Guest Blogger Maggie Carpenter – When a Cowboy Loves a Woman


Bridget Cooper, an assistant trainer at a small western barn, has fallen hard for horse handler and cowboy, Caden Price. Their days together are idyllic, their nights filled with torrid passion. She believes they have something special, and is stunned when she discovers him in the arms of another woman.

Strong-willed and defiant, she rebuffs his attempts to contact her, and hoping time and distance will mend her broken heart, she accepts an offer from an exclusive dude ranch several hours away. Shortly after she arrives, she is alarmed and distressed to discover that Caden is the trainer who supplies the horses.

Bridget is in for a second surprise. She is unaware that Caden has a dominant, salacious side, and is a strict disciplinarian. Finding her alone and still unwilling to hear what he has to say, he pulls her over his knee.

   “You never let me explain what you saw. You just jumped to conclusions, and I’m gonna spank you until you agree to sit quietly and listen.”

Will Caden’s hot hand make her pay attention? Will the spanking spark her body as his romantic love sparked her heart? Will the love and passion they had once shared be rekindled, perhaps even inflamed when the truth of Caden’s true nature is revealed?

And what about the exclusive dude ranch? The celebrity clients and the other staff members? What temptations might be there in the isolated, luxury paradise called Dudley’s Dude Ranch?

Wild and Wicked Cowboys Blog




The hay is kept at the back of the barn. It has a sliding door that’s closed in inclement weather, but being spring it’s wide open, allowing the moon to shed its silver light upon Caden as he carries Bridget and lays her on a soft cushion of hay. Kissing her softly, he leaves for a moment to fetch a blanket from his truck, and when he returns he is delighted to find her naked and waiting for him.


Stripping off, he watched her pull her T-shirt over her head, and when she slid off her panties and unhooked her bra, her glorious nakedness sent his cock surging to life. Falling back on the bed he placed his hands around her fleshy mounds, holding them tightly, and dropping his lips to her nipples he sucked and tongued, eliciting gasps and soulful moans as her fingers dug into his back.

“Caden, take me, please, take me.”

Lifting his head he met her eyes, then slipping a hand between her nether lips he let out a low groan.

“Darlin’, you’re soppin’.”

“I know,” she gasped, “I need you, please.”

Pushing her legs apart he kneeled up between them, and grabbing her hips, clutching tightly, he jerked her into his pelvis.

“You said want me to take you?”

“Yes,” she breathed.

“Let’s double-check,” he teased, fingering her soaked, hungry channel.

“Please,” she begged.

Placing his cock at her entrance, he plunged forward, then holding her still he began to stroke, her cries and gasps feeding his lust. When her eyes closed and her back arched, he paused, slowly withdrew, and flipped her over.

“Elbows and knees,” he directed.

She moaned loudly as she assumed the lewd position, and as his hands began moving across her scarlet moons, then grasped them, she buried her head in the down comforter and let out a cry.

“You want my cock again?”

“Yes, yes, please.”

“Yes, please, Sir,” he said sternly.


“You heard me. Things are gonna be different this time around. You want my cock back inside you?”

“Yes, please, Sir,” she wailed.

Lining himself up, he paused a moment, then charged himself home, drawing a muffled howl.

“Now I’m gonna ravage you,” he declared, “and I’m gonna do somethin’ else, somethin’ you resisted. This time, though, you’re gonna mind. You understand?”

“Yes, Sir,” she groaned knowing exactly what he meant.

Bridget was overcome. This was a different Caden. This Caden wasn’t going to tolerate any of her nonsense or let her throw tantrums, and as he continued fondling her tender backside, she realized he would no longer allow her to dictate what they did in bed. A shard of panic sizzled through her, but it was panic tinged with excitement.

I wish I’d known you could be this way. Oh, Caden, you were right. You should have spanked me ages ago.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Tupelo Gold by Gem Sivad

Hi everyone! I’m sharing the cover for the next Eclipse Heat title coming out this summer.

TG edited-72dpi-1500x2000

Blurb: Comfort Parker Bailey Quince has everything she’s ever wanted. Her husband is a prominent Texas rancher and she’s an independent business woman. But, though Hamilton Quince tolerates her management of the CQ Mercantile, she knows he wants children.

Hamilton Quince would do anything to protect his wife from hurt. And yet he delivers more than any woman should have to bear when he brings home his son born to another woman.

The perfect marriage is at an end—and the real marriage has just begun.

Tupelo Gold~Coming this summer.

Also, Readers, thank you for the support you’ve given Wolf’s Tender. Charlie Wolf McCallister and Naomi Parker have been feeling the love at Amazon. AT-THE-BEACH-transparent-shadowed

A snippet from Wolf’s Tender:

Before she could dodge away, Charlie Wolf reached down, scooped Naomi from the buckskin mare, and transferred her to his lap.

“I would like you to put me back on my horse,” she said stiffly.

“You don’t own a horse,” he growled. “As far as I can see, you own one book, a comb and a hair brush.”

Although Naomi was at first outraged and resentful at Charlie’s high handed behavior, she soon relaxed against him, enjoying the feel of her rump pressing against his manhood. Until he spoke.

“Ever have an ass-beatin’?” he murmured in her ear, dropping his hand to rest on her belly.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 REVIEW:”…This poignant love story involves two totally opposite personalities. They do, however, mesh their lives together in a beautiful way. The ending was totally unexpected. The action was nonstop and captivating. The sensuality was through the roof…I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a lot of drama.” Review Site: The Romance Studio; Reviewer: Brenda Talley; Rating: 5 Hearts

Boots at the Beach

I’m just back from the beach, and still finding sand in my boots as I get ready for the formatting, uploading, revising, re-uploading, releasing, pacing the floor, gnashing my teeth, wringing my hands, wishing for reviews, reading the reviews, wringing my hands some more…

I hope ya’ll stick around for the ride.


Web Twitter / FB / Amazon / GR / 


Posted in Book Cover Art, Eclipse Heat, Excerpts | 4 Comments

What really happened at the cabin in the woods? – Desiree Holt

Leave a comment. One lucky person will win their choice of ebook from my backlist.

For years, Dan and Kylie Franklin have searched for someone who can fill in all the missing blanks in their situation. When fate brings Clint Gorman into their lives, the instant attraction runs hot and deep. After a night of intense, sweaty sex, there’s no doubt he’s the one for them. But when Clint’s past comes to light, they’re forced to decide whether or not the connection they felt is enough to keep the three of them together.

Excerpt: DH_KnockinBoots_Large

“So.” Kylie waited while Dan dropped onto the extra-long couch then sat on his lap and turned to face Clint. “Dan said you were traveling the country and happened to stop in Whistling Creek.”

“That’s right. He was kind enough to invite me to lunch, and it seems we hit it off.” To his total shocked surprise.

“No definite destination in mind?” she asked.

“Uh-uh.” He paused to take a long swallow of beer. “Wherever the bike takes me.”

“I’ll bet you’re enjoying it. Doesn’t he look like it, honey?” She glanced at Dan, who was stroking her bare shoulder and arm.

“Sure does.” He brushed her hair aside to trail kisses down her slender neck and bit gently at the place where it joined her shoulder. Clint saw a little tremor skate over the woman’s skin. “But I got a feeling he might have a better time here with us. At least for a little while.”

She shifted her gaze to Clint again. “I’m assuming Dan explained our situation to you?”

“He did. And I sure can understand it. Some things are difficult for people to accept.”

“In case you think we’re nuts, putting it out there like that,” Kylie told him, “Dan’s very good at reading people. He’s had to be, over the years, as we try to find a third for our, let’s say, social activities. We made a few mistakes early on, so we’ve learned to be extra careful.”

“And to trust our instincts,” Dan added. “I got a very good feeling about you from the moment we shook hands.”

Clint took another swallow of beer, letting the chilled liquid slide down his throat and hopefully cool his body that seemed to be heating up again very quickly.

“I’d just as soon let the two of you take the lead. But I’m not shy about asking if something pops into my head.”

“I don’t know if Dan mentioned it, but I do have a secret wish.” Kylie looked at Dan, who nodded. “We would love to find someone to move in with us permanently. Of course, that would be asking an awful lot.”

“Yeah?” Clint tried not to show his surprise. He’d been in a lot of one-night ménages. Sometimes even two-night encounters. But a permanent one? Would that ever interest him? He gave the other man a questioning look. “And you’d be okay sharing your wife on a regular basis?”

Dan drained the last of his beer and set the empty on the little table beside the couch. “Hell, yes. I mean, I know there would be a lot of logistics and specifics to work out, but if we could find someone on our wavelength, someone we both wanted to include, that would be the ideal.”

“But that’s just a dream, you know?” Kylie leaned into her husband. “Today, let’s enjoy each other. I’m more than ready”

“Sounds good to me.” Yeah, he was more than damn ready, too.

Get it here:


Kobo –

DP –

Coffee Time Romance



Twitter @desireeholt


Contact me at

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Take Me Home Country Roads By Amanda McIntyre

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Des Moines, Ia. which for me is about an hour drive from where I live here in the rural Heartland. I could take the interstate which would likely get me to where I’m going much faster–but, in my humble opinion, while fast has its merit–there is something about a slower pace that appeals to me. But I digress…

An unknown wilderness, the Midwest was what many used to think was as far west as a person might want to venture. (thanks to Lewis & Clark, the westward expansion illuminated our minds as much as the gold rush and the railway system.)

A little Heartland history–and I share this, because every time I drive this stretch of back road, with its gentle rolling hills, soft curves, and vistas of farmland and untouched land as far as the eye can see–it sparks my inspiration–my love of the strength, tenacity and ruggedness of the  people who long ago  settled here and started ranching and farming this area.

This little back road is called “White Pole Road” and has a rich history that outlines the tenacity of the People in our state. Before, there was an interstate, or highway system, it was decided  that a better way was needed for farmers to get there crops to the railway stations at eaither end of the state. Answering that call, its said that over 10,000 farmers built a stretch of road over 380 miles long in one hour. It connected the Council Bluffs and Davenport rail stations. It later would be come a part of the old Highway 6 that stretched from Cape Cod, Mass. to Long Beach, Ca.

Today its less traveled, many opting to take the interstate in effort to meet deadlines–some simply caught in the idea that faster is better.

But for me, with my fav road trip CD playing louder than normal (to cover the equally loud attempt at harmony on my part) I tool along this quiet  byway–immersed in its history, looking at the farms, and wondering if its their ancestors that once built this road that takes you through at least seven small towns.

It inspires me to think about the hard-working farmers, ranchers, the cowboys and cowgirls–if you will, that believed strongly in a way of life, giving back to the earth, growing something with their hands.

renegade_hearts_web-largeI love a good looking cowboy–there are few things more inspirational–but combined with a man who is hard-working, loyal to his woman and family, who is kind and can see others beyond himself–I, personally cannot think of a sexier hero than that.

AnAmandaMcIntyre_UnfinishedDreams_200pxd you’ll find that most of my heroes possess such qualities–The Kinnison Brothers (Rugged Hearts, Book I, Rustler’s Heart, Book II, Renegade Hearts, Book III) and Unfinished Dreams feature such men, and the equally strong “mustang” heroines that tame them.

What’s your idea of a sexy hero? Share a few attributes that in your mind make a hero (or heroine) sexy…I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time~


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments


12alarmbannerI’m putting the final touches on my book HELLFIRE, TEXAS for the 12-ALARM COWBOYS boxed set coming August 4th. This is going to be a great set of cowboy firefighters. All new stories, by your favorite cowboy authors! Get your copy while it’s only 99 cents. Price is going up after release!

12-Alarm Cowboys

NYT & USA Today Best Selling Authors

Cora Seton
Becky McGraw
Cynthia D’Alba
Delilah Devlin
Beth Williamson 
Donna Michaels
Lexi Post
Elle James
Paige Tyler
Sable Hunter
Randi Alexander
Sabrina York

Amazon US | UK | AU | CA
Nook | IBooks

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vacationing with Sarah M. Anderson!

Hi everyone! I’m running late today–I got sucked into writing a *very* special scene from the follow-up to Something About a Cowboy. AHEM.

Anyway, I have a winner from last week! Congratulations, Ana Alvarez! You win a copy of The Nanny Plan! Send your address to with your preferred format (print with bonus goodies or epub)! Huzzah!

I’m in a mad dash to get ready for my next conference, RWA in New York! RWA is the Romance Writers of America and this is a professional conference, not a reader one. But if you’re in or near New York on Wednesday, July 22, at 5 pm there’ll be a massive Readers for Life signing and the proceeds go to support literacy programs! I’ll have copies of and there’ll be special prizes for everyone who gets a copy signed by all three of the authors–me, Donna Alward and Jenna Bayley-Burke! So get them early, people!

In other news, we went on vacation! The family and I spent a week in London! It was great–The Kid is ten now and I think this was a perfect age to throw him into a different country (where we spoke at least 60% of the same language, thank heavens). We went to the Harry Potter Studios (that’s me with the Wizard’s Chess Queen!) and did nearly every touristy thing you could think of–the Crown Jewels, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, a Shakespeare play at the Globe (As You Like It!)–it was WONDERFUL! It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Pro-tip: We didn’t plan it this way, but it worked out so well I’m going to tell you guys about it. The Kid’s backpack is bright, Safety-Orange. We didn’t intend for him to wear it every day, but he wanted to which had 3 benefits:

1. He was wearing a bright orange backpack. We never lost him in a crowd–and the Tube stations during rush hour were CROWDED.

2. He was our pack mule. He carried the snacks and the water bottle and any gifts we bought. I DID NOT HAVE TO CARRY ANY OF IT.

Me in front of the Ravenclaw section of the Great Hall in the Harry Potter Studios. TEAM RAVENCLAW!

3. He had a built-in handle for when we needed to grab him real quick (seriously, rush hour in the Tube is not for the faint of heart!)

Clearly, my evil plans to turn my son into a world traveler are working (cue evil laughter).

And now for something completely different–a sneak-peak at the cover of my September Desire–His Son, Her Secret! Is that guy not the hottest of the hot? WHEW!Byron NOT FINAL FULL copy

CONTEST TIME! How about you? Where did you go on vacation this year? Or are you saving up for something special? One lucky commenter will get a copy of His Lost and Found Family!

See you next month! Have a great rest of the summer, everyone!

Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Summer conferences continue by Beth Williamson

Hey y’all! Beth Williamson here. Hard to believe half the year is gone already. Blink and another month goes by. We’re deep in the throes of conference season and I’ve got 2 more coming up in July and August just in time for book releases. Funny how that works out. ;)

In July, I’ll be in New York for the Romance Writers of America annual conference. There is a ginormous book signing that Wednesday, July 22, at the Times Square Marriott that’s open to the public. MAD. HOUSE. I can’t wait! Hope to see you there!

Coincidentally, my next (and final) Malloy Family series release, THE GEM, comes out July 21 in ebook. This is one of my favorite books because of the heroine, Charlie. The tomboy who everyone loved as a teenager is now a woman. Lovelovelove this one!

In August, I’ll be attending Authors After Dark in Atlanta. Registration is still open until July 10 so if you’re not signed up, now is the time! Sherrilyn Kenyon is the emcee – woohoo! Definitely going to be a great time – and that book signing is also open to the public on August 15th at the Sheraton in downtown Atlanta.

Another coincidentally, I have 2 books out in August. The first is the 12 ALARM COWBOYS, on August 4 which includes my novella, HIS FIREFLY COWGIRL. The first of the new Devils on Horseback: Millennium. Fun, sexy read with a firefighter cowboy. Yeehaw!

The second August release is August 18, the long anticipated CIRCLE EIGHT book 7, JAMES. I adore Catherine Graham and her view of the world. She’s the youngest Graham sister and her story is going to make you cry and laugh and squirm. Already planning the last book, Benjy’s… I know y’all are waiting on that. When you read Cat & James’ book look for Ben’s heroine. You’ll know her when you see her. ;)

That’s my summer agenda. What conferences are y’all going to?


Including links below for my upcoming releases!


Google Play:



12 ALARM COWBOYS ($.99 preorder price!)

Kindle AU:
Kindle UK:
Kindle Canada:

Posted in A Writer's Life, Happenings | 2 Comments


Some odds..

Hotel Rodeo is a sassy, sexy new  contemporary Western series set at a fictional Las Vegas Hotel and casino. The first two titles  (Hell on Heels and Two to Wrangle) center around Ty Morgan, a former rodeo stock contractor and Monica Brandt, a New York investment banker.  The third book in the series (Beauty and the Bull Rider) features Ty’s best friend, champion bull rider Zac McDaniel, and Ty’s ex-wife, Delaney McCall, a former Texas beauty queen. I think readers are really going to enjoy the naughty innuendo and spirited banter as well as the colorful characters.

Here’s just a sneak peek of what’s coming…


Excerpt: HELL ON HEELS (Hotel Rodeo #1) by VICTORIA VANE

Ty Morgan jammed the elevator button three times with his thumb, and then noticing he was alone, gave the steel door a solid kick with his boot. And then another just for good measure, curses flowing in a steady stream. He didn’t normally have such a short fuse, but he was so pissed he was seeing red. With Tom’s forced retirement, he knew there’d be changes, but this was just too damned much! The new boss was both clueless and color blind—to anything but red and black.

Sure the place wasn’t doing as well as expected, but all of Vegas was still feeling the pain of economic recession. These things didn’t fix themselves overnight. On top of that, the timing of everything had sucked, but with so much skin in the game, he and Tom would both lose their asses if they didn’t let it ride. Tom had understood that—even though he’d had the most at risk. But now Tom was out of the picture and his choice of replacement didn’t know her ass from a hole in the wall.


A dull throb had begun behind Monica’s eyes, no doubt a lingering side-effect of two weeks of sleepless nights camped outside the CCU at Desert Springs Medical Center. In desperation to ward off an imminent migraine, Monica snatched her Prada purse from the desk drawer and rummaged for an elusive bottle of Excedrin. She finally found the bottle and popped four, chasing them with the tepid dregs of a Starbucks triple espresso, not that she really needed the caffeine. She was already wired for a confrontation.

She flicked a glance at her diamond bezel Tag Aqua racer—her last birthday present to herself. The watch, the bag and even her Jimmy Choos, were all well-recognized power statements in New York, not that he’d know the difference. And he was now fifteen minutes late. She uncrossed her legs and then crossed them again, sounding her impatience in the staccato tap of a stiletto heel. Monica snatched up her phone, was about to hit redial and then threw it back down again.

She inhaled, counted to ten, and then exhaled with a huff of exasperation. Was this just some passive-aggressive strategy to unsettle her? Maybe. But then again, she was probably giving Ty Morgan way too much credit—the dumb cowboy probably didn’t know how to tell time.


Pre-order now for only $2.51 Amazon, Google PlayKobo, B&N

HellOnHeels_hires (2)

Some Odds are Meant to be Played…

The Hotel Rodeo in Las Vegas has seen better days, but managing partner Ty Morgan has come up with a way to return it to its former glory. His plan looks promising until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly Ty is working for the boss’s daughter. And Miss Monica Brandt, hot as she may be, doesn’t share his vision…

She left a fabulous career and a frustrated fiancé in New York to move to Vegas and save her father’s investment. But now Monica is locking horns with a sexy cowboy-turned-businessman. What does Ty think he can do that she can’t? All Monica knows is that she doesn’t dare trust him—or is it herself she doesn’t trust…

The battle lines are drawn. The stakes are high. And the attraction can’t be denied—especially the more closely Ty and Monica have to work together. Some odds are just meant to be played, and with chemistry this electric, it may be time to grab life by the horns…

Pre-order now for only $2.51 Amazon, Google PlayKobo, B&N

Posted in Book Cover Art, bulls, cowboys, eBooks, Excerpts, Rodeo, Westerns | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Sweat, muscles and dog tags. And a GIVEAWAY! Rhonda Lee Carver


I spent a week in Georgia, temps at 100 degrees, surrounded by military men showing off muscles. Feel sorry for me? Didn’t think so…

My writer mind was going at all times. Every which way I turned there was another buff, sweaty shirtless male. And no, it wasn’t me staring out of the window as the man across the street washed his truck. I wouldn’t have any idea what he was wearing…especially no shirt, blue shorts, blue bandanna…nope, wouldn’t have a clue. I also didn’t see the soap slick and wet on coiled muscle. I stick by it, I am innocent.

At the grocery I stood in front of the coffee aisle, perusing flavors, little did I know I would be approached by a more interesting “flavor”.  I turned and ran smack dab into ABU covered iron chest. He smiled, showing off an even row of white teeth and flexed his biceps.  My gaze  might have shifted south, but I was only checking out his shoes. That’s all, I swear!

When I was asked by a young airman, Brad Pitt’s long lost brother, if I was the writer from “out his way” I didn’t have to pick my jaw up off the floor. And I didn’t act like a schoolgirl, giggly and flushed. Of course not. His wife, who is also from Ohio, reads my books. I’ll admit, I was riding the clouds for a long time. Even later while I was cleaning up the dog puke and scrubbing the Gatorade from the white carpet, I still felt pretty special.

Now I’m back home, neck-deep in a new story, In Knots, of a military man who meets the woman he’s dreamed of for two years. Here’s an unedited excerpt…

Gunnar recognized her immediately as the woman from the photo.  He was caught off guard and she was much prettier than the picture, but he could see the dark circles rimming her eyes and the absent color from her pale cheeks. She looked tired. Her long, flowing red hair hung in soft ringlets over her bare shoulders exposed by the nice fitting tank top. She had big blue eyes, but he knew that from the picture, surrounded by thick dark lashes. A splattering of freckles on her nose was the only thing that marred her skin.

She looked about as surprised to see him as he was to see her. She acknowledged him with a narrowed expression and motioned for him to hang tight while she finished her call.

He nodded. He wasn’t in a hurry. He was here now, and from here he wasn’t sure where he’d go.

Not wanting to it to look like he was listening to her conversation, he turned and examined the small space that smelled strong of soil and greenery. It seemed more like a maze, boxes scattered across the floor, and the walls were bare, except for a bulletin board.  He started to turn back to the woman when a familiar face caught his attention. He recognized the man in the picture as Pastor Trace. The man who’d brought him here…Grace’s husband.

GIVEAWAY!!!! An ecopy of one of my books, your choice (excluding Secret Pressure).

Comment below and I’ll choose one random winner. 






Rhonda’s Rowdy Readers Street Team


Posted in Uncategorized | 68 Comments

Leah Braemel on Canadian Cowboys

Tomorrow is Canada Day — the day we celebrate the birth of our nation north of the 49th parallel. While a lot of people south of the border may not realize it, but we have cowboys up here, and not just in Alberta, either.  I’ll be going to a rodeo that’s held annually a few towns over in a couple weeks…gotta love summer and all those lovely denim clad cowboy butts!  Oh don’t worry, they have barrel racers and ropers too. There’s something for everyone.


To celebrate Canada Day, Kobo Canada (our main e-book provider over…well, that other major online store) is celebrating Canadian authors, and so from today until July 6th, they’re dropping the price on my No Accounting for Cowboys to just 99 cents.  Which means even more Canadians get to enjoy my fantasy cowboys and their tight jeans. ;)

**EDITED** No Accounting for Cowboys is now available for 99 cents at Kobo Canada AND Kobo US, as well as 

Buy from Amazon Kindle

Buy from Kobo

Keep an eye on this spot if you are Nook or iBooks user…coming soon to them too.

Promises-99-cent-saleSad because you’re in the States and can’t take advantage of this sale? Don’t worry, I’ll have you covered for your Fourth of July celebrations too. ;) Check back with me on the 2nd!

Posted in 99cents, inspiration | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment