Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Guest Post: Rawhide and Roses

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Title: Rawhide and Roses
Boxed Set: Unforgettable Heroes
Author: Maddie James
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She’s roses, he’s rough-and-ready rawhide. Kim Martin is hardly equipped for a Colorado camping trip, especially when her mountain guide is a rough-edged cowboy who is as untamed as the wilderness.

Thad Winchester’s patience for city women is wearing as thin as the seat of his jeans. But there is something about Kim that puts his hard-and-fast don’t-touch rule to the test.

Guest Post

     Thank you, Arianne, for hosting me today at Provocative Pages. What a great blog! I am so happy to be here and share with your readers a story about my book, Rawhide and Roses, which is one of the books in the UNFORGETTABLE HEROES boxed set.

     For those of you who may not have yet read Rawhide and Roses, let me give you the overall premise. Kim and Jillie, best friends and teachers, are on summer break, and attending a conference in Colorado. Before Kim realizes it, Jillie has tricked her into a week-long pack trip into the mountains, complete with pack mules, cowboys, and an Alpha trail boss who gives Kim a run for her money. Of course, the trail boss, gruff cowboy Thad Winchester, doesn’t know what he’s in for with the spunky Kim. And from the moment she falls off her horse and lands literally at his feet, er boots, their story begins.

     Rawhide and Roses was a book was born out of some actual events that happened to me, when a fellow teacher and I attended a conference in the Colorado Rockies—just like Kim and Jillie. My friend was an accomplished horsewoman. Me, not so much. But I agreed to a four hour trail ride into the mountains, figuring it’s a trail ride, a tourist thing…how difficult could it be?

     Well, difficult. It wasn’t so much fun.

     Although I didn’t fall off my horse like Kim, I feared I was going to several times. The signals I gave to my horse were obviously the wrong ones, because she’d want to back up, when I wanted to move forward. My friend kept saying, “Keep your horse’s nose in the tail of the horse in front of you!” The thing was, the woman riding in front of me would let her horse stop to eat, then she’d gallop ahead, and my horse would take off like lightning looking for her tail!

     I have to admit I was a bit frightened, and probably made quite a spectacle of myself.

     My friend, who was trying to calm me when I did just what Kim does in the book—threaten to get off and lead the horse down the mountain—said exactly what Jillie said to Kim— “If you think you are going to lead a thousand pounds of horseflesh down this mountain…”  Well, I didn’t. And I made it back down the mountain just fine. Saddle sore, yes. Pride bruised a little. Oh yes. And even though I didn’t get tricked into a long pack trip with a host of hunky cowboys, I did get a story, and my first book sale! Rawhide and Roses was originally released by Kensington Books back in 1997, under the title The Wild West by Kim Whalen, which was my writing name at the time. (I became Maddie James in the year 2000). I’ve revised it and even added a few scenes since then, and re-released it under my own publishing house, Turquoise Morning Press.

     A number of readers of Rawhide and Roses have written to ask me when Jillie’s story is coming out. Years ago I did start writing the sequel to Kim and Thad’s story, and it was lost in a big computer malfunction! Over time, other writing projects took over and poor Jillie and Mack hung in limbo like the un-downloaded pictures in my digital camera. But that is going to change. Mack and Jillie (original title, eh?) will release summer, 2014. I know it’s been a long wait, and I’m working to get their story out to you as fast as I can! (You can see the cover on my website).

     In the meantime, have you read Broken? If not, it might be the perfect cowboy romance to tide you over until Mack and Jillie is released. Enjoy!

     Before I leave, I just have to give a plug for all of my fellow authors in the UNFORGETTABL HEROES boxed set. The seven other stories in the set are written by the most talented authors I know. If you decide to get this set for your very own, I don’t believe you will be disappointed. Each and every story is unique, well-written, and definitely will keep you engaged. How can you resist eight unforgettable stories with heroes to die for, all for 99 cents?

     Again, many thanks for hosting me today, Arianne! I look forward to visiting often.

About the Author:

Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines are always chasing one thing—the happily-ever-after. Whether they realize it or not.

Maddie is a Food Network junkie, a wannabe gardener, a by-the-seat-of-her-pants cook, and a closet hermit. She works/writes every day in her converted sunroom office, and wouldn’t have it any other way. She frequently rescues stray pets and plants and an occasional antique wicker table. All of these quirky topics, and more, make their way into her books.

Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene's favorite novella of the year. A four time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, she wonders if she is the Susan Lucci of romance, although she has received a number of Top Pick, 5 Star, and Best Read reviews from various reviewers. Her books have landed on Amazon Top 100 Paid Bestseller lists, including BROKEN, a #1 bestseller in western romance, and CRAZY FOR YOU, which reached #8 in contemporary romance.

Twitter:   @maddiejames

Other books in the set…

WILL WORK FOR LOVE by Amie Denman, EPIC Award and Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist. When a hurricane sweeps across St. Thomas, Whitney Oliver turns to a sexy carpenter whose secret life forces him to work for her love.

THIS MAGIC MOMENT by Bobbye Terry (writing as Daryn Cross), award winning author of contemporary, historical and fantasy romance. Zack Graham, CEO of Scrumbles Snack Cakes, is energetic, magnetic, and a workaholic who refuses to let a woman make a fool out of him again.

HER HIRED MAN by Cat Shaffer, Golden Heart finalist and award-winning writer..
Hot nights, a double sleeping bag and a stranger for a husband…how much can one city girl take?

SINS OF THE FATHER by Janet Eaves, Amazon bestselling author of the Ladies of Legend contemporary romance series. Just like the Princess in the classic tale Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s life doesn’t really begin until her heart is awakened by a handsome struggling artist.

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by Jennifer Johnson, who writes comedic romances so entertaining even guys read them. Author of the TMP top-selling Rescuing Riley. Abigail Benton is a bum magnet, according to her dad. When she becomes attracted to a homeless man at the community center, she wonders if what her dad says is true.

LONG DISTANCE LOVE by Margaret Ethridge, contemporary romance fan favorite and TMP top-selling author of Commitment. Sometimes the distance between two hearts can be measured in frequent flier miles.

SILENT PARTNER by Renee Vincent, award winning author of historical and contemporary romance. Grayson Anders is a talented Latin-style dancer; Chloe LaRoche is a talented artist. When the two indulge in a passionate, out-of-control, one night stand, they wake the next morning consumed with inspiration.


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  1. Again, thanks so much Arianne for hosting today. I'm now a follower of your blog so I can get all of your updates!

  2. Arianne, love this blog!!! How cute is that header?! And thank you for featuring my fellow TMP author Maddie James on your site.

    Maddie, I loved this post, since I'm more like Jillie (the experienced horse rider.) I've given many pointers to beginner riders before, including the one about keeping your horse's nose in the horse's tail in front of you. I love Rawhide and Roses and I especially LOVE that there will be a sequel!

    1. Renee, you should have been there! Of course, this was a long time before I knew you. One day I WILL ride a horse again and love it!

  3. Great blog! Of course I am a BIG fan of Maddie James novels... She makes you laugh, makes you hold your breath at times, and makes you wish her stories never ended!

  4. Wonderful post! I didn't realize this book was based on actual events!

  5. Only one teenie, tiny event... the rest is all from my slight twisted imagination. :)