Welcome to What to Read Thursday!
“What to Read Thursday” is posted every other Thursday (For previous posts, click here.) The focus of these Thursdays will be on romance novels. Sub-genres of romance are welcome, but Happily-Ever-After (or Happy-For-Now) endings are mandatory. :)
This week, I'm thrilled to welcome Roxy Boroughs to my blog! I first met Roxy at my local writing group, Alberta Romance Writers' Association, where she has presented some of my favorite workshops on writing. I also had the pleasure of seeing one of Roxy's dinner theatre murder mystery productions at the Deane House in Calgary where I guessed "who-dun-it"! (I was the only one at my table to figure it out. Woo hoot!)
Thank you, Roxy, for joining me on my blog today. With the Calgary Stampede just around the corner--which is amazing, considering last week's devastating floods--I am happy you've chosen to highlight your cowboy novel, Crazy for Cowboy, today!
Roxy has also graciously offered to give away a $10 Amazon Gift Card today to one commenter (see the bottom of the post for details) and I am giving away a copy of my new release Devin's Second Chance--because you just can't get enough of cowboys! :)
Roxy: Thanks for inviting me to visit with you today and chat about my romantic comedy, “Crazy for Cowboy.” I’ve got your cowboy book on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to reading all about Devin.
Lorraine: Aw, thanks, Roxy. I hope you enjoy it! I also have your book on my eReader! There is something special about cowboys, isn't there?
Question: Is there a particular food / drink you associate with this story? If so, what is it and why?
|I love, love, love this cover for |
Crazy for Cowboy!
Roxy: There are actually quite a few food-related scenes in the book, which hints at my own, ravenous appetite. LOL. But at one point, the hero takes the heroine on a romantic picnic, and sausages are one of the items on the menu. It’s a running gag in the novel, because the hero is an actor who’s portraying a cowboy. He assumes the name Houston Saveloy, and a saveloy is a sausage.
Lorraine: Haha, that's great! I think I ate those when I was in the UK.
Question: What was your inspiration for this story?
Roxy: When I moved from Ontario to Alberta, I was suddenly surrounded by cowboys. I thought it would be great fun to write about one, but I knew absolutely nothing on the topic. I did, however, know something of film and television from my acting days. So I came up with a story about an actor, Brandon, who’s portraying a cowboy in a movie. Unfortunately for him, he’s never been on a horse before. (In fact, he’s allergic to them!) So he has to learn how to be a real cowboy, while he wins the heroine’s heart.
Lorraine: I love your premise! And, an allergy to horses would certainly be difficult for a cowboy! Poor guy!
Question: What did you enjoy the most about writing this story?
Roxy: Because this is a romantic comedy, I had a lot of fun with both the characters and the plot. I was giggling away as I typed, putting my hero and heroine in situations totally outside their comfort zones. Reviewers comment that they laugh out loud while reading the book, which is hugely gratifying for me. It’s a thrill to know I’ve lightened someone’s day and that we’ve been able to share a chuckle together.
Lorraine: Laughing while reading is the best. I can't wait! And, I know what you mean about the thrill--the first time someone said they laughed out loud at something I'd written was the best feeling in the world.
Question: What’s next? Do you have another story on your desk you’d like to tease us with?
Roxy: Yes! Right now, I’m working on the Frost Family Christmas series with three other authors – CJ Carmichael, Amy Jo Fleming and Brenda M. Collins. Each novella is a sweet romance featuring one of the Frost siblings, and all are set in Vermont. My hero is the black sheep of the family. He comes back to town and meets up with his high school sweetheart, who now has an autistic son. It’s called “Home for Christmas” and is the second story in the series. The e-books will be available through Amazon starting October 1, 2013.
Lorraine: Oh! I'm so excited to hear about your series! I love Christmas books! I will be looking forward to them in October.
Question: What is one of your favorite lines or snippets from your story?
Roxy: I’ll give you two.
The first one is an exchange between two older women that the heroine, Emily, overhears while she’s in a restaurant. It’s a little quip about the hero, who’s wearing a long, oilskin duster – the kind you see in the old cowboy movies.
“He must be hot in that coat,” one of the women at the other table muttered.
“He’s hot, period,” declared her sidekick.
That, of course, is a lighter moment. The second quote is more serious and one that readers have highlighted the most and I can understand why. It’s a good reminder for folks like me who tend to get stuck in their ways, and is something the heroine’s kooky best friend says in a moment of clarity.
“Change helps you grow, expands your horizons. It may be uncomfortable at the time, but it can lead to great things.
Lorraine: Fun! I can totally picture the two older women eying up the hero! And, there nothing like a best friend to help put things into perspective. I can see why your readers have highlighted that quote.
Blurb for Crazy for Cowboy:
She’s through with cowboys. But this one’s the 'reel' deal.
Equine veterinarian, Emily Grant, has had her share of cowboys, and they always break her heart. After vowing to give them up forever, Brandon Hollister strides into her life.
He’s a different kind of cowboy, one that works on the silver screen. But is he just playing the part when it comes to love? Or can this gorgeous hunk get past a case of mistaken identity, and escape from the "Houston" character he's portraying, to become the man to win Emily’s heart.
A 50,000-word sweeter romantic comedy.
BUY LINKS: Amazon
Excerpt for Crazy for Cowboy:
Emily followed Houston’s line of vision down to the front of her wet blouse. Her white, cotton shirt was matted to her body, revealing her skimpy bra beneath. Even from her perspective she could see the pink tips of her breasts showing through the material. She imagined he had an even better view. In fact, she could guarantee it. His ragged breath might have been in response to their recent dash, but that fiery look in his eyes came from a more primal place.
He grasped her shoulders. A part of her prayed that he’d kiss her. The other more logical part ... well … it was kind of hopeful about it, too. She watched as he moved closer and closer, until his mouth brushed against hers.
Just say no to cowboys. Just say... “Mmmmmmm.”
His grip around her tightened as he traced a line of soft kisses along her cheek. “Emily, when can I see you again?”
“Oh, Houston,” she heard her breathless voice say, “I can’t.”
He pulled away. Slightly. “You’re not seeing someone else, are you?”
“No. It’s nothing like that.”
“Good. Then answer my question,” he whispered against her neck as he nibbled his way to her collarbone.
How could she answer? She couldn’t even think straight. “Houston,” she gasped, “we have a problem.”
He gave a low chuckle. “More than you know, darlin’, but let’s not get into that right now. We’ll approach this another way. If you weren’t going to see me again, when would be the best time to do it?”
It took her a while to figure out what he was aiming at. “I’ll be back at the ranch again this Friday, but I don’t think–”
“Friday is perfect. We can have dinner together.”
“But Houston, you don’t understand. I made a vow...” The rest of her sentence came out in a moan as his lips descended onto hers once more. This cowboy must have used liquor in his lip balm, because she was definitely getting tipsy. By the time he came up for air again, she was mush. If he hadn’t been holding onto her, she would have floated away.
“Now, I have only one question left,” he said, curling an arm around her and guiding her out of the pond. “How am I gonna get you back to your truck safely with you looking like that?”
Emily wrapped her outside arm across her chest. “Are you worried about protecting me from the other cowboys?”
“No, ma’am.” He smiled. “I’m worried about protecting you from me.”
About the Author: Before turning her attentions to writing, Roxy appeared in several TV series, commercials, and movies. Look for her romantic comedy CRAZY FOR COWBOY, and her suspense titles, the award winning A STRANGER'S TOUCH, and the follow-up novella A STRANGER'S KISS, all available through Amazon.
Where to Find Roxy:
Thank you for checking out What to Read Thursday this week! And, thank you again to Roxy for stopping by to talk about her book, Crazy for Cowboy!
Include your email address in your comment to be eligible to win either the $10 Amazon Gift Card from Roxy or an eBook copy of Devin's Second Chance from me. Two winners will be selected randomly from the eligible comments and announced on Friday, June 28th.