AAD Author Spotlight: Cat Johnson

Posted December 12, 2011 by Jen in Authors After Dark, giveaway Tags: , , , , ,

Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Cat Johnson. As an author of contemporary romance in genres including military, cowboy, ménage and paranormal, Cat uses her computer so much she wore the letters off the keyboard within a year. As a self-proclaimed promo ‘ho, she is known for her creative marketing and research practices. Consequently, Cat has sponsored bull riding rodeo cowboys, owns an entire collection of cowboy boots and camouflage shoes for book signings and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. In her real life, she’s been a marketing manager, professional harpist, bartender, tour guide, radio show host, Junior League president, wife and avid animal lover.
Cat is here today to share with us a little about her upcoming contemporary romance, COLE.  And KEEP READING for your chance to win a copy of her recent release, JAREDDetails for GIVEAWAY are below.
Cat is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE
Please help me welcome Cat to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Cat…
No teenage girl will ever forget her first love. I still remember mine, the neighbor boy who lived across the street. He moved away after he graduated high school. My poor broken teenage heart… I got over him, of course, but as I said, you never totally forget.
Something similar happens to my heroine when the boy she’s had a crush on forever graduates and goes away, first to college, then to play in the big leagues. But there’s one difference between Lizzie and me, my heroine Lizzie is left with a lifetime reminder of her love for Cole, and now that Cole is back in town ten years later, how is she going to hide their ten-year old son?
Below is the blurb and excerpt from my December 27th release, Cole.
Enjoy!
More about COLE… 
(Red, Hot & Blue, Book 5)
One night can leave a trail a decade long.
Ten years ago, a wicked curve ball and a scout for the major leagues gave Cole Ryan his big break. Before he set foot on the bus to training camp, Lizzie Barton gave him everything…then inexplicably broke his heart.  Now he’s back in Pigeon Hollow with a bum arm and a cancelled contract. Lizzie is still there, still keeping her secrets. Still haunting his dreams.
To make sure Cole would have the future he wanted, Lizzie kept her crush on her older brother’s best friend to herself. But in this small town, there was no hiding the results of her one and only night in his arms. With Cole away playing ball, it was easy to pretend he would never know. But now that he’s back it’s only a matter of time.
Right about the time Cole figures out what he left behind, cameras for a reality TV show arrive to film Lizzie’s brother. And suddenly Cole is scrambling to keep the spotlight out of his and Lizzie’s private life…and to convince her they can still make both their dreams come true.
Warning: Contains love that conquers a decade of sitting on the bench…and one night of sex that resulted in a big change in two lovers’ lifetime stats.
Releases in eBook December 27, 2011
Excerpt:
Cole glanced at Lizzie’s profile as she watched the field. He let out a big breath of frustration. He had to get away from her for a little while. How this emotion could still exist after all this time was beyond him, but there it was, suspiciously feeling a lot like pain. 
“I’m going over to say hi to Bobby.” 
“What? You can’t.” Lizzie grabbed his arm in a claw-like grip. 
He frowned down at her hand. “Why not?” 
“Because they’re in the middle of a game, that’s why not. You of all people should know better.” 
He raised his brow in shock. “I may be injured and no longer in the majors, but do you really think those kids don’t want some coaching advice from the formerly great Cole Ryan? Come on, Lizzie. What’s really wrong with you?” 
“Nothing’s wrong with me.” 
“Then give me back my arm.” What was this all about? Maybe she didn’t want him to leave her? Could she still care? His heart leapt at that. “I promise, I’ll come back and talk to you about us later, if that’s what you want.” 
She dropped his arm like he’d electrocuted her. “That’s not it.” 
Her intensity took him aback. 
“Fine.” Cole rolled his eyes at his own stupidity and stalked away toward the field. Bobby was hanging onto the cage watching the hitter at bat when Cole came up behind him. “Need any coaching help from a former major leaguer?”
His joke was answered by Bobby spinning around. Instead of a welcome or a smile, his childhood best friend pulled back one arm and greeted him with a fist to the face. Bobby hit him so hard, the next thing Cole knew he was on his ass staring up at the sky. Then he could no longer see the sky, because the kids on both teams and most of the parents surrounded him in a tight circle. 
Cole struggled to sit up and gingerly touched his jaw while looking at Bobby’s angry face. If he stood now Bobby would probably just punch him again, so he stayed where he was for the moment. He’d vowed ten years ago that if Bobby beat the crap out of him for having sex with Lizzie he’d allow it. He just never imagined Bobby would come to collect ten years later. He guessed some offenses had no statute of limitations.
His train of thought was interrupted when the pitcher he’d admired from the bleachers broke through the crowd. “Uncle Bobby. Why did you punch him?” 
With his mind still foggy and working a little slow from the punch, Cole took a moment to wonder why Lizzie didn’t just say he was her and Bobby’s nephew. 
The kid must be their older sister Mary Sue’s son, so why would Lizzie not tell him that? 
The kid glanced into the crowd. “Mom. Get him some ice out of the cooler.” 
When Cole looked to see Mom, she turned out to be a Lizzie. She was a little paler and looking not so happy as she sent Cole a look, but it was Lizzie nonetheless. It was a good thing Cole had remained sitting on the ground, because that would have knocked him on his ass again otherwise. 
Head still spinning, he stared at the boy and realized he looked nothing like his mother and everything like Cole himself. He took a shaky breath and asked him the question he feared the answer to most. “You’ve got some pitching arm on you, boy. How old are you anyway?” 
The boy smiled proudly. “I’ll be ten in February, sir.”
GIVEAWAY:  Thank you Cat for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About.  Cat is graciously giving away one (1) electronic copy of JARED, RED, HOT & BLUE book #4 and the precursor to COLE. (for more on JARED, click HERE). Please leave your comments for Cat by Thursday December 15, 2011, at 9:00 PM EST to be eligible for the contest. One entry per person, the winner will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. Contest is open internationally; please leave your email address so the author can send you the book. Thank you to Cat for this fun giveaway!

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11 responses to “AAD Author Spotlight: Cat Johnson

  1. Just from that small excerpt you have my attention! Reads great and looking forward to starting to collect these books to my library.

  2. Loved the blurb and excerpt. I am putting this on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win!
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  3. Oh Wow… sexy covers and a story that sounds awesome!! I need to put this on my review list!!

    Riane
    riane at kinkybookreviews dot com