Donna Alward: A Cowboy At Heart

MichaelTrucco2I have a confession to make.  While I adore the look of faded jeans, dusty boots, T-shirts and Stetsons, there is also something about a man in a suit.  Maybe it’s that neat and tidy thing that you just want to mess up.  I don’t know exactly why, but I do like reading stories with tycoons and entrepreneurs and a man who can tie a double Windsor.  I especially like it when that’s the man we’re introduced to.  The heroine sees the power behind the suit and is awed.  And then she sees him off-hours in his jeans and realizes to her dismay that it’s THAT man who can crawl behind her defenses. Yum, yum, yum!

That’s kind of what I did with my current release, SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, only in reverse – it’s the suit and tie Devin that is the shocker.  I had so much fun writing this story.  Devin is unlike any hero I’ve written before, and technically I suppose you could call this a marriage in jeopardy story.  Actually – it’s more of a marriage that has breathed its last breath and needs a crash cart to resurrect it story.  Devin and Ella were married young – and together briefly.  Ella left him, you see.  And she’s tried for years to get him to sign divorce papers, but each and every time they’ve come back unsigned.  She’s at her wits’ end when she finally sees him in person – and on a bachelor auction block.

To all appearances, Devin looks the same as he ever did – only older and sexier, if that’s possible.  But Ella thinks he’s stuck in the same rut she was afraid she’d fall into, and she knows getting him to sign the divorce papers is the right thing.  Things get turned totally upside down, though, when it becomes clear that she doesn’t know Devin at all anymore.  Especially when she walks into his office and finds him in a suit and tie looking very capable and yes, irresistible.  The cover artist even played up this contrast with the cover!

I liked that Devin could be both men – the same down-to-earth guy that she spent time with at the cabin, caring for his horses and fishing on Sundays, and also the self-made man who develops properties for a very good living.  I liked that this side of him totally threw Ella off balance.  I loved that he was just as sexy unbuttoning a dress shirt in his office as he was stripping off a T-shirt on the stage at the Ruby Shoes Saloon.

But what I really love about Devin?  He’s a cowboy at heart.  No Italian shoes or silk tie will change that.  He cares about family, community, his SoldtotheHighestBidderDRAFTV2responsibilities, his honour.  And he’ll do anything – ANYTHING – to get back the woman he loves.  Even wait for her for eleven years.  Even cheat death.

SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER is on sale now from Samhain Publishing in e-book and will be out in print in February 2011.  And today, one lucky commenter will win a free download of the story in the format of their choice!

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38 thoughts on “Donna Alward: A Cowboy At Heart”

  1. Hi, Donna! Congratulations! “Sold to the Highest Bidder” has a TERRIFIC story line and a fabulous cover! What a guy! I agree with you about men in suits. Cowboys will always have my heart, but a well-suited man will also catch my eye. To take the suit issue one step further, not every man looks good in a Western-cut suit. The ones that do, however…oh, my, my!!!

    I would also like to thank you for your website, blog, and newsletters. I enjoy your posts and comments that pop up here and there around the web. I wish you much continued success!

  2. oooh, that is a fun twist 🙂
    sounds very interesting and exciting!!
    i LOVE your cover!
    thanks for coming by and giving us a shot at your book!

  3. Virginia – thank you! I agree with you and Tabitha about the cover. The artist did an awesome job.

    Pamela- it’s EXACTLY like having your cake and eating it too. 🙂

  4. I’ve only read one other marriage-in-jeopardy romance, so it must be a theme that isn’t written about often!

    So the question is – why didn’t Devin sign the papers? He must still love Ella, but couldn’t change her mind about staying together. But I guess I won’t know the answer until I’ve read the book!

  5. Yum, yum, indeed! Devin sounds delicious. Take a man who’s a cowboy at heart, put him in a suit and the contrast is oh, so appealing. Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. Donna, I, too, LOVE a man in a suit or any kind of uniform. There’s just something about them that makes my heart beat a little faster. But, a cowboy with dirt on him is sexy too, shows he can throw himself into his work.

    Great cover for you new book! Wow! I’d sure like to win him. Here’s hoping you sell a million copies.

  7. I completely agree! There is just something about a man in a suit…and when he can pull off the rugged look, too, boy-oh-boy 🙂

  8. Marcie – let’s just say there was a little bit of pride and a whole lotta stubbornness with Dev. I think he told himself certain things, but deep down he was just plain still in love with her. 🙂

    And thanks everyone – see, I just KNEW I wasn’t the only one who could appreciate a little dirt and then be wowed when he cleans up good…

  9. Sounda like my kind of cowboy.. Looks good in anything… at home on the range, but can look good in the boardroom.. and maybe the bedroom too……..

  10. Donna,

    I have put your book on my must read list. Life has away to reveal the things in life that are important and to me my family and my writing

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

  11. Hi Donna- Oh boy I love that cover! Who is the actor in the top picture. I know I’ve seen him, but I don’t know who he is exactly?
    I love those marriage in major jeopardy stories and yours sounds like a ton of fun!!

  12. I love a man that is as comfortable in and out of a suit as he is his chaps. Sounds like a wonderful story.

  13. Wow, this book looks fantastic!! The cover is a wow and the story sounds like a great read too!! One more book to go on my must read list(grin).

  14. Charlene – it’s Michael Trucco. When I “cast” my hero for this story, I was neck deep in watching Battlestar Galactica. I LOVED Michael’s character, Sam. On one hand a real smart aleck, on the other so intense and driven – and 100% sexy all the time.

  15. Hi Donna!!

    Wow, I love that cover, and the premise of the book, sounds fantastic!!And I love a hero with lots of layers, peel him like an onion! How’s the weather in Eastern Canada?? Cheers~

  16. Wow, this book looks fantastic!! The cover is a wow and the story sounds like a great read too!! One more book to go on my must read list(grin).

  17. Karyn – It could stand to be a little warmer, but at least it was sunny enough to tackle the gardening today and hang out a few lines of clothes. 🙂

    Thanks everyone for coming out today! 🙂 I’m going to draw a winner for the download and I’m going to announce it tomorrow morning here on the blog. (So if you’re lurking and haven’t commented yet, there’s still time, hint hint!)

  18. This book sounds great! Have not read many marriage in jeopardy stories.. Am looking forward to this one.

  19. Great cover, Donna! I’m with the group that likes
    having both looks in the one good-looking fellow!!
    Two for the price of one!! LOL

    Pat Cochran

  20. love the cover and the whole idea. how great to have two heros all rolled into one! This is one I must read!

  21. I love a man in faded jeans and a shirt with the sleeves roled up to the elbow. My husband who is a pastor indulges me and dresses in jeans on Saturdays for me. But I must say he is gorgeous in a suit!

    This book sounds wonderful and I would love to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

  22. I love a man in faded jeans and a shirt with the sleeves roled up to the elbow. My husband who is a pastor indulges me and dresses in jeans on Saturdays for me. But I must say he is gorgeous in a suit!

    This book sounds wonderful and I would love to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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