Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Monday, February 6, 2012

JUNE 27TH -- RELEASE DATE!

I received the release date for Those Violet Eyes: June 27th. This novella, or Miniature Rose in The Wild Rose Press lingo, is "Spicy" in heat level.
Blurb: Evie Caldwell hates her life. Five years ago, she gave up college and her dream of teaching to care for her ailing mother. Now, she's trapped taking care of her worthless brother and the family ranch. Waiting tables to earn her way out of Texas, the last thing she wants is a muscleman with a macho Marine attitude complicating her life. But, oh, how that man makes her insides melt.
Wounded vet Win Fairchild returns to Texas to heal, find a piece of his soul, and open a ranch for amputee children. Finding someone to love is not on his agenda. But when he starts work at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, a spitfire with violet eyes and a major attitude instantly captures his heart.

Evie just wants to escape, but now that Win knows what he wants, can he convince Evie to stay in Texas—and his bed?

Excerpt:
Evie charged through the swinging door to the kitchen and skidded to a stop. It couldn’t be. Although his back was toward her, there was no mistaking the height and the broad muscled shoulders. This mystery nephew of Gus’s was the guy who’d remarked on her eyes. Her stomach did a little twitchy dance, nerves no doubt. She ran her suddenly damp palms over her short skirt and cleared her throat. “Excuse me. Win?”
No answer.
She took a couple steps closer and noticed he was washing vegetables under a spray of water. “Win?”
No reply.
Evie rolled her eyes and stepped behind him, tapping him on the back. The man dropped the strainer, swung around and grabbed her forearms. In a flurry of movement, he snatched her off the floor and backed her against the stainless steel counter. Cold wet hands viced her arms. Her eyes snapped wide and the air whooshed from her lungs when his body slammed into hers.
“Don’t do that!” Win’s eyes were narrowed and his breathing rapid. His jaw was clenched and a vein bulged in his forehead. The man was every inch the warrior, every hard tensed inch. He held her mid-air, so close they were nearly eyeball to eyeball. As his gaze traveled over her face and awareness evidently crept in as to the sex of his attacker, several inches of his frame hardened even more.
Evie swallowed. Oh, good Lord.
He glared and his nostrils flared.
“I…I’m sorry. I called your name, but…but you didn’t answer. I was only trying to get your attention.” Her lips twitched at the humor in the situation. Hadn’t Keira told her the man lost part of his hearing? Evidently she’d startled him. Poor soul. She felt a portion of herself return. A portion she’d hidden for so long; that light-hearted part of her soul that teased and cajoled. “Honest, I wasn’t trying to attack you.” She placed an open palm on his defined pecs and patted. “You’re safe with me, big guy.” Just to rattle him some more, she winked.
         Win’s hazel eyes flashed for a second. Then he slowly leaned in and whispered in her ear, “You’re not safe with me.”

20 comments:

Jan Romes said...

Vonnie, sounds like an awesome book!! Congrats on the June 27th release date - it will be here before you know it!! :-))

Sarah Grimm said...

Vonnie, I'm putting this one on my TBR right now. Woot! Congrats.

Jennifer Jakes said...

Oh, Lord!! How am I going to wait until JUNE???!!!!! Congrats, my friend. It's on my Buy List!

Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks Jan, Sarah and Jennifer. I had so much fun writing it. Evie is such a spitfire. Win is such a wounded warrior, yet so very dear under the scars.

Jannine Gallant said...

Congrats on the date, Vonnie. Can't wait to dig into this series!

Calisa Rhose said...

WoooWeee! My trb just grew! Thanks for the peek, Vonnie! I can't wait til June!

LaVerne Clark said...

OMG! You TEASE Vonnie! Come on June 27. Can't wait to get my hands on my copy too :)

Love the characters already!

Vonnie Davis said...

Jannine, thanks for stopping by. I'm excited about this series, too.

Vonnie Davis said...

Calisa, glad you enjoyed the "peek." These two played off each other perfectly. My editor kept saying in her little tract change balloons, "I love Evie's lines! She's such a pistol."

Vonnie Davis said...

LaVerne, I think of you when I see news clips of weather problems in your area. Hope all is well. And, yes, I am a tease, but I do it SO well. (sly grin)

Lynne Marshall said...

Congratulations, Vonnie! Looking forward to June 27th. let's have a BBQ!

Loved the excerpt.

Jannine said...

Love where you ended the excerpt. LOL, it gave me a chill...in a good way!

Good story, Vonnie, as always.

Vonnie Davis said...

Hi Lynne, wish that we could get together for a bar-b-que. What fun we'd have!!!

Vonnie Davis said...

Jannine, thanks for your kind words. This was a fun story to write, except for the nightmare scene.

Sandra Dailey said...

Just wanted you to know, the story sounds great, but the cover alone would have hooked me. Can't wait!

Susan Macatee said...

Great excerpt, Vonnie! And congrats on getting your release date!

Vonnie Davis said...

Sandra, Tamra did a fantastic job on the cover, don't you think? She captured Evie's dose of attitufe perfectly.

Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks, Susan. It always makes things a tad more real, doesn't it?

Darcy Lundeen said...

Very nice, Vonnie. Oh, you do know how to leave your readers hot and bothered. This one definitely goes on the tbr list right this minute. Congrats on the release date.

Vonnie Davis said...

Darcy, aren't you the sweetest thing? Thank you. You made my day.