Firsts are Always Exciting! by Paty Jager

Firsts are always exciting. First kisses, first loves, first cars, first horses, first firsts. ;)

The same can be said for first books of a series.

As a reader I’m anxious to read the first book of a new series by an author I know. Will it live up to my expectations so far of this author. Is it a better series than the last?

As an author starting a new series is like a shiny new squirrel. My mind bounces ideas around until one sticks, and I get really excited about it. Then I discover how to make the series last more than three books (a trilogy).  Then I hope my readers will love it as much as I do, and that new readers will pick up the new series and like it enough to go back and pick up the old series.

This month I rolled out the first book of a new historical western romance series. The series is titled: Letters of Fate and the first book is titled: Davis. I’m titling each book after the heroes in the books. The premise of the series is each hero receives a letter that changes his life and brings him to the woman who fulfills him. Hence, the series title: Letters of Fate. Not to be confused with Letters of Faith.  Oh no, these men who receive the letters that change their lives are no saints. When they love a woman, they love them body and soul.

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Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

Widowed with two small children and a ranch to run, Mariella Swanson knows she needs help, but isn’t sure her heart, or neighbors, will accept her marrying a stranger. When the greenhorn shows up, smoking a pipe and wearing a derby hat, she can’t help but wonder if agreeing to this marriage may prove to be her biggest mistake.

When Davis Weston receives a letter from his sister asking him to marry a friend, he scoffs at the idea. However, losing his wife and son has left him a lonely man, and the whispers from others that he didn’t do enough to save his family has gone on long enough. His arrival in Oregon may be worse—these neighbors are doing more than whispering. Guns and horses aren’t his forte. He’s willing to learn, but is he willing to love again?

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Excerpt:

He shut the door, tossed his hat onto the trunk at the end of the bed, and walked over to Mariella. Running his hands through her curls, he peered into her eyes. “You are beautiful,” he said, feeling her silky tresses slide through his fingers. “I didn’t realize your hair was so long. You always have it braided.” He liked how it fell over her shoulder and curled down around her ample breasts.

The corset she wore wasn’t long like the one Sarah wore. This one stopped at Mariella’s waist. The garment’s sole purpose was to cradle her bosoms. Hold them up. In her underclothes, that made a fetching sight.

He swallowed and drew his gaze back to her face. “Would you like me to help you out of that corset?” The contraption had hooks on the front and she could easily get herself in and out of it, but his hands itched to help.

She nodded, her gaze locked on his hands as he reached out, slipping his fingers down between the sturdy garment and the soft cotton of her chemise. His fingers pressed into her soft mounds and his heart raced. Slowly, one by one, he unhooked the corset, setting her bosoms free of their constraints.

He tossed the corset to the trunk and looked his fill of Mariella with her hair down, in her underclothes. She was a sight, with the thin white chemise with a touch of lace around the top held out by her nipples peaking under the cloth.

His body jerked to life at the sight.

“Do you want me to put my night gown on?” Mariella’s husky voice whispered.

Davis shook his head. “Get in bed. I’ll be there in a moment.”

She studied him, then walked over to the bed and pulled the covers back. Instead of crawling under the blankets, she lay down on the top on her side, her head propped on one arm and her legs bent slightly, her hips curving into the air. “Do you mind if I watch?” she asked.

“No.” His hands fumbled with the buttons on his vest. Sarah had always insisted they undress in the dark. Having Mariella boldly watch his disrobing had his body buzzing with heat and need.

He tossed his vest, shirt, and undershirt on top of her corset. Sitting on the trunk next to the pile of clothes, he pulled off his boots and then stood, to unbutton his pants. He slid the trousers down and off his feet and stood with his back to the bed in his underdrawers.

“You can take those off too,” Mariella whispered from the bed.

His shaft was already tenting his undergarment. She would see his desire whether he had the garment on or not. He hooked his thumbs under the waistband and slid the cotton drawers down and kicked them off his feet.

He walked over to the side of the bed where Mariella lay. Her gaze followed his bouncing appendage. When he stopped at the side of the bed, she reached out, touching him.

“My! I wasn’t expecting this,” she said.

Her touch after such a long time without a woman, made his body jump and his mind go blank for a second.

He grasped her arms, drawing her to sit on the side of the bed. Sliding his hands under her chemise, he ran his hands up her sides. She raised her arms, and he slipped the garment over her head. He tossed it to the side and cupped her bosoms in his hands. They overflowed his palms and the weight made him wonder how she could walk with such a straight back.

“Hugh said those were my best quality,” she whispered.

Davis shook his head. “They are magnificent, but your best qualities are your heart and your mind.”

Her eyes lit up. He could tell she was pleased with his answer.

“You going to just hold them all night or are you going to show me your talents?”

He smiled and leaned down, flicking first one nipple and then the other with his tongue. She placed her arms behind her on the bed, thrusting her offering higher for him to reach.

He reciprocated in kind by sucking, teasing, and nipping her nipples until she had the bed creaking and cracking from her gyrations.

“Please, fill me,” she pleaded.

He grabbed the waistband of her underdrawers, peeling them down her legs and off her feet. She wrapped her legs around his waist and he didn’t wait for another invitation.

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Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. All Paty’s work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

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A cowboy and a SEAL walk into a bar…by Donna Michaels

Not really, but it does happen in my upcoming book, COWBOY LAWE. The cowboy IS a former SEAL who owns a Texas ranch with his brother where they train agents.

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Cowboy Lawe (Dangerous Curves/Book 3)

In order to keep close to an alpha cowboy her boss wants protected, Knight agent Tara Lynch draws on her acting skills to play a scared schoolteacher who witnessed the murder of a hitman, and on her restraint to resist falling for the sexy cowboy.

Former SEAL Callahan ‘Rooke’ Lawe agrees to help his old commander, but with his hands already full investigating accidents on his training ranch that put his brother in the hospital, his attraction to the beautiful woman is a distraction he doesn’t need.

 Cowboy Lawe is part of the Cowboy Justice 12-Pack releasing 4/05/16

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 On top of my cowboy news, today, I have a New Release!!! No, Hawk isn’t a cowboy, but he is a delicious former SEAL, and part of the second wave launch of:
Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Kindle Worlds!!

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 A DAYE with A SEAL
Dangerous Curves/Hot SEALs KW Crossover by Donna Michaels

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Medically discharged after a mission gone bad, Navy SEAL Gabriel ‘Hawk’ Barrett regains his sight, and when hired by GAPS and the Knight Agency, most of his self-worth. Assigned to go undercover as a gun for hire, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to complete the mission, but his restraint is tested when his buddy’s hot sister becomes mistakenly involved.

When her brother disappears, coffee shop owner Gina Daye seeks help from his former teams members, only to have the almighty Hawk turn her down. But before she realizes he’s in the middle of an assignment, she’s embroiled in the mission.

Sequestered together to avoid an international incident, the pair face down the enemy, a multitude of bullets, and even more dangerous—their long denied attraction.

Excerpt:

“Get my sister out of there, now, Hawk!” Cameron “Nightwing” Daye’s voice boomed over the com in Gabriel’s ear.

Ah, hell.

His first damn assignment as a temporary agent with the Guardian Angel Protection Service and it was already jacked up. Leave it to Cam’s headstrong sister to sashay her hot body into the middle of an op and blow their covers.

Not Cam’s. He wasn’t in the building. No. He and one of the founders of G.A.P.S., their former SEAL buddy, Jon Rudnick, were listening via coms in a van parked down the street.

Tonight, he and Tyler “Turbo” Ward were set to meet with the man looking to hire freelance mercs. The job was a snatch-n-grab on a visiting dignitary GAPS had been hired to protect. The prince arrived in two days. With solid intel that the man’s life was in danger, Gabriel and Turbo hoped to get hired into the organization to take it down.

So, with Jon and Cam out of sight, the only covers the beautiful brunette in tight jeans and sexy black boots was about to blow were his and Turbo’s.

Good thing they were undercover as themselves.

“Turbo! It’s great to see you again.” The woman’s flawless smile lit her face from within, giving life to her mesmerizing brown eyes.

A man could drown his sorrows in those whiskey-colored depths.

Not him. He was immune.

Hell, he’d fought the tug of Gina Daye’s unnerving allure ever since the afternoon they’d first met in her aunt’s back yard a decade ago. He’d just finished BUDs training with Cam, and they were celebrating with a barbeque when this beautiful college freshman breezed outside with a youthful exuberance and innocence that stole his breath.

She was too beautiful. Too sweet for a tainted guy who’d spent half of his childhood in the system.

That was the first and last time he’d ever gone to Cam’s place. A SEAL never messed with a buddy’s sister. He’d made a point to avoid Gina ever since. The woman affected him without effort. Made him feel. Revved his pulse.

Like now. Damn it. He didn’t want to feel.

“Gina!” Turbo rose and pulled the woman close.

He remained seated, a fact she noted with a raised brow when she turned to him.

“Ah, Hawk. Ever the gentleman,” she said, and son-of-a-bitch, proceeded to hug him anyway.

He could feel the swell of her breast on his arm despite her leather jacket, and damn she smelled good. Like spring flowers. He had to fight the sudden urge to wrap his arms around her, pull her onto his lap, and bury his face in her neck like he’d done countless times in his fantasies.

“Dammit, Hawk. Tell her to leave,” Cam growled over the com again.

“You need to go.”

She stiffened and drew back. “Great to see you, too.” Then she deliberately pulled out a chair and sat down…all while smiling in his face.

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Thanks for reading,

~Donna
www.donnamichaelsauthor.com

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Things NOT to Say to Teachers by Melissa Keir

DAnn1Thank you for having me on your blog. I’ve been a teacher for over twenty years. It never ceases to amaze me the things people say to me about teaching and teachers.

  1. You’re so lucky you get paid to sit around all summer.

Teachers use the summer to take classes to retain their teaching permits and prepare for the coming year. I always write to all my students over the summer as a sneaky way to keep them reading and writing. They love getting letters and I love hearing about their summer while it’s happening.

  1. It must be nice to only work until 3:00.

A teacher day often begins before the students arrive. They must set up the classroom and have the materials on hand for the day. Likewise, their day ends after the students leave when they clean up, grade any papers, make phone calls, write notes, meet with families, meet with administration, etc. I arrive at 7:15 am each day and leave around 5 pm with a twenty minute lunch. My day is filled with action but also fun. I’ve never walked out the door right behind my students.

  1. Why didn’t you tell me about [Child X]? Or Tell me about the consequences for the other child.

When children have problems or get in trouble at school, teachers can’t share that information. It’s private. Parents wouldn’t want a teacher sharing information about their child with other parents, so it always surprises me when they demand to know about other children. Some things are not their business. I use a standard response- I’m sorry. I can’t tell you that it’s private but I can assure you that it’s been taken care of or that I’m taking care of things.

As you can see teachers face some interesting comments. I’m sure that other jobs also face these strange opinions. What’s one that you’ve heard? Or what do you think of the interesting comments made toward teachers?Dann2

Cowboy, Mine

He’ll Leave You Breathless…

6 Cowboy stories by 6 best-selling and award-winning authors….

Kathleen Ball, Krista Ames, Cheryl Gorman,

Melissa Keir, Lyssa Layne, and D’Ann Lindun

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Texas Haven Kathleen Ball

Can love shine through the clouds of treachery and misunderstanding?

Advertising for a wife seems like the answer to all of Burke Dawson’s problems. He wants a wife and kids without emotional attachments, but he has no idea how much havoc one woman can cause.

Annie Douglas has her heart set on her hunky cowboy’s love and she isn’t about to stop until she gets it.

Take Me Home, Cowboy by Krista Ames

When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy a growing attraction or show them the way home?

Ally Kincaid returns to Rock Creek, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with Matt Gentry—her father’s foreman—instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.

When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?

Honeymoon Ranch by Cheryl Gorman

Can two reluctant partners ride off into their own blissful sunset on Honeymoon Ranch?

When wedding planner, Summer Conroy, discovers she has inherited half of Silver Creek Ranch, she is stunned to learn the other half is owned by sexy cowboy, Bryce Jericho. Her idea of turning the ranch into an exclusive wedding and honeymoon destination is met with a wall of resistance from Bryce who doesn’t want his ranch ruined with a bunch of wedding nonsense. He is determined to conceal his vulnerable heart that beats in fear of being betrayed again. Will this woman with dreams of happily-ever-after in her eyes transform his fear into love everlasting?

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

Will a One Night Stand prove to be their disaster or their salvation?

Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wants to feel sexy again after her ex tosses her aside for a younger woman. Her best friend encourages her to sign up for The Playhouse–a renowned dating agency. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac Thomas lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.

Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?

Until You Fall in Love by Lyssa Layne

Can a longtime friendship suddenly blossom into love?

Single mom Jordan Glastetter doesn’t know how she’d survive without her best friend, Abram Tomko. He’s the father her son never knew and he’s the rock she’s always leaned on.

When Abram’s father suffers a heart attack, it’s Abram’s turn to depend on Jordan, finally seeing her as the woman she’s become and not the little girl he grew up with.

Will they risk their friendship for a chance at love?

The Cowboy’s Baby by D’Ann Lindun

Cat wanted to keep her baby: Tanner insisted she give it up…can they find common ground seventeen years later?

Cat O’Brien left her heart in Granite, Colorado, seventeen years ago—her first love, Tanner Burke, and the baby girl she gave birth to at sixteen. Suddenly, both Tanner’s high school sweetheart and the teenage daughter they gave up for adoption are back in his life.

Cat is adamant their daughter keep her baby; Tanner isn’t as sure. Just like seventeen years before, he and Cat are butting heads over the fate of an unborn child.

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The Blue Plaid Shirt–Em Petrova

Today I’m wondering why the hell I bought a blue plaid shirt. I figured it would be springier than my normal charcoal gray and black with a dash of red in my wardrobe. But when I put it on, I felt… EXPOSED.

 

 

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That may sound odd to you color-wearing people, but for those of us who live in colors of the gray scale, you get it.

 

Yes, I’m introverted. I may not seem like it on the internet, but if you approached me in public, I might take a while to warm up to you. After encouraging you to talk about yourself (because the topic will not be me), I will run home and hide behind my screen.

 

I sometimes write about characters who aren’t so brazen like me. Or at times I write a heroine brazen enough to wear blue and white (gasp!). My latest heroine, is very comfortable in her own skin. She struts her stuff in front of every rodeo man she encounters, because she knows she is worth looking at. As she puts it… “I’m not playing hard to get. I AM hard to get.”

 

While I sit and contemplate sending this shirt back to the warehouse it came from, I’ll  let you read a little excerpt of LIPSTICK ‘N LEAD, now available for PREORDER (in your e-reader Jan 29)  only on Amazon. And maybe after I read it, I’ll pick up a little of Bella’s confidence and rock the blue plaid shirt.

 

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The minute Quint walked into the arena and set eyes on the curvaceous cowgirl climbing into the chute, his heart did a Texas tango. He stopped in his tracks to watch. What the hell was she doing? She wasn’t a bull rider.

Yet she’d just slung one round, denim-clad thigh over a two-ton beast with blood in its eyes.

“Holy fuck,” he murmured, half prayer, half reverence for the woman with a set of balls big enough to think this was a good idea. There were women bull riders in the world, but most chicks stuck with gentler beasts.

Not Bella Roberts.

Quint issued a low whistle and folded his arms as someone opened the chute and the bull rushed out. As soon as Bella was whipped downward, her beautiful face nearly grazing the bull’s body, which would surely bust her nose, he stopped admiring her guts and started worrying for her sanity.

“Dammit, who let her do this?” He was no bull fighter, but he’d seen it done enough times. He sprinted into the arena, waving his arms. The beast bucked. Bella was tossed.

When her perfect ass hit the dirt, he reached for her. She took his hand, and he yanked her out of the way seconds before hooves pummeled the earth where she’d been lying.

His heart thumped so hard, he had no recollection of taking her out of the arena. His chest felt too tight, his adrenaline running too fast through his veins. Focusing on the feel of her soft palm against his, he fought for calm.

“Well that went better than I imagined.” Her voice was full of mischief, and she tugged her hand from his grasp.

He grasped her by the shoulders and pressed her against the wall. The building wasn’t well-lit, but a bare bulb somewhere down the passageway allowed him to see the laughter in Bella’s eyes.

Dammit, the woman had no clue what danger she’d just put herself in. She might have been killed, maimed.

“I don’t know what you were thinking getting on the back of that bull, but—”

“It was a dare.”

Quint nearly choked. “Who the hell dared you to ride that bull?” He’d better grab a shovel, because he’d be digging a grave later tonight.

Her eyes flared at his tone. “One of the guys asked me to come to his trailer after the competition.”

He dragged in a deep breath through his nose, battling fury. Bella didn’t know him, and his anger was nothing short of intense on a good day. But after seeing her being whipped…

“I said the guy couldn’t handle me. He asked who could. So I showed him.”

 

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FYI–my daughters said my top looks like a tablecloth and they had an urge to lay food on me. Damn teenagers.

 

Thanks for reading today! I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment!

 

Em Petrova

~hardworking heroes–in bed and out~

 

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Excuse My Absence, I’m Finishing a Book! By Randi Alexander

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Hi, it’s Randi Alexander here – I’ve been absent for a while, trying to handle ailing family members, kids off of school, and too many miles I’ve had to drive. Sometimes it feels like I’m deep under water and everything that needs my attention pulls me under further.

The good news is – I FINISHED THE BOOK! I’m so excited, I typed the last words this evening as my hubby walked in the door. And bless him, he brought supper.

Releasing in just a few days, the ninth book in the Sons of Dusty Walker Series – and the third book about Rori and Jackson, A Wedding in Red Creek is the final book in the series. Sad, I know. But Jodi Redford, Desiree Holt, Sable Hunter, and I have plans to do another series, and it’s already in the plotting stages.

Here’s a sample (unedited) of A Wedding in Red Creek to prove that I have indeed been very busy.

February 10th dawned cold and gray, but Jackson Walker jumped out of his warm bed in their apartment above the computer store, tugged on his red boxer briefs, and yanked open the curtains to look down on Main Street Kansas at the four semi-trucks Jake-braking through town.

They were heading along the road to his new house…their new house on Osprey Lake.

Behind him, still snuggled deep under the quilts, Rori let out a long sigh. “What is it today?”

He turned, grinning at his woman. He couldn’t wait to move into their new home. Right now, they lived like two fish in a bowl, on display for the people of the town. Once their house was finished, they’d have acres and acres of privacy. “Looks like the wood trim, interior doors, bannisters, and cabinets.”

Now, Rori jumped out of bed, slid her arms into her pink robe and wrapped it around her curvy body before joining him at the window. The trucks bore the name of the best woodworking company in the region. “Yes” She hugged him, looking up at him with her beautiful blue eyes, her hair a sweet mess. “The last step.”

Jackson had never seen anyone more sexy. He tugged her tighter against him. “It’s getting close. By Valentine’s Day, the majority of the work will be done, and we can give the go-ahead for furniture delivery.”

She rubbed her hips across his, causing blood to flow down into a prominent area. “Then we can break in the fancy new bed we picked out?” Rori liked to tease him, physically and mentally.

“No, bad girl.” He spanked her bottom and set her away from him. “You know the rules.”

Rolling her eyes, she crossed her arms. “Yes, Jackson. It’s our marriage bed. Gotta have that license all signed and witnessed before you’ll give me any lovin’ in the new house.”

Jackson just nodded, staring at her as his body reacted to her with evident need. “That doesn’t mean we can’t have lovin’ in the old bed.”

She narrowed her eyes, glancing at the rumpled bed. “Can we move the old bed to the new house?” Her eyes sparkled when she looked back at him.

“Stop teasing me. You know my thoughts on this.” He gave her a dramatic pout as he turned his back to her, looking out the window as the trucks rolled out of town.

Rori just laughed. “I know.” She hugged him from behind. “But you take it so seriously, it’s hard not to poke fun.”

He did take it seriously, but he couldn’t help it. He’d been running from home, avoiding settling down, since he was just a teenager. When he’d found out his dad, Dusty Walker, had a wife here in Red Creek, fear of following in those footsteps had kept him from making any commitments. Then, when Dusty had died, and Jackson had learned that good ol’ dad had three other sons around the country, things had gotten much worse, and his life had gone spinning off like a dust devil.

Until Rori, and his love for her.

Now, he wanted it all. A wife, a house, a bunch of little ones. But he wanted to do it right. In the right order, so he didn’t make any mistakes. He had a manic fear about getting it wrong with this perfect woman.

The first time he’d mentioned it to her, Rori had though he was kidding. He’d talked about his plans for them: first came love—check—they had that, and plenty of it. Second came marriage, and that would be happening at the end of the month. Then a few years to get to know each other better. Then babies. And lots of ‘em. He wrapped his arms around behind him to pull her closer. “It’s serious stuff for me.”

She kissed his bare back. “Okay, I’m sorry. I’ll try my best to abide by your request.”

“Hmmm. Until that new bed arrives, I bet. Then you’ll use those sexy luring ways of yours to try to—”

“I have sexy luring ways?” Her hands rubbed circles on his belly.

“You know you do.” His hips jerked, wanting to feel her palms lower, along his hard length that he needed to slide deep, deep inside her hot, slick opening.

“Like this kind of luring way?” Her fingers traced the bulge of his cock as it pressed against the soft cotton fabric of his briefs.

A chill raced up his spine, and his breath caught. “Yeah. Just like that.” He leaned forward a little, watching the last truck disappear over a hill.

She bit at the muscles of his shoulder. “How much time do we have until you can’t wait a second longer to go racing out to the new house to see what’s in those trucks?”

Turning, he laughed. “You know me too well.” He picked her straight up, her body pressed along his, and walked to the bed. “Let’s make this quick and hot.”

Watch for A Wedding in Red Creek: The Sons of Dusty Walker in early February!
Randi
“Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
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Saying hello — Maddie James and the Montana Ranchers

Howdy! Seems appropriate to introduce myself since I’m new to this blog. Thanks to Randi Alexander and all of the Wild and Wicked Cowboy gals for inviting me along to post here. I’m Maddie James, also writing as Bella Masters. I invite you to visit my websites to learn more about both of my writing personas by visiting www.maddiejames.com or bellamasters.com.

You’ll find that I write from sweet to erotic, in several genres, but I will readily admit to being mighty partial to my cowboys. My current series is The Montana Ranchers Series, with some of the stories in the series written by my friend Jan Scarbrough. Jan’s stories are generally sweeter, and my McKenna clan stories are sexy hot. On the McKenna Ranch, you can meet siblings Callie and Parker, who are struggling how to go on after abrupt changes in their lives–the sudden death of their father, and the struggles of new and old loves in their lives.

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But if you are looking for something with a little more heat, you may be interested in the spin-off series that features the McKenna’s cousins, on the Parker side of the family. Gage Parker–entrepreneur, rancher, billionaire, dom–runs his Branded Filly ranch and lifestyle a little different from his McKenna cousins. These stories are just heating up, with Corporate Cowboy now available and Saving Amanda coming this spring.

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I also can’t wait to tell you more about my new series coming later this year. I won’t get into the details now but will leave you with this little teaser. Thoughts?

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Until next time! ~Maddie/Bella

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Since I’ve Been Gone – SABLE HUNTER – Plus Contest

SABLE HUNTER HERE!! September was the last time I spoke with you here on Wild and Wicked. I’ve been having a time! And it wasn’t all a good time. In mid-September, I was rushed to the hospital with what I thought was food poisoning. I blamed a place called Mimi’s and brussel sprouts. I endured the pain for several days before one friend finally convinced me to go to the doctor, she was afraid I had something more serious. She was right. The ER staff was much more concerned with my high blood pressure and off the charts blood sugar – all I was worrying about was the agony in my middle section. They gave me pain medicine and that seemed to work. I endured tests and MRI’S then was informed I had a strangulated hernia and a bowel obstruction. I didn’t even get a chance to blink before they took me to surgery.
The surgery went fine and after that, their diagnosis of high blood pressure and diabetes was also proved false. Apparently I was just in mega-stress. Well, I could have told them that. Pain will do that to you.
I went home and thought all was well. A few weeks later was when my troubles really began. I was hit with unreasonable panic attacks. I went from normal to nuts and I had no idea why. Anxiety began to eat me alive. I lost the ability to close my eyes in sleep. I dreaded the sun going down. I became claustrophobic. I actually had to move to a bigger place and I began to either spend my nights out of doors on the patio or else I sat up all night in a car. Sleep only came with exhaustion. I began to seek help and my doctor prescribed xanax. I have to tell you, I was more scared of the drug than I was my headcase. She recommended that I see a therapist and I did. After speaking at length to me – and yes, I told her I had book deadlines, I didn’t have time for this crap – she diagnosed me as having had a ‘chemical reaction’ to the anesthesia administered during surgery. She did hit on a point, I had dreaded being put to sleep. The only other times I’d gone under for surgery I’d had an awful time waking up. This time I roused with no problems, but now I was faced with unreasonable fear of sleep and darkness and isolation. Well, I ended up taking the Xanax and still am – the smallest dose they can diagnose – and I also take a handful of herbs and over the counter sleeping aids to lull myself to slumber. Since its been over three months, I can report that I’m better. The crazy anxiety has dissipated but I still have trouble going to sleep. HOWEVER – – during this time I have not stopped writing. I released TEXAS CHAOS, KIT AND ROGUE and HEAD OVER SPURS and I’m working on four more SIMULTANEOUSLY. When I’m really famous (cough,joke) and their teaching about me in some college class, they’ll look back on these books as my ‘dark period’. In one book, Head Over Spurs – which I wrote to honor Desiree Holt. For a self-torturing plot twist, I gave my heroine my symptoms and the readers a foreword explaining the cathartic exercise. It was well received. We looked back and my last post included IF I CAN DREAM, and then my problem set in. So I’ll share with you the links and blurbs for the others as well as a peek at what else is going on. ALL AVAILABLE IN AMAZON!
Texas C.H.A.O..S.
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October 27, 2015

Texas Chaos (1)

The letters C. H. A. O. S. don’t just refer to reality out of control, it’s an alert–the Chief Has Arrived On Scene! Logan Gray is that chief. He covers the ground he stands on and people show respect when he walks by. In his late thirties, Logan is a confirmed bachelor. While he may adore the young Jenna from afar, at 18, he considers her to be a lifetime too young for him.
Jenna is of another opinion. Logan Gray is everything to her. He rescued her from a fire at 16. His parents took her in when she had nothing and no one. Raised on his Gray Wolf guest ranch, Jenna learns how to trick-ride and perform in the rodeo. When Logan’s not looking, she even loves to try her hand at bull-riding. And now, she is ready to go after what she wants most–Logan Gray.
Ignoring the fact that his heart and body craves Jenna like a drug, Logan does what he thinks is best and gently turns her down. What happens next turns his world on end. Logan learns that love can’t be defined by a number and life without Jenna is no life at all.

KIT AND ROGUE

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November 26, 2015

Kit & RogueHappily-Ever-After or Wedding Bell Blues? The Lone Wolf, Rogue Walker, isn’t alone anymore. Not only has he been reunited with the love of his life, Kit Ross – he’s found a family, three brothers and a legacy left him by his father, Dusty Walker. Everything seems to be perfect. Kit has agreed to marry him and she’s having his baby. What could go wrong? Well…everything. Just as soon as all the pieces have fallen into place, all hell breaks loose. Someone is out to destroy Rogue and take away everything he values, starting with his very identity.
Kit knows Rogue Walker is her destiny. The love and passion that flows between them is all-consuming. To begin their lives in style, she plans a surprise wedding and a hot-as-hell honeymoon. If sex were the only thing they had to worry about, their lives would be perfect – because these two can burn up the sheets like nobody’s business. Alas, there’s more to marriage than sex – who knew? Especially when there seems to be more than one bride. Will the real Mrs. Rogue Walker please stand up?
Despite the seemingly insurmountable circumstances, true love will prevail – not only for the Walker clan but for another couple who has found their way to Red Creek, Kansas during this season of miracles – and believe you me – it’s going to take a big one to straighten out all of this…

HEAD OVER SPURS

Released Dec 22, 2015
Head Over Spurs

From the moment Tanner Barron laid eyes on Desiree Holt, he knew she was the only woman for him. His dream girl. The only problem – it was an impossible dream. Their paths crossed early on, before she became a country music star and before he had anything to offer her other than his adoration. One night, in a dark alley off 6th Street in Austin, Tanner rescues Desiree from two men who have her cornered, threatening her. She wants to thank him, but he disappears just before the police arrive. Desiree doesn’t forget, even when she’s offered a record deal and whisked off to Nashville, where she pens a song in his honor – White Knight.
A decade passes before they meet again. Fate brings them together just when they need one another the most. He’s trying to find peace after a failed search and rescue mission and Desiree is seeking healing after another attack – this time by an over-zealous fan which has left her traumatized and unable to sleep.
Their time together begins at Christmas, but it doesn’t end there. They find solace in one another, despite the things that could keep them apart. They’re from two different worlds, she’s famous, he’s just a cowboy who would die for her. Tanner’s not sure he’s good enough, she’s not sure she can satisfy him – after all he’s a young, virile stud and she’s almost a decade older than he is. Will distance, age, and fame keep them apart? Or will the fact that they’re head over spurs in love with one another be enough?

And this is the amazing book DESIREE HOLT wrote honor me

Naked Hunger

His heart has an appetite only one woman can satisfy.

Naked Cowboys, Book 8

Sable Hunter paid her dues caring for suburban pets in West Texas. Ready to get back to her first love—large animals—she’s excited about moving to Saddle Wells to take over for the retiring veterinarian. With a reputation to build, she can’t afford any distractions, and the sizzling heat between her and local rancher Ryan Donovan could seriously mess with her focus.

Ryan earned his stripes the hard way, one bull at a time on the rodeo circuit. Now he’s put his prize money to work raising bulls for competition. He can’t deny he misses the rush of pro riding—until the sweet new vet in town brings a different kind of excitement and makes him want to sweep her into his bed and his future.

Becoming friends with benefits sounds like an excellent compromise to Ryan until he can convince Sable she doesn’t have to choose between career and love. But a costly mistake could destroy her career, as well as any chance for happiness with the man she realizes she loves.

Warning: Contains a woman whose career is taking off, and a man whose career is changing direction faster than a spinning bull. Hang on, ladies, this cowboy’s got a free hand and it’s about to get wild!

http://amzn.to/1OUtTfn

 

There is another bit of exciting news – I have another book up for pre-order that’s a part of the COWBOY JUSTICE 12-PACK – Cowboy Lawmen so hot it’s criminal. Ha!

Cowboy Justice

Here’s the link and below is my individual cover that’s in the boxset and the blurb.

Kobo http://bit.ly/1SjlnsS

TEXAS LONESTAR ( Book 3 on the TEXAS HEROES SERIES)

Dallas McClain is a busy man – far too busy to fall in love. He is a Texas Ranger, a volunteer firefighter and a man with a plan to own his own ranch someday. But for now he’s chasing criminals and putting out fires – everywhere but his own bed. Dallas loves women, what he doesn’t have time for is a relationship or a family. Until… he meets Haley.
Haley Richards is under attack. Shots have been fired through her window, animals have been poached off her land and someone is rustling her cattle. If she doesn’t get help, Haley will lose her home. The local Sheriff can’t seem to help, so he calls in a Texas Ranger to do the job.
The moment Dallas meets Haley, sparks fly. They can’t seem to get along for a minute, but the attraction between them is hard to deny. Abandoned by her husband, she is struggling to keep her home and family intact. She doesn’t trust men as far as she can throw them, but Dallas seems to be different. Despite his aggravating personality, she can tell he’s a man of honor. And when her little girl, Sadie, decides Dallas is going to be her new daddy… Well, let’s say all bets are off. A determined female, no matter if she is pint-sized, is hard to ignore.

 

Also cumming – I mean coming soon is the next HELL YEAH!!

RYDER’S SURRENDER – I’m going to do my damndest to get in out this month – January.
Here’s the cover and the blurb.
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Ryder and Pepper McCoy are the pampered sisters of the Highland McCoy brothers – Heath, Philip, Jackson and Tennessee. They have always been over-protective of the girls, vetting every man who is brave enough to ask them on a date. Both are spirited, giving their brothers a run for their money – but one is about to give them a heart attack. Two men are vying for the hand of Ryder McCoy- Samson Duke and his brother Gideon – but this isn’t a rivalry, the Duke brothers plan on sharing her. They are determined to lasso, corral and mark the feisty filly with the DD brand. Ryder is torn between keeping the relationship with her family intact and following her heart. Resisting one of the Duke boys is difficult, keeping both of them at arm’s length may very well prove to be impossible. There’s more going on than meets the eye. The Dukes and the McCoy’s may very well have a common enemy. When Ryder becomes the pawn in a madman’s scheme, all of the men who love her will have to work together to save her. Still, entrusting their baby sister to the wild, powerful Dukes is not something they can accept. Will Ryder bend to her family’s and society’s expectations or will she surrender to what her soul and body crave? She soon finds out that true love doesn’t always follow the rules.
Ryan and I are also working on MICAH a HELL YEAH! EQUALIZER and I’ll have a KINDLE WORLD OMEGA TEAM/TEXAS HERO NOVELLA out in mid-February. The title for it will be TEXAS STAND-OFF. So, you see – I’ve been busy. Even when I was as nutty as a fruitcake, I was busy! For a chance to win your choice of any book mentioned above that is currently available for purchase – comment below and tell me what your biggest challenge has been – I won’t say fighting my anxiety was the worst thing that ever happened to me, after all I have lost folks I love – but it was right up there. What have you faced and conquered?
I LOVE YOU ALL
SABLE
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Books, book conventions and more books!

By Mizz Sidda Lee Rain

I survived the holidays…barely, but I did. And, it’s back to the keys for me. I hope ya’ll had a wonderful holiday and that you too survived the family gatherings. I love them but… ;)

I’m still working on the FINAL novel in my Dirty Denim Series. Saddled, Straddled and Cinched is proving to be bittersweet for me to write. Soooo many changes coming to the Dirty Denim crew. Love lost, love found, babies making their arrivals, new beginnings and more than one sad ending. I promise it’ll will work out in the end.

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Here’s a sneak peek into Saddled, Straddled and Cinched:

(Minus the name of the expectant mother…I’m evil, I know)

Running her fingers down the terrycloth sleeper covered in rubber duckies it hit her. “This is really happening.” Laying the garment over her protruding tummy she looked at Siri and this time she didn’t try to hold the tears in. “There’s really a baby in there. I’m really gonna be a mom.”
“Yes, you are. You’re going to be a great mother, XXXX.”
“Am I?” She wasn’t playing coy she honestly wondered sometimes.
Siri squeezed her hand. “Of course you are.”
“How do you know though?”
Setting the bags on the table, Siri turned towards her taking both her hands in her own. “You loved a man who at some point didn’t deserve your love anymore. You cared for a man you no longer recognized until his dying day. You…” raising her chin with a single finger, “never stopped trying to save him no matter what he did…to himself and to you.”
“I loved him so much Siri—”
“And you will love this baby—the baby you and XXXX created.” Siri pulled her into an embrace and held her as she cried. “You will love this baby more than you ever thought possible. You don’t have it in you to be anything but an amazing mother because XXXX? You’re simply an amazing woman with an amazing heart.”
She said nothing. No reply, no denial, hell, no thank you. Speaking was beyond her capabilities at the moment. All she could do was pray that Siri was right.

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Hmm…who could be the expectant mother, huh? ;) Wait and see. There’s still plenty of time to read the first four books in the Dirty Denim Series.

Next up from me?

Well, that would be the next Casual Curves Holiday short just in time for Valentines Day.

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Lust, Leather and Love will be available in early February.                                                        **Tell me you YOUR favorite HOLIDAY and why for a chance to WIN the first TWO stories in the Casual Curves Series (eBook/kindle copies)**

February is a busy month for me with a new release AND my first convention of the 2016. I’ll be attending the Coastal Magic book convention in Daytona Beach, Florida.                                ~Stop by and see me if you’ll be there February 4th-7th~                                                                                               There will be a few of us Wild Wicked Cowboy Authors there.

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    Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Sidda-Lee-Rain/e/B00DAHV1SK/fblink/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_nu_dE1Ztb0F5MS6G

FaceBook:

https://www.facebook.com/Siddaleeraindirty

My website:

Siddaleerain.com

Always remember…

    “If your knees ain’t dirty…

                 You ain’t doin’ it right!”

Sidda

 

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Sable and Desiree-in two hot stories

Leave me a comment. I am giving away a copy of each book to one lucky winner.

I am so delighted to bring you the sweetheart of my newest Naked Cowboy-Sable Hunter. Yup. that’s right. Sable and I exchange stories and used each other’s names as heroines. It was fun  and exciting and I am so honored to be a part of this with such an acclaimed author (and also a wonderful friend).

Check it out:

Naked Hunger by Desiree Holt

Sable Hunter paid her dues caring for suburban pets in West Texas. Ready to get back to her first love—large animals—she’s excited about moving to Saddle Wells to take over for the retiring veterinarian. With a reputation to build, she can’t afford any distractions, and the sizzling heat between her and local rancher Ryan Donovan could seriously mess with her focus. Ryan earned his stripes the hard way, one bull at a time on the rodeo circuit. Now he’s put his prize money to work raising bulls for competition. He can’t deny he misses the rush of pro riding—until the sweet new vet in town brings a different kind of excitement and makes him want to sweep her into his bed and his future. Becoming friends with benefits sounds like an excellent compromise to Ryan until he can convince Sable she doesn’t have to choose between career and love. But a costly mistake could destroy her career, as well as any chance for happiness with the man she realizes she loves.NakedHunger72sm

http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Hunger-Cowboys-Desiree-Holt-ebook/dp/B017XDID28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449686355&sr=8-1&keywords=Naked+Hunger

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/naked-hunger-desiree-holt/1122944084?ean=9781619232938

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-nakedhunger-1926664-149.html

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/naked-hunger

https://itunes.apple.com/br/book/naked-heat/id986669370?l=en&mt=11

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5678/naked-hunger

Head Over Spurs: Hell, Yeah by Sable Hunter

From the moment Tanner Barron laid eyes on Desiree Holt, he knew she was the only woman for him. His dream girl. The only problem – it was an impossible dream. Their paths crossed early on, before she became a country music star and before he had anything to offer her other than his adoration. One night, in a dark alley off 6th Street in Austin, Tanner rescues Desiree from two men who have her cornered, threatening her. She wants to thank him, but he disappears just before the police arrive. Desiree doesn’t forget, even when she’s offered a record deal and whisked off to Nashville, where she pens a song in his honor – White Knight.
A decade passes before they meet again. Fate brings them together just when they need one another the most. He’s trying to find peace after a failed search and rescue mission and Desiree is seeking healing after another attack – this time by an over-zealous fan which has left her traumatized and unable to sleep.
Head Over SpursTheir time together begins at Christmas, but it doesn’t end there. They find solace in one another, despite the things that could keep them apart. They’re from two different worlds, she’s famous, he’s just a cowboy who would die for her. Tanner’s not sure he’s good enough, she’s not sure she can satisfy him – after all he’s a young, virile stud and she’s almost a decade older than he is. Will distance, age, and fame keep them apart? Or will the fact that they’re head over spurs in love with one another be enough?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Head-Over-Spurs-Hell-Yeah-ebook/dp/B019PZTTMA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450980734&sr=1-1&keywords=Head+Over++Spurs

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Chatting and Answering Your Wildest and Wickedest Questions – From Randi Alexander

If you’ve always had a secret craving to ask a romance writer a bunch of questions, now’s your chance! I’ll be chatting live for two hours on Tuesday, January 12, from 1-3 PM CST. It’s on Facebook and here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/512635625574460/

AskI’ll be giving away an ebook to everyone, and some other prizes as well, so set your alarm for Tuesday, and come up with some wild and wicked questions for me!

I look forward to talking with you!
Randi
“Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
RandiAlexander.com
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