What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* My name is Starla Kaye and I’m addicted to writing in many forms. I write romance in many sub-genres. I have dabbled with contemporary, Western historical, medieval, Regency, paranormal, and sci-fi. But I will admit that the majority of my heroes are cowboys.
* Whatever romance genre I write in, my men are going to be strong-willed, determined, self-confident, and slightly domineering. They are also going to butt heads with women who will bring them to their knees, and, of course, win their hearts.
What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
* Today I’m going to talk about my latest release from Decadent Publishing, For Ruby’s Love. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but it is actually the sequel to The CEO and The Cowboy.
How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* Although my husband (a balding accountant) claims to be the muse/model for all of my heroes, he actually isn’t. At least not in appearance. I will admit that he is a very good man at heart, patient, and loving. Which is good, because while I consider myself good at heart as well, I tend to get a little impatient at times. I’m very impulsive, tending to act first and think later. I am loving, though. My source of inspiration for this story was the first story. I wanted to go into Calhoun and Daniel’s lives more, and give them something to further shake up their world.
Describe the hero.
* Alpha male Calhoun is a stubborn cowboy.
Describe the heroine.
* The heroine, Ruby, is independent and a skilled horse therapist.
Since this is a ménage, who's the third hero?
* Alpha male Daniel is an equally strong businessman.
Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* While I like each of the characters, I would have to say Calhoun is my favorite. He faces a lot of challenges in both books. In the first one, he finally is faced with the fact that he is drawn to a man sexually: Daniel. He has sensed an interest in other men, but had up until they met only been involved with women. Daniel shakes him to the core of who he is and what he’s about, at least as a lover.
* In For Ruby’s Love, he is dealing with a tragic barn fire and the situation where his prized, valuable breeding mare is now traumatized. He and Daniel have settled into their relationship and Daniel has supported him through this emotional tragedy. Calhoun has made arrangements for the best horse whisperer in the country to come hopefully help his mare. Except it is a woman who shows up for the job. The trouble begins at that moment, both in frustration and an unwanted attraction.
What's your favorite line in the story?
* My favorite line in the story comes when Calhoun and Ruby are arguing. He has makes a stab at apologizing.
* “I apologize for acting like a….” He seemed at a loss for a description of his rather rude behavior.
* Helpful, she supplied one. “An ass.”
A look into the story
* Daniel considers himself a lucky man to have met the rancher, someone almost his opposite and someone who he doesn’t want to live without. Standing beside the moody Calhoun has been difficult since the fire that burned down a horse barn, took the lives of two valuable horses, and traumatized a favored mare. Along with all of that, his harried friend is determined to expand his ranch holdings. Daniel is against the purchase and would prefer to find a way to slow the man down. Lately, he’s also begun worrying if maybe he isn’t enough to satisfy his lover’s needs.
* Complicating everything even more, Ruby shows up later than expected at Calhoun’s ranch to honor a job as a horse therapist that her father had agreed to before his sudden death. She knows what happened to the mare and is certain she can help her, if given the chance. But the stubborn rancher can’t get past the idea of her being a woman, someone not strong enough to work with such a damaged horse. They butt heads over the matter until she finds an ally in Daniel. He is concerned and yet believes in her abilities. Another problem arises, though. She and Calhoun have been skirting around an unwanted attraction, and then she discovers another surprising interest between her and Daniel.
* Finally, she stretched to her full minimal height and bristled at him. “When you’re done checking me out, do you think you could let me inside? It’s colder than cold out here.”
* Daniel stepped beside him and intervened. “Let the lady in, Cal.” He looked around her and asked, “Where’s your car? Assuming you drove here.”
* She slid between them into the tiled foyer before turning back. “No car. And I didn’t drive here, at least not exactly.” Her teeth chattered.
* Calhoun closed the door against the sharp winter breeze and watched her pull off a battered pink Stetson, unveiling chin-length strawberry-blonde hair. “What does ‘not exactly’ mean?” He added, “Who are you, anyway?”
* She worried her trembling lower lip and glanced from him to Daniel and back. She pulled off a glove and stuck out her hand. “Ruby McMurtry.”
* Instead of taking her hand, he puffed up in annoyance. “You’re late! Where’s your father?”
* She started to lower her hand, glowering at him. But he noticed something besides anger in the depths of those enchanting eyes. He couldn’t get a handle on the emotion.
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