Friday, February 13, 2015

Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights #1) by Victoria Vane - “Dirk Knowlton on Tour” Teaser Tour & Giveaway

Rough Rider
By Victoria Vane
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Contemporary Western Romance
February 3, 2015

ISBN: 9781492601159

In Victoria Vane’s second Hot Cowboy Nights book, ROUGH RIDER, readers’ hearts may in fact soften to the rough and bitter Dirk Knowlton they met in Hot Cowboy Nights #1, Slow Hand.

A big thanks to Jen’s Reading Obsession for sharing an excerpt with their readers so y’all can get to know a little bit more about the rough and tough hero of ROUGH RIDER. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of three copies of Slow Hand by Victoria Vane!


From ROUGH RIDER by Victoria Vane

He pressed a hand to the small of her back. “C’mon, Red. We’ve got some serious catching up to do. Let’s you and me go have a beer.”
“OK,” she replied. “But I can’t stay long.”
With a hand on her back, he steered her toward the bunkhouse behind the barn. Janice looked up at him in question.
“I’m not in the mood to deal with what’s going on at the house right now,” he explained. “There’s time enough for that bullshit later. ’Sides, you and me need some private conversation.” He opened the door and beckoned her inside. “It’s not much, but it’s home.”
“Home? Wasn’t this the bunkhouse?” Janice asked as she stepped inside. It was a typical log cabin with a clean-swept floor, scarred oak table, and leather-upholstered sofa and armchair angled next to the stone fireplace. There were several of the requisite mounted hunting trophies marking it as a male domain, but not much else. The room seemed strangely devoid of personality. “Why are you here instead of in the main house?”
“It was empty and I needed space,” he said. “I have a bed, shower, kitchen, and office.” He nodded toward a corner desk and laptop. “Everything I need.”
“So you’ve let all the hands go? Things are that tough?”
He shrugged. “It’s no secret. It’s tough for everyone right now. We only have a couple of part-timers left who come out as needed.”
A number of ranching outfits had downsized in the past few years, and just as many had sold out, but she’d never expected the Knowltons to join those ranks. “Are you selling out too?” she asked. “I saw the broker’s car.”
Dirk’s face darkened. “Wade’s been pushing for it, but it’ll be over my dead body. Seems it just may come to that too, ’fore all is said and done. How ’bout that beer?” He grabbed a couple of Coors from the fridge and popped the tops.
“Your hand’s bleeding,” she observed. She closed hers over it as he offered her the bottle. Their eyes met, the first contact of skin on skin seemed to startle them both. “Let me wrap it up for you.”
“It’s nothing.” He jerked it out of her grasp. “I don’t need a mother, Janice.”
He handed her the bottle and then made a careless bandage from a paper towel he snatched from beside the sink. He waited until she sank into the sofa, before settling into an overstuffed chair to her right. She wondered if he’d done it to hide his scars from her.
“Wanna tell me now what really brought you out here?” he asked. “We both know it wasn’t to talk about bulls.”
Heat inflamed her face to be called out for her subterfuge. “I saw Wade the other night and asked about you,” she confessed. “He said you could use an old friend—and frankly so could I. I’ve been away a long time now and I’ve lost touch with a lot of folks. Most of my connections were with the rodeos and I don’t do that anymore, so I guess I’m just feeling kinda lonesome.”
“And you wanna be friends?” He snorted.
“Yeah. Why’s that so funny?”
“Because we’ve had this conversation before, Red. I told you a long time ago that men and women can’t be friends. Sooner or later…” He let his words die off with a shrug.

Two wary hearts …
Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect—until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Different Dreams…
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good—roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he's determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?

Praise for Slow Hand by Victoria Vane:
“A “red-hot cowboy tale...their sexual chemistry crackles. Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter move the story along while setting the stage for Wade’s war-hero brother to find his own true love in the next installment.” – Publishers Weekly
“SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page turning steamy sexy… I'm beginning to think Victoria could write a phone book and make it sexy.” – Unwrapping Romance


Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this chance!
    I have several giveaways on my blog right now too