Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 4: Hottie Cowboy Round-Up


Welcome Back to Day 4
of the Hottest Cowboy Character Contest
Today we have 4 Awesome Romance Authors sharing their hunky heroes with us. So, pull out your TBR list and enjoy the ride!
Each day, we will promos from our Grand Prize packages.  Each time you nominate/vote for a cowboy, you get an entry into the random drawing.  Come back Dec. 14 to see who won the Grand Prize basket.

Grand Prize Basket #1
Silver & Turquoise Horseshoe earrings
Divine Creek Ranch SWAG pack
$50 Gift Certificates, plus Strandbucks
Tangled bundle
Cowboy Six Pack (Kindle only)
A Cowboy for Christmas
Hope for Christmas
Finding Dandie (Kindle only)
Montana Wranglers #1 & 2
Winner's choice from Brenna Zinn's backlist
Winner's choice from Paige Tyler's backlist
(except boxed sets, His Perfect Mate, or Her Lone Wolf )
Grand Prize Basket #2
Signed copies of all 3 books of the Colorado Heart series
Paperback edition of Wicked Witches of the West: Rowan's Ascension
$40 Gift Certificate
Crewel Work
True Loves' Fire (Kindle only)
Jackson's Sub
A Cowboy for Christmas
Chase & Seduction
All 5 books in the Massey, TX series
Grand Prize Basket #3

$10 Strandbucks
a 2015 Honor James Calendar with swag: coozie, pens, stress ball & flashlight keychain
April Zyon swag:  coozie, pens, stress ball & flashlight keychain
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
Books from Forever Publishing:
SWEET ON YOU by Laura Drake
  FORGIVE ME by Eliza Freed (ebook only) 
Slow Ride Home
Grady Legacy series #1
by Leah Braemel

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.

The girl she’d once been, who had been unafraid of anything, screamed to be let out. This was Ben, the first man she’d fallen in love with. The first man to break her heart, and yet he hadn’t.

Everything she’d believed was different.

For the first time she let herself see him as he was now. Not as the boy he’d been.

While he’d always been strong, he’d filled out—gone from a boy to a man. With a man’s calluses creating a delicious friction against her skin. Though his eyes still had that bright shining fun in them, there were frown lines too. Where she’d once sworn she could touch him in the dark and know it was him, his body was different.

Harder. More muscled. The strength in his forearms and shoulders, sculpted by years of hard work, not through hours spent in a gym.

Bracing herself, she lifted up and slid down over the hard ridge, drawing another harsh breath from him.

Ben stiffened, and Allie realized the ranch hand who 90 slow ride home had been driving the oat truck was watching them, eyes wide.

“Hey, Joe,” Ben said slowly. “Why don’t you take your load to the silo?”

“Sure thing, boss.” After he clamped his hat back on his head, Joe climbed into his truck.

“Where’d the other guy go?” Allie asked as they watched the oat truck lumber down the road.

Ben gestured to the completely cut field. “He finished about an hour ago so I sent him back to the yard with Dale.”

It would have been safer to keep someone around to stop her from giving into her wild side, but the tingling in her body celebrated with each yard farther away their chaperone traveled.

The moment the truck was out of sight, Ben pressed Allie against her machine, resting her on the footrest to nuzzle her neck.

He smelled of oil and hay and everything that screamed working man she found sexy. Her breath releasing in a soft sigh, she tilted her head to the side, giving him access to her neck.

His fingers dug into the hair at the base of her ponytail and held her as he lifted his head. His nostrils flaring, his voice dropped until it was almost a rumble in his chest. “I want you.”


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No Accounting for Cowboys
Grady Legacy series #2

Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.
Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.
Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?


Her lips pressed against his, attempting to take control of the kiss. He let her for the moment, enjoying the feeling of her body in his arms, the softness of her lips, the heat of her breath against his cheek. Her hands stroked his shirt—she must have unbuttoned it because she slipped them inside and caressed his chest.

“Do you know,” she murmured beside kisses, “how much I wanted to do this to you all week?”
“What was—” he adjusted the angle of the kiss, “—stopping you?”
“Your momma.”
A laugh erupted from him that quickly died when she cupped his groin with her palm. “Let’s get inside before we give the neighbors a show.”
No argument from him. He broke off the kiss and opened the door, tugging her across the seat. The moment her butt hit the edge of the seat, she wrapped her legs around his waist, the warmth of her pressing against his erection. Holy crap, let him at least make it inside before he came in his pants. Yet when she tried to lower her legs he held her tight against him.
A huff of laughter and she gave up, resting her head on his shoulder. “You know, I am capable of walking on my own.”
He grunted. “Hey, I’m trying to be romantic here.”
Her lips brushed his neck, sending his cock apeshit to bury itself inside her. “No one’s ever carried me like this before.”
Except for his younger cousin Emma, he’d never carried a woman to her door before either. And Emma didn’t count since she’d only been four to his twelve and she’d hurt her ankle. And his cousin, so there hadn’t been any romance to it at all.
He shifted Paige’s weight and moved away from the truck’s door, slamming it closed with his ass. Praying he didn’t stumble over a rake or a rogue stone, he aimed for the front door, though she made it more difficult to see his path by continuing to kiss him.
“Keys?” he mumbled around her lips.
A jangling sound beside his ear told him she had them ready; he angled them sideways so she could unlock the door. The moment the door closed, she lowered her legs and pressed him against the front panels. She’d unzipped the hot-as-hell sexy leather vest she’d worn as a top, and let it fall at her feet. Sweet baby Jesus, his mouth watered at the two perfect moonlit breasts she revealed. While he’d suspected she hadn’t worn a bra, being presented with proof in such a spectacular and unasked fashion made his mouth water.
With each rise of her chest a pair of nipple rings glittered in the moonlight, hinting that they contained stones that matched the dangling belly button piercing.
The hell on her taking control. Bending his arms around her waist, he switched positions until her back was pressed against the door. He caught her mouth with his, delved for the kiss he’d been craving. One where he didn’t have to keep an ear open for someone interrupting them.
All his concentration on Paige, he allowed himself to sink into her scent—leather and something darker, spicier today—and the feel of her body against his. How her chest rose, her breath, each soft exhale on his cheek a kiss all its own.
Holding her hands above her head with one hand, he let the other roam over her body. Her breasts were soft like damned silk, making him aware of the calluses on his fingers and palms. He tugged her nipple ring, swallowing her quiet moan with each pull. Her murmured “Jake” held a hint of frustration.
Doubly determined to make this a night to remember, he slowed down even more. He broke off their kiss and whispered his lips over her cheek, down her neck. He let go of her hands as he lowered his head and teased a taut nipple with his tongue, flicking the dangling jewelry to add to the intensity. Her hands free, she cupped her breasts, lifting them, making it easier for him to flick the dangling jewelry. While he’d imagined her naked in bed far too many nights the past week, the nipple rings were a fantasy he’d never considered. Though considering the number of studs in her ears, he shouldn’t have been surprised.

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Leah Braemel is the only woman in a houseful of males that includes her college-sweetheart husband, two sons, a Shih Tzu named Seamus who behaves like a cat and Turtle the cat who thinks he’s a dog. She loves escaping the ever-multiplying dust bunnies by opening up her laptop to write about sexy heroes and the women who challenge them.  Reviewers have awarded Leah’s books numerous Top Pick and Recommended Reads designations as well as nominated them as Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance and Best Ménage and More. Leah has also been nominated as Favorite Author and Best Erotic Romance Author.
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Five Alarm Alphas, 8 smokin' hot firefighter stories by 8 bestselling authors
No Accounting for Cowboys of The Grady Legacy series is now available!
Crewel Work
The Tapestry Series 1
by Natalie Alder
Book Blurb
The key to a successful horse farm is the trainer. At Bridgeton Pass, J. P. Ryan is that key. William Becker is determined to protect his farm and keep Ryan on the job. 

That goal is threatened by two things – a sinister act by another employee and the fact that his only daughter has fallen head-over-heels in love with J. P. 
Becker can’t allow either of those things to threaten his legacy. 

Audra grew up around the handsome trainer and fell in love with him at a distance, enchanted by his kindness and honesty. When they began stealing private but innocent moments, she found that she didn’t want to live without him. Audra is heartbroken when she has to choose between honoring her father and pursuing love. 

J.P. wants Audra by his side, but he finds himself with a hard decision. 

He is forced to choose between his career and the love of his life. Between the problem caused by the troublemaking barn hand and the frustration caused by his desire for Audra, J.P.’s job has become a ‘crewel’ work. 

The story of the Becker family is woven as an intricate Tapestry. It is beautiful as a whole, but like any tapestry, you have to turn it over and look at the back side to see how the threads of love and family relationships are woven together into one intricate whole. 

Welcome to the Tapestry series. 


He stood before her in a grey button-down shirt and black pants wearing a huge smile. With a hand on the small of her back he guided her from the room to elevator and out of the hotel. 
  J.P.’s heart rate skyrocketed and his dick hardened immediately when he saw the dimples above Audra’s ass peek out above the low edge of the back of her dress. All of the soft, creamy skin of her back was exposed. His for him to run his hands over. There was no way he was going to be able to keep his hands off her tonight. Not in that dress, or out of it. And not with those black heels making her legs look a mile long. The diamond earrings complimented her outfit very well. But then again, diamonds go with everything. This woman was his. He was a damn lucky bastard. 
The car met them in front of the hotel and J.P. helped Audra into the back seat. 
“Where are we going?” 
“I thought I’d take you for a steak dinner for your birthday.” 
“Mmmm…sounds yummy. Can I have you for dessert?”
“You know it, sweetheart.” He winked at her.
J.P. wasn’t sure he was going to make it through dinner but somehow he managed. He noticed his hand shaking with anticipation of having her as he slid the key card into the hotel room door. She stepped into the room with him behind her but was quickly pinned to the back of the door by J.P.’s body. His lips and mouth devouring her. 
“I can’t fucking wait to be inside you.” His eyes were dark, heavy with lust. He scooped her into his arms and carried her to the bed. Gently he set her down, standing so he could remove her dress. It fell to the floor at her feet.
“Christ, Audra, you are so beautiful.” He took in her garter and stockings ending with the four inch heels she wore. With the back of his hand he lightly skimmed over her cheek and down the side of one breast. “You’re not wearing any underwear.”
She ginned a mischievous grin. 
“God, had I known that we never would made it out of this room.”
“Well, you’re not so bad yourself, cowboy. I like you dressed up. Prefer you dirty in your sexy-as-fuck jeans but…” 
“You feel like being bad tonight don’t you? Little vixen.”  
She stepped out of her stilettos.
“Keep the stockings on.” Suddenly she was scooped up and placed on the middle of the bed. From there she watched J.P. strip for her. He made sure to give her a good show of it. It was her birthday after all. Slow, sensuous movements that accentuated rippling muscles flexing were accompanied by seriously sexy bedroom eyes. She made the “come here” gesture with her finger and he climbed onto the bed, naked and prowling. Spreading her legs by nudging her open with his shoulders he settled his mouth over her mound and sprinkled it with kisses. His mouth moved to one inner thigh where he licked and kissed his way down to the arch of her foot and back up before doing the same to the other side. One long stroke with his tongue from her anus to the clit made her gasp and sent quivers of delight through her body. It was such a beautiful sight to watch her reactions he repeated the path with his tongue. God, she was incredible. And she tasted so sweet. His Audra. 


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About the Author

I write stories about romance. They center on learning about the characters backgrounds, personalities and life circumstances that mold them into who they are and how they love.


I am a sassy 40-something year old. I live in a quiet farming town in New England with my husband of fifteen years and our three rescued cats. After college I facilitated improvement in the physical abilities of children and the elderly then took the opportunity to enjoy my creative side. I love to sew, knit, write...sing and drink martinis (not necessarily at the same time).

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Texas Haven
by Kathleen Ball
Rancher Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now, Burke is determined to find an honest, country girl with no expectations of love.

They sat on the swing in complete silence. The sky was beginning to darken. Burke put his arm around her, pulling her close. He could feel her tremble at his touch and it humbled him. He couldn’t remember a time when a woman had such a reaction to him. The urge to pick her up in his arms and carry her to his bed was strong but he didn’t dare. He didn’t think she was the type for a one-night stand and that was all he was willing to offer.
Although he found her damn attractive, she was off limits. All he needed equated to an unpaid housekeeper not a woman that probably had no practical skills, even so, she was very tempting. There was something so vulnerable about her that it made him long to protect her.
He made the mistake of looking down at her upturned face. Her luminous green eyes trapped him. Unable to resist the pull of her, he carefully leaned down and brushed his lips against hers. He only intended for the kiss to be brief, but she tasted like honey and he had to have more.
Annie moaned as Burke kissed her again. He swiped his tongue along the seam of her lips, coaxing her mouth open and deepening the kiss. His arms tightened around her, pulling her close to him. She smelled of sunshine, sweet and warm. Reluctantly he let her go. Annie smiled back at him, and it pleased him. She looked lovely in her yellow sundress with her curly auburn hair falling down her back, and he couldn’t help but admire her cute figure.
 Gently, he removed her arms from around his neck and looked down at her with hooded eyes. Highly aroused by her, it was by sheer willpower that he stopped his advances. Her bruised lips looked inviting to him and her eyes shone with pleasure. God he wanted her. Burke smiled at her enthusiasm. The last woman in his house had overtly insulted every inch of it. He could hardly believe her reaction. She seemed genuine in her pleasure over everything. But, he reminded himself that it didn’t really matter. Burke grinned as he watched her scoop up the cat and whisper in its ear, her happiness so apparent. For a second he was glad that he adopted that ornery cat.
Regretfully, he stood up and moved away from her. “It’s been fun.”
“Yes it has,” Annie stood. She wobbled a bit and made her way to the porch stairs. She looked at Burke with her heart shining in her eyes. “Maybe you could consider me as a candidate for a wife?” she asked quietly.
He hesitated, not knowing what to say.
“Never mind.” She hurriedly rushed down the stairs to her car.
Maybe in another life, it would have worked, but he knew what the ending to their story would be.
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Kathleen Ball
Autumn's Hope
Summer's Desire
Texas Haven
Ryelee's Cowboy
Callie's Heart
Lone Star Joy
Stetson's Storm

by Katie Lane
Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He's a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America's sweetheart isn't easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody's backup. So now it's up to Starlet to prove that she's put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she'll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who's loved her even before her fame and fortune.

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Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn't writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

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  1. These contests are so much fun. Not only do I get to vote for my favorite characters. I get to explore books by Authors not familiar to me. Win Win!!!!!!!

  2. Great blog post, I love cowboys stories so I will have to go through this list and add to my wish list. Thank you.

  3. Adding to my TBR stack that keeps getting bigger!

  4. Loving the excerpts. Finding lots to read.

  5. love these authors. :)

    tammy ramey

  6. Love Cash Montgomery! Cynthia D'Alba

  7. Reno Montgomery,Texas Bossa Nova, Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Cynthia D'Alba