Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Featured Guest Author: Jules Dixon Author of Chaps: Cherry County Cowboys #2. Includes Character Interview and Giveaway.

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Please join us in welcoming Jules Dixon to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of Chaps, the second book in the Cherry County Cowboys Series. She is joined by the two main characters from Chaps, Nate O’Neill and Tennessee Reed for a chat on “Ways to Keep Romance Alive” Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

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5 Ways to Keep Romance Alive: A Character Interview, led by Jules Dixon.

Jules: Hi there, everyone. Thanks for joining us today. I’m here with…

Nate: Nate O’Neill.

Tenn: And Tennessee Reed.

Jules: Leading men from Chaps of the Cherry County Cowboys series. Thanks to Sinfully for having us here today. Guys, we’re here to talk about ‘5 Ways to Keep Romance Alive’.

Nate: You’re kiddin’ right?

Jules: Nope. You guys are gonna tell us how you keep your love going.

Tenn: (deadpans) Sex. Lots of sex.

Jules: (laughs) Okay, well, I’ll note that as Number 5: Lots of sex. But hopefully, there’s more?

Nate: With Tenn, there’s always more. After all, he has the manaconda. (winks and Tenn chuckles) But I’d add to that, when you have sex, take time to really enjoy the moment, be there physically and emotionally.

Tenn: (pulls Nate and kisses his forehead) That’s what I really meant, baby.

Jules: So intimacy is important, good to know. Okay, what else?

Nate: I’d say Number 4 is ‘Unplug’ for us.

Tenn: Oh, yeah, that’s a big problem of mine.

Nate: (side-eyes him) That’s why I said it. Thirty minutes every day after work, we take time to enjoy each other’s presence without phones, TV, computers, or any electronics. It’s a priority for us, because we are in it for the long haul.

Jules: (smiles) Love hearing that, guys. Okay, what’s next?

Tenn: Surprise your partner. I love leaving Nate little notes in his lunch every day.

Nate: And I love getting them. And in return, I make Tenn breakfast in bed on Sundays. Our five-year-old daughter, Kenzie, loves helping me, and it’s a way for her and me to get closer, too.

Jules: I told you guys, no spoilers from the book!

Nate: (grins sheepishly) Sorry, Jules, I forgot.

Jules: (rolls her eyes and is overwhelmed by his cowboy charm) Okay, forgiven, so surprises. Love it. Anything else?

Nate: Oh, I know, do chores.

Tenn: (cocks head) What?

Nate: I know you don’t mind doing the laundry, and I can see a difference in your attitude when I do a load every day, even though I don’t really love doing it. It takes a little off of your plate and gives you more time to spend with Kenzie and me.

Tenn: And here I thought you were just the perfect guy. (nudges Nate with his shoulder)

Nate: Not even close, but I think that’s why we go so well together. I try to help make your life a little easier when I can and you do the same for me.

Jules: I know when I’m on a writing deadline it makes me get all warm fuzzies when my hubs does something for me. Like this past weekend when I was doing edits on Whips: Cherry County Cowboys 3, for a June release, he helped me bake 12 dozen cookies that I’d promised to a friend.

Nate: Sounds like a keeper to me.

Jules: Twenty-five years this December.

Tenn: You never told us that!

Jules: Tenn, I don’t tell my characters everything about me, I just ask that they tell me everything about themselves.

Nate: (chuckles) Well, obviously you and the hubs know how to keep romance alive.

Jules: We definitely try. What’s another way you two keep your love alive?

Tenn: Well, for me, it’s touching. Those little touches that people might see as insignificant but they mean a lot to me. Like when we were in the truck and I’d just told you about something that was weighing on me. Not gonna spoiler it for the readers, Jules. (winks) And you put your hand behind my neck and massaged away my worries. I think that moment was when I fell for you, Nate.

Jules: Aw, guys. (dabs eyes) I’m really happy you found each other.

Nate: (smiles) So, anyway, Number 2- touch and I’m gonna add hug, often. But I have one for Number 1, cause this one got both of us into a little trouble in Chaps … communicate.

Tenn: But the thing about communicating is it needs to be open and honest.

Jules: Well guys, that’s five, I know you could probably give more, but here they are:

5 Ways to Keep Romance Alive by Nate O’Neill and Tennessee Reed

  • 5. Sex, but not just any sex, but find intimacy and enjoy the moment.
  • 4. Unplug, turn off the TV, phones, computers, all electronics and talk for 30 minutes every day.
  • 3. Help out in thoughtful ways. Do a chore or something your significant other might have on their list of “To Dos”.
  • 2. Touch and hug each other daily. Little ways that mean a lot.
  • 1. Communicate—openly, clearly, and honestly.

Nate: Thanks to Sinfully for having us here today.

Tenn: Love you, all.

Nate: That was my line, babe.

Jules: (shakes her head and rolls eyes) They’re always like this. Thanks everyone and hope you enjoyed our interview.

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Chaps

Cherry County Boys #2

Jules Dixon

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Publisher ~ Evernight Publishing

Published ~ 13th May 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Cowboys

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Synopsis

Rising rodeo star Nate O’Neill never expected to be living in a small Nebraska ranching town waiting for his rodeo brother to recover from a vicious ride. His unplanned stop steers him into the arms and bed of local celebrity, Tennessee Reed. Soon he questions what thrills him more—the rodeo or Tenn. Forced to face his reckless past, he’s reminded that relationships can cause damage far worse than any bull ride … and maybe he’s headed for the same suffering again.
Professional football draft-pick Tennessee Reed returns home emotionally shattered by the unexpected passing of his father who left Tenn with a hereditary secret buried in his chest. He might be dying inside, but when Nate walks into his life all Tenn’s troubles seem to disappear into those hazel eyes and he’s never felt more alive. Will Tenn follow the cowboy wherever life leads? Or will he protect his heart and watch those fringed leather chaps ride away?

Purchase Links

AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | EVERNIGHT | ARe

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Book #1: Spurs

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Dr. Grayson Taylor is convinced that a summer fling with the bartending cowboy is a quick remedy to mend his broken heart. Soon his plans to return to big city lights for a dream career don’t seem as attractive as the cowboy with dimples lying in his bed. When Grayson’s charred past reappears, can he learn that forgiveness costs less than pride and admit he is the one who needs to be healed?
Cowboy Izaac Scott drove into town with little more than boots on his feet, a well-loved baseball cap on his head and a cross-country journey on his mind, but he’s not sightseeing. He’s running from the ghost of a first love. Will the doctor be the one to help Izaac realize that true love can heal the past or will the cruel spurs of life jab him in the heart again?
This New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel twists and turns like a bull rider at the rodeo. Hold on for the ride!

AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | EVERNIGHT  | ARe

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Meet Jules Dixon

Jules Dixon enjoys entertaining her Omaha, Nebraska, neighbors by dancing while mowing her lawn and is an annoying but lovable online distraction to her writing friends. She quite possibly eats her own body weight of Gummy Bears, Hot Tamales, and Red Vines, every year. She is addicted to everything related to the amazing emotion of love, and has been referred to as “terribly optimistic” which she took as a compliment, but may not have been, and she’s okay with that.
Jules explores the rich psychology of sexuality, choices, and conflicts of high school, college, and young adult characters in her novels and novellas.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS

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Giveaway

Jules Dixon is giving three lucky readers the chance to win a Kindle eBook of Chaps: Cherry County Cowboys #2.

Please leave a comment below (Including your email address) for your chance to win.

::: And the winners are …….

Tanya Guthrie, Julie Small & Flutterfli Reads

……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::

38 comments:

  1. That was a great interview! I completely agree with the first (and last) ways to keep romance alive... Communicate is all important in a relationship!
    Congratulations on the new release, Jules
    toimuharta(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping in to see what Nate and Tenn of Chaps: Cherry County Cowboys 2 had to say today. I think it's important to talk about keeping relationships fresh and alive, and yes, communicating--#1! And sex...hehehe. :-) Good luck with the giveaway! Save a horse, READ a cowboy! <3 Jules

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  2. Awwww! I LOVE Nate and Tenn!!!!

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  3. They say #3 is very important, not sure how they determine these things. Coming home and finding everything had been done for the rest of the night would be a great mood enhancer for me.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. No kidding. Even when hubby does a load of laundry or dishes or mows the lawn, I appreciate the efforts. Showing in little ways how much that person means to you.
      Thanks for stopping in!
      <3 Jules

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  4. this book sounds great can't wait till it comes out

    jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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    1. Thanks! But no need to wait :-) The global amazon link is above.
      Loving all the friendly interaction on Sinfully today!
      Happy reading,
      Jules

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  5. Nate and Tenn sound delightful!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Trix! They have a lot of fun...in my head and on paper ;-). Glad you enjoyed and hope you win!
      Happy reading!
      <3 Jules

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  6. enjoyed the interview and cant wait to read this story
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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    1. Thanks! Tenn and Nate say Thanks, too! :-) Save a horse, READ a cowboy! Happy reading!
      <3 Jules

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  7. Thank you for the interview/advice. I'm looking forward to checking out the book and learning more about the characters =)
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Thanks, H.B. Nate and Tenn send their best, too. Glad to hear on the book.
      Happy reading!
      Jules

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  8. That's a wonderful interview! And great advice, too. :D

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Tenn and Nate prove that relationships aren't easy--they've been there and done the hard work. They like to say that love's rougher and longer than any 8-second bull ride, but the twists and turns are worth every second. :)
      Have a great week.
      <3 Jules

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  9. I love character interviews, they always show a glimpse into they're personalities and as a reader, if I can relate to them. Thanks for sharing. I haven't started this series, but you have one me over. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hi Flutterfli Reads! <--Tenn just told me that he loves your name. He loves butterflies because they symbolize growth and change. :-) I love your name, too. I agree, character interviews are an extension of the book and really give insight inside the person. They make me think of all the times that I had these two talking in my head, and sometimes I talked to them outside of my head, too. That freaks my family out a little. ;-) I'm glad you liked the banter and their personalities. Happy reading and good luck in the giveaway!
      <3 Jules

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    2. Hi Flutterfli, congratulations ~ you are on of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of Chaps. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

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  10. Awesome interview and advice! I agree with flutterfli about the personalities and how they relate to me while reading the book. Thank you for the chance at winning a copy!

    juliesmall2016(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad to have you here. And connecting with characters and their journey is what I really try for as an author. I want my readers to live inside of my characters like I do. I still can't read the first in the series without bawling my way through the last two chapters. And just thinking about the beginning of Chaps makes me a little emotional. Check out the preview and you'll know what I'm talking about.
      Happy reading, always to you, Julie. Good luck on the giveaway!
      <3 Jules

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    2. Hi Julie, congratulations ~ you are on of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of Chaps. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

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  11. Cowboys are my favorite. Great post. I enjoyed reading it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby!
      My license plate on my car (it's a Mustang--cause I have to ride a horse, of course ;-) ) is SAVAHRS. As in Save a horse, ride a cowboy. :-) LOL. Obviously cowboys are my favorites, too. But now say Save a horse, READ a cowboy.
      Glad you enjoyed Tenn and Nate's list. They're young guys, enjoying life, hope that came through.
      Good luck on the giveaway!
      Happy reading!
      <3 Jules

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  12. love character interviews :)

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Glad you enjoyed Tenn and Nate's banter. I re-read my own book last night (going to start on the next one and always want to remember the feelings) and they still amaze me with their connection. The road was a little bumpy, but hey, isn't that what it's all about? Thanks for stopping in and good luck on the giveaway!
      <3 Jules

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  13. Such a great post thank you.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you. I'm glad people are enjoying the antics, but thoughtfulness of Nate and Tennessee. <---want to know how he got his name? It's in the Epilogue. ;-)
      Hoping you win one of the giveaways, but if not, be sure to take a second look. And the preview option on Amazon gives almost two chapters to read...so see what you think.
      Thanks for stopping by to comment.
      Have a wonderful rest of your week!
      <3 Jules

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  14. Loved the interview and can't wait to read the book!

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    1. Hi Sabrina,
      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
      Happy reading and I'd love to hear what you think when you're done.
      Have a great weekend!
      <3 Jules

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  15. Love the 5 Ways to Keep Romance Alive!! In my personal experience it is spot on! They sound like fun guys, I'm adding them to my list!

    Tanyamarieward(@)hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Tanya!
      Awww...thanks! And I'm glad that Nate and Tenn gave information that you personally have experienced as being true. THey are fun! Tenn is loosely based off of a friend who played semi-professional football, and Nate is a composite of guys from high school. The real guys were always a lot of fun, and lots of inspiration :-) . Glad to hear they're on your TBR. Good luck with the giveaway!
      <3 Jules

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    2. Hi Tanya, congratulations ~ you are on of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of Chaps. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

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  16. I absolutely loved the interview and the interactions between Tenn and Nate! I can't wait to read the book!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Ree Dee,
      What you see is what you get with Tenn and Nate. They're a very flirty and yet wrapped up in each other's happiness kind of couple. Love to know what you think of the book.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      <3 Jules

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  17. I've only read of Jules Dixon's books so I'd love a chance at another!
    123fair@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in. Have a great weekend!
      <3 Jules

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  18. Thanks again to Sinfully for having me as a guest author. All winners have collected their prizes and I hope are enjoying their winnings.
    As always, Save a horse, READ a cowboy!
    Take care,
    Jules

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