Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hustlin' to great reads with KC Klein

Title: Hustlin’ Texas
Publisher: Kensington

I’m so happy to welcome back to GLIAS author KC Klein, whose award-winning books are fun, smart and sexy. KC is a fellow Avon Impulse author as well as being a popular Kensington author, and I’m thrilled to host her today.  Welcome to the blog, KC!


KC Klein has lived most of her life with her head in the clouds and her nose buried in a book. She did stop reading long enough to make a home with a real life hero, her husband, for over sixteen years. A mother of two children, she spends her time slaying dragons, saving princesses, and championing the belief in the happily-ever-after. Her debut novel, Dark Future, is a finalist in the 2012 Prism contest and has been honored with a reviewer’s choice award. Her other titles include a sci- fi, 2012 RONE award winning romance anthology, Hotter on the Edge, and the first two books in her Texas Fever contemporary romance series, Texas Wide Open, and Hustlin’ Texas. KC loves to hear from readers and can be found desperately pounding away on her laptop in yoga pants and leopard slippers or more conveniently at

“Sassy, sexy, fun.”—Lori Wilde
“A sexy read.” —Rachel Gibson

Only one person in Oak Groves is happy to see bad girl Nikki Logan back in town…

Oak Groves’ most beloved bachelor, Jett Avery, lives by a simple set of rules. Getting involved with a complicated woman isn’t one of them. He learned that the hard way two years ago when he spent one of the most incredible nights of his life with Nikki Logan. But then she hightailed it out of town, never to be seen again—until now. It might be time to break one of those rules…

Picking up the pieces of her life, Nikki is back in Oak Groves, face to face with the one man she’s done her best to forget. But she has her reasons for being here—and they don’t include winding up in bed with Jett. Especially since he’ll never forgive her once he finds out the truth about why she’s back…


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LIZ: How often do you get lost in a story?
KC: Not as often as I like, but I am trying to change that. I think in order to fill the “creative well” an author has to read great works. Reading good books shows us what’s possible.
LIZ: What sound or noise do you love?
KC: Crackling fire or the sound of rain on the roof top.
LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
KC: Wine. Preferably red wine.

LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KC: I love The Notebook. I could watch that movie over and over again.

LIZ: Who’s your favorite villain?
KC: I really don’t like mean people. I hate to think someone would actually live their life that way. For villains, I like true monsters like in the movie Aliens. The aliens had really no redeeming qualities and so you could safely cheer when Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) cleans house. Have I mentioned I am a sci-fi nut?

LIZ: What is your biggest vice?
KC: Eating while working. The kitchen is just too close, and my chocolate stash is just too convenient.

LIZ: What’s your favorite kid joke?
KC:  “What do porcupines say after they kiss?”
LIZ:  Snort. I LOVE it!
LIZ: What do you hope for the future of romance publishing?
KC: I hope that romance writers get the respect that they deserve. So many people (me included at one time) think that writing romance is easy. That there’s a certain formula you follow and you just plug in the character names and away you go.
I never thought writing romance was formulaic, but I had no idea how hard writing in general was.
Romance consistently outsells all other genres and has some of the most loyal readers around, and yet, romance authors are continually discounted. I hate to say it’s because romance authors are for the majority women, but I don’t see any other male dominated business not being taken seriously.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
KC: What a great question. I’ve read in the book Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life, that writing fiction can be more personal than writing a memoir. I’ve never written a memoir, but I’ve sure felt exposed after writing some of my scenes. The one that comes to mind is in my first book, Dark Future, when the heroine is calling out for her mother. In the book, the heroine’s mother has abandoned her and committed suicide. Now, my mother is still alive and well and is considered one of my best friends, but that didn’t mean I could stop myself from bawling when I wrote that scene. Since I was in a coffee shop at the time, it was pretty embarrassing. From now on, I always make sure I have my sunglasses close by just in case.

What is your favorite sub-genre in romance? Paranormal? Contemporary? What?
She'll be awarding an e-copy of Hustlin’ Texas to one lucky commenter.


Twitter: @kckleinbooks


“A tortured hero, a love that defies distance and time…this is a book you won’t soon forget.” –Cat Johnson

Katie Harris loved growing up on a ranch. She had her horse, the beautiful Texas prairie, and Cole Logan, the cowboy next door. But there are a lot of secrets hidden under a Texas sky…
Katie always knew she’d marry Cole one day—until he broke her dreams and her heart. But now that Katie’s father is sick, she’s back home, older, wiser and nowhere near the love-sick fool she once was.
Cole knows Katie doesn’t want anything to do with him. But after so many years, he can’t pretend she’s no more than a neighbor. Holding his ground was hard enough when she was seventeen. Now that she’s her own woman, Cole’s heart doesn’t stand a chance… 

A woman caught between two futures...
Awakened in the middle of the night by a future version of herself, Kris Davenport is given a mission: go travel in time to save the world--and his life. Of course, her future self doesn't tell her who he is just sends her into the darkness and straight into an alien invasion.
...must choose between the man who has her heart...
He turns out to be ConRad Smith, the callous, untrusting military commander of Earth's army and the world's last defense. There's only one way for Smith to know for sure if this strange woman is an alien spy--slice her throat. Except, he didn't anticipate the desire he would feel as he interrogates the hot-tempered, warm-blooded woman.
...or the fate that saves the world.
As Kris and ConRad struggle to trust each other in a world on the brink of destruction, they each will have to face the ultimate choice of whether to fight or die... survive or forgive. 




  1. Congratulations to K.C. on her new book. It looks like a good one. My favorite sub-genre changes but right now it is contemporary.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  2. So happy to have you spending the day with us, KC. Great interview and since I loved "Texas Wide Open" I know I'll love this book too--can't wait to read it!

  3. Welcome to the GLIAS KC. Hmmm. My favorite romance genres always have some elements of history, time travel, and something supernatural going on...

  4. KC, it's nice to get to know you. A wine girl is my friend. I will check out your books.

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  6. Nice to have you join us, KC !!
    Sounds like another great one.

  7. contemporary

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. My all time favorite is Romantic Suspense / Mystery with Romance. But I do have to say I like contemporary - including western themes. And I like historical. I read other romance, but am not as big a fan of paranormal or definitely not horror.

  9. Hi KC. Your book sounds like a fun read.

    I like contemporary and historical romances, and medieval is my favorite time period.

    Marcy Shuler

  10. Congrats!

    I like paranormal. :)

  11. I don't have a favorite sub-genre. I love them all as long as they are well written /edited. And, I love finding new to me authors like you KC. I look forward to reading your books.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com