Santa's List: Kaki Warner

Amidst the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains in 1871, Daniel Hobart keeps to himself—a man with a hole in his heart that matches the scar on his face. But when he starts having visions of a young girl crying out for help, he begins to fear that solitude may have caused him to lose his mind. Determined to find out the truth about the mysterious girl, Daniel travels into New Hope and learns that she’s the missing daughter of widow Lacy Ellis.

After a year of heartbreak, Lacy isn’t sure what to make of Daniel’s claims of seeing her daughter. But when he sets out to find Hannah on his own, Lacy decides to join him, allowing herself one last chance to hope. And as they retrace the long-cold trail of Hannah’s disappearance, two broken people manage to take some small comfort in each other, and in the possibility of a miracle… 

Christmas e-novella
Penguin Group US/Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-1-101-61462-4

Penguin Group US/Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-25426-4

Honest, hard-working widower, age thirty-three, seeks sturdy English-speaking woman to help with mountain ranch and four children. Drinkers, whores, and gamblers need not apply.

Not very romantic, but after one disastrous marriage, widowed Edwina Ladoux isn’t looking for romance, but an escape from the war torn South…even if she has to offer herself up as a mail order bride to a stranger a thousand miles away in the Colorado Rockies.

Declan Brodie, rancher and sometime sheriff, is burdened with more work than he can possibly do. He’s hoping this new wife will help with the chores and his rambunctious children.  Instead, he gets a rail-thin Southern princess who can’t even cook.

After one look, they each wonder how to get out of this proxy marriage. But as weeks pass, thoughts of annulment become hopes of a real marriage…until the unspeakable happens. Then suddenly an honorable man must choose between duty and desire, and a woman who has never had to fight for anything must do battle for the family she’s grown to love.

In between her years as a mother, teacher, commercial artist, reluctant collection agent and surly secretary, KAKI WARNER fooled around with writing. Finally, in 2008, after twenty-five years of procrastination, she sent her first manuscript out into world. 

Now, four years later, she’s retired on a mountaintop in Washington State busily working on her next trilogy and doing whatever she feels like doing—which is writing, enjoying the wildlife and thinking up stuff for her husband to do. 

It’s a grand life.

SANTA: Do you believe in Santa Claus? 
KAKI: Not since he ignored repeated requests for a horse. A real one.

SANTA: What’s your favorite Holiday cartoon special?
KAKI: The Penguins (from the Madagascar movie)

SANTA: Which Holiday film can you watch over and over without falling asleep?
KAKI: Phantom of the Opera. (Yeah, I know it’s not a holiday movie, but watching Gerard Butler is a special treat I allow myself every Christmas)

SANTA: What’s your favorite Holiday Movie?
KAKI: The Ref with Dennis Leary. Clearly, I’m insane.

SANTA: What’s your favorite Holiday desert you’d share with friends?
KAKI: Dates stuffed with marshmallow and pecans and rolled in sugar (followed by a call to the aid unit).  My kind of cooking…as in none.

SANTA: What is your favorite Holiday tradition?
KAKI: Watching Phantom of the Opera. Oops. I already said that. Then watching the grandkids open presents or driving around looking at Christmas lights.

SANTA’S GOTTA ASK: What’s your favorite gift Santa ever left under the tree?
KAKI’S GOTTA ANSWER: You mean one I didn’t pick out myself? An English saddle. Oh, wait. That didn’t happen, either. Then books. Every year my parents would give me the latest Lippincott and Newbury Award winners. I LOVED those. Better than Barbies any day.

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Book 2 of the Runaway Brides Novels
December 31, 2012

For a complete list of Kaki's Books check out her website.
Book 1 of the Runaway Brides Novels

KAKI’S SANTA GIFTS: Yes. Two. One gift card from Amazon for a free download of my e-novella, MIRACLE IN NEW HOPE, and a signed print copy of HEARTBREAK CREEK. BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL (U.S. Residents only)

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KAKI WANTS TO KNOW: For me, one of the best parts of Christmas is the music. I sang in church choirs as a kid, and my favorite was O Holy Night. What’s your favorite song or music for the holidays? 


  1. What a fun interview. My favorite Christmas Carol is also O Holy Night. I just heard Josh Groban's versian yesterday.

    yenastone at aol dot com

    1. Hi Tammy. Thanks for coming by. I'll have to look up that version. Happy Holidays!

  2. Second time I've tried to send this, try try again. I LOVE Kaki Warner, in the most platonic friendship sense of the word, and I love her writing even more. And this will be the perfect read to cuddle up with during my recuperation. Such a fun interview. I have to wait six days? Hugs, Kaki.

    1. Hey, D. How's the foot? Sounds like a long road to 100%, but I know you can do it. Also sounds like you had a fab trip to NM. Thanks for all the support. And get better soon. Merry Christmas!

  3. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night, it is lovely.


    1. Yes, it is, Ingeborg. One of my childhood favorites. Thanks for coming by and have a safe and prosperous holiday.

  4. I like Jingle Bells.


  5. I am going to have to go with O Holy Night as my favorite Christmas song. I can remember our preacher singing it at every Christmas program when I was a kid and he did a really good job on the song.

    You know Kaki that I am one of your biggest fan, and I love your books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Sorry to have been absent all day, Kaki! But here's a late welcome to GLIAS !

    I have to say, that THE REF has been on my mind since posting your answers and I'm going to have to see if it's on NETFLIX soon.


    1. Back at you, Angi. I was at the doctor's all day (it's 42 miles away)(nothing serious, just shots in my knees) and they were all backed up. But I'm delighted to be here...thanks for inviting me. This looks like a fun site. And fair warning: there is some strong language in The Ref, but if you like dysfunctional families, inept thieves, and a frustrated robber covered in cat pee, it's you kind of movie. (Not to worry--all ends well).

  7. My favorite song is Bing Crosby's rendition of Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

    1. Bing had all the best Christmas songs, didn't he? That mellow voice was perfect for those melodies. Glad you came by, Barbara. Merry Christmas!

    Kaki's two winners!

    Thanks for everyone joining us.