Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cock & Bull Blog Tour - Simone Anderson





Today, we have the pleasure of having author Simone Anderson on our blog to celebrate the publication of her new novella, Uniform Desires, which will be released on January 16, 2012 as a part of the His Hero anthology.

And as an added bonus, Simone is offering up a free copy of the book to one lucky readers who comments in this post. So be sure and leave your name and email address if you want to be entered in the contest!

Now, onto the good stuff. A look into the lives of Cade and Jason, the two protagonists of Uniform Desires.







Excerpt:


“Stop...please!”

The plea—barely a whisper next to the loud music pouring from the Driftwood Bar and Grille—caught Cade Donovan’s attention. Senses flaring he listened again, weighing his options. His gut clenched and he turned to his brothers.

“Go on ahead, I’ll be right in.”

“Cade, where are you going?” his older brother Riley asked.

“Just need something I want to check out.”

“We’ll go with you,” his younger brother Christian said, nodding to his twin brother Riordan.

Cade smiled and shook his head. “Pretty sure I can take care of myself.”

It was rare for all of them to be home at the same time, but they’d managed it—everyone meeting at Parris Island for their sister Cheyenne’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp three days ago. They had another two weeks before they all needed to be back to their respective bases. Earlier in the night, his sisters had gone to the movies, while their parents had gone to a couples-only party.

“Let us know if you need us to come rescue your ass.” Riordan laughed.

Cade nodded as his brothers headed into the bar. Aware of his surroundings, he made his way around the side of the building. Knowing the music would cover the sound of his boots on the pavement, he kept to the shadows as he scanned the area. At the far end of the parking lot, four men stood on the other side of a brown 1990 Cadillac Seville, kicking and shouting at an unseen person. He made his way along the side of the building and his heart dropped as his intuition was confirmed. Pulling out his cell phone, he sent a quick message to his brothers.

“Four on one. End of lot.”

Cade took a deep breath and hit send. Riley was with the SWAT team in the nearby city of Kalamazoo. Christian and Riordan were both Air Force Combat Controllers. It made sense to get their help, especially if any of the four men had weapons, but he had no intention of waiting for his brothers to show.

“Is there a problem?” Cade asked, striding over to the group then crossing his arms over his chest as he stopped.

“None of your concern, Marine,” said a man with dark hair and the beginnings of a beer belly that his faded University of Michigan T-shirt failed to hide.

“Please help me,” the boy on the ground sobbed out. “I didn’t do anything.”

“You’re breathing, Carlson, that’s enough,” a second dark-haired man sneered.

The four men looked to be around his age and seemed vaguely familiar but Cade couldn’t place them. They’d called the boy Carlson. As far as he knew, there was only one family of Carlsons—the family of the school bully Scott Carlson. Scott had been in his class, so that made the kid his younger brother or possibly a cousin.

“Leave the kid alone.” Cade stepped closer. Regardless of the kid’s relationship to Scott Carlson, four on one wasn’t remotely fair in these circumstances.

“Nobody asked you,” the first man said. “It’s none of your business.”

“Yeah, but see four on one isn’t fair, unless the one is a Marine. What did he do besides breathing that warrants all four of you beating the shit out of him?”

“His brother made our lives hell growing up,” a third man replied.

“Pretty sure Scott Carlson made everybody’s life a living hell. That doesn’t mean you take it out on his brother. That could be suicidal,” Cade reasoned as the smaller man tried to pick himself up.

“Doubt it. Saw him using his brother as a punching bag a couple of weeks ago. Makes him fair game,” the second man said.

“Bullshit! Why don’t you grow a pair of balls and face Scott himself?” Cade exclaimed. “Stop taking it out on someone smaller than you. That makes you just as bad as Scott.”

Movement caught his attention. Cade turned and blocked the punch, before countering with one of his own, knocking the man to the ground. He stood his ground as the remaining three men stalked towards him. Turning slightly, he stepped forward with one foot and punched the solar plexus and the gut of the closest man. Shifting his weight and pivoting, he kicked a third man in the head, knocking him to the ground, before focusing his attention on the remaining man. The man had been silent during the whole exchange.

Cade returned to the modified fighting stance he preferred and waited for the smaller man to move. He stared into the other man’s eyes until the smaller man looked away and kicked out at him. Cade caught the heel of the man’s cowboy boot and lifted with all his strength, sending his opponent sprawling onto his back.

Ignoring the four downed men, he stepped into the circle of bodies and grabbed the kid’s hand. He spun around, pushing the kid behind him as the sound of footsteps approached.

“What the fuck?” Riley asked, dialling his cell phone.

Cade relaxed, stepped to the side and guided the younger man towards his brothers, positioning himself between the man and his attackers.

“You were supposed to wait for us,” Riordan whined.

“Be smart—stay on the ground,” Christian said, moving towards the four downed men.

“Go find your own fight. Four on one was unfair. Besides, you were too slow.” Cade shrugged.

“Quit your bitching, you three.” Riley pocketedthe device. “Police are on their way. What the hell happened?”

“The four of them were beating up on him for no good reason,” Cade explained.

“I...I need to go,” the smaller man stammered.

“No, you’re waiting for the police,” Cade said. “Well, the on-duty police. Riley is off-duty right now.”

The younger man shook his head and stared at the ground, kicking at a loose hunk of asphalt, holding one arm curled protectively around his abdomen. Cade’s instincts kicked in as he took a closer look at the battered man. Manoeuvring him towards the Cadillac, Cade used the nearby light to look for obvious injuries.

“How bad did they get you?” he asked.

“Just a few bruises.” The man shrugged.

“I’m Cade Donovan. These are my brothers Riley, Christian and Riordan.” Cade stuck out his hand to shake the other man’s instead of running it along his like his gut and cock were demanding.

“Jason Carlson.”


*~*~*~*~*



Next stop on the tour? Simone will be featuring Kit Sands on her blog tomorrow. Go and check that out. Remember the more comments you leave on the tour, the higher your chances on winning those prizes!

57 comments:

  1. Hello. This book sounds very interesting. The characters are so cool. If one brother can take out four guys, I'd hate to see all four of them in a fight. Thanks for the preview.
    Arthur. highwayman99c@Aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love me some Marines! Sound intriguing....

    Thanks for the excerpt!

    Vicki
    vthompson182@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I loved this scene where Cade could protect Jason from four other men--thanks for the excerpt!

    Kyreadinggirl
    Kyreadinggirl@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. :) Love men in uniform! Can't wait to read more about Cade and Jason, this books is def. going on my must buy list!


    savannah
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sounds great, I've always liked books with a good strong hero type :)
    talia628@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great excerpt can't wait to read more. I love new authors :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. "four on one isn’t fair, unless the one is a Marine" Love that line.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. So so good. Can't wait to read more of the story.

    Tiffany
    bubbliemom@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think it sounds freaking awesome and let's face it who doesn't love a man in uniform I definitely will be getting this book when it comes out thx so much the tease I loved and cant wait to find out what happens with kade and Jason
    Joanie
    J_zam77@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds really good. Thanks for the excerpt!

    lkbherring64@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for the excerpt, I'll keep an eye out for the book. I love men in uniform!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great post! I'm glad I hopped over here. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great excerpt! I can't wait to read it!
    ~Alicia
    alleycat2468@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is my kind of story. I love bullies getting theirs. I'm looking forward to the release.

    lincat56@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. All you need to draw my attention is say uniform! Thanks for being part of the blog hop!
    OceanAkers@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Simone. Nice meeting you. Your story is definitely being added to my TBRL list. You authors all realize your death to my pocket book, right?..LOL

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! I hope you all enjoy the book.

      Linda -
      I do apologize for killing your pocket book, but I can completely relate as I am constantly reading and looking for good books. :)


      Thank you all for stopping by. I'm hooked by men in uniforms and getting them out of them....

      Delete
  18. Love this blog.

    Katie
    Kate198255@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sounds great! There is nothing better than a man in uniform (or out of it).

    Bobbi
    bmorman53@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love Knights in Shining Armour and I've heard pretty good things about ALL the stories included in His Hero Anthology. I would love to read it. Please, count me in the draw.

    Joan
    0401romance AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a great excerpt! I was pullrd right into the story and am anxious to get a chance to finish it.

    Thanks,
    Donna
    donnafisk@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  22. Yummy! Love a man in a uniform and this one definitely sounds like a keeper.
    Lisa
    Lcochs@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love military boys. :)

    Jase
    vslavetopassionv(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi, Simone.

    You're a new author for me but not for long. The excerpt was excellent and I have added Heart of a Hero to my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  25. “Go find your own fight. Four on one was unfair. Besides, you were too slow.”
    HA! Love it. Can't wait to read this book!!! Who doesn't love a man in uniform
    Crissy M
    morris.crissy@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Oh my. *fans self* I want to read this NOW! lol

    Amy
    aejohnson613@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'm hooked,want to read it.Thank you for excerpt.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Loved the excerpt. . Adding the title to my To Buy list. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Jessica B
    jessangil at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  29. sounds like a very interesting story - can't wait for it to come out to get it.

    demetra21@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Sounds great look forward to reading this

    Sarah S

    ReplyDelete
  31. My best friend and I were just talking about men in uniform. The excerpt makes me want more. Thanks for sharing.

    Steff Ann
    steffirefly@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wow great excerpt I'm going to add it to my TBB pile.


    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  33. Excerpts suck.... I want now!

    Tracy Franklin
    notenufshoes@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. sounds interesting! I'm going to have to add this to my "To Read" list =D This blog tour has been great for finding new stories!

    ReplyDelete
  35. This excerpt definitely made me want to read the Book

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks for the excerpt :-) Sounds like a good book!

    smaccall AT comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  37. Now I'm hooked and have another book and author to add to my reading list.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm hooked and I'm definitely going to get it. I'll also be adding your books to my reading list!

    ReplyDelete
  39. This sounds like a great read! It's so going on my TBB/TBR list!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Thanks for the excerpt, this one is definitely going on my TBR list if it isn't already on there. This is a great idea and a great way to be introduced to authors and their upcoming works. Happy New Year.

    monipadron@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. Sounds like an exciting book that's full of action! I'd love a chance to win it so here's my email: chill8217 at gmail.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop and posting such an exciting excerpt :)

    Charlie

    ReplyDelete
  42. Sounds like a really good story. Is it part of a series? I would love to win a copy.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. June,

      It is part of a series, but only tied together by theme. The book is part of the His Hero Anthology from TEB.

      Delete
  43. Thank you for the wonderful excerpt. I know I will be chasing up more.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  44. Sounds wonderful. :)

    Midia
    midiamuniz@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. Can't wait to add this to my collection. Thanks for such a great teaser!

    Cheryl
    ameraggrl00@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  46. This looks like a great story! Thanks for the excerpt!

    Beyerlein@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  47. Looks great and the excerpt was a lovely teaser it just got bumped up on my to read list!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

    Posted for Yvette

    ReplyDelete
  49. Cinders

    crozzy67@nctv.com

    Posted for Cinders

    ReplyDelete
  50. seems like a really great read.
    Adriana C
    inhale15@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  51. CONTEST WINNER PICKED. SEE NEW POST.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Aw, sad I wasn't in time to enter the contest, but loved the post!
    I am really looking forward to it! :D

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thanks for the excerpt. Sounds like a good read.

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  54. I know I missed the book giveaway, but I still wanted to comment. This looks SOOO good! Can't wait to read it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OOPS! Forgot to add my email address.

      aunt_cori(at)yahoo.com

      Delete