Cowboys For Christmas

Deck The Ears with Pretty Baubles

on December 8, 2014

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It’s time for the first December giveaway. (In case you missed it, I’ll be giving away a fabulous prize each week during the month to celebrate the holidays and my birthday.) Today, I’m offering up the perfect way to make your earlobes sparkle this holiday season.

Check out these beautiful Stella & Ruby Crystal Statement earrings. Aren’t they gorgeous? And they would look even more gorgeous dangling from your dainty little ear lobes.

Statement Earrings

All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog sharing a tidbit about your favorite piece of jewelry. It can be an heirloom, something you bought for yourself, your wedding ring, or the necklace you had as a young girl (or boy!) that you wish you still had.

This contest is open until 12am on 12/15 (which is essentially midnight Saturday night) and open to US residents only. (I’ll run smaller international contests during the month.) Once you leave a comment, you have to click on the Rafflecopter graphic to say you’ve fulfilled the requirements, and you’re in. If you don’t complete the Rafflecopter information, you won’t be entered in the contest.

And as a special bonus, I’m sharing a snippet from my contribution to the COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS anthology, Love Me, Cowboy. This is in the first scene when Claire finds herself covered in tart filling and late for work. There’s no time to drive home and change, so Tyler offers her a clean flannel. Here we go…

Tyler hopped off the tailgate, landing close enough for Claire to feel the heat coming off his body. Tilting her head back to see his face, a memory flashed of the long-ago night they’d spent making love in Tyler’s bed. A night neither had spoken of since.

Claire nearly swayed toward him, but common sense, or maybe some kind of survival instinct, kicked in and she stepped back.

Tyler cleared his throat and proceeded to his driver’s side door.

Claire kept her eyes on the burnt orange streaks spreading across the eastern sky. The sun was high enough now to see the mess surrounding her. And covering her. Making sure the brown tank top remained low over her waist, Claire pulled her arms out of the sleeves and lifted the heavy wool sweater over her head.

When the material cleared her face, she looked up to find Tyler staring at her, flannel in hand, mouth open, eyes dark as emeralds. The last time he’d seen her, Claire had been forty pounds heavier. She’d yet to adjust to the new body and the attention it garnered. Though none of the looks she’d gotten so far had sent her libido into overdrive the way Tyler’s did in that moment.

She hugged the sweater to her chest. “This is going to sound weird, but could you turn around?”

He didn’t respond for several seconds, then seemed to snap back to reality. “Yeah. Sure. Sorry.”

Tyler dropped his eyes to the ground, handed Claire the flannel, then turned as she’d asked. She knew the request was ridiculous, as Tyler had seen her naked before. Something Claire would gladly forget if only her brain would let her.

But that had been nothing but drunken pity sex, or so she reminded herself. Some called alcohol liquid courage, but Claire had since considered it humiliation hooch.

Squeezing the sweater between her knees, Claire pulled on the flannel, which hung well past her waist. Modest by nature, even she knew wearing the shirt loose was too dowdy. She compromised, buttoning the first four buttons, then tying the bottom half into a knot.

“Okay,” she said, after making sure everything was covered. “You can turn around now.”

Tyler turned his head first, then the rest of him, smiling all the way. “Looks good.” For a moment his cheeks looked pinker than usual. Claire chalked it up to the colorful sunrise.

Now that we’re all warmed up, let’s talk about jewelry.

 

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Two Weeks and Counting!

on October 28, 2014

Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4MORE TO GIVE, the fourth and final installment in the bestselling Anchor Island Series will be flying off the virtual shelves (I hope!) in two weeks. I can’t believe the day is almost here. I so love this series, and writing the closing story was both joyful and bittersweet.

Ironically, there was never supposed to be a fourth book in the series. But when Sam Edwards stepped onto the page in HOME TO STAY, there was no doubt he was hero material. He was high-class and mysterious. Hot and emanated power. How could I NOT give him his own book??

But who would be the perfect woman for Sam? I knew she wasn’t already on the island, which meant I had to search the ethos to find her. Thankfully, she came to me with little prodding while I was on a flight from Atlanta to Norfolk back in 2013. Callie Henderson graciously stepped out of Sam’s past and landed on Anchor Island as if she always belonged there.

And maybe she did.

Writing this story meant getting to use both my business sense (I am a business major, after all) as well as my inner decorator. She’s buried deep, but loves to play. Especially when the budget is wide open – as in imaginary. I hope you’ll come see how Sam and Callie turn a rundown old island hotel into a beautiful boutique hotel, creating the perfect setting for elegant destination weddings, or a quiet getaway of any kind to charming and welcoming Anchor Island.

Here’s the back cover copy:

Callie Henderson had to fight to put her tragic past behind her, but now the up-and-coming player in the hospitality industry is well on her way to happiness. She has her sights set on the lead renovation position at the Sunset Harbor Inn—an inn that just happens to be owned by Sam Edwards, the man who comforted her in her grief and gave her one night of passion before walking away.

Sam is searching for someone who can turn his quaint inn into a premier boutique hotel. He just never expected that someone to be the one woman who knows his deepest secrets. But he needs Callie, and Callie needs the job. Throw in a talking parrot with a cracker addiction, some uncooperative islanders, and enough sexual sparks to light a beachside bonfire, and they’ve got their work cut out for them…

More to Give is a story of heartbreak and healing, of facing the past…and having the courage to believe in a future.

To celebrate the release of MORE TO GIVE, I’ll be giving away prizes all day on November 11th on my Facebook Page. Up for grabs will be not only Anchor Island books, but books from authors like Nancy Naigle, Kim Law, and more. Plus gift cards. So make sure you’ve Liked my page to see all the giveaways.

And don’t forget, it’s only THREE WEEKS to the release of COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS, an anthology of overlapping stories by Kim Law, Liz Talley, and myself. Three cowboys, two weeks, and one wedding. Toss in Christmas and what more could you want??

Unexpected Inspiration

on October 17, 2014

What is this? Am I really blogging? No way. *clicks around* Looks like I am. Don’t worry, I’m as surprised as you are.

Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4So here’s the secret about the life of an author. While you, the readers, are anticipating the next release (MORE TO GIVE, Nov 11), we’re finishing the one after that (HIS FIRST AND LAST, May 2015), and plotting the next. In fact, the characters for the third and fourth books of the new series are already chatting away in my brain. Those are books that won’t see the light of day until 2016 at the earliest.

The point is, authors are weird. But you knew that.

One of the problems with the books moving this fast is that the writer brain doesn’t always like to plot on cue. My characters come to me while I’m nodding off at night. I’m fortunate that they show up, but I don’t have any control over when it happens.

That means I have to stay open all the time. You’ve probably seen little memes on Facebook or Pinterest that say a writer never turns it off. If we aren’t writing, we’re thinking about writing, and it’s true. Which is why the strangest things can serve as inspiration.

I’m a channel surfer when it comes to the radio, and not embarrassed to say that a couple buttons in my car are set to pop stations. For days I’ve been struggling to lock down solid details on the plot of a future book, and to my surprise, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea came to my rescue.

Cowboys2Their song Black Widow gave me the perfect structure for the story. If you know the song, you might have an idea where this is going. If you don’t know it, let’s just say, my heroine is not going to make life easy for her hero. Not. At. All.

Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited about the release of both MORE TO GIVE (Nov 11) and COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS (Nov 18). I cannot wait for readers to finally did in. There’s just this other little compartment of my brain that has moved on. And I really can’t wait for you to see where we’re going.