Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Springtime In the Country Blog Hop



 

Please join me and a whole bunch of other cowboy lovin’ authors talking about springtime in the country. Please leave a comment about your favorite springtime activity for a chance to win a copy of A Cowboy to Keep. And a $100 giftcard of your choice from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

 



 

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?

 

Excerpt:

Blood. Wyatt’s blood. Oh, God.

She tensed, ready to jump away. Just as she thought the Angus would come for her, Wyatt moaned. Like a child with a toy car, the bull dropped his head and shoved the man into the rail fence. The logs shook as Wyatt’s body slammed into them.

Screaming nonsensical words, she chased the bull and hit him again with her prod. Shaking his head as if she were nothing more than a gnat, he repeatedly threw Wyatt into the fence.

Desperation clouded her mind, but she tried to think. The prod was only making the bull madder. She waved at him. “Look at me!”

When the mighty Angus glanced her direction, she ran at him and slapped his nose with her bare hand, then danced back a few steps. He pawed with both front feet, filling the air with dirt. Her eyes stung, but she refused to blink.

“Come on, come on.” She waved her arms, daring the animal to charge. Her heart pumped so fast she couldn’t tell the beats apart. She had to get him away from Wyatt. Now. “You dirty, filthy beast. Try to get me.”

Like a Mexican bullfighter, she leaped and poked his nose with her prod. Enraged, the bull lunged forward. Turning and running, with him hot on her heels, she sped into a small holding pen and catapulted over the back fence. Tearing around the backside, she slammed the gate shut and threw the latch. She dropped the hot-shot and ran for Wyatt, screaming his name.

She fell to her knees beside him and tugged him over. “Oh, God, Wyatt. Don’t you dare die on me.”

 

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27 comments:

  1. Great to see you here, D'Ann! Have this on my Kindle waiting for me to find time to read it! I can't wait!!!

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  2. Love this book!! Sadly, I woke up to fresh snow on the ground for the 1st day of spring here in Michigan :( But, I'm looking forward to wearing flip-flops and opening all the windows soon!

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  3. My favorite spring thing this years would be RAIN. Texas is DRY. I love the newness of things in spring. A good time to start anew and try to do better than I did last year.

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  4. What do I like about springtime? First, I need it really to be springtime. It's still winter here and my flowers have no intention of sticking their heads out of the soil. Next, I have a lot of raking and clean up to do, but then, life can renew and pop up in glorious blooms. I don't plant flowers anymore, My tidy garden has become a flower jungle but I have been down to replant a beauty growing on my many paths through my flower jungle. I have a new neighbor this year. I'll try to give her some of them.

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  5. Love getting out in my gardens. I love the smell of tilled earth and cut grass.

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  6. Finally getting outside and doing some gardening, but according to the weather forecast that will be awhile yet.

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  7. It feels like a typical March day here, all big clouds and blustery wind, but it's still finally the first day of spring! D'Ann, good luck with the new blog hop! I love the cover art of this book, elegant.

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  8. I love the cover of your book and have marked it as 'to read'. I do love cowboys (all seasons) but the anticipation and excitement of spring is special.

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  9. I like the weather...not too cold and not too hot...just perfect. At least it's perfect here in the central valley of California. We don't have to worry about the drought or heat for a couple more months! :-) Thanks for your participation in this blog tour. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  10. Favourite spring time activity - putting away the snow shovel, taking the winter tires off the car and putting away the winter coats and boots. Great excerpt.
    Tweeted.

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  11. This is going on my Wish List. I like sitting on my porch and reading once the yellow pollen is gone,

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  12. I do love me some cowboys. Spring is my favorite time of the year. It is like a new world waking up. Love the blooming flowers, warmer tempts which means you can spend time outside. Great giveaway. Entering under the name of Virginia

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

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  13. I love watching the plants finally begin to bloom and feeling the warmer breezes on my skin. Now if only we'd actually get some spring here. It was snowing today and now the dirt roads are muddy!

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  14. Spring? I love to get outside and start my garden. The down side is all the weeds that need pulled.:):)

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  15. GREAT excerpt, D'Ann! You know this is one of my favorite books!

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  16. gardening

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  17. our tulip tree will be blooming :) It is just beautiful

    mindaf @ aol.com

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  18. What do you like about Springtime in the Country? It's beauty and serenity. I love the coutry is laid back and not fast paced. Its a place to relax.

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  19. My favorite spring thing is hearing the birds singing in my garden and seeing them hop around looking for places to build their nests.

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  20. I used to like walking around and seeing everything coming into bloom! Tweeted.

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  21. My favorite thing in Spring is getting outside and horseback riding through a field of wildflowers and watching for migrating birds. There's so much color in spring..

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  22. Your book sounds great. It's already on my TBR list :) I love springtime--budding flowers and trees, hundreds of different shades of green, the fresh fragrance of the air. Until the allergies kick in, of course LOL Barb Bettis

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  23. My favorite springtime activity is reading on my front porch. The weather is lovely, birds are chirping, and the trees have leaves.

    I don't know if I could date a bull rider. I would be sick every time he went to work. I can only imagine how worried Laney must be about her son.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.

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  24. I live in Florida where there is no Spring...but my fave thing to do is reading on the beach!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  25. I think one of my favorite things about spring is being able to have the windows open and get the house smelling fresh, getting rid of the nasties from having everything shut up for months.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

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  26. Thank you, everyone! The winner of A Cowboy to Keep is quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com!

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