Happy West-Day!

Making a little change this week, in honor of our newly-published Sizzler, Sayde Grace. Her kinky cowboy story, Riding Double, is being released by Wild Rose Press Friday! You guys seriously need to read this – but don’t leave it lying around where the kids can find it!

We are all proud of our Sayde, who in addition to being a great writer is just one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people you’ll meet. I’m not sure how she manages to be active in two RWA chapters, raise two small children, care for a husband and various livestock, and get so much writing done. Just thinking about how she spends her days exhausts me! (And thinking about the way her heroine spends her nights really exhausts me!)

So here, instead of a wet guy, are a few Western guys for Sayde. Hope y’all enjoy!

Countdown to Conference Interview Two, Author Cat Johnson’s Cowboys

SAYDE:  Hello everyone. I’m so sorry to be posting this midday but I was sick this morning and still not feeling well so bear with me. Today we have as our guest blogger author Cat Johnson. If you’ve never read any of her erotic romances, get prepared to go get them because they are GREAT. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about the characters Cat  created and brought to life in her books, so I’ll let her tell you more about them.


Here is a confession… I fear I may be a bit of a cougar. This suspicion came to light when I met online and started working closely with a bull rider twenty years my junior who helped me write my cowboy books.
It’s not my fault, really. I mean younger men are hot. Have you looked at them? If so, then you have to agree. Sure, you may have to do things like explain to a younger man who The Who was during the Superbowl halftime show. And maybe they were born during the year you graduated college, putting them firmly in the “yes, I could have birthed him” category. But again, I remind you of the tight stomachs, the stamina (you know, in case you’re jogging with them), and of course, an eagerness to please you just don’t find in older men.

Do my not-so-secret cougar tendencies creep up in my writing? You bet they do. The older heroine/younger bull riders theme in my cowboy threesome Unridden (Studs in Spurs, Book 1) http://mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/unridden-sp is evidence of that. Also the frequent reappearance in both books 1 and 2 in the series of the young rookie bull rider Chase who likes older women is further testament that although I don’t have the liberty of acting on my cougar nature, I enjoy it immensely in my fantasy world.

Okay, maybe I do flirt a little bit with my cowboy consultant. And yes, I’ll admit the character of Chase is totally based upon my cowboy, who thank God had another birthday. So now, thanks to the wonders of mathematics, is no longer exactly half my age the way he was the year I first met him. But aside from that, I must satisfy my inner cougar with my writing.
Yes, I’m not done with Chase (or my cowboy) yet. There are a few of his personal experiences written into BUCKED http://new.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/bucked which spent its fifth day in the number one slot at MBaM today! And I just this week started writing Chase’s story for Studs in Spurs Book 3. I only hope I can make the fictional cowboy live up to his inspiration. 


SAYDE GRACE:   I’d like to add that my favorite of Cat’s books is Roughstock. I love the blend of emotion and desire she weaved within the characters in that book. All of her books have great emotional depth but for my personal tastes Roughstock is my pick.  But all who read this and leave a comment I will put your name in a drawing and Saturday morning I’ll draw for a winner to recieve a gift certificate to buy one of  Cat’s terrific books. Bucked was just released and after reading it I can say without a doubt she’s done it again! Don’t forget to leave your comments and next week we have agent Joyce Holland from the D4EO Literary Agency as well as author Amber Leigh Williams.

So take a look at Cat’s books and enter to win one!








Coming Attractions

We are thrilled to announce an  upcoming guest blogger.   Cat Johnson will be here with us on the 25th of February to discuss her new release.    Sayde Grace recommended her to us because of the “cowboy connection,” so those of you who love cowboys, hang on to your spurs.  She’s coming soon  (get your minds out of the gutter!).

If you can’t wait, whet your appetite for some Western hunks at Cat’s website:


Riding Double has a cover!

That’s right, you’ve heard it here first. My first ever cover. Those of you who know me can tell everyone else I’ve been very subdued about my contract. But you will all be glad to know that when I got this cover a few minutes ago I nearly squealed! I love it and am so proud to be posting it here first. That’s right everyone, I have not posted this cover anywhere else, you are the first to see it and I welcome your comments(only if you love it too 🙂 ).

Banging my Head on the Desk

Soooooo, last time I posted I told everyone about my revising offer. Today I received an email from another editor who enjoyed my manuscript but thinks I can take a quarter of it away and sell the rest as a mainstream romance.

The editor expressed interest in both the first quarter of my book as a novella and the second part as a new story. I’m banging my head on the desk even now!

I have the revisions for the other press almost complete and now I have the book split into two versions to see how much work I’m looking at if I go the other way. Hmmmm, I admit, it’s a great dilemma to have. But I’m so undecided. And I think my friends are angry with me (Sfcatty, Bec, Cindy, hahaha) because I’m so laid back about it. I’m just not that excited.

Why do we do these things? I always tell authors who are newer than I am to take every compliment they get and be VERY happy because they’ll find out those compliments can get few and far in between. So when we get good news after a while of being in the publishing world are we just to jaded to see it as good news?

For Darlene :

Sayde’s Cowboy Eye Candy Tidbit 9/24

Today’s Tidbit is an easy one, someone should guess my cowboy today.

He was the 2008 PBR World Champion!

Now for the photo:


Oh my poor baby! I will come help you up, and make you feel better!

Okay, Now my question for my writers:

When you write your query, how many drafts do you go through?

A friend of mine just made her “hundredth” draft and I’m on my thrid for the book I’m querying. I am obsessive too. If the query isn’t just the way I want it I get thrown off, I start debating whether the book is good enough, I mean If I can’t write two good paragraphs then surely that means the entire book sucks.

Do you get these thoughts? Does the query process drive you absolutely mad?


Remember to leave a comment and I’ll enter you in the drawing for tomorrow. I draw for a FREE book at 10pm.


I hope SaydeGrace feels better this week. I missed her cowboys last week. Sadly, Sayde only posted one cowboy, Patrick Swayze. Yep, he was handsome but give us a bull rider or something now!

And the Cowboy Is?

First let me say once again congrats to romancemama for her thrilling news this week. I hope when she makes it big she’ll let me hang onto her skirt and drag me along!

Now for my Cowboy of the week.

So far we’ve learned this cowboy is Brazilian, age 27, is married, lives in Texas and his favorite color is blue. Oh, and his nickname is the “Jungle Boy.” I’ll go ahead and add a link to a wonderful story about him from the PBR. It’s an amazing article and I encourage everyone to go and read all about Mr. Robson Palermo!


Now for the pictures!




Now doesn’t the article and the pictures make you want to go and write all about a foreign bull rider and his love for America, bulls, and one very lucky lady? It does me! This is just one of the ways I get my inspiration. Now I just have to find a way to stay on goal! Tell me how you do it. Leave a comment and I’ll enter you to win a FREE book from my library. I will close the entries at 10pm tonight. Good luck and I hope you enjoy reading and looking at Mr. Robson Palermo! Just love saying that name too! Yum.

Sayde’s Cowboy Eye Candy Tidbit for 9/3

Before we get to the tidbit of the day I want to a blog with you. I am on tweetdeck all day and have several agents on my list. Throughout the day those agents comment on various things but this morning this was sent out by agent Nathan Bransfod who I’ve queried several times and gotten several very fast rejections. Go by and check this out: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/09/writer-appreciation-week-unpublished.html


Now for my tidbit:

Colorado Cutting horse trainer has a lifetime earnings of $4,407,221.93 in the National Cutting Horse Association. He rode Hickorys Fancy Pepto to win the Texas Futurity witha score of 220.5! Who is this wonderful rider?????


Check back tomorrow for the answer and another picture of this cowboy. Remember to leave your comments so you are automatically entered into my weekly contest. Good luck!

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