Cowboys, Holidays and Hawaii all in One Book!

cowboysdontcomeout400x600Hi! It’s just a few days now until COWBOYS DON”T COME OUT releases, a story in which i include Cowboys, Holidays and Hawaii all in One Book! Yep, this is not a traditional cowboy story (although books later in the series will be). In this book, my hero, Rand McIntyre, goes on vacation for the holidays with his parents. They go to Hana, Hawaii, which is a center for the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) tradition. Hawaii actually had cowboys between 15 and 50 years before the mainland (depending on which history you read). Just like California, Hawaiian cowboys came from Mexico and, to this day, paniolos still maintain more of the vaquero tradition than that of the mainland cowboy.

In Cowboys Don’t Come Out, my hero Rand meets a Hawaiian paniolo, Kai Kealoha, and strikes up a vacation romance. But Kai has a boatload of secrets and those ultimately interfere with the casual nature of the romance. There are tons of horses, riding and two-stepping in the book, as well as some pretty hot sex in bamboo forests and such.

We even get a touch of holiday cheer as Rand gets sucked into the charm and love of Kai’s younger brother and sister.

I hope you enjoy Cowboys Don’t Come Out. It releases on December 7th. Here’s the blurb. To read an excerpt and see the buy links, click HERE.

Rand McIntyre settles for good enough. He loves his small California ranch, raising horses, and teaching riding to the kids he adores—but having kids of his own and someone to love means coming out, and that would jeopardize everything he’s built. Then, despite his terror of flying, he goes on a holiday to Hana, Hawaii, with his parents and meets the dark and mysterious Kai Kealoha, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy. Rand takes to Kai’s kid brother and sister as much as he drools over Kai, but the guy sports more prickles than a horned toad and more secrets than the exotic land he comes from.

Kai’s earned his privacy and lives to protect his “kids.” He ought to stay away from the big, handsome cowboy for everyone’s sake—but since the guy’s just a haole on a short vacation, how much damage can he do? When all of Kai’s worst fears and Rand’s darkest nightmares come true at once, there’s not much chance for two cowboys who can’t—or won’t—come out.

See you soon! : )

Ten Fun Things About Tara’s WIP!

bullriderHi — Before i tell you Ten Fun things About Tara’s WIP, i want to remindBeauty,Inc-400x600 you of two fantastic events where you can win prizes. My Beauty, Inc. Blog tour is going on and you can enter  to win a $20 Amazon GC HERE. You can also enter to WIN a Kindle fire loaded with audiobooks if you enter HERE on the Audio Book Lovin’ event!

So from time to time, i like to share a few facts about my works in progress. I just started writing my second book in the Cowboys Don’t series. The first book is called Cowboys Don’t Come Out and it will release in December of this year. The book i just started will follow this story as book 2 in the series and here are a few facts about it:

1. Much of it takes place in and around Chico, California

2. My hero  works for a small horse ranch that also functions as a dude ranch

3. I’m busily researching things like how much a bottle of bourbon costs.

4. The majority of my research is on bull riding because my hero is also involved in rodeo

5. I’m about to learn a lot about rodeo clowns and bull fighting

6. Of course, my hero is gay, but he gets by in this super macho world by being a pretty macho guy.

7. My other hero is not macho at all — and therein lies the crux of the conflict.

8. I decided to write a cowboy series when i went to the Dreamspinner author workshop this past March. I was writing a whole different book, but got so excited about writing cowboys, i shelved the other book and dove into my first ever cowboy novel — which happens to take place largely in Hawaii!

9. One of the heroes of the first book in the series and an ongoing character in book 2 is a Hawaiian paniolo — cowboy — who is part of a cowboy tradition that precedes that of the mainland US.

10. This second book in the series will, i hope, be out in time for RT 2017.

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