Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Part Time Cowboy - Maisey Yates + Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!

Book & Author details:

Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
(Copper Ridge #1)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…

Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…
Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?

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Author Inspiration: The Hero

Inspiration comes from a lot of different places. I've gotten story ideas from the strangest places. From articles in the news, to Disney cartoons, the smallest, most seemingly innocuous moments have spawned whole books.

But one of the most important pieces of inspiration? The hero.

For me, hero inspiration works in a couple of different ways. It doesn’t usually start with his looks. Though, I love a devastatingly handsome man with a great set of abs as much as the next person. Maybe even more. But for me, the heart of the hero is the most important thing.

I write very strong men. Alpha heroes. No matter what kind of book I’m writing I know before I start that’s the kind of man he’ll be. I've written a lot of different hero types, from billionaires, to bikers, to cowboys, but they all have a few things in common.

No matter how rough their exterior, they have good hearts. No matter how broken, they can definitely be saved. And no matter what they do, whether it's kidnapping a woman to make their bride, or keeping the heroine at arm’s length by acting like a prickly cuss, they do it because they firmly believe it’s the right thing to do. Even if they don’t have a moral code most of us would recognize, they definitely have one.

I often arrive at conflict for my heroes thanks to tragic headlines. I really, really like a damaged hero. I'm also a thwarted fixer and a control freak and a world I can’t control. So very often when I read about those circumstances I want to find ways to fix them. That often means applying bits and pieces of what I see in the headlines, and in real life, to fictional characters so that I can try to give them their happy ending.

But of course, in my estimation, a romance hero is best when he's tall, hot and broken. I rely a lot on Pinterest for visual inspiration. I tend to favor pictures of male models, or pictures of more than one guy who kind of have the vibe I’m looking for in my hero versus casting a celebrity.

While I’m often inspired by headlines, I am sometimes inspired by pictures first. My first cowboy series came to me because I saw a picture of a cowboy and wanted to know his story. I write cowboys now because of that picture. That one picture led to six books and three novellas all about cowboys. It was a picture that was worth a whole lot more than a thousand words.

I’m a writer and reader who’s kind of all about the hero, torturing him, healing him, falling a little bit in love with him. I hope you enjoy reading about my heroes as much as I enjoy writing them.

 And if you want to check out some of my visual hero inspiration come and find me on Pinterest!


USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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