Friday, March 30, 2012

Today we are going to slow things down, and get out of the big city to enjoy a bit of the down home country life. Now when you think of the country you think of farms, wide open fields, ranches, and..... yummy hard working cowboys. Now without a doubt when you think of sexy, big, hunky cowboys, you think of the creator of the awesome series, The Secret Life of Cowboys by C. H. Admirand. C. H. has agreed to visit with us and answer a few questions so we can get to know her and learn more about her books.

When Tyler Garahan said he'd do anything to save his family's ranch, he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies' club. But the club's fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler's attention, and for her he'll swallow his pride...
Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It's obvious that he's the real deal and wouldn't be caught dead at a ladies' revue if he wasn't in big trouble. And when he looks at her like that, she'll do anything to help.
Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies' club, Tyler would be plumb exhausted if he didn't suddenly discover that the club is in the same boat as his ranch, and his beautiful boss needs him as much as he needs her...

THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULDN'T TAME... Dylan Garahan might be an old hand at lassoing fillies, but one night at the Lucky Star club, and he ends up wrapping his rope around someone that even his formidable strength can't tame. She's wily and beautiful... and she's his new boss. Dylan's had his heart broken before, but even an honest cowpoke has to wrestle with temptation...
UNTIL HE GOT HIS LASSO AROUND HER... Ronnie DelVecchio might be fresh off the bus from New Jersey, but she's a hard-edged businesswoman and has had her fill of men she can't trust -- although she might consider getting off her high horse for that big, handsome rancher with a Texas drawl.

1. Do you have conversations with these guys?
 Do they lead you to what they say, do, or how they act or is it the other way around? It’s funny, but I have the original plan/synopsis and then my characters seem to have their input and manage to get their way. If I don’t listen to them, the story seems forced and doesn’t flow until I start listening to them. J

2. A little birdie told me about you going to a certain *wink* club that gave you inspiration for this series. Would you tell us about it? (I think our followers would enjoy it)
Hmmm…I wonder who told you? It’s true, while attending RT in Houston a few years ago one of my author friends asked me to go to a local club to support her publisher and their models. Of course I said yes, thinking I’d know what to expect having seen the Chippendale dancers perform on TV. Hah! I was wrong. Not one of the dancers wore pants...teeny tiny briefs, yes…pants, no. And then a tall muscular cowboy walked onto the stage with his chaps, black Stetson and black spandex briefs and my imagination took off…what would a cowboy be doing up on the stage like that? I was no longer embarrassed because my creative side was taking over and I realized the cowboy would get up there to save his ranch…the Circle G. That’s when I started taking in the surroundings and on the plane ride home, I wrote the synopsis for the first book, TYLER.

3. Do you think most of the inspirations that spring into you head come at strange or unusual times?
Sometimes they come at inappropriate moments or when I’m supposed to be doing something else. Most often when I’m driving or riding somewhere and my mind is drifting, things that I see seem to trigger the voices in my head. Most often the voices wake me up arguing until I just get up and start writing.

4. Did you find that after deciding on the story line for Tyler and Dylan, that you needed to do a lot of research at exclusive clubs for ladies *G* ?
No! I was so embarrassed after that one trip that I decided I had more than enough research in that one trip. When I told my husband about it he laughed, he knows me too well. Now there are a lot of sporting events where athletes wear skimpy attire…that’s as close as I’ll come to another ladies club. LOL J

5. Do some of your characters, like Mavis for example, come to life from friends or family member characteristics?
Yes, as a matter of fact they do. It’s funny when the person I’ve taken those characteristics from read the book and DON’T figure it out. Then again, I don’t always portray these people in a flattering way, so I guess that’s a good thing. J

6. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely…I fell in love with my husband that first night I saw him. He was on break from college and came back to help out with the lighting for our high school production of West Side Story. Our eyes met and it was like a blow to the heart…we’ve been married 33 years this year- have 3 grown children, 2 sons and a daughter in between, one son-in-law and a gorgeous grandbaby…Life is really good.

7. Let’s talk about Jesse, due to be released next July. What can you tell us about it?
There is just something about the youngest Garahan brother…an extra dollop of Irish charm. I knew because he’d had his heart broken by the same woman—twice—that the woman he’d fall in love with would be unique. Danielle doesn’t have time for love, she’s too busy raising her three-year old daughter on her own—but there’s just something about the handsome cowboy who tugs at her heart strings…and then there’s the way he looks down at her itty bitty pink cowgirl daughter…

Jesse Garahan no longer believes in love. Until he meets Danielle Brockway and her tiny daughter, Lacey, on their way to their new home in Pleasure, TX. Danielle's worthless ex-husband left her high and dry, and now she's looking for a simple small-town to start over in -- and then she meets Jesse. She just can't seem to help herself where long-limbed, swaggering Texas men are concerned. Suddenly, life is anything but simple.

8. After Jesse, what next project do you have planned for your fans?
I just finished the revisions for my November book—A Wedding in Purity—which is the first book in my new Small Town USA series for Sourcebooks. The Mulcahy sisters take over the family business when their father retires—a handyman business. Yep, that’s right, these women know how to use power tools! Megan is a whiz at wiring and plumbing, Caitlin’s specialty is carpentry, and Grace runs the office, she hates to get her hands dirty. Purity, Ohio isn’t your typical small town…love is always in the air…if you want to know what’s going on in town, or find out about the latest marriage proposal just drive past the bright yellow water tower—the proposal will be up there painted in John Deere Green!

9. Let’s learn a few fun facts about C.H.

Coffee or tea?
Irish Whiskey

Cake or pie?
Sweet Potato Praline Pie

Fall or spring?  

Picnics or restaurant?

Candy or flowers?

With that special someone,... a long walk together in silence just holding hands, or sitting on the sofa having a non-serious talk?
A long walk in the woods at twilight or on the beach just after dawn.

Shoes or barefoot?

Red or blue?

Tigers or teddy bears?

Sand or snow?

A special thank you to Wendy, LT, and Shonna for inviting me to be a guest on their fab blog today. As I mentioned to Shonna, I write contemporary romance, but have tons of faeries in my home…delicate ceramic winged creatures, calendars, pictures, etc. and my darling hubby is such a good sport about being surrounded by them.
Thanks, ladies!
C.H. is sponsoring a special giveaway of a signed copy of her book TYLER to one of our blog followers. To enter, leave a comment or question along with your email address (sorry restricted to U.S. residents only).

You can find out more about C.H. on her web site,
or contact her at
(She loves to hear from her readers)


  1. Oh lordy, I love me some cowboys!!! I see my TBR list just jumped way up. "An extra dollop of Irish charm"- sign me up for a few scoops of that!
    Thank you C.H. for stopping by and bringing your sexy cowboys with you

  2. Thanks so much for inviting me, ladies! It's a pleasure to be here.

    I agree, Wendy, there is just something about a broad-shouldered, dark-eyed cowboy with a loose-limbed walk that gets my heart pumping. :)

  3. Nice interview CH! I recently read "Tyler" and am looking forward to reading the next two books!

  4. umm i know this has been said many times.. but so true.. save a Horse and Ride a COWBOY.. with his hat still on... oh yea...

  5. Sounds like a really fun book, CH!

  6. A cowboy stripper, that sure sounds like fun. I'm looking forward to reading Tyler, it sounds fantastic.

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  7. I LOVE cowboys!!! I have never read any of CH Amirand's books but I can guarantee that I will be buying them this weekend!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  8. This series sounds great and its neat that its based on a family of brothers. I love small town America and our own unique men- cowboys. That is hilarious how the storyline came to you.

    Thanks for the blurbs and the fun interview read. I would love to win the book.

  9. To tell you the truth this is the first time I've heard of or seen you books. This is why I love blogs. The stories sound good I will be looking for them to read. I love a good cowboy romance.

  10. Yes first I have heard also. My TBR list just keeps getting bigger and bigger lol. Thank you for stopping by and for the great interview.

  11. I haven't read any of your books C.H...yet!!! But they at on my list now!!!!