Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions. It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.
So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.
Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.
Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just might want Trace dead, too.
Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.
~ Pride Promotions
“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”
Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…” But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.
Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”
“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”
“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.
And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer. Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be? Romantic
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ? I wanted to write a story about a clumsy man who stumbles into love with a man who has it all together. I really love those story lines. It just happened to end up on a ranch in Texas due to a “call” for that very thing. I only had a plot and basic outline at the time so it was easily converted into a “Cowboy” theme. What was fun about this was I was able to use my own childhood experiences on my uncle’s farm.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ? My protagonists always start out in some sort of pickle. I want there to be something to rail against. Therefore, I give my antagonists a lot of power…at first. In this case I believe the mystery that needs to be resolved was well hidden. Normally I give plenty of hints because I like the reader to “know” more than the hero and/or figure it out. In this case, although there are “hints”, there was no clear path to the bad guy.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ? Oh goodness, yes. Too often. In fact, I am in the throes of one right now. I usually tell myself to power through it, just write. That has worked in the past. But lately my own life has been very difficult and even time has become elusive. I am battling breast cancer, a third publisher of mine is closing their doors (this one has most of my books so 15 of them all go bye-bye at the end of this month), and, I learned two weeks ago, my mom has terminal colon cancer. Not to mention all the everyday life crap that gets in the way. So this one has been a bit more severe. But I’ll get through this one too.
5. Your all time favorite book? ? I always answer this question with Gone With The Wind.
6. What made you pick that one above all others? ? It was the very first true book I read by choice. I did it to impress the teacher because it was like seven inches thick, but I ended up falling in love with it and with reading. From that point on I couldn’t get enough of any genre that was available.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ? Book wise that would be The Servant Prince/The Servant King which is right now under the title of Ice Dragon Tales as one book. I think it took me about two years to finish.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ? Absolutely! I have become more confident, more positive, and actually happy for the most part. I still let nasty people and cruel reviews get to me. I wish I didn’t. But I guess it’s part of this business. They won’t go away.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ? I guess that depends on what the reason was for giving up. There are a ton of unfinished books in my computer. They may never get out into the real world. But if you are asking if I have felt like giving up on writing altogether, then yes. Unfortunately, often. There are just so many things lately against me writing. Publishers that can’t make it, dwindling royalties I am told are, in part, due to Amazon and their “shared reads”, self-proclaimed reviewers who seem to enjoy their power over ratings with nastiness and cruelty, time, writers block, illness. If I think about those things too much I probably would quit. There are times when there just doesn’t seem to be enough support and I am not one of those authors who goes to Facebook and posts that they need attention so that people respond with that support. I have to admit I am tempted but a greater fear is that NOONE would respond! Crap. That would REALLY suck. But then, unsolicited, I sometimes get someone who tells me they loved one of my stories. Maybe it’s stupid, but it is usually enough to keep me writing.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ? I have a full-time job working as a Safety Administrator and of course there are all the household duties when I get home. Weekends now will consist of traveling to see my mom because of her illness. I help to take care of an elderly lady, too, and her very handicapped adult son. But I spend time writing blogs for my upcoming books. I love creating my book videos, I will usually do character interviews with new books, plus other types of blogs like getting inside the mansion or in the case of this book, getting inside the ranch house and the barns. Except I guess that’s part of my writing process. ☺
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ? I have to say I don’t deal with it well. I usually cry, threaten to quit, rail at the cruel world. LOL! But then I try to be the adult I claim to be and either attempt to glean something I can use from it or, if it is just one of those ridiculous idiots spilling out their hatred, I try to forget about them. My advice? NEVER GO TO GOODREADS! Possibly use Goodreads for advertising (I don’t anymore) but never read the reviews. Maybe the good ones. Otherwise, just breathe, and move on. Those people will always try to make you cry. Don’t give them the power.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ? I don’t think so. But if there was going to be one, it would be a continuation of this one with the same character focus. If this book is well received (I hope and pray it is!) and the readers want more? You bet!
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ? There is a lot. There is Ghost Wolf Chronicles, about a shifter who can become invisible. The Boy Next Door, about Brandon, who moves in with his grandmother, and next door there is a well-armed man who Brandon thinks just might be a terrorist. Problem is, Brandon has a very dark secret and it’s about to surface. I’m also working on some twisted fairy tales, the sequels to The Astral Mage, The Door Keeper and Mates, Inc. (loosely connected to my free read, Hyden’s Law) Not to mention the fact I will be republishing all 15 of my books that are with Amber Quill which is closing their doors at the end of the month, making the bulk of my work orphans. What I am going to do is write a sequel at the end of each and every one of them prior to republishing. Hopefully adding at least 10-20 thousand words, if not more. That way they will be a little bit fresher and give people a reason to read them again.
Fun facts: :
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ? For cancer to die. All cancer.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ? It would have to be the Bible
3. Name your favorite fruit. ? Grapes.
4. Coffee or tea? ? Coffee!
5. Favorite season? ? Spring
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ? 5am when I get up. It’s quiet and dark and my time.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ? Neither!
8. Favorite food for breakfast? ? Scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ? I really don’t but my mother collects coffee pots and vacuum cleaners. I have been recipient of several of them over the years which has been awesome!
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ? Black. It’s all I ever wear.
12. Drama or comedy? ? Comedy!
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ? It is better to write for self and have no public than to write for public and have no self. (Cyril Connolly)
14. Cats or dogs? ? I can’t choose!!!
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ? Dinner by candlelight
16. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ? Oh wow you got me! Teleportation!
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ? Me in my pajamas on the couch with potato chips, wine and my computer either reading or writing.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ? One of those successful writers who have it all. I know I would come away with a better perspective on my own tiny existence. In fact, sounds like a great plot…
3. Your oldest memory is… ? Getting a peddle go-cart when I turned three
4. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ? Positive attitude. Quite laughing. I really would.
5. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ? Speaking in front of people
6. Your favorite part of a date is… ? the beginning. I love the prep and the arrival to wherever we are going. Everything is fresh and new.
7. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ? I will stick with my books and that would be King Aric from Ice Dragon Tales.
8. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ? Gay romance
9. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ? Was strong, good, powerful, romantic, kind.
10. The one thing you could/can never get over is… ? Death of my loved ones. I hate it.
11. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ? Teleportation
12. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ? a good review, a kind word, a cup of coffee
13. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… ? We owned a candle factory a million years ago and one of my duties was to “trim” the seamlines on the candles. I was sitting in the back doing exactly that on a Saturday afternoon. We also had a gift shop on the front of the factory. People could come into the back and go through a door into the “warehouse” where we kept a lot of the candles and they could shop there as well. On this particular day I did not notice that a woman had come back and had gone into the warehouse. Suddenly this guy comes into the back and is walking toward me saying “Oh! There you are!” all enthusiastically. Well of course I thought he was talking to me. I had no idea who this guy was but I was thinking I obviously HAD to know him so I said “Hey there! How the heck are you?” Oh yeah. Big smile and everything. The guy looked at me like I was nuts and just kept on going right on into the warehouse where he whispered something to the woman in there and they both hightailed it out. Dang.
14. The awesomest thing in your life is… ? My kids and grandkids and my mom and sisters. I have a great husband, too. So, in one word, LOVE!
About the Author & Links:
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.