I’d like to welcome the lovely Normandie Alleman as my guest today. Normandie has just had her first book release, Venetian Love Knots. Woohoo! Go Normandie!

Check out her post and a great excerpt below.

Also, Normandie and I have decided to combined her post with today’s Wake Up Wednesday, so if you want to check out some hot pics of cowboys and sexy Italians, hop on over to: https://authorjenwright.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/wake-up-wednesday-special-cowboy-vs-italian/

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Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Italian Style                        by Normandie Alleman

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Jen. I’ve long been a fan of your blog. You have so much fun going on here, especially on Wednesdays. I appreciate you allowing me to be a part of your “Wake Up Wednesday” by supplying you with some hunky cowpokes. 

What is it about cowboys that make us swoon? There’s a rawness to them. Maybe it comes from working in the elements, working hand in hand with Mother Nature – no matter whether she blesses them with good weather or conjures up some of her more malicious fare – they get the job done.

On a daily basis cowboys face numerous challenges, they have to be tough. But they have a gentle side too.  Knowing how to treat a lady, nurturing animals, and being neighborly all contribute to the sense of pride these men have in what they do. In short, these guys are irresistible!

In my new release, Venetian Love Knots, Allison flies to Venice to be in her best friend’s wedding. But even in Italy she cannot escape her ex-love Cole. The rodeo cowboy from Texas is on his way to the wedding too. And he has plans to win back his beloved Allison.

Normandie Alleman - Venetian Love Knots cover 3-6-13Book Blurb

Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her. A violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?


Here’s an excerpt from Venetian Love Knots that I’m sharing for the first time in which we meet Cole:

As he ran the brush down Tinaya’s coat, his mind wandered to Allison. She was all he could think about these days. He had a girlfriend, Mary Ann, whom he saw a couple of times a week, but she couldn’t compare to Allison. For years he had been trying to find someone who could excite him like Allison had. He had never found a replacement for her, and he figured he never would. 

Cole knew that he was not really the settling down type. Mary Ann called him a flight risk. Poor girl had no idea how true that was.

But if this trip to Italy was his only chance to make things right with Allison and get her back in his life, then he was going to have to pull out all the stops. He would win her heart. His life had been nothing special without her. His memories of time with her were the brightest spots in his life, other than some of his rodeo wins.

He patted Tinaya absentmindedly, thinking of what it would be like to stroke Allison’s tender flesh again. Cole visualised Allison’s naked body beneath his. He could see her face, her eyes glowing with lust, wanting him and only him. If it took settling down to have that again…now that might be worth considering.

Want more? Watch the book trailer here: http://youtu.be/IpLK8DoVTx8

Buy links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble * All Romance eBooks

Author bio

A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. “I’m interested in the kind of relationships people have in real life. So I write about my characters’ messy, unpredictable, and inexplicable journeys to love.”

If there were another 5 hours in the day, Normandie would spend more time needle-pointing and playing with photography. Instead, she’s a Pinterest addict and sports junkie who’s crazy for Twitter and the color pink.

Visit Normandie on her website The Racy Raconteur (www.normandiealleman.com)  She has a giveaway going on this week to celebrate “Read an E-Book Week”.

You can also find Normandie at: Facebook Twitter