New and Available ~ Heartbreak’s Reward is Released.

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You’ve seen my cover and read excerpts for months now. I started this book on November 1, 2013 and Jase Carlson has taken me on a ride I’ve enjoyed. Yes, Heartbreak’s Reward is released.

Thanks for standing by my side even though you’re probably tired of seeing my Jase and Brenna standing on a book cover in front of a “damn big mountain.” (Brenna’s words.)

HeartbreaksReward_LRGInstead of writing a post about my new release, I’ll send you right to the source–the book page. I have pages on both my website and here, so since you’re here… You can find links at the top of the page for all my books.

What’s Next On My Agenda?

Double Dutch Ranch Series:

  1. Book 1.5: Target date: November 2014.
  2. Book Three: Target date: Spring/Summer 2015.
  3. Book four, and possibly one more book planned in this series. Maybe the 5th one depends on who readers would like to see in number five. I already have an idea. The place in my brain where my muse lives is getting kind of crowded.

The Bull Rider Series:

Book #3 Christmas 2015

Whatever else comes up in between. There’s a dramatic romance/women’s fiction novel on the back burner begging to get finished.

For now, here’s the link again to the Heartbreak’s Reward page.

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Heartbreak’s Reward Deleted Scene Teaser

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It’s only days away until the release of Heartbreak’s Reward. RELEASED and available.

I thought I’d come in with a teaser. You won’t find this in the book though. This is a deleted scene. My own heart bleeds for this heartbroken cowboy. If you’ve read Cowboy Boss, you know the details that led up to this. Otherwise, it’s self-explanatory. This is a standalone novel.

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Jase Carlson rolled in with the empty horse trailer at 2:30 a.m., unhooked it, and took a stroll through the barn to check on the horses, maybe hand out a cookie or two. Before exiting, he patted his horse then gave him a molasses cookie made by his mother. He dragged himself into the house, tired, worn out, driving longer than he should have. Dropping into a chair at the table in the kitchen, he removed his dusty boots. He grabbed a beer, and set it on the table in the living room to regroup for a few minutes before going to bed.

He went down the hall to kiss his kids goodnight. Turning the knob, he slowly opened the door to Joey’s bedroom. “What the hell?” He flipped the light on then ran down the hall to Jaelle’s room. Everything was gone. “She took my kids!” He burst through his bedroom door. Rebecca’s closet was empty. He pulled open dresser drawers. Nothing.

Venturing through the rest of the house, the only things gone were the kid’s toy boxes and their bedroom furnishings, some items from the bathroom, food from the cupboards. He opened the door to the back—her car sat there. “She didn’t take her damn car?” He stumbled back against the wall. What hell did they go through when she took them? What did she tell them?

Jase grabbed hold of his head with both hands. “Dammit!” He slammed his palms against the hallway 0013 smaller website textwall to hold up his quivering body, lowering his head and pushing in and out, torn to bits in an instant. Sonofabitch! No… He backed into the opposite wall and dropped to the floor, his face going into his hands. My angel’s gone. My boy…

After he quit shaking, he dialed his brother’s phone. “My kids are gone. She took them, Tristan.” And he hung up.

Text Copyright 2014 Mary J. Dressel

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Describe It To Me ~ MFRW Book Hooks ~ Heartbreak’s Reward Bk #2

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 Join me for another week of #MFRWHooks and another sneak peek at Heartbreak’s Reward Bk #2

 I admit it. I’m here to entice you. To interest you. To HOOK you.

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What is this book about? Oh, I’m so glad you asked…

Jase made his first appearance in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. He’s the oldest brother at the Double Dutch Ranch, and he has a story to tell.

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Rancher Jase Carlson doesn’t understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn’t follow the court rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn’t a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a hot-headed, sexy blonde. He can’t allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he’s coerced into spending time alone with her. If only he can remember that when he holds her in his arms.

Brenna Page has too many of her own issues to deal with at the moment. Not to mention being guardian to her rebellious sixteen-year-old sister, and both of them are living with painful memories. The last thing she needs is a grudge-filled cowboy interfering in her life, but his intense blue eyes and muscles-to-die-for, say something she’s never heard before.

  • Set-up: Brenna and Jase have a few extra minutes before her sister returns. 

Brenna nodded and went into the room ahead of him. This time his bed was made and the room was bright. Jase removed his boots and crawled into the middle of his bed, holding his arms open. She kicked her shoes off and lay beside him.

He pulled her close, tight up against his body and held her. She relaxed in his arms, yet, a part of her wanted to draw away. At least the shuddering was only on the inside. “You’re amazing, Jase…your touch, smell, everything about you. I can’t wait to know all about you.”

“Baby, you can’t wait? Come inside my body and see the torturous battle going on.”

“Mmm, I’ve fallen so hard for you.” She slipped her arm around his waist. “Please explain how this happened.”

“I wish I could.” He nuzzled his face against her hair. “Let me hold you and dream.”

Brenna whispered, “I want to be in your dream, doing things I’ve only imagined.”

“You’re in it. It’s all about you.” Jase lowered his voice. “It’s you and me making love in my dream. Join me for now in the dream world. See it in your mind’s eye first.”

She cuddled closer. “Describe it to me.”

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Huh? Reride? Flank Strap? What the Heck Does it All Mean?

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You will find these terms in my Bull Rider Series Books.

The most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

I don’t know who penned the words above, but when referring to bull riding, believe it.

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I’m defining these words according to how they are used in my books. Some may look like they’re spelled incorrectly, but they are correct according to PBR Style Guide.

PBR
Professional Bull Riders.

Eight Seconds
The rider must stay on the bull for eight seconds once the chute gate opens in order to get a score. The eight seconds is safest for the bull.

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A long, braided rope. The rider hooks one hand into a loop on the rope. He grips it and brings the end of the rope around his fingers and holds that tight.

Rosin
Like in bowling, you have a rosin bag you use on your hand to keep a good grip on the ball. Same with a bull rider. He needs to have a solid grip on the bull rope. You’ll see them running their hands up and down a rope as they’re on the bull in the chute, and this is what they’re doing.

Helmet
Imagine a hockey helmet. Some have face guards and some don’t. In my series, Caulder wears one because of his previous concussions.

 

Chaps
Protective gear for the rider. Velia kind of likes these.

 

 

Protective Vest / Safety Vest
A vest used to be made of Kevlar but now a thinner material is used. I asked my bull rider friend and he said they weigh around two to four pounds.

Glove
Thick leather to prevent rope burns. They only need one for their “riding hand.”

Tape
Caulder would sometimes tape his glove on at the wrist.

Reride
The rider gets another chance, on a different bull, if something happened on the original ride. If the rider calls for one, that doesn’t mean he’ll get it. If the judge calls it, the rider doesn’t have to take it.

Bucked off / buck off
The rider is thrown off the bull before his 8 seconds is over. No score for a buck off.

Hung up
When the rider is bucked off, or gets off on his own, sometimes his hand or the spur on his boot gets “hung up” in the rope and he is dragged alongside the bull.

Hooked
The bull gets you with a horn.

Slap
The rider touches the bull with his free hand, or even his head.

Buckle Bunny
Women who follow the bull riders, or sit in the stands hoping to be noticed— like a groupie. I don’t mean to offend anyone by using this label, but it’s a common term. Velia is mistaken for a buckle bunny a couple different times. In fact, I recently purchased: http://amzn.com/B00CS8X52C

Bullfighter

Caulder’s friend, Kenny, is a bullfighter. One of three men who protect the rider from the bull. Chances are, when a rider gets bucked off, or gets a score, when he gets off that bull, he’s trying to clear his mind and focus. He might not know where the bull is at the moment. A bullfighter will put his body between the rider and bull. They also compete in their own challenges.

Flank Strap
This goes around the rear of the bull and makes the bull buck because he wants it off.

Stock Contractor
These are the owners of the bulls. Caulder’s dad is a stock contractor. They also win titles.

Chute / Bucket Chute
This is the enclosed cage-like area where the rider gets on the bull. This is where you’ll see other riders helping him get his rope tight, and others are there to prevent him from being thrown against a rail if the bull bucks in the chute. They hold their arm in front of him. At times you’ll see them holding the back of his vest. The flank man/woman is also here adjusting the flank strap.

Ariat
A brand of cowboy boots and also a sponsor of the PBR (Caulder has given this brand of boot to his cousins, too.) He’s so sweet.

Back Pens
Where the bulls are kept while waiting their turn. Bulls chosen for reride bulls are also held there.

Buzzer
At 8 seconds, a buzzer or horn sounds to let the rider know his ride is over.

Hot Seat
The rider with the highest score sits here until the next high score beats him. They used to go out into the center enclosure and talk to the announcers.

World Champion
The rider with the most points at the end of the season. He’s given the gold buckle, and a whopping big check of $1 million bucks, plus a lot of other perks. Not to mention being called World Champion.

Gold buckle

A buckle made of gold is worth more than $10,000 dollars. This is Caulder’s goal. This is the PBR World Champion 2013. He’s holding the Gold Buckle.

World Finals Held in Las Vegas in October. (I deviated from the real PBR schedule to make the story my own, or I should say to make it Caulder and Velia’s.)

Series Buckle
The rider who has the highest weekend points for the weekend’s events receives a series buckle. They win other things from sponsors like Ariat cowboy boots.

Circuit
The bull riders travel a circuit from January to October with some breaks in between. In my book, the circuit went from February to November.

First Round / First Go
The first round up. If a rider doesn’t make his other rides, the only score he receives will be for the first round.

Second round/ second go
The second round or “go” is the second round of competition.

Opening Ceremonies

This video can show you better than I can tell you. The last rider out in first place, is the same rider in the video below.

Gate Man
The man who pulls the gate open when the rider is ready to go into the arena on the bull. Caulder’s friend, Stan, is a gate man in the books.

Nods / “Go”
The way the rider lets the gate man know he is ready to leave the chute.

Foul
Something happens during the ride. A slap to the bull is an example. The rider can’t touch the bull in any way with his free hand or body.

Good Draw
In the book, Caulder would be happy with the bull he’d be riding. The draw is done before the show.

Disqualified
Touching the bull during the eight seconds, the rope comes off, or the rope is released.

I’ll leave you with a video by Gary Allan singing “Get Off on the Pain.” The bull rider highlighted in this video, is my inspiration for the bull rider series.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday Interview with Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Oh, a lovely “cyber trip” to Italy. Interview with yours truly. Thank you, Siobhan!

Originally posted on Siobhan Daiko's blog about her writing and life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong and Italy:

Mary and I met online over a year ago and we follow each other on WordPress.

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I love reading Mary’s blog, especially her Sexy Saturday posts, and I’ve just bought her emotional and compelling, contemporary Western romance Howdy Ma’am for my Kindle.

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Welcome to Douglas Bland Artist’s studio in Italy, Mary. So glad you can join me in an aperitivo. What can I offer you? A glass of Prosecco? A spritzer? A Bellini? Or perhaps some Pinot Grigio or Bardolino?


Hi, Siobhan! Thank you for inviting me to your very special place on the web. I’d love a Bellini as I sit here and absorb the lovely Italian culture with you. Mmm, it sounds so delicious and refreshing.

Ooh, think I’ll have one too. (Pours two glasses of Prosecco and adds peach juice). Cheers!

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Okay, darlin’, make yourself comfortable! I’m over the moon you’ve been able to join me and…

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Heartbreak’s Reward~ MFRW Book Hooks ~ Alone With Him?

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Today I bring you a short “hook” from my upcoming release Heartbreak’s Reward, Book Two in the Double Dutch Ranch: Love at First Sight series. Coming early September 2014.

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Tagline: Sometimes a wrong turn takes you to the right place.

Setup: They haven’t known each other long. Jase invited Brenna for dinner. He hesitated to tell her where they’d be going…

Excerpt:

He placed his hand over her arm, playing two fingers over her skin. “Is it all right with you? I would have asked sooner, but I feared you’d say no.”

“Um…um.” Oh, damn, now what? Alone with him under the stars. In front of that big Superstition?

“Brenna?” He stretched over and stroked her chin, turning her face toward him. “You can trust me. I’ve had more than one chance to ravish you. I could right now, right here.”

But what about trusting herself? Her insides tumbled like an offset dryer. “Okay,” she managed to get out. “I like homemade steak—especially the badass kind.” Her voice was higher than she recognized as her own. Was it fear? Kind of—but maybe not the kind of fear she had expected. He wasn’t the one she was afraid of. Her body’s reaction to him is what caused her fear.

Sensual Contemporary Western Romance

Coming Early September 2014

What is this book about?

Rancher Jase Carlson doesn’t understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn’t follow the court rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn’t a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a hot-headed, sexy blonde. He can’t allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he’s coerced into spending time alone with her.

Brenna Page has too many of her own issues to deal with at the moment, not to mention being guardian to her rebellious sixteen-year-old sister. The last thing she needs is a grudge-filled cowboy…but his intense blue eyes and muscles-to-die-for, say something she’s never heard before.

One wrong turn. Two broken families. Brought together by chance…and need.

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Let me tell you ahead of time that Jase is one to be reckoned with. He’s a hero after my own heart.

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How I Named my Character or Wow, a Lot of Fun Research!

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel:

Oh, my goodness. I’m reblogging another one of my own posts. That’s because I’m trying to get another book out, but this is a good post anyway. I’m not shy. (Sometimes.) If you’re new, enjoy. If you’re read this before, I’m sorry.

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(This is a reblog of an earlier post.) In an earlier post I mentioned I’d be posting a blog about how I chose the heroine’s name in Howdy, Ma’am and Hey, Cowboy. Her first name is Velia and her last name is Armano.

Her last name started out as Armani, but wait, maybe that wasn’t a great idea. After all, I didn’t want Mr. Armani himself coming down on me. Hah, like Mr. Armani would know about the Bull Rider Series.

I must admit to giving up a great line in the  book when I changed her surname. I’ll give a brief explanation about choosing Armano. First, I made it up. Si, I made up Armano. Then I wanted to see if that name existed. It did! Luckily for me, there were only a few families with that name in the region I needed. So, that’s how she got…

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Sneak Peek Excerpt: Heartbreak’s Reward, Book 2

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You are not imagining things. Mary is actually writing a blog post. I’m sorry it has been so long. Hope you’re still around to read this sneak peek into Heartbreak’s Reward. I don’t talk much about Jase and Brenna, the hero and heroine here. Of course, Jase is introduced in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, but I’m writing this as a standalone book—same as Cowboy Boss.

Coming Early September

Double Dutch ranch series: love at first sight #2 Peek

Set-up: Brenna is new in town. She’s been having a hard time finding her way around.

Here we go:

Brenna no sooner got near the entrance and the tall cowboy came out through the door. His face lit with a big smile. “Wow, good timing,” she said.

Jase gave her a nod. “Hi there, Brenna Page. I see you made it all on your own.”

“I didn’t know you came here, too.”

“It’s closest to the ranch.”

“Thank you for the directions. I loaded up my car so I need to get the food home to the fridge.” He looked so good, rugged, dirty, and all rolled into a handsome guy. She hadn’t noticed how white his teeth were last night. Maybe it was his tanned skin making them look that way. Either way, he was smoldering hot. The intense blue of his eyes just sparkled in the Arizona sunlight.

“Yeah, me too, girl. I have a couple big steaks in here. Sure don’t want them to spoil.” He tilted his head toward his truck a couple rows over. “I have to get these home.”

They walked beside each other until he turned off toward his vehicle. “I’ll see you later, Jase.”

“Hey.”

Brenna looked over her shoulder. “What is it?”

He stood there, two paper bags in his arms, head cocked a bit, and he licked his lips. Hard to miss that. “Have lunch with me. I’ll run this home, you do the same.” He nodded across the highway. “There’s a place right over there. Good food. How about it?”

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Hmm, what does Brenna do next? Is she hungry…for lunch? *snicker*

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New Release Hey, Cowboy, (Bull Rider Series #2)

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HEY, COWBOY IS RELEASED!

Now Available

Sensual Contemporary Western Romance.

Finally!

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The rowdy bull rider and classy Italian are at it again in this compelling and emotional second book in the Bull Rider Series.

In Hey, Cowboy, a break in the season finds Velia Armano and Caulder McCutchen back in Tucson, Arizona. Family, friends, and rowdy cowboys are brought together to share in joy…and sometimes pain.

The last year with Caulder has given her trust and strength like she’s never known. But, her strength is weakened. Enemies harbor a vendetta against her and her family…and anyone who gets in the way.

Caulder vows to protect Velia, yet little does he know the lengths he’ll have to go— He learns that sometimes a hero has to prove he is one.

He’d like to give her the world, be the man she needs, but an injury during break threatens his career. How can he give her everything when his future hangs in the balance?

All they ask for is a peaceful life together—a new bull riding season with a chance to win the coveted gold buckle, and a happily ever after.

Happiness is within reach if their burning love is strong enough to overcome enemies plotting against Velia’s family—and a possible career-ending injury for Caulder.

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It all started right here when he walked in with his howdy, ma’am and flame blue eyes. And two lives were changed forever.

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If This Wasn’t Love… MFRWHooks Meme Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2

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Hey, Cowboy, Bk #2 (Bull Rider Series)

I can’t call this a WIP anymore. It will be on the way to the formatter shortly.

No explanation needed…

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Velia and Caulder are back in the compelling and emotional sequel to Howdy, Ma’am.

 In Hey, Cowboy, a break in the season finds Velia Armano and Caulder McCutchen back in Tucson, Arizona. Family, friends, and rowdy cowboys are brought together to share in their joy…and sometimes their pain.

The last year with Caulder has given her trust and strength like she’s never known. But, her strength is weakened. Enemies harbor a vendetta against her and her family…and anyone who gets in their way.

Caulder vows to protect Velia, yet little does he know the lengths he’ll have to go— He learns that sometimes a hero has to prove he is one.

He’d like to give her the world, be the man she needs, but an injury during break threatens his career. How can he give her everything when his future hangs in the balance?

All they ask for is a peaceful life together—and their happily ever after. Happiness is within reach if their burning love is strong enough to overcome enemies plotting against Velia’s family—and a possible career-ending injury for Caulder.

Come along and see what happens when the feisty Italian takes a longer ride with the rowdy bull rider.

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