Tuesday, September 27, 2016

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Kaki Warner Returns with a new release, TEXAS TALL

It's no surprise to me that Kaki Warner has won multiple awards, including the coveted RITA for Best First Book. Her novels are as sumptuous as a fine feast, and the latest one is no exception. 

Today, I have the great pleasure of welcoming her back to Get Lost In A Story as my BEST OF THE WEST guest. We'll be featuring her new release, TEXAS TALL. 

She's giving away 3 signed copies, so be sure to enter the drawing!

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Tyree Benton joined the Texas Rangers to enact justice on the men who murdered his parents, but his brutal actions still twist his conscience. Now he’s found a woman he could love, but she deserves more than a man who makes a living getting shot at. Plus, the Frontier Battalion doesn’t take married men. If Ty were honorable, he’d leave her alone. But he can’t seem to stay away….

Orphaned at fourteen, Charlotte Weyland has used her talent for numbers to build enough of a fortune to fund Ty’s dream of owning a ranch…if he’s not too stubborn to accept her help. But when Charlotte’s past catches up to her, she finds herself on one side of the law with Ty on the other. To keep their dreams alive, they’ll have to make compromises, but doing so might cost them everything they have...

Here's an excerpt:

“Miss Lottie?”
Crossing her arms, Lottie turned to confront the man who had been following her. “What do you want?”
“To apologize.”
Why did he look so irritated? She was the one who’d been insulted. “You already did.” She started to turn.
His voice brought her back. “And, to thank you.”
“For what?”
This was the first time they had faced each other while standing and she hadn’t realized how big he was. She was almost five and-a-half feet tall, herself, and it wasn’t often her eyes were level with a man’s shoulder.
“For trying to help me after I was shot.”
“Anyone would have done the same.”
“But anyone didn’t. Only you.”
He had a nice voice. Deep and mellow, with a slow drawl that marked him a Texan, but not enough twang to make him sound straight off the farm.
He shifted his weight, stared down at his dusty, surprisingly large boots. “And I, uh, wanted to say I made a foolish mistake earlier when I thought you were a whore. I’m sorry for it.”
The pretty phrases had a rehearsed ring to them, but Lottie nodded anyway, just to put the ordeal behind her. “Fine.” Again, she started to turn.
This time he stopped her with a hand near her shoulder. A hand that completely encompassed her upper arm. “Could I buy you dinner to make up for it?” Not a very gracious invitation, since he was frowning when he issued it.
She gave his hand a pointed look.
He released her arm.
“No,” she said.
If possible, his frown deepened. “You won’t have dinner with me?”
“Why not?”
Did he truly think she would enjoy a meal spent with a man who didn’t smile, barely looked at her, and acted as if every word he spoke was dragged out of him by force? “It’s not necessary.”
Ignoring her refusal, he pressed on. This time, there was a hint of desperation in his tone. “I hear the restaurant at the hotel sets a fair table.”
“Passable. But as I said, it’s not necessary.”
He let out a deep breath and scratched the whiskers on his square jaw. “Well, that’s the thing. It is necessary if I want to go into the Spotted Dog again.”
And suddenly it made sense—his irritation, the forced words, his inability to even look at her. “Juno’s making you do this, isn’t he?”
“Well . . . he does own the only saloon in town.”
“And brothel.”
At least he had the grace to blush.
She didn’t know whether to laugh or hit him with her reticule. And maybe hit Juno, too. The absurdity of the situation put the devil in her mind. If the ranger was being browbeaten into taking her to dinner then, by God, she’d make sure he had a miserable time of it. He didn’t like talking to her? Well then she’d make him talk by asking him every question she could think of. Then she’d go after Juno.
“Fine. The hotel it is.” Smiling through clenched teeth, she tucked her hand at his elbow. “Shall we?”
He wasn’t a talker, was even worse as a smiler, and wasn’t anything like the handsome hero her imagination had painted him to be. But his arm felt solid and warm beneath her hand, and his sturdy form made her feel almost dainty.

She was glad she’d bought a new dress.

Meet Kaki 

In between her years as a mother, teacher, commercial artist, reluctant collection agent and surly secretary, Kaki fooled around with writing. Finally, after twenty-five years of procrastination, she sent her first manuscript out into world. Berkley bought it and later that year, it won the 2011 RITA for Best First Book, and she was off and running. Now she has nine books in print (number 10 comes out on 10/4), one digital novella, and a story in an anthology (BOOTS UNDER HER BED). She and her husband (of 50 years—Yikes!) are happily retired on a mountaintop in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, doing whatever they feel like doing—which in her case is writing and enjoying the wildlife, gardening, and thinking up stuff for her husband to do. It’s a grand life.
You can follow Kaki on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kakiwarner/

What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?

In ROMANCE, I’ll be diving into WILD HORSE SPRINGS by Jodi Thomas, and DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa Dare, and MIND TAMER by Moriah Densley.

As far as THRILLERS go, as soon as I finish BETRAYAL by Tim Tigner, I’ll probably get another of his books. He’s new to me, and like Jack Reacher (in Lee Child’s books), Tigner’s heroes are men of character, lethal, and take no prisoners. My kind of guys. I’ll probably follow that up with Lee Child’s next one, NIGHT SCHOOL. I might also check into John Hart’s latest. I absolutely loved his debut novel, THE LAST CHILD.

 What has been your most rewarding publishing moment? 

Signing my first contract with PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE was pretty rewarding. As was winning a RITA. But some of my best moments are when I get amazing letters and emails from readers who’ve been touched by my books. That’s validation on the highest level. And I’ll always remember the day I got an email from a man named Brady Wilkins (the name of the hero in PIECES OF SKY) wanting to know how I came up with that name. I couldn’t tell if he was happy or upset but I was shocked that there was an actual person with that name.

Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?

I have to laugh at this one since my task is to take myself OUT of my heroine. In fact, I have a dear friend (who’s more normal than I am…mostly) who reads every word and keeps me on track by saying “She would definitely be crying here.” Or, “No, she wouldn’t do that…she’s not crazy.”  Or, “Make her softer, more empathetic. No one likes a hard ass.” So even though I’d like to put myself in my heroine’s role, I know I wouldn’t fit very well.

What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?

The “last time bell”. I wrote about it in my first book, PIECES OF SKY, when the heroine was trying to mark the “last time” incidents in her life and wished there was a bell that would remind her that certain moments would never come again so she’d best enjoy them to the fullest while she could. Recently, my son said he often thought of that bell as he watched his youngest child grow from toddler to first grader. He said he wanted to remember every moment he has with her since it all passes so fast. 

What sound or noise do you love?

I think the sounds we love change through the years, depending on which phase we’re in. As a child, I loved the sound of mourning doves, cicadas, night crickets and whippoorwills, and the tick-tick-whirr of big hayfield sprinklers. After I married, I was always comforted by the sound of my husband breathing beside me (except when he added snores—then I fantasized about smothering him.) When I had small children, the sound of their laughter always made me laugh, too. (Now it’s coming around again with my grandchildren—YAY!) And now that I’m retired and living a mile past where God buried his socks, I love the sounds of the wildlife around me—meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, cows, horses, my hound dog howling when we drive up to the house. No cars, no sirens, no sounds of other people. I guess we’re sort of reclusive.

What does it mean to love someone?

As my DH and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1st, I feel I’m fairly qualified to answer this. Loving someone means you give up total self-absorption and include another person in your life, warts and all. In other words, it’s not only about you anymore, so get over yourself. It means you accept the other person as he/she is, not as you wish he/she could be. You have to learn to trust, to forgive, to support, and to wisely pick your battles. Keep your expectations real, your demands reasonable, and your promises true. And if you don’t get back the same respect, honor and love you offer, then kick him /her to the curb and move on. Life’s too short and you deserve to have the best one possible.

What do YOU think loving someone means? 

Leave a comment and your name’s in the hat for one of three print books that I’m delighted to give away. And many thanks to Elisabeth Burke for her kind invitation to visit GET LOST IN A STORY today.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Danica Winters...a MUST read!

"Wherever your passion lies, hold on to it with both hands. Passion is power. And power will always lead to success (often not the kind that you were seeking, but the kind of success that rests in the heart)." ~Danica Winters

Yeah, I know this woman and have come to love her enthusiasm and passion !!  I just read her February release WILD MONTANA ...hold onto your hiking boots... this read will leave you breathless. But first ...let's find out about book 2 in her Montana Heroes series...

Harlequin Intrigue

Montana's bravest…and hottest 

With a mysterious arsonist on the loose in Missoula, fire inspector Kevin Jensen saves more than Heather Sampson's house. The sexy single father rescues her from an abusive marriage—and discovers his own past failures don't have to rule his life. Especially when sparks between him and Heather ignite irresistible desire. 

But who's the arsonist? Why target Heather? What's his shocking motive? When Heather faces off with him in a brutal attack, she needs her "white knight" as much as he needs her. Both have looked into their souls and risked their broken hearts for each other. Now Kevin will have to risk his life and his heart.

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Danica Winters 
is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild's Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media's Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Mustangs. 

When she's not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Website          Facebook        Amazon         Twitter @DanicaWinters 
ANGI: Where do you find your Montana Inspiration?
DANICA: I actually LIVE in Montana. I can’t tell you how much I love it here. It’s one of the most beautiful and crazy places in the world. In a single day it can snow and you can get heat stroke. I’m not kidding.

ANGI: Puppies or Kittens?
DANICA: I like both. I have two very cute pups—an old yellow lab and a very crazy golden retriever. As for the cats… Sigh. You know cats, but they both like to snuggle with me at night, thus making me their slave.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
DANICA: Um… Well, besides you, Angi?? My total bucket list moment actually happened at the Harlequin party with the best ladies ever (including Ms. Angi)—I got to dance with Nora Roberts. That’s it… My life is complete. LOL
ANGI: You are totally awesome. And I absolutely get the Nora Roberts moment. When I spoke with her for the first time it was wonderful !!

ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do?
DANICA: When I’m stressed out I love to play the piano. Right now I’m going through movie scores like nobody’s business. I just played Come What May from Moulin Rouge. LOVE it.

ANGI: Favorite vacation spot?
DANICA: I am such a travel junkie. I love going anywhere. However, I love Savannah, Georgia and I’ve been talking about visiting it next spring so it’s on my mind. It’s such a beautiful and eclectic city.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
DANICA: Jeremy is a serious hunk of man… He’s bad in all the right ways… And when push comes to shove he will always have his woman’s back. I can think of nothing more attractive than a man who will put his life and heart at risk for the woman he loves. Love is so incredibly hard. We all need a man in our lives who is willing to support us no matter what. >>smile<<

ANGI: What’s your favorite kid joke?
DANICA: Easy. I have two kids and they roll their eyes every time I tell this one:
How do you make a napkin dance?
Put a little boogie in it.
(Seriously, I totally laughed writing that!)

ANGI: What might we find in your heroine's purse?
DANICA: You would likely find a doll, used tissue, pepper spray, and a note from her mother.

ANGI: What was your Favorite thing about your first Harlequin Party?
DANICA: You. LOL Oh, it was truly a once in a lifetime event. I’m sure that all the parties will be great, but the first one… Oh my goodness. It was like a dream. I LOVED dancing with Nora Roberts, but my most memorable moment was when I was a little bit at a loss and Ms. Angi took my hand and led me to the dance floor. She said, “We are sisters.” I nearly cried and I’m not a crier. It was so incredible to be surrounded by a group of women who have the same passion for writing and who understand the sacrifices and work that goes into our profession. I am still gushing about that night.

ANGI: Would you rather be in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
DANICA: I should say action, but truthfully when it comes to fight or flight, I’m a flight risk. Just ask my husband. Once we went to a corn maze and a man with a chainsaw came at us. I threw myself into the corn like it was life and death.
I guess that means I am more of a Fairy Tale girl… In my defense though, who doesn’t want a man to rescue her when a man with a chainsaw is coming after her?

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie to watch with your daughter?
DANICA: I shouldn’t admit this as she may be a little young, but we LOVE watching Austenland. She thinks it’s hilarious. I like to think I’m raising her right by introducing her to the world of Jane Austen at a young age.

ANGI: What drinks or snacks are always on your desk when you’re writing?
DANICA: Depends on the time of day. I normally right when the kids are at school and then after they go to bed. Therefore, it’s either coffee or wine. As of late, I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
DANICA: I love Tom and Jerry.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK: Last interview you mentioned that your favorite movie was Bridget Jones’ Diaries. Are you excited about the next installment: Bridget Jones’s Baby?
DANICA’s GOTTA ANSWER: I can’t believe you remember that… You are such a pro! I am super excited for Bridget Jones’s Baby. I read the books, but this one breaks from the literature… which kind of irks me. LOL Can you imagine me finding fault when someone diverges from the book?!

The Irish Traveler Series #1
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Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing. 

Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan—the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future. 

Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows. 

When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.

Montana Heroes Series, Book 1

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Coming Soon:
Montana Heroes Series, Book 3

Have a former FBI agent and a park ranger met their match in the wilds of Montana? 
With a mysterious death to solve in Glacier National Park, Customs and Border Patrol agent Casper Lawrence must come up with motive, means, opportunity—and a killer. If he doesn't crack this case by the book, the former FBI agent on strike two will be out. Teamed with a beautiful park ranger, the cowboy agent with the gritty past has to trust sexy lone wolf Alexis Finch. But as their investigation takes them through dangerous terrain and an outlaw motorcycle club's turf, Casper will do anything to keep Alexis—and what they've ignited—alive.

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DANICA is giving away a bag full of swag!  North America Readers please.  
DANICA WANTS TO KNOW: Have you ever met a real-life hero? Who and how?