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Vivian Arend is here, and a giveaway of Rocky Mountain Haven
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Yeha and wooooohooo for Beth’s upcoming Silken Rapture release. I love that there are so many ways for us to enjoy our romance HEA, from paranormal to contemporary. From the more fantastic fantasy of ménages to the fairly ordinary, but real working world of the contemporary ranch.

Rocky Mountain Heat is out today, and there’s a world of passion and misunderstanding, adventure and fire waiting to happen. I’ve got an excerpt for you from the simple life that isn’t always as simple as it seems…

SIX PACK RANCH

The Coleman family has ranched in the Rocky Mountain House area of Alberta for generations. These modern day contemporary cowboy romance stories follow the current family members as they find both their place in the community and happy-ever-afters.

Book 1: Rocky Mountain Heat: November 15.
Book 2: Rocky Mountain Haven: January 10, 2012
Book 3: Rocky Mountain Desire: March 13, 2012

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Rocky Mountain Heat

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…
Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to.

Anyone wanna go for a ride?

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The moment had come to be blunt. It was hardly right for Jaxi to fault Cari and Leo for not communicating when she was guilty of the same thing with Blake.

“I’m not interested in taking any more classes. I figure I need to move on to the next stage of my life. Meet new goals, fulfill new desires.” Okay, it wasn’t a totally blunt declaration of wanting to jump him, but it was a start. Especially as she opened her shoulders to face him, pulling one leg up on the bench seat so that her knee bumped into his thigh. A gentle caress. Barely there but enough to get her heart pounding.

“Where’s he live?”

Her mind clouded with the image of Blake reaching to touch her, smoothing his strong fingers over her thigh. His work-hardened hands opening her jeans and unbuttoning her blouse, caressing her bare skin…

“Jaxi, where does he live?” Blake demanded.

She shook her head and lifted her gaze from his hands. What the hell were they talking about again? “Who?”

“This Royce guy.”

The urge to giggle rose, and she beat it down unmercifully. Acting like a teenager wasn’t the impression she wanted to project right now. “Don’t worry about Royce. He’s a nice enough guy but I’m not interested in him.”

She adjusted her leg casually, rubbing his thigh again.

Blake changed gears, his leg shifting away from hers. “Well, you let me know if he gives you any trouble, alright?”

She leaned toward him slightly, letting her body soften, letting her desire for him show in her eyes and the tone of her voice. “Now why would you do that? You’re not my father to watch over me and save me from the big bad wolves.” Come on, Blake, make a move. She was sure she’d seen signs of his attraction, but the man was damn stubborn. Whatever held him back was driving her up the wall.

“No, I’m not your father, but I’ve thought about you a lot lately. I haven’t been taking care of you as well as I did before you began college classes. I’m going to work on that, Jaxi. You need someone to watch out for you.”

Hope rose in her heart. Was he coming around? Maybe his earlier anger was because he felt responsible for her and wanted more?

Then he dumped cold water on her dreams as he reached to pat her knee gently. Playfully. As far from a lover’s caress as possible. “You’re a good girl, and you deserve to be cared for. I’m going to be the best big brother you could ever have.” With a final squeeze to her knee, he turned up the radio, and his strong hands thumped the wheel in time with the song, a peculiar pinched smile on his face.

Jaxi stared at him slack-jawed, her body and mind both reeling as she tried to understand what he’d just said.

He’d gone insane.

A big brother? Like hell that’s what she needed. If he wanted to care for her, it wouldn’t be as a big boy reluctantly playing house with a little girl. Making mud pies good-naturedly when he would prefer to be anywhere else. They’d done that already, years ago. It was time to shake things up, to show Blake she was no little girl and he was definitely not her big brother.

She’d told Jesse earlier she played to win. The game started now in earnest, and Blake wasn’t going to know what hit him.

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What do you think? Big brother figures who the little girl next door wants to be so much more—hmmm. One of my favorite tropes. What’s one of your favorite tropes, in either paranormal or contemporary?

Leave a comment for a chance to win an advance copy of the SECOND book in this series, Rocky Mountain Haven, not out for everyone else until January!

Winner will be announced tomorrow morning!

20 comments to “Vivian Arend is here, and a giveaway of Rocky Mountain Haven”

  1. CrystalGB
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 9:04 am · Link

    Rocky Mountain Heat sounds great. I love Vivian’s books. :)



  2. kris gilson
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 9:06 am · Link

    I downloaded this book today! Can’t wait to read it and hope to win the next installment!



  3. Becky Jean
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 9:08 am · Link

    looks like a great new series!!!



  4. Fedora
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 10:21 am · Link

    The big-brother trope is a good one, Viv! A couple other favorites of mine are the friends-to-lovers and plain-Jane-gets-the-hero (especially when she truly *is* plain, and it isn’t that she’s just had this gorgeous self hidden under a bad haircut and dumpy clothes, but that the hero is forced to get to know her and realizes what an incredible, beautiful person she is :)) Can’t wait for the whole Rocky Mountain series!



  5. Brunette LIbrarian
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 11:59 am · Link

    I like the big brother types…and I enjoy stories about loners until they find that special someone ;)



  6. Na S.
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Hi Vivi! One of my favorite is second chance stories with some time apart and sometimes if it suits the story, a secret baby. I always find myself rooting for the couple to find their love again and become better people as well.



    • Vivian Arend
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        · November 15th, 2011 at 3:12 pm · Link

      I want to write a secret baby story!! :D



  7. elaing8
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Congrats on the release Vivian. I am enjoying reading this book. Blake is becoming a favorite hero to me.And those brothers of his..phew.can’t wait to read their stories.



  8. Cathy M
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Congrats on your latest release, Viv. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers.



  9. katsrus
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new book. This series sounds awesome. That is a hot cover.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com



  10. ClaudiaGC
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 2:48 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to start this series! I love Viv’s writing.



  11. Vivian Arend
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Thanks everyone for stopping in and entering. Hope you enjoy!



  12. Renee B
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the release. My favorite trope is past love of their life, but split up, now are back with a secret baby or child.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love your books. Have all of the Granite Lake Wolves and am looking forward to the Six Pack Ranch series.



  13. Gabrielle J.
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Hi Arend! This series sounds very promising, I’m hoping to get a chance to get the first book!

    I’m fond of the big brother ideas in some stories, I’m also into the stories where the characters were a couple and then they brought together again by circumstances I kind of like it when the circumstances are kind of sad because for me that just makes the fact that the main characters find each other again better!

    One of my other favorite story tropes is when the characters are always clashing, I mean sometimes the fact that they’re always at each other’s throats drives me insane but other times it just makes me hope all the more that they get their happily ever after!

    Congrats on the new release Ms. Arend!

    Gabrielle J.



  14. June M.
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 5:30 pm · Link

    I love Vivian’s paranormals and really need to read the rest of her books. Thanks for the great post.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com



  15. Liz C
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Hi Viv
    I’m a secret baby fan myself and amnesia



  16. Nancy Gilliland
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 7:03 pm · Link

    This is an excellent book-so are the next two ( I cheat). My favorite trope is the love lost and regained. It gives hope to us all. You go, Viv!!! You know I’m your number one sta…..fan, er, yeah, thats it!!!



  17. Amelia
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed Wolf Signs!



  18. Mary G
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new look and more words version. I’ve heard amazing things about your books from a fellow Canadian. looking forward to reading them. I love the best friend’s, brither, sister cousin, etc. trope.



  19. jennifer mathis
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      · November 15th, 2011 at 10:52 pm · Link

    i already had this one on my tbb list just waiting on payday . Excerpt is awesome :)



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