E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Texas Romance from Delores Fossen


For Best of the West, I'm thrilled to be hosting bestselling author Delores Fossen, who has a brand new release out today...TEXAS ON MY MIND. 

Air force Captain Riley McCord has come home on medical leave to find one heck of a welcome reception. Every unattached woman in Spring Hill, Texas, wants to nurse him back to health. That includes his childhood friend Claire Davidson—the only person who understands how damaged he really feels. In high school, she chose his best friend over him. According to Riley's rules, that should make her off-limits forever. But when Claire suggests a no-strings fling, he can't refuse. 

Here's a brief excerpt: 


    There were two women in Captain Riley McCord’s bed. Women wearing cutoff shorts, skinny tops and flip-flops.
    Riley blinked a couple of times to make sure they weren’t by-products of his pain meds and bone-deep exhaustion. Nope. They were real enough because he could hear them breathing.
    See them breathing, too.
    The lamp on the nightstand was on, the milky-yellow light spilling over them. Their tops holding in those C-cups were doing plenty of moving with each breath they took.
    He caught a glimpse of a nipple.
    If he’d still been a teenager, Riley might have considered having two women in his bed a dream come true. Especially in this room. He’d grown up in this house, had had plenty of fantasies in that very bed. But he was thirty-one now, and with his shoulder throbbing like an abscessed tooth, taking on two women didn’t fall into fantasy territory. More like suicide.
    Besides, man-rule number two applied here: don’t do anything half-assed. Anything he attempted right now would be significantly less than half and would make an ass out of him.
    Who the hell were they?
    And why were they there in his house, in his bed?

Want more? Here's the link to the rest of Chapter One: http://www.deloresfossen.com/chapter-one.html

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, is a former Air Force officer who’s sold over 100 novels. She's received the Booksellers' Best Award for romantic suspense, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition, she's had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.

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EE: What has been the most challenging part of writing books?
Delores: The hours needed to write and build a career. When I first started, I had no idea how much time it would take, but it really is a labor of love. I LOVE what I do, and I always hope that love shows through in the stories I write.

EE: How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Delores: I wanted to write a story from my “roots.” The hero, Riley McCord, is an Air Force officer who’s come home to his family’s ranch. I was also in the Air Force and was raised on a ranch so it seemed like the perfect mix for a book.

EE: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Delores: I was sick a lot as a child and learned to read early because I spent so much time in bed. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, but the book that sticks out in my mind was THE GHOST OF DIBBLE HOLLOW. I’m sure I was too young to be reading it because it was spooky and gave me nightmares, but I loved it. I re-read it so many times that the book fell apart.

EE: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
Delores: My husband, of course. He’s a former Top Gun, a wonderful husband/father and a great source of inspiration. We met in a simulated war exercise at a base in England and have been together for over thirty years. Yes, thirty!

EE: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
Delores: Action adventure, but I don’t mind some fairy tale mixed in. I love the Avengers, X-Men, Jack Reacher and the Mission Impossible movies. Basically, if the movie moves fast, I’ll probably enjoy it.

EE: What is your biggest vice?
Delores: Hands down, popcorn. I can’t resist it, and I think my love of going to the movies is actually a love of popcorn. And no, I don’t eat the healthy stuff. I drown it in salt, butter and other things bad for me.

EE: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go?
Delores: To eighteenth century Scotland to visit my ancestors. I’m obsessed with genealogy, and my DNA is about 70% Scottish. I have so many questions but one biggie: why did you come to the Colonies? I was able to visit my ancestral lands about seven months ago, and it’s so beautiful that I can’t imagine why they left.

Today, Delores is giving away two copies of TEXAS ON MY MIND (mailed in U.S. only) and 2 ebook copies of her novella, WHAT HAPPENS ON THE RANCE (either Kindle or Nook). The novella is a prequel to the new release.

Have you ever met a real-life hero? Who and why?

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  1. I can fully understand why all of the women want to nurse him back to health.

    As to the real-life heroes; I work with young children. It's always rather a special day when the local Fire Department come to visit. Not just my heroes, but the children's too.

  2. Mary, thank you! Riley does bring out the "nurses" in his small town. :) How wonderful that the children get to see their heroes!

  3. Welcome to GLIAS Delores! I'm "tickled pink" (as my grandma would've said) to be hosting you for Best Of The West on the day your book releases! I love that you met your "Top Gun" husband in a "simulated war exercise." That sounds like the beginning of a romance novel! My husband isn't a "Top Gun" (unless he's in a courtroom), but he's my hero nonetheless. And we've been married thirty years, as well, as of Valentine's Day.

  4. Thanks so much for having me!!!! How romantic about your wedding date

  5. have this book coming free from Harlequin already and cannot hardly wait to read it!

  6. Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  7. Delores, I love the cover of your book! Oh man! Hot guy. And that excerpt has really hooked me. I have to see what he does with those two women. The interview was great. I always love hearing little tidbits about other writers. Wishing you tons of success.

    1. Linda, thank you! I really love the cover, too.

  8. If it is a small town I can totally buy the whole mass of unattached women hovering to welcome a Studley man home, lol.

  9. A real life hero... yes I have, my dad! He was a volunteer firefighter for many years... once a fellow firefighter went down in a building fire... my dad ran in to help him... was burned in the process, but they made it out... :) Enjoyed the Q&A! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wow, your dad is definitely a real life hero!!

  10. Unfortunately I have never met any real life heroes except the cops lol I have never met an army officer neither navy neither firemen however I'm sure I have at some point probably met one without knowing it the world is full of them

    1. Yes, you probably have met at least one at some point. There are a lot out there, and they're not always easy to spot.

  11. No I have not met any that I know of but I'm sure I have met an unrecognized one

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  13. Everyone that I have met that is in the service so Yes