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Launch Party and Giveaway for DYLAN by C.H. Admirand

Welcome back to Pleasure, Texas! So much has happened since you were last here and were introduced to Garahan brothers and the Circle G. Emily and Tyler are doing just fine thank you, and loving every minute they get to spend together. Their love is like a shining beacon that Tyler’s brothers envy at first, but then come to understand as they meet someone uniquely special in their own lives.

Dylan is the middle brother—the quiet one (my mom always told me to watch out for the quiet ones. I did and when Dave walked into my life, I knew I’d have to marry that man.) Dylan’s last night working at the Lucky Star has him prepped to lasso the birthday girl. Jolene promises that he’ll recognize her the moment he sees her. Sure enough, a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead walk into the bar—but there’s just something different about the brunette—could be the blindfold. 

Instead of me telling you what happens, why don’t you read an excerpt from their first meeting?

Dylan Garahan narrowed his gaze trying to focus in the glare of the spotlight, searching the crowd for her face. It was time for the big move in his act…the show-stopper. Where was she? 

Jolene would kill him if he messed this up, but he'd made it through the last two nights and would make it through tonight. The redheaded owner of the club should have no complaints about the middle Garahan brother not keeping his word or holding up his end of the bargain. Damn the woman and her tests! 

Controlling the urge to turn on his heel and walk off the stage, he dug deep and found the grit to stick it out. Hell, if Tyler could handle this job, so could he. Garahans went down fighting!
Oblivious to the adoring gazes of the women around him, he moved toward center stage, bent, and picked up the coiled rope. He looked up as a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead walked into the bar…right on schedule…but there was something different about the brunette. Maybe it was the blindfold. He struggled not to laugh, but he couldn't keep from smiling, wondering why the cloak-and-dagger bit. 

Looping the lasso in his hands, he started the slow circular motion. Getting the rhythm going until it was smooth and sweet, he raised it above his head and locked gazes with the blonde. When she nodded, he let the lasso fly, as the blonde whipped the blindfold off the brunette. 

The woman's stunned expression as the rope slipped around her upper body didn't stop him from tugging on the rope and reeling her in. The patrons of the Lucky Star hooted and hollered, encouraging him to pull faster, but he didn't want the little lady to trip and fall on her pretty face. 

Glad that the focus of the crowd wasn't totally on him, he gently pulled her toward him. The brunette's gypsy-dark skin, full red lips, and almond-shaped eyes captivated him. The promise of pain-filled death in her dark green eyes, as she struggled against the bonds that held her, had his lips twitching, fighting not to smile. 

She dug in her heels, but he used his strength to subdue her. Undeterred, he yanked on the rope. When her eyes widened in shock, he used her surprise to his advantage and reeled her in the last few feet. When they were a few inches apart, he tipped his hat, smiled, and rumbled, "Happy birthday, darlin'." 

Her eyes narrowed, and her nostrils flared; Dylan recognized the signs of a fractious filly about to raise a ruckus. Not a problem, he was ready. Wrapping his free hand around her, he hauled her in close, pinning her to him before she could let loose and kick him. 

The crowd roared its approval. 

"Let me go," she demanded, her sweet breath tickling the hollow of his throat. 

Enjoying himself for the first time since he'd hit the stage, he chuckled and bent his head closer to her full red lips. "Why?" His gaze locked with hers. "So you can have more room to do more damage?" 

"I don't like being manhandled." 

Her vehement protest didn't deter him; he had a job to do and an act to finish. "Well now, darlin'," he drawled, "that's not what your friends said." 

Her eyes sparkled with temper, and her willowy body trembled with anger. Dylan's body stood up and said hell yeah! It'd been a long time since he'd had a woman tempt him. The sultry brunette in his arms looked like she wanted to tear a few strips off of his hide...right before she killed him. 

Damn, but that turned him on. 

Perverse. That's what his grandpa would say. He grinned and would swear he heard her grinding her teeth in frustration. 

"Let me go." She struggled against him, but he'd trapped her slender curves against him so not a breath of air was between them. "I'm not one of those desperately lonely women, or buckle bunnies coming in here looking for some eye candy." 

Lord, he really loved the husky sound of her voice. Even angry, it sounded sexy. He fought against the instant attraction he'd felt and shrugged. "I'm not the one whose friends blindfolded me." 

She closed her eyes and stopped struggling. Dylan could feel the anger leaving her by degrees. 

"They're just trying to help." 

"With a face like an angel and a body made for lovin', why would you need any?" 

Tears gathered in her eyes. "None of your business." 

Well, hell. His one weakness cut him off at the knees. A woman's tears. "I'm about to make it my business." 

The music ended and house lights went on, his cue to release his captive and take a bow. Cursing his job and his redheaded boss, he brushed her tears away. Moved by the split second of vulnerability, before she covered it with the toss of her long, dark, wavy mane, he hungered for a long, slow tasting kiss. 

He wasn't sure if he wanted to reassure her that whoever had put the sadness in her eyes wasn't worth her time, and that he would be, or if he had been too long without a woman and was letting certain parts of his anatomy take his mind hostage. 

 Dylan slid his hands around to the small of her back and watched her eyes turn an even deeper green, the color of the tumbled sea glass he'd found as a kid, on a beach down on the Gulf Coast. When the go-to-hell expression on her face morphed into shocked surprise, he dipped his head low so their mouths were lined up. 

He could feel her heart begin to pound, but from the dazed expression in her eyes it wasn't from fear; it was something darker and a hell of a lot more fun. He brushed his lips across hers and felt the bottom drop out of his stomach. She tasted like sin, and he was ready to burn. 

Need tied his guts into knots, but he'd be damned if he'd be letting go of this little filly before he'd taken his fill. He gentled her with soft, tentative kisses until she relaxed in his arms. When she moaned low in her throat, the knots inside him pulled tighter a heartbeat before she melted in his arms. 

"Darlin', you're killing me." 

Her eyes met his, and he knew she was going to kiss him back. He didn't ask; he simply plundered. Surrounded by the dark, sensuous taste of her, he couldn't get enough. Splaying his hands to the small of her back, he molded her to him, drinking from her lips like a dying man, three days without water. 

Hungry for more, he slid the tip of his tongue along the seam of her lips, coaxing her to let him fully taste her dark, sweet flavor. When she parted her lips, he devoured her. Two years of frustrated need, anger, and desire swirled inside of him and struggled to let loose. 

"Happy birthday, Ronnie!" 

He snapped to attention and loosened his hold, though it nearly tore him apart. He was not done. He wanted more, ached for more, needed more from this woman. 

Need to catch up and read the first book in the series? Not a problem because Sourcebooks has a super special program going on right now! It All Started When—offering TYLER and other wonderful titles by my Sourcebooks Sisters for just $1.99! 

Here’s the info and link: SOURCEBOOKS eBOOK DEALS! It All Started When… First in “Series” for $1.99 Dates: 12/21/11 - 1/8/12 Complete Details:

So now that we are gearing up for the New Year, why not bring home a cowboy to cuddle up with on these cold wintry nights. January won’t seem so bleak with a tall, dark, and studly cowboy keeping you company. If you’re lucky he might just park his boots under your bed. 

Because I was on a double-deadline in December, I didn’t have time to give my webmaster the virtual tour for DYLAN yet…here’s the info:

Mia Marlowe’s blog / 
Casablanca Author’s blog
Romantic Crush Junkies
Thoughts in Progress
Coffee Time Romance
Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee
Emily @ AAD12 Blog (Authors After Dark Blog)

Don't forget that I’m giving away a signed copy of DYLAN to one lucky winner who comments on this post. Be sure to leave me your email so I can get in touch with you.

C.H. Admirand


  1. Love the excerpt! I have all of them on my wishlist! Thanks!

  2. There's just something about a cowboy! Love the excerpt and that gorgeous cover. Congratulations on a best seller.

  3. Hi C.H., great excerpt. I bet the book is as great as Tyler's.

  4. As always, this excerpt is wonderful. You never cease to draw me in and get me wrapped up in the pages of your books. After Tyler, I didn't think you could top it, but oh my goodness, Dylan is going to be wonderful competition for Tyler.

  5. Great excerpt. Dylan sounds awesome. Love the cover.

  6. Hi CH! Just got done reading Tyler. Sorry i didnt let you know I received it but my laptop needed some work. GREAT GREAT GREAT books and I am so excited about this one too.. my email is

  7. Hi Amber - It's great to see you today! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :) is sooo cool to have my book on your wishlist.

  8. Hey Carolyn! You are one of the experts on cowboys at Sourcebooks! I love your cowboys:)

    Thanks for stopping by and the kind words...from your lips to God's ear about the best seller. LOL Here's hoping :)

  9. Hi Danny - it's great to see you today. Thanks for the kind words.

    I loved writing about Pleasure, Texas and the Garahan brothers. :) If you asked, I don't think I could pick a favorite brother! LOL

  10. Hi Kimberly! Thanks for visiting today and the kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading TYLER.

    The Garahan brothers are going to be hard to top :)

    Maybe why my next series is about the Mulcahy sisters. LOL

  11. Hi Crystal - welcome back! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and like the cover...the colors are fabulous!

    Have you seen the video? It's on my website now...yeah! I finally sent it to my webmaster. So much to little time.

  12. Hey Wanda! It's so great to hear from you. I'm so glad you received TYLER and enjoyed reading about him and Emily.:)

    I let Ronnie give Dylan a run for his money in the second book...but I think readers will enjoy how it all turns out. :)

  13. I absolutely LOVED that excerpt. Yummy. Can't wait to read the whole thing. I'm posting it on my FB.

  14. Omigosh! I am in love with Dylan, lol. I think I fainted because I forgot to breathe when I read the excerpt!

    You are a new to me author - and I am so glad Terry Spear told me about this page! Bless her! Now your books are all on my wishlist! I LOVE the cover of your book, it's delish!

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    Happy New Year!

    Gena Robertson

  15. Great excerpt. I do love me some westerns but I have not read any of CH Admirand's books yet will have to check into them.

  16. Congrats on the release. Great, great excerpt! I hope the blog tour is going well!

  17. I'm curious as to why she was crying too. I'm sure it won't take Dylan very long to find out. He sounds like a wonderful hero. Many congrats on the new release CH!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  18. Hi Sara! Thanks for the kind words and the posting to rock!

  19. Hi Gena - thanks for the kind words and thanks to Terry for sending you to the CasaBabes Blog!

    It's so cool to be on your wishlist:)

  20. Hi Virginia - I'm so glad you're a western lover :) Stop by my website and read a few of the excerpts :)

  21. Hi Shana! Thanks for stopping today. :) I'm halfway finished with the blogs and interviews...YIKES!

  22. Hi'll have to read the book to find out...but I'll will say that Dylan is a man on a mission where Ronnie is concerned.:)

  23. Congrats to Gena who won the signed copy of DYLAN today! I'll be sending you an email shortly.

    Don't forget there are plenty of chances to win a signed copy. I'll be at the SOS Aloha Blog on the 5th.

  24. Wow what an exciting book.....can't wait to read it

  25. Colleen, I LOVE your writing! Your characters have tremendous depth and they leave a lasting impression. Also, your storylines are very imaginative and clever. I'm very excited for DYLAN and can hardly wait for my pre-order to arrive. Hooyah!

  26. I enjoyed Tylers story so I'd love to see what Dylan is up to.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  27. I have Tyler's book in the tbr stack! I'd love to win Dylan so I could read them back to back. I know they are super good cause I love to read about a cowboy!! Enter me please and thanks for the giveaway.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  28. That's one hot excerpt and what a great cover! Happy release day!

  29. Been waiting for this guy. And who's going to ride into view next, CH?

  30. Well, that's a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all rolled into one! I don't have time to comment because Dylan's waiting for me in the next room...

  31. Sorry I forgot to leave email


  32. Hi there! Never read any of your bOoks before but I love your comment that we have to watch for the silent guy:). This is do true, I love silent guy as well:). Congrats on the release of your book:). Aretha zhen,

  33. Great post, thank you!
    Sure wish we had cowboys in Holland!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  34. Fabulous excerpt, C.H. Your talent shines!


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