Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hot Summer Romance Blog Hop...Come on over!

      Welcome to the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Blog Hop! This is going to be another fabulous hop with tons of giveaways. I hope all of you are able to win several items this weekend. The hop sponsors are giving away a first and second place prize (leave a comment below to be entered in that drawing - maybe hop over to the main page and leave another comment to be sure you're in) and for MY CONTEST just get into the Rafflecopter below!

1st & 2nd Grand Prizes:

Kindle Fire

$50 Amazon Gift Card

~ Tonya's Prize Giveaways ~

$25 Gift Card
(winner's choice)

10 e-copies of
Come Tame Me
(as soon as it's released!)

Tentative Release Date:  July 30th!!


     As Cassi stared at the barns and corrals, she knew this moment would come, just not so soon. Seeing Gabe again brought back feelings for him that she wasn’t sure she wanted rekindled. Ten years was a long time to harbor so many feelings. She had to sort them out, but how? He’d certainly kept in shape by running the ranch and from the looks of him, he did most of the heavy lifting.
     She so wanted to stay mad at him for what had happened with that woman, but she couldn’t forget how tender he could be when they were together. He’d loved her; she knew that...and her gut told her to forget about the incident and move on.
     “I’ve missed you.”
     The sound of his deep voice melted her resolve all to quickly. Gently biting her lower lip, she met his dark eyes. He set his cup on the side table.
     “You told me when you left to never try contacting you...ever. That’s the hardest thing in my life I’ve ever had to do.” Gabe leaned back in his chair and stretched his legs. “I’m sorry for the way things got left between us. I know I screwed up. What’s done is done...but what we had was good, Cass. I’ve held onto hope for ten years. I knew one day you’d have to visit here.”
     She had so many questions. “And where’s that woman now?” Anger rose in her belly and she easily envisioned the incident in her mind. She hadn’t meant to blurt out that question but it’s the one that bothered her most.
     Gabe tapped the arm of the log chair but kept his gaze on her. “She stayed with your father for about five years. When he fired Buck, she eventually moved in with him. He’s got a place about ten miles away and he’s still pissed at your father. They’ve had an ongoing feud between them ever since.”
     Crossing her legs and swinging her foot, Cassi wondered if he’d tell her the truth with her next question. “When was the last time you saw her?” She hated being nosy but she had to know.
     Without losing eye contact, Gabe leaned forward and rested his elbows on his knees. “I’ve not been with her since the night you and your mother walked into the bunkhouse. She and your father had the relationship until she got bored with him.”
     She watched Gabe closely for a sign of lies but saw none. Gabe never flinched nor looked away. “I’m sorry I told you to never contact me. I’ve tried to forget what we had. I made myself believe you’d found a woman to make you happy...since I must not have done that for you.” A tear slipped down her cheek and made her mad that she’d let him see how much he affected her.
     “My gawd, Cassi...I’ve thought of no one but you for ten years! Assuming you wanted nothing more to do with me, I didn’t try to find you.”
     Through tear-filled eyes, Cassi admired Gabe, wishing things didn’t have to be so difficult. He’d only changed for the better, filling out his broad shoulders and his upper arms. Could she let him hold her without wondering if he wished she were someone else? Looking away, Cassi wiped her cheek.
     This was too hard.
     They would have to get past so many hurdles...but they did have time on their side.
     Gabe stood and walked toward the steps. “If you decide to fire me as manager, I’ll understand.”
     Cassi gasped and jumped up. “Gabe! That’s not what I want...”
     He turned back and the hurt in his eyes stabbed her heart.
     “I don’t know what you want, Cass.”

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  1. Still trying to get my comments in.. thanks for being part of the hop.. ;))

    This is Valerie Rhodes

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  2. Thanks for the great post. itlnbrt @ att dot net

  3. Mr Muscles Gabe in the trailer is HOT. :) This is going on my TBR at GR! Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  4. "I left a comment, Please give me my two extra entries!" lol! Thanks for the great hop and giveaway! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  5. Sounds fun indeed!


  6. I love a good cowboy!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  7. Great excerpt, thank you.


  8. cowboys!! thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Want to cry with Cassi! ugh. I will have to read the rest to make sure she gets a HEA.


  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. SIgh, I love the book cover so sexy.

    Rafflecopter Name
    dawna newman


  12. Boy it's a hot summer , and here I am doing the Hot Summer Romance Hop.:-)

  13. Thanks

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  14. Love your website!! It is so hot!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  15. signed up for the contests, thanks so much.

  16. Thanks for being a part of this FAB blog hop, and for the excerpt.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  17. Enjoyed the excerpt.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  18. First off the cover - SMOKIN! I just adore Jimmy Thomas. Second, from the excerpt, Gabe has some MAJOR groveling to do. Make him crawl, Cass.


  19. Your book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance at these awesome giveaways and for participating in the hop!


  20. I haven't read a western romance in quite a long time but I this book will get ma back into reading this genre...sounds great!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  21. I just love the title. Who came up with it? Thank you for the chance to win.

  22. Thanks for being part of the blog hop!

  23. I'm in the mood for some HOT SUMMER WESTERN ROMANCE. I love these hops. There are so many great authors and you all give fantastic prizes too. I loved the excerpt and would love to win anything LOL.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. This one sounds great. Thanks for the chance.

  25. Thanks for the excerpt. Good luck with the upcoming release!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  26. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  27. Thanks for being part of the hop

  28. Loved the excerpt thank you & look forward to reading more.


  29. Love your books! Can't wait to see what you've done with these Cowboys!


  30. Love the excerpt... now waiting for the release!! :-)

  31. I can't wait to read this book. I love cowboys!

  32. Look like a good read, thanks for sharing :)

  33. Thanks for being part of the blog hop!

  34. Sounds like a great book!!
    Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win!

  35. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  36. Thank you very much for joining this great hop.

  37. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

  38. First I wanna say, I am so sorry to be cut and pasting this but it is the end of the day and the hop is almost over. I know crappy defense but I am tired! I promise I am adding books as I go along!
    So many great books being added to my TRB list today!!
    Thanks for being in the hop!

  39. Having fun on the hop, finding lots of new books and authors. Although my wish list is groaning in agony with the growth pains from expanding exponentially and the CC has gone into hiding so I can't use it. :)

    carolcobun @

  40. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  41. Thanks for the excerpt, trailer and participating in the hop!

    dragon5174 (at) gmail .com

  42. Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rose Lennart


  43. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  44. Thanks for participating in the hop.


  45. Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  46. Love stopping by! I am catching up on all my reading this summer. Thanks for being on the hop.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  47. thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway. I love these hops, they are so much fun.

    tammy ramey

  48. Hi! Love the sound of this one! Already have it on my wishlist! Looking forward to it! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)

  49. I am anxiously awaiting the release! I read the first chapter and really enjoyed it. ;)
    Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  50. Come Tame Me sounds like a brilliant book and the cover is stunning. This is one that has to go on the must read list. Gabe and Cassi sound like really interesting characters and I can't wait to learn more about them!

    Thank you so much for the chance to enter the giveaway. I hope everyone has a very happy summer!

    Shelly H