Unless you’ve just been introduced to me for the very first time, you won’t be surprised when I play fangirl to my longtime pal, Megan Crane. And I’m not a fangirl because she is Dr. Crane and holds a Phd in Literature, or because she’s damn funny, or even because she puts up with me, but I’m a fan because she writes.
Megan’s heroes are to die for. I LOVE them. And her heroines are the perfect match for her heroes, too.
I don’t know how she does what she does, but CODY, her brand new bullrider story and the 4th in the multi-author American Extreme Bullriding Tour series is beyond delicious. I love it so much and I had a little chit chat with Megan about her amazing hero (and heroes!) and that’s coming up.
Megan’s interest in bullriders go back a number of years, too. We’ve been attending the PBR together for almost five years now, ever since we saw our first bullriding event together in Clovis, CA. Of course, Megan and I did a little shopping before Clovis, too, stopping at the enormous Boot Barn in Tulare, CA to make sure we had the right ‘accessories.’
Welcome back to my blog, Megan, and let’s talk bull riders!
Thanks, Jane, and I had so much fun writing this book! I’m so happy that I get to be a part of this amazing new Tule series, with so many authors I admire. And I’m thrilled that readers are responding so well to this book!
Jane: I love Cody. he is so strong and so 100% himself. Where did he come from? how did you get the idea for him?
Megan: He just sort of appeared that way!
He was clear in my head from the moment we started talking about bull riders. Probably because I’ve spent quite a few years daydreaming about bull riders, ever since you took me to my first PBR show all those years ago! Cody is an amalgamation of all my favorites. Plus, I just love a surly hero. Watching them fall in love makes my heart happy.
Jane: I love how you pair opposites attract. I think you do it better than anyone else I know. Who came first to you Cody or Skylar?
Megan: I think they came to me at the same time. I’d imagined Skylar and her pre-Cody situation a while back, when I came up with the whole, extended Grey family, so I knew who she was. Or who she used to be. And I’d originally planned to write her a different book. But then the bull rider series came along and I decided to pair her with my bull rider hero. And once I decided that, I knew her hero had to be utterly different from her fiance. And it all sort of flowed from there. Skylar’s in such a state of suspended animation in the beginning of the book. She needs someone to shatter it all into unrecognizable smithereens—and Cody Galen is just the man for the job!
Jane: Tell me three things you like about Cody .
Megan: 1. He’s very, very good at what he does. Everything he does. 😉
2. He has no idea how deeply he can fall in love and how it will transform him.
3. When he falls in love with Skylar, he falls hard and he learns from it, because that’s the bull rider way. And then he gets back up with every intention of winning, because that’s what makes him a legend.
Jane: Tell me three things Skylar likes about Cody.
Megan: 1. He treats her like she’s a flesh and blood woman, not a shrine to her lost fiance.
2. He lets her be whoever she wants to be, not what she’s expected to be.
3. He might pretend otherwise, but she knows he’s a good man, because no matter how surly he gets, he’s always good to her.
4. Um. He’s SO FREAKING HOT.
Jane: In your mind, what are the attributes of a great hero?
Megan: I like my heroes edgy and dangerous and maybe not all that nice. Because watching such tough, inaccessible men fall for the women who were put on this earth to wreck and redeem them just makes me happy. The great thing about a rough, harsh alpha hero is that however powerful and hard he is in the beginning, that’s exactly how hard and powerful and true he’s going to love his woman for the rest of his life. The more awful he is at the start, the harder and deeper he’ll fall. And I love watching them fall!
I also think that great heroes are reluctant, maybe because they give their all no matter what they do. I think sometimes these men know that once they fall in love, that’s it for them—so of course they do their best to avoid it!
Jane: Megan, I can talk books and heroes with you all day long!! And readers, be sure to visit one of these online retailers to download your own copy of CODY :
Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon UK
And if you love music with books, here’s a Megan Crane Bonus – Cody’s Playlist! :
“The Devil & the Huntsman”—Sam Lee & Daniel Pemberton
“If I Told You”—Darius Rucker
“Crazy for You”—Scars on 45
“Broken Halos”—Chris Stapleton
“That Feeling”—Cragan and Moroney
“White Liar”—Miranda Lambert
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”—Thompson Square
“To Be Without You”—Ryan Adams
“When I’m Small”—Phantogram
“Saving Grace”—Stellar Revival
“Colder Weather”—Zac Brown Band
“Out There in the Middle”—Robert Earl Keen
“Roller Coaster”—Bon Jovi
“Red Light”—David Nail
“Body Like A Back Road”—Sam Hunt
Megan, I have loved having you visit my blog and in case I didn’t already say it, I absolutely love Cody! In fact, I’m so excited about his story, I’ve got a fun giveaway for one lucky reader and it’s a box of my favorite Megan Crane reads! For a chance to win, tell me why you should be the one to win this ultimate Megan Crane fan girl book box! Contest ends Saturday with winner announced Sunday.
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Ackkkk!! I NEED these. I’ve strived to follow in yours and Megan’s footsteps as an author for years. The more I read from strong female authors the better I can be. Please!
I need to get with the program and catch up with her stories from this decade! Remember English as a second language?? So long ago! Thanks for the chance to win!
Love Megan’s writing! So lucky to have met her, too! The playlist is fabulous!
I love to read about cowboys I would love a paperback
LOVE Megan’s books! In fact I am taking her newest and yours on my flights tomorrow. Great playlist also!
Love Megan’s Harlequin Presents.
A great post thank you & I am LOVING all of the boots.
Reading the author’s interviews really warms up the characters, and makes them come alive for me. And the playlist..the soundtrack of the story. love it. Thanks.
Megan’s books are memorable. Thanks for this wonderful feature.
I would love to win this! I am a huge fan of Megan’s writing. And I loved Cody so much that I read the book in one sitting. Cody and Skylar are wonderful characters.
I’ve loved Megan’s writing since the first publication of English as a Second Language. She writes characters that you know and can identify with – strong female characters, solid male characters and perfect stories. So happy to see all of her success!
I’ve read almost half of the books in the picture. I would love to win this & share it with my friend who hasn’t read any of Megan’s books. Absolutely love your books Megan!
Because I love Cody as much as Jane. Also I got my 5 star reviews posted within a few hours of reading the book.
Good stack for summer reading
Omg I’d love this stack for summer reading!!
I love this cover and need to get more reading time in!! LOVE Cowboys the most!
Oh my goodness!! I need this so I can read this awesomeness! Her writing sounds like it is right up my alley. After a crappy 15 months of separation and then divorce, I definitely need some alpha males to delve into!! If you are a fan, then I clearly need to be too Either way, I know I will be delving into Megan’s book in the near future!!
I should be the one to win the Megan Crane big box of reader love because I love books, I love to read, and I am very intrigued now after seeing the interview you did with her. Oh and Cody is HOT, and I need more of him in my life… 😀 😀 😉
I’m still waiting on Megan’s coffee table photo book so I’ll have to make do with tangible paperback copies of her words! Love her style.
Love Megan ‘s books and they would look so pretty on my bookshelf. I’m reading Cody next!
Just started reading Megan Crane and I’m hooked. I would love a stack of summer reads!!
I’d love a chance to win this Megan Crane box of books, because I love her stories. I love how regardless of genre, she makes all of her characters easy to connect with. You either love them or strongly dislike them, and even in between, but there’s always something to connect to. I love the laughter, drama, and even tears. When you put them all together, you get some powerful tales.
I love bull riders! They are such strong athletes and so sexy! I spent my honeymoon in Vegas at the PBR!
I love Megan’s motorcycle bad boys, so now I need to binge on her cowboys! 🙂
I’d love to win the books because I LOVE Megan Cranes and Caitlin Crews stories very much and I love that she has visited my country NZ and genuinely likes it and I love her smile and her travel pics and especially especially the #oreganporn ones and I’m super jealous she knows other awesome authors like Maisey Yates lol.
I love Megan, not just as an author but as a person too! She is amazing!!
I just wanted to say that Megan Crane is a phenomenal writer. The way she is able to convey the strength and risk with the ultimate surrender of true love is amazing. In most if not all her books the heroine and heros fill the small spaces of each other. I certainly can’t wait to start CODY and see what lucious behavior and smart ass reality look like together
I need to read this. And I need to read it soon. Megan’s books are fantastic.
I just love your friendship! Your closeness is not only readily apparent…it’s encouraging and a joy to us to witness it. I, too, am a fan of rodeo…it’s been a very looong time since I’ve had the opportunity to see one in person though…and I absolutely love cowboys! (swoon) My first crush was my next door neighbor…who happened to be a cowboy. It solidified a lifelong crush with them…lol! I also happen to be a big Megan/ Caitlin fan! It totally works!
First of all Love both of your work!! Jane and Megan you are both authors that I have looked up to for years while I have been working on my own writing. Second I love that you were in the Boot Barn that is less than a Mike from my home. And I’m not sure of the year that you were at the Clovis Rodeo but my daughter drilled with the Rockettes there! So we possibly crossed paths while you were there! I love cowboy stories and so far that is all I have written. I would love to read more of Megan’s stories. Love her work!
First of all, I am a major Megan Crane fan. Love every and any thing she writes! Loved this blog,I like watching a “bad” man fall really fall too! I love your friendship too.
My first introduction to Megan was with Game of Brides & I simply loved it & couldn’t wait to get my hsnd on more. She is a heartfelt writer who adds so much intricacy to both stories & characters. They come alive!
Megan is one of the best writers. You cannot help but fall in love with her books. I have a few of her books in my collection and would love to add more.
I love her books, I lost my Husband to Kidney Cancer over 6 months ago & reading helps me get through the tough days. I live in a rural area & I don’t drive & books keep me busy. I’m in the process of trying to sell my house so I can move to my hometown of Chicago where I can get around on trains, buses & the subway. Thanks for this very generous giveaway.
I would love to win these books! I have been a rodeo fan since I was a kid. In my late teens and early 20s I traveled all over California with a friend going to every rodeo we could get to. We had such a blast! I started riding when I was very young, in the saddle with my mom at probably six months. Once I was old enough I began working with a neighbor learning barrel racing. Sadly we moved from Arizona and never stayed anywhere long enough to start back up. I always wished I had been able to continue and been a part of the rodeo life. Being around horses and rodeo is like going home. There are not many books about rodeo that I like, as some authors clearly know nothing about it. However, I know that if Jane is recommending these, I know I will love them!
I’ve enjoyed all of Megan’s Tule but books I’ve read up to now. Her books have never disappointed me they pull me in from the first page. Would love to read some of her other books. I love the friendship the two of you have. Thanks for the chance. Happy reading.
How have I never read any of Megan’s books? I must be living under a rock! This collection of books would certainly lure me out! The first one I will read is “I love the 80s” because I am an 80s girl. Then I’ll pass them on to my girlfriends who will be excited to hear I have Megan’s books to share 🙂
I have not read any Megan Crane books…but I would love to become a fan! If you recommend them thwy must be good. Besides, the mices shredded ( and had babies in) 2 huge boxes of my favorite books that I re-read over and over. Please…..and thank you for the opportunity.
Hi Jane I would love to win these because you can never have too many books by female authors. I have read most of the stories put out by Tule, but I haven’t read everything by Megan, so this would be the perfect opportunity. Thank you for the chance to win.
I need these books to round out my summer reading.
I would love to read the Megan Crane books I haven’t read & share the ones I have. I love that Megan is as down to earth as her characters in her stories.
I love Megan’s books and have read most of the ones your giving away but can’t wait to get Cody’s book! love cowboys for I cook for a lot of them on the weekends and they also some are bull and bronco riders, my good friend Penny is a barrel racer and her husband is a bull rider, they are who I cook for and their crew on their ranch! thanks for the interview and love going to the boot barn which I have to keep myself on a budget for I love their shirts! love the shirts in the photo! have a good week!
This would be such a dream win! I would have my summer reads covered!
I would love to win this since Megan Crane writes such great stories.
I would love to read these books. And since I first stepped foot into Wyoming 30 years ago, I felt like I was home. Still on East Coast for now, but I time I think I’m supposed to be a cowgirl!!! I was born in the wrong era!
Meghan and Jane are two of my favorite authors. I’ve downloaded most of the books about Marietta and Montana, and they have been my friends and companions throughout physical therapy and recovery, but sometimes, it feels so good to hold the physical book in my hands instead of my faithful Kindle, so I would really like to win this set of books. Although I love to read all kinds of romances, I am especially enjoying reading about cowboys and the PBR, as my husband used to ride bulls. Strong men and equally strong women who are human and have weaknesses but manage to overcome the odds are among my favorite guilty pleasures.
I should totally win this! I will read, love, review, and repeat. A book in my hands makes my heart happy and a nightstand filled with these to read would make my soul smile. Thank you for the chance. Have a blessed day.
I love Megan’s books and am her #1 fan and stalker. Just ask her. I loved Cody and Skylar!!
never read this author, so to read them
To add to my collection. Have lots of Crews books love to have Crane ones 😉 Now off to find Cody sounds so much fun and it great interview. Need to get them all. lol Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I am a fan of cowboys & cowboy stories, and a huge fan of country music! Plan to go to my first PBR show in Sept at Nassau Coliseum.
Looks like a wonderful collection! A full summer of reading!
I love Megan’s books. She makes you a part of each story!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
I absolutely love the covert. That face matches Megan’s description of Cody. I’d love to win this because I would love to read Megan’s books. Thanks for the chance. Good Luck everyone.
Sorry, it should be “cover”.
Because she’s a new to me author and it’s a great way for me to get started on her books!!!!
I would love to win this great selection of books. This is a great way to read a new to me author.
I love to read about Cowboys. Sounds good. Paperbacks are still my favorite.
What a lucky reader someone will be! This certainly is a fantastic selection of Megan Crane’s books. I’d be a happy lady if I were to win…
I don’t know if I deserve to win this but I want to!
Megan Crane is a new author for me. Love finding new books to read! Thank you!
Congratulations, #46 Barbara Preszler!! Your name was picked by Megan Crane as the winner of my ultimate Megan Crane fan girl book box!
Shoot me your mailing address and the package will be yours very soon. 🙂
Thanks to all of you for hanging out with Megan and I – and Cody!
Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you! When I first got the email saying that I had won the Megan Crane (and Caitlin Crews) books, I really didn’t believe it. But the box just came and I am so excited! I am so looking forward to settling in to read them all. There were several other little goodies in the box, such as a book bag, book marks, pen, note pad, etc. What a wonderful and unexpected treat this has been. Thank you!