Thursday, January 30, 2014

Aloha to Laura Drake and NOTHING SWEETER


Laura Drake is celebrating the release of NOTHING SWEETER, Book 2 in her Sweet on a Cowboy series, available now from Forever Romance:

A Love as Wild as the West...

Aubrey Madison is starting over. Leaving Los Angeles and everything behind except the scars of her ruined past, Bree sets out for cowboy country. Now she has a new home, a new job—and a new worry: the ruggedly sexy rancher who makes her long for things she shouldn't...

Rough and tumble cattleman Max Jameson has broken wild stallions and faced angry bulls. Yet the redheaded city cupcake who turned up at the High Heather Ranch might be his undoing. Bree has a plan to rescue the ranch from foreclosure that's just crazy enough to work. But will Max gamble his future on a beautiful stranger?

Book 1

Laura has always been a storyteller. She began on her front porch, telling ghost stories to the neighborhood kids. They ran screaming, but kept coming back for more. If she wasn’t telling a story, she had her nose in one, bumping into students in the halls on her way to classes.

Her settings are Western, but Laura grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit. A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into their Pintos and moved to California, sight unseen. There Laura met her husband, a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie, and her love affair with the West began.

She rode a hundred thousand miles on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, propping a book on his back and reading on the boring stretches. But you can’t read all day and after awhile, her brain would empty of the day-to-day thoughts and cast about for something new to think about.

Nothing sweeter than a vintage truck ... and a hot cowboy!

I am giving away a print copy of NOTHING SWEETER to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.   Leave a comment about the Wild West - do you have a favorite place that you enjoyed visiting?  Did you engage in any tourist trap?   I traveled to San Antonio for a two week acquisition course for the Air  Force.  During our downtime, a group of us drove to Nuevo Laredo for cheap Kahlua.  Not quite the Western experience.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 2.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn  more about Laura and her books, check out her website at

Book 3 - Available August 2014


  1. I've enjoyed traveling to New Mexico. Also Wyoming....going to the national parks there and to the Jackson Hole area.

  2. We went to Deadwood, saw where Custer's last stand was, saw the memorial heads, heard all aout Red Cloud-Sitting Bull-and Crazy Horse, and many other places as well. Never had a bad ttouristry experience.

  3. We went to Deadwood once. It was fun.

  4. We drove to Colorado and had to stop at Wall's Drug Store and of course play and visit the Badlands.

  5. I haven't visited many wild west places... but Texas sounds like a good place to visit.

  6. I love the "wild west," though it isn't exactly wild like it used to be long ago. I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and lived there until 2nd Grade...and finished my growing up on a ranch in Southern California where my Dad raised cattle AND sheep (the old-time cowboys would shudder at that, wouldn't they?). I attended rodeos, dated cowboys and visited relatives regularly in Dallas, Texas and New Mexico. In fact, I attend NMSU in Las Cruces for three years and loved it. Didn't marry a cowboy, but still have an affair of the heart with the "wild west," and read romantic stories about it all the time...both contemporary and historical. Thanks for asking!

  7. To be perfectly honest, I haven't had a "wild west" experience :) LOL.. I've been to Texas but it's always been the big cities and didn't have that WW feel. Thanks for Sharing!!

  8. I've made two trips out west and remember going to a place called The Horny Toad - loved it.

  9. many years ago I toured the canyons in Arizona & Utah - took a mule ride thru Bryce Canyon - all were incredible - that's about as western as I've gotten- would love to see more of the western part of the US!

  10. I went to San Antonio last July to visit my sister. We did go to the Alamo. Does that count?

  11. I experience the west mainly through westerns like Laura Drake's. Once did the usual grand canyon tour.

  12. I've been to El Paso, TX and Albuquerque, NM. I liked it, but the lack of humidity gave me nosebleeds. LOL In Michigan we never have to deal with a lack of humidity. :D

    Marcy Shuler

  13. I have never been out West! I have always wanted to travel out there though. Thanks for the chance to win. This one sounds really great.

  14. I enjoy visiting the Wild West in film & television.

  15. I have never been out west but hope to do so one day.

  16. My folks took us camping in the Western states during the 1960's... it was such a change from the flat midwestern states... the mountains..rushing rivers..wildlife! We went to several National Parks... Still a wonderful family memory!

  17. I live in Texas and have visited the Stockyards and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum in Forth Worth and the Alamo in San Antonio. Lived in El Paso for a short time. Have traveled through New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma (visited the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City), South Dakota, and Montana. Most of the time we tend to visit lessen know places.