Friday, July 4, 2008

Something to Hold in Your Hand

Okay, ladies, get your minds out of the gutter!!! snicker. I'm actually talking about books. I've already blogged on my feelings about "going green" with everything, including our reading material. Lots of you expressed very strong feelings/love for your e-readers, just as I have. Books are cheaper and the devices are handy-dandy when you can just pop it in your purse for short trips or long journeys.

For some of us, we are published BOTH ways and yes, it's cool to actually hold your baby in your HAND but does it translate into money?Many epubs do print, too, but the print books aren't readily available in bookstores. They have to be special ordered for author book signings or for individual customers. That's okay but it really doesn't translate into big author sales. I have BOTH...print and ebooks and I've found that I make waaaaaay more money through ebook sales than through print. So? Is it an ego thing with wishing and dreaming for your book to come out in print? Maybe that's part of it. Yeah, we get damn tired of hearing from friends and family that you must not be a REAL author because your story isn't a REAL book. That attitude makes me want to gag and I'm seriously over any ego-factor in regards to it. I don't have to HOLD IT IN MY HAND to know my book is real.

That being said, One Dependable Man (under another name...yes, darlings, I have TWO) came out in PRINT yesterday. I'd like to share the cover, blurb and excerpt with you today. It is available at The Wild Rose Press, Barnes and Noble on-line, Borders on-line, and Amazon.

BTW...Have a happy, fun, and SAFE Fourth of July!!!!!


Sunny Forester gave up her dream of finding a dependable man a long time ago After spending most of her life cleaning up the messes of lazy, shiftless Forester men she’s convinced that such an animal doesn't exist. When hunky rancher Matt McBride two-steps his way into her diner, though, all her preconceived notions about men begin to change. Vowing to repay a debt he owes to her dead brother, Matt McBride sweeps into the old diner and straight into Sunny's heart. He serves up a hefty helping of Texas-style lovin' with a side of spice for dessert, proving to this stubborn Texas woman that there is such a thing as a dependable man.

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Shaking himself out of his rage, Matt turned to gaze at the assortment of diners who applauded him. He smiled back in response and executed a short nod as Sunny disappeared through the kitchen doors. Once the furor began to die down, he followed her.
Matt McBride, unlike the rest of the McBride clan, had never possessed a raw, unbridled temper. He was easy-going to a fault. It took a hell of a lot to anger him to violence but he hated creeps who messed with women. The harassment of this particular woman sent him over the edge.
Happy had once saved his life. Could he do anything less than help his sister?
Yeah, keep telling yourself that, dumb ass.
Over the past few weeks everything had begun to change. It wasn’t just about paying a debt to a dead friend anymore. It was about the dead friend’s sister. Hell, maybe it had always been about her and he just hadn’t realized it until now.
He wanted her so bad he ached.
Damn! What a mess.
Pushing through the swinging doors, Matt stopped just inside the kitchen and watched Sunny slowly flip four hamburgers on the grill. Knitting his brows at the stiffness of her posture, he glanced at Buck who grinned slightly, shook his head, and shrugged.
Turning away from the heat of the cooktop, Buck spoke in a gravely voice to no one in particular. “Guess I’ll get on out there and see if there’s anything to be done.” On his way out, he glanced up at Matt with what could’ve been a spark of pity. He clucked his tongue a couple of times and stepped out.
Matt cleared his throat, whether from nervousness or the need to wrap Sunny up in his arms, he wasn’t sure. She was stiff and unyielding and he wondered briefly if it was because she’d been scared.
He should’ve known better.
“Did he hurt you, sweetheart? Are you—?” Further questions went unanswered as Sunny spun around and pointed her spatula at his belly. He found himself staring into the blazing blue eyes of one hundred and ten pounds of pissed off woman.
“How dare you interfere?” she snapped. Her face was red and she was mad as a hornet. “This was none of your affair, McBride. I was handling everything just fine on my own before you stuck your nose in my business.”
She flung his gallantry right back in his face. Matt’s temper ignited. “You were, were you?” he sneered as he bore down on her. “Just how much manhandling were you gonna let yourself take before you booted his ass out of here, huh?” He moved in closer and Sunny took a step backward and then another. He scowled at her as she bumped up against the nearest wall. Her breathing quickened and her breasts grazed the front of his shirt.
Lust whipped him like a lash. “Didn’t you realize those men were drooling at the sight of you all bent over the table like that? Your cute ass in those tight jeans is pure enticement and you know it. Did you ever once think maybe it’s dangerous for you to work this shift?”
Sunny gasped. “Are you calling me a tease?”
“No. I’m calling you stupid.”
She blinked up at him and Matt realized he was gripping her arms. Instantly, he gentled his hold and saw hurt flare to life in her eyes.
Her expression deflated Matt’s anger instantly. He cursed his own ability to act like a horse’s behind. What had he expected? Gratitude? Yeah, that’s what he’d wanted. Maybe he’d wanted her to throw herself into his arms like a weeping damsel and plant sweet kisses all over his face in gratitude.
He should’ve known that wasn’t Sunny’s style.
“Ah, hell. I’m sorry, darlin’. You’re strong and tough, but even you have your limits and you were out of your league tonight. They rattled you. Look at you. You’re shaking like a leaf. You’re tired and stressed out, and the prettiest damn thing I’ve ever seen.”
Sunny gasped and looked up at him with those bluebonnet eyes and he just lost it. With a low growl, he caught her in his arms and dove for her parted lips. Nipping at the lush fullness, he teased with his teeth, his tongue. He drank her sigh and plunged his tongue into the dark, sweetness of her mouth. The subtle scent of her rose up to tease him and he changed the angle of the kiss, breathing her in.
Her breasts, full and lush, teased through the thin barrier of his shirt and unable to stop, he rubbed his chest against her, desperate for a firmer touch. His erection throbbed against the fly of his jeans. He pressed it against the curve of her belly and rotated against her softness. She made a tiny, whimpering sound as he slowly drew away and stared down at her startled face.
Muttering a curse, he raked his fingers through his hair. He was moving too fast but he couldn’t help himself. “You’re not stupid. I didn’t mean what I said but I’m not sorry I kicked that guy’s butt.”
Making a tiny choked sound, Sunny drew away but Matt put his hand on her shoulder to stop her. “Yeah, I’m big enough to apologize but I’ll be damned if I’m going to say I’m sorry for kissing you.”
Sunny looked at him, long and hard, and he returned the gaze without flinching. He wasn’t a bit surprised when she turned without a word, opened the back door, and stepped out into the night.


Anny Cook said...

Excellent book! Great story!

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks, Anny. Looking forward to July 18 and my copy of Kama Sutra Lovers! YAY!!!!

Have a happy 4th.

Kelley Nyrae said...

This looks great, Regina. Love the excerpt.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks, Kell. It's the first of a three book series. Hope you have some BIG FUN with the family today. Hot as HELL here in Texas.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

This is a great book. In digital or paper format.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks Cindy!!!

Amy Ruttan said...

Congrats on the Print.

I love my e books, but it's been a lifelong dream of mine to hold one in my hands.

I'm out in print for the first time sometime in the fall. I'm looking forward to it. :)

Regina Carlysle said...

Good for you, Amy. That's wonderful news. You need to drop by and tell us about the release!

Anne Rainey said...

Oh, wow, I love this excerpt. I need to get this one!

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Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks Anne. I got a box of author copies the other day and the book is gorgeous. I love it. Maybe will need to do a booksigning somewhere. That would be fun.

Kelley Nyrae said...

It's hot here too, Regina. We are going to do something fun with the girls though. Mckenzie is really excited.

Regina Carlysle said...

My bunch is lounging around by the pool today and hubby has oldies music playing. Oddly enough my teenaged daughter is digging the heck out of it. It's been a fun but relaxing day.

Fedora said...

Ooh, big congrats, Regina! BTW, when are books 2 and 3 going to be out? Hope you and everyone are having a fabulous 4th!

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi flchen1! Happy Fourth to you. Not sure about books 2 and 3. Hopefully one near the end of this year and the last at the first of next. At least, that's the plan.

Judith Rochelle said...

I love this book. It's a story for and from the heart. And a great blog.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks Judith! I always love it when you stop by to see us!

Happy Firecracker Day, you little FIRECRACKER. LOL

jean hart stewart said...

Great excerpt and interesting blog. I want to be in print for the ability to have book signings and also for my neanderthal friends who don't use the computer much. On the whole if had to pick I'd pick e-books. Love them...Jeaneltik

Anonymous said...

I like ebook sales better and I enjoy reading ebooks. I also enjoy printed copy books to read, but the sales SUCK on printed copies... plus there's the whole resale on Amazon or used bookstore stuff which I never see cash on. I'm a torn page on the issue, I guess.

Phoenix said...

Ack! My online has been wonky. Sorry so long to get this posted. I love your excerpts and it is no wonder to me that you are both in e and in print. You rock. As to what's coming back... heck if I know. But whatever you're doing, stick with it.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Jean-thanks for coming by since you are one of my favorite people. I like having a print although I know print sales just suck. E is much better. And YES...gotta have em for book signings. I kind of look at the print books as a sales tool. Very few authors make bunches at a book signing but it's an opportunity to meet the public to talk about your books.

Hey KellyMarstad! See above. I totally agree with you. They are nice to hold in your hand but, in the end, e sales are just so much better.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey Kelly! Sorry your computer is wonky hon. I actually settled on this other cowboy story. I'm liking it so far but it was one of those things that kind of unfolded in my head so I went with it. I'll have to see how it goes.