THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULDN'T TAME... Dylan Garahan might be an old hand at lassoing fillies, but one night at the Lucky Star club, and he ends up wrapping his rope around someone that even his formidable strength can't tame. She's wily and beautiful... and she's his new boss. Dylan's had his heart broken before, but even an honest cowpoke has to wrestle with temptation...
UNTIL HE GOT HIS LASSO AROUND HER... Ronnie DelVecchio might be fresh off the bus from New Jersey, but she's a hard-edged businesswoman and has had her fill of men she can't trust -- although she might consider getting off her high horse for that big, handsome rancher with a Texas drawl.
I was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but alas, my parents moved back to northern New Jersey where I grew up, which if you've met me would explain a lot. I've always had my nose in a book, have traveled the world over, and even tested the time-space continuum, thanks to the awesome power of the written word.
My love for the written word is a gift from my parents, but the need to write was instilled by my 7th Grade English teacher. One of my writing quirks is that I love to include bits and pieces of my ancestors and ancestry in all of my books. Check out my fun facts and genealogy page to see which characters are named after family or friends.
Fate, destiny and love at first sight will always play a large part in my stories because they played a major role in my life. When I saw my husband for the first time, I knew he was the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I've loved him forever...well...more than half my life. Each and every hero I write about has a few of Dave's best qualities, his honesty, his integrity, his compassion for those in need and his killer broad shoulders. I'm such a sucker for a man with broad shoulders.
A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE (tentative title) – Welcome to Apple Grove Series, Book 1, 9781402268991/Nov 2012
JESSE – The Secret Life of Cowboys, Book 3, ISBN#: 978-1402265198/July 2012
DYLAN - The Secret Life of Cowboys, Book 2 ISBN#: 978-1402258077/Jan 2012
TYLER - The Secret Life of Cowboys, Book 1 ISBN#: 978-1402243752
A GIFT FROM HOME - Irish Western Series, Book 4 ISBN#: 978-1-59414-918-4/Aug. 2010
THE SAXON BRIDE - Medieval Trilogy, Book 2 (print) ISBN#: 978-0-9846-2676-2/Oct. 2010
THE LORD OF MEREWOOD KEEP - Medieval Trilogy, Book 1 (print) ISBN#: 978-0-9823-6100-9/Oct. 2009
OPERATION: L.O.V.E. “So Others Might live” ISBN#: 978-0-9823-615-8-0/May 2009
SULLIVAN’S CHOICE ISBN#: 978-1-9213-478-8-7/February 2009
PEARL'S REDEMPTION - Irish Western Series, Book 3 ISBN#: 978-1-59414-700-5/June 2008
THE RANCHER'S HEART - Irish Western Series, Book 2 ISBN#: 978-1-59414-574-2/Feb. 2007
A SCOT'S HONOR - Medieval Trilogy, Bk 3 (e-book) ISBN#:978-1-9213-4720-7/Aug. 2007
PATIENCE – ISBN#: 978-1-60154-065-2/May 2007
THE SAXON BRIDE – Medieval Trilogy, Bk 2 (e-book) ISBN#978-1-9213-4709-2/April 2007
THE LORD OF MEREWOOD KEEP, Medieval Trilogy, Bk 1 (e-bk) ISBN#978-1-9213-4705-4/March 2007
THE MARSHAL'S DESTINY - Irish Western Series, Book 1 ISBN#: 978-0-80349-511-1/Dec. 2001
An Interview with C.H. Admirand
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: C.H., thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Dylan and it's the second in your Secret Life of Cowboys trilogy. First, where did the idea for this thrilling trilogy?
CH:Hi Holly! Thanks so much, I'm delighted to be here today. :) The idea was actually one of the more embarrassing moments of my life...so far! LOL. It all started at RT in Houston...one of my author friends asked if I'd go with her to a local club to support her publisher and the Ellora’s Cave models. I didn't hesitate, but I also didn't ask any questions...Note to Self: Always ask questions in the future. When we arrived, there was a man behind the desk, he wasn't wearing a shirt, but I'd seen Chippendale dancers on TV before and knew they didn't either, so I figured I could handle this.
I was wrong...when he stepped out from behind the desk he was wearing a pair of teeny tiny crushed velvet briefs and I realized I wasn't in Kansas anymore! I don't get out much, unless it's to a writer's conference or convention...this was way out of my league! The first two acts came and went, but I wasn't paying attention...until the third act began and a tall, broad-shouldered cowboy swaggered on stage, wearing a black Stetson, black boots, leather chaps, and black briefs and suddenly my creative side flexed her fingers and asked: Why would a real cowboy be up on that stage? To save the Ranch! Once the plot started forming in my head, I started to pay attention to my surroundings because I knew I wouldn't be going back to do more research. :) LOL!
HH: How does Tyler kick off the series?
CH: Tyler is the oldest of the Garahan brothers. They need money to pay the mortgage and pay down the feed bill and although he didn't want to tell his brothers just how bad things were financially, he has no choice when he decides to take a night job. He answers an ad in Sunday's paper for a "Hardworking man, with a strong back and even temperament, apply in person." He thinks he's applying for a job stocking shelves in a bar, but after he accepts the job he realizes he's the entertainment! He’s already said he’d take the job and once a Garahan has given his word, he keeps it. But when he sees the redheaded bookkeeper with a splat of chocolate smeared across her shirt, he realizes that he wants to get to know her better and that things might not be as bad as he thinks they’ll be.
HH: How does Dylan continue it?
CH: When Widowmaker (one of their Longhorn bulls) tries to skewer Tyler to the barbed wire fence, the ladies of the Lucky Star unanimously vote that Dylan (as the middle brother) take over for Tyler until they can place an ad in the paper to fill the job. Dylan is very reluctant, and luckily only has to work there for a few nights. On the last night he’s scheduled to lasso the birthday girl and searches the crowd for her. A blonde, brunette and a redhead walk into the bar, but there’s just something different about the brunette—could be the blindfold. On cue, he raises the rope above his head and the brunette’s friends take off her blindfold as he lassos her. Sparks fly from the start, but Dylan and NJ divorcee Ronnie DelVecchio can’t fight the attraction…they’re meant for one another.
HH: What can you tell us about Jesse?
CH: Jesse is the youngest of the three Garahan brothers, and just has an extra dollop of Irish charm. He’s loved and been jilted by the same woman—twice—so he isn’t looking for love. He’s the only brother to fall in love with two women. On the way back from town he sees a car at the side of the road with its hood raised and steam pouring out from under it and a curvy woman with a rag in her hand—and he knows he has to stop her before she opens the radiator cap and gets a steam burn! He cranks the wheel and pulls a one-eighty, tires spitting gravel, scaring her so she stops and steps back. He’s about to read her the riot act until he hears a tiny little voice call “mommy.” He looks down at the tiniest little cowgirl he’s ever seen dressed in pink from the top of her cowgirl hat to the tips of her boots. When she looks up at him like he was John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry all rolled up into one man, he knows he’s in danger of falling hard for Danielle Brockway and little Lacy.
HH: What makes this series unique compared to what readers have seen to this point?
CH:The twist on how the cowboys are making extra money to keep their ranch going is unique. One hundred fifty years of Garahan blood, sweat, and tears have gone into the Circle G Ranch, and it’s up to the brothers to keep it going. I use family names in all of my books—my great, great grandmother was Ana Garahan, and I could just imagine my dark haired, dark eyed, handsome Irishmen as cowboys out in Pleasure, Texas. :)
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
CH: The first book in my small town USA series from Sourcebooks will be releasing in November. A Wedding in Apple Grove is set in Ohio and this time the series revolves around the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace. Their father has retired and turns the family business over to them to run…a handyman business…that’s right, my heroines know how to use power tools. Love is always in the air in Apple Grove and the proof is painted on the town’s yellow water tower in John Deere Green. But Megan Mulcahy wonders if she’ll ever see her name up there…her life is about to change when Daniel Eagan sees her walking along the top of the fence rail and pulls over to catch her as she loses her balance and falls…right into his arms.
My grandfather’s younger sister Margaret married Joseph Mulcahy…the perfect name for the father of the three Mulcahy sisters in my book. :)
HH: How much of your life is spent on your writing career?
CH: Last June I was lucky to have the opportunity to quit my day job and write full time. Between back-to-back deadlines, social networking, self-promotion, and writer’s conferences, this has become a full-time job! When I’m not writing, I’m babysitting our darling six-month old grandson, playing in our garden, or baking! (Not to mention the humdrum chores: grocery shopping, menu planning, cleaning…uggh!)
HH: What does it mean to you to be a writer?
CH: The first time I sat down to write the ideas and characters were just there—I can’t explain it any other way. When I started to write, it was as if a window opened and a breath of fresh air blew straight through to my soul. I knew, just knew, that this was something I was meant to do. It’s a gift…and I believe everyone has one. Sometimes we recognize them early on in life, sometimes much later. But I truly believe that our gifts are meant to be shared.
HH: What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
CH: Nora Roberts’ The Witness
My TBP (to be purchased pile) is much larger :)
HH: What plans do you have for the summer?
CH: Book two in my small town USA series: One Day in Apple Grove is due May 15th. I will be working on the script for my upcoming Digital Comic: Bring ‘Em Back Alive, from Sea Lion Books. For those who have read my historical Irish Western Series, it’s Michael Flynn’s story. I am so excited to be stretching my creative wings in this new direction. That’s due July 1st. Page Proofs for A Wedding in Apple Grove will be due in July. The third book Welcome Back To Apple Grove will be due September 15th, so I’ll be busy writing all summer!