Friday, 8 November 2013

Guest post by Amber Lin + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to Ex Libris beloved and highly praised author Amber Lin, who is celebrating teh release of her latest novel by Carina Press: Chance of Rain. Amber tells us her Top 5 reasons to love a Texas man, so is it any wonder she made her hero be one? ;-) Please give amber a warm welcome and you could win a delicious prize at the end!


Top Five Reasons to Love a Texas Man
by Amber Lin

Thank you so much for having me, Stella! My new release, Chance of Rain, is a sexy contemporary romance that’s set in the south. I wrote a small fictional town, called Dearling, in the rolling hills of central Texas. So I’d love to share some of the reasons to love a man from Texas, and Sawyer in particular!

1. Hardworking

A southern boy who grows up on a farm or ranch knows how to put in a long, hard day of manual labor. He’s not going back down from something just because it’s difficult. In fact, that’s how he knows it’s real.

And the bonus of all that manual labor? Calluses. Because they are sexy!! Sorry. I get excited about calluses on a man.

2. Loyal

Loyalty is so important in the south. We’re loyal to our family, our neighbors. We’re loyal to one another just because we’re also from the south. There’s a strong vein of pride running through Texas, about where we live and who we are, making it a shared experience.

This means we can count on a man to have our back. Doubly so when that man is a Navy SEAL, like Sawyer:-)

3. Cowboys. Without shirts.

Okay, this is more a factor of geography than a cultural/Texan thing, since northern cowboys would probably be cold without a shirt, but still. I vote yes to shirtless cowboys, tanned skin gleaming under the blistering sun, muscles quivering under the strain, don’t you? Oh, and they’ll still wear a hat. No shirt, but a hat. And boots. I love Texas.

4. Respects Nature

If you’ve ever driven through here, you’ve seen the big blue signs along the highway: Don’t Mess with Texas. They mean don’t litter, because taking care of what we have is important.

When folks work on the land, with the land, they are taught to respect it. If you don’t take care of the land, it won’t take care of you. In fact, this is a lesson that Sawyer was taught…but one he had trouble heeding. It’s something he re-learns while he’s in town.

5. The Yes, Ma’am factor

This last reason is very important. Dare I say the most important? If you’ve ever been down south, and in particular if you’ve met a military man from down here, you may have experienced the Yes, Ma’am factor.

First the man looks at you with a mixture of courtesy, interest and a hint of private amusement. Possibly he’s squinting against the sun. Then, with a drawl like honey, he says, Yes, Ma’am, and then your knees turn to jelly, because holy hell! You can feel the timbre of his voice run through your whole body.

In fact, something similar does happen to our heroine from the hero. Take a look:
It had been right around the time she’d brought him a snack. He’d been sweaty, covered in dirt and so handsome her insides had turned to liquid. When she’d handed him the apple, he’d given her this strange look and drawled, “Thank you kindly, Ms. Bouchard,” and what could she do? Good manners had always been a turn-on.

Thank you so much for having me on Ex Libris! I hope you enjoy the sexy sweetness of this southern man in Chance of Rain.

Chance of Rain by Amber Lin

The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far as it goes.

Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out, no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their steamy past lead to a reunion filled with hot days and long nights.

Soon Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is practically married to this town. If Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.

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Amber Lin writes sexy romance with damaged hearts and redemptive love. Her novel Giving It Up received The Romance Reviews Top Pick, a Night Owl Review Top Pick, and was called “truly extraordinary” by RT Book Reviews. The sequel, Selling Out, follows a prostitute and a cop as modern day forbidden lovers.

"Amber’s work cuts deeper than that of anybody else I can think of — her prose is beautiful, the dark emotions are darker, the sex is sexier." - Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Along Came Trouble

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good. Stop by and say hello:



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