Guest Author – Kaki Warner, of whom I am a personal fan! Kaki writes a romance that captures the readers heart. You’ll see what I mean in this post – enjoy!
Mass Market Release: Heartbreak Creek, a Runaway Bride Novel
Setting: Colorado Rockies, 1870
Subgenre: Western Historical
Hero: Declan Brodie
Heroine: Edwina Ladoux (Ed)
One sentence summary: When a Colorado rancher advertises for a sturdy English-speaking bride to help with his ranch and four children, the skinny southern belle who shows up with her half-black half-sister is certainly not than he expected…but exactly what he needed.
Scene you like most and would never cut: That’s like asking which of your children you love most. I like them all or I would have cut them already. The scenes, not the children. I’m fortunate to have a very generous editor (Wendy McCurdy) who keeps me on a loose rein. In fact, she’s never had me cut a scene, although she’s suggested I add a prologue here and there. Bless her heart.
Thing your heroine would never be caught dead doing/saying: “Let’s go gut a chicken for supper.”
Tell us one quirky thing about your hero? Heroine? He’s afraid of heights. She’s worried about her attributes (i.e. flat chest) and commencing consummation with her stranger/husband.
What is your heroine’s occupation, or if unemployed, what should she be doing: Ed is a social butterfly who can play the piano blindfolded and find water with a willow switch, but can’t boil water. She also knows nothing about raising children. She’s got a lot to learn.
What is your hero’s occupation, or if unemployed, what should he be doing: Rancher and temporary sheriff (under duress) of Heartbreak Creek, CO.
What do you think readers will like best about this book: The characters and the humor. But there’s also a serious side, and a shocking twist near the end that forces an honorable man to choose between duty and desire—and a woman who has never had to fight for anything do battle for the family she’s grown to love.
The person that readers want you to write about but you haven’t yet: Prudence Lincoln, Edwina’s dearly beloved half-black half-sister and Thomas Redstone, the Cheyenne Dog Soldier who loves her.
What’s next: In addition to the mass market releases of the other two Runaway Brides Novels, COLORADO DAWN (12/31/12) and BRIDE OF THE HIGH COUNTRY (3/5/13), I have a Christmas e-novella, MIRACLE IN NEW HOPE, also set in the Rockies in 1870, coming out December 11, 2012, and next year an anthology with three wonderful writers, and three more books set in Heartbreak Creek, CO—new characters blending with old characters, and ending with Pru and Thomas’s book. Hopefully.
Question for Readers – what do you like or not about Western romances? Comment to win one of 5 copies of Heartbreak Creek!WINNERS:
Kaki will be contacting the winners directly – thanks again for blogging with us.
You may have heard of me—not just because I’m almost nearly semi-famous now—but because I’m the one who took twenty-five years to write her first book. Some of us are slow learners, I guess. Four years ago when my husband and I retired and moved to the mountains of Washington State, I decided to get serious about writing, So I dusted off that old manuscript, cleaned it up, entered it in some contests, cleaned it up again, then sent it out. PIECES OF SKY sold to Berkley two months later, the year I went on social security—it came out in trade paperback the year I went on Medicare—and won a RITA in 2010. I haven’t looked back since. The point is to never give up. Ever. Dreams can come true.
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Questions for our author:
1.What’s your favorite movie of all time? Phantom of the Opera (or pretty near anything Gerard Butler stars in. Except Gamer. And maybe Coriolanus—but even they’re OK with the sound off.)
2. What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in? Historical with strong character development.
3. What’s the first book you remember reading? The Secret Garden.
5. What’s your favorite cartoon character? Wiley Coyote.
6. What do you do to unwind and relax? Read, walk, listen to music, make lists of stuff for my husband to do.
7. Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Other than the Stone Age? The 1700s. People back then rarely washed themselves or their clothes. And really, what would one wear to a heretic burning or a beheading? Something that wouldn’t show stains, I suppose.
8. What name have you been dying to use as a lead character, but haven’t found the right fit yet? It’s a secret. Even from me.
9. Dog person or cat person? Dog. Dogs figure prominently in almost every book I’ve written.
10. Your favorite Christmas carol? O Holy Night.