Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cotton Candy by Mae Hancock @Hancockfiction ~ Release Tour #Rafflecopter #Giveaway

Cotton Candy
Mae Hancock
Guest Blog

In Cotton Candy I wanted to create the ultimate acceptance into the family unit. Despite the problems surrounding Cotton and Bay’s relationship, and the extra complexities with Bay’s daughter Kristen, there is a green light given by the Matriarch­­—Grandma, aka “Betty”. After Bay is disgruntled and rather amused by Cotton’s first name terms with Betty, Cotton takes her out shopping. He’s a smart guy, what better way to gain acceptance into the family than by making an ally of Bay’s grandma. Grandma loves the shopping trip but she also takes the opportunity to get Cotton to ‘step up to the plate’ to create a much stronger bond with her grandson. The reality of a cowboy out on a shopping trip with an old lady might seem a bit far-fetched but it’s totally the way he should go and I’m sure it’s not so uncommon either. Preconceived ideas about cowboys and what they are like come across very strongly and often they’re only two dimensional figures, painted as the ill educated and great unwashed. I see cowboys as regular as the rest of us when we try to create a bond, well rounded and as family oriented as the next man.

I’ve read quite a few books by these authors as I always enjoy them, and now they are actually getting better and better with each book they write. Nothing is going to get me as excited as the title, “The Nobleman and the Spy” for a start off. Dee and Devon’s characterization is flawless and always well researched. Jonathan being wonderfully overprotective, and Karl the stunningly handsome nobleman wanting to unravel the spy. They’ve already met once on the battlefield, and I liked the development of both their recoveries from the trauma of war.  The plot was brilliant and kept me guessing, but best of all was the romance and tender intimacy between the characters. I don’t like doing spoilers but it’s just a fantastic book and a good length. If you’re not reading these writers work then you’re totally missing out on brilliance.


Cowboy, Cotton Reid is the laid back type of guy who accepts people as they are, no matter how flawed. He’s fun, honest and crazy about his boss and friend the sexy rancher Bay Redman.  
Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is something that family man, Bay, has done his whole life. Bay can be like a bear with a sore head if the hay isn’t stored symmetrically or his fridge contains an odd number of jars.   
When the two men begin a hot affair, Cotton keeps a secret from Bay, but will Cotton find the courage to tell the truth before someone else does? 


The heat of the spring sunshine made the air thick and heavy like midsummer as Cotton and Bay rode back toward the ranch after a long day rounding up cattle for market. A faint breeze caught strands of Cotton’s hair, blowing it into his face beneath the tan Stetson. He lifted the hat off and ran his fingers through his damp mop of hair. Then, pulling a band from his wrist, he secured the locks into a familiar small bunch, leaving a fingerbreadth of tail hair at the nape of his neck.

Glad for the momentary relief from the heat, he placed the hat back on and took in Bay’s broad shoulders as he rode in front. For some reason today, Cotton had not been able to break away from studying each movement Bay made. Twice before, Cotton had stared at the man too long and noticed Bay’s brown eyes searching his own. Has he noticed me watching him? The man’s deep, smoky cedar scent carried to Cotton on the wind, the smell so rich and bountiful it made his senses stir with desire.

Starting to get darn near obsessed with the man who doesn’t even notice me—not in a carnal way anyhow.

Bay and he were boss and hired help. Bay didn’t chase, pursue, desire—or even demand anything of Cotton, which served to make the man more attractive. Bay’s sensual, deep-brown eyes tugged at Cotton with each glance, and Bay’s thick lashes fanned out, flattering his dark-bronze skin. A simple, meaningless smile had far-reaching and significant implications for Cotton. Put simply, it meant Bay approved of him and the things he did. The rancher’s soft, full lips framed milk-white teeth, and sent urgent ripples right through Cotton’s body, leaving his fingertips tingling and the reins slippery with his sweat.

Author Bio

I enjoy writing both academic and fiction material. My research interests include focus on people who experience marginalization, both in historical societies and modern. Themes include disability, neurosis, homosexuality, addiction, mental illness, slavery and prostitution. The most important part of my work is creating multi-dimensional, believable characters that are able to build lasting romantic relationships against the odds. I want all my readers to laugh, cry and enjoy the erotic journey towards a happy ending.

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