Second Chance Cowboy, Rhonda Lee Carver
Available now at Lyrical Press


Rhonda Lee Carver is my special guest this week.  She writes romance which is a great fit for her because every thought she verbalizes seems to be romantic on some level.  Whether she is talking about her life, her heart, her children or even other people, you can tell that she looks at the world through romantic glasses.  If you ask me, that is a wonderful thing.

Her latest release, Second Chance Cowboy is now available from Lyrical Press.  We’ll start with an excerpt and then ask Rhonda a few questions.


Carly squeezed her hands into fists. “My poor husband. How difficult it is for him to manage his inflated ego and keep his zipper closed.”

“We’re divorced, remember?” His voice reeked of sarcasm.

She groaned in irritation. Her pulse pounded in her ears like the beating of a drum. Her claws were showing.

Chance didn’t blink an eye as he gazed at her across the room. “Honey, I can keep my pants zipped just fine. Problem is, you can’t keep your fingers off my zipper.”

Carly’s palm itched to slap him. “We live in a small town, Chance. How do you think it’s possible we haven’t run into each other more than three times in the last two years?” She cocked her chin. “Let me fill you in. I’ve done everything in my power to keep from bumping into you. Do you realize how difficult it is to plan my schedule weeks in advance so I don’t have to see you? Is that a description of a woman who can’t keep her fingers off your zipper?”

“No, more like a woman who’s afraid she’ll forget what screwed up our marriage in the first place, realize she’s made a huge mistake and get her ass back home.”

“Humph, fat chance that’ll ever happen.” She fumbled with the sheet in irritation and gave her hair a toss over one shoulder.

Damn, he did have a point, although she’d never admit it to him.

“Yeah, right, Carly, because you can’t ever forgive and forget, can you? You think you’re the only one who has lost, don’t you?” His eyes became steely pools of green. His voice turned low and controlled. “I lost Devon, too. He was my son–our son. How long are you going to keep blaming me for his death?”

Carly swallowed the painful lump in her constricted throat. “I don’t blame you.”

“Could have fooled me.”

“We both know why I left.”

“We do?” His bitter laugh split the air with its razor-sharp intensity. “I know you want to hold on to the belief that I am the bad guy who drove you away, but isn’t it time you took half the responsibility for the failure of our marriage?” A trace of compassion softened his expression. He tugged on his shirt and finger-combed his hair.

“It wasn’t my fault you cheated.” Once she said it, she wanted to yank the words back. Too late, just like their relationship.

“You’re a broken record, sweetheart. It’s not worth denying the accusation any longer. Maybe eventually you’ll believe your words and feel justified in leaving.  Devon died, Carly. He’s gone and we can’t change the truth. One of us needed to make the decision to let him go and I made it. I held out hope you’d eventually find a sliver of forgiveness in your cold heart. I guess I was wrong.”

The old wound broke open and her lungs emptied of oxygen. She wanted to lash out at him, tell him to go to hell, but the words didn’t come. Instead, she whispered, “I’m going to the bathroom. When I get back I want you gone.”

“Carly, you’ve become an expert at sucking all the joy out of your life and pushing away anyone who reaches out to you. You’re living in a self-made prison, founded on guilt and pain, and there is no key to unlock the cell door.”

What subgenres of romance do you write in? Why?

Paranormal, western, suspense, and erotica. I can’t seem to figure out which genre I enjoy writing most. For instance, I enjoy writing military erotica. Bad-ass heroes and erotica seem to go hand in hand, and everyone knows I absolutely love bad-ass heroes. Last year I wrote a paranormal. It was a blast, and different. After contracting it with Lyrical recently, I uncovered another I wrote a few years back and plan to polish it, add some zest and heat, and hopefully contract it also. After visiting Texas and surrounded by cowboys, it definitely got my motivational juices flowing for a cowboy story. Who knows what I’ll try writing next…

What common themes run through your stories?

Bad-ass heroes. A bad-ass with a soft heart for the heroine.

What would you like readers to take away from your stories?

Readers read romance to be swept away in fantasy, while finding bits and pieces they can connect with, or reflect with in their own life. I like believable characters who are filled with emotion and conflict.

What is your writing schedule like?

On a good day I will spend 8-9 hours at the laptop. I usually take the weekend off for a break and to spend time with my loved ones; however, I have been struck by the work bug on my days off. I’ll pull out my laptop and sneak in a few pages when no one is looking.

Do you have any other passions besides writing?

Having wee ones, I am mommy first. My children are my passion.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Nutella. Chocolate should have its own food group.

What relaxes you?

A long soak in a steamy bath.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasures change frequently. Right now, my guilty pleasure is those rare moments I have alone. I so dearly enjoy the peace and quiet.

What decade has been your favorite?

The 80’s baby. Good times (enough said).

What is your favorite way to promote your work?

Facebook. I have become a FB junkie. How is it possible for one to sit in their house and reach hundreds of people all over the world? There is something exciting about receiving a message from someone across the globe who just wants to tell you that they are a fan of your work. After all, pleasing fans is our ultimate goal.

Where is your favorite place to write?

Sitting at home, on my couch, covered in a blanket…because there’s no place like home.

What was your favorite vacation?

I would say but I believe my best vacation is yet to come.

If you had another career, what was it?

I was a Prevention Specialist for a Child Advocacy, non-profit center for ten years before I quit to write full-time.

If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?

I always thought I’d be a drag racer…seriously.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

That the first draft of a story is the last draft because it’s just that polished.

If you could describe yourself in only one word, what would it be?


Are you a cat or dog person?

Both. I have many cats (not enough space to name them) and two dogs. My boxer, Ari, thinks he’s one of the kids.

When the zombies take over, what will you do?

I’ll be fine. Since I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in so long they’ll think I’m one of them.

Vampire or werewolf?

Vampire…no, I mean, Werewolf. Uhh, nope changed my mind…Vampire. Wait, no, I mean Werewolf. Impossible to choose !!! As a society we have made Vampires and Werewolf’s into sex creatures. Need I say more??

Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.

My newest release, released in November 2010 with Lyrical Press, is a product of visiting San Antonio, Texas.

Before I left the state my mind was twirling and buzzing with ideas. I was on the airplane flying home and jotting down notes on the back of a paper napkin. I knew I wanted to create a story about lost love that becomes new again.

Chance and Carly’s marriage was torn apart by the loss of a child. On the eve of their divorce, they have a night of passion. Carly wakes up and she realizes she’s made a mistake. But fate has a twisted sense of humor. Falling down stairs, Carly wakes with amnesia, believing Chance is still her husband. Afraid to tell her the truth, and hoping this is his second chance at their relationship, Chance plays along. Along the way they are met with conflict, deep emotion, and issues of trust…and not to mention a villain who is out to bring Chance down by way of Carly. It’s a must-read story that is chocked full of emotion.


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