Hi all!!! So today you get a double post from me!! YAY! My fellow wild and wicked cowboy blogger and Wild Rose Press author Randi Alexander is here today! Give her a giant southern sizzle welcome.
New Release and Book Giveaway!
I want to thank all the Southern Sizzle ladies for having me here today. I’m Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. My first book, Chase and Seduction was released May 27 from The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line.
I want to give a special thanks to Sayde Grace. She was my inspiration for submitting to the Cowboy Kink line. Here’s the story. Picture it: Spring 2010 – at the Silken Sands Writers’ Conference in Pensacola, Florida, I attended a workshop about cowboys given by Sayde, whose first Cowboy Kink novel, Riding Double had just released from The Wild Rose Press. A great conference, a fabulous workshop, and way too much fun. Oh, and informative, too.
When I returned home, I downloaded her book and read it. That’s when I knew Chase, the hero in my work in progress, shouldn’t be just a country-western singer, he should be a cowboy at heart. I checked out the submission requirements for the Cowboy Kink line, and rewrote Chase and Seduction, giving my hero a true cowboy life when he wasn’t on stage.
I submitted to The Wild Rose Press. And the rest – is history.
You just never know when someone or something will change the direction of your life. Sometimes we are so set on the agenda we’re following and so focused on the end result that we don’t take time to consider other options that pop up. Meeting new people, embracing new ideas, detouring a little out of our way can make a huge difference in our lives.
Gosh, my apologies if I sound like a guest on Oprah, but in my writing, as in my life, I’ve learned to be as absorbent as a sponge, as flexible as licorice, and as resilient as a weed. And as Sizzling as a Southerner!!!
Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.
Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.
Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?
EXCERPT: Over 18 only
Reno sat on the blanket as Chase stood over her, gloriously naked except for his hat, looking out over his land, a potent mixture of pride and appreciation on his face. The same way she looked at her home in South Dakota. She loved the idea that he was so much like her. Hard working, unaffected by stardom. Born and raised in a small town, valuing people for who they were, not what they owned. Not like Drake, and not like the literary elite he called “friends.” She never fit into his crowd, no matter how hard Drake tried to reshape her.
But how would she fit into Chase’s crowd? He talked about the guys in his band, his manager, a few of the neighbors, and a couple country stars he called friends. What would they think of her? Just another in a long line of Chase’s women? She would prove to them she was good for Chase, a worthy partner for him.
He caught her stare. “What’s on your mind, Reno?”
She shrugged and smiled then glanced away. She wasn’t ready to share this intimate trail of thoughts with Chase. It’d probably scare him half to death.
Across the lake, the sun snuck below the treetops, sparkling its last rays across the waves made by a fresh breeze. Birds chirped in the willow tree on the shoreline. She could be happy here.
“Look.” He pointed to the lake.
Her hat floated, half-submerged in the middle of the lake like a waterlogged canoe. “Oh, pooh. I paid twelve dollars for that hat.”
“Twelve bucks? Hell, can’t waste all that money. Let’s go rescue it.” He secured his hat under the picnic basket, and called, “Race you.” He took off without warning.
“Cheat!” she laughed as she scrambled to her feet and followed.
He whooped and hooted as he did a high-step run into the shallows, then dove in when it was deep enough. By the time she caught up to him in the middle of the lake, Chase had her soggy, unstarched hat on his head.
“Ruined?” She tread water next to him.
“Yup. We’ll have to go to town and shop some.”
She swam closer, wrapped her legs around his waist and her arms around his shoulders. His big muscles worked harder to keep them both afloat. “I don’t want to go to town. I want to stay here.”
“Forever?” His tone sounded teasing, but his eyes were serious. He looked to her for an answer.
She smiled, the sweet knowledge that he waded into the same intimidating waters as she did, gave her heart a jolt. But she didn’t want to rush it. Not with this man, who possessed every quality she was looking for in a mate. They had to go slowly, set a good, strong base for their relationship.
She answered, “For now.”
To celebrate the release of Chase and Seduction, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my novella Her Cowboy Stud. Just leave a comment today and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.
I’m also giving away a cowgirl hat to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com And while you’re there, you can read the first chapter of Chase and Seduction.
Good luck, and thank you!
Buy Chase and Seduction at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses
Thanks Randi for stopping by! I enjoy the compliment of having a small part in this book but I have no doubt that Chase was already burning up those pages and would have caught the eye of many an editor!!