Carrie Ann’s Blog Hop Contest!


I'm helping my fellow author to celebrate her birthday with a blog hop and the theme is, of course, birthdays! Favorite memories, traditions, etc… so here is mine…

The year my friends and I all turned 30 we began what has turned into a lifelong tradition–our annual girls' spa trip. We started at Gurney's Inn, in Montauk, NY on the tip of Long Island. We've been to the Sagamore at Bolton's Landing, the Inn & Spa at Norwich in Connecticut (just a stone's throw from where the PBR rides at Mohegan Sun) and also the Spa at the Hotel Hershey (see the hotel's signature Chocolate Martini recipe on the detail page for The EX-Files). Some years there have been 7 of us, all friends since we met in 5th grade, other years, there has been only 3, but every year we celebrate all of our collective annual birthdays on that one trip. No men. No kids. No stress! What we do have are a few martinis, a couple of bottles of red wine, and some male masseuses. Perfection.

Here we are at Norwich in our spawear

To celebrate Carrie Ann Ryan’s birthday blog hop, I’m featuring my hot cowboy menage UNRIDDEN. The heroine is having a tough time turning 35. Her life isn’t where she envisioned it would be. There are so many things she has yet to accomplish, professionally, and personally, so she turns to two sexy as sin professional bull riders to take her mind off it, and at the same time, she can cross “have a threesome” off her bucket list.

Here is the blurb and an excerpt from UNRIDDEN, but make sure to read down to the end of this post for the CONTEST and the link to the rest of the participating authors and bloggers also having contests for this blog hop.

UNRIDDEN Studs in Spurs, Book 1

When country boys meet a city girl, everyone is in for a wild ride.

Slade Bower and Mustang Jackson are living the high life on the professional bull-riding circuit. The prize money is big, the bulls are rank and the women are willing. But something is missing. For Slade, waking up in a different city with a different woman each morning is holding less and less appeal. Even Mustang’s creative attempts to shake things up don’t help. Then along comes a big-city author who’s like nothing they’ve ever encountered. Something about her makes Slade sit up and take notice—and Mustang is always up for anything.

Romance writer Jenna Block has a problem—her agent thinks a cowboy book will jump-start her career. A born New Yorker, Jenna doesn’t do cowboys, not on paper, and definitely not in real life. Luckily for her there are two cowboys ready, willing and able to take her out of her comfort zone in every way that counts…and some ways she hadn’t counted on.

Warning: This story contains two hot cowboys, one very lucky woman, hot ménage sex and lots of bull.

Enjoy the following excerpt for Unridden:

“Wow. This is nice.” Jenna had trouble diverting her eyes away from the large bed.

Her pulse raced. She was nervous, very nervous, and making conversation seemed the best way to postpone the inevitable—that being her and two cowboys she barely knew together in that big bed. But the moment she’d suggested they come back to the trailer, her decision had been made. After seeing the looks on both of their faces, she was pretty sure they knew it too.

There was no turning back now. Not that she wanted to. The internal do-I-or-don’t-I debate was done—she only hoped her bravado lasted long enough for her to actually go through with it without passing out from nerves.

“I like to try to stay at hotels during the competitions, but they were all booked,” Mustang explained apologetically. “On top of the bull-riding finals there’s some huge romance convention in town, or so I was told.”

As Mustang grinned pointedly at her, Jenna bit her lip and cringed. “Yeah, that would be the one I’m at. Sorry about that.”

Mustang laughed. “Don’t be. It’s not your fault. Besides, Slade actually likes the trailer better anyway.”

Jenna glanced at Slade, who was watching her and Mustang closely while not saying much. Actually, he wasn’t saying anything, as usual. “I don’t blame him for liking it. It’s a nice trailer.”

“Exactly how many trailers have you been in, darlin’?” Mustang raised a brow in challenge.

“Counting this one? Um, one.” Jenna felt her cheeks heat.

Mustang grinned. “That’s what I thought. Make yourself comfortable. I’m gonna hit the head, then get us those drinks.”

After Mustang closed himself into the tiny toilet room, Slade finally spoke. “What’s all this about, Jenna? Guzzling your drink at the bar. Asking to come back here to the trailer when last night you wanted nothing to do with it. You’ve done a total one-hundred-and-eighty-degree turnaround since yesterday. What’s up?”

She considered his question and her answer very carefully. “Today’s my birthday, Slade.”

His head dipped once in a nod. “Happy birthday.”

“It’s my thirty-fifth.” She tried not to wince.

Slade shrugged. “So what?”

So what?” Jenna laughed. “Easy for you to say. What are you? Like twenty-five?”

“I’m turning twenty-seven next month actually. Mustang’s twenty-five, though.”

She rolled her eyes. “Great, that’s just great. Well, at least I’m not old enough to have birthed you both.”

Slade shook his head. “What does it matter? You’re only as old as you feel.”

“Maybe that’s my problem, Slade. I feel old. I’m thirty-five, have no boyfriend, and I’m starting to seriously doubt my career choice. I’m not where I thought I’d be at this point in my life.”

“First of all, you don’t look thirty-five.”

Jenna snorted. “Thanks.”

“As for the rest, I don’t know shit about writing or books or what plans you had for your life, but as far as the no boyfriend part… I can’t say I’m unhappy about that.”

She raised her gaze to meet his. “Really?”

That had been quite a revelation from the man of few words. For the first time since meeting him, Jenna really looked at Slade, without looking away this time. She stared deep into his dark eyes and saw the man beneath the stone-hard exterior.

He nodded. “Yeah. Really.”

Maybe it had been the vodka and her deepening gloom over her crappy cowboy book on top of being yet another year older that had prompted Jenna to suggest going back to the trailer in the first place. But right now, it was Slade and his sincerity that made Jenna not doubt her decision one bit. She wanted this.

Hell, she was pretty sure she needed this.

Jenna stepped forward and leaned toward him. There wasn’t much distance between them to begin with given the size of the trailer, and now Slade was right in front of her, their bodies almost touching.

Slade was still too tall for her to reach what she wanted, until, eyes never leaving hers, he lowered his head a few inches, meeting her halfway. Tipping her head up to close that last temptingly tiny space, she touched her lips to his. She heard the sharp breath he dragged in through his nose at the contact.

As Slade’s rough palms came up and cradled her face, his mouth pressed harder against hers…and then the latch on the trailer bathroom jiggled.

In the blink of an eye, Slade raised his head and took one giant step back, leaving Jenna alone with her raging hormones.

She and Slade maintained eye contact for what seemed like forever before Mustang came to stand next to them again. Jenna turned in time to see the interested look Mustang gave them both.

“Hi.” Jenna smiled at him.

Mustang raised a brow and drawled out a slow, low, “Hey, darlin’.” The sound sent a quiver straight through her.

Oh, boy, was she in trouble.

Want to enter to win a download of The EX-Files (my other contemporary romance where the heroine celebrates a birthday)? Comment below with what’s on your bucket list? Don’t forget to include your email so we can contact the winner.

To be fair to readers in all the different time zones, comment until 11:59 PM ET April 6th, I will announce my winner on April 7th (chosen using

Don’t forget to read the message from Carrie Ann BELOW to find out how to enter for the GRAND PRIZE



Hi All!

April 6th is my birthday. Watch out! LOL. And to celebrate, around 60 of my author and blogger friends are hosting a hop for two days!! Whoot!

Each author is going to talk about their favorite birthdays or why they love (or hate) them. Really its a free for all because I actually like birthdays.

What does that mean for you as a reader?

Well, each author is giving away a prize at their blog. AND we’re giving away TWO grand prizes.

1) A Kindle Touch

2) A $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Yep. You can comment on each blog and enter to win! How great is that? So on April 5th the hop begins and you have until 11:59PM on the 6th to participate!

Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!!

Carrie Ann Ryan

Paranormal Romance Author

Below are participating blogs…

Name Links
Carrie Ann Ryan
Lia Davis
Beth-Ann Mason
Natasha Blackthorne
Romance Book Club
Daryl Devore
Eliza Gayle
Realmantic Moments
Amber Kallyn
Harlies Books
Wickedly Erotic by JL Oiler
Kacey Hammel
I Love Shape-Shifters
Marie Dees
Victoria Adams
The World of Heaven Oshey
Lucy Francis
Vickie Taylor
Tara Lain
Birthday Traditions
Wendi Zwaduk
Megan Slayer
Cari Quinn
Stephanie Haefner
Angelique Armae
Cassandra Carr
Kharisma Rhayne
A Page in the Life
Wendy Elys Books
Jessica E. Subject
K.E. Saxon
Stacy Jubas Mysteries, Murder & More
Jessie Kimmel-Freeman
Tracy Sumners Romance Site
Shells Book Corner
Allison Merritt
Suzzana C Ryan
Lizzie Starr
Diana Layne Blog
Love is a Many Flavored Thing – DC Juris
Dianne Venetta
Sharon Gerlach
Book Lovers Haven
Romance you Can Sink Your Fangs into
Casey Crow (18+ Over)
Writing with Kristine Cayne
Just a Readers Ramblings
Angela Stone
Rawiya Erotica
Conversations with Lisa Mondello
Passions Recalled and Celebrated
Bull Protettore
Louisa Bacio – Love Knows No Bounds
Cat Johnson
Cynthia Woolf
Diane Alberts
Patrica Green Books
Discovering Nya Rayne

42 responses to “Carrie Ann’s Blog Hop Contest!

  1. Happy birthday! My twin brothers birthday is also on April 6th…hope you have a wonderful one. One of my brother Marty he’s the twin is in the hospital, recovery from surgery, had a kidney removed-now his heart is giving him problems…anyways love to enter this contest! Keep him in your prayers…thanks..

  2. Happy birthday, it is also my dh’s late brothers b-day, he was killed by a speeding drunk driver at the age of 7 but we make it a happy day. I hope Carrie Ann that your day tomorrow is wonderful.
    Cat, I lived in Westerly RI and I know where the Norwich Spa is and we used to go over to Mohegan for concerts. It’s about 25 miles from our home in RI. What a fun way to celebrate birthdays I hopwe you enjoy your future spa dates.
    SeawitchReviews @

  3. Birthdays are a great time for me to take a look or add to my bucket list. I definitely want to visit Europe one day – hopefully sooner and later.

  4. Hi Cat 🙂 I’m just here to enter for the grand prize. I only read m/m these days and don’t know when I’d get around to reading an m/f (I have too many m/m’s on my to-read list!), so I’m doing the polite thing to let your other commenters have one less commenter compete for your book 😉 I hope you don’t mind (or find this rude).

    On my bucket list is my upcoming trip to GayRomLit 2012!!

    eripike at gmail dot com

  5. On my bucket list would be going to China. Always wanted to go.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot ent

  6. Happy Birthday.
    Bucket LIst, Mine is growing.
    I’d like to visit some of the people I’ve met on my book club groups, and I’d lke to got Australia and Disneyland.

  7. Ah!! You mean that book isn’t what your giving away? Such a tease!! Paragliding and diving around the great coral reef in Aussie are two of my things on my bucket list!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  8. My bucket list? To travel the world! Especially to Ireland, Scotland and Egypt! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I loved this book! So good!

  9. You know, that’s so cool what you do with your friends! Must be fun!

    You know, I don’t really have a bucket list. There have been things that I’ve said in passing that I’d like to do. So now I’m thinking maybe I should start one and actually make it a concrete list.


  10. 30 and 35 years old? HAH…I turned the big 5-0 this year. I’ve got too many buckets and not enough years!

    I love Carrie Ann and I’m glad to wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. And how sweet that she and her friends are giving away things on her special day.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Enjoy the time with your friends! Those are memories to be treasured!

    I don’t have a bucket list. In fact, I’ve never even thought about one.


  12. One of the things that was on my bucket list was to be in a movie and I’ve now been an extra in 3 movies and I’m heading out tomorrow to an open casting call for a Matt Damon movie.
    I’ve also wanted to travel and I’ve had the chance to go to New York, Vancouver and England.

    Thank you for celebrating Carrie Ann’s birthday by participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway as well.


  13. I don’t have a written bucket list (I may have to write one) but I would really love to travel in different countries. I would love to go to Canaday (in summer) and visit Great Britain/Europe.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. Visiting Germany, Wales, and Scotland is on my bucket list.
    Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!!!!

    Joanne B

  15. Happy Birthday Carrie Ann. On my bucket list is a trip to Australia, I’ve always wanted to go there. Thank you for the giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  16. Woohoo! Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

    What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!

    Bucket List: I’m gonna give you the top 5 of about 100 LOL
    1. Cruise around the world.
    2. Win a lottery.(It doesn’t have to be a huge mega million prize, but I would like to win at least a million dollars.
    3. Own a Scrapbooking Store.
    4. Travel to another planet.
    5. Visit most of the Islands in the Caribbean.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize!


  17. I don’t have a bucket list, per se, but I dream of visiting Scotland and Ireland. Something about the men from those countries call to my soul *dreamy sighs.*

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the awesome giveaway chance! I am so happy to have found another new to me author!! 😀 Your book sounds amazing, and it is now on my MUST have list!!

    Happy Birthday to Carrie and to everyone that is celebrating an April birthday!

    email sub robertsongena
    Facebook follower Gena Robertson
    Twitter follower @mystchevia

    Gena Robertson

  18. I have lots of travel on my bucket list: Europe again, the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Grand Canyon, a safari in Africa (Namibia or Kenya probably). Just lots and lots of travel!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  19. Like other commenters, lots of places to see on my bucket list, but another big one is attending one of these big conferences where I can meet some of you authors in person!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net