Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RTW Cupid Party: Ginger Simpson

 Cowboy Kisses
by Ginger Simpson
Copyright © 2012 Ginger Simpson

The title of this post is also the name of my new blog.  It's appropriate for today because I'm on Romancing the West, and I can't think of anything more romantic than a handsome cowboy like the one I have featured on my site.  I get tons of remarks about how handsome he is...of course, one man pointed out that cowboys generally reek of cow manure, smoke, leather, and sweat, but I think I already said somewhere, I wouldn't care if this particular hunky trail hand had a turd hanging from his nose, I'd still kiss him.  *lol*

Today, I'm going to share a little from my time-travel with an historical twist, Sisters in Time.  My two heroines are quite different from each other.  One is a sassy, sexy, modern-day attorney, while the other is a quiet, reserved, and rather naive pioneer wife.  When they switch bodies and eras, you might not be too surprised at their reactions to their circumstance, but I'm fairly certain you'll be entertained by the husbands' shock at the sudden change in each woman's sexual behavior.

The saying, "you've come a long way baby," is all too true.  Women in the old west were rarely aggressive in bed, and showing too much skin was cause for scandal unless you worked in a saloon.  Lots of modern day women dress scantily, work at being sexy, and think nothing of being the first to make sexual advances toward a man that attracts them.  The opening of my book shows a little of Mariah's hestitation:

Mariah Cassidy sat on the front porch and watched her husband, Frank, ride through the gate. The large Rocking C, the ranch’s emblem, cast a shadow across his face as he rode beneath it. His muscled thighs gripped the flanks of his huffing, black stallion, and his hat rested in that familiar rakish tilt. He certainly knew how to sit a horse.

Frank dismounted and gave the horse’s reins to a hired hand. He dusted himself off then turned and strode to the porch. “Good morning, sleepyhead.”

She smiled. “You were up bright and early. Would you like some breakfast?”

“No thanks. I already ate with the ranch hands, but...I might be interested in somethin’ else.”

Even after seventeen years of marriage, Frank’s innuendo embarrassed Mariah. Just a wink of one of his heavy-lashed, blue eyes made her heart flutter, but her desire for lovemaking never equaled his. She fretted about him leaving her to find satisfaction in the arms of another. Her mother had planted such deep-seeded inhibitions within Mariah that nudity made her uncomfortable. She loved being in his arms, but beyond that, her embarrassment got in the way of feeling free.

The same old thoughts niggled at her as she gazed into his face. Why didn’t she feel the same comfort with her body as Frank did with his? Would he be happier with someone else? He deserved a wife with passion to match his own. She massaged the creases in her brow.

“Mariah, did you hear me? Would you like to join me upstairs?” He nodded toward the house.

She held up a silencing finger while guilt niggled her. “Hush. The children will hear you.”
 Now, I'll give you a little taste of Taylor. I think you can see the difference:

Fifteen minutes earlier, Taylor Morgan had left her serene suburban neighborhood to drive to work. The closer she got to the city, the more congested the roadways became. Her temper flared at the usual snail like pace of the morning commute. She sat at a stoplight, impatiently tapping her fingers on the steering wheel, and watched raindrops pelt the windshield. “Damn red lights.” Patience had never been one of her virtues.

Today, she’d be the representing attorney in a big corporation’s acquisition merger, and as usual, she was late. Normally her firm didn’t monitor her comings and goings, but this meeting couldn’t start without her. That added to her stress. Fennster & Smith’s corporate executives would certainly take notice of her tardiness, and that didn’t bode well for her reputation. Somehow, her good intentions to be punctual never seemed to work.

Taylor’s thoughts ran back over the morning. After spending far too long in the bathroom, making sure her highlighted brown hair was perfectly coiffed and her eyes properly adorned with just the right amount of liner and mascara, she’d dashed from the house, gulping down her coffee. She couldn’t recall if she’d even spoken to her husband before leaving.

Since graduating from law school and acquiring her new position, she and David had little time for each other. He was an architect for a large firm in Denver, and their schedules always seemed to conflict. Thank goodness he had agreed to forgo having children, at least for the next five years or so. She wasn’t sure she wanted any at all. Being the center of attention worked in her favor. David was a great husband both in and out of bed, and she was happy with things the way they were.

“Shit, I’m really going to be late if this damn light doesn’t change.” She pinched the bridge of her nose.

Her habit of cursing always annoyed David.
If you'd like to read more, Sisters in Time is available at Eternal Press or on Amazon.

It's been a best-seller for me, and I think it's because of the contrast between my characters. There are few novels where you find two heroines and two heroes who are so totally different from one another. If you'd like to view the video, you can find it on my website.

Here's a review from author Margaret Tanner that backs up my sales:
Sisters In Time. What a wonderful read. Once I started this fascinating story of two women, Taylor from the present time and Mariah from the 1870's, who swap places after being involved in separate accidents, I was enthralled. This is a well crafted novel, with just the right amount of intrique. Will they or won't they find their way back to their own time. The shock of Taylor, a modern working woman, suddenly finding herself in what she considers primitive conditions in the Wild West. Poor Mariah from the 1870's seeing cars, high rise buildings and modern gadgets, it would be enough to turn anyone crazy. These women, each gutsy in their own way, somehow survive the culture shock. And what of their husbands. David in the present time, and Frank in the 1870's. You won't want to put this book down until it comes to its gripping but very satisfactory end.

A great story Ginger Simpson, I am looking forward to reading more of your work.
It's RTW Cupid Party Time!
One commenter on Ginger's post will win a free copy of
and all this week's commenters will be entered in the
Cupid Party Grand Prize Drawing!
You could win Six Free Books
and a
New Kindle!


Comment each day for six chances to win the Kindle and all Six Books!
Daily winners and Grand Prize winner will all be announced February 12, 2012

Small print:
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  • Email address must be included in comment to qualify for the drawing.
We have a great line-up for you this week!
Monday: Heather Hiestand
Tuesday: Jacquie Rogers
Wedenesday: Beth Trissel
Thursday: Ginger Simpson
Friday: Karen M. Nutt
Saturday: Linda LaRoque
Sunday: Chicken Dinner, all winners announced!
Good Luck!

15 comments:

  1. I love time travel stories. Thanks for sharing :-)
    -Val

    mercuryval at yahoo dot com

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  2. That sounds like a story that will be right up my alley. It has definitely found a place on my wish list.

    slandon9903(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Thanks ladies, for visiting. I look forward to presenting a copy of my story to one lucky visitor today.

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    1. as soon as i told you the page wouldn't load, it did. typical. okay, now I love time travel and your stories so please put my name in.
      larriane at hotmail.com

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  4. I am enchanted by the concept of time-travel. This idea, of a modern woman switching places with an 19th century woman is genius. I MUST read this book!


    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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  5. i love a time travel stories! this sounds so good! thank you for sharing!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Holly bajimany christmas!!! I'm not normaly into time travel but this one has my attention!
    moriahhh at yahoo . com

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  7. I love time travel stories. Switching bodies and time periods-- Talk about Freaky Time Travel. I bet you had a good time writing this one. :)

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  8. Can't wait to read this one!!! ;o)

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  9. Love the premise! Sisters In Time sounds great!

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  10. I haven't really been into time travel stories but this looks interesting.

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  11. I love time travels and this one sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Ginger.

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  12. Time travel stories are so good and this sounds good too. carol5g43@aim.com Carol G

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  13. I enjoy the excerpt and love time travel books. Your book sounds like a great read. christina_92 at yahoo.com

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  14. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading it.

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