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Beyond The Page: “Nobody (Men of the White Sandy #3)” by Sarah M Anderson

Apr 8


Today I have an exclusive excerpt for you from NOBODY,

book #3 in Sarah M Anderson’s “Men of the White Sandy” series.

Enjoy 🙂





Temptation Thursdays & $25 GC Giveaway: “Rising Assets” by Rebecca Zanetti

Apr 3


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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt? 

Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays :)


Today’s excerpt is from RISING ASSETS by Rebecca Zanetti.
There’s also a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, part of the RA tour 🙂



Temptation Thursdays: “The Rancher’s Second Chance” by Victoria James

Mar 13


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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt? 

Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays :)


Today’s excerpt is from THE RANCHER’S SECOND CHANCE  by Victoria James.



Beyond The Page & Giveaway: Harlequin American Romance author Amanda Renee

Jun 21


Amanda Renee picturePlease welcome Harlequin American Romance author, Amanda Renee, to CABR 🙂


How would you describe BETTING ON TEXAS and HOME TO THE COWBOY to people on Twitter?

BETTING ON TEXAS City girl unknowingly steals a ranch from one surly cowboy & he’ll do anything to get it back-but it may cost him his heart

HOME TO THE COWBOY She came home to heal her heart – He wants to forget she broke his – One little girl changes their lives for…Ever.



BOT coverWhich character popped into your head first for BOT? How did that conversation go? 🙂

Miranda Archer came to mind first because I could relate to being the new girl in a town completely different from the one you were used to.

Sometimes you make mistakes when you’re new in town, especially when there’s a strong cultural difference from what you’re used.

Having walked in Miranda’s shoes, she was easy to write. I had fun putting her through the ranch paces, especially in new, unbroken in boots.  Been there, done that and it’s was a lesson I will never forget.



What’s your favourite moment in HOME TO THE COWBOY?

Where Tess first meets Ever, a precocious 4-year old girl with cerebral palsy, she’s instantly taken with the child and sees a side of Cole she didn’t know existed.


      Tires crunched on the dry dirt parking lot as a faded powder-blue minivan drove up to the wheelchair acces­sible ramp. Cole left Tess’s side, a huge smile splayed across his face. He strode to the van and slid the door open, revealing a raven-haired beauty of a child with two ponytails tied with pink bows.

“CC!” Small arms stretched out toward him while Cole bent down to unfasten her seat belt. “I can walk, CC! Watch me!”

The girl reached beside her seat and pulled out two tiny crutches with forearm supports. When she swung herself around, Tess could see that braces encased her legs up to her knees.

“Slow down, Ever.” A woman came around to the van door. “All this child’s been able to prattle on about is showing you she can walk.”

“Hello, Lorraine.” Cole moved aside, allowing the woman to seat the girl on the floor of the minivan so her legs dangled over the edge.

“Look, CC!” With calculated precision, the child focused on Cole, who knelt down on the ground a few feet in front of her. She took one precarious step, fol­lowed by a much steadier one.

Tess covered her mouth to keep from gasping at the child’s determination and pride with each small movement. The entire staff watched the girl walk to­ward Cole. When she finally reached him, he wrapped his arms around her, lifting her up and swinging her around.

“I’m so proud of you, sweetie.” Cole hugged the girl, his eyes glassy, making Tess think a tear would spill over at any moment. “So proud.”

“I wanted to call and tell you, but I was told to wait and maybe you’d be here this week so I could show you.”

“Lorraine, you know you can call me anytime,” Cole said. Tess figured the woman must be Ever’s mother. “You still have my number, right?”

The woman nodded. “We didn’t want to bother you.”

Cole’s eyes narrowed, and Tess guessed he held his tongue due to the child’s presence. The conversation didn’t seem new, but rather a familiar one.

“I want you to meet a friend of mine,” Cole said. “Ever, this is Tess. Tess, meet Ever, my little cowgirl in the making.”

“Hi, Tess.” Ever’s twilight-blue eyes sparkled when she spoke. “CC has a girlfriend.”

Tess felt the heat rise to her cheeks at Ever’s refer­ence. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m just a friend of Cole’s, though.”

“And you’re a girl.” Ever pulled at Cole’s hat until it came off his head, and placed it on top of hers, cover­ing most of her face. “She’s pretty.”

“I can’t argue with you there.” Cole winked at Tess.

“Put me down, CC, I want to walk.”

“Well, look at you, Super Girl.” A woman with the name Caitlin embroidered on her shirt pocket ap­proached. “Are you ready for your therapy?”

“Yes, ma’am,” Ever replied. “Will you watch me?”

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Cole said.

Tess had never seen Cole so intently fixated on some­one as he was this moment with Ever. Bracing his arms on the round pen’s fence rail, Cole watched the slip of a girl astride a light bay-colored mare. Ever sat abso­lutely straight, holding on to the two side handles on the royal blue cloth like saddle.

“This is what it’s about, right here,” Cole said. “This was my father’s dream.”


httc coverWhy d you find cowboys so appealing? 🙂

It’s not so much cowboys as men who work with and around horses. Whether it’s a cowboy, a groom, equine vet, or your average rancher, there’s something raw and honest about a man who works with what I consider the most magnificent animal on earth.

And if you sit back and watch their interactions, you can see the trust and an unspoken bond between the two of them that is almost impossible for humans to match.


Do you write to music and/or with a plot sheet?

Usually there are episodes of I Love Lucy episodes playing in the background or else I write in silence. I have a rough outline based on the synopsis I used to contract the book, but I try to write as organically as possible.

I physically act out some of my dialogue scenes to try to capture the most accurate descriptions, movements and speech possible. My neighbors have all been forewarned and know not to call the psych ward on me 🙂

Will you be attending any conventions or book signings later this year?

Sadly not this year.  I am hoping to attend RT in New Orleans and RWA in San Antonio next year.




Favourite snack while writing?

Freshly made tortilla crisps (chips) and pineapple salsa


Ideal way to relax?

Depending on my mood – A frozen rum concoction and Latin music, yoga or walking the beach



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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Take Me Home Cowboy” by Krista Ames

Mar 29

Love a good cowboy romance aka western romance?

Then check out Krista Ames‘ interview and giveaway of her Decadent Publishing book, TAKE ME HOME COWBOY today on CABR.


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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about TAKE ME HOME COWBOY.

Love & desire, cowboys & secrets…will a surprise visit home change 2 lives for better or worse in Take Me Home, Cowboy


What inspired you to write Ally and Matt’s story? Why a western?

Actually it wasn’t any one specific thing that inspired me.  It’s pretty simple, I love westerns and one day I just had an idea come to me.  Now as far as Ally and Matt in Freewill, I adapted this story to fit the guidelines of The Western Escape series by Decadent Publishing.


Did you struggle to write a particular scene? 

You know I didn’t really struggle writing any of the scenes so would it be ok to give you one of my favorite scenes instead? (Sure :D)

Excerpt from TMHC:

“Ally-cat, this is Matt Gentry, my foreman.”

“Very nice to have you join us, ma’am,” he said and extended his hand.

She blanched, the smile fading from her eyes and her lips. She turned a glare on her father. “Foreman? Of this ranch?”

Matt tried to hide a smirk, a bit of satisfaction curling in his chest at her obvious discomfort. What the heck, why not make her squirm a little bit more? “Yes ma’am, that’s what he said. Foreman. Of this ranch.”

She seemed immobilized by shock as she looked between him and her father.

“Best damned foreman I’ve ever had, too!” Jesse chimed in, seeming not to even recognize her aggravation. “He could run this place without me.”

“Oh, well now, boss man, I wouldn’t go that far. This job wouldn’t be near as much fun without you.”

Anger burned red on her cheeks, and she turned to glare at Jesse. “Damn it, don’t you know—”

“Ally-cat, don’t you start on me. I run this ranch the way I see fit. I’ll always accept your business advice when it comes to the books, but it ends there.”

“But Daddy—”

“No. Don’t you ‘but Daddy’ me. I make the decisions on this ranch. I may be old but I’m not dead, not yet anyway.”

“Don’t talk like that. You won’t be going anywhere for a long time yet.” Ally’s voice softened and her shoulders sagged.

“Glad you think so, Ally-cat.” Jesse patted a spot next to him on the couch. ”Come sit with me while Maribella whips up something for us to eat.”

“If you’ll excuse me,” Matt said, backing out of the room. “I’ll go clean up before dinner.”

He angled toward the hallway leading to his room, sensing her gaze following his movement, and assumed she would prefer if he cleaned up, ate, and slept in the bunkhouse with the other hands for the night.

However, he wouldn’t be doing any of the sort. Jesse had given him a bedroom upstairs in the sprawling home, conveniently overlooking the barns, bunkhouse, and outbuildings, and he intended to use it same as always, especially if it pissed her off.


What’s your favourite or most memorable reader response to TMHC?

I think it would be words from two of the great reviews I got.

This one came from Not Now…Mommy’s Reading:

Well, let me tell you I loved Take Me Home Cowboy! I was up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finish. Then spent most of the day, strike that…um, the last month wondering how in the world I could write a review that was worthy of Krista and her novel.

Full review here: http://www.mommysreading.com/2013/03/take-me-home-cowboy-by-krista-ames.html?zx=f4d4a2eb61819f18

While this one came from Books, Books and More Books:

I’ll be honest, I am a big fan of contemporary western romances…and books like Take Me Home, Cowboy are the reason. This is my first book by author Krista Ames and I was very impressed that she put such a delightful twist on old favorite ~ big city girl returns to her roots where she discovers love.

Full review here:  http://booksbooksmorebooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/unwritten-review-giveaway-take-me-home.html


If your were offered a TV or movie deal for this or any of your other books, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?

Truthfully i wouldn’t be picky, I’d be happy with either or both! I know i would pick Colin Egglesfield for Matt (my hero) and Jennifer Love Hewitt for Ally(my heroine).

They are currently cast together on the tv series The Client List and i love love love them together !!!

Me too 😀



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Pantser or plotter?

Pantser absolutely!!!


Paperbacks or eBooks?  

I have both actually.  I’d love to have all paperback but the funds are definitely an issue lol.


Chocolate or fruits?   



Ideal getaway?  

Anywhere warm


If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why? 

Two  of my favorites would be John F. Kennedy or Abraham Lincoln.  They both fascinate me.


Sasha, I can’t thank you enough for letting me visit with you !!!

You’re very welcome Kritsa. I’d love to chat with you again when your next book comes out 😀


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TakeMeHomeCowboy coverBlurb for TAKE ME HOME COWBOY: 

Ally Kincaid returns to Freewill, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with her father’s foreman instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.

Matt Gentry walked away from the past and shies from the future. No ties means no one gets hurt…until the boss’s daughter, a hot, green-eyed blonde, tempts him to break his own rules.

When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?

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