Country Singers and Hot Tubs: HOT by Ava Miles

Country Singers and Hot Tubs: HOT

AvaMiles_CountryHeaven_200_2So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. The story is about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image. Thanks, Cynthia, for having me on today.

Well, since Cynthia likes men in cowboy hats, I decided to give you one of my favorite scenes in the novel, involving a cowboy hat, a hot tub, and little else. Here’s a gander:
Rye was sitting in the ugliest hot tub ever created, a blond woman snuggled up to his side. As if the bright teal color of the tub wasn’t bad enough, the thing was actually studded with rhinestones. Fortunately, they weren’t arranged to spell Rye’s name. The hot tub was smaller than average, arranged smack dab in the middle of the far side of the bathroom.

Her eyes flicked back to Rye. He had on a black cowboy hat and, as far as she could tell, nothing else. His bare-chest was covered with water droplets and was as utterly gorgeous in the flesh as it was on his albums.

Holy loving Mary.

“Hi there, Tory,” he drawled, tipping his beer at her.

The blond gave a half wave and ran her hands through the bubbles frothing all around her. She didn’t appear to be wearing anything either.

Heat flushed her face in the humid room. For heaven’s sake, her new boss was greeting her while he basked in a hideous hot tub with some groupie? Was he going to be doing something like this every night?

I have to say that I really thought I might have gone a little crazy? wild? when this hit my subconscious. But then I wrote it, laughing, but also thinking, wow, that’s hot. Really hot. Forget the teal, rhinestone-studded hot tub. Think wet, glistening body of a rock-hard country music singer. I’m thinking Tim McGraw in “A Real Good Man,” one of my favorite videos of all times.

Of course, Rye turns out to have a heart of gold and be a real family man, but that’s another story…Well, it IS the story.

But back to country singers and hot tubs. So, what do you think? Hot?

All right, if you could have any country singer in a hot tub like Rye, who would you choose? You already know mine. 


A down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.

When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.

Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her—one that’s as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…

Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?


ava-Book_Cover-color-high_res_2USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, USA Today Contributor Becky Lower selected it as one of the Best Books of the Year. Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.”

The next books in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, was met with high praise and her ode to the early 1960s, THE TOWN SQUARE, what she calls Mad Men in a small town with a happy ending, melted reader’s hearts. Ava based her original series on a family newspaper, modeled after her own. Her great-great grandfather won it in a poker game in 1892, so Ava is no stranger to adventurous men and models her heroes after men like that—or like Tim McGraw, her favorite country music singer. Now Ava shares the Dare River series, set in the deep South, telling the story of a country singer and a beautiful cook. A former chef herself, Ava used her culinary background to infuse the story with family and personal recipes, but she also used her love for music to write country music songs to set the stage in the novel, creating a unique book experience. Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with small businesses.

COUNTRY HEAVEN, Book 1, The Dare River Series, by Ava Miles
Contemporary Romance/Fiction/Original
February 2014/On Sale 2-11-14/$4.99 (eBook), $14.99 (print) ISBN: 978-1-940565-05-7






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