Saturday, 30 May 2015

It's here!

Unfortunately, it's not here. It's *meant* to be, but there was a glitch. Hopefully it will be here soon!

Just in time for this week's Saturday Spankings - Rachel's Journey is finally here!



Here's 8 sentences from my brand-new book:

Instead of answering, James resumed the spanking, even harder than before.
         
 “I’m sorry!” she begged, desperate. She couldn’t take any more of this. Why oh why had she told James his spankings didn’t measure up to her brothers? This one had surpassed them easily, and James wasn’t showing any signs of letting up yet.
         
“What are you sorry for?” James asked again, resting his hand on her bottom for a moment to give her time to think.
          
“I don’t know!” Rachel wailed, utterly miserable.

Blurb: Rachel was such a loser. Growing up with Tourette's Syndrome has taught her that. Who could possibly want someone who contorted their faces in bizarre twitches or snorted at random? Not even Mike, the man who had promised he loved her, had been able to put up with it. She broke up with him when she caught him cheating on her during their great overseas experience, promptly flying back home to hide and lick her wounds.
James was the manager for the 850 acre farm she and her brother Simon had inherited.  She liked James. He'd always treated her nicely, like an honorary little sister, and she'd had a crush on him forever. Not that she could ever tell him. She wasn't going to set herself up for rejection ever again.
But when it seems that someone is out to harm her, can she count on James to come to her rescue?
Set in rural New Zealand, this epic romance will thrill you and keep you captivated, enchant you with charming detail and inspire you, as learning to overcome adversity ultimately is Rachel's Journey.

Don't forget to check out all the other awesome authors participating in this week's Saturday Spankings blog hop!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Almost Released!! Yay!!!

Welcome! I'm so glad you've come to share my excitement on this weeks #WIPITUP Wednesday blog hop!



After such a long wait (well it feels like it, but then I'm not known for my patience) Rachel's Journey is about to be released! And I am so excited!! 

Here's the blurb and awesome cover. Is it normal to sit there staring at the cover? I love it!


Blurb: Rachel was such a loser. Growing up with Tourette's Syndrome has taught her that. Who could possibly want someone who contorted their faces in bizarre twitches or snorted at random? Not even Mike, the man who had promised he loved her, had been able to put up with it. She broke up with him when she caught him cheating on her during their great overseas experience, promptly flying back home to hide and lick her wounds.
James was the manager for the 850 acre farm she and her brother Simon had inherited.  She liked James. He'd always treated her nicely, like an honorary little sister, and she'd had a crush on him forever. Not that she could ever tell him. She wasn't going to set herself up for rejection ever again.
But when it seems that someone is out to harm her, can she count on James to come to her rescue?
Set in rural New Zealand, this epic romance will thrill you and keep you captivated, enchant you with charming detail and inspire you, as learning to overcome adversity ultimately is Rachel's Journey.

And the excerpt:
He grinned at her. Then his expression turned stern and he held her chin in his hands, forcing her to continue to look at him. “But if you ever put yourself down like that again, I will blister your butt so bad you won’t sit down for a month of Sundays. You got that?”
            She nodded. She believed him – she’d felt enough evidence to know he was fully capable of carrying out his threat! “You’re not supposed to spank the woman you love,” she told him, the gleam in her eye telling him she was just joking.
            “If the woman I love says such horrible things about herself, she will most definitely be spanked!” James assured her, planting another kiss on her parted lips. The kiss, and the promise of another spanking, sent tingles up her spine, despite the fact that her butt was still stinging from the spanking he had administered earlier.

Please keep an eye out for Rachel's Journey it is coming really soon, I promise!

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

COVER REVEAL!!

I am so excited!! The cover for Rachel's Journey is here!


Blurb: Rachel was such a loser. Growing up with Tourette's Syndrome has taught her that. Who could possibly want someone who contorted their faces in bizarre twitches or snorted at random? Not even Mike, the man who had promised he loved her, had been able to put up with it. She broke up with him when she caught him cheating on her during their great overseas experience, promptly flying back home to hide and lick her wounds.
James was the manager for the 850 acre farm she and her brother Simon had inherited.  She liked James. He'd always treated her nicely, like an honorary little sister, and she'd had a crush on him like forever. Not that she could ever tell him. She wasn't going to set herself up for rejection ever again.
But when it seems that someone is out to harm her, can she count on James to come to her rescue?
Set in rural New Zealand, this epic romance will thrill you and keep you captivated, enchant you with charming detail and inspire you, as learning to overcome adversity ultimately is Rachel's Journey.

Coming soon to Blushing Books!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

#WIPITUP Rachel's Journey

Welcome to my #WIPITUP WEDNESDAY post for this week - James & Rachel are back!


Rachel's Journey is currently being edited, and is due for release soon! Hopefully at the end of the month, fingers crossed! :)

As you all know by now, I have a *thing* for cowboys. When I was younger I dated a bull-rider and I was always awed by the daring bullfighters who put their lives in the hands of their colleagues, to protect the cowboys.
In his spare time, James is a rodeo bullfighter. Here in NZ the rodeo circuit doesn't pay enough to do it full-time, but we've got some pretty talented cowboys and bullfighters. The scene I share below is based on an actual event in a NZ rodeo which you can read about here if you want to :)

Professional Bull Riding - Photos - SI.comAlthough a newcomer, it was obvious James was a competent bullfighter, and he took his role seriously. He was dressed from head to toe in brightly coloured clothing – from a red ribbon tied around his cowboy hat, orange shirt, lime green shorts, right down to his long stripey socks. He’d even put fluorescent laces in his spiked sneakers that he wore to give him purchase in the dusty ground. His agility was impressive. She watched, her heart in her mouth, barely able to breathe, awed by James’ daring exploits. Attracting the bulls’ attention with his over-stated movements, he’d dart aside at the very last second, enticing the bull away from the cowboy who’d only moments ago been on his back.

            Kara leaned over and took her hand, squeezing it. “He’s good, isn’t he?” she asked, smiling proudly.  “He’ll be okay,” she reassured her, squeezing her hand again.
            
The next cowboy out was a young rider, only eighteen, who’d just broke open late last season, atop a huge black bull by the name of Bullet. Notorious for his fast exit from the chutes and killer spin, there were only a handful of cowboys who had managed to ride him in his four year rodeo career. Rachel didn’t hold out much hope that the young cowboy would be successful in his endeavours, but she wished him luck in trying, knowing that if he did ride the beast, he could potentially win the contest.
            
James kept close to the bull, dancing and side-stepping, a fluid mix of athleticism, courage and speed. The crowd held their breath, riding along with the young cowboy, watching in anticipation the bulls’ corkscrew spinning bucking motion. Even the announcer was silent, watching what the pair would do, battling it out in the arena.
            
“Oh!” The collective gasp went up from the audience, riveted to their seats, their eyes fixed on the action unfolding in the arena. Bullet won – the cowboy got bucked off in spectacular style – flipping forwards over the bulls head, doing a somersault in the air. Bullet caught him, tossing the cowboy sideways with his horns as he flew above Bullets’ head, then lowered his head to charge.  The fallen cowboy was lying dazed and bleeding not far from the bull, and the enraged animal stomped his foot in the dirt, sending dust flying, before charging towards him, intent on doing damage.
            
Instantly, James was beside the cowboy, doing his best to distract the bull, but Bullet was focused on his target and wouldn’t be swayed from his purpose. The other bullfighter came running in, waving his arms, trying to get Bullets’ attention. It was in vain. Just when Bullet was virtually on top of the cowboy, ready to ground him into the dust, James threw himself on the ground, shielding the cowboy with his body …

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

** TRAIL DRIVE SERIES - BOOK ONE **

Welcome to my blog, and this weeks #WIPITUP WEDNESDAY blog hop!!


I don't have a title for my historical western WIP yet, so I have to call it by the working title on my computer. Well I'm pretty sure it's going to be the the "Trail Drive series" but I haven't titled this individual book yet.

You may remember the last time I blogged about this story, Jessica and Johnny had been riding for two days and had just seen the dust from the cattle drive. In this scene, they finally come upon it, hungry, thirsty and dusty.


“We could use another man,” Mr Jordan said, scratching his chin. “We could use both of you actually. Can you ride miss?” he looked at Jessica.
          
“Oh no.” Jessica shook her head, disgust dripping from her voice. “No way. I’m not staying with a bunch of filthy, stinking cattle men! Drovers smell! We’re not staying here!” She stomped her foot, sending a cloud of dust swirling up around her, making her cough. “I didn’t come all the way out here to play nursemaid to a herd of stupid cattle!” she declared between coughs. “I want to go home!”
          
old west cattle drive | Back to Cowboy/Western Decor SignsMr Jordan frowned, then turned away. “I’m sorry you feel that way ma’am.” He strode back towards the camp, his fists clenched tightly by his sides in anger.
           
Jessica could feel the men’s eyes on her. Had they heard her? She hadn’t spoken that loudly, had she? Gulping, she knew that she had. Her objections hadn’t been spoken softly, purely for the benefit of Johnny’s ears. No, she’d shrieked her outrage loudly at the very idea of making camp with these men; they would have to be deaf not to have heard her.

          
She felt Johnny’s hand grip her arm then she squealed as he hauled her roughly up in front of him on his horse, draping her belly-down across his saddle, her body balanced precariously on his legs and dangling down either side of the horse, the saddle horn pressing into her side.


Check back again next time for more previews of Johnny and Jessica!  
I don't own these pictures. I stole them off my Trail Drive Series board on Pinterest  

Cowboys


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