Monday, September 8, 2014

Carver Ranch and an excerpt from Counting Cowboys.

This fall, my first western romance will be releasing from Beachwalk Press. I'm very excited about this series and have been in edits with this story. I think we're in the last stretch on edits as it gets ready for the next editor. Then it's time for the galley read, and then the finished product. :) I can't wait for this one to be in e-retailers so readers' have a chance to visit Carver Ranch.

With it being September, I've been sitting down and looking at my writing schedule for the rest of the year. It looks like I will be dedicating most of it to Carver Ranch! I'm working on a short story (holiday themed) that will release around the same time time as Counting Cowboys. I'm also working out the outline for the next brother's book. His story is a little more complicated and I have his part figured out, I just haven't quite decided on the heroine. When you meet Nathan in Counting Cowboys, you'll learn he was once involved with a woman who he was sure he was going to marry, and it didn't work out. Hopefully I get this figured out soon and I can have it done and into my editor around November. The holiday season starts soon after that, lots of breaks with the kids out of school. I'm hoping--and it never really works--to take December off! Work on edits if they come my way, but no writing. We all need little breaks here or there, right?

Before I leave, how about a little excerpt from Counting Cowboys.
Note: This is NOT the final copy. It is still in edits and changes are likely to still be made. 

Lauren stared at the papers in front of her, but none of it registered. All she could focus on was the half naked man. The hot, sweaty, tanned man who was now naked in his shower only feet away from her.
She shook her head and rubbed her thighs. Enough. It wasn’t like Tucker was the first sexy man she’d seen. She wasn’t blind or innocent, but something about him got her panties moist quick. Hopefully, she could make it through this accounting meeting without ripping her own clothes off and offering herself up to him. She had no doubt he would be an awesome lover. The man worked with his hands all day; surely he knew a thing or two that could please her.
Seriously, enough.
Lauren straightened her back and stared hard at the stack of papers he’d given her. There were receipts, print outs, and such. Tucker seemed to keep good records, so this would make things easier. She removed her computer from her bag and turned it on. After she pulled up the file for Carver Ranch, she studied it once more to familiarize herself with it.
This was a profitable ranch. Last year had been one of their roughest years, but so far, this year was already better. She was sure once she started to fill in the stuff he’d supplied her with, she’d see they’d come back strong from the previous year.
“Everything there?”
Lauren jumped in her seat.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.”
Tucker, now dressed, came over and sat next to her. Whatever soap he used attacked her senses in a good way. How did someone get out of the shower, yet still smell like fresh cut pines? She shouldn’t do it, but she did anyway. She let her gaze wander over his body. The black t-shirt he wore hugged his wide chest, letting her get the full view of muscles he had.
Lauren looked away quickly. “Yeah, I think this is it.” She flipped through the stack. “You’re free to do whatever while I do this. I know you’ve got a lot to do.”
“Can I get you something to drink?” He stood, and her focus went straight to his crotch.
Oh God, she glanced up quick to see him smirking. The man knew he was sex on stick with his sandy blond hair and blue eyes. “Do you have some tea?”
“Uh, yeah.”
He winked. “I’ll be back.”

“Take your time.” The farther away he was, the more she could concentrate on her work. She wasn’t sure what had come over her, but the sooner she got done with this job, the better. Then she wouldn’t have to see him again until next quarter.

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