Sunday, November 12, 2017

When Did I Love Reading?

After 51 years on the planet and thinking about when stories and books first hit my life... it dawned on me that it was always there. My mama read to me and my sister from a young age, before we ever started school, each afternoon while we waited on my Dad to get home from work for supper. She would let us pick two storybooks each. Much to her dismay I am sure, we picked the same books a lot of the time. I was fond of DONKEY DONKEY, a story about a sad little Donkey finding his way home, and HOW FLETCHER WAS HATCHED, a story about a hound dog that gets neglected when his little girl owner falls for the newly hatched chickens so he and his friends on the farm plan an egg for him to hatch out of so his little mistress will love him again and it works.

When I started school, the weekly trips to the library opened a whole new world. I went through 3 to 5 storybooks a week most often about animals. And I believe around third grade Santa Claus brought me the whole set of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. The television series was new then and my family and I watched it every week. These books brought me the whole pioneer world that matched my love of camping and fishing as a child. I pretended to be Laura Ingalls Wilder when my friends and I played what we called "Old timey house."

Summer Mom carried me and my sister to the library and book stores, which was a perfect way to spend time for me. I brought home stacks of books every two weeks and was always sad when summer ended.

But I remember distinctly in 5th grade picking up my first novel type book. It was fairly thick according to me at that time and was called SCRUB DOG OF ALASKA. I had read lots of books but never one that I got so lost in the story I forgot I was sitting there reading it. That might have been the real beginning where I then always had a book in my hands.

Middle school brought bigger, better books and it was about that time I started sneaking the romance novels off my Granny's shelf every time we visited. Those books ,while educational in more ways than one, spun stories of adventure along with the romance. I fell in love with the historical novels especially the cowboy, pirates and highlanders. Sigh...

And high school became full of the stories we had to read in English. While the other kids moaned and groaned, I only pretended to and enjoyed many of those required stories though I always crept back to romance. Every woman needs a hero and I found them in those stories all the way through until college when nursing school put a halt on reading for fun. Nursing school was classes all week with two eight hour clinicals and more reading required in a week than possible in a month. Becoming a registered nurse is not for the meek!

And eventually college was behind me but it was probably a year or more before I would read a novel for fun. But once I discovered there was life after nursing school I picked up a few more books and, of course, went back to romance thinking...yep I remember how I loved this. And the rest is history.

It surprises me since I have started writing how many people are quick to say "oh, I don't read romance" like someone will think less of you because romance stories often get the "trash" or "not real writing" labels. My guess is most do or have and aren't willing to admit it. Walk down the beach and a lot of folks are reading...check out the titles...romance will be every other book. And for those who think romances aren't written well try to write one and get it passed an editor. People's reading preferences differ that is for sure but I kinda get tired of the instant reaction to the idea of defending oneself against the idea of a romance novel...just what is it you are afraid of? Me? Not a darn thing when I choose my reads.

And now my girls are reading novels and that is cool! I might suck a hard breath in when I see them with a romance in the future but unless it's off the chain filthy I will probably not say a word. Love is found in most of the romances I have read and I think that is a good thing! Read on!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Author Roundup: Jane Lewis

Introducing the newest author in the Author Roundup series: Jane Lewis




Bio: 
Jane Lewis dreamed of being a romance writer since she read her first romance novel. She wrote articles for her school newspaper, articles for a music magazine and composed and arranged music.
Writing a novel was put on hold because work as a Musician, Teacher and Analyst and Manager at a large railroad corporation consumed her time.  She graduated cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.


When she isn’t writing her next romance, she enjoys cooking, tending her rose garden, playing music, weight training, yoga and bowling with her real-life hero, her husband. She and her husband live in a suburb outside of Atlanta. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers. She was a 2016 finalist in the Hearts Through History, Post-Victorian/World War II category for her first romance novel, Love At Five Thousand Feet.

Connect with Jane via her website: www.janelewisauthor.com


Love At Five Thousand Feet Summary:
After her mother’s death, Dottie Lester moves to her parent’s hometown of Saplingville, Georgia with her alcoholic father. She wants to escape and go to live with her aunt in Macon, but first, she must get her father settled in his new job. When Dottie meets a handsome pilot and falls in love, her goal changes, but it is still no match for his desire to leave their small town behind and fly for a commercial airline.
Victor Douglas, United States Army Air Corps pilot, returns to Saplingville to help his ailing father. He has been flying his own JN-4 Jenny bi-plane for years. That and his army experience qualify him to apply for a job as a commercial airline pilot and win a coveted job offer, but how can he leave his father now, or a budding romance with the pretty new girl in town?

Except:
Her love of flying, and her love for Victor intensified as the bi-plane ascended. She rode high above the earth with him at the controls of her life and her heart. A disappointment crept over her when she spotted the runway and recognized the now familiar descent of the bi-plane.

The church steeple loomed at them.

The bi-plane banked to the left, the boarding house below them. As they flew over Main Street, the plane rose to a higher altitude.

She peered from side to side observing the earth from a perspective she’d never dreamed about. The thick green forests would open to a lake or pasture then another forest would come into view. The vibration of the bi-plane swept through her body, dulling her senses. She closed her eyes and relaxed against the seat. She had no idea how long they’d been in the air.

The humming of the wires changed to a higher pitch. The airplane picked up speed. She grabbed the sides of the seat as fear clutched her heart. She closed her eyes and prayed. The bi-plane hit the pasture with a bounce before coming to a stop close to the shed.

Victor turned off the engine. He stepped out, climbed on the plane beside the seat and reached for Dottie’s hand to help her out.

He jumped off the wing, grabbed her around the waist, and set her in front of him. Without saying a word, he took her face in his hands. He bent to kiss her. Her legs were weak from flying. She hadn’t gotten used to being on land. When he kissed her, it was as if she were in a whirlpool, the earth spinning around her.

She swayed, Victor steadied her. “Well, how do you like it?”

She tightened her hold on his arm as the earth turned beneath her. “What, the flying?”

He pulled the aviator cap off her head. “Yes the flying.”

“I was scared at first, but when we got in the air, I relaxed and enjoyed the ride.”

Check out the book trailer on Youtube.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Halloween! 5 Things That Scare Me

It's Halloween Time and as I plan to go out pumpkin shopping with my girls this weekend, I was thinking on the five things that have scared me most in my lifetime:



1) Spider spiders spiders....(shivers)... I have a long history with not squaring off well with spiders. I was maybe 5 when my back was itching and I had my sister age 3 take a look. She screamed "a fider, a fider." That set off a series of screams from me crying to my mom and while it was a tick and not a spider, I never did recover. The other most terrifying moment relates to these creepies was living alone and not having my Dad to take care of them. Lets just say Aussie spritzer goes a long way and freezing them where they are. Worked for me for years. But then there was that moment as I watched my two year old daughter, at the time, climb on her tricycle and a massive spider was hanging on the handle. In those brief 3 seconds I had to face my fears with 2 choices....leave my child at the mercy of hoping the creature would drop a web and fall away or become Mommie Spiderslayer. I jerked my daughter from the tricycle kicking it across the room, making my daughter cry and the spider scamper away to hide. I couldn't make my voice work to warn her and afterwards I had to sit because the adrenaline in my body had surged. I DON'T DO SPIDERS AND THE QUICKEST WAY TO YOUR OWN DEATH IS TO BRING ONE NEAR ME.

2) Scary Movies. I loved the scariest of movies as a teen though at the time I wasn't allowed to watch R rates movies. Since when do teenagers always follow the rules? So one night when my parents were gone for the evening and my sister was at a friends for the night, I turned on THE SHINING. That was not a wise decision and I had never been so happy to see my parents come home though I couldn't tell them why I had every light in the house on and every bolt locked down tight. I believe on of the scariest movies I ever saw was TERROR TRAIN with Jaime Lee Curtis. My sister and I watched this one too...when we weren't suppose to and it scared us out of our minds for weeks. So I continued my trend of scary movies until I lived alone in my own home. Then it got real. No more scary movies for me.

3) Interestingly enough another thing that scares me to death is public speaking. I taught nursing classes for over 28 years but teaching what I know is not like speaking to a crowd. I have always avoided obligations where I am asked to speak unless it was very important to me or I was given no choice. Those moments I can stress over for weeks and I have been told I am silly over and over by people who do not understand the true terror for me. I am a total INTROVERT. My cup is not filled by being around people. I have had to work at that for years. Those who have no true understanding of being Introverted have often told me " to just get over it"...it doesn't work that way. My first experience of true terror was at 4 years old when my parents had me a birthday party for the first time with neighborhood kids. I cried when they sang Happy Birthday and I think tried to crawl under the table. I am 51 and I have never had another birthday party like that again. My mom would ask me about a birthday party and I would say no. My husband and kids know I want Mexican food for my birthday supper but they had best not have the waitress bring cake and slap a sombrero on my head. They know I will walk right out the door if it is too intense. For real.

4) FLYING. I will fly because sometimes it is the only way to get to places I need to go. Before I board a plane there is always a sheer moment of terror that can halt me from functioning  normally or thinking right. After spending a small non-refundable fortune to get to an event I must attend it would be difficult to back out. Each time I get to my seat and I do make sure I have an isle seat near an exit I feel claustrophobic enough to think of bolting no questions asked. I have once given up my seat to take a later flight but the terror was still the same. I am not a drinker but there have been times when I was waiting to board that I have thought about a couple of shots of tequila though that might truly worsen the effects. Lets just say when I must fly, my relationship with God grows stronger to say the least.

5) Finishing the next book. Yes, this is a real fear and I have even heard seasoned authors speak to this. I have completed through publication two books and as I spend time now working on book three of the series I sometimes go through moments of panic that maybe I won't finish the story and if I do will it be good enough for my readers. I glance at the print books I have completed and remember when writing them I went through the same thoughts of not thinking I could complete them. Sometimes as I read back through them I panic even more...DID I REALLY WRITE THIS? Because it always seems my current story will never get there or until it is finished the moments of panic can be crippling. I suppose this can be self defeating but maybe for me that edge of fear pushes me to write a story better or give it more than I knew I had. Not sure but this is a true fear.

So there you have it. 5 things that frighten me. Have a great Halloween!!





Monday, October 23, 2017

From the Chuck Wagon

The South is finally getting some cooler weather for fall.  This Pinterest inspired Olive Cheese dip is the perfect indulgence to welcome in the fall colors and cooler temps.  Hope you enjoy it if you give this recipe a try.


Ingredients:

  • One (1) can of sliced green olives
  • 16 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • Crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Drain the can of green olives
  2. Mix the olives with the cream cheese, mayo, and cheddar cheese
  3. Sprinkle with a taste of crushed, red pepper
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until golden bubbly (approx. 25-35 minutes)
  5. Serve toasty warm with chips or crackers

Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Roundup: Introducing Sheila Hollinghead

Allow me to introduce Sheila Hollinghead.



Sheila was born in Nuremberg, Germany, the daughter of a career soldier. When she was ten, her father was stationed in Toul, France where she discovered a treasure trove of books hiding in the furnace room. The house was rumored to be the former headquarters of the Nazi Party with bullet holes decorating the foyer as evidence. The books she found, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, and the classics, opened her mind to the power of story.

Raised on army bases, she has lived many places, none home until she returned to south Alabama. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and two cats near the farms where her ancestors lived and loved.

Sheila is active in her community, heading up her local food bank with the help of her husband and also participates in meals-on-wheels, the Trail Masters, a local group who promote the local state park, and other organizations.

Connect with her!
Twitter
Facebook
Blog
Amazon Author Page

Be sure to check out Sheila's novella, Robbie and Taron.



The path down to the river may sweep her away ... to love or disaster, perhaps both.

When Robeta Rutherford leads the horses to a nearby river, a mysterious cowboy appears. Is he there to help her family or to derail her plans forever?

Robbie studies all of her life to become a doctor. To establish a medical practice, she travels west with her parents until illness and inclement weather force them to a stop.

Robbie must survive the challenges or her plans for the future will be dashed forever. When she walks down to the river, the mysterious cowboy changes her life ... in ways she never could have guessed.

Excerpt:

Robbie emptied out the pot, donned her clean dress, and headed for the river with her brush, to enjoy the sunshine on the splashing water. She sat down on a large boulder that jutted out over the river and began untangling the knots in her hair with dexterous fingers.

“Good day, miss.” The deep voice echoed from across the river.

It startled her so badly she cried out and the brush slipped from her fingers. Immediately, a cowboy on horseback was splashing into the river and had scooped up the brush almost before she realized its loss.

“Here you go.” He held out the brush, and she retrieved it from him.
She glanced down and mumbled, “Thank you.” She tried desperately to regain her composure.

“My pleasure. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

She dared a glance at him, and he flashed a set of even white teeth while bringing up a hand to tip his hat.

Raking back her wet hair from her face, she tilted her chin up, to get a better look at the good-looking stranger. “You didn’t scare me,” she lied. “I was only startled.”

“Are you alone?” he asked.

Her heartbeat tapped at the base of her throat. “Of course not. We have been traveling west and stopped to camp for the night.” She tried to make it sound as if she traveled with a wagon train instead of only her parents. But surely this friendly faced man on a pinto meant no harm.

“Oh?” His eyes twinkled.

Had he been watching her? Did he know she was lying? She scooted off the rock, smoothing down her dress. “I’d best be getting back to camp.”

“Maybe we’ll meet again?” He wore a lopsided grin on his face.

She hesitated a moment. Did he want to be invited to the campsite? She didn’t want him to think her rude. “We have some sickness and can’t entertain visitors.”

He nodded. “I understand. ’Bye, miss.” He pulled the horse’s reins and rode away, beyond the trees that lined the shore.

Roberta realized she’d not brushed her hair. It was still a tangled mess! Heat rose to her cheeks, and then she shrugged. It didn’t matter. She’d probably never see him again. She finished her hair and hurried back to the camp.

Her parents were no better. They slept but were feverish and restless.

She sat down on a log by the fire to think. What if the man came across the river again? That might be agood thing. Her heartbeat quickened at the thought.

But what if he was a gunslinger? She’d noticed the holster strapped around his waist with the pearl handle of a pistol visible.

He had probably been watching her this whole time! Planning to rob them — or worse. Heat rose to her cheeks. But she remembered his face, so friendly and open. Surely he meant no harm.

Still, it was better to be safe than sorry. She ran to the wagon and rummaged until she found her father’s pistol and bullets. Her hands shook as she loaded the chamber. She’d be ready next time.

The problem was that she couldn’t decide if she feared or desired a next time.



From the Blog...

Hi everyone,

It has been a couple of weeks since we have had a new post so wanted to provide some quick updates on things going on with Kim's writing.  Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say Hi.

eBook Sale
Kim's eBooks of Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty will be on sale for $0.99 now through October 20th.  If you haven't had a chance to check out one or both of these books, this sale would be the perfect opportunity to get your next great read.

Blog Follower Give Away
Kim had a great time at the recent Moonlight and Magnolias RWA conference in Atlanta (blogs and photos coming over the next few weeks).  She was able to come home with quite a bit of swag so she will be doing a give-away each weekend from now through the end of the year to lucky blog followers.  If you have not done so already, be sure to sign-up as a blog follower before Sunday and you will be eligible to win.  The prizes that will be given away each week will be announced after the first winner is randomly selected on Sunday from all blog followers.  Until then, you have to sign up for the blog for your chance to win.

Upcoming Blogs
Kim will be sharing with us some about what she has been working on recently and she will tell us all about the Moonlight and Magnolias event.

Kim and her husband love to try new dishes in the kitchen when they find recipes that sound interesting.  We will get a Chuck Wagon entry on a recent family favorite of Olive Cheese Dip.  Stay tuned.

If there is something you would like to hear about, please leave a comment below.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Christie
KTW Staff







Sunday, October 1, 2017

Author Roundup: CiCi Coughlin

About CiCi:
CiCi Coughlin is a storyteller, strategist, and chronic student. Also a dog schmuck, Sinatra fan, and nacho connoisseur. She writes about the funny, sexy, quirky lives we all lead and loves experimenting with offbeat ideas. She pens everything from flash fiction and short stories to novellas and novels. Sometimes the heat level scorches. Sometimes it simply simmers. Sometimes, things get a little scary. She lives outside Atlanta with the Staffy mix who rescued her and has way more story ideas than she can possibly write.

Which CiCi fits your style?

Sweet
If you love romance with a little less heat, try CiCi's short story, Just Looking, in the Romance Writers of America Second Chances Anthology. Just Looking features two thirty-something cancer survivors trying to figure out romance and attraction after life-changing experiences. You'll also get tales (at a variety of heat levels) from 16 other authors, including some New York Times and USA Today bestsellers you'll be sure to recognize. Find the anthology on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iBooks.



Spicy
Like things a little hotter? Try one of the high-heat romances in CiCi's loosely-connected Boudoir de Deux series. Check out Kim's personal favorite, Book of Lust, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iBooks, or try CiCi's award-winning novella, Tex-Mex Sex Hex, now FREE on the Radish Fiction app (available from Apple of Google Play) and 99 cents everywhere else.  Tex-Mex Sex Hex is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.



Suspenseful
CiCi's latest adventure starts with her all-new romantic thriller, Blood-Red Shadows, unfolding no exclusively on Radish.

Ten years ago, a teen-aged Becca McNary survived a brutal assault while visiting L.A. Now 26, she’s back in town for the first time since, attracted by a work assignment and the need to put old ghosts to rest. But when she finally works up the nerve to go order a police report of the attack, things take a sudden, dangerous turn. The past, it seems, is not content to remain in the shadows, and this time it might really kill her. To stay alive a second time, she’ll have to delve deep into terror-filled memories — and enlist the help of the rookie officer who rescued her that night. The question is whether she can trust him.

Find CiCi on the web at CiCiCoughin.com. For news, reviews, freebies, and pictures of her dog, sign up for her newsletter  (no junk, pinkie swear). You can also find her on Facebook, or on Instagram  (gleefully) and  Twitter  (grudgingly) as @maggieshewrote.


To learn more about Radish, download the free app today or visit Radishfiction.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Lot of Good Things On The Horizon

Catching up on what is going on with my writing, it looks like there is a lot coming along and a lot to look forward to in 2018.

First, Sawyer’s Rose continues to sell little by little and Wyatt’s Bounty has been out since April and it seems people are already excited about more from the McCade brothers. No fear there as I am currently working on Dawson McCade’s story. The Indian Agent, quiet brother, seems to be a story everyone is anticipating and I promise that this McCade brother takes the cake one being a lover and not a fighter! (Well until he must fight for what is right.)

At the same time, I have pulled out an older contemporary manuscript and tweaked it for a few months now to get it in shape. My hopes are that everyone will love Aaron and Jenna’s story once I have it fine tuned and ready to submit. The gist of this story is: Horse Stuntman meets Nurse Consultant on the set of a western television series. She’s running from her past and he is running to her…but that’s all I can tell you for right now.

And little known news that I am mentioning here for the first time is that The Wild Rose Press has allowed us authors to expend our books into narrated books for Audible. I have been working with the narrator on Sawyer’s Rose and next will be Wyatt’s Bounty. I have to tell you that there is nothing like hearing a narrator read your own story. I sit and listen just shaking my head in amazement that dreams really do come true and I wrote this stuff! Who would have ever thought? So if you are an Audible fan, I am hoping we get these out soon! (If you are unsure of Audible it is an app you download and pay the monthly fee to listen to narrated books. I have been an Audible fan for some years now!)

And I believe I will also have an ad in the WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA magazine coming up in October. Seems I have some folks out west in this day and time reading the stories. Excited about that!

Presently I am gearing up and getting ready to attend Georgia Romance Writers Moonlights and Magnolia’s conference to also attend the Maggie awards. It’s an exciting year given Sherrilyn Kenyon is the Keynote speaker and I have been asked to do her introduction. Excited and a basket of nerves at the same time to say the least! A couple of friends and I will also be presenting a workshop on STORYBOARDING FOR WORLDBUILDING which will help aspiring and established authors plan out there books on a movable board to gain faster planning on book order and mapping. And another exciting moment will be that my husband, Chuck Turner, will be sitting on a panel of Husbands who are going to chat about what it is like to live with an author. There is a book signing at the event that is open to the public so check it out on the Georgia Romance Writer’s website or message me if you need more information.

I am sure a lot of you have noticed that my blog is getting a lot done these days and I owe that all to a friend named Christie who is helping out there, so I have more time to write. Christie has been huge in coming up with ideas ant new things for my blog to stay active and attract readers! If you are reading take a minute to enter your email over to the right so you will get a message any time we post anything new. And click on follow for the blog and when we have a few more contests you just might be a winner! The current winner of a $25 gift card was: Tanja Dancy. Congratulations Tanja! So look for more contests soon and you will win a small package of cowboy goodies from the McCade brothers which will make you the envy of any cowboy reading fan!!

Stay tuned….

KIM

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey Good Lookin'!








From the Blog...

A quick blog update for Sunday afternoon...

Blog Follower Give Away Winner
Please join me in congratulating Tanja as our August blog follower giveaway winner.  We are so appreciative of all of the blog followers, both the long-time followers and those newest to our group.  Be sure to stay tuned for future giveaways.

Upcoming Events
Moonlight and Magnolias
As a reminder, Kim will be attending the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight & Magnolias 2017 from September 28 – October 1.  The event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092).

Kim will be introducing the keynote speaker, Sherrilyn Kenyon on Saturday, September 30th.  In addition, there is a book fair and autographing session from 3:30 - 5 PM ET. Come say hello to Kim and the other members of the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW).

eBook Sale
Kim's eBooks of Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty will be on sale for $2.99 for two weeks starting October 6th.  If you haven't had a chance to check out one or both of these books, this sale would be the perfect opportunity to get your next great read.

Upcoming Blogs
There will be some fun blog posts coming up in the next several weeks, but here is a sneak peak.

We have some exciting Author Roundups coming soon for CiCi Coughlin and Sheila Hollinghead.  Sheila has also shared a post about Kim's writing recently, so please make a stop on Sheila's blog to check out her post on Kim (link).  

Kim will also be sharing with us some about what she has been working on recently and she'll tell us all about the Moonlight and Magnolias event.  Stay tuned.

If there is something you would like to hear about, please leave a comment down below.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Christie
KTW Staff






Sunday, September 10, 2017

Critique Corral: For 100 Reasons

For 100 Reasons by Lara Adrian

Book: For 100 Reasons: A 100 Series Novel
Author: Lara Adrian
Critique By: Clare Roden

Critique:
This was an amazing ending to a series that I will read again and again in the years to come!

Of all the series, this book has touched me the most as it goes even deeper into Avery and Nick's pasts and tests their relationship further. They both have to put all of their cards out on the table and fight for their love to be strong enough to survive all that has been thrown at them. 

This book is full of heart stopping moments that had me gasping out loud and it has made me fall in love with Nick Baine even more. He is a little controlling of Avery to start with but he just wants to protect her as she is his anchor and all that keeps him sane, and after all Avery is a woman who is strong enough to keep him in check when he steps outta line. 

I'm am so sad that the 100 Series has now come to an end as I have absolutely loved reading about Nick and Avery and their journey of dealing with the darkness from their pasts and of finding an unbreakable bond of love and trust. Lara Adrian has written a story that has kept me gripped at every turn and has left me shocked at the revelations that are uncovered in this book. 


This is now one of my all time favorite romance trilogies to have had the pleasure of reading and it deserves every one of my 5 Stars!

Book Blurb:
For 100 Days she deceived him. For 100 Nights, he demanded her complete surrender. Now, after all of the secrets and lies and heartbreak, they'll have to decide if their love is strong enough to try again...For 100 Reasons.

Billionaire Dominic Baine stepped into Avery Ross's life when it was at its lowest. Obsessed with the beautiful, struggling artist, Nick was determined to have her. What began as a scorching seduction soon burned out of control, exploding into a white-hot passion neither of them could deny.

Yet Nick and Avery are two damaged people, both haunted by dark secrets with the power to destroy them. And for Nick, the ugly past that shaped him cannot compare to the unforgivable deception that drives Avery from his arms, from his life. Now the man accustomed to having everything he desires must find a way to redeem himself to the only woman he has ever loved.

Avery Ross has known heartbreak. She has known betrayal and loss, but nothing like the pain that loving Dominic Baine has brought into her life. Reeling from the aftermath of his devastating revelation, instead of allowing despair to break her, she builds herself into something stronger--the fearless woman and gifted artist that Nick's passion has taught her to be. Yet her heart is in pieces, and despite everything she has, the one thing she needs is the man whose possessive desires and consuming love holds the power to either save them both or shatter her forever. . . . 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wild Women Authors Blog Feature

So excited to announce that Kim will be featured on the Wild Women Authors blog from Sept. 6 -Sept. 10.  Stop by to check it out if you get a chance.  As a special treat, Sawyer and Wyatt will be making a guest appearance to answer a few interview questions.  Can't wait to see what they have to say.

Christie
KTW Staff

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Author Roundup: New Release From McCall Hoyle

I am excited to share an upcoming release from McCall Hoyle titled The Thing with Feathers, which will be released on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  I hope you will give this new release a read.




Book Blurb:
From Golden Heart® award-winning author McCall Hoyle comes The Thing with Feathers, the story of sixteen-year-old Emilie Day, a teen with epilepsy leaving her safe, homeschooled life for high school on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For the first time, Emilie must navigate classes, cliques, and crushes, all the while keeping her epilepsy a secret.



About McCall:
McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets — a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.
McCall's website: http://mccallhoyle.com/index.html 



You can find The Thing with Feathers at these retailers:
Amazon: Link
Barnes and Noble: Link
Books-A-Million: Link

Sunday, August 27, 2017

From The Chuck Wagon


When out on the trail, a hearty meal like Western Enchiladas would be filling after a hard day's ride.  If you think your family would like this recipe, give this a try.  Yum yum!!

Ingredients:

  • Pre-made Burritos
  • 2 cans Van Camps Beanless Chili
  • 1 Lg. can of Enchilada Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Sour Cream
  • Pam Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Spray a baking dish with Pam.
  2. Layout the burritos in the dish.
  3. Mix 2 cans of Van Camps beanless chili with 1 large can of enchilada sauce and pour over burritos.
  4. Bake until bubbly and burritos are done based on burrito instructions.
  5. Top with cheese, jalapenos, and sour cream as desired.
Leave a comment and let me know how the recipe turns out when you give it a try.

Don't forget, there will be a giveaway for one lucky blog follower at the end of the month.  
To enter, all you need to do is sign up as a blog follower if you haven't already done so.  The winner will be announced with next week's blog.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hey Good Lookin'!

This week's blog post is all about some Cowboy goodness.  Remember, "It's All About A Cowboy and the Woman He Loves."

What are some of your favorite Cowboy images?  Leave a comment below.

Don't forgot, there will be a give-away at the end of August for one lucky blog follower.  If you haven't already, be sure to follow the blog for your chance to win.

Christie
KTW Staff







Sunday, August 13, 2017

Say Hello to Charlene Raddon!!! Author Roundup!




Danger stalks Maisy Macoubrie. At fourteen she saw the man she foolishly loved murder her father. She would have been next if she hadn’t run. Fourteen years later, she’s still running. If only she could provide a safe home for her and her son, but she’ll never get rich dealing faro in saloons… not with a cold-blooded killer on her trail. The Preacher never meant to become a gunman. Sometimes life interferes and forces a man down a path he doesn’t care to follow. Always alone, always hunted, he dreams of all he’s been denied — peace, family, love. The moment Maisy and The Preacher meet, their lives change once more. United in battle against a powerful enemy, they fight side by side, but can they beat the odds they face? Is love worth the biggest gamble man has ever known?


Divine Gamble has been a long time coming I began the story in the ‘90s, but my editor wanted something different, a widow with children and a drifter. That resulted in To Have and To Hold. But I always liked Divine Gamble, so I picked it up again from time to time, finally finishing the book a few years ago. Then began the revisions. Other books were written and published, and Gamble still waited. Now, at last, it will have its turn at bat. 

It is available for pre-order on Amazon at .99 until release on August 20.


A gritty historical western romance, I debated the level of sensuality, and settled for “sensual but behind closed doors.” I hope my readers like it as much as I enjoyed writing it.




Here’s an excerpt:



Danger rode a howling wind into Pandora, Colorado, that autumn night. A gleeful desperado, the gale scoured the town's nooks, alleys, and yards. It iced window panes and froze puddles.

            Maisy Macoubrie stood on the boarding house stoop, watching trash blow down the street, her faro bag held in front of her like a shield. She enjoyed a good storm, but tonight, her mood seemed as ragged and tense as the weather. Blessed Saints, but her back ached. Thank heaven the gambling season would be over soon, and she could go home.

            Thoughts of home brought images of her son, Danny. How she missed him. He'd be fourteen next month. She’d bet he’d grown another inch since she saw him in August. If only she dared to have him with her.

            The eight o'clock stage slogged past the boarding house and slid to a muddy halt in front of The Pandora House. Half a dozen men on horseback followed. Passengers bolted from the still-rocking coach into the well-lighted building. The others did the same. Once they'd all warmed up and filled their bellies, they'd want a pleasant way to pass the evening, such as gambling.

            Maisy sighed. Time to go to work at the Bloated Goat Saloon.

            Something darted under her skirts. She swallowed a screech and yanked up her hems.

            "Soda!" Crouching, she petted the grumpy looking calico cat. "Oh, you're wet."

            Maisy stood. "Come on, I'll let you in, and give you something to eat."

            The cat darted inside the second she opened the door and dashed up the stairs. Leaving her faro bag beside the door, Maisy followed and let the cat into her room. "Stay off the bed until you've cleaned yourself."  The calico padded over to her special rug under the window and set to work licking her fur. Maisy fetched Soda's food from the storage space in the washstand.

            "Here you are." She put several pieces of chopped, dried beef on the floor. "I have to go to work." Maisy bent and put her hand beside the cat's right front leg. "Come on, shake with me like I taught you."

            She almost chuckled at the look of disgust on Soda's face, but the cat raised her paw. "Good girl. I'll see you later."

            She'd no sooner stepped back out on the front porch than Lenny Goodman dashed up the steps. "’Evening, Miss Maisy."

            "Good evening, Lenny. Did Nose send you?" In the light from his lantern, his face looked older than fourteen years. His eyes displayed a sort of wisdom and disillusionment in their depths that aged him. His chin showed the promise of a beard he would soon have to start shaving. It wouldn't be long before Danny would be doing the same.

            "Yep. Said it was too dark for you to have to find your way to the saloon without a lantern." He took her bag from her as she descended the steps to the boards laid over the muddy road in drier weather—her landlord's idea of a boardwalk.

            Lenny held up the light while Maisy maneuvered the makeshift pathway. Before reaching the boardwalk that fronted the stores, the rain had soaked her cloak and skirt hems.

            "I stepped in a deep mud puddle back there," Lenny said, joining her in front of the Sims CafĂ© and Bakery. "Need to scrape it off." He went to work, using the edge of the porch to relieve him of the gunk. "You want to take the lantern with you and go on?"

            Maisy glanced toward the Bloated Goat Saloon. Light from the windows showed on the boardwalk. "No, I'll be all right, Lenny. Thank you."

            She took her bag from him and went on. Storm doors kept the weather out of The Goat, but they also blocked the light the shorter, swinging doors would have allowed to escape. Maisy peered over her shoulder to check on the boy and walked into something solid and unmovable.

Charlene Raddon began her career on a whim. An avid reader, she never planned to be a writer. A vivid dream changed that. She dragged out a portable typewriter and began to put her dream on paper. That book waits to be published still. Originally published by Kensington Books in the 1990s, Charlene is now an Indie author. Her first published book, Tender Touch, was a Golden Heart Finalist. All her books have received high accolades, contest wins, and awards. When not writing, she designs book covers at her site, http://silversagebookcovers.com where she specializes in historical covers, mainly westerns. She loves to hear from readers and communicate with other authors.

Charlene’s website: http://charleneraddon.com


Monday, August 7, 2017

Smoke & Embers - Cover Reveal

Hi Everyone,

A quick reminder about the upcoming Smoke & Embers cover reveal party on Facebook this Friday, August 11th from 2 PM - 10 PM CT.  I hope you will be able to join me to help Taylor Anne celebrate the Cover release of her new book.

Click here for a link to the event on Facebook.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2017 Fun!

Well, I didn't quite go all out for this event very well this year. I stayed at a cheaper hotel and only attended two days as I think it was more important to make some memories. My family and I went together to Downtown Disney and shopped a bit and had dinner a Bongos. Cuban food at it's best. We then spent a full day a Universal Studios where I rode every ride until Harry Potter nearly made me lose my biscuits. I was so looking forward to that ride but my motion sickness said NOPE. We spent the next day at Magic Kingdom which reminded me how much my girls have grown. With no interest in characters on the princesses, we rode a whole lot in the wonderful heat index of 107. But it was still fun and we did make some memories that will last. I left the family for Thursday and Friday to attend RWA and cheer on friends that were finalists in the Golden Heart and Ritas. It's always a lot of fun catching up with old friend and meeting new ones. Writing is often lonely until we have our conference and events and then it just way cool to hang out with people who get us!!!

Check out some of the fun we had in these photos.






Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Questions I Get Asked…

It has been a while since I have posted a new blog entry.  There has been a lot going on this year, which I talk more about later in the post.  To kick off what I hope will be a new series of posts, I am having a giveaway at the end of August for one lucky blog follower.  Be sure to follow my blog if you have not done so already.  Now, on to the Questions I Get Asked.

I am sure authors get tons of questions over the years but since I am fairly new at this writing world, it surprises me the questions people do ask. One of the most frequent questions I get is:

“Where do you find the time to write all you do?”
I think these questions come to me because I work as a full time Registered Nurse Quality Analyst for a hospital and I have children, daughters aged 12 and 9. I am not sure I always have the right answer for this because I tend to say it and people give me the ‘deer in the headlights’ look. My usual answer is that if you want something bad enough, you will find the time to do it. I started writing with the goal of publication in 2011. I can be very determined and do not give up easily. I wrote even when those around me thought I had lost my mind. There are things you give up in writing, like I no longer have a long list of television series I stay glued to. I do have a few but only here and there. Or I catch up on them by binging in between writing deadlines. Other things that happen are the dishes pile up in the sink, the laundry stays behind and my husband has become a ‘Mr. Mom’ of sorts to allow me time to write. I delegate things like the grocery shopping list and send my husband on that route too. I take my laptop everywhere I go even to soccer practice, gymnastics and any other event I might attend. And when I do not have my laptop, I have a Galaxy Note phone and can type away at a scene or jot down my ideas. And while there can be a little mommy guilt here and there I keep writing, because I cam showing my daughters that it is possible to go out and make your dreams come true.

“Where do you get your ideas?”
I have always loved reading historical novels. I think I love to escape back to a time that doesn’t exist anymore. I love highlanders, Dukes, and Pirates, but have always had an unquenched thirst where it come to the old west and the civil war era. So when I started writing, I knew I had to go for cowboys because you gotta write what you know and still you gotta research and make sure you are right. My ideas start running through my head while I drive or while I daydream of idea. I am a pantser for the most part that does very little plotting. My plots seem to evolve as I get to know my hero and heroine and begin writing. I have a general idea of where we are headed, but I often change the plan as I write when some better idea hits me and takes me and the character to something new. What the heck is the fun in planning it all out ahead of time? So my ideas come from all the westerns I have watched or read. I grew up on Little House on the Prairie and Gunsmoke. I am usually first in line for any western movie that comes out and I love Hell on Wheels, Christie, Deadwood, and me and my girls are on our third watching of the entire Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman series. Right now I am also reading the whole Longmire series, and even though it isn’t historical, it is excellent! So my ideas come from a lot of places, but most often from letting my characters take over.

“How long does it take you to write a complete story?”
It can take me more than six months to belt out a first draft, but my stories are over 100,000 words where most romances are by far under that word count. This first draft can also depend on what is going on in my life and how much time I am spending on editing a work already submitted. Once I have a rough draft, then it needs about two more edits by me before I start getting it out to critique partners and beta readers. It sounds like a long time but about a year if I want to make sure the story is what I was looking for. If I didn’t have a full time job, it might be that I would be able to do everything much faster, but to do service to my series and stay on track to make it all fall together, time is needed.

“How do you map out your stories and series?”
I usually have most of it in my head but I do storyboarding sometimes. I think it helps to have a visual in front of you as you think about where the characters are taking you. I sometimes just jot down ideas or scenes and eventually pull them together, but most often I just start at chapter one and keep going. I keep a ‘book bible’ so to speak, where I write down all the characters in a series and it lists things like their hair and eye color, their quirks and specifics about them. I add quotes I like from them and pictures and maps of the area they live. I plot a little there so I can make better order of the scenes, but I do not have a specific rule about how and where black moments come and when this or that should happen. I let my characters tell the story and so far it’s working.

“What are you writing now?”
Well, I am writing the third story in the McCades of Cheyenne called Dawson’s Haven. I am a bit more than half done but I am pushing hard to get that into my editor this year. I got a little side tracked as this has been a difficult year with losing my father in law, taking in my mother in law, changing jobs for the first time after twenty-seven years and deciding to dust off a contemporary novel I wrote in 2013. I am hoping to have this story turned into my editor within the month so I can get back to Dawson. I think it will be a nice surprise for my readers to be able to read something contemporary from me as well, but no worries, it’s all about a cowboy and the woman he loves….

Sunday, June 11, 2017

From the Critique Corral: Barbara Bettis!!!



The Lady of the Forest

By Barbara Bettis

Blurb:

He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart? When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty. Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate's past catches her.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

 Excerpt: He was a fine specimen of a knight. Pity he had to die. Lady Katherine, late of Stonehill Castle, straddled a low-slung branch and watched the intruder work toward her. Closer he came, guiding his black gelding in a careful walk as he searched the October leaves mounding the forest floor. Late-afternoon sun reflected off his arm, and she bit back a curse. The traitor wore chain mail beneath his deep green surcoat. Of course. Why would her task be easy? At least his coif lay folded back to expose his head. She could strike there. Sharp, thick bark bit through Kate’s rough hose. She ignored the discomfort and leaned forward for a better look. Another sunbeam touched the rider’s rich chestnut hair. A strand drooped across his forehead. He shoved it back with a ruthless jab, revealing a wide brow and strong nose. From her vantage point, he looked to be a fearsome warrior. Pray God he didn’t glance up. The ancient oak’s few tenacious leaves didn’t provide nearly enough cover. But his attention never wavered. One step, then another brought him nearer. She curled in her lips to cushion her teeth and gripped the knife between them. Breath by shallow, silent breath, she eased into a crouch. Balanced on her toes. Blanked her mind. And waited. He stopped. Right beneath her perch.  Praise God. Kate slid the knife into her hand and jumped.

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BIO for Barbara Bettis
Award-winning author Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math. Through careers as a reporter, editor and, later, a college journalism and English professor, she’s retained her fascination with history. Give her a research book and a pot of tea, and she’s happy for hours. But what really makes her smile is working on a new story. She now lives in Missouri, where by day she’s a mild-mannered English teacher and by night she spins tales of heroines to die for—and heroes to live for.