The Friday Freebie Post - Cowboy Edition

Friday, April 24, 2015
The Friday Freebie Post is where I share my favorite book deals from Amazon! These usually have at least a 4 Star Rating. They are all either books I've read, own but haven't read yet, or ones I would like to read. Just be sure to check the price before you buy, as pricing can change at any time!  
These links are all my affiliate links, so if you buy something through my link I could get a percentage of the purchase price for directing you there. It doesn't cost you any more, and this can help to offset the costs of running this blog.

Cowboy Edition

I just finished reading Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson and loved it! Sexy, sweet Cowboy Tyler falls for an older woman, widow Janie. And boy was it hot. You can look for my review on here Tuesday. Anyway, in honor of the Cowboy kind of reading mood I"m in, I give you the Friday Freebie Post - Cowboy Edition!

Free:




Cheap ($0.99):



($1.99):


Don't forget to check the price first, sometimes deals end without prior warning!

Find any good deals you'd love to share? Leave them in the comments, I'm always on the lookout for a good book :)

This post contains Affiliate Links.

Top 10 Reasons to Love a Southern Boy by Terri Osburn

Title: His First and Last
Author: Terri Osburn
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24602229-his-first-and-last

Guest Post: Ten Reasons To Love A Southern Boy by Terri Osburn

His First and Last is the story of high school sweethearts Lorelei and Spencer getting a second chance at love. Lorelei is a hard case. After twelve years away, she’s back in her hometown with battle wounds Spencer knows nothing about. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t determined to win her back and to help Lorelei find the strong woman he knows is hiding behind her walls.

Spencer is a charmer through and through. Though Lorelei lashes out, he deftly bobs and weaves, always coaxing her into a smile. He’s smart, has overcome a less than stable start in the world, and best of all, loves Lorelei faults and all. Basically, he’s downright irresistible, as many Southern boys are. Which leads to our topic of the day. . .
Top 10 reasons to love a Southern boy

1) The first is the obvious—that Southern drawl. Born a Yankee, it wasn’t until I moved south twenty years ago that I learned there isn’t just one southern accent, but many. A Texas accent is very different from a Georgia one, but what’s true across the south is that a man saying, “How can I help you, darling” is sexy no matter where he’s from. Throw in a smile and a dimple and a girl doesn’t stand a chance.

2) Manners. This is not to imply that a man from anywhere else isn’t polite or won’t pull your chair out, but for a Southern male, manners are as ingrained as the accent. Yes, sir and yes, ma’am roll off his tongue without thought, and he’d never tolerate a woman standing while his butt is in a chair.

3) Trucks. I can’t help it, I’m a truck girl. Not the big jacked-up ones that require a ladder to get into, but a good old farm truck that lets me scoot across the seat to sit real close to the cute Southern man behind the wheel. BMWs are nice, but you can’t sit thigh to thigh in one of those fancy cars.

4) Land. I’ve lived in big cities and way out in the country, and for all the pros and cons, I’ll take wide open spaces any day. A clear night when you can see the stars beats tooling down a noisy city street. The burbs are nice, but you don’t often find yourself fishing along the banks of a pretty pond if a cul-de-sac is involved. Southern men often come with a nice sized plot of land, upon which they will, of course, build your dream home. (At least in the fiction I write.)

5) Ball caps. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a thing for a boy in a ball cap. Maybe it’s my eternal love for baseball players. Of course, there’s also the cowboy hat, which many Southern men wear (including my hero Spencer.) I mean, look at George Strait. That’s enough testimony for the hotness of the cowboy hat right there. Or maybe I should reference Tim McGraw here, who looks good in both ball caps and cowboy hats. Though let’s be honest, Tim looks good in (and likely out of) anything.

6) Naturally sweet. And I’m not just talking about their tea. There’s sugar in those Southern boys, and it’s hard to resist. You want to feel special? Have dinner with a Southern man and let him do his thing. You’ll not only be smiling all the way home, but you’ll feel like a queen, believe you’re the most beautiful woman ever, and be ready for dates number two, three, and four. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m certainly not complaining.

7) Good heart. Any man, regardless of where he grew up, can be good or bad, but Southern men tend to have bigger hearts, and they often wear them on their sleeves. If he likes you, you’ll know it. If he likes your friend, you’ll know that, too. Southern men don’t put much stock in playing games. There isn’t a lot of ‘does he or doesn’t he’. There’s a smile, an aw shucks, and up in the truck we go.

8) Dogs. You can learn a lot about a man by watching how he treats an animal of any kind, but a man who spoils his dog is always a good bet. Especially if he rescued said dog from the side of the road and patiently nursed him back to health. (Like Spencer, for example.) A man who can earn a dog’s unconditional love is worth a woman’s time.

9) Comfort food. Rarely will you ever see a Southern man ordering tofu and a diet green tea. They want a meal that will stick to their ribs, and usually feel the same about their women. A Southern man understands sturdy stock, and likes a girl who won’t blow away in a stiff wind. On behalf of us girls who are sturdier than most, I send out a big thank you for that.

10) Dogged determination. Last but not least, a Southern man never gives up. Whether it’s farming, driving cattle, building cabinets, or saving a theater, he’s in for the long haul and not backing down until the job is done and done right. This determination also carries over to his love life. A Southern man doesn’t walk at the first sign of trouble. He doesn’t back down from a fight, nor does he expect life to be easy. Anything worth having is worth the effort, and that goes for the love of a woman as much as anything else.

If you want to see all of this in action, pick up a copy of His First and Last today and I’ll bet the back forty that you’ll be head over heels for Spencer in no time.

About the Author:

Although born in the Ohio Valley, Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. While Osburn went on to gain a degree in business administration, she couldn’t shelve her love of love stories. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. The author of the Anchor Island contemporary romance series, Osburn resides in Virginia with her daughter, an assortment of pets, and her bookshelves full of keepers.


5 copies of Terri Osburn’s contemporary romance HIS FIRST AND LAST
Third party giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This post may contain affiliate links. To find out more click here.

Excerpt & Giveaway for The Duke and the Lady in Red

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Historical Romance Novel Banner

Historical Romance Novel Cover

The Duke and the Lady in Red
Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #3
By: Lorraine Heath
Releasing April 29, 2015
Avon
Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22864442-the-duke-and-the-lady-in-red?from_search=true
Excerpt:

She was out of her league with him. He would not be easily manipulated. But something inside her yearned to accept the challenge. Things had become too easy of late. She was bored. She hadn’t realized it until that moment. There was no life, no excitement in her anymore. She simply existed. But he brought a spark to her. He interested her. She thought he might have secrets as dark as her own. Drawing them from him would be a challenge, might prove to be to her advantage.

“You offend me with your insinuation,” she said.

“If that were true, you would have slapped me by now. You’re a widow, not an innocent miss. The other ladies here interest me not in the least, because they are naive. I prefer a woman who is seasoned.”

“And you judge me to be seasoned?”

“You intrigue me, Rosalind.”

“You’re taking liberties with your informality.”

“I believe your protests are false. You want me to take liberties. It’s the reason you haven’t left in a huff.” He narrowed his eyes. “No, you are not one to huff about. I think you would make me pay in other ways.”

Oh, yes, he had the right of it. She most certainly would make him pay in other ways. Might still do so. But for now they were merely taking measure of each other.

Historical Romance Author pic
Author Lorraine Heath
Author Info:

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.


Giveaway Button
$25.00 eGift Card to Choice Book Seller
Third-Party Giveaway
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post contains Affiliate Links. What are Affiliate Links? Click below to find out more.

Excerpt & Giveaway for Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch by Emma Cane

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Valentine Valley Series Banner

Contemporary Romance Novel Cover


Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch
Valentine Valley # 6
By: Emma Cane
Releasing April 28th, 2015
Avon
The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22864471-ever-after-at-sweetheart-ranch?ac=1
Excerpt:

Laughing, Ethan led them down the street toward the rec league softball game, tossing his ball and catching it. Lyndsay fell in beside Will. He smiled at her, then inhaled deeply of the spring air, exhaling with a sigh of satisfaction. You didn’t live in Valentine Valley, Colorado, without loving the outdoors.

She studied him surreptitiously, admiring the fit of his baseball t-shirt, which sported the logo Tony’s Tavern—her brother’s place. There’d been a time in high school when she’d harbored a secret crush on Will. But he’d dated her girlfriend Brittany, and Lyndsay would never have intruded on that. Then Will had gone and done something so nice that it had struck her heart. It had been Valentine’s Day—a big deal in Valentine Valley—and Lyndsay’s boyfriend had just dumped her. She’d been wrapped up in her problems and accidentally spilled her books from her locker into a heap on the floor. Will had stopped to help her pick them up, and couldn’t have missed her bad mood. At lunch, there had been carnations on sale, red for romance, pink for flirting, white for friendship, and he’d gone and bought her a white one, just to cheer her up. And it had worked, but it had also made her notice how kind he was, how good-hearted—and hunky. Soon she’d battled a brief and guilty crush on him. That crush had been forgotten when Brittany had died in a terrible accident.

Lyndsay had long ago put him out of her mind—

And onto paper. She winced, then smoothed over her expression when Will glanced at her. Ethan lobbed the ball to Will, who caught it and tossed it back, along with some good-natured jibes.

Somehow, without noticing it at all, she’d made the hero of A Cowboy in Montana a lot like Will. She’d created Cody by taking the characteristics of some of her favorite celebrities and “randomly” picking sandy blond hair and hazel eyes. She hadn’t thought anything of it until last week, when a blogger had asked who she’d based her hero on. At first, Lyndsay had answered that Cody was her own creation, but then the blogger had mentioned a scene that Lyndsay had previously written in revisions after her editor had asked for a “grand romantic gesture” by the hero. And the realization of what she’d done had slammed hard into Lyndsay—that scene was a version of something Will had done for Brittany. Cody…was a lot like Will.

She didn’t want to believe it at first—couldn’t let herself accept that she’d made such a foolish mistake. She’d long since moved past what she’d thought of as a schoolgirl crush. Over the years her heart might have given an occasional kick when Will had been around, but she’d put that down to admiration for the man he’d become.

Now, watching him amuse her nephew, aware of that soft spot she’d always felt for him rising right up through her chest into her throat, she had to face facts. It was really true—she’d made Will Sweet the star of her romance novel.

Maybe he’d never realize it. What were the odds he’d read a romance? No one else would guess either. Different name, different state—although her hero was a cowboy….



Author Info:

Romance Author Pic
Author Emma Cane
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.


Giveaway Button
Print Copies of the Valentine Valley Series including A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE, TRUE LOVE AT SILVERCREEK RANCH, A WEDDING IN VALENTINE, THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY, A PROMISE AT BLUEBELL HILL, and SLEIGH BELLS IN VALENTINE VALLEY
Third-Party Giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post may contain Affiliate Links. What are Affiliate Links? 
 Click below to find out more.

AddThis

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...