Guest Post and Giveaway with Vivian Arend

I can’t think of anything I adore more than a sexy cowboy or two, and Vivian Arend’s Six Pack Ranch Series has quickly shot to the top of my must-have-cowboys list! The 2nd book in the series – Rocky Mountain Haven – is releasing this week and hot damn was it a good one. Pull out your fans ladies, because today we have Vivian here with a few excerpts from the new story! Blow us away Viv.

The second book in the Six Pack Ranch series, Rocky Mountain Haven, is ready to share with the world. I wanted to talk a little bit about the hero, Daniel. I guess I should introduce you to him, or have the heroine, Beth, introduce him as she first spots him:

 Then the newcomer stood as well and pivoted, his dark eyes examining the room before focusing in her direction. Her mouth went dry.

Oh my. If she’d thought the twins were good looking, this specimen was dazzling. He was still probably younger than her, but on him the tantalizing features of the other boys had matured, soft edges harder, more pronounced. There was no doubt he was a member of the six-pack they’d spoken about. Whatever else the family raised out on that ranch of theirs, the men were certainly impressive.

She lifted her chin, her pulse quickening as the older cowboy waved his brother down and made his way to her side. People seemed to part before him, and Beth got an eyeful of long, muscular limbs and smooth controlled motion as he approached.

Daniel was a great character to write about. He’s that easy going, yet multi-layered type guy. As the middle boy of six ( twin brothers as the youngest explain that one) he’s your typical middle child in many ways. Settles out of the spotlight, steps up to calm his brothers down. And the other side of being in the middle? Sometimes he’s ignored. The things he goes through are just as earth-shaking to him as they would be to others, but because he doesn’t complain, occasionally it seems he’s invisible.

But he watches. Learns. Decides what he really wants, and takes the steps to start heading that way. And when he decides Beth is part of what he wants, look out. This quiet man is as Alpha as they get.

He reached for her chin. “So what you’re saying, and pardon my crudeness, is you want a fuck buddy.”

She cringed. The phrase had skipped through her brain earlier, but it sounded far worse when said out loud.

Daniel stroked his thumb over her cheek. “You’re not looking for a friend with benefits because I ain’t allowed to be your friend.”

“It’s not that, it’s just—”

“Don’t know if I can do that.” She squeaked as he picked her up and placed her on his lap. “If all you’re looking for is some sex, I’m not interested. There’s a part of me that says, hell yeah, and I could be fucking you up against the wall in two minutes flat.”

Oh God, the images racing through her mind.

“But if you remember our conversation in the back hall of the bar, I don’t think you’re that type of woman. I’m not that kind of man. Honesty is one of the things that makes us who we are, and I’m going to be honest with you, darling.”

Beth held her breath as he cupped her face then stroked his other hand down her body intimately. He opened her legs and settled his fingers over her crotch. Could he feel how hot she was through her jeans?

“I find you very attractive, and I don’t just mean your body. I don’t know what troubles you’ve had in your past, but I hope we’ll get to talk them through at some point. So here’s what I suggest—you tell me if you agree. You and I do both. We fool around like you want, as long as you let us try to learn to be friends, like I want.”

I hope you enjoy Beth and Daniel’s story as they move through being lovers to being friends to being even more to each other.


If you’d like to try a taste of the Six Pack Ranch, I have an ebook copy of winner’s choice—either book one in the series, Rocky Mountain Heat, or an ARC of book 3 that will be releasing March 13, Rocky Mountain Desire. Leave a comment to be entered. Open internationally and ends January 16th. Good Luck!


Rocky Mountain Haven

Six Pack Ranch, Book 2

It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.

Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.

After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.

Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgemental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.

At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more then enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.

Warning: One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behaviour in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.


 First Chapter: Excerpt

Buy links:

Rocky Mountain Heat: Samhain | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Rocky Mountain Haven: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Rocky Mountain Desire: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 


Vivian Arend: Website | Blog | Twitter



25 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway with Vivian Arend”

  1. Daniel sounds lovely Vivian. Growing up in Oklahoma made me fall for cowboys at an early age. Cowboys are one of my favorite types of heroes because they are hardworking and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Congrats on the new release!

  2. Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

    I’m an avid reader who enjoys reading all types of books, mostly Canadian fiction and literature. I have read a few romances and have enjoyed them as a genre (what girl doesn’t like a little romance, now and then?). I would love a chance at winning the ARC of the upcoming book in March since I don’t yet own an e-reader (aside from that, I prefer print!). Thanks for sharing your blog post and for a chance at winning this giveaway.

  3. Thanks for the awesome post. Love excerpts. Except they let me know what I’m missing, but in a good way 🙂

    I haven’t read this series so I would love book 1 to get started. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great excerpt. I’m also looking forward to the twin’s story(ies). Silly Beth, if they’re legal they aren’t too young for what she has in mind.

  5. Oh yes! Loved the excerpt, if i win I would like the first book in the series as i have not read any of these yet . I want to start at the beginning and read them all now, these cowboys sound great!

  6. Daniel sounds delicious! I can’t wait to read this book. I LOVE Vivian’s books!
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  7. I burned through the first two books in this series. I LOVED them! I adore a good cowboy story. What made me laugh is I’m from Red Deer and spent a lot of summers with my cousins in Rocky Mountain House. I wasn’t sure where the small town was going to be so I got I kick out of it when I finally read where. Seriously great books and the characters are written wonderfully. Fingers crossed because March is LONG way away! Either way, thanks for the great read Vivian!

  8. Cowboys are inherently sexy, but Daniel is downright hot. A male who would turn down “just the benefits” is man worth going all in with!
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  9. So… since I first commented, I went and gobbled up the first two books. So much fun. Rocky Mountain Haven, in particular, is so sweet and tender that it’s still making me smile days later.

  10. Just gotta’ love Cowboys! And I’ve loved all of your books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

  11. I would absolutely LOVE to win an ARC of book 3! Not only do I love this series but the author is wonderful as well. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity 🙂
    Happy Reading,

  12. I love those re-learning to trust stories! It’s making me think of the differences though in how women in books handle men vs. how men handle women. It seems men more often turn into jerks who make their heroine miserable until they finally see the light. Hmmm…I’ll have to give this more thought.

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