Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the Spotlight....Melissa Keir, one of six talented authors of the anthology, Cowboy Up 2





Saddle Up with the best-selling authors who brought you Cowboy Up... And fall for Six more Cowboys ready to steal your heart!

The Heartbroken Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Love isn’t found at the bottom of a bottle…

Good Ride, Cowboy by Allison Merritt
Sometimes all you need is one good ride to clear your head.

Cowboy in Waiting by Leslie P. Garcia
She’d buried a hero. She wasn’t looking for another. But her cowboy in waiting was far from a hero…

Cowboy in Trouble by Autumn Piper
A cowboy on the run and a girl on the rebound make for a messy fling.

A Cowboy’s Heaven by Sara Walter Ellwood
From the hell of lost love, can they find heaven together?

Cowboy Proud by D’Ann Lindun
She left town to chase her dreams... He stayed and ignored his... Can they find their dreams together?

The first book, Cowboy Up featured cowboys from every walk of life-Border Patrol Agents, Equine Therapists, Farmers... Cowboy Up 2 features sexy men who are ready to steal your heart! 

The hero of The Heartbroken Cowboy has his own issues. He's a recovering alcoholic who allows stress to push him off the wagon. But he's still determined to latch on to the one woman whose secret could send him back to the bottle.

Johnson O'Neill was a minor character in The Heartsong Cowboy (Cowboy Up book 1) and while he came off as a grouchy guy, he deserved his own happily ever after...but not without some work. In The Heartbroken Cowboy, we learn why he's angry at women and cheer for him to find the one woman who will give him a run for his money!

Melissa has been kind enough to interview Johnson and Debra, her main characters from The Heartbroken Cowboy. Be sure to read the blurb and an excerpt from Melissa's story.

Melissa: What word best describes true love?

Debra: Let me answer. (She looks over at Johnson and smiles.) True love is finding someone who accepts your past and mistakes. I’m lucky that I’ve found Johnson.

Melissa: Finish this sentence: Then I think of love, I think of _______

Johnson: Debra…she makes me smile.

Melissa: What’s your ideal romantic evening?

Debra: I love to cook for him, making him a special dinner, wine, soft music…but he’s the one who has a wonderful way to finish off the night. (Debra’s face turns red.)

Melissa: What song title best describes your relationship track record: “Nothing but a Good Time,” “Turn Me Loose,” “Shot Through the Heart (You Give Love a Bad Name)”, “Money Talks/Material Girl”, “Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places”?

Johnson: I’d say “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places” In my previous relationship, she wanted to change me and I couldn’t stand her big city ways.
Melissa: What’s an absolute deal breaker in a relationship?

Debra: Honesty. We’re both recovering alcoholics and sometimes stress plays a part in our relapses. Being honest and talking through this is vital. It’s not just with us but in our relationships with others.

Melissa: What was your first opinion of each other?

Johnson: When I saw her tapping her feet at Jake’s wedding, she tempted me. I was worried she’d be another city girl like my ex, but I couldn’t stop myself from pulling her into my arms…(He stands and pulls her into his arms. They beging to dance around the room.)

Melissa: Hey, guys…I still have more questions…Guys??



Blurb:
Johnson O’Neill joined The Heartsong Ranch to escape his addiction. One night at a friend’s wedding, stress causes him to fall off the wagon and into the arms of the woman of his dreams.

Debra Donahue lost her husband to alcohol then pulled herself up by her bootstraps becoming a million-dollar selling real estate agent. One night with a sexy cowboy and a bottle of whiskey, Debra falls hard.

Can an alcoholic cowboy and a brokenhearted woman find love despite their fears? Or will the bottom of a bottle claim another happily ever after?

Excerpt:
“I don’t drink, but could use a strong one, right now. Not this sissy stuff.” He lifted the glass to his lips, downed the contents, and shoved his now-empty champagne flute away before he leaned in toward her. The smell of alcohol on his breath hinted that he’d already had too much to drink. “Know anyone around here with some whiskey?” The dark sapphire of his eyes chilled her. This was a man used to getting what he wanted. “I’d even share.” His voice deepened and became husky with his offer and she shivered.

“I don’t drink with men I don’t know.” Debra stuck out her hand. “I’m Debra, and you are?”

The man grabbed another glass of champagne off a passing waiter’s tray and guzzled the drink in one swallow. “The name’s Johnson O’Neill. Now about that whiskey.” He reached out and drew her up to standing then tugged her in close to him. Wrapping his arm around her back, he moved her body in a slow two-step motion.

Debra gazed into his eyes. “You don’t have to seduce me for the whiskey.” She stepped out of his embrace and put her hands on her hips. She frowned.

“That’s not why I drew you into my arms. You were tapping your foot when I arrived—and I thought you might like a dance. A pretty woman like you shouldn’t be sitting alone.” He stretched his palm out again in a plea.


About the Author:
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver.  Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.  In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. Her stories feature small towns and happily ever after!   

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog. Debra and Johnson seemed to just walk off and leave me... anyone going to be able to give me a ride some???

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