Friday, February 21, 2014

FIRST KISS: A Gunslinger, a Scandalous Kiss and a Romance Rekindled! @Cherokeegirl57 @KMNbooks #firstkiss #giveaway

The Contest has Ended! And the winner is ...JOYE! Congratulations!

KAREN: A scandalous kiss with gunslinger Jake Morgan will ruin Talia's reputation, but when his all so tempting lips touch hers, she can't resist. Enjoy an excerpt from OUTLAW'S KISS by Cheryl Pierson!
***GIVEAWAY: CHERYL PIERSON will be giving away a signed print copy of WISHING FOR A COWBOY to one lucky commenter! 



FIRST KISS: OUTLAW’S KISS
by Cheryl Pierson



 A long-ago schooldays crush is rekindled by an Outlaw’s Kiss that sparks true love, and a new future for Jake Morgan and Talia Delano.


It started with a kiss—a kiss that should have been nothing more than a very tiny, quick peck on Satan’s cheek. Even that would have been bad enough. When Talia had gotten close enough to inhale his intoxicating scent, she knew she was in danger. She’d stood on her toes to kiss his cheek, trying to act as if nothing was amiss—as if she kissed a demon every day.
Then, he’d turned his head at the last moment, his lips coming over hers with a tight-leashed ferocity that posed as indifference to the rest of the world.
But Talia and Jake knew better. His tongue had parted her lips. Or, had she done that herself, the instant he’d put his mouth to hers?  Although he’d bought that kiss with one thousand dollars, he’d taken possession of so much more. What were a heart and soul worth?
His tongue had done at least a thousand dollars’ worth of damage, in a few short seconds.
His lips sculpted hers, as the entire town of Rock Creek watched. His mouth kindled the beginning flame that erupted in a bonfire between them, making her stomach quiver, her heart pound. But it was his velvet demon’s tongue that carelessly sent the cinders of her soul skyward, in front of the cat-calling onlookers who’d gathered for the auction.
There was no defense against his casual, merciless onslaught. Talia’s body warmed as involuntarily, her fingers curled in the front of his cotton shirt, pulling him closer.  Damn you, Jake Morgan. Damn you.
His lips curved upward just before he lifted his mouth, allowing her to breathe once more. She could swear the gunfighter read the thoughts that swirled in her head.
He licked his lips slowly, as if savoring the way she tasted.  The wicked, slow smile spread, lighting his dark eyes with teasing warmth, deadly to what remained of her will.
The breath she took was nearly a gasp, as if she had just been saved from drowning in rushing waters.
“What do you think you’re doing, Mr. Morgan?” Her voice was quiet, with none of the indignation she knew she should be feeling.
“I’m getting my money’s worth.” His large hands framed her face with a gentleness she wouldn’t have thought possible. He leaned toward her. Again.
“No—” Her protest was unconvincing to her own ears.
Yes.”
“You’re going to ruin me—”
Jake laughed softly. “Later, Talia.  Much, much later.” Then, his mouth closed over hers once more.
The entire town of Rock Creek had been scandalized, and Natalia Delano had been ostracized.

 
***Giveaway: Signed Print copy of WISHING FOR A COWBOY to one lucky commenter! Be sure to leave your contact information in your comment to be entered in the drawing! 
 


ABOUT OUTLAW'S KISS (One of the wonderful tales in WISHING FOR A COWBOY)
Talia Delano has been humiliated before the entire town of Rock Creek by Jake Morgan. A known gunman, Jake has bid an outrageous sum for Talia’s “boxed supper”, a kiss, and the gift of her time for the rest of the Independence Day celebration.  But, as always, Jake changes the rules and takes more than he should—especially with the whole town watching. Talia’s chance of happiness is dashed, along with her reputation, when Jake leaves Rock Creek suddenly.
When he shows up five months later at her farmhouse, wounded, and in the midst of a blinding snowstorm, she can’t turn him away—even though she knows being along with him will cause tongues to wag once more. But with Christmas only two days away, how can she harden her heart against the handsome outlaw who has no place else to go—even if he is being trailed by someone just as dangerous? Magic and danger are woven together in the OUTLAW’S KISS.

WISHING FOR A COWBOY

Cowboys, kisses and love in the holiday air make for a special recipe in each of these wonderful new stories. Christmas miracles can happen when you're WISHING FOR A COWBOY! 

AMAZON REVIEWS: 
1. Great ensemble of short Cowboy Christmas stories. Each story was unique, well thought out, and the characters came alive and sizzled on the pages. I wish I could pinpoint a favorite, but I can't. I liked all of them!

2. All the authors did a superb job of keeping you involved in the stories. It amazed me how the theme continued. I am looking forward to the release of the Valentine version.

3. A pound of Cowboys, a cup of Christmas, a dash of inspiration mixed with equal parts of Love and Miracles....These talented authors have put together the perfect ingredients for a holiday romance complete with recipes for great desserts! If you enjoy Western romance, this anthology is for you.

PURCHASE AN eBook COPY OF WISHING FOR A COWBOY HERE:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cheryl was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in English. 

Writing is so much a part of her life that recently, she and long-time friend Livia Reasoner, decided to open a publishing house. PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS http://www.prairierosepublications.com/ furthers the western-themed writing offerings of women. As if that weren’t enough, there were so many requests for a
publishing house for young people interested in the west that they decided to open the unique imprint, PAINTED PONY BOOKS http://www.paintedponybooks.com/. This line will be open to all authors who have submissions for Middle Grade readers, Young Adult, and New Adult. 

The contemporary/futuristic imprint for these age groups is TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS http://www.tornadoalleypublications.com/ , and for adult contemporary/futuristic, check out their imprint FIRE STAR PRESS http://www.firestarpress.com/ . 

All imprints are open and accepting submissions.

Cheryl's latest novel is a western historical romance, GABRIEL'S LAW. Her upcoming release, THE HALF-BREED'S WOMAN, will be available early next year through Prairie Rose Publications. To see all of Cheryl’s work, click here:

You can e-mail her at prairierosepublications@yahoo.com


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23 comments:

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

Lemme tell you, that was some first kiss! Loved your story, Cheryl.

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Cheryl,

I love Western romances! Congrats on the publication of your novel and in all your endeavors.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl, yum, YUM. Wish all kisses could be like this. Sigh. Well done, my friend. Oh, the story is terrific, too. Xoxo

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Okie, I've loved your stories for years, and Jake and Talia's romance is a good example of why. That pair just sizzles together. Of course, Jake is one of those patented "Cheryl Pierson hotter-than-Hades wounded heroes." The man could burn a hole in granite without even trying. :-D

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the heat mixed with humor in this excerpt. Loved it. Jake is an exceptional hero. It's a wonder that any of your heroes can survive their wounds, but they do. You make them crawl up out of their pain, take their women in their arms and then they go get the varmits that tried to kill him. What a great story.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jacquie Rogers
Thank you Jacquie! I had written that as a flash fiction piece and wanted to develop a full length story for it--that's how Outlaw's Kiss came to be!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Jacqueline! I love western romance, too! I write in other genres, but this one is where my heart is. Thanks for coming by!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Tanya, thank you, dear friend! I'm so glad you enjoyed the kiss...and the story! LOL
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw, Tex, thank you so much for those VERY kind words. I love Jake, too--how could Talia EVER resist him? Answer is...she can't! (Resistance is futile! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!)
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, you make me laugh! That is such a perfect description of my heroes. Half dead, but still able to do...certain things...right? LOL Now, as a nurse, you probably know how HARD that would be in real life. LOL
Cheryl

TracyG said... Best Blogger Tips

You know, Cheryl, when I started this story, I wanted to slap Jake as much as Talia did. Then I fell for him, too. Must have been that kiss.

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

I am always looking for new authors to read. This book sounds really good and the kind I devour in a couple of hours.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL TRACY! I felt the same way. How do we create these characters and then turn them around? All with one kiss???? Thanks for coming by, I always love your comments.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Joye, we also have another anthology from Prairie Rose Publications out now, too, that you might enjoy. It's called Hearts and Spurs, and is available here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HU5SCYE
I've got you entered in the drawing for Wishing for a Cowboy!
Cheryl

Alisa Boisclair said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great teaser! Gonna have to order a copy so I can find out more.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds interesting

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

You will not be sorry, Alisa! It's on sale right now for $2.99--so a great bargain for so many good reads!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

bn100, it really is a fun anthology. Lots of great stories.
Cheryl

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl,

So thrilled to have you here today! You know I'm a big fan of yours. :)

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

All I can say is "HOT_HOT_HOT"!!!
That raises temperatures, causes heart palpitations... and more.
Very well done, Indeed!

Diane

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karen Michelle NuttKaren, thank you so much for having me today and for putting on this event. There are so many wonderful "kiss" scenes, and what better month for it than February when we all need to be warmed up?
Hugs, dear friend, and thanks a million for getting this together.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane, now that's a compliment if I ever heard one. LOL I'm so glad you enjoyed this scene. This entire book was so fun to read. I couldn't have asked for a more fun job than editing this one!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

AND my winner is...
JOYE!

Congratulations, Joye!

I want to thank everyone for coming by today and sharing Talia and Jake's first kiss. There are plenty more wonderful first kisses coming your way every day this month!

Thanks again to Karen for having me today and for hosting the FIRST KISS event!

Cheryl