Friday, September 6, 2013

A Cowboy's Baby release day! Win! Win! Win!

 
 
On September 9, 2013, my sixth Crimson Romance, The Cowboy's Baby drops! I'm very excited about this book. It is close to my heart, set in Colorado, featuring (what else?) a cowboy and the woman he loved and impregnated in high school. It's a reunion story, complete with the daughter they gave up for adoption, Tanner's messed-up teenage brother and a several other interesting characters!
 
 
Blurb: Cat O’Brien moved back to Granite, Colorado, ready to face her past. Before she is completely settled in, the daughter Cat was forced to give up for adoption appears. Eve has been thrown out of her adoptive parents’ home because she is seventeen, unwed and pregnant. Cat is ecstatic when Eve asks to live with her. Tanner Burke brings his younger daughter to Cat’s house for trick-or-treat. Stunned to see Cat again, he is even more shocked by finding his long-lost daughter . . . pregnant. Once again, he thinks adoption is the answer. This instantly puts him and Cat at odds. She will do anything to keep Eve from suffering the same pain she did, while Tanner does not want Eve to give up everything to raise her child. As Eve settles in, Cat and Tanner are forced to work together to help her. In spite of their conflict over Eve’s pregnancy, Cat and Tanner are still attracted to one another. And during the long night of their grandchild’s birth, Tanner and Cat both have to look at the past, and doing so, come to a place where they can forgive and love each other.
 
 
Excerpt:
She grabbed the candy dish and peered through the peephole before sliding back the deadbolt. Someone stood on her porch, but Cat couldn’t make out any features through the tiny opening. She swung the door open and a gust of wind-driven snow blew in her face. The storm had picked up to be a regular winter gale, swirling snowflakes around them. Blinking, she looked around for small children, but only an adult in a heavy coat and a shawl covering most of the face stood there. Was this a teenager trick-or-treating? If so, as what? Obviously not a ghost or princess.

“Can I help you?”

The bundled-up figure mumbled something, but the words were lost in the wind. Cat struggled to hold the door with one hand, and held out the candy dish with the other. The stranger said something unintelligible. Cat raised her voice to be heard over the protesting shutters. “I can’t hear you.”

The black scarf again muffled the answer.

Cat shivered in the wind, but she was unwilling to let a total stranger in her house. This might be Granite, population eight hundred, but she had spent too many years in Denver to be careless. She motioned to the wicker chairs still sitting on the porch. “Step over here and tell me what brings you out in a storm.”

Instead of moving toward the chairs, the stranger pulled the scarf from her face and striking blue eyes met Cat’s. “Are you Cathleen O’Brien?”

“Yes.” A vague unease rose up Cat’s back. “Do I know you?”

“No.” The girl jutted out her chin in an all-too-familiar gesture and shoved a wad of papers toward Cat. “But you gave birth to me.”

“Oh, God.” Cat let go of the candy dish and it crashed to the floor, sending miniature candy bars and cheap plastic toys flying across the porch. Her knees threatened to buckle and she grabbed for the door. Was she hallucinating? How could this be? It wasn’t possible for the baby she’d given up almost eighteen years ago to be standing in front of her. She stared at the daughter she’d given birth to, but never seen. Her eyes, her nose…his mouth.
 
Now to the GOODIES! Twenty-one of my friends pitched in to help me celebrate this book's release and donated autographed books, e-books, jewelry and a whole lot more. My donations include two of my print books, a Scentsy candle, a mug and more! Well over $300 of gifts!!!
In no particular order, the authors who donated are:
Kristina Knight
Melissa Kier
Brenda Dyer
Liza O'Connor
Jenna Jaxon
Teresa Blue
Cynthia Woolf
Sara Walter-Ellwood
Loralee Lillibridge
Jennifer Lowery
Holley Trent
Kary Rader
Andrea Cooper
Bobbi Romans
Daryl Devore
Synithia Williams
Liz Flaherty
Sheri Fredricks
CJ Clark
Autumn Piper
Gina Danna
Sharon Cullen
Kaki Warner
 
 
Wanna know how to WIN?
All commenters who email me the correct answers @ dldauthor@frontier.net by September 30, 2013, will be printed, folded, placed in an old-fashioned Mason jar and shook. My daughter will draw. The winner will be notified on October 1, 2013. Only one winner!
Answer these five questions to be eligible.
1. In what town is A Cowboy to keep set?
2. Where did Cat get pregnant?
3. What is Tanner's younger daughter's name?
4. Why is Zach taken to the police station?
5. What holiday does the book open with? (I gave you this one)!!!
GOOD LUCK!
 



12 comments:

  1. Best of luck with giveaway and I'm happy to help out. I can't answer any of the questions I haven't read this book yet - :-(

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  2. Congratulations and best wishes to all who enter the contest!! The answers can be found in the excerpt above.

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  3. Whoo hoo!! Sounds like a great contest! I hope everyone enters!! Will certainly share!!

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  4. I love the way you're doing this contest!!! I may have to steal the idea for my next blog tour.

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  5. Fab contest D'Ann! 1. Granite 2. Denver? 3. dunno :( 4. dunno 5. Halllowe'en blast and darn I don't know them all!!

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  6. 1. Granite, Colorado.
    2. In Tanner's old Ford truck.
    3. Sutton.
    4. Vandalizing a park and underage drinking.
    5. Halloween.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

    I emailed the answers to you and then saw it said to post them here. Sorry.

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  7. Congratulations on your release, DiAnn. Sounds like a fantastically complicated story. And what a great way to celebrate your release with a terrific idea for a contest. I'm hoping to do the same - as soon as my back cover is finished. Good luck to you and your book.

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  8. 1. Granite
    2. Denver
    3.Eve
    4.I didn't see the answer
    5.Halloween
    Great contest :)

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  9. Blogged about this event and FB shared

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  10. I emailed you the answers- forgot to comment :)

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