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Mia Hopkins and Genevieve Turner: California Cowboys (Giveaway)
Thursday, March 17th, 2016

UPDATE: The winner is…Ginger!

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Hello, Delilah fans!

My latest book, Cowboy Resurrection, is about a bullfighter and a city-slicker businesswoman who join forces to produce a rodeo in their tiny hometown. In between the bickering and the banter, these sexy opposites fall for each other…right into bed.

Cowboy Resurrection is set in rural California. Today I’m chatting with fellow author Genevieve Turner about what makes California—and California cowboys—so special.

I hope you enjoy our conversation. We’re also sponsoring a giveaway. Instructions are posted below.


MH: We both write romance set in California. Why did you choose the Golden State as a setting for your work?

GT: A common piece of writing advice is to write what you know, and I’ve lived in California my entire life (my family’s been here since the late 1700s), so when it came to choosing a setting for my books, I never really considered any other option. I don’t think I could ever live anywhere else—I love it here too much. It also makes it easy, research wise, since I can just step outside to get ideas for descriptions and settings.

MH: California is home for me, too. I was born here, but in my twenties, I got the chance to travel and even live abroad. Being away gave me fresh perspective and a lot of appreciation for my home state. That appreciation lasted long after I moved back. In my stories, setting is a character—the beach, the inner city, the high desert, or the mountains.

GT: People also don’t realize that California has a huge agricultural and ranching industry, so it’s fun to write about places that someone familiar with only LA or San Francisco might not know exist.

MH: Exactly. As a child, I spent time on a grape farm near Delano. All of my cowboy stories are set in this region, the southern part of the Central Valley.

GT: The great thing about California cowboys is that while they’re still rough around the edges (like a cowboy should be), they’re also sophisticated. A California cowboy will work all day getting dirty on the ranch, but once he’s home and showered, he’s totally happy to go out for sushi. Or wine tasting. (Especially if he lives near one of our many wine countries!)

MH: Nothing like a cowboy who knows his chardonnay.

GT: And while he’ll be a total gentleman when he’s taking you to all these fancy spots, he’ll still be a total cowboy when he gets you home. That’s the California cowboy difference.

MH: I agree—that’s the heart of it. Are you working on any California cowboys at the moment?

GT: Right now I’m finishing up Her Cowboy Rival, the next book in my Cowboy of Her Own Series.  Ana has never much liked the charming and arrogant Luke, no matter how he makes her heart race. And since she stole away his best employee, Luke hasn’t liked Ana much either, no matter how she makes his head spin. When they’re forced to collaborate on a charity event, they’ll have to decide: Are they the worst of enemies? Or could they be the best of lovers?

MH: That sounds so juicy!

GT: It’s been so much fun writing this one, since it involves an obstacle race, lots of long runs together on lonely back roads (perfect for kissing), and two people who think they hate each other, but are secretly so hot for each other!

MH: My next project, Cowboy Player, is out in June. It’s the third book in my Cowboy Cocktail series. Rancher Clark MacKinnon is a prankster and a flirt who never takes anything too seriously…until his childhood crush Melody Santos moves back to town and gets a job helping him sell his family’s grass-fed beef. Sparks fly between them. Melody has trust issues following a horrendous breakup, and Clark is a player who’s never been in a serious relationship. Together, they’re a hot, sexy mess!



Rescued By Her Firefighter


Trapped together in the wilderness, a straight-laced scientist and an easy-going fireman will discover opposites don’t just attract—they ignite…

Available at: Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play


Cowboy Resurrection


Ball-busting businesswoman meets no-holds-barred cowboy.
He’s gonna need a longer rope.

Available at: Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | B&N | Samhain | All Romance | Google Play | Books-A-Million


Genevieve Turner writes romance fresh from the Golden State. In a previous life, she was a scientist studying the genetics of behavior, but now she’s a stay at home mom studying the intersection of nature and nurture in her own kids.  (So far, nature is winning!)  She lives in beautiful Southern California, where she manages her family and homestead in an indolent manner. For more information, please visit

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs. For more information, please visit


Answer this question in the comments below:

Where would your cowboy take you on date night?

One randomly chosen winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, one ebook copy of Rescued By Her Firefighter, and one ebook copy of Cowboy Resurrection. Contest closes Sunday, March 20, 2016, at midnight PT. Good luck!

25 comments to “Mia Hopkins and Genevieve Turner: California Cowboys (Giveaway)”

  1. Debbie Watson
    · March 17th, 2016 at 9:57 am · Link

    A picnic in the mountains. Thank you for the chance!

  2. Elaine Swinney
    · March 17th, 2016 at 10:13 am · Link

    The rodeo, he wants to scope out the competition. Plus he wants to show off his horse( really he wants to get the horse’s approval ….LOL) 🙂

  3. Elaine Swinney
    · March 17th, 2016 at 10:15 am · Link

    OOP’s I forgot my e-mail….

  4. sandra
    · March 17th, 2016 at 11:35 am · Link

    A bbq place and a county bar or club to dance !!!

  5. Daun Ann Korty
    · March 17th, 2016 at 11:52 am · Link

    Someplace for a steak dinner, rodeo, then dancing. 😀

  6. Colleen C.
    · March 17th, 2016 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Ooh you have my attention with these books!
    A nice quiet place to ourselves! greenshamrock at cox dot net

  7. Ginger Robertson
    · March 17th, 2016 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Good afternoon Mia and Genevieve,

    I enjoyed reading about your backgrounds and your books of course.

    My cowboy would take me to a country concert. Probably to see Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert or Jason Aldean. October 2015, Luke Bryan brought his Farm Tour to my area, McCalla, Alabama at Twin Lakes Farm. Awesome!

    Thank you for your time and generosity.

  8. Jackie Wisherd
    · March 17th, 2016 at 2:24 pm · Link

    He would take me to dinner at the local Steakhouse and then we would go for a moonlight ride to see the stars.

  9. Joye
    · March 17th, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Someplace on a horse, maybe for a moonlight ride on the desert. Wine, music and dinner at the end of the trail.

  10. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:24 pm · Link

    A picnic in the mountains…my characters do that in Cowboy Resurrection! Thanks, Debbie.

  11. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Lol. Got to have the horse’s approval! Love it!

  12. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Hi Sandra! I’m craving some BBQ now…plus dancing to burn it off.

  13. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Hi Daun! That sounds like the perfect date. I’d love it.

  14. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:28 pm · Link

    I like how you think, Colleen. Cut right to the chase.

  15. Tina Hughes
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:29 pm · Link

    The back of a pick up, a small camp fire, music on the radio and the moon and stars above. We live in the country and love just going out and enjoying the outdoors.

  16. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Hi Ginger! I bet Luke Bryan is great live! There’s a big country music festival down here in SoCal called Stagecoach. It’s on my bucket list.

  17. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:31 pm · Link

    So romantic! I could look at the stars with a handsome cowboy all night.

  18. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Hi Joye! There’s something special about the desert at night. I wouldn’t mind a moonlight ride like this.

  19. Mia Hopkins
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Tina, that sounds like absolute heaven. Reminds me of that Sam Hunt song called Speakers. <3

  20. Elaine
    · March 17th, 2016 at 4:58 pm · Link

    A rodeo! It’s something I’ve only ever seen in the movies and I would love to see one in person with a real life cowboy at my side. 🙂

  21. Pamk
    · March 19th, 2016 at 6:42 pm · Link

    A picnic by the river with fried chicken. Potato salad., and some southern sweet tea
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot Com

  22. Mia Hopkins
    · March 21st, 2016 at 10:27 am · Link

    Whoa, Elaine! You just described a meal that appears in Cowboy Resurrection! We’re on the same page!

  23. Mia Hopkins
    · March 21st, 2016 at 10:34 am · Link

    Oops, I put my replies in the wrong place… This is what I meant to say…

    Whoa, Pamk! You just described a meal that appears in Cowboy Resurrection! We’re on the same page!

    Elaine, I went to my first rodeo in my twenties and I loved it! More exciting than the movies…and so many cowboys. <3

  24. Mia Hopkins
    · March 21st, 2016 at 10:51 am · Link

    *****CONTEST CLOSED!***** Our winner, chosen on, is Ginger Robertson! Congratulations, Ginger. Thank you for playing and reading, everyone. See you next time!

  25. Ginger Robertson
    · March 21st, 2016 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Hi Mia!

    I look forward to reading both Rescued By Her Firefighter and Cowboy Resurrection.

    I did respond to your email.

    Thank you so much!

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