Monday, 1 October 2012

When you least expect to find romance…Guest blog and CONTEST with Starla Kaye

Happy October folks.

October will be a bit of a month of contests on my blog and we start off like we mean to go on. My guest blogger today is author Starla Kaye, who is telling us about her new release The CEO And The Cowboy. She is also holding a fab contest! All you have to do is leave a comment. 

So, read on!


Many of us go through life struggling to figure out just what we want to do, how we fit into things, and wondering if we will ever find that person meant for us.

In The CEO And The Cowboy, rancher Calhoun suffers from these confusing issues.

The woman Calhoun Cordell was supposed to have married left the arm of her new husband to come over and give him a hug. He felt more than a bit awkward….If Katherine hadn’t insisted on his coming, he sure wouldn’t be here….No matter the problems they’d had or how big a jerk he’d been, she’d stood by him patiently waiting for him to do the right thing by her. Which he hadn’t been able to do. It wouldn’t have been right for either of them, and she’d finally accepted that. The biggest problem was that he didn’t know what he wanted. Something was off with him. He felt like a square peg shoved in a round hole.

And just when he’s trying to get over the “wrong” relationship and wondering what now?

…a striking man he’d noticed earlier at the wedding turned from talking with an older couple. The man’s gaze met his, and he felt the same jolt he’d experienced when they’d noticed each other at the church. It made him uneasy. There was something sexually enticing in the man’s scrutiny. It unnerved him, especially when he felt the stirrings of arousal. What the hell?

But Calhoun isn’t the only one surprisingly drawn to a stranger at the moment.

Daniel Patterson had tried to figure out what about the tall, ruggedly handsome cowboy kept him searching among the crowd. He’d felt the tension when he’d first seen the man striding into the church…he was curious about why his “hot guy” inner warning system had been going crazy. Sure, the rancher had plenty of brawn barely hidden under his tailored Western-cut suit, and he certainly admired brawn in a man. Killer eyes, warm brown and bedroom-soft, added to the appeal…It wasn’t like he was on the hunt for a new man in his life. He’d barely gotten over his last lover, who had walked away a few months back.

Should Daniel ignore this attraction?

Daniel felt the tension in his body…He saw Cordell stiffen and knew he was getting ready to leave. For some reason, he wanted to stop him. He couldn’t explain his gut feelings, but he knew if he let the cowboy disappear, he would regret it. Which was a crazy idea, because he usually only got this kind of desperate feeling when his gaydar was on full alert. But he’d seen no signs the man was anything but straight.

Could Calhoun resist his attraction?

…his curiosity was getting the better of him. This man, in his obviously expensive tailored suit and polished shoes that probably cost more than his own suit, intrigued him. Worried the hell out of him, too, for reasons he didn’t want to think about. Again, he thought about just saying no and walking away. But he wasn’t the kind to walk away from a challenge.

I really enjoyed writing this story of two men finding each other at times in each of their lives when their world had been upset. One is finally discovering the man he was meant to be, struggling with taking a chance in an unfamiliar world of romance. The other is experienced at loving another man, but has been emotionally hurt and uncertain if taking on a man new to this lifestyle is right for him. Yet neither can walk away from the strength of their attraction to one another.

If you enjoy a story about two strong-willed, complicated men finding something very special, then I hope you will like The CEO And The Cowboy. This story has been so well received already that I have been asked to do a sequel to it. The new story will be a ménage, probably adding a woman into the mix.

Book Info:

Title:  The CEO And The Cowboy
Author:  Starla Kaye
Author Website:  Starla Kaye
Genre:  Contemporary, GLBT Romance
Publisher:  Decadent Publishing
Release Date:  July 7, 2012
Buy Link:  Decadent Publishing
Buy Link:  Amazon

CONTEST:  Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a copy of either MAGGIE’S SECRET WISH or STARTING OVER from Decadent Publishing and a special gift: a cowboy boots and rope napkin ring. Contest ends October 6.


  1. Doris, thanks so much for having me here today. I love talking about two of my favorite heroes...and I am writing a sequel for these two special men!

  2. I can't wait to read this!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. This sounds like a really good story. I love m/m where a guy is just either discovering his sexual attraction to men or finally embracing it. The emotions of those stories tend to be great. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Btw, that napkin ring is so cute :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    1. June, both of my m/m books have been about one man discovering his true sexual identity. I'm not sure why exactly I went that route, but I've enjoyed that kind of storyline. My next book will be a sequel to this story, expanding on the newness of this type of relationship.

  5. Thanks everyone for commenting. Starla, it was a pleasure to host you :-0

  6. THE CEO AND THE COWBOY looks fabulous. I can see how a sequel would be called for.


    1. I have really appreciated all the complimentary comments I've gotten on this book. These are a couple of my favorite heroes. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  7. It must be hard not to get attached to your characters. A sequel sounds like a good idea.

  8. I tend to enjoy all of my characters, but most of them I am willing to let go of. I have written a few sequels and it is nice to re-visit my "friends" and see how their lives are going now.

  9. Great blurb/excerpt Starla :)
    I can't wait to read what happens !

    Mindy :)

  10. Thanks for stopping by, Mindy.

  11. Thanks for stopping by, Mindy.

  12. I'm happy to announce that Cassandra is my contest winner. Thanks to all of you who left a comment.