Evernight’s Big Birthday Bash!

Published September 25, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Today starts a week long party to celebrate Evernight Publishing being one year old! I’m so pleased to be part of this brilliant group of authors and designers! Some of the Evernight Authors are having a blog hop to celebrate one year of fantastic reads!


These are the three big prizes being offered from Evernight.

1.  Kindle E-reader
2.  50.00 U.S. (via paypal)
3.  40.00 Evernight Gift Certificate.


Here’s the plan, you MUST leave a comment on participating blogs with your email address in the body of the comment. Three people will be chosen from ALL the participating blog comments so the more blogs you visit and leave comments on, the greater your chance to win!! Unfortunately, WordPress does not support the blog hop link, but if you comment here, I’ll make sure all names are entered in the draw.  Visit Evernight’s blog to take part in the main blog hop. The link:
Evernight is also picking one name from each blog’s comments and that person will win a $5.00 Evernight Gift Certificate! So flex those fingers and get ready to blog.

To top it all off, on October 1st only, ALL e-books will be 75% off on the Evernight Website. So take advantage and stock up on those books you’ve been wanting to read. Here’s the link:


In addition, Zakia and the Cowboy, my debut novel, is set for release on Oct 5th. I’ll be giving away a PDF download to one lucky commenter here on my blog between Sept 25th and Oct 2nd. Just answer the question: What do you love about cowboys? Don’t forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you. 🙂


With a stalker following her every move Zakia has no choice but to flee the city. Her options limited, she runs to the only place she’s ever felt safe…the Thunder Creek Ranch and her ex-husband, Lucas.
Will he protect Zakia from the stalker? And if he does will either of them be able to ignore the feelings that have simmered for so long, ready to explode… before danger either draws them together or pulls them apart.

Now for the Excerpt:

(Warning!!! Sexually explicit!!! Adults Only!!!)

“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy,” he apologized.

He sat on the edge of the bed and struggled to remove his cowboy boots, then disposed of pants, briefs and socks. When he looked up and saw the still smooth, silky skin of her upper torso and full breasts partially covered by her beautiful, long, blonde hair, he had to ask himself how he got to be so lucky. Déjà vu was very much in existence as he admired the woman standing before him. Zakia was still every bit the exquisite, sexy woman she’d been on their wedding night, only now she was trying hard not to giggle.

“What’s so funny,” he asked with a grin as he reached for her.

“Just a little touch of déjà vu going on.”

“I was thinking the same thing. You’re just as beautiful now as you were on our wedding night,” he stated as he pulled her back into his arms.

“Well, I was thinking it funny that you said those exact same words on our wedding night.”

“What words?” he asked, curious and trying to think.

“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy.”

“Ooohh, those words. It’s true. A cowboy doesn’t go too far without his boots.”

“Did you mean it, Luke?”

“Mean what?”

“That you still think I’m beautiful.”

“Do I need to install mirrors on every wall in the house?” he teased. “Yes, you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and sexily built. Now, shut up and kiss me.”

“Oh, I so like a man who knows what he wants,” she cooed.

When she reached for him, pulling him down for a kiss filled with all the passion he remembered, his heart soared. Gone was the polite restraint they’d held to since her arrival. He kissed her back, longing for more, aching for the promise her lips delivered.

His hands moved to her breasts, rubbing and tweaking the nipples to turgid peaks, then massaging the silken softness until she moaned against his mouth in pleasure. Breaking the kiss, he took one rosy nipple into his mouth, sucking and nipping lightly before transferring his attention to the other one.

He worked his way down her body, one kiss at a time, having to keep a tight rein on his control as she breathed his name over and over again. Her body writhed beneath him as he reached her sopping pussy, her unique scent driving him wild as always. He parted her lips and kissed her, rubbing tiny circles on her clit with his thumb. His other hand reached beneath her to fondle her ass as he began sucking her, his tongue laving and prodding her wetness until he could take no more. Rising up, he coaxed her legs apart with his knees and positioned himself. As he looked into her desire-glazed eyes, he moved, pushing into her with one hard thrust.

Then he stilled. It had been as tight as their first time. “Did I hurt you?”

“Uh, uh.” She shook her head as her body began to move, encouraging him to pull out and push into her warmth again.

She grabbed his hips, pulling him closer, deeper, and they fell into a rhythm that told of their familiarity with each other. It was as if he’d gone back in time, back to the days of love and laughter, caring and sharing their lives, completing each other. He thrust in and out, faster, harder, seeking the rapture he’d only found with the woman lying beneath him.

Thought took a long, slow ride after that as they concentrated on catching up on years of lost loving, and he was pleased to note, she still had that deep, husky, pleading note in her voice when she screamed his name.

And to continue this week’s birthday celebration, following are the blogs participating. This is a Blog Hop29 entries so far…













Have Fun Hopping!

Winners will be posted on Oct. 3rd

58 comments on “Evernight’s Big Birthday Bash!

  • What a sizzling excerpt! I do love romances between ex/estranged spouses. There’s just something about a man trying to win his wife’s heart and vice versa.

    As far as cowboys, I like their code of ethics. They are certainly not the slick city types, driving in fancy cars with their bordering-on-arrogance-confidence. (although we love some of those dudes too). Cowboys are dependable guys–the sort you want to have around when the ranch is on fire (LOL) and after the flames the are tamed, the one you want in ur bed. In two words–attainable heroes. 😉


  • I second what Empi siad about cowboys – especially the part of on fire and after the flames are tamed too 😉 And oh, I love the stetsons 😉 and the tan..and the deep set eyes.. oh, and sometimes the drawl.. LOL! What’s not to love about cowboys???

    Sizzling, smokin’ hot excerpts… Need some cowboys to put the fire out..here 😉

    Happy Birthday to Evernight! And advance Congrats to the ultra-lucky winner who gets to read Lorraine’s book 😉

  • A sizzler of an excerpt!
    Cowboys, sigh! What not to like? The tight jeans, the stetson and the tanned and rough face! And the seat on the horse….?!

  • Cowboys are definitely my thing but I’ll try not to overwhelm you with what I like about them, lol. Their dark, smoky drawl, the way they wear their hats so their eye’s are shadowed, the muscles that are from actual work, the calluses on their finger tips that adds more to the sensation when they touch you, the pet names they use like ‘darlin’ and ‘honey’ (but only has the effect if they use it with the drawl). So shall I go on,,,,,,,,,, cuz I can 😉

  • I love cowboys because they are usually such considerate lovers. I think they do it so you feel obligated to share the pleasure..which is fine by me. 🙂 They work hard and have the body to prove it.
    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

  • Who doesn’t love cowboys, they are the ones you want on your side, dependable, strong, kind and they always look pretty darn good in their Wranglers!

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  • What do I love about cowboys? How about there dependibility? The sexuality they ALWAYS seem to have? Their smoldering eyes? Need I go on? LOL
    Happy Birthday Evernight and thank you for this celebration!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  • What I love about Cowboys?

    Hmm.. Lets see the code of the ethics, they are determined(in & out the bedroom-or the barn), they aren’t afraid of hard work or getting down and dirty… That is just brief list…

    Happy Birthday Evernight. Wishing you a happy 1 year and hope that you have many more to come….
    AND THANKS for the invite for the blog hopping birthday bash. I am enjoying seeing all the different authors (and now making a list of books to purchase…)

  • Cowboys are a special breed – the original loner, alpha male, and unrivaled physical package – I mean seriously, the muscles built from hard work always beat those from a gym! Yum!
    Enjoying the Birthday Bash tour. Thanks for being on it!
    Rebecca – rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

  • What’s not to love about cowboys? They’re dominant, yet considerant. Totally hot, muscles, muscles muscles! Love the land they work and their families, and the really know how to ride:)
    Great excerpt from the new book, and the cover art is so incredibly yummy!
    Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!!
    Happy Birthday Evernight!!!

  • Happy Birthday to Evernight! Following the Blog Hop and am happy to find new authors and/or books to add to my TBR list. The excerpt is awesome and very hot, love cowboy stories ;-D


  • Cowboys are sexy and hot! The keep their body in shape by working on farms and horseback riding!

    Thank you for the additional giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail.com

  • I love that cowboys are real & earn their muscles doing honest to good honest work, instead of sitting on a bench lifting weights a few days a week in a gym. Also, there is something so hot about faded & frayed jeans bunched up over cowboy boots.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  • Oh goody! another author to enjoy and love. I love your book cover, and the excerpt wonderful. I’ve already put your new release on my gotta have wishlist as I absolutely want your book…*S*
    Thank you for being a part of the celebration & wishing you the very best on you book…*S*
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  • I haven’t a lot of stories featuring cowboys as the main character but that doesn’t mean that I love them any less! For me I think the thing I love most about cowboys is just their gentle nature and their general respect for women and other people and things.

    I think men from the city could maybe learn a good lesson from an old fashion cowboy!

    Sigh, I wouldn’t mind having a cowboy of my own!


  • Congratulations on your new release. I loved the blurb and excerpt. What I love about cowboys is their code of ethics.

    I agree with Pomma. Putting this book on my wishlist.
    Thank you for the chance to win it.

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  • Author Comment
    June M.
    manning_j2004@yahoo.com Submitted on 2011/10/01 at 9:22 PM
    Congrats on the upcoming release! What do I love about cowboys? They are hardworking, dependable, honest, protective, respectful, and they know lots of uses for ropes, lol.
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    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    Congrats on the upcoming release! What do I love about cowboys? They are hardworking, dependable, honest, protective, respectful, and they know lots of uses for ropes, lol.
    email subscriber
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    lornel@xplornet.ca Submitted on 2011/10/01 at 9:27 PM | In reply to June M..
    Thank you, June! LOL at your ‘uses of ropes’.

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    Submitted on 2011/09/26 at 12:49 AM
    Great post! It always amaze me how people can take time to write them. But to be honest maybe you should change the color of the texts? Sorry if I am being rude, just trying to help. Kind regards, Sophia

    Thanks, Sophia!

  • Ronda Tutt
    mrsqueentutt@yahoo.com Submitted on 2011/09/25 at 11:00 PM
    Congrats on your upcoming new release and I must say it looks HOT!

    Naturally I love cowboys, I am from Texas – LOL I love cowboys because they are some of the most hard working men I have ever known, they are always in shape and their personalities are usually sweet and tender as they cherish a womans being. They have the best manners and never expect anything for free as most of them usually go way out of there way to help others. To top that off, have you seen the size of their condoms – LOL yeah, I said condoms – if you haven’t then you must look at the back of their pants and notice the size of that ring that has worn through in the back pocket – LOL

    Ronda Tutt

  • Submitted on 2011/09/25 at 11:15 PM | In reply to Ronda Tutt.
    Thanks for the info, Ronda. Might use some of that in a future novel. Always wanted to travel to Texas, now I know I’ll have to. lol Love the condom info. Nice to know.

    Thanks for the congrats as well. It’s a pretty exciting time and Luke is one hot cowboy.

  • Hot excerpt! I love the sound of this! Hmm. Whats not to love about cowboys? I love the drawl, there code of honor, there manners, how they look on a horse (hell, anyway they look!) lol , i like how compassionate they are (after all, they take care of animals)…just everything! Thank you for the giveaway! And for sharing!

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