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Avon’s publicity department contacted me and wondered if I would be interested in giving away a gift certificate for cowboy boots in conjunction with promoting Lori Wilde’s A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS, which was on sale October 29, 2012 . Heck, yeah, I replied.  This is actually the perfect time for you to read a book, all full of Halloween candy.  (I think I may have a candy hangover this morning.  On to the giveaway sponsored by Avon.

Updated: Our winner is Lisa Posillico-Filipe.  Thanks for entering folks!


There are those of us with a passion for cowboy boots – and those of us with a passion for cowboys. Avon Books is celebrating both with a fun giveaway in honor of Lori Wilde’s A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS, out 10/30/12.  Simply enter the Rafflecopter widget for a chance to win a $300 gift certificate to Zappo’s. The contest ends on November 6, 2012.  If you’re like Jane, you’d splurge on a pair of Fluevogs for yourself…but Lori would encourage you to go for a kickin’ pair of hot red high-steppers!

A Cowboy for Christmas Lori Wilde

In A Cowboy for Christmas, heroine Lissette Moncrief has a thing for sexy cowboys in tight fitting jeans. She’s a sucker for John Wayne’s swagger, Sam Elliot’s voice and Clint Eastwood’s flinty-eyed gaze. Ever since she was a teenager, when a fortune-teller predicted that a cowboy was her destiny, Lissy’s been searching for her Cowboy Mr. Right. It’s Christmas – who is the cowboy that she wants under her tree?

It’s Christmas morning and there’s an extra large box underneath the Christmas tree and it’s got your name printed on it in big letters. Santa has been good to you this year.

Your heart pounds with excitement as you edge closer. The package is tall. Over six-feet and wrapped in silver foil paper. You step closer. You’ve never seen a Christmas present quite this big and shiny.

But then the package moves!

You’ve never seen a Christmas present move before. Something inside that box is alive! Nervous, but intrigued, you inch closer. Your fingers tremble as you reach up to tug on the bright red ribbon.

You give that ribbon a yank and the box falls open on all four sides. Your breath catches.

Standing in front of you, is the buffest man you’ve ever seen, washboard abs, sinewy thighs, biceps the size of navel oranges, the works. He’s as naked as the day he was born, except for a black Stetson, battered black cowboy boots and a strategically placed big (and we do mean big) red bow.

His head is dipped down so the brim of his Stetson covers his eyes. He cocks his hands on his hips.

Your hands are clammy and your mouth is dry.

Slowly, his head comes up.

Your heart is hammering so hard you can barely hear yourself think.

His eyes meet yours.

You stop breathing.

He drills you with an intense gaze that sets your body on fire. That look says he wants you, and only you, until the end of time.

You can’t believe it. You know him! This is the cowboy you’ve been dreaming of.

He holds out his hand and murmurs your name.

You sigh happily and sink against his chest. He wraps his arms around you. The big red bows falls off and then the fun really begins…

The cowboy in Lissette’s box is Rafferty Jones, the hero from A Cowboy for Christmas. Want to know what cowboy Lori would love under her tree? (And she’s not allowed to say her husband, because she already made us jealous in this post about the man in chaps). The answer is: James Garner as Maverick. “I like the playful cowboys,” she reveals.

So – what cowboy would you want to find wrapped up under your Christmas tree? Tell us in the comment area below (or link to your favorite pair of boots).

Yee haw, ladies, yee haw.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Lisa J
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:15:06

    The cowboy I would want is Johanna Lindsey’s Angel. Just thinking of him makes me smile (and want to reread the book).

  2. Ruthie
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:34:19

    This contest comes at a good time, as I’m currently obsessed with cowboy boots. When I tried to do the Rafflecopter, I couldn’t see any way to enter my e-mail in the field. It was just a blank where an entry field should have been. But when I typed it (and saw nothing on the screen), I hit enter, and it worked. Just FYI, in case anyone else has that problem.

  3. Jane
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:37:07

    @Ruthie: Hmm. Rafflecopter should say “Login to enter this giveaway” and then give you a facebook option or an email option. It is blank for you though?

  4. Ruthie
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:42:53

    @Jane: I was already logged in (“Hi Ruth”), and my option said “choose your own task.” It told me to enter my e-mail address, but there didn’t appear to be anywhere to enter it. But then when I typed it, it worked, and now it says I’ve entered, so I’m wondering if the field was somehow invisible but still there… don’t know. Could be some glitchy little system incompatibility thing.

  5. Suz Glo
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:56:21

    I had the same experience with Rafflecopter but I did not think to try typing my email. So I got my “done” message but did not share my email. Sorry! I was signed in to Rafflecopter so I would think my email will be available that way in the unlikely event I actually win this thing!

    My favorite boots are black suede with a wedge heel and fur lining from Nine West. But the best part is they are convertible — a zipper by the ankle allows you to wear them knee length or ankle length.

  6. Rebe
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:58:45

    Despite how truly awful Cowboys vs. Aliens was, I’d love to find the cowboy Daniel Craig under my tree. Who wouldn’t?

  7. Rebe
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:05:06

    @Rebe: I should add that I had the same problem as Ruthie and Suz, but like Suz I was already logged in , so you should still have my email.

  8. AnnB
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:06:11

    James West from the original “Wild, Wild West” television show. I had such a crush!

  9. Andrea M.
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:13:38

    You’ll find my favorite boots at the following link:
    I would love to find these under the Christmas tree.

  10. MrsJoseph
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:24:39

    @Lisa J: I’m so with you on Angel! I’d love to find him under my tree.

  11. CrystalGB
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:28:51

    Love her books.

    {edited by Jane – added you}

  12. Dawn Emry
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:45:45

    Hardy Cates!

  13. Nicole
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:49:38

    It had me already logged in under Facebook, nowhere to enter email.

    I’d use this to buy a pair of Frye boots. And it’s the perfect amount to do that! I’d want Angel from Johanna Lindsey too. Love that book. And love Lori Wilde’s books, too.

  14. Melissa
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 12:12:10

    I used to Kathleen Eagle’s hero’s. I can’t remember what book it was that that described the hero’s ugly feet, but that’s stuck in mind for years.

  15. Kim in Hawaii
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:00:27

    I’ll trade the cowboy for Adam Beach from the First Nation. Loved him in Windtalkers … and even during his guest appearance on H50.

  16. Lisa J
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:35:07

    @MrsJoseph: Just remember, he’s all mine.

  17. erinf1
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 14:02:49

    OK… I’ve been a “city” girl for my entire life and one of my secret desires has been to get/own a pair of cowboy boots. They might not be worn out of the house w/out liquid courage but still! Fantastic giveaway :)

    Oh and I didn’t enter my email either… my login in was erin f hopefully email available through rafflecopter and commenting :)

  18. Renda
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 15:27:12

    I had the same issues as previously mentioned. I tried to type an e-mail in, nothing appeared. I hit the button and the entries went up by one.

    I assume I am entered. Well, I will admit no matter how much weight I lose, my calves won’t go in a boot. Damn this peasant stock. But my lucky daughter has her dad’s gorgeous legs so she will be happy to use it for me.

    But I am just getting into cowboy love. I must admit Carolyn Brown’s books didn’t do it for me so I am looking for someone else to glom.


  19. Leslie
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 16:04:23

    It’s so timely, I just bought some Lori Wilde books this morning for my Mom who loves romances with cowboys.
    I’d love a pair of Jimmy Choo black motorcycle boots or some Blundstones, but red cowboy boots could be a lot of fun!
    OMG! Fluevogs were the thing when I was in grad school. I bought my first pair of Docs at John Fluevog in Seattle and I have a pair of green and purple lace ups shoved somewhere in the back of my closet! I am so wearing them tomorrow (if I can find them) and will be thinking of you Jane. Fluevogs are so funky, but gorgeous all at the same time.

    I was a bit confused about email entry, but I figured it out eventually.

  20. Brandy
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 16:13:28

    Since my Daughter ruined my last pair of boots when she borrowed them, I could use a new pair and if they were an impractical red or a rather sedate black, well. That would be nice. *g*

    Hmm, cowboys…. There’s something so appealing about a man who works so hard for his livelihood and family. I’d have to say James Garner from Maverick, even though that was before my time there’s something about him…. Of course, there’s also James Garner in Murphy’s Romance. I know, he was older, but still had that charm…..

  21. Booklover1335
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 16:30:37

    I’d take any one of Lorelei James’ cowboys!

  22. Danielle D
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 17:15:16

    I love all cowboys. I have no favorite but growing up my fav was Sugarfoot!!!

  23. DivineKittyCat
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 17:53:46

    How about cowboy Doctor Who? That would be nice!

  24. Patti
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 18:25:53

    I too, had problem with the rafflecopter. I don’t have a facebook page and the email option never opened.

    {edited by Jane – added you}

  25. Victoria Zumbrum
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 18:58:06

    I couldn’t enter my email address either. I love cowboys. I loved Harrison Ford as a Cowboy in Cowboys vs Aliens. Please enter me in contest.

    {edited by Jane}

  26. Jane
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 19:01:34

    If you are logged in, you should just be able to press the “Do It!” button but I’ve added the ones who’ve left an email.

  27. Eliza Evans
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 19:01:35

    I think The Doctor as a Cowboy would be pretty nice, myself, DivineKittyCat! :)

    (I entered my email address when I logged in. Hope that worked.)

    Thanks for the contest! I’m such a Zappos addict.

  28. Collette
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 19:53:06

    In a land far, far away called Kansas, in a time long, long ago, I had my own cowboy…Merle. (No, seriously. And I won’t tell you what my name would’ve been but the alliteration was not pretty.) I’m fairly certain that one was enough. ;-)

  29. Virginia Campbell
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 20:23:04

    Sam Elliott is the love of my life : ) He’s the “real deal”! He was born in Sacramento, CA and grew up in Oregon. One of his grandfathers was a “gen-u-ine” Texas Ranger. Sam has one of the greatest voices ever–that sexy Southern/Western drawl. Even though he’s often rough and tough, he can be quite courtly and charming. The way he says, “Thank you, Ma’am” melts me right down to the ground : )

  30. Nadia Lee
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 02:21:08

    Jane – I think I did the rafflecopter wrong. When I did it on my iThing, it said OK & gave one entry, but then it crashed, so when I tried it again on my PC, it looks like it entered me too many times.. :sigh:

    Anyway, onto the cowboy — the younger version of Clint Eastwood… :)

  31. Margaret
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 07:02:31

    Great contest! I’ll take Drifter from Meljean Brook’s Demon Night for my cowboy. Especially with the wings!

  32. Jenn
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:29:09

    So many cowboys to choose from! Lorelei James’ Rough Riders would all be welcome!

  33. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:30:14


    That is an awesome book!


  34. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:35:05


    I’ve got two pairs of cowboy boots and love them! They are so comfortable.


  35. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:37:20


    I like the slant of the riding heel.


  36. BJ
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:37:38

    Candy Hangover…LOL
    I wished people out here actually gave out juice boxes and crackers…pencils and erasers!!!
    My daughter thought it was awesome so be it…love country living :)
    Wouldn’t mine a cowboy for Christmas myself…sound nice…. :)
    Thanks for the contest…the boots would be perfect!!!!

  37. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:38:21


    Daniel Craig.


  38. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:39:19


    Aw yes, loved The Wild Wild West, while James was hot, for some weird reason I had a crush on Artemis Gordon.

  39. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:39:52



  40. Missy Emery
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:41:10

    I am with Ann B ~ I had such a crush on Robert Conrad from Wild, Wild West but would gladly take any of the hot, hunky, cowboys that I always see posted on all my favorite authors FB page!!!

  41. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:42:48


    Hardy Cates rocks.

    I love Lisa Kleypas’s heroes!

  42. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:43:23

    @Danielle D: Sugar foot. Hadn’t thought about that in a long time.

  43. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:43:56

    @Leslie: You are so sweet! I hope you mom enjoys the book!

  44. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:45:13

    @Brandy: I have two pairs of cowboy boots, black and red.

  45. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:45:59

    @Kim in Hawaii: Have to admit I’m out of the loop. Never heard of Adam.

  46. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:46:35

    @Booklover1335: She does write some sexy heroes.

  47. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:47:17

    @Renda: Carolyn Brown is so funny! Good luck in the drawing!

  48. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:48:04

    @Suz Glo: Have you ever worn cowboy boots?

  49. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:48:42

    @Missy Emery: Sounds like you just like those cowboys.

  50. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:49:50

    @BJ: LOL!

  51. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:50:33

    @Jenn: Ride ’em rough, huh? LOL.

  52. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:51:06

    @Booklover1335: Lorelei needs to write more cowboys to keep up with the demand!

  53. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:51:44

    @Virginia Campbell: You do have a serious crush, Virginia. Sam does have the ultimate cowboy voice!

  54. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:52:13

    @Margaret: Good choice!

  55. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:52:53

    @Nadia Lee: Like the hards as nails type?

  56. Donna B
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:01:32

    Tom Selleck in any of the westerns where he played a cowboy. Yum. Don’t know if I’m equipped for a pair of cowboy boots at my age, but a nice pair of Uggs would be grand!

  57. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:16:03

    @Collette: How fun!

  58. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:16:44

    @Donna B: @Donna B: @Donna B: My 85 year old mother-in-law still wears cowboy boots!

  59. Lori Wilde
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:18:13

    @erinf1: @Eliza Evans: A doctor cowboy. Hmm, that’s an idea for a book.

  60. Donna B
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:28:50

    @Lori Wilde: That puts me to shame. Not quite to 85, yet.

  61. Mary Dieterich
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:55:46

    Tom Selleck in any of the Sackett movies!

  62. linda gwiazdowski
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 12:24:59


  63. Lori Howe
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 12:56:54

    For heavens sake, Jane, your Christmas gift tease was just that.. Now write the story to go with it! In the mean time, we can make sure the Wilde cowboy is up to snuff, (.. as it he isn’t.. Lori’s good at that).
    As for a cowboy: Picture Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing as a Young Buck, with Howard Keel’s height & voice. (I love those old musicals)

  64. Gail D
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 13:00:17

    My grandpa made me fall in love with cowboys.

    And I understand candy hangover!! Lol

  65. Lori P
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 13:53:12

    I pretty much love all cowboys ;)

  66. Maureen
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 05:05:46

    If I could buy any cowboy boot here is what I would pick:

  67. Julie Lippo
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 10:30:46

    Ohhhhhh I want to read this one!!! Love country boys and cowboys!!

  68. patoct
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 21:49:13

  69. Michelle Harlan
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 10:49:36

    The cowboy I’d want to find under the Christmas tree? George Strait!!! I’ve had a crush on him since I was in middle school & used to attend his yearly music festival here in San Antonio. Not only does he sit a horse well, the man can sing & just keeps getting better looking! Yep, I’d love to find him under the tree!
    As for cowboy boots…they are my favorite type of shoe! I wear them more than anything else & my current fave is the Justin Gypsy line. They’re reasonably priced, super comfy & come in lots of cute color combos. My favorites are the ostrich leather ones.

  70. Penney wilfort
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 12:47:41

    I like to see Alan Rickman in jeans and cowboy boots (Pro. Snape)
    Great blog!

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