Please help welcome today’s Guest Author ~ Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Hi to Leanne and blog readers! I hope you’re having a terrific day.
I’m happy to be spotlighting my cover, blurb, and a short excerpt today, and honored to be here for Guest Author Monday.
A little information: This is the first book in my Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. I love writing a series and this one came out of the blue. When the idea popped into my head, I didn’t know it would be three full novels and a novella. Who knows where it will go after that. Tristan Carlson, our hero in book one, is the middle brother.
Why “love at first sight” you might ask? Some people believe in it, some don’t. I’m one who does. How about you? The next book in this series is due out in the summer 2014. The hero in book two is the oldest brother at the ranch.
Romantic and Passionate
Warm your heart and give your nerve endings a tingle at the same time
Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself profoundly attracted to him, and the feeling is mutual. The thing is, her sexy boss comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It’s not just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in love… Nora has to be sure of what she wants before she takes on the cowboy and his child.
Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand–giving him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time ranching magazine. His attractive, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman, including her ginger-red hair. He finds it hard to keep her out of his arms—especially since she doesn’t mind being in his embrace. But from his experience with women lately, he’s learned that some don’t want a ready-made family. This one seems different, and he’s falling hard. But, there’s his little blue-eyed girl, and he’ll protect Destiny’s heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…
Reader Advisory: Sensual Love Scenes
Tristan tied the horses to a low tree branch and spread out a blanket. “Be my guest, girls.”
When Nora sat, Destiny leaned against her, and laid her head on Nora’s lap.
“Des, you should sit up and eat that so you don’t choke,” said Tristan.
He laughed, and when he did, Destiny did too and couldn’t stop.
Nora sat quiet watching the two of them. Each got so much joy from the other. The next thing she knew Tristan tackled her, pushing her down against the blanket and he tickled her. “Not a laugher, huh? Well, we’ll see about that.” He and Destiny both found a spot beneath her ribs to dig in and tickle until she let loose, screaming out like a hyena.
“Stop you two. You won, you won, and I’m laughing!”
When they stopped Tristan stretched out alongside her, leaning on one elbow, Destiny between them. He reached over and moved a strand of hair from her forehead, his hand lingering until Destiny took hold of his arm, tickling with little finger wiggles. It didn’t break their eye contact.
A heated rousing spread over her body like wildfire through dry bushes. She wanted to hold him. Her attraction to this man was almost uncontrollable. She sat up and took a long drink of water, then glanced back at him. She studied his face, finding a look that held the same need as hers. Oh. My. Goodness. She laid back on the blanket and peered at clouds streaming through the blue and beyond. If only her heart beat settled, she’d be able to speak.
Destiny poked her in the side. Nora turned to the child. “Are you asleep?” she whispered.
“My eyes are open.” She pointed to the sky. “Look, there’s a horsy cloud.”
Destiny flopped down on her back and scanned the clouds. “I don’t see it,” she said, her voice low. She moved closer to Nora, her cheek practically touching hers. “Where?”
Nora took hold of her hand and held it up within her own, using her index finger to point. “Right there.”
Tristan rose from the blanket and went to his horse, his back to them, but he glanced upward toward the sky once. Nora had a very big knot stuck in her throat. This one might not go down. When Destiny wrapped her fingers around hers and squeezed her hand tight, it grew bigger.
“It’s about time to go.” He looked over at his daughter. “Dad has a date tonight.”
Destiny sat up. She turned and looked at Nora. Her bottom lip curled. She glared at her dad. “With who? We’re having fun with Nora.” She glanced back at Nora again.
“Come on over here and get your helmet.”
“With who, Dad?” She stood with her hands on her waist like a grown up.
Tristan laughed. “Baby cakes, I’m taking Nora to dinner tonight. Is that okay with you?”
Her little rosy lips quirked when she looked back at Nora, and nodded. She went for the helmet and Tristan knelt and hooked it. Destiny whispered something to him Nora couldn’t hear.
“You’re next, Ms. Trinity,” said Tristan, holding up her helmet.
She folded the blanket, handed it to him, and fit the helmet over her head while he attached the rolled blanket to his saddle.
He reached out and shoved a lock of hair into her helmet, his palm lingering against her cheek. He gave a wink. “Ready?”
“For anything?” he asked, his voice low.
Nora paused, lost in him, struggling to get the words out. “I believe so.”
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Cowboy Boss and his Destiny The Romance Reviews Top Pick—“If you’re looking for a yummy, feel-good read that has all the elements of a fine romance told at an easy pace, prepare your hammock and a cool drink, pray for a gentle breeze, and lay back and enjoy this gem of a keeper. It’s solidly enjoyable.”
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Early days of reading romance novels and women’s fiction laid the groundwork for Mary to take up the pen and write her own memorable love stories.
She writes sensual contemporary western romance, paranormal, and romantic fiction. She’s the author of Howdy, Ma’am, the first book in the Bull Rider Series, with Hey, Cowboy, Bk #2 coming out this spring. Mary loves having the ability to put her thoughts into words for readers to enjoy. Two previously published books—time-travel romance, are now out of print, but might be reissued in the future.
Photography is another way she likes to be creative. It gives a warm rush to focus in on an object and capture a moment. Her home is in the Great Lake State of Michigan, U.S.A. She loves communicating with readers and friends.