Archive | November 2015

Taming Texanna

Well, Liam’s Lessons – the end of Liam and Jocelyn’s story is due out December 2nd. Should be in ARC this week.

Got a tidbit for my new work- Taming Texanna

(a tidbit of info on the names: I was looking at family history and the neighbors they had and the names Louisiana, Alabama, and Texanna came up. So I have this cute threesome series that I want to name For Taming Texanna, Loving Louisiana and Anything for Alabama. All names from that time frame.

Now on to this cute western set in 1870’s after Civil War when Fort Worth was where cattle left for the Wichita market and trains. Colton McFadden, half Native American, the Civil war did not feel like his fight. He had been a Texas Ranger because it fit his personality, build up Texas and stop the more seedy part of life from interfering in the growth of Texas. 

However, after the War, Fort Worth needed a lot of law enforcement as they grew by leaps and bounds due to cattle. Meanwhile, the Rangers he was previously a part of now that the war was over and the short run of the Texas Police was over, began to harass his mother and grandmother’s people. Not entering that fight either. His mother and grandmother safe with him, he joined the US Marshals to keep Fort Worth safe and lawful in its population explosion. Now they wanted him to settle down and stay close to home while manning their office in Fort Worth.

Texanna Rae Garrett was nineteen, living with a strict but clueless father who wanted his girl to get married and have babies, just like every other young lady. He wasn’t particular who she did it with. Anna liked that he did not push her to any one man to marry because there were so many nice cowboys to look at and ponder on with her friend Mandy.

Problem was Mandy was one to try anything once. Anna Rae was not as adventuresome so when Mandy started to spy on a particularly nice looking shopkeeper as he changed his clothes she was convinced to look too. Shocked at seeing underclothes she quickly looked away but not before Amanda’s cousin Colton, the U.S. Marshal, caught them.

Anna thought that if anyone was nice to look at, that Colton was one but he was a spanker Mandy had said and it sure looked like it as he just sent Mandy home to wait on him since her father had passed on, Colt was going to take care of his errant cousin.  Anna couldn’t afford for her father to find out she was in one more scrape because his warning rang in her ears of the fate of her back end if she did.

Wonder if Colt would handle it with her as well so he didn’t go tell her Pa. He wouldn’t be as hard as her own Pa who was already irritated with her. Well, a girl could hope anyway, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Code of The West by Kelly Dawson

The Code of the West by Kelly Dawson is out NOW. http://www.amazon.com/Code-West-Kelly-Dawson-ebook/dp/B017Y0Z1XO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1447448415&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Code+of+the+West+by+Kelly+Dawson  She stopped by today to let us know what we could expect when we pick up this hot new western. I understand that it is going into paperback in about a week and will be combined with her previously released The Ways of the West.
Good Morning Kelly! Tell us about your new book. Read past the COVER until you finish an excerpt from her book under the hot cowboy below!!!!
THE code OF THE WEST – By Kelly Dawson
Author Bio: Kelly Dawson loves anything to do with horses, rodeos and cowboys, and loves to get lost in a good book – preferably a rural romance where a strong woman falls in love with a ruggedly-handsome, tough but gentle cowboy, and these are the types of characters who feature in the stories she writes. Only in Kelly’s books, the cowboys are even better because they spank!
She lives literally at the bottom of the world in the South Island of New Zealand, with her husband, four kids, a dog and a cat.QUESTIONS/ANSWERS
Are you like any of your heroines?
Parts of me are, yes. Both mostly, my heroines are a mix of myself, people I know, and the completely made-up.
How many books have you written? Are they all spanking fiction?
I have 4 books published now, heaps that are in various stages of progress, and heaps more ideas swirling around in my head. No, they’re not all spanking fiction, but they’re all romance. Although it will be a while before something that isn’t spanking fiction will be published.Do you have a specific writing style?
I thought I did, but it turns out that no, I don’t. The way I write, the topics I choose … they’re constantly changing and developing. That’s a good thing, right?

Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! It doesn’t pay very much yet, but I’m hopeful that it will, one day. Being a writer is what I’ve always wanted to do, so this opportunity is a dream come true for me.

What is the best thing you have done in your life?
Marrying my wonderful husband and having my 4 beautiful children. They are what makes my life worth living.

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours
I have Tourette’s Syndrome. So while the strange things I do aren’t exactly habits, it looks like they are. Other than my visible tics, I have to peg all my washing on the line using colour-co-ordinated pegs, and things must be hung up a certain way. If anyone helps me hang out the washing it drives me insane, because I’m going along after them, “fixing” it all LOL.

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?
All the time! Not so much since we’ve been in this house, but I swear a previous house we lived in was haunted. I felt like there was always something looking over my shoulder. It was horrid!

What’s your favorite material object that you already own?
My laptop. I would be lost without it.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Washing dishes. Self-explanatory really! – I hate washing dishes – they’re never ending!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Vanilla latte, preferably.

Social Media Links:

My blog: http://www.kellydawsonauthor.blogspot.co.nz/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008980697756
Google+: https://www.google.com/+KellyDawsonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KELLYDAWSONauth
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kellydawsonau/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13257528.Kelly_Dawson
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/kellydawson

The Code of the West is a standalone sequel to The Ways of the West, which can be found here: (Note: You do not need to have read The Ways of the West to enjoy The Code of the West; they are both standalone books)

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ways-West-Kelly-Dawson-ebook/dp/B014LXVSIO/

Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ways-of-the-west-kelly-dawson/1122591477

All Romance Ebooks Buy Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thewaysofthewest-1876679-147.html

Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-ways-of-the-west

Blurb:
In the years since the tragic death of her parents, Jedda-Lyn Cross has given everything she has to keep the family ranch running. She has grown accustomed to getting no help at all from her alcoholic brother, but when his violent, sadistic friend tries to make Jedda his wife against her will, it is the last straw.

Her attacker is the son of the richest family in town, and with the corrupt sheriff ready to do his bidding Jedda is desperate to leave town in a hurry. With no money and no horse, her best chance of making her escape comes in the form of a soon-to-be-departing cattle drive led by the famous trail boss Wes Jordan. But a young woman has little hope of gaining employment on a cattle drive, so drastic measures will be required…

Wes is none too pleased when he discovers that the new drover he hired is actually a beautiful twenty-two-year-old woman disguised as a boy, but after hearing Jedda’s story he promises to protect her. As he quickly realizes, however, that will be easier said than done. Jedda is sassy, headstrong, and in serious need of a good, hard, bare-bottom spanking, and when her reckless disregard for her own safety finally pushes him too far, Wes takes her firmly in hand.

After a painful, humiliating punishment from the handsome trail boss, Jedda is left with her bottom burning and her mind set awhirl. In spite of everything, she aches for Wes to take her in his arms, and when at last he does the pleasure of his skillful, passionate lovemaking nearly takes her breath away. But with her obsessed former suitor and his hired guns still after her, can she bring herself to accept the fact that, for a man like Wes, risking his life to protect the woman he loves is just part of what it means to live by the code of the west.

Publisher’s Note: The Code of the West is an erotic romance novel that contains sexual scenes and spankings, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 Kelly Dawson

The Code of the West                   by Kelly Dawson

Excerpt:  
“I’m not a child!” she protested.
“No,” Mr Jordan agreed, sliding down off his gelding. “I wouldn’t do to a child what I’m about to do to you. What were you thinking? There’s no doctor within 200 miles – you could have been killed!”
“But I wasn’t,” she pointed out. “We were fine.”
She watched in morbid fascination as Mr Jordan took off his gun belt, draping it over the saddle of his horse. Then he rolled up his sleeves to the elbows to expose corded, muscular forearms. He was really going to do it! There were no wooden spoons out here – was he just going to use his hand? The thought intrigued her. She took in his sheer size, his incredible strength, his powerful muscles, his well-toned body. She took note of his huge, calloused hands. She gulped. Somehow, she didn’t think Mr Jordan would need anything other than the palm of his hand to ignite a fire in her backside.
“I gave you an order,” he told her sternly, but so quietly that she could barely hear him.
“I’m not much good at taking orders.” She waved her hand dismissively. “It was just me and Neil for a long time. I’m not used to being obedient.”
“Well you’re about to learn.”

REGENCY WIP that I am working on in NANO

Lord Thayer’s Choice
Lord Stephen Thayer has heard from his father for several years that it is time to set up his nursery and take a wife. Finally, he agrees. To assist in his endeavor and their desire, they make a “small” announcement while hosting their annual Soiree. The small announcement becomes big news overnight and now, on his doorstep is a nonstop stream of eligible and yet unsuitable young ladies for his perusal and ultimate choice.
 
And as of yet, no choice has been made.
 
Annalise has reached her eighteenth birthday. Her mother has passed away some time ago leaving Annalise with a young brother and her merchant stepfather. Her stepfather, who felt her only usefulness was to care for his young son and keep house, has decided today is the day she is to go to a husband. He announces it at breakfast and calmly goes to make the best deal he can by close of business.
 
When Lord Thayer decides to accompany his head groomsman and his valet to the market things become very interesting as he meets a young woman, obviously of the merchant class but only obvious in her clothing. Her manner is of a young, unfettered, and spoiled woman. She fascinates Stephen and when he is traveling home, he hears the story of the young woman.
 
Immediately, Stephen decides she must be for him, and without further thought makes the carriage return. And so the story begins.

Question up for discussion

A wonderful reviewer made an observation that I would love to discuss. The observation was on Liam’s Lessons and this is from Marybeth’s review:

“… Jocelyn is very stressed by her work. She is overwhelmed. Kelli tricks her into seeing Liam again and he just takes over. Jocelyn is torn by her feelings. She both wants him to take over and doesn’t want him to. I’m quite sure this is a problem a lot of women in this day have. Our society says to be independent. But, our minds and souls crave submission…”

QUESTION: Do you see this as true and in what way. If not, why not?

My take on this:

Because I am a woman I will take it from my perspective.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it, is never more truly born out than in the head of household-submission issue.

There are so many levels of submission and so many shades of color that to define it outside of myself would be wrong. That being said, I believe that we as women have taken our issues and created a huge mess. Yes, I want equal pay for equal work. Yes, I want to be eligible for promotion, consideration, valued as the white anglo saxon protestant stereotypical dominant culture. (There are many who think that is a myth as well in today’s world).

But do I want equality in my home, marriage, life connections with my husband? Hell no. Are you kidding me? My responsibility to be all, do all, ends at the door of my home. I would be a mess if I had to carry that take charge, “I got this” persona into the home and maintain. Nope. I want to give over to my husband who considers me in all big decisions and most little ones.

I don’t want a man or my husband to do everything for me, in fact, I am very independent and self assured in my professional career. I am damn good at what I do and have worked hard to get to where I am am today. However, I love to let him take over when I am tired or frustrated and feeling like the world has decided I am it’s new whipping boy (girl) that he is just there for me.

He knows me so well that he can see signs and my tells that alert him to my limits and when I am about to meet them. I love that he just knows me so well that he can identify the causes and the correlations between my mood and what that tells him about me. He checks in with me often.

I don’t always want to tell him things and I can rest assured that even if I don’t disclose he already has an idea and will draw it out, address it, address me and then FIX the PROBLEM if it is in his power to fix. If it isn’t, then he fixes ME so that I can survive it.

To me that is submission. It isn’t just a bedroom thing, it is a life thing. No, I don’t wait on him hand and foot, he doesn’t want that. No, I don’t agree to do,say, be whatever he wants, we don’t want that, but it is allowing him to be the head of our home in a loving and intuitive way because he makes me his business.

And I DO crave it. I believe in letting go and letting GOD lead… in my marriage, I believe in letting go and letting hubby lead. And oh what a relief it truly is.

So, That is where I stand on…

And on blushing Books’ site tonight. This is where I stand:  #5!!!

LIam's lessons #5 on Blushing Books

An interview with Liam O’Connor

The O’Connor’s – Liam O’Connor
So I have Liam O’Connor here from the Circle C Ranch owner and operator of one of the biggest operations in Montana and we are going to get to know him a little bit better. For those who can’t see him, Liam is a 6’1”, dark haired man with hazel eyes. He tells me he is 32 years old and is happiest in wranglers and a T-shirt, cowboy boots, and a Stetson on his head.
1. Liam are you married?
Yeah well, I just got married but I hate that word newlywed because Jocelyn and I were engaged 10 years ago. So I guess we just finally figured it out and she agreed to marry me.
2. Tell me a little bit about your family?
Sure, you know I have a large family a large Irish ranching family. My mom’s parents came over from Ireland so my grandfather could work on the transit system. And my Da’s parents were originally from Kansas.
So like I said I have a lot of siblings six to be exact. I am the eldest. Then comes my sister Kelli, who is the same age as my wife Jocelyn. Then comes Shane who is married to Alisha, Quinlan, Caoimhe who is married to Andrew Ciarán, and Cian. Ciarán works the ranch with me.
3. So if Jocelyn word to describe how to pick you out in a crowd what would she say?
Well if I were outside I’d always have a Stetson on and probably of course not far from me. She’d say I’m a person who’s going to look you straight in the eye when I talk or when I watch you talk, and I don’t care for mouthing off or any kind of disrespect. And if I’m frustrated I am going to run my hands through my hair, and shake my head. And I don’t laugh is easy as some guys but I’m certainly laughing more now that Jocelyn is with me.
4. If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself what would you do?
I would gather up my wife, right off to the Creek on horseback and spend the day lounging, and fishing or hunting. And loving on her.
5. Wow that sounds really nice. Do you think that would be her choice too?
Yeah, I don’t think that I would have too much problem convincing her.
6. What are you most proud of about your life?
Well, not to brag, but I do a brisk business with everything going on at the Circle C. But personally I think that finally getting my head out of my ass and getting a ring on Jocelyn’s finger was my finest moment.
7. What are you most ashamed of in your life?
You know I was an ass wife as an older brother sometimes when we were growing up, and my sisters were worried about me finding out things more than our father. That just isn’t right. And I think that carried over into the first time that Jocelyn and I were engaged I was heavy-handed and possessive and to dictatorial for life.
8. Do you think it turned out the way your parents expected?
I think so. You know they never put pressure on us to do anything but what we wanted to do, but to be good people. Now that I’m looking at starting a family, that’s what I want, a safe and happy family.
9. What is the worst thing that has happened in your life and what did you learn from it?
I lost Jocelyn 10 years ago. I was young and full of myself. I learned it isn’t all about me and what I think are what I want because when you’re talking about relationships is all about her and you together. When you get a chance take it if you get a second chance thank God and then move heaven and earth to take advantage of it.
10. What would you like for you it to say on your tombstone?
(His eyebrows left into his hairline.) Yeah, I like to think on that too much. (And then he ran his hand through his hair.) But if pushed I guess I’d want it to say he was the best son, husband, and father that he could’ve been.
11. What is your greatest fear?
That something will happen to Jocelyn or any of my family on my watch. Then I didn’t or couldn’t protect them when they needed it most. That I let them down.

12. What is the most important thing in your life what do you value most?
Jocelyn and my family. Always. Without them nothing else matters. There is no value without them.
13. Liam O’Connor so what makes you mad? What makes you angry?
I hate stupid. I know I just that I was stupid before but I didn’t like me then either. What makes me angry? (He leans forward and places his forearms on his thighs) disrespect in meanness. Oh and line. Lion in my house will earn you a weapon for sure. If you’re a man, then you’re at risk of losing my respect. Freely given the first time, hard won the second time. You are not likely to get a third time.
14. So in closing, what would you want the world to know about Liam O’Connor? How do you feel about life now? What would you change? How about the future?
Well, right now, it is the best it has ever been since Jocelyn and I married. Well, theoretically. That woman can tie me up in knots faster than a cow-roping at a rodeo. But you know my Da says it right when he says the spice of life is a sassy wife. So let me tell you that my life has gotten pretty spicy in the last few months. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Would I change anything oh you know. We all have those things that we wished we had done. It’s too late to worry about those things now, I don’t waste my time looking back, usually.
So looking in the future? Hell, I don’t know. I’ll let Jocelyn tell me what that’s supposed to look like. I think she’s got us all mapped out and that’s fine with me.

Thank you Liam O’Connor owner/operator of the Circle C Ranch, here in Elk Ridge.