Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Hero's Blog Hop

Cowboys have always been my heroes. Yes, it's a Willie Nelson song, but it's how I feel, too. I like all kinds of men, but when it comes to a hero, give me a cowboy. I've done lots of posts on why, so there's no need to be redundant. One of my favorites is Cody Utah, a bull rider from A Cowboy to Keep.

Blurb:  After Laney Ellis’ husband is killed by a bull, she is left to run their small cattle ranch and raise their son, Justin, on her own. Despite some of Laney’s worst fears, the dream Justin holds dearest is to be exactly like his dad, a champion bull rider. He finds his chance when world champion bull rider Cody Utah moves in next door.
Although attraction between Cody and Laney flares, neither act upon it. Laney refuses to get her family involved with another bull rider, and Cody has heard rumors Laney trapped Wyatt, her late husband, into a high school marriage by getting pregnant.The last thing Cody wants is children.
At a rodeo, Justin is thrown and knocked unconscious. As Justin lays in the hospital, Cody begs Laney to forgive him. He realizes he loves her enough to discourage Justin from the sport. Will Laney let Cody into their lives? Will Justin ride again?

Something shiny caught his eye.

 JW’s buckle. The kid had been so excited he’d rushed out of here without it. Cody retrieved the belt buckle, knowing JW would ask about it first thing. Curious as to whom the buckle originally belonged, Cody studied it. He’d been right. It was a Wyoming state champion buckle. The date across it was from the year before Cody won his. Who had beaten him that year? He struggled to remember, but the name eluded him.
Inside, Cody laid the buckle on the table and went to his bedroom. He dragged out an old trunk from the closet and dug through rodeo programs from the high school and pro rodeos he’d attended. There were few other mementoes in the trunk. No family photos or yearbooks. Not even a birth certificate. He found a folded sheet of paper from the state high school finals in his junior year. He sat on the edge of the bed and opened the yellowed paper to the bull riding section.
Benito had carefully recorded each rider’s score next to their name with his wobbly handwriting. Cody found his name and next to it his score of 76. Running his finger down the page, he found what he was looking for. Wyatt Ellis, 80.
Cody remembered Wyatt Ellis. He had been a flashy rider with a big style that blew away both judges and other contestants. Wyatt had been a senior in high school when Cody had been a junior. After Wyatt won the state high school finals, everyone expected him to turn pro, but he disappeared. People whispered that his girlfriend got pregnant, and he married her, giving up his career.
The long legged blonde from the night before. Cody had to admit she was a looker.
Cody realized he had spent his day with Wyatt Ellis’s son.
Jake Wyatt? Or maybe John Wyatt? Whatever, it didn’t matter.
Where was Wyatt? Why hadn’t he helped his wife, her father, and their son last night? JW had mentioned he was away. Where? Another question pressed Cody more. Why in the hell wasn’t one of the best bull riders he had ever seen teaching his own son? He replaced the program in his trunk and picked up the phonebook. There was only one Ellis listed. W. Ellis.
Picking up the belt buckle and the rope Mrs. Ellis had left the night before, Cody decided to pay a little visit on his old nemesis.

For a chance to win a $5.00 Amazon giftcard, leave me a comment about your favorite hero.  The grand prize in this blog hop is unbelievable! A Kindle and a whole bunch of other goodies! Drop by as many of these blogs as you can for a chance to win.


  1. Love the excerpt! Congrats on your releases!

  2. Great excerpt, D'Ann, but I'm always a huge fan! Cowboys are so fun to read about. Happy Hopping!

  3. Perfect excerpt....there is something undeniably sexy about a Cowboy as a hero!

  4. I've always loved reading about cowboys. I guess because of how much time they spend out in nature, rounding up cows, riding bulls, and branding steeds.

    These days though, my attention has been captivated by the soldiers, Marines in particular. Daddy is a Marine and so is one of my closest friends.

    If I had to put my life in anyone's hands but my own or hubby's, it'd be a Marine's!

    But I still go back to the good ol cowboys quite often, especially when they are ranching.

  5. Cowboys ROCK! And so do you! Congratulations on all the releases.

  6. Love this book! Congrats on the release!! Thanks for the blog hop!

  7. Gotta love them cowboys! Haven't read the book yet but looking forward to picking it up the next time I'm at the bookstore. Thanks for the contest.

  8. Cowboy heroes are always favorites with me. Then come cops and soldiers. Royals don't do badly as romantic heroes in historical romance either. My latest romantic hero is a sexy psychiatrist with a sense of humor in Death Legacy. A little different.


    Best of luck with the new novels,

    Jacqueline Seeald

  9. Congrats on your newest release!!! You're such an awesome writer D!!

  10. My favorite heroes are strong, but tender, like my hubby. congrats on the new release.

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  11. cowboys rock! my favorite heroes are strong, tender and dependable

  12. I never tire of a coyboy or their story! Congratulations on your release!!
    sherifredricks at

  13. I love a great cowboy story. My fictional heroes are so many but my real life hubby!

  14. I absolutely adore rugged cowboy type men, like Quigley. Hmmm, and Gregory Peck in Big Country, was an awesome hero.
    Best of luck D'Ann with all your heros. You sure know how to draw them!

  15. Cowboys make great heroes. John Wayne will always be a hero of mine. Thank you for the giveaway.

  16. I do like some cowboys now. Thanks for that, D'Ann! And I really loved this book so very much. :)

  17. Congrats! My favorite hero is still Mr. Darcy and Hawke from Psy-Changeling series.


    bluebubbles24 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. my favorite is still Sinclair from MJ Davidson's Undead and Unwed series

  19. Great excerpt! Cowboys are definitely sooo sexy.

  20. My favorite is Eric or Bill from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  21. I forgot how much I do like cowboys, haven't read too many lately but I still think they are sexy. My fave hero's Acheron from Dark Hunters, Donna Grant's highlanders, Bowen from the Immortals, Maddox from Lords of the Underworld.


  22. There's just something about a cowboy . . . sigh . . .

  23. my favorite hero to read about is the bad boy who reforms for the heroine type. I think IRL heroes are all around us everyday people who do for others. Your cowboys sound plenty sexy :O) Carin

  24. My new favorite is Gideon Cross from "Bared To You"!!!!!
    Thanks for doing the Hop!


  25. Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes too. This is definitely a must read for me.


  26. I love heros, especially romantic ones.

  27. Cowboys are awesome! They make excellent heroes :)

  28. My favorite hero is the take charge type with a capacity for compassion.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  29. Its hard not to love a hero of any kind, but my favorite would be the hero who is kinda naughty, but still does the right thing. Thx for giveaway.


  30. don't have a fav hero, thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  31. My favorite heroes tend to be dominant, alpha males. I love that they are responsible, dependable, confident, caring, respectful, and intelligent.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  33. I love a muscle-bound sexy Alpha. Betas aren't bad either.

  34. My favorite heroes are the ones that can sweep me away with the heroine.

    Of course, being sexy, smart, funny, worships at my feet, etc. doesn't hurt. lol

    Stacey_dvn (at) yahoo (dot) com

  35. There are too many heroes I love to pick a favorite!
    Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  36. Woohoo! I love blog hopping!
    My favorite hero has to be tall, dark, and handsome, have a six or eight pack, be faithful, loyal, and love his woman/family beyond reason.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  37. I love Logan Scott from Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  38. My favorite hero is Harry Dresden from Jim Butchers Dresden files, champion for the underdog, wont ever quit and full of hilarious one liners he's always what I picture when hero's come up.

  39. Love the excerpt! My favorite hero is Strong, Sexy,and loyal..

  40. Growing up in the south I was surounded by a lot of cowboys, add on a deep southern drawl and oh man I hear ya. But bull riders are just crazy.

  41. My favorite hero is not afraid to get down & dirty. Thank you for the excerpt & participating in this blog hop.

  42. My favorite hero would be someone that went after what he wanted and never gave up. Works hard, plays hard, alpha type.


  43. My favorite hero is Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series.

  44. Rhage from J.R. Ward from the Brotherhood series. YUM!

    Thank you for the opportunity!
    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  45. Men in uniform.

    1. Love military heroes.

      Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  46. fave hero would be Ben from Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

  47. I can't wait to read this book, D'Ann... I love your heroes...

  48. Great excerpt.
    My hero is strong, successful and charismatic, but with a sensitive and caring side, and also some hidden vulnerability.

  49. OHHhh nice excerpt, thank you for sharing! thesolitarybookworm(@)

  50. nice excerpt, great blog contest, love your books

  51. Oh cowboys! My favorite genre!

  52. I have alot of favorites But will go with Bones love him!
    Thank you for the great giveaway Very fun blog hop!
    Latisha D

  53. I love cowboy heroes -- there aren't enough of them either! I really enjoyed this excerpt. :)

  54. I love me a sexy cowboy with a panty melting drawl!! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  55. Hmm, my favorite heroine is Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack books.


  56. My favorite hero would Charles from Patricia Briggs' alpha and omega series.

  57. I like a hero that is strong, yet has compassion and always witty :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. My favorite fictional hero is my own, Heath. (Because he'll stone me to death if I name anyone else. Seriously, living with this guy in my head is quite the experience! LOL)
    He isn't actually fully aware yet that he is going to be a hero, but that won't stop him from shoving his way into the spotlight! The funny thing about this is that when he actually does something heroic, like saving a bunch of orphans from a flood or beating the daylights out of an abusive bastard, he doesn't brag about it. He'd much sooner talk about his sexual conquests, his chess match wins, or his sexual conquests. (He's with twins right now, thus the double mention. My poor brain. LOL) But in the end he will prove that he is a great hero. Then again, maybe he'll be the ultimate villain. I'd hate to rule anyone out just yet, as readers will have a long journey ahead before that answer sneaks out!

  59. My hero has held my hand through the
    past 51 years, through good times and
    the not so good! Love you, Honey!!

    Pat C.

  60. fist congat on the book and i hope you you many more book and they look like they are going to be hit wish wish

    desi the blonde at msn dot ocm

  61. I love a dark, confident, and loyal hero. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. My mom is my hero!

    feathermaye at gmail dot com

  63. My hero is my mom. Shes an amazing person. Shes the type of person to give you the shirt off her back, give you a home if you need it, give you the last of her groceries, lend a helping hand, etc. Shes sweet, kind and always has a good word for everyone. She sees the best in people. Shes the type that if your glass in half empty, she sees it as half full and is grateful for it. Ive always looked up to her. If i can be half the person she is, id be happy. My mom works as a manager of a home that takes care of mentally ill people. She had a staff member that tried to get her fired more times than i can count, she gave my mom a hard time, and made her job..hellish. The woman had a boyfriend that stole her purse, which had all of her money, credit cards and the petty cash from her work (shed just cashed the check). (Over thousand dollars i think) The woman ended up in the hospital, had 3 or 4 strokes and was in really bad shape. You know what my mom did? She borrowed the money from check and go (a couple of them), took the blame for everything, and helped this woman get better. My mom wouldnt even accept the money back when the woman tried to repay her. My mom and her are now best friends. I have several stories like this. She may get a bit mad, but her thing is, people make mistakes. They shouldnt be punished for them forever. Whatever happened, happened and its now a new day. :) To me, my mom is amazing. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)

  64. My mom's my hero.


  65. I can't thank everyone enough for commenting. My winner is Minnie Medina.

    Here are the winners of the rest:

    After over 8,000 comments our Hero Hop has some grand prize winners!!


    Grand Prize Winners:

    Kindle Fire Winner:

    Michele Ann Oboyle

    (from Carrie Anne Brownian’s Blog)

    $50 Amazon Gift Card:

    Daphne Deaton

    (from Kristine Cayne’s Blog)

    Swag Pack:

    Jan D

    (from Karen McCullough’s Blog)