by Jennifer Labelle
Release Date: Dec 1, 2014
Meet Stephanie Bennett
The one-time beauty queen and widowed mother of Tori St. John, arrives at the Marquez Villa to be with her feisty daughter and husband Draegyn, as they count down the days to the arrival of their first child.
It all seemed so simple. Arizona would be a nice change of pace from Stephanie’s life in Atlanta.
And then she meets Calder Dane
Alex’s down-to-earth doppelgänger of an uncle takes over day-to-day operations of the agency so his nephew can focus on his upcoming wedding.
It all seemed so simple. Calder was close to Alex, loved being in Arizona and was happy to help out.
Sparks fly when these two meet because nothing is ever simple with Family Justice!
Alex and Meghan
The foundation of the expanding Justice family is blissfully enjoying their engagement with loads of wicked sexy times and a bit of match-making thrown in to keep things interesting!
Draegyn and Victoria
In what feels like the tenth month of a difficult pregnancy, the couple face challenges that put a strain on their happiness. Can their unconventional love survive?
Cameron and Lacey
It’s all good at the Cameron household as their love story continues. Dylan’s growing like a weed, Lacey takes to motherhood like a champ and Cam? Color him – happy.
Get ready for Brody Jensen to drop a bomb about his past while Parker Sullivan is revealed to have more to do with the Marquez family than just being Alex’s oldest friend!
There’s never a dull moment with Family Justice!
Meghan watched as Alex swiftly exited the room, pulling the door almost completely shut on his way out. She wiggled her fingers to keep the blood flowing and danced around on the balls of her feet, taking in every little thing about the tack room. She even eyed the strange sawhorse-looking thing and decided that with a blanket thrown over it, the height would be perfect for what she had in mind. Hell, he could even tie her hands to the legs so she couldn’t get up at all. That would be fun.
A minute passed. Then another and another. Figuring he must have run into the barn where a cooler of water bottles was always on hand, Meghan hummed a little tune and looked forward with anticipation to when her wicked fiancé would return. Her reaction to the riding crop surprised the hell out of her. She was in no way a masochist—any more than Alex harbored hidden sadistic tendencies. Their kinky fun times were more suggestive than anything else. It just ramped up her excitement knowing she was helpless while he messed with her.
The door pushed open and she spun around, her hands gripping the jute where it was looped over the hook above her head. Only it wasn’t Alex standing in the doorway. It was a shocked and horrified looking Draegyn who was losing all the color in his face as he stood there, slack-jawed, taking in her appearance.
Oh, my God, she thought. This was just too damn funny for words.
“Hey Drae,” she chirped as if nothing weird was going on. “You’re back! Nice black eye, by the way.”
The usually unflappable security operative with the 007 reputation was speechless. And embarrassed. Meghan was trying not to laugh like crazy.
“Um, Alex will be right back,” she told him. “He just went to get something.”
All of a sudden, he whirled away so she was talking to his back. “Jesus Meghan,” he muttered. “I’m so fucking sorry.”
She giggled and said, “I don’t think we were expecting you back so early.”
“Look, tell Alex I’m, uh, home. I’ll talk to him later.” And with that he all but ran as Meghan struggled not to dissolve in a fit of laughter.
* * *
Alex was hurrying back to the tack room, carrying two bottles of cold water and the riding crop. As he came around a corner at the end of the long passageway, he ran head first into a fast moving object.
What the fuck? Draegyn?
“It’s your own damned fault,” Drae yelled at him. “I do security for a living god dammit. Fuck Alex!”
“Whoa, whoa,” Alex drawled. “Slow the fuck down and hello to you, too.”
The dark, almost malevolent glare Drae threw at him got his eyebrows bumping together.
“When a door that is normally locked is left ajar, I’m going to check it out, you dumb motherfucker. Just be glad I didn’t do it with a gun drawn.” Drae was practically unglued and barking like a mad dog.
Alex shook his head. What the fuck was he bitching about? An unlocked door? Ohhhhh. Shit! Meghan. Glancing down the dark passage he suddenly understood why Drae was almost hyperventilating.
Thumping him on the chest, Drae snarled again, “Your own damn fault,” then stomped away with a deep growl.
Hurrying to the tack room, Alex pushed open the door and found his sexy fiancée dangling like she had a starring role in Fifty Shades of Barnyard Fuckery with a laugh evident on her face. Thank fucking God she was still dressed and all his brother really got an eyeful of was her bra, and of course, the way she was tied and hung from the ceiling.
“Honey, I think Drageyn’s home,” she giggled.
They both roared with laughter for a full two minutes until Alex closed the door and locked it, uncapped the water bottle, and held it to her mouth for a long sip.
“Now, where were we?” he asked silkily.
Suzanne Halliday writes what she knows and what she loves – sexy adult contemporary romance with strong men and spirited women. Her love of creating short stories for friends and family has developed into a passion for writing romantic fiction with a sensual edge. She finds the world of digital, self-publishing to be the perfect platform for sharing her stories and also for what she enjoys most of all – reading. When she’s not on a deadline you’ll find her loading up on books to devour.
Currently a wanderer, she and her family divide their time between the east and west coast, somehow always managing to get the seasons mixed up. When not digging out from snow or trying to stay cool in the desert, you can find her in the kitchen, 80’s hair band music playing in the background, kids running in and out, laptop on with way too many screens open, something awesome in the oven, and a mug of hot tea clutched in one hand.
A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.
The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.
Brody Longtree’s first love was bull riding, but he loved beauty queen Libby Dempsey equally as hard. When she turned down his marriage proposal, everything from his rodeo career to his love life went to hell. His love ran too deep for blame, so he made the best of what life threw at him. Things finally get back on track…and then she almost runs over his dog.
When her pageant dreams died in an embarrassing display of nerves, Libby made a new, cowboy-free life for herself. One where she could train other girls who want to be pageant princesses. One that doesn’t give her any reason to dwell on what might have been with Brody until his dog bounds into her heart. And she bounds into Brody’s bed.
Despite the differences in their lives, they mesh together, the way Brody always knew they would. No matter what, he’s waiting until he’s certain Libby is ready to get married before he asks again, but their relationship comes under fire when one of her friends reveals a secret about a little girl Libby is awfully attached to—a girl who’s the right age to be Brody’s daughter.
A broken cowboy with nothing left to lose…except his heart.
Dash Connaway is hell-bent down a highway to nowhere. But he can’t outrun fate. Just a few months ago, he’d had a new album shooting up the country music charts, a luxury tour bus prepped for gigs in 39 cities, and a live-in girl friend he’d been thinking of asking to marry him. Now he’s just another drifter with an old guitar, a beat-up pickup, and a dog named Bill for a bed mate…until he meets Maggie McCain.
Maggie isn’t your ordinary Oregon rancher. She’s more into organic gardening and hand-spinning yarn from the fleece of her prized alpacas than breeding stinky old cattle. She’s a nurturer, a giver, so when Dash steps into her life from nowhere, she’s ready to trade in her solitary existence on the farm in favor of a husband to grow old with and a passel of children to care for.
But when she learns the real reason for Dash’s commitment to life on the road, she’s faced with a difficult choice and a lesson in the fallacy behind the old saying “Cowboys don’t cry.” Only time will tell just how potent the healing power of love can really be.
Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing?
Star-crossed lovers in their south Texas hill country high school, torn apart by a best friend’s lie, a mother’s cold hatred, and a father’s lack of trust…
High school junior Illy Kingston turns to varsity football star and cowboy in training Gil Salas when her father, a Border Patrol agent, is killed under suspicious circumstances.
Their hormone-fueled, all or nothing affair ends when betrayal tears them apart.
Years, later, Illy returns home, at loose ends after her disastrous marriage to a reality show rock star ends with an embarrassing photo gone viral and a divorce.
When Gil and his mounted Border Patrol make an unannounced civic call at a local elementary school, Gil is shocked to see Illy lurking in the shadows, threatening to upend his existence once again.
The old passion still burns—but neither can go back to the innocence of their high school affair. Illy swore never to love a man wearing a uniform that didn’t involve jeans, a western hat, and boots. Gil has a price on his head.
And star-crossed love doesn’t usually work for cowboys, either.
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.
Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.
Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?
She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.
Susie Howell has always done what her family expects of her, but they don’t know about the divorce papers she’s just signed, or the secret torch she carries for sexy ranch hand Cash. When keeping the secret gets to her, she flees her brother’s wedding reception. Determined to live a little, she swipes the nearest truck from the ranch and heads to Sin City.
Cash Acosta has worked hard for everything he has, and nobody is taking off with his truck. When he sees it driving away, he jumps in—and becomes the unwilling passenger of a ready and willing woman he’s forbidden to touch. Hell-bent for trouble, the boss’s sister has already earmarked him as one of her “bad choices”.
And Susie intends to get what she wants.
It is my pleasure to welcome Autumn Piper to Room With Books!
Hi. Thanks so much for having me.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Well…when I’m not being the bookkeeper for my husband’s electrical contracting business, or being a mom, or freelance editing… I collect scrapbooking materials (and seriously, one day I will begin scrapbooking. I’m sure of it), of course I read (lots of Nora Roberts—almost a full-time job in and of itself, right?) and grow really big plants. The foliage and blooming kind, not the other really big, now-legal-in-Colorado plants.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
My grandma introduced me to Phyllis Whitney and Jude Deveraux when I was young, and I totally fell for the romance in the Clan of the Cave Bear series, so those had a huge influence in what I love to read and write. But I also really enjoy Stephen King. His style, his characters, his worlds…and I gobble up any advice he gives on writing. Books, interviews, etc. I think he’s a genius.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Lord. I spent 3 years querying and submitting to agents and Big 6 publishers, before I discovered smaller presses. Now I take advantage of the better business deals with small presses and also have hybridized with indie publishing. It’s a much better world for authors today than it was 8 years ago!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d love the power to “MUTE” somebody when they start saying something idiotic, or lying. Then maybe keep rewinding them until they say something appropriate… Kind of a combo of the magic in “Click” and “Groundhog Day”. Not that most normal people consider anything from those movies to be superheroic. Lol But hey. It’s my job to think outside the box.
What was your first job?
Nothing exciting there—I went to work at McDonald’s the day I turned 16. But since then I’ve had lots of jobs. Among the more interesting: Electrician, retail merchandiser for Hallmark (yes, I was the card lady who straightened out all those glittery greetings, lol, and I can grab the right size envelope for any card with my eyes closed), and Teacher Stunt Double (aka substitute teacher). I still sub at a preschool now and then and it’s always an adventure.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Kiersten Day, the heroine in Lone Star Trouble. (We’re at her wedding in the opening of Cowboy Trouble.) Kiersten is a real spitfire, totally capable of taking care of herself and those she loves. She’s got an attitude and isn’t afraid to use it. So the hardest thing she’s ever had to do is admitting she needs Cleve—son of her sworn enemy.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Well, honestly, there’ve been times when I wished it looked something like this scene (language warning, f-bombs dropped): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIqq9GusbSQ
Alas, though, I’m not that mean, or that good at claiming my time as private. So it varies, greatly.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I have used locations, names of places, and I’ve used people I know or meet as characters—especially “bad” characters. But otherwise, no. Purely manufactured.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I’m the world’s worst at choosing titles. But this time it was easy. I’m sticking with a “trouble” theme in all my books for now, and for this boxed set we all had “cowboy” in our title. Thus… Cowboy Trouble.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
I choose… Ellen Degeneres. She gets to make people happy every day. What could be better?
What are you currently working on?
Oh! Oh! We’re working on a follow-up for Cowboy Up, so I’m dreaming up my contribution.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Daiquiri Ice, from Baskin Robbins
Night owl, or early bird? Neither. I need my sleep.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Both.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Ocean.
Walking or fitness club? Walking.
Any last words?
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