Friday, October 2
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It's finally Friday! Big sigh of relief. It's time to sit back, relax, and think about your plans for the weekend. Originally I had planned to enjoy Tucker's Claim this weekend, but sadly Amazon has yet to ship it....I'm an unhappy Booklover :( Seems like any other time you pre-order books they ship them out early, but since I also pre-ordered Caleb: The Shadow Wranglers at the same time neither has shipped yet....whatever. I'm done with my little rant, now on to better things. My guest today will certainly brighten things up, because Sarah McCarty is here to talk about Tucker's Claim! Woo hoo!
All this week I've been talking about firsts. The first book I read by each author being featured among other things. The first Sarah McCarty book I read was Promises Keep, and incidentally was also the first Ellora's Cave book I ever read. I was never really into historical western romances, or any western romance for that matter before reading Promises Keep, but I had picked it up used for less than a dollar so I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say I had no idea what I was in for. It was the beginning of my Booklover love of Sarah McCarty's books.
Sarah writes across several genres from historical westerns, to paranormal shapeshifters, vampires, and finally contemporary novellas. I have loved them all, but I especially love her historical western romances. Tucker's Claim is her newest book in the Hell's Eight erotic romance series. I am so excited that it has finally been released. It's been a long wait, but I am sure it will be well worth it. So read on for an interview with Sarah, with some great excerpts, and a chance to win one of three copies of Tucker's Claim Sarah has graciously agreed to give away.
Hi Sarah, Welcome to Seductive Musings. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have you as my guest! I am a huge fangirl of your historical western romances, both the Promises series, and the Hell’s Eight Erotic adventures. All of them sit proudly on my keeper shelf. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Do you have any favorite authors, and what’s on your keeper shelf?
Oh, my keeper shelf. *gives it a virtual hug*. It's fully stocked with Catherine Anderson Historicals, Julia Garwood Historicals. Penelope Williamson's The Outsider, everything Tom and Sharon Curtis every wrote, Linda Howards Mackenzie series, Elizabeth Lowell's Medievals and westerns, favorites of Christen Feehans dark series, favorites of Marjorie Lu's series, Roberta Gellis' medievals, Robin Schone's romance, and the list goes on...
Julie Garwood and Robin Schone are favs of mine too, they write such great love stories. For someone who has not read one of your books before, can you tell us what you think makes a great love story, and what readers should expect when they read one of your novels?
I know they always grab my heart:) I am so excited about Tucker’s Claim, the third book in the Hell’s Eight Erotic Adventures. Tell us about your hero, Tucker? What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Sally Mae, fall in love him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story?
A year after the murder of Sally Mae’s husband, in the softness of a summer’s eve when time seems suspended and reality too far away to be a threat, they give into temptation and touch. There is such a sense of inevitability—impossibility—mixed with tenderness in the moment Tucker takes Sally Mae into his arms for a private dance beyond the light of the dance hall, it sets the tone for the entire relationship. What it also revealed about them both brought tears to my eyes as I typed it.
He is everything her body craves… And everything her faith denies.…
Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right.
So even he is shocked when he falls for Sally Mae Reynolds, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging every one of her wildest sexual fantasies. Tucker's occupation, however, is the one thing about him she can't embrace. A staunch pacifist, Sally Mae can't understand how his strong, caressing hand can clench in fury or pull a trigger to take a life. In this lawless land, Tucker knows you have to fight to survive. But when Sally Mae becomes pregnant, he's willing to do whatever it takes to have his family—including hanging up his guns.
And if that is not enough, please enjoy a special bonus excerpt:
"I'm not so sure I want thee anymore."
The little liar. The truth was in the way she cuddled against him and the way her eyes watched his lips shape around the words as if imagining other things… "Even if I promise to be very easy to seduce?"
Her fingers dug into his shoulder as he pressed against her in little pulses. "How easy?"
Trailing his fingers down her cheek, over the slight ledge of her shoulder to her chest, he confessed, "Very."
Biting her lip, she continued to hold still as he found and followed the strap of her camisole beneath her dress. "I could meet thee in the barn."
The confession came out in a breathless rush that touched his tender side and reminded him she was new to this, likely had never been with anyone but the good doctor. That being the case, this was a very big step for her. The least he could do was make it easy. As his finger hit the bodice of the hidden camisole, he kissed her lips for no other reason than that it had been fifteen seconds since the last time he'd placed his mouth on hers, fifteen seconds since he'd taken her breath as his. Fifteen seconds since he'd felt that particular arc of pleasure go through him. It was no different this time. Pleasure arced in a rich unfurling. And when its journey culminated its race down his spine, settling in his balls, pulling them up tight, it was almost like coming home. This time, when their lips parted, he couldn't manage easy. His impatience bit into his drawl, dragging it down to a rough growl.
"The barn's too conspicuous."
She blinked, not with him yet. Her tongue ran over her lips. "I can sneak."
As if sneaking was an option. "The rumors will start before you get to the rose garden."
She sighed and flicked her fingers in dismissal. "Some people lead very boring lives. They need something to talk about."
She'd obviously never been on the wrong side of community opinion, otherwise she'd know how much other people's assumptions could ruin a life. He drew his thumb across the remnants of their kiss, the soft, moist flesh clinging to his calluses.
"Bored people could make life very difficult for you."
"If I worried about how others see my choices, my life would be equally boring."
He kind of liked the idea of her life being boring. Predictable. Safe.
"Thankfully, the sacrifice won't be necessary." He let her slide down, his breath hissing between his teeth as her stomach slid along his cock. "The moon's bright enough. I'm thinking that I could meet you down by the pond."
She ran her hand up his back. "Outside?"
She didn't sound put off by the idea. He hadn't really expected her to be. In his experience, being taken outdoors was part of what women expected when they invited him to their bed. "Yes."
Her fingers pressed against his nape in a fleet kiss of excitement. "I'll have to take my leave and then stop by the house. I will meet thee in an hour."
An hour was too damn long. As the only thing he could figure she needed from the house was a blanket, he offered. "I can take the quilt off my bed."
She stepped back, out of his arms. "Not those kind of things."
He had a gnawing urge to drag her back. "Care to explain?"
She sighed. "Thee must not take this wrong, but I do not wish to become with child."
He wasn’t in any particular hurry to be a father, though a part of him couldn't resist toying with the thought of a child. A little bit of him to go on in the future. He wouldn't have one, of course. Caught between the Indian world he'd never known and the white world that wouldn't accept him, there was no place for him, anymore than there'd be a place for a child who would no doubt bear his skin color. There were just these stolen moments with different women with no forever on the back end.
"You've got a way of stopping that?"
"Yes." Sally's fingers brushed his, drawing his gaze. "This bothers thee?"
He smiled automatically. "Not a bit."
She didn't smile back.
"I do not want thee to take offense, but…" She licked her lips. "I must ask…."
No doubt she wanted to caution him to be gentle. Women always seemed obligated to ask that, as if he weren't aware of his size and the harm he could do. "What?"
"It occurs to me that a man like thee might already have a woman."
Shit. He'd rather she'd ask him to be gentle than to be insulting him. "If I did, I wouldn't be out here kissing you."
She shook her head, causing moonlight to dance off the crown of braids wrapped around her head as the strings to her white cap danced about her shoulders. He wanted to pull those hairpins out so that heavy swathe of hair spilled like sunlight, brightening the darkness around them.
"I don't mean to insult thee. It's just not my way to cause another pain."
He knew that about her. It just annoyed the hell out of him that she didn't know the same about him. But then again, why should she? To her, he was a means to an end. "Then you can stop worrying. No one's expecting me anywhere."
Except Ari, Caine's wife's sister, held prisoner somewhere out there, but until he received a response to his query, which would give him a direction to search, he had no choice other than to stay put.
Sally Mae reached up, cuddling the softness of her breasts into the hardness of his chest. His hand fell naturally to the small of her back, supporting her. There were definitely compensations to staying put. "Except me."
He shook his head, feeling her shiver when the ends of his hair flicked across her forearms as her fingers linked behind his neck. She was very sensitive to him. "I'll be waiting for you at the woods straight off the back door, whenever you're ready."
"But what if someone—"
He put his fingers over her lips. "No one's going to see me unless I want to be seen, but you're not to walk in the woods at night by yourself."
"I have done it many times. Two nights ago in fact."
She frowned. "Thee watched?"
"I kept guard."
Her smile caressed his fingertips. "Thee always watch over me."
"I owe you."
She went still against him again
Her hands slid down to his shoulders. "Thee are not planning on being with me tonight because thee feel obligated?"
Only a woman could come to that conclusion. "Moonbeam, I'm not that nice a guy."
The mischief came back to her smile. "Good."
It was foolish. Someone could come out any second, and the one thing never was, was foolish. But when Sally looked at him like that—part seductress, part challenge—he lost all sense of civilization. Yanking her into his arms, he kissed her with all the hunger she roused—hard enough to bruise, hard enough to leave an impression And when he let her go, she swayed, her gray eyes glazed over with the same passion tearing through him. Hell, when he finally got her to himself, they were going to set the grass on fire.
Touching his finger to the kiss-swollen center of her bottom lip, he drew it away from her teeth, revealing the moist inner lining. He licked his lips, savoring her taste. Tonight he'd know what she tasted like all over. Tucking his finger under her chin, he lifted her face to his.
"Don't make me wait too long."
I can't thank Sarah enough for being my guest today and putting up with my constant emails and questions. She's a saint...really :)
If your looking for super sexy and hot alpha heroes, and an emotional read combined with a great love story, than look no further than Sarah McCarty. Her Hell's Eight series novels are a great place to start if you've never read her books, but I think my favorites will always be the Promises series...again because they were the ones I discovered her with. They're a must read for any erotic romance reader.
To celebrate the release of her new Hell's Eight series novel Sarah has offered to give away THREE copies of Tucker's Claim...you lucky duckies!
Ways to earn entries:
- In order to be eligible you must answer Sarah's question she posed to readers in the interview, and leave a meaningful comment
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- If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)
- Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
- You must answer Sarah's question and leave a meaningful comment in order to be eligible.
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