Friday 22 February 2013

Familiarise Friday meets - Somebody Like You

Familiarise Friday welcomes Lynnette Austin, a fellow Wild Rose Press author, who has had a recent release with Grand Central Publishing. She's brought along her friend from  - Somebody Like You - for us to meet.

Lynnette - if you're friend is always as sunny as this  cover photo, he can come visit Familiarise Friday any time!

Hello. and who are you?

Hi, my name’s Cash Hardemann, and I’m (blushing) the hero in Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You. This is the first in a series she’s writing about my small Texas hometown.

Where do you hail from? 
I was born and raised right here in Maverick Junction, Texas, and this is where I plan to spend my life. I’ll raise my kids right here at the Whispering Pines Ranch. Texas—home of the Alamo, Lone Star beer, and the Dallas Cowboys. The sky is big and so are people’s hearts.

That sounds like a really well loved place, but what would be your ideal place to stay for a month?

If I had a vacation—something a rancher rarely has—I’d spend it at home, here by the lake in the house I built with my own two hands. Of course, I’d talk Annie into spending it with me. Toss in Staubach, my so-ugly-he’s-almost-cute dog, and what could be more perfect?

What would you do down at the lake?
I’d sleep past dawn, then while the fog was rising, I’d take Annie out on the lake in my canoe for our first cup of coffee. We could do some skinny-dipping, horseback riding, and lay in a field of bluebonnets with a picnic basket. Boy, looking at that, I think I must have it bad for Annie. Don’t tell any of the guys about this.

I can see what you look like, and I bet you're very popular with the gals, but tell me 6 things about yourself.
Well, I’ve got a little problem right now. Grandpa went to Vegas and came back with a knock-down-dead, meaner-than-spit bride two years older than me. I lost Grandpa a couple months ago, and now I might lose the ranch.
Added to that, I think I’m falling for a beautiful gal who came riding into Maverick Junction on a big, black Harley. The woman’s turned my world upside down. Thing is, she’s hiding a secret, and that’s got me worried.
I love my horse, my dog, my longneck beer, and my jeans, cowboy hat and boots—and maybe Annelise Montjoy. Not necessarily in that order, of course.

How do you think Annelise would describe you?

Annie’d probably tell you I’m loyal and dependable. She might add stubborn and bullheaded. Of course, being Harvard educated, she’d no doubt use fancier words. There’s a chance she’d say I have kind of a quick temper—but only when it’s called for. Oh, and she’d surely tell you I’m a great kisser!

Sounds like you might have to change your lifestyle. What would you change first?

There’s the problem of Vivi, my grandpa’s widow. Seems a day doesn’t go by that some kind of drama’s not going on with her. I need to resolve that. Then…I think it’s time for me to start considering settling down with a family. With my Annie. That might take some doing, though, because, well, I’m cowboy boots, and she’s champagne flutes. But we’re working on it.

If your life settle down what leisure pursuits will you to take up in 2013?

I want to go parachuting. I want to take more time to simply enjoy life’s small pleasures—studying the clouds on a beautiful, sunny day, teaching my friend Ty’s triplets (what a handful!) how to throw a football. I think I might buy a Harley, and Annie and I could do some riding. That would be fun.

What’s your most favourite way to travel?
I love riding across the Texas countryside on Moonshine, my stallion. For longer trips, I really enjoy piloting my own plane.

When you've got a moment to spare what kind of novels do you tend to read?
I love Robert Parker’s books. I like to read Lee Child and Harlan Coben—books with lots of action and a mystery. And, of course, Zane Grey with his stories of the American West. I grew up on his books.  

That was great to get to know a little about you, Cash. Thanks for coming to Familiarise Friday.


Cash Hardeman thought he'd have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovered that his gold digging step-grandmother will inherit the family ranch if he's not married by his 30th birthday. With the deadline just around the corner and no prospects in sight, Cash knows it's only a matter of time before he loses everything. But when Boston beauty Annelise blows into his life, Cash can't help but wonder if she's what he's been looking for all along.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy has come to Maverick Junction on a life-or-death mission. But living incognito in the small Texas town is nothing like she expected, and she's finding it difficult to keep her identity a secret--especially with a rough and tumble cowboy like Cash tempting her. It's not long before Annelise starts to wonder if she's finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will Annelise's secrets catch up with her before she and Cash can ride off into the Texas sunset?

Buy details:
Available in print and digital format @

Note from Lynnette!
Right now, my publisher, Grand Central Publishing, is offering the digital for only $1.99!

About the author: 

Lynnette Hallberg grew up in Pennsylvania's Alleghany Mountains, moved to New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she, her husband, and her Siamese cat divide their time between Naples, Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. She has a Master's in Educational Leadership and taught middle school language arts before leaving it to write full-time. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America's national Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest. Her books include Enchanted Evening from Kensington, and Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys, Chantilly Lace and A Pretty Face, and Night Shadows from The Wild Rose Press. Her newest, Just A Little White Lie, is scheduled for a September 2011 release from Carina Press. A lover of books, Lynnette loves to read and write and loves nothing better than to lose herself in her characters' world. Besides reading and writing, she loves to travel. She's visited all fifty states with the exception of Alaska. She's traveled extensively throughout Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Central America-always on the lookout for new characters or a new story. Visit Lynnette at
Author links:
Twitter @LynnetteHallbe

Thank you for coming to Familiarise Friday, Lynnette.  I wish you the very best for sales of all your books. 



  1. Love the voice in the interview. He sounds like a very lovable and sexy guy.

  2. Hi Cash! You sound like you have it bad...and like you have your work cut out for you! What a fun book! :-)

  3. Hello to both Sarah and Jessica. I echo what you say, Cash does sound like a fun guy and he just might have to work very hadd to get Annelise around to his thinking, if he wants her to 'make roots' with him!

  4. Yes, Annelise puts Cash through the wringer, but he's a rough and tumble cowboy--more than up to the challenge! I'm so glad you've enjoyed this. My thanks to Nancy for inviting Cash and I to her site today.

  5. My kinda guy and my kinda story! Good luck!
    Who doesn't love a cowboy with heart...

    1. Thanks, Mary! :) I think most of us have a soft spot for those cowboys. That was one of the things I liked best about living in Wyoming.

  6. Gosh, Lynnette knows the coolest dudes. And she's so willing to introduce them to her girl friends. What a gal! And you know somethin', I always preferred cool, hard Cash to anything else.

  7. Oh, that's good, Jean!!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Nancy, thanks so very much for sharing your inviting Cash and me to visit today. We've had a great time. Happy reading, y'all.

  9. Good to have Cash/oh dear...I mean you visit! Without the joking, the pleasure is mine!


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