Caption this Photo – Fun in Texas

Last month I managed to go to the wilds of Texas.  San Antonio.

Okay, so not really the wilds of Texas. I attended the Wild Wicked Weekend conference and had a great time. It was really fun to hang out with Randi Alexander and Sandy Sullivan. And it was a great pleasure to met Desiree Holt.

In the spirit of the conference – and I know everyone who reads this blog will love this.

Caption this photo:

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SABLE’S A BLOOMIN’ IDIOT – or so they say…

I don’t lead a terribly exciting life. Yes, I write exciting, sexy stories – from my recliner! I was teasing a member of my family who’s about to fly to visit relatives in Nebraska. They are worried about safety and crashing and dying in some obscure Kansas wheat field, especially after witnessing the German/French alp crash on TV, sad sad situation. Anyway, I told him the regular stuff – everything from ‘oh, you’ll be fine’ to ‘well, don’t go’. Finally to console him, I told him that he would probably be safer in the plane than I would be writing in the recliner. I joked and said there were probably many horrific recliner-related accidents a year.

I was kidding.

Apparently – though – SHRIEK! – I was on to something.

http://www.hospital-data.com/accidents/lethal/670-chair-recliner/index.html

I couldn’t believe it! How shall I prepare? Should I wear a seat belt while reclining and writing or a helmet? There were an ASTOUNDING 88 recliner related deaths in 2010!

This just proves – NO WHERE IS SAFE – NOWHERE!!

Well, to protect myself from that scary damn chair, I’ve ventured out a bit this week. I researched online to get the best information, I gravitate to the Texas Wildflower report – yes, there is one. Here’s the link.

http://www.texaswildflowerpictures.com/update.htm

Consulting this source, I decided to drive down south of San Antonio to see a stretch of roadway from Somerset to Poteet.  I was excited. I haven’t been to San Antonio in a while. Truly, it is one of my favorite places on earth. Like, New Orleans – San Antonio is just different. They aren’t your typical Southern cities. San Antonio doesn’t just have the Alamo, it has the beautiful river walk and a collection of missions that are awe-inspiring. San Antonio is also a very military town with several active bases and forts – Lackland, Randolph Field and Fort Sam Houston. I remember visiting all of those places. But until yesterday, I’d forgotten about visiting the Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston when I was a child. The Quadrangle is the original fort and the oldest building. It has served many purposes from a quartermaster’s depot to an arsenal, but in 1886 it housed infamous Native American chief Geronimo. My father used to tease me and tell me he and I were descended from Geronimo. I presume he was teasing, I’ve never found any evidence of it, but his words made me always aware and sympathetic to anything I found out about Geronimo.

My recollection of visiting the Quadrangle with my family is a neat memory. They were there to see the military aspects. I was bored…until I heard the tour director explain about Geronimo and that the soldiers there at the time brought animals into the fort to make Geronimo and his tribe feel more at home. Deer, turkey and rabbits. The soldier tour-guide director waved his hand and said…and they are still here!

You all know me. You can imagine my excitement when I saw the small herd of deer and the rabbits. They are so used to people that they don’t run, they will actually come to you to be petted.

Well, that was the end of the tour for me.

I laid down in the grass with the rabbits and refused to proceed. The tour went on without me and picked me up on the way back while I lounged in the spring green grass and stole as much rabbit sugar as I could possibly get. I remember one of the big burly soldiers asking me if I wanted to spend time with Thumper.

I did.

Here are some photos of San Antonio –

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Traveling on south of San Antonio, I want to show you the wildflowers I saw. In the early spring, Texas is like a natural canvas where a masterpiece is painted. Splashed across the countryside is an array of beauty. Bright splendiferous colors are meshed in the green grasses of the fields. No florist display can come close. It’s as if a grand designer has placed each stem in exactly the right place to assimilate the most amazing bouquet imaginable.  

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While on the trip, I ran into other explores, all prospecting to find the exactly perfect shot. The colors span the spectrum, although the bluebonnet takes center stage. What really got me was that there were places where the bluebonnets were so thick and flowed so lushly between the trees and drifted back so that they took on the appearance of a lake that stretched as far as the eye could see.

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As much as I’d like to imagine, not all of this is just happenstance. Some of it is. Some of these stretches are Mother Nature doing her best work, but the Texas Highway Department also gets in on the act. They scatter seed and many residents also do the same. I passed one sacrilegious moment when a man was out MOWING DOWN HIS BLUEBONNETS. I fully expected swat teams of Texas Rangers to swarm down on him, what he was doing surely must be against the law – in Texas.

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And if one person in the world had to receive most of the credit for the wildflowers of Texas, no one would argue who that one person should be. Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady, wife of LBJ worked tirelessly to preserve and restore the biological bounty of the US, especially her home state of Texas. I’ve traveled to her birth place in Karnak near the town of Uncertain, TX which featured in BURNING LOVE. Here is a photo –

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In Washington, Lady Bird was instrumental in the planting of tens of thousands of tulips. She aided in the passing of the Highway Beautification Act and she also founded a research center for the study of wildflowers in Austin. All of that sounds small, but the result of her efforts is nothing one could argue with – just look. And this is just one small corner of the world.

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I’m not going to harass you with an excerpt this week, but I will show you the cover – ONE MAN’S TREASURE will release before the first. Above are flowers and below is Jet – which form of ‘beauty’ do you prefer?

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SEXY COWBOY FIANCE & Giveaway by Donna Michaels

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Congratulations, AJ!
Thank you all for leaving such wonderful comments. Hope you have a great weekend!

Since writing COWBOY-SEXY for The Wild Rose Press a few years ago, a lot of wonderful things have happened to me and the novella. Besides receiving some amazing emails and reviews from readers, the story was also somehow reviewed by RT Magazine, receiving a 4 Star. Then last summer,  U-Made approached TWRP to translate my cowboy into Japanese, which is due out sometime this summer. I’m so excited to have Finn go global!

But there’s more.

This past October, Amazon Publishing contacted TWRP looking to acquire COWBOY-SEXY and market my Navy SEAL cowboy under one of their imprints. Everything was just recently finalized, so I’m excited to finally be able to say I’ve sold to AmazonEncore! Whoot! If you’re not sure what that imprint is, here is what they state:

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AmazonEncore helps readers discover extraordinary, previously-published, overlooked books from emerging authors.

I’m humbled to apart of that imprint and look forward to continue my relationship with TWRP. Last week they revealed the new cover, with the new title: COWBOY-FIANCE

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CowboyFiance 500x750Here’s the blurb and a short excerpt:

Finn Brennan was used to his brother playing practical jokes, but this time he’d gone too far–sending him a woman as a ranch hand, and not just a woman, but a Marine.

When Lt. Camilla Walker’s CO asks her to help out at his family’s dude ranch until he returns from deployment, she never expected to be thrust into a mistaken engagement to his sexy, cowboy twin–a former Navy SEAL who hates the Corps.

The Corps took Finn’s father, his girlfriend and threatened his naval career. He’s worked hard for another shot at getting back to active duty and won’t let his brother’s prank interfere. The last thing he needs is the temptation of a headstrong, unyielding, hot Marine getting in the way.

Excerpt:

She straightened to her full height and stared him down, brown eyes flashing like fire water. “You’re not my C.O. You can’t order me around.”

“Wrong. Brett’s the only one who can order you to go home,” he corrected, lowering his voice when the two college stable hands entered the building. “But I am the one who can tell you where to work on this ranch.”

She softened her expression, then sauntered closer to finger his collar.

“And what would you have me do, Finn?” she asked in a quiet, sultry voice.

Her complete about-face had his heartbeats kicking the hell out of his ribcage. He stiffened. What was she up to?

Stifled snickers quickly enlightened him. She was keeping up appearance, playing the dutiful fiancée, you idiot. For a moment there he thought…

Didn’t matter what he thought.

Terry sent the boys a look. They grabbed pitchforks before disappearing into a nearby stall.

Cammie removed her hands from his chest and stepped back. “Well? Where do you want me to work? With you?”

“No.” The last thing he needed was her around, countermanding his orders as he guided guests on the horse trail. “Why don’t you help my mom and Aunt Lettie with the party details?”

She blinked, then smiled broadly, her gaze bouncing between him and Terry. “No, I mean really. What do you want me to do?”

“I told you, help my mother. Most women enjoy planning parties.”

She stiffened, every trace of amusement gone from her face. “I’m not most women, Navy. Don’t confuse me with your ex-girlfriend. I’m not Heather.”

He inhaled strong and swift. “No, you’re not.”

Heather was sweet and non-confrontational, not a willful control freak like the lieutenant in front of him.

He was the boss, not her, and it was high time he showed her just who was in charge.

Finn stepped forward, slowly stalking the woman, purposefully invading her personal space until she was forced to retreat. The Marine backed up until her incredible backside hit the wall, stopping her escape. Satisfaction warmed his blood. Chalk one up for Navy.

“Wh-what are you doing?” she whispered.

Brown eyes widened with a mixture of apprehension, and God help him, desire. He palmed the wall on either side of her head and smiled down, beginning to enjoy the situation.

“I’m showing those college boys, and you, who’s boss.”

The instant she opened her mouth to protest, he pressed into her delectable curves and captured those tempting, objectionable lips.

The Stetson fell off his head, but he didn’t care. Over and over, he nipped, drank and tasted, taking advantage of her surprised state. He was on a mission. A mission to teach the headstrong Marine a lesson.

Now was the time to pull away, to leave her staring after him, wanting more. Everything was perfect. He had an audience of three who could verify he had effectively shut the woman up.

But when her tense body unexpectedly softened, his goal became fuzzy. The hands on his chest, holding him at bay, suddenly snaked around his back and pulled him in closer. Her sweet, yielding mouth turned hot and demanding, and Finn had all he could do to hold back a groan.

She tasted incredible, and her lack of resistance fueled his hunger. He deepened the kiss, sliding his tongue into her mouth to capture her essence for his very own. She trembled against him and his body responded with a slow, consuming burn.

Instead of drawing away, he dropped his hands to her waist and held tight as their tongues tangled and explored. Heaven help him, he never wanted any woman so bad or so fast in his life. She took him from zero to sixty inside of two seconds.

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TEXAS BOSSA NOVA IS HERE! By Cynthia D’Alba

Last summer when it was swelteringly hot and I was trapped in the house after a total knee replacement (and let’s be honest…on drugs for the pain!), I was facing the deadline for my next book. I was simply too hot to write about cowboys working cattle in the Texas heat. I needed a break from the heat! Thus, I put Reno and Magda (my hero and heroine in Texas Bossa Nova) in a freak snow storm. Ahh…that should have made my internal temperature lower. However, Reno and Magda really steamed up the pages with their lusty looks.

(Side note:  A wild bobcat just walked across my backyard while I was writing this! SO freaking cool. Ah-hem. Back to the blog)

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TEXAS BOSSA NOVA EXCERPT

She stood, dropped her extra-extra-large T-shirt over her head and went to her bed.

“Reno,” she said in a whisper. “I thought you were going to go back to your room.

Darren isn’t stupid. He’s going to figure out what we’re doing.”

He flashed his panty-melting smile, which would have totally dissolved hers if she’d had any on. “I don’t care what he thinks.” He flipped back the covers, exposing his naked hip. Magda’s gaze glided down his chest to his hip to his thick meaty thighs. She licked her lips.

Reno patted the sheet exposed by the flipped-back covers. His heart raced as he waited for Magda to make a decision…climb in with him or boot his ass out of her bed. The ball was in her court. He’d made his feelings known. Maybe not with words, but certainly by actions. Cowboys didn’t burst forth with words of love and passion. That crap didn’t happen in real life.

Magda licked her lips and let her gaze meet his. Then, to his relief, she nodded and slid into the bed beside him.

“If your brother discovers us, not only is he going to be pissed that we’re sleeping
together, he’s going to be furious that we are doing it in his bed.”

Reno laughed and pulled her on top of him. “I’ll loan him my bed,” he said and then
caught her head between his hands and held her for a long kiss. She opened her mouth for him, moaning with pleasure when he entered, working his tongue along the surface of her teeth, the inside of her cheeks and alongside her tongue.

She gyrated her groin against his hardening cock; each tilt of her hips down shot more
blood to the region. He jerked his hips up, pressed against her sex, timing hips and tongue thrusts to work in concert.

Continuing to work her face and mouth with kisses, he coasted his hands down the
side of her body to the hem of the T-shirt. He pulled it up until the material cleared her ass.

He stopped removing the jersey long enough to spread both hands over her rear. The naked flesh there was so soft to the touch. It dented beneath the pressure of his fingers as he dug in, pushing her firmly against his dick.

Then she gasped out his name and he had to freeze his movement. The huskiness of her voice combined with the soft breeze of her breath across his ear almost made him lose it.

“Lean up,” he said. When she did, he lifted the T-shirt off to expose her luscious body.
Not too thin. Not too heavy. Just perfect.

She settled back on top of him and then began wiggling her way down his body, leaving behind a path of hot, wet kisses, bites and long tongue licks.

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Guest Blogger Kira Barcelo is Through the Portal and (Riding) Into the Sunset!

Unlike the heroine of my new book, KISSED BY THE OUTLAW, I’m no newbie to hiking. I’ve been hitting various mountain trails for nearly ten years now. Not bad for a girl who grew up in the city, huh? Well, like Kelly Long, the heroine (another city girl), I’m a bit too girly-girl to rough it for days and days out there in the wilderness. Like, you know, serious hikers. This hiker wants to hike for a few hours, be out in nature, then come home to a warm shower and a hot bowl of homemade beef vegetable soup.

But it was on one of those occasions, while I and my little dog were resting on the way up a mountain trail, that I noticed a less-traveled path to the side and thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if that led to another dimension? Some other place and time?”

And how much more exciting would it be if a woman, new to hiking, slipped through that portal and found herself on the other side of the country, back to the Wild West of the 1870s? Even better, what if she came face-to-face with a wild-eyed, rugged, Alpha male cowboy? A cowboy who also happens to be a reformed outlaw. Kelly may have stumbled unwittingly into his world, but it’s up to Jess McSwain to keep her out of trouble—and to win the lady’s heart.

Hiking leads Kelly straight into the arms of a handsome cowboy. Tell me that doesn’t beat a shower and soup! Now would you like a little taste? For an excerpt, visit my blog http://kirabarcelo.blogspot.com/2015/02/excerpt-from-kissed-by-outlaw.html. You can get your copy of KISSED BY THE OUTLAW at www.blushingbooks.com, http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Outlaw-Kira-Barcelo-ebook/dp/B00U00XTAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425952707&sr=8-1&keywords=kira+barcelo and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissed-by-the-outlaw-kira-barcelo/1121277030?ean=2940151629829.

Happy (Romantic Time Travel) Trails!

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Kissed by the Outlaw

Determined to go on with her life following her divorce–and lose eight pounds while she’s at it– Kelly Long set off to hike up a North Carolina mountain with her dog, Mimi. The very last thing she expected to find in those woods was a portal, a doorway to another time and place, which transported her, toy poodle and all, back to 1871 Wyoming. Back to the Wild West, with cowboys, horses, and wagons– and unfortunately for Kelly, a time when men weren’t shy about spanking a misbehaving wife.

Jess McSwain, formerly of the infamous McSwain Brothers, didn’t know what to make of his “future girl.” For the past few years, the former outlaw had been doing his best to leave his past behind, in favor of a quiet life as a farmer. But life with Kelly was anything but quiet. The career woman struggling to find the portal that would take her back to the only life she’d known, consistently finds herself over McSwain’s knee. She also finds herself in his arms… which feels more like home than any place she’s ever known.

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Excerpt:

Kelly tried to look away but couldn’t. It was as if her feet were bolted in place and she couldn’t budge. She stared on, the tip of her tongue darting out and moistening her lips.

No. No, no, no, she told herself. You are not getting turned on by that. No way!

What was this place? What was going on? Why were they dressed that way?

Another question came at her from behind—and spoken in a deep, masculine voice.

“What do you think you’re doing?”

Kelly cried out and turned on her heel, clutching Mimi tighter to her chest. She could actually hear her heartbeat in her ears as she stared up into the face of a tall, imposing man glaring back down at her. Clear blue eyes, like turquoise ice, commanded her gaze from under the brim of a black hat. He wore black pants and a brown, button-down vest over a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, revealing muscular forearms.

“Nothing! I’m—I’m lost!” she choked out the words. She was on the verge of tears.

“Lost? What’s a woman like you doing out here by yourself in the first place?” He sneered. “Besides trespassing. And not minding your own business.”

Though afraid, she took offense. “I’m not trespassing. I told you, I’m lost! But fine. I don’t need your help!”

She pushed past him. His look of surprise gave her a pitiful sliver of satisfaction.

“Come on back here, woman!” the stranger bellowed after her.

“Not on your life, cowboy!” She mumbled those words under her breath as she ran, still holding onto Mimi tightly. That was what he looked like, too. Come to think of it, so did the man turning that poor woman’s bottom twenty shades of red.

Cowboys. Those men were cowboys.

Where am I, Kelly wondered.

Seconds later, running wildly through the woods, she collided with a limb that she’d failed to see after glancing back at the man in black, who was pursuing her. She saw stars—or maybe it was those deceptive lights once again—before she fell to the ground in one unceremonious, and certainly unconscious, heap.

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Cowboys to Billionaires by Elle James aka Myla Jackson

bigstock-Cowboy-24033635We all love the stories of women going from rags to riches in Cinderella-like stories. Admit it, haven’t you always wanted to be that princess, loved by a handsome prince charming? But what happens when  a cowboy makes it big and becomes a billionaire? It’s hard to find love when everyone wants a piece of your fortune. From humble beginnings to highrises and chauffeur-driven cars, cowboys still want to find someone to love them for who they are on the inside, not for what they can buy with all their money.

In my story THE BILLIONAIRE CINDERELLA TEST, my cowboy is now a billionaire with everything money can buy. Everything but love.

TheBillionaireCinderellaTestBlurb:

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Billionaire Online Dating Service. Let us find your perfect match!

Desperate to find a date to his own charity ball, billionaire Gage Tate agrees to give his friend’s online dating system a try. Tired of gold-diggers and society debutantes, he wants a woman who isn’t after his money, and won’t become a bridezilla-wanna-be when exposed to his high-society world and the trappings of wealth.

She never expected a computer program to be her fairy godmother…

Fiona McKenzie returns home from college to discover the family ranch threatened by foreclosure. Desperate to find a way to earn enough money to pay off medical and mortgage bills, she’ll do practically anything to save the home she loves. Unbeknownst to Fiona, her stepsisters enter her name in an online dating system, which she flat-out tells them she doesn’t have time or the inclination. Her focus is on saving the ranch.

When Gage’s date is reluctant to go out with him, he’s challenged to win her over. After a little digging, he discovers she’s in a tight financially. He sees this as an angle to pay for a date, help her out, with no strings attached when the charity ball is over. Only he didn’t count on falling for the pretty cowgirl, turned Cinderella. With her family ranch on the line, Fiona has no other choice than to accept Gage’s offer and she’s swept into a world of high-society, most girls would consider a dream come true. Fiona isn’t impressed, but finds her prince charming a little to attractive to forget when the spell wears off.

Note: Make a stop at Myla Jackson’s Ugly Stick Saloon in this story and say Hi to old friends.

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Cowboy Dictionary

Hello, friends! I’ve been writing for deadlines since December, and I’m just now coming out of my winter burrow with a blog post that has more than a few grunts and photos! So howwwdeeee!

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Since I’ve been writing cowboys nonstop, I’m neck-deep in how they strut, dress, throw a rope and drawl. Oh and beard scruff. Let’s all take a moment of silence to think about the beard scruff.

*mmmmmm*

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Okay, that was 5 moments. Whatever–it’s beard scruff!

Now down to business. Today I’m going to share a few words cowboys say that make me smile. Maybe you’ve run across some and scratched your head, wondering what they mean.

1. A hog-killin’ time

meaning: a good time

use: We went to the Suds and Duds and had a hog-killin’ time!

2. Alfalfa Desperado

meaning: a farmer

use: You’ve been too busy playing alfalfa desperado to give a damn that I’m up to my ass in diapers and snotty noses.

3. Huckleberry

meaning: Just the man you’re looking for, or just the man for the job.

use: I’m your huckleberry. (In Val Kilmer voice)

4. Mule-Ears

meaning: boots

use: He was nekkid and lost his mule-ears when the river rose.

5. On the Prod

meaning: full of piss and vinegar, full of trouble and spoiling for a fight

use: After finding out you were with his daughter, old Randall’s on the prod.

I hope you’ve enjoyed some cowboy terms! Do you know any more terms to share?

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Read on for a snippet from ROPIN’ HEARTS, book 4 of the Boot Knockers Ranch series

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It’ll take more than ropes and whips for this cowboy to keep his bratty woman in line.

The Boot Knockers Ranch, Book 4

At twenty-three, Bree Roberts is ready to sow some wild oats. The perfect place to start? The neighboring spread—The Boot Knockers Ranch, where twenty smokin’ hot cowboys deliver sexual therapy to women. The problem? The entry fee is more than she’s made in a lifetime.

Only wanting to explore, she figures her tanned, toned legs will be her ticket to ride. Except Ty keeps kicking her off their land. Then she begins to suspect the reason why. He likes her.

If Ty spots that little vixen wrapped around one of his cowboys one more time, he’s going to throw her over his knee. Trouble is, she’d like it. Catching her participating in the ranch’s notorious, semi-clad Cornhole tournament is one thing, but when he finds her under their resident Dom’s whip, enough is enough.

Ty won’t throw a naked woman out of his bed, namely one who deserves a spanking, but showing Bree the rewards of sex mixed with a little emotion leads to trails neither of them intended to tread.

Warning: Contains a spitfire cowgirl who excels at breaking the rules, and a cowboy who lays down the law—and a firm hand on her ass cheek.

EXCERPT:

Ty started dragging her away. She dug in her bootheels.

“If you don’t walk away with me normal, I’ll pick you up and throw you over my shoulder, Miss Roberts.”

Ice filled her veins. He knew her. How? Was there a wanted poster on the wall somewhere? This man saw dozens of women a week—surely he wouldn’t remember her face after visiting her ranch.

“Let go of me!”

“I don’t think so, sugar tits. You’re trespassing. Wonder what Daddy would think of you down here getting corrupted.”

“Sugar tits! Did you really just call me that?”

He placed his mouth close to her ear, heating it with his words. “Don’t you want to be objectified, sweetheart? Isn’t that why you’re here?”

“No.” She aimed a kick at his shin, but he moved his leg at the same moment. “Where are you taking me?”

Her pulse thrummed. For the first time since rolling under that fence, fear took hold. Not because Ty would likely hand her back to her father and she’d be in for the lecture of her life, but because she might not get another chance with a Boot Knocker.

<em>No, I’ll get a chance.</em>

This time her bootheel glanced off Ty’s shin. He didn’t even flinch, just kept walking.

“What do you have—iron shins?”

He eyed her. “I’ve got iron everything, sweetheart. Now I’m going to put you into my truck and take you home.” With him being shirtless, she was well aware of how hard he was.

“How do you know I didn’t pay to be here?”

He glared at her. Up close his eyes were green, glowing like sea glass. She shut her jaw with such force her teeth grazed her tongue. Biting off a curse, she let him drag her another ten feet before really digging in.

She tore away and set her hands on her hips. “I can go on my own.”

“I’d prefer to escort you.” He didn’t look fazed by her anger. She felt it simmering just below her skin, about to boil over if he tried to manhandle her again.

She waved a hand as if he were an annoying fly. “Go on back to your Cornhole.”

He ran a hand over his chest and abs. She stopped breathing. The sight of long fingers over ridges of manscaped flesh rendered her panties a soggy scrap.

Sure, Ty had one of those crooked cowboy smiles.

Too bad he was an insufferable jerk.

After his treatment of her, she wouldn’t have sex with Ty if he were the last Boot Knocker on earth.

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Cowboy Overload in the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

In February, I attended the most fun reader/author convention ever put together – the Wild Wicked Weekend. After the wildness ended (and it was truly wild!) I got the chance to have a family vacation in San Antonio. We love to visit museums, and the Briscoe was my absolute favorite.

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Here are some of my favorites from the museum. I enjoy Remington’s artwork, and the Briscoe has two of his sketches.

An Argument with the Town Marshall by Frederick Remington 1905

An Argument with the Town Marshall by Frederick Remington 1905

An Equine Freight Car and Point of View by Frederick Remington 1889

An Equine Freight Car and Point of View by Frederick Remington 1889

This one caught my attention because you can just imagine what the cowboys are thinking.

This painting is aptly named.

And Stay Off by Oleg Stravrowsky n.d.

And Stay Off by Oleg Stravrowsky n.d.

My heart fluttered when I sae this painting. It’s so beautiful, and captures everything I love about cowboys in one slice of life.

Spirit of the West by Tom Browning 2013

Spirit of the West by Tom Browning 2013

I plan to attend 2016’s Wild Wicked Weekend, and I want to set aside a day to visit the Briscoe Museum to view all the pieces I missed, and those I want to see again. Besides paintings, there are many other forms of artwork: sculptures, basketry, dioramas, a spur collection, Pancho Villa’s saddle, Santa Anna’s sword, and so much more. I posted pictures of some of these on my blog, so jump over and take a look if you have a minute.

I hope you’re able to visit the museum some day. It made my trip to San Antonio very memorable.

Have a great weekend!
Randi
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Sizzling Shorts — Free from Kindle Unlimited!

Not all cowboys, but I wanted to pass along some news that might provide you some reading fun…

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What’s this all about? Amazon has a new program called Kindle Unlimited. It’s like Netflix for books. You pay one price, $9.99 for a subscription, and then you can download as many books as you can read that month. I thought and thought about how I could leverage this program and have some fun. I had this slew of short stories, some of which readers had no idea about. So, here you go! For a full list of what’s out there now, check out my home page carousel. And more are coming!

There will be a new story every Friday through the beginning of April!

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