I am pleased to have author Lorraine Nelson here with me today to talk about her new book, Zakia And The Cowboy.
With a stalker following her every move, Zakia has no choice but to flee the city. Her options limited, she runs to the only place she's ever felt safe...the Thunder Creek Ranch and her ex-husband, Lucas.
Will he protect Zakia from the stalker? And if he does will either of them be able to ignore the feelings that have simmered for so long, ready to explode... before danger either draws them together or pulls them apart.
“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy,” he apologized.
He sat on the edge of the bed and struggled to remove his cowboy boots, then disposed of pants, briefs and socks. When he looked up and saw the still smooth, silky skin of her upper torso and full breasts partially covered by her beautiful, long, blonde hair, he had to ask himself how he got to be so lucky. Déjà vu was very much in existence as he admired the woman standing before him. Zakia was still every bit the exquisite, sexy woman she’d been on their wedding night, only now she was trying hard not to giggle.
“What’s so funny,” he asked with a grin as he reached for her.
“Just a little touch of déjà vu going on.”
“I was thinking the same thing. You’re just as beautiful now as you were on our wedding night,” he stated as he pulled her back into his arms.
“Well, I was thinking it funny that you said those exact same words on our wedding night.”
“What words?” he asked, curious and trying to think.
“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy.”
“Ooohh, those words. It’s true. A cowboy doesn’t go too far without his boots.”
“Did you mean it, Luke?”
“That you still think I’m beautiful.”
“Do I need to install mirrors on every wall in the house?” he teased.
“Yes, you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and sexily built. Now, shut up and kiss me.”
“Oh, I so like a man who knows what he wants,” she cooed.
When she reached for him, pulling him down for a kiss filled with
all the passion he remembered, his heart soared. Gone was the polite restraint they’d held to since her arrival. He kissed her back, longing for more, aching for the promise her lips delivered.
His hands moved to her breasts, rubbing and tweaking the nipples to turgid peaks, then massaging the silken softness until she moaned against his mouth in pleasure. Breaking the kiss, he took one rosy nipple into his mouth, sucking and nipping lightly before transferring his attention to the other one.
He worked his way down her body, one kiss at a time, having to keep a tight rein on his control as she breathed his name over and over again. Her body writhed beneath him as he reached her sopping pussy, her unique scent driving him wild as always. He parted her lips and kissed her, rubbing tiny circles on her clit with his thumb. His other hand reached beneath her to fondle her ass as he began sucking her, his tongue laving and prodding her wetness until he could take no more. Rising up, he coaxed her legs apart with his knees and positioned himself. As he looked into her desire-glazed eyes, he moved, pushing into her with one hard thrust.
Then he stilled. It had been as tight as their first time. “Did I hurt
“Uh, uh.” She shook her head as her body began to move, encouraging him to pull out and push into her warmth again.
She grabbed his hips, pulling him closer, deeper, and they fell into a rhythm that told of their familiarity with each other. It was as if he’d gone back in time, back to the days of love and laughter, caring and sharing their lives, completing each other. He thrust in and out, faster, harder, seeking the rapture he’d only found with the woman lying beneath him.
Thought took a long, slow ride after that as they concentrated on catching up on years of lost loving, and he was pleased to note, she still had that deep, husky, pleading note in her voice when she screamed his name.
You can find Zakia And The Cowboy at:
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/books-used-books-textbooks/b/ref=topnav_storetab_b?ie=UTF8&node=283155
Apple: Various links, depending on equipment used
Coffee Time Romance: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookStore/index.php
What was it about these characters and their story that appealed to you?
Luke and Zakia just seemed so right together. I’ve always enjoyed reunion and/or second chance love stories, and these characters spoke to me from beginning to end. During NaNo, 2009, their story seemed to fly onto the page. It was one of those times when I couldn’t type fast enough. Lol Gotta love those days.
Zakia is an interesting name, how did you come up with it?
I work at a call center and run across original names all the time. When this girl called in, I had an instant, vivid picture of what she’d look like and the story sprouted from there.
In regard to Zakia And The Cowboy, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series?
Zakia and the Cowboy is Book 1 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series.
What genre/genres do you write in?
I write mostly romantic suspense, some of them scorching hot (as in Zakia) but have also penned sweet, inspirational and historic romances.
What do you find particularly appealing about that genre?
I’ve been an avid romance and mystery reader for many years. To combine the two and write viable, entertaining stories is a dream come true.
How long have you been writing?
It seems I’ve been writing all my life, children’s stories, poetry and the like. As to adult fiction, I started writing seriously during the winter of 2008.
You and I have a lot in common. I too have been writing all my life and only became serious about writing a couple of years ago.
How would you describe your writing style?
LOL!!! Eclectic! I have a sarcastic sense of humor at times, which is sometimes reflected in my characters’ dialogue. I love dialogue!
When you write do you go by an outline or just jump right in and start?
I’m a pantser! If a name or setting sparks an idea, I’ll mull it over for a day or two, or three, then jot down pertinent details on a GMC sheet and start writing.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are so many… Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Mary Higgins-Clark…
Super authors :D
What are you reading currently?
When away from my desk, I’m reading A Question of Impropriety by Michelle Styles. I’ve also started reading Carolina, an ebook written by Heather Matthews. I don’t have an ereader yet so I read those ones at my desk.
I always like to pick a question I have been asked and pass it on. So, what advice can you give to those who are hoping to get their own work published?
I think Michelle Styles, who writes for Harlequin Historicals, says it best: “It takes desire, determination, dedication, discipline and perseverance.”
Might I also add patience and a thick skin? You also need to find a good critique partner or partners, someone who will give you an honest critique of your writing, whether you’re ready to hear it or not.
What can your fans expect to see from you in the near future?
I’m currently working on Books 2 and 3 in the Thunder Creek series. Trying to end the series there but the characters keep popping up and giving me ideas for more. LOL
I’ve written a couple of Christmas stories for which I’m venturing into self-publishing. His Christmas Wish, a 6,000 word novella, goes on sale at Amazon on October 15th at $.99. Mistletoe and Mr. Hoe, is a story of love and hope with a bit of suspense included. At 50,000 words, it goes on sale (hopefully) November 1st at Amazon.
Price to be determined.
Where can we find out more about Lorraine Nelson?
I love to have visitors and talk about writing, reading, family, whatever. You can find me:
At my Weblog: http://lorrainenelson.wordpress.com/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LorraineNelson.Author
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/lornelca
At Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lorraine-nelson/27/329/78b
Thanks so much Lorraine for stopping by and allowing me to pick your brain *Smiles.* You are always welcome to stop back by. All my best wishes with your new book and your continuing writing career.
Thank you for having me, London!