Friday, February 12, 2016

Get Lost with Lee Kilraine and Bringing Delaney Home

I'm thrilled to welcome Lee Kilraine, a Golden Heart sister (Dreamweaver) and Bradford Babe (our agency and agent) to the crew!  And even more thrilled that we can help her celebrate her debut BRINGING DELANEY HOME.  

And don't forget--Commenters will be entered in a drawing to for a chance to win a digital copy of BRINGING DELANEY HOME. 

MEET LEE KILRAINE
After moving around the country with her AF pilot husband and four children, Lee and her family finally put down roots in the pine woods of North Carolina. She’s a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. She loves hanging out with her family, her dog Harley, watching just about any sport, Gene Kelly musicals, Marvel movies, and anything with bacon or salted caramel- although not salted caramel bacon. Lee’s least favorite part of the day is figuring out what to cook for dinner. Cooking dinner takes a close second, although a glass of wine helps.


Nan:  I loved Gene Kelly!  We are soul sisters!

I really want to more about your debut BRINGING DELANEY HOME Book 1 in the Cade Brother's Series.

THE STORY BLURB

In the sleepy town of Climax, North Carolina, all five Cates brothers are known for being tall, dark, and delicious. But each has his own incomparable love story...Quinn Cates has known Delaney Lyons forever. But after years away from home, Delaney's a changed woman. A mysterious accident she refuses to talk about has left her hurting--in body and soul--and acting out in dangerous, and occasionally entertaining, ways.

Quinn's on the local police force, so he's used to dealing with troublemakers. This one's pretty incorrigible--but he suspects her flippant exterior is hiding something softer and deeper inside. Every time he has to rescue Delaney from herself, his heart and his hormones both go into overdrive. But he owes it to Delaney's sister to keep an eye on her. He's got some experience with that after spending so much time at it back in high school...

Delaney just wants to fend off the gossips, fight off the pain of her past, and make her escape once again. But Officer Cates is ordering her not to leave town, and his interrogation techniques can be very persuasive...

Nan:  Sounds delicious and there are five tall, dark and handsome brothers?  Can't wait.

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“You can’t deny the chemistry between us.”
Hell yes, she could. After the last nine months she qualified for a black belt in denial.
“How’s this sound? I’ll reel you in with my constant presence and charisma. I’ll charm those sweatpants right off you.”
“It sounds like you’re going to be a big pain in the ass.”
Such a delicious torture when his strong chest and wide shoulders moved even closer, surrounding her. His heat, a sinful temptation against her back. The hard muscles of his thighs like cut granite pressed against hers. Everything about him warm and firm, besieging her body to yield while he rocked her already unstable world.
“Don’t you feel it too?” Quinn’s warm hands cupped her shoulders, and he spun Delaney around in his arms, pulling her in tight against his sinewy body. He lifted her face up to his with one hand while the other stroked through her hair to cup the back of her head.
Standing wrapped in his strong arms, with his whiskey-dark voice whispering temptations she knew she couldn’t afford to want, felt so darn good. She took a breath and tried to capture this moment in her mind. She filed it away to pull out and savor like a guilty pleasure she hadn’t earned and didn’t deserve.
“Feel what?” Yep, she was the Bruce Lee of denial.
“This.” He kissed her. His firm lips and stroking tongue stole her every thought from her head. Her head must have exchanged oxygen for helium because it was about to float up into the clouds far, far above her.
He ended the kiss abruptly, pulling back a step, his breath uneven as it struggled in and out of his lungs. Just like hers.
She stiffened her spine and drew herself away and inward, a solitary island with a sole survivor.
“Fair warning, I aim to wear you down like the water shaped those rocks down below. I’ll keep flowing around you, smoothing out the sharp angles, and wear away your resistance. Now, no more fishing off the bridge, because I have a fantasy with you and a pair of handcuffs, but it’s not that.”
His gaze raked over her, leaving a trail of goose bumps and a serious case of oxygen deprivation. Then he walked to his police car and drove away as if he hadn’t just knocked a fissure in her well-constructed wall of defense. How did he do that? Quinn might think she was trouble, but she knew he was a sure heartache.
She couldn’t afford to open her heart to his words. She’d been broken for many years, but avoiding expectations and commitments kept some of the pain at bay. He was going to drive her crazy with his plan, but she had a plan too. She just had to stick to it, because her plan to get back to D.C. as fast as possible might just be the only way to save her sanity.

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A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH LEE KILRAINE

NAN: How often to you get lost in a story?
LEE:  Every night. I have to read in bed before falling asleep. Sadly, though it’s usually only for ten to twenty minutes before I conk out which means I’m going through my TBR pile with the speed of a three-toed sloth.         

NAN:  What’s the first book you remember reading? 
LEE:  The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B.White. Romance? The Flame and the Flower. I was a very naïve teenager- the Cindy Lou Who of teenagers-when I read it and remember being appalled at a certain scene and saying to an older sister, “Ew, Mom and Dad did that seven times?” Guess how many siblings I have. ;) 

Nan:  Too funny.

NAN:   Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met? 
LEE:  I was volunteering at a military hospital in San Antonio. I met a young soldier who’d had both hands blown off over in Iraq. He’d been through many surgeries already and was working his way through therapy, prosthesis fittings and occupational therapy. He had a long painful recovery ahead of him. But he already had plans for when he left the hospital. Once he got his prosthetic hands, he wanted to learn to fly helicopters. Even now, I can still see his excitement, the light in his eyes, the energy in his body as he laid out his goal. The way he rocked up on the balls of his feet while he talked—like he was ready to get on with flying already. His resilience blew me away. He wasn’t the only true-life hero there by any means, but the day I met him was the day I knew I had to write this story.

Nan:  Amazing.       

NAN:   Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release? 
LEE:  Originally I had my heroine and her sister have this thing with Stevie Wonder songs, and then someone (who shall remain nameless) said in the nicest way possible--maybe nix the Stevie Wonder songs. I was like…Why? Who doesn’t like Stevie?! But I get it. She was right. So, yes there are Stevie Wonder songs for each of the plot points of the book but the two songs that sum it up… Quinn’s song for Delaney since high school has been “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.” By the end of the book Delaney’s song for Quinn is “For Once in My Life.” 

Nan: Ahhhh, nice.

NAN:   What sound or noise do you love? 
LEE:    Laughter.

Nan: Lovely.

NAN:   What one thing about your hero drives his heroine crazy? 
LEE:    That Quinn won’t give up on her. And every time she turns around he’s there, challenging her to try again. Or making her hot. 

NAN:   And what one thing about your heroine drives her hero nuts? 
LEE:    He’s not too happy that she’s too stubborn to accept help and keeps trying to go it alone. But other than that-- nothing. Delaney has been “it” for Quinn since high school and even her cranky cranks his tractor.

NAN'S GOTTA ASK:   Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine? 
LEE'S GOTTA ANSWER:   As much as I enjoy Sherlock, it’s Chris Pine. All. The. Way. 

Nan: I agree!

UP NEXT FOR LEE

COULD THIS BE LOVE?   Book #2 in the Cates Brothers Series


Nan:  Great cover!






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LEE KILRAINE WANTS TO KNOW:   I would love to hear about the military heroes in your life! But also, what are you cooking for dinner tonight? Seriously, I need some help. What is your favorite “go-to” meal to cook after a long day of work? 

Lee is giving away a digital copy of BRINGING DELANEY HOME to a lucky commenter.  You can comment through Sunday February 14th!

Thank you for sharing your debut with the crew -- Lee!

34 comments:

  1. Food first; I am cooking up a chicken stir fry tonight. A bit of prep in cutting up all the veg, but totally worth it.

    My father was a WWII veteran. He did not talk about it much. Usually just the funny things.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, my dad is the same after 20 years in the Navy. The funny stories we can all understand, but the rest, some of that you have to have experienced to truly get or it's just too hard for them to share.

      Yum! Love everything about chicken stir fry--except the prep. It's definitely easier with a glass of wine and getting my husband or one of the kids to help while talking over the day.

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  2. It's not a main dish, but we often take an appetizer to gatherings ... carmelized bacon. There are several recipes out there, but we use Ina Gartens. Chopped pecans, brown sugar, a hint of cayenne, made into a loose "crumble," then sprinkled on the bacon. Bake at 375 for about half an hour. YUMMMM! Sweet, salty, savory. It's got it all!

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    1. This sounds even better than that Christmas Crack recipe everyone makes. So totally making this. Thanks, Carrie!

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  3. I have no clue what I'm making tonight...But I made a really healthy pasta primavera with peppers and mushroom and just a little chicken broth over bow-tie pasta last night. Trying to get back in shape!!

    I have Bringing Delaney Home waiting for me on my kindle as soon as I finish my Rita books! woohoo!

    PS. I too love Gene Kelly...he was so sexy:)

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    1. Right there with you on the getting back in shape. Yay for Delaney waiting on your kindle. And Gene Kelly was the total package. He could sing, dance, was gorgeous, seemed to have a sense of humor, on screen at least. He had that scar above his lip making him a bit more edgy and then a great butt, right?

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  4. No one's home tonight so I'm not going to make anything! Now, I truly do love cooking for my family, but those nights when I don't HAVE to cook? Makes me want to drop my face in a bowl of warm brownie and vanilla ice cream, you know? As for military hero, my son served in the Army and was stationed on a COP in Afghanistan. Long before he ever even considered enlisting, my family worked with organizations like Give2theTroops, so it was particularly moving to serve when I had a child on the receiving end.

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    1. I didn't know your son served! I hope he is safely using his GI Bill somewhere. With the way things have been over the last 12 years the VA can't keep up. So organizations like Give2theTroops, Wounded Warrior Project, Heroes & Horses, the USO (and so many more) are wonderful!

      Dropping your face in warm brownie & ice cream is totally on the menu when you're solo. I mean, I bet even Julia Child did that a few times. I really enjoy not cooking.

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  5. Thanks for letting me share my debut, ladies! Nan, it figures with your background you'd love Gene Kelly too! I have always had such a crush on him that I've never done research to find out what he was like as a person. I'm afraid to find out he wasn't a nice guy and don't want to ruin my mad crush.

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  6. Tomato soup and grilled cheese on tap tonight. Hopefully it will ward off the negative temps we're experiencing right now.

    And Chris Pine all the way. Those eyes...sigh

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    1. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sounds perfect for cold weather. And easy ;) Did you know Chris Pine can sing too?

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  7. A belated welcome to the Crew, Lee! (I have Fluffy Top for the weekend. My how she slows everything down.)
    Congratulations on your book and series! Your are next up on the Nook when I finish my RITA reads.
    Dinner tonight--with Fluffy Top and a FB party on line - it might be pizza. Or scalloped potatoes. Since I have leftover ham.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome! Pizza is near the top of my food pyramid.

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  8. Dinner... I was thinking chicken with shake n bake and some type of veggies...
    Both of my grandfathers and my dad were in the military... thanks for sharing... your book sounds like one I would enjoy reading! greenshamrock at cox dot net :)

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    1. Loving all the military connections! Did you live all over the place as a child, Colleen? Oh, the nice thing about baked chicken and veggies is there are ways you can change it up for left-overs the next day, say like with pasta.

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  9. Congrats on your release, Lee!!

    I hate figuring out that dinner scenario. My fast go-to is easy frittata with frozen veggies. Heat veggies in microwave before scramble-frying with hashbrown and onions in pan. Then add beaten eggs and sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook about 10min. Fast and easy!

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    1. Breakfast for dinner! Love it! And I'm putting hashbrowns on my shopping list. Thanks, Shelly!

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  10. Agree with you about dinner--planning it every day is the worst! (I'm off the hook tonight though, going out with friends--yay!)

    Wanted to wish you happy, happy debut, Lee, and a long and successful career! Just put it on my kindle! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one who hates the planning part every day. And on nights when my husband cooks, you know how he starts? By asking me what he should cook. Arrgh. I'm like, "Nooooo. Figuring out what to cook is the hard part." Yay for being off the hook tonight. Thanks for the happy wishes, Miranda!

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  11. Lee!
    Congratulations on your debut! I can't wait to read it!

    What's for dinner tonight? Pizza delivery!

    For quick meals I make a lot of soups. Chop up some stuff, toss it in a pot, let it simmer. Make extra so we can have it the next day too.

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    1. Thanks, Abigail! Yay for soups. And I could even be really lazy since some store-bought soups are very healthy now.

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  12. I'm the youngest of 6 so I remember being dumbstruck by the same realization, Lee! Too funny. Great interview, great book, great cover!

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    1. LOL, Shelly! But having read your books--I'd say we both got over the "shock" of that realization. ;) Thanks on the cover love. I really love it too. All props to talented cover designers!

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  13. Love the interview, Lee! My family's favorite friday night dinner is during Lent is pancakes. Can you tell I still have kids home? LOL.

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    1. Another breakfast for dinner! Which sounds so yummy on a cold winter day. And from a kid's POV, pancakes beat fish during Lent by a landslide! Thanks, Sharon!

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  14. Happy Debut! My favorite dinner after a long day of working is always take-out! :-)

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    1. Ha! Take-out is my favorite thing to "cook" but we live out in the country in the middle of the woods, so, and it pains me to have to type this, it's actually more convenient to cook most of the time. Grrr.

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  15. Hi, Nan! Lee, congratulations on your debut! Your covers look fabulous and I can't wait to read the stories. I have a copy of BRINGING HOME DELANEY, but thanks for the contest offer! It's very hot here at the moment, so dinners for me are tomato, cucumber, bocconcini and tuna salads. Followed by something chocolatey, of course!

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    1. Oh, Vanessa, we're in the middle of a cold snap here in North Carolina, so feel free to send us some of your hot weather. But chocolate is a major food group, right? Thanks for the congratulations!

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  16. Black belt in denial!! I love it. My favorite part, though, was the Cindy Lou Who teenager-- I was one of those, too!! I was very sheltered. I walked out of my first R movie in the 11th grade because it was too sexy for me to handle. And now I write romance. I guess I caught up LOL! Conratulations on your debut- so proud of you. And I am looking forward to digging into my copy of Bringing Home Delaney. :)

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    1. And reading romance was such a fun way to catch up, yes? Thanks, Amy!

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  17. And the Winner is ...... Colleen C! I will send you and Lee an email! Congratulations!

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  18. Yay, Colleen! Thanks, Nan! I had so much fun hanging out here at GLIAS! You ladies rock!

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