November 21, 2012

Contemporary: Texas Wide Open @KCKleinbooks #amreading

Texas Wide Open.

KC Klein, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Texas Wide Open.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Cover artist: Hot Damn Designs
Length: 80k
Heat rating: medium
Tagline: Some wild things can't be tamed
Katie Harris loved growing up on a ranch. She had her horse, the beautiful Texas prairie, and Cole Logan, the cowboy next door. But there are a lot of secrets hidden under a Texas sky...
Katie always knew she'd marry Cole one day--until he broke her dreams and her heart. But now that Katie's father is sick, she's back home, older, wiser and nowhere near the love-sick fool she once was.
Cole knows Katie doesn't want anything to do with him. But after so many years, he can't pretend she's no more than a neighbor. Not when thinking about her cherry lip gloss and hell-for-leather passion is keeping him up all night. Holding his ground was hard enough when she was seventeen. Now that she's her own woman, Cole's heart doesn't stand a chance...
"Passionate, gritty and fast paced...with a hot blooded, honorable hero to make every woman's knees go weak."--Diane Whiteside
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Katie Harris, age 21, returning college student
Cole Logan, age 29, rancher
Nikki Logan, age 23, royal pain in the ass and pool hustler
Jett Avery, age 29, professional playboy


Katie watched as Cole slowly turned, and at the sight of his bare chest, smooth and ripped with muscle, she locked her knees to keep upright. Instead of his inviting smile, there was a hardness she rarely saw that contrasted with the desire in his eyes.
Cole stood and stared. The silence between them crackled as if a whole conversation could be said without words.
Her breathing quickened as her nipples contracted into small, tight buds, sensitive to the brush of the cotton across them. She refused to hide her body's reaction even as a flush of heat rushed to her cheeks. She'd been waiting all of her life for this moment. She was tired of hiding. She was ready. Unashamed, she gazed in his eyes and let the wealth of her feelings pour into her face.
Cole was no coward--he returned stare for stare--but she could see his jaw flex and knew he was pissed. She'd pushed him hard, but this was where the women separated themselves from the girls.
"I'm not a child any longer." She took a step closer.
"And I told you, if you wear that shirt again, I'll burn it," he growled.
But Cole would have to do more than display a little anger to scare her. Before she lost courage, Katie crossed her arms and pulled.
Dark Future
She threw her shirt in his face, along with her challenge. "Go ahead and do it."


How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start when I joined RWA close to five years ago. I joined several critique groups and finally found a critique partner that has stuck with me through three novels, and one novella, and of course, numerous rewrites.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
That is an interesting question. When authors first start out the most important thing is the writing. Then after we get the call, go through editors, agents, and promotions sometimes the actual writing gets pushed to the side.
I have now decided to come full circle. The most important thing to me is my writing. I still have stories to tell, and at the end of the day that's all that matters.
What websites do you visit daily?
My own blog, Triberr, and my gmail.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Oh, if only I could go back. For me, I would try and add more world building. I think there is a lot of potential in my Dark Future world that is untapped.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Having had written. J
How do you cope with stress as an author?
This is hard. In every stage of an author's career there is stress. It could be stress over a contest, getting published, and editor or agent's remarks. No matter what people say, writing is personal. The day it stops getting personal to me is the day I know I need to stop writing.
That being said, red wine and lunch with a good friend always help.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely. I always tell my family and friends that nothing is sacred. A good joke, personal problems, or a therapy session are all fair game.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I find that reading inside my genre is hard. I have to really expand from what I normally write in order to have that "get lost in a story" feeling. That being said, I've just finished reading Karen Marie Moning's latest book, Iced and totally LOVED it.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Right now having a family with two small girls, working outside the home, and trying to write during any free time my dream vacation would include my kindle, a movie theater nearby, and breakfast in bed. Oh, and a glass of red wine wouldn't hurt.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I am really embarrassed to say that I was in home in bed. (Even though I act like one, I'm really not a sixty-year-old woman, I promise.)
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Bored? What's bored? If I am really desperate for something to do there is always the house to be cleaned.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red, the color of fire and passion.
Hotter on the Edge
Please underline which statement is more like you:
I am more like this..."I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
But I wish I could be more like this..."I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with everything on it.
I'm always ready for lunch with a good friend.
When I'm alone, I create stories in my head.
You'd never be able to tell, but I really am a nice person. J
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could never sleep I'd be a millionaire.
I can never lie because I always forget what I just said.

Previous Books

Dark Future
Hotter on the Edge Science Fiction Anthology

Books Coming Soon

Texas Wide Open out now!
Hustlin' Texas coming Dec 2013


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