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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

pearlsThank you for inviting me to sit a spell at your blog site and talk about my upcoming book, The Wedding Pearls, which hits the shelves in only three more days. Excitement is bouncing around southern Oklahoma like marbles in a tin can.

A couple of weeks ago the author copies arrived and I’m sure my squeals were heard all the way to both coasts. The cover is truly beautiful and I can’t wait for the book to reach all my awesome reader’s hands.headshots, april 15 007 - Copy

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.

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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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