Guest Author Nicole Helm #Giveaway

Howdy, Delighted Readers!

We have a first time guest with us today.  Author Nicole Helm writer of the Big Sky Cowboys series.  I had the chance to pose her one question-ish and she sent along a fantastic answer.

Also read through to the bottom of the post for a generous giveaway opportunity from the Big Sky series publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Did any scenes have you laughing or crying while you wrote them? Why?

9781492621270Every time I sit down to write a book, I’m sitting down to write the story of two people and their journey to love. I never think—hey, I need to laugh, and I need to cry—but I think by focusing on people, and realistic situations—the laughter and the tears come naturally!

Even in my darkest books, (and OUTLAW COWBOY isn’t exactly light and fluffy), I like to include humor. Even though Caleb and Delia have both been through hell, they can still laugh with each other—and that always makes me smile.

While I appreciate all you can do without one, I wouldn’t be opposed to you rustling up some condoms before you show up. In fact, I might put condoms above food in the ‘things I would like you to return with’ column.”

I think your priorities might be skewed.” 

Well, if I’m ever able, I’ll bake you a cake, stand next to it naked, and see which one you prefer.”

He tugged at the little dip where she held the blanket edges together. I’d say you’re forcing me to make an unnecessary choice. We can have sex and eat our cake too.” 

She leaned into him, letting the blanket be tugged by his fingers enough so he could make out the tops of her breasts. She brushed her mouth across his jaw. Such a shame you have work to do,” she said in a husky voice before pushing him away and retightening her grip on the blanket.

You have no idea,” he said with a groan. He shook his head, trying to clear it from the fog of sex. Her. Sex. Her. Cows wait for no man’s erection. 

She laughed, and he couldn’t resist lowering his mouth to hers again. Not when she smiled or laughed without an ounce of sarcasm or bitterness.

There are certainly a lot of moments that make me cry as well (though I’m a known cry baby. I cry at anything!) Caleb and Delia’s journey is a difficult one, and when they both finally get what they want, it never fails to make me tear up.

The last chapter of the book has made me cry every time I’ve read it, and the best part of that is—it actually wasn’t in my original draft. My editors suggested I add something to tie together Delia and her family, and tie up a few loose ends. When I added this chapter in edits, it quickly became one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.

I won’t include too much to spoil the ending for anyone, but since this is romance, and we all know the happily ever is REQUIRED!

Even though she was still a mass of connected limbs with Rose and Steph, Caleb found a way to reach through, to give her shoulder a squeeze. If I can’t argue with being a good man, you can’t argue with that.”

She swallowed, blinked up at him. She had everything she could have ever dreamed of, and she’d never felt so fragile in all her life.

Unacceptable.

You know what we need to do?” she said, clearing her throat and straightening her shoulders. Celebrate. We need to…revel in our victory.”

Well, drinks are on me and the Pioneer Spirit.”

Or,” Caleb said easily, even though Delia knew it wasn’t particularly easy for him, what about a family dinner? Say, around six?”

Delia cocked her head. There was something about his expression…something just a little too pleased with himself. What did you do?”

He brushed the still far-too-long fringe of bangs out of her eyes and grinned. Let’s just say, when your brother-in-law is loaded, you can pull a few strings, find a few people.” His eyes never left hers, and she knew without a shadow of a doubt that Caleb was hers. Meant for her, built for her; something in their souls had been stitched together long ago.

Back away, Steph, or get beamed into their gushy love mess,” Rose muttered.

Aw, I think it’s sweet,” Steph returned, but Delia realized they’d unwound themselves from her to give Caleb the space to step closer.

I hope you’ll find something to laugh, and something to cry about if you pick up OUTLAW COWBOY.

Thanks, Nicole!  I know I chuckled over the first and got an ahhh over the last.

 

Giveaway Opportunity

For a chance to win a paper copy of Rebel Cowboy, #1 Big Sky Cowboys, please comment below with a response to Nicole’s post.  Giveaway will be open for a week.  This is for US and Canadian entries only.

 

9781492621270Title: Outlaw Cowboy
Author: Nicole Helm
Series: Big Sky Cowboys, #2
Pubdate: May 3rd, 2016
ISBN: 9781492621270 

BIG SKY TROUBLE

Ever since his father’s accident, Caleb Shaw vowed he’d mend his wild ways, and he means to keep his word. He’s a changed man. A better man. And he knows he should want absolutely nothing to do with his crazy old life…or the maddening temptation that is Delia Rogers.

Because Delia? Is nothing but trouble.

Delia’s been stealing her sisters away from their violent father ever since she was old enough to fight back. But now with the police on her trail and all her bridges burned, there’s nowhere left to run but back into the arms of the one cowboy she knows she shouldn’t need. Caleb has always been too good for her, no matter how bad he claimed to be. Yet when close quarters turn into something more, Delia and Caleb are forced to decide what really matters: mending their reputations or healing their wary hearts…

Nicole Helm writes down-to-earth contemporary romance specializing in people who don’t live close enough to neighbors for them to be a problem. When she’s not writing, she spends her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and two young sons in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Visit Nicole’s website for more down-to-earth contemporary romance!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • DebraG

    Great excerpts. I would really like to read more.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks for the chance and for a way to meet this author!

  • That sounds fun and I love it when there’s real chemistry and playful banter between the characters.

  • oh I have been wanting to pick this author up and this post convinced me!!! I love seeing a tough romance get worked out. And from the teasers, its great to see that they have a solid chemistry and fun banter.

  • Bethany Whitling

    Wow, book sounds awesome, and so does the author, I can’t wait to pick up more of her books to read, thank you……

  • Thanks for sharing the teasers, and I love your approach to the couple. When done well an author can me cry, laugh out loud and weep for a realistic genuine couple. I love the setting for this series and hope to read them all!

  • I do like a bit of humor in my serious ones. I ended up snorting out loud in a few spots with these two 😀