Cowboys, Second Chance
Bluebonnet, Texas series
by Amie Stuart
Bluebonnet, Texas Book One
My name is Jessalyn Stratton. I’ve been riding the rodeo circuit since I was seventeen. Now, I’m a twenty-six year old wash-out, a has-been with a fake knee who’s never really dated and never had a boyfriend. Then I stumbled across a personal ad on the Internet.
Zack Boudreaux is a twenty-seven year old single dad living and working on his family’s ranch in Texas. He’s looking for the woman of his dreams and thinks he might have found it in me.
I should be riding off into the sunset, living my Happily Ever After. Except after months of emailing each other and sharing secrets I’d never told a living soul, I still had one last secret to tell.
Opening up to Zack was easy. Telling the truth could change everything.
Warning: This story contains a mail-order bride, sort of, a couple of secret babies (or 3), lots of hot cowboys and (a butt-ton of family) drama.
Genre: Contemporary Western RomanceThe Cowgirl Rides Away Purchase links: Amazon & more retailers coming soon
Content/Theme(s): Cowboys, Internet romance, Rodeo, Secret babies, Single Dad, Sports
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Excerpt, Once in a Blue Moon & More
The Cowgirl Rides Away Excerpt:
Many minutes of staring out the window later, a gray-haired man in a white coat appeared. "Doctor Death, I presume."
With a chuckle, he introduced himself as Dr. Kilgore and picked up my chart from the foot of the bed.
"Water." I felt more and more like a dried up sea sponge with each passing second. He moved around the bed and refilled my cup, holding it for me. A post-drink sigh of pleasure brought on a painful coughing fit that left me near tears.
"That would be your fractured ribs," Dr. Kilgore announced, setting the cup on the nightstand beside me.
"Three. You also suffered a pretty severe concussion and your left femur was broken." He rattled off my breaks and pains like a laundry list, any attempt at false humor now gone.
I’d been injured enough times to take his assessment like a man, but that didn’t stop me from wishing for a hand to hold. "Lay it out for me straight."
With a sigh, the doc pulled up a stool and sat beside my bed. "You’re damned lucky to be alive, young lady."
Words failed me and all I could do was nod.
"You’ve been unconscious for three days. We did reconstructive surgery on your left shoulder, but you’ll need therapy and there’s no guarantee you’ll regain full use."
Merry Fucking Christmas. I nodded. "Go on."
"Same for your leg. That horse stepped on your leg, right above where your knee and femur join. Your knee joint was replaced, and a metal rod was attached to your femur with screws to support it. That’s why you don’t have a cast. You’ll need physical therapy for that as well...and again there’s no guarantee you won’t have a limp."
Great. I was crippled and a has-been.
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by Amie Stuart
Bluebonnet, Texas Book Two
At eighteen, Ty Boudreaux married his high school sweetheart and planned to live happily ever after on the family ranch. But after twelve years in a volatile, one-sided marriage, this newly divorced cowboy is struggling to put his life back together.
At eighteen, Bettina Blanchard's goal in life had been to shake the dust of Bluebonnet, Texas, off her heels, and with her baby sister now safely in college, that dream is within her grasp. But underneath Bad Betti's tough exterior beats the heart of a woman with hopes and dreams, and she's loved Ty almost as long as he loved his ex-wife.
When fate drops Ty in her lap, one night of passion leaves them dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and a marriage both have reservations about.
Can a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and Bluebonnet's favorite son find common ground outside the bedroom? Despite the interfering in-laws, a jealous baby sister and a Thanksgiving Dinner no one wants to remember, Betti and Ty discover that even though their happily ever after doesn't come easy, anything worth having is worth working for.
Note: This was originally released in January 2005 by Liquid Silver Books.
Genre: Contemporary Western RomanceOnce in a Blue Moon Purchase links: Amazon & more retailers coming soon
Content/Theme(s): Cowboys, Marriage of Convenience, Shotgun Wedding, Second Chance, Holiday/Thanksgiving
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Once in a Blue Moon Excerpt:
On the way home Ty drove by Bettina’s again. The for sale sign hadn’t changed. But her grass sure needed to be cut.
If her car had been in the driveway, he would have stopped and let her know about Rhea’s threats. At least, that was the excuse he told himself. He sat parked at the curb, tapping his steering wheel and debating on whether to leave a note or not.
In hindsight, he could see his ex-wife’s abuse, her manipulation, the petty jealousies, her rages and tears went back even longer than the twelve years they’d been married—all the way to high school. The violence had started later. He’d never laid a hand on her, so her ability to casually inflict pain on him had left him stunned and confused. But then, so had her lack of interest in working things out.
What would his life have been like if he and Bettina had dated in high school? Or if he’d dated anyone other than Rhea, for that matter. He smiled, remembering how he’d occasionally catch Bettina mooning after him. He’d never said anything but always found it flattering, even if she had run with a rough crowd.
Put it in perspective. He shook it off. Rhea didn’t deserve that much time. He hated not fighting back, but refused to stoop to her level and make a scene.
A part of him wanted to take Zack’s advice and call Bettina up, but the rest of him just didn’t feel ready for all that. Dating and flowers and...he’d learned he wasn’t a very good judge of character. But here he sat, outside her house like a lovesick fool. And his momma would probably know about it before he got home. He snorted and reached for the ignition only to stop and lean on the steering wheel, not quite ready to leave.
Funny how he could sit here so many years later and remember walking Bettina home from that dance in the sixth grade. To the very same house with the same cracked cement walkway. Funny how life could change but stay the same.
He chuckled again. Funny he’d never considered whether he was a breast man or not before. But he could remember, even in the sixth grade, Bettina had been chesty. His skin prickled as the temperature in the truck went up about ten degrees and the crotch of his jeans tightened. She still had big breasts with tight pink nipples and wasn’t at all bashful about ‘em either. He groaned and adjusted his jeans.
And all that soft curly hair. And pouty lips. And those eyes. Those big green eyes that laughed and said, "I dare you."
Maybe it wasn’t her chest size but everything about her. There was something powerful about her that had turned him on that night. Sex with her had been like some forbidden treat. A guilty pleasure—like his sweet tooth. Just the thought of her naked and riding him again, the memory of their quickie in the chair, her kisses, her teasing made him hard all over again. He suddenly realized how hot he was, how his shirt stuck to his back. Hell, the temperature had to be 104 today, and here he sat in a tin can with a raging hard-on.
If he weren’t wearing his best jeans, he’d cut her grass. At the least manual labor would take care of his erection—though so would jacking off.
If the neighbors wouldn’t see him doing her yard work, though honestly, it didn’t look like anyone was home.
If his mom heard he’d cut Bad Betti Blanchard’s grass, she’d really light into him. Momma had settled down some, but she still had her moments. And she already thought he was half off his rocker anyway.
He climbed out of his truck, quietly closing the door. Like anyone was gonna hear him.
He couldn’t remember who lived to Bettina’s right, but to her left was Old Lady Lindsay. She was ninety, if she was a day, smoked like a freight train and drove her gigantic ancient Oldsmobile to the Senior Recreation Center every afternoon for bingo. And had since he was in high school.
Ty casually looked around again. Not a soul. He unbuttoned his shirt and tossed it in his front seat, thankful he’d worn an undershirt. Then went to find Bettina’s lawnmower.
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Be on the lookout for Amie Stuart's future release(s): Hittin It coming July 2015, The Big Girl's Guide to Buying Lingerie coming October 2015, and Even Cowboys Get the Blues coming January 2016
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