Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lee Kilraine joins Get Lost in a Story to talk about COULD THIS BE LOVE?

I'm thrilled to welcome back Lee Kilraine, a Dreamweaver Golden Heart sister and Bradford Babe (our agency and agent) to the crew!  And even more thrilled that we can help her celebrate her second release in the Cade's Brothers series--COULD THIS BE LOVE? 

And don't forget--Commenters will be entered in a drawing to for a chance to win a digital copy of COULD THIS BE LOVE? 
DRAWING IS OPEN THROUGH SATURDAY!

MEET LEE KILRAINE
Lee Kilraine is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist for her debut contemporary romance, BRINGING DELANEY HOME, the first book in her Cates Brothers Series. She lives with her family in the pine woods of North Carolina. When she isn't typing away on her computer with her golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet, you might find her on her front porch swing plotting her next book while guarding her garden from the local gang of deer. She loves reading and writing stories with a HEA and if they make her laugh...well, that's perfect.  
Nan:  Thanks for coming back to visit, Lee!


Let's talk about COULD THIS BE LOVE? Book 2 in the Cade Brother's Series. (I just finished it this weekend and loved it!)

THE STORY BLURB
Everyone in Climax, North Carolina, knows the Cates brothers. But Sijan Cates is famous far beyond his quaint hometown--and when he comes back, he brings trouble with him… 

Avery Danford urgently needs to get back in touch with her estranged family. If only she could get her picture in the papers, maybe they'd track her down…and what better way to accomplish that than to squeeze into the world's tightest dress and cozy up to the world's hottest actor, Sijan Cates? It's a crazy idea, but it just might work. And though the former actress has sworn off Hollywood hunks, she's got to admit this desperate measure might be a pleasure…

Scandal-plagued Sijan has come home for some peace and quiet--and to stay out of the tabloids. Then a woman claiming to be his number-one fan plants a hot kiss on him--in front of a pack of paparazzi. There's only one way to protect his reputation: tell the world they're engaged. It's all just a show, as they use each other to get what they need. But in this sleepy Southern town, love stories have a way of coming true…

Nan:  I have fallen in love with the Cade brothers and Sijan---sigh--he's so, so delicious. Thank you for giving us a series with five delectable brothers!



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Avery had to admit, from the moment she saw him in the flesh: Sijan Cates was one very hot man. And having spent a few years acting in Hollywood, she’d been up close to some very fine male specimens. She was surprised to admit she couldn’t pull her gaze away from his tall, muscled body, strong jaw, and bad-boy smile, complete with slashing dimples. Something in his smile swirled heat low in her belly. Her breath snagged when his silver gray eyes flashed over the crowd.

She ripped her gaze away to the almost carbon copy standing next to him. That had to be his brother, although his eyes were a different color. She’d never seen anyone actually look dangerous. Until Carbon Copy. Together, these men gave off enough pheromones and testosterone to alter the DNA of everyone around them.

And looking around, there were plenty of women anxious to let them alter anything they wanted to. Cripes, she had forgotten what this was like.

“Not used to seeing it from the other side, are you?” Pia said. “Exciting, huh?”

“That’s one word for it. So, just to be clear, I’m in love with the guy on the right, yes? Not the edgy one?”

“Yes. The edgy one is one of his four brothers,” Pia said. “Not the cop. You talked to him when we were scoping the town out yesterday. I’m not sure which one, but I’ll happily research that if you need me to. I mean a ‘true’ fan would probably know, right?”

“Pia, one photo, that’s all I need. We don’t need to turn this into a method acting session. It’s bad enough you made me put on these clothes. Has anyone ever told you you’d make a very good pimp?” Avery said without taking her focus off Sijan Cates. She was looking for her best entrance, kind of like finding the best place to jump into a double-dutch jump rope game.

“Hey, you needed to look like a true groupie. And the extra cleavage is to help you get the photographer’s attention, so stop complaining.” Pia looked Avery over. “People always underestimate what we wardrobe people can do. Not everyone can pull off a Marilyn Monroe–meets–Daisy Duke look. You’ve got a very nice ‘I’m hot and willing to put out’ vibe going on.”

“Yeah, I probably just single-handedly set the feminist movement back ten years.” In Hollywood, beauty was a commodity. Avery treated hers like a weapon in her arsenal that she usually just ignored. Today, though, she used it to her tactical advantage.

“They’re walking this way. I’ve got my Sharpie and—darn, I forgot something for his autograph. Quick, peek through my purse and grab out a piece of paper.” Avery stayed cool and focused while Sijan worked his way down the line of screaming female fans, signing autographs and avoiding hands like a pro.

“Here.” Pia shoved a paper in her hand.

Avery glanced down, checking both sides of the paper. “Ack! No, that’s the annual company expense report for our accountant. Never mind, I’m up.”

While she might agree with Pia that this could end up in a train wreck, Avery still had to try. Matching wits and acting skills with movie star Sijan Cates? Dangerous. Watching Tansy waste away before her eyes? Heartbreaking. She’d take danger over heartbreak any day.
Longer excerpt here: Long Excerpt   

A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH LEE KILRAINE

NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?
LEE:  Every night. I have to read before falling asleep. TV shows? Not so much. It’s not that I don’t like TV—it’s that I lose track of the day of the week and end up missing so many shows that I’ve lost the overall plot line a few weeks into the new season.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this. I’m blaming my kids. When our kids were younger, I used their schedules to keep track, like oh, lacrosse practice means it’s Monday so, hey, How I Met Your Mother is on. But, no, they went and grew up, so now, no more kid activities means I’m always forgetting to tune in. Thank goodness for movies! 
Nan: Too funny! I lose track of the days of the week--but I also keep up with On Demand!         

NAN: What’s your favorite “love” word? 
LEE:  Oh, I have a favorite “love” sentence: “I’ll cook tonight.” ;) Every time my husband says that and takes over in the kitchen—he makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Nan: Oh you are so, so right!

NAN: Who’s your favorite villain? 
LEE:  A favorite villain I secretly love…Alan Rickman aka Hans Gruber in Die Hard, but a villain I actually dislike with a passion? Lord Voldemort, the stepmother in Cinderella, or the 7 fingered man in The Princess Bride. Oh! If you’ve ever watched the TV miniseries Band of Brothers…Captain Sobel. Grrrr. I hate that guy.
Nan: Alan Rickman was an incredible actor!

NAN: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
LEE:  Well, I have an emotional scene where the hero has accused my heroine of doing something pretty horrible and she’s also found out that the foster family she thought loved her—has either lied, manipulated or ignored her for the past few years and she’s talking it out with her best friend—pacing and talking—and it turns out-- I forgot to put clothes on her. She was pacing around, upset, talking and trying to handle all this—buck naked. Yikes! I mean, I meant for it to be a revealing scene—but not that kind of revealing! ;)
Nan: I didn't even notice! (In the hotel?)

NAN: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
LEE:  Shower. Is that too much information? Yikes! It’s just that when you’re writing to deadline sometimes it feels a lot like pulling an all-nighter before a final or a research paper is due. I mean, pfft, not that I ever did that, I’m just guessing that’s what it might feel like. But also, I love being able to read from my TBR pile in between writing books.  
Nan: Yes, but in my case a long bath with an adult beverage!

NAN: What has been your most rewarding publishing moment? 
LEE:  When I saw my 1st book available in libraries. I was one of those shy, nerdy kids who thought the library was (and is) a special, magical place so that was very special for me. I might have teared up a little.
Nan: Libraries are magical.

NAN: What is your hero’s kryptonite? In other words, what will bring him instantly to his knees? 
LEE:  Sijan is gutted thinking about the heroine’s lonely childhood. That and pie. He has a weakness for banana cream pie. But who doesn’t, right?
Nan: Pie--you bet.

NAN'S GOT TO ASK: You’re stranded on a desert island. You can have either chocolate or coffee—not both. Which one?
LEE'S GOT TO ANSWER: Coffee. Although, I’m not gonna lie, it hurt a bit to make that imaginary choice.  
Nan: Truly not fair--right?

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CRAZY LOVE Book #3 in the Cates Brothers Series 

Nan: I can't wait! Thanks for spending the day with Get Lost in a Story--Lee!

LEE KILRAINE WANTS TO KNOW:   One of places my characters hang out in the Cates Brothers Series is the local diner, Dave’s. So, of course, people are ordering food—often a slice of pie but sometimes cake. I do love cake with just the right amount of icing, but pie reminds me of my childhood. Oh, those tough life decisions. If I had to choose…I think I’d go with a piece of strawberry pie. So what I want to know is…pie or cake?  And then let’s hear your favorite.



26 comments:

  1. I probably wouldn't order either pie or cake. It never tastes like home.

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    1. Good point, Mary. Especially if you're a fantastic baker. (Sadly not a problem I have.) And in books 1 & 2, I have to admit Dave's diner leaves a lot to be desired in the way of good food and I don't send help until book #3, CRAZY LOVE. Maybe I should rephrase the question...what was the best piece of pie or cake you've ever had and who made it? My late Aunt Marie used to make the best banana cream pie!

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  2. Thank you for having me today, Nan! I love hanging out at GLIAS! And, yup, Nan, Avery's naked scene was in the hotel, but I should have clarified--I did hook Avery up with some clothes ;) Luckily a CP caught my mistake. I forgot to say, I'll use random.org to draw a winner from the comments on Saturday night.

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  3. Pie ! All the way ! Probably Apple. But I do wish Bread pudding was an option - with Rum. With a glass of wine :) While reading book #2 !!

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    1. I totally agree, Sherry! Bread pudding (with rum!) should always be an option.

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  4. Thanks for joining the crew today -- Lee!

    Brandy Pecan Pie! (It was my mother's recipe -- but I let the heroine in SOUTHERN COMFORTS turn it into Brandy Pecan Bars!)

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    1. Love being here! Mmmm, brandy pecan pie.(*Rushing off to check my copy of SOUTHERN COMFORTS to see if you included the recipe in the back* although I don't recall it in there.)

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  5. Thanks for joining the crew today -- Lee!

    Brandy Pecan Pie! (It was my mother's recipe -- but I let the heroine in SOUTHERN COMFORTS turn it into Brandy Pecan Bars!)

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  6. Lee - Recipe is on my Website! http://www.nandixon.com/abbys-brandy-pecan-bars/

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    1. Except for the brandy, I have everything I need to whip up a batch. Do I need a "good" brandy for this? Or can just grab an inexpensive brandy? (I told y'all I'm hopeless in the kitchen.)

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  7. Hi Lee and Nan! I love the post ladies and love the excerpt, Lee.

    Okay, down to business. Cake. Nobody in my house likes coconut, so I jump at the opportunity for a big ole piece of coconut cake--the ooier and gooier the better.

    Hope to see you both in SD.

    XO,
    McCall

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    1. I am right there with you, McCall! I love all things coconut. Coconut cake, coconut cream pie, coconut macaroons, but my all time favorite is coconut custard pie.

      I won't be in SD. :( Maybe I'll console myself and bake and eat a whole coconut custard pie during the week of Nationals.

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  8. Hi gals! Great post! I choose cake almost always. Chocolate. White. Carrot. Spice. It doesn't matter.

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    1. And that is part of my problem with cake--choosing which kind. Pies I have definite favorites and not so favorite, but cake is hard *for me* to commit to just one. Yes, I have commitment issues.

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  9. Lee I absolutely loved your excerpt! You've made me hungry for more. And for pie. Chocolate cream pie is my favorite.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! And on the hungry for pie, no kidding! And I have no pie--or cake--in my house. Something I'm going to have to fix ASAP!

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  10. Cake! I make the world's best chocolate cake. No, I'm not bragging. It's right on the canister of Hershey's Cocoa! But everyone in my family requests it for their birthdays, and we never get tired of it. I double the amount of icing because...well, icing. Though, just to say for McCall's sake, my husband's favorite is coconut.

    Also, coffee? Coffee over CHOCOLATE? Lee, Lee, Lee.

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    1. I know, right? Coffee over chocolate means I'm a caffeine addict, or worse--I've lost my mind. It gets worse. I can't believe I'm saying this but coffee over a glass of wine too.

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  11. apple pie

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  12. When I was little and it was my birthday I'd ask for homemade strawberry pie instead of birthday cake. I still love cake, but strawberry pie is my all time favorite.

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  13. I love this Southern cake called a Lane Cake. Anyone else heard of it? Also, blackberry cobbler. hmmm.... Also, French coconut pie. I love them all!!

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    1. Okay, had to look up Lane Cake. Apparently it's referenced a few times in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Here's a link to a PBS article about Lane Cake: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/harper-lee-the-cake-that-made-maycomb-famous-the-lane-cake/2533/ .

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  14. I love this Southern cake called a Lane Cake. Anyone else heard of it? Also, blackberry cobbler. hmmm.... Also, French coconut pie. I love them all!!

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  15. And the WINNER is ...... BN100! Lee will be getting in touch with you! Congratulations!

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