Sunday, September 23, 2012

CBLS Promotions Presents: "Taming the Outback" by Ann B. Harrison Spotlight/Guest Post/Giveaway

Title: Taming the Outback
Author: Ann B. Harrison
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: 159 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Is Libby prepared to give up her new home for a chance to roll Nathan in the hay when her libido wakes up after five long years?

Nathan Miller rattles Libby's nerves more than she cares to admit. He is the one person that stands between her and the family home that has been left to her.

So why then is he the guy that stirs her up to such an extent that her body pulses with the need to have him? They do nothing but clash and snap at one another and he makes no bones about the fact that she shouldn't be on the station, but back in the city where he thinks she belongs.

Libby fights to learn about her new home while struggling to find a way into Nathans heart. She almost loses it all when a flood hits their tiny town and rips through her farm putting her daughter's life in danger.

Will she be able to convince him that she is not the irresponsible city chick he has dubbed her or will he see her as she truly is, a woman in love with him.

"That's just it, sweetheart," Nathan exploded, his frustration finally rearing its ugly head as he rounded on her, giving her the brunt of his foul mood. "This is a harsh country, and buts just don't cut it out here. You are cut out for the city life. You're not a farmer. You don't have the slightest idea of what you're getting yourself into. You proved that by almost losing Tom and your daughter." The look on Holly's face when he had found them was still burned into his mind. The poor kid had been terrified she wasn't going to be able to hold onto Tom against the rush of water. He couldn't bear to think of what would have happened if he hadn't made it in time. How can I be sure Libby won't put her in any more danger now that I have had my heartstrings tugged tight? He stood and looked down on her, trying to keep his face void of emotions but his heart was telling him to take her in his arms and put them both out of their misery. "How many more times are you going to put those kids at risk?"

"Now just you look here," she cried, pushing him back and struggling to get to her feet. "I may be a barmaid, and I know I have a lot to learn, but learn I will. And for your information, I would never knowingly put my kids in danger. Neither would Tom."

"You don't belong here," he ground out. Though aware the words he was saying were hurtful, he couldn't stop himself. They were his only defense. He was trying to will her away from him the only way he knew how, unwilling to risk his heart to a city dweller again. As much as he wanted this woman, he wouldn't let her know it. She had the capacity to break his heart when the going got tough, which was in the cards looking at the state of her farm, and he wasn't sure he would survive another crushed heart. Better to get her out of here now before he caved in. "Get used to the idea and move on back home where you belong."

"Why? So you can take over?" She practically spat at him. "I will not give up what my family has passed down to me. It's mine, and you aren't going to get it."

"There's more than one way to get what I want." Nathan hauled her into his arms.

As a writer I know that once an idea comes into my head it usually starts an avalanche. What do I do with all of those crazy ideas?
I write them down. A diary lives on my bedside table and my computer is never far away.
I was always told, write down your dreams, write down your ideas. You never know when you can use them. When you wake with an idea in your head, get up and record it. Otherwise you will go back to sleep and it will be lost forever. You will always be left wondering if that would have been the book that launched your career.
Some of my ideas never get past the pages I write them on, at least not up until now.
Last Christmas when we were driving home from visiting relatives we had to go the long way due to the big floods Queensland suffered. It was good in a way if not a little bit scary. I hadn't been to some of the little towns on the route to our desert home and it was interesting to see them. One of the places that stuck in my mind was Charleville just south of Longreach a place I know well.
We were driving along and I said to my DH, "I wonder what it would be like to have a property out here left to us in someone's Will?" That was it, game on. My iPhone became my notebook and I tapped out Libby's story. When I asked for a photo stop the first drive we pulled into was for a property named 'Quincy Downs.' That was the working title for the book that was released in August called 'Taming the Outback.'
I settled back in my seat, happy that I had the bones for a good story and before I knew it, Magnus made himself known to me. A rich city boy with a yearning for country life and an attitude a mile long gave me plenty to work with. Add a feisty country girl into the mix that will do anything for those she loves and you have sparks flying.
Mistress for Magnus is released 28th September.
Now, back to my note book. I'm sure there is something in there that is calling for me.

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Ann swears she was born with a book in her hand and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reading has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing…and publication.

She lives in the middle of the desert in Australia in a small mining town with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.

Strong, spunky heroines with a good dose of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the Outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing, Ann runs a day care centre and looks after young children for working Mums and Dads. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking her very large dog, Hugo, and fighting with her computer.

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