Welcome Guest Laura Drake

Constant Craving

Have you ever found yourself drawn by a specific emotion? As an author, I love them all—every shade and nuance. But I have to admit, I have a favorite child. There’s one that tugs at me. I’m fascinated by its multi-faceted complexity. But it’s more than that. It’s the thing, itself:

Yearning

The dictionary defines it as: “Deep longing, especially when accompanied tenderness or sadness”:

The masthead photo to this blog to me, conveys that feeling so well that I’ve used it on my business cards. It’s a thread that is woven into every book I write – not intentionally, but because I love it.

I think we all long for that which touches our soul. That illusive feeling that we seek in our environment, our relationships, even our careers. It’s what drives us to the next thing, and the next. We chase it like a butterfly through a field, just knowing that when we catch it, then we’ll be happy.

But what if what you yearn for depends on someone else for you to have it? That’s the problem I presented to my heroine, Carly Beauchamp in my December release, The Last True Cowboy. Here’s the blurb:

Carly Beauchamp has loved cowboy Austin Davis since first grade. Ask anyone in their dusty, backwater New Mexico town of Unforgiven, and they’ll say “Carly and Austin” the way some say “big trucks and country boys.” But after years of waiting for a wedding ring, Carly’s done with being a rodeo widow . . .

Austin never meant to put his career on the circuit before Carly. She’s always been his future, his one and only. But now that she’s moved on, he’s beginning to see where he went wrong, and he’ll do anything to win her back. The only thing is, Carly’s suddenly acting differently, and she’s definitely hiding a secret–one that will test the depth of their love and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Carly’s dream depends on someone else to make it come true. Her happiness is in someone else’s hands. How awful would that be?

But don’t worry–Carly gets her HEA . . . just not the way she’d planned. This story was inspired by Carly Simon’s wonderful song, “Jesse” In case you haven’t heard it: https://youtu.be/T3W4Y85hx9Y

Just for a teaser, here’s a bit of the beginning of the story:

Addiction sucks. I should know. Papaw has his White Lightning. Nana has her Bingo-jones. My addiction has sad green eyes and my name tattooed across his left pec.

But my wedding-dress dreams always come in second to his rodeo. There’s even a term for it: Rodeo Widow.

Except to earn that title, I’d have to be married.

Squinting through the windshield glare, I shift the knob on the steering column to third and press on the gas, but the speedometer doesn’t budge. Dang it, at this rate I’m going to be late for the breakfast shift. Papaw bought the truck new about the time I was born, and Nana named it “Nellybelle.” Said she stole the name from a car on some TV show—Roy Somebody. All I know is, I’m stuck driving the beater, so Nana can drive the Camry to Bingo.

I’m less than a mile from the paved road when clanking starts under the hood. It sounds like the hammers of hell in there. I take it out of gear and lurch to the side of the washboard road and watch the dust billow up in the rearview mirror. “Now that’s just craptastic.” I’m no mechanic, but I’ve been driving since before I could reach the pedals. I know what a thrown rod sounds like. Nana would say, “Nellybelle’s sleeping with Jesus.” My luck she’ll want to have a funeral.

The book releases December 4, but can be preordered everywhere! https://books2read.com/u/mvjgQV

You know preorders help authors, right? 😉

I’m giving away an ebook copy to two lucky commenters!

Thanks for having me, P&P’s!

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Updated: November 20, 2018 — 4:18 pm

21 Comments

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  1. loved the excerpt!

  2. The Last True Cowboy cover blurb and excerpt have me really interested in this book. Thank you so much for the great set-up.

  3. Really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  4. Welcome Laura- Oh My, this book sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

  5. I’ve yet to read one of your books and a giveaway is an awesome opportunity to discover a new author to add to my go to authors list. This sounds like a great book and you had me at cowboy and rodeo. It really does suck when your happiness depends on someone else.

    1. Almost every one of my books involves rodeo, Stephanie – mostly bull riding!

  6. this excerpt sounds interesting. i love cowboys and their problems and situations. and then the ladies that make him complete. thanks for the post today

  7. I really enjoy the excerpt. This sounds like something I would want to read I love stories like this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  8. Sounds like a book right up my alley. I love a good cowboy story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  9. Enjoyed the excerpt and new author for me.

  10. Loved the post and the excerpt. Not a new author for me, but always a favorite–got you pre-ordered!

  11. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!

  12. Thanks for sharing! Love books about cowboys and the rodeo. Look forward to it!

  13. Thanks for having me! Good luck, and hope y’all like the book!

  14. Sounds like my kind of reading. Pre-ordered both books.

  15. I’ve been in a western mood lately, so this is right up my alley. And it’s been added to my wishlist. 🙂

  16. I find humor in a book necessary, be it subtle or a bit more out there. As your excerpt shows, it makes what is said mean just a bit more. The pursuit of a dream or profession can often take over your life. Time goes by and before we know it years have gone by and we have missed out on more than we realized. THE LAST TRUE COWBOY sounds like it will be an enjoyable read. Best wishes for a successful release.

  17. Thanks so much for sharing. Emotions are incredibly complicated.

  18. I look forward to reading your book. Thanks for sharing.

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