Amber Leigh Williams presents…


Today I have the singular honor of having awesome author Amber Leigh Williams with me to talk about her latest release, Bet It On My Heart. I’ll just sit here with my chocolate banana nut muffins and a mocha and let Amber have the round pen.

Welcome Amber! Take it away.

Hi Calisa! Thank you for hosting me at your site today. 🙂

I had buckets of fun writing BET IT ON MY HEART! Although the story wraps up a trilogy, it stands alone for several reasons. After completing the first two books in the Ridges of Wayback, Texas trilogy, I thought that writing Keefe’s book would be an enormous challenge. How does the playboy of Wayback become a great hero? And I simply could not tell his story unless I was convinced he could be great. When it came down to it, Keefe made the most heroic gesture of all the trilogy’s heroes, which pleased both his heroine, Calli, and me to no end! Probably because over the course of story she and I both learned to believe in him – the real man underneath that sexy, wild cowboy exterior.

I love how characters grow on the page. Surprisingly enough with Keefe, it didn’t take much prodding at all from yours truly for that heroic side of him to really get going. He even manages to surprise himself, my favorite moment in the story…beside his and Calli’s unforgettable roll in the hay 😉

I can’t wait to read this one, Amber. Do you have a snippet to whet our appetites?

Hope you enjoy your peek into BET IT ON MY HEART…. And hey, here’s to great heroes! 🙂


by Amber Leigh Williams


Keefe Ridge’s bronc-busting days are nearly over. Despite that and the fact that he is slowly making his dream business venture a reality, Wayback’s wildest cowboy doesn’t see any reason to settle down. He is even willing to bet that marriage isn’t in the cards at all for him.

Agent Calli Morlani came to Wayback on a mission: to bring Stella Ridge back to Hollywood . When Stella refuses, she dares Calli to take in some local color and see what Wayback has to offer. Whether that includes Stella’s devastatingly charming brother becomes irrelevant once Calli finds herself in bed with him – in more ways than one…

Will it take a tough city girl to make the Wayback playboy finally fall long and hard? Or will Keefe give Calli a reason to stay? Place your bet!


“Are you a gift from God or do they make all the men like you around here?”

“What’re you talking about?” he asked with a chuckle, threading his fingers through hers and pulling her close, navel to navel.

“You ride a horse like a Trojan warrior,” she pointed out. “You happen to look like one, too, minus the hat and boots. You’re ninety-nine-point-nine-nine percent charm. And you also happen to be a fabulous dancer.” She tilted her head curiously. “All that’s missing is ‘Great Kisser.’”

He lowered his lips. They brushed hers as he murmured, “Got that covered.”

Her eyes drifted to a close while he lingered a breath away, teasing her. That fresh smell of his wrapped her close and warm. “Of course, you do.” Her lips parted under his to accept the full depth of his smoldering kiss. The hands she’d twined at the nape of his neck fell limp on his collar. Her head bowed back into his cupped palm as his tongue danced over hers in firm, languid strokes.

Heart pattering, breath stalling, she hardly noticed the hum that escaped her throat. His hand was trekking down her back, long fingers inciting the skin underneath the zipper of her dress.

The song ended, but she didn’t break away from him when applause sounded around them and people began to nudge past them on and off the dance floor. His hands gripped her hips as the kiss intensified. Good God.


BET IT ON MY HEART © Amber Leigh Williams

Watch the fun sexy book video dedicated to the readers of the Wayback, Texas series:

BET IT ON MY HEART is available now in ebook from The Wild Rose Press:

Now available for Kindle readers:

Readers can also buy BET IT ON MY HEART as part of the Ridges of Wayback, Texas audio book collection:   

If you’d like another glimpse into Keefe and Calli’s story, read a fun, flirty deleted scene from the book here:

Great covers and I love cowboys, so this is one that will find a place in my tbb. Thanks for coming today Amber!

Join me Thursday, the 20th, for a super 3-book give away from the fabulous Jill James.


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 10/18/2011, in Promotion, The Wild Rose Press and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Amber, that sounds like a great read. Hope you have many sales!


  2. It’s been an awesome day with you, Amber! Good luck in your writing and on your release! Feel free to continue to field comments.


  3. Loved the excerpt, Amber Leigh. I wish you all the best with this one. 🙂


  4. I was glad to see AJ survived the shopping spree to relish in a cowboy. 🙂


  5. Calisa, no worries. Comments are moderated at my blog, too 🙂


  6. AJ, hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the peek into BET IT!


  7. Debra, I’ll be looking for that cowboy in your trilogy – can never have too many of those in the TBR 😉 Thanks for stopping by!


  8. Sweet Lawd! Gotta love that excerpt! Great job, Amber! I was so happy to get a peek inside Bet it on my Heart. Sounds delicious!!


  9. Ooooh, I love those playboy cowboys.

    In my trilogy, it also ends with a cowboy, who in the past has refused to commit, but now finds love might not be all that bad!


  10. Oops- Sorry Amber. I had you stuck in moderation for some reason. I think I’ll go check my settings now. 🙂


  11. Alicia, thanks for stopping by!


  12. Sandy, the thing I love most about Keefe is the part of him I least expected – the fact that he is a real man. Thank you for visiting 🙂


  13. Christine, YUM is definitely correct, lol – so glad you enjoyed Keefe’s excerpt 🙂


  14. Gale, I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt! It’s one of my favorite parts of the book…there are so many, though, it’s hard to choose!


  15. Calisa, thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog!


  16. Neecy, thanks for visiting! Cowboys pique my interest too 🙂


  17. Great post…your book sounds wonderful, Amber. Congratulations!


  18. Amber’s hero sounds yummy, a real man, and a cowboy.
    Does it get any better?
    Thank you for sharing her talent with us.


  19. Hey Christine, glad to see you here today. I love the sound of Amber’s trilogy. I’m a thinkin’ I need to get them all!


  20. Hi Gale (headed over to your blog shortly I love cowboys as much as I do wolves!


  21. Hi Amber and Calisa….great post today. Amber, I have to say your excerpt was awesome! Sounds like a great read. And I love the hunky type of hero he seems to be…YUM.

    Good luck with your sales and Congrats on your success!


  22. Yummy excerpt and who doesn’t like hot cowboys. Sounds like a winner.


  23. I’m late but welcome to the ranch Amber!

    Hi Neecy. Thanks for dropping by. I hope the coffee was strong enough as I tend to like milder roast.


  24. It’s nice to meet you Amber. Your book sounds very intriguing. Cowboys pique my interest. Good -luck with the sales.
    Good interview, Callisa.


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