Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Western Historical Romance by Ann Mayburn + Giveaway

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I just recently discovered today's guest's books (she blew me away with The Breaker's Concubine) even though Ann Mayburn has already published many exciting novels: her stories range from historicals, to paranormals and she even ventures out to outer space and time, but what all her stories have in common is that they are all without exception scorching hot! Please give her a warm welcome and read on to hear about why she chose to write a western historical romance!  

Western Historical Romance
by Ann Mayburn

When I first started to read romance, way back in the day, I always seemed to gravitate to western historical romance. In the bodice rippers that I grew up reading I would snatch the westerns from my Mom’s bookshelf over any others. Books with pictures of a man in a cowboy hat usually holding some leading lady with fantastic hair in a beautiful gown, sweeping her off her feet.

And the women in western romance’s always seemed to have more fun than their uptight Regency cousins. Women on the frontier had bigger things to worry about than if so and so would ask them to dance at the ball or if they would be caught holding hands while strolling through the park. Frontier women had just as active role in carving out a niche for themselves as the men, and though they remained ladies, they often owned their own property and stores. These women had sass, brass, and enough courage to leave everything they knew behind for a chance at a better life.

I’m also fascinated by how the people of the frontier tended to be less judgmental than their civilized cousins. When you lived out in the middle of nowhere, in a town of less than a hundred people, everyone played an essential part not only with their own livelihoods, but also with those around them. You would have former slaves, now free men and women, working and owning property on the frontier and holding positions of high social status within the town. While I’m sure they encountered prejudice, there are also many well documented and true stories of former slaves becoming very successful business owners, ranchers, etc.
The frontier also provided women with unique opportunities to start a new life for themselves. The ratio of men to women out West was frequently 20 to 1, so you can imagine that the women that did make the journey often had their pick of husbands. It was also not uncommon for women to change their names and start whole new lives for themselves. In my new historical western romance, Diamond Heart, Rowan (the leading lady) heads west to escape the brutal life of a late 18th century factory worker and a cheating ex-fiancé. She plans to travel to San Francisco to stay with her sister and start a new life, but fate has other plans in store for her...

If you would like to win a copy of Diamond Heart just tell me if you’ve ever read a western historical romance. :)

Diamond Heart by Ann Mayburn

After catching her no good cheat'n rat bastard ex-fiancé in bed with her best friend, Rowan Belmont leaves the mills and factories of the Midwest to move nearer her sister in San Francisco. After being robbed in Kansas City, she loses the money to complete her journey and she tries to pawn her engagement ring, only to find out that it‘s fake. Alone, broke, and on the edge of giving up, Rowan hopes for a miracle.

Marcel Champlain can't get the beautiful woman he met at the Kansas City hotel out of his mind. When she turns up at his family’s jewelry store he knows that God has brought them together. He makes Rowan a job offer: Go with him to Freewill, Wyoming to open a new jewelry store and pose as his wife.

With only three months to convince Rowan that she should become his wife in truth, Marcel intends to show Rowan that no other man on earth will ever love her as much as he does. Their time together may be cut short by when it seems like fate will take Marcel from Rowan all too soon and leave her once again alone in the world.

Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young age she's been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has learned to type one handed while soothing a cranky baby.

You can learn more about Ann and her books at her website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads


Ann has generously offered an ebook copy of Diamond Heart to a lucky commentator!

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. leave a comment and answer Ann's question: Have you ever read a western historical romance?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 March 2012.

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