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.
Getting Under the Covers with Two Cowboys:
An Interview with Vaughn and Kellan
from Melissa Cutler’s Catcher Creek Cowboys Series
Hello Vaughn and Kellan! Thank you for coming to UTC. For those who do not know you, please tell us a little about yourselves and your heroines.
Kellan: Thank you for having us, Mz. Angela, ma’am. It isn’t every day that we get interviewed by someone outside of the Quay County newspaper. I’m Kellan Reed, a cattle rancher in eastern New Mexico, and I guess the thing that’s brought me to your blog today is that I had the good fortune to fall in love with a chef who was starting up a new restaurant in town.
Vaughn [deadpan]: He gave her his meat.
Kellan [rolling his eyes]: Aren’t you ever going to get tired of making beef jokes at my and Amy’s expense?
Vaughn [chuckling now]: Nope. Never.
Kellan: Okay, then, wise ass. Your turn. Tell them about yourself.
Vaughn: All right. My name is Vaughn Cooper. I’m the Quay County Sheriff, Kellan’s best friend and—
Kellan [interrupting]: And soon-to-be brother-in-law
Vaughn: I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that one. If you would have told me two years ago that we’d end up falling in love with sisters, I would have driven you straight to a crazy house. In my patrol car. With the lights and sirens on.
Kellan: I might still go crazy yet, having you as my relative.
This one is for Vaughn, since he is out man of the hour. When did you know you were in love? And Kellan, when did you know Vaughn was in love and what did you think about it?
Vaughn: That’s a tough question. When did I know I was in love with Rachel Sorentino? I should have realized that I loved her years ago, but I didn’t figure it out until it was almost too late. I was an idiot—
Kellan: What else is new?
Vaughn: Hush up. I’m trying to tell a story here. Like I said, I was an idiot and almost didn’t realize what a gift I had in her until I stood to lose her forever. But I didn’t—thank God. She and I are solid now, and if any of the Under the Covers readers want to hear all the juicy details about what really happened, they’ll have to check out COWBOY JUSTICE.
Kellan: But you already gave away the ending of the story.
Vaughn: Everybody knows a good story is all about the journey.
Kellan: That’s true. You and Rachel had one hell of a rough journey.
Vaughn: And we’re stronger for it.
Kellan: That you are. As far as what I thought about Vaughn and Rachel falling in love, well, there was a time I couldn’t picture the two of you together—her being a tough, no nonsense cowgirl and you being nothing but nonsense, but now I can’t imagine you two apart. It’s the damnedest thing. I’ve never seen two people more perfect for each other. Except me and Amy, of course.
You guys have been friends for a long time. What is the funniest memory you have of each other?
Vaughn: No question. The bar fight with those bikers, after I called one of them Nancy.
Kellan: That wasn’t funny. That was terrifying. How about the cow tipping story?
Vaughn [letting out a peal of laughter]: You’re right. That’s the funniest story ever. Here’s what happened: This one night when we were young and stupid, during a heat wave, we’d had a bit too much whiskey and decided to see if cow tipping was all it was cracked up to be.
Kellan [shaking his head]: But we were so drunk off our asses, we couldn’t get any of the cows to tip, so we jumped on the back of two and tried to have a cow race. The problem was, we couldn’t get the cows to move, so we started whooping and hollering…
Vaughn: That’s when Old Man Sanders came riding down from the ridge holding his shotgun, wanting to know who was trying to steal his cows and making all that racket.
[They both broke down in laughter]
Kellan: That was something. We were too young and drunk to have the good sense to go cow tipping on my own property with my own cows.
Vaughn [wiping a tear of laughter away]: We’re lucky he didn’t shoot first and ask questions later.
Can you please describe what a typical Saturday night look like in you homes?
Vaughn: Candle light, a naked woman in my bed, a bottle of whipped cream and a pair of handcuffs on the night stand…
Kellan [groaning]: Mz. Angela doesn’t need to hear that.
Vaughn: She asked.
Kellan: I like to take Amy out to dinner on Saturday nights, and sometimes we make a road trip out of it. My ranch supplies beef to a winery in Santa Fe that puts on a top notch dinner, so I like to take her up there every chance we get.
Vaughn: I hope I’m not disappointing the Under the Covers readers, but the truth is, with Kellan’s ranch and Rachel and Amy’s farm, evenings aren’t that glamorous because we all have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to get the farm chores done, so it’s early to bed on most nights.
Both of you are men from the western genre, so can you please tell us a few fun facts and misconceptions about cowboys?
Kellan: Actually, I consider myself more of a rancher than a cowboy.
Vaughn: Stop being so literal. Being a cowboy is a state of mind. It isn’t about the hat, boots, or buckle.
Kellan: It’s a little bit about the hat.
Vaughn: No it ain’t. Just because your woman is crazy for that silly John Wayne Cowboy look, doesn’t mean there’s any truth to it. Being a cowboy is about protecting your family, your woman, and your property and standing up for what’s right.
Kellan: What he said, plus cutting a fine figure in a western hat and boots.
Vaughn: I do look mighty handsome in this black Stetson.
How about your author, Melissa Cutler. We heard she recently had an emergency surgery to remove her appendix. We’re glad she’s well and recovering. How is she doing?
Kellan: She’s doin’ fine, last I checked in with her. Convalescing and all that.
Vaughn: Oh, please. She’s as antsy as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs to get back on her feet and get life back to normal. Rachel was the same way after she got shot. Strong, independent women never are good at sitting still and following orders.
Kellan: And we love them all the more for it.
Vaughn: Amen to that.
What is next for Ms. Cutler?
Vaughn: Do you think Melissa would mind if we told Mz. Angela and her readers about Jenna’s story?
Kellan: I love Jenna’s story because Amy and I get married in it, and then everybody gets to find out that the secret daddy to Jenna’s boy is—
Vaughn: I think we’d better leave that tellin’ to Melissa and Jenna next May.
Kellan: You’re probably right. I do have one bone to pick. What do you think Melissa’s trying to tell us, titling Jenna’s story HOW TO ROPE A REAL MAN? I think I might be insulted. Are cowboys like you and me not real men?
Vaughn: Aw, now, don’t get your undies in a bunch. I’m sure she thinks I’m plenty manly.
Kellan: You’re definitely something, that’s for sure.
We occasionally ask our guests to tell us unique things they do or things they have done “Under the Covers”. So, if you don’t mind sharing, what have you done Under the Covers.
Kellan: Go ahead, Vaughn. This one’s all yours.
Vaughn [elbowing Kellan in the ribs]: Chicken. All right. If you must know, the only thing I like doing under the covers is sleeping. Everything else, my lady and I prefer to do above the covers—or on the floor, or in the shower, in a field, on the porch, in a truck bed, on a kitchen counter, in a barn, or in the back of my patrol car… Need I go on?
Kellan [chuckling]: Good Lord, man, nobody—and I mean nobody—needs to know about you and Rachel getting busy on the kitchen counter. Besides, I have to disagree with you—under the covers is nice sometimes, too. It’s a lady’s prerogative.
Vaughn: You’re right about that. In all seriousness, the truth is that anywhere with Rachel is the right place for me, under the covers or otherwise.
Kellan: That’s more like it.
Vaughn: Next time, you get the tough question, Mr. Perfect.
Okay, gentlemen, it’s time for some Quick Fire Questions:
1. Cake or Pie:
Vaughn and Kellan, at the same time: Pie
Vaughn: I have a great story about pie, and how I won Rachel over with—
Kellan: We don’t have time for that. Didn’t you hear the lady? These are Quick Fire Questions!
Vaughn: Fine, have it your way. People will just have to read about it in the book.
2. Boxers, briefs or thongs:
Vaughn: Thongs. No question.
Kellan: As in, that’s what you’re wearing right now?
Vaughn: Yeah, you want to see, smart ass. [he made to rise and fiddled with his belt]
Kellan: Whoa, now. We’ve got a lady present. Let’s show some respect for Mz. Angela, here.
Vaughn: My apologies, ma’am.
You don’t really have a thong on, do you?
Vaughn [winking]: I guess we’ll keep that as one of life’s big mysteries, won’t we?
3. Handcuffs or rope:
Vaughn: Under the Covers readers will have to read my book to find out.
Kellan [groaning]: I guess I won’t be reading your book then, because I don’t think that’s something about you I need to know.
Vaughn: What about your answer?
Kellan: I’d say rope.
Vaughn: Really? I thought you were going to tell me it was none of my business.
Kellan: It’s not, but I’m feeling generous. There’s a lot a man can do with a length of rope and a creative imagination.
Vaughn: Truer words were never spoken.
Thank you so much for passing by and please send our regards to Ms. Cutler.
Vaughn: The pleasure was mine, especially watching Kellan squirm with some of those question. Pure gold.
Kellan (with a tip of his Stetson): Thank you, ma’am. I hope the Under the Covers readers enjoy reading about us and our women.
She can’t help but fall for the sexy town sheriff—again…
Rachel Sorentino has spent her whole life protecting her siblings from trouble—only to run headlong into it herself. Her first regret about shooting at the vandals targeting her family is that her aim wasn’t better. Her second is that when bullets started flying, it was Sheriff Vaughn Cooper’s number she dialed. Vaughn is the mistake she keeps on making, a cowboy lawman who cuts through Rachel’s surface bravado to the vulnerability no one else sees. And no matter how inconvenient their attraction—for his career, her tangled case, and their already battered hearts—there’s no denying what feels so irresistibly right…
COWBOY JUSTICE Launch Party:
Melissa is hosting a virtual party on Wednesday, October 2nd, in celebration of COWBOY JUSTICE. Join Melissa for a Q&A, lots of prizes, laughter, and hot cowboy eye candy. Here’s a link to the party page on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/14IYvGt Hope to see you there!
About the Author:
Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin.
She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.
Melissa loves hearing from readers:
Newsletter: http://www.melissacutler.net/newsletter/ (to find out about her latest books and upcoming events)
Melissa is giving away a digital copy of the first book in the Catcher Creek series, THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS, to one commenter. Vaughn and Kellan are here to answer any of your burning questions, so go ahead and ask them what’s on your mind!
Open to North America or wherever digital copies of the books
could be gifted by Amazon or Barnes and Noble.