Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Kiss: Longing for a Sweet Kiss Guarding Her Heart @LiviaJWashburn @KMNbooks #firstkiss #giveaway

The CONTEST has ended. And the winner is... Debra St John! Congratulations!!
KAREN: In the excerpt of Guarding Her Heart, Livia J. Washburn teases us with Grant's longing for a kiss from the charming Miss Julia Courtland. And tease she does... Enjoy!

***GIVEAWAY: Livia J. Washburn will be giving away one signed PRINT copy of HEARTS AND SPURS to one lucky commenter! Be sure to leave your contact information in your comment, and good luck!


by Livia J. Washburn

Sometimes, the longing for one sweet kiss is an unbearably sweet dream that can never be...but that doesn't stop a man from imagining what it could be like!

By morning, Grant's stomach was pure-dee certain his throat had been cut. That wasn't the thing bothering him the most, however.
No, that prize went to the way he'd felt during the long hours of the night, after she woke him as promised, while he watched Julia Courtland sleep.
She'd been restless, since the floor of a cave wasn't very well suited to restful slumber. She shifted around and rolled over and tried to wedge her shoulders and hips into more comfortable positions, evidently without much success. But after a while, she had dozed off and peacefulness settled over her face. Strands of that rich, dark brown hair caressed her smooth cheek. Grant thought about how her hair had looked spread over her bare shoulders and back, and he couldn't help but visualize it spread over a pillow, in a real bed shared by the both of them, as she looked up at him and smiled and drew him down so that he could feast on her soft, warm lips…
Torment, that's what it was. Plain and simple torment.
Oddly enough, mixed in with the more elemental reaction, he'd had moments when he longed to reach over to her and stroke his fingertips lightly along her cheek. To bend down and bury his face in her hair and drink deeply of its scent. To brush his lips over her forehead as she slept and have her sigh in contentment without really waking, knowing that she was safe and secure with him.
Loco, he told himself.
Almost as loco as the idea of her marrying a man she didn't even know.
Along toward morning he built the fire up again, and knowing it would last until the sun came up, he stretched out again to catch a few more winks, this time on the same side of the fire as her. He wanted to be close to her.
When he woke up, they were closer than he'd intended. Either she'd scooted over to him or he had moved nearer to her, because they were spooning again, the way they had the day before. Except they were both fully clothed now, of course…drat the luck.
Grant's arm was around her waist. He started to lift it carefully, so as not to disturb her, but she put her arm over his and held it in place.
"You're awake?" he whispered.
"I am."
"I'm sorry about—"
"Don't be. This feels…good. It feels—"
"Right," Grant said. "It feels right."
Her reply was so quiet he could barely hear it. "Yes. It does."
He was hungry, but he would have been happy to lie there with her as long as she was willing.
There was no telling what might have happened if somebody outside the cave hadn't shouted, "Hello! Miss Courtland! Are you anywhere around here? Miss Courtland!"

***DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY: Livia will be giving away one signed print copy of HEARTS AND SPURS to one lucky commenter! Be sure to leave your contact information in your comment, and good luck!

GUARDING HER HEART by Livia J. Washburn (One of the stories from Hearts and Spurs)
Logline: Outlaws threaten a Valentine's Day wedding!
Julia Courtland was on her way west to marry a man she had never met. Henry Everett, the marshal of Flat Rock, Texas, was the grandson of her uncle's best friend. It seemed like a good match for both of them, and the wedding was scheduled to take place on Valentine's Day.
Grant Stafford thought the young woman who got on the stagecoach at Buffalo Springs was the prettiest thing he had seen in a long time. She wasn't too friendly, mind you, but she was sure easy on the eyes. Not that Grant had time to worry much about such things. He was the shotgun guard on this run, but more than that, he was an undercover Texas Ranger on the trail of the vicious outlaw gang responsible for a string of stagecoach robberies.

Fate threw Julia Courtland and Grant Stafford together on a cold February day in West Texas, but it also threw deadly obstacles in their path. A runaway team, a terrible crash, and bullets flying through the air threaten to steal not only their lives but also any chance they have for happiness. If they're going to survive, they will have to learn to trust each other . . . and maybe steal their hearts back from fate.


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!" 
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About the Author

Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for thirty years. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories. 
Livia and James have had a long career working together, tweaking and editing each others stories. In recent years she's become involved in the publishing end of the business, producing ebooks and trade paperbacks for Western Fictioneers, and now for Prairie Rose Publications. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and designing a great cover. Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, and her dogs. Her website can be found at, and she blogs when she can find the time at


TracyG said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning, Livia! I loved "Guarding Her Heart"--gotta love a Texas Ranger who always gets his man.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved this excerpt. Grant is such a love, so sweet and kind...and sexy. I'm glad I have Hearts And Spurs because that tantalizing end made me want to dig in to this story. It seems like every time I get ready to read the anthology, something happens to take me away. I need some me time.
All the best to you, Livia.

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Livia, "Guarding Her Heart" is a wild ride from beginning to end. Grant is utterly endearing from the get-go -- so much so that I kept wanting to shake Julia and yell, "Pay attention, dummy! You're engaged to the wrong man!" :-D

Along with the simmering sexual and emotional tension between the hero and heroine, the action scenes kept me riveted to the pages. When I grow up, I want to write as well as you do.


Belinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning Livia, thanks for the share and you know I love anything that you write or take part in.
Would love to win this one.

Have a great day!

Kristy McCaffrey said... Best Blogger Tips

I, too, loved this story!

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@TracyG Good morning, Tracy. Thank you. I do love Texas Rangers.

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah J. McNeal Sarah, I know exactly what you mean about needing more time to read. We become writers because we're great fans, but then we don't have the time to read as much. You have a good day!

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kathleen Rice Adams LOL! Kathleen you are a hoot. You are a wonderful writer and I can't wait to read The Prodigal Gun. The perk of being in publishing is getting to read great novels first.

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@Belinda Thank you for the kind words Belinda. Good luck!

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristy McCaffrey Thank you Kristy. I hope you're having a great day!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad you could join the First Kiss event! All the stories in the anthology sound wonderful!

Can't wait to read them. :)

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karen Michelle Nutt Karen, we appreciate you letting us participate in First Kiss.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Livia, I loved your story. It was so tender and then there was the surprise at the end. Wow! I did not see that coming. Great job. You definitely know how to end a story with a bang.

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

I am always looking for new authors to read. Your book sounds like the kind I enjoy.
Would love to win it.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Livia, this was a great story--I really enjoyed it, especially the twisty ending. LOL I really enjoyed this excerpt--heck, how could there be a BAD excerpt out of this story? Exciting, sweet, and wonderful with a surprise ending. Who could ask for anything more?

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, drat that somebody outside of the cave...

Dontcha hate those kind of interruptions just when things are getting good?!

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

What a delicious excerpt, Livia. So tantalizing and cliff-hanger-y. xoxox

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice teaser

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

Internet wouldn't let me reply to other messages yesterday. I really appreciate everyone coming and all of the nice comments. Thanks!

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

And the winner of the trade paperback of Hearts & Spurs is Debra St John. Debra, I'll be emailing you.

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Well yay! How fun! I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks so much! :)


Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

Debra, I just sent a second email. Let me know if you did not receive it.