Welcome Cat Johnson — A Sexy Cowboy, A Cookie Recipe & A Prize

Please join me in welcoming, fellow Samhain author, the award winning, Cat Johnson.

Cat is joining us for a chat, offering a wonderful prize to one lucky blog commenter, posting an excerpt of HOOKED and sharing a Cowboy Cookie Recipe.

Studs in Spurs and Cookies—delicious visuals. 🙂

Now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Prize:  To celebrate the September 13th e-Release of HOOKED (Studs in Spurs Book 4) Cat is giving away a download of RIDE (Studs in Spurs, Book 3) to one lucky blog commenter.

Selena: Okay, I know you’re asked “Do you need help with research”, because it seems to be a popular question for some guys to ask women who write hot, sexy books. What’s your answer to them?

CAT: Hahaha. I don’t usually get asked if they can help with my research, though I’ve been to a few bull rides where I wouldn’t have minded if that offer had been made! LOL. But seriously, the question I do get—all the time—is “HOW I do research for the sex scenes.” I tell people that real life research would require me to: change out of PJs and put on real clothes, leave the house, and locate two cowboys in the suburbs of Manhattan to have a threesome with me. I’m lucky I have a good imagination and can find just about anything on the internet.

Selena: If your life were to be made into a movie, what would the title be?

CAT: LOL That’s easy! “My Life in PJs”

Selena: What song would best describe your hero in HOOKED?

CAT: Luke Carpenter, the hero in HOOKED, is careful, polite and a gentleman. However, he also learns life is short and you need to seize happiness when you can. So I’d have to say “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw.

Selena:  If an alien ship were to land in your back yard, and the little green men were to peek inside your window at seven a.m., what would they see?

CAT: Hahaha. They’d see the same thing at seven a.m. as they’d see at noon, and again at seven p.m.—me on top of my bed, surrounded by a variety of cats and a dog, while wearing my pajamas with the TV on for background noise, working on my laptop (either writing, marketing or networking). Pretty much the only thing that changes with the time of day is what beverage is next to me on the bedside table. Could be coffee, water or wine, depending upon the hour!

HOOKED (Studs in Spurs, Book 4) by Cat Johnson

WARNING:

Contains knock-your-boots-off cowboy lovin’, some up close and personal interviews of the oral persuasion, and a happy ending…cowboy style.

His last eight seconds could lead to the longest, most satisfying ride of his life.

Annie Grant is at the top of her game as an on-air interviewer for the pro bull-riders tour. In all those years standing within microphone range of thousands of sexy cowboys, she’s never been tempted…until now. Now that respected veteran Luke Carpenter is no longer with his longtime girlfriend, he’s back on the market. And Annie is buying.

Luke knows his days are numbered. Every year the rookies get younger, the bulls get ranker and, like it or not, the time is coming when he’ll be hanging up his spurs. After a sizzling hot night with Annie, he realizes that maybe this old dog can learn some new tricks. But quicker than a bull can spin, things get complicated.

A tragedy forces Luke into a no-win decision: hang onto the tail end of his career, or retire early for his family. Either way, he can live with his choice. Question is, can he live without Annie?

Excerpt:

 The front desk personnel greeted them as they walked through the deserted lobby, and before she knew it they were alone inside the elevator.

“Which floor?” Luke paused with his hand above the panel.

“Five.”

He nodded and pushed the button for five.

One glance told Annie he hadn’t pushed any buttons for his own floor. “What floor are you on?”

“Three.” He didn’t push the button for three, even though they would have to pass his floor to get to hers. Instead he shoved his hands in the front pockets of his jeans as overwhelming silence filled the air.

Her pulse sped. Luke was going to walk her directly to her door. The door that led to the room with not much more than a bed inside.

Luke was a gentleman, she reminded herself. As such he’d wait for her to unlock and open that door to make sure she got inside safely. His being a gentleman also meant he wouldn’t take advantage of the situation and ask her if he could come in.

She couldn’t invite him inside, could she? For what? The warm half of a diet cola she’d left on the dresser from last night? A cup of coffee from the tiny coffee maker plugged in the wall outlet in her bathroom?

Her wildly pumping pulse sounded nearly deafening in her ears. Annie knew exactly what she wanted to invite him to come inside for, but she sure couldn’t admit that to him. She glanced sideways at his chiseled profile with regret. It would be a bad idea for them to be together like that anyway. What if it didn’t work out? Their working relationship would be horribly strained afterwards.

If they started something, it would probably get out to the other bull riders and, worse, her bosses.

She’d be fired and then replaced by that young blond thing they’d just hired at the network for the evening sports wrap up. Then Annie would be unemployed, shamed and alone.

Definitely better to let things remain just as they were. At least now she was employed and respected even if she was alone.

The elevator door opened on her floor and pulled her thoughts from her sad revelations. Luke extended his arm to hold the door and prevent it from closing on her. True to gentlemanly form, he waited for her to exit first.

Annie reminded herself one more time that this man was the epitome of good manners. Only a foolish woman would confuse his politeness with interest in her. All of her wondering and worrying about “what if” was ridiculous. In a way, that made her feel a little better. If he wasn’t interested it was out of her hands.

Nothing she could do about it either way. Right?

That thought carried her all the way to her door, where she finally remembered to search in her bag for her keycard as Luke stood by waiting patiently.

He was too perfect. That’s why he would never go for her. She was far from perfect. So she could just stop worrying and get on with her lonely life.

Good, at least that was settled.

With that thought in mind, she slid the card in and waited for the red light to turn green. It didn’t. She slid it again. Again, it didn’t turn green.

She glanced at Luke. “I don’t know what’s wrong with this thing.”

“Let me try.” He reached out to take the card and their hands touched. His was big and warm, and it warmed her heart from just that small contact. Damn, too bad he wasn’t into her because she could sure be into him.

“Sure.” She somehow managed to respond and remember to release her hold on the card.

Stop hoping, silly woman.

Annie was a good ten years older than all the girls who hung around the bull riders. Well, actually women both young and old hung around, but Annie suspected it was mainly the younger ones who got taken back to the hotel for the night. Stupid, youth-oriented society.

While she was busy cursing the world in which they lived, Luke flipped the card around and tried the other end. The light turned green and she heard the locks slide.

“Oh, great. Thanks.” Behind his back, she rolled her eyes at her own stupidity. She couldn’t even manage to stick the card in the lock the correct way. Maybe she needed to get bifocals or something. When did people’s eyes start to fail from old age?

All of her errant self-bashing came to an abrupt halt when she realized that Luke had entered the room, flipped on the light switch and was waiting inside, holding the door open for her to join him.

Wow. That had been easy. He was inside, but would he stay?

Just the thought had her juices flowing. She had to do something and fast, because as she stepped inside the room after him, he held the key card out. “Here you go.”

“Thanks.” Would he leave now? She really didn’t want him to. “Um, I could make us some coffee, or decaf…” She swung her arm in the general direction of the bathroom where the machine was, as unappetizing as that juxtaposition was.

“Sure. That would be great.” Luke let the door swing shut.

Annie took the keycard he had handed her and dropped it onto the dresser along with her bag. The surface was a little messy but at least housekeeping had made the bed—the big king-sized bed. She yanked her gaze away from that and glanced guiltily at him, and noticed Luke was staring in the same direction she had been, at that big inviting mattress.

He turned to her and she could have sworn he blushed. “Annie…” He took one step closer, until he was directly in front of her, and then he stopped.

“Yes?” Oh God. Don’t get too excited.

“I don’t really want any coffee.” His eyes focused on her intently.

***

COWBOY COOKIE RECIPE

I grew up eating these cookies. It was my grandmother’s recipe and every Christmas my mother and I would make and decorate them together. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

½ lb Butter

1 Egg

1 Cup Sugar

2 ½ Cups Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Lemon Extract

Preheat oven – 325 degrees

Cream butter. Add sugar then egg & extract. Add flour & baking powder. Chill dough. Roll out flat on a floured board. Cut into shapes. Bake on ungreased pan 8-10 minutes (or until just beginning to brown).

Can be decorated with sprinkles before baking or iced after baking.

You can visit Cat Johnson at: www.CatJohnson.net

Twitter: www.twitter.com/cat_johnson

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Johnson/22569689927

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Thank you, Cat, it was a pleasure chatting with you. Going to have to try that cookie recipe, feed them to my husband while he wears a cowboy hat 😉

Until next time………..

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40 thoughts on “Welcome Cat Johnson — A Sexy Cowboy, A Cookie Recipe & A Prize

  1. Really enjoyed this rollicking interview and the bonus Cowboy Cookie recipe! I always enjoy reading author interviews and have now been on the interviewee end of a few myself, so I can say that your questions and responses are uniquely fun and creative. I don’t read nearly as many romance novels as I should (salve for the heart and soul!), but I’m definitely going to work on changing that. In fact, I think I’ll start off with a batch of Cowboy Cookies and a generous helping of Studs in Spurs 🙂

    Thanks Selena and Cat for a most enjoyable morning romp!

  2. I’m a p.j. kind of writer too! I’ve heard some freelancers advise that it’s best to get up every morning and shower and dress like you’re GOING to work. I disagree! Great interview questions – such fun!

    • I agree with the showering, but the comfy clothes go on after that. Comfy clothes = lounging pants or PJ’s and comfy t-shirt. Gone are the days of the feather boas! Long live the PJ’S with no make-up and pony tailed tied up hair! LOL

  3. Enjoyed reading your interview, excerpt was great, got me hooked, know what book I am adding to buy next.
    Thanks for the cookie recipe, will be trying that out once the heat waves passes by.

  4. ok now i am gonna go home tonite and bake cookies….but i know my kitchen will be waay too hot.

    can not wait for Luke’s story..have it in my wishlist

    thanks for the excerpt can not wait for more

    seachele71@hotmail.com

  5. OH!!! I have been re-reading The Studs in Spurs series in the last couple of days, and I had no idea you had another one coming out! I CAN’T WAIT!
    You give a life long city girl hope that there are still REAL men out there!

  6. what a great excerpt and the book sounds wonderful,i can’t wait to read it and see what happens next. will be making the cookies this weekend for sure.

  7. Oh My Goodness! That excerpt has me holding my breathe just waiting to see what happens next!!You’ve totally Hooked me! lol What a more perfect song for inspiration! Luke really seems like a special guy. Can’t wait to learn more about him and Annie.

    And I have to admit we have the same work place scene 😉 My animals have a tendency to try to make a place for themselves on my lap with the puter for attention but after a while they get the hint lol

    Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

    DragonStar1974 )AT( aol.com

  8. Woohoo! Can’t wait to read all of Hooked! Thanks for the excerpt and the recipe, it looks pretty simple and tasty! Don’t enter me in the contest for the book “Ride” as I already have it:)

  9. Thanks for the excerpt and the cookie recipe – the recipe sounds like one I used to bake
    for my family. I lost it years ago and never could find one that worked as well! I’m glad
    I stopped by today! Good Luck with this book!

    Pat Cochran

  10. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for dinner, but I know trays of these cookies will be in my kitchen pretty soon. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and I’m a pj person, too 🙂

  11. Another Johnson stopping by and enjoying the great blurb and excerpt..*S*
    Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us.
    Love the excerpt, and of course adding to my my gotta have asap list.
    The tease reads so good, and of course have to get to find out what happens. LOL
    Thank for the contest Cat!

    Darcy

  12. How fun, Cat! Thanks for the excerpt and delicious recipe–going to be trying that one! And I know how I’ll be celebrating our anniversary this year! I’ll be treating myself to Hooked! Yippee!

  13. I want to be Cat Johnson when I grow up! LOL 🙂 Would love to spend my days in my PJs! Thanks for the cookie recipe – sounds delish.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

    • You’re welcome, Cat. We all enjoyed the excerpt, the imagery and the recipe and chatting with you. I will have to invite you back again, this time bring a couple of those hot cowboys with you. 🙂

  14. It doesn’t matter who you are jammie pants are the wave of the future. They are comfy and sexy at the same time. great interview am looking forward to reading this story.

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