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I have another lovely guest for you today as she debuts her latest release . . . Ava Miles is here to tell us about her new book, Country Heaven, and share with us a little bit about bull riding! Just read on! And stick around because two lucky commenters will win a copy for themselves!
So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN, a story about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.
Since Christie loves cowboys as much as I do, I selected an excerpt about a woman being the cowgirl for once. My feisty heroine, Tory Simmons, is the private chef of the super-star country singer, Rye Crenshaw. He’s living up to his reputation in a honky tonk in Dallas with one of his usual contests. He and his manager are timing the women brave enough to ride the bull. The prize? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading. Here’s the excerpt.
Her feet sank into the gym mats. The bull suddenly seemed larger than life, from the tip of its fake snout to the well-worn saddle on its fake hairy back. God, she hoped it was fake. She put her foot in the stirrup, grabbed the pommel, and swung her leg over, finding the other stirrup. Then she eased her hand around the pommel and wedged it under the saddle. Curving forward, she gripped the bull’s body with her thighs, keeping her head low. Seconds later, the contraption tipped forward and started to rock.
The bucking increased. She squeezed her thighs as tight as she could, digging her heels under the beast’s belly. She heard shouts and cat calls, but could barely make them out over the ringing in her ears. The bull jackknifed and then turned in a circle. Tory’s thighs screamed, but she kept chanting a few more seconds, a few more seconds. Finally her grip slackened, and she went flying. The breath whooshed out of her lungs when she hit the mat. She lay there for a second, stunned.
She’d done it, and while it felt like she’d only stayed on for a blink of an eye, she knew it had been several seconds. The noise in the bar was deafening as she used her hand to lever herself up. Determined not to weave like everyone had, she took it slow and walked to the gate.
Rye was gaping at her.
Clayton held out the stopwatch. “Seven seconds! Jesus, Tory. You won!”
She’d won? She couldn’t remember ever winning anything! She was looking around for Lola to give the woman a smirk when she realized what winning meant.
A kiss from Rye Crenshaw. Her boss.
Oh, and what a kiss it is. Check out COUNTRY HEAVEN. It’s chock full of Tory’s recipes and Rye’s country music songs. Yes, I wrote them all.
So, here’s my question for you: have you ever ridden the bull?
When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.
Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her—one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…
Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?
Sounds fantastic! I’m so excited to read this one. Thank you so much for being here, Ava! Well, you heard her, have you ever ridden the bull? Leave us a comment and two lucky people will win a copy of Ava’s book. Check back next week to see if you’ve won.