Friday, May 31, 2013

Come to the barn dance!

I hope you have your boots shined and your best dress on. The ladies over at author roast and toast are giving me a little send off to celebrate the release of Castillo's Fiery Texas Bride. I hope you'll stop over and leave a comment. Copy the address and put it in your browser. Join in the fun. We'll be dancing until the cows come home. Some lucky cowgirl will win a copy of my latest release.

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See ya there,

Tessa

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's Official, Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose has its release.

I know you've seen me around promoting my western romance, Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose on Amazon, but today is a very special day. Today, Castillo appears in The Wild Rose Press catalog as its official release day. I'm honored to be with The Wild Rose Press and thrilled to bring this story to you.

Growing up watching all those wonderful westerns in the 60's gave me an appreciation for history. My hero, Trace Castillo is a mixture of Henry Darrow's Manolito Montoya, Tim Matheson's James Joseph Horne, and James Arness's Matt Dillon. I loved watching these hero's get in and out of trouble each week. So talking the good, the handsome, and the cheeky from each of their characters, I created my half Mexican, half Anglo hero.

As we know, each hero must have a heroine. What better heroine to have than Maureen O'Hare. I always loved her feisty, rebellious nature to contradict to the idea of women in those wonderful John Wayne movies. So my red-headed Irish lass, Mary Rose Thornton was born.

It was a pleasure to write this story and an honor to now be a part of The Wild Rose Press family. Thanks go out to my editor, Nan Swanson; my cover artist, Angela Anderson; and owner Rhonda Penders for accepting this humble writer.
Blurb: Mary Rose Thornton is the only survivor of an attack that leaves her brother dead. Although investigation suggests he was planning to sell army weapons to the Mexican renegades, she knows he would never have done such a thing. Avenging his death and saving the family business by running it herself are a double challenge, and a lawman with a mistaken sense of honor stands in her way.

U.S. Marshal Trace Castillo is committed to keeping the peace, but no badge can protect his heart when it comes to a fiery Texas Rose. His hands are full with a hotheaded Irishwoman determined to find justice. Can he clear her brother's name and locate the stolen rifles before innocent people are murdered?


excerpt

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”

“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”

She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”

Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.

“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_146&products_id=5184

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wednesday's Romantic Tap...

Wednesdays Romantic tap...

Don't you love it when you realize your hero/heroine are falling in love? Mary Rose Thornton knew when U. S. Marshall Trace Castillo put her under his protection.

She wasn’t a novice. Mary Rose knew what it was to be kissed. Yet his lips turned her insides to jelly. She shifted her bundle against her hip and rubbed her hand across her middle, hoping to calm her jittery nerves. Kissing that man was like playing with fire. At any time, the flames of desire could consume her.

Pushing away from the door, she moved down the hall. At the end of the stairs, she glanced to the bottom of the steps. He stood with his back to her. Something pulled at her gut; Mary Rose gazed with affection upon his dark head. She couldn’t deny it. This man, this U. S. Marshal, excited her. She wanted to be in those arms, her lips pressed to his. A shiver of delight raced down her backbone.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is every day from the moment you hear the news, Congratulations. Your world changes without pomp and circumstance, you face the unknown with instinct and wisdom often beyond your years. You are the mother of all problems, the shoulder to cry on, the one they lash out at, but in the end, your love winds them over. Mom's are tough as nails, soft hearted, easy with blessings. In the end, none of us would be here with out them.

Love ya, Mom. Look down on this day and give me your blessing as you did while here on earth.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cowboy and Lawman Blog Hop

Welcome to Cowboy and Lawman Blog Hope.

My name is Tessa Berkley and yes, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a man in denim, boots, and spurs.

I suppose, it comes from growing up with great shows like Bonanza, The Virginian, and The High Chaparral. These shows create characters bigger than life, who dominated the small screen. You know their characteristics by the end of the first episode. You knew they were going to prevail and all the answer solved by the end of the show. You knew they were going to get the girl, even if it ended in just happiness for now. It's this private code of hero, I tapped into when creating my hero U. S. Marshall Trace Castillo in my book Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose. In fact, there is one line that sums up his motto nicely.

"The words from his pledge, “to protect the citizens of Texas,” cut straight to his heart, giving his own personal creed deeper strength. For no one shot a woman on his watch and got away with it. After all, he was born a Texan, he had chosen to be a marshal,but he was first and always a man."

Trace embodies the best of Matt Dillon and the sassy male macho-ism of Manolito Montoya. I hope you'll enjoy meeting Trace Castillo and his heroine Mary Rose Thornton in the snippet I've left below. Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose is out now with Amazon and on May 24th it becomes available at other retail markets.

From Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose...

“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”
“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”
She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”
Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.
“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”
Beneath his stare, her eyes widened. Not from fear, but with understanding of what his words meant. He searched her face but didn’t hold back. “They won’t stop there,” he continued, pulling her toward him. “Not until they have a taste of heaven.”


Sigh, I can't tell you how thrilled I was when The Wild Rose Press allowed Trace to come to life!If you enjoy this snippet, please stop by my website and join my newsletter for information about up coming releases. To purchase a copy of Castillo, please use the link below...
http://www.amazon.com/Castillos-Fiery-Texas-Rose-ebook/dp/B00B5M48UU/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1_3TEE

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Grand Prize: At least a $75 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.

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Yours,

Tessa

Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop!

Cowboys are known as bad-boys, but what happens when the bad-boy is also the law in town? What is it about these contradictions that make small town sheriffs, Texas Rangers and ex-outlaws-turned-lawmen so irresistible? Whether you write or love to read about the Wild West or modern day Montana, what do you love most about lawmen who are also cowboys? And what makes them so gosh-darn sexy?

Then join nearly 50 other writers and myself as we hop from blog to blog from May 2 to May 6th. But that’s not all, as you enjoy some awesome blogs and find fantastic books, for every post you comment on with your email address, you will be entered for some amazing prizes.

Grand Prize: At least a $75 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.

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