Monday, February 24, 2014

First Kiss: In A Flare of the Heart, a spur of the moment kiss ignites hope for more. @JacquieRogers @KMNbooks #firstkiss

KAREN: In Jacquie Rogers tale, A Flare of the Heart, fear and hope motivates this spur of the moment kiss, making Celia and Ross determined to have a future! You're going to love this scene and beg for more. Enjoy! 

***Giveaway: Jacquie is giving away one of the Hearts of Owyhee titles (reader’s choice) to one lucky blog commenter. 

 ****More partying on Facebook and more chances to win. Jacquie is offering the same prize as above plus a package of Idaho Spud bars to the party! So hop on over and say hi! https://www.facebook.com/events/1436219633278972/


FIRST KISS from A Flare of the Heart, a short story in  
Hearts and Spurs by Jacquie Rogers 

Setup: Celia Yancey heads west to marry a preacher her father picked for her. Bounty hunter Ross Flaherty has traded his guns for a pitchfork and is content to be a farmer, but Celia brings his nemesis right to his door.  In this scene, Ross tells Celia his plan:
 
“I’ll be making my way around the pasture to the field next to the house.  There’s some alfalfa growing and it’s pretty tall.  I can belly-crawl through it without them noticing so long as you keep ’em busy.”
“Then what?”
“Then you keep pulling the trigger until you’re down to the last five rounds and leave the rest to me.  If things don’t go my way, head back to the creek and follow it to town.”
He turned to leave, but she grasped his shoulder to give him a peck on the cheek for luck.  Instead, he faced her and she kissed him right square on the lips.  She was stunned.
He must have been stunned, too, because he stared at her for the longest moment.
“For luck,” she whispered. 
*     *     *
Not a whole lot rattled Ross, but that one sweet kiss shook him right down to his boots, and everything in between.
“Your luck, or mine?” he asked.
“Ours.”
He wrapped his arms around her and gave her a kiss she’d remember.  Hellfire, he’d remember it, too.  Her lips were soft and responsive, her kiss unschooled but passionate.  Another couple of shots shattered the moment.  He pushed himself away from her.
“I have a feeling this is my lucky day.”  He caressed her cheek.  “Remember, keep firing and aim low.  And stay down.”

 
About the Author:
 
I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but have always been a bookworm. Reading is my passion—westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and especially with a dash of romance and humor.  I grew up on a dairy farm outside of Homedale , Idaho , in Owyhee County and rode horseback all over the hills where her Hearts of Owyhee series is set, encountering adventures both real and imagined.
 
I currently live in suburbia with my IT Guy (also have a license to sleep with him), daughter, and four grandsons.  Our home is ruled by The Cat Annie, a feral rescue, who enjoys tromping on the keyboard in the midst of action or love scenes.  I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Western Fictioneers, teaches classes in both writing craft and research topics.
 
 
ABOUT HEARTS AND SPURS

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? HEARTS AND SPURS is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine's Day! Following up their Christmas collection WISHING FOR A COWBOY, these ladies have done it again with new stories of handsome cowboys and the women who captivate them in HEARTS AND SPURS. 

HEARTS AND SPURS features nine sensual Valentine's Day love stories of the old west that will leave no doubt--Cupid is a cowboy, and he's playing for keeps! 

THE WIDOW’S HEART by Linda Broday 
Desperate and alone, Skye O’Rourke finds courage and a love she thought she’d lost when a man from her past emerges from the shimmering desert heat. 

GUARDING HER HEART by Livia J. Washburn 
Outlaws threaten a Valentine's Day wedding! 

FOUND HEARTS by Cheryl Pierson 
An enemy from the past threatens Alex Cameron’s future on the day he’s set to wed mail-order bride Evie Fremont. Can they survive their wedding day? 

OPEN HEARTS by Tanya Hanson 
A woman living as a man to practice the law she loves must guard her identity--and her heart--from a handsome sheriff, who discovers her secret and must decide whether to turn her in or fall in love. 

HOLLOW HEART by Sarah J. McNeal 
Lost love and the hope for possibilities… 

A FLARE OF THE HEART by Jacquie Rogers 
Celia Yancey heads west to marry a preacher her father picked for her. Bounty hunter Ross Flaherty has traded his guns for a pitchfork and is content to be a farmer, but Celia brings his nemesis right to his door. Can Celia and Ross shed the past and forge a new beginning? 

COMING HOME by Tracy Garrett 
Sometimes it takes two to make dreams come true. When a man who believes he’ll never have a home and family finds a woman who has lost everything…It takes a lot of forgiveness and a few fireworks to realize that together, their dreams can come true. 

TUMBLEWEEDS AND VALENTINES by Phyliss Miranda 
The wildness of a tumbleweed and the sweetness of chocolate bring Amanda Love the love of a lifetime. 

THE SECOND-BEST RANGER IN TEXAS by Kat hleen Rice Adams 
A washed-up Texas Ranger. A failed nun with a violent past. A love that will redeem them both.

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE:
Hearts and Spurs (Prairie Rose Publications anthology)
 
***Giveaway: Jacquie is giving away one of the Hearts of Owyhee titles (reader’s choice) to one lucky blog commenter. All you need to do is comment and choose the story you would like. Good Luck!!
   
****More partying on Facebook. Jacquie is offering the same prize as above plus a package of Idaho Spud bars to the party! So hop on over and say hi! https://www.facebook.com/events/1436219633278972/

30 comments:

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Karen! I've had a great time all month reading the first kisses--they're all so different, and what fun. :) I'm looking forward to the rest of the posts, too.

Alisa Boisclair said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jacquie! Loved Flare of the Heart. And I'd love to have Much Ado about Marshals.

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alisa Boisclair
Thanks, Alisa, and good luck!

TracyG said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning, Jacquie! I so enjoy getting to know your characters--and watching them triumph. Congrats on A Flare of the Hear!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Jacquie,

I'm thrilled to have you here! I love your tales of humor, adventure and romance!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Jacquie I love this excerpt!! Unschooled and passionate kisses is such a perfect descriptor!!

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Once they got around the piglet predicament, Ross and Celia certainly burned up the pages! And here Ross thought life as a farmer would be peaceful. "A Flare of the Heart" is such a fun read. :-)

Kristy McCaffrey said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this story Jacquie! The kiss is wonderful but the piglets steal the show.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Jacquie, I just loved A Flare of the Heart. Your Celia just touched me--she and Ross were made for each other. Great story!
Cheryl

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

It's those unexpected kisses that seem to be the hottest.
Every time I read the heroine' s name, I think of Celia Yeary's. LOL
I always enjoy your stories, Jacquie.

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@TracyG
Thanks, Tracy. We sure did it up grand with the two anthologies, didn't we? :)

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sara Barnard
Thanks, Sara. I look forward to reading your new book!

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kathleen Rice Adams
You know, Tex, poor Ross was definitely deluded. But Celia set him straight.

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristy McCaffrey
Kristy, goes to show--you just can't trust pigs. Thanks for stopping by!

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cheryl Pierson
Celia was definitely irrepressible. I can't imagine Ross being tamed by anyone less. Thanks for visiting, Cheryl!

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds like the kind I enjoy reading.
I have not heard of an Idaho Spud bar-is it a cookie or a candy?
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah J. McNeal
Sarah, I had the last name first--Yancey. One of the ladies at the Pickle Barrel Bar & Books wanted me to use that name so I did. Guess what was playing on the radio? Cecelia. But then Celia Yeary popped up on the forum at Amazon and I nabbed her name. :)

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@joye
Joye, an Idaho Spud Bar is a candy. I'll post a picture on Facebook. Good luck with the drawing!

Lyn Horner said... Best Blogger Tips

Jacquie, I was going to ask what an Idaho Spud Bar is but Joy beat me to it. :) Funny name!

Well, now I'm curious about piglets. I'll just have to grab the book and find out what the little critters are up to.

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jacquie,

Mnnn, nice excerpt. A man with a plan who can kiss! It doesn't get much better than that.

Margaret Tanner said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jacquie,
What a wonderful first kiss scene, gentle but seductive, I like that.

Rgards

Margaret

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lyn Horner
Lyn, we love Idaho Spud Bars. Also the Owyhee Butter Toffee. Yum! Bacon, too, but I guess we shouldn't talk about that and piglets at the same time. :)

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Debra St. John
Debra, I wasn't sure how that was going to work out but Flare took care of it for me. Love it when that happens.

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@Margaret Tanner
Margaret, thanks for stopping by! I figure that first kiss was just a little something to whet their appetites.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

All interesting stories; not sure what to choose yet

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

@bn100
Good luck in the drawing, bn100, and thanks for stopping by!

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

All of them sound great. I think I'd like to read Much Ado About Mavericks. Do I have to read them in order?

katrinagillian at gmail dot com

Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

JJ, All your books are terrific! You are second to none when it comes to western boy-girl stuff... not to mention talking mules, chickens and other animals... :)

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry to be so late to the party, Jacquie and Karen...finally home after five crazy days of babysitting grandkids, helping MIL move, and recovering from strep. Great excerpt, really gets me wanting to read more! xox

debbiiee23 said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jacquie I'm new to your books but looking forward to reading something different. I would love a copy of your first book please. ❤️😊❤️