Saturday Sexcerpt- Mercer by Jan Scarborough

Mercer_200-300This excerpt is from Mercer, book 5 of the Montana Rancher’s series. Mercer and Drake, the hero and professional bull rider, are together after a trail ride.

God, she was beautiful. His insides galloped like a racing thoroughbred. She was close enough he could kiss her.

Drake reached up and removed her cowboy hat, then pushed back a strand of her blond hair from her eyes. She pulled his hat off, tossing it into the bed of pine straw, and inched nearer.

“You have a scar near your eye,” she said, touching his temple with feather like fingers.

“Battle scar.” He inhaled deeply. She took his breath away. “Just another day at the office.”

Cocking her head, Mercer shook it. “It’s a wonder you and Brody have never been killed.”

“It’s the chance we take.”

“I don’t care for the odds.” There was anger in her eyes. And something more. Something deeper, provoking, and filled with longing.

He offered a bemused smile and lay back on the blanket. “What are the odds you’re going to kiss me right now?”

Mercer wet her lips and gazed down at him for a heartbeat. Then she leaned over him. “Pretty high,” she said softly.

Their mouths touched briefly, powerfully, stripping more breath from his lungs. Mercer broke off suddenly and kissed his beard-rough cheeks. His chin. The lobes of his ears. He let her lead, explore, discover, all the while longing to do the same to her. Drake lifted his hand and entangled it in her hair at the nape of her neck. She smelled like sunshine and fresh air. Of the foothills and autumn in the mountains. He was lost, and he knew it.

“Make love to me, Drake. Please,” she whispered, her mouth near his ear.

“What?” He’d never expected that invitation.

“You heard me. I want us to make love.”

Grasping at a straw of sanity, Drake opened his eyes. Her face was inches away from his. Her long, blond hair tickled his cheek. “I can’t, Mercer. I don’t have any protection. It’s not as if I go trail riding with a pack of condoms in my pocket.”

Her gaze strongly connected with his, and her eyebrows furrowed. There was determination in the way she set her jaw. “You don’t need to worry,” she told him. “I’m on the pill. Liz didn’t want me coming home with any secret babies.” She licked her lips in the age-old, come-on way. Drake couldn’t take his eyes off her tongue. “You don’t have any secret babies, do you? Not like Brody?”

Her bluntness startled Drake, but then again, Mercer always had a way of speaking what was on her mind. “No, I don’t have any babies like Brody, secret or otherwise.” Technically, he’d told her the truth.

He didn’t want to do any more talking. Instead, he curled his fingers in her hair and urged her head down so that their mouths touched. This time she demanded more of him. Her kiss grew in passion and intensity until a groan escaped between his lips.

“Oh, God, Mercer,” he moaned. “Are you sure about this?”

“Very sure. I asked you, remember?”

AuThursday – Jan Scarborough

JanHorsePlease welcome my fellow Resplendence author Jan Scarborough.  Jan with so many books published, How do you make time to write?

It’s hard. I have a day job, so finding time to write is not easy. My New Year’s Resolution is to do a better job in 2016 in carving out that time.

Q: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

My biggest problem is coming up with “things” to happen to my characters. Sometimes I get ideas from things that happen to me. Other times, I just make them up. The point is to make the hero and heroine suffer. I don’t feel as if I’m ruthless enough.

Q: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

Writing romance, I know I will have a happily-ever-after ending. Getting there is fun. Over the years, I have taken classes or attended presentations, and I’ve pulled together ideas from many other authors. I have created a form that I fill out with important things about the hero and heroine like goal, motivation, and conflict. I come up with a back story for both. Once that happens, you put the characters on stage and find out what happens to them.

Q: Why did you decide to write western romance?

My first contemporary Western was Kentucky Cowboy. I write about Kentucky, but I also wanted to use a cowboy character. That’s when I discovered the Professional Bull Riders. I’ve attended PBR events, watched specials on television, and read books about PBR stars. It’s not out of the question for a bull rider to come from the South. They all don’t come from the West. In fact, many famous riders come from Brazil or Australia. Well, once I’d come up with my cowboy, it was easy to create a story about his return to Kentucky so that it fit into my Bluegrass Reunion series.

I also have a Montana Ranchers series that I wrote with author Maddie James. It was her idea, and I’m flattered she asked me to join in. We both wrote the free Montana McKenna’s Prequel. Then I wrote two books: Brody and Mercer. Maddie wrote Callie and Parker. These are the children of James McKenna. Currently, I’m writing the story of James’ widow Liz.

And what fun! This summer my husband and I are vacationing in Montana at a dude ranch. I’m sure I’ll get more story ideas!

Q:  It looks like you’ve dipped your toe into the self-publishing waters. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

When you self-publish a book, you’re your own boss. You are responsible for doing everything to get that book in front of the public. You don’t just write. You must pay for editing and copyediting. You must pay for a professional-looking cover. If you can’t do it yourself, you must hire someone to format your book. All authors must market their books. It doesn’t matter if you are traditionally published or self-published.

Q: Why did you choose this route?

Frankly, I was tired of rejection letters. I spent many years chasing the dream of getting “the call” from a traditional publisher. Then Resplendence came along and thankfully published my books. Another small press also published my books, but it went out of business in October. I received the rights back for several novels. I am lucky my husband knows computers and is willing to format my books for me.

Q:  If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

You mean, besides the day job? LOL! I’d be taking horseback riding lessons. Every week I take a lesson on an American Saddlebred horse. It’s my way of getting a “horse fix” without owning one. Or I might be taking a Zumba class.

Q:  Can we get an idea of what you’ve got coming up for readers?

I’m writing Liz, book six of the Montana Ranchers series. After that, I’ll be working on a small contemporary series set in the Kentucky Bluegrass. Then I’ll plunge into the revision of my medieval romance My Lord Raven.

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Join me on Saturday to read a sexy excerpt from Jan’s latest book Mercer. ~Tina