Friday, September 28, 2012

"Embrace the Highland Warrior" Winner!

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Highlander Giveaway Hop! This was so much fun and I'm looking forward to doing more of them in the future:-) And now for the winner of the Kindle version of "Embrace the Highland Warrior" by Anita Clenney.


Diva Jefferson!

Diva you'll also be receiving 2 bookmarks from Anita herself--one of them is going to be autographed!

Thanks again everyone and have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Last Day of the Highlander Giveaway Hop!

Today is the last day folks, so if you haven't entered yet to win your free Kindle copy of Anita Clenney's Embrace the Highland Warrior make sure you do it by the end of the day:-) I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow! And bonus, Anita will be sending you 2 bookmarks (one of them being autographed by her) to the lucky winner! And don't forget to check out the other stops on the Hop as well to see what other cool Highlander books you can get! Good Luck!

Click here to enter for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Norah--Work In Progress

Okay, so for those of you who have read Zane and are wondering about the second book in the series I just thought I'd give you all a little update on my progress:-) I have began writing Norah's story and am happy to announce that Chapter 1 is complete! 4000+ words down and only 70,000 (give or take a few) words to go, LOL. Now that I've started I'm hoping that things will continue to go smoothly with the rest of the story. Starting on Chapter 2 now, so if y'all will excuse me I'm gonna go pick up where I left off with Norah and Chase. Have a great day everyone!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Interview with Carolyn Brown, author of Mistletoe Cowboy!

Okay folks, today we have one of my favorite western romance authors visiting with us today! Please help me give a warm welcome to Carolyn Brown!

Good Morning, everyone! Thank you, Kimberly, for inviting me to visit here today. It’s only a week until Mistletoe Cowboy hits the book stores and I’m so excited about it. Wouldn’t it be fun to find a cowboy like Creed under your Christmas tree?

KL: What inspired you to become a western romance author?
CB: Write about what you know. That’s what folks tell us and I believe it. If I tried to write about a chef in New York City, it would come across as fake and believe me readers can spot a fake in the first paragraph. I have written both contemporary and historical books, series and stand alone titles in both, and somehow the rancher or cowboy seems to come through in all of them. It’s what I know and love. It’s where I live and what I see on a daily basis. I was inspired to write romance because it’s all about emotion. Whether historical, contemporary, regency or paranormal, it’s the emotion in the book that touches the reader. If an author can make a reader feel those emotions—tears, laughter, anger, fear—they’ve succeeded in their mission. Cowboys are usually pretty good at touching reader’s emotions!

KL: Do you ever bring events that have happened from your life experiences into your novels?
CB: Of course. My life experiences, my step-father’s (he ran moonshine in prohibition days), my granny’s (she was a young bride when the flu epidemic hit in 1919), my granddaughter’s (she was scared on the first day of kindergarten). We use what we have and what we know. We dress it up, dress it down, change the names but it all goes back to writing what we know. Yes, I’ve been rolled in the snow but no, I have not been skinny dipping with a handsome cowboy (I kept my bathing suit on).

KL: If you had to pick one of your books (or series) to be made into a movie, which would you choose and why? Do you have any particular actors & actresses in mind for the leading roles?
CB: I would love to see the Spikes & Spurs made into a movie or even a mini-series. Since I was asked to do a casting call for Love Drunk Cowboy and Red’s Hot Cowboy previously, let’s put out a casting call for Mistletoe Cowboy today. Timothy Olymphant could play Creed. I love his swagger and smile. Katherine Heigl’s would be perfect for Sage’s role. The dynamics between those two would be awesome.

KL: How do you come up with your stories? Do you carefully plan each detail out before you start writing or are you a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of writer?
CB: I try to do that detail stuff but it never works. My characters work with me on the first chapter and by chapter two they’ve tossed all the details out in the yard and taken over. They tell me how the story goes and what to write. And they’re right demanding. They can and will wake me up out of a dead sleep to tell me that I wrote the last scene wrong and need to fix it before I go on.

KL: Mistletoe Cowboy comes out in October. What can readers expect to see from you in this novel?
CB: The title says that it’s a Christmas book. They will see a match making grandmother on a long distance mission to make her granddaughter, Sage, find true love. They’ll see mistletoe temptation every time Sage turns around. And a sexy cowboy with a killer smile. Put them all together for three weeks in a violent winter storm that closes the roads into the Palo Duro Canyon and cuts off the power, shake well, and see what happens.

KL: Were there any particular scenes or chapters of Mistletoe Cowboy that you enjoyed writing?
CB: I loved the scene when they meet for the first time. He thinks he’s got it made. There is no way that she can get to the ranch with the roads closed. She thinks her grandmother can’t possibly get out of the canyon with the snow storm in full blast. Surprise, surprise when he barrels in the back door looking like the abominable snow man and the ugliest dog on the face of the earth dashes in ahead of him.

KL: After Mistletoe Cowboy you have Just a Cowboy and His Baby coming out in December. Would you care to share anything about that novel?
CB: This is Gemma’s story. She’s the youngest sibling in the O’Donnell family (Love Drunk
and Darn Good Cowboy Christmas) and she’s determined to be the second woman to win the buckle and the money for saddle bronc busting in Las Vegas at the Pro Rodeo competition. Only trouble is she’s going up against Trace Coleman, who is just as determined to win so he can buy his dream ranch. Only one can win and it’s a fight to the finish, even when a baby gets dropped right in their laps during the rodeo tour.

KL: What do you have in store for your readers next year? Please say more sexy cowboys:-)
CB: Oh, yes. Keep your boots on and your hat handy because there are definitely more cowboys on the way. A brand new set of single titles will debut in the spring when a billionaire cowboy buys a bride. Then in October there’s a cowboy who did not believe in internet dating until he spent a year in Kuwait and comes home at Christmas to find a big surprise waiting for him. And after that we’ll finish up the Spikes & Spurs with Dewar’s story as he and his cousins drive a hundred head of cattle from north Texas to Dodge City in a reenactment for a reality television show. AND…I love that word because it means more! My very first women’s fiction book will be published by Sourcebooks in March—The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee. Full of humor, it’s about four friends who stick together through tough times in Cadillac, Texas.

And now it’s time for some “just for fun” questions:-)

KL: If you were stranded on a deserted island and had the luxury of having 3 books, and only 3, which 3 would you choose and why?
CB: Oh, my! Only three? Okay, I’ll have to choose carefully. The Bible because it’ll give me hours and hours of reading instead of just one day. Cold Sassy Tree because it makes me laugh. And Scarlett because I really wanted Scarlett O’Hara to have a happy ever after.

KL: List 5 things you absolutely cannot live without:
CB: As in food: doughnuts, coffee, hamburgers, warm chocolate chip cookies and milk. As in other than food: books, friends, books, family and books.


'Tis the season for...

A matchmaking grandmother on a long distance mission...

Mistletoe temptation in every doorway...

And a sexy cowboy with a killer smile.

When Grand Presley agrees to sell Creed Riley the Rockin' C Ranch for a  song at Christmas time, he can hardly believe his good fortune. There's just one little catch...her tantalizing granddaughter, Sage, is part of the plan.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Mistletoe Cowboy!

     Her hand flew up to her pounding heart and she backed up against the cabinet.
     The abominable snowman pushed his way into the house behind something that was either the ugliest dog on the face of the earth or an alien from a faraway planet. The huge thing set a galvanized bucket of milk on the table and a basket of eggs right beside it before he stomped his feet on the rug under the coat rack. The dog stopped in the middle of the kitchen floor and shook from shoulder to tail, sending even more snow flying everywhere in her kitchen. When it melted there would be water everywhere and her socks would be soaked. 
     “Who the hell are you? Get out of here and take that miserable mutt with you,” Sage said.
     Creed removed his old felt cowboy hat and pulled off the face mask. His nose was scarlet and his dark eyelashes dusted with snowflakes. And of all the crazy things, there was a spring of mistletoe stuck in the snow on his shoulder as if it had grown there.
     “I’m Creed Riley, ma’am, and I reckon if you want to throw your dog out in the snow that’s your business, but I’m not that mean or cruel to animals. And I’m here to stay since I’m the cowboy who bought this ranch. I guess you’d be Sage Presley. I didn’t think you’d make it home in this blizzard. I heard the roads were closed off.”
     He was well over six feet tall because Sage had to look up to him. His brown hair was a bit too long, and his mossy green eyes were rimmed with black lashes topped with heavy dark brows. His deep voice held a definite Texas drawl.
     She backed up to the cabinet and braced herself against it. “Where is Grand? Is she behind you?”
     “No, left a day early since the storm was coming in. I expect she’s in Pennsylvania by now where it’s fifty degrees and sunshiny today. Crazy, ain’t it? We get a blizzard and the east coast is downright pleasant. At least it was yesterday when she called to tell me that she’d made it fine and to tell you so when you got home. Guess her cell phone’s battery was dead and her sister didn’t have one so she called on a pay phone from the airport.”
     Sage rolled her eyes. “You have got to be kiddin’ me!”
     “No, ma’am! That’s the truth and that’s really not my dog. I’m bringing my two huntin’ dogs out here soon as we make this sale legal, but this old boy just appeared out of nowhere this morning and rushed right in with me. I figured he belonged on the property. He wasn’t none too pretty when he was covered in snow, but it was covering a multitude of ugly, wasn’t it?”
     Sage crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. 
     He ignored her and started peeling away layers of clothing, taking the time to hang them on a coat rack just inside the back door. He didn’t stop until he was down to jeans, socks, and a red and black flannel shirt.
     What have you done, Grand? she thought.
     The blizzard would end. The sun would come out and melt the snow. Electricity would be restored along with power lines and cell phone coverage. And Sage could have talked her out of the sale a hell of a lot easier face to face than over the telephone—if they ever got service back in the canyon.
     This was Sage’s home and it wasn’t supposed to be sold to some rank stranger, even if his green eyes were sexy as hell with snow hanging on the lashes like that fake stuff out of a can that she and Grand sprayed on the windows when she was a little girl.
     “Coffee smells good. Reckon it’s about ready?” he asked. “Thank goodness for a full propane tank. Miz Ada told me that she has a standing order with the propane company out of Claude. And you can wipe that mean look off your face, lady. We’re stuck here together until this ends. I’m not real happy about being holed up with you either, but it’s the way it is and we might as well make the best of it.”
     Her eyes narrowed and her brow wrinkled. 
     You want your face to freeze with that nasty look on it? Her grandmother’s words came back to haunt her.
     “Number one, Mr. Riley, you don’t tell me how to look or what to do. Number two, Mr. Riley, Grand won’t ever sell you this place, so don’t get too comfortable.” 
     “Rule number one, lady, I speak my mind, so get used to it. Rule number two, I’m settling in and getting comfortable because I think she will sell the ranch to me. The deed will say that you get to live on the ranch as long as you want when the sale is sealed, signed, and finished. And back to rule number one, darlin’, if you want your face to freeze like that, then just hold on to that nasty look,” Creed said. 
     Her face softened, but she wasn’t ready to smile and welcome the damn cowboy. Not yet, probably not ever.

About Carolyn Brown

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown has published more than sixty books. Her books have been reprinted in large print, translated into foreign languages, reprinted in Manga, and three are now available in audio books. She and her Husband, a retired English teacher who does not read her work until it is published, live in southern Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young forever...and two tom cats who rule the back yard.

Wow, I don't know about y'all but I'm excited to read this book! Lucky for you Carolyn will be giving away 2 paperback copies of Mistletoe Cowboy to two random commentors on this post! So if you want to read more of Creed and Sage's story leave a comment below for your chance to win! I'll draw the winners and announce them on October 3rd! Good luck to all who enter!

And Carolyn, thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today! It's an honor having you here:-)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Highlander Giveaway Hop!

We're celebrating Highlanders from the past, present, and future from September 21st-27th!

Welcome to my stop on the Highlander Giveaway Hop! I'm going to be giving away a Kindle copy of Anita Clenney's Embrace the Highland Warrior! Good luck to everyone who enters! I'll be announcing the winner on September 28th!

Image and Blurb from
They were driven apart by a timeless secret…

Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay’s true identity was revealed, and the fated pair’s chance was gone…

But danger will drive them back into each other’s arms…

Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she’s deteremined to banish the memories of ther first love forever. But the past can’t let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determine to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned…

But will all the Underworld after Shay, Cody will have to call in the entire Connor Clan to keep her safe.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the stops on the hop for some awesome Highlander Books!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where'd Ya Go?

Hey folks! I am really sorry for my absence the past few days. We had a family emergency and ended up having to leave town to be with those particular family members who needed us. But I'm back now and am in the process of playing catch-up since I wasn't on the computer at all the past few days. I was completely surprised (and super happy!) when I checked "Zane's" sales this morning and saw that the book is still #1 in Western Romance Bestsellers on Amazon AND it's climbing the bestsellers rank in contemporary romance as well! I am just so ecstatic that you all are enjoying it so much:-) I had to put Norah's story on hold when we went out of town but I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished between now and the weekend. And the last bit of information I have to share is that tomorrow I will be participating/co-hosting the first Highlander Giveaway Hop with fellow author MK McClintock! Make sure you stop by all the blogs and enter for your chance to win some free Highlander books! I'm looking forward to it and I hope to see y'all there!

Monday, September 17, 2012

So Happy

Good morning, everyone! I hope y'all had a great weekend, I know I sure did. We took our two year old son to the zoo and had a blast:-) I also got some writing done--wha-hoo! I'm about 2,000 words into Norah and Chase's story and I gotta tell ya that I'm liking it a lot so far. This new story line should be pretty good:-) Zane is still holding in the top western romances on Amazon--actually it's back to #1! It makes me so happy that you all are enjoying the book so much! I appreciate you guys and your support so just have no idea. Well, I hope you all have a great start to your work week. I'm hoping to get more of Norah and Chase's story written...I left them at a weird stopping point after their first interaction and I feel bad for just leaving them hanging like that, lol.

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Last Day of "Zane" Blog Tour

Well folks, today marks the official end of my blog tour with Black Lion Virtual Tours. I'm really sad that it's over because I had so much fun and got to interact with a lot of really cool people. Today my last stop is a tour wrap-up at Black Lion Tours Blog.

Oh, and of course I can't forget the winner of the free ebook of "Zane"! Congratulations to...

Joanne who left a comment at the Cait Lavender tour stop!

I want to thank everyone who took the time to visit and leave comments. Your support and enthusiasm was awesome! And thanks again to everyone who has downloaded a copy of the book! It's staying strong at the #2 spot in western romance bestsellers and I have you all to thank for that.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Novel Idea LIVE Virtual Tour!

 What is it?
A Novel Idea Live is a landing pad for readers and a launching pad for authors.  Our mission is to help authors further their career and for readers to discover new writers.  We have many creative ways of helping authors, whether through our live broadcast show, tips or blog posts we hope to give you something you can apply and find useful.
We hope to offer a cozy community where we all share and grow together.  So come on over and join in the conversation.  You won’t regret all the fun you will have gathering information with us.

What They Offer!
  • Author Database Listing, 1st book free and packages available for upgrade
  • Banner ads of various sizes and places on the site
  • Text listings
  • Show sponsorships (three shows to choose from)
  • Guest spots on Live shows 
  • Book Trailers w/voice
  • Voiced ads for the Live Show
  • Audio Books
  • Blog Posts
  • Newsletters
  • Information for authors to further their career
  • Information for readers to discover new authors and learn more about those they already love.
  • . . . and so much more! 
The Giveaways!
Two simple ways to enter! 

1. Comment to be entered! Leave a comment at each tour stop to increase your chances.  

2. Follow A Novel Idea LIVE on Facebook at  
A Novel Idea LIVE will be offering a promotion package including 1 featured banner (1 week), 1 show sponsor (1 Week), 1 spotlight author (runs the week after) and 1 text author listing. A $165 value! Hosts will also be entered into a drawing for 2 available guest spots on A Novel Idea LIVE show.

Behind the Scenes
Krista Kedrick
Krista was born and raised in Nebraska.  Her first years were spent on a ranch near the Stinkin' Water Creek in Chase County with her family raising cattle, lambs and chickens and stirring up trouble.  After spending several childhood years in Colorado and Kansas her family returned to make Nebraska their home.
Her light-hearted take on the world splashes the pages of her novels creating a wonderful mix of seriousness and humor.  And living in small communities has given her the inside view of small town people -their wholesomeness, kindness and appreciation of the little things in life.  These one-of-a-kind people are the heart of her characters.
She stumbled into broadcasting when her friend interviewed her on his show and a love for the microphone bloomed into a weekly broadcast of news and humor as a co-host for the online show @Random.
Krista makes her home in Nebraska with her husband, two daughters and basset hound where she loves to work in her yard, which supports her vivid settings in her novels.

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker is the co-founder of A Novel Idea LIVE and the co-founder of Cowboy Capital Broadcasting.  Ryan's background includes; 16 years in the broadcasting industry working in all aspects of the industry.  Ryan has been heard on the radio through-out Nebraska and most recently in Texas.

Aside from Broadcasting, Ryan has an extensive background in technology, providing contract services to many major Fortune 500 companies. Ryan hold's certificate of Achievements in Wireless Engineering, Information Technology, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and also holds a certification as a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Ryan has 18 years of technology related experience including web development and database structure.
When Ryan is away from the studio/office he also works as a Fiber Optic Technician for a communications company.  Ryan also hosts a show called "Attack the Tech" where he answers computer questions for FREE.  In Ryan's free time he works some more but does get the chance to go fishing and sightseeing from time to time. A couple of his favorites places are the Black Hills and the Rocky Mountains.

Join the Tour!
Visit the tour page!
Sept 10 - Black Lion Tour Blog
Sept 12 - MK McClintock Blog

Sept 13 - Kimberly Lewis Novels
Sept 14 - Cait Lavender, Cowgirl Writer
Sept 17 - My Devotional Thoughts
Sept 18 - Chanting of Muses
Sept 19 - Makayla's Book Reviews

Sept 20 - Dishin' It Out
Sept 21 - Fire and Ice

Sept 24 - Bunny's Review
Sept 25 - General Adult Reviews
Sept 27 - Coffee Addicted Writer
Sept 28 - Black Lion Tour Blog/wrap-up

"Zane" Tour Stop #10!

Today my tour is taking me to Reviews by Molly! Stop by and check out her amazing 5 star review of my new book, Zane! And don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win your own ecopy of Zane

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #9

Today my tour is taking me to The Book Nook for a review of my newest novel, "Zane". Stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a free ecopy of "Zane"! Have a great day:-)

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #8!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend...I know I sure did:-) My tour continues today with a review over at Nothing Better Than A Book's Blog. Stop by and check it out...and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free ecopy of Zane! Hope to see y'all there! Happy Monday!

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #7!

I'm continuing my virtual book tour today with a visit to the wonderful MK McClintock's blog! She's doing a review of me newest book and I hope y'all will stop by and check it out:-) Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free ecopy of "Zane"!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Doin' The Happy Dance:-)

I AM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW! Sorry for the yelling, lol, but I am just so ridiculously happy at the moment that I just can't help it. I was just about to head off to bed and decided to see how "Zane" was doing one last time before morning. To my surprise the book is now #1 in Western Romance Bestsellers on Amazon AND #81 in Contemporary Romance Bestsellers!!! Ah! This is just... I don't even have the words to really express how absolutely thrilled I am right now. I just want to thank all the readers out there because this truly would have never happened if it weren't for you! I hope y'all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it:-) Now I'm going to attempt to calm myself down enough to get some sleep because I have to be up very early in the morning, lol. Sweet dreams and happy reading!

It's Writing Time!

Okay, so I don't know if many of you know this or not but I hit a little snag with Norah's story... Well, I guess it's more than a little snag if you have to come up with a whole new plot and toss out everything you've done so far:-) But anyway, I've been brainstorming away and I think I have finally come up with how her and Chase's story is going to play out! Yay! I haven't actually started writing yet but I did do my outline (which is a first for me because normally I just start writing the story and then do the outline). I'm very excited to get started on this and I hope you guys are excited to see what's going to happen! I promise I'll keep you posted on how things are going and I may even share some teasers with you along the way:-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Big Thanks!

I just wanted to say "Thank You!" to everyone who downloaded a copy of When the Heart Falls during its free promo! And, of course, I also want to thank everyone who has purchased a copy of that and my new book "Zane" which received its first 5 star review on Amazon over the weekend! Both books are in the top 20 for Western Romance on Amazon and I really have you all to thank for that (When the Heart Falls is currently #20 and Zane is #6--ah!)! So thank you, thank you, thank you! Happy reading!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone has a great day! The weather here isn't that great so we'll be spending our day indoors, but that's okay with me:-) Just having the extra day off to spend some quality time with my husband and son is all I can ask for. Happy Labor Day and I'll talk to y'all soon!