Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday....

It’s a relatively new tradition of mine to bake a new cake for Easter weekend. Last year, I attempted my first carrot cake. It was some of my best baking to date. The best part? The cream cheese icing! And the crumbled pecan topping gave it just the right amount of crunch. Mm, bon app├ętit!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tink's Hump Day Heroes: Casey Ridge....


Happy Hump Day, everybody! Tink is continuing her sojourn down in West Texas. For a moment, I thought she wasn’t going to check in. She’s enjoying her time in Wayback with these cowboys far too much. Today she’s interviewing the hero of Bluest Heart, the second novella in my Ridges of Wayback, TX trilogy. This cowboy has enough charm and clean-cut appeal to make your heart melt. And he’s got it bad for the town bad-girl, Josie….
 
Tink: Name?
Casey Ridge
 
Tink: Hair color?
Sandy blond
 

Tink: Eye color?
Blue

 
Tink: Occupation?
Casey: My father, Leland, owns a cattle ranch in Wayback called Ridge Range. It’s been in the family since before I was born. My big brother, Keefe, my little sister, Stella, my friend and brother-in-law, Judd Black, and I all work as hands there. I also sometimes join the calf-ropin’ competition at the town rodeo on the weekends.

 
Tink: Hometown?
Casey: Ma’am, I’m proud to say I was born and raised right here in Wayback, West Texas.


 
Tink: Are you the first one on the dance floor or not so much?
Casey: I’ve been known to two-step a time or two. Especially if my girl, Josie, is singing at The Blue Bug Saloon.

 
Tink: What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Casey: A company 4x4.


Tink: Would you rather tell someone you love them or show it?
Casey: In Josie’s case, both. Most people know I’m good on my word, but I have a feeling my girl needs more than that.


Tink: Who is the person you look up to most in life?
Casey: My father, Leland. Hardest-working man I know.

 
Tink: Travel to the past or into the future?
Casey: I like the present, especially with Josie warming up to me.

 

Tink: What would you give your heroine if you needed forgiveness?
Casey: Josie’s been hurt a time or two in the past and it’s taken forever for me to get past that tough armor she carries herself in. I hope I’m never so careless as to lose her trust or her faith in me. For the sake of the question, though, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for the sake of forgiveness. She’s worth it.

 
Tink: Would you describe yourself as more alpha or beta?
Casey: I guess I’m a little bit of both.

 
Tink: Would you make the first move or wait it out?
Casey: It depends on the situation. I’m not above making the first move or waiting it out.  


 
Tink: Do you have a favorite song?
Casey: That Kenny Chesney song. “Baby You Save Me.”


 
Tink: What is your idea of a dream date?
Casey: We could take the horses up into the range hills. There’s a little creek on the northern border that’s real nice. Bring a basket of Josie’s chipotle chicken. Maybe go skinny dippin’ :-)

 
Tink: Karaoke: yes or no?
Casey: Only when it’s warranted. And only if Keefe goes first.

 
Tink: And – most importantly – do you wear boxers, briefs, or commando?
Casey: Usually, I wear boxer-briefs. But summer in West Texas is brutal. Sometimes I choose to go a little commando. I don't think you'll mind my saying so too much ;-)


Certainly not, Casey! As always, thank you for answering Tink’s intrusive question with such charm and ease. Dang, I love that cowboy! Readers, if you would like to know more about Casey Ridge and his hard-to-get cowgirl, Josie, you can find the ebook for just $2.99 at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and wherever ebooks are sold. Find the audio book at Audible.

Be sure to check back next week for Tink’s final backlist hero and her last Wayback cowboy, Keefe Ridge….

[Authors: In May, I’m opening up the Tink Hump Day feature to guest authors. If you’re interested, please send an email to amber@amberleighwilliams.com with subject line: Tink’s Hump Day Heroes. Thanks!]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Tour Update + Contests & Winners....

Just an update on A Place With Briar’s virtual book tour stops, contests and prize winners….

Sunday, I revealed the title of my October Superromance novel, Married One Night, at Roses of Prose. Writers, for my 5 Keys to Surviving a Successful Revision, visit the group blog here….

Monday, I was at author Carol A. Spradling’s blog talking about fiction vs. reality. Have you ever wondered how much of a writer’s real life winds up in his/her novels? (I also talk about how the British hero of Married One Night winds up wearing a kilt!) Find the answers here at Carol’s blog….

Yesterday, the hero of A Place With Briar, Cole, was at Rogue’s Angels filling out a customer survey for the heroine’s bed-and-breakfast. Find out what Cole really thought the inn sheets and Briar’s hospitality. There’s still time to enter to win the Ridges of Wayback, TX novella of your choice as well! See Rogue’s Angels for more details….

Tomorrow I will be interviewed by the Plotting Princesses. Friday, I will journey to Susana’s Morning Room. And Saturday will be my all-day Facebook chatting event at Coffee Time Romance’s Mocha Milieu where there will be yet another gift card giveaway. Stay tuned for all this and more….

Now for a round-up of contest winners. Good news: all three of the Fool for Romance Contest book bundle winners have contacted me to receive their prizes – thank you! If you see your name below and have already contacted me regarding your prize, please disregard this posting. If you are a winner and you have not yet contacted me to claim your prize, please do so at amber@amberleighwilliams.com
 

Just Contemporary Romance Giveaway for a trade paperback edition of Forever Amore
Winner: Julie O.

 

RR&H Novel Thoughts & Book Chat Giveaway for $15 Books-a-Million Gift Card
Winner: Tabitha Jones

 
A very special thank you to all those who participated in these tour stops and others. At this time, I do not know the winner for the Harlequin Junkie Rafflecopter giveaway for a $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Please check back within the next few days. I’m sure I’ll have a winner announcement soon. I would like to say thank you so much to those who joined the discussion there about wounded/damaged heroes in romance! It was a wonderful debate and I added many of your recommendations to my own TBR list!

One last bit of good news - In the next week or so, I will be joining a new group blog, the Superromance Authors blog at SuperAuthors.com! I'm thrilled to be a part of this new group of distinguished authors and can't wait to get started. Stay tuned for my first post there....

Tink's Hump Day Heroes: Judd Black....

It’s that time of week again: “Hump day!” Sorry. I’ve never actually done that before. Never again. Anyway, my muse Tink has traveled to West Texas for the next few weeks to interview my three cowboy heroes from the Ridges of Wayback, TX trilogy (an opportunity she leapt on with a great amount of enthusiasm, I'll add). First up is the hero of Blackest Heart, silent cowboy Judd Black. (It should be noted that Judd submitted his answers in writing and only under enormous pressure…. In fact, his heroine Stella may or may not have filled out parts of the interview for him after he refused, LOL)

 
Tink: Name?
Judd Black
 


Tink: Hair color?
Dark Brown, almost black
 


Tink: Eye color?
Hazel
[Tink: On closer inspection, they are brown shot through with green. Good God, are they gorgeous!] 
 

Tink: Occupation?
I'm a ranch hand at Ridge Range. Sometimes I bull ride at the local rodeo arena.
[Tink: This hero is extremely modest. Everyone in Wayback says he's the best bull rider in town. He has the gold buckles to prove it. Not that they are anywhere to be found in his cabin. I checked.]

 
Tink: Hometown?
Wayback, Texas. Raised by the Ridge family but born in a neighboring town. Not that I talk about life before the Ridges and Wayback. Ever.


 

Tink: Are you the first one on the dance floor or not so much?
I don’t dance
[Tink: He's not lying here. I tried to get him to boot-scoot with me Friday night at The Blue Bug Saloon. No go.]

 

Tink: What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Anything big enough to haul my horse’s trailer and tough enough to get out of the mud come raining season.


Tink: Would you rather tell someone you love them or show it?
Show it.
[Tink: I'll say! It's more in the way he looks at Stella, every damn time. Lucky gal.]


Tink: Who is the person you look up to most in life?
Jim Black, my adoptive father.

Tink: Travel to the past or into the future?
Future. The past wasn’t all that great.

 

Tink: What would you give your heroine if you needed forgiveness?
There’s not much I can give a woman like Stella that she doesn’t already have other than a quiet home away from the city and fame she’s came back to Wayback to escape. Here with me, of course, at the cabin.
[Tink: Ladies, he built this cabin and the barn with his own two hands. And he has a blind dog, Elwood. I think I'm a goner.]

 

Tink: Would you describe yourself as more alpha or beta?
If you’re referring to that fistfight with Stella’s brother, Keefe, he had it coming.
[Tink: He seems to be an alpha in wait. Like a wolf ready to spring into action....]
 

Tink: Would you make the first move or wait it out?.
Stella will tell you I like to sit back and wait.
[Tink: I've been watching these two pretty closely. Technically, it was Judd who made the first move. Just sayin'.]

 

Tink: Do you have a favorite song?
Anything by Johnny Cash.
 

Tink: What is your idea of a dream date?
Quiet night here at the cabin. Steaks on the grill. Some of the Wayback home brew.

 

Tink: Karaoke: yes or no?
Never.

 

Tink: And – most importantly – do you wear boxers, briefs, or commando?
That’s none of your damn business.

Stella: Hi, Tink! I’m happy to report after a night at the cabin with a bottle of Wayback’s best home brew that there’s nothing but Judd underneath those Wranglers J Cheers!

Tink: Yes, yes! Exactly as I suspected. Thank you for delivering the news, Stella! And may I just say, I'm insanely jealous.  

 
 
Dear Judd, please allow me to apologize for my muse, Tink's, behavior in Wayback so far. Apparently, she has been stalking you relentlessly. If it makes you feel any better, I'll be unleashing her on Stella's big brother, Keefe, soon enough....


Readers, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my silent cowboy from Blackest Heart. The western romance novella is on sale now at Amazon for just $2.99! See more about it here. Tune in next week for more fun with the Ridge Range cowboys. You can listen to the audio book on sale now. Blackest Heart is also featured in the trade paperback anthology The Way Back Home....


(Today is the last day to enter to win a Ridges of Wayback, TX book of your choice. Head on over to Rogue’s Angels now to find out how….)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

October Superromance Title Reveal Today at Roses of Prose....

There’s something special going on today at Roses of Prose today.... I’m unveiling my 5 Keys to Surviving a Successful Revision and announcing the official title of my Harlequin Superromance novel. See it here!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekend Book Tour & Giveaway Round-Up....

Here’s a weekend round-up of virtual book tour stops as well as where to find giveaways….

First of all, there’s only a few hours left to enter the Harlequin Junkie giveaway for a $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. I’m spotlighted with an interview there as well as excerpts from A Place With Briar. Plus, there has been an amazing discussion in the comments about wounded/damaged heroes….

All weekend I’ll be at Just Contemporary Romance where I’m talking about small towns and the most romantic small town in America! Enter to win a trade paperback copy of my historical romance, Forever Amore….

At RR&H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk, I’m talking about hurricanes, unveiling a never-before-seen snippet from A Place With Briar and giving away a $15 Books-a-Million Gift Card….

I have also been interviewed by Riverina Romantics. This was a fun one! Find out how Pride and Prejudice would have ended differently if I had written it versus Jane Austen's version….

Tomorrow, I’ll be doing my monthly post at Roses of Prose. There I will be revealing the official title of my October Superromance novel, the sequel to A Place With Briar!

Don’t miss out on any of these great stops A Place With Briar’s virtual book tour. Check back in on Monday to see a list of winners for all giveaways mentioned above and next week’s schedule, where to win more prizes as well as the next fun Wednesday feature of Tink’s Hump Day Heroes….

Oh, and one more note – there are unclaimed book bundles from March’s Fool for Romance Contest. If you entered the contest, be sure to check in here to see if you have won.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tink's Hump Day Heroes: Cole Savitt....

Welcome to my new Wednesday blog feature here at The Cozy Page: Tink’s Hump Day Heroes! A little backstory on Tink, for those of you who don’t know her. Back when I hosted guest authors here at the ol’ blog, Tink was the one to interview them. I’ll warn you: she has no filter and asks the most outlandish questions so be prepared. Or, I should say, heroes, you be prepared! Tink is actually my fickle muse who spends most of the year on a desert island visited frequently by Captain Jack Sparrow and other sexy, dashing heroes of the high seas….

In May, I’ll be opening up Tink’s Hump Day Heroes feature to guest authors and their heroes. Authors, I’ll be releasing more details about this closer to the end of April so stay tuned for that….

Today’s victim…*ahem* hero is a familiar face. To keep the release week party going for my Harlequin Superromance debut, A Place With Briar, the hero Cole has bravely volunteered to be Tink’s first interviewee. Good luck, sweet cheeks – and I should say welcome back, Tink!  

 
Tink: Name?
Cole Savitt
 

Tink: Hair color?
Dark Brown
 

Tink: Eye color?
Brown

 
Tink: Occupation?

Right now, I’m between jobs. Unless you count this under-the-table undercover work I’m doing for my ex at Hanna’s Inn. I’m a retired narcotics detective.

 
Tink: Hometown?

Huntsville, Alabama

 
Tink: Are you the first one on the dance floor or not so much?

Cole: I can’t claim to be much of a dancer so not so much.


Tink: What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Cole: A black Harley Davidson cruiser


Tink: Would you rather tell someone you love them or show it?

Cole: Show it, definitely.


Tink: Who is the person you look up to most in life?

Cole: Up until his passing, it was my father. Lately, I think it's been more my older brother, Tad, and the life he lives with his family.

 
Tink: Travel to the past or into the future?

Cole: Into the future, just so I know if my ex-wife is telling the truth and if I do her dirty work at Hanna’s Inn then I can have my son in my life again - and hurting Briar will be worth it all. My gut tells me it won't be....

 
Tink: What would you give your heroine if you needed forgiveness?

Cole: Do you know something I don’t about that future we were just talking about? Well, if that woman were anything like Briar Browning, groveling. Lots of it. She deserves it.  

 
Tink: Would you describe yourself as more alpha or beta?

Cole: From an instinctual standpoint, I’m alpha. Sometimes I feel those tendencies edging toward the forefront despite the fact that I’m no longer a cop. But so long as I don’t feel threatened, I’m working on being a bit more beta. Helps me fade into the wordwork better, which is what I need to get into Briar’s finances and finish my ex-wife’s wicked errand.

 
Tink: Would you make the first move or wait it out?

Cole: It depends on the situation. Usually, I’m much more sure of myself. When it comes to Briar, not so much. I don’t want to hurt her.

 
Tink: Do you have a favorite song?

Cole: Briar was humming something by Ray Charles the other day. It’s been stuck in my head ever since. Funny, I never claimed to be a fan of soul.

 
Tink: What is your idea of a dream date?

Cole: A quiet inn. Summer sunlight shining through the windows. A couple of Briar’s BLTs and maybe some of her homemade lemonade and potato salad, too. We could make a picnic of it on the sun porch. She can cook so long as she lets me do the washing up.  

Tink: Karaoke: yes or no?
Cole: Hell no.

Tink: And – most importantly – do you wear boxers, briefs, or commando?
Cole: Er…I’d much rather let Briar find that out for herself, thank you very much. But, if you must know…commando.

 
Thank you, Cole, for answering Tink’s prying questions! Readers, to find out more about Cole and his heroine, Briar, as of yesterday you can purchase their story, A Place With Briar, in store or online at the following retailers….


Amazon
Harlequin
B&N
Kobo
Google Play



Oh, and get a peek at that sleek Harley Davidson cruiser Cole was talking about at my inspiration board for A Place With Briar on Pinterest....
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first of Tink’s Hump Day Heroes! Check back in next Wednesday for more. Tomorrow’s Throwback Thursday and the weekend scoop on some big stops on my virtual book tours + two big giveaways!