Monday, January 2, 2017

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen + Giveaway (US/Can only)

Those Texas Nights (Wrangler's Creek #1)
Delores Fossen

The Granger siblings thought they’d left their ranching days behind, until fate sends them home to Wrangler’s Creek, Texas—and into the passionate arms of those they’d least expect...

It’s some run of bad luck when Sophie Granger loses her business and gets left at the altar all in one day. Desperate to not appear jilted, Sophie begs Clay McKinnon, Wrangler’s Creek’s smoking-hot police chief, to pretend they’re having an affair. But Clay refuses, leaving Sophie to retreat to the family ranch to lick her wounds.

Hoping to leave his disreputable past behind, Clay moved to Wrangler’s Creek for a fresh start. But that looks unlikely when Sophie’s ex-fiancé shows up married to Clay’s impulsive kid sister. Overcome, Sophie resuggests the affair—but this time for real. Clay is hesitant. City-girl Sophie isn’t usually his type. But he can’t deny the desire she elicits—or his yearning to have her plant her cowboy roots for good.

Sophie Granger wiped her eyes with the back of her hand and squeezed her mud-splattered Elie Saab wedding dress into the Wrangler’s Creek Police Department.

It wasn’t easy getting ten yards of ivory tulle through the doorway, especially while crying and being light-headed. Sophie had to gather up the sides of the dress into puffy balls and turn sideways to manage it. Even then she stumbled, and her big toe got caught in the netting so she stumbled again. With all the mumbled cursing that accompanied the stumbling, it was no surprise that she got everyone’s attention in the squad room.

Everyone in this case was Ellie Stoddermeyer, the weekend dispatcher/receptionist, and the two deputies—Rowdy Culpepper and his sister, Reena. What she got from them was silence.

And stares.

“I need to see Chief McKinnon,” Sophie said with as much dignity as she could muster. Which wasn’t very much.

Reena had her mouth open so wide that Sophie could see the quarter-sized wad of pink chewing gum on her tongue, but she hitched her thumb in the direction of the office all the way at the back of the squad room.

“He’s in there,” Ellie added once she got her mouth working. “But he’s not officially the chief until his trial period is up and Lordie knows when that’ll be. Right now, he’s just the interim ’cause the mayor and city council haven’t given him a permanent contract yet. Is, uh, there anything I can do for you?”

Since Ellie was one of the biggest gossips in town, So­phie considered asking the woman to refrain from men­tioning this visit, but Ellie had already gotten herself unfrozen from the shock and was taking out her phone. No doubt to text every single human being she knew to let them know that Sophie Granger was having a breakdown along with looking like something the cat had dragged in.

That meant Sophie didn’t have much time.

Her family would find her.

Sophie declined Ellie’s offer of help, and she made her way through the squad room. Again, not easily. Like a white fluffy plow going through a farmer’s field, Sophie cleared the edges of desks and toppled over trash cans. Ink pens pinged to the floor, rolled. So did a plastic bot­tle of Diet Coke, and the cap gave way to the pressure of the fall and started spewing. She tried to do a cleanup, but there was no way she could fully bend down in the dress, not with the overly cinched corset bodice vising her ribs and stomach. How­ever, she did grab a Kleenex from one of the desks, and she put it to good use wiping away a fresh round of tears.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Delores Fossen has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA Award. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Those Texas Nights—yay!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
Are you a city person or country person? What type of characters do you prefer in a romance novel?
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I've lived in large cities my entire life so I'm definitely a city slicker. I once lived in a fairly suburban town but it definitely wasn't cowboyland or anything (but I've also lived in Texas so people sometimes automatically assume I have.... but it was Austin!). While the notion of the idyllic countryside is peaceful and romantic, I don't think it's something I'd have the patience for (with long commutes, less to keep myself busy with, a less heterogeneous population, etc.).

In romance novels, I can definitely get into both types of characters but relate to city settings better just because it's what I'm used to.

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