Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birthday Bash day 20: Guest Post: Randi Alexander

WOOT!! Today is the day! *throws streamers* It's my birthday! This has been a great month so far.  I am having a blast and the reader/author participation has been phenomenal. Today I saved my birthday for one of my favorite authors. She's not just an author, but a friend and mentor. I thank goodness for the day I became Randi's beta reader. I have learned so much from her and gotten to help out with some awesome stories. Hope you enjoy her guest post today. Don't forget to follow her instructions to comment to win some e-books!
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Thanks so much to Ursula and her crew for hosting me today on this most important occasion - Happy Birthday Ursula! I hope you have all kinds of fun things planned for your birthday.

“I Went Home With the Ugliest Cowboy, and Made Him the Happiest Man on Earth.” No, not really. But the line popped into my head this morning. We stayed at a hotel in the city last night and walked over to a country music bar. A HUGE country music bar. At first, we wandered around inside for an hour just looking at all the interesting things on the wall, and the even more interesting people.

We had a blast. It was listed as karaoke night, but someone at the bar must have heard that I was planning to sing, so they brought in a band instead. (Smart move!) The band was loud and good and we enjoyed listening and dancing and meeting new people.

In the morning, we were checking out of the hotel and I was carrying my boots in one hand while rolling my suitcase with the other. At the elevator, a woman asked, “Have fun last night?”

The line that popped into my head shocked me for a moment. “I Went Home With the Ugliest Cowboy, and Made Him the Happiest Man on Earth.” Would that be a good tagline for a romance book? Or would it make a great country song? After telling the woman about our fun evening and asking about hers, I gave more thought to that somewhat naughty phrase.

I think it needs to be a book. And you get to help me write it! We know the cowboy’s going to be ugly, and that our heroine sleeps with him, and that she made him very very happy, but what’s next? Leave a comment with your suggestions on where to go from there for a chance to win TWO e-books, Cowboy Jackpot: Christmas and Cowboy Jackpot: Valentine’s day.



Blurb: A fortuitous spin of a Las Vegas roulette wheel links New York accountant Kira Morrow and rodeo bareback rider Dallas Burns. The heat that has flared between them since their first meeting threatens to burn out of control as they share sinful nights and hot days. As their mutual distrust resurfaces, the flames quickly die. Only when Kira walks out of his life forever does Dallas realize he needs to stop letting past hurts prevent him from opening his heart to love. Is it too late to repair the damage he’s done and reclaim the heart of the woman he’s fallen for?

Excerpt: Two hours later, after Boone had accepted five lap dances, he stood and made a slashing motion. "That's all I can take, fellas. Anyone wanna go upstairs with me and see what the girls are doing?"

"Yeah." Dallas stood. He'd been thinking of Kira, wondering what she was up to. Was she a quiet watcher like he was? Tipping the dancers, but not buying himself lap dances? Or was she leading the zaniness, like Rance? Probably somewhere in the middle…he hoped.

Jayden and Rance both jumped up, Jayden slid out of the booth, Rance went over the top of the table. Somebody'd had plenty enough to drink. Maybe too much. Dallas had limited himself, sliding the shots they bought for him across the table. It just wasn't his idea of a good time, getting sloppy drunk.

The four of them walked up the steps. The music filling the stairwell changed from sexy and feminine in the female dancers' area to hard and thumping coming from where the men danced.

They stepped into a dark room with purple and red floodlights. Right inside the door, a couple stood, the woman held a drink in one hand and with the other, petted the chest of a man wearing only a Tarzan loincloth.

Dallas couldn't help the way his lip curled. He wouldn't be staying up here long, that was certain.

On an L-shaped stage, a man danced in thong underwear, smiling stupidly as a redhead slid folding money into his… Redhead? "Shit." He'd know that hair anywhere. Kira and the other five girls sat on chairs along the stage, their backs to the door where Dallas and the other cowboys stood. A fluffy white veil revealed which one was Gigi.

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Have a great day, even if it isn’t your birthday!
Randi
"Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied"
-Cowboy Jackpot: Valentine's Day is available in digital format at Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in paperback at Createspace, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
-Cowboy Jackpot: Christmas is available in digital format at Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in paperback at Createspace, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
-Turn Up the Heat, Chase and Seduction, and Her Cowboy Stud are available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
-Cowboy Bad Boys is available in digital format at Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback from Createspace and Amazon
-Cowboy Lust is available in paperback and digital format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


15 comments:

  1. Even though someone is ugly, they can appear beautiful because their goodness comes through. I think she gets into trouble at a bar (she is drowning her sorrows because she cannot stop thinking about him)and he rescues her. She cannot stop thinking about him and wants more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Debby, that's fabulous! Wow, you have the heart of a poet. A ROMANTIC poet. And what a hero he is - which teaches us not all heroes are handsome. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I think the saying needs tweeked.. "I went home with the Ugliest Cowboy and he made me the happiest woman on earth." lol! it would fit right in with what Ms Debby suggested! And I won't leave my addy because I've gottem! Thanks Ms Randi!!

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    1. Ah, very good point, Ananymous! She went home with him looking for companionship and fell in love. *sighs* I love it!

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  3. He wasn't really ugly... just putting on a disguise because he's a well known, bigtime country singer and when he gets her to his bedroom (which is super dark BTW) he has the best ride of his life when all he was hoping for is some mindless sex to take his mind off the girl (social climber) who jilted him for another singer much bigger than him! So, now that he's completely smitten with this mystery girl he must know who she is, only problem... she left him sleeping alone in his bed!!

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    1. Oh yeah, and she's just been left at the alter by her childhood sweetheart who never really loved her enough to marry her and spend the rest of his life with her... so, she uses the "ugly" cowboy to drowned out her sorrows and forget about the ex!!!

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    2. Deb, oh my gosh, you've written a whole plot! It's great, and you can just imagine what happens when she finds out who it is. Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Randi! Love the tagline. So many ideas pop to mind.

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    1. You gotta share 'em with us, Urs! You have a wonderfully naughty imagination!

      Thanks for having me here today.

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  5. Both having drank to much last night, he wonders if she was as satistfied as his was. Because he had never been with a woman before.

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    1. Ah, Tammy, yes, The Virgin Cowboy! Very clever. It's possible, too. I knew a guy who was in his twenties before he lost his virginity. Wonderful idea, thanks!

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  6. Happy birthday Ursula! I love this series :) everyone must go read it!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Next one's coming soon! Just finished the cover today.

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  7. I'd give you a plot idea but I don't think I could come up with anything better than the one Deb came up with....I would TOTALLY read that book!! laurelskoog at comcast dot net

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  8. We have a winner! Congratulations Deb Schultz! Using Randomizer .org, your comment was chosen and you've won an e-copy of both Cowboy Jackpot: Christmas and Cowboy Jackpot: Valentine's Day. Please contact me at Randi (at) RandiAlexander (dot) com to claim your prize, and please tell me which format you'd like.

    Thanks to Birthday Girl Ursula for hosting me, and thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented, and left all the great ideas for a short story!

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