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My "Tied Up, Tied Down" by Lorelei James Review

This is book #4 in Ms. James' Rough Riders series. Here's what it's about:

The strongest bonds are the ones unseen... 

Rough Riders, Book 4

Businesswoman Skylar Ellison is firmly in control of her life. So getting tangled up with a sexy Wyoming cowboy—and conceiving a baby in the parking lot of a honky-tonk—wasn't in her plan. Since it appears the daddy has taken off for greener pastures, the only thing to do is pull up her bootstraps and carry on alone.

Cattle rancher Kade McKay returns home after a year on the range, and is knocked for a loop when he learns he's the father of a three-month-old baby girl. When Skylar refuses to marry him, Kade grits his teeth, moves in and plays house by her rules to prove he's a man in for the long haul. Despite Skylar's insistence they are to remain strictly parenting partners, their old passions flare hot as a brush fire, spurring Kade to demand absolute sexual surrender from the headstrong woman. Skylar willingly submits he…


I gotta tell ya, I am hooked on some Lorelei James books:) I bought another one yesterday and finished it already. She is such a great story teller and I am glad I gave her books a chance. Are there any authors who you were skeptical of reading at first and now they are one of your favorites?

Not much goin' on

I feel very unprepared for todays blog post. I think it has to do with it being Monday, lol. My brain is still on break from the weekend:) Anyway, I really don't have a whole heck of a lot to talk about today. I emailed Amazon and asked them to please make sure that everyone who purchased a copy of my novel, "When the Heart Falls", gets the revised editon uploaded to their Kindle device (for free and with their permission of course). I updated my "Reviews" tab on my blog over the weekend. Other than that I really didn't do much. I had intentions of doing some more work on my next novel but couldn't get in the creative mode. I'm hoping to work on it some this week though:) I guess that's it for now. Have a great Monday!

Country Music Friday - "Remind Me" by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

Sometimes a little reminiscing is all you need to bring on the romance:)  Enjoy!

Any books on tape fans?

Anybody out there love books on tape? I have to say that I am a huge fan of them. A couple of months ago I came across this website called and I absolutely love it. They were having a promo where you could try it out for free for one I did and dowloaded 2 books. I downloaded the app to my phone and now I listen to my romance novels while I'm at my day job, lol. They still do that free promo every once in a while, so if you are a fan keep an eye out. Right now they have a promo going on where you only pay $7.49 a month for the first 3 months. That's not bad in my opinion seeing as these things can cost upwards to $30 a pop. Check it out if you're interested:)

My "All Jacked Up" by Lorelei James Review

I know some of you are probably looking at this review and saying, "Didn't she say a few posts ago that Lorelei James' novels were far too graphic and kinky for her liking?" And to answer your question; yes, I most certainly said that. That being said, I really liked her Rough Rider's short story "Slow Ride". So I looked up the full length novel about those two characters and...Here we are. Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from the authors website:

Pulling off the ultimate con…if they can keep from pulling off their clothes.

Rough Riders, Book 8

Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.

Jack is…

Update to previous post...

I just got an email from Amazon saying that my upload was sucessful:) So the revised edition of When the Heart Falls is now available for download!

When the Heart Falls - Revised Edition February 2012

Good news everyone, I've submitted my revised edition of When the Heart Falls to Amazon and it should be available some time today! I'll keep an eye on it and let you know when it's there.
My next book is coming along. I think I've finally figured out how I want it to go. So now I'm just doing some tweaking and expanding on certain scenes. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) to get it to my editor very soon. I would really like for it to be released in the summer, but we'll just have to wait and see. I'll keep you all posted:)


I am happy to announce that I got my re-edited copy of "When the Heart Falls" back from my editor this weekend! Nothing has been changed as long as the story line goes. She just helped me clean it up a little bit in the grammar department. I will be uploading the revised version to Amazon within the next few days. As soon as it's there I will let you all know. Thanks!

Country Music Friday – “Holding Out For A Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen

Although I really like Bonnie Tyler’s upbeat 80’s version of this song, I gotta say that this slower one is my favorite of the two. I think it sounds much more sweet and romantic. Every time I hear it I always think it would be the perfect song in the background of a love scene. The little details play out in my head like a movie: a man and a woman alone in a candle lit room; tender, sweet kisses; soft white cotton sheets; a close up shot of the man’s hand as he slowly slides the strap of her dress from her shoulder while he trails slow, lingering kisses down her neck…sigh.

My Love Story

Keeping with the theme for this week, I decided to write down my own personal love story. Here goes:)

My love story begins about eleven years ago. I was working at an electronic store when one day this new guy, Rob, starts. Now I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re expecting me to be all “Oh it was love at first sight” and “I just knew this was the man that I was going to spend the rest of my life with.”

Nope. Not even close. In all honesty, I didn’t like him.

But to be fair, it wasn't his fault that I didn’t like him. A co-worker told me this ridiculous lie about him and stupid me believed the co-worker instead of confronting Rob about it. But as luck would have it, Rob ended up confronting me about why I hated him so much. So I told him, and that’s when I found out it was a lie. I instantly felt bad about it and soon after that, Rob and I became friends.

We would spend most of our time at work talking to each other about anything and everything. We worked in different departm…

My "Honky Tonk Christmas" by Carolyn Brown Review

Sharlene Waverly now owns and runs the Honky Tonk. Along with being the owner and operator of the local beer joint, she is also a veteran of the United States Army and a successful romance novelist. Sharlene, like all the other women who owned the Honky Tonk before her, loves her beer joint and vows that no man will ever come between her and her place of business.

Enter Holt Jackson. Holt is a devoted single father of two, having inherited his sister’s five year old twins after she was killed in an auto accident. He moves to Mingus after Sharlene hires him and his crew to build an extension on the Honky Tonk.

The two of them try like crazy to deny their feelings for one another but, with the help of two mischievious little kids, they’re about to have one Christmas that they’ll never forget.

This is the final book of Ms. Brown’s “Honky Tonk” Series. Let me start off by saying that this novel took me a pretty long time to finish. Although I liked it, I didn’t love it like I did the others.…

Lisa Andrade's Love Poem

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! 

And now it's time for a love poem:) Lisa Andrade is one of the winner's of the "It's a Love Story" contest. Enjoy:)

Dedicated to My Darling Husband, Rudy…

Darling, It is only you I have loved ever since our romance first blossomed.
Like the most exquisite thorn-ridged rose, every fine romance deserves to blossom into something more beautiful & ravishing…
beyond our wildest imaginations, our wildest dreams, and our wildest fantasies…
beginning with the spice of life as the main ingredient.

Rudy, my darling, it is only you who is worthy of the highest praise because you love me for who I am, and let me be who I am meant to be.

I dedicate this poem to you:

A Fairytale Dream Come True

I've loved you ever since... our fairytale romance first blossomed.....

Once upon a time in a fairytale so magical                                                                      
there was a beautiful young princess
who lived in a castle nest…

Tammy Powell's Love Story

Tammy Powell is one of the winner's of the "It's a Love Story" contest. Below is the story she submitted. Enjoy:)

My story for when I meet my guy, who is named Cory, starts a few years ago. I was engaged and dating a guy for almost 6 years. I was in a dead end relationship. I was that woman you want to scream at why are you still putting up with this guy and realize you can do better. I guess you could call me blinded by the “love.”

Well one year I started my adventure for selling candy for relay for life. I sold a lot of candy. One guy in particular would come back and buy a lot of candy. I thought he just wanted candy and didn’t think anything of it. When he came back we would talk for a little bit here and there about random things. It felt like we could talk about anything. He even would share his candy with me that he bought. For a couple of years the talking was going on. I didn’t think anything of it I just liked talking with him and he liked talking with me.

I w…

Announcing the winner of the "It's a Love Story" contest!


Tammy Powell and Lisa Andrade!
Yes folks, that's right, we have 2 winners! Tammy submitted the story of how she met the love of her life, and Lisa submitted a poem dedicated to her wonderful husband. Each of them will receive a $25 gift card to the e-vendor of their choice. Thanks again to all who participated! I'm looking forward to doing more contests and giveaways in the future! And make sure you check back next week to read Tammy and Lisa's stories:)

Country Music…Thursday? – “My Valentine” by Martina McBride

I know I do this normally on Friday’s, but I decided to move it up a day so I can announce the winner of the “It’s A Love Story” contest tomorrow instead. Anyway, seeing as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it’d be appropriate to post a Valentine’s Day song. I wasn't able to find the actual music video but this video is very nice. Enjoy:)

My "My Give A Damn's Busted" by Carolyn Brown Review

This is the third book in Ms. Brown’s “Honky Tonk Series” and I gotta say, this one didn’t reel me in like the first two did. This one also got on my nerves the most with the country music references (Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give A Damn’s Busted” is the running theme…as you can tell from the title). That being said, the rest of the book made up for it. I was hooked from the middle on and honestly didn’t want to put it down. Here’s what it’s about:

Larissa Morley now owns the Honky Tonk and takes care of running the place. During an incident with a deer that runs her off the road she meets hunky cowboy Hank Wells. The two bicker back and forth for the first part of the novel, with Hank trying to get close to Larissa and Larissa not wanting to let herself fall for Hank. But just Larissa loses herself in Hanks arms, he drops a bomb on her that shatters her heart into a million pieces and has her cursing the day they met. However, Larissa is no angel herself and has her own little box of secr…

Is it summer yet?

Ugh! I am sick of cold weather already. I'm not asking for a heatwave right off the bat or anything; just some warmer non-jacket weather. Dad held a trail ride at his house on Sunday and the weather was supposed to fairly nice...but it was not. We woke up to drizzling rain and needless to say it was pretty freakin' cold. But by the time we got the horses saddled and everyone else showed up the sun finally came out. It was still cold and windy but we had a great ride. Later in the evening we went to a Super Bowl party but had to leave at half time in order to get our son to bed. THAT was a nightmare, lol. He was so amped up I guess from playing with all the kids that it took him an hour before he stopped screaming at the top of his lungs and finally went to sleep. Now, let's talk about my next book briefly. I got to sit down this weekend and work on some more editing. I thought I had it how I wanted it...but now I'm not so sure. I mean, I like it the way it …

“It’s A Love Story” Contest

Since Valentine’s Day is next week I thought it’d be fun to do a little contest. The rules are simple: Send me your love story:) New love, old love…all stories are welcome! Compose your story, whether it be a short one or a long one, and e-mail it to me at (don’t’ forget to include your name in the e-mail). I will read through all of the entries and pick my favorite story. The winner will be announced on Friday’s blog and will receive a $25 gift card to the e-vendor of their choice. Along with receiving the gift card, I will post the winner’s love story on my blog for Valentine’s Day. Thanks in advance to all who participate and good luck!

This contest is purely for fun. The stories submitted will be used for contest purposes only and distribution of the submitted content will be used only on this blog for Valentine’s Day of 2012.

Country Music Friday – “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” by Josh Gracin

This is one of those songs that just makes me melt. Could you imagine having the love of your life strum this on a guitar and sing this to you? Pure Heaven.

This Makes Me Smile

I just love this picture. On the left is my dad’s horse, Lady, and on the right is my son’s horse, Trigger. They are mother and son and I just think it is a beautiful shot of the two of them. Oh and since we’re doing introductions here (LOL) the horses in my header are also from my dad’s farm. From left to right we have Bueno (he’s the horse I ride all the time, wonderful animal), Co-Chief and Star. And I can’t forget Spirit, she’s the horse on the cover of my book:) It’s a terrible shot of her because it’s so dark and she’s so far away, but she is gorgeous.

My "Hell Yeah" by Carolyn Brown Review

This is the second novel in Ms. Brown’s “Honky Tonk Series” and like the first novel it gained my interest from the start. This novel had a little more nail biting action thrown into it than the last one, and I liked that fact that Cathy wasn’t afraid to kick some ass, even a man’s. Here’s the synopsis:

Daisy’s cousin Cathy O’Dell owns and runs the Honky Tonk now and during the New Year’s celebration she is greeted in the middle of the dance floor by a man named Travis Henry (who apparently resembles Matthew McConaughey…hot!). As the clock counts down this cowboy reels her in for a New Year’s kiss, which of course pisses her off, even though his kiss made her melt like snow cone in July. But she won’t be getting away from him that easy because Travis is running the oil drilling site right next to the Honky Tonk. After a few bizarre (but convenient) weather circumstances, Cathy breaks the rules and lets Travis stay with her in her apartment, which leads to more nights and so on and so o…