Paige Tyler: Friday Friend

Today, our Friday Friend is Author Paige Tyler. She is the author of Two Cops, a Girl and a Pair of Handcuffs, one of a number of best seller’s she has written. This was origonally posted on April 1, 2012 at the old blog.

A warm welcome to our guest today, Paige Tyler. Paige is the author of several books that you’ll want to check out. Thanks for being with us, and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about Sadie and Her Cowboy. Yippee Ki ii a.
I have a book  that I’m so excited about! It’s a cowboy erotic romance set in the old west called SADIE AND HER COWBOY!
I got the idea for the book when I was browsing the internet and came across a website about cattle drives back in the old west. In and of itself, not a very romantic topic, I admit, but it was cool reading about all the different jobs the people did and who was responsible for what. When I saw the old sepia photos of the cowboys back then, I didn’t see a hot, hunky one among them. I decided the cowboy in my book must have been taking the photo because he’s both hot and hunky! LOL!Obviously, I couldn’t write a whole book about a cattle drive! Where’s the romance in that? But the cattle drive did give me a good idea – a woman owns a ranch and needs a hired gun to keep a local cattle baron from stealing it out from under her.See, Sadie had to take over the ranch when her father was killed in a stampede. Now the vultures are descending, sure she won’t have the stomach to do what’s necessary to save her ranch.

But she’s tougher than anyone thinks – tough enough to bring in Jake Wagner, a man with a gun and reputation. Not to mention gorgeous. I needed to get some conflict going – just to make it more interesting – so as you can imagine, Sadie and Jake butt heads right from the moment she hires him. Of course, that leads to some spankings (and bondage!), which in turns lead to some very hot sex!

Happy Reading!

 

Sadie and Her Cowboy by Paige TylerWhen a ruthless cattle baron is determined to do anything to get his hands on Sadie Buchanan’s ranch, including running off her ranch hands and killing her cattle, she hires the infamous gunslinger Jake Wagner to protect her property.

Despite the fact that they butt heads right from the start, Sadie is helplessly drawn to the ruggedly handsome cowboy, even when he warms her bottom repeatedly for her willful and sometimes reckless behavior.

But all the cards are put on the table when Sadie bets the cattle baron that she, Jake and her small band of cowpokes can get more cattle to market than anyone in their right mind would attempt.

It’s all or nothing for Sadie, her ranch and the dangerous cowboy she’s fallen for hard.

Excerpt

Jake was at the bar when Sadie walked in, a drink in his hand and a heavily made-up saloon girl on either side of him. The man was so interested in whatever the more buxom of the two women was whispering in his ear he didn’t notice Sadie march across the room to stand in front of him. She wrinkled her nose. Good gracious, he reeked of whiskey even from this distance.

The chatter in the saloon all but ceased. Even the piano player had stopped tinkling the keys.

The saloon girl who wasn’t attached to his ear gave her a haughty look. She had curly, dark hair and a beauty mark painted on her cheek. “Can we help you?”

Sadie folded her arms and returned the woman’s superior gaze with one of her own. “As a matter of fact, yes. You can start by taking your hands off him.”

She was surprised Jake heard her over the sweet nothings the big-breasted strumpet was cooing in his ear, but he jerked his head up at the sound of her voice.

The dark-haired saloon girl lifted a brow. “And who are you to tell us what to do? His wife?”

Sadie wanted to laugh. She’d rather end up a spinster than marry a no-good, drunken lout like Jake Wagner. “I’m his employer.”

Both women looked confused at that. Which was rather surprising. Sadie thought for sure everyone in town would know she’d hired a new foreman. If they hadn’t before, they would after this.

She glared at Jake. “I didn’t pay you all that money in advance so you could come to the saloon and drink it all, you know.”

The good-for-nothing man had the nerve to flash her a grin that was both infuriating and heart-stopping at the same time. “Now, don’t go getting your pantaloons in a bunch, Miss Sadie. I didn’t spend all the money on whiskey.”

His words were only slightly slurred, which was rather amazing considering how much he’d probably drunk. She clenched her jaw. “I didn’t pay you all that money so you could some here and spend it on saloon girls, either. I expect more from my foreman.”

Jake regarded her lazily. “Why don’t you get along back to that ranch of yours and do what you do best, and I’ll stay here and do what I do best?”

She clenched her hands into fists to keep from slapping that smug face of his. “And what exactly do you do best, Mr. Wagner? Get drunk?”

The saloon erupted into laughter around them. Sadie was glad someone was amused.

“I’m not drunk,” he said.

She let out a snort. “Oh, please! You’re as drunk as a fiddler’s clerk.”

That earned her more laughs from the saloon’s patrons.

Jake pushed himself away from the bar. Sadie hadn’t realized how tall he was when he’d been sprawled out in the chair in front of her desk, but he positively towered over her. It was all she could do not to take a step back when he bent his head and put his mouth to her ear.

“Stop this right now and go back to the ranch like I told you.”

If Sadie had been paying attention, she would have realized his words weren’t slurred like before, but his nearness—combined with the feel of his warm breath on cheek—made it difficult to concentrate. Annoyed with herself for being so weak, she stepped back to give him a fierce look.

“I don’t take orders from you, Mr. Wagner. You take them from me,” she told him coldly. “Is that clear?”

Jake regarded her, his eyes locked with hers in a battle of wills, but Sadie wasn’t about to waiver.

“Looks like the little lady put you in yer place, but good,” a man laughed from the other side of the room.

The rest of the saloon must have thought it was just as funny. There were chortles and guffaws all around. Jake didn’t appear to think it was amusing at all, and if Sadie was smart, she would have stopped there. But pride and anger wouldn’t let her.“Pay your bar tab if you have one, Mr. Wagner, because we’re leaving. You’re coming back to the ranch with me.”Sadie didn’t wait to see if her new foreman followed, but turned and started for the door. She barely made it two steps before a strong hand caught her arm. She whirled around to see Jake glowering down at her.

“I’ll go with you, but when we get back to the ranch, you and I are going to have a talk,” he growled.

Sadie jerked her arm free of his grasp. Which was probably something she couldn’t have done if he hadn’t let her. She spun on her heel and headed for the door again. Jake stumbled after her. How could he seem stone-cold sober one minute, and drunk as a skunk the next?

“I don’t know why I let Ned talk me into hiring you,” she muttered as she led the way to the stable where she’d left the wagon. The sun was low in the sky now, bathing the street in shadows. “Who ever heard of a gunslinger managing a ranch anyway? You’re nothing but an outlaw who will work for anyone who pays your outrageous fee.”

She was in the stable before she realized Jake hadn’t made a single comment during her entire rant. The drunken lout had probably passed out in the street. Mouth tight, she spun around, prepared to drag him the rest of the way, only to stop short when she saw him standing behind her, arms folded across his broad chest, a scowl on his handsome face.

“Are you finished?” he asked.

Her brow furrowed. “How do you do that? Sound drunk one minute, and sober as I am the next?”

“I told you before. I’m not drunk.”

“Really? Then why do you smell like you just took a bath in a tub of whiskey?”

“Because I doused myself in the stuff before I went into the saloon.”

She frowned again. “Why would you do that?”“So I could get the townsfolk to talk to me.” He shrugged his broad shoulders. “They won’t talk to a stranger, but they’ll sure as hell talk to a drunk.”Sadie considered the logic of that. She supposed what he said made sense. That didn’t mean she wasn’t still upset with him. “Well, you could have told me, you know.”

“I did. I told you to go back to the ranch.”

“I meant before I went in there and made a fool of myself.”

Jake snorted. “I didn’t know you were going to follow me. I expected you to be at the ranch doing woman’s work.”

Sadie’s eyes narrowed. “Woman’s work? You mean like sewing quilts and washing clothes?”

“Exactly.”

Chauvinist pig. “Because those are the only things a woman can do, right?” She tried to rein in her temper, but it was quickly nearing its boiling point again. “I’ll have you know I’ve been doing a lot more than sewing quilts and washing clothes out at the ranch since my father died, Mr. Wagner.”

“Maybe that’s why you’re in the predicament you’re in.”

The words cut Sadie more deeply than she wanted to admit, maybe because she’d often wondered if she was partly to blame for making the ranch such an easy target. But she’d be damned if she was going to let a gunslinger like Jake Wagner take her to task for it. Before she even realized what she was doing, she lifted her hand and slapped him hard across the face.

The sound of it echoed in the stable, but Sadie barely heard it. Instead, she stood there, shocked by what she’d just done. She’d never hit anyone in her life.

There was no way Jake could have expected her to slap him, and yet he didn’t seem surprised by her show of violence. He did look angry, though. His jaw was clenched so tightly she thought it might crack.
She’d never been one to run from a fight, but the strange glint in his eye made her think it was time to make her escape. Mumbling something about wanting to get back to the ranch before it got dark, Sadie started to back away, but Jake caught her wrist. Without a word, he strode across the enclosure, dragging her with him. The fury she’d felt earlier gave way to fear.“Wh-what are you doing?” she stammered.He stopped and turned to face her. “Doing what someone should have done a long time ago.”

Sadie opened her mouth to ask him what in tarnation he was talking about, but all that came out was an “oomph,” as he sat down on a bale of hay and threw her over his knee.

“What—?” she began, but the rest of her words ended in a startled gasp as Jake’s hand came down on her upturned bottom.

The barbarian was spanking her!

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Some features on hiatus during my illness

Friday Friends, Squb Saturday are on hiatus until further notice. I do not have the energy or stamina to do these plus the Wednesday Workshops and Two for Tuesday Reviews. I am trying to keep the features that I feel most readers will benefit from.

I hope to get the blog back up to muster by December 1st and maybe have some good and necessary changes by then also.

David Bridger: Friday Friends

Can you believe it, I have a male friend to add this week! You can flick my head now though, because Yes, I met him through Romance Diva’s.  What can I say, it’s a great place to find fellow authors and good friends.

David BridgerDavid Bridger is one of the handful of male writers I have encountered in the last three years. He’s also proven himself a very apt writer. I will be reading one of his books, The WeaverField’s Heir in the near future, and my husband will be reading another, Quarter Square.

David is living in England at this time with his family, after working twenty years doing things based on the ocean and its tides. He hasa been a lifeguard, sailor, intelligence gatherer and an investigator.  He now writes science fiction and fantasy.

I understand when he says the sea calls him…it has called me for years, but I’ve been forced nearly always to close the door upon it…David says that the stories he feels called to write call him more than the sea. I for one am glad he has listened to the call of the books at this time.

David is dealing with some medical issues and has been forced to take a reprieve of a sort. He is offline through the rest of August and perhaps into September in an effort to get some of his medical situations straightened out in a hurry.

On Diva’s, I have learned that David has what many would classify as the “Typical British” sense of humor. It’s a bit dry, a bit caustic and a wee bit sarcastic at times…but it is never hurtful or demeaning.  It’s a humor I identify with strongly, as it’s my style of humor.

David has some fantastic posts you will want to take a look at, particularly if you are an author: What Are Your Obstacles to Productivity? Be sure to look for the other parts to the short workshop. You may help identify some of the things stopping or slowing you down in reaching your goals.

I hope to have David join us here at Heaven’s Garden soon.  If  you’d like to learn more about David Bridger, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and let us know what your questions are. Who knows, maybe you the reader are just what is needed to lure, erm, entice, ermm get David to join us.

Jax Cassiday: Friday Friend

Today’s friend is Jax Cassiday, owner of Jaxadora Design, and Designer Extrodinare. Jax is also an author of paranormal romance.

To quote Jax from her design blog:

When I’m not designing, I can be found:Jax Cassiday, Author, Graphic Designer

1. writing contemporary, paranormal, or erotic romance at my favorite coffeehouse
2. frequenting Romance Divas, an award-winning romance writer’s resource and discussion forum I co-founded with Kristen Painter
3. preparing for future art shows or learning a new craft (knitting, scrapbook, collage, floral arrangement, etc.)
4. shopping for techno-gadgets
5. lounging at a spa
6. speaking engagements or book signings
7. obsessing over twitter and Facebook
8. blogging
9. experimenting in the kitchen
10. working on charities or trying to save the environment…

As you can see, Ms. Cassiday stays busy. I met Jax through, yes, Romance Diva’s, where she is one of the co-founders. I have enjoyed getting to know Jax through RD’s, and hope to soon read some her work. When I grow up, I hope to design even half as well as she does.

If you haven’t “met” Jax yet, You can find her online…

jax cassidayMy Website
My Blog
JaxArtistry (Photography) :: Website coming soon.
Romance Divas
Twitter
Facebook
Linked In

Have you met Jax yet, read her books, seen her designs? If so, please share what you think. We always welcome comments.

Kate Pearce: Friday Friends

Today’s Friday Friend is someone I find special, Kate Pearce. We met at Romance Diva’s and I have had the pleasure of reading one of her Tudor Vampire books, “Blood of the Rose” which will be reviewed at sometime in the next few months.

Simply Scandalous by Kate PearceMs. Pearce has an inner strength and beauty that resonates to the outer self. Raising a son with Cerebral Palsy, and instilling in all her children not only manners, but self-worth, Ms. Pearce gives that same encouragement to those around her. As a recipient of that encouragement via the Internet, I can’t help but to call Kate a friend. One I hope to meet in person some day in the near future, God willing.

Author of the House of Pleasure/Simply Series: Historical Erotic Romance and the The Tudor Vampire Chronicles: Historical Paranormal Romance — Vampire — Non-Erotic; to name just a few, Ms. Pearce has a writing career that spans the Romance Genre and its sub genres.

Simply Scandalous, the ninth and final installment of the House of Pleasure/Simply Series will be released  December 24, 2012 just in time for Christmas.

Coming soon from Kensington Publishing, Ms. Pearce, writing as Catherine Lloyd will be publishing a three book series of Regency Style Mysteries starring a shy spinster and a bed-ridden hero. I don’t know about you, but I’m interested.

Have you read any of Kate Pearce’s books, and if so, what did you think? I know I’m looking forward to reading the Simply Series for sure.