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Updated: August 6, 2011 8:46 PM EDT
I think it is no big secret that I have a huge celebrity crush on Hugh Jackman going back about ten years. Every now and then another Brit or Australian or Scot or Irishman (and the rare American) catches my attention, but I always go back to Hugh. So, it is with no surprise that I admit it is because of him that I have a huge preference for the cowboy romance.
It all started when I went to see that gosh awful movie Australia. It wasn't the acting that was bad, btw. It was the direction of the movie. It tried to be all things but it ended up being a mess. One of the things Australia tried to be was a cowboy romance, and Hugh Jackman makes for one fine looking cowboy. His character was rugged, just, rough around the edges, a savior, a protector, and a lover who could clean up very well. What more could a woman ask for in romantic partner? So, with every cowboy romance novel I pick up, I will always think of Hugh from Australia.
Harlequin Books is making it very easy for me to get my fix this month. They will be placing a special Stetson logo on all their releases in July to make it easier for me (*ahem* I mean "we") to find western and cowboy themed romances. Just look for the below logo:
Here's a sampling of cowboy/western themed romance novels I've enjoyed:
Cowboy, Take Me Away by Kathleen Eagle
Taming Blackhawk by Barbara McCauley
Wanted! by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Rogue Stallion by Diana Palmer
McKettricks of Texas: Austin by Linda Lael Miller
The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
The Mighty Quinns: Brody by Kate Hoffman
Disclaimer: I am a Harlequin ambassador and they encouraged me to blog, Facebook or Tweet about their "A Cowboy for Every Mood" promotion. I was not paid or reimbursed in any form or fashion. Although most of the books I listed were published by Harlequin, I acquired with my own funds or library card. :-)
I must say, I am fraught with eagerness as I anticipate her expression when she receives my gifts. She is aglow with animation, whereas my princess was the picture of reserve. I long for Anne Plantagenet every day, but more and more I find myself subject to a strange sort of excitement when in the presence of my new wife.
—p. 126, Rivals in the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan
Rating: 4 stars
After a very stressful week of M.I.A. nanny and lack of back up childcare, I splurge on some cute and inexpensive make-up from my local Brooklyn beauty store on the way to work. My cuties, 6-year-old Dew and 4-year-old Jo-Jo, pick out $1 headband & scarf combos. I get lavendar and periwinkle blue eye shadow duo by Nicka NK and, my favorite find, Goldfinger nail decals for $5.99. They are basically an inexpensive version of Sally Hansen's version. For $3 less, I give it a whirl. In the video below, I demonstrate the application. It was pretty good for a beginner, IMHO. See below and let me know!
Pros: inexpensive, easy to use, on trend
Cons: not available at mass retailers, hard to apply for non dominant hand
Where did I buy this? local beauty store (You can also buy them on eBay at various beauty storefronts, like this seller.)
To Love A Wilde by Kimberly Kaye Terry
The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde
Personal Demons by Lisa Desroscher
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (audiobook)
Carrying the Ranchcer's Heir by Charlene Sands
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowen
The Wit and the Wisdom of Mark Twain ( a book of quotations)
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia (A magical retlling of a Liberia creation story) Won-Ldy Paye
Even Jack saying my name never made me feel so--
I promised myself all that was gone, forgotten, and it's going to stay that way. I made myself strong, I taught myself to know who--and what--I am.
pg. 35, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
What I'm Reading Now
YA paranormal novel, Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers. An angel and a demon fight over the soul of a teenage girl in a literal battle of heaven over hell. I'm on page 21 and I'm enjoying it so far. I met Lisa Desrochers last week at BookExpo 2011. She told me that she decided to write Personal Demons for her daughter who was a huge Twilight fan.
I'm also starting to get ankle deep in the romance/family drama, The Welcome Home Garden Club. I just got to the part where our heroes have reunited in nearly ten years. It was an intense scene. I'm on page 87.
While watching my daughters in the bathtub, I started reading the Kimani Romance To Love A Wilde. It is the second Harlequin romance I've purchased this year, and the first I bought just based on the cover--an interracial couple on a ranch. Black chicks and cowboys. Yeehah! I'm at the set up portion.
What I Will Be Reading In the Future
Elizabeth Scott's teen romance novel Between Here and Forever. I also met her at BEA. She promised me that this will be a far lighter read than her intense, intensely creepy, and well written Living Dead Girl.
Planet Middle School--a YA novel told in verse by Nikki Grimes.
A Cold Day In Hell
My hear is pounding s I wait at my locker 'cause, after last night with Luc, I'm not sure what to expect. I stare blindly at my books and shift my weight from foot to foot, failing spectacularly at trying to appear casual.
page 177, Personal Demons by Lisa Deroschers
(from my autographed copy!)
What I Am Reading Now
Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger; Jazz's traditional Indian family want her to chose a spouse from a list of predetermined candidates, but Jazz has her eyes set on a school cutie. What will Jazz do when her desires clash with her family's wishes?
Mr. Fix-It by Crystal Hubbard: Khela Halliday, an award-winning romance writer who doesn't believe in love, meets her match in a gorgeous handyman who is determined to find the perfect tool to shatter her defenses and win her heart.
Witch Baby and Me by Debi Gilori: It's a rainy spring-time, coming up to Witch Baby Daisy's second birthday. Her nursery class are putting on a musical performance, helped by the older children, including big sister Lily. Meanwhile Mum is trying to potty train Daisy, unaware that as soon as she succeeds, Daisy will be reclaimed by the witches who live on the hill.
How I Changed My Life by Todd Strasser: Overweight high school senior Bo decides to change her image while working on the school play with a former star football player who is also struggling to find a new identity for himself.
The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde: Returning home from the Iraq war with battle scars, soldier Gideon Garza discovers that the timid girl he left behind is now an independent single mother whom he still has feelings for, and the father who refused to acknowledge him has left him a vast cattle ranch.
What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading Jane by April Lindner and Vegas Two Step by Liz Talley.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I plan on reading To Love A Wilde by Kimberly Kaye Terry; Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowen; and Exposure by T. Fowler