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10 & 9 days/10 & 9 reasons to buy it now!
Saturday, October 18th, 2008

For those just now finding this countdown, here’s what’s going on! This is what I said when I began the countdown at the start of this week:

“In only fifteen days, DOWN IN TEXAS, will hit the shelves. So, it’s my mission to make sure that you are all so pumped about the book that you a) beg your local bookstore to make sure they have a copy ordered for you, or b) pre-order the book so that it’s shipped as soon as it’s available. And be warned, I’m going to make it irresistible for you to ignore my siren’s call. I love this book. I believe 100% you’re going to love it, too. But don’t take my word for it now. Let me seduce you for the next fifteen days.”

Today, I’m heading to Little Rock to attend a meeting with the Diamond State Romance Authors. My friend Layla Chase is flying up from San Antonio, and together with Shayla Kersten, we will go from the meeting straight up to north Arkansas for some location research. ROAD TRIP! I promise I’ll take a lot of pictures, but for now, what that means here is that I won’t be posting tomorrow’s reason. So, I thought I better have one great big reason to satisfy you for the next two days.

What better and bigger reason than DOWN IN TEXAS is set in TEXAS!

Okay, groan if you like. But I lived there for nine years until very recently, and another four when I was a teenager. I love it. It inspires me to write stories as big and rugged as the country. For Kensington alone, I’ve written three novellas set in that great state—one each for WILD, WILD WOMEN OF THE WEST I and II, and HOT BLOODED, which will be in TO TEMPT A COWBOY next summer. DOWN IN TEXAS is my first single title book, but will be followed by TEXAS MEN next year.

This is how I described the opening scene, based on my own experiences in the southwest Texas. And remember, setting is more that just the scenery to a writer–it’s everything we do to set the stage and tone for the story that follows:

Her daddy had always told her a man’s worth wasn’t measured by the size of his bank account or the square footage of his house. Rather, it could be seen in the proud set of his shoulders or a gaze that didn’t waiver.

Her mama had said a man’s strength was in his hands—strong and soothing when an animal or a child needed comfort—hot and wild when a woman needed shaking up.

Looking at Brand now, Lyssa McDonough knew exactly what they’d both meant.

If she had any sense at all she’d turn tail and run. Everything about the man screamed heartbreaker.

Only she couldn’t. Instead, she settled her shoulder against the fence post, kept her breaths shallow and even, and pretended she wasn’t melting inside.

As long as she could remember, Brand had that effect on her—long before she admitted, even to herself, how much he moved her. Today, dressed in a wash-softened chambray shirt that stretched across his broad chest, blue jeans that hugged lean hips, and leather chaps encasing thick thighs, he was the embodiment of any woman’s favorite cowboy fantasy.

Once again, she wished she affected him the same way—that just looking at her made him breathless. Only the sight she presented him this moment would never inspire lust.

Covered in dust and sweat, with hair straggling from the confines of its rubber band, she was grimy, bloody, and anything but attractive.

Too far away to read his expression, she watched how he stood in the stirrups as he topped the hill, head turning to scan the countryside. When his gaze landed on her, his back stiffened, he settled into his saddle, and his boots spurred his horse to bring him fast down the hill.

Things could have turned out worse.

The day might have broken with a cloudless, blue sky and a white-hot sun beating relentlessly on her unprotected face. Early summer in southwest Texas could be ruthless, but thick gray clouds had gathered, shielding her from the worst of the heat. Still, she was thirsty, and her canteen was deep in the satchel of the horse that had to be halfway back to the ranch house by now.

She might not have worn the industrial-padded bra that was the only thing keeping one nasty barb from tearing the tender flesh of her breast like the other that pierced the back of her shoulder. The pointed barb only pricked, a reminder not to take deeper breaths. Vanity had guided her choice. She’d chosen the thick-cupped bra hoping she’d see him today, hoping he’d finally take a closer look and realize she was more than his best friend’s little sister.

More than an obligation he’d accepted.

The promise he’d made was the crux of her problem with Brandon Tynan.

Read yesterday’s entry where we meet Mac McDonough, and you should “see” a difference in the setting. He’s miles away from open ranch country. He’s in the rugged Hill Country.

Let me know how well I did my job. Also let me know how well I’m doing with convincing you that DOWN IN TEXAS is a book you can’t miss! 😉

Remember, you must post comments to be eligible to win one of the prizes I am giving away during this countdown. The next winner will be announced Tuesday AM!

36 comments to “10 & 9 days/10 & 9 reasons to buy it now!”

  1. Kris
    · October 18th, 2008 at 7:11 am · Link

    It looks great, I cannot wait to read it. I love books set in Texas, a very fun state. 😀

  2. Melissa Conatser
    · October 18th, 2008 at 9:01 am · Link

    Ok, so I am seduced!


  3. crystal adkins
    · October 18th, 2008 at 9:14 am · Link

    Wow I think this is an awesome teaser! Have a safe trip by the way 🙂

  4. Fedora
    · October 18th, 2008 at 10:17 am · Link

    Oh… very nice, Delilah! Have a fabulous weekend, too!

  5. Rebekah E.
    · October 18th, 2008 at 10:31 am · Link

    Have a fun and safe trip. Thanks for the great teaser, can’t wait to read it.

  6. Teresa W.
    · October 18th, 2008 at 10:37 am · Link

    Enjoyed another excerpt and hope you have fun this weekend!

  7. Delilah Devlin
    · October 18th, 2008 at 10:50 am · Link

    Just popping in to say hello. I’mm in Little Rock now, waiting for the meeting to begin. Everyone have a great weekend!

  8. Stephanie
    · October 18th, 2008 at 11:42 am · Link

    Oh Boy :mrgreen: All I can think to say is Yee-ha and Yippy Kiaya!! Can’t wait to read more about these cowboys!!

    Have a productive trip D!

  9. Maureen
    · October 18th, 2008 at 12:02 pm · Link

    I think it’s a great reason since I love books set in Texas.

  10. Cathy M
    · October 18th, 2008 at 12:07 pm · Link

    You’ve given each story its own unique flavor, so descriptive that I can picture it in my mind’s eye. And your men, Delilah, I mean who can can say no to a sexy cowboy? Definitely not me. Looking forward to reading these stories.

  11. Jane
    · October 18th, 2008 at 1:01 pm · Link

    You’re doing a fabulous job of convincing us.

  12. Larena Wirum
    · October 18th, 2008 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Love the excerpt. You are doing a great job of whetting our appetite for this one. :mrgreen:

  13. Mitzi
    · October 18th, 2008 at 3:07 pm · Link

    I love good cowbow romance and this sounds fabulous!! I’m definately convinced!!

  14. Deidre
    · October 18th, 2008 at 3:23 pm · Link

    You’re doing pretty good.


  15. Brandy Walker
    · October 18th, 2008 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Popping in to say hello. Have a great weekend. 😉

  16. Darby Lohrding
    · October 18th, 2008 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for thinking of us being w/o you tomorrow! We’ll be thinking of all the fun you are having on your “road trip”!!! And we will be thinking about the next cowboy you are gong to introduce us to!!!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  17. Shelly A
    · October 18th, 2008 at 5:59 pm · Link

    lol, I get paid at the end of the month and have already budgeted this book in! 🙂

  18. Sue A.
    · October 18th, 2008 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Simply fabulous! 10 days to go!

  19. Sheila
    · October 18th, 2008 at 8:29 pm · Link

    Another great excerpt. 😀

  20. Cheryl McInnis
    · October 18th, 2008 at 9:19 pm · Link

    I think you are doing a great job describing Texas to those of us who’ve never been…I can picture wide open ranges and a hot blazing sun beating down, oh, and some sexy cowboys too! I really think I’ll have to visit Texas soon, LOL.

  21. Jennifer K.
    · October 18th, 2008 at 9:36 pm · Link

    I LOVE the cover. I’m not usually one to buy a book because of the cover… but this one tempts me. Good thing the story sounds good too. 😆

  22. Margie
    · October 18th, 2008 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Enjoyed the excerpt! I can’t wait to read this book!

  23. sara hurt
    · October 18th, 2008 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Cover rocks and it sounds like the book does too. cant wait to read it.

  24. Tamsyn T
    · October 19th, 2008 at 2:25 am · Link

    The excerpt sounds great! I’ll be watching out when it hit the shelves.

  25. Lindsey Ekland
    · October 19th, 2008 at 2:31 am · Link

    I like interconnected stories and will be waiting for the book release.

  26. Amy S.
    · October 19th, 2008 at 9:44 am · Link

    Sounds great! I love cowboys! :mrgreen:

  27. Sue Farrell
    · October 19th, 2008 at 10:28 am · Link

    Your teaser is really making me want to read your new book–being from Minnesota I like reading something set in warmer climes in the winter.

  28. Pamk
    · October 19th, 2008 at 12:57 pm · Link

    I love this cover and really like westerns

  29. Tamara Bennington
    · October 19th, 2008 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Hope you are having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend because you sure deserve it 🙂

  30. Raonaid
    · October 19th, 2008 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Mmm, cowboys. Well looks like I’m interested

  31. Michelle B.
    · October 19th, 2008 at 3:35 pm · Link

    :cool:You are very convincing and a superior salesman…

  32. Cynthya
    · October 20th, 2008 at 1:56 am · Link

    You already convinced me, but maybe I shouldn’t say that and make you work harder. 😉 My best friend lives in Texas, I’ll have to ask her if she’s seen anyone like Brand lately.

  33. moshimoshi
    · October 20th, 2008 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Oh my gosh I loved it and I’m anxiously awaiting down in texas!!!

  34. Karin
    · October 20th, 2008 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Setting are very important, and you’re right about being able to tell a difference between this and the last post.

  35. Crystal B.
    · October 21st, 2008 at 8:48 am · Link

    Sounds wonderful.

  36. Nancy Bristow
    · October 21st, 2008 at 11:28 am · Link

    Delilah…I can only put it on my TBB once 😆 I’m from the east coast so I always find a Texas location fascinating. Besides I have a couple of friends who live there….Nancy:)

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