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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sizzling PR: Texas Hearts by Lisa Mondello - Excerpt/Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Texas Hearts Series! Today I have an excerpt from Her Heart For The Asking and a Giveaway!  So sit back a spell and enjoy, don't forget to enter your info in the Rafflecopter at the end!  And as always, thank you so much for coming by Fictional Candy.  Every visit you make gives me a great big Texas-size smile!

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Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. But now her uncle’s heart is failing and she has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare...the one man she’d never stopped loving.
Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle. This led him to make the hardest decision of his life and he can still see the bitterness and hurt on Mandy’s face. All these years it has killed him to think Mandy had forgotten him and moved as far away as possible from him. But now they’re back in Texas, and he’s going to do all he can to win back her love.

Excerpt

"What are you doing here?" Mandy Morgan asked, dropping her too-heavy overnight case on the sun-roasted tarmac. After a grueling forty-eight hour work stint and a five-hour flight from Philadelphia, she stood wilting under the brutal Texas sun, facing her biggest nightmare.
Beau Gentry.

She groaned inwardly, drinking Beau in with her eyes as if she hadn't had a drop of water in months. Eight years was more like it. If she were eight years smarter, she would be moving her aching feet as fast as she could in the opposite direction. But all she could do was stare at eyes so bright they rivaled the blazing sun. At lips so kissable she'd spent the better part of her adult life trying to wipe the memory clean from her mind.

She had expected Beau would have aged some. When she allowed herself to think about him at all, she reminded herself. The faint lines etched in the corners of his sleepy gray-blue eyes gave a hint of maturity, but most probably caused by long days in the cruel sun.

She fought the urge to take a closer look at his ruggedly handsome features, but failed. How could he have gotten better looking after being abused by every bronc-busting horse on the rodeo circuit? His angular jaw, strong and determined, was shaded with beard growth that was probably a day old, maybe more. Mandy suspected if Beau grew a full beard, it would grow in thick and be the smooth texture of his almost black head of hair. She forced aside past memories that gave her such knowledge with renewed irritation.

The man didn't even have the decency to have a crooked nose. What should have been bent and awkward from being broken a few too many times was instead long and straight, shaped perfectly between high cheek bones most women would swoon over, or kill to have themselves. But on Beau Gentry, it was just one thousand percent robust cowboy.

Damn him.

"I'm your ride out to the Double T," Beau said, gripping the edge of his white straw cowboy hat and tipping it in a cordial gesture.

She ground the heels of her low pumps into the soft tar to contain her growing irritation. Did he think she was an idiot? "No way."

"'Fraid so," he said, his expression slightly askew.

"Hank didn't mention anything about you coming to get me when I spoke to him on the phone."

"I suspect he thought you would have found some excuse not to come if you knew I was picking you up."

"He would have been right. Why didn't one of the hands come get me?"

Settling his hand at the base of his neck, Beau replied, "You're looking at him. As of three weeks ago I am one of the ranch hands at the Double T."




Ever since Mitch Broader set foot in Texas, he dreamed of owning his own ranch. Now that he’s bought a share in the Double T Ranch, he’s one step closer to the dream. Then his past greets him in the form of a baby basket, complete with infant and birth certificate naming him as the father. He can’t change diapers and work toward his dream at the same time.

When Sara Lightfoot, “Miss Hollywood” in Mitch’s eyes, rescues him with her particular knack for handling his precocious son, he hires her on the spot as a temporary nanny. No matter how much Sara’s dark eyes and warm heart make this bachelor think of settling down and making their arrangement permanent, she’s made it perfectly clear she has other plans that don’t include him or his dreams.
Sara Lightfoot never thought she’d return to her home on the reservation. Now she plans to reclaim the life she left by going back to the reservation as a Native American storyteller, teaching the Apache children stories of their culture. 

 She didn’t expect Mitch Broader’s sexy smile or job offer as a live-in nanny to derail those plans. After all she’s been through to come home, can she open up her heart once again to love?As a top-notch cutting horse trainer, Cody Gentry was riding high until he lost his eyesight after a freak chemical accident. Unable to see the hand in front of his face, never mind the horse or cattle he trained, he knows his life is over and slips deep into depression. His whole future hinges on the success of an eye surgery that could give him his old life back.
When guide dog trainer, Lyssa McElhannon, arrives on his ranch like Florence Nightingale coming to save him, he wants no part of her or her guide dog. But something about Lyssa’s musical laugh coupled with her tenacity digs under his skin and won't let go. Having been blind most of her life, Lyssa understands the paralyzing fear Cody feels after losing his vision. But she refuses to let the stubborn cowboy waste his life away sitting in a chair when she knows first-hand that a good guide dog can change his world. She just needs one month to prove it to him.Falling in love with Cody was not part of Lyssa’s plan, nor was having him open her eyes to see that there was a whole lot of living she’d been missing out on.

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29 comments:

  1. OOHHH looks like a great series...I'm a Texas girl so I must add it to my TBR. Thank you for letting me know about a new series and author (for me)

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    1. Thank you for coming by DiDi! Yes, I bet this is a must have for any Texas girl :) Good luck!

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  2. Thanks for the excerpt. I'd love to read this series, it looks good. oh, and the covers are beautiful.

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    1. Aren't they? I just love them! Good luck with the giveaway :)

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  3. Now this is my kind of series. I live in Texas, too. Anything with Jimmy Thomas on the cover... *sigh*

    Marika
    maw1725@gmail.com

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    1. *sigh* is right!! Just dreamy, right?! Thank you for coming by!

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  4. Wow this sounds like something I'd really enjoy. New author to me but I am definitely going to have to check out this series!!!

    KittyKelly

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    1. Thanks Kitty! I hope you like it. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  5. I love cowboy books! They are so yummy. I can't wait to read this series! Thank you so much for the great excerpts, blurbs and giveaway!
    Rhonda D slinkydennis@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh me too, there's no escaping the hotness of a cowboy! Love them! Thanks for coming by Rhonda!

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt. The series sounds very good.

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  7. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! This is a new to me author and I've been looking for a new contemporary romance series! I love when authors provide an excerpt, I really like getting a taste of the book and for me as a reader, it speeds up my willingness to splurge :)

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    1. I agree, an excerpt can really help sway a vote when you are looking for someone new to read :) Good luck!

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  8. Awesome covers! Can't wait to read these. I love Westerns.

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  9. Oh my! I was totally sucked in by that excerpt. I have to read more! Beau sounds sexy!

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    1. Doesn't he though?!?! :) Thanks for coming by!

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  10. This sounds great. Love cowboy romances.

    Nichelle
    ebonysbbwnikki@yahoo.com

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  11. Sounds like a couple great reads to add to my list! Loved that excerpt and now I've definitely got to read the rest!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  12. What a great series. It has everything i love in it! Thanks for this giveaway, crossing my fingers and toes:)

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  13. I really like the covers for this series Lisa. I'm not sure how much input you had in the design, but well done!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you. I have inhouse cover design. Literally. My daughter is Purple Girl Design and she did the covers.

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  14. I love cowboys!! the more the better!! Here's hoping for a win!
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  15. haven't read any of these! thanks for the offer {found on goodrds}

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  16. LOVED the excerpt...thx for the intro to a 'new to me' author and series. Sounds like a GREAT story...can't wait to read more. I just LOVE cowboys...especially when you've made them feel all awkward and out of sorts! LOL! Thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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  17. Thank you all for stopping by! You've made me feel very welcome! Good luck with the giveaway. As of last week, all 3 books are now available in all ebook formats.

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