Tuesday, November 19, 2013

COWBOY SEXY--check out this HOT GIVEAWAY from author Donna Michaels!

Today, I'm thrilled to have the incredible Donna Michaels on my blog today--this multi-published author (with 15 titles out there, and counting) has mastered the art of story-telling to such a degree, she is published in multiple genres--paranormal, western romance, contemporary, time travel...you name it, she's written it!

Hi Donna! I'm so excited to have you today, and I have to say, the cover for COWBOY SEXY immediately drew me in, as well as the hot excerpt! I mean, with a hot cowboy that's also a former Navy SEAL, it's no wonder RT Magazine gave it 4-stars, and it's burning up the charts on Amazon! Can  you tell me the inspiration for the book?

Hi, Dylan, thanks for having me! I love this story. It practically wrote itself. When my editor contacted me about doing a story for their new Honky Tonk Hearts series where the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk and it’s owner Gus needed to have an appearance in the story, I’d immediately envisioned a hero driving there to pick up a surprise from his deployed twin brother (because I love to write military heroes and cowboys). Then I thought, oh man, wouldn’t it be funny if the twins were in different branches of the service? So Finn became my Navy SEAL and his prankster twin Brett is a deployed Marine...and the ‘surprise’ is also a female Marine. And viola, Cowboy-Sexy and all sorts of fun was born.

Oh, and Alex O’Loughlin’s version of Steve McGarrett on the new Hawaii Five-0 was the inspiration to my former Navy SEAL, Lt Commander Finn Brennan. J (So he’s also the inspiration to the sequel Cowboy Payback—Brett’s story due out next year.)

Ooh, love that title! Okay, next question: what is THE most important thing writers can do for themselves to get an agent/publisher in today's market?
I don’t have an agent, so I can’t give any advice on that subject, but as for publishers, you need to know who you are submitting to and what they are looking for to make sure you’re the perfect fit. You don’t want to submit your historical to a publisher who is looking for contemporaries. You need to know their ‘wants’ are something you can fulfill.

If you could have done anything differently with your writing career so far, what would it be?
 I wish I would’ve realized that my love for writing humor, and my love for writing cowboys and military heroes were actually a good mix. I would’ve started it a few years sooner.

Who are your writing role models, and how have they influenced you?
I didn’t really have a writing role model when I first started, but just a year ago I discovered Jill Shalvis. Yeah, I know, I must’ve been living under a rock. Actually, a writing cave. lol Seriously, though, I love Jill’s books, they are exactly what I love to write so she helps me strive to write better. I want my readers to come away from reading one of my stories, like I do from reading her stories—feeling happy and satisfied and entertained. 

Do you have any upcoming releases? If so, tell us about it!
Yes, the third book in my Harland County Series, HER UNIFORM COWBOY is due out in early December. Kade is a sheriff, part owner of a horse ranch and a First Sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard. He has some lingering issues, but so does my heroine, Brandi. She has a thyroid disease and is a designer, but used to be a violinist in the philharmonic and in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, which she keeps to herself for a bit. I like to keep my protagonists real with real issues.
HER UNIFORM COWBOY will be FREE for the first three days of release. Please keep an eye on my website to look for the download link.

I love free books! I'll keep an eye out for it. Last question: what's one fact about you that most people don't know? 
That I, in fact, have the very thyroid disease I just gave to my heroine. Hoshimoto Thyroiditis. Most of what she goes through in the story is something I’ve experienced. I hadn’t realized my fatigue and weight gain had to do with my thyroid, so I’m hoping to shed light on the disease and help people get diagnosed so they can get healthy too.

I know people will want to check you out online. Can you give us your website links and contact information?
Sure, I’m all over the web, and even have a newsletter signup on my website. Here are my links:

One lucky commenter to the blog today will win a paperback copy of Donna Michaels' incredible "Cowboy-Sexy". Just leave a comment and you’re in the running. Good luck! 

Finn Brennan was used to his brother playing practical jokes, but this time he’d gone too far--sending him a woman as a ranch hand, and not just a woman, but a Marine.

When Lt. Camilla Walker's CO asks her to help out at his family's dude ranch until he returns from deployment, she never expected to be thrust into a mistaken engagement to his sexy, cowboy twin--a former Navy SEAL who hates the Corps.

The Corps took Finn’s father, his girlfriend and threatened his naval career. He’s worked hard for another shot at getting back to active duty and won’t let his brother’s prank interfere. The last thing he needs is the temptation of a headstrong, unyielding, hot Marine getting in the way.


“Your…ah…package is in the back. I’ll tell my nephew you’re here,” Gus informed.
The man’s handle-bar mustache twitched as if he swallowed a secret dying to get out. Alarm instantly erased Finn’s doubt. Trouble was on the way. He set his shoulders and watched the owner closely.
Gus leaned into the kitchen pass-through. “Win, Finn’s here for his….ah…package.”
When the owner turned around there was more than the usual twinkle lighting his eyes.
“I’ll tell ya, my brother never sent me anything like this,” the cowboy from the end of the bar informed with a grin.
Another round of snickers echoed through the room. Just what the hell had Brett sent? Couldn’t be a camel; Gus would never keep an animal in the kitchen.
His gaze snapped to his foreman. Did Terry know? The older man sat there, mug half raised, frowning at Gus. No. He was the only one not smiling. In fact, he looked as confused as Finn felt.
“You’re one lucky man,” one of the pool players called out.
“Damn straight,” the other agreed.
“Too bad my daughter wasn’t here.” Gus winked at the woman he’d been talking to earlier.
She nodded and returned his smile. “Yes, Keira would’ve loved to see this.”
“Oh, it’s just like Christmas!” Even the elderly couple was getting in on the action.
Finn turned to find them smiling, delight sparkling in their gazes, easing the lines in their happy faces.
“We can’t wait to see what it is!”
The hinges on the kitchen door creaked behind him, and a second later Terry’s mug hit the bar, sending half his coffee over the edge.
About to ask what was wrong, the words died in Finn’s throat. His foreman’s expression changed from shock to amusement to worry as their gazes met.
Finn stiffened. He knew instinctively he was not going to like whatever Win brought out from the kitchen, and knowing his prankster brother, it could be anything. Silently cursing his twin, he slowly turned around.
He blinked, unable to stop his jaw from dropping. His brother had gone too far. Win hadn’t brought anything out. The present walked out on its own.
Standing not ten feet from him was a tall, curvy brunette with a big red bow stuck to her right shoulder. A long braid trailed down the left side of her ample chest and delicate features graced a face worthy of magazine covers. She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen...and the very last thing he wanted. Or needed.
The “package” sauntered closer, and his pulse responded with pin point accuracy to each individual sway of her rounded hips. She was model-beautiful, but not exactly model-thin. He noted a full bust, teasing him with a luscious line of cleavage as his gaze followed her white tank top to where it disappeared into a pair of skinny, tan cargo pants lovingly hugging a set of magnificent legs. Damn, the woman was hot.
“Happy birthday, Finn.”
His gut rippled as if punched. Of course she’d have a sexy voice to match. Too bad. He straightened his shoulders and told himself he wasn’t interested. He preferred to get his own dates. He didn’t need his brother’s charity.

Doesn't this sound amazing? Comment below for your chance to win a signed paperback copy of COWBOY SEXY, from Donna Michaels!

Happily My Ever After,


  1. Thank you so much for having me here today, Dylan!

  2. Very nice interview Donna. Congratulations on your new release. Also congratulations to the lucky winner of the signed copy!

  3. Thanks Karen for hosting, and thanks Donna for being hosted, and thanks Donna for the signed giveaway! How lovely!

  4. Thanks, Amy! I'm so happy this ebook has gone to print!

  5. Thanks for the interesting interview and great giveaway.
    I've loved every book I've read so far from Donna Michaels.

  6. Thank you so much, Lisa! And I've loved writing them. ;-)
    Good luck!

  7. Cowboy Sexy was the very first book of yours that I ever read and I have loved them all ever since. It would be so amazing to win a signed copy of this and I can't wait until Kade is released!!!! You are an amazing writer!!

  8. Thank you so much, Just A Girl! Good luck!

  9. Good morning! My randomly drawn winner for a signed print book of Cowboy-Sexy is...

    Just A Girl!!

    Can you please email me at

    Congratulations, and a big thank you to all who participated!

    1. Thank you so much Donna!!! I sent you an email earlier I am so excited to have won this!!!

  10. The autoimmune thyroid condition is called HAshimoto's
    not Hoshimoto:)
    Ironically one of the factors that triggers this disease is excess of iodine not iodine deficit.