This post originally appeared on the Harlequin blog! It’s an interview with myself and the wonderful Jennifer Ryan!!
Sometimes (okay, more often than not) we crave a cowboy. A strong, protective, honorable-but-maybe-just-a-little-bit-bad, honest-to-goodness cowboy. Which is why we’ve asked USA TODAY bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan and Maisey Yates for input on their favorites. You know, for a rainy day…
Cowboys in Movies
Maisey: Adam Pontipee from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is, I think, my first cowboy love. (I’m calling him a cowboy since he rides a horse, wears a hat and works the land. And he lives in the mountains of Oregon, just like the cowboys in my Copper Ridge series do!)
It’s Adam’s confidence that appeals to me, right down to his marriage proposal to Millie.
Adam: So, how ’bout it?
Millie: How ’bout what?
Adam: How ’bout marryin’ me?
Jennifer: Daniel Craig. I know, I don’t really need to say anything else, except did you see him in those tight pants in Cowboys and Aliens? Those wide shoulders and washboard abs! Even though he’s lost his memory, the woman he loves haunts his muddled thoughts and tugs at his heart. She’s been taken and killed by aliens, and he misses her terribly. He wanted a life with her and to be a good man. He becomes that man when he falls for another woman and tries valiantly to save her. He loses her, but saves the world and gives up his outlaw ways—maybe. I love a bad boy with heart.
Okay, this isn’t the greatest Western ever made, but did I mention it’s gorgeous Daniel Craig? BONUS: Harrison Ford as a grumpy ranch owner. Yes! Double the cowboy sexy!
Cowboys in Books
Maisey: The first cowboy I read was Kristiana Gregory’s Jimmy Spoon. In Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express, Jimmy, having spent a good portion of his childhood with a Native American tribe, is trying to fit back in with his family and failing. My favorite part is when he goes back to his childhood sweetheart, Nahanee, and they get married. Because a cowboy is always true.
Jennifer: Rory may be one Stone Cold Cowboy, but he’s got a heart of gold and eyes for only one woman. He’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe and make her his. He may be a man of few words, but when he tells Sadie how he feels, he’ll make your heart melt. Dedicated to family, his woman and his ranch, he’s the guy you want on your side—and the man you want in your life. Rory is intense, sexy, strong, well mannered and ready to steal your heart with one rare sexy grin. While writing Stone Cold Cowboy, I fell hard for this tough guy, so I just had to include him in my list!
Cowboys on TV
Jennifer: Sexy sweet and superhot, my obsession with this modern cowboy is totally Justified. Deputy Raylan Givens does things his way, even if the Marshal Service doesn’t like it. I love a bad boy on the right side of the law. Raylan grew up hard in rural Kentucky. Under the old-school gentleman, you’ll find a tough guy. He’s one tall drink of water with those intense eyes leveled on his prey under the brim of his signature hat. When he smiles, it hits me right in the gut.
Maisey: I prefer my cowboys on the big screen (the better to admire them!), so I’m going to cheat and list a second movie character here—Luke in The Longest Ride. Ok, I’m cheating even more, because I haven’t actually seen the movie/read the book yet. But I have seen a lot of pictures of Scott Eastwood in a cowboy hat. Those pictures are enough to put him in the “favorite” column. Not least because he looks a bit like Eli Garrett, the stoic, misunderstood, insanely sexy hero from my first Copper Ridge novel, Part Time Cowboy.
About One Night Charmer:
If the devil wore flannel, he’d look like Ace Thompson. He’s gruff. Opinionated. Infernally hot. The last person that Sierra West wants to ask for a bartending job—not that she has a choice. Ever since discovering that her “perfect” family is built on a lie, Sierra has been determined to make it on her own. Resisting her new boss should be easy when they’re always bickering. Until one night, the squabbling stops…and something far more dangerous takes over.
Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there’s a steel backbone beneath Sierra’s silver-spoon upbringing. She’s tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart…
About Stone Cold Cowboy:
Sadie Higgins has a bad habit of bailing her brother out of trouble. But when he rustles a herd of cattle from the tough, honorable Kendrick brothers, it’s Sadie who’s in for it. Because the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell.
Rory Kendrick is on the hunt to find out who’s been stealing from him. When he stumbles upon Sadie in the woods, he barely recognizes the quiet, vulnerable beauty who has always taken his breath away. His mission shifts in an instant: He will do anything it takes to keep her safe . . . and make her his.
Sadie has always protected her family—no matter the price. But when Rory ropes her heart, she’s forced to take a look at her life and make a dangerous choice—one that could cost, or gain, her everything.
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Whatever you’re into, Harlequin has it, and this sale is a great chance to check out something new, or to discover some kinds of books you love, but might have missed!
Here’s a breakdown of what I have on sale:
Forbidden passion that can’t be denied!
Seriously badass heroines. A female billionaire, a heroine who wants to assassinate the hero for revenge, and a con woman.
If it helps to see a breakdown by theme, I have ugly duckling heroines, one night pregnancy romances, enemies to lovers, kidnap, dominant heroes and secret babies!
Secret Heirs of Powerful Men has secret babies and a pregnant virgin!
A marriage of convenience, and a one night seduction with permanent consequences.
This scene went out in my newsletter in July, but I wanted to make it more widely available to my readers. Possible spoilers if you haven’t read Brokedown Cowboy, but if you have, and want more Connor and Liss…this scene is for you!
Chapter One of Desired by the Desert King is up today! A new chapter will be posted daily.
Read it here!
Bad News Cowboy is available in most places you can buy books. If you like scrappy, tomboy heroines getting flirting lessons from their older brother’s best friend…you might like this. 🙂
You can check out a longer excerpt and buy links here.
Bound to the Warrior King is already out on shelves and will be available in ebook on September 1st!
Click here for buy links and an excerpt.
First of all, I owe you all a huge thanks for the support you’ve given this series. The fact that you’ve bought, read and enjoyed the books means a lot to me.
Which brings me to some news about the series. I’ve announced all of this in bits and pieces but I’m going to try and distill it here for clarity. (clarity isn’t always my strong suit when I’m exciting and bouncing all over the place like a ferret on Pixie Stix, but I digress)
I have a lot coming up in this series over the next year. All of these books are set in the town of Copper Ridge, but each book is a complete romance. Some connect more closely with each other, like the trilogy with the Garrett family, and some have a looser connection, like the novella, Shoulda Been a Cowboy.
November 1st A Copper Ridge Christmas comes out, this is a digital novella that will be available at e-tailers everywhere.
In April 2016 Take Me, Cowboy will be out in Harlequin’s Blaze series. I’m doing two books for Blaze, featuring the McCormack brothers.
So, what’s the deal with these Copper Ridge Blaze books? Blaze is one of Harlequin’s series romance lines. Here’s the description of the series on Harlequin’s website: Harlequin Blaze stories sizzle with strong heroines and irresistible heroes playing the game of modern love and lust. They’re fun, sexy and always steamy.
These books will be set in Copper Ridge, but will be just over 200 pages. A little more than a novella, a bit shorter than the HQN books. Copper Ridge is already a pretty sexy series, so the heat level will be about the same as what you’ve already read. I liked the idea of doing some books for Blaze, first off because I really, really love the line as a reader. Second of all, I liked the idea of doing Blazes for 2016 instead of novellas, because it would give readers a chance to buy the books in print as well as in digital formats. And allows me to hopefully have some shirtless cowboys on my cover. I’m a simple creature with simple needs.
So that’s Copper Ridge Blaze a nutshell!
In May 2016 the first book in the next HQN trilogy, One Night Charmer, releases. This trilogy will focus on the West family and will be connected much the same way the trilogy with the Garretts was this year. What’s the difference between HQN and Blaze?
HQN is Harlequin’s single title romance imprint. These books are almost twice as long as a Blaze and are on shelves longer, and also not shelved with Harlequin’s series romance books.
So here’s the abbreviated version:
You don’t have to read all the books in order!
There are more Copper Ridge books coming!
This is just the Copper Ridge schedule, I am still writing Harlequin Presents.
And here’s the schedule:
A Copper Ridge Christmas – Nov 1st, 2015
Take Me, Cowboy – Harlequin Blaze, April 2016
One Night Charmer – HQN, May 2016
Tough Luck Hero – HQN, July 2016
Last Chance Rebel – HQN, September 2016
Hold Me, Cowboy – Harlequin Blaze, November 2016
If you have questions, feel free to pop them into the comments, and I’ll be happy to do my best to answer them!
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If you enjoyed Connor and Liss in Bad News Cowboy and want to check in with them…well, me too. I wrote an extra scene with them that I’m going to include in my newsletter. I think you can guess what it might be. 🙂 Click the invitation to sign up!
ALSO, if you haven’t read the first few books in the Copper Ridge Series, Shoulda Been a Cowboy is FREE right now across all platforms.
Bad News Cowboy has the very friendly digital pre-order price of $5.99 at all outlets.
Bad News Cowboy will be on shelves July 28th, and in the print version will be a copy of Shoulda Been a Cowboy at no extra charge. So bonus stuff for those who prefer print too! (I still like my print books, I can’t help it.)
If you’re new to me, or my books, I thought I’d take the time to highlight some of my backlist titles!
If you’re enjoying the Copper Ridge Series, you might want to check out Silver Creek.
In Unexpected, a mistake at an IVF clinic finds city girl Kelsey Noble pregnant with a stranger’s baby.
If you like things short and spicy, I wrote two Cosmo Red Hot Reads:
In Crazy, Stupid Sex, the geek girl gets the hot guy when she programs an app with can’t lose sex tips. And in Breaking All Her Rules, a buttoned up business woman accidentally swaps phones in a cab with a sexy cowboy.
If you’re enjoying The Forbidden Series, check out Fifth Avenue for more dark and dirty glamor in Manhattan.
Harlequin Presents is a series that’s close to my heart. They were my first published books, and I continue to write for the line. I’m always surprised when I talk to people at conferences who haven’t read one in years and think the line has no sex, or that it’s old-fashioned. The truth is, the line comes in a variety of heat levels (mine are pretty HOT). There are classic romances and more modern fairy-tales set in glamorous locations with super hot, alpha heroes.
These titles are a few of my fan favorites. A disgraced prince and a scarred nun, a virgin hero, a pregnant virgin, and a runaway princess who falls for the brother of the man she’s supposed to marry.
What is The Billionaire’s Intern?
It’s another multi-author series with Caitlin Crews and Kate Hewitt!
Does that mean it’s related to Fifth Avenue?
Yes! You will recognize characters who first appear in the 5th Avenue series. It also works as a standalone trilogy, but if you like catching glimpses of characters you’ve met before, you’ll enjoy this.
How hot is it?
When does it come out?
That’s a trick question. Because it’s a serial! And it has no marshmallows. Because it is a serial and not cereal. I have a lot of experience with cereal. But none with serials. So this will be a first!
June 7th – part one releases for FREE
June 9th – Part 2 – .99
June 11th – Part 3 – 2.49
June 14th – Part 4 – 3.99
And on June 17th you can just buy the full book rather than doing it in pieces. It will cost slightly less to wait and buy the full book.
Basically, you can binge read it by buying individual episodes (like itunes) or you can wait for the full season. Entirely up to your reading preference! But the good thing about part 1 being free is that you can at least read the first quarter and see if you’re into the story.
The same price model will be followed with The Billionaire’s Fantasy, and the Billionaire’s Innocent.
Here’s that schedule for you:
The Billionaire’s Fantasy by Kate Hewitt —
Part 1 – June 14th
Part 2 – June 16th
Part 3 – June 18th
Part 4 – June 21st
Full book – June 24th
The Billionaire’s Innocent by Caitlin Crews —
Part 1 – June 21st
Part 2 – June 23rd
Part 3 – June 25th
Part 4 – June 28th
Full book – July 1st
And now, since you sat through all that…an excerpt:
Logan Black looked out the window, directly across from his desk. The view of Fifth Avenue was both entrancing and slightly off-putting. Depending on his mood.
And his moods were subject to change at a moment’s notice.
The streets were packed with cars, nothing unusual, but the kind of thing that made his vision swim when it caught him off guard. Like it had just now.
He should have closed the curtains.
He turned his focus away from the view and leaned back in his chair, looking at the time displayed on his phone. Addison Treffen was due to arrive any moment. The beautiful daughter of the recently murdered Jason Treffen. If her brother hadn’t called in the favor, he would have happily chosen almost anyone else.
There was no place for soft, beautiful women in his life. Not now.
But Austin was one of the few people who tried to maintain a friendship with him since his return. And while Logan hadn’t done much to reciprocate, the gesture was appreciated.
Still, the idea of bringing Addison into Black Book, keeping her here…
It had seemed like it might work yesterday. Today, he was less certain.
He was used to that. To his moods changing like the tide. To New York feeling like a storm he could swim through one day – and one that would drown him in the depths the next.
Some days were much harder than others and he could never quite pinpoint what kind of day it would be. It usually started with shoes. That was often the biggest clue. How much did they bother him when he put them on? How much did he resent having to wear them?
If the shoes were a problem, it was a fair bet that the Manhattan streets would be too. That the traffic below would feel like his own personal hell.
Shoes had been a problem this morning. Which meant his meeting with Addison would be interesting indeed.
Though, it occurred to him he might need to put his shoes on before she arrived.
He looked down and at the pair of shoes and socks beneath his desk. Just a standard pair of black dress socks, and a pair of very expensive, handmade leather shoes.
He’d left them under there last night after he’d kicked them off.
Funny, he’d owned the shoes for something like five years now, but they’d rarely been worn. In part because they’d been new when he’d left, and in part because since he’d returned he’d worn them as little as possible.
He didn’t want to wear them. So he wouldn’t.
Ms. Treffen would learn very quickly what it was to work with him. He did not bend for convention. He forced others to bend to him.
But he was aware now, of what was necessary and what was simply an extra rule imposed by society. He’d been a man stripped down to nothing. A man at his simplest, at his darkest. Where there was nothing more than life or death. Where there certainly weren’t rules about what sort of shoes he should wear into work. Or if he should wear them at all.
Though, he realized that whether he cared or not, others did.
He also realized that sometimes there was a lot of power in making others uncomfortable.
There was a knock at his office door, and he knew it had to be her. Because she was the only person the front desk had permission to allow up. And because he didn’t like being paged over the intercom, a knock was the only way anyone could signal their presence.
There were a lot of things he didn’t like now. One of the many reasons his old friends, barring Austin Treffen, seemed to find him boring these days. But it didn’t bother him.
The feeling was entirely mutual.
“Come in,” he said, putting his hands on his desk, palms down, as strange, restless energy surging through him. It was like this with people. Always.
The door cracked open, and she led with her leg. A shapely, stocking-clad leg. There was no avoiding the fact that it was a nice leg. That wasn’t even up for debate. Even in his twisted brain, where things often seemed backward or upside down, a nice leg made sense.
The woman that followed the leg was even better than the body part in isolation. Blond, petite, with blue eyes that were like a deep, clear sea. Her lips were full, a pale pink not like anything found in nature on his island. It was far too delicate a shade.
She was wearing a white skirt that tapered to fit her shape, ending just below her knee, a matching, fitted jacket conforming to her curves.
And on her feet, adding, he had no doubt, to the shapeliness of her legs, were a pair of black high heels that added nearly four inches to her height and likely pushed her feet into a near impossible position.
He’d never given much thought to women’s shoes prior to his experience on the island. But now that he resented his own footwear so damn much, he couldn’t help but wonder just how contorted Addison’s feet would be in something like that.
Though the wonderment in no way detracted from her legs.
Every part of Addison Treffen was exquisite. Photos of her in the news didn’t do her justice.
“Mr. Black,” she said, his eyes level with his. “I’m Addison Treffen. My brother arranged this meeting and…”
“I’m fully aware of the details of the arrangement.”
She blinked, her expression remaining neutral. “Well, I had thought it possible my brother spoke with someone you worked for.”
“One thing you will learn about me, Ms. Treffen, nothing happens here without my approval. And no one would be permitted in my office, on my floor, in my hotel, without my arranging it.”
The hardness in his tone didn’t ruffle her. The petite, small framed woman with her smooth hair, skin and clothes, staring him down with an expression that bordered on serenity, was not at all what he’d expected. “Was the hotel room on offer for anyone who took up the spot?” she asked, her fingers shifting on her handbag, the only slight tell of nerves he’d seen since she walked in.
“Yes,” he said. “I understand that an internship, an unpaid one, is not the easiest thing to negotiate, so it seemed a nice offer.” And in addition to that, he rarely left the hotel. Which meant any assistant of his had to be here.
“Technically, that makes it paid in a way,” she said.
“If you like.”
She smiled and for a moment he was at a loss as to the appropriate social response. Smile back, obviously.
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