Get Lost in Everland This Christmas: Rose Red by Caroline Lee

Bestselling author Caroline Lee writes a wonderful Western historical romance series based on fairy tales. Rose Red is her Christmas release.

A wounded bear is more than he seems... even during an Everland Christmas! 

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Shy Rose dreams of wild adventures-- gunfights and moonlit chase scenes--and the day when she can sell her novels to make enough to support her family. But her writing reflects her lack of experience, and she's determined to find a way to learn about the grittier side of life. So when a wounded outlaw shows up in her barn two weeks before Christmas, the opportunity is too good to pass up. While she nurses him, Rose can learn from his escapades... but how long will she remain unaffected by his dangerous good looks? 

U.S. Marshal Barrett "Bear" Faulker might look like a dangerous bandit, but he can't give away his real identity until he knows that the gang who attacked him is behind bars. He needs to keep his distance from his beautiful young savior, but her winning smile and her probing questions about his life and missions makes him defenseless against her charms. And when the gang decides that Everland's Christmas celebrations are an easy target, Bear realizes that he'll do just about anything to save the woman he's come to love. 

Excerpt (brief):
“Well, let’s see that wound of yours, Bear.”
His sharp glance told her that she’d surprised him, and she set her jaw and tried to look firm. “Surely you didn’t think I was just going to let you walk—hobble—out of here, leaking blood?” No, she needed him here, to tell her all about being an outlaw. “There’s not a lot of medical supplies out here in the barn.” An understatement. “But by the time I get back with some from the house, I figure that you can have your pants off.”
The man on the ground made a sort of choking noise. “What?”
Rose felt her cheeks heat as she realized what she’d said, but was determined to push forward. She couldn’t let this man die, not when she planned to interview him…and then turn him over to the law. “I said that you need to take your pants off. That’s where the wound is, after all. No need to be squeamish, Mr. Bear. I’ll leave you alone to disrobe.”
“…Alone to…?”
“Disrobe.” Heavens, maybe he’d lost more blood than she knew. “To take your clothes off. Your pants, sir.”
Another choking noise. “You want me to take my pants off.” It wasn’t a question, and Rose didn’t bother repeating herself.
Instead, she clucked impatiently and crossed to his horse, praying that she could remember what to do with the big animal. “I’ll leave you the lantern while I go back to the house for supplies. I expect to be able to examine and work on your wound when I get back.” She fiddled with the strap under the horse’s belly. “And just to make sure you’re still here…” She nodded, satisfied, when the saddle slipped off the gelding and hit the floor. He wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while. Not with a bum leg and a saddle-less horse.
And just to be doubly-sure, she scooped up the guns on her way past. He’d be defenseless without them, and she herself could use one to bolster her courage. Since she was taking on the role of lawman—law-woman?—after all.
As she hurried towards the barn door, she called back to the man who somehow managed to be a thick shadow in the middle of the pool of lantern light. “Your pants, sir. Remove them posthaste.”

Meet Caroline Lee

Caroline Lee has been reading romance for so long that her fourth-grade teacher used to make her cover her books with paper jackets, but it wasn't until she (mostly) grew up that she realized she could WRITE it too. So she did.

Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After in NC with her husband, sons, and brand-new daughter, Princess Wiggles. And while she doesn't so much "suffer" from Pittakionophobia as think all you people who enjoy touching Band-Aids and stickers are the real weirdos, she does adore rodents, and never met a wine she didn't like. Caroline was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006 and is really quite funny in person. Promise.


 Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
I love my Pandora subscription! I am always listening to calm meditation music… anything I could hear during a massage. Because, you know…massages are awesome. I have a hard time concentrating while listening to music with words, so I like writing to low-key stuff. I do my best brainstorming while listening to classical, too!

If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
This will sound weird, coming from a historian, but: Nope, not really. See, I’m a social historian, which means I study the lives people led, rather than the events that happened… and that means I know how good I’ve got it now. I love not having to wear a corset or petticoats, and boy, air conditioning is awesome, isn’t it? And you know, the internet. High-five, Twenty-first century technology!
But if I could be guaranteed that it would be only a short visit, I’d totally try time-travel! I’d want to go back in time and visit someone famous. Maybe ask a bunch of questions. Oooh, with a video recorder, so people would believe me.

What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?
“Gee, Caroline, what’s Pittakionophobia?”
“Oh, I’m glad you asked, imaginary interviewer! It’s a fear of stickers. But I’m not afraid of them, I just think they’re gross. And icky. And I don’t like touching them. Band-Aids are also yucky, as far as I’m concerned. My kids know that Band-Aids are only to be used in extreme injuries…anytime that a wadded-up paper towel won’t work.”

Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
I’m not a fan of coffee (it smells so bad), but I could drink sweet tea until the cows come home. My doctor recently told me to quit caffeine, which has been tough, but I’ve discovered that decaf sweet tea tastes just as good. And when I say sweet, I mean sweet. As in, how many tablespoons of sugar can I put into a cup of tea? Twelve? Sounds good…

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
I have an entire series of fairy tales… I don’t think that I could choose just one! Each story has elements that I love. My favorites are the ones where the heroine has agency, and acts instead of being acted upon.
I’m often asked if I’ll be doing Everland versions of various Disney movies, but I prefer to base my stories on the original stories. For instance, Mulan is my favorite, but the original is not a romance, so I won’t be adapting it. There are plenty of examples of great Disney flicks (Aladdin, for instance!) where the romance was added secondary to the original plot, so I can’t write those.
In terms of my favorite Everland tale, I’m really (really) looking forward to writing a version of The Little Mermaid. Of course, mine will end Happily Ever After, unlike the original Hans Christian Andersen tale. But ooooh, boy, that’s going to be a fun one! J
What’s your favorite kid joke?
My 8-year-old is a big fan of jokes, and he’s said some good stuff. Some of his puns I’ve even put into my books! But the other day he told me a new one:
“Who’s there?”
“Don’t get so excited, it’s only a joke.”

My 5-year-old, on the other hand, tells the same knock-knock joke over and over:
“Who’s there?”
“Kevin who?”
“Uuuuhh…. Kevin Kevin? Knock-knock!”
“Is it Kevin again?”

…I didn’t say it was a good joke.

What’s the best birthday (or any holiday) present you ever received?
My parents gave me LASIK for my 21st birthday, back when the technology was really new. That was a present that changed my life, and that I’ve valued every single day since. Even though my eyesight has deteriorated slightly, it’s still waaaaay better than it used to be as a teenager, and I’m so, so lucky to have had that.
Of course, my first daughter is due next month, two days before Christmas. I suppose that if you asked me next year, I’d say that Princess Wiggles is the best present I ever received. <3

Thanks so much for having me here on Get Lost In A Story! I’m so thankful for the chance to tell you about my latest historical romance, and Christmas story, Rose Red. This novella is the seventh in my Everland Ever After series, which are all re-imagined fairy tales set in the old west. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun these stories are! Rose Red is based on the classic things-aren’t-always-how-they-appear fairy tale, but since my stories don’t involve any real magic, I couldn’t include a shape-shifted bear. J Instead, my hero is someone who appears to be a bad guy, while really being a true hero. Fans of old “spaghetti westerns” will enjoy the fact that my heroine writes penny dreadful versions of these same stories, and thus has an imagination active enough to rival my own!
Rose Red: an Everland Ever After Tale is only 99-cents, and will do a wonderful job of getting you in the holiday spirit, and introducing you to Everland, Wyoming in 1877. You’ll even meet a few favorite fairy tale heroines, including Cinderella (Ella), Belle (Beauty) and Snow White (Snow), from their own stories!

Today, Caroline will be giving away three copies of Rose Red. Just answer the question and enter the drawing.

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  1. Thanks so much for featuring me today!!

  2. What a great giveaway! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for answering all of the burning questions we had about Caroline Lee!

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