Welcome to Em Petrova, author of HARD RIDIN', book 1 in the Country Fever series from Samhain Publishing. Em and I share an awesome editor, and I can't wait to read this story! Look at that gorgeous cover! And read on for how to enter an incredible GIVEAWAY celebrating the book's release!
The Wand Chooses the Wizard
By Em Petrova
Those of you Harry Potter fans will recognize the title of my post today. When Harry goes to Diagon Alley to get his first wand, the wand-maker Ollivander says this to him. You might wonder what this has to do with romance, especially the smutty cowboy type like my latest release HARD RIDIN’, now available from Samhain Publishing.
Well, let me tell you a little story. Recently my mother came to visit. We haven’t seen each other in two years. About six months ago, I clued her in about my writing career. As she is a Jehovah’s Witness and pretty strict in her ideas, you can see why I put off telling her. *grin*
When she looked at my wall of covers in my office (35 of them), she was brought face-to-face with the content of my books. Each cover features hot bodies with lots of skin in various poses of passion. Of course, her question was why I write erotic romance.
Years ago, when I was learning the craft and trying to find my voice, style, and make my way into the publishing industry, I was writing paranormal romance. As most authors have experienced, I was rejected right and left. One day, I came across a submissions page for an erotic romance publisher and I swear I heard trumpets blare and that halo of light that silhouettes Harry when he picks up the wand destined to be his attached itself to me.
I’d always struggled to keep the heat out of my book. Sometimes I’d write smoldering scenes and have to go back and delete later to make it more “reader-friendly”. Imagine my excitement when I found a lot of readers were looking for that heat I struggled to staunch.
So I wrote three chapters and submitted to this publisher. A day later, I received a request for a full manuscript, WHICH WASN’T WRITTEN. So I locked myself in my office for four days and wrote the rest of that book. Two days later I received a contract.
What I told my mother was that the wand chooses the wizard. I was meant to let dirty words and heat stream onto the screen. HARD RIDIN’ is one of my favorite books I’ve written to date. I hope you’ll follow the link for an excerpt. And a big thanks to Cari Quinn for allowing me to hijack her blog today!
Country Fever, Book 1
Eight months after her lover, Holden, went off to join the Alaskan fishing fleet, Laurel gave up on him and soothed her broken heart by focusing on her dream of owning a small organic farm. Now her crop is growing—and so are her feelings for Jens, the hunky rancher who owns the land she’s tending.
Behind her affection for Jens, though she hides a secret: she still aches for Holden. If Jens knew she once loved his best friend, she fears he’ll walk out on her, too.
When Holden returns to find his girl in Jens’s arms, he’s nearly crippled with jealous rage. And with fear that she’ll run away from them both unless they figure out a solution—fast. It’s Jens who comes up with the crazy-hot idea to share her.
As their three-way dance of seduction heats up, the sexual and emotional barriers fall like dominos. But now it’s Jens who’s holding onto a secret. One that could not only destroy their tenuous bond, but leave them all without a home.