Sunday, February 20, 2011

Random Books from the Bookshelf


Random Books from the Bookshelf is weekly feature hosted by Cookies, Books and Bikes.  This weekly feature was created to showcase the first few paragraphs from books that have been sitting on the bookshelf patiently waiting for their turn to be read.  I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to WonderBunny for letting me use her awesome feature on my site.  Please stop by and visit her blog.  Aside from this cool feature, she also posts great book reviews and shares AMAZING cookie recipes!

Hello beautiful people!  I decided to try out a new Sunday feature.  As you can see from the description above, the lovely WonderBunny from Cookies, Books and Bikes gave me the green light to use her Random Books from the Bookshelf feature.  I decided to dedicate the inaugural post to one of my current obsessions….COWBOYS!  Because seriously, who doesn’t love a guy who knows how to handle a bucking bronco.  *grin*  Here are this week’s featured reads:



Everyone’s heard the story about Marshal Silas Quinn and the infamous gunfight at the Red Rock Saloon.

A travelogue to the American Southwest says it better than I ever could:

Like the sinking of the Titanic or the Great Chicago Fire, like the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War or the age-old feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, the legend of the violent showdown between Marshal Quinn and the Kelly Gang in Jubilation, Arizona, in 1898 is known to every schoolchild across this great land.

It is the quintessential story that defines the heroic struggle of good men to tame the wild lawlessness of the Old American West, and although it has been told and retold dozens of times, the drama and tragedy never get old.

Says who?  I’d always kind of hoped that the interest in this tale would finally just fade away, but here it is, the year of our Lord 2010, and some Hollywood types are making yet another motion picture about the hoopla.  This one’s called Quinn, like the man is Cher.

I Love This Bar

All the air escaped Daisy’s lung in a whoosh when the cowboy collapsed on top of her body.  She sucked in air and pushed at the weight, but her arms were pinned.  She opened her eyes to see a head full of dark hair and felt the sharp bone of his nose pressing into her left breast.

He raised his head and looked over at her, his face only inches from hers, his eyes zeroing in on her lips.

Hot damn!  That’s one sexy face, they both thought at the same time.

She shut her eyes and started to lean in for the kiss, then reality hit.  She had fallen flat on her back on the floor of the Honky Tonk beer joint and taken the nearest cowboy down with her.  She popped her eyes wide open and wriggled back away from the sexiest gray eyes she’d ever seen.

Caine's Reckoning

1858:  Texas Territory

He hated the sound of a woman’s scream.  Caine pulled Chaser up short.  The black Apaloosa’s hoofbeats ended in a cadence with Tracker’s and Sam’s horses.  After fifteen years together, there was no guesswork to the men’s moves.  They were a team.

The high-pitched scream came again, cutting through the cold morning air, hovering a desperate moment on the heavy mist before dropping off with eerie abruptness.

Tracker took the blade of grass he’d been chewing from between his teeth.  “Looks like we’ve found them.”


  1. I really like this new feature as well! So are these books that you have on YOUR book shelf waiting to be read or just books that are on your TBR list that you may or may not have in your posession already?

    I LOVE this weeks subject matter of hot and sexy Cowboys! RAWR times 20! :-)

    I have the first book on my iPod to listen to, I thought listening to it while I worked out would be good but it just doesn't keep me motivated so it will wait till my next long drive to be listened to.

  2. Hi D! Glad you're diggin' it. These are only books that are already on my shelf. If it included stuff on my wishlist I could probably schedule posts for years on end. LOL!

    I'll see your RAWR and raise you 50! ;-)

    Audiobooks don't really work for me. The last one I tried had me cringing from the bad voice work. If you get to it before I do then you have to let me know what you think. =)

  3. Thanks so much for letting know you got this up! I have been swamped this weekend writing a huge field report (blah! I'd rather be reviewing/reading).

    Great book choices too, although I think because I live in the west I don't fantasize about cowboys unless it is historical (like the Texas Territory book). Why can't we have a mountain man hero? Wait... I know why because they aren't going to some sort of refined and...clean person. :)

  4. You're very welcome! Thank YOU for letting me do the feature. Sorry to hear you're swamped with homework. It'll all be over soon though, no?

    LOL..yeah I guess if I lived in the West I probably wouldn't be as fascinated with cowboys. Hmm...mountain man hero...I guess it could work. Just cause a guy's a mountain man doesn't mean he doesn't believe in showers, right? No? Damn...

  5. I have a few cowboy-type books on my shelves but it's been years since I've read any and most of the ones I have are unread!

  6. Hi Ladytink! Same here and the ones I have been reading are all on my Kindle. Maybe I should do a cowboy appreciation month. Hmmmm....

  7. You know what they say... save a horse, ride a cowboy! ;)

  8. Hi Christine! LMAO!! I actually have a shirt that says that. *grin*