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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Blurb

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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Roaring Like a Lioness… (Sneak Peek – Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2)

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Today I’m giving you a sneak peek into Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2. (Bull Rider Series) This book is releasing in July 2014. If you don’t know Velia and Caulder, you can meet them in Howdy, Ma’am, Bk 1.

Caulder is the cousin to Tristan, Jase, and Dane Carlson of the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. He also makes his appearance in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. He and Velia appear in Heartbreak’s Reward.

Velia shook her head. “No cameras though. That’s too freaky. It scares me.”

“You need to think it over.” He stood and walked to the doorway. “Where’s the damn doctor?”

She gave a subtle laugh. “Now you sound like my dad’s right hand man, Roy, when I was in the hospital.”

He turned back toward her. “Did you mention this incident to your father?”

“I haven’t mentioned it to anyone but you.” Velia pivoted and peered out the window at the dreary morn. Glancing over her shoulder, she asked, “Should I?”

“I don’t know.” Caulder came up from behind and hugged her. “Thanks for telling me about this. It’s not the kind of thing to keep from me.”

She faced him. “What do you think it’s about? Should we be alarmed?”

He pulled her against him and wrapped her tight in his arms. “I don’t know, babe.”

Interrupted by the nurse who had discharge papers in her hand, Caulder took a seat and Velia sat on the edge of the bed. The nurse gave instructions—also scheduling a follow-up appointment with his doctor, along with the CT scan. He had to take it easy with no athletic activities.

The nurse continued on, and after giving all the warning signs to look for, she signed the paper and had Caulder sign it, giving him a copy. Free to leave. Velia beamed with delight, wanting to lift him over her shoulder and run out of that place—roaring like a lioness—and carry him out. She grabbed his bag. He took it from her. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

Sì!” Glad to see Caulder’s smile when he looked at her, it changed to a frown as he got in the wheelchair to be wheeled out. She had a moment of empathy pass over her—sure that he worried about the future, his career, and their relationship.

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Howdy, Ma’am and Yeehaa-ing MFRW Book Hooks

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Book Hooks! #MFRWhooks

logo book hooksOh, what is a book hook? From the MFRW Authors Blog: Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It’s a chance each week to hook readers on your current WIP or any previously published book.

This week, I’m offering a hook from Howdy, Ma’am (Bull Rider Series Bk #1) Hey, Cowboy, Book Two is due for release in July. Sensual contemporary western romance. Here you go…

Italian class meets bull rider rowdy.

Paperback Coming Very SoonSet-up. From Chapter Two. Velia gave up her job as a travel photographer to relocate and begin a new life. Caulder needs a photographer to travel the pro bull riding circuit with him for a season. He offered her an opportunity she couldn’t refuse…

My hook…

It was difficult being so far away from everything she loved. But here, she had Edward and Alice and her work. And now it seems she might have a cowboy to follow around. “A cowboy? I’m a city girl… What will I do with a cowboy?”

Then her thoughts drifted back to the cowboy who sauntered in like he owned Tucson. “I didn’t even get his name.” She slapped her palm against her forehead. “How come I didn’t ask his name?” It was scrawled across the flyer he tossed on the desk, but she didn’t pay any attention. She went to her laptop and typed in rodeo stars for the current year.

She found a slew of links. “How do I find him out of all these?” Clicking on images brought even more results. “Mm, che belli cowboys!” While browsing all the handsome guys, she examined the action photos and knew she could do as well or better. Wait. He said bull riding not rodeo. Again, her thoughts went back to his request—to travel with him for almost a year. She fanned herself with the newspaper. “Can my heart take so much manliness? For a whole year?”

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Bull rider Caulder McCutchen wants to start living again. But this year he has a good chance of winning the converted buckle, knowing he has to ride harder, go bigger, or go home. Winning consumes him, but it doesn’t take away the pain from a tremendous loss less than two years ago. On a whim, he hires a feisty photographer to travel the bull riding circuit with him for a season. A little extra publicity can’t hurt, and she’s easy on the eyes. When he finds himself passionately attracted to her, will this sassy little Italian photographer prove to be just what his claim to fame needs—or a disastrous distraction?

Velia Armano had the strength to walk away from an abusive husband. She moves from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona and opens her own photography studio. Six months into her well-ordered life alone, a hunky cowboy saunters in with his howdy, ma’am and flame blue eyes, offering a job any photographer would find hard to refuse. She accepts his offer, and discovers they both have their own obstacles to overcome. While trying to resist his heated embrace and gentle nature, she hopes to find the right answer before the season ends—to remain in her self-appointed exile, or give in to a “happily ever after.”
When the season ends, who wins the real prize?

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Cover Reveal (Double Dutch Ranch: Love at First Sight #2)

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Double Dutch Ranch Series:
Love at First Sight #2

Summer 2014

Meet Jase and Brenna

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Blurb

Rancher Jase Carlson doesn’t understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. To add more devastation to his life, she doesn’t follow the court rules where his kids are concerned. Harboring an attitude and a grudge, he accepts that life goes on. Months later, not much has changed—except now Jase is lonelier and even more pissed off. When he comes to the aid of a woman in distress, he’s sorry he was raised to be a gentleman. To make matters worse, he’s coerced into spending time alone with her. No matter how tight her jeans and sweet her smile, he insists this sexy blonde is not what his broken heart needs. But will he feel the same way when he remembers how good it feels to hold a woman in his arms?

In an attempt to save her rebellious teen sister from herself—as her guardian, Brenna Page leaves everything behind and takes a teaching job in Canyon Junction, Arizona—so they can both mend their hearts and start over. When she unexpectedly meets a hot-headed cowboy with intense blue eyes and muscles-to-die for, the first thing she wants to do is get away. Since she can’t seem to shake him, Brenna wonders if that same grudge-filled cowboy with an attitude is someone worth taking on. But still dealing with memories, and a sister who wants to go back home, the last thing she needs right now is a horse ranching cowboy interfering in her new life.

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

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Countdown to Cover Reveal for Summer Release

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???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????You don’t hear me talk a whole lot about the second book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight, other than to say it exists. I haven’t released the title yet, but it can be found in the back matter of Cowboy Boss.

This is the week I’ll do a cover reveal. My mailing list subscribers have already seen it. I’ve kept fairly quiet about what this book is about. The blurb that accompanies the cover reveal will give more information. Expect this book to be out this summer.

Cowboy Boss and his Destiny is book one, but I’ve written both books to stand on their own. DidWelcome_to_Arizona_Sign (2) you know this book was a Top Pick with a rocking five stars at The Romance Reviews? The novella that picks up where this book ends will be out later in the year. Not that the story needed to carry on, but I wanted it to. Remember, the first book can be read on its own.

Of course, I hope you like the Carlson family enough to want to check them all out. This series keeps growing. Now, there’s a book four. A new love blooms at the Double Dutch Ranch. But…that isn’t all. An idea for a fifth book came to mind.0013 (4) extra small

The hero in book two is Jase Carlson. He’s Tristan’s oldest brother. Jase is introduced in the first book, but his life took a huge turn. You can’t have a romance without a heroine. Jase fought me all the way on this…until he remembered something about women—how good it feels to hold one. This is where Brenna Page comes in… You’ll meet them both this week.

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Cropped and low pixel 2I’ve been consumed with the second book in the Bull Rider Series. Nothing about this book went to plan except I wrote the story that called to me, and then cut about 10K words. Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2 will be out in July 2014. Sometimes it feels like I lived this story, I’ve been with it so long. If only I could feel that cowboy Caulder’s kisses. Kinky? LOL I even dreamed Velia’s nightmare once.

See y’all later this week… Until then please be safe. Don’t forget the sun protection. :-)

 

 

All Posts Cleanup or Seven Year Delete: Such is Life

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Seven years. What does this mean? It seems like I went through seven years of my life in an hour. How?

My Dashboard. It was some trip.

Some blog posts needed an overhaul. Many didn’t have titles. Shame on me for that! Most untitled posts had been Reblogs. My own. How did I post without a title? I need to remember the next time I reblog something of my own – the title apparently doesn’t carry over.

What does it matter if they’re old posts? Why do I care if they have a title? You must remember, they’ve never been seen before by new blog subscribers or visitors.

Each time I get a new subscriber, comment, or a Like, at least three of their blog posts are attached to the email notification. I’d feel awful if a new subscriber had a notification from me with three untitled posts. Again…shame on me!

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I lost count of how many I deleted this time. Sure, that takes away how many posts I’ve written in seven years. Last year the same thing happened. Gone, part of the life I used to write about. Old books. Old life. They kind of go hand in hand.

This made me stop and think about the past seven years. Not yet a decade, but much has happened…changed—good and bad changes. Sometimes things like this happen so gradually that you don’t have time to realize until you see them all lined up in ‘All Posts” and there sits the story of a life…in seven years.

My past posts were more personal than recent ones. Remembering back, I can understand why. When you have time, take a look at your own ‘All Posts’ and pay attention to what you see. How much of your life lives there?

Good luck.

A Few Updates:

  • I’m working on Edits for Book Two as we speak. (Jase’s story. This isn’t the title.)
  • Hey, Cowboy (Bull Rider Series #2) will be released in July.
  • Since I have two books coming out soon, here’s my new Mailing List Sign Up address. I only send out important book update announcements and new release information. I did recently send a Cover Reveal announcement to mailing list subscribers for book two in the Double Dutch-Ranch Series: Love at First Sight.
  • Something else… Cowboy Boss and his Destiny was mentioned as a recommended summer read in an article in USA Today by one of the authors in the Passionate Kisses Romance Bundle, showcased on the site. Make sure you check out this book. The price is .99 cents. I’m not in the bundle, but it sure is a deal. http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/06/26/passionate-kisses-boxed-set-alexander-ely-gage/11415329/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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