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There Is No Promise Like the “Wild West Promise”

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Today at the Spicy Butterfly Garden, C.R. Moss is visiting us again and I’m thrilled to have her.  This time she is giving us some insight into her the Double D Ranch Tales series with co-author R.M. Sotera and their latest Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go release, Wild West Promise, book 3, in the Double D Ranch Tales series.  I can’t wait to delve into this series!  I’ve got a weak spot for cowboys!  🙂

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Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

~ Wild West Promise ~ book 3 in the Double D Ranch Tales series ~ a contemporary, western, erotic romance story with a hint of the supernatural set in Nevada and written for Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line ~ Available Now!
In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch, one belief holds true—the power of desire changes lives.

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?
~ The inspiration for the Double D Ranch Tales series stemmed from a trip I went on where I stayed on a working ranch. There were ranchers/cowboys, horses, trail rides, campfires, cattle and food cooked outside. My muse started asking, “What if?” When I returned home with a handful of ideas, I went to RM and said, “Guess what we’re going to write about.” From there we wrote Wild West Weekend, followed by Wild West Hauntings and now we have the short story Wild West Promise available for readers while we continue to work on the next novel length Double D tale. Wild West Promise is Kent’s story. He’s one of the ranch hands on the Double D who’s played small parts in the first two books. When RM came up with the idea for WWP and told me about it, I agreed we should go for it. She whipped up the first draft, we tweaked it and now it’s out! 🙂 There’s also a bit of a paranormal subplot in it that we’re hoping to expand into a longer story down the line.

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?
~ I have to say I liked the graveyard scene where the paranormal/supernatural bit comes into place. It’s gritty and plays on my love of horror.

There was a time when I really enjoyed horror… horror movies and books.  I was an avid Stephen King reader and you couldn’t stop me from watching a good slasher movie.  But now, I just struggle with it.  Though I occasionally pick up a Stephen King book and see how long it takes me before I can’t take it anymore!  🙂  I’m a glutton for punishment!  And now, I’m eager to read this scene!

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

~ It takes place outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area. If you’ve ever been to Red Rock NCA (or if you look it up online), you’ll notice that the descriptions in the book (& the others in our series) are of that area.

In my last interview with you, you discussed the skiing in Las Vegas and directed me to the site.  You’ve opened my eyes (and my husband’s) to the fact that there is more to Sin City than gambling, swank hotels and shows.  I appreciate it!  🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?
~ Well, when it comes to the Double D tales, we start off with Wild West and then the third word plays on what’s going on in the story. For my solo stories, sometimes the titles come to me before I even write the story, and they actually help me determine what will happen. Sometimes I have to get into the story, get a feel for the theme and then decide on a title that will fit it best. There have been times where a bit of conversation, whether in person or on television, or a headline gives me an idea for a title as well.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?  The worst?

~ Best: Plant butt in chair and write. (Granted, I’m not always good at taking that advice…) Worst: I’ve had some questionable critiques early on in my career. But as for ‘advice’ advice, I can’t really think of anything. I’ve always taken into consideration what someone has said and taken what I can from it—if anything—and leave the rest if I really don’t feel it fits me.

Yep, I think we all received that sit and write advice.  And it’s the truth.  I agree, I don’t always take it either.  But the only way to write is to sit down and do it!  You have a great attitude about advice.  Not everything works for everyone else, so take what you need and move on!  Love it!  I’ve learned to do that with reviews of my books too!

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

~ There are a number of them. I can be my own boss and set my own hours. If I want to work during the day I can. If I want to work late at night into the wee hours of the morning I can. I can work in my jammies and not have to worry about a bad hair day! I’ve been able to travel a bit more and meet some great people. I also enjoy giving a helping hand to other writers and seeing their dreams come to fruition. It’s also pretty cool meeting people who are excited about meeting you and who say they’ve enjoyed your stories. 🙂

What book (or books) are you reading now?
~ I’m jumping between a number of stories now. Let’s  see… The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough; No More Wasted Time by Beverly Preston; Under the Dome by Stephen King; and a few others.

You sound like me!  I, too, have multiple stories going at one time.  My husband often thinks I’m nuts… he may be right!  🙂

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

~ I crochet. I can shoot. I’ve also been developing my ability to read tarot and communicate with spirit.

Three words that best describe you:

~ People have said that I’m funny; loyal; & some say honest, others say blunt…

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number?
~ 2

Favorite Food?

~ pizza – Me too!  Me too!

Favorite Song?

~ (so many to choose from…geez…but if I had to pick one…) ‘Time Stand Still’ by Rush – I always get stuck on this question too!  There is so much good music out there.

Favorite Movie?

~ (again so many to choose from…& like with music, it really depends upon my mood…but as of this moment… if I had to pick one…) “Stranger than Fiction” [Interesting tidbit: The film’s title derives from a quote by Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” The Mark Twain Calendar. New York: Harper and Kleinteich. 1917.]

Favorite place on Earth?
~ Ah, how to choose one out of all the places I’ve been… Upon reflection though, most places I’ve enjoyed being all were near or on the water so I’m going to say: The beach. – There has always been something about the beach that brings tranquility.  I particularly enjoy it at sunset.  Great choice!  🙂

Favorite memory?
~ It’s a tie between being on the dormitory rooftop patio in Germany, looking at the stars and listening to ‘Time Stand Still’ and the cruise I took with hubby in the Caribbean.

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Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?

Wild West Promise

~ Blurb ~

In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch, one belief holds true—the power of desire changes lives.
* A rugged wrangler. A feisty Irish woman. A day full of promise. Times are wild on the Double D, and one ranch hand is in for the ride of a lifetime.
* Little does Maggie O’Hurley know her life is about to change. She visits the ranch to attend a friend’s bachelorette party and meets a wrangler named Kent. Her immediate attraction to him revs up her libido, and she plans to do what’s needed to snag the sexy cowboy…including making a decision she never thought she’d deal with again.
* As a workaholic, Kent Samuels hasn’t been with a woman in ages. When a bewitching redhead steps into his path, his world tilts, and she’s all he can think of. He doesn’t know if he’s able to give her forever, but he will give her what time he has. Once he does, he knows he can’t let her go.
* Past experiences war with ideas for the future, but can the pair make promises they can keep?

~ Excerpt ~

* The entrance to the cave had the most vivid red rock she’d ever seen. Cascading colors of orange, dark brown, and shades of grey slipped by beneath her as she climbed the ladder after Kent. When they’d reached the inside, he walked to a plywood wall that read Boys Only in big black letters. He opened a makeshift door, then slipped to the side allowing Maggie to enter full center.
* In awe, she cradled her sore thumb with her other hand and surveyed the space. “It’s quite the bachelor pad, wouldn’t you say?”
* Kent set the picnic satchel on a wooden table near a painted sign on the wall stating, ‘Girls stay out! This is the Dougan brothers’ place!’
* To the left of the table an array of ropes and riding crops of different shapes and sizes hung on the wall. Beneath them sat a chest with an engaged lock keeping it closed to inquiring minds. In the corner, a plastic crate full of flashlights and batteries lay next to a small generator. Something purple and wrinkly looking poked out of a hole of the bin. She screwed her mouth to the side and furrowed her forehead. Homing in on the item, she gained a better look and made an O shape with her mouth as understanding dawned.
* Kent glanced her way, down at the realistic looking dildo, and back at her. “The place caters to the grown Dougan men now.”

Buy Links:

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/wild-west-promise-by-c-r-moss-and-r-m-sotera/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Double-Ranch-Tales-ebook/dp/B00EDZQSEK
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wildwestpromise-1266286-149.html

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A little about C.R. Moss:

An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers ‘Worlds of Possibilities.’

Where to find C.R. Moss and her social links at http://crmoss.com/

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~ Come out to the hottest readers’ conference in the west, Hot Mojave Knights, and meet C.R., RM & other great authors ~ Las Vegas, NV – October 2013 ~ http://www.hotmojaveknights.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by, C.R.  It is always such a pleasure!  🙂


1 Comment

  1. C.R. Moss says:

    Thanks for hosting me! Glad I was able to give you and DH pointers about the wonderful area I live in.
    =)
    C.R. Moss

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