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Hi, everybody! Please welcome my friend, the wonderful and talented Melissa Cutler to Killer Fiction. She's just released a steaming hot cowboy romance called The Trouble with Cowboys, and if you enjoyed Blame it on Texas, I know you're gonna love her! So, without further ado, take it away, Melissa . . .
Melissa Cutler here, and I'm so excited to be on Killer Fiction talking about the ab-tastic cover of my sexy, contemporary western, The Trouble with Cowboys.
Picture this: five of my girlfriends and I are at bar. If you know anything about me, this tidbit of information is not at all surprising. Mama likes her cocktails. Anyhow, there we were, hunching over our big-ass margaritas and the newly minted cover flat of The Trouble with Cowboys, which we were examining in close detail—a.k.a., shamelessly ogling the cover model. And my friend Cori says, "His face looks like Mr. Romance, from the RT Convention two years ago."
To which the rest of us replied, "You can see his face? I hadn't noticed."
Tearing our gaze away from his abs, we all gave the cowboy's face a good, close look. The RT convention my girlfriend was talking about was the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in 2011, and at the convention there was a competition to crown one of the attending romance novel cover models as Mr. Romance. "It's him," another of my girlfriends seconded. "That's Len Gunn."
And being the 21st century, she whipped out her deluxe phone and pulled up the convention link (http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/rt-booklovers-convention-2011-meet-mr-romance-2011 ). Yep, no doubt about it. Mr. Romance was Cowboy Kellan on the cover of my book. Now…what did I do with that information?
That's easy! I sloshed down the rest of my margarita, threw a twenty on the table, and bolted home to start stalking him. Well, not stalking per se, but I did want to see if I could connect with him and if I could convince him to do an interview with me. I found him on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/LenGunnModel ) and my message to him started something like this—"You don't know me, but I think you're on the cover of my book…"
You know what? He turned about to be the nicest guy ever. He graciously agreed to let me interview him (you can read that here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2012/10/02/melissa-cutler-len-gunn-trouble-with-cowboys-cover-model/1609555/ ) and I must say that it's been a singular pleasure getting to know him these past few months. And I got to meet his Aunt Jackie because she left a comment on the interview and the randomizer selected her to win a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys. I also got to chat with his mom on Facebook when she saw a picture of me holding a copy of the book in Barnes & Noble. She commented on the photo, "That's my baby you're holding in your hand." Many of my Facebook friends then congratulated Mrs. Gunn on creating such a fine specimen of a man.
The Trouble with Cowboys is all about who we are underneath those superficial labels we seem to fit on the surface until you dig deeper. Amy is in serious lust for all things "cowboy", and her restaurant's key supplier, cattle rancher Kellan Reed, seems to fit her cowboy fantasy perfectly. Of course, the reality of who Cowboy Kellan is as a man is a whole lot more complicated and wonderful than Amy ever dreamed. My journey of getting to know Len Gunn reminds me of the lessons that the characters learn in the book. There is so much more to each of us than who we seem to be on the outside, and we owe it to ourselves not to make snap judgments about people by how the look—even if what you're looking at is a shirtless, ab-tastic cowboy in low-brimmed Stetsons and jean that fit just right.
From the back cover…
Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-cattle boyfriend sold her out on national television, ending her promising career as a chef. Now she and her squabbling sisters have partnered up in a final attempt to save their land by starting an inn and local restaurant. So it figures that with everything on the line, Amy’s key supplier is just the kind of Stetson-tipping heartbreaking bad boy she’s sworn to avoid. But Kellan Reed has a few secrets of his own–and cowboy or not, Amy can’t resist this kind of wild ride.
From The Trouble with Cowboys…
Kellan’s imposing form materialized at the end of the breezeway, blocking her progress. He folded his arms over his chest and propped his shoulder against the wall.
Amy yelped and lurched to a halt. “You scared me.”
“Sorry about that.”
She took in his casual stance. “You don’t look sorry.”
“I’m ready to ask you out.”
“Oh.” She tried to calm her racing heart, breathing deeply. Impossible. “Go ahead.”
“Amy, may I make you dinner at my house on Friday?”
She was ready with her answer. “No. Not a good idea. Rule number one is to steer clear of cowboys. I put it there for a reason.”
“Rule number one,” he muttered, swaggering closer, his thumbs hitched on his belt buckle. Not that she was looking there. He stopped close enough to touch her. She took another step back and bumped into the wall. “Amy, may I have dinner with you?”
“No.” The word was little more than a note on the wind.
She flattened her palms against the cool stucco wall as her eyes trailed a vein in his neck from where it began at his shirt collar to where it ended at the locks of hair peeking from beneath his Stetson. Something shifted inside her, something carnal and potent. She waited for him to touch her, arching her back, thrusting her breasts up, desperate to feel his hands on her body.
What he did, though, was far more dangerous.
The Trouble with Cowboys is in stores now:
Giveaway: I'm giving away two book bundles of both my fall releases—The Trouble with Cowboys and Seduction Under Fire—to two commenters, so tell me…Amy in the book has it bad for everything cowboy. What's your favorite type of romance novel hero?
Melissa Cutler is a flip-flop wearing Southern California native living with her husband, two rambunctious kids, and two suspicious cats in beautiful
Three things you should probably know about her are: she believes Judith from
Julie Garwood's The Secret is the most perfect heroine in all of
literature (sorry, Elizabeth Bennett), she's traveled to more countries in the
world than states in the U.S., and she's certain that there are actually only
two types of food in existence—those that taste better with hot sauce and those
that taste better with whipped cream. She divides her time between her dual
passions for writing sexy, small town contemporaries for Kensington Books and
edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin. San Diego