Summer's Desire (Cowboy Seasons #1)
by Kathleen Ball
Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 51,298 words
Summer Fitzgerald is a person of interest in the robbery and murder of her former boss. With no resources she is forced to take a job as a nanny. To her surprise the job consists of watching four, almost full grown, cowboys and helping their handsome, older brother Holden O’Leary.
Veterinarian Holden O’Leary moves his family to a Montana ranch for a fresh start. His time is soon consumed rescuing neglected horses and he needs help with his bothers. Despite wishing otherwise, he soon finds that Summer holds his heart.
Will scandals and old secrets keep them from trusting each other or will Summer finally get her desire?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
About the Author:
A voracious reader, Kathleen quickly discovered the world of romance novels and she knew she was home. Kathleen wrote her first book four years ago. She was shocked to find out that people liked what she wrote. All of Kathleen's novels are award winners.
Kathleen lives in Keller, Texas. She moved there from Rochester, New York seven years ago. She is having the time of her life exploring Texas culture and learning to ride horses.
Kathleen is married to her wonderful husband Bruce and they have one son, Steven a Marine.
Kathleen has six published novels. She writes Contemporary Western Romance.
She feels blessed to be supported in her writing by her family and friends.
Connect with Kathleen Ball
Holden opened his big strong arms to her and she gladly stepped into the comfort he offered. It had been so long since anyone had believed her. He did believe her, didn’t he? The need to know outweighed the comfort of his arms. Pulling back, she saw worry and compassion in his dark eyes.
“You believe me?” Someone had told her once not to ask questions you don’t want the answer to. Her body suddenly chilled and her chin wobbled.
“Of course I believe you. You are a victim, Summer, and I don’t understand how everyone knew all the details. There are privacy laws now.”
“Not if your name is Beverly. I think the sheriff has a thing for her. She is always bringing him cakes and pies.”
A smile crossed Holden’s face and he chuckled. “I know it’s not funny but I can’t imagine those two together. The thought gives me nightmares.” He pulled her back into his arms and cradled her head against his chest with his palm. He kissed the top of her head.
Summer gazed up at him. His eyes glittered in the moonlight. The desire she saw was unmistakable. Yearning surged through her. The beating of her heart grew faster as his head inch down until his delectable lips were against hers. She reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck as he pulled her flush against him. The kiss grew bolder and she opened for him. His kiss was powerful and she felt weak in the knees.
Suddenly, Holden stepped back and the words unfair and wow came to mind.
“The door just slammed. One of my brothers is around.”
She nodded and smiled at Holden’s shortness of breath. She seemed to have the same effect on him.
1. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It grew from a picture of four cowboys who look alike. I belong to Tuesday Tales and it was the picture prompt for that month.
2. What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Western Romance
3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I just watched all four seasons of the Sons of Anarchy so it would have to be Charlie Hunnam- but if Jonny Depp is available that would be fine too.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sexy Cowboy wants to save beautiful woman, but she doesn’t want to be saved, she wants the truth.
5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This series is being published by Secret Cravings Publishing
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Almost two months
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I really don’t know. I’d love to write down books by bestselling authors but that would be pretentious. I hate it when I see an author promote their books using another authors name. Stephen King for example. How many times have I read- if you like Steven King you’ll like my book? There’s no comparison. He’s worked hard for his name and reputation as a great writer. There is only one Stephen King or Nora Roberts or JK Rowling.
8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The comments left by the readers of Tuesday Tales- they really enjoyed the beginning.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The whole series highlights rescue horses. The need for more rescue places and the cruelty horses encounter. Holden is a veterinarian, new to town. He helps in the rescues and care of the animals
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