Guest Author & Giveaway: Vivian Arend featuring Rocky Mountain Haven

Tuesday, January 10

I've been sick sick sick since Christmas which is why I've not been online very much the last few weeks.  I couldn't even muster up the energy to do the last few Monday's Muse posts...which has never happened since I started the blog.  Basically, I only did what I had to.

So when I was at the Dr.'s office with Little Love last week to get another round of antibiotics we were sitting in the waiting feeling miserable, she of course playing with the toys which were probably infected with God only knows what (so that she can share the love with me even more) when in walks a woman in a great deal of pain.  I hurt for her...even through my own misery.

So Little Love, who tells everyone she meets that she's "a little shy", walks over to her and asks her what's wrong.  God love her, it's a good thing she's so cute :)  The poor woman, trying not to cry, says that she hurt her back.  And of course that answer is not complete enough for an inquisitive mind, so I think you can guess the next question which was, "How'd you hurt your back?"  Which actually made the woman smile :) Like I said, Little Love is too cute for her own good.  Anywho, the woman goes on to say " probably won't believe this but I hurt my back when I coughed really hard".  The woman was saved from more rounds of twenty questions by being called in to see the Dr, but her answer made me realize that my own bronchitis (hacking up a lung for weeks then added the flu on top) could be so much worse.  At least I hadn't hurt my back by coughing.  That while I was miserable, it wasn't unbearable, and for that I was very very well as having cough syrup with codeine :) Focus on the positive.

Now that I've probably bored you completely with my "poor me" story, I have the pleasure of having Vivian Arend as my guest today to share with us how she likes to write a book,  choosing to concentrate on good things, and about her new and improved version of Rocky Mountain Haven, the second book the in Six Pack Ranch series.  Read and enjoy!

Someone asked me how to write a book.



…you start at the beginning and go through until the end, and then you stop.

Easy, right? But where’s the beginning? In the case Rocky Mountain Haven, the beginning starts well before the opening pages of the book. There are pieces of both Beth and Daniel that have been molded and bent, and twisted even, long before they set eyes on each other.

Just like us, the characters in a book have a past that impacts their future. Makes decisions tough, makes them doubt and waver. It takes strength to move forward from our pasts and venture into a new future.

Even if there have been good things in our lives, face it—when you think about your past week, the temptation is not to look back at the ten good things that happened, but to concentrate on the one worst thing. I heard someone once call this the ‘Black Spot Syndrome’. If you have a perfectly-pristine white page and place one small dot on it, what is your eye drawn to? The almost virginal white that covers most of the page, or the small dark splot?


So looking where to start this story, I chose the moment when the heroine has promised herself to take her eyes off the black spot and concentrate on the shiny white future. It’s a point that all of us need in some way, whether it’s something big like Beth is dealing with, or smaller things. To promise ourselves it’s time to move forward. To look for new happiness.

To not so much erase the black spot, but to turn it into a real picture, full of life and light and happy moments.

I hope you enjoy Beth and Daniel’s search for their happily-ever-after.

It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 2

Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.

After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.

Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgmental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.

At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more than enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.

This book has been expanded and revised from previous publication.

Product Warnings:
One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behavior in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.

Congratulations Vivian!!! Happy release day! Daniel is a little bit of Six Pack Ranch heaven...vanilla, non-vanilla...doesn't matter what flavor, he's beyond yummy :)  

If you'd like to learn more about Vivian Arend and all of the different types of romances that she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of the new and improved version of Rocky Mountain Haven, Vivian would like to giveaway a digital ARC of Rocky Mountain Desire (Book #3 in the Six Pack Ranch series 3/13/2012)  Here's how you can enter to win and be one of the first to read it!

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: What's your favorite part of the excerpt, or the part that intrigued you the most? Me....I've gotta say that I love Daniel's "multiple choices" cause I'm a girl who likes options too :) (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.   
  • 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 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on January 13th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Anne January 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM  

The multiple choice scene is good, I also liked when the twins came over and met Beth. I disagree with Beth, as long as they're legal they aren't too young especially for what she had in mind.

GFC Anne38

Tamsyn January 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

I like the part where Daniel came to her rescue. Always like a hero! :o)
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The_Book_Queen January 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

Oh, so many choices for my favorite part! LOL. I'm going to have to agree with both the multiple choices scene as well as Daniel being the hero. :) I just can't pick one, it's too hard! LOL.

And I'm dying to read more, though I want to read book 1 first. :)

The_Book_Queen AT yahoo DOT com

Na January 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM  

I like the part where Beth is in the washroom and is reflecting on her life, away from the bar and noise. She's at a point where something needs to change and I like that.

Books are great for helping you get through sick days -get well soon :)

GFC follower
+25 entries

chey January 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

It's hard to say -- the multiple choices scene.

Tore January 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM  

I love a hero too and I love he is not willing to settle for a one night stand. Please enter me in contest.

June M. January 11, 2012 at 2:36 AM  

I loved the whole excerpt but I would probably have to agree that my fave is the multiple choice part.
I am a GFC follower: June M.

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