Friday, January 31, 2014

The First Kiss from The Lawman of Silver Creek

I'm sharing the The Lawman Of Silver Creek's  first kiss on Lily Graison's blog today.

“That gun won’t solve everything.”

“Between that and my good sense, you need to trust that I’ll manage.”

I trusted your judgment before and nearly lost you. Matt almost snapped at her. Instead, he chose another approach and managed to speak evenly. “And yet you were caught out in a storm that anyone could see has been brewing for hours.”

Her eyes warmed. “Believe me, I took note of the weather,” she unstrapped her gun belt, slung it over a chair back. “But I thought it worth the risk to see you.”

Heat shot through him even as Matt shook his head. “You’re trying to distract me from my point.”

“Am I?”

“You know what you’re doing.”

“I wasn’t denying it,” Claire smiled, “I wanted to know if I was succeeding.”

Click the link to read the rest of the  First Kiss from The Lawman of Silver Creek

Friday, January 24, 2014

Goat Facts with Cowboy Marvin

The proper name for a group of goats is a trip.  

Baby goats are kids.

Males are called bucks, females are called does.
A domestic male is sometimes called a billy; a female, a nanny or in my case, Cowboy Marvin.

Goats are great swimmers, if a goat is silly enough to go into the water.  
I wouldn't, a according to Ms. Hulsman dangerous critters with sharp teeth lurk there.

If bottled raised, goats will become bonded to their caregivers.

Goats discovered coffee beans.

Goats don't eat tin cans.
They are browsers not grazers and are are extremely picky about what they eat.

Goats have rectangular eyes - this allows them to see very well in the dark.


Goats use straw to scratch their backs.

Cashmere comes from the undercoat of the Asian Kashmiri goat, with the average annual yield per animal being less than one pound.

Mohair comes from the Turkish Angora goat. 

Most mohair now comes from Angora fleece raised in the U.S., with the average annual yield per animal being four pounds.

Goats are great as stock animals and are easier on the trail than other pack/stock animals.
Properly conditioned, a goat can carry up to 25%-30% of its body weight.

And, of course, 
goats are 
awesome interviewers!

Don't miss Fire Writer Fridays with 
Cowboy Marvin!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fire Writer Friday - Erin Lawless

Cowboy Marvin loves listening to the Written Fireside stories and is having great fun learning a little more about the Fire Writers  

Graciously, those who have or will author a part of the round robin story have agreed to stop by, one each Friday, and visit with my curious goat. 

Stopping by this Friday is

Erin Lawless     

Hello Ms. Lawless, it is lovely to meet you.

Let's get right to it, are you a night owl or early bird? 

Night owl! I reach my proactive peak at about 8pm. There have unfortunately been instances where I've used precious annual leave to take time off my 'day job' in order to write, and I don't write anything decent until the evening anyway - what a waste!

Interesting.  I get up, ahhh, at the, ahhh, crack of dawn and I'm, ahhh, bright eyed and, ahhhhh.... 

Well, I beat the rest of the herd to the field anyway.

Moving on, who would you be, Batman or Robin?

I think I'm going to have to go Robin. He's much more colourful and much less miserable - even though he's an equally tragic orphan.

I don't understand humans fascination with colorful costumes.

Would you take a taxi or a limo if they were the same price?

Having spent so long living and working in the heart of London, I must confess that I roll my eyes every time I see a limo. They are rather ostentatious. I'd hate to be inside one and worrying that everyone outside on the pavement thought I was a pillock! So I might have to go taxi. 

They can be glamorous too - my friend got married before Christmas and we, the bridal party, travelled from her home to the church in beautiful, flower-decked London taxis - only white, instead of black!


However if you'd like an adventure, try a goat taxi.  

Goats always deliver a good time.

So now, what was the last song you listened to? 

Haim, The Wire.

Lovely song but the video made me cry.

What about your taste in movies, do you like scary, comedy, romance or adventure?

I'd watch an Indiana Jones film - that's all four genres!

Excellent, I enjoy romantic adventure myself.

Have you seen Goat Rider?  

Chains, fire and fur, it has it all.

What season do you like best, Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall? 

Autumn, always. 
I love the colours and returning to my signature look, dresses with black tights and boots, chunky knits and funky scarves! 

Also it always reminds me of buying new stationery for school - one of my favourite times of the year!

Okay, I understand the appeal of Autmum, lovely colors and blackberry leaves abound, 
but boots?
I don't get that, not at all.

Would you tell me a place you've never been to but would love to visit?

My experience of America is Disney World several times - amazing, but I'd love to explore more of the so-called 'Deep South'.

I'd also love to visit Las Vegas one day, but I've always been waiting until after I'm married, for fear my other half and I would have too many drinks 

and think it a great joke to stand up in front of Elvis...

Pretty lights but I don't see any green stuff to munch so I'll stick with the Pacific Northwest rainforest where a goat can keep his belly nicely full.

Would you swim in the ocean or a pool? 

I'll have to go pool. I'm a bit of a wuss and I always feel as if the sea is really dirty, and the sea-bed is sharp and pebbly on my bare feet, and the seaweed etc slimy on my bare legs - and then after all that, you get completely covered in sand! 

Give me a nice indoor pool with accompanying sauna and jacuzzi any day. Having said that I do love to sit and watch and listen to the sea - just not go in it!

I am so with you Ms. Lawless.  

I'd rather take a flying leap than step into the ocean.  

I've heard what's in those scary waters.

How would you go camping - sleeping bag under the stars, tent, trailer, fancy RV, or a hotel with room service?

As you may have gathered from my answer to the pool vs sea question, I am not massively

outdoorsy. I was taken camping as a child and stepped out of my tent the first morning to greet the dawn and stepped barefoot onto a half-eaten dead rabbit. I spent the rest of the long weekend obsessively washing my foot.

I'm sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience.  
I understand why you like boots now.

I think it would be safer if I checked into a hotel with all the frills, however I wouldn't say no to a proper 

'glamping experience' - just maybe not for longer than two nights... and I would wear shoes, all the time.

One last question.  A goat walks through your door right now wearing a cowboy hat.  What does he say and why is he there?

"I'm so sorry, which way to the racecourse?" If he's wearing a hat in lovely Regency Cheltenham, he's obviously off to the races.

He'll need a pashmina though to cover those shoulders, or they may not let him in!!

You must know some posh goats Ms. Lawless, I thought the only goats allowed at the racecourse were those racing.  I must expand my circle of friends, obviously.

Erin Lawless will write for
Written Fireside: His Way Home 
Part 10 on January 21st

Erin's debut book, The Best Thing I Never Had
is available on Amazon now.

If you’re a fan of Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello or David Nicholls’ One Day, then you will love our new acquisition from contemporary romance author Erin Lawless!

Miles and Nicky are getting married. Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers. So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion. Can anything be salvaged from the past? And what really happened between them all, back at university?

Find out in this wonderful contemporary romance.


‘One of the most engaging books I’ve read this year. I loved it’ – Books with Bunny

‘A superb debut about complicated ties, betrayal and lies, and one of my favourite books of the year.’ – ChickLit Club

‘Friendships, trust, lies, deceit, love and so much more – a real page-turner for me!!’ – Cosmochicklitan

‘The Best Thing I Never Had was mind-blowingly good and everyone should read it’ – ChickLitReviews

‘This book was so incredibly amazingly awesome that I want to shout it from the hilltops and make ALL my friends buy it this instant!!’ – The Chiq Blog

About Erin:

I live a happy life full of wonderful friends, in love with a man who buys me books instead of flowers. To mix things up a little, I write books where friends and lovers hit obstacles and (usually) overcome them. When I’m not doing that I read absolutely everything I can get my hands on, spend an inordinate amount of time in pyjamas and run a fun-but-informative blog on British history. 

Follow Erin Lawless online


Thanks for stopping by Erin!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fire Writer Friday Follow Up: Lynn Marie Hulsman

Cowboy Marvin has a January treat.

One of his favorite
Fire Writers
 is stopping by for a
Fire Writer Friday Follow Up.

Lynn Marie Hulsman   

Hey Ms. Hulsman, thank you so much for keep the blog hoping and for coming back to visit with me again today.  By the way your Dried Cherry and Dark Chocolate Loaf was amazing.  I love cherries.  
Now I've a few questions for you. 

What were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realized you had lost all track of time? 

I was out for a girls' night with some fabulous women. We marvel at how months go by without our seeing each other or catching up unless someone regularly organizes outings and we pen the dates firmly into our calendars. I pushed the group to start early — 7 p.m. — so I could be home and on the couch in front of Downton Abbey by 9 p.m. Eight of us started out at a fun Mediterranean restaurant called Balkanika in Hell's Kitchen.

Dips and hors d'oeuvres were eaten, and bottles of wine came and went. The girls peeled off one by one, until it was just me with my amazing, adventurous, intelligent friend Zahava. 
I thought we were walking toward our apartments, when suddenly I was seated at the bar of some Italian place with a 

Sambuca the size of a fish tank at my elbow, complete with floating espresso beans. These days, I'm an early-to-bed person. Checking my phone on the way home, I was stunned to read 2:48 a.m.! It's the kind of thing I only do a few times a year, but it was worth it.

If you haven't really you should try AppleJack.

Actually dump the drink and just munch the apples, nothing beats a crisp, crunchy apple.

What movie, no matter how many times you've seen it, do you have to watch when it's on? 

Sixteen Candles. John Hughes really knew how to get into the heads of teenager.

Every time I watch it, I literally ache from the muscle memory of being sixteen and having a crush on the hottest guy in school. I love the fact that Molly Ringwald, the girl who gets the guy, isn't model beautiful. 

It's a gold mine of catch phrases, and I can recite every one right along with the actors (much to the annoyance of my husband!).

A movie about a birthday party?  

What a cool idea. 

Did you know that goats are party animals?  

I not only wouldn't have forgotten her birthday, I would've shown her a goaty good time.

What is one of the things you have or would put on your "bucket" list? 

To live for a year in England and/or Ireland. At least a year! I want to pick a village, live in a normal house, go to normal supermarkets, shops, and drugstores, send my kids to school and camp, and do what the locals do. 

I get the appeal of Ireland, lots of green stuff to nom, nom, nom but what's with all the sheep.  They're not bad creatures but they're... sheep.  

My husband plays guitar and a lot of other stringed instruments, and has always been an afficionado of English folk music and traditional Irish music, so he could stay busy. I'd devote all my time to soaking up the culture, and writing books.

I'd love to play a musical instrument but my hooves complicate matters.  

Tell me, other than this amazing goat, what's your favorite animal and why? 

The naked mole rat. If you've never seen them at a zoo, housed in transparent tubes that mimic their underground tunnel systems, I urge to you run and not walk to do so. 

They're blind, since they live in the dark, so they do everything by touch, including seeking out friends, and passing each other in the narrow tubes. Hilariously, they back up like little trucks instead of turning around to change direction. It goes without saying that they're naked, so they're all pink and vulnerable, like little babies. When our family left Erie, PA, after having seen NMR's in the zoo, we spontaneously made up a song with a repeating chorus called "Goodbye, Naked Mole Rats."  

The only rats I've met sneak into the barn and steal my oats so no offense but I'll take little kid cuteness over those pink, furless creatures.  

Lynn Marie Hulsman, Harper Impulse Author, wrote for

She is the co-author of

 The Irish Pantry with Chef Noel McMeel 
Make Your Own Soda with Chef Anton Nocito (Clarkson Potter)

And if you need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights, check out Lynn's wonderful debut romantic comedy!

Christmas at Thornton Hall

available on Amazon now.


When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend's apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas - with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!

So when she's personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it's not long before Juliet's standing at the (back) door of the impossibly grand ancestral pile.

The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.

But other flames are burning besides those on the stove... Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet's getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?

As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall's numerous dark cupboards!

CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.

Lynn Marie Hulsman is a novelist in New York City where she lives with her husband and two children.

Follow Lynn Marie online: Website Facebook Twitter Blog    

Thanks for coming back Lynn Marie!

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