Author: Emma Cane

The Twelve Men of Valentine – Hunk #4 ~ Promo and Giveaway SLEIGH BELLS IN VALENTINE VALLEY by Emma Cane

Posted October 30, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 7 Comments

Meet One of the Sexy 
Men of Valentine Valley

Josh-Thalberg

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Name: Josh Thalberg

Age: 29

Occupation: Cowboy and leather craftsman

Physical Description: brown hair, gray eyes, often unshaven

Relationship Status: Married (fell in love with Whitney during THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY)

Holiday Likes (3) being able to create a Baby’s 1st Christmas decoration, making gifts for his family by hand, fudge

Holiday Dislikes (1) When there’s no snow at Christmas

How do you usually spend the Holiday? With his family at the Silver Creek Ranch

Favorite Holiday Movie? Elf

Favorite Holiday Food? Cranberry sauce.

Favorite Holiday Song? O Holy Night

Hot Cocoa or Egg Nog? Hot cocoa

Snuggled up Next to the Fire or Bundled Up on a Sled? Snuggled up next to the fire

Best Holiday Memory to Date: He was so excited to open gifts with his new little girl on Christmas morning—but she slept right through it!

See Josh Fall for Whitney in THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY

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Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley
by Emma Cane
Series: Valentine Valley #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Release Date: October 28th, 2014 by Avon Books
Format: eBook, 116 pages

Book Description:

Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around…

When Tony De Luca’s ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they’d been each other’s first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can’t seem to stay out of each other’s way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he’s in big trouble.

Kate can’t believe she’s sitting at Tony’s bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He’s as gorgeous as ever, and she can’t seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can’t help wondering if anything is possible—even a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

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Excerpt

Kate was just about to start putting the chairs upside down on the tables when someone knocked on the front door. She looked up and saw Tony.

Smiling, she unlocked and let him in. “So how did it go?”

And then she saw the small bandage oozing blood on his right cheek.

She gasped. “Tony!”

He shrugged and dropped his hockey bag near the door. “It looks worse than it is.”

“But it’s bleeding through the bandage! Weren’t you wearing a helmet, a face mask?”

“Of course I was—I don’t want to lose my teeth. But we were warming up, and someone on the other team was hitting too hard, and I’d taken off my helmet to adjust…never mind the details.”

She followed him into his office. “You could have lost an eye!”

“I know, I know.”

“And you need a new bandage.”

“This was a new bandage after the game, and I ripped off the scab that had formed.” He rummaged through his shelves until he found the medicine kit.

“Maybe you need stitches?”

“Naw, I’m fine. I have antiseptic things in here somewhere.”

She pushed his big hands out of the way, found the little packet, and opened it. “Sit down on the desk so I can reach you.”

“Kate—”

“Shh!”

With a sigh he complied, sitting on the edge of the desk. That put his face a little above hers, and she had to stand between his knees. She bit her lip as she tried to be gentle peeling off the bandage.

“Just rip it away,” he said with amusement.

So she did, and she was the only one who winced. The cut wasn’t too long, nor was it an open gash or oozing blood too badly. Using the damp antiseptic wipe, she gently cleansed it, then looked for a bigger, square bandage. After applying it, she stood still, admiring her work.

“There,” she murmured with satisfaction.

Tony wasn’t smiling anymore. Those chocolate brown eyes were staring at her as if out of the past, back when he’d desired her, needed her.

And she realized she was standing between his thighs. The shock of awareness and heat that moved through her body was swift and overwhelming. He put his hands on her waist, as if he knew she was suddenly weak with longing.

“What are we doing?” she whispered.

But she didn’t move away.

“I think I’m kissing you,” he said, leaning closer.

Their breaths merged, the heat of him seared her.

“Stop me now,” he warned in a hoarse voice.

Their lips almost, almost touched.

And she couldn’t speak, didn’t want to deny him, found herself deep in the past, where Tony had been the only boy, then the only man, who’d drawn her, who’d made her desperate for his touch, who’d made her lose herself.

He kissed her, openmouthed and hungrily, no gentle exploration but inspiring a renewal of a desperation that she’d buried within her for over nine years. He pulled her against him, her hips into the openness of his, her aching breasts flattening against his broad chest, her head turning until it practically rested on his shoulder. She felt greedy with the need of him, desperate for the taste of his tongue. And then his hands slid to cup her backside, pressing her even harder against the erection outlined by his jeans. She let her hands roam him, remembering his biceps and shoulders, the broad planes supporting his collarbones, the lean pillar of his neck. His hair was thick and warm, and so good to touch.

Their mouths explored as if in homecoming, as memories swamped her of laughing kisses, tender kisses, urgent kisses. Tony was still all of that for her, and no one had ever made her feel like this but him.

That made her break off the kiss and stare at him, wide-eyed. His eyes smoldered as they watched her mouth. He didn’t look like he could stop, and for a moment, she wondered if she could, if Tony once again could create a passion that made her forget everything but him.

About Emma Cane

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: When the Rancher Came to Town by Emma Cane

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 12 Comments

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When the Rancher Came to Town
by Emma Cane
Series: Valentine Valley #4.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western
Published: September 23rd, 2014 by Avon Impulse
Format: eBook, 100 pages

Book Description:

Emma Cane returns to the amazing and romantic town for the latest installment in her sparkling series. When and ex-Rodeo star falls in love with the agoraphobic B&B owner, he must pull out all the stops to get her out of her shell.

Welcome to Valentine Valley!

The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town…

Bed & Breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after her share of unwanted notoriety she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn…perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest guest arrives, tall, dark and breathtaking…Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.

Ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez knows all about the limelight. He’d avoid it if he could, but since one last ride could mean saving his family’s ranch, he’ll go all in. When he gets to Valentine Valley for the Silver Creek Rodeo, Mason checks into Connections B&B and finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful, reserved woman who owns it.

Mason only has three days in town…can he convince Amanda to open her heart to him and welcome the world back in?

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Excerpt

(Set up: Mason Lopez has come to Valentine Valley to participate in the Silver Creek Rodeo. He stays at Connections B&B, owned by Amanda Cramer, who’s retreated to Valentine to put a Washington DC scandal behind her.) 

When she returned to the dining room fifteen minutes later, Mason was still there, reading the Valentine Gazette, which she’d left out for guests.

“There’s a big article on the Wild West Weekend, along with the rodeo,” he said. “You still going to give it a try?”

“Yep, I’m calling the Widows’ Boardinghouse after breakfast.”

“Good for you. Does that include the rodeo, too?”

When unease stirred inside her like scurrying mice, she brushed it aside. “Yes, I’m coming. I won’t let last night affect my recovery. But I do have to work first.”

He gestured to the paper. “Take a look at the schedule. I ride late in the morning.”

She came to look over his shoulder and saw the bull-riding schedule, but soon the warmth of his broad back so close to her chest distracted her too much to read.

He glanced sideways at her, which brought his face inches from hers. She turned her head to face him, knowing she should straighten up, back away. But…she couldn’t. It was like she was frozen in place, desire overwhelming good sense. It had been years since a man had made her feel this way, daring and reckless, and she was caught off guard.

He leaned toward her, his movements slow and easy, giving her plenty of time to back away. But she didn’t, only waited in anticipation for the brush of his lips on hers. And it was a gentle brush, as if her lips had been the delicate petals of flowers that would bend in the slightest wind.

But she wasn’t delicate, she told herself, and leaned into the kiss, parting her lips to taste him, to explore the fullness of his lower lip.

With a groan, he turned, and before she knew it, she was lying across his lap and he was holding her tightly against him. His mouth slanted across hers, hot and inviting and arousing. When their tongues met, it was her turn to moan her welcome. She plunged her hand into his hair, feeling the silkiness of dark curls, while her other arm slid up his back. She could feel the tension in his muscles as he held her, while she felt positively urgent with passion and need, as if she couldn’t get close enough.

At last he lifted his head and looked down at her, breathing hard. Wide-eyed, she stared back at him, her wet lips parted.

“I hope you don’t need an apology for that,” he said huskily.

“You better not apologize” was her fierce response.

About Emma Cane

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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Holiday Love with Jennifer Ryan – All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy by Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan and Katie Lane

Posted December 9, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways / 10 Comments
Holiday Love with Jennifer Ryan – All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy by Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan and Katie Lane

Holiday Love by Jennifer Ryan I recently spoke to a friend and told her about the novella I’d written for Christmas. Excited to read it, she said, Christmas is the perfect time to meet someone new and fall in love. I think she’s right. The holidays bring a sense that anything can happen, leaving us open to invitations and new experiences. It’s the holidays, why not try something new? Maybe you’ll meet someone special at the company holiday dinner, or at a friend’s party, or get set up with your friend’s cousin from out of town. Maybe it’s the hope that in any one of those ordinary things we look forward to at the holidays, shopping at the mall, hunting for the perfect Christmas tree, meeting a friend for cocktails and smiling at the guy who can’t stop looking at you, you’ll find something extraordinary. You’ll find the one who […]

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Interview: A Wedding in Valentine by Emma Cane

Posted June 25, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Reviews / 3 Comments
Interview: A Wedding in Valentine by Emma Cane

Today we welcome author Emma Cane to the site. Her newest release “A Wedding Valentine” is currently available in ebook format and will be released in paperback on July 2nd.  Emma also writes as USA Today Bestselling historical romance author Gayle Callen. UGR:  Welcome to Urban Girl Reader!  First of all, congrats on the release of A Wedding in Valentine; your latest release in The Valentine Valley series. Can you tell us a little bit about the series and what about the genre inspires you? Emma: Thanks so much for having me! A WEDDING IN VALENTINE is a novella that takes place in the world of Valentine Valley, a fictional small town and ranching community near Aspen, Colorado. Valentine is one of those historic old mining towns with a quaint Main Street, romance for tourists, and of course, lots of quirky characters that make for great stories. I love writing […]

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Review: A Wedding in Valentine by Emma Cane

Posted June 25, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: A Wedding in Valentine by Emma Cane

A Wedding in Valentine #1.5 by Emma Cane Genres: Contemporary Romance, Novella Published by Avon Impulse on July 2, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 176 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: It’s the wedding all of Valentine Valley has been waiting for! Bridesmaid Heather Armstrong arrives for Nate and Emily’s big weekend only to discover that one of the ushers is the man she had a close encounter with when they were trapped by a blizzard seven months ago—and he’s the bride’s brother! Cowboy Chris Sweet never forgot the sexy redhead, although she disappeared without a trace. At first the secret creates a divide between them, but as they grow closer during the romantic weekend, will Heather dare risk her heart again? Sherri’s Review: What happens when you run into that “one-night” stand that never called? Worst yet, it happens […]

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