Author Override: The Joys of Writing a Continuing Series by Vivian Arend

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Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.


Rocky Mountain Rebel
Six Pack Ranch, Book 5

The best type of growing up involves getting down and dirty

Vicki Hansol made different choices than her less-than-reputable mom and sister, yet her fiery temper has left her branded with the same town-bad-girl label. When she desperately needs a change of scenery, her get-out-of-town-free ticket arrives—and requires she face down one of her deepest fears.

Easygoing Joel Coleman has nothing to complain about, but he’s never really done anything to brag about either. The youngest member of the Six Pack Ranch is looking to make some changes in his life that include stepping out from under his twin brother’s shadow.

So when the bold beauty with the smart mouth approaches him with a proposition, Joel is intrigued. Her request for him to teach her to ride soon takes on a whole new meaning. All that passion in his arms, his bed, in the barn…hell, anywhere he can get it? Bring it on.

But tangling the sheets leads to unanticipated complications, and by the time the dust settles, everything family means is going to be challenged.

Caution: Saddle up for some youthful vigor applied with great enthusiasm. Ropes, rails and raunchy sex—there’s more places to get dirty around the ranch than first meets the eye.


One of the joys of writing in a continuing series is that I get to return again and again to find out what’s happening next in the lives of previous heroes and heroines, as well as the continuing adventures of other family members.

While the story of Rocky Mountain Rebel is uniquely Joel and Vicki’s, there are twists and turns that give previous readers of the series glimpses of their favorite (to now) family. Newcomers to the ranch—I’ve worked hard to make sure each story stands alone, so while you might not get all the family jokes, you’ll be able to enjoy being introduced to a collection of people who are unique individuals while a part of a greater whole—a part of rock solid family.

Today, and at a few other special blogs during release week, I’ve got excerpts to let you take a peek into a few of those family relationships. Good, bad…you know, typical family.

And I hope you’ll join me in settling Joel and Vicki into their HEA.


Joel and Jesse—his twin brother

Jesse hung up and pushed his phone into a pocket. “Hey—did I tell you? We got an invite to a party in Red Deer this weekend. You want to head out Friday night or Saturday?”

Neither. But not for any reason Joel wanted to explain. “Whose place?”

“Some friends of friends of Travis. Boats, barbecues and bikinis.”

“Bikinis?” Joel laughed out loud. “It’s the first week of October. Are they crazy?”

Jesse shrugged. “Forecast is for clear skies. If Indian summer hangs on for another couple days, it’ll be fun. I already said we’d be there, so if you pick up the beer I’ll swing the food.”

Typical. “Of course, I get the booze, and you’ll sweet-talk someone into making grub for you. Jaxi? Ma?”

Jesse looked offended at the suggestion. “I am capable of pulling together a couple dishes for a potluck.”

“You’re going to bring cheese buns and pepperoni sticks, and call them cowboy pizzas.” Joel thought back over all the weird things his brother had done to avoid cooking. “Or maybe hit the bulk aisle and nab premade chicken wings and frozen ranch fries.”

Jesse grinned. “In the cooler in the back of my truck already. Why switch out a winning combination?”

“You’re such an ass.”

His twin rose to his feet and checked his watch. “I’ll see you in a bit, right?”

“I’ll be there after I finish up with Dad.” Joel tried his own subtle prodding. “Of course if you completed the repairs to the corral fence before I got back, I wouldn’t be upset.”

“Ha. I think I might get distracted before hitting that part of the work list.” Jesse winked and waved, heading out the door with nods to the locals.

Joel leaned against the rough fabric of the café’s seat cover, easing his legs under the table as his twin drove off. While he liked his growing independence, there was something a touch weird about it. He and Jesse had been into every sort of trouble over the years, but always together. At school, in the fields. Where one was, the other was never far behind. Getting themselves into situations, or talking themselves out of it.

Joel swirled the liquid in his cup, trying to ignore the internal grumble reminding him it was usually Jesse who got them into mischief, leaving it his responsibility to get them out.

Even something simple like the party this weekend. Last place on earth he wanted to be. Friends of friends…

Screw it. Nope.

He wasn’t interested, and he’d make that clear when he saw Jesse later. Maybe it had been a long summer or something, but he was tired of the nearly forced good times they’d been having weekend after weekend. Joel didn’t want another wild party. He wasn’t ready to sit at home and do nothing, but a little time with local friends and family would be a nice change of pace.


Rocky Mountain Rebel
May 21, 2012
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vivianarendAbout the Author
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one.  Now a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

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Vivian is giving away an ebook of choice between
the first 4 in the series.  International.


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Joy Whiteside

Cowboys know how to treat a woman, they are strong but have a sensitive side.


Cowboys are physically fit and they say ma’am.


Cowboys are a strange dichotomy of rugged and wild but yet safe and protectors… thanks for sharing!


All the muscles from the hard work , hot bods , strong and protective , lots of lovely reasons!

lisa w

Cowboys!!! The home-grown down to earth hard working man. When they love, they love deep!


Protective, polite, and muscled work -ut bodies for all sorts of exerecise 😉


Their stength and character!

Leanna h

They are so tough, but total gentleman and willing to do anything to help others.

Amanda Ray

They are hard working down to earth men who know how to take care of a woman- passionate, loving, caring. Who doesn’t love a guy in a pair of cowboy boots, stetson and chaps?

Zita R

They are tough yet protective and good mannered.

Joanne B

The way they wear their jeans, and treat their mamas, and that they help out the neighbors.

Chris Bails

I love cowboys. They are gentlemen and courteous. They look oh so sexy on a horse in jeans and a hat and boots. But they do look great in just a cowboy hat only.


I love a cowboy, There is just something about the way they stand and look so relaxed.. Not a care in the world..YUM

Amber H

There just really sexy and confident.


I love the cover and excerpt-thanks for the great contest!

Jenny Dauksa Schaber

The word darlin’, a tight denim clad ass and abs that seem to go on forever are the best things about cowboys. The image I get from reading books is a huge plus!


They are sexy, tough, and protective.

Lori Meehan

I love cowboy romance because of the cowboys. They are so hot and alpha. They’re sexy in chaps and cowboy hat. *sigh*

Maria D.

Congratulations on the new release Vivian! And thanks for the excerpt showing the “grow up” Joel and Jesse – or should I just say grown up Joel?……I too like reading series books because you get so many more stories with favorite characters and get to see where they are going with their lives. And of course, who can pass up a sexy cowboy…the definition of the American west….yum!

Tammy S

The hot Cowboys!


What’s not to love about a cowboy? They have manners, are tough, can fix anything, hot, and make jeans, boots, and a cowboy hat look good. Also they’d do anything for their lady and that’s hot.

Jen B.

I love cowboy stories because it’s full of manly men. Men who work the earth. It is complete escapism for me.

Amy E.

The Cowboys are the best part 🙂

Meghan Stith

I love how manly and gritty the men are!
This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
Books like this make me wonder whether the author had any influence from friends and family while writing it.
Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

Amanda Good

When the cowboy’s are such gentlemen! Plus, the cowboys themselves lol.


reading about the ranch


They are sexy, strong and very confident.

Texas Book Lover

The strong protective cowboys!


The hot alpha males with gorgeous bodys *swoooon*
Happy Wednesday!

Mary Preston

Cowboys have this strong, tough exterior, but are all heart.

Rita Domingos

their strength and the environment around the story


The loyalty and devotion to either the land or the people around them.

Niki T

The best part is living vicariously through all of those sexy characters. The cowboys are unhurried, sexy, honest, loyal and hot.

jennifer beck

i love this series!!! cowboys are the best!!!