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Guest Blogger: Randi Alexander (Contest)
Monday, December 3rd, 2012

New Holiday Release and Book Giveaway

Thanks, Delilah! It’s a pleasure guest blogging with you. I love this site, and I really enjoy chatting with all the readers. At our house, we celebrate Christmas. Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving, the kids are already begging us to get out and chop down a tree. When we remind them that a live tree needs to last until January 6, and we can’t cut one down for another couple of weeks, they start asking to get down the far-too-many boxes of holiday decorations from above the garage.

Last year, to keep this annual pester fest from spoiling the weeks between Thanksgiving and Tree Cutting Day, I came up with a plan. I bought three plastic storage bins and wrote each of their names on one. Then I took down all the boxes of decorations and chose a few things that I knew each of them would like. Placing them in their respective bins, I added suction cup hangers and non-paint removing double-stick tape.

They loved it! They first had to clean their rooms, of course, but surprisingly I didn’t hear the usual whining about that. Then they each spent hours decorated their rooms like tiny little Martha Stewarts, and I even found some short strings of lights for them to frame their window with.

It’s a lot more relaxed here, now that the decorating pressure is off, and I have time to do some writing. I’m part way through the second book in the Cowboy Jackpot series, which will take place on Valentine’s Day. But today, I’m happy to share the blurb, cover art, and an excerpt from Cowboy Jackpot: Christmas. I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the blurb: A lucky first kiss in front of a Las Vegas slot machine pays off big for bull rider Boone Hancock and New York college student Gigi Colberg-Staub. During the day they spend together as VIP guests of the casino, an intense attraction develops. Throughout the night they share in the big bed of the comped suite, hot, sensual moves ignite wild climaxes.

When Gigi receives a miscommunication, she believes Boone thinks of her as one-night buckle bunny. She confronts him, but Boone convinces himself it’s best for both of them if she goes on believing that, and he lets her walk out of his life. When he realizes his mistake, and then sees the sacrifice Gigi made for him, is it too late to win her back?

Running her hands slowly up his arms, Gigi sighed. “I want to fool around.”

Boone tipped his head back and laughed like a kid. “You’re the best Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten.” Against the backdrop of the suite’s windows, he reminded her of a package all wrapped in lights.

His hands slid to her butt and he tugged her up.

Holding on to his shoulders, Gieselle balanced herself and wrapped her legs around him. She loved it when he carried her.

“You don’t have to ask this cowboy more than once.” He strode to the bedroom, bent over the bed, and laid her back on it. Lit only by the lights of the strip, the room wrapped around them, romantic and cozy.

Propping his elbows at her side, his face hovered inches from hers, his breath warm on her skin. “Baby, I’ve got plans for you.”

A hot shiver skittered through her. “Plans?”

“Mm hm.” His eyes darkened and his breath came faster. “

She unbuttoned one button of his shirt. “What kind of plans?”

He reached behind his back, tugged off her shoe, and tossed it. “Wicked ones.”

Flicking open another button, she asked, “Hot plans?”

“Yeah. And sticky.” He took her other shoe and threw it, too.

Opening the rest of his buttons, her mouth watered for a lick of his nice pecs. “God, you’re sexy.”

“Baby.” It came out on a growl and he ripped off his cowboy hat and threw it onto a chair. “You’re making me crazy.”

She tugged his shirttails from his jeans. “I want to make you naked.”

With incredible speed, he removed his shirt and leaned back over her. “Your turn.” He slid his hands from her knees down her thighs, his fingers tracing the elastic of her panties around her hips.

The rough calluses on his warm hands rattled lusty heat along her skin and down to her pussy.

Boone gathered her dress under her butt and sat her up, pulling it from under her and up over her head.

He froze, his eyes on her see-through lavender bra. “Oh, jeez.”

His stare puckered her nipples and tingled chills across her breasts. Gieselle laced her fingers through his hat hair, releasing the blond mop. The softness on her fingers tugged at her heart. A rugged cowboy with the sweet personality of a gentleman.

Boone’s mouth covered hers as he laid her back on the bed. He wrapped his arms around her, holding on tight. His big prize buckle chilled her belly.

She traced his lips with her tongue and he dove in, his tongue on hers, on her cheeks, tickling the roof of her mouth.

His overpowering strength did fuzzy things to her brain and wild, jittery things to her core. Her hips made tiny circles, cradling his hard shaft through his jeans.

“Gigi.” He whispered against her lips as his hips took up the rhythm of hers.

She scraped her nails lightly down his back. “Boone?”

“When you do that…” His mouth pressed hard and hot on her neck, his teeth nipping, his tongue tracing patterns. Slowly he eased his body lower, dragging his mouth along her skin, tasting as he went.

She closed her eyes and tipped her head back, thrusting her breasts closer to him as desire swirled and puddled low in her belly.

His mouth traced the line of her bra across one breast, then the other. “You’re so hot. Your skin is burning my lips.”

“Don’t stop.” Her blood raced through her like solar flares.

“No, ma’am.”

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I’d love to hear what your favorite part of the holidays is. Is it decorating? Baking? Cooking? Or shopping? I’m giving away an ecopy of one of my backlist books to one lucky commenter.

Cowboy Jackpot: Christmas is available in digital format at Smashwords and Amazon, and in paperback at Createspace and Amazon.

Randi
Randi “Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied”
RandiAlexander.com
-Turn Up the Heat, Chase and Seduction, and Her Cowboy Stud are available at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon
-Cowboy Bad Boys is available in digital format at Smashwords and Amazon and in paperback from Createspace and at Amazon
-Cowboy Lust is available in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon

21 comments to “Guest Blogger: Randi Alexander (Contest)”

  1. Susan W.
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 7:46 am · Link

    Holiday music is my favorite part. I could listen to Christmas music year round. Baby It’s Cold Outside is one of my favorite songs. I haven’t heard a version of it that I didn’t like. Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net



  2. Sandi Lomonaco
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 8:34 am · Link

    My favorite part of the Christmas Holiday is having my husband home! My husband was in the military so we didn’t have traditional “Christmases” spent with our family or even on December 25th! Our Christmas was when Daddy was home…now he is retired, we all just LOVE being together on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Merry Christmas!! :-D



  3. Lisa J
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 9:28 am · Link

    The holiday baking. Okay, maybe it’s just the food in general I like best.

    Happy Holidays!



  4. Deb Schultz
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:09 am · Link

    I love having my family around… we all live in the Midwest… but spread out… Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin… so it’s nice to get together!!!



  5. Becky H
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 am · Link

    Sorry, call my Scrooge! To many bad memories for me to enjoy the holidays anymore. I prefer to pretend they are no more than another day. That being said, the “good will toward man” that actually pops up randomly is reassuring. There is still good things happening out there.



  6. Michelle V
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

    My favorite part of Christmas is Christmas music. I can’t help it, I never get tired of it!

    I love Randi’s books! I just put Cowboy Jackpot Christmas on my wish list!



  7. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:17 am · Link

    Susan, I love the music, too. We’ve already had Jimmy Buffett’s Christmas songs playing in the truck. I’m going to have to check and see if he does a tropical version of Baby It’s Cold Outside!

    Sandi, that’s so nice that you’re all together now for the holidays. I appreciate his service to our country, and the sacrifice you and your family made over the years. Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Lisa, I’m with you, there. We went to Costco yesterday and I bought massive quantities of chocolate, nuts, sugar, flour, etc. Can’t wait to get started baking. Om nom nom.



  8. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 am · Link

    Deb, that’s great that you all get together. And it’s wonderful that you get along so well with your family!

    Becky, I’m sorry to hear the holidays have sad memories for you. It’s always difficult to overcome, and to create your own happy memories to replace them. I hope you have lots of happiness this year!

    Michelle, thanks for the kind words! Thanks for stopping by. People complain that radio stations start the music too soon, but I don’t mind at all. Mele Kalikimaka!



  9. ronnie cornett
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 11:55 am · Link

    My favorite part of the holidays is baking cookies with my boys on Christmas Eve! Not only do we bake and eat but also have alot of fun and alot of laughs doing it!

    Can’t wait to read your new book!!!



  10. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm · Link

    Thanks, Ronnie, I hope you enjoy the story. What a great tradition, baking cookies on Christmas Eve. Have a lovely time!



  11. Ilona
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 1:17 pm · Link

    I love the decorations and the music but most of all I love having all the family around (doesn’t happen often enough for me :cry: ).



  12. Shelley Munro
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 2:28 pm · Link

    What a great idea to take the pressure off in your household. It sounds as if your idea was win-win all way around.

    My favourite thing is eating the Christmas baking. Unfortunately my ass doesn’t stay the right size when I do that!



  13. ELF
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I love the treats that (fortunately) are only around at this time of year…the egg nog, peppermint bark, Poppycock, etc. Good luck on the new release, looks yummy! (I like the sales but NOT the crowds!)



  14. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Ilona, I love the holiday decorations, too, especially the lights. I’m often tempted to leave them up all year. Glad you get to enjoy your family!

    Shelley, yes, I enjoy finding tasks to keep them occupied. Decorating they’ll do, cleaning the garage just doesnt’ work for them. Eating Christmas baking – lol – now there’s a holiday tradition I can get into, also!



  15. Anne
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Eating lots of goodies I don’t make/get the rest of the year.



  16. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Link

    ELF, yes! We saw eggnog a week after Halloween. Seemed too early then, but now that you mention it, I’m craving it! Thanks for the kind words, and consider doing all your shopping online, like I do! Woo-hoo!



  17. Gayle Latreille
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Holdays bring memories of togetherness with family & friends. Sharing wonderful food with wonderful people :) :-P

    gayle2b74@gmail.com



  18. Randi Alexander
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      · December 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Anne, you’re right, those special holiday treats are so special since they only come around once a year. Thanks for dropping by today.

    Gayle, isn’t it nice to gather with friends during this time of the year? People are always so happy. And yep, they bring great food, too!



  19. pc
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      · December 4th, 2012 at 3:30 pm · Link

    I love getting together with family Christmas morning, opening presents, having breakfast, and then playing monopoly! And of course, all the Christmas treats!
    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com



  20. Randi Alexander
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      · December 4th, 2012 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Presents are so much fun. And what a fun tradition – playing Monopoly. Thanks for coming by, PC!



  21. Randi Alexander
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      · December 4th, 2012 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Susan W! Using Randomizer.org, your comment was chosen as the winner of an ebook from my backlist. Please contact me at Randi (at) RandiAlexander (dot) com to claim your prize.

    Thank you, everyone, for a great chat, and a huge thank you to Delilah for hosting me.

    All my best,
    Randi