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#Free ebook: Suited to be a Cowboy

Published July 10, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Free July 10th-14th. It’s with great pleasure that, due to fan requests, I announce my impending move to offer my books at outlets besides Amazon. Suited to be a Cowboy will most likely be the last book I offer free as I’m branching out my distribution to include all ereaders at several outlets. Stay tuned. I’ll post updates as soon as the books are available elsewhere. 🙂

Contemporary Western Romantic Suspense

Warning: Sexual content


The horse riding area with three horses on the background on a bright sunny day

Inheriting a ranch on the heels of her husband walking out has Melissa Dehavilland struggling to learn the ropes. James McGovern, raised in foster care, has saved all his life toward a dream…that of owning a ranch. Such diverse backgrounds don’t always converge in harmony, especially when their first meeting turned sour, but working together means saving her ranch and restoring his dream. Respect is hard-earned and trust non-existent as they fight their attraction to each other. Melissa’s ex shows up, wanting a cut and causing trouble. The difficulties bind them closer together as they strive to guarantee a future…together.

Ready for a teaser excerpt? Here goes…

Jimmy was pumped. Adrenaline poured through his veins as wild as the Mustangs while he’d chased after the horses. Now the rush had left, he was dog-tired and looking forward to sharing his news with his boss. But not smelling as he did coming off the range.

“Sherry, you are one beautiful horse. You knew what to do better than I did. Or was it that handsome stallion that had you moving so fast?” He frowned as he gave his horse a good rubdown, remembering the incident with Midnight Rain. How could he and Melissa get back to a normal working relationship? Would she even care about his success tonight? Animosity rent the air whenever they were near each other.

He’d bite the bullet and take the first step by sharing his news. After all, he hadn’t asked to bring Sherry with him and it had been rude to assume it would be all right.

After returning to his room, he headed straight for the shower. He’d clean up and change clothes before going to find Melissa. He and Tippy had corralled eighteen Mustangs tonight. He’d hoped for one or two, as on previous occasions, but they’d been lucky.

He showered in record time and went into the bedroom to find clean clothes, a towel wrapped around his waist. That’s when he noticed the lights on in Melissa’s room. She’d gone to bed. Maybe she just wasn’t interested.

Would she mind if I cross the courtyard and knock on her door? He stood close to the glass pane, trying to catch a glimpse of movement that would indicate she was still up. Nothing moved. The lights blinked off as he stood there, undecided. Well, that settles that. Letting the towel drop, he turned toward the bed. He’d tell her tomorrow, if she asked.

Exhausted beyond belief, he fell asleep almost instantly.

 * * * *

 Oh, wow! Melissa felt like a voyeur. A wanton and extremely needy voyeur.

When he came out of the bathroom wearing only a towel, she should’ve turned away, but she couldn’t. Her feet seemed glued to the floor.

From the way he filled out his clothes, she’d known he had a great physique. What she hadn’t known, and couldn’t possibly guess, was how splendid a body he did have.

His broad shoulders tapered to a narrow waist, not a spare ounce of flesh on him to be seen. Perfect abs, muscled biceps, and those legs, long and lean. Her legs shook in reaction, threatening to give way. She was about to start drooling. Never had she seen such a perfect body.

Certainly not Marcus’s. She giggled, remembering his paunch. Too much wining and dining did that to a person. Served him right, the adulterous jerk.

She watched as Jimmy crossed his room, walking up close to the patio doors. Was he coming to see her? Dressed like that? Had she given him reason to think he could? Melissa’s insides tightened in response as she turned off the lamp. She almost parted the blinds and waved when he looked her way…until he dropped the towel.

She’d moved then, peeking through the blinds to try and determine if Jimmy was retiring for the night, or just winding down.

Her eyes threatened to pop out of her head and she knew her mouth was hanging open, but she couldn’t look away. She took one step backward, then another, never taking her eyes off his muscular physique. When he turned and headed for bed, she almost cried out for him, such was her need. Instead, she stood there and admired his fine tush until he covered it with the blankets and turned out the lamp.

“Good night, Jimmy,” she whispered into the darkness. “Sweet dreams.” She undressed and crawled in between the sheets, punched her pillow into submission and settled in to get some shut-eye. Sleep did come, eventually, and with it exquisite dreams of the man across the way.

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Guarding Flint now Available for Pre-order!!!

Published January 16, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Yes, you read it right. 🙂 Guarding Flint

Guarding Flint, Book 1 in my new Wyoming Secrets western series, is releasing on January 29th, but I’m happy to announce that it is now available for pre-order.


Ella Delaney is a small town girl with a big heart, except when it concerns Flint Harrington. Tough as nails city cop Ella is working a case when her son’s long absent father winds up in the middle of her stakeout.

Flint reconnects with Ella during his working vacation in Thayne, Wyoming, hoping for a long overdue reconciliation. But shots fired at him coupled with his daughter’s kidnapping has Ella investigating him instead.

Can they work out their troubled past while surviving present dangers? Or the better question…after the way Flint left years ago without a word, can he count on Ella’s help?

Sound interesting? Order it by clicking here.

Thank you for your support.

New Release and Cover Reveal!!!

Published July 24, 2015 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

kidnappedThe long-awaited 7th book in my Thunder Creek Ranch series is here!!! Kidnapped: The Search for Casey starts out on and around the ranch, but two of the searchers travel abroad while following the kidnappers’ trail. Although The hero in this book, Trent Ericson, isn’t a cowboy, he spends enough time on the ranch to qualify as one. Don’t you just love the cover!


Six-year-old Casey Manning has been kidnapped!

His cousin, Lynne Kerrigan, and Private Investigator, Trent Erikson, join forces to search for him…a search that takes them beyond the Atlantic Ocean to war-torn Afghanistan. They spend several days and nights together as they travel across a foreign country full of danger while following the kidnappers’ trail.

They are hot for each other and as they spend time together, things get even hotter. She loves Trent and hopes to have children some day, but Trent has been down that road before and isn’t interested in marrying a second time. So once back on Canadian soil with a happy Casey in tow, Lynne sends Trent away, even though her heart is breaking.

Trent goes back to Vancouver but finds he cannot forget his fiery-haired beauty. Would he be the one to compromise? Or would Lynne wake up and realize they were living in the twenty-first century?

Ready for more? Here’s the excerpt:

“Trent, what’s that noise?”
He awoke from a decadent dream to hear the alarm in Lynne’s whispered words as she shook him awake. “What noise? I haven’t heard anything.”
“Shhh. Listen. There’s something in the water.”
He sat up and listened as he pulled on his pants, the pale light of pre-dawn allowing him to see inside the tent. It sounded like there were several somethings in the water making an awful racket. He reached for his gun. Damn! He’d left it outside. “Where’s your gun?”
“It’s still in the back of the truck. I forgot to grab it. Where’s yours?”
“Under the cot by the river. Where did you put the handgun?” he asked as he pulled on his boots.
“In my bag.”
She crawled over, dug it out, and passed it to him along with the box of bullets, seemingly unaware of her nudity. Damn, but she looked good.
He loaded the gun and crawled to the tent flap. Very slowly, so as not to make a sound, he unzipped the tent and peeked out. Monkeys. He counted fifteen of them. “Lynne, come look.”
She lay down beside him and looked out.
“Oh, they’re beautiful. I wonder what kind they are?”
“I don’t know, but they’re certainly at home in the water,” he answered.
“They resemble children frolicking about, splashing each other and pushing their playmates under. How delightful to wake up to something so joyful. Do you think they’re friendly?”
“I’m not traipsing out there to find out. They’re bound to leave soon.”
“What if they don’t?” she asked as she watched the monkeys play.
“We’ll give them an hour or so and if they haven’t left, I’ll fire off a shot. That should send them running.”
“But I need to…uh…”
He grinned at her reluctance to voice the words. “Nature calling?”
“Well, duh.”
“I don’t think they’ll bother you. The door is sideways to the river, so just go out slow and around the side. I’ll cover you from here.”
He watched as she pulled her T-shirt on, her breasts perking upward as she reached over her head. “You are simply gorgeous.”
When her head came through the opening, she smiled at him. “I kinda like the look of you, too.” She moved to unzip the tent flap a little more. “You keep an eye on the monkeys in the river, not mine,” she said as she slipped outside.
He chuckled as he indeed, watched her monkey as she went by. He almost copped a feel, but she moved too quickly. One of the monkeys saw her and pointed her out to his friends, but as Lynne moved away from them, they must have figured she posed no threat and they went back to playing. Still, he was relieved when she came back inside.
As she leaned over to zip the tent closed, her womanly assets exposed to his delighted eyes, he couldn’t resist. He copped a feel with one hand and pulled her down beside him with the other. Her joyous chuckles soon turned to moans of ecstasy as they kissed and their passion ignited wanton flames of desire such as he’d never experienced with another woman.
He pushed her T-shirt up to expose her breasts, the rosy tips puckered and hard. “You are so beautiful,” he said and began to suckle and nip the tempting buds. “I could stay here all day making love to you.” Trent felt her stiffen.
“I could too, but we have to find Casey.” Her words came out in short pants as she struggled to breathe normally.
“Relax. We can’t do anything until the monkeys move on and I can’t think of a better way to spend the time.”
“Yes, I guess you’re right. If only the circumstances were different.”
“We’ll find him, Lynne, but for now, let’s find our reality.”
She smiled. “Our reality?”
“Yes, here and now the reality is that we have some time to get to know each other better. I want to find out what makes you tick.”
“What turns me on, you mean?”
He grinned. “That too.” He gathered her close and held her, his hands caressing her skin, so soft, so silky smooth. If he lived to be a thousand, he’d never get his fill of this woman.
“It’s quiet outside,” she whispered. “I think they’ve left.”
Trent listened and heard nothing except the chirping of birds. “How about we go for a morning swim?” he asked, holding his breath.
“Race you to the river,” she said as she untangled herself from his hold and rose to stand before him.
“Wait. Let me check things out first. There may be a reason the monkeys moved on.” He unzipped the flap and looked out before getting to his feet. He stepped outside. Nothing moved. “The coast is clear.”
As soon as he said the words, a bare-assed beauty streaked by him and ran to the river. Almost there, she never broke stride as she pulled the T-shirt over her head and flung it to the ground. What a woman.
Trent stood and watched until she ran into the water and then turned to beckon him.
“The water’s warm. Come on in.”
He didn’t need to be asked twice. He sauntered to the shore, his watchful gaze surveying the area for predators, whether animal or human. Not seeing anything that could pose a threat, he shucked his pants and boots and joined Lynne in the water. The river didn’t look that deep but as he waded out to meet her, a sudden drop had him stumbling for balance as the water sluiced over his shoulders.
Lynne giggled, splashed him, and dove into the water to swim out of his reach, but he caught her leg and flipped her over on her back in one swift move.
“Hey!” she yelped, laughing as she paddled her arms to stay above water.
He grabbed her other leg and pulled her toward him until he stood in the V of her legs, his manhood rubbing against her core. Her laughter stilled and she locked her legs around his waist, holding him tight against her. His gaze locked with hers and he saw the desire in the depths of her emerald eyes. They stayed like that for the longest while, the buoyancy of the water rocking their bodies in a sensuous dance.
When he reached for her hands, she placed her dainty ones in his much larger, callused hands and allowed him to lift her upper body until it was snug against him. He held her tight as they kissed, her body lowering bit by bit as she sank onto his length.
These were the things life had in store for the willing. A beautiful setting, a gorgeous woman––and the privacy to do as they pleased. He was more than willing.
She wrapped her arms around his neck and began to move up and down, each time taking more of him inside her warmth until he was in up to the hilt. He braced his feet on the sandy bottom, gripped her butt cheeks, and began to move, applying thrust after upward thrust as he held on to her. When her inner muscles constricted, it darn near choked the life out of his poor, swollen dick, but then his own climax hit with a vengeance. Unsure how he managed to stay on his feet during such a powerful orgasm, he walked toward shore still carrying Lynne.
“Trent, you can put me down now,” she said with a smile. “I’ll go get towels and soap so we can wash up.”
“All right.” He let her slide down the front of his body while still trying to get his mind around the tumultuous climax he’d just had. Never in his life had he experienced anything quite like it. It made him feel strong and powerful, yet at the same time, humbled and vulnerable.
He turned his head and watched Lynne as she sashayed up to the tent. She was shy in some respects, yet she was as comfortable in the nude as he was. He liked that about her.

Kidnapped: The Search for Casey, will soon be available wherever ebooks are sold and Evernight Publishing offers a discount on all new releases.

Currently available at Amazon. Will update links as they become available.

Contract is signed!

Published May 19, 2015 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

The Manning family is growing!

I’ve just signed the contract for the seventh book in my Thunder Creek Ranch series. Kidnapped: The Search for Casey will be released in July. Yay, Evernight Publishing! I’m so excited!

Here’s the unofficial blurb:

Six-year-old Casey Manning has been kidnapped!

His cousin, Lynne Kerrigan, and Private Investigator, Trent Erikson, join forces to search for him…a search that takes them beyond the Atlantic Ocean to war-torn Afghanistan. They spend several days and nights together as they travel across a foreign country full of danger while following the kidnappers’ trail.

They are hot for each other and as they spend time together, things get even hotter. She loves Trent and hopes to have children some day, but Trent has been down that road before and isn’t interested in marrying a second time. So once back on Canadian soil with a happy Casey in tow, Lynne sends Trent away, even though her heart is breaking.

Trent goes back to Vancouver but finds he cannot forget his fiery-haired beauty. Would he be the one to compromise? Or would Lynne wake up and realize they were living in the twenty-first century?

I can’t wait to see what the artist comes up with for a cover to this one. All my Evernight covers to date have been amazing. I’m planning two more books in this series, which will bring it to a close. And in case you may have missed them, below are the covers for previous books available at Evernight and all online retail outlets.

New release and Fabulous cover reveal!!!

Published October 18, 2013 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I absolutely LOVE this cover! My exceptionally talented sister, Sharon Wilson-Dupuis, outdid herself this time. I am amazed at the detail.

Benjamin.new2What do you think?

The Hudson Ranch series is a new venture for us. We, my sister and I, always said that one day, I’d write the books and she’d do the illustrations. Well, that started last month with the release of The Inheritance. I hope you enjoyed it and are ready to dive into Book 2, Benjamin, a rough and rugged ex rodeo rider.


Rodeo cowboy Benjamin Hudson is one of four brothers set to inherit their father’s ranch in northern Alberta. The only problem is, the three oldest have been estranged from Zackary Hudson for years. Their father’s will states they have to live on the ranch for one year, show a profit, and care for their baby brother. The main problems…none of them know anything about running a working ranch or caring for an infant. They decide to hire domestic help for the primary care of Jeremiah.

Halifax native, Danielle Madison, wants to escape the pain of an abusive marriage and the resultant stillborn child. She sees the ad for a nanny on a ranch in Alberta, applies, and flies west without a second thought. For Dani it’s work only, with no intention of becoming involved until she meets Benjamin, the tough-as-nails ex rodeo rider, who handles his baby brother with great gentleness and compassion. Little Jeremiah pulls at her heartstrings, and she’s drawn to him, despite her resolve to remain aloof.

Love is not in Ben’s vocabulary, except as it applies to his lost siblings. When things start disappearing and going wrong, Dani is Ben’s initial suspect. He’s attracted to her, despite her withdrawn persona, and tries to believe in her innocence as they work together to solve the mysterious happenings. Will love win out, or will the fear of commitment drive a permanent wedge between them?

Teaser Excerpt:

The Hudson brothers. Three of them. Cowboys. What if they were rowdy and mean? She literally had no experience with cowboys but prayed these men were nothing like her ex. Why hadn’t she found out more about them before coming all the way out here? Nate’s messages were brief and to the point, but he’d seemed nice enough, polite, and he’d sounded relieved to find someone to work for them. I can do this!

Her first sight of the ranch house and outbuildings calmed her nerves, replacing her doubts and fears with a feeling of coming home. Strange, that. Weird, really, but she couldn’t shake the thought. She parked beside the house and, after grabbing her purse, walked to the front door and rang the bell.

A few moments later, the door opened and there in front of her stood three gorgeous men, identical men, one of whom held a toddler. His smile reached his brown eyes, making them sparkle. He appeared more muscular than the other two and her body reacted to his nearness. Weak at the knees—which she tried to blame on the hours spent traveling—she stuck out a hand in greeting. “Hello, I’m Dani.”

When the man holding the baby shook her outstretched hand, delightful shivers of awareness skittered up her spine. Oh, no! This can’t be happening. I’m here to work. Damn it!

“Hi, I’m Ben. This guy beside me is Gabe, next to him is Nate, and this little guy is our baby brother, Jerry. Come on in and make yourself at home.”

“Thank you.” Dani entered the house and the feeling of belonging returned. She felt slightly vulnerable, intimidated really, with the men all towering over her five-foot, eight-inch frame. “If it’s all right, I’d like to bring my things in. Can you show me to my room?”

The men looked at her strangely, as if she’d suddenly grown two heads. “What? Is there a problem?”

“We’ll bring your stuff in, but we, uh, haven’t exactly figured out sleeping arrangements yet,” said Ben. “Be right back.”

He passed her the baby and they hightailed it out the door, leaving her staring, open-mouthed, at their retreating backs.

What on Earth have I gotten myself into?

Benjamin, available now on Amazon. Only $3.99!