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Guest Blog: Randi Alexander (Contest)
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

New Release and Book Giveaway!

I’m Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. My first book, Chase and Seduction was released May 27 from The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line. I want to thank Delilah for letting me guest blog today. She and I share a love of cowboys. We both blog on Wild and Wicked Cowboys with 12 other erotic romance authors.

Some of the 14 published authors on W&W are full-time writers, others have day jobs and write evenings and weekends. I’m a stay-at-home author, and I wonder if sometimes I’m not as focused on the actual writing as someone who works a day job. Someone who needs to get things done in a condensed amount of time.

So, here’s my story. “A day in the life of a full-time writer.” I hear my husband get up at 6:30 AM because I’m a light sleeper. I get up, too, put on my pull-over robe, which he calls my muumuu, and shuffle off into the kitchen to make coffee, breakfast for two, and his lunch. He says I don’t have to make him lunch, but if I don’t, he goes out and spends $15 a day at a restaurant. (Have I mentioned I’m very frugal?)

I kiss him goodbye at 8:00 and power up the ol’ laptop. Checking all my social networking hangouts takes about an hour. It gets longer every day as I add more favorites. Then it’s e-mails, which can take a little or a LOT of time.

I still haven’t written anything, and it’s already 10:00. Yeay! Time for a snack! Oh, and I put on real clothes right about now, too, because when the mail comes, I want to be ready! Mail is an exciting part of my day!

Now the neighbor guy starts mowing his lawn. I watch him for a while, concocting a story about the lonely stay-at-home writer who falls for the handsome hunk next door. Except Burt is about 83, and has on a huge, floppy sun hat that I’m sure his wife makes him wear, so I really have to use my imagination.

Okay, butt back into the writing chair. Tummy’s full, water glass is full, brain…isn’t so much. I’m outlining a book, and things just aren’t flowing. So, I open my library book on voiceover acting and do my voice exercises. “Unique New York, unique New York, red leather, yellow leather, blue blood, black blood.”

Whoa, it’s almost noon. I’ve got to write something! So I meditate a few minutes, open the outline document, and write a few scenes. Woot! Something’s working up there in the old noggin.

But now it’s lunchtime. Which means, I get to watch TV. I allow myself a half hour of television while eating lunch. Nothing powerful like CNN. I need something trite, like a soap opera. (There goes all that brainpower I just invoked before lunch!)Then I clean the kitchen, empty the dishwasher, put in a load of laundry, and get the mail. Love the mail

All righty, time to get back to work. Again, I check my social networking sites, answer my e-mails, then begin the outlining process again. But out my window, I see two squad cars stop across the street. Uh oh, time to peek out the curtains and see what’s up.

Nothing interesting. Back to the outline. Oops, it’s 3:00. Time for a snack. Apples and carrots. And another load of laundry.

4:00 rolls around, and it’s my witching hour. Hubby will be home soon, and I want to finish this elusive outline. I promised myself I’d get it done today, and nothing will stop me from achieving my goal. But first – my drum set is calling. I practice every day in preparation for the moment when the perfect storm of musicians comes together and I can fulfill my dream of playing in a tropical-rock band. So I bang around on them, today tapping along to Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, and an old Bon Jovi.

Now I’m energized. I write for a half hour, then pop into the kitchen to get supper started. I’m not really the Stepford housewife I might seem to be. Usually supper is baked fish and lettuce salad, because we’re on a health kick.

When he gets home, we have supper together, take a walk, then he wanders off to do his guy-stuff, and I finally have the motivation to finish that outline. (Getting to bed before midnight is a great motivator!) Three hours later, I finish what I’d told myself I’d have done by noon.

I’m sure other full-time writers have perfected the art of stick-to-it during the day, but I’m still rather new at this. What don’t I know that hugely successful authors, like Delilah, know?How do people with corporate telecommuting jobs do it? Why do I find myself wandering off to stare at something shiny?

I know it’ll come to me eventually. But for now, I’m happy doing what little writing I can in between all the fun, fluffy time-wasters.

Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.

Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.

Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

Chase stood and walked across the room leaving Reno sitting on the couch staring at his back. All of a sudden, she could use a drink.

When he turned to face her, he spread his feet apart, his hands fisted at his sides. “Last night, you wouldn’t let me explain, and I’m damn sure going to set you straight now.” His low voice rumbled.

Reno swallowed, shaking a little inside. Not from fear, but desire. Something about the way he took control made her feel secure and…mushy inside. She didn’t expect him to grovel, but he came on surprisingly forceful. She hadn’t known that quality in a man before.

“The condoms were a gag. My drummer stuffed them in that drawer a couple months ago, and told me to use them all before filming ended. Did you see how many were in there?”

Reno nodded and opened her mouth to answer.

“All of them. I didn’t use any.” He walked toward her. “You wanna know why?”

She just blinked and drank in his intensity.

He paused a second, then said, “When I met you, I knew I’d found someone special. But I didn’t want to believe it at first. I had to test it, and poke at it, and stir it up some, but you’re real.” His brow furrowed, and his gaze bore into hers. “You’re as nice as you seem, and as smart as they come, and way too good for a hick like me.”

“Too good? No, Chase—” She stood and reached her hand out toward him, but he backed away.

“Let me get this said. I lose my concentration when you’re close.”

Reno clasped her hands in front of her. She wanted so badly to be in his arms, she pressed her knees together to keep from running to him.

* * * * *

To celebrate the release of Chase and Seduction, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my novella Her Cowboy Stud. Just leave a comment today and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.

I’m also giving away a cowgirl hat to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com And while you’re there, you can read the first chapter of Chase and Seduction.

Good luck, and thank you!
Randi
RandiAlexander.com
WildAndWickedCowboysBlog
Chase and Seduction available at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses

28 comments to “Guest Blog: Randi Alexander (Contest)”

  1. Dawn Jackson
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 7:26 am · Link

    This sounds like a yummy read. I love the cover too. Going to head over to your website and check out your excerpt to Chase and Seduction. If Delilah has you on her blog, I KNOW your good. *Wink* Thanks for the heads up!



  2. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 7:36 am · Link

    Hi Dawn, I know – I’m a fan of Delilah’s and it’s a privilege to be her guest today and to blog with her on Wild and Wicked. Thanks for the compliment!



  3. June M.
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 7:48 am · Link

    I’m really not stalking you…Just following a little. LOL This book does sound good. Every excerpt I read makes me want it more. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

    You definately have a better imagination than I do….I couldn’t imagine any of my neighbors a sexy.



  4. shadow
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 7:57 am · Link

    oh that sounds so good. hot! ;) gotta love cowboys! this is going on my wishlist! thank you so much for sharing. :)



  5. Tonya
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 8:01 am · Link

    Hi Randi! How are you? Congrats on your new release! It sounds like a great story. I love cowboys. I try to read all of them that i can get my hands on. Thank you for coming today and for the giveaway! :)



  6. shadow
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 am · Link

    Oops..forgot to tell you: CONGRATS!!! :)



  7. Diane Sadler
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 8:38 am · Link

    I enjoyed the excerpt and still love cowboys!



  8. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 9:34 am · Link

    June – LOL – feel free to stalk my blog tour. It’s always nice to see a friendly name.

    Hey, Shadow, thanks for dropping by. It is the hottest book I’ve ever written, and having a cowboy as the hero bumped up the sexyness. *sigh* And thanks for the belated congrats!

    Hi Tonya, I love cowboys, too, and it was really fun to write about a cowboy who still works his ranch but has the added job of a country mega-star.

    Thanks for stopping in, Diane!



  9. tammy ramey
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 am · Link

    Hi Randi,
    i am a consumate time waster also! you are not alone! LOL i even think there may be a support group for this. all kidding aside i have a hard time sitting at the computer too. i loose my train of thought if a bird chirps outside the window. LOL!
    i wanted to tell you how much i loved “Her Cowboy Stud”. the only thing i did not like is that it was so short. i would have like to have it go on a bit longer but then that is why it is a novella i guess. i was very well written and i have already read it 2x.
    i can’t wait to read this book and see all of the things that happen with Chase and Reno.
    loving the blog tour but please do not enter me for todays drawing as i have already won once.
    have a nice day. :)



  10. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 am · Link

    Hey, Tammy, let’s form an online support group for time wasters – or would that just add the the problem ;-})

    I’m so glad you liked the Her Cowboy Stud. I have to admit, I usually don’t read novellas for the same reason – they’re too short for me. But this one was a pleasure to write.

    Thanks for following my blog tour, and for letting me know I’m not the only easily-distracted person out there!



  11. Beverly Brandenburg
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am · Link

    Hi Randi.. I love, love Cowboy Romances. Thanks for sharing
    the excerpt.. I just ordered from B&N for my Nook. I can’t wait to get started on it. :)



  12. Christina Freas
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    Can you write anything bad about cowboys? That’s the true question? No matter what you say, cowboys remain awesome! And yumm, yumm!



  13. Becky W
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    Hi Randi, Congrats on your new release! I’ve added this book to my list to get. I can’t wait to read this story, the excerpt got my attention and now I want to know what all happens with Chase and Reno.



  14. Fedora
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Randi, I’m a terrible time-manager, too–my husband often wonders what I’ve accomplished all day ;) But hey, your schedule is working for you because you’re writing, and we readers get to read :) Keep on keeping on! Looking forward to your latest! Because no one can have too many hot cowboys :)



  15. Destiny
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Hello! :D Congrats!! :) I LOVE cowboy books, their so hot and muscular! :) Lol. Hot in heavy in the sack or so I’m told. :) Haha! :D This book is going on my list to buy! :D Thanks for the giveaway!! :D



  16. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Wow, Beverly, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book.

    Christina, so true. Cowboys are the stuff of dreams. *sigh*

    Thanks for stopping by, Becky. I love this excerpt, too. He’s all hot and manly. Makes me tingly. *grin*

    Hi Fedora, what can you do? Some people work better under pressure – under a deadline – in crunch time. Yes, it does work for me, and no, can’t get enough hot cowboys!!!

    Destiny, yes! Hot and heavy in the sack. Now THAT makes me tingly, too! Thanks for the great comment.



  17. Laura Bowles
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm · Link

    I am so glad you are the guest blogger today because it allows me to discover you as a new author for me. I have checked out your website and your facebook page and will be looking for your books and Chapter-Indigo here in Canada.

    Your book Chase and Seduction sounds great and look forwards to reading it.

    Laura



  18. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Hi Laura, I have to admit – I’ve never heard of Chapter-Indigo before today. But I love learning something new every day. Hope you enjoy the book!



  19. Destiny
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Randi Alexander: Lol! I get tingly too! Haha! :D We’ve got something in common! lol And Your Very Welcome For the Great Comment! :D :mrgreen:



  20. Stacy Wilson
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 4:01 pm · Link

    That was a great insight into the life of a writer! Thanks for posting it.

    The blurb for Chase and Seduction certainly snagged MY attention! I am going to have to go find this and put it on my wish list, at least til pay day. ;)

    Stacy Wilson
    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com



  21. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 7:03 pm · Link

    Hi Stacy, it was a little tongue-in-cheek, but sadly mostly true. It’s difficult to be one’s own boss, no matter what the business. Glad you liked the blurb!



  22. Jen B.
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 8:07 pm · Link

    I already have a copy of Her Cowboy Stub so please don’t put my name in the hat. Sorry, couldn’t resist a hat reference. Chase and Seduction sounds great. It’s on my wish list. Once I get some money, I will get a copy!



  23. Randi Alexander
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Howdy, Jen! Great that you snuck in the hat reference! Thanks for coming by the blog.



  24. lisagk
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      · June 22nd, 2011 at 10:01 pm · Link

    Both books sound hot. Hoping you have many sales and congrats.



  25. ClaudiaGC
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      · June 23rd, 2011 at 6:42 am · Link

    Your new book sounds great! The day in your life made me laugh. Thanks for that. ;)



  26. Randi Alexander
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      · June 23rd, 2011 at 7:32 am · Link

    Lisa, thanks for the wishes for many sales. It’s so fabulous that writing – which gives me so much pleasure – is also financially rewarding. :-D

    Hey, Claudia, it is pretty funny, my life, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. Thanks for stoppin in today!



  27. Randi Alexander
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      · June 24th, 2011 at 8:04 am · Link

    Congratulations Beverly Brandenburg, using Random.org, you were chosen the winner of my e-novella, Her Cowboy Stud. Please contact me at Randi@RandiAlexander.com to claim your prize.

    A huge thanks to Delilah for letting me take over her blog for a day, and thanks to everyone who came by to read my blog and to leave comments. :wink: It was a lot of fun!



  28. shadow
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      · June 24th, 2011 at 9:09 am · Link

    Congrats Beverly!