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Danger that is Damion release party continues with author CH Admirand’s visit and a contest!


***You can still enter Carolyn Brown, Catherine Mann, and Aemelia Gray’s contests in the previous blog post! Prizes drawn the 15th!


About the contest and prizes for new visitors:


Each comment and day you enter is an entry for a huge grand prize book bundle and gift card and a daily


prize. All prizes announced the 15th.


Theme: Sourcebook authors share their favorite places to write!






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WELCOME CH Amirand….


The image above is a pic that I took with my phone of my favorite writing spot…my kitchen table. The pussy willows are from our yard and so is the forsythia in the background.


I used to write in my office, now it’s the place I stash promo for upcoming conferences and events and my extensive collection of research books. If I had to pinpoint when I stopped writing in my office, it would have to be when we re-did the kitchen and added in the lovely antique copper backsplash and repainted. The soft buttery yellow and sage green cabinets are soooo soothing that I find I really can’t concentrate if I’m in my office. My hubby thinks I need to repaint it the same colors as the kitchen…I think he wants to kick me out of the kitchen! LOL But the kitchen is where all of the action really is in our home. Here’s a pic I took on St. Patty’s Day after I took the Irish Soda Bread out of the oven.

This year I baked two different kinds of Whiskey Cake…the traditional and one I invented combining two favorite great-grandmother Margaret Mary Flaherty’s Butter Cake with the traditional Whiskey Cake. Both were yummy. :)

Thanks so much for including your Sourcebooks’ Sisters, Lisa! I’m including the cover of my July book JESSE, since DYLAN’s been out since January. Besides…I love the cover for JESSE. LOL!


Jesse: The Secret Life of Cowboys
By C.H. Admirand
ISBN# 978-1402265198    Release date:  July 2012

Available July 3, 2012:   Barnes and Noble

Jesse Garahan no longer believes in love. Until he meets Danielle Brockway and her tiny daughter, Lacy, on their way to their new home in Pleasure, TX. Danielle’s worthless ex-husband left her high and dry, and now she’s looking for a simple small-town to start over in — and then she meets Jesse. She just can’t seem to help herself where long-limbed, swaggering Texas men are concerned. Suddenly, life is anything but simple.


Excerpt: (can be found on C.H. Admirand’s website)

Jesse Garahan hit the gas and breathed in the hot Texas air. He loved the feel of the wind in  his face and the engine rumbling beneath him as the hot sun smiled down, trying  to parboil him to the driver’s seat.

He’d left the ranch in two pairs of very capable hands—his brother’s.  Tapping his fingers on the steering wheel, he wondered if he could find a wild  woman like the one Garth Brooks was singing about on the radio. Hell—he didn’t  have time for romance right now, too much to do and not enough time to get it  done in. Setting that thought aside, he concentrated on the road ahead of him  and coaxing as much speed as possible out of his truck.

Flooring it, tearing ass along the road to town, he grinned. He  loved driving and figured he missed his calling, having to work at the ranch  with his brothers—but Garahans stuck together no matter what, and as long as  the ranch still had life left in it, a Garahan would be running it. With enough  work for ten men, most days he and his brothers were worn to the bone, but not  ready to roll over and give up.

A speck of color off in the distance at the side of the road had him  cutting back on the accelerator. Could be one of the Dawson sisters; Miss Pam had told him she’d  been having a bit of trouble with her old pickup. Slowing it down, ready to  lend a hand, he sucked in a breath and held it. Steam poured out from under the  hood of a car that a very curvy, compact, jean-clad blonde was opening the hood  to. When he noticed the rag in her hand, he knew what she was going to do.

“Damn fool woman!” He feathered the gas for more speed, cranked the  wheel hard to the left, whipping the car in a perfect one-eighty. Gravel spit  out from beneath his tires as he skidded to a halt behind her vehicle.

When she jumped back with a hand to her heart, he threw the truck in  park and swung his door open with enough force to move the dead summer air like  the early morning breeze coming across the pond at the Circle G. Stomping over  to her, he grabbed her by the elbow and pulled her off to the side, out of harm’s  way.

When she yanked free of his hold, he was more than ready to read her  the Riot Act. Drawing in a deep breath, he was about to let loose when he heard  a little voice calling.


“Lacy, honey, I told you to stay in the back seat until I fixed the  car.”

Looking down, he noticed a pint-sized cowgirl staring up at him, her  big blue eyes wide with wonder. Not much surprised Jesse Garahan, but the  little bit of a thing, no bigger than a fairy, was wearing pink—from the top of  her head to the soles of her feet—and stood out like a swirl of cotton candy at  the county fair.

“Go on back now; I have to thank the man for trying to help us.” The  woman’s voice was firm, but the little girl wasn’t listening. Before he could  process that fact, the vision in pink was tugging on his jeans and asking, “Are  you a good guy or a bad guy?”

He shook his head at the incongruity of the situation. He’d intended  to put the fear of God into the woman foolish enough to open the cap of her  overheated radiator while she stood in front of it, and instead here he was  staring down at the tiniest, pinkest cowgirl he’d ever seen.

“I uh…” He didn’t know how to answer. If he’d done what he’d  intended to do—yell at her mother—the little girl would probably be crying now,  and positive he was a bad guy. “I stopped to help.”

When the little one nodded but refused to let go of his jeans, the  woman came closer and soothed, “He’s a good guy, honey.”

The little girl tilted her head to one side and frowned up at him. “But  he gots a black hat—Gramma says good guys wear white hats.”

Jesse chuckled. “Is your grandmother a fan of Gene Autry or Roy  Rogers?”

Her little head bobbed up and down, and her cowgirl hat slipped off  her head and would have hit the ground if not for the bright white cord  attached to it. She was still looking up at him when she said, “Uh-huh.”

“That was a long time ago, and only on TV,” the cowgirl’s mother  told her. “The good guys wear white or black hats now.”

The little one bobbled and grabbed a hold of his leg with both  little hands and whispered, “Daddy wears a black hat.”

He didn’t need to know that. Concentrating, he couldn’t figure out a  way to delicately loosen the little one’s grip without scaring her. Her mother  surprised him by kneeling next to him. Looking down at them, he remembered the  times his mother had gotten down to eye level with him when he’d been scared as  a kid. It always helped ease most of his worries—except for the biggest one—why  wasn’t his father coming home?

To keep from letting his mind go down that rocky path, he focused on  the still-steaming engine and grumbled, “Don’t you realize how dangerous it is  to open the cap on an overheated radiator?” He’d learned that particular lesson  from his grandfather years ago; his pride had taken a direct hit, but he hadn’t  ended up disfigured from steam burns.

The blonde’s head snapped up and their eyes met. He couldn’t help  but notice the frosty blue daggers pointed directly at him.

“I was going to be careful to keep the cap facing away from me.” She  cupped her hands around her daughter’s where she still held tight to his leg,  and urged, “Come on Lacy, you can let go now.”

To his relief, the little one finally did as she was told. When her  mother lifted the itty-bitty cowgirl up in her arms, he relaxed. The only kids  he came into contact with were the handful of teenagers who came out to the ranch,  working off a debt they owed to his older brother Tyler and his fiancée, Emily.

“But, Mommy,” she whispered, “I gots to ask him.”

He was standing close enough to hear. “Ask me what?”

“Are you a real cowboy?”

Before he could answer the little girl added, “I never seen one in  my whole life!”

“Your daddy’s a cowboy.”

“Nuh-uh.” Lacy shook her head. “He rides bulls, not horsies, ’member,  Mommy?”

Jesse couldn’t keep the chuckle inside; the rumbling sound seemed to  capture little Lacy’s interest because she poked her tiny pointer finger in the  middle of his chest.

“Lacy, what did I tell you?” Looking up at him, the blonde’s eyes  were troubled. “I’m sorry, she’s curious about everything. We’re working on  keeping our fingers to ourselves.” She smoothed a hand over the fly-away hair  on the top of Lacy’s head and said, “Aren’t we, sweetie?”

“I was trying to find the sound, Mommy,” the little girl admitted. “His  lips din’t move.”

Not much touched his heart since the woman he’d been planning on  marrying changed her mind, but this miniature cowgirl had the walls surrounding  it cracking. He smiled down at them and it felt good inside. “Name’s Garahan,  ma’am,” he said, tipping his hat to the little lady. “Jesse,” he said, staring  into the mother’s cool blue eyes


JUST COMMENT TO WIN! Giveaway alert! C.H is giving away a copy of TYLER & DYLAN.So that’s 2 winners, 1 for each book.

25 comments to “Danger that is Damion release party continues with author CH Admirand’s visit and a contest!”

  1. Tina Rucci
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 am · Link

    Hi C. K., Best wishes for your release of Jesse in July.. I’m sorry to have to say that I have not read any of your books, but after reading this excerpt I am going to have to catch up. If all your books are as good as what is here, I’m hooked. Have you’ve used every one of the reference books that we can see in the picture, and do you have more that we can not see?

  2. Aretha zhen
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 7:22 am · Link

    Woww love the excerpt n the cover. Totally fall in love with your book , Gonna buy it for my own birthday present :)

  3. CrystalGB
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 am · Link

    Loved the excerpt and cover. Your kitchen looks so charming. Looks like a great place to write.

  4. JOYE
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 9:27 am · Link

    The flowers in your kitchen would inspire me to write. Your book sounds really good and I have added it to my TBR list.

  5. JenniferK
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 10:33 am · Link

    Thanks for the great excerpt! I’m looking forward to reading it and I will definitely be on the lookout for it.

  6. Raonaid Luckwell
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 11:21 am · Link

    Wow – Have not seen a pussy willow since I was younger and spent much time at my belated grandparents. Seen the photo and was like “Those are pussy willows!” and I am not a plant person! My mother and belated grandmother are. Brings back fond memories!

  7. Froggy
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 am · Link

    LOL Rao! I saw the picture and went Pussy Willows! I haven’t seen any in forever!

    Love the cover…


  8. ELF
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm · Link

    Yum…that soda bread looks delicious! (Please don’t include me in the drawing, I already have those titles)

  9. Lisa B
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 1:32 pm · Link

    I recently discovered C.H.Admirand through netgalley. I have a copy off Jesse to review but when i read it it will be my first book by her to read. Would love the first two in this series. I usually like to read in series order. I’l admit when browsing netgalley the cover jumped at me first and then i like the excerpt. I find new authors this way a lot.

    My desk is small and cluttered with books and random stuff. lol Your kitchen is beautiful and seem pretty nice for writing.

    Lisa B

  10. Kimh
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Congrats on the books whoo
    looks good whoo
    Ty for coming by like the except

  11. TJ
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm · Link

    WOW!! sounds great… Cannot wait…

  12. Shannon
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Oh my goodness! I need this book so I can have the cover on my nightstand. Can’t wait to read the story ;-) Hurry up July! Hopefully I can read one of the earlier cowboy’s story.

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  13. bn100
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Very nice excerpt. It looks like you have a nice garden.

  14. Barbara Elness
      · May 3rd, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Link

    What lovely pictures, it looks like a very pretty and cheerful place to work, whether writing or baking. :D

  15. Patti P
      · May 4th, 2012 at 7:10 am · Link

    Thanks It looks like a very calm and welcoming place to be. Congrats on all of your successes and thanks for sharing. I am adding to my to-read pile.

  16. Brenda Hyde
      · May 4th, 2012 at 2:47 pm · Link

    I love your writing space– and the pussy willows! The excerpt was great– it’s going to make me all weepy isn’t it?

  17. Susan W
      · May 5th, 2012 at 12:43 pm · Link

    I’ve not read your books before but after that excerpt I’m going to be looking for them!

  18. Sheila
      · May 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Love your writing area, it looks so calm. Love blogs like this I find new authors to read. Putting your stories on my tbb list.

  19. Natasha
      · May 11th, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!!

  20. Laura
      · May 12th, 2012 at 9:01 pm · Link

    That excerpt definitely makes me want to read this book – and the cover is just a bonus! One of the things I miss when I read on my nook :) Love your kitchen, too!

  21. Mel K.
      · May 15th, 2012 at 9:23 am · Link

    Hi CH. It’s Mel. Meljprincess. I used to visit your site monthly. I did this for years. The soda bread and the cover for ‘Jesse’ are both delicious. :-)
    Nice to ‘see’ you here. It’s been a long time.

  22. Fedora
      · May 15th, 2012 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Thanks for the peek, CH! Loved your flowers and office and that gorgeous bread! That cover of yours is pretty gorgeous, too ;)

  23. Pat Cochran
      · May 15th, 2012 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Love, Love, Love the excerpt! Can’t wait to get
    a copy of your book in my hot little hands!!!

    Pat Cochran

  24. Tina B
      · May 15th, 2012 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Your kitchen looks nice and soothing, so I understand why you would want to write there. I have never had Whiskey bread. I will have to try some because it looks yummy. Great cover and excerpt. Thank you for sharing. :)

  25. Michelle McMichael
      · May 16th, 2012 at 7:46 am · Link

    I love the colours in the kitchen, it’s no wonder you find it inspiring to write! Best of luck with the new book :)

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