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Welcome Guest Star: Lexi Post

We are thrilled to have Lexi Post with us today.  Lexi’s bringing an excerpt of her latest book and a great giveaway. Be sure to enter!

Shyness Births a Heroine

Thank you to the wonderful Butterscotch Martini Girls for having me on the blog today.  They aren’t just great writers but great friends too. Whoohoo! Love you gals!

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I’m Lexi Post and I write erotic romance inspired by the classics. My newest book, TRACE’S TROUBLE is coming out in a 9 novella boxed set Ring in a Cowboy on December 28th. Only 2 more days! Yay! This is a contemporary cowboy story and the second book in the Last Chance series. While the book was inspired by a classic western short story called “Miggles,” by Bret Harte, the heroine’s character came directly from my own background.

Though some people find it hard to believe, as I was growing up I was incredibly shy. The reason for this was that because my family moved a lot, I was in a different school every two years, so by time I hit high school, even though I got to stay there for 4 years, I was already hesitant to make friends, speak up in class, or go to dances. Oh, I did have a couple friends here and there and I value them to this day, but it is so easy to put myself back there and remember what it was like to be shy.

So when I introduced Whisper in the first book in the Last Chance series, CHRISTMAS WITH ANGEL, and had in my head that she’d moved around a lot as well, I just had to make her different. Not just different in general, but different from me and how I reacted to having to meet new classmates every 2 years. So Whisper turned out how I would have liked to be, bold. Then again, she didn’t spend much time with people at all and was home schooled so that had something to do with her, um, lack of social skills.

Yup, Whisper is much happier hanging out with the Arizona wildlife than people and is quite blunt about it. She even tells the hero, Trace, “You can leave now.” She never says things like “I’m glad I could help,” “It’s nice to meet you,” or “I look forward to seeing you again.” Instead, she says exactly what she thinks or simply keeps quiet, a trait that really baffles Trace. I had so much fun writing this heroine!

TRACE’S TROUBLE is up for pre-order in the Ring in a Cowboy boxed set, but if you can’t wait to read about Whisper, you can meet her in CHRISTMAS WITH ANGEL which is out now. Also, for a chance to win an ecopy of your choice of one of my back list books, enter the Rafflecopter below. I’ve also brought a short excerpt of TRACE’S TROUBLE with me. I hope you enjoy it.

Always, Lexi

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When the cowboy closed the door, she turned on him, a smirk curling her lip. “So, did you find out everything you came up here for?”

The man studied her, his eyes hidden by the shadow of his hat. “Yes I did, thank you.”

Huh? “Good. Now you can go.”

He cocked his head. “I would think with no one around for miles you wouldn’t mind a little company for a change.”

“Nope.” At least not his. He had her stomach in knots and she didn’t like it. “Not real partial to people. Animals are much better company.”

Trace laughed at her statement, sending a pleasant sensation over her body, like the sprinkle of a light rain.

“I have to admit to having that thought a time or two, especially in the ranch house. But the barn can be peaceful, even soothing. I like listening to the sound of a horse munching on dinner while another chuffs and moves around in the shavings.” He looked off in the distance as if seeing every detail. “As dusk comes on, you can hear the crickets, and the desert mice scampering back into their nests.” His gaze locked with hers. “Nature is more straightforward than man.”

Feeling a sense of kinship with him at his description, it took her a moment to catch the undertone of bitterness in his final statement. Her mind eased as she sensed he might understand. “Yeah, I get that. A horse lets you know exactly how she feels. You also know how a coyote or mountain lion feels the second you find yourself in their company.”

He grinned. “You in the company of those animals often up here?”

She shrugged. “Faust comes by when he’s hungry and—” At his intent stare, she halted. “Anyway, you were leaving, right?”

Author Bio:

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Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi believes there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature. Her books are known as “erotic romance with a whole lot of story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.

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Welcome Carolyn Brown Today!

Good mornin’, all y’all folks at this site. I’m so glad to be invited back again to WildCowboyWays_RGB300talk about my second release this month, Wild Cowboy Ways. It’s a very Merry Christmas to me and my readers when I have two releases in December. Wild Cowboy Ways will hit the shelves next Tuesday but it’s available for preorder now!

This the debut book in the Lucky Penny Ranch series, which over the course of the next year will feature four books: Wild Cowboy Ways (Dec. 22), Hot Cowboy Nights (May 31, 2016), Merry Cowboy Christmas (Sept. 27) and Wicked Cowboy Charm (January, 2017).

Blake Dawson and his brother, Toby and cousin Jud, have joined forces to buy a run down ranch in north Throckmorton County located in central Texas. Called The Lucky Penny Ranch, it’s a misnomer for sure since there’s nothing about the ranch that could be called lucky. The house is run down. The fences need repaired and the property is overgrown with mesquite and cow tongue cactus. The Dawson cowboys see a future for the ranch that will involve a lot of work but considering the low price, they figure they can put in the elbow grease and in five years the property will be worth ten times the asking price.

headshots, april 15 007 - CopyThe trouble is that Toby can’t move to the ranch until summer and Jud can’t get there until fall. So Blake has to start out on his own.

Allie Logan, the local cracker-jack carpenter, didn’t trust men and any crazy cowboy who thought he could turn the luck of that worthless ranch around—well she sure didn’t want anything to do with him.

But he needed a roof on his house and then he needed some cosmetic remodeling inside—and he did make a mean pot of chili, which was her favorite food. But it was a job and that was as far as it was going…or was it?

I sincerely hope that you fall in love with the town of Dry Creek and all the residents. But most of all that Blake and Allie steal your hearts. What is it about a tall, dark haired cowboy that draws your eye to him?

Guest Star: Carolyn Brown

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Tessa never minded being adopted. She was so secure with her family that she didn’t even think about her biological family until one day the sexiest cowboy from the state of Texas swaggered into her Louisiana travel agency. She thought he was there to book a vacation but boy was she wrong. He was a lawyer who’d come at her biological mother and grandmother’s bidding. They were going on a road trip around the great state of Texas and they wanted her to go along so they could get to know her.

She took Branch Thomas’s card but she had no intentions of going on such a fool hardy trip. But then her adopted mother told her that she really should go and get to know her blood kin. And just before she left her mother gave her a journal to record her feelings. It wasn’t to keep track of the chronological dates and things that she saw but it was to be used only for her feelings and emotions on the trip.

So there she was stuck for a whole month in the front seat of a 1959 Cadillac convertible. Seated between her biological mother and Branch, who was the driver for the five women, she figured she might last three days before she threw the journal in the trash and flew back home from the nearest airport. But as the journey went on and she began to wonder if fate had put her in that car to fall in love.

Guest Star: Meet Jennifer Shirk

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The Love-Hate Relationship of Writing

Hi, all, Jennifer here! I write sweet (and sometimes even funny!) romances for Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line. I just want to say a BIG thank you to the Butterscotch Martini Girls for allowing me to come blog today!

Writing—especially writing romance—is a lot like a love affair. There is an immediate love and then an eventual hate. LOL! But if it’s true love, you stick it out together for better or for worse.

You’re probably thinking, But writing seems so nice. What is there to put up with?

Well, allow me to share a little of my writing relationship highs and lows:

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WRITING

1-Plotting:  Yes! I love to plot. I think I love to plot more than actually write. LOL! Sometimes I have to make myself stop plotting so I can begin writing. But I can’t help it. It’s like love at first sight.  Plotting is where everything about your story is new and shiny. Even your characters names! Putting down a bunch of ideas down on paper gets me excited to write about them.

2—Writing “The End”: Most authors are sad to let their characters go. Not me. I’m thrilled. It’s like going to a wedding. The food was great, I bought an awesome dress to wear, I had a great time, but I can’t do the chicken dance all night. The couple needs to start their life together. Bye, bye. J

3—Editing: Yes, next to plotting, this is a favorite of mine. In fact, I could edit a book to DEATH. It’s getting it all out on paper the first time around that is the hard part for me.

WHAT I HATE MOST ABOUT WRITING

1- The Beginning: Ugh. I sometimes AGONIZE on where to start my stories and usually end up changing the first few pages a couple of times. Okay, more than a couple of times…

2—The Synopsis: Yeah. I know I’m alone in this. Nuff said.

3—The Waiting: It takes so much time to write the book, then you have to WAIT to edit the book before you submit, then you submit the book and have to WAIT to hear from your agent or editor, then WAIT again for it to go through the process of preparing it to be published and marketing it. UGH. Pure agony!!

But all in all, writing is worth the extreme highs and lows and although it’s a very draining process, I still wouldn’t break off this relationship for anything.

I guess it’s true love. J

What about you?

If you are a writer, what do you love most about writing? Hate most?

If you’re a reader, are you surprised writing can make an author so dizzy?

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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Amazon/Montlake Romance, and now Entangled Publishing.

Lately she’s been on a serious exercise kick. But don’t hold that against her.

Feel free to follow her on Twitter or become a friend on Facebook

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Jennifer’s next release, Wedding Date for Hire, is coming to a e-tailer near you October 12th!

Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she’s the maid of honor for her sister’s wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation—Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can’t find a boyfriend, she’ll do the next best thing…

Hire one.

Trent Montgomery isn’t actually part of Match Made Easy. He’s just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he’s totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after…

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Guest Star: Sandra Owens

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Hello everyone. Thank you Butterscotch Martini Girls for the invite. I’m honored to be here today. I write contemporary romantic suspense and Regency romance books, and as a romance author, I understand how important first encounters are to a story. Is there instant attraction, or do the h/h dislike each other on sight (or at least think they do)? Is the first encounter a funny one or an embarrassing one?

I will always fondly remember my first actual encounter with my husband. It went something like this…

“I ran over my coat this morning.”

I looked up from whatever I’d been doing at the time to see a tall, blue-eyed, blond man standing in front of my desk. I knew him as he worked at the same place I did, but we’d never had much contact. I will admit, though, that I had noticed him.

“You what?” I asked, not sure I’d heard him right. For opening lines, his was certainly original.

A silly grin quirked his lips, as if he amused himself. “I ran over my coat. With my car.” There was laughter in his eyes, and I really liked that. “There’re tire tracks on the back of my coat now.”

“Okaaay,” I said, biting down on my bottom lip to keep from laughing.

He put his hands on my desk and leaned toward me. “It’s a good story, but I’ll tell you the rest over dinner.”

His nearness, the low timbre of his voice, the scent of him, stole my breath. A cliché, I know, but it really did!

I’m married to that man now—have been for years—and he still makes me laugh, and he can still steal my breath when he turns those blue eyes my way, leans close, and whispers something naughty in my ear.

Although I knew him in passing before the legendary coat caper (yes, he really did run over his coat), I consider that moment our first encounter. It was the first time he made my heart go pitter-patter. It was memorable, and it changed my life.

In books, that first encounter is one of the most important scenes of the story. It is the event that will change the hero and heroine’s life! It sets the tone, and it tells us whether the hero and heroine are going to fight the attraction (because there must be attraction, else who cares about them?). Or maybe they go at it like bunnies, then some conflict or other comes along and threatens to kill any chance of a happily ever after for them.

I’ve read books were the first encounter just didn’t do it for me, and when the chemistry is missing, the story ends up being a disappointment. Then there’s those books that grab you the moment the hero and heroine set eyes on each other, whether from across a crowded ballroom, or across the baselines of a small town baseball field.

The author just got it right! You can’t wait to get to the end because even though romance means you’ll get that satisfying HEA, you just have to be sure. Wait, never mind, you don’t want the book to ever end.

Not long ago, I read two books that began with the same type of first encounter. In both stories, the hero and heroine got right to it the night they met, before they even knew each other’s names. In one, by a well-known author, I was totally turned off. It was just creepy, and set a tone for the story that I couldn’t get past.

In the second, I was blown away. I’m not usually a fan of sex with strangers in books, but the author made it work. As the book progressed, I fell in love with hero and heroine.

First encounters can be powerful whether that first meeting is humorous, or sizzling with heated looks, or sad, bringing tears to our eyes. One of my favorites from a book I read long ago and can’t remember the name of, at his first sight of the heroine, the hero thought, Here she is. That was all. Here she is. He didn’t know why the words flashed through his mind, and he promptly dismissed them as not having any meaning to him. But we knew!

In the first book of my K2 Special Services series, Crazy For Her, my hero, Logan, feels an immediate connection with a woman sitting at the table next to him and his friend. Logan’s first encounter with Dani was a here she is moment, and he recognized it as such. Yet, it didn’t seem meant to be. The time wasn’t right for them, and sometimes that’s the way it happens. Other events must occur, sometimes years must pass, and tears shed before one has their chance for that happily ever after.

In my just released book, Falling for Her, my hero is attracted to the heroine at first sight, but he isn’t happy about that. She’s the exact opposite of the kind of women he thinks he wants. Of course, we all know he’s wrong, and the fun is in seeing him figure that out.

Question: First encounters are not only critical to set the tone of the story, but they’re so much fun. Do you have a favorite first encounter story, either from a book or real life?

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Blurb for Falling for Her: Known to the K2 Special Services team as “Saint,” Jamie Turner lives by his own strict rules to compensate for his past sins and the two-ton boulder taking residence in his heart. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He never swears. And he only dates nice, safe women until he meets Sugar Darling, the fill-in receptionist at K2. She’s as sweet as her name, but this wild woman is definitely trouble, with something to hide. He knows he should avoid her…but can he?

Sugar isn’t hiding something—she’s hiding everything. And K2 seems like the perfect place to lie low, thanks to the big, protective guys who work there. The drop-dead-handsome Saint makes her heart race, yet he keeps his distance. When Sugar’s traumatic past rises up to haunt her again, she desperately turns to Saint for help, and he has to decide what’s more important: playing it safe or risking everything for love.

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Author Bio:  A best selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, Crazy for Her. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.

You can sign up for her newsletter or find all the social media places to connect with her on her website:  www.sandra-owens.com

Sandra will give a signed copy of FALLING FOR HER to one lucky commenter.

Tequila Makes My Clothes Fall Off

By Lisa Pietsch (http://www.lisapietsch.com)

I love the Butterscotch Martini Girls.  I really do.  Like the Butterscotch Martini, they’re all so pretty to look at and swirl around.  They’re smooth, silky, creamy, easy to overdose on and take you away to another world.  They may even bite you but it will be when you least expect it and, chances are, you’ll simply respond with a giggle.

Alas…I would never make the grade as a Butterscotch Martini Girl.

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery so I’d like to flatter the Girls a bit and someday start my own little group.  You see, I’m a tequila drinker.  I’ve never been accused of being smooth like these silver-quilled Martini Girls.  I’ve always had a bit of bite and I usually have a surprise or two up my sleeve.  My group would be named the Tequila Killers.

Here are just a few indications that you might be well suited to being a Tequila Killer:

1.    You never lick salt before a shot unless that salt is on a hot body (and then it isn’t for the salt but for a chance to lick somebody in public).
2.    You skip the lime because it only slows down your next shot.
3.    You chase your shots with Margaritas.
4.    Instead of cringing after a shot, you do a little shimmy.
5.    You think the song “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” was written for you.
6.    “Mas Tequila” by Sammy Hagar is your own personal party anthem.
7.    Writing fight scenes and firefights comes easier to you than writing hot, slippery sex.

If you answered “Yes” to any one of these, you belong in the Tequila Killers and you should contact me as soon as you figure out where you left your bra last night.  You also may be interested in reading my debut novel, The Path to Freedom.  Sarah Stevens is one of us.  She’s tough, usually has a surprise or two up her sleeve in the form of a knife or handgun, hates to back down to anyone, loves her tequila and gets really pissed off when she breaks a nail.

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The Path to Freedom (http://www.lisapietsch.com) will be available Monday, September 22nd through Sapphire Blue Publishing (http://www.sapphirebluepublishing.com).  You can hear the soundtrack for The Path to Freedom by visiting my Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/lisampietsch).  You can see the movie just as soon as I convince Vin Diesel to produce it (and let me lick salt off his body).

(Lisa was having problems logging in as a guest blogger, so I logged in and posted her blog.  Just so you’re not confused…lol!  Tina/Cassie)

Got Balance?

robbins.JPGFirst, let me say thank you to the Butterscotch Martini Girls for having me as a guest blogger today. And a special thanks to Brit for letting me take her normal Monday blog spot. Thanks, sweetie! 🙂

Okay, now a little about me:

I’m Eden Robins. I’m currently published through Cerridwen Press. I like to write paranormals, science fiction, dark fantasy and straight contemporary romances. I also write nonfiction inspirational and if I have the opportunity to write a Modern Day Fairytale here and there, I’ll jump at the chance. I like to listen to alternative or hard rock when I write, but usually prefer silence when I edit. Go figure.

I love the magic of both the sparkling blue ocean and the deep earthy forest, but if I had to pick one it would be the forest. The whispering of pine trees as they sway in the wind brings me unbelievable peace. I love dogs, pugs in particular and am the proud owner of two-Mimi and Jasmine. I really enjoy dancing. I’ve even taken some ball room dancing lessons, but would still not call myself a talented dancer. Yet I have a blast trying! I’ve been taking kickboxing classes for about a year and a half and I thrive on the energy that brings. I’m also a part time faery queen, just visit the Romantic Times Booklovers convention site to learn more. Last, but definitely not least, I’m a mom. Love it, live it, work hard at it.

I’m published in all of the above and am loving every minute of the ride. Okay, almost every minute. But that’s the nature of the beast, isn’t it? As a matter of fact, that’s the nature of life. The yin and the yang. The good and the bad. There can’t be one without the other. That’s balance.

Grrrr….there’s that word again…Balance. It’s one I ponder and obsess over time and time again. I’m trying to find that right fit, where the “weight” of one part of my life stays even with the other.

You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, so let me explain…

On one side of my computer I have pictures of my children and family and on the other I have reviews, author quotes and some contest wins. Seems odd, yet both inspire me, each in their own way. I want my family to be proud of me, of who I am, of how I live, of what I do, and of what I accomplish. On the other hand, I also stay motivated by looking at the progress of the work I’ve done and the industry’s recognition of that. Both are motivators, both affect my life and my work.

Here’s my conundrum. Family and work, family and work, family and work. I want to give both their due, but it isn’t always so cut and dried. Wish it were. Some days I really wish it were. My family is so important to me. I want it to stay close, harmonized, healthy, loving and productive. My writing is also important to me. I want it o stay harmonized, healthy and productive as well.

But I still juggle both clumsily-sometimes leaning too heavily toward one or the other and losing a ball or two along the way. And I don’t want that. I don’t want to drop any of the balls. Ever.

That, I’m beginning to believe is where the problem lies. Constant perfection isn’t possible. Perfect balance isn’t possible all day, ever day. It just isn’t realistic to think otherwise. So once again, I’m relearning a lesson I thought I had learned. It’s simply this. As either a writer or simply a human being,  perfection is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s something that just might crack me up if I continue to believe the notion that I can live up to it.

No, perfection is not the answer and perfect balance is not always possible.

So what’s left?

Well, me of course. Perfectly imperfect me. But that’s not what’s ultimately the most important point of all of this. What is important is what I strive to do as me. I need to strive to be the best family member I can be. The best mom, partner, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, etc. that I can be. The best I can be. Not the most perfect, but the best I can be. This also means that I need to strive to be the best writer I can be. Not perfect, not without flaws, just the best darn writer, write with my blood, guts and soul that I can be.

Perfection is not me. It’s not something I will be able to live up to in a balanced life. But being the best I can be-now that is doable. That is possible. And that is a goal in itself which I feel will bring balance to my world.

So watch out family–watch out world! The best darn family member/author who writes with her blood, guts and soul that I can be is coming your way!

Okay, now I feel ready to start my week.

How about you?

Eden 

Eden Robins

Dark, Dangerous and Decadent Happily-Ever-Afters  www.edenrobins.com  http://www.myspace.com/edenrobins

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