurb for it:

She needed a dungeon master. He needs her secrets.

Jessie Michael’s owner of The Red Club isn’t looking for love, just someone she can play with.  Maybe the hot looking dominate from the night before–he sure got her engines red hot, but he left before she could get his name.

Caleb Drake returned to Lobster Cove for one reason, to pay back a debt to his business partner.  The last thing he expects is to find Jessie in charge of the town’s only BDSM club.

Jessie realizes quickly Caleb is back.  And he’s the masked the dominate from the party.  Her high school lover is sexier than ever and now she plans to find out just how hot they can be together.  When she invites him to take her to the limit, Caleb agrees, but guilt eats at him.   He’ll be leaving Lobster Cove once he’s gathered the information his friend needs.

I don’t have a release date or any other information on when the book will be out yet.  But I’m going to do a big cover reveal when it happens, so stay tuned.

I also just finished up another short story for a secret project I can’t discuss yet, but I’ll have news about it in about two weeks.  It’s been submitted to the editor as we had a very short turn around time.

And I’m already working on my next book for Sybarite Seductions – Claiming Master Cole. I’m sorry there’s been no cowboy’s lately, but I will get back to them.  I have other stories brewing first then my cowboys will be back.

In the mean time enjoy some eye candy :)


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Cowboys, Horses and Guns! Yee Haw!



by Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author

As a western romance writer, I’m always looking for fresh plot ideas. When plotting out my new release Cowgirl Crazy, the second book in my Cowboy Way series, I stumbled upon an equine sport I didn’t even know existed. And I must be living under a rock, because cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest-growing equine sport in the United States! I’m sure I’m not the only one in the dark, so I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in accepted western attire, sometimes period attire, and tack, race their horse through one of several Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) approved courses, which they draw before the race.

The sport combines the skills of barrel racing with sharpshooting, basically. There are two different colors of balloons tied to flexible poles along the course. The rider must draw one six-shooter pistol from a holster, which is loaded with short-range blanks, but no projectile to attack the first color of balloons.   As the rider rounds a barrel, or gate, they must reholster the first pistol and draw the second to go back through the course to pick up the second color of balloons on a rundown to the finish line.  There are also mounted rifle competitors, but they are in a different class.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a timed event, just like barrel racing, and penalties are incurred for missing balloons, missing turns, shooting the wrong color balloon, or even if the rider loses his hat during the ride. A range master, certified by the CMSA oversees the event, and hands out those penalties. There are six levels of competitors, and athletes move up in the ranks by winning championships at their level.  It’s a very interesting sport, and I loved watching the videos I found on YouTube to get a feel for the sport.  You might check them out!

I hope you’ll also check out the HOT 18+ Excerpt from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)  and THE CONTEST FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK below.  Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) is available on and Smashwords here:

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COWGIRL CRAZY (#2, Cowboy Way) by Becky McGraw


Cowboys are a different breed…
They work hard, play hard and love harder.
It’s all about the ride, until the right woman
makes them fall.

Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older brother.

Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her. If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.

His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.

Twyla refuses to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.

HOT 18+ EXCERPT from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) © Becky McGraw:

Ignoring her comment, and what had to be her obvious discomfort, Ryan stepped forward, leaned over her to balance his shot glass about two inches under her navel.  Heather always put it at the base of her ribcage, so a little would spill into her navel, but Ryan had put his lower.  Her muscles contracted there, as the cold glass touched her skin.  She thought about him licking her up to the glass, the amber liquid sloshed in the glass, and he frowned.

“No spilling, Twy, or there will be consequences.”  His eyes met hers and his pupils were dilated almost as large as the blue irises.  His breathing came in short spurts, and she could see his pulse pounding at the side of his throat.  The look on his handsome face said he would relish delivering those unknown consequences.  “By the time I’m done, I’ll really need that drink.”

A shiver worked itself up her body from her toes, and the glass wobbled again.  She gasped and contracted her muscles to steady it.  Agitation bristled through her.  “Why don’t you just have the damned shot then, and get on with this?”  That’s what she really wanted.

His hand clamped on her ankle, and he grinned.  “Patience is a virtue, darlin’.  Slow is not always a bad thing, and I’m about to teach you that, and a lot more.”  His voice was heavy with anticipation, and his sensual threat was punctuated by his tongue making a slow trip around his hot lips.  Her eyes followed it around and heat sizzled along her nerves to singe her at the apex of her thighs.  Maybe this is why all those bunnies she saw leaving his trailer were smiling.  They must have had the patience Ryan was talking about, and liked that Ryan was slow as a turtle in his lovemaking.  Twyla wasn’t sold on it yet, but decided to try to find the patience he asked her to have.  She huffed a breath then relaxed and uncurled her fists.

What the hell did she know about all this, anyway?  She was green as grass at this, he knew what he was doing.  Had done it many times.  Too many.

“Get on with it, then,” she grumbled, settling her focus on keeping that shot glass steady on her lower abdomen.  Ryan’s dark head appeared in her line of vision, and Twyla gasped.

His eyes met hers over the plane of her tummy, and were filled with mischief and purpose. His hot breath tickled her thighs when he warned, “Keep it still, Twyla.  Remember, no spilling.”

He slid his hands behind her calves, and under her thighs to hold her hands at her sides.  Turning his face, he planted a wet kiss on her inner thigh, before his mouth latched there and he sucked, while his tongue swirled on her skin.  Fire zipped up to her core, and Twyla whimpered.  The glass wobbled again and she knew then that she was in big trouble.

CONTEST:  Comment below and tell me why you love cowboys and cowboy stories, and I’ll pick a winner on August 1st to receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)!  Good Luck! <3

Paperbacks can be purchased here:


Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author
Author of the Amazon Bestselling Texas Trouble and Cowboy Way Series



Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She is originally from Louisiana, but resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.

A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, a graphic artist, web designer and writer.  She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.

You can contact Becky McGraw at

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My name is Donna Michaels…and I’m addicted to cowboys

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Hello, everyone!

I am so very happy and honored to join such wonderful authors on this blog. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Donna Michaels, author of Romaginative Fiction. Although I write short to epic, and sweet to very hot, across several romance genres, I’m most known for my cowboys and military heroes. And whenever I can combine the two, you better believe I do!

I’ve been writing for The Wild Rose Press since they opened their doors in 2006, and have a hot and humorous paranormal with Whimsical Publications, but most of my success has been with my self-published titles. Every one of my full length novels are hot, humorous and heartwarming. The books in my Harland County Series—Unruly cowboys and the women who tame them—have been in Amazon’s Top 100 since I released the first book in April 2013, and I’m shocked to say all four are currently in the Top 100 as I type this post. Yeehaaw! A big thank you to all for making that happen!

BESTCOWBOYlrcWINheruniformcowboy2013pxEarlier this year, my hero from HER UNIFORM COWBOY/ Book 3/Kade was voted BEST COWBOY IN A BOOK/Reader’s Choice-LRC. Yes, this is one of those novels I mentioned where I combined cowboy and military to create a yummy hero. I’m so glad the readers enjoyed reading Kade as much as I enjoyed writing him. Kade has also garnered a Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews and was recently awarded the Crown Jewel of Excellence from InD’tale Magazine.

Here’s the blurb:

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Desperate for change after a verbally abusive relationship, Brandi Wyne leaves a symphony career, her family, and the Poconos to fall back on a designing degree and a chance to renovate a restaurant/pub in Texas. Even though part of a National Guard family, she’d sworn off military men when the last one proved less than supportive of her thyroid condition and subsequent weight gain. Too bad her body seems to forget that fact whenever she’s near the very hot, very military local sheriff.

Texas Army National Guard First Sergeant Kade Dalton never planned on becoming Harland County Sheriff or the attraction to a curvy, military-hating designer from Pennsylvania. Heavy with guilt from the death of a soldier under his command during a recent deployment, and dealing with his co-owned horse ranch and a bungling young deputy, it’s hard most days just to keep his sanity. But it’s the Yankee bombshell who threatens not only his sanity, but tempts his body…and his heart.

Fighting their attraction becomes a losing battle, and Kade soon finds sanctuary in the arms of the beautiful designer.  Does he really have the right to saddle Brandi with his stress issues? And if so, can he take a chance on the town’s newest resident not abandoning him like others in his past?

 Amazon link:


My latest, HER FOREVER COWBOY/Book 4 in the series, is currently sitting at #9 on Amazon’s Best Selling Western’s list and #5 in Highest Rated Westerns on Amazon. Here’s the blurb and a hot excerpt so you can sample the scrumptious Kevin Dalton.


Single mother, Shayla Ryan, longs to put down roots to create a stable environment for her baby girl and her younger sister, but the threat of her abusive, ex-con father finding them has made that almost impossible. Her newest residence in Harland County, however, holds a lot of appeal, especially in the form of a Casanova cowboy with eye-catching good looks and easy charm. Those two qualities took her down the wrong road before, and though the sexy cowboy interferes with her pulse, she can’t let her heart get in the way of the safety of her family, or give it to someone who doesn’t believe in forever.

If there’s one thing software company vice president, Kevin Dalton, loves more than puzzles, it’s women. Size, shape, race doesn’t matter as long as they don’t want a relationship—he’s not looking to repeat the past, and more than happy to remain single. Until two beautiful redheads drop him to his knees—one with her cutie-pie smile, the other with her elbow. Too bad the elbow-toting beauty is both hot and puzzling. A killer combination too strong to resist. And without realizing it, the redheads slowly rewrite the code around his heart.

But when the danger from Shayla’s past shows up, can he rise to the challenge to keep them safe…and really be what they need? A forever cowboy?


He was addicted to Shayla.

Kevin could deny it all he wanted to Cole, but the honest truth was evident as the gorgeous redhead in his bed. Sure, he could talk a good game. Convince just about anyone to do anything, but at the end of the day, trying to convince himself he’d rather lay on the couch with Amelia asleep in his arms than join her naked…wet momma in the shower, he had some hard truths to face.

He loved his time with Amelia, coloring, watching TV, holding the little pumpkin while she slept in his arms. She’d ridden her horsie right into his heart. He was going to miss her once they were back in Harland County. So, the fact he’d eagerly tucked the little angel in her crib so he could race to be with her momma when he knew their time together was quickly coming to an end, only proved how strong a pull the attraction was between him and Shayla.

The single mother gripped his attention, captivated his thoughts and tantalized his body. Yeah, he was addicted to Shayla.

Addicted to her mouth-watering curves, wicked lips, decadent taste, sinful touch, uninhibited and insatiable hunger. He stifled a groan and tried to talk his heating body out of needing the woman again. They’d just had incredible against the wall shower sex. His legs were still trying to find their bones, and yet he was quickly recovering for another round.

So? What the hell was wrong with that?

He should take whatever the woman wanted to give. And, oh hell yeah, she was very, very giving. And demanding. Heaven help him, the combination rocked his world.

As if of its own accord, his hand snaked under the covers to gently glide down her bare back, drawing circle after circle across her supple flesh. God, she was silky smooth and so damn soft.

“Mmm…” she uttered into the mattress before scooting close to toss a leg over him and burrow into his side.

The feel of her generous breasts mashed against him and wet heat between her legs curving around his hip had his dick twitching to life. He curled a palm around her sweet ass and forced his other to remain on the hand she used to stroke his chest. Keep it simple. Keep it safe.

“You’re nice and warm.” She snuggled closer, causing his eyes to cross.

Safe. Keeping it safe.

He lifted her wrist and kissed her tattoo. She stared up at him, mass of emotions fluttering through her eyes.

Don’t do it. Don’t ask.

“For your mom?”

Damn mouth wasn’t good at following orders.


A one word answer. Good. The woman didn’t want to answer any more than he wanted to know. And he didn’t want to know, because knowing made sex personal. Which would be a mistake. A stupid one. Why ruin a good thing? They had four days of raw, passionate, crazy sex without hardly any words involved.

Don’t mess it the fuck up.

It was still walk-away-able.

“Your mom liked dragonflies?”

Duct tape. Where the hell was the duct tape? He needed a big ass piece for his big mouth. Or maybe he could put it over hers should she feel inclined to answer. But this was Shayla. Surely, she’d tell him to mind his own damn business. Yeah, any second now. Any second now she was going to shut him down hard.

He held his breath, partly in anticipation, but mostly so he didn’t ask another damn question.

“Yes. My mom used to say they were resilient and represented hope.”

A bubble of some sort rippled through Kevin’s chest, causing his heart to catch. Lack of oxygen, no doubt. He released his breath, kissed her palm, then set her hand back on his pecs.

“Smart woman.”

Now she nodded. “Yep. The best. My hero.”

Sweet. And informative. Leave it at that. No need to ask anything else.

Don’t ask anything else.

Jesus, he was going to ask more. The hazards of mind-blowing sex. He was brainless. No cells left to form enough thought to keep his damn mouth shut.

“What do you mean?”

Yep, brainless.

“My mom saved my life.”


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August 14-17, I’ll be at ARC New Orleans at the Marriott. If you’re in the area, please stop in. I’m giving two workshops with my screenwriting partner JT Schultz and sponsoring a carriage ride through the French Quarter Friday night, hopefully we won’t melt. I’m also doing a cowboy panel with Sylvia McDaniel and would love your help. Why do you love to read cowboys? Tell me in the comments, and I’ll draw a random winner to receive an eBook of their choice from my Harland County Series. Please be sure to leave your email and eBook choice in the comments, too. Good luck!

Thanks for reading,


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Cynthia D’Alba Looks For Sexy Cowboy Dolls

I’m not at RWA14 (boo) but I’m looking at all the pictures floating around. I was thinking that maybe the next time I go to conference, I’d take a sexy cowboy doll along and let people hold it for pictures. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Want to see what comes up for “sexy cowboy dolls?” Enjoy!

I’m sorry but this Ken looks like a Gay Guy stereotype from the 1970s or 1980s!

Woody? Seriously? Sexy cowboy? Not in any of my books!

Yeah, I want him WITHOUT her!

Remove Faith Hill and this would be great, don’t you think? But I’m scared of Faith. She could kick my ass, so Shhh, this one is our little secret!

The cigarette? But still, It’s JAMES DEAN!

AND I just noticed that the cigarette James Dean is smoking can be moved around to his hand! James is ONLY $400!!

So seen any great cowboy dolls?

Want to be in a drawing for $10? SO Simple! I have a new book, TEXAS TWIST, coming out  Sept 2, 2014. Go to the Goodreads page and mark at “Want to Read.” Everyone there will be entered in a drawing on Sept 2 for $10 gift card. No scavenger hunt. No looking for clues. Just a simple click and you’re done! 

D'Alba RT BooksigningAward winning author Cynthia D’Alba was born and raised in Arkansas. After being gone for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

Find her on the web.
Twitter: @CynthiaDAlba

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Guest Blogger Tina Bass Introduces Kade, Who’s Not Your Typical Cowboy

Hi! My name is Tina Bass and I’m in the process of writing The Safe Series. The first in the series, His Safe Keeping, (available now) is where you met Kade. Who is Kade? Well Kade’s not your typical cowboy, although he has the boots, the hat, the cows, and even the horses. See Kade lives in the beautiful state of Virginia. I know, I know, the last thing you think when you think Virginia is “cowboy,” But here’s the thing, in Virginia we have farms, lots and lots of farms, but we also have ranches. What’s the difference? Farms are basically used to produce food, either grown or raised, like beef or dairy cows. A ranch however is more for animals that are bred and raised for profit, there are lots of different types, such as sheep, American bison and alpacas, but most common are cattle and horses. Which brings us back to Kade and his ranch. As I said, Kade’s not your typical cowboy, (but he does have all the requirements) Kade has spent years in the Air Force then even more years as a state police. Wanting to give up the uniforms, he was able to purchase the ranch he spent so much time on growing up. Now retiring early from the force with only one thing in mind…becoming the full time “cowboy” his fellow officers like to refer to him as, and running his ranch, raising his cattle and just being on his land. His land…the one place he could always find the kind of peace that he could never manage to find anywhere else. And after years of having first-hand knowledge of the worst in human beings, all he wants is that escape from a world he was so used to, to the peaceful quiet beauty of his land…until his sense of responsibility throws her into his path…and his life changes forever.

His Safe Keeping by Tina Bass

Start the Safe Series with book 1 – His Safe Keeping 

Krista Avery moved to the sleepy town of Mt. Eve, Virginia, away from big city life, enticed there by a research doctor that is fascinated with her blood. Trying to build a life for herself after a horrific event in her past sent her into a spiral, she is a woman battling a rare blood disorder and the memories she has never dealt with. Returning home from the hospital after the Doctors experimental treatment, a dizzy spell forces her to pull over to the side of the road. 

Lawson “Kade” McKaden is a State Trooper, ready to retire, returning home after a transport to a Federal Prison that wasn’t supposed to be his. After a stint in the Air Force and a satisfying career, he is ready to leave the uniforms behind for the life of a rancher. But a broken down car on the side of the road calls to his sense of responsibility and the sick woman inside calls to his heart. They have more in common than they know. 

An escaped rapist turned serial killer is hunting her. She was his first and he has plans to be her last. Together can they beat back the demons from her childhood? Will Krista have to face the demon from her past alone, or is she Kade’s for… His Safe Keeping? 



Stepping out of the official cruiser, hand resting lightly on his weapon which was holstered at his hip, Kade walked to the open driver’s side window. Looking into the car, he saw her. She was bent over the steering wheel, her long chestnut colored hair pulled back with a clip.

“Ma’am, is everything all right?” She turned her head and his breath caught in his throat. A beautiful face, streaked with tears squeezed his heart. Without thinking, he abandoned all of his years of training. Without concern for his own safety, he yanked open the door. Squatting down beside the car and balancing on the balls of his feet, Kade spoke to her. “Sweetheart, what’s wrong? Are you hurt? Did you have an accident?”

Turning her head instead of raising it, Krista looked into the greenest eyes she’d ever seen. They were filled with concern. For her? No, she thought, they can’t be. He didn’t even know her. “What did you say? What accident?” Sitting up, she tried to answer and the whole ordeal came back into her mind full force. The nausea hit and this time it wasn’t going to pass. She was going to be sick.

“Ohno!” she exclaimed, just before she covered her mouth with one hand and scrambled to get out of the car, knocking him out of her way. As she ran around the car, Krista made it to the grassy right-of-way just as she began heaving. Her whole body was shaking. The weakness brought her to her knees. When she finally finished, she scooted back against the back car tire, drew up her knees which were now throbbing with pain, and laid her head down on them.

“It never affected me this fast before,” Krista murmured to the big man as he knelt down beside her. Her eyes swept over him. Oh, crap! He was a cop! She was so not up for this. With a sigh of resignation, she held out her wrists, waiting for him to put the handcuffs on and arrest her.

Kade looked at her outreached arms and then at her pale face. Too pale. “What are you doing?” “Aren’t you going to arrest me?”
“Why would I do that?” 
he questioned, confused.
“Well, because I kinda’ knocked you on your booty and you’re a cop. Isn’t that like assaulton a police officer or something?” Her voice was weak and she sounded resigned. “Booty?” He smirked. “No, I’m not going to arrest you.” 



I’m a light erotic romance writer, who loves a happily ever after. I lives in a small town in Virginia with my three children. I am your normal everyday mom of one grown and two almost grown teenagers who has recently discovered the joys of writing. When not busy writing, I enjoys reading and shopping for vintage items. I came into writing later in life, after my characters decided to take over and I was able to hear the stories in my head.

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The Writer’s Life for me! ***Prizes***

RWI February 2007 010 (1)The winners of the free downloads are DEBRA PRICE, ELAINE SWINNEY and Joye. Thank you all for commenting on my blog. You all have crazy busy lives as well. We are all so fortunate. Happy days!

These past couple weeks have been K-razy! For those who haven’t been following me closely, you might not realize it, but I’m two writers–Myla Jackson and Elle James. In order for me to write under both pen names, I have to keep writing, and writing, and writing to satisfy the voracious appetites of my readers. Oy! So this is an ongoing challenge. As Elle James, I write for the Intrigue, Romantic Suspense and Nocturne lines, sometimes as many as 7 books in a year. Deep breath…As Myla Jackson, I write for Samhain Publishing writing 4 shorter books a year. Then as both Myla and Elle, I write books for Independent Publishing. All these tasks take time. Add in the occasional conferences like Romantic Times, Romance Writers of American and Novelist Inc, and top it off with owning a business and family commitments and vacations, I never know if I’m coming or going.

And if the writing isn’t enough to keep up with, as an author, we have to let people know what books are out there and when they are being released. I update my own website, sometimes make my own covers, draft newsletters and send them and hop on Facebook and Twitter whenever I have a spare moment…cough, cough, haha!

That being said, I’m always behind, never doing enough with my FB and Twitter and behind on my updates for websites and promo to let people know I have books out.

MeganERLast week, I took an entire week to go to a writer’s retreat and wrote my fingers off. This week, not a word. I’ve been playing catch up all week. My daughter had an ATV accident and I’ve been spending time with her in the ER and at home medicating away the pain. Today I’m headed to Romance Writers of America conference and will be there until Sunday.

I need another me to do all the work I have to do. I’m seriously considering hiring a personal assistant to work at my side every day (or at least part time).

This month alone, I’ll have had 3 books come out, one of which I had to gather 12 authors’ input for the formatter, changes and load to various publishing venues.

I barely had time to look at the clothes and promo I need to take to RWA before I was throwing them into my car. When you read this, I’ll be driving to San Antonio. It’s an 11-hour drive. Oy!

Leave a comment telling me about your K-razy life for a chance to win a copy of SEAL’S HONOR, SEAL’S DESIRE or SEAL’S EMBRACE. There will be three winners so don’t miss your chance to win and please check out these new offerings:


Hearts & Heroes Book #1:
Wyatt’s War
Samhain Publishing
July 8, 2014

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The Adair Legacy Book#4

Secret Service Rescue
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
July 2014

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Anne Elizabeth~ The Kiss of a SEAL
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Cowboys and Bikers and Giveaways OH MY!

I’ve had a busy year, and it’s time to unveil my projects! I’ve got dirty-hot cowboys, badass bikers and 3 PRINT BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY!



Haven’t met the Boot Knockers yet? You’ll want to get to know this rowdy group of cowboys who also fix women’s problems in and out of the bedroom! Pushin’ Buttons is out now!



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You can take the biker chick out of the motorcycle club, but she always comes back. Especially if there’s a tattooed god in a cut.

 Ever is back in the Life she left behind five years ago. She wants revenge…and the tattooed god in a cut.

LOVE TIES out now!

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Utah is the only Davies brother the lawyer will speak with about the virile trail his father blazed across the United States or the secret families he’s left behind.

Almost a Cowboy coming August 7 from Taliesin Publishing!


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AND book 2 of the Boot Knockers Ranch series–coming September 9. There are no words for desire this hot…but he’ll sure try to find them. Up for pre-order.


Now that you’re drooling over all these hardworking heroes, here’s the nitty-gritty. I’m giving away 3 print copies from my Country Fever Series–Hard Ridin’, Lip Lock, and Unbroken to ONE lucky winner. And of course they’ll be signed!


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Thanks for reading!

Em Petrova

~hardworking heroes–in bed and out~


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