Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweet Texas Kiss by Monica Tillery

Posted May 13th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 58 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Monica Tillery to HJ!

Hi Monica and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Sweet Texas Kiss!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

SweetTexasKissOur new Sweet Texas Secrets trilogy is the story of the three sons of a late guacamole tycoon. Dear old Dad leaves the boys’ inheritances to three random women, using his will to do a little matchmaking. Sweet Texas Kiss kicks off the series with the eldest brother Gavin’s story. His two younger brothers, Gage and Grayson, get their own books, Sweet Texas Fire and Sweet Texas Charm, respectively. Gavin is a veterinarian who loves the small town of Sweet Ridge, prides himself on being a pillar of the community, and looks forward to raising a family of his own in the house where the Cooper boys grew up. His plans are turned on their head when he finds out that his father left their house to his high school rival, Macy Young. Sparks fly when the two are reunited under less-than-pleasant circumstances and he has to put aside his old grudges to make way for a happy future.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Gavin Cooper paced the length of the airless office, the old wooden floors creaking beneath his feet, and blew out a frustrated breath. Everything about his father’s death had been drawn out: the illness, the funeral arrangements, even the removal of his hospital bed and equipment from the home. He and his two younger brothers already knew what was in the will, so why the big production now?


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I’m related by marriage to a man who started a huge guacamole company, so that inspired the whole guacamole tycoon dad idea.
  • Gavin Cooper is a veterinarian, so naturally there are a few cute and cuddly animals in the book. I needed a name for a kitten, and I used my super-secret baby girl name that I’ve always wanted to use and never had the chance.
  • It took a long time to figure out Gavin’s story, but I had so much fun working with Robyn Neeley and Nicole Flockton on the Emerald Springs Legacy continuity that I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to be involved with this series!
  • I create a Pinterest board for every book I write. This time we made one for the series with characters and inspiration from across the series. Check it out at


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I love Gavin and Macy’s first kiss.

“I don’t feel sorry for you.” His voice rolled around her, pulling her in. “I think we’ve both held on to the guilt long enough.”
Without warning, Gavin dipped his head and kissed her gently on the forehead, lingering as she leaned in to him. His lips were soft and firm, sending heat through her body. She wanted more. Moving into his waiting arms, she tilted her face up until their lips met, and he kissed her. Slowly at first, as though gradually deciding whether or not to continue, and then more insistently. Their breath mingled, the kiss stretching out luxuriously as she savored him, giving herself over to the decadent taste of his mouth. Electricity crackled between them, so intense that she thought she’d actually see the sparks if she opened her eyes. It had been so long, too long, since she’d connected with anybody. The hunger took over, and encouraged by the hint of satiation promised by the kiss, Macy let her hands explore Gavin’s body.
Her fingers danced over the back of his neck as she deepened the kiss, his skin warm beneath her touch. A low sound, deep in his throat, spurred her. Macy pressed her palms against the hard muscles of his chest and gave in to feeling every square inch of his broad shoulders. Throwing common sense aside, she pulled herself onto his lap, straddling his waist, and tucked her body against his, thrilling at the delicious sensation of fitting together perfectly. Her knees pressed against the thick, fluffy rug beneath them—what would it be like to feel that rug beneath her bare skin in front of the fireplace?
Except she wouldn’t be in Sweet Ridge when it was cold enough to enjoy a roaring fire. She’d be back at home in Nashville, working, and alone. Suddenly aware of how foolish going any further with Gavin would be, she pulled back. His eyes were heavy-lidded, as drugged with their chemistry as she was, and it took every bit of self-control she had to speak.
“I don’t think we should do this.”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I love writing characters who don’t feel lovable and are blindsided when they meet that one person who sees them for who they are and loves them wholly. Sweet Texas Kiss is about finding love where you least expect it, when things are not what they seem.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I don’t have anything on submission or under contract right now…eek! I have been stalled and stumped on my new book, stuck writing and re-writing the first fifty pages. Fortunately, I attended a great local writers’ conference last weekend and found some ways to get the ball rolling again!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: 2 Digital copies of Sweet Texas Kiss (Sweet Texas Secrets)


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Excerpt from Sweet Texas Kiss:

The front door opened, and Macy jumped. A big black Lab barreled into the living room, demanding attention before she had time to be alarmed that someone was walking into her house. Gavin followed, calling Merle and hanging his leash on a hook by the front door like he owned her place.
“What the hell are you doing here?”
“I live here.” Gavin closed the door behind him and tossed a few envelopes and catalogs onto the stack of mail. “Sorry if I frightened you.”
Merle trotted off into the kitchen, and soon she could hear him slurping water from his dish. What was going on? She’d thought that Gavin would probably still have a key, might have some things at the house he needed to pick up, but he couldn’t live here.
“Yeah, well, when you walk into someone’s house without knocking, it can be a surprise. You can’t live here.” She knew she sounded flustered instead of confident, and she tried to rein in her irritation enough to confront the situation calmly.
“And yet, I do live here. I moved in to help my dad when he was sick.” He casually sorted through the stack of mail. “Monday is garbage day, so we need to get the recycling ready.”
He left her standing there, mouth hanging open, alone in the spotless living room, and ambled to the kitchen. Merle trotted back in and circled the fluffy plaid dog bed in front of the fireplace three times before lying down and winding his tail around his body. This wasn’t happening, couldn’t be happening. Sure, she didn’t know what she was going to do with the house and probably wasn’t going to live there herself, but Gavin had no right to be here. She confronted him in the kitchen, where he was casually sipping a glass of ice water.
She balled her fists, careful to keep from shouting. “Look, I don’t know what you’re trying to pull, but your dad left me this house. You have to leave.”
He put the glass down onto the countertop, still casual and unconcerned in the face of her demand. “No.”

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Book Info:

Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.

The Cooper brothers receive the shock of their lives when their deceased father, owner of the lucrative Guac Ole company, wills away their inheritances to three random women.

No one’s more surprised when Jack Cooper leaves the family estate to music superstar Macy Young than his oldest son. Seeing his childhood memories being handed over to his high school rival – the first woman to break his heart – stings, especially when Gavin is left only a pair of old reading glasses and a cryptic note. Luckily, Macy can’t sell the house for one year – plenty of time for Gavin to find a way to get it back.

Living in the harsh spotlight of country music fame has cost Macy, and a little hometown peace and quiet just might heal her soul. But giving up and giving back Gavin’s greatest prize may not be the tune she plans to sing.

Can a country star and a country veterinarian find a way to bury their animosity and rediscover their first love in the process?

Sensuality Level: Sensual
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Meet the Author:

Monica TilleryMonica Tillery lives in Texas with her own real-life romance hero and two wonderful sons. When she’s not reading and writing romance, Monica can be found enjoying her family, hanging out and playing games with friends, and wasting time online. Find Monica at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @monicatillery.

Social Media:

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58 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweet Texas Kiss by Monica Tillery”

  1. Juli Hall

    My dog Charlie was my first and had him for 13 years before we had to put him down due to liver failure, it broke my heart cause he was like my child since I couldn’t have any kids.

  2. Jo-Anne Boyko

    We had an Australian Shepard when our children were younger and we lived in the country on a large acreage. She was a herding dog but we trained her not to herd our horses so instead she herded our kids. It was great! I never worried about them because I knew she would bring them home before they got into trouble.

  3. martha lawson

    We have 2 “puppies” (at least they think they are!!) they are both getting close to 10. Everyday when I come home from work, after greeting me, my dog Scooter races to the couch to get in my spot!!

  4. Glenda

    My pets are part of the family. I’ve currently got an ancient cat who gets pretty much whatever he wants to eat, a senior dog, and an epileptic cat who gets medicine 4 times a day.

  5. glam009

    I have two cats… I always be dog lover… but 2 years ago… we adopt a little kitten 3 month old (born in the street and a family take care of them).. they told us it was a female…so named sofia… 2 month past and the mother (street cat) was wandering so I gave her water and food… and begun to go to my house… Sofia was naughty and love to play… and saw her mother to play.. winter begun and I take this beautiful cat to my house for the night so she have a warm place for the rainy days.. well.. in a week she was part of the familly and named Missy… month passed and the need to be fixed… so the day before I notice something very different in Sofia… well Sofia was a BOY!!!! so we renamed Remy… lol….
    Missy at first was very skittish, jump for every loud sound… my arms was scratched all the time… but with love she is the most caring and lovable cat and remy… my remy is playful, growl when kids play near at our house, or ring the bell but hate people and hide when people visit us… but with us…specially my dad is very protective (my dad have a stroke 2 years ago and his right side affected, so he walks but with difficult, but Remy always on his side..)
    I was a dog lover but I love cats they are amazing, they wake me up at 7am…sometimes with kisses, sometimes playing above my head…but after they eat… they come to my bed and sleep all morning (on Sunday) specially Missy and I love to sleep in..

  6. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I love my fur babies! I’ve got 2 large dogs and my life would be less fulfilling without them in it. They’re always happy to see you and define unconditional love.

  7. Winnie Lim

    I have 2 dogs, 1 is a 14 year old mini schnauzer who has been with me since he was 2 months old. He is deaf and partially blind now but he never fails to bring joy to me. The other is a 9 year old Gerberian Shepsky (German shepherd mixed with Siberian Husky). He was abused as a puppy and we rescued him and adopted him when he was 1.5 years old. He is a big boy but loves hugs and kisses as much as any other dog.

  8. lraines78

    I had a feral kitten find me and he helped me through my divorce when my kids were with their dad. He was the best pet!

  9. Melissa Morr

    I have two adorable 6 year old adorable American Eskimos Kane & Kilo. Every weekend morning I get woke up by puppy dog kisses as soon as it gets daylight out, I am usually up at 5 each morning except for weekends, I guess mommy can not sleep past day Plus when you call them dogs they don’t answer but if you call them puppies the come running. Oh I could go on more about my fur babies all day they brighten our lives up don’t know what we would do without them I definitely would miss Kanes grumbling or like I say back talking me when he gets in trouble.

  10. jTeresa Williams

    Wonderful book cover love it.We had a pit bull his name was gucchi .He was such a sweet loving dog .He was very protective but if you told him something was OK he would go lie down.This kind of dog gets talked about as being bad but my son has raised several and they are really gentle and loving .One Marley had puppies and she let us hold them and love them right after they were born.Gucchi passed away and we don’t have any pets now.

  11. Kathleen O

    We have lots of pets within my family. My two brother’s both have dogs, Charlie and Banner. My cousin has a golden lab Abby and my niece has two cats Lucy and Oliver. I am an Auntie to them all..

  12. Banana cake

    I have a beautiful whippet Libby. She is my little princess. I live with my sister and she has a whippet mix Sam and one whippet Malcolm that has the same father as Libby, Malcolm and Libby look very similar.

  13. Colleen C.

    My best friend growing up was a bird named Oscar. He would protect my room, give me kisses, play hide and seek with me, etc… had him for 15 years, was so sad when he passed away…

  14. Nancy Luebke

    We had a cat, rescued from the public library. He was a gentleman type cat and played well with the others.

  15. Jen B

    The only pets I’ve ever had were goldfish and I’m terrified of dogs. I don’t usually like cats either, but I did like my neighbours cat, we fed her for a couple of months a year while here humans were on holiday.

  16. Joanne B

    We adopted a kitten when he was about 5 months old. He decided he was mine (or I was his) and followed me around everywhere, even waiting by the door when I was coming home. He was my joy.

  17. kermitsgirl

    I’m an animal lover who married a bleeding heart animal lover (if he had his way, we’d take in every animal on the street). We had one cat who had 90% renal failure by the age of 4. The vet gave her two weeks to live, and we gave her twice daily IV fluid treatment to keep her comfortable (which was a horrifying thing to learn how to do), and she stayed with us, happy as could be, for another 6 months. She was the sweetest cat we’ve ever owned and I still miss her years later.

  18. erinf1

    I grew up with dogs and I have my own furbaby! My avatar is a pic from when he was 4 months old (he’s 6 now). He’s definitely my “kid” and even though he’s spoiled rotten, he doesn’t act like it 🙂 My mom adores him too and demands time with her “grandpuppy”. I think that I would do anything in my power if it came down to it!!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Karina Angeles

    I will always love my Rotweiler, Darth Vader. She was huge, but thought she was a lap dog like her sister, Bernie (a pug). She was great with my kids. Vader let them ride her like a horse and give her bear hugs. She is sorely missed.

  20. Morgan Van Lier

    I have a 6 year old Chihuahua who is at this moment sleeping curled into my side with his nose in my armpit. I don’t know why but it’s his favorite way to sleep, it’s not too comfortable for me but I can never bring myself to move him. 🙂

  21. Amy Rickman

    We have our dog Jasmine who is the baby of the family (70lb & 3 yr old baby) and we also have our 2 cats Snowbell (17 yrs) and Bob (15 yrs).

  22. Vicki

    I’ve had a few dogs in my life time and they have all touched my life in one way or another

  23. Amanda Thompson

    Growing up we had a German Shepherd/Chow mix. He was a HUGE dog (we literally rode him like a horse as kids) and from the day my brother was born Sunny (our dog) was devoted to my brother and even saved him once from tumbling down the steps on our back porch by grabbing onto my brothers clothes with his mouth (as my parents tell me, I was too little to remember). He was a very good dog and it was a very sad day in our household when he passed away.

  24. BookLady

    My dog Sandy who is a golden retriever mix was adopted from a local animal shelter. She is so lovable and friendly.

  25. Patricia Barraclough

    We have had many pets and currently have 3 dogs, a ball python, and a peacock. They have all been special in their own way. I have enjoyed the snake. She has been a good companion for story times. She is large, but at 5 feet is as big as she will get. It is always a good lesson in why snakes are important and to give the children a chance to touch a snake to see it isn’t slimy.

  26. veRONIca

    I had a dog who used to protect my crib. We grew up together and I was devastated when he passed away. Ill never forget my favourite dog

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