Guest Author: Vivian Arend....Cowboys have Great Hands

Thursday, January 26

I know I said today I would have my 2011 favorites list and overall recap...but it's not done yet.  Instead, I have something infinitely better!  Sneak peeks to not one, but two new romances featuring cowboy heroes...both of which are good with their hands.  Definitely better than some boring recap, right?

Vivian Arend is here to save my hide, so to speak, and share a preview of her upcoming contemporary romance, Rocky Mountain Desire, as well as Emma Lang's new historical romance, Matthew.  See, told you it was better ;)  Read and enjoy!

My friend Beth Williamson (who also writes as Emma Lang) and I got to talking, and we realized both of our next releases feature a to-die-for hero by the name of Matthew. Both books are westerns, although hers is historic and mine is contemporary.

It was too good a chance to miss. So I’ve arranged a little “Ode to Matthew”—five lovely little tidbits proving these cowboys are very good at a lot of things! We hope you’ll enjoy taking a ride with our boys! (The full list of places to visit to read tidbits is listed at my blog.)

In this post we’re going for Cowboys Have Great Hands…

A man learns to hold what is his…

It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for … and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without family…

In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him . . . until after the wedding night.

Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever.

Enjoy this special excerpt from Matthew...and his "magic" hands :)

“Roll over and pull up your nightdress, Hannah.”

It didn’t sound sexy, but it sure made her feel naughty as she managed to do what he asked. Her muscles were in sorry shape, but it was the idea his bare hands would be rubbing her that was foremost in her mind.

“My hands are a little rough.” He opened the tin and put some liniment on his hands.

“I don’t mind,” she confessed into the pillow. “I like your hands.”

He chuckled softly. “I’m glad to hear it. Now try to relax.”

Now that would be quite a challenge. She wanted to enjoy the experience, but her anxiety was warring with her need.

Matt touched her behind her knees, making circles as he worked his way up to her thighs. Although his fingers were strong, his touch wasn’t overly so. She closed her eyes and focused on how good it felt.

Her sore muscles slowly unknotted under his hands. Matt’s thumbs swiped her inner thighs, so close to her core that she clenched her muscles. A jolt of pain slammed up her body at the sudden movement.

He stopped, his hands still touching her. “Easy, Hannah. I’m not going to hurt you. I promise.”

“I know. I, um, I’m not used to people touching me there.” She sounded foolish to her own ears.

“I’m not people. I’m your husband.”

Hannah was glad he couldn’t see her blushing. “Please keep going.”

After a moment, he started again. She wanted to show him how much she trusted him, truly she did, so she spread her legs wider.

He made a funny noise and his hands momentarily stopped. “You, ah, surprise me.”

“I hope so,” she spoke into her pillow but she hoped he heard her.

His thumbs traveled upwards again, nearing her pulsing core, then slid past to her behind. He spread her cheeks with each circle, allowing cold air to land on her heated center. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot.

When he kissed the nape of her neck, a moan popped out of her mouth. The massage had turned into something much more.

If you enjoyed that excerpt you should check out Emma's blog where she is gifting her readers with sneak peek previews every day until release day, as well as the chance to win a copy of the book

Nothing comes easy. You’ve gotta work for it.

Matt Coleman always figured at this point in his life, he’d be settled down with a family. Since his ex split for the big city, though, no way will he give anyone else the chance to drop-kick his heart. Physical pleasure? Hell, yeah, he’ll take—and give—with gusto, but nothing more.

Hope Meridan is working long hours to hold on to her new quilt shop, going it alone since her sister/business partner ran off. Sex? Right, like she’s got the time. Not that she doesn’t have the occasional dirty fantasy about Matt. Fat chance he’d dream of knocking boots with her—the younger sister of the woman who dumped him. Nope, she’ll just have to settle for the F-word.

Friends would be far easier if there wasn’t something combustible going on between them. And when casual interest starts to grow into something more, their tenuous bond strengthens in the heat of desire. But it may not survive the hurricane-force arrival of the last person either of them ever wanted to see again…

Warning: Small-town rivals, men in pursuit and family meddling—in good and bad ways. Look for a cowboy who knows how to rope, ride and rein in a hell of a lot more than eight seconds of sheer bliss.

How about a second helping of Matthew?  Enjoy this snippet from Rocky Mountain Desire...

“Okay, I’ll help you. Just…relax.”

She nodded, eyes closed. That made it easier—not having to watch those expressive orbs as he peeled off her outer layers and got her down to her T-shirt and slacks. Goose bumps rose on her arms, and he was a bastard for noticing her nipples were rigid under the thin layers of her top. When he led her into the bathroom, she went without a complaint.

He turned on the taps for the tub and she nodded. “Oh yeah, that’s what I need. Perfect.”

That’s when the lights went out.

A million scenarios flashed through Matt’s brain where this would be a good thing. If he’d rescued some random damsel in distress from the side of the road who he’d taken back to a hotel and the power had gone off, they’d have to share body heat to survive. One thing would lead to another, and the heat they generated would be most enjoyable.

Hope. This is Hope.

“Matt? I’ve got candles.”

She bumped into him. He’d half-expected it though and managed to keep his balance. Logic and self-control were going to be the only way out of this mess with his sanity intact. “You need a hand?”

“Yeah, but just wait.” She snuck past him, clinging to his waist for a second. Something clattered to the floor then a drawer opened. She groped her way down his arm just before icy cold fingers pressed the hard surface of a lighter into his palm. A rosy glow filled the room as he followed her directions and lit the couple dozen tea lights arranged around the room.


“Pretty,” she corrected. “It’s a part of my relaxation therapy. Never thought I’d need them for this.”

Steam rose from the tub. “Thank God for gas hot-water heaters. I didn’t make it too hot though—you’re too cold. We can add hotter water once you’ve warmed up.”

Hope nodded. “Matt? You’re not thinking of leaving, are you?”

He was thinking things that were going to send him to hell. He undid the button on her jeans as quickly as possible, opening the zipper. Ignored her soft gasp as his cold knuckles bumped the heated skin of her bare belly. “I’m not leaving until I know you’re okay. Take off your pants and get in the tub.”

She obeyed clumsily. “You too, right?”

Bloody hell. “Yes, me too.”

Want more?  Enjoy an extended (and yummy) excerpt here.

Thanks Vivian! I can't wait to read both of these books, 'cause you all know how much I have a soft spot for cowboys! They are second only to Highlanders (the's the kilt, and the sword that tops the cowboys...though in spirit they are much the same). 

Emma Lang's Brava historical romance, which begins the new Circle of Eight series, Matthew, comes out next week on January 31st.  Thank heavens for small favors, because I don't know if I would be able to wait much longer :)

Vivian's third release in the Six Pack Ranch series, Rocky Mountain Desire, doesn't come out until March 13th...torture...the wait will be torture my friends.  She's been teasing readers with Matt's story since Rocky Mountain Heat.  Evil, she's evil :)

If you'd like to learn more about either author you can find Vivian at her website, blog, Twitter and Facebook, and you can find Emma at her website, blog, Twitter, Facebook & Goodreads.  Congrats ladies!  

Finally,  I thought I would give you one last parting of my favorite Matthews :)  Have a good one!

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Beth Williamson January 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM  

Thanks for the post, Carrie, and to my fabulous peep, Viv. *smooches*
BTW - love that Matthew pic too. He is sexy as hell.

Artemis January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

Thank you so very much for the cowboys. I agree, they are so goods with their hands, but also with ropes...

Brenda Hyde January 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM  

Well, I'm mighty warmed up after both of those excerpts. Cowboy Crack, I tell ya!! I can't wait to read both stories:)

Jen B. January 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

I refuse to read the excerpts. They make me try to figure out what happens next and I am ALWAYS wrong! **Pooh** I am so excited about both of these books. Just thought I would pop by and say hi!

Lexi January 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM  

Oooh la la...that is one good looking Matthew. Thank you for that!

Cowboys are naturally sexy...and Rocky Mountain Desire seems to keep that idea going!

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