Thursday, 4 April 2013

Romancing Vonnie Davis

Welcome to this week's edition of Romancing the Novelist. Vonnie Davis has been my guest before and if you'd like to check out her first interview with me take a quick look at December 2012's blog posts. Thanks for coming back, Vonnie!

Thanks for having me here today, Christine. I love visiting other writers, especially those who know how to tell a good story the way you do.

I want to share an excerpt from a novella being offered as a FREE download on Amazon today and tomorrow. Back Where You Belong is my second story in the Honky Tonk Hearts series. My first novella in the series is a finalist for the NERFA (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award).

How many of you are pet owned? I’m owned by a tabby, who refuses to answer to his real name—Jazzie Miles Davis—but use Baby Puss and he comes running. Cats…go figure. Jazzie loves to snuggle next to me as I write. He also enjoys lying across my chest for his morning scratches. But two years ago, when I was having a strange pain and tenderness in the right side of my midriff, he refused to lay across me. He would sniff that area and run away. Blood tests showed my pancreas was fighting an infection. Once that infection was cleared up, Jazzie was once more his old snuggly self.

So, do pets read our bodies? Can they sense illnesses and mood changes? Based on my research, I’d say yes.

That’s why I felt comfortable with having Honeybun, my heroine’s collie, react to Lacy’s nervousness while cooking breakfast for my hero. Tyler and his ranch foreman when they come to her grandfather’s ranch to pick up some cattle. She’s burned bacon and after dropping eggs is lecturing herself to settle down. Then this…

The object of her nerves stepped inside and hung his hat on a peg. He stilled in the entry from the
mudroom to the kitchen, the breadth of his shoulders nearly filling the doorway. Lord have mercy, he was all male in his black Western shirt and jeans that hugged his muscular thighs like a second skin.

“Mornin’ Lacy.”

Two words. Two measly little words and wetness pooled between her legs. Oh, this is so not good.

Honeybun must have picked up on the increase in her pheromones. The collie trotted over to Tyler, her backside wiggling and switching, She wagged her tail, whined and peed on his boots.

Tyler’s gaze slowly rose from the offending puddle to Lacy’s face. “Did you teach her to do that?” Something akin to humor danced in his expression.

“Oh, crap, of course not. I’m sorry.” She ripped a few paper towels off the roll and hurried over to wipe up Honeybun’s wet welcome. “I don’t know what possessed her to do that. She’s been housebroke for years. Do you have a dog? Maybe she smells a dog on you. Or a cat, if you have one. Collies have a great sense of smell, you know.” She kept dabbing at his boots and the puddle next to them. “I’m sorry. Truly. Don’t take offense. I’m sure she likes you.”

“Lacy.” He got down on his hunkers so he could look into her eyes. “Calm down. It’s fine. She can’t hurt these old shit-kickers. Please, don’t fret over it. Take a deep breath and relax.”

She nodded and pursed her lips. “You make me nervous.”

“I know I do. You have a way of getting under my skin, too.” He placed his hands on her upper arms and stood, pulling her up with him. His hands slid up and down in an almost proprietary gesture. A slow smile spread. “Something smells good.”

His touch was sending sparks all through her system. If she didn’t step away, she was going to climb his leg like a cat in heat. Too bad she couldn’t force her legs to move—or her gaze. She couldn’t look away from those eyes that seemed to darken to midnight right in front of her.

BLURB: While shooting pool at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, rancher Tyler Desmond takes an errant dart in the neck. Ready to retaliate, he’s instead captivated by the blonde who threw it. Tyler isn’t interested in opening his heart, so why does he kiss the verbal buzz saw? Just to shut her up?

As a teenager, Lacy LaRoche had a secret crush on Tyler. When the dart brings them face-to-face, all she can do is chatter—until he kisses her. But Lacy didn’t come back to Texas to fall in love. She’s hiding another secret: her roommate surreptitiously videotaped Lacy undressing and posted it on the internet.

When Tyler’s daughter is bullied at school, Lacy must reveal the truth and face the emotional damage of cyber bullying. Over-protective of his daughter—and his heart—Tyler must learn to trust again. Can two scarred hearts find their way back to where they belong?

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Christine. Are you owned by a pet? How many of your readers are?

  2. Hi, Vonnie and Christine. I definitely think animals sense things. When we came home from our winter in Florida, we picked up our two cats at our daughter's and no sooner had we let them out of the carrier at home than two of the neighborhood cats stopped by to say hello. We hadn't been there for three months, but they knew when to visit.
    Great excerpt!

    1. Where do you winter, Liz? We have friends who have a condo along the Gulf in Indian Rocks Beach that we've visited a couple times. We love walking along the beach at sunset. So incredibly beautiful.

      No doubt the neighbors' cats missed you, too. LOL I marvel at their intelligence. I've always felt the expression "dumb animals" tells more about the speaker than any animals.

  3. I remember reading the blurb somewhere and wanting to read this book, Vonnie! The excerpt is EXCELLENT!!! HA HA, and funny :)

    1. Thanks so much Niecey. I hope you snagged your free copy! I just loved Lacy to pieces and enjoyed telling her story.

  4. Lovely interview (I'm a huge dog lover...big dogs. Have always had Akita dogs until my girl Nikki passed two years ago. So loyal and intelligent.)

    This is a fabulous excerpt, Vonnie. I'm going to snag a copy. Thank you! : )

  5. I hope you enjoy the story, Robena. I was at our local social security office on Monday to make sure I was enrolled in everything. I turn 65 the end of May. The gentleman who looked up my records and I were chatting. He told me he raises Akitas for some law enforcement agencies. They love them because they are so intelligent. His home had been broken into last week and his two Akitas downed the would-be thief who wet his pants. LOL

  6. Vonnie, I love how you worked her pet into the action. Plus there's great sexual tension. I downloaded my copy and now need to find the time to read. Just love cowboy stories.

  7. Haha I just saw this! That scene is so hilarious! It also reminds me of a dog I used to have. :) I canna wait to read this one!