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I want to thank ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fatin for hosting me today. I’m Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. I’m published with The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line. My second Cowboy Kink, Her Cowboy Stud, was released today. (Yeay!)

I am a little envious of Fatin and this wonderful blog! I am truly a romance reader at heart, and have been since my teens (just like Fatin.) I’d sneak into the romance section of the local library and stare at the cover art. So racy and beautifully artistic. Especially the covers that featured Fabio. To my young eyes, he was the epitome of a passionate and macho hero. (To my older eyes, he still is!)

The one thing I regret about being a romance writer is the lack of time I have to spend reading. I have a box of books that I’ve collected at writers’ events, and a Kindle full of books that are begging me to open them. While I try to read at least an hour before bed, I often nod off after a page or two.

My days now are spent marketing, connecting with readers, and writing-writing-writing. I try to work ten to twelve hours a day – weekends included. It’s a wonderful life and I wouldn’t change a thing, but it differs greatly from those blissful days of reading-reading-reading.

I’d love to hear how romance books found their way into your life. Were you a teenage convert to romance, or did it happen later for you?

 

Trace McGonagall’s quiet life on his Houston stud ranch is shaken up when gorgeous Macy Veralta arrives to claim an inheritance left to her in his uncle’s will. Trace sees her as just another gold digger, but he also can’t resist her curvy body. When she hints at being the perfect submissive to his Dom, he has to have her.

Macy wouldn’t have been three months late to claim her inheritance if she’d known Trace was sin in jeans. The cowboy’s dominant bearing and the smoldering glint in his eyes send shivers to her toes and stirs images of being bound in his bed and disciplined at his hand. But could Trace’s perfect seduction be part of his plan to reclaim her inheritance?

EXCERPT:

Pulling Macy on top of him, Trace grinned. “You won the bet. Anything you want is yours. You just need to ask.” His heart gradually slowed to normal while his body tingled with a major afterglow.

She kissed his shoulder. “Anything?” Her voice purred.

He pulled a pillow under his head to look down at her, combed his fingers through her soft hair. He would give her anything. His house, his horse, his heart. “Name it.”

“Would you feed me?”

His brow lifted. “Are we talkin’ food here, or is this sexual?”

She laughed. “This time it’s food. All the sudden I’m starving.”

His stomach growled at the thought of whatever JaniceLynn left in the oven for them, which smelled pretty damn good when he was in the kitchen before. He bent to kiss her. “I’m your servant, ma’am.”

He picked up his briefs and made a quick run to the bathroom. When he emerged, she stood and he handed her his shirt.

She slid into it, smiling. Nothing in his closet had ever looked so good. No one had ever felt so good in his arms, or been as perfect in his bed. He still didn’t know what Macy was thinking. Was this his one night with her, or would there be more?

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To celebrate the release of Her Cowboy Stud, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my first erotic romance, Chase and Seduction. Just leave a comment and Fatin will choose a winner Saturday. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.

I’m also giving away a custom-made messenger bag and a $50 gift certificate to Pureromance 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 Her Cowboy Stud.

Good luck, and thank you!

Randi

RandiAlexander.com

WildAndWickedCowboysBlog

Her Cowboy Stud available at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses

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Every holiday has magic tied to it, and that magic is one of my favorite things to work with when it comes to writing.

 

And as a paranormal author, Halloween is at the top of my list.  It just doesn’t get any more fun than writing about demons, the battles between light and evil, and the men and women who struggle against the pull of darkness.  You want a creepy villian?  Make one up.  Give him the desire to bathe in blood, the inability to die, and the wisdom of centuries of existence.  Ahh… it makes me want to purr.

 

My other favorite part of working with the dark side of mankind is the dark hero.  A man who’s soul is tormented, who wants to do what’s right, but he struggles on that path.  Or perhaps, in his eyes, he’s drifted too far from the light to ever know redemption.  Even better… the heroine is his greatest danger.

 

This was a theme I played with when I created my new series for The Wild Rose Press, Inherited Damnation.  What could I write that would be truly scary for the characters within?  And stuff it into less than 39,000 words.  There are so many stories where love is the redemption, the salvation that will heal a dark character.  What if that love damned them instead?

Cursed to Kill was the product of those musings.  And the series background, a product of my deep love for history as well as my passion for speculative fiction.  The Selgovae Celt tribe has one solid reference in history.  One mention by Ptolemy.  Other than that—what happened to them?  Were they real?  Was the name just a misnomer?

 

I’ll tell you what happened…

Sixteen children were born to the Selgovae High Priestess, Nyamah. Eight were sacrificed by their incubus father in a quest for eternal power. Eight Nyamah secreted away. For betraying her evil mate, she was executed, her body divided, her soul chained to the mortal plane.

Nyamah’s magic lived on. Written before her death, her book of sacred rituals details the means of destroying the incubus, Drandar. If this is accomplished, her spirit will at last rest peacefully.

But the immortal children who can carry out the rituals are divided. Some crave the innocence of light and mortal existence. Some thrive on the dark needs of their conflicted souls. Others tend the balance, forever devoted to the ancient Celt ways.

None may ever know the beauty of love, for if they should, they cannot resist the calling to kill the one who holds their heart.

Cursed to Kill begins the saga just in time for the magic of Halloween.  It’s the story of the eldest, Cian, and the woman who feeds desire to dangerous limits, Miranda.  The series unfolds through Tormented by Darkness and Destined to Die which follow the Celt Sabots and release this year.

 

But when we think of holiday magic, Halloween isn’t always the first in people’s minds.  It’s Christmas.  That time of year where love and laughter warm the heart and miracles occur.  In 2009, the holiday sucked me in, and I saw my first Christmas Romance published.

 

That book began what’s become my own Christmas tradition – writing a story for that holiday annually.  This year, I have a very special story to share, A Broken Christmas.

 

It’s the story of a broken soldier and his devoted ex-wife.  This particular romance was inspired by injuries one of our brave men suffered in Iraq, a friend of someone I know well.  Not so much the romance, as I don’t have insight to this man’s personal life.  But when I learned he’d been wounded and what he was facing on a long road to recovery and my romantic mind said… “What if?”

 

I asked permission, and Kyle Garland’s struggle came to life.  It’s one of my shortest contemporary works, but it is my favorite story, to date.  Even after writing it, reading it several times in the editing process, it still moves me to tears.  I’m not sure where Kyle came from.  He’s just one of those heroes who flared into existence.  A product of fantasy, soldiers I’ve known who’ve returned from war, and my own special hero, who inspires me beyond words.

 Fourteen months ago, Aimee Garland had the perfect marriage—until her husband blindsided her with a divorce. Now, he’s home and she intends to get her answers. Yet the crippled man she confronts bears scars her years of nursing cannot heal and the secret he’s hiding is tearing him apart.

Delta Force operative Kyle Garland divorced his wife to protect her. His top-secret missions expose him to constant danger, but the threat to Aimee doesn’t come in the form of insurgents or bombs. Rather, his soul-deep love and dreams he silently nurtures are her greatest hazard. When a career-ending injury brings him home for Christmas, he must bury his feelings and hide the monster he’s become.

As she forces him to confront his demons, will the holiday shred the fragile bonds they share, or will the spirit of Christmas heal their broken hearts?

I’m thrilled that this book also releases October 26th, and that I can share it with my readers for the holidays.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.  If you’d like to learn more about A Broken Christmas, or the Inherited Damnation series, (read an excerpt!), as well as my other novels with things that go bump in the night, like immortal Templar Knights and the elite Black Opals, drop in at my website: www.claireashgrove.com

 

If you’d like to win a .pdf copy of A Broken Christmas and Cursed to Kill, stop in at my website and answer the following: (You’ll have to dig around a bit!)

 

  1. What did the Templar Knights defy the archangels by unearthing?
  2. Who are the next two siblings in the Inherited Damnation series?

 

Email me the answers – Claire@claireashgrove.com – and I will choose a winner randomly.

 

With that said, I’ll bid you all a Happy Halloween, and hope the veil between the worlds this Samhain is just thin enough to keep your candles bright and your heart full of light.

 

Thanks for having me, Fatin!

 

~Claire

www.claireashgrove.com

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Amanda Emerson must break her cousin, a notorious double agent, out of a Confederate prison before his imminent execution. She’s a skilled Union operative, but for this mission, she needs a man. Even a man who looks and acts like a Viking warrior.

Caught with Rebel battle plans and set for a hanging, Union spy Steve Dunham isn’t about to refuse the assistance of the sable-haired beauty who shows up at the jail and slips him the keys to his cell. Of course, she’s there for a reason besides saving his neck – he’s the key to her plan.

He may be trading one noose for another, but he won’t forsake her. The spoils of his victory will be her surrender. And the terms of surrender will be sweet.

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Spies…the word brings to mind images of James Bond and gadgets…but an eccentric middle-aged woman? Suppose her odd behavior was nothing more than a cover for a shrewd mind and ingenious schemes, a means for a spy to disarm the people she’s deceiving without ever using a weapon – Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond spinster known as Crazy Bet, did just that.  A devoted abolitionist, Crazy Bet funneled information to Union generals, much of which was gathered during her frequent visits to Richmond’s Libby Prison.  Using food to bribe her way inside the prison, she provided small comforts and books to Federal prisoners while she gleaned bits and pieces of information about Confederate activity. Elizabeth Van Lew’s story inspired Angel in My Arms, the story of Amanda Emerson, a beautiful Union spy working under the leadership of Richmond matron “Crazy Betsy” Kincaid, and Steve Dunham, the Union officer she recruits for a suicide mission.

A rake with a girl in every town and a twinkle in his eye, Steve’s facing a noose when a sable-haired beauty and a crazy matron engineer his escape from jail. There’s a catch – Amanda needs him to break into Libby Prison to rescue a notorious double agent who may or may not be on the side of the Union.  He’s trading one noose for another, but Steve can’t resist her spirit and her gentleness.  He’ll possess her love – if he lives long enough.

The rugged soldier she recruits for her plan looks more like a Viking warrior than a disciplined officer, but Amanda’s drawn to Steve’s courage and tenderness.  As  the danger  surrounding them thickens, every moment he’s with her jeopardizes their lives, but they discover a passionate love that’s worth the risk.

Steve Dunham, the hero of Angel in My Arms, was introduced in an earlier novel, Destiny. When I wrote Destiny, I knew I wanted to give Steve his own love story. Throw in a gang of gun-runners who specialize in stolen military weapons, a nest of beautiful spies, a heroic Confederate officer whose ties with Steve go back to their Army service in the western territories, and a villain with a thirst for revenge, and you’ve got a plot that isn’t your mother’s Civil War romance.

To learn more about Angel in My Arms and read an excerpt, please visit my website, www.victoriagrayromance.com and my blog, www.victoriagrayromance.blogspot.com . Angel in My Arms is now available in print and as an eBook from The Wild Rose Press, www.thewildrosepress.com .

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Thank you to Victoria for joining us today!

For a chance to win a pdf copy of ANGEL IN MY ARMS, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Emma Davenport was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her, not even an outlaw.  Bound for a forbidden marriage to her father’s sworn enemy, Emma’s scheme shatters when she is abducted and spirited away to a remote hideout.  Any proper young woman would be frightened out of her wits, but she challenges her daring, seductive captor at every turn.

Major Jack Travis was used to the battlefield, not stealing spoiled, sheltered women from trains, but the by-the-book officer never doubted his ability to carry out orders until he laid eyes on Emma.  His captive is intelligent, headstrong, beautiful – and forbidden. He risks his neck to protect her.  But how can he protect her from himself?

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Thanks, Fatin, for inviting me to discuss my new historical romance release.  Destiny is a Civil War-era historical that blends romance with adventure.  Emma Davenport, the sheltered daughter of a powerful Northern senator, runs away to marry Christopher Staton, a charismatic businessman  – a traitor with his own ruthless reasons for wanting Emma as his bride. Traveling to her rendezvous with Staton, she’s abducted by a daring train robber with a bitter grudge against the man she plans to marry.  Unknown to Emma, Jack Travis isn’t what he seems – he’s a cavalry officer tasked with keeping Emma out of Staton’s clutches.  Driven by duty and a deep-seated hatred of Staton, Jack risks his life to protect Emma, even as he falls in love with his spirited, challenging captive. She’s forbidden to him, but sometimes, even a man on a mission has to follow his heart. (more…)

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