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Guest Blogger: Myla Jackson (Contest)
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Update: Laurie P is the winner of Elle’s prize package!

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All of Me

Do you feel like you are several different people all wrapped up into one person? That life is pushing each of those persons in different directions and you can’t quite seem to bring them all together?

This has been my theme for the past few years. Especially since I started writing under two different pen names. I’m a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a business owner (not just writing). And I’m two different authors: Myla Jackson and Elle James.

Myla is my sexier, not afraid to try a ménage a trois and a little spanking and bondage type of gal who enjoys funny stories based around interesting characters and settings. While Elle likes to speed through stories blowing stuff up and riding in the fast lane of action and adventure.

What I find difficult sometimes is balancing the different sides of me. In order to satisfy my readers, I need to keep stories coming. Ask any author…it’s hard to keep writing enough stories to satisfy readers voracious appetites as one author. Try being two!

So how do I handle it? I write like my hair’s on fire!

Leave a comment about all of you for a chance to win
the prize package of one of my
Elle James books:  

THE WITCH’S INITIATION

mjMylaBlogDelilah7-26 And I hope you enjoy the following blurb and excerpt from my most recent Myla Jackson release.

Boots and Roses

by Myla Jackson

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Welcome back to the Ugly Stick Saloon!

Bunny Leigh really shouldn’t care that her ex is days away from getting remarried. Yet the fact he’s getting hitched to the woman he cheated on her with stings more than she cares to admit.
It’s that sting that drives her to impulsively throw a bid in the annual Ugly Stick Saloon Cowboy Auction. To her surprise, she lands not only one of the best-looking men in the tri-county area, but two. The prospect of keeping up with two younger men has the shy florist quaking in her flower pots.

Little does she know, best friends Cory McBride and Jack Monahan made doubly sure their favorite florist won them both. But now they have their work cut out for them, convincing her they want more than one steamy night. They want a chance at forever.

Warning: A cop, a cowboy and a flower shop owner make the petals fly! And look what happens when the Ferris wheel stops at the top. Bring a fan, the heat’s rising at the Ugly Stick Saloon.

Samhain Publishing | Barnes & Noble Nook | Amazon Kindle | Kobo

 Coming once, coming twice…SOLD!

© 2013 Myla Jackson

For forty-five minutes, Bunny left the paddle on the bar, refusing to give in to her loneliness and bid on a paid-for pity date. One by one the men paraded around the stage, women bid and the gavel banged. One by one the chance for a date passed and Bunny slipped deeper into a blue funk.

Her lips still tingled from the contact with Cory’s and Jack’s, and she raised her hand to touch her mouth. No vibrator had affected her as much as those earth-shaking kisses. Once again, Bunny considered Audrey’s words. Maybe it was time for her to get out in the dating pool again and give love a second chance.

“Hold on to your belt buckles, ladies,” Charli said with a flourish. “Here to introduce the final act, the woman who made the Cowboy Auction possible, Audrey Anderson.”

Audrey stepped up on the stage with Deputy Monahan holding her arm. The owner of the Ugly Stick Saloon took the microphone from Charli and faced the crowd, her face straight, serious.

Ladies, it’s been brought to my attention that we’ve had several instances of sexual misconduct against our own Deputy Jack Monahan. I ask you to please keep your hands to yourself and respect the man who was brought here to keep the peace.”

One woman yelled, “Boo!”

The room full of women joined her, all shouting, “Boo!”

Bunny smiled. If she wasn’t mistaken, Audrey had something up her sleeve and she was playing the audience.

Audrey winked. “Oh, so you like playing dirty?”

As one, the women yelled, “Hell, yeah!”

“Then let’s raise the stakes. For the first time in Cowboy Auction history, we’re offering up a two-fer.”

The ladies roared their approval.

Despite her resolve to remain unaffected by the goings on in the saloon, Bunny leaned forward, a tingle of anticipation rippling through her body. Cory hadn’t been offered up for auction yet and he’d hinted at a surprise. Was this it?

“All our cowboys have been fabulous sports about this auction, but the last bidding opportunity we’re offering tonight is special and near and dear to my heart. Please welcome the two-fer deal of Cory ‘The stripper so hot you’ll singe your fingers’ McBride…”

Cory danced out on the stage, wearing a vest, boots and leather chaps over a black G-string. The only thing not showing was his package, and it was swelled enough to give every woman enough information to go on. The man was hung.

Bunny sucked in a breath and held it while her pulse pounded so loud she could barely hear herself think. Her deliveryman had been in her sex dreams and fantasies more and more often lately. Now this… Holy smokin’ cowboys!

Audrey continued, “The other half of this dynamic duo is our very own man of peace, Deputy ‘Pull over and let me frisk you’ Jack Monahan!” Audrey handed the microphone back to Charli.

Deputy Monahan joined Cory center stage, slipping his uniform shirt off, exposing shoulders as broad as Cory’s and equally tanned and gleaming with a fine layer of oil.

Holy rock stars! Between the Adonis blond beauty that was Cory and the dark, rugged sex appeal of Jack, Bunny could barely breathe.

The crowd exploded in a frenzy, all the paddles raising in the air as the bidding started.
Bunny perched on the edge of her stool, her body trembling.

The two men danced around the stage in sync to bump-and-grind music barely audible over the cacophony of women yelling and whistling.

Bidding started at five hundred dollars and shot up from there.

Not that I’m interested in bidding. Bunny mentally calculated what she had in her bank account.

Audrey handed the numbered paddle to Bunny. “I’ll match you dollar for dollar.” She shrugged. “I won’t keep one of them, but I want to contribute to the cause. This way I can, and Jackson won’t have heartburn about it.”

“I can’t bid on those two. I wouldn’t know what to do with one man, much less two!”
Audrey’s brows rose. “Seriously? Oh, honey, you really do need to get out more often. Did I ever tell you about the day I danced for Jackson, Mark and Luke on Jackson’s thirtieth birthday?” She tugged at the front of her shirt. “And I don’t mean two-stepping.” Audrey fanned herself. “Making me hot just thinkin’ about it.”

“Audrey, you’re much more free-spirited. I’m…I’m…” Bunny glanced down at the paddle in her hand. “Not.”

A soft hand rested on Bunny’s shoulder and Audrey leaned close. “How do you know if you’ve never tried to be?”

Bunny shrugged. “I’ve always focused on getting my business going, getting my finances straight—”

“Puttin’ your lousy ex-husband through school. Yeah, I can see where that gotcha.” Audrey shook her head. “That’s all well and good when it comes to running a business, but what about givin’ yourself a second chance at love?”

“I don’t need a second chance. Once was bad enough. I don’t think I’m ready to float that boat again.” Although the two men on the stage could more than set her sails. Holy hell, they were built like brick houses, all muscle—hard, finely chiseled muscle.

“If not for love, then date for fun or a release from stress.” Audrey threw her hand in the air.

Why not satisfy your sexual fantasies? Anything to get you out of your shell, girlfriend.”

“One thousand dollars!” Charli shouted into the microphone. “Ladies, this is twice the spice for the money. Don’t stop now.” She nodded toward the throng. “One thousand one hundred from number forty-one.”

“A thousand dollars?” Bunny did the math in her head. “I’d have to sell a lot of roses to afford those two.”

“Raise your paddle. Remember, I’ll double whatever you can afford.”

Even as Bunny shook her head, her fingers tightened around the paddle’s wooden stick. “I can’t.”

“Yes. You can. It’s just a date,” Audrey insisted. “Think about what Cory can do with that whip. And Jack has handcuffs.”

Cory cracked the whip, and number thirty-seven raised her paddle, bumping the bid up another one hundred dollars.

Bunny’s heartbeat accelerated. She had over two grand in savings for a rainy day and maybe to pay off her ex when she got a little more saved. That money was not earmarked for a hot date with two sexy men.

It still galled her to no end that Ray got half of her business in the divorce, Texas being a community property state. Out of the “goodness of his heart” Ray had let her keep the flower shop, as long as she paid him for his half over time, as a loan. He never let her forget it either, always giving her his unwanted opinion on how to run the flower shop. Spending so much money on a date would have him questioning her ability to stay in business. He might even foreclose on his loan.

“Going once,” Charli said.

“What?” Bunny’s breath caught and she leaned so far forward on her stool she almost slid off.

“Going twice.” Charli paused. “They’re a steal at twelve hundred dollars. Come on ladies, won’t one of you bid thirteen hundred?”

Bunny’s hand shook, her grip clenching on the paddle. Before she could analyze her actions, she raised her paddle.

“Is that Bunny Leigh back there near the bar?” Charli shielded her eyes from the glare of the stage lights. “Y’all gonna let Temptation’s best florist go home with the two most drool-worthy men in the county?”

Cory and Jack stared across the room, straight at Bunny, both smiling.

Her pulse accelerated until she thought for certain her heart would jump right out of her chest. Her gaze panned the room, praying someone else would raise a paddle quickly before she bought the cowboy and the cop.

Charli grinned, and before anyone else could get a paddle above shoulder-high, she pounded her gavel on the podium and shouted, “Sold!”

Myla Jackson/Elle James’s Bio:

mjMylaElle200x300Myla Jackson aka Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Myla/Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 39 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Samhain, Elloras’ Cave, Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

Social Media:

Myla Jackson  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

ELLE JAMES  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

 

35 comments to “Guest Blogger: Myla Jackson (Contest)”

  1. denise
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 7:01 am · Link

    It sounds very interesting I will be putting this on my tbr list :wink:



  2. Toni Whitmire
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 7:08 am · Link

    I find it very exciting and can’t wait to read the story bibbiesparks@yahoo.com.



  3. Charlotte Copper
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 7:08 am · Link

    I was hooked from the start on the name Bunny Leigh. Definitely on my TBR list.



  4. Kathy Lewis
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 7:15 am · Link

    I think everyone has several personalities. We juggle so much in our lives – being a mom, wife, worker bee, taxi driver and friend. Sometimes then start to blur. Can’t wait for the next book!



  5. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 7:52 am · Link

    Good morning all! So happy to be visiting my sister’s blog. She’s so good at it! I love that we all have so many hats we wear and that we can juggle them so well (mostly :-)) Nice to see all the comments so far. I hope my post resonates with you and that you enjoyed the excerpt!



  6. pam howell
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 9:00 am · Link

    oooh swag – gimme gimme – my names Jimmy

    ok I’m back – sorry :oops:
    would LOVE to win and read



  7. Jennifer Sapa
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 9:40 am · Link

    Wow, that excerpt was awesome, bought to read this weekend!!!

    I am a wife, reader, accountant, workaholic, and best aunt ever :wink:



  8. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 10:56 am · Link

    Ha ha, Pam. I get too excited too.

    Jennifer, you too have many hats. Good that you can juggle to be the best aunt ever!



  9. Michele H
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am · Link

    I just added this to my wish list. Best. Excerpt. Ever. :) I always wondered how writers balance writing in different genres, but assumed it would be easier in a way if they did so under different pen names. I suppose we all have to reconcile the many “hats” we wear on a daily basis in our own way, though.



  10. Gemma Juliana
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am · Link

    I love the “I write like my hair’s on fire” line! That’s what I need to do – I can’t get enough books written for one pseudonym, much less two! Best of luck with sales, this one looks really spicy!



  11. Laurie P
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 12:41 pm · Link

    During the day I masquerade as a “normal” (yeah, I hear the hubby snorting) wife, mother and reading addict. But at night (bwhaaaaa) my inner smut author side comes out to play. And some day my hubby will get his wish to be married a published smut author :-D

    And I love that excerpt, going on the TBR pile (I did say I was a reading addict)

    Laurie P
    goaliemom0049(at)gmail(dot)com



  12. ronnie cornett
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 12:42 pm · Link

    love your books and the excerpt….and the giveaway! :wink:



  13. ELF
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 1:20 pm · Link

    I usually consider it adult ADD…I start LOTS of projects and may or not get any one of them finished, lol. Fun excerpt, good luck with the release!



  14. Karen C
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 1:48 pm · Link

    WOW! What a great blurb and excerpt – she said as she fans herself!!



  15. Michelle - Snarky Mom
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 3:12 pm · Link

    LOVE all the Myla Jackson stories! I’m a true representative of the “sandwich” generation – MIL has Alzheimers, Dad is in early stages, Mom just diagnosed with lung cancer & started chemo (at least my Gramma is staying healthy… for now!)… while I deal with teen boy twins & a 7 year old boy, 2 large dogs, and a husband who is only in town a few days a week. How do I hold it all together? The wonders of modern (prescription) medicine!



  16. Laura Bowles
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    I daydream. I do a lot of driving around and find that I can daydream while I drive.



  17. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Ah Michelle, thanks so much! Glad you liked the excerpt. I loved writing Rose’s story. She needed some fun in her life!



  18. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Gemma, it’s hard to write for two pen names, but I love the diversity of genres!



  19. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Laurie,
    Good luck with the alter ego of “smut author”. Once you’ve gone to the dark side, there’s no going back!



  20. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Thanks Ronnie. I love to hear people say them love my books. Makes me smile!



  21. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Link

    ELF, I have a few projects I’ve started and haven’t finished. Gads, it drives me nuts too!



  22. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Thanks, Karen!

    Michelle, That’s better living through chemicals. I don’t know how you do it!



  23. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Hehehe Laura, when I daydream, I miss my turns!



  24. Judy Stone
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 8:23 pm · Link

    Yikes! I scraped my tongue off the roof of my mouth, gulped a few times, and stopped typing this to order the book. Now, I’m back! How’s that for multitasking? Finished editing a newbie author yesterday, and today on my day off, spent three hours crafting a debriefing email, explaining what she needed to do to get published! Ate my entire afternoon, and tomorrow I need to finish another book. There’s no such thing as time off when you’re self-employed.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing excerpt. I’m going to have a blast reading this! And, BTW, I love swag!



  25. Susan W.
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Wow! That’s a lot of people wrapped up in one person! I don’t know how you do it! But I’m sure glad you do.
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net



  26. Myla Jackson
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Thanks Judy! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt enough to try the book!

    Thanks Susan. I try!



  27. June M.
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      · July 26th, 2013 at 11:20 pm · Link

    I don’t see how authors can write as more than one pen name or write more than one story at a time. I would be so confused I would have everything all mixed up :)



  28. flchen1
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 2:34 am · Link

    Myla/Elle, you surely amaze, no matter which hat you’re wearing ;) Thanks for all your writing, which never fails to set us afire :D



  29. Mary Preston
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 3:02 am · Link

    I think you write faster then I read. Love your work – both of you, so to speak.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com



  30. Charlene
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 10:36 am · Link

    That was a great excerpt and the book is going on my TBR!

    As for which hats I wear, I am a single mother to a 10 year old boy, a paralegal, a professional organizer and driver as my son is on the local little league football team, obtaining his black belt in tae kwon do and joined the school band this year, I am a part time student, a sister, a part-time care giver for my 93 year old grandmother, a counselor to my mother, sister and aunt, a sales representative for Melaleuca products, and a pretty doting fun aunt to two beautiful nieces.

    I love the escape from mi vida loca that a good book can provide, and I LOVE both Myla and Elle’s books, so keep ’em comin’! Thanks for the opportunity to join the contest!



  31. BookLady
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 1:30 pm · Link

    What an exciting book! Loved the excerpt and the sense of humor in the story. Will definitely be putting this book on my wishlist. It is always interesting to discover the different names under which an author writes. Thanks for sharing.
    bhometcho(at)hotmail(dot)com



  32. BookLady
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link

    What an exciting book! Loved the excerpt and the sense of humor in the story. Will definitely be putting this book on my wishlist. It is always interesting to discover the different names under which an author writes. Thanks for sharing.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com



  33. BookLady
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Email correction – bhometchko@hotmail.com



  34. Theresa Fischer
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      · July 27th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I have read both Myla Jackson and Elle James books and did not realize it was the same author! Love your books.



  35. Delilah
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      · August 5th, 2013 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Laurie P is the winner! Elle will be in contact with her soon! Congrats!