Friday, June 23, 2017


By Vicki Lewis Thompson
Matt Forrest was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him figure out what he really wants out of life.

But PR agent, Geena Lysander, isn’t about to lose one of her best new clients—so she follows him. And things get complicated because she’s attracted to Matt, and not just for his handsome, movie-star good looks. As she gets to know the man behind the cowboy, their professional relationship becomes passionately personal. Could Matt’s next big role be as Geena’s leading man?

VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON is a New York Times bestselling author who worked as a journalist and a high school English teacher before deciding to become a romance novelist. She was the recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has published more than 100 books.

By Vicki Lewis Thompson
May 23, 2017
$5.75 US; 224 pages

ISBN: 978-0-373-62352-5

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IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS – Vicki Lewis Thompson
Thunder Mountain Brotherhood
Harlequin Special Edition
ISBN: 978-0-373-62352-5
June 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Thunder Mountain Ranch and Academy, near Sheridan, Wyoming

Geena Lysander has a problem on her hands. As a public relations representative for people in the movie business, she handles rising cowboy actor Matt Forrest who has just starred in his first movie—it’s only a while before the premier. But now a scandal is brewing with photos in the papers and online of him and his co-star, Briana Danvers, indulging in a hot kiss. Scandalous? Briana is married to a much loved icon in the business. When Matt arrives at Geena’s office, obviously trying to disguise himself, she lays out a plan for him to hold a press conference in which he apologizes. He tells Geena he did not kiss Briana; he had turned her down when she propositioned him and then the insulted, limelight loving actress kissed him in public and told lies about their relationship. Now Matt is furious when Geena appears not to believe him. He takes off for home in a huff.

Where is home for Matt Forrest? Where else but Thunder Mountain Ranch in Wyoming? He is one of the many boys taken in by Rosie and Herb Padgett when they had nowhere else to go. Those boys formed a brotherhood sworn to live by a code of honor and to always have each other’s backs. Geena quickly realizes she had hurt Matt and that something needs to be done quickly to stave off a worse scandal that would keep people away from the movie. That would not be good for her PR business; besides, she cares for Matt. She quickly puts her assistant in charge and takes off to follow him. What Geena finds in Wyoming is a mixed welcome from Matt’s friends, but they soon follow Rosie’s lead and warm up to her as this city girl fits in surprisingly well with ranch life. Geena learns that the ranch now runs a horse rescue operation and a school for disturbed teens. Perfect PR for Matt and his movie, but he is strongly against using his home and family for gain that way. Besides, he’d rather the mother who cruelly abandoned him years ago did not learn where he can be found.

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS begins a new miniseries of Thunder Mountain Brotherhood books. Readers will meet wonderful characters from previous tales as well as new ones. But don’t worry about getting lost; this tale is fresh and captivating for new readers or old. Matt is good and gentlemanly, but has old issues to resolve. Geena is a strong woman open to new things. How they come together will keep you reading and eager for the next episode, SAY YES TO THE COWBOY, coming out in July.

I loved Ms. Thompson’s Nerd books and her Wild About You series, but then somehow I got distracted. It’s good to be back!

Jane Bowers

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS by Vicki Lewis Thompson

1)      What is your favorite part about writing In the Cowboy’s Arms?
·         Hollywood newcomer Matt Forrest is falsely accused of behaving dishonorably. I loved writing the scenes where his foster family stands behind him because they all know he would never do such a thing. Warms my heart.

2)      Is there anyone who you based Matt and Geena off of, or who you drew your inspiration from?
·         Matt is a little like my son, who’s the nicest guy in the world, and he sometimes blunders into a dicey situation because he sees the best in everyone.

3)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
·         I’ve been writing since I was eight, but I didn’t realize I could make money at it until I was in my thirties.

4)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
·         I get to play with modern-day slang! It’s tricky because some words stick and others fade. The word “cool” is one of the few that’s survived over several generations.
5)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
·         About 150. That would be like picking a favorite child! But if I had to choose a recent one, it would be CLAIMED!, the third book in my Sons of Chance series. I heart Jack Chance.

6)      What future projects are you working on?
·         More cowboy stories! I love writing them.

7)      Do you have any advice for new writers?
·         Don’t be intimidated by the success of others. Everyone starts at zero so leap into the current and swim like hell. It’s not an easy way to make a living, but it’s incredibly rewarding.

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