Friday First Kiss #31 :: Lydia’s Gunslinger by Julie Lence – Historical Western Romance

Lydia's Gunslinger by Julie Lence

  The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Lydia’s Gunslinger by Julie Lence. “Damn that woman!” Roth stormed inside the livery and went to the stall housing his horse. How the hell did Lydia expect to thwart Cooper on her own? She was too damn small. Too proper. Too much of a lady to do battle with a snake like Cooper and win. Sonofabitch! She should have married me and let me help her. He yanked open the stall gate and led his horse out. Tied him to a rail at the back of the barn then fetched his saddle and gear from the tack room. Whether she liked it or not, Lydia was going to accept his help. He’d made that decision before she’d cleared the threshold when she’d run out on him at Miller’s earlier. … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #30 :: Gabe Kincaid (Kincaids Book Four) by Caroline Clemmons – Historical Western Romance

Gabe Kincaid by Caroline Clemmons

  The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Gabe Kincaid by Caroline Clemmons. She pressed her hand against his arm. “Don’t, Gabe. It’s such a nice afternoon. Don’t spoil it by prying.” “All right. But I wish you’d trust me with all your secrets, Shimza. Damn, I feel like a fool calling you that but I don’t even know your real name.” “Shimza will do. And I do trust you to keep me safe here.” “But you don’t think I could if you told me more, is that it?” He gently clasped her shoulders and turned her to face him. She met his gaze, pleading with him, “Please, it’s too . . . complicated.” Slowly he slid his hands across her shoulders, lightly up her neck, and caressed her face with his thumbs. He rested his hands … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #28 :: The Lawman of Silver Creek by Lori Connelly – Western Historical Romance

  The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors. This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, The Lawman of Silver Creek by Lori Connelly. Frustration raced through his blood. She acted as though nothing had changed. Her only nod to caution when she roamed the countryside was the six-shooter she had belted around her hips. She refused to understand that a weapon wouldn’t protect her in every scenario. He tried to hold back the words that would reignite their last argument, but couldn’t. “That gun won’t solve everything.” “Between that and my good sense, you need to trust that I’ll manage.” I trusted your judgment before and nearly lost you. Matt almost snapped at her. Instead, he chose another approach and managed to speak evenly. “And yet you were caught out in a storm that anyone could see has been brewing for hours.” Her eyes … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #27 :: Not the Marrying Kind by Christina Cole – Western Historical Romance

  The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story.   Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Not the Marrying Kind by Christina Cole. “Damn it, Kat,” he said, moving closer. “In the first place, we’re not going to catch any rustlers out here. Not with all the noise and chattering you’re doing. If there were any rustlers around, I guarantee they’re long gone by now. In the second place…” “How many times do I have to remind you? I hired you. I’m asking you to do a job.” Joshua’s gaze went directly to Kat’s mouth. Her rosy lips looked soft and inviting, the lower lip slightly fuller than the upper one. She stared back at him. Was he supposed to say something? What were they talking about? Oh, right. He was working for her. She was the boss. She only thought she was … Continue reading

Writer Wednesday: Old Habits Are Hard To Break

  Most every writer has a certain ‘way’ of doing things. They either plot or they don’t (I don’t). They edit as they go or they don’t (I do) and they get words onto the page quickly or they struggle with every word (I do both). Anyone who reads my books knows it takes me forever and a day to release one. The main reason for that is I’m a bit neurotic. Everything ‘has’ to be perfect. Well, as perfect as I can get it. I also have a serious case of separation anxiety when I near the end of a story. A Willow Creek Christmas could have been finished two months before it was IF I had only stopped stressing over it and just let my characters go. It sounds crazy to some but when I spend months, sometimes up to a year, with certain characters inside my head, they become ‘real’ to me. They’re real people who live in an imaginary land I can only reach inside the pages of a book and just like real-life relationships, its hard saying good-bye to people you love. My reluctance to say good-bye is why the Willow Creek books always feature … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #24 :: A Willow Creek Christmas by Lily Graison – Historical Western Romance

A Willow Creek Christmas by Lily Graison - Historical Western Romance

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from my brand new Holiday Release, A Willow Creek Christmas and is the first Christmas book (and 6th in order of release) in my Willow Creek Series.   Her soft spoken words tore a hole in his heart. How could she act as if it made no difference? Isabelle had cried when she saw him, shook her head as if to deny what she was seeing. Begged him to have someone fix it. But there was nothing to fix. His face was ruined, his body riddled with scars that made the one on his face seem like such an insignificant thing. But Keri wasn’t flinching or looking away, instead, she was touching him, her fingers warm and soft against his face. A mere caress. As nice as it felt to … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #14 :: The Gambler by Lily Graison – Historical Western Romance

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.  This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from The Gambler, book 3 in my Willow Creek Series. “You’re determined to seduce me, aren’t you?” Her eyes widened. “I’m not trying to seduce you.” He chuckled and relaxed the grip he had on her wrist. “Really? Because from where I’m lying, it sure feels like it.” Humiliation burned like flames across her face and Emmaline was glad it was so dark. She stared at his chest, her thoughts running wild inside her head. Tristan released her wrist and raised his hand, cupping his fingers under her chin to lift her head up. She avoided looking at him and it wasn’t until his thumb ran across her bottom lip that she did. “What is it you’re doing, Emmaline?” She didn’t answer and avoided eye contact. “I don’t need to be thanked, if that’s … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #12 :: The Outlaw by Lily Graison – Historical Western Romance

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.  This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from The Outlaw, book 2 in my Willow Creek Series. Hearing a noise behind him, he turned his head to find Sarah standing at the edge of the woods looking at him. Damn if she wasn’t the finest looking woman he’d set eyes on in ages. He’d seen his fair share of them, too. Had more than he could count in his bed a time or two but none had compared to this one. The others had been too easy. He flashed them a smile and it took less than a minute to get them to drop their drawers. He didn’t think it would be that easy with her, though. She was different. More refined than the women he associated with. A real lady. And more spirited than any other woman … Continue reading