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Welcome Guest Blogger Vivian Arend and her Sexy Cowboys

I have read many of Viv’s books over the last couple of years and love them all.  She was able to travel with her family for most of 2011 and she is currently enjoying Eucador.  She has a sexy cowboy series out and book 2 releases on 1/10/12.  She also wanted me to let you know that her website was hacked recently and they are working to get it restored  I hope you enjoy her visit.

Writing romance with children around

I started writing seriously about three years ago, and at the time I was also homeschooling my two children. The family rule had always been they could interrupt me at the computer if they needed help on school tasks—they were old enough to be fairly independent learners, and once I’d organized them for the day I supposedly had time to work on my own projects.

Suddenly I was in the situation of being immersed in a work in progress—an emotional exchange between the hero and heroine, or worse yet, a sensual one—to be interrupted with a “Mooooooooom. I can’t figure out how to…what are you writing?”

I learned very quickly how to use the dim screen option, especially since my ‘office’ was a little table just off the kitchen. As the family worked through the day’s tasks, my kids were constantly around, and I had to learn when to ignore them and when to save a scene for a little more private time writing. Five a.m. seemed to be just about perfect, until that one morning I realized my daughter was standing behind me, staring groggily at the keyboard. Fortunately she was asleep enough to have no interest in reading over my shoulder!

My reality as a writer? I have kids, and they know I write kissing books—and as they’ve grown older it’s now the source of some teasing, some rolled eyes (on my 18 yo son’s part), but mostly it’s something they don’t even blink at. As my daughter told me, “You and daddy are still in love. Of course you believe in happily-ever-after.”


 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 about romance.


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


12 Responses

  1. i loved book 1 🙂


    • Thanks, Regina.

      And while I love Jaxi and Blake, I will make that terribly un-author like confession and say that I like book 2 even better than book 1, and book 3 the best (so far)

      It feels as if I’m getting to know the family better, and can share their story better.

  2. I love that you write “Kissing Books”! That’s hysterical and sort of cute. Your couple do kiss, it’s just WHERE and how much that matters.

    Welcome to ENLR. Glad to have you here

  3. I can absolutely relate to homeschooling and writing. I’m homeschooling three, with a toddler on the side. None of which are independent learners yet. Not completely anyway. When school is out I can write during the day, otherwise it’s early morning (yeah right) or late at night (when I’m struggling not to fall asleep). But like working moms, we do it!

    Great post Heather and Vivian!

    • Exactly. Just get it done. And the homeschooling got so much more hands off as they got older, although so much more mentally twisted–if you know what I mean. They did more work but I did more planning. It was worth it!

  4. Yep, writing with the kids around can be a real challenge. Luckily, my boys are now both teens, so they no longer interrupt me too much.

    I’m jealous of your extended travel. Where else did you stay in 2011? Do you have a favorite?

    • Gwen, we did a loop around all of North America–down the west coast, across New Mexico, Texas etc to Florida and then up the east coast and back into canada. The final leg had us crossing the northern states to return to Bristish Columbia.
      Favorite place? Tough decision, but we loved Joshua Tree in California, San Antonio, San Padre Islands, and kayaking in the everglades.

  5. From now on I’ll tell people I’m reading “kissing books”! 🙂 Very good expression for romance books.

  6. I do not write “kissing” books but I do read them. I love when the kids come over and ask me all kinds of questions about what I am reading and if they can read it. My daughter thinks it is funny to see half naked men on the cover. I always get a giggle. She is 11 so I am sure it won’t be long until she is reading them,

    Thanks for the chance to read them.

  7. Thanks for guesting for us, Viv! The series looks great.

    I have a great deal of respect for homeschoolers, as I could never have done it. We’re luckily (and deliberately) in a really good school district.

    Most of my writing time is with the kids around, too. I try to position my monitor so they can’t see it before I know they’re there. LOL

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