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Kelly Bowen’s Top Ten

The top 5 romance novels I read in my youth that made me want to keep reading:

1)A Knight in Shining Armour – Jude Deveraux

2)Timbers and Gold Lace – Patricia Werner

3)The Blood of Roses – Marsha Canham

4)The Lion’s Daughter – Loretta Chase

5)Love Only Once – Johanna Lindsey

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WHERE SECRETS SMOLDER . . .
Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion-her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele “disappeared.” Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele’s carefully constructed facade and igniting her deepest desires.

. . . PASSION IGNITES
This isn’t the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him payment afterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue.  How can he say no to a plot this dangerous . . . and a woman this delectable?

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About Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand and spent a year working on a cattle station in Australia.  She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance.  When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process.  Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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 Welcome Katie Lane!The Last Cowboy in Texas Blog Tour

Katie Lane’s Top 5 Cowboy Foods

  1. Steak.  In Texas, people are serious about their beef.  When I was doing research for my Deep in the Heart of Texas series, my husband and I stopped by a restaurant in Amarillo for dinner.  While we were enjoying our perfectly cooked steaks, the owner came by.  Once he found out I was a writer, he sat down and chatted about his beef for a good hour.  I loved it!
  2. Beans.  In the southwest where I live, pinto beans are a mainstay.  If you add a little pork, they’re all you need for a meal—that and a chunk of buttered cornbread.  We also put them in salads, soups, tacos, burritos, and tostadas.
  3. BBQ.  Who doesn’t love big ol’ platters of barbeque ribs, brisket, chicken, and sausage served up family-style with bowls of potato salad, beans, and coleslaw?  Not to mention the peach cobbler for dessert.
  4. Chicken Fried Steak.  This is a little different than grilled steak because it’s coated with egg, buttermilk, and flour, and then deep fat fried.  In my fictional town of Bramble, Josephine makes the best chicken fried steak this side of the Pecos.  You can get it and all the town gossip at Josephine’s Diner.
  5. Banana Moon Pies.  Now I’m not real sure if this is a cowboy treat, but my heroine in The Last Cowboy in Texas, Starlet Brubaker, loves them.  And after kissing her, Beckett Cates gets a real hankerin’ for the pies himself.

 

Thanks for having me, Kate!  I enjoyed stopping by!

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Lane_The Last Cowboy in Texas_MM[3]About The Last Cowboy in Texas, book 7 in Katie Lane’s Deep in the Heart of Texas series

Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He’s a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America’s sweetheart isn’t easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody’s backup. So now it’s up to Starlet to prove that she’s put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she’ll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who’s loved her even before her fame and fortune.

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Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

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Ashley_Kaleidoscope_MMWhen old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme’s past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she’ll let him . . .

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Kristen Ashley (1)Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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I dropped my leg so I was sitting cross-legged in the couch and leaned into him. “Honey, you remember everything so I don’t have to remind you I haven’t seen you in nine years. I dig it that we reconnected and I love having you back.” I again threw an arm out, this time toward him and back to me. “This is great. You and me spending time together, shooting the breeze. I missed that. And I get it that friends make gestures, but this is too much.”

His eyes warmed during this speech and he took his arms from the couch, bent his legs, leaned into them, and me, and put his elbows to his knees, never releasing my eyes.

“Baby, I want you warm and liquid. The first bein’ physically, the second bein’ financially. You stop payin’ so much for heat, you’ll have more money for the rest of the shit you gotta do.”

This made sense.

But he’d again called me “baby.”

And I needed to address that.

So I asked, “What is that?”

His head cocked and his eyebrows drew together. “What’s what?”

I drew in breath and on the exhale, stated, “You calling me baby.” Then I went on quickly, “Not that I don’t like it. It’s sweet. It’s just not…” I hesitated, “us.”

Something happened to his eyes, his face, his whole big body and that something made me brace at the same time it made my heartbeat escalate.

“You know what it is,” he said softly.

I didn’t.

“I don’t,” I shared.

His eyes stayed locked to mine and I knew him relatively well, or I used to. But even if we hadn’t been separated for years, I still would not have been forewarned to the fact he was about to blow my mind.

“Before, we had Elsbeth between us. My head was fucked about that, about her, and it took almost a decade to get it unfucked. Lookin’ back, havin’ you back, I now know and I reckon you know, that’s the way it was. She was between us. She knew it too. And she didn’t like it. But it didn’t matter. My head was fucked so I couldn’t see clear of her and not doin’ that, I didn’t see you.”

I knew my lips had parted. I also knew my eyes got big. And last, I had no clue what to say.

So I said nothing.

“Now she isn’t between us,” he finished.

It was then I knew what the “baby” business was.

I just had no idea how to react to it because I never considered it. He was beautiful. He was kind. He was smart. He was funny and interesting and affectionate.

But he was my best friend’s boyfriend.

That didn’t mean my mind didn’t go there in vague ways, not stupid enough to wish for something I could never have, just silently covetous of what Elsbeth had. And, because of all that he was and that Elsbeth had it, in the end, infuriated she threw it away. Angry enough to end an important friendship because of it.

Sitting there, all that was Jacob, and all that being spectacular sitting across from me, holding my eyes, I finally understood that the reason I was angry at my friend was because, in throwing Jacob away, she took him away from me.

And now I had him back, but also, he was saying I’d always had him a different way, we just didn’t go there and he was going to take us there.

Yes. I had no clue what to say but my body had a clue how to feel. Warm and there were a lot more tingles.

“Jacob—” I started on a whisper.

But he interrupted again.

“You saw me, asked me out to dinner that same night, no fuckin’ around. Since then, you’ve called twice for no reason except to connect, and, baby, before you freak that I noticed that and what it said, I’ll tell you, I’m fuckin’ glad you did and I’m also fuckin’ glad about what it said. The boyfriend you were on the fence about, you got off the fence in less than twenty-four hours after seein’ me again and decided to get shot of his ass. And you didn’t waste any time gettin’ me right where I am tonight. That is not friends reconnecting. You know it. So do I.”

“I—”

“Don’t deny it.”

I shut my mouth.

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New Rules for Decembers from here on out. You get what you get. Decembers are far too freaking busy as it is. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to blog in December of any year.

For now I’ll show you pictures of snow. I’d be a lot happier about it if it hadn’t taken out our power. We are on day two of no power and I am desperate for a shower and a toilet that flushes.

But here you go. All the freaking beauty: Click to embiggen. They were all taken this morning, some before it was really light enough, but I can’t be bothered to either correct them or delete them. It’s December. And it’s not like I’m John Freaking Scalzi.  I’m saying freaking a lot today. I think it has something to do with non-flushing toilets.

 

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This is my stop during the blog tour for A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

A League of Her OwnA League of Her Own

By Karen Rock

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 1 December, 2014

Blurb:

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

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Top ten favorite things about baseball and baseball romances: by Karen Rock

  1. Muscular men wearing sports uniforms. I might have spent a few too many descriptive paragraphs on that. Lol.
  2. Dugout kisses. Phew! Those stolen kisses in the shadows are so romantic. I love my dugout kissing scene ?
  3. Winning. Or at least trying to. It’s fun to write baseball game scenes where the tension and stakes are high for the team to come out ahead.
  4. A strong man getting vulnerable. Is there anything more attractive? I love writing a romance where an uber competitive, talented player, like Garrett, opens up and reveals his weaknesses. Melt.
  5. Setting. Baseball stadiums are electric and it pulses off the page. The hollering fans, the calls of the popcorn vendors, the smells of roasted hotdogs and mustard, the crack of a bat on a ball that is going going gone and the explosive sound of the song Cotton-Eyed Joe that gets everyone on their feet, stomping.
  6. Competition. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of it. Especially between the two main characters. It builds chemistry. In A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, Heather, a former college champion softball pitcher now coach, challenges flame-throwing Garrett to a pitching contest. It was one of my favorite scenes to write.
  7. The game. It was fun to parallel the successes and failures of the team Heather manages with her romance with one of its players, Garrett.
  8. Teammates. Sports romances have so many opportunities to create lively secondary characters who each have their own unique, quirky charms.
  9. Goals. A sports romance is very aspirational. It’s clear what needs to be achieved, making it easier for me to figure out what obstacles to throw in their way. <<insert evil author laugh here>>
  10. Magic. There’s something special about attending an actual game. It fills you with wonder when you see all that the men (and in my book’s case- women) can do. It’s entertainment at its best and exactly what I hoped to achieve with A LEAGUE OF HER OWN.

Thank you for hosting me on your blog today, Kate! Wishing you and your fans Happy Holidays ?


About the Author:

Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.

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