Sherrill Quinn Guest Blogs!
by Sharon Ashwood on March 17th, 2010

Read the post and comment to win Sherrill’s book. Details below!

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I live in the Southwest, and things are starting to heat up. We hit 80 degrees yesterday, and will be in the mid-upper 70s for the next week. In the next 30 days we’ll creep into the 90s, and by late June we’ll flirt with temps in the low 100s. The sun starts coming up over the eastern mountains at 4:45 a.m. And since I’m very tuned to daylight, that’s when I wake up. Not willingly and certainly not happily.

It’s all relative, isn’t it? When I lived in Ohio I couldn’t wait for winter to be over. Snow, ice and cold are not my friends. Now I don’t want winter to end. Arizona in the winter is as close to paradise, weather-wise, as you can get.

I really love living here, and that translates to my books. Daring the Moon, Book One in my Kensington Brava Moon series, starts out here in Tucson, and the series wraps up back here with Taming the Moon. In between there’s the wildness of Cornwall’s Isles of Scilly and men who go wolfish at the full moon. Here’s a brief excerpt from Daring the Moon:

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Staring down the end of a shotgun barrel was not the way Taite Gibson had planned to end her day. She bit the inside of her lip and, with two fingers, carefully moved the barrel so it no longer pointed directly at her.

“Listen, Mr. Wheeler, I’m not asking you to testify in court.” She left the yet unspoken. “I’m just starting the investigation for the Pima County Attorney’s office, okay? I need to talk to you about what happened.”

The man’s face went dark with outrage. “What happened? I’ll tell you what happened! A bunch of punk-ass hooligans came in here and robbed me at gunpoint, that’s what happened.” Wheeler made a threatening gesture with the shotgun. His ruddy face darkened even more. “I dare ‘em to try it again.”

Taite held up one hand and tried to inject as much authority into her voice as possible. This wasn’t the first time she’d been on the wrong end of a gun and it probably wouldn’t be the last. “Mr. Wheeler, put that away.”

He grinned. “Don’t worry, Ms. Gibson. It’s legal. I’ve got a permit.” He held the gun in one hand and ran the other one down the wooden stock in a slow caress. “Ain’t she a beaut? Remington Wingmaster five-shot with walnut stock, twin bead sight, and would you look at the finish on that barrel.” He sighed like a man in love.

“I wasn’t concerned about the legality,” she replied steadily. “Just put it away. Please.”

With a mumbled comment and a last, loving caress he complied, stowing the gun under the counter. He walked back around and leaned against the glass case and fussed with a display of cowboy hats.

“Thank you.” Taite drew in a breath. She loved the smell of leather. Wheeler carried leather coats, chaps, boots…you name it, if it was made of leather, he had it. She also caught a faint smell of something similar to sage as she walked forward again and pulled out a small notebook from her oversized purse. “Now, as I said, I’m here on behalf of the Pima County Attorney’s office. I’m investigating the robbery in preparation for the trial.”

Over the next two hours, Taite got Wheeler’s account of events, drilling down to the smallest of details. “And you’re willing to testify against them in court? Point them out to the jury as the ones who robbed you?” she asked as she flipped the cover closed on the notebook.

“Yep. Those punks’ faces are burned in my memory.” He tapped a beefy finger against his temple. Big teeth flashed in a wide grin. “You get ‘em in court and I’ll nail their asses to the wall.”

She couldn’t resist returning his smile. “It’s a deal.” After tucking the notebook back into her purse, she flipped her wrist to check her watch. Almost six p.m. She had time to stop back at the office to debrief her boss–he rarely quit work before seven. She told Wheeler goodbye and left the store. Making sure she had her keys firmly in hand, two keys poking out between her fingers, she walked toward her car with quick steps.

A spot between her shoulder blades heated. She glanced around, but there was no one behind her. Just the same, she tucked one hand into her purse and curled her fingers around her can of pepper spray. There was no doubt in her mind someone was watching her.

Take a moment here to chat with me and be entered to win a copy of Daring the Moon.

28 comments to “Sherrill Quinn Guest Blogs!”

  1. 1

    Now, I want to read it. Thanks for the post and I have to say that the covers are so inviting.


  2. 2

    Welcome, Sherrill! Glad to have you with us today.

    80 degrees, huh? Beats my 61, but I’m not complaining. Usually, it’s more like 34 in my neck of the woods this time of year.

    Congrats on your latest release! Looks delicious.


  3. 3

    Nice excerpt! Makes me want to read the book.
    First I wanted some snow (for christmas) and now I’m glad it’s finally gone. The weather is still very cold and i’m hoping for sun.
    Great cover btw, those blue eyes… dreamy.


  4. 4

    Doreen, I love the cover for this one. It’s a little darker than the original cover for the trade size book, and they emphasized the eyes, which is cool.

    Thanks, Annette. 61 is nothing to complain about this time of year anywhere. They’re saying we might get mountain snow/valley rain some time late next week, so our temps will be dropping again.

    Hey, Kirsten! Thanks for stopping by. I love snow! As long as it stays up on the mountain. I can sit down on my patio in 60-70 degree weather and say, “Ooh, look at the pretty snow!” But I don’t have to shovel it or slosh through it. LOL


  5. 5

    I’ve read your books before and abosolutly loved them!


  6. 6

    Great cover! I can’t wait to read this book, I am definitely intrigued. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Around here anything is possible when it comes to weather. Our winters are usually mild, but we have been known to experience all 4 seasons in one week.


  7. 7

    Hi Sherrill!!!

    It’s in the mid 60′s here in Ohio!!! I don’t know where I have been lately, but didn’t know that you relocated to Arizona.

    Congrats on such a fantastic series…you don’t need to enter me in the contest…I have all the books!!! Just stopped in to say howdy.


  8. 8

    Sherrill!! It’s about 34 degrees here and there’s frost on the grass this morning! My highs have been mid 50′s! I’m not complaining though, at least I’m getting some sunshine!!
    I’m like you, when the sun’s up, so am I!

    No one can go wrong with one of Sherrill’s stories/books! I’ve been a long time reader/fan of hers and have never been disappointed – ever! I just looove how her mind works! hehe Can’t get enough!


  9. 9

    Thank you, Andrea!! :mrgreen:

    Tawania, it *is* a great cover. :grin: That kind of weather change must drive your sinuses mad. Yikes!

    Kara, I don’t know where you’ve been, either. I’ve been in Arizona almost 10 years now. Wake up, girlfriend. You’re missin’ out! LOL

    Colleen, thank you so much for the support. (I’ll pay you later.) :wink: But wait. Are you saying my mind is weird? :razz:

    BTW, for anyone who’s interested, I do have a free story I post on my blog (http://sherrillquinn.blogspot.com), with new installments every Wednesday. I’ve had vampires and Fae, alien shapeshifters, you name it. Right now it’s an Old West tale with a cowboy vamp and Jack the Ripper.


  10. 10

    Hi Sherrill – Great blog and great book. I read it from cover to cover and it’s action packed with plenty of love scenes. The sequels are just as good and I really recommend them all!

    Best, Alison


  11. 11

    Hey, Alison! Thanks for the encouraging words. :grin:


  12. 12

    I’ve just finished book three in the trilogy and loved them all.

    As for the weather, I agree. I’m perfectly happy gazing up at the snow on the top of the mountain while sitting on my lanai in a t-shirt sipping iced tea.

    Congratulations on another great book.


  13. 13

    Thank you, Shannon!! :mrgreen: I appreciate the support.


  14. 14

    Sherrill,
    The temperature in the room always goes up several degrees whenever I read one of your books. Although I am still thinking of having the cover of the third book framed and hanging it where I can drool without anyone noticing.

    Love your books,
    Rose


  15. 15

    I remember that scene vividly! (And with my memory, that’s a complement).

    Great books, Sherrill – get busy and write me some more of them!


  16. 16

    LOL Rose. It is a yummy cover, though I think the purple one for Seducing the Moon is still my fav. :mrgreen:

    Thanks, Vicky! I’m working on the next one as we speak. :grin:


  17. 17

    Sherrill, you are so lucky to live in the Southwest! It is such a beautiful place. My husband and I visited Scottsdale years ago and fell in love with the place. We tried to figure out a way to move there, but the “job” thing never worked out. Maybe someday! Congratulations on your wonderful series. :smile:

    Diana
    bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com


  18. 18

    I really enjoyed the taste of Daring the Moon. I’m going to have to add this series to my wish list, they sound fantastic.


  19. 19

    Love the covers for the books and the blurb definitely piqued my interest!

    I can’t wait for the warmer weather, I live in New England now but I used to live in San Francisco. When I was in SF I used to say I missed the season changes but now after a few winters in NE I’ve had enough of the season changes – I’m sick of winter :)


  20. 20

    Hey, Diana. I *am* very lucky to live here. Although I don’t quite feel that way in the summer when our humidity levels climb and the temps stay in the 99-108 range. :???: But fall, winter and spring make up for it. LOL Hopefully you’ll get out here some day.

    Barbara, I’m so glad you enjoyed the snippet. :)


  21. 21

    Heather, I haven’t missed the change of seasons at all. For the exact reason that you mentioned. :mrgreen:


  22. 22

    I love your covers, they are very hot. I enjoyed the excerpt very much and would love to read this series. I lived in New Mexico for a while so I know what you mean about winter in the southwest.


  23. 23

    Hey, Linda. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!


  24. 24

    Wow Can I say Wow :razz: That is some cover.So hot!!
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com


  25. 25

    Thanks, Stacey!

    I’ll be back in a bit to announce the winner of a copy of Daring the Moon.


  26. 26

    I think I still have a couple of comments that are awaiting moderation. Thank you all for stopping by to “chat” with me! I have put everyone’s name in a ten-gallon hat (well, okay, a gallon-sized baggie), and the winner of a copy of Daring the Moon is…

    Tawania! Email me at sherrill@sherrillquinn.com with your snail mail info, and I’ll get the book out to you ASAP.

    Thank you all again for making me feel so welcome, and thank you to the Silk and Shadows authors for allowing me to visit!


  27. 27

    Lol! I’m with Doreen! After that excerpt, I want to read the book!

    Congratulations on a great series! We’re glad you blogged here with us!


  28. 28

    Sounds like a good read.
    Congratulations, Tawania. Sounds like a book you’ll enjoy.


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