I want to thank the HEAT writers for letting me guest blog today. I'm Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. My first book, Chase and Seduction was released May 27 from The Wild Rose Press' Cowboy Kink line.
I'm usually a fast writer, but sometimes when I write blogs I get a glob of sludge lodged between my brain and my fingers. I can usually come up with something really good twice a month for my blog on Wild and Wicked Cowboys, but the last few weeks, coming up with over 30 blogs for my blog tour has challenged me.
When I feel blocked, I pull out all my muse enhancement tricks. I meditate, sitting quietly for five minutes just breathing, concentrating on watching the ocean in my mind. Sometimes I'll watch an animated movie. Beauty and the Beast and Mulan are favorites for re-juicing my creativity.
It helps to read other writers' work, too. I'll open the most recent manuscript from my fabulous critique partner (who just happens to be Alexis Walker) and read a scene from the middle of the book. Alexis has helped me in many other ways, as well, and if you look at the dedication page of Chase and Seduction, you'll see her name there. (Thanks, Alexis!)
Audio books are great, too. Did you know that many libraries offer audio books to check out via download? I slide them onto my iPod, and take a long walk. The combination of visual and audio stimulation is revitalizing. Then, if nothing else works, I Google pictures of cowboys, country western stars, and steamy scenes of couples to use in video trailers. For some reason, cowboys get me going again ;-})
In Chase and Seduction, the heroine, Reno, is a writer, but she never seems to encounter writers' block. Must be the influence of that sexy cowboy, Chase! I'm excited to share with you the blurb for my book, as well as a sweet, happily ever after-type of excerpt.
Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.
Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?
Chase played for an hour and a half. A few parents stood in the back of the room, the mobile kids danced, the ones in wheelchairs wiggled and clapped, and everyone sang along. A few called out their favorite songs and Chase was hard-pressed to remember the words to some of them, but he’d gotten good at making them up.
Reno sat smack in the middle of the kids on a tiny chair, her knees nearly up to her chin. But she sang along, clapped, and talked with the children. His heart filled with emotion each time he looked at her.
Then a nurse popped her head into the room. “Bedtime, everyone. Say thank you to Mr. Tanner, and start heading back to your rooms.”
Chase stood and set his guitar in its case. “I’ll be back in a few days.”
One little girl with IV lines into her stomach started crying, and her mother picked her up and brought her to Chase. She asked, “Can she give you a hug?”
His throat choked shut, and all he could do was nod.
“Cassie, thank Mr. Tanner for singing for you.”
Cassie released her mother’s neck and grabbed a hold of his. Her little body felt like a warm, soap-scented bird in his arms. “Tank you for singing.” Then she kissed him full on the mouth.
A sweet-hot burn grew behind his eyes, and he whispered, “You’re welcome, Cassie.”
She stared at him, her tiny arms were light as feathers against his neck. She whispered, “I love you.”
“I…love you, too.” Chase blinked back a swell of tears as he handed her to her mother. They walked away, then he caught Reno’s gaze.
Tears ran from her eyes down her cheeks.
He watched her, unmoving, unable to breathe for fear the tears would leak from his eyes. In his side vision, he saw the princess castle, the toy trucks, and the pretend kitchen. He’d love to have a kid. Maybe two. A boy and a girl. When he imagined his own little girl, she looked a lot like Reno.
To celebrate the release of Chase and Seduction, I'm giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my novella Her Cowboy Stud. Just leave a comment today and we'll choose a winner tomorrow. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.
I'm also giving away a cowgirl hat to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com And while you're there, you can read the first chapter of Chase and Seduction.
Good luck, and thank you!
Buy Chase and Seduction at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses
Thanks so much for stopping by HEAT. Your story sounds like a lot of fun - can't wait to read it. And I'll be checking out your blog site as I also have a weakness for cowboys!
Hey, Marie, I know how you feel. I've gotta have a cowboy fix every day. Thank you for hosting me today!ReplyDelete
Love those Cowboys...chaps and stetson! HOT!!ReplyDelete
Gee Randi, the dedication page? You are so sweet! I really enjoyed critiquing this story. Your characters are so human and so sexy ;-)ReplyDelete
Hi Deb, love the Stetsons! I bought one for my (urban) cowboy husband, and wow does it look good on him. Now to get him into chaps...ReplyDelete
Alexis, you deserve it. "Best Critique Partner Ever!" Hugs!
Hi Randi :)ReplyDelete
Chase and Seduction sounds like a book id read from start to finish withoout putting it down :) Love Cowboys, dont what it is about them but I love em anyway lol.
Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping by. I agree, cowboys have qualities that just make us love them. They make the perfect romance heroes!ReplyDelete
I can tell you're a cowgirl at heart. I'm sure reading the novella will be like living it. Good luck and I bet you'll have a lasso of readers!
Howdy, Dawn! Sounds like you've got a little cowgirl deep inside, too! Thank you for letting me take over your blog for a day.ReplyDelete
Love those cowboys! :) There is nothing wrong with a hot guy in jeans, a stetson and boots, is there?ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Samantha - using random.org I chose your name as the winner of my e-novella Her Cowboy Stud. Please contact me at Randi@RandiAlexander.com to claim your prize.ReplyDelete
A huge thank you to the authors of HEAT for letting me take over this lovely blog for a day. And thank you to all the readers who stopped by to read my blog.