All I’ve Ever Wanted-Cowboy Tough

All I've Ever Wanted Cowboy Tough

 

And finally…yes, with the re-release of this story I’m all caught up with the back titles. Well, at least until October when I get rights back to the next one.

I promise I’ll be writing something new very soon.

This story was previously called Then Came You but I’ve changed the title to All I’ve Ever Wanted and made it part of my Cowboy Tough series because Connor is definitely cowboy tough and all he ever wanted was Gillian so I thought it all seemed really fitting to this story (which is actually one of my favorites).

Hope you’ll check it out soon-

 

Good Things Are Worth Waiting For…

Connor O’Riordan had his heart set on Gillian Matthews the first day she stepped onto his ranch but the only problem was she had a boyfriend. He’d made her promise that if the two of them ever broke up she’d tell him.

Gillian is a woman of her word and when Connor finds out she’s now available he’ll do anything to woo and romance the lady of his dreams. The best way to start…invite her to spend Thanksgiving at his ranch.

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Save the best for last.

“Yeah, we’ve had some too but nothing that stuck around for long.”

She wondered if he’d taken her call in his office. Gillian imagined him sitting at the desk, leaning back in the leather chair that most people would have thrown out or donated, but he’d told her he’d hung onto it because it had belonged to both his dad and his grandpa. His cowboy boot-clad feet were probably resting on it…hat, also cowboy, pushed back away from his forehead.

“So when are you coming back here to show me all the new drugs you have for my animals?” he asked.

The sexy voice jolted her out of her train of thought.

“It won’t be until after the New Year. Jensen Pharmaceuticals has cut back on trips for all its sales reps.”

“Well damn. What’s the world coming to when a pretty lady can’t pay me as many visits as she once did?”

Gillian laughed. Connor was the biggest flirt and flatterer she’d ever met. Had been since the first time she’d introduced herself to him two years ago. Not that she didn’t love all the attention he bestowed upon her. She’d thought he was like that with all women until she’d taken him out for a meal on the company’s expense and he hadn’t batted an eyelid at one lady all evening. A few, including the female bartender at the restaurant, had been drop-dead gorgeous but he’d kept his eyes and attention only on Gillian the whole time they’d dined together.

She put her fingers on her lips.

Connor had kissed her on the last visit to his ranch. She’d been packing away the new vaccines she’d been showing him when he’d grabbed her, pulled her in close to his body and his very obvious erection had pushed into her belly. She hadn’t found it inappropriate because the sexual tension between them had been brewing for well over a year. She knew it and he’d obviously sensed it too.

It had been oh so tempting to get lost in the moment and take things to the next stage. Gillian had imagined him picking her up, carrying her to his ranch house, them ripping off one another’s clothes, kissing non-stop as they headed up to the bedroom. The only thing that had prevented that from happening was the image of Davey, Gillian’s boyfriend of three years, popping into her head as Connor eased his tongue into her mouth. She very gently pulled away so as not to offend the sexy cowboy. She hadn’t been tactful just because he was her best customer but because he was an all-around nice guy and she had a soft spot for him.

“You’re thinking about him… I mean, your boyfriend, aren’t you?” he’d asked as he’d stroked the edge of her cheek with his pinkie as they’d gazed into one another’s eyes after the kiss.

“Yeah, I’m afraid to say I’m not the type of woman who cheats.”

He’d tapped her on the nose. “I can appreciate that. In fact, I like that quality in a woman. The problem is now you’ve told me what a loyal lover you are it makes me wish you were my lady more than ever.”

She’d given him a quick peck on the cheek in response to that very nice compliment. Under any other circumstances she would have gone ahead and let him kiss her, undress her, make love to her or whatever he had planned for the two of them. It could have been an awkward moment for them but in no way had she felt embarrassed by what had happened between them. In fact, she’d been flattered because Connor was a hell of a nice-looking guy. A little over six feet in height, baby blue eyes, dark hair that sometimes had a wave to it—on some of her visits to the ranch she’d even seen some cute curls sneaking out from underneath his cowboy hat.

“If I don’t leave now, I’ll be sorry and I’ll also miss my flight because I need to return the rental car first,” she’d told him.

“If you and your boyfriend ever break up will you promise me you’ll tell me, right?”

Not that she ever saw her and Davey going their separate ways. In fact, she guessed the whole marriage, white picket fence and babies were in their future but she didn’t want to deflate Connor’s hope that one day she’d be free to sleep with him.

“Sure, you’ll be the first to know.”

 

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Forbidden

Forbidden

 

I’ve slowly been making my way through all the titles I got rights back to and finally got around to the two that were previously published by Total E Bound…can’t believe it’s been nine years since I first wrote them.

The first one is Forbidden. It’s the first story where I explored the theme of and older woman and a younger man falling it love,  and it’s set in one of my favorite places in the world, Majorca.

Hope you like it as much as I did writing it….

When Maggie falls for Dr. Jon Gunderson, she not only loses her best friend’s trust but her life takes an unexpected turn.

 Julie was Maggie’s mentor and has been her best friend for as long as she can remember. When she finally gets a chance to visit her on the island of Majorca, she falls for Julie’s son, Jon, and the two enjoy a week of sexual bliss. When Julie finds out about their affair, she tells Maggie she can never forgive her. However, Maggie carries a secret that will have life-altering changes not only for herself, but for Jon too.

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Maggie moved the air conditioning vent toward her face. Was it getting hotter the farther they drove inland or was she having the first of the dreaded hot flashes? No, Jon was making that perspiration trickle between her breasts. She’d be glad to get to Julie’s house so she could take a nice cold shower.

“Still too hot for you?”

Had he noticed her sweating? Blushing maybe?

“No, I’ve just been in these clothes for too long. I can’t wait to take them off.”

Had that sounded like she thought?

She lifted her T-shirt away from her skin and waved it around, hoping to cool down. Damn, her bra was showing. Jon glanced over, not at her face but at her chest, and Maggie realized she’d made yet another dumb mistake. She hoped he didn’t think she’d flashed him on purpose.

“Mom tells me you have your own interior design business.”

“Yes, for a decade now.”

“She says you’re very talented.”

“Well, if I am, I have her to thank. She taught me everything I know.”

“And one of your daughters just had a baby, is that right?”

“Yes, a little girl, she’s gorgeous… I guess all grandmothers think that.”

“You look far too young to be one.”

Now she definitely was blushing. Her cheeks felt hot, her forehead hotter.

“I think of grannies as little old ladies with white hair, thick pantyhose and drab sweaters,” he said.

“I hope I never look like that.”

“I doubt you will. You’re too…”

“Too what?”

“I was going to say hot but I don’t want you telling my mom I was hitting on you on the drive home.”

This really was getting uncomfortable. Could he be feeling a physical attraction towards her, too?

Dangerous territory ahead.

She wiped her brow. Maybe it was the heat or the fact that she’d gone too long without having a night of mind-blowing sex. God, she hoped the shower at Julie’s wasn’t like the European plumbing she’d read about. Scalding hot water one minute, cold the next. All she’d need was an ice-cold setting to cool her down and bring her to her senses.

“We’re heading through Inca right now.”

Maggie was glad to focus her thoughts on something else as she looked out of the window at the town they were passing through.

“Looks interesting.”

“It’s one of the best places to buy leather goods if you’re interested. Just let me know and I can drive you back here. We can spend the day wandering around seeing the sights and then do some shopping.”

Maybe I can just rent a car. He might find that rude after his kind offer. If she kept her distance, constantly reminded herself he was Julie’s offspring, she’d be able to keep everything in perspective. Yeah, there’d be no problem whatsoever.

 

 

Getting Lucky

Here’s my latest release called Getting Lucky. It was first published by Evernight Publishing in 2013.

It was one of my favorite stories to write because Megan and Andy are both broken characters who are down on their luck but things are about to change. It’s actually their sudden change in fortune that brings them into one another’s lives.

It’s a story about finding hope, recovering from past demons, falling in love, and yes, getting lucky too.

If you didn’t check it out in 2013, I’d love for you to do so now because like I said, it really is one of my favorite stories. I know it will tug on your heart strings and you’ll be cheering for these two people throughout the story.

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Do you feel lucky today?

 

Megan Scott changed her name and escaped to Seattle, hoping to put her past and her abusive ex behind her. Her sister told her bad luck couldn’t last forever, and with that in mind she purchased a ticket hoping to be one of the ten people to win a key that would open the door to a dream home.

 

Andy Hill is starting life anew. He lost his family and home but feels deep down that bad luck has to end sometime.

 

When a mix up with the winning keys puts Megan and Andy in a situation they never thought they’d find themselves in, Megan has to put her trust in a man again, and Andy has to accept that there’s no going back and fixing bad mistakes.

 

Learning to move on in life is sometimes a hard lesson but it’s also a chance to get lucky.

 

Here’s an excerpt…

Megan’s legs shook so much that by the time she arrived at the house she didn’t think she’d be able to get out of her car, let alone walk up to the check-in desk. Floodlights had been turned on and a beam of light played against the house’s shiny black front door. She fingered the key. She had a one in ten chance that in less than an hour the house would be hers.

Here goes.

She made her way across the street and up the path to the desk where a young man in his early twenties sat with sheets of paper in front of him.

“Hi, my name’s Megan Scott.”

“Hello Megan, if you could sign here next to your name and then wait over there with the other contestants,” he said, pulling out a sheet of paper for her. She quickly signed before her hand shook again, and then walked over to the lawn where two older men, one on a walker, three women, all older than her, and a girl about twenty, blowing bubble gum, stood in a line. She smiled but no one smiled back. No one was talking either. Instead they eyed one another cautiously which made her legs tremble even more.

She fingered her key again as two more people joined the group, and then a man probably a bit older than herself walked toward them. She’d seen him before but couldn’t think where. Maybe he’d visited the museum, but she knew it was someplace else. He smiled at her, she smiled back. Now she remembered. He’d been the idiot driving the car that had almost hit her. He stood beside her and they glanced at one another and then looked away. The scent of his aftershave drifted her way as the wind picked up. She didn’t think she’d ever like the smell of cologne again, because Ted had almost bathed in the stuff, but this man’s brand was different, and was more subtle and spicy. She shifted her feet, wishing the contest would soon be over and she’d know either way whether she was a homeowner.

Megan glanced at the man again. That had been stupid because he was looking her way. They didn’t say anything but both coughed before quickly looking away. When he’d been driving, she’d focused more on trying not to hit his car, but now that all her attention was solely on him, she realized that he was cute and had gorgeous blue eyes.

She hadn’t checked out a man in so much detail, and for this long, since she’d first laid eyes on Ted. Maybe it was her nerves and she was using it as a way to take her mind off the whole thing.

Maybe.

 

Recent Releases

I’m slowly making by way through all the back titles and now have three more revamped and back on sale…more being revamped soon so stay tuned!

 

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First one is the fourth book in my Perfect Pairings series, Matters of the Heart

Lucy Davis has always loved Bryce but never told him as much. She’s even signed on with matchmaking service Perfect Pairings in hopes they can finally be a couple. However, one day Lucy picks up the newspaper and sees that Bryce is now married. With her heart broken, she goes to see Sadie Sutton, president of Perfect Pairings, to tell her she won’t need their serives after all. However, Sadie’s convinced that the universe has other plans for Lucy, including a man who will sweep her off her feet.

Brad Ryan finds a baby sitting on the doorstep of his sheriff’s office. If that isn’t a big enough surprise, he discovers a note tucked into the baby carrier informing him he’s the daddy. What’s a sheriff to do when he’s suddenly thrown into the role of single father? Sadie might have the answer and it’s in the shape of a nanny called Lucy. Will these two fall in love, and will Sadie have another successful pairing to gloat about?

 

 

Letting Go Self Pubbed

 

Second one is Letting Go

After Glen Billington returns home from his service in the army, he goes to collect his dog from Ava Dawson, and he’s immediately attracted to her. Problem is there’s a wedding band on the third finger of her left hand.For the first time since she lost her husband, Ava feels smitten by another man. When Glen’s aunt informs him that Ava is a widow, he decides to take a trip back to see her but under the guise of needing help with dog training. Can Glen take away the pain she’s felt since her husband’s death? And can he finally convince her that there’s nothing wrong in letting go?

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And finally, I Must Be Dreaming (previously titled Dreaming)

How difficult could it be to take care of your five-year-old niece? Rob Conners thinks it’s going to be a breeze, but when Mollie gets gum in her hair there’s only one thing to do—head to the nearest hair salon. Jenna Hopkins had one crush in high school and that was Rob Conners. She can’t believe he walked into her salon a decade later. The only course of action is to play it cool and pretend she never had fantasies about him. However, despite the passing of ten years, the crush is still there and now it seems the attraction might be mutual. Can these two former classmates find love and happiness or are they both just dreaming?

 

Anything You Want

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I squeezed in some time to revamp the next book…only nine more to go!

This one was first published under the title Maybe Next Time by Evernight Publishing in 2013 for their Romance on the Go line.

It’s a cougar romance so if you like the older woman and hot younger man theme this is for you-

Gina’s feeling old and overweight and all she needs is someone to knock down a wall in her house so she can build an at home gym.

Enter Sean who’s short on cash but full of ambition and twelve years her junior. His dad always told him never mix business with pleasure but where this older woman’s concerned Sean’s willing to make an exception.

Gina might be slowly falling in love with the young hunk but what will happen when he comes to his senses and realizes she can never give him a family?

Can a cougar capture her man?

 

A Cowboy’s Heart and What I’ve Been Doing

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More than a few people have been asking me about when I’ll be writing and publishing new stories, what’s happening with our beloved Kalispell Shifters…believe me there’s lots planned and coming soon.

Last year I decided to add the name of writing coach and mentor to my list of skills and long story short, setting up the business has taken me longer than I’d planned. Plus, I’ve been trying to play catch up releasing all the stories I got rights back to.  I thought I’d get back to my regular writing schedule after the new year but I then I updated my other web site and finally came down with the cold bug that seems everyone’s got which zapped a lot of my energy.

Well, enough with the excuses…I did re-release A Cowboy’s Heart (formely titled This Cowboy’s Heart), and I have two more stories to re-release this month.

I plan to add a new story in all my series and yes, I’m even thinking about a new one too.

So thank you for being patient with me loyal fans. I promise to post more stuff here too so if you have any writing related questions or anything you’d like to see, just leave a comment or contact me at vanessadevereaux@gmail.com. You know how much I love hearing from you.

Take care-Vanessa D XO

Happy Holidays

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2017 is slowly coming to a close and I’d like to thank you for following my blog posts and buying my books.

I had planned to write and release more books than I actually did but as many of you know I started a new venture…coaching and mentoring aspiring authors, and that took up a lot of my time and energy.

In 2018, I get rights back to 15 of my books so I’ll be publishing those again, revamping most of them too. I also have ideas for a couple of new series and will be adding to my already established series so stay tuned.

I’m taking a break until January 2nd and hope to post often and stay more connected with all of you next year.

Here’s wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

See you in 2018.

Three Upcoming Revamped Stories for the Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m currently revamping three back titles that should be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I thought I’d share the covers with you here and I’ll let you know when each one is added to the book sites-

 

 

 

 

Naughty or Nice

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Baby it's cold outside

 

 

Stories I’m Working On….

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this site…and a while since I’ve released a new story. I’ve been busy with teaching writing workshops and also launching my own writing coaching and mentoring business (if you’d like to know more about that head over to http://www.susanpalmquist.com). I’ve been trying to keep up with re-releasing back titles…three coming in October and I’m also writing a TV pilot. So with all that going on you can imagine I’ve not had much time (or energy) to write new Vanessa Devereaux stories but I promise I will and very soon.

I might not have new stories this year but I will in 2018. I have an idea for a new erotica/erotic romance series set in the Old West which I’m excited about.Rose-petal with notebook.

I’m also planning to revamp this site and have some giveaways over the holidays. So please stay with me and I’d love to hear what sort of stories you’d like to see me tackle in 2018. Do you like erotica, historical erotica or are you a die hard bear shifter fan?

 

It’s a Party

It’s March already and it’s party time over at The Romance Reviews.

I’m taking part and March 21st I’ll be giving away an e-book which will be a copy of Callum, book one in my Cowboy Tough series.  In the meantime check out The Romance Reviews’ site for more goodies you can win.

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