Celebrating release day with a little giveaway

24 Aug

Today is release day for my new book Rough Stock so of course I need to do a little shameless promotion *grin* but don’t worry I’m doing a release day/weekend contest here as well so stay tuned.

Blurb

Book two in the Cowboy Code series.

Professional cowboy Brody Kyle was at the top of his game before an injury changed everything. Now if he wants the chance to win he needs the help of horse trainer Denise Shaw. But when he’s around this strong, sexy woman the gold buckle is the last thing on his mind.

Denise has spent her life proving she’s as good as any man. Nothing fazes her. So what is it about Brody that instantly turns her into a giggling girl and sets her blood on fire? She needs some time between the sheets to get him out of her system. Unfortunately the heat between them only makes her crave him more.

Brody has never become emotionally involved with a woman, but something about Denise gets past his defenses. There’s nothing sexier than seeing an in-control woman submit in the bedroom and be so kickass everywhere else.

Their casual fling soon becomes much more and they must find a way to balance control if they’re to have a shot at forever.

Excerpt

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An Excerpt From: ROUGH STOCK

Copyright © LAUREN FRASER, 2012

All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

How was she going to survive the next few weeks? They’d barely managed to make it through the first week and she was ready to give in. Her body was constantly aware of where Brody was at any given moment. When he gave her that look of his she practically had to hold her panties up they were so eager to jump off on their own.

She needed to get her damn hormones under control. Guys like Brody were not right for her. He was too strong. Too controlling. Too everything. She’d get lost and become someone she didn’t even recognize if she let herself. But lord, just looking at him she wanted to surrender everything and take him up on what he seemed to be offering. Frankly it pissed her off. She wasn’t that girl. She’d worked too hard to prove she was an equal to any man to throw it all away because of a sexy swagger and great butt.

Annoyed with herself, she gripped her shovel harder. Cleaning out the stalls was never fun but being in the hot and sweaty confined space with Brody was almost unbearable. The way his muscles bunched up beneath his shirt, the flex of his shoulders. She sighed. The whole combination drew her attention like a moth to a flame. Denise dug her shovel into the dirty hay. If she just kept her hands busy then she wouldn’t be so tempted to touch him.

“So I hear you’re going out tonight. What are your plans?” Brody asked.

“Going dancing with the girls.”

“Dancing, like at a bar with guys?” he growled.

“That’s usually the best way to do it.” She laughed. What the heck was his problem?

“Maybe you should stay home tonight.”

“Yeah right, and watch you guys play poker? That sounds like a lot of fun.”

“You could play.”

“Nope, I’m not allowed. It’s a guys-only game, no chicks,” she scoffed.

Brody smirked. “Yeah, but we could use a beer girl.”

She flicked her shovel and sent a load of soiled hay at his feet. “Dream on, buddy. I serve no man.”

Brody looked up and stared at her. “Is that right?”

“That’s right. I don’t buy into that ‘a woman’s place is in the kitchen’ bullshit.”

“You don’t cook?”

“Of course I do but not because it’s my job. I take my turn like everyone else.”

“Right.”

Denise snorted and Brody raised his head. “What?”

“You probably like those women who live to serve their man, right?”

Brody shrugged. “There’s definitely something to be said for a woman who wants to make her man happy.”

“Yeah, right. You mean a woman who thinks you’re God’s gift.”

“That too.” Brody flashed his trademark grin. The sexy crooked smile graced posters that were hanging in girls’ bedrooms all across America. There was a reason he was photographed so often and it wasn’t just because of his track record. Brody Kyle was the perfect front man for the Pro Rodeo. Sexy and muscular with that cocky grin and the look in his eyes that said he could put those roping skills to work in the bedroom as well. And make you thankful he was doing it.

Well not her. She’d never let a man have that kind of control over her.

“What’s the problem, Brody? You scared if you get a real woman with a mind of her own you won’t measure up?”

“Measuring up’s not going to be a problem, darlin’.”

Denise snorted. “Is that what your groupies tell you?”

“I don’t get any complaints, sugar.”

“Of course not, because you pick women who think it’s their job to just smile and look pretty and let the big, strong man take care of things for her.” Denise batted her eyelashes. “Oh Brody, you’re so strong, could you carry my bag for me? It’s too heavy for little ol’ me.” She stuck out her lip in a mock pout. She’d seen the type of women he dated. The kind of girl who baby-talked and thought it was cute. It set her teeth on edge.

“There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it, Denise.”

“Yeah, ’cuz that’s what they’re doing. God, men are so pathetic,” she growled. “A woman pulls out that helpless routine and you all become idiots tripping over yourselves to be the big, strong man.” She dug her shovel in so hard she slammed it into the ground, sending pain up her arms. Pissed off she was letting her emotions get the best of her, she glared at Brody. “That’s not manly. You know what’s manly? Manly is being able to accept a woman as your equal and being confident enough to be okay with that. Just because a woman is strong doesn’t mean your masculinity’s in question.”

Angry, she shoveled faster. She needed to get this job done so she could get out of there. Being around Brody was hazardous to her health. The man was hot, but holy crap was he a pig.

“Keep it up, Denise.” The warning tone in Brody’s voice made her turn around.

“What?”

“You keep pushing me and I’m going to give you exactly what you’re asking for.”

She snorted. “Oh yeah, and what am I asking for, smart guy?”

“This,” he muttered. He dropped his shovel and stalked toward her. The fire in his eyes told her she should retreat but she forced herself to stand her ground. She wouldn’t give him, or any man, the satisfaction of seeing her back down.

He pressed her against the wall of the barn and gripped her wrists with his hands. He pushed her arms up above her head and manacled her there in his strong grip. Before she got a chance to speak, he crushed his lips against hers.

Buy Link

Since Rough Stock is book 2 in my Cowboy Code series I’m doing a giveaway for book 1 in the series. Book 1, Rode Hard is a cowboy menage story for those of you who like those kinds of things. (3 sexy cowboys what’s not to like? *waggles eyebrows*) You can head over to the Ellora’s Cave website to check out the blurb and excerpt for Rode Hard to wet your whistle.

Don’t worry you don’t have to have read book 1 for book 2 to make sense, both books completely stand-alone so you can jump in with book 2 and grab a copy of Rough Stock today. See I told you I had to do some shameless promotion LOL.

I know why I like Cowboys but I’d love to hear what it is about them that appeals to you. Leave a comment and I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a copy of Rode Hard. I’ll pick a winner at the end of the weekend.

~Lauren

P.S. I’ve got a newsletter contest going as well so if you’re interested head over to my website and join my newsletter

http://www.laurenfraser.com

24 Responses to “Celebrating release day with a little giveaway”

  1. acm05 August 24, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    For me, it’s the fit bodies and the tall, silent thing. But not too quiet, there has to be more than just physical communication for the long term.

    Anne

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      I agree there absolutely needs to be more than physical communication for it to work longterm.

  2. Gillian Archer August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I love that lethal combination of old world values, work hardened bodies, and good ol’ boy charm. Gets me every single time. Congrats on the new release, Lauren!! It’s a fantastic book 🙂

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      Hey Gilli, glad you stopped by. Totally true that is a very lethal combination. *grin*

  3. Andie Wardlow August 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Just wanted to tell you how much i loved Rode Hard….it was so hot!!! I am super excited for Rough Stock…gotta get it now!!!!

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      Oh thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hope you like Rough Stock as much.

  4. Joanne B August 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    They work hard and play hard, they’re good to their mommas and their horses, they look great in a pair of jeans and a cowboy hat, they’re sexy as all get out.

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      I’m with you, you can tell alot about a person by how they treat animals.

  5. Joye August 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Enjoyed reading the comments. I love to read about strong cowboys and their code of the West. Your book sounds really good. I have added it to my TBR list.

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      I’m loving all the comments as well. Thanks for stopping by and joining in.

  6. JackieW August 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Cowboys are down to earth kinda guys who know how to get along in the world with people and animals. And they look good in a cowboy hat and spurs.

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      That down to earth quality is so appealing.

  7. mathlady68 August 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I loved your book Sex, Sin and Surf. This series sounds like something I would love. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      Oh thank you, glad you liked it. That one was fun to write. *grin*

  8. Debbie S August 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    What’s not to like about a cowboy, lovely southern drawl, they always say yes ma’am, they ride in on their big horse in their tight jeans, with the great hat and boots and lets not forget the spurs!

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      Mmm, yep they do fill out those jeans well. *grin*

  9. lisagk August 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I love a cowboy who is loyal and family driven. Thanks for the contest. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Karen Hawk August 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Cowboys are yummy! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity. Karen H Claymoreg@hotmail.com

  11. tammy ramey (@wyndwhisper) August 25, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Hi Lauren,
    Congratulations on the new book, and a Happy Release day. i love the cover , it’s gorgeous and the excerpt was wonderful. i can hardly wait to see what happens with these two next. 😀 thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

    i think the thing i love most about cowboys is that they remind me of home. I grew up in Wyoming/Montana and spent a lot of my childhood with the “real” cowboys, not the wanna be ones you run into today(the ones that have never seen a horse much less ridden one!) LOL! i remember the way they treated the women around them and how they wouldn’t tolerate anyone disrespecting them, and the kids were raised to respect their family and the land they worked too. i really miss my mountains everyday, some more than others but it’s hard to make a living there, so i have to settle for visiting for now. 🙂

    Now I’m all home sick!

    Tammy Ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

    • Lauren Fraser August 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      Hopefully you mange to get home fairly often to visit and get your mountain fix.

      Yeah it’s hard to be a real cowboy if can’t ride a horse. It takes a little more than boots. LOL

  12. shannonemmel August 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Like they say…save a horse, ride a cowboy. Who am I to argue with animal rights?

    😀

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