Cowboy Heat
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 • Delilah Devlin
Trading Cards, Anyone?

Some of you enjoy collecting these. I think they’re fun, like the comic book cards I loved to collect—something small, but not too cluttery. If you’d like a card for your collection, email me at Delilah@delilahdevlin.com. I’ll mail them to you for free.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 • Cat Johnson
An unexpected cowboy…Game On!

It seems as if I’m incapable of NOT writing cowboys.

The assignment was to write a story about a sports hero that would fit into the new Bella Andre Game For Love Kindle Worlds launched just days ago on June 26th. And I did it. I wrote 26,000 words of sexy hunky football player hero.

The problem arises in his down time. You see, when he’s not playing in the regular season, he goes home to Texas, to his family’s ranch, where he helps with the cattle and even ropes in the occasional rodeo.

So here you go… my sexy Texan hero Trent in GAME FOR LOVE: GAME ON, available only on Amazon. Football player by profession. Cowboy by birth.

Readers must enjoy him too. At the time of this writing, the book is sitting in the #1 spot in all of KindleWorlds and has been since a few hours after release. Everyone loves a cowboy!

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In the game for love, only the winners walk away with their hearts intact…

Trent O’Shea is a superstar athlete on the football field, but for one week each year he escapes into anonymity at an exclusive resort in the Florida Keys that caters to the rich and famous. Armed with a fake identity, he’s happy to sit by the pool and do nothing except enjoy some breathtaking scenery—and maybe ask her if she needs help putting sunscreen on her back.

Laurel Burnett never met a bad boy she couldn’t catch. Cheating spouses. Deadbeat dads. Scammers. Once the determined PI sets her sights on them they all fall, and the next alleged perpetrator in her crosshairs is none other than the San Francisco Outlaws’ Trent O’Shea. The super-sexy linebacker who Laurel’s client hired her to track will be her biggest trophy yet. She’ll do anything to bring him down, even follow him to a resort paradise and use herself as bait.

But things aren’t always as they appear and Trent and Laurel both learn that sometimes even perfectly planned plays can go wrong when love and lust are involved. Then it’s game on!

A stand-alone contemporary “mistaken identity” romance featuring a rich, alpha hero athlete who also happens to be a Texas cowboy, and the private investigator heroine determined to catch him.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: GAME ON is a stand-alone story. You do not need to have read Bella Andre’s Game For Love to understand or enjoy mine.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 • megan
It’s Not Cowboys, but it’s Hot and There’s a Giveaway!

It’s a great problem to have…

Deranged Doctor Designs sent me two cover options for Enemy Mine – Book 1 in the Base Branch Novel Series. (What’s a Base Branch? Think Spec Ops for the United Nations.) I can’t decided which I love more. There’s also an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway involved! So, will you help me?

Hop on over to my blog to vote!

One to whet your appetite!

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All the best,

Megan Mitcham

Sizzling Suspense
Monday, May 12th, 2014 • Cat Johnson
Love Cowboys? Get THROWN (Studs in Spurs) by Cat Johnson

Exciting times around here!

Tomorrow I hop a plane to New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention. Anyone who’s been there knows how crazy that convention can be. Stick it in the middle of a city known for insanity and you can just imagine the kind of week I’m in for! I hope to see some of you there. For those who can’t make it, you can follow along with the fun on Twitter at #RT2014 .

Thrown by Cat JohnsonThen, as if that weren’t enough, it’s only one week until the release of THROWN. This next Studs in Spurs series novel has been a long time coming but it’s finally almost here and I couldn’t be more excited. The hero is young bull rider Skeeter, who fans will recognize from the past books in the series. AND I have exciting news…readers won’t have to wait for the next Studs in Spurs book, CHAMPION, nearly as long. Samhain was able to slip it into an open slot for late this September rather than making you all wait.

For those of you who enjoy a more mature hero and heroine, CHAMPION will feature Skeeter’s bull riding teacher and his mom and you’ll meet them both in the excerpt from THROWN below. Enjoy! Cat Johnson

THROWN (Studs in Spurs, Book 6) by Cat Johnson

This ain’t their first rodeo…but there are a lot of other firsts they can experience together .

Skeeter Anderson was born to ride bulls. He bypassed college to shoot straight to the top of the elite pro tour, but lately all he can seem to do is hit the dirt. Unwilling to admit his career might be over at twenty-one, Skeeter brainstorms a bull-riding boot camp with his buddies, which will put him closer to a girl who’s caught his eye—a stock contractor’s daughter called Riley.

Riley Davis lives and breathes bulls. Since her mother’s death, she’s been her father’s business partner as well as the apple of his eye—until a coronary rips him out of her life. Now, at nineteen, she must find a way to hang onto the family business.

When Skeeter hears about Riley’s dad, he drives straight to Mississippi to lend her a hand, his buddies hot on his heels. Suddenly Riley has more help than she can shake a stick at, and an attraction to Skeeter that’s heating up by the minute…

Warning: Contains cowboy yoga, cowboys in love, and a romance that hits so hard and fast, it makes being thrown from a bull look like a friendly game of hopscotch.

EXCERPT from THROWN (rated G)

10 Years Ago

Glen walked over with the bull rope that had fallen off the bull right after Skeeter had. He looped it over the rail and shook his head. “Damned if he don’t remind me of you, Coop.”

“Oh, really?” Cooper cocked a brow.

“Yup. You get that same look in your eye after a ride.” The man grinned.

As Glen walked away in the direction of the barn, Cooper’s gaze shot to Skeeter. “If that’s true, then God help you, boy. You’re bound to have a tough life ahead of you.”

Skeeter could handle it. His life hadn’t been a piece of cake so far anyway. But the life of a professional bull rider like Cooper? He was ready for whatever that threw at him.

The sound of gravel crunching on the driveway caught Skeeter’s attention. He turned to see his mother’s car inch its way toward the ring. He hardly held himself in check so he didn’t go running toward her. The only thing preventing him was that he didn’t want to act like a little kid in front of Cooper.

She seemed to take an eternity to park and then walk toward him. She stepped carefully through the dust and the sparse grass. Her waitress uniform looked so out of place next to the practice pen it might have made Skeeter laugh if he hadn’t been so excited, but his mom didn’t seem to notice or care that she didn’t fit in here dressed like that.

Cooper must have noticed her uniform though. He was staring at her as she made her way from the parked car to the ring.

Skeeter jumped to explain. “My mom works at the diner weeknights after her shift at the hospital is over. She works there on Saturdays too. That’s why she’s wearing that uniform.”

“That’s a lot of work for one lady.” Cooper shot Skeeter a sideways look. “What’s your daddy do for a living?”

“I don’t know. He doesn’t live around here.”

After a second, Cooper nodded. His gaze shifted, moving to Skeeter’s mom and then back to Skeeter. “There ain’t nothing wrong with having two jobs and working hard, son. Except I suppose it doesn’t leave her much time for herself, now does it?”

“Sure, it does. She has Sunday mornings off. We go to church and then she and the ladies there have coffee and cookies together while the kids go play outside.”

Cooper nodded again, but by then Skeeter’s mother was close enough he could tell her about his ride. “Mom! Cooper said I did great and I can ride again tomorrow.”

She raised one brow. “Is that so? And it’s proper to call him Mr. Holbrook.”

Cooper grinned. “That’s fine, ma’am. Cooper works for me.”

“As long as it’s all right with you.” His mother didn’t smile even though Cooper was smiling at her. In fact, she looked a little sad as she looked at Skeeter. “But I’m not sure about another lesson so soon.”

No! She couldn’t say that.

“I need to keep practicing if I’m gonna get good.” When she pressed her lips together in a move Skeeter had seen many times, his heart sank. She was going to say no. It was no use, but he had to try anyway. “Please.”

She drew in a slow breath.
“Ma’am. If I might step in here for a second?”

Finally letting out that big breath, she glanced at Cooper. “Sure.”

“I could use someone to help me out here. If you dropped him off for a few hours a couple of days a week, he could do a little work around the place and then I could get him on a few bulls. It would only be when I’m around, of course. I do a lot of traveling, but if I’m here, he’s welcome.”

She bit her lower lip before she nodded. “That would be real nice of you, Mr. Holbrook.”

“Nah, he’d be doing me the favor helping out. And it’s Cooper, remember?”

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014 • megan
Forget Him Not

Wait! We’re not finished yet! What cowboy culture blog series is complete without taking a gander at the man that makes the cowboy? None.

You may think this is a cheat post, but bear with me. Hop on over to my Cowboy Heat page on Pinterest and take a gander at the ever endearing, enticing, enthralling cowboy! I hope it brightens your Friday!

Friday, April 25th, 2014 • megan
Wild West

Well kids, we’ve talked about the cowboy’s horse, art, music and food. What’s left? The land! The Wild West!

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Here is an interesting article written by J. Wisniewski and Kevin Nakamura about five myths of the Wild West.

And here are a few eye-candy pictures of the landscape. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 21st, 2014 • Delilah Devlin
10 out of 10 Rating for Cowboy Heat!

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Check out the review from Jillian Boyd at Cara Sutra: The Best Sex Blog and Sexuality Magazine:

“I’m a huge fan of Delilah’s anthologies, and yet again she’s managed to tap into one of my fantasies. Cowboys are such enduring characters, and I’m pretty sure we all have a favourite cowboy in mind, whether traditional gunslinger (think Butch Cassidy) or futuristic space cowboy (a la Mal from Firefly). This anthology is a loving, sexy and warming tribute to the studly cowboys of our hearts, and definitely one to pick up (along with Cowboy Lust, of course).”

Read the entire review here. There are special shout outs to Cat Johnson, Myla Jackson, and Emma Jay—but this is certainly a great team effort—10/10! Congratulations, authors!

Friday, April 18th, 2014 • megan
Rustle Up Some Grub

In honor of the new release, Cowboy Heat, an anthology featuring stories from 14 other authors with fierce cowboys and the women strong enough to tame them taking the lead, we’ll walk in the boots of a cowboy for the next few Tuesdays and explore interesting facets of his life in the blog series, Cowboy Culture.

Last week, we talked about the cowboy inspired music. This week, it’s all about the food. So, get out your aprons! We’re cooking up a storm!

Man, I forgot the chuckwagon. Okay, I’ve got it hooked up. Before we set off on this adventure, there are a few terms you need to know.

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Wreck Pan = Sink

Squirrel Can = Compost Jar

Cook = Biscuit Shooter

Hen Fruit = Eggs

Swamp Seeds = Rice

Cow Grease = Butter

Texas Butter = Brown Gravy

Mountain Oysters = Calf Testicles (Go ahead and take a moment to either laugh or cry.)

Boy in Bag

2 cups raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts (black walnuts are fine)
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup chopped suet
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups milk
1 cup chopped dried fruit of any kind.

Chop suet into small pieces no pieces being larger than a bean.
Combine with raisins, nuts, brown sugar, and chopped dried fruit.

Then mix flour, spices, and salt with baking powder.
Add gradually to fruit mixture with milk, beating well.

Put in flour sack or tie in large square of cloth. Put in kettle of boiling water and boil 3 hours, always keeping enough boiling water, and put on cloth to drain.

After about ½ hour, untie cloth and turn pudding onto dish. Let chill.

Slice and serve with hard sauce.
This pudding will keep well and is similar to plum pudding.

This can be made in camp with molasses instead of brown sugar. Or can be made with white sugar instead of either brown sugar or molasses.
This was a great favorite with chuck wagon cooks.

 

Soda Biscuits

Take 1lb flour, and mix it with enough milk to make a stiff dough;
dissolve 1tsp carbonate of soda in a little milk;
add to dough with a teaspoon of salt.

Work it well together and roll out thin;
cut into round biscuits, and bake them in a moderate oven.
The yolk of an egg is sometimes added.

 

Texas Butter or Brown Gravy

The following is a farm recipe for gravy from the late 1880’s. This gravy may be made in larger quantities, then kept in a stone jar and used as wanted.

Take 2 pounds of beef, and two small slices of lean bacon. Cut the meat into small pieces. Put into a stew-pan a piece of butter the size of an egg, and set over the fire.

Cut two large onions in thin slices. Put them in the butter and fry a light brown, then add the meat. Season with whole peppers. Salt to taste. Add three cloves, and pour over one cupful of water.

Let it boil fifteen or twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add two quarts of water, and simmer very gently for two hours. Strain, and when cold, remove all the fat. To thicken this gravy, put in a stew pan a lump of butter a little larger than an egg, add two teaspoonfuls of flour, and stir until a light brown. When cold, add it to the strained gravy, and boil up quickly. Serve very hot with the meats.

Remember to check out the Like Me Love Me Contest running through, today, April 18th for prizes!

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All the best,

Megan Mitcham, Author

Words Excite. Imagination Thrills.

 

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 • Delilah Devlin
Don’t miss the Cleis Press Extravaganza!

Cleis Press is visiting Coffee Time Romance’s blog today and giving away three fantastic books (I’m not the least humble—read the reviews! LOL): Cowboy Heat, Duty and Desire, and Best Erotic Romance 2014!

Go enter — Coffee Time Romance

Friday, April 11th, 2014 • megan
Boot Scootin’ Boogie

In honor of the new release, Cowboy Heat, an anthology featuring stories from 14 other authors with fierce cowboys and the women strong enough to tame them taking the lead, we’ll walk in the boots of a cowboy for the next few Tuesdays and explore interesting facets of his life in the blog series, Cowboy Culture.

Last week, we talked about the cowboy inspired art. This week, it’s all about the music.

Long before Brooks & Dunn’s heel-toe, do si do, come on, baby, let’s go boot scooting’…boogie, the cowboy made his mark on the musical world. With a freedom never before experienced he broke all the rules, changing a steady four count to five, four, five and however else he pleased. The open west was his amphitheatre. The crickets his accompaniment. The cows and horses his adoring fans.

A harmonica became his go to instrument on the trail for its compact size and soulful bravado. Here is an example of its boastfulness.

The cowboy took the mandolin from Vivaldi’s European concert halls and gave it the earthen twang of the people.

What sings country and gets boots scootin’ like a fiddle?

Do you have a favorite country/western-fied instrument? The guitar, bass, piano or one of the above? As a former guitar picker and violin bower, I’m torn. But the fiddle wins my vote.

Remember to check out the Cowboy Heat Blog Tour and the Like Me Love Me Contest running through April 18th for prizes!

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All the best,

Megan Mitcham, Author

Words Excite. Imagination Thrills.

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