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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Book Release Party for "Taming Jenna" Written by Charlene Raddon


Taming Jenna Releases Today!

Today's post is part of a book release tour party. Commenters are eligible for prizes. I'm offering a copy (paperback or eBook, winner's choice) of my award winning Storm's Interlude to one lucky commenter. To the commenter leaving the most comments on all blogs listed below, Charlene is offering her own prize. So join the party and the fun and leave a comment. 

You all know how I love a good Western, and author Charlene Raddon can craft a sizzlin' hot story full of vibrant characters. Today she's here to talk about the release of her latest book, TAMING JENNA. If you've never met Charlene, she's quite the character, let me tell you. She began her fiction career in the third grade when she announced in Show & Tell that a baby sister she never had was killed by a black widow spider. Whoot! Don't'cha love it? I think on that note, we better break out the bubbly. Don't you?

Charlene, welcome to Vintage Vonnie. Here sip on some champagne while I tell my guests how you often penned stories featuring a mistreated young girl whose mother accused her of crimes her sister actually committed. Her first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when she woke up from a vivid dream that compelled her to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. She's been at it ever since. Here, try one of these and tell us why you chose the genre you did...
Thanks for having me, Vonnie. Umm, these are so good. Why do I write what I do? I fell in love with romance early on and adored the Wild West, so the combination led me to choose the historical romance genre. I also write contemporary romance. At present, I have five books published in paperback by Kensington, one under the pseudonym Rachel Summers and four eBooks published by Tirgearr Publishing.

I made this cake especially for you, And believe me, I'm hoping it doesn't taste like boot leather. I may have beat it a little too long. I was on the phone at the time, you see. Why are you shaking your head, Charlene? It's a perfectly good cake. The thing's got plenty of soul... Here, I'll cut you a piece while you share your beautiful cover and book blurb with our guests.


Deserted by her father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh-Whittington had taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her gun on a rugged stranger—only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’d been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun…and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman!


If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female who packs a six-gun. But what a woman! Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive—and satisfying—job he’s ever taken on.
EXCERPT --         
Jenna scowled as she studied the man by the flickering glare of his campfire. He had the right build and appeared close to thirty, Mendoza's age. But something didn't fit.
The Denver police chief had described her quarry as a spoiled aristocrat, too busy wooing Lady Luck and every other female to be much of a train robber, let alone a killer. But the rogue in front of Jenna looked too lean and hard to be spoiled, too wary and aloof to be a ladies' man.
To Jenna he seemed the perfect gunslinger: cold, tough, and ready to spring. Like a big yellow cougar perched on a ledge. Or a rattler, tightly coiled. Either way, his bite would be deadly.
In spite of the cool night breeze, sweat oozed from her pores. She couldn't forget that lightning draw. Why had she come here? How had she expected to take an outlaw Pinkerton's other agents had failed to bring in? No, she refused to think that way. She was every bit as capable as any man to capture Mendoza. She had to believe that, the same way she had to do what she'd set out to do. Only one question remained: Was this Mendoza or not?
"Who are you, mister?"
"Who am I? Hell, who are you? "
Blast! Did no male exist in this empty wilderness who wasn't so taken with himself that he couldn't cooperate for a change?
She took a calming breath. A body could catch more flies with honey than vinegar, old Charley Long Bow used to say. Jenna figured flies might fancy the hairy creature facing her, so she decided to try being friendly. "Listen, I smelled your coffee and hoped you might spare a cup, is all. You can understand me being a mite leery of walking into a stranger's camp without knowing who I'm hooking up with."
Firelight glinted on the man's straight white teeth as his whiskers parted in a cold smile. "Don't recall inviting company, but I'll play your game. Name's Branch McCauley. Now it's your turn."
His smile unnerved her. It held no humor, only a lethal sort of grimness that cannoned her stomach into her throat and made her wish she'd wired William Pinkerton for instructions instead of going off half-cocked this way. "I'm Jim...Jim White," she lied.
"All right, Jim, how about some honesty? You come here looking for me?"
"I'm not looking for anyone named Branch McCauley. If that's who you are, you've nothing to worry about."
The wide, innocent eyes McCauley studied held honesty. He relaxed. "In that glad to pour you some coffee." He reached for the battered graniteware pot. His visitor's next words froze him in a half-stoop: "I'd feel more welcome if you'd set aside your gun first."
Cool as Montana sleet, McCauley straightened, hand poised above his holster. "Reckon you would. Wouldn't do much for my sense of well-being, though."
So much for trying to be friendly, Jenna thought. What now? She clenched her knees together to still their shaking and swallowed the fear knotted in her throat.
"Look." McCauley shifted his weight to one leg. "Why don't you put your gun away and have a sit? Could be I might know something about the hombre you're hunting.
Hombre. Sounded Spanish. Like Mendoza. It must be him. She had to get his gun away from him. Surprise seemed the best means. She squeezed the trigger of the .44 Starr. The bullet kicked dirt onto the man's scuffed boots. He jumped and let out a yelp as though she'd set his feet afire.
"Dammit, kid, going up against me won't get you anything but a six-foot hole in the ground."
"Shut up and toss over your gun or I'll turn them boots into sieves. 'Course, my sights might be a bit off." She raised the muzzle toward his groin.
"You made your point," he growled as he unbuckled his gun belt and tossed it over.
Instead of the fancy weapon she had expected a gunslinger to own, an ordinary, six-gun lay at her feet. No ivory handle or engraved barrel. Only an ordinary .44 Peacemaker, crafted and worn for one reason—to kill. The thought did funny things to her innards.
"All right," she said, getting back to business. "You aren't going to like this, mister, but I don't know any other way to be sure who you are. Drop them trousers to your ankles."
"Do what?"
Make the rounds to the blogs above and leave comments for eligibility for Charlene's give-away. Leave a comment here to be eligible for both Charlene's and mine.

***BUY LINK for Taming Jenna is

Here's the opening paragraph to Storm's Interlude.--

Someone swaggered out of the moonlit night toward Rachel. Exhausted from a long day of driving, she braked and blinked. Either she was hallucinating or her sugar levels had plummeted. Maybe that accounted for the male mirage, albeit a very magnificent male mirage, trekking toward her. She peered once more into the hot July night at the image illuminated by her headlights. Sure enough, there he was, cresting the hill on foot—a naked man wearing nothing but a black cowboy hat, a pair of boots and a go-to-hell sneer.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting my party, Vonnie, I'm already having a great time.

Rachel Brimble said...

LOL! Great way to leave you reader wanting more, Charlene ;)

Wishing you all the best with sales and success!

Rachel x

Andra Lyn said...

You know, for the longest time I hated westerns...but it was because I was reading the wrong stuff! You've gotta have romance to keep me hooked! Thanks for sharing the giveaway and great excerpts!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Rita said...

Congrats Charlene on the release.


Hywela Lyn said...

Great party, ladies, and that excerpt has me hooked - I just love Westerns! Wishing you many happy sales, Charlene, and Happy Release Day!

Shirl said...

I am so happy to have another one of Charlene Raddon's books to read. I have read all of her past books and loved them. This book sounds like it will be a fun and exciting story to read. Nice cover also.

Kathy Otten said...

Great excerpt. Sounds like a fun book. Another one for my pile. Best wishes for lots of sales.

Quilt Lady said...

Congrats on you release! I can't wait to read it. I love this cake its so cute!

Sheila Deeth said...

What yummy goodies. Fun party and the book looks great too.

Anonymous said...

Sheila, I wish I had some of these goodies at my desk right now. Yum.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, ladies. I apologize for being late checking in. Busy day.

Angela Adams said...

Vonnie, you throw a great party! Charlene, best wishes with your release!!

Janice Hougland said...

Hello Charlene and Vonnie! I'm late to the party 'cause I was out all day...but better late than never, right? I'm so glad Charlene has come out with this new book of hers...I want to read it over the holidays! Thanks for the post.

Rhonda D said...

I love me some Western Romances and will definitely be checking this one out. You are a new-to-me author Charlene and I can't wait to see how he tames Jenna. :) Vonnie, I will definitely be grabbing Storm's Interlood. I have to know why he was naked. :)

Susan Horsnell said...

Great blog site. I am enjoying discovering new sites by following you around Charlene.

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks, Susan. You can find great new books and authors this way too.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, I'm so glad you stopped in. I hope I'll hear more from you.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

***Andra Lyn was the winner of my copy of Storm's Interlude. I'll be emailing her shortly. Thanks everyone for stopping in and supporting Charlene on her release day. Her book sounds fabulous, doesn't it? I'm hoping she sells gobbs and gobbs. Please come back to Vintage Vonnie soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to everyone who visited this page and especially those who left comments. I'll announce the winner of the gift card on my blog,