My Southwest Visit by Donna Michaels

I’m back in northeastern PA freezing my boots off, but I had a great time in Nevada. Here’s a shot of my daily writing view.


While visiting an author friend for a writer’s retreat, I had some wonderful writing achievements. The Cowboy 12-Pack boxed set released and we hit the NY Times & USA Today Bestsellers lists, and then I got official word that one of my novellas with The Wild Rose Press was picked up by Amazon Publishing and they will market it under one of their imprints!! Cowboy-Sexy will get a new cover and new title-Cowboy Fiancé! I’m stoked. So, not only is my cowboy/SEAL going global, hopefully, he’s going to get in front of more readers!

Writing military cowboys is one of my favorite type of books, but sometimes I enjoy writing a military hero from a northern state. Like my own. Last week, Book 2 in my Citizen Soldier Series (A Harland County Spinoff) released and has garnered some wonderful reviews! A big thank you to those who left reviews, and to those who sent me such wonderful emails. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my northeastern hero, even if he’s not technically a cowboy.

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Jill is a chocoholic with a big heart, a flair for baking and confection, and a knack for getting into predicaments, including the one where she was almost financially ruined by her ex. Now she’s in a new town, with a new business, and is determined to stay away from trouble. Especially, the gorgeous guardsman with the haunted gaze, brooding expression and miserable attitude. Her days of helping people were over. She was tired of being taken advantage of and was looking forward to getting back on her feet. Too bad her new business venture puts her in daily contact with the sexy man.


Who would’ve guessed chocolate penises would lead her on a path to financial freedom?

A loud knock reverberated through the silent car. Jumping straight up, she hit her head off the roof. Pain radiated across her face, again. “Ouch.”

Unable to make out more than shadows, she twisted the key and pushed the button to roll down the window. With her heart hammering in her throat, she prayed an axe murderer wasn’t on the other side.

“Are you okay?” a familiar voice asked, and it took her a second to focus on the handsome man in fatigues.

Her mind registered the National Guard uniform with the name WYNE on his chest, while her body registered just which of the four gorgeous Wyne brothers stood outside her door.

Mason. The grumpy one. Serious one. Cute, drop-dead gorgeous one. The one whose mere presence always interrupted her pulse and sent a tingle to all her neglected good parts.

But he was a man. And she was off men. For over a year-and-a-half now. So, her body was just going to have to starve because she was still fasting.

“Jill?” Another face appeared. Another Wyne brother. The youngest. The friendliest. Keiffer. “Is that you? Are you okay?”

“Yeah,” she finally answered, pushing at the air bag. “I got in a fight with this and lost.”

“What the hell are you doing out here?” Mr. Grumpypuss asked, withdrawing a huge knife from his ACUs—Army Camouflage Uniform—and stepped closer. “Turn your head and close your eyes,” he ordered before she even had a chance to answer his question.

A second later, she heard a huge pop, and felt a burst of air. When she opened her eyes and turned back around, the airbag was deflated, and she could breathe a little easier.

“Well?” Gaze dark and narrowed, Mason stared down, handsome face creased with aggravation as snow blew all around him.

“Thank you,” she replied.

Muttering under his breath, he shoved the knife back into his pocket. “No, I mean why the hell are you out here? The interstates are closed.”

She glanced at Keiffer, who was wearing a strange expression on his face as he stared at his grouchy brother. Then he transferred his gaze to her and a slow smile slid across his lips.

Whatever the younger Wyne was thinking, she knew she didn’t like it. Nor did she appreciate his brother’s tone.

Lifting her chin, she stared right at the irritated man. “What does it look like? I drove out here so I could hit a pothole, lose control of my car and ram a tree because I had nothing better to do than aggravate you.” She tilted her chin higher. “So, are you going to rescue me, or should I wait for another patrol to go by?”

If they were out on the roads in uniform, then the National Guard had definitely been activated, and she was more than happy to wait for the next team, even if her chattering teeth balked at the idea.

And to show she didn’t care for him or his attitude, Jill pushed the button and rolled the window back up. There. Let Mr. Grumpypuss deal with that.

A second later, she heard Keiffer’s laughter disappearing in the distance, and she blew out a breath that frosted in front of her. Okay, so she put one Wyne in his place and made the other laugh…but she was still stranded. And cold.

…And stuck in the snow with a broken car, and probably a broken nose.

A shiver, that had nothing to do with the frigid temperature, raced down her spine. Thank goodness she had been going slow. Hitting a tree at a high rate of speed usually ended much worse.

The passenger door suddenly swung open and a very handsome, very pissed off Guardsman folded his large frame into her car and slammed the door.

“Wh-what are you doing?” she stammered like the idiot she was.

“Waiting with you.”

“Why?” She blinked, and sucked in more air from a car that suddenly felt very cramped. Mason’s hot body took up the front seat while his presence filled the back.

“Because our Humvee broke down up there, and we were waiting for another to arrive with some parts my brother needed when we spotted your lights,” he replied, his voice aggravated, his gaze cold and intense as he leaned closer. “You’re stuck with me until they arrive. Keif went back to toy with it some more. You got a problem with that, sweetheart?”


WYNE AND CHOCOLATE is available at Amazon


I’m having some fun with the titles to the Wyne brothers’ books, since some great things go with wine. What are some of your favorites? I am partial to chocolate, although, for me, chocolate goes with most everything. 🙂

Thanks for reading,


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I'm an award winning, NYT & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. I write Romance through the H's-Hot, Humorous & Heartwarming.
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12 Responses to My Southwest Visit by Donna Michaels

  1. Michelle D says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, especially since I lived in NEPA for over 20 years.

  2. carol L says:

    Thanks for the post. Enjoyed the excerpt. Putting it on my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at). aol. (dot) com

  3. Clare O'Beara says:

    Over here, wine and cheese tasting evenings are popular. Sounds like a fine book and I’ll look out for it. Well done on your achievements!

  4. Love the books I’ve read so far and plan on getting both series. Here, we usually do pepperoni, cheese and crackers with our wine. never thought of chocolate..It’s on my to do list now

  5. Mary Lawson says:

    Just bought Wyne and Dine and Wyne and Chocolate so know I am going to have a great reading time.

  6. Eileen McCall says:

    Love all your books! Wondering when the follow-on to Cowboy Sexy (Cowboy Fiancé ) will come out? Finn got his HEA, and wondering how Brett and Trisha make out? Especially since I know you have Alex Olauughlin (Hawaii 50’s Steve McGarrett) as your muse!

    • Hi, Eileen! Thanks! I signed the contract with The Wild Rose Press for Cowboy Payback. All I know is that I’m supposed to get my edits by the end of March, early April. Yes, Alex was my muse for the identical twin Brennan brothers. So very much fun writing their stories!! And the good news about Brett’s story is this time, I was able to make his a full novel! For poor Finn’s book, I had to cut a few thousand words in order to get him to fit into the Honky Tonk Hearts novella series. It was nice to just write Brett and Trisha’s story until it was done and not worry about word count. ::-) As for release, I hate to tell you, but usually at TWRP, once the edits are done and the book goes to galley, they release 6 months later. It would be great if he came out before late fall. As soon as I have a release date, I’ll be sure to post it. Thank you so much for asking!

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