6/27/2019

Kathleen Lawless' new release, Brody's Bride, a sweet western historical



Today is the release day for, Brody's Bride, the first book in Kathleen Lawless' new series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Happy book birthday, Kathleen! Thank you for sharing your series launch with Get Lost in a Story.

SALE ALERT: Brody's Bride is available at a special launch price of .99 for a limited time! 

Jacqui: What inspired you to write the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers series?

Kathleen:  I knew I wanted to write a Western Historical Series that would (I hoped) resonate with readers.  I remember watching the short-lived TV series of that name, which had been loosely based on a musical play and decided it made a catchy series name.  Since there is no copyright on titles, and no other romance series by that name I adopted it as mine.

Jacqui: How did you come up with the seven brothers' names: Brody, Bradley, Braydon, Blake, Bishop, Barron, Benjamin?

Kathleen: Apparently I like breaking the rules.  One unwritten rule of writing is to not have the main characters’ names start with the same letter, as it can confuse the reader.  But I loved the alliteration of the Brother’s Brides (all names starting with B), so I ignored the rules.  I figure if Nora Roberts can break the rules (she had brothers’ names all beginning with the same letter in one of her books), why can’t I.  The brothers are seldom all in a scene together (this is a romance after all) so I’m hoping the readers will indulge me.  Despite their names beginning with the letter B, the men are all very different from each other.

Jacqui: Before we jump into Brody and Laura's story, tell us about your free series prequel, Before the Brides.

Kathleen: I consider Book 1 to be a classic reunited lovers, second chance together story.  As teenage sweethearts, Brody and Laura are both scarred from their breakup ten years earlier.  I wanted the readers to know the story of their cute-meet in the very beginning and the factors that led to their break-up, which in turn leads to their issues when they see each other for the first time years later in BRODY’S BRIDE.
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BRODY’S BRIDE - BLURB

Brody's Bride - Book Cover
WHAT NEXT?

Brody has his hands full with a murderer next door trying to take over his ranch. Laura broke his heart ten years earlier. Now she’s back, and right in the crosshairs of his sworn enemy.

Laura never stopped loving Brody. And when she learns of his unscrupulous rival’s plan to take his home, she can’t stay away. Even though he rebuffs her help, she is determined to make amends for the past.

Can Brody save the ranch, keep its secrets, extract vengeance and protect Laura? All without losing his heart to her all over again?

BRODY'S BRIDE is Book 1 in the sweet western historical series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers by critically-acclaimed author, Kathleen Lawless.

If you like cowboys, secrets, and intrigue in the wild west, don’t miss this series.

BRODY’S BRIDE - EXCERPT

Copyright ©2019 Kathleen Lawless

Chapter One

Laura’s heart raced nearly as fast as the stage coach traveling the road from Yuma to Bullet.  She couldn’t believe she was back in Arizona after ten long years.  Let alone in collusion with Brody’s sworn enemy.
She wondered how long until her path crossed with Brody’s.
“Not long till we reach Bullet, Lovely Laura.”
She glanced at her companion, masking her disdain.  Little Guy, as she thought of him, rather than by his given name of Jeffrey, had no idea how useful Laura was finding him.
“I’m sure I’ll find it every bit as charming as you said, Jeffrey.  And imagine a small town being prosperous enough to build a school.”  There’d been no school there ten years ago.
“It was Pa’s idea.  Can’t have hooligans running around the countryside with no education.”  Little Guy smirked.  “Wait till he finds out I brought back a bona-fide school teacher from Los Angeles.”
Laura cast her eyes demurely downward.  “I hope he doesn’t find it too presumptuous of me to simply arrive unannounced.”
“Leave me to handle Pa.”  She could almost see Jeffrey’s chest puff with importance.
“And who, pray tell, is your sire, young man?” asked their coach mate, obviously a foreigner, judging by the man’s clipped accent and city clothing.
While Jeffrey droned on with glowing attributes to his father, which Laura had already suffered through, she turned her attention to the passing scenery.  Arizona’s countryside had barely changed in the years since she had snuck over here from Yuma to see Brody.
Would he even remember her?
Being back still seemed surreal.  All because of a random conversation overheard.
Standing in line at the post office, her ears had perked up when Jeffrey spoke of Bullet and boasted to a companion about his father’s exploits there.  According to Jeffrey, nothing could stop Hawkes Sr. from taking over every lock, stock, and barrel, including a certain ranch owned by a bunch of rag-tag losers who called themselves brothers.
Brody’s ranch.   
Her heart twisted with sadness recalling the last time she had set eyes on Brody.  Did he still hate her for what she had done?
Determinedly, she had swallowed her distaste for Jeffrey Hawkes and arranged a chance meeting, the first of several.  Eventually, she let him ‘talk her into’ going to Bullet with him to teach in the town’s new schoolhouse.  She deserved an award for her acting ability as she pretended to be grateful to him for taking her under his wing.   She knew, in order to pull this off, to spy on Jeffrey’s father for Brody, it had to seem like it was all Jeffrey’s idea she was here.
Her hair, pale gold originally, had darkened over the years to a rich burnished chestnut color kissed by the California sun and shot through with lighter strands.  She wore spectacles, not that she needed them, but she believed it made her look more like a schoolmarm; older than her twenty-eight years.
When they arrived in Bullet and alighted from the coach, she glanced up and down the dust-trodden Main Street, as if seeing it for the first time.  “Why Jeffrey, I don’t see a single hotel or rooming house anywhere.”
“There is a rooming house next street over, but it’s too rough for a lady such as yourself.  You’ll stay at the Ranch with Pa and I.”
“Oh, I don’t think that would be seemly at all.  What might people think?” she said demurely, secretly applauding the chance to get close to Hawkes Sr.  Close enough to learn what his evil plans entailed.
“Don’t you worry about what people think.  My Pa takes care of all that.”
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Seated in the comfy old ranch house kitchen of the Copper Moon Ranch, Brody Mason looked up as his surrogate brother, Braydon, pulled up a chair.
“Got us some new intel on Hawkes,” Braydon said.
Anytime one of them mentioned Hawkes’ name, the other six paid attention.  The twins overheard Braydon and joined them first.  All the Masons hated the man with good reason, but the Brody and the twins had an especially keen interest in seeing Hawkes thoroughly and irrevocably destroyed.
“Out with it,” Bishop said.
“Waiting on the others,” Braydon said.
One by one the other three ambled in and found seats around the massive scrubbed pine table Brody had made in his youth.  Not only did the table dominate the kitchen, it doubled as a work bench, learning desk, or operating table, depending on what the brothers needed it for on any given day.
Brody watched the way Braydon grinned at each brother in turn.  The man surely did love an audience.
“Seems Hawkes has hired himself a right comely school teacher for his new schoolhouse, and he fancies her.  Hear tell he kicked his boy right out of the running to win her hand,” Braydon said.
“Don’t see what that’s got to do with us,” dark and brooding Bradley said, picking at a sliver in his thumb.
“Remember, piece by piece, no matter how long it takes, we’re taking the man down,” Braydon said.
The others nodded in agreement and Brody felt a wave of gratitude and admiration for the unorthodox family he helped create here at the Copper Moon.  These men were his brothers in the soul.  He’d trust them with his life.
“Anything and everything Hawkes owns, or covets, slowly gets taken over by us,” Braydon continued.  “He sets his sights on the little schoolmarm, one of us needs to woo her away.”
“My vote’s with you,” one of the others said.  “You’re the ladies’ man hereabouts.”
“Just because I’m better acquainted with soap and water than you are—”
Brody stepped between the two men before moods escalated.  “Settle down you two.  The only fair way to decide who woos the fair school teacher’s favor is to draw straws.”
There was a shuffling of feet and a few murmurs of dissent.  Brody held up his hand.  “We’re in this together, or did you all forget that little detail?”
“Anyone seen her?” Benjamin asked.
“Haven’t got a look at her yet.  But she must be something if Hawkes is gunning for another trophy,” Braydon said.
They all fell silent.  As if any of them needed a reminder of what Hawkes had done to one of their own.  And the trophy he flaunted from that killing.
“Fair enough.”  Bishop set to work fetching the straws.
One by one, each of them drew.  Brody went last and his heart fell when the short straw was revealed.  He narrowed his gaze on Bishop.  “You rig this?”  Bishop and his twin were professional con artists.  He wouldn’t put anything past them.
“I swear,” Bishop said.  “Fair draw.”
Brody stared down at the straw in his hand.  Wooing a stranger.  He hadn’t got close to any females in that way since Laura….  He tamped down the thought.  Closed book.  Ancient history.
“Looks like I have to do everything around here,” he grumbled.
It wasn’t long before Brody learned the lady in question had taken up residence at the Hawkes spread.  Given the history between him and Hawkes, he could hardly go riding up to the front door, hat in hand.  He’d have to come up with an excuse to seek out the lady at Bullet’s new school.

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Kathleen Lawless author photoKathleen Lawless blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys.  Historical or contemporary, cowboys continue to resonate with her today.  

One of her heroes, Steele, is a modern-day cowboy, so when she was dating on-line and met a man called Steel—   Well, he’s not a cowboy but his is an alpha male and her forever hero.  Which is why all of her stories end Happily Ever After.

Not that she can ever stick to just one genre.  So many stories to tell—never enough time.  With close to 30 published novels to her credit, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance into historical romance, erotic romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and stories for young adults.      
   
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6/26/2019

Blast from the Past: IDENTICAL TWINS IN DANGER

THE RENEGADE RANCHER
The Renegade Rancher was originally called DOUBLE BLIND. It’s an identical twin story--and yes, the brothers do their twin-thing. This story is based on some of my mom’s experience as a land title secretary for twenty years. I had no idea that houses (and land) could be sold separately from their mineral rights. Did you?

In some places, mineral rights are clearly more valuable than others. So there’s a different twist. Just like there’s a different twist for this serial killer. Speaking of the serial killer…he’s the first I’d written (I have several now, along with the current suspense I’m writing). My critique partner at the time began reading and said I’d done a great job researching the BTK Killer from Wichita, Kansas. “Uh…what?” I asked since I hadn’t done any research. Personally, I didn’t see any resemblance, but others did.

Apparently, my mind works in a weird way. LOL This book happens to be my daughter’s and husband’s favorite. Tim because my hero actually says a line that came directly from him (clue: it involves drinking from the carton of milk) and my daughter because the hero is an EMT (which she had planned on being summers between college—she was a lifeguard instead). Read my post about NAVY SEAL SURRENDER to find out why both books are special to me.

Visiting Aubrey was more awesome inspiration. The old grain silos and train are definitely in the story. Oh, one more thing. I rediscovered one of the best lines I think I’ve written: This was the longest he’d ever been with a woman and he hadn’t met her yet.

Curious? Here’s an excerpt from The Renegade Rancher

Just his luck. Hold a girl’s hand and she calls it a nightmare.

Brian knew it wasn’t him and could admit he had no business telling her earlier he’d rather take her to bed. Crass. Rude. Ungentlemanly. And a couple of other things if his daddy found out. Being nearly thirty years old wouldn’t stop the old man from giving him a good earful on how to treat a lady.
“One day the nightmare will be over.” He hoped. “Remember, we’re going to catch—”
“This creep.” She laughed, finishing his sentence. She dropped the partial braid she’d been nervously plaiting and slapped her jean-covered thighs. “I think that must be our mantra for this adventure.”
“And a damn good one to remember until we do.” Brian laughed. Easy, pleasant and infectious. “Adventure, huh? Ready to find out if Mac has running water and electricity?”
“Where are we?” she asked as they unloaded and unlocked the door.
“A little north of Fort Worth. Not too far out in the boonies.”
“It feels like the boonies. I’m horrible at directions, but it doesn’t seem possible that we’re still near Fort Worth.”
“We’re not far. Straight highway and we can be back at your place in half an hour. Good, he has lights.”
“You were just joking about the running water, right? I never did get that shower.”
“Try that door.” He pointed to one next to the small kitchen.
She cracked the door enough for him to see a sink, gave him a thumbs up and disappeared behind the closed—and locked—door.


Mac’s house was totally off anyone’s radar if they were looking for someplace Lindsey would be hiding. She’d be safe here, which was Brian’s primary objective. He heard the shower and a long relieved sigh through the thin wall. He finished unloading the food from Mabel’s car, breaking a sweat and making the skin under his bandage itch.
But that wasn’t all that was itching. His skin was irritated by the T-shirt as he put away the last of the beer and wine. He was irritated at himself when he realized he was looking for an excuse to take it off. The idea of meeting Lindsey bare-chested prompted him to open the new stainless steel fridge and pop the top on a beer.
He took care of the basics, securing the doors and windows, getting the bed ready, putting a pillow and blanket on the leather couch. All the while having no trouble picturing Lindsey’s sun-kissed skin lathered in soap. And no problem imagining the small bubbles being rinsed away. Or how he wished he was in that shower with her.
“Damn it. Get a grip.”
The water stopped and he reached for another beer.
“You look like you’ve gone for a run,” she said stepping from the bathroom in a skimpy, short T-shirt and shorts cut up to her hip. Her hair was wrapped inside a stark white towel that made her skin all the more appealing.
He gulped down the cool liquid, swallowing the desire building low in his belly. Any sweat on his upper lip was purely from his heavy breathing, not any labor he’d done while she was cooling off.
She crossed the small area rug in her bare feet making him glad he was still in his boots. Maybe checking the perimeter one more time was a good idea. It would get him out of the house and out of arm’s reach.
“How do we start looking for someone we know nothing about?”
“We know something about him.” He tipped the end of his second beer between his lips and crushed the empty can before setting it on the table. “He can’t fight worth a Hoover Dam.”
“Well, neither can I.” Lindsey unwrapped the towel and shook her hair down her back, finger-combing and fluffing the damp wheat-colored strands. She dropped the towel over the chair next to him. “Seriously, where do we start?”
He had himself under control. Right up to when she batted those long lashes in his direction and those baby blues taunted him with their brilliance.
She took a step back and he caught her hand. With a little tug and footwork he remembered from the couple of times he’d danced in public, he had Lindsey securely wrapped in his arms. It might be very ungentlemanly, but he had every intention of kissing her until she admitted she wanted to see if the bed was as new as the kitchen appliances.
“How `bout where we left off?” he whispered, almost afraid to ask. He had to ask, of course. Because as much as he wanted to show her she couldn’t resist him, the decision had to be hers.
She didn’t move, but she was far from frozen. With his free hand, he traced the outline of her mouth. She sighed as her lips parted and her eyes closed. Her head tilted to the perfect angle for him to enjoy his prize.
He expected something to happen. An interruption. Someone handing him his hat or waving from the porch. But no one was there. They were alone. Far from his family or danger. No one would be stopping them but them.
He hesitated too long and she opened her soft, sexually charged eyes. Then she followed the path his finger had taken and moistened her lips. He was a goner. Had been the moment he’d sat at that table and finally spoke to her at the sandwich shop. His dad had told him more than once that when he fell it would be hard and there’d be no coming back.

If you haven’t read Brian’s story, I hope you’ll give it a try.

Here’s what a couple of people thought…

“If you are looking for a book that's very well written, has well-defined characters and lots of action then this is the story for you. Angi Morgan had me holding my breath in anticipation of what was to come next so many times in this book. It really is a story that you can't put down until the very end, so you have all your questions answered and a very joyful HEA. I highly recommend this book.”
~Margie H, Amazon 5 Star review

Once again Angi Morgan does and exceptional job of creating a complex but believable plot that had me holding my breath. Her characters are outstanding and relate-able, and their relationship sings. In the Renegade Rancher, the second in the two book Texas Family Reckoning, Brian has spent months trying to figure out who murdered a beloved teacher and framed him 12 years ago. He had spent too much of his life believing that his brother's negligence caused the death. So he stepped up and took the blame and faced vilification from the town and harassment from the local police. Now that he is getting closer to a solution, he realizes that a relative of the dead teacher is in danger from the same man. While they work together to find the monster who has been getting away with murder for 20 years, Brian's reputation and the idea that a killer could go unnoticed for 20 years makes dealing with the police impossible. With limited help from his brother, Brian must find a way to protect Leslie and help her locate the killer, before he locates them, again!”
~Jeanie J. Amazon 5 Star review

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USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 
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6/24/2019

Through My Lens: Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 
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6/21/2019

The July Intrigues

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of CREDIBLE ALIBI by Tyler Anne Snell at the end of this blog.


CREDIBLE ALIBI

Who knew a man from her past…
would save her from an unpredictable future?


Just as innkeeper Madeline Nash is wrongly accused of a crime, former lover Julian Mercer unexpectedly shows up and lies to give her an alibi. As Julian’s deceit draws him into the dangers and mysteries of Madi’s troubled past, their romance rekindles. Nothing can keep him from protecting the woman he never forgot—not even bullets.

Winding Road Redemption


ANGI: Favorite thing about your hero, Julian Mercer
TYLER: He’s massive! He’s the tallest, most-muscled, and toughest hero I’ve ever written. The heroine, and several other characters, often refer to him as “a mountain of a man” and it’s just so much fun considering his personality is calm, collected, and a bit more quiet than most. His size and skills are only matched by his pure devotion to fighting to keep Madi and their unborn child safe. I honestly picture him as a giant teddy bear…A giant teddy bear who could take you out with his pinky finger if need be.

ANGI: Favorite thing about your heroine, Madeline Nash
TYLER: One thing I enjoy about all of the Winding Road Redemption books is we get to see how an early trauma has completely changed who the Nash siblings were at a young age. Because of this Madi always has an internal war going on between her head and her heart. Her head wants to keep doing what she’s had to do in life to cope while her heart wants that happy ending. Madi Nash is very much the embodiment of – Do we keep what we have because we know it works for the most part or do we take a chance and see the potentially better thing that’s behind Door #2? Adding in the fact that she’s pregnant and Madi is just a wonderfully complicated character that you really want to root for!

ANGI: Favorite scene in CREDIBLE ALIBI
TYLER: There’s several fight and flight moments when Madi and Julian are attacked at her inn that I sincerely had so much fun writing! It highlights their skills, like Julian being a former Marine, while also showing some of the points against them, like her being pregnant and not being able to physically do as much as she once could. Still, they work with what they have and it’s really something special and exciting!

ANGI: Favorite thing about writing
TYLER: Untangling the jumbled up scenes and ideas in my head and making them into a piece of work that makes sense so other people can see what I’m so pumped about! Telling a story that entertains others and makes them happy really is something I’ve always wanted to do…But mostly so I can share my own excitement with them!

ANGI: Share a little about your Winding Road Redemption series
TYLER:
The series is connected through the Nash siblings but it’s also so much more than that. After the triplets were abducted and held captive for three days when they were eight, the series shows the triplets and their older brother as adults, still trying to find redemption, closure, and happiness. It’s my most family-oriented series and deals with the unspoken bonds between, not only family, but with people who have suffered and survived a trauma or tragedy together before. Each book has a mystery specific to that book while also serving that larger mystery that has basically shaped the entire Nash family and the small town they’ve always lived in. It’s probably the most touching series I’ve done yet and I really hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did writing it!

STEEL RESOLVE

Sometimes you can go home again
It’s just not always safe...


Mary Cardwell Savage never meant to send that letter to her ex, Chase Steele. How could she know her words would bring the gorgeous cowboy back to Big Sky, Montana—with an unstable and dangerous stalker following close behind? Now Chase wants to prove that their love deserves a second chance. And this time, nothing will keep him from his heart’s desire…not even a killer.

Cardwell Ranch: Montana Legacy



CALCULATED RISK

She thought she was finally safe,
But her past won’t let her go.


Sheriff’s deputy Tanner Dempsey is just doing his job when he stops a shoplifter trying to steal diapers and formula. But something about this frightened young woman makes him want to do more. Bree Daniels is grateful for Tanner’s help, but there’s so much she can never tell him… The truth is dangerous to everyone she lets into her life—and could be lethal to Tanner.

The Risk Series: A Bree and Tanner Thriller Book 1



WYOMING COWBOY BODYGUARD

Her bodyguard was murdered.
Will she be next?


Following her scandalous divorce, fans turned on country music “bad girl” Daisy Delaney. Now someone wants her dead. But former FBI agent Zach Simmons isn’t letting this violent psychopath get any closer to Daisy. Because the bodyguard will do whatever it takes to protect the bad girl he’s falling for…

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KILLER INVESTIGATION

Some things you never forget…
Because they’ll never let you.


Minutes after Arden Mayfair returns to her hometown, lawyer Reid Sutton appears on her doorstep. He warns her of the murder of a young woman, which closely resembles that of Arden’s mother. Reid may be the man Arden left behind, but he’s taking no chances with her safety. She could have seen her mother’s killer. And the heartbreaking past between them won’t stop Reid from protecting Arden with his own life.

Twilight's Children Series


DEFENSIVE ACTION

A daring CIA agent and a risk-averse I.T. expert
need to combine forces—like it or not.


Ryan Carr’s mission is to deliver top secret intel—not guard I.T. expert Haley Nobel, the unsuspecting woman who saved him while he was in a shoot-out. But with bullets flying, Ryan and Haley have no choice except to rely on each other and their survival instincts. With both of their lives on the line, will they find the best defensive action is total engagement?


Protectors at Heart Series


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