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Guest Blogger: Elle James (Contest!)
Monday, August 5th, 2013


What is it about a book cover, whether it’s print of digital, that like most? Is it a hot cowboy, a couple smiling lovingly into each other’s eyes, a spooky scene or a wide-open countryside with prairie grasses blowing? What colors catch your eye? What images make you want to read the blurb?

Harlequin Intrigue has had the same kind of covers for a long time, and with the competition being more fierce in the publishing industry, they’re trying out new cover images to capture the readers’ attention. TRIGGERED from my Covert Cowboys Inc. Series started out in the old cover images and the second book in the series TAKING AIM is in the new format. What do you think?

I personally like the new cover format, but I think it could use a little more color. But dang! I love the cowboy on TAKING AIM. He’s hot, sexy and gritty. What more could I ask for? No really, what more could I ask for? A girl on the cover? A horse? I’d be interested to hear what you have to say. I’ll leave you with the images of all four of the books in the series so you can see what’s changed and where they’re going.


And I hope you enjoy the following blurb and excerpt from:


Covert Cowboys Book #2

by Elle James aka Myla Jackson

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Amazon | Nook

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A kidnapping offers an FBI agent a second chance at redemption in Elle James’s Covert Cowboys, Inc. miniseries.
After witnessing the murder of his partner, former FBI agent Zach Adams suffers the weight of his own guilt. An unexpected assignment hunting down the members of the Texas gang responsible—who have kidnapped a local woman—could offer long-awaited revenge.

Zach understands the danger of tracking the cartel, but it’s his desire for the sister of the missing person that he fails to anticipate. Determined to find her twin, Jacie Kosart is as strong-willed as she is alluring. But when Zach’s ruthless search for the kidnappers lands Jacie in the crosshairs of deadly enemies, Zach realizes he’ll risk everything to keep her alive…even if it means confronting the demons of his own past.


“Yeah, but not only are they putting themselves and the horses in danger, they’re putting the two of us at risk as well.” Jacie hesitated. “Come to think of it, maybe we should head back while there’s still enough light to climb the trail out of the canyon.”

Tracie sighed. “I was hoping you’d say that. I don’t want you to get hurt out here.”

“Me? I was more concerned about you. You haven’t been in saddle much since you joined the FBI.”

“You’re right, of course.” She smiled at Jacie. “Let’s get out of here.”

“Agreed. Let them be stupid. We don’t have to be.” Jacie turned her horse back the way they’d come and had taken the lead when the sharp report of gunfire echoed off the canyon walls.

“What the hell?” Jacie’s horse spun beneath her and it was all she could do to keep her balance.

Aramis reared. Tracie planted her feet hard in the stirrups and leaned forward, holding on until the gelding dropped to all four hooves.

More gunfire ensued followed by the pounding of hooves, the sound growing louder as it neared them.

Tracie yelled, “Go, Jacie. Get out of the canyon!”

Jacie didn’t hesitate, nor did her horse. She dug her heals into D’Artagnan’s flanks, sending him flying along the trail. She headed back the way they’d come, her horse skimming over the rocky ground, his head stretched forward, nostrils flared.

Before they’d gone a hundred yards, Rocky, the gelding Mr. Jones had been riding, raced past them, eyes wide, sweat lathered on both sides, sporting an empty saddle, no Mr. Jones. Rocky hit the trailhead leading out of the canyon, scrambling up the slope.

Jacie dared to glance over her shoulder.

Mr. Smith emerged from the fork in the canyon trail, yelling at Ginger, kicking her hard. Both leaned forward, racing for their lives.

Elle James’s Bio:

Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, 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.

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17 comments to “Guest Blogger: Elle James (Contest!)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
    · August 5th, 2013 at 7:44 am · Link

    I just love the excerpt and I think you shouldn’t change a thing

  2. Amanda Cottengim
    · August 5th, 2013 at 7:55 am · Link

    That sounds so exciting. Looks like I have another series to start reading!

  3. Kimberly Mayberry
    · August 5th, 2013 at 8:58 am · Link

    This book sounds really good! I love your books anyway!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Teresa Hughes
    · August 5th, 2013 at 11:17 am · Link

    I love the new covers that have been coming out. They definitely catch your attention!

  5. Judy Stone
    · August 5th, 2013 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Like the new cover formats. I usually prefer covers with muted colors, rather than splashy, gaudy ones, especially when the genre has grit and intrigue and isn’t just (yes, I’m using the hated “just”) a slap-happy romp or a sappy sophomoric romance.

    Wonderful excerpt and I’ll add this series to my wish list. Darned thing is getting longer by the day. I’ll need to win the lottery to afford all the books I want!

    Thanks for the swag bag giveaway. Swag is always a good thing.

  6. Elle James
    · August 5th, 2013 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Thank, Sis, for inviting me to blog today. I love the new covers for Intrigue and hope the readers do to. Thank you everyone for commenting! Be sure to enter the rafflecopter. You might win the prize!

  7. catslady
    · August 5th, 2013 at 1:35 pm · Link

    I too love the new covers. I like a man on the cover (my only problem is when they get the hair wrong lol.) Probably the only covers I don’t care for are the cutsey ones, maybe because they make me think their more comedy than anything. I also enjoyed your excerpt!

  8. catslady
    · August 5th, 2013 at 1:36 pm · Link

    ahhhhh they’re not their – sorry, I hate making that kind of mistake lol.

  9. Michelle - Snarky Mom
    · August 5th, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I don’t know. I realize that with the “shadowy” covers they are trying to set the mood for intrigue… but quite frankly, Harlequin is a brand in & of itself, and I always knew that if I wanted to read an Intrique book I should look for the purple edging. Hmmmm…. By the way – books like great! Don’t think the covers need much more; I do prefer covers where either the face is in shadows (so you can make it what you want) or where it’s a partial body shot.

  10. Susan W.
    · August 5th, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    I really like the new covers that Harlequin is trying out. I agree with Michelle. I don’t think you need anything more on your covers and I prefer the faces in shadow or sideview because what is on the cover doesn’t fit how I “see” the characters most of the time. Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2 at cox dot net

  11. Rachelle Lerner
    · August 5th, 2013 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Those new covers are hot. I do get to see them in Walmart once in awhile. Almost wish I could afford subscription to them again.

  12. kimmyl
    · August 5th, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Link

    The new covers look awesome. The excerpt was great. Taking Aim and the Bodyguard covers are fantastic. I like that the story goes with the cover.

  13. Melissa Porter
    · August 5th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt.
    Covers look great. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

  14. shauntih
    · August 5th, 2013 at 7:41 pm · Link

    I like the new covers and I wouldn’t change a THING, except to get the first book’s cover changed to match. I’m adding this series to my TBR pile!

  15. Judy-Ree
    · August 5th, 2013 at 7:52 pm · Link

    I like the new covers. With that top purple area gone, there is more room to really showcase what we all want to see…. the HOT cowboy! But really, the darker covers with hints of smoke and lots of shadows really give you the feeling of mystery and intrigue, so I think they sell the style book you will find inside.

  16. Amber H
    · August 5th, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I like the new covers. There sexy and mysterious.

  17. Mary Preston
    · August 6th, 2013 at 3:28 am · Link

    I like the ‘gritty”
    aspect of the new covers, but as you said a bit more color would be great.

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