Got Cowboy?

Please welcome Helen Hardt to Clare’s Blog today. Helen is a multi-published author of romance fiction with a knack when it comes to scratching the dusty surface of a cowboy and finding the lover hidden there.
Helen is offering a free copy of her novel to one of you, so be sure to leave a comment or ask Helen a question.
Double click on the book cover to go to the publisher’s site and view Ivy League Cowboy and Helen Hardt’s other books.

Got Cowboy?

Who doesn’t love a hot cowboy? Especially one with an Ivy League brain to go with all that brawny hotness? Zach McCray is a cowboy first, though, and he stops at nothing to rope in his cowgirl. Zach stars in Ivy League Cowboy, the first in my McCray Brothers Series at Musa Publishing. If Zach leaves you panting and wanting more, check out his brothers, Dallas and Chad, in A Cowboy and a Gentleman and Rodeo Queen, respectively, also available at Musa. Enjoy the excerpt, and leave a comment to win your own copy of Ivy League Cowboy!

Dusty doesn’t fear the feisty bull…but his owner’s another story.

Dusty O’Donovan, an accomplished bull rider, isn’t afraid to ride El Diablo, a feisty stud whose owner, Zach McCray, is offering $500,000 to anyone who can stay on him for a full eight seconds. Though Zach refuses to let a woman ride his bull, he’s intrigued by the headstrong Dusty, who he last saw when he was thirteen and she was six. Sparks fly when they’re together, but will Dusty’s secrets tear them apart?


Infuriating. Sexist Pig. Idiot genius who didn’t care about proper English usage.
But oh, could the man kiss.

From the first second, refusing wasn’t an option. The unimaginable sensation of his mouth pressed to hers overrode the rational part of Dusty’s brain. His lips were warm, unexpectedly soft, and laced with the robust boldness of his after dinner Irish coffee. The bewitching friction as he nibbled at her mouth enticed her lips to open.

And then it was magic. The woodsy spiciness of the coffee, the tangy storm of the Irish Whiskey, and something else… Something unique and indescribable. Zach. His tongue danced around hers, and her legs trembled beneath her. As if on cue, one strong arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her to him. Every cell in her body screamed at her to drive into him, to deepen the kiss, but she was frightened. She barely knew him. So she began to pull away.

His strength defeated hers. “Kiss me back, darlin’,” he whispered against her chin. “Please.”

It was the please that did it. Somehow, she knew instinctively that Zach McCray didn’t utter that word very often, if at all. Weak-kneed and aroused, she thrust her tongue into the moist warmth of his mouth, and she was lost.

She’d done her share of kissing in the past, but never had she felt such an adventurous surge of need and desire. The frantic necking in parked cars, the careless goodnight kisses, the lazy exploration—nothing compared to this urgency, this demand. As their tongues tangled together, she moved her hands upward, framing his face. Her fingers toyed with the roughness of his night beard, the sleekness of his jaw line. Part of her was barely cognizant of him cupping her cheeks, his thumbs caressing her, yet another part was hyper-aware of his touch, his mastery of her.

When the frenzy between them slackened slightly, he removed his lips from hers and trailed them across her cheek, down her neck, then to her ear, tracing it with his tongue, nipping the soft lobe. She kissed his neck and inhaled his scent. Cloves. And pine. The outdoors. Heavenly. Faint moans met her ears, and she realized they were coming from her throat.
“Dusty.” Zach’s voice was husky, smoke-filled.

She moaned again as his mouth found hers. Unrestrained desire took her over, and she thrust her hips against him, feeling the strength of his arousal. She imagined him inside her, filling her, pleasuring her with that gorgeous body. She had never wanted a man like this. She imagined him naked, on top of her, doing things no man had ever done to her.
She let out a disappointed rasp as he broke the kiss and headed for her ear again. “God, you’re beautiful,” he whispered. “Let’s go inside.”

“Oh yes, yes.” Dusty tunneled her fingers through his silky hair, leading him back to her mouth.

His tongue pushed into her again, then retreated. “Now, darlin’. Or I take you right here.”

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clareaustin
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 14:17:52

    Good morning all. Sorry this wasn’t posted at midnight. I tried, but I’m new at this and I forgot to push some button. Thank you Helen for sharing your book with us.


  2. Jen M
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 14:45:52

    Wow! Hel-lo, Zach. 🙂


  3. helenhardt
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:10:07

    Thank you, for having me, Clare. Hi, Jen!


  4. helenhardt
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:10:38

    Thank you for having me today, Clare! Hi, Jen!


  5. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:41:29

    Great excerpt and what a super theme for a book. Good luck in your future writing.


  6. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:42:36

    I’m trying to leave a comment but am not sure it’s going through. I wanted to congratulate you on your book and it’s a great excerpt.


    • clareaustin
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 19:35:57

      Sorry for the delay, Patricia. I am behind the blogger learning curve. For some reason some comments are going into “spam.” I just found them. Thanks for checking out the blog.


  7. Karalee Long
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:48:44

    Now, that’s what I call hot kissing. Whew! Good stuff, Helen.


  8. ML Guida
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 16:06:17

    Very Sexy!


  9. helenhardt
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 17:21:18

    Great to see you, Karalee! Have fun in the barn, Clare ;).


  10. clareaustin
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 19:29:27

    The barn was quiet but I did get a kiss from a cowboy…well, a “sort of cowboy.” He doesn’t really hang out with cows that often.


  11. Cynthia Woolf
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 20:17:46

    Great excerpt, Helen. This books sounds so hot. I just love cowboys.


  12. Jessica Aspen
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 23:26:11

    WOOT! Cowboys rule. Nice excerpt Helen!


  13. Tanya Hanson
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 00:12:00

    Hubba hubba. Awesome excerpt, Helen. I love a cowboy with brains! xoxo


  14. Tanya Hanson
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 00:12:42

    Love the excerpt, Helen. Hubba hubba. Me likee cowboy with brains. xoxox


  15. Kathi Robb Harris
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:09:34

    Hi Hele, the book sounds great. I do love westerns either historical or contemorary.
    Yours really intrigues me. Best wishes with it. HUgs kathi h


  16. Kathi Robb Harris
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:11:51

    Hi Helen. Your story sounds really good. Can’t wait for you to pick me for the winner!!!!
    Kathi h


  17. helenhardt
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:20:06

    Thanks so much for coming by, everyone. I drew a winner at random and it is…Cindy! Contact me at and I’ll send you your copy.


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