Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meet Rita Herron

Bucking Bronc Lodge

Rancher Brody Bloodworth has spent years blaming himself for his brother's disappearance. If he hadn't snuck off to be with Julie Whitehead, everything would have been different—and he wouldn't have pushed her away. Now Julie is back, as an FBI agent with a solid lead on his brother. Although the past makes Brody reluctant to fall for Julie again, he admires her for being unable to keep her hands off the case. Before long he finds himself unable to keep his hands off her. As he prepares for a showdown with the ruthless kidnappers, Brody knows what's at stake if he wins. And just how much he'll lose if he doesn't….


Related Books in Series: a six book series in order of publication: Certified Cowboy, Cowboy in the Extreme, Cowboy to the Max, Cowboy Cop, Native Cowboy, Ultimate Cowboy
Series Location: fictitious Bucking Bronc Ranch, Texas


hiking boots or high heels? hiking boots
dinner out or dining in?  out
flowers or candy? candy – Reese's peanut butter cups
date dressed in a suit or jeans? jeans
texting or a real phone call? real phone call

What or who inspired the hero for ULTIMATE COWBOY?
RITA: Brody is actually a composite of real life people – with all the news stories about children who disappear and are kidnapped, I wanted to write about the effect on the person/family members left behind. Brody is devastated and guilt-ridden over his brother’s disappearance but he is heroic because he takes those emotions and turns them into something good when he opens the BBL ranch for troubled kids. He’s strong and caring and never gives up looking for his brother.

What or who inspired the heroine for ULTIMATE COWBOY?
RITA: Julie Whitehead is also a composite character. She and Brody shared a young love affair but were torn apart when his brother was kidnapped. Like Brody, she felt guilty and gave up her plans for vet school to become an FBI agent and save others. I think her choices show the depth of her love for Brody, and also her strength in using those emotions to drive her to do good things.

Is there a hero you’re just dying to write about for Intrigue? 
RITA: I’d love to write a Jason Bourne character. No matter how many times my husband and I have watched that trilogy, we’re glued to the set when it comes on!

Where would your hero “pop the question” to your heroine (hopefully no story spoilers)?
RITA: Probably in a mountain cabin on a snowy day.

What’s the perfect Valentine’s Day date for your characters from ULTIMATE COWBOY?
RITA: A ride across the ranch and a picnic by the creek. Both love the outdoors and horses!

GOTTA ASK: If you had to choose a movie to describe ULTIMATE COWBOY, which would it be?
RITA’S GOTTA ANSWER:   Honestly I can't think of a movie to describe it - trying to think of  a western but can't. Maybe True Grit meets the kidnapping case of Elizabeth Smart?

FIND RITA at the Intrigue Blog and  
Contact  Website  Facebook  Twitter  @RitaHerron

anthology with Joanna Wayne & Mallory Kane
Harlequin Intrigue
March 2013

Also from Harlequin Intrigue:  


a Slaughter Creek novel
Amazon Montlake
December 2012
a romantic suspense thriller

Harlequin Intrigue
December 2012 & January 2013

Rita will be sending one lucky North American reader a copy of COWBOY COP, NATIVE COWBOY & ULTIMATE COWBOY.  We will be drawing from those registered through Rafflecopter (multi-entries available) on Sunday, February 10th. Check back for the winners. 

Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Don’t feel comfortable leaving your email on the blog? Send it directly to Angi at GetLostInAStory@gmail.com. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

WOW !!  And an extra give-away. Vote on the BEST cover or blurb and you could win a $25 gift card.

DON'T FORGET to FOLLOW us on Twitter #GetLostStories or LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with all our guest authors and their prizes. Join me as Intrigue week continues tomorrow with Cassie Miles. Then Lisa Childs on Thursday and my new release on Friday. ~Angi 

What would you like to see next from me?


  1. Hi Rita--welcome to Intrigue Week at GLIAS. I have to admit, since I'm such a contemporary single title freak I've only picked up Intrigues here and there rather than been a regular reader of them. This week is sure changing that and I'm telling you--you had me at your cover! Then your premise--whoo baby! I'm off to get the whole series of books! I think Brody sounds like my kind of hero--tortured yet tender-hearted. And Julie sounds determined and smart. I'm no help in suggesting what should come next--just know I'll be checking out whatever you do!

  2. You are a new author for me, so don't have a specific series or book. But I do love cowboy romances and would love to see another cowboy story.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  3. Hi Rita,

    I love your books. You have been writing about Cowboys lately. I would love for you to go back to some of your edgier stories like Silent Night Sanctuary.

  4. Always gotta love a cowboy, but that Jason Bourne character sounds awesome as well.

  5. Hi, Rita! Welcome to Get Lost in a Story. All of your covers are fantastic, and I love that you play upon events that happen in real life to write your stories. What would I like to see from you next. Well, I'd like to see how you'd turn the Jason Bourne story into your wonderful voice. Best wishes!

  6. WELCOME RITA !!! Love, love, love cowboys--put 'em in any setting or working in any profession.

  7. Haven't read your books yet. I like cowboy stories.


  8. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceFebruary 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I like all kinds of Intrigue Heroes. I really like the sound of your Bucking Bronc Lodge series and will have to check it out. I don't know what to tell you to write next. But if you want to write a Jason Bourne spy type I would think that would be great.