Hey, all! I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my friends, the wonderfully talented Melissa Cutler! Today is the release of her latest novel, The Trouble with Cowboys, and if you enjoyed Blame it on Texas, I think you’re gonna love her! So please give give her a warm cyber-welcome. . .
So, Melissa, what is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear as a writer and entertainer is being boring. You might not agree with all the choices my characters make or the way they view the world, but I can guarantee that you won’t ever call them boring. My number one job is to sweep readers away from their daily lives and introduce them to places and people who are funny, quirky, and full of vivacity. As a reader, that’s what I look for in a book, so as a writer that’s what I consider my greatest responsibility.
What three words best describe The Trouble with Cowboys?
- Hungry: because not only is there is a lot of tasty food being prepared throughout the book—from filet mignon and pumpkin ravioli to biscuits and gravy—but Amy and Kellan are hungry for family and a sense of belonging…as well as hungry for each other (*ahem*).
- Rules: Poor Chef Amy! She’s always felt like she had one foot dangling over a sea of crazy and might fall in at any moment. To keep herself in line, she tries to live her life by a set of five rules, number one being to steer clear of cowboys. Lucky for us, she does a terrible job sticking to her rules, and before she knows what’s hit her, she’s steered herself straight into more cowboy trouble.
- Cowboys: Boy howdy, do you get your fill of cowboys in this book. As soon as cattle rancher Kellan Reed discovers that the new chef in town has a soft spot for everything cowboy, he goes all out—rustling up a starch western shirt, dusting off the belt buckle he got for Christmas the year before, and even wearing his work hat indoors. Oh, what a man will do to get a pretty lady’s attention!
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene in The Trouble with Cowboys is a bit on the spicy side, and I’m not just talking about the lusty chemistry between Kellan and Amy when they get together to cook a meal in his kitchen. I’m talking about actual spices when Kellan introduces Amy to his collection of artisan salts and decides to sample them on her skin.
Here’s a taste of my favorite scene…
Kellan sifted through the box on the floor, checking labels. He unscrewed the lid of a square glass jar. “Have you ever tasted smoked salt?”
“No.” Intrigued, Amy leaned closer. Kellan’s breath fanned over her cheek. He shifted his leg to accommodate her nearness.
“Guava wood smoked salt fromKauai. Sweet, smoky, yet mild.” The timbre of his voice was low and seductive, thick with implication. She turned her face up to his. The shaft of light from the pantry gilded his hair, casting his eyes in shadow.
Wetting the tip of his index finger with his tongue, he pressed it into the jar. “Taste it,” he said as his salt-covered fingertip grazed her lower lip.
She ran her tongue over her lip. Kellan watched with rapt attention. The crystals dissolved over her taste buds and she hummed her appreciation as her salivary glands activated. “Braised brisket. That’s what I’d use this salt on.”
His lips twitched into a grin. “Good call. That’s exactly what I use it for.” He reached for a second jar. “Let’s try another.”
As he did with the smoked salt, he dipped his finger in. “This one is harvested off the coast ofMolokaiand blended with bamboo extract.” He moved his finger toward her lips once more. “Tell me what you think.”
This time, Amy drew his finger into her mouth, suckling the salt from his rough, work-worn skin until he removed it with a ragged intake of breath.
“Exotic, slightly pungent. Delicious.” She swiped her tongue across her lower lip. The residual salt essence made the underside of her tongue tingle.
Kellan lidded the jar, watching her lips with a heated gaze. “I can’t quite remember the flavor of that one.” His hand on her jaw coaxed her face up. “Refresh my memory.”
Sounds awesome! Can you give us the lowdown on the book or the blurb?
From the back cover…
Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-cattle boyfriend sold her out on national television, ending her promising career as a chef. Now she and her squabbling sisters have partnered up in a final attempt to save their land by starting an inn and local restaurant. So it figures that with everything on the line, Amy’s key supplier is just the kind of Stetson-tipping heartbreaking bad boy she’s sworn to avoid. But Kellan Reed has a few secrets of his own–and cowboy or not, Amy can’t resist this kind of wild ride.
The Trouble with Cowboys is in stores now:
My thanks to Christie Craig for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at www.melissacutler.net, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always email me at email@example.com or sign up for my newsletter (http://www.melissacutler.net/?page_id=255 ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.
Giveaway: I’m giving away two book bundles containing both my fall releases—The Trouble with Cowboys and Seduction Under Fire to two commenters. Amy, the heroine of the book, is opening a restaurant in the town she grew up in, so tell me, what was the last great meal you ate at a restaurant in your town? And be sure to come back next week to Christie’s blog to see if you’ve won!
Melissa Cutler is a flip-flop wearing Southern California native living with her husband, two rambunctious kids, and two suspicious cats in beautiful San Diego. Three things you should probably know about her are: she believes Judith from Julie Garwood’s The Secret is the most perfect heroine in all of literature (sorry, Elizabeth Bennett), she’s traveled to more countries in the world than states in the U.S., and she’s certain that there are actually only two types of food in existence—those that taste better with hot sauce and those that taste better with whipped cream. She divides her time between her dual passions for writing sexy, small town contemporaries for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin.