Thursday, February 13, 2014

Honky Tonk Hearts Blog Hop!

Gus Rankin owner of
The Lonesome Steer HonkyTonk
Ladies, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking old Gus, owner of The Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, couldn’t have brought together all the lonely, broken hearts that he did. But I’m here to tell you I have. Not only do I have the pictures of these couples in my office to prove it, but there’s been a whole series of romances written about the men and women who found love at The Lonesome Steer. And just like every one of my couples, each of these romances is a keeper.

The authors of these books have put together a Valentine Blog Hop, an easy way for you to get a sneak peak at every story. Each stop will feature an excerpt that takes place in The Lonesome Steer. And there are prizes to put a bounce in your Texan Two-Step. To be eligible to win, visit each blog link below and leave a comment. The more hop stops you visit and comment on, the more chances YOU have to win a $50 gift card to The Wild Rose Press. In addition, the publisher has provided a second grand prize of a $25 gift card to The Wild Rose Press and a TWRP Mug for a random commenter (sorry, US visitors only for the mug prize). Some of the ladies will also be giving away their own personal prizes. So whatcha waitin’ for? Happy hoppin’! 

Nothing But Trouble by Jannine Gallant

First the blurb:

Chase Paladin avoids commitment like a patch of stinging nettles. He's seen how love can trample a man, and he doesn't plan to get hitched—ever. But when Honor Jackson walks into his life, hell-bent on keeping her distance, she turns his convictions inside out.

One look at the too-handsome cowboy with laughing green eyes and a killer smile, and Honor knows he's nothing but trouble. She's come to Redemption, Texas to help an old friend, not to let another man charm her into certain heartache.

But every time she turns around, Chase is there, and the closer they get, the more she fears he'll break her heart. So when anonymous threats make it clear that someone in Redemption wants her gone, Honor is ready to oblige. Only now Chase isn’t certain he can live without her. 

Will two wary hearts take a chance on love before it's too late?

Now the Excerpt:

   Chase sat and took a long pull on his beer. “Maybe not. Do you want to leave?”
   “Why would I want to do that? Just because a bunch of your ex-girlfriends are here—”
   “Only three of them.”
   She ignored his interruption and drained her glass. “I’m drinking vodka for courage. We’re going to sing.”
   “We are?” He glanced to the stage where a cowboy wearing a battered hat and alligator boots stood at the front of the crowd, murdering a Willy Nelson tune. “Guess I couldn’t sound worse than he does.”
   When the last tortured notes ended, Honor pulled him up on stage and flipped through the list. “We need a duet—Leather and Lace. Oh God, I love that song. Do you know it?”
   The way she was clutching his arm and smiling into his eyes, he would have sung just about anything. “I think I can manage.”
   Her voice was pure and beautiful. Listening to her croon the melody put a lump in his throat, and he swallowed against it. He choked out lyrics that asked a question. Could she love a man like him? He wasn’t sure of the answer, and God help him, he didn’t think sleeping with Honor was going to be enough. He wanted more.
   She sang of love and need, giving and taking. Her voice trailed off to hoots and cheers and stomping feet, but her gaze never left his. What he saw in her eyes left him feeling gut punched.
   He dragged in a breath and led her from the stage. “That was something.”
   “Yes it was.”

Buy links for Nothing But Trouble are on my Website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win one of our grand prizes! As an added bonus, Nothing But Trouble has a sequel. Asking For Trouble is currently available on Amazon only and will be FREE February 18-22. Please download and enjoy!


LaVerne Clark said...

Hi Jannine - that is one hell of a cover! All the HTH books are amazing. You've reminded me I've got Nothing But Trouble on my kindle and I need to open it up to devour! Great excerpt!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Chase has always been one of my favorite heroes. Just loved him to pieces.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Good morning, Jannine. We're off and running!

Jannine Gallant said...

Ladies, CA time here so I'm finally joining you. Let's party at the Lonesome Steer!

Margo Hoornstra said...

On my second pot of coffee here! I can't speak for all of the HTH books, yet. These two from Jannine are fabulous! Well worth the time!

Calisa Rhose said...

I didn't know there was a followup to this one. I can't wait to get it too! Loved the excerpt.

Nancy Dow said...

Hi Jannine,
Love your characters names and that a cowboy can be hard and soft at the same time :)
Thanks for the peek!!

Jannine Gallant said...

Yep, Chase is hard on the outside but has a soft, gooey center! He also makes an appearance in the second book in the series.

Donna Michaels said...

Love the excerpt, Jannine! "Only three of them."
ROFL Got to love a cowboy's mentality. lol

Sherri Thomas said...

Mornin' Jannine. Love your covers and the excerpt! Sounds like a great read!

Jannine Gallant said...

Chase does have a reputation as a ladies' man. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt, ladies.

Sylvie said...

“Why would I want to do that? Just because a bunch of your ex-girlfriends are here—”
“Only three of them.”

Love this line!!!
Made me smile and I've only had one cup of coffee so far :)

Darcy said...

Sexy cover, and the excerpt is terrific too. Like many of the other commenters, I loved the only 3 ex-girlfriend line. It's such a guy reaction.

Jannine Gallant said...

I love writing those zippy one-liners. Easier in fiction than in real life when the perfect comeback comes to you the next day while you're in the shower. LOL

Stacy Dawn said...

Yes, this story is great for zippy one liners LOL.
Happy Valentine's Day Jannine!

Catherine Lee said...

Thanks for the notice about the upcoming freebie. I'll have to try to remember to go and get it on the 18th. Happy Valentine's Day.

Debbie said...

Love that song too. And I could fall for a guy who'd get up and sing it with me.

Jannine Gallant said...

I'll be announcing the free one all over the place starting the 18th, so hopefully that'll remind everyone to pick up a copy. Happy Valentine's Day!

J.L. Sheppard said...

I love A Song for Sophie! One of my favs.

Lauri said...

Oh, great excerpt! Love it! Happy Valentine's Day!

Jana Richards said...

I love the cover on this one! And I enjoyed the excerpt as well. I'm definitely going to check out your free book next week! Best of luck!

Debby said...

Great excerpt. I love that guy's mustache.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Jannine Gallant said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

Mackenzie Crowne said...

I loved Nothing But Trouble, Jannine. Can't wait to get my eyeballs on the sequel.

Jannine Gallant said...

Drum roll please! Many thanks to all of you who visited the various stops on our Honky Tonk Hearts Valentine Hop. I speak for all the authors who wish you all could be winners, but alas, that's not the case. So, without further ado, here are our grand prize winners.

Gus' door prize of a TWRP Mug goes to...Calisa Rhose for her comment on my post.

The $25 publisher's prize TWRP gift card goes to...bn100 for her comment on Sylvie Kaye's post.

And the $50 authors' prize TWRP gift card goes to...Debby(236) for her comment on Donna Michaels' post.

Congratulations ladies!

Calisa Rhose said...

WOOT!! Thank you, Jannine! I'm so thrilled to win Gus's mug! Thank you, too, Gus, you're awesome!!! Jannine, if you need my email let me know on twrp loop.

Jannine Gallant said...

Congrats, Calisa! Mac is is charge of the prizes, so I imagine you'll be hearing from her soon. Thanks for visiting all our blogs!