Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
April 27 - Introduction at VBT Cafe' Blog
May 2 - Guest Blogging at Mass Musings
May 5 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
May 7 - Review & Interview at A Book Lover's Library
May 9 - Interviewed & Reviewed at My Addiction is Reading
May 11 - Guest Blogging at Books Are Magic
May 14 - Review & Guest Blogging at Words I Write Crazy
May 16 - Guest Blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown
May 18 - Guest Blogging at MK McClintock's Blog
May 21 - Reviewed at Mass Musings
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Welcome MK! Let's get started...
KL: Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, what drew you to the world of storytelling?
MK: Actually I didn’t always want to be a writer, but I always enjoyed writing. Growing up, I spent more time reading and learning my way around a kitchen than writing. I started out writing short stories and I was the one in class who wrote extra papers just so I could do the research. My writing actually began with poetry – over the years I’ve written hundreds of poems. Right after high school, I began to toy with the idea of writing my own books, but it wasn’t until years later when I took it seriously and realized how much I enjoyed it. What drew me in was imagination – I’ve always had an active one and I need the creative outlets.
KL: Let's talk about your work starting with Gallagher's Pride, the first novel in your Gallagher Series. Tell us a little bit about how you came about the idea for this novel.
MK: First– I wanted a western. Second – I wanted it set in Montana. Third – I wanted Scotland to somehow make an appearance. I also knew that I wanted a story that I could continue on. I didn’t want the story to be wrapped up prettily (even though a lot of readers like some kind of finality), but it was either write a 1,000 page book or create the series as I have – I like this way better. The exact idea? I honestly couldn’t pinpoint the how – I put the elements together, had some character interviews, wrote the back cover and the story unfolded.
KL: Gallagher's Hope is the next installment in your Gallagher Series. Can you tell us a little bit about what's in store for us with this new book?
MK: Gallagher’s Hope features Gabriel, the second brother and a woman from New Orleans, Isabelle Rousseau. They have their own love story, but it’s not an instant and easy romance. There’s more adventure and a continuing of the main conflict from the first book – will it conclude? Well, you’ll have to wait and see. One thing about this series is that even though the focus is on the two main characters featured in that book, the secondary characters still have semi-prominent roles and you continue to have that in the second book. I really can’t tell you more than that without giving anything away.
KL: You also have another novel that takes place in 19th century England, Alaina Claiborne (British Agent Series). Can you tell us a little bit about this novel and what readers can expect to see from you in this series?
MK: Of course! Alaina Claiborne is as you said, set in 19th century England, though I’ll tell you right now that it’s not meant to be a history lesson. It’s a romance/adventure/murder mystery. You start out meeting Alaina in the beginning – a young girl from a loving family who faces terrible tragedy. She’s then a young woman who meets our first British Agent, Tristan, and together they seek to uncover the people responsible for tragedies in both of their lives. They do a bit of traveling in this one – from England to Ireland to the States and back again.
I have to more British Agent novels planned, though technically you could read each one as a single title. The other two agents, who are close friends of Tristan’s, are in the first book. I enjoyed both so much that I wanted to give them their own stories.
KL: What is your process for creating characters? Do you carefully plan each character's traits before the writing process begins? Or do you find that their personalities sort of develop on their own as you write the story?
MK: Both actually. I always start with the name. Even if the name might change as I progress (as has happened before), I begin with the name – first and surname. Then we have the character analysis where I break down their appearance and surface traits, where they are from, etc. I then conduct character interviews with each one to learn their personalities. Once their basic foundation is set, I let the characters come alive on their own. Sometimes their personalities develop beyond what I originally planned, so it’s a fun process.
KL: Out of all the characters you've created in your novels, do you have any particular favorites? If so, what is it about that/those character(s) that make them so special to you?
MK: I’ve gone back and forth lately between favorites. When I first wrote Gallagher’s Pride it was Brenna, then Ethan, then Gabriel took the favorite spot as I began to write more of his character. Then they all lost out to Eliza. If I had to pick just one it would be Gabriel – he’s a charming and likeable cowboy and he makes me smile. We haven’t seen all of his flaws yet though. Eliza is special to me because I wrote a bit of myself into her character – I won’t say which parts though!
KL: In your novels, we are transported from our modern day society to a world of simpler times. What inspires you the most to write about that era?
MK: Most likely because I dream of a simpler time and I could easily imagine living during that time in history – perhaps even further back. I suppose I chose the 19th century specifically because it fit with what I wanted for the stories, but also because it’s a time in history I would have enjoyed being a part of – especially in the west. So many changes were taking place and yet they weren’t yet weighed down by everything that comes with existing in our modern world. I know it was a difficult time in which to live and not as glamorous as books sometimes make it out to be, but I believe I would have enjoyed it. When writing my books, I get to live that dream.
KL: What kind of preparations and research did you do to ensure that your book stayed true to the time period?
MK: It took a bit of research just so that I could be sure I wasn’t making obvious historical faux pas. I did take some liberties, seeing as how it’s fiction, but nothing that would be too noticeable (unless you’re perhaps a history major for that period). At times my language may have seemed antiquated to some readers, but since I often use antiquated speech myself, I went with what felt comfortable. When writing these books, I chose to add history to the story, not add a story into history.
KL: As an author with multiple novels published, what would be a good piece of advice that you could share with other authors who are trying to make their way into the writing world?
MK: It’s not easy! Now that’s not encouraging is it? First I’d tell them to write and keep on writing. A writer must write books in order to sell, they must write books in order to improve. Just don’t stop writing – even if it’s a few moments a day or if you have to keep a journal handle to jot down notes – keep writing.
The other bit of advice I would give is to start marketing your book before you publish. Begin months before if possible. Create a book trailer, get the cover ready to give reader’s a teaser and setup a virtual book tour.
The most important bit of advice I could give? Don’t let the marketing, the reviews, or the politics of writing interfere with your creative voice.
KL: And now it's time for a "Just for Fun" question:) Being a person who has traveled and lived all over the country, you must have been and seen a lot of wonderful places. If you had to pick anywhere in the world to live - and live there for the rest of your life, never leaving that area - where would it be and why?
MK: Well, I’d want to live exactly where I’m at now – Montana. I love it here and it wasn’t until after I’d seen so much of the country that I realized no other place would be right for me-this is home. My second choice would be Scotland – I love the Highlands, the people, the landscape, the beauty, the energy – all of it. It’s a magnificent place and I could see myself there; exploring the land and islands, castles and ruins, graveyards and gardens. There is so much to see and do there, not to mention the Highlands would be as equally inspiring for an author as the mountains of Montana. In some ways Scotland still has a simplicity and wildness about her which greatly appeals to me.
Please enjoy this excerpt from "Gallagher's Pride":
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn't need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn't need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.
The novel begins quite a few years before our hero and heroine meet. In the first two chapters we are introduced to Brenna Cameron and Ethan Gallagher. Brenna lives in the Scotland countryside with her mother and father, and Ethan lives on his family’s ranch in Montana. After the loss of both of her parents, Brenna travels from Scotland to Montana in search of the only living relative she knows of. When she arrives in the unfamiliar territory, she is saved by Ethan Gallagher when a disgusting, drunk man attempts to hit on her. Ethan, believing Brenna to be just any old regular visitor to the area, asks her why she has come to Montana. When Brenna confesses she’s there to find her estranged grandfather, Nathan Hunter, Ethan can’t help but be shocked and angered by this information; shocked because he didn’t realize that Nathan had any relatives, and angered because this beautiful woman who instantly stole his heart was kin to the one man who was his sworn enemy.
Brenna is such a strong-willed woman and I instantly liked her. She faces so many hardships throughout the novel, but strives to continue on her journey. I admire her very much for that. And Ethan…Oh I loved Ethan. Sure he can be a bit hot and cold, but his past explains all of that. I really liked how he wanted nothing more than to fall for Brenna, but struggled with his feelings because of his past. I found myself, multiple times, saying “Come on, just tell her you love her already!” I wanted nothing more than for these two characters to be together because they obviously were meant to be. One of the things I thoroughly enjoyed about this novel was the fact that the author really kept you on your toes. There are so many twists and turns and to be honest I didn’t see a single one coming…especially the ending. I loved the ending but hated it at the same time; loved it because it promises a continuation of the story and hated it because it ended and I wanted to keep reading:) All in all this was a really good book and I can’t wait for the next one to come out! If you enjoy historical romance then I definitely recommend you check this one out!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Content: This book contains mild adult language, mild violence, and mild sexual situations (all physical acts of love happen behind closed doors).
Monday, April 23, 2012
Happy Monday everyone!
There's a lot going on with my blog this week and I just wanted to fill you all in:)
Tomorrow we have author Alecia Stone here doing a guest post. Alecia is currently on a blog tour for her new book "Talisman of El".
Wednesday I will be posting a review of "Gallagher's Pride" by MK McClintock.
Thursday MK McClintock will be stopping by for an interview.
And Friday will be the first day of my own blog tour for "When the Heart Falls".
I'm excited to have some wonderful guests on my blog this week and I hope you all stop by and join us!
Have a great day everyone!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I'm going to follow Mr. Emerson's advice and be done with my old nonsense. Here's hoping this day turns around:)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Moving on to the topic of my post for the day. I just want to thank everyone for their support during my two day free promo of When the Heart Falls! These promotions are a lot of fun to do and I'm looking forward to doing another one here in a few weeks. Thank you all again so very, very much and I hope you all enjoy reading it:)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
And don't forget...tomorrow will be the first day of my two day FREE promotion for When the Heart Falls!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
MK McClintock is celebrating this Friday the 13th by offering Alaina Claiborne for free! Are you feeling lucky? Get your copy today!
Monday, April 9, 2012
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I recently read my first ever paranormal romance novel (I know, I know, where have I been? Lol). As you all know from my book reviews, I normally only read western romances. So this novel was a nice change of pace and honestly has got me totally interested in reading more paranormal stuff. I do enjoy the world of fantasy (aka vampires, werewolves, etc) so I'm not entirely sure as to why I waited so long to read one. Anyway...I was wondering what your opinion on the whole "real vs fantasy" thing is in terms of romance novels. Would you prefer to read about stuff that can actually happen? Or would you rather let your mind fully escape to another world?
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Town Marshal Morgan Avery wants nothing more than to wash away the trail-dust and sleep for a week, preferably with a soft, willing woman by his side. Instead, he gets Abigail Thornton – all one hundred pounds of her thrust at him seconds before a fist connects with his face. Breaking up the fight takes more effort than he wants to admit and when the last man falls he finds Abigail still standing and not looking the least bit contrite.
Throwing her into the town jail for the night would salve his wounded pride and then he will let her go. Or that was the plan. When morning comes he finds himself oddly reluctant to do so. Miss Thornton is hiding something and he aims to find out what, even if he has to bed her to do so. But will one night in her bed be enough?
We are first introduced to Abigail Thornton as she arrives in the town of Willow Creek to marry a man whom she has never met. Upon arrival, she learns that her husband-to-be is no longer available for marriage and decides to leave town immediately. However, the stage coach driver is over at the saloon “taking a break” and even though ladies are not permitted in the building, she bursts through the doors and demands that the bartender fetch the driver. Abigail’s presence in the saloon causes a ruckus as one of the men confuses her for a whore and vows to have his way with her. When she fights off his advances, a full on barroom brawl ensues and as she attempts to escape she finds herself in the arms of the towns marshal.
Morgan Avery has been on the trail of an outlaw for far too long and all he wants is a strong drink and the comfort of a woman. He never expected one like Abigail to just land in his arms the minute he entered the saloon. Nor did he expect that this little lady was the cause for the scene before him. After breaking up the fight, Morgan begins his interrogation with Abigail about why she was in the bar in the first place when she clearly wasn’t supposed to be in there. When she blows him off and storms past him, the marshal decides enough is enough and hauls her off to jail, literally flinging her over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes with her kicking and screaming the whole way. Although Abigail is very upset at first about being thrown in jail, she soon starts to believe that maybe this sudden turn of events is a Godsend and that being under the marshal’s watchful eye isn’t such a bad thing. With some helpful advice from his brother, and his inner conscious nagging him, Morgan decides he can’t leave a lady locked up in the jail cell without proper provisions and invites her to stay in his home. Little does he know though that his simple gesture will change his life forever.
This was a very quick and enjoyable read (it’s only about 12 chapters long). I feel that the story flowed very nicely and didn't give you a chance to get bored. The relationship between Morgan and Abigail was rather amusing at first with the two of them bickering all the time and hiding the undeniable lust they felt for each other the minute they met. On a side note, I’d just to mention that I was pretty shocked at Abigail’s sudden attitude change. During the whole barroom brawl and time spent in jail she keeps going on about how much of a lady she is and denounces the fact that she is a whore. But after her first night at Morgan’s house she practically throws herself at him. I found that confusing at first because upon reading her go on so much about being a lady and all I figured she was a virgin…which she clearly makes known that she’s not. Moving on…the townsfolk’s meddling was a little annoying but made for some humorous and awkward scenarios. I liked how the author played out Abigail’s past coming back to haunt her and was pleased with the final outcome. This is one of those novels that I’d like to see revisited and have the author make it longer because I just didn't want it to end so soon. All in all I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone looking for some light romance reading.