Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Hot Cowboy Roundup Blog Hop Day 5

Hello everyone and welcome to day 5 of the Hot Cowboy Roundup Blog Hop. I hope you are all having fun and creating lots of entries to win some of the fantastic prizes we have on offer.

Today I will be showing you a little of my story, Once A Cowboy, which can be found in the Hot Off the Range Anthology. We will also be continuing the interview with Freddy, Kou and my guys, which should be interesting, who knows what drama a talking demon squirrel and five year old can get up to.

But first here's a little snippet from Once A Cowboy


It's been six years since Jesse Howard has stepped foot on the Western Hills Cattle Station. Not once during all that time did he ever stop thinking about the cowboy he left behind, Logan Kennedy. Now Jesse's back and wants the future he always dreamt they would have. Jesse just has to explain why he hasn't returned alone.


Instead of hovering around the kitchen waiting for the food to be ready, Logan finished his beer and grabbed a second, twisting the cap off and throwing it in the bin. He wandered through the house and out the back door. His hammock swayed gently in the breeze, and Logan could think of nothing better than to lie down and relax after a hard day’s work.
Logan placed the beer on the ground so he didn’t spill it and carefully made his way into the hammock. As much as he loved this thing, it did crave his blood and had gotten its fair share out of him over the years. It hadn’t taken Logan a long time to learn to treat the hammock with respect if he wanted to remain intact.
Once he was in, Logan leaned back and stretched out his legs, crossing them at the ankles. He reached down and snagged his beer from where he had left it and brought it to his lips. Logan swayed gently from side to side, drinking his beer and enjoyed just watching the sun slowly go down. There was nowhere else on God’s green earth he would prefer to be right then.
Logan’s thoughts drifted once again, wondering what his life would have been like if Jesse hadn’t taken the easy way out and walked away. He wondered if they would still be together.
His friend, his lover, and the man Logan considered his partner in every possible way, had left town without so much as a goodbye or a forwarding address after his eldest brother, Mack, had caught them going at it in the barn on the Howard station.
It had been dumb of them to do anything there. They both had known how small-minded Jess’s family was. Logan had gone over to see Jesse about a foal, and as was often the case when they were alone, one thing had led to another. They thought they were safe. They thought they were alone. But apparently Mack had had his suspicions about his youngest brother for some time and had been keeping a close eye on him.
Logan had been kicked off the property immediately. He’d gone straight home and had told his parents about his orientation and exactly how he felt for Jesse Howard. His mum had been shocked at his revelation but his dad, not so much. Colton had slapped him on the back and told him that he’d had his suspicions for a long time. As long as his son was happy that was all he cared about. That’s not to say his dad didn’t voice some concerns with how others might take the news, but he told Logan in no uncertain term that he had to be true to himself, and if others didn’t like it they could go screw themselves. His mum had just hugged him and told him that no matter what, Logan would always be her little boy and she would love him.
Relieved with his parents’ acceptance of him and his love for Jesse, Logan had been excited to tell his lover that everything was going to be okay and that his parents accepted their relationship. Unfortunately, that was also the last day Logan had ever seen Jesse.
Logan could still remember the look of utter horror that had come over Jesse’s face when they had been caught; it was quickly replaced with what Logan thought might have been regret and then acceptance. That look had haunted Logan’s dreams for the last six years.
He wanted to know what it meant. He wanted to know how his lover could leave him so easily if he’d meant as much to Jesse as the other man had claimed. Logan knew he’d never get the opportunity to ask his questions. He hadn’t seen or heard from Jesse in six long years.
Living where he did and doing what he did meant Logan couldn’t just run down to the nearest gay bar to scratch an itch whenever the urge came upon him. It had been a long and lonely road, but Logan didn’t regret it one bit. He knew he’d had his one chance at love. There wasn’t another one out there for him, and he wasn’t the one-night stand kind of guy, so he didn’t bother. Instead Logan focused all his energy on the station and what he needed to do here, and just used his daily thoughts of Jesse to keep him company.
The creak of the back flyscreen door opening and closing brought Logan out of his melancholy thoughts. “I guess that means dinner’s ready, hey, Mum.” Logan said as he finished the last of his beer and attempted to sit up in the hammock.
“Not quite, Grace said it would be another ten minutes.”
Logan turned quickly at the sound of that voice. His heart rate increased, his breathing became harder and his prick started to thicken all in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, Logan forgot where he was and why he wasn’t supposed to move suddenly. The hammock moved from under him as he shifted his weight quickly, and before Logan knew what was happening, he cried out as he was flipped ass over head and he landed on his back on the hard pavers with a loud thump.

Once A Cowboy can be purchased in the Hot Off the Range Anthology and is currently available from:
Mischief Corner Books 

Interview - Day 3
Today we're very lucky to have with us Freddy MacKay and Kou (from Internment, Horns & Halos Collection) who agreed to interview Jesse, Logan and their son Colin.
You can go to Angel Martinez's Blog to check out day one of the interview here and Freddy MacKay's Blog has day two of the interview here.

Colin: *head pops through door* Daddy, she just said asshole!

Jesse and Logan:
*walk through door, crosses arms* Excuse me?

Freddy: I just can't win today. *shakes head*

A mini cowboy! Mine! *jumps to Colin*

*screams* A talking squirrel!

Kou: *licking Colin's face* He tastes sweet.

Freddy: *laughing* Well, he's just a mini cowboy.

Kou: *pouts* Namid and Shax said he'd taste nutty.

Colin: Daddy, why is there a talking squirrel... Squirrels aren't supposed to talk... Are they?

Jesse: Stop licking my son!

Kou: *lips quivers* But he tastes good.

Logan: No Colin, there are no such thing as talking squirrels, I think I need to go get my gun.

Colin: *laughs* that tickles. *bats playfully at Kou*

Kou: *sniffing Colin's ear, licking around ear* why does everyone freak out when they meet me?

Colin: *squirms*

Kou: *pets Colin* He's soft. I want to keep him.

Jesse: Umm... Let me think... Something to do with a talking animal I'm sure.

Freddy: Namid and Shax didn't.

Kou: *gives Jesse the paw, looks at Freddy* See? Most people do.

Colin: *pets Kou* Daddy, he's funny, can I keep him and take him home to live on the station with us?

Logan: *sighs* Where's my gun?

Jesse: No, Colin, I'm sorry. There aren't any squirrels in Australia, and we can't take one home with us, let alone a talking one.

Colin: *lips quivering* But daddy, he's so cute.

Jesse: *reaches out to remove Kou from Colin*

Freddy: *to Logan* Kou's harmless. Mentally, he's about the same age as Colin.

Kou: *clings to Colin* He's my cowboy. I called him!

Logan: *to Freddy* Ah huh...

Colin: *wraps arms around Kou and holds tight*

Freddy: *smiles* Really. But Kou, you can't go to Australia. Your dad would be upset if I let you go again. You remember what happened when we visited Toni.

Kou: No!

*Kou transforms, totally buck naked* Come on, Colin. Let's go.

Logan: Don't make me go get my gun.

Freddy: I can explain that.

Colin: *jumps up and strips*

*kou with a squirrel tail running hand in hand with Colin*

Jesse: Colin, get back here

Logan: *raises eyebrow at Freddy* we're waiting.

Freddy: Shit.

Colin: *laughing*

Freddy: Kou, come back! *gets out of chair and runs after naked kids* he was transformed by a fox spirit. Tadaashi is going to be pissed.

Kou: Freedom! *poofs him and Colin away*

Jesse: *wide eyed* Where the hell did my son just go? *looks to Logan*

Logan: *glares at Freddy* I knew I should have gotten my damn gun!

Freddy: Ummm... *makes a break for it* and that concludes the interview for today! Kou! Kou!

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Paula said...

ROFL, what an awesome interview. I so love both Colin and Kou, that was just too cute. Thanks for the laugh Freddy :)

Anonymous said...

This interview is priceless LOL! Eagerly looking forward to the next one.
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Denitra said...

Looking forward to reading it.

Lisa G said...

Love cowboy stories. These look really good.

awindandbooks said...

These sounds like great stories. Thanks for telling us about them!

Ashley E said...

LOL! Oh my gosh, now that's an interview I wish I could have seen live. So awesome!

Michelle Waskowiic said...

I so can't wait to find more hidden treasure in the books you write and them all so far

nancy said...

The interview just keeps getting better; lmao. Can't wait for the rest of the revised Holland Bros.

Carmen Rosa Torres Araujo said...

Me encantan tus libros. Lo leo cada vez que sale uno en espaƱol. Gracias por tu esfuerzo y dedicacion

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