Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Yeehaw: a New Western from Author Sandra Cox, Mateo's Blood Brother #newrelease #contemporarywestern #shapeshifter

Mateo’s Blood Brother by Sandra Cox


Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog by J.Q. Rose!

Today we are celebrating the release of Sandra Cox's sequel to Mateo's Law. The new contemporary Western, Mateo’s Blood Brother, is packed full of action, suspense and romance, exactly what Sandra is famous for in her previous Western novels.

While Sandra is my honorary cousin, I am hosting her today because she is a dang good writer. I would never "steer" you wrong, Pardner.  

I have enjoyed all of her Westerns. In fact, after reading her books, I remembered how much I loved westerns. When I was a kid and loved watching Rex Allen and Roy Rogers (not Dale Evans cause she was Roy’s girlfriend. I was so jealous.)


Sandra includes all the elements I loved in the old movies in this story including the tough, but lovable hero, a strong-minded, sassy gal, a villain, danger and a satisfying ending. The story is set in the contemporary West, and the star is a shape-shifting sheriff.

Behind the amicable façade is a man who’s tough and determined.
He’s Mateo’s Blood Brother.

Back of the Book:

They were friends, close as brothers. Then they weren’t.

Mateo and Jesse are cautiously working their way back to friendship when Jesse discovers the unthinkable. Delilah, the sultry shifter who’d had affairs with both men, is still alive. The tumble she took over a mountain ridge—a fall that nearly killed Mateo—should have finished her.

Now, there’s no choice but for the two men to work together to take down a she-devil straight from hell.  As the stakes escalate and the hunt becomes more intense, another wolf appears on the scene. Always where Jesse’s at. Always when he’s in trouble.  Jesse is divided between ending Delilah, a new love interest, discovering the identity of a certain brown wolf, and staying alive.

My Review of Mateo's Blood Brother

I look forward to the release of Sandra Cox's Western stories. She is a real storyteller. The sequel to Mateo's Law included everything needed to complete this page-turning Western, Mateo's Blood Brother. Ms. Cox nails the location with her word pictures of scenes in the story e.g. "The night black with menace, filled with the oily tang of hate and hunger." Oily tang--what a combination of the senses.  Mateo Grey, the sheriff, was depicted as a tough guy and a shape-shifting wolf. I must admit I didn't know if I'd like such a story--too unbelievable--but somehow, the author writes the characters so well, I easily went along with the idea. If you like romance, paranormal, danger, thrillers, humor and darkness, this book is for you. I highly recommend this quick read.


Mateo's Blood Brother by Sandra Cox
Sequel to Mateo's Law


Just thinking about discovering his erstwhile lover still alive after a fall Jesse was certain killed her and seeing her in that awful half-transformation made his stomach curl. Beads of clammy sweat popped on his forehead. His stomach lurched and for a moment he thought he might hurl.

“And you’re just now telling me?” Mateo’s fists clenched.

“It’s not exactly something one blurts out to strangers.” It had taken him this long to come to grips with the fact that he hadn’t been hallucinating. He’d tried his best to convince himself he’d been imagining it. But breaking into a cold sweat every time he heard a wolf howl pretty much convinced him what he’d seen was real, no matter how impossible.

“We aren’t strangers. We’re blood brothers.” The words erupted from Mateo’s throat like a missile.

“Something you conveniently forgot for eighteen years.”

“Jesse, I—” For once the big, confident sheriff was at a loss for words. Regret limned his features and deepened those unusual amber eyes, so reminiscent of a wolf.

Jesse made a dismissive motion with his hand. He didn’t mind a little blood-letting from his erstwhile friend. The spirits knew he’d suffered enough over the years for the loss of that friendship. Still no need to belabor the point.

“She’s got to be stopped.” A tic pulsed in Mateo’s tight jaw.

“Stopped being a euphemism for killed.”

“Whatever you choose to call it, it comes down to the same thing in the end.”

“She was mine last.” He’d recently learned that Layla and Mateo had been lovers in the past. Another hard pill to swallow. “I’ll end her.”

“Not if I get to her first.”

For a moment, his human hackles rose. She’d been on his mountain, in his cabin and in his bed, all the while wreaking carnage on innocents. She was his responsibility. His job. His right. He leaned forward. His eyes narrowed and drilled into Mateo.

Mateo snarled.

The nerves quivering between Jesse’s tight muscles loosened and a grin flitted across his features. There was that growl again. How did the good people of Grizzly and the surrounding county not realize what their stalwart, unflappable sheriff was? Ah well, people saw what they wanted to and ignored everything else, especially whites.

Jesse leaned forward. “The question is, if the fall didn’t kill her, what will?”

Click here to order Mateo's Blood Brother: Sequel to Mateo's Law in eBook or Paperback formats.

Click here to order Mateo's Law.


Character Facts

Blair—Mateo’s fiancée :


Jesse and Blair both like to catch the Full Moon Band, that plays hard rock with a native twist, on Wednesday nights at the Blue Coyote.

 Blair loves to sing but unfortunately can’t carry a tune. She sings anyway.

 Blair loves her rusty truck Beulah, which most of her acquaintances consider a bucket of bolts.

Discover More About Sandra's Westerns on the Focused on StoryBlog:

Click the title of the book below to read her guest post.

Mateo's Law

Keeper Tyree

Gwen Slade Bounty Hunter

About Sandra:

Author Sandra Cox

Sandra writes All Things Western, is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina.

She spent a number of years in the Midwest chasing down good Southern BBQ. By the time she moved to North Carolina where Southern BBQ is practically a staple, she’d become a vegetarian.

Pineapple is a must-have on pizza, along with black olives and onions.

She loves pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin cream cheese, not so much.


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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Sandra!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks for stopping in, Alex.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Alex:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Cuz. Love your Follow This Blog Button.

D.L. Finn said...

Congrats on your latest, Sandra! Another fantastic read xo Thanks for hosting. J Q

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Denise. Smiling:)

J.Q. Rose said...

You are so welcome, Cuz. Took me awhile to make that button work. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you for stopping in!

Marsha said...

Hey, J. Q. Wow, Sandra. This cover is amazing. Good luck with your release. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

I agree. a great cover! Thanks for stopping in.

Helena Fairfax said...

Congratulations on your release, Sandra. I love the idea of the shape-shifting sheriff. The cover is really striking, and I loved the excerpt. Wishing you all the very best with your new novel!

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Marsha;)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations, Sandra. Enjoy the release.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Helena, thank you for stopping in today from across the pond.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Joylene, thanks for your continuing support of this blog.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks so much, Helena. Glad you like the concept, cover and excerpt. It's good to hear:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Joylene:)

Sandra Cox said...

Happy May, Cuz:)

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