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Guest Blogger: Leah Braemel
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Psst! Yesterday’s contest continues. If you post today, you have two chances to win! ~DD

I want to give Delilah a huge thank you for inviting me today. Delilah’s an author I first started reading shortly after I decided to get serious about writing, now quite a few of her books stand side by side on my keeper shelf. I wonder if it was a sign that I’d write Texas Tangle when I picked up a copy of Delilah’s Tempted by a Cowboy anthology last year.

I’ve always loved cowboys—there’s something about them that I find so attractive, despite how they must smell of the barnyard by the end of the day. From way back to the days of Gunsmoke and Bonanza (I had a wicked schoolgirl crush on Little Joe) to modern day cowboys, I’ve always had a softspot for those Stetson wearin’ fellas. That’s probably what inspired me to write Texas Tangle (although I have to confess, neither hero is technically a cowboy, though they do both ride horses.)

But what is it about cowboys that we find so sexy?

I know first-hand that there’s something sexy about hearing a soft southern drawl of a guy asking if they can do something for me. Or maybe it’s just the way their “ma’am” drags out in a much sexier fashion than it does up north.

Or maybe it’s those chaps that highlight that cute tight butt by the absence of leather? (I used to think this until my eldest son bought a pair of chaps to wear while riding his motorcycle. Now I view chaps in a whole different light.)

Is it the slightly bow-legged amble after they’ve climbed off their horse?

Or knowing that they can make a thousand pound animal do their will?

Does wearing a Stetson automatically make a guy sexier? Well, in Matthew McConaughey’s defense, I don’t think the hat had much to do with how sexy he is. 😉

I love the cowboy on the cover of Texas Tangle – in fact Delilah must too, since it looks like he’s the same guy in her banner.

So tell me, why do you find cowboys sexy?


Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued…and a little gun-shy.

Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki’s life, but he’s determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki’s heart.

Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?


“No, no, no!” With steam billowing from the hood of her truck, Nikki maneuvered blindly easing the vehicle to the side of the road, making sure the horse trailer she was towing wasn’t blocking traffic. “You can’t die here. We’re so close to home.”

With a sigh, she killed the engine, climbed from the cab and kicked the front tire. “You couldn’t have held on for another three miles, could you? No-o-o, you had to blow out the rad here, you piece of shit.”

She waited in the inky black night for ten minutes before a vehicle crested the hill, its high beams blinding her until the driver dimmed the lights. She moved to the side as the Jeep zipped past, not even slowing to see if she needed help. A half-dozen cars zoomed by over the next half hour without a single one slowing. She was starting to consider unloading her newest horse and riding him home when a familiar white pick-up slowed then parked in front of her truck.

First a long, booted leg, then the rest of the driver’s body unfolded as he clambered down. Dillon Barnett jammed a dusty black cowboy hat on his head before he ambled over. “Hey, Nik. Need some help?”

“Yeah, my truck’s overheated.” Trying to ignore the shivery feeling that had her nipples hardening every time she set eyes on her neighbor, Nikki reached for the hood release.

Dillon caught her wrist and stopped her. “Whoa, don’t touch that yet. Let it cool down a while longer, or I’ll be hauling you off to the burn unit.”

Before she could stop herself, she leaned in and filled her lungs with his scent, detecting only a hint of the aftershave he’d used that morning behind a heaping of good honest sweat. Mostly he smelled of machine oil, sawdust and…mesquite? She scrunched up her nose and took another sniff. “You been at a barbecue?”

Dillon chuckled, a dark delicious sound that reminded her of humid summer evenings eating barbecued ribs and drinking cool beer. Of star-filled nights that promised long sessions of hot, sweaty sex.

Where had that come from? Maybe because she hadn’t been with a guy and had hot, sweaty sex in a couple of years?

“We’ve been cuttin’ down some mesquites out back of the old Pritchert place. New owners are plannin’ on putting in a pool and hired me to do the landscaping around it. I figured I might as well get started in there with my machinery.”

When he released her, she took a step back, stopping her sigh before it could escape. Stop with the fantasies, Nik. If Dillon was interested in you, he’d have made some move after Wade moved out. Oh, he was always over checking on her, helping her fix the fences the horses or weather knocked down, but not once had he given her any indication he was interested in her.

No, Dillon just did those things because he’d been raised to be a good neighbor, willing to help the struggling divorcee with the measly forty acres of scrub behind his spread of two hundred and fifty. Still, a girl could fantasize. Oh. My. The fantasies she’d been having about him lately.

But had she imagined the way he’d held her after pulling her against him? Or the way his hand stroked the small of her back? That couldn’t have been accidental. Could it?

If you want to know more about Texas Tangle or any of Leah’s other books, visit Leah’s website or her blog. You can buy Texas Tangle from Harlequin’s new digital-first Carina Press (just click on the book cover).

17 comments to “Guest Blogger: Leah Braemel”

  1. Kelly Jamieson
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:50 am · Link

    Ooh I love me a good threesome, and with cowboys? Yum. And it is a gorgeous cover Leah!

  2. Heather Brewer
    · July 21st, 2010 at 10:16 am · Link

    Awesome book Leah!!! I absolutely loved it. I had the opportunity to review it and it is definitely flame worthy.

    I have reviewed about a dozen of the new Carina Press books (love these books!!) through NetGalley and have been very impressed with the quality of the books and editing.

    Your book is one of my 3 favorite so far. Can’t wait to read the next one, hope it’s the great, great, great grandpa’s story 😀

  3. Knicole
    · July 21st, 2010 at 10:18 am · Link

    I love cowboys because they are very manly and know how to fend for themselves but are also polite and strong in their convictions. Love the excerpt!!

  4. Rasha
    · July 21st, 2010 at 10:46 am · Link

    Thanks for hosting DD and welcome Leah 🙂

    The books sounds very sexy and I am tempted for sure. I loved Delilah’s approach to the cowboy gener. It does help bring the story to life when you are familiar with the details of that life. Good luck with your book!

  5. Sarah Ulfers
    · July 21st, 2010 at 10:56 am · Link

    I’m not a big cowboy fan but for a threesome I’ll give it a go.

  6. Leah Braemel
    · July 21st, 2010 at 11:34 am · Link

    Hi, everyone!

    Kelly – didn’t Angela Waters do a fantastic job on that cover? I love it.

    Heather – Squee – I’m so glad to see you here, and I loved your review (I sent links to everyone I knew–I even printed it off!)

    Knicole – the politeness yet toughness of cowboys — YES! That ‘aw shucks tweren’t nothin’ ma’am’ is so sexy isn’t it?

    Sarah – to be truthful, there’s not a cowboy in Texas Tangle, the heroine is a horse breeder which I guess is the modern day equivalent to a cowgirl. But both my heroes ride and wear cowboy hats 😉 and it is set in Texas 😀

    Rasha – yes, Delilah does cowboys really well, doesn’t she?

  7. Fedora
    · July 21st, 2010 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Yummy 😉 Cowboys seem to be good with their hands, both tough and gentle, depending on the situation. That seems to be a good skill to have 😉 Congrats again on Texas Tangle, Leah–looking forward to reading it!

  8. Armenia
    · July 21st, 2010 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Hi Leah. I come across cowboys all the time living here in Texas, and I must say after reading my hot, steamy westerns they sure look mighty appealing to me and I can’t help but look at them in a different light.

    I find cowboys attractive not only for the Stetson and leather boots that make them look so tall and imposing, but its the natural stride and raw appeal of a man that works with his hands and body controlling horse and land. And talk about muscles, its chiseled by hard work and nonstop. When they talk their slow, sexy drawl of “ma’m, darlin and sweetheart,” I just melt. *sighs*

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  9. Valerie
    · July 21st, 2010 at 2:00 pm · Link

    It’s a fabulous cover. I can’t wait to read it…got it lined up for the weekend.

    As a teen I loved watching cowboy films and thought cowboys are really sexy. Don’t watch them so much anymore, but have still enjoyed the ones I do watch…being in Germany, I think we kind of idolise the cowboy thing…which I don’t mind.l

    I think Gerard Butler would make an awesome cowboy…oh yum!!!

    in Germany

  10. Jane
    · July 21st, 2010 at 2:18 pm · Link

    We don’t see many cowboys in the city, but there is something sexy about them.

  11. Andrea I
    · July 21st, 2010 at 5:34 pm · Link

    I love reading about those sexy cowboys. This is one is on my TBB list.

  12. Juniper Bell
    · July 21st, 2010 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Leah, that photo of Matthew McConaughey just made my day. And then I read your excerpt … wow! Sounds great! A friend and I went to a rodeo once looking for cowboys, but it turns out the rodeo guys are all quite short. Still hot, though. Thanks for the excerpt!


  13. sue brandes
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Hi Leah your book sounds really good. Got to love these cowboys!

  14. Mary G
    · July 21st, 2010 at 11:10 pm · Link

    Hi Leah
    Love the excerpt. I love the way chaps are like “highlighters” for their “jeans”.

  15. Sherry S.
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 am · Link

    I’m not really sure why I love cowboys but I always have and your not the only one the was in love with Little Joe when they were a kid. I think cowboys are just sexy with their tight jeans and cowboys hats. I love that cowboys are just so alpha.

  16. savonna
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 4:11 am · Link

    i love cowboys because they represent both strength and tenderness. they are commanding and very sexy. i can’t wait to read leah’s book!

  17. Carol L
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 8:37 am · Link

    Hi Leah,
    Love your excerpt and love cowboys. They are so manly, yet gentle and loyal and sexy as all get out.
    Carol L.

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