Spurs and boots are optional...
The Secret Life of Cowboys #1
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Featuring: Emily Langley; Tyler Garahan
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Western | Romance
When Tyler Garahan said he'd do anything to save his
family's ranch, he never thought that would include taking
a job as a stripper at a local ladies' club. But the
club's fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler's
attention, and for her he'll swallow his pride...
Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It's obvious
that he's the real deal and wouldn't be caught dead at a
ladies' revue if he wasn't in big trouble. And when he
looks at her like that, she'll do anything to help.
Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies' club,
Tyler would be plumb exhausted if he didn't suddenly
discover that the club is in the same boat as his ranch,
and his beautiful boss needs him as much as he needs
84 comments posted.
A woman in power who has a soft spot for a cowboy, sounds like a sweet read@
(Darci Paice-Bailey 1:28am March 17, 2011)
Thanks for inviting me to blog today, St. Patrick's Day! I hope you enjoy reading about my passion for my Irish heritage.
Finger's crossed that I'll find the address where my great-grandfather lived in Dublin.
(C.H. Admirand 8:58am March 17, 2011)
Hi Darci ~ thanks so much for stopping by and embracing cowboy heroes!
(C.H. Admirand 9:00am March 17, 2011)
I love reading series. It's hard waiting for the next book. Cowboy & a Stripper, sound interesting.
(Pat Wilson 9:26am March 17, 2011)
Happy St Patricks Day. Thanks for sharing with us. I headed to your website now! Have a great day!
(Dawn Staniszeski 9:26am March 17, 2011)
Hi Pat! I think it was Nora Roberts who first got me hooked reading series. It's so hard to say goodbye to a character; trilogies and series give you just a bit more time to stay, but I agree, it is hard to wait for the next book. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 10:02am March 17, 2011)
Isn't it fun to learn more about our ancestors!
(Marjorie Carmony 10:10am March 17, 2011)
Hi Dawn ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you like what you read on my website--it's so hard to keep up with breaking news, but I have a wonderful webmaster who does an amazing job. I have excerpts and book videos over there...I hope you enjoy reading and watching!
(C.H. Admirand 10:11am March 17, 2011)
Fun hearing some Irish family facts; my grandmother was Irish and married my grandfather who was British and they moved to Canada. Bt I don't remember much of her talking about her life in Ireland.
(Diane Sadler 10:12am March 17, 2011)
My sister-in-law and her family live in Baggs, Wyoming and ever since they got married I've been fascinated by the rough and tumble hardworking cowboys of the west. This story really definately sounds like it will be fun to read!
(Jeanne Miro 10:13am March 17, 2011)
Hi Marjorie ~ It's been a learning experience so far and I was so excited to start finding concrete facts about my mother's side of the family.
My mom has the family tree that was created in 1862 for
the Lippincott branch of the family - my father's side. It's huge - 3' wide and on a roller, like the maps they used to have in schools. It's very fragile.
I'm delighted to be uncovering our Irish roots.
(C.H. Admirand 10:18am March 17, 2011)
Hi Diane ~ it's amazing what you can discover at ancestry dot com, I found the 1900 and the 1930 census that confirmed the date my grandfather came over, which led me to the immigrant records and the name of the ship.
I wish I had stories that had been handed down about every-day life in Ireland. I wish I had written down all of the family stories my grandparents and great grandparents told.
(C.H. Admirand 10:21am March 17, 2011)
Hi Jeanne ~ Wyoming is one state I'd love to visit and when I'm there, you can bet I'll be visiting a working ranch. ;) There is just something about cowboys: larger-than-life, men of the land who are both physically and emotionally strong to have to face the elements and the challenge of raising steer/cows/horses the type of animal doesn't matter, it's what is at the heart of these heroic figures that does.
Gotta love 'em!
(C.H. Admirand 10:26am March 17, 2011)
Hi *waving from Spartanburg, SC* Although I'm a transplant from Detroit with roots in Hungary. My great grandparents immigrated from Hungary and I still have family there that I was privilege to meet a few years ago. We now communicate via Facebook.
An actual cowboy as a dancer - I like this! I have got to see how Emily and Tyler's story plays out.
(Cynthia Netherton 10:28am March 17, 2011)
This is a great read.
(April Renn 10:38am March 17, 2011)
What an unusual storyline twist regarding the hero. Love the idea. Am a fan of trilogies and short series since I also love to revisit place/characters that I have grown fond of and miss them after a story ends.
(G. Bisbjerg 10:57am March 17, 2011)
Oh it sounds so good. There's nothing as good/bad as a real cowboy! It is on my list to read that's for sure! As for the Irish heritage, my grandparents on my Da's side left Northern Ireland together in the 1927.
(Angela Bartlett 10:59am March 17, 2011)
Happy St Patrick's Day!
can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the contest.
(Kelly Jacobs 11:35am March 17, 2011)
Genealogy can be fun. Even the Death Certificates. We found one that said:
Cause of Death: heart stopped--hit by bus. I love reading about cowboys. I
can't help wondering how much mone the hero needs and how much he makes
as a dancer.
(Sandra Spilecki 11:40am March 17, 2011)
I have to say that your excerpt was so tender and HOT at the same time!! I have never read your books before, but you are definately at the top of my TBR list!! My Grandparents came to Ellis Island in the 1800's, but from Poland. My Grandmother was a little girl, and my Grandfather was a little older. They got together through someone in the community where they lived, and the rest is history!! Genealology is an amazing thing. Thank you for a wonderful post, and a great teaser on your book this morning!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:47am March 17, 2011)
Tyler definitely sounds interesting and I'd love to win a copy.
(Karen Oland 11:49am March 17, 2011)
Can't wait to read this trilogy - it sounds great! Especially working in your Irish Heritage! I'm proud to be part Irish!!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 11:50am March 17, 2011)
My grandmother was Irish--and now my husband is half Irish so St. Patrick's day is always fun around our house.
(Sue Farrell 12:05pm March 17, 2011)
Happy St. Pat's Day to all. Thanks for visiting.
(G S Moch 1:13pm March 17, 2011)
I LOVE THE TWIST..AN IRISH BLESSING TO YOU ALL," RAINBOWS AND SUNLIGHT AFTER THE SHOWERS." HAPPY ST PAT'S DAY TO ALL!
(Silvana Moscato 1:32pm March 17, 2011)
My husband's roots are Irish, so I have to like this one, but I must confess, it's the cowboy who got my attention (sigh)!
(Dolores Feagin 1:45pm March 17, 2011)
How wonderful that you were able to learn about your ancestors. I have been on the trail of mine for many years. It is a very rewarding hobby.
Your trilogy sounds great.
(Robin McKay 1:47pm March 17, 2011)
I love trilogies! I love westerns! And I'm already in love with Tyler!
(Pamela Stewart 2:12pm March 17, 2011)
I forgot to check the contest box! LOL!
(Pamela Stewart 2:13pm March 17, 2011)
Happy St. Paddy's Day! I have to add your books to my list to read! Thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 2:16pm March 17, 2011)
I must admit I have not read your novels but the trilogies and the indepth detail of the characters adventures and lives make me believe I need to add you to the reading list.
(Nancy Van Orden 3:21pm March 17, 2011)
The feisty little redhead sounds appealing, but you surprised me with the cowboy being the stripper. Winning this book would be a wonderful way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
(Anna Speed 4:34pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Cynthia~I'm jealous you're living in my home State! I bet the weather's wonderful there today. It must have been a thrill visiting with relatives in Hungary. So much history and to be able to communicate with them...I envy you. Enjoy the familial connection.
I did give Tyler some obstacles, but Emily's worth it. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 4:52pm March 17, 2011)
Hi April~ I'm glad you enjoyed the snippet. There's a longer excerpt on my website. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 4:53pm March 17, 2011)
Hi G. Bisberg ~ I'm glad you liked my plot twist. It really is hard to say goodbye from my POV, too...after living with these characters waking me up and arguing in my head--and yes that really happens! I do love connected stories and writing trilogies and series. My family has grown to know my characters, although only my daughter asks me how they're doing! LOL!
(C.H. Admirand 4:56pm March 17, 2011)
It's nice that you've decide to pay tribute to your ancestors by using their names as characters. That is a great way to honor them and teach at the same time.
(Leni Kaye 4:58pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Angela~ I'm glad you like the idea. It was so much fun to write.;) So your grandparents left Northern Ireland together in '27...I love hearing stories like that! I know in my family, it was so hard for them, and I'm sure your grandparents have similar stories, but at least they were together. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 4:59pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Kelly ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day! Half of the Soda Bread I baked last night is already gone...but I just put the corned beef on and will be peeling potatoes soon!
I'm delighted to be here and Sourcebooks is fabulous for running the contest and donating the books;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:02pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Sandra ~ OMG ROFL after reading about the death certificate you came across! You're absolutely right about them being viable means of tracing your roots, too. My mom and dad spent some time doing rubbings from gravestones. At first I thought it was odd and then realizes, it really wasn't. It was solid proof with dates.
I hope you enjoy reading about the Garahan brothers, they are near and dear to my heart. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:04pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Peggy~I'm glad you liked the snippet of their first kiss. I'll always remember the first time my husband kissed me...I still sigh when I think of it and I wanted that to come through when Tyler kisses Emily for the first time.
I love your grandparent's story!! Communities were so important to our immigrant ancestors. That's how my great-grandfather met my great-grandmother--she was 1st generation Irish American in NYC.
(C.H. Admirand 5:09pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Karen~ I'm glad you think so...I've been living Tyler and his brothers for awhile now...and will miss them when I finish Jesse's story.
(C.H. Admirand 5:10pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Kelli Jo~ thanks, I hope you enjoy reading the trilogy. DYLAN will be released in January 2012, JESSE is TBA. ;)
I totally understand about being proud of our Irish heritage, we Irish have such strong roots and a need to be planted in fertile soil.;) My grandfather was so proud of his heritage, he taught us to be, too. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:13pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Sue ~ here's to a fun-filled St. Patrick's Day! Because I've been on Weight Watchers for 11 weeks, I didn't go all out with baking today...I only baked one loaf Soda Bread...no Cream Scones they are a weakness of mine with a strong cup of tea.
(C.H. Admirand 5:16pm March 17, 2011)
Hi GS~ Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the well-wishes and stopping by.
(C.H. Admirand 5:17pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Silvana ~ I'm glad you like the twist. Thank you for the lovely blessing. Here's my grandfather's favorite: "May you be in heaven and hour before the devil knows your dead!"
(C.H. Admirand 5:19pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Dolores~ here's to your husband's Irish roots and Tyler Garahan's charm...I love including my Irish roots in my books. Visit my website to read about my historical Irish Westerns-I took Irish immigrants out to Colorado and got them into trouble. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:22pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Robin ~ I'm so glad you think so. Thanks for stopping by!
(C.H. Admirand 5:22pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Pamela ~ I'm so glad! I've been a fan of Westerns forever...there's just something about a cowboy as the hero that tugs at my heartstrings. I'm glad you like Tyler. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:23pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Colleen ~ I'm so glad you're adding my books to your list;) Thank you! BTW...we share the same name. I was the only Colleen from Kindergarten until High School with the name. When my daughter started competing in Irish step-dancing and someone would call out Colleen--half the room would turn around and answer!
(C.H. Admirand 5:26pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Nancy ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed what you read about my books. I love writing and reading...and am a huge fan of romance. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:28pm March 17, 2011)
I can't pass up a cowboy or a book with a cowboy in it. Sounds like a great read!
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 5:30pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Anna ~ That's my great, great-grandmother's name! Anna Garahan. I'm glad you like my redheads and the twist. Tyler has a lot to deal with, but he'll dig deep and do what has to be done...and of course the best part...he and Emily fall in love. I really like that part of creating stories. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 5:31pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Leni ~ I'm so glad you think so. I owe so much to my Celtic heritage, they were seanchai's at heart (storytellers). On my mother's side, the family motto is Aut Vincam, Aut Periam: translation: I will either conquer or perish. Funny, but it really describes us to a T!
(C.H. Admirand 5:37pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Tracie~I'm so glad! Tyler and his brothers love readers who love western romance and cowboys! Thanks for the kind words.
(C.H. Admirand 5:38pm March 17, 2011)
I look forward to reading this!!! I love reading trilogies/series and especially books about hot cowboys.
(Renee Howell 5:58pm March 17, 2011)
What a fun plot hook! Sounds like a good read.
(Carol Drummond 6:57pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Renee~ I'm so glad. What's not to love about a hot cowboy?
(C.H. Admirand 6:58pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Carol ~ thanks! It was fun imagining Tyler's reaction standing up there in front of all of those wild women, hooting and hollering. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 6:59pm March 17, 2011)
Happy St. Patty's Day! I love finding new authors&I cannot wait to read Tyler's story+others. I hope I win,but definately going to get either way! Thanks!
(Kim Adsit 8:13pm March 17, 2011)
The Irish weave magic in your books and keep me looking for more romance and that's no blarney.
(Alyson Widen 8:23pm March 17, 2011)
My father was born in Ireland & came here at the age of 3 in 1921. So I'm always drawn to stories that include the Irish. What can be better than a story of a cowboy of Irish descent?
Wasn't a beautiful spring day here in north jersey - I thinks it's safe to put away the snowshovel & salt!
(Diane Sallans 8:36pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Kim~ Happy St. Paddy's Day! I'm so glad you're going to read Tyler story, let me know what you think. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 9:12pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Alyson ~ I'm so glad. My great grandfather used to write short stories, but I didn't know until he'd been gone a long time. I wish someone had saved them for us to read.
(C.H. Admirand 9:15pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Diane ~ Has he or anyone in your family been back? I'd love to go someday when we pay off all of the college loans for our three children;) I've always loved stories that include our heritage in it. Right now, my daughter's watching the movie Leprechauns, we've already watched Darby O'Gill & the Little People, and The Quiet Man...The Matchmaker's up next!
It was gorgeous here in north Jersey today! I started uncovering our gardens and found Snow Drops and Crocuses in bloom. I really love Spring!
(C.H. Admirand 9:19pm March 17, 2011)
I love family stories that continue in trilogies. This one sounds great! Happy St. Patricks Day!
(Renee Pajda 9:20pm March 17, 2011)
Enjoyed your blog, book sounds great. Love trilogies.
(Sheila True 9:45pm March 17, 2011)
I find it so interesting that you use your own family names in your books. It
adds a personal touch.
Also, it's perfectly natural to feel apprehensive about feelings of
withdrawal. I'm sure readers have the same feelings when their favorite
characters are gone(book ends or the character is written out). I imagine it
would be worse for authors seeing that they created the characters.
(Mona Garg 9:56pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Renee ~ me too. The first series that caught me by the throat was Nora's Mackades. ;) Happy St. Patrick's Day!
(C.H. Admirand 10:12pm March 17, 2011)
Happy St. Patty's Day! Would love to win!
(Brenda Rupp 10:12pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Shelia ~ thanks...I'm so glad you enjoyed the blog.;)
(C.H. Admirand 10:13pm March 17, 2011)
Happy St. Patricks Day.
Wow, sounds like an exciting book. Love series and family stores.
(Mary Branham 10:13pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Mona ~ Thanks, I wanted to do something different and wanted to honor my Irish heritage;) You do understand! It is definitely a type of withdrawal!
(C.H. Admirand 10:15pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Brenda ~ I've gone over my weight watcher's points for today with the homemade soda bread, but it'll be worth it ;) I hope you have a great St. Pat's!
(C.H. Admirand 10:16pm March 17, 2011)
Hi Mary~thanks ;) I have two sisters and one brother; and my husband and I have three children - two boys and one girl, grown now, but I definitely understand the dynamics of families and love writing about them. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 10:20pm March 17, 2011)
That is just so grand that you are naming characters in your book with your ancestors' names. I love it when I know the special meaning behind the names. I look forward to reading it.
I found out from family lore that my mother's family comes from a former shield bearer to a 12th century Irish king but I think that has been the last irish connection as the rest is all Scottish. Thank goodness everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!
(Audrey Lawrence 10:22pm March 17, 2011)
Today is my birthday and I'm stuck inside w/ my final exam all day, and about to be all night as well. :(
Would prefer your "Tyler" to be the one to bring me a pot of gold instead of a green leprechaun. Cuz he sounds delish, and your story sounds an interesting plot, juicy aside. :)
(Joy Johnson 12:04pm March 18, 2011)
This book sounds great...best of luck in finding out more about you ancestors!
(June Manning 2:52am March 18, 2011)
This sounds like a very interesting read and i do love a good cowboy story : ) I would love a chance to win a copy of this book : )
(Lori Barnes 8:56pm March 19, 2011)
Hi Audrey ~ I wanted to do something different and include a part of me that I'm proud of. ;)
How wonderful that you can trace your Irish roots back to a shield bearer to a 12th century Irish king and have Scottish roots. Just listening to a Scottish or Irish brogue simply melts me-the speaker could be 100 and I'd still be entranced. ;)
(C.H. Admirand 7:22am March 20, 2011)
Hi Joy~ Happy belated birthday. I was stuck at work all day Friday and at the LSFW Conference yesterday. Saturday was the fun day. Work on a bad day is like final exams for me.
I know Tyler would rather be out on the range than taking finals, too. He's a man of action, but getting better with words. Women have that profound affect on a man.
Good luck with the finals!
(C.H. Admirand 7:25am March 20, 2011)
Hi June~ Thanks for the kind words. I re-connected with one of my author friends at the LSFW Conference yesterday and discovered we were both tracing our Irish ancestors at ancestry dot com. She's way ahead of me and had some great tips, especially the one she learned from another writer friend.-I think it was graveyards dot com or something like that.
(C.H. Admirand 7:26am March 20, 2011)
Hi Lori~ thanks for the kind words. I'm a huge fan of cowboys and the fascination started years ago. ;) Thanks for stopping by!
(C.H. Admirand 7:28am March 20, 2011)
A Special Thank You to Fresh Fiction for inviting me to chat on St. Paddy's Day about my ancestors and my latest book.
I'll admit I didn't expect so many responses. I hope I didn't miss responding to anyone. I would definitely not have been intentional.
Good luck to all!! I do have other stops in my virtual tour this coming week - here's the link http://www.chadmirand.com/appearances.php
Thanks again for inviting me - I'll leave you with one of my favorite Irish sayings:
"May the rain fall soft upon your fields, the sun shine warm upon your face, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand."
(C.H. Admirand 7:33am March 20, 2011)
I love Ireland
(Allison Gardner 11:24am March 21, 2011)
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