Star Trek goodness!

Howdy!

Yep, like a billion other people, I went to see the new Star Trek movie.  It was an awesome movie and my husband I totally enjoyed it.  Unlike the first movie, this was an homage to those of us who have loved the franchise for decades.  The actors were superb, and while I had my doubts about the new guy, Benedict Cumberbatch was absolutely fabulous!  That guy is surely Oscar bound!

Side note:I’ve seen him on BBC Sherlock and knew he had talent, but in this movie he literally transcends into movie stardom!  Great choice, guys and thank you!

It was a strange experience, though.  Sitting in the dark theater watching these new, young people playing the characters I grew up with.  And, boy were they young.  William Shatner was 35 when he played Captain Kirk.  None the less. the new kids really rocked the movie.

I don’t want to put any spoilers here, but I will say it was a non-stop action movie.  If you love wild sci-fi or if your a die hard fan, I urge ya’ll not to mix this one.

 

Happy Reading!

Leigh

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Published in: on May 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

I’ll Remember You…

Howdy!

Just a quick post to let you all know I’ve not fallen through a time warp, lol.

Nope, I’m hard at work with my current projects, one of which is tentatively titled: I’ll Remember You. Set in the same town from Cole’s Redemption, the friendly folk of Whispering Pines are back at it! All excited about helping another young couple get to the alter–whether they want to or not! LOL. A lonely Rancher’s daughter and an amnesiac bank teller turned robber fall in love. Amidst the trials and tribulations of her father’s strong opinions and his checkered past where he was forced to aid unscrupulous outlaws to protect his loved ones. Now, they must figure out how to keep her from the arms of an unwanted suitor and him out of prison. I can’t wait to get it out there, because it’s a lot of fun and full of wild west romance!

Have a great day and I’ll post more soon!

Published in: on May 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

National Novel Writers Month

Howdy!

I hope everyone is doing well!  Things here are super busy.  Yes, I’ve done it again.  I’ve joined the grand competition known as NaNoWriMo.  If you’re an aspiring author or just curious, jump on over to their website and check it out.  http://www.nanowrimo.com,

Better yet, sign up and see how many words you can write in a month!

It started November 1st, but there’s still time to catch up!

For my manuscript this year, I’m working on another cowboy story.  Tentatively titled: I’ll Remember You, it’s the story of a desperate cowboy conman turned mail order groom who suffers amnesia after his enemy beat him and left him for dead.  Rescued by the very woman he was planning to con, a desperate rancher’s only daughter who can only get her own spread if she’s wrangled herself a husband.  Of course, the two fall for each other, but when the hero’s old business partner show’s up and competes for the lady’s affection, my hero is in for quite a wrangle.  And, when his memory comes back, what does he do?  Maintain the lie to stay with the woman he loves? Or, does he tell all and risk losing her forever?

Whoo hoo!  I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

Well, back to the grind!

Happy Reading, y’all!

Leigh

Published in: on November 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Strong Arms To Hold Me

Strong Arms To Hold Me

Available on Kindle and Nook on 8-10-12!

Published in: on August 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

YeeHaw!!! Cole’s Redemption is taking off!

Howdy!

Just a quick note to say hey and celebrate the increased sales for my book Cole’s Redemption.  Yep, it’s really starting to do well and I couldn’t be more proud.  If you like angsty heroes and good hearted, but strong willed heroines, this is the story for you!  It also helps that there is a sexy Jimmy Thomas cover, and it’s available on Kindle, Nook and lots of other platforms.

On that note, I’ve decided to re-release my western romance novel, Strong Arms To Hold Me.  The plan is to have it live by this coming weekend.  

Strong Arms To Hold Me , is the story of Reed Strong.  Accused of murdering of Colonel Thomas McCallister, Army fort commander in a shoot out.  While awaiting his trial, and most certain conviction, his wounds are tended to by the Colonel’s late wife.  Callie McCallister is a desperate woman.   A cruel man, her late husband’s will states that the only way she’s to get any inheritance upon his death is if she is pregnant with his child.

Now, she has one chance and begs Reed to help her get pregnant.  If he does, she promises to help him escape.  Not wanting his last act on on earth to be an act of killing, and because she is the most beautiful and kind woman he’s ever met, Reed agrees.

I so totally enjoyed this story and I’m thrilled that I got the chance to update it for re-release.  If you get the chance, check it out!

Happy Reading!

Leigh

Published in: on August 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm  Comments (2)  

Bad writer…

Yes, I know.  I’ve been a bad writer.  I should have updated my page awhile ago.  But, in my defense, a lot has happened since I visited here.

First, I changed jobs, sorta.  I went from a 3 to 4 twelve+ hour a day job, (emphasis on the +, btw) to a Monday through Friday job.  It’s one of the best things about being a nurse, actually.  I can do all kinds of different things and still be a nurse!

Second, I’ve been busy working on books!  To begin with, I’ve reformatted Cole’s Redemption and it’s now available on Smashwords! For those of you not into writerly stuff, that means it’s available in even more platforms, like Sony eReader, Microsoft, and so on.  Check it out!  Of course, it’s still available on Kindle and Nook, too.

I love this book.  It used to be titled ‘The Hanging Bride,’ but when I got it ready for re-release, I realized that it was more about Cole.  Love the new title, love the new cover.  (Oh, thank you Jimmy Thomas!)

Still working on the next book in the Ride A Cowboy series, about Miss Marie in her younger days and her love story with a certain handsome gambler.  No release date as yet.  Unfortunately, writing is a slow, tedious profession, and even more so when you work full time, as I do.

Also, I’ve got a couple of other stories in the works.  The first one, Taking Justice, is about a lady bounty hunter who goes after a wanted man who she blames for destroying her family.  I just love those ‘vengeance’ love stories, don’t you?  I mean, really, they fight and are mean to each other, but the falling in love part is just awesome!

Finally, I’ve been looking at the various projects I’ve started( and abandoned because of time or other books that were in the works), and I’ve found another really cool piece. One Crazy Cowboy, is about a lady rancher who’s desperate to find a husband so she can keep her land.  If she doesn’t marry by her twenty-fifth birthday it goes to her no good cousin.  He’s one bad guy and has has his hands in all sorts of dirty dealing enterprises.  Her intended?  The town drunk, of course.  She’s sure that if she keeps him supplied in liquor he let her run things her own way.  Unfortunately, for her, and fortunately for the rest of us, he sobers up pretty fast when it comes to protecting the woman he loves!

In addition, ‘ve found one more story I’d really love to get done, and that’s Sarah’s Passion.  Sarah loves to write outlaw stories and sell them to the local newspaper, but when her editor finds out she’s a woman, he orders her to write articles for proper women and not dime novel melodramas.  Deciding she only needs one grand tale to set her among the male writers of her times, she goes west to interview outlaw Jesse James.  Unfortunately, there’s a certain Pinkerton agent wanna-be who’s planning on capturing him first!  The two cross paths and end up in more trouble than they bargained for when the outlaws come looking for them!

That’s it for now!  I’m back to work.

Everybody have a great rest of the day and happy reading!

 

Leigh

Published in: on July 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Out and about today!

Howdy!

Whee!  I got an extra, unexpected day off today!  So, younger daughter and I are at the mall for new do’s and a movie later.  We’re between seeing Pirates or The Raven.  (I’d rather see the first one, actually, lol. Not fond of the scary stuff.

I haven’t announced it here, but I changed jobs.  I’m at the same place, but different job and schedule and I’m loving it! No more late nights for me.  Technically it’s more days but shorter hours.  I can do anything for eight hours a day.

I don’t know who thought 12 hour shifts were beneficial, but not me.  I’m a happy little bug. 

Of course, transitions are never easy, but when I get used to the new job, life will be sweet!  On the plus side, after this weekend it’s straight Monday thru Friday.

And, even better, this means I will be able to get more writing done.  I still have energy left at the end of the day now.

Well, off to do some writing stuff before my hair cut!

Happy reading! 

Published in: on April 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cole’s Redemption–coming soon!

Howdy!

Yeppers, it’s true!  I have another book coming out soon.  Cole’s Redemption, previously published as The Hanging Bride, under my name, Pam Labud, has a new cover and new title.  Plus, I’m making it available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook for only $.99!  I hope you get the chance to check it out.  It was a lot of fun to write and will always be near and dear to my heart.

As for me, life is incredibly busy, with one kid in college and the other one headed that direction very soon, I can’t get enough hours in the day!

At the moment, however, I’m enjoying a nice day off today and with upcoming changes with my day job, I’m hoping to get more time writing.  I’m still working on the next Ride a Cowboy series, the first book, tentatively titled: The Lady and the Gambler, will be coming out later this year.!

For now, though, here is an excerpt for Cole’s Redemption!

Happy Reading!

Leigh

“I’m going to kill you, Jared Greene.”

The noise of the saloon evaporated to stone silence. Through the thick haze of lamplight and tobacco smoke, Cole Remmington held his pistol steady. The two men who’d been playing cards with Greene exchanged quick, nervous glances. In an instant, they pushed away from the table, clearing out of the line of fire.

“That a fact?” Greene carefully set his cards on the table. Slowly, he pushed the chair back and, standing up, faced Cole eye to eye.

Tense seconds passed while the two stared at each other. Cole had memorized this face; the wide brow and single jagged scar that ran the length of the man’s right cheek and disappeared into his pale, blond whiskers.

“You can try, sodbuster.” A lazy smile spread across Greene’s face.

“I’ll do more than try.” Cole said in a low voice.

The hushed silence of the room exploded with the sounds of scraping chairs and feet scurrying across the hardwood floor as the patrons ran to the relative safety of the street outside. Only a few brave souls dared to watch, their face pressed against the saloon’s grimy window panes.

“Let me tell you what’s about to happen, sodbuster,” Greene said in an oily tone. “You’re gonna reach for that iron on your hip and, before you can touch your hand to the trigger, I’ll be holding my Colt and fillin’ you full of lead.”

“Just like you did six months ago, in Illinois?”

Greene’s eyes narrowed, and he drew in a sharp breath. “Well, I’ll be damned. You’re that fella from the camp we raided. I thought you was dead.”

“I stayed alive for only one purpose–to send you to hell where you belong.”

Greene shrugged. “You think so? You can try, but even if you did, you wouldn’t walk away from here alive. My Pa’s a Texas Ranger. He’ll hunt your sorry ass to the very ends of the earth.” Greene leaned forward, leering.        

“If you want to keep from dancing on the end of a rope, you’d best put that gun down and just walk away. Seems to me, you were one lucky son of a bitch to escape dying the first time I shot you.”

“You should have made sure I was dead when you had the chance.”

Greene laughed and suddenly sprang forward. Throwing his fist in a wide arc, he connected with Cole’s jaw. Cole retaliated with his own sharp punch, catching Greene in the abdomen. The outlaw grabbed Cole’s shirtfront, pulling him sideways.

Furniture crashed as they plowed through the chairs and tables. Half-empty glasses flew to the floor, shattering and raining stale beer and whisky. Cole managed three quick punches, dazing his opponent for a few seconds. Greene staggered backwards, nearly falling as he lurched sideways. The man’s sharp blue stare cut right through Cole. It was the expression of a wild animal about to devour its prey.

Throwing himself forward, Greene knocked Cole into the bar. He attempted to twist out of the way, but the gunfighter used his weight to knock them off balance. Cole fell backwards and sprawled across the sawdust floor with his opponent landing on top of him. Greene wasted no time in pulling his gun from his holster. He slammed the butt against Cole’s jaw.

Dazed only for a second, Cole twisted sideways and, in a moment, was back on his feet. Greene was just as fast. He, too, gained his stance and pressed forward. In seconds, the gunfighter held his peacemaker high and steady, the barrel only inches from Cole’s face.

“You just won’t stay down, will ya, boy?” He cocked the pistol.

Cole didn’t answer, but leapt at his opponent. Crashing into Greene, they both fell and in the process, trapped the Colt .45 between them. The men struggled, rolling right and then left, with Cole barely managing to stay on top.

Suddenly the room split with the crack of a gunshot. Both men froze, neither one even daring to breathe. When Cole pulled back, he looked down.            

His shirt was covered with blood.

Drawing a shaky breath, he scooted away from his opponent. Cole swallowed, vaguely registering the taste of saliva mixed with blood. He couldn’t help staring at the gunfighter.

The man he’d chased over half the country for the last six months now lay unmoving in a growing pool of blood. Jared Greene was finally dead. In his chest was a wound the size of a fist.

Cole breathed in deeply. He didn’t take his eyes off Greene for several seconds and didn’t hear the people entering the saloon behind him.

“Come on, son,” A gruff voice broke into his reverie. Looking up, Cole saw a man leaning over him, and the barrel of a rifle held firmly, inches from his face. The lamplight glinted off the tin star on the sheriff’s shirt.

“You want to tell me what happened?”

“I killed him,” Cole said.        

“That’s it? You’ve got no other explanation?”

Cole didn’t answer, returning his gaze to the still form lying beside him. The other man sighed.

“Until I know what went on here, I’m placing you under arrest.” Cole didn’t argue, barely noticing when the sheriff pulled him away from the dead man.

“I killed him, that’s all there is to it,” he said one final time,

his gaze dropping to the floor.

There simply wasn’t anything else to say.

 

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Cowboy Legend

Howdy!

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you know what that means? Where has the year gone? It seems like yesterday I was writing my last Ride A Cowboy book, Branded. And now I’m working on a new book in a related series. I so wish I could write faster!

Now, on to one of my favorite subjects: The Cowboy Legend.

Growing up in the midwest I never had a chance to know an actual cowboy. I can’t say I ever actually met one until I was an adult. Like a lot of people from my generation, my idea of life in the old west was formed though movies and television and fiction.

What about the real story of these men who braved the long and dangerous miles time after time. They certainly were among the first free spirits of our new country. We know they lived in the outdoors, riding the open range year after year, ate a very limited diet and probably weren’t well paid.

I don’t know if you’ve ever watched or read Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, but I highly encourage you to check it out. It’s been called an American classic, for good reason.

Mr. McMurtry tells about the life of a cowboy. Believe me, it was so much more than what was depicted on shows like Gunsmoke or in John Wayne movies. It was a rough and unforgiving existence.

It isn’t hard to write a romance about this breed of man. They were bigger than life, to be sure. But more than that, they are a part of our heritage. Not a single adult or child is ignorant of what it means to be a cowboy. I like to think of them as the superheroes of their time. These men faced all sorts of danger in their daily lives, like hostile populations, snakebites, swarming bees and flash floods, to name a few.

I know there is a lot of stuff in the media these days, reality television, lawyer shows, cop shows, and new things coming out every day… While I love a lot of different television, movies and literary genres, I still have soft spot for tales of the old west. It’s my sincere hope that we don’t lose our beloved cowboy stories. I’m afraid if that should happen, we will lose part of our identity as well.

Have a great week everyone!
Cheers!
Leigh

Published in: on November 9, 2011 at 4:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Which Halloween Hot Guys Do You Prefer?

Hey all!

I know. It’s been awhile. Work, kids, writing, and general life craziness have kept me away from the blog-o-sphere.

I’m back.

And, now that I am, first things first. If you haven’t done so yet, check out the rockin’ Halloween Party at The Romance Studio! There are lots of fantastic blogs and hot romance excerpts to choose from, including my own, running weekend blog series: Which Halloween Hot Guys Do You Prefer?

Come on and join the fun. And, TRS is giving away a Nook, too! You just can’t lose, I tell ya.

So, next to a hot cowboy, who is the sexiest hero in the 1800’s? Well, it could be a lean and handsome Texas land owner who’s got his sights set on the local school marm, or, maybe a seriously striking bank manager who’s carrying an affection for a local saloon girl.

Or, a totally hot riverboat gambler sparking a beautiful, streetwise lady dealer who is holding all the cards…

Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking.

You’ll find this totally hot hero in my next Ride A Cowboy release, tentatively titled, The Lady And The Gambler. I so can’t wait to get this book finished except that I’m having too much fun writing it.

Imagine a seriously handsome poker face, bright blue eyes peering longingly over a full house hand, his long, elegant fingers stroking the shiny surface of his cards…

Sigh.

That’s just what lady dealer, Marie Ambrose is up against in this new story. Matching wits with a card shark the likes of which she’s never known. Can she best him at cards and in the boudoir? Stay tuned for an excerpt. I promise to put one up at my next posting!

Now, back to writing!
Cheers,
Leigh!

Published in: on October 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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