Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fall in Love with JESSE & Giveaway by C.H. Admirand

I fall in love with all of the heroes I write about and Jesse Garahan is no exception. To celebrate the month of love, I will be giving away and ARC of JESSE to one lucky winner, picked at random, tonight. But first, let me tell you a little bit about why I write about good-looking Irishmen.
February is almost over and the most changeable of months is almost upon us...March...a month that is forever tied with my Celtic ancestors. But to tell you the truth, I celebrate my Irish pride 365 days of the year. One of my writing quirks is that I love to include bits and pieces of my ancestors and Celtic ancestry in all of my books and the Secret Life of Cowboys trilogy does just that!

I love writing about family and when Tyler Garahan first started talking to me, I just knew he'd have to have brothers. Before I had settled on the fact that he wasn't going to be an only child, Dylan and Jesse started arguing to get my attention. And so the dark haired, dark eyed, Irish cowboys came to be.

The Garahan brothers are named in honor of my great, great-grandmother Anna Garahan--who had the good sense to fall in love with and marry Patrick Henry Flaherty. I'm lucky enough to have a few generations of my ancestors sitting on my mantlepiece...here are Anna and Patrick. I'm not sure why Anna's photo is so fragile or in sepia tones, both photos are originals. My mom is the oldest living relative left and she doesn't remember. But at least I have this link to part of my heritage. 




Just as we have more than one photo of a loved one, sometimes books will have more than one cover before the final is chosen. JESSE had two covers. In case you missed seeing it the first time around, here's the first cover for JESSE:

Lord doesn't that just get your heart started? 

But then I received the final cover, and I do have to say that I love this one. There's a lot to be said for wondering just what deliciously taut and toned muscles are waiting to be uncovered...

Could you fall in love with this hero? Maybe I should warn you that he's going to fall hard and fast for two females...yep that's right two...the lovely Danielle Brockway and her three-year old daughter Lacy who likes to dress up as a cowgirl--a pink cowgirl from the top of her tiny little cowgirl hat to the tips of her itty-bitty boots.

So for those of you who would like to enter to win a signed ARC for JESSE, tell me which you prefer, the covered up cowboy...or the one wearing only his ummm....Stetson? LOL! Don't forget to include your email address!

JESSE, Book 3 in the Secret Life of Cowboys series releases in July 2012.




52 comments:

  1. I like the covered version...the other one looks just a little strange to me where it melds with the truck and this way one gets a better look at the model's beautiful eyes!

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  2. Thanks, Elf. It was really important to have the truck on the cover and I'm glad you agree. :)

    His eyes are beautiful...but Jesse's are brown. LOL!

    If you want to enter, make sure to leave your email address.

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  3. Morning CH,

    I love both versions, but the pure one is a real eyecatcher. You have some great covers.

    dannyfiredragon@aol.com

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  4. Both look really good and I am 100 % sure the book is a masterpiece but I will be honest and say the cowboy only wearing his stetson is the one that stands out I really like that one !

    Thanks so much for the chance to win the book looks and sounds incredible !

    Desere

    desere_steenberg@yahoo.com

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  5. Yum. I'm going on a writers Texas ranch retreat in October, and I sure hope I can pick him up while I'm there! Definitely would inspire me! Love them, CH!

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  6. I'm in Team Shirt On. The eyes are windows to the soul, but I'm not sure the abs tell us anything besides how much time he spends at the gym.

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  7. Whoops, I forgot to say, I love the one with the shirt on. It's more of a tease and I like him closer up. :)

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  8. I'm with Grace on this. Love the second cover too. In the first one he looks like the Jolly Green Giant

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  9. Hi Danny! Thanks for stopping by. Hmmm...the pure one...I'm guessing you mean the one without additives...like his shirt? LOL.

    Sourcebooks does do a wonderful job with our covers, don't they?

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  10. Hi Desere! Thanks so much for the lovely compliment about the book. :)

    BTW, I fell in love with Jesse when he fell in love with little Lacy ...it's a mom-thing.

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  11. @ Terry, in the close up cover you can see his beautiful eyes better. I really like both of them, each one is special in its own way

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  12. I like the second one the best. Little Lacy in her pink cowgirl outfit sounds adorable. Can't wait to read it!

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  13. Terry - I am soooo jealous! Make sure to post any pics on your FB page :)

    I like your thought...that the second cover is like a tease. So much more fun to open a present layer by layer. :)

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  14. Hey Grace -

    I can't help but wonder, how do they do that? Must be photoshop magic. :)

    I agree about the eyes. Have you ever noticed that different eye colors react differently when the person is showing emotion?

    My husband's change in hue from yellow green (not good...he'll be angry) to brilliant green (really good...he's um...well I'm sure you get the idea.)

    But then again there is just something about brown eyes, even though they don't change color, they deepen in intensity.

    OH...btw poor Jesse doesn't have time to hit the gym, he's too busy wrangling cattle out at the Circle G. :)

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  15. OMGoodness, Robin!

    Thanks for the morning chuckle! The proportion does seem a bit off now that you mention it. :)

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  16. Hi Shana - thanks! It's been such a long time since our darling daughter was that size...now with a baby of her own.

    Time flies, doesn't it?

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  17. My vote would have been for the upclose version. It would be right easy to fall in love with that cowboy! But toss in a soft heart toward a little girl and it's all downhill from there.

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  18. Hi CH,

    I vote for the covered up cowboy, i love cowboy, more eyes-catching for me ;)

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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  19. Carolyn - exactly! Don't you just love a man who has a soft spot for little ones?

    BTW, I've fallen hard for all of your cowboy heroes. :)

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  20. Hi Eli - thanks for stopping by today.

    There is just something about a cowboy that gets your imagine kicking into overdrive and your heart pumping. :)

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  21. Congratulations on your new book. I like the covered up version better.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  22. Awwh really that is so cute !!!

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  23. I like the covered up cowboy cover. I think a little mystery is good. I love the model chosen for the Jesse cover. What a cutie!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Hi CrystalB - thanks for stopping by. I think the covered-up cowboy is in the lead! :)

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  25. Thanks StacieD...doesn't he seem like a real person...not just cover model pretty?

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  26. Oh, do we have to choose? Can't we just have both! Hey, has that ever been done before--? the same book out with two different covers?
    Amelia

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  27. I like both covers, but the shirt on one is my favorite.

    I'm really looking forward to Jesse's story -- mixing a cowboy with a little girl is always a winner with me!

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  28. I like the shirtless guy :) That cover caught my eye where everything tends to blend in on the other and I'm not sure I would spot it as readily amongst other books.

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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  29. I like the one wth just the stetson....yum,yum nicholsgail@rocketmail.com

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  30. I like the covered version better -I can see his gorgeous eyes!

    And is anyone else ready to see just a little bit of chest hair on our cover guys again? Please?

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  31. I love his eyes...i just wish they matched jesse's eyes. I love the one with just the stetson. I also like that the three covers for this series are all similiar. You know that the books are in the same series.I cannot wait forthe book.

    angelbiker82@gmail.com

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  32. It must be fun learning about Celtic things. I know I enjoy reading about them in books.

    I prefer the covered version. I can see his eyes better because of the close-up.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I prefer the covered up cowboy...leave it to your own imagination.

    mypuffkins@yahoo.com

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  34. Love both covers but the final one is sexy as hell! Congrats on your latest release and I'm reposting!

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  35. Hi Amelia - it's funny you should ask, but a few years ago, I was one of the authors in the sweet military collection of stories called Operation: L.O.V.E.

    Anne Elizabeth spear-headed the collection...and we had two covers...the Military Cover which was sweet and the romance cover you can find them both at Amazon.

    Great idea, though :)

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  36. Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by today. I totally agree :)

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  37. Hi Catslady - thanks for stopping by today. :) The shirtless cover would certainly standout.

    I also like a clean font--not too many swirls--it's easier on the eyes. :)

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  38. Hey Gail - thanks for visiting today...Hmmm...sounds like the covers are neck in neck right now :)

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  39. Hi Tamara - exactly!

    Hmmm, funny thing about chest hair on men--it's like the Dr. Seuss story I had years ago the Star-Belly Sneetches and the Plain-Belly Sneetches--some have it and some don't.

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  40. Hi Angel - Thanks for stopping by. It's hard to create the perfect cover that matches every physical aspect of your hero and heroine.

    Even though the cover of Jesse has a man with green eyes like my darling hubby...Jesse's are brown like his brothers. :)

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  41. Hi Na - Thanks for visiting today!
    I love doing research and have always been fascinated with Celtic Mythology and am a quest to find out which town in Ireland my great-grandparents came from.

    Fingers crossed I'm getting closer.

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  42. Hey Sara - me too! Thanks for reposting :)

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  43. I love both books Tyler and Dylan, both good looking Irish cowboys..they reminded me of the 2 irish boys that lived in my neighborhood, al were also cowboys and I wasn't into them yet, for I was too young also liked to wear dresses, but things changed...now most of my friends are cowboys and girls...love the cover of Jesse..whats not to love a sexy and nice cowboy to boot! carolefiore@yahoo.com

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  44. I think I like the covered up cowboy best :)

    JaidisShaw(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. I like the covered up cowboy, Jesse. It leaves something for the imagination and there is definitely something about a cowboy.
    purpleunicorn19(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Hi Carole - thanks for visiting today. I'm so glad you enjoyed Tyler and Dylan's stories...I'm really partial to Jesse though :)

    Isn't it funny how tastes change as we move through life?

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  47. Hey Jadis - thanks for visiting today! Hmmm...another vote for the sexy cover. :)

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  48. Hi Tina - thanks for stopping by! I definitely agree with you there is just something about a cowboy. :)

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  49. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today and left a message casting their votes. Interestingly enough more people liked the final covered-up cowboy better :)

    I think I'll pass on that info to my editor. Feedback is always wonderful.

    Congratulations to Bookworm54 (carole fiore) tonight's winner. Check your email...I will be sending you a separate email.

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  50. I actually loved both for different reasons. The cover with no shirt gives us some hot ideas when we go to read his story. But the one where he's covered up, makes us wonder what he's hiding and we need to know more. And of course the cover model looks great in both. Thank you for a great giveaway.

    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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  51. I like the second cover.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. Initially, I loved the shirt off...but when I got the book (for review) from NetGalley, I just fell in love with he eyes! The cover looking back at me from my iPAD is awesome! Even I would do that gorgeous man's laundry! Loving the book so far too!!!

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