All Hung Up – Bluegrass Single #1 Now Available

The first novella of the Bluegrass Singles is now available.

All Hung Up originally appeared in the Three Southern Beaches collection released in July of 2014 by Kathleen Brooks, Christie Craig, and Robyn Peterman.  This stand-alone version is unchanged and has been released on October 15th when Three Southern Beaches was taken down.
All Hung Up Original CoverTaylor Jefferies fled the Hollywood spotlight and found herself helping the citizens of the small town of Keeneston. As luck would have it, the sexy man who caught her eye and found a place in her heart joined her at college that fall. She just had to graduate college, find a new job, and try to stay out of the media spotlight she’d grown to hate to make her happily ever after possible.Trey Everett has done a lot of growing up since he left Keeneston for college. Now twenty-six years old and making a name for himself in the NFL, he has found true love. It’s just as simple as asking America’s Sweetheart, Taylor Jefferies, one little question to secure his happiness. The only problem stopping his fairy tale ending is that someone is determined to kill the mood . . . and the love of his life.

 

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Bluegrass Series Shirts Are Available

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I’ve had many requests for shirts featuring Keeneston and the Bluegrass the past few years.  I’ve finally got a campaign together on Teespring with three design options.  Each design also has different shirt styles & colors to choose from as well.  So pick your favorite (or pick as many as you’d like) and get ready for the new Bluegrass books coming soon!

The campaign only lasts until October 5th.  I can’t guarantee future runs, but will do my best if there is enough interest.  Don’t forget family and friends, just in time for the holidays.

 

How You Can Be A Hero

The Nest in Lexington, Kentucky

As many of you know, I am a proud benefactor of charities that help our wonderful animals. You’ve probably seen me post my support for Friends and Vets Helping Pets. However, I also support other organizations that help people dealing with domestic violence, such as Bethany House and Greenhouse 17.

I have brought these matters up numerous times in my books as part of the plot. It was especially poignant in Built for Power. Domestic abuse affects people from every race, sex, and socioeconomic status. Recently, I got a note from a reader who works at The Nest in Lexington, KY. Having been in Lexington, Kentucky for 35 years, I had heard of The Nest but never learned much about them. The reader invited me to come be a story time hero and read to the children under their care. I looked them up and immediately knew it was a great cause to support.

The Nest provides childcare for parents that need to go to work, to school, or appointments to provide for their family. They also offer childcare in case of emergencies. Not only do they provide support to the children, but also to the family as a whole. Their building houses a childcare facility, crisis care center that provides emergency assistance, domestic violence counseling, and relationship recovery workshops for victims of domestic violence, including children who have witnessed or endured abuse in the home. Not to mention, they also provide self-help parenting classes to both mothers and fathers that reach out for assistance.

Two weeks ago, I visited and spent the morning reading to the children at The Nest. What polite and attentive listeners they were! I was so impressed with the level of care they received and how the organization worked as a whole that I wanted to share how you could help as well.

I know many of us want to help in more ways than just writing a check (which is also good and definitely needed!). If you’re in the Lexington area, then I hope you will consider volunteering to sort donations, help clean, or if you’re blessed with the ability to use tools, help with fixing odds and ends. I was also shown a beautiful courtyard that they hope will one day feature a nice mural. I am not artistically inclined with painting, but perhaps you are. Or perhaps your baby has become a toddler and you have leftover, unused baby items. Or if you are a traveler who collects all those shampoos and conditioners from hotels that are sitting in a drawer, those can certainly help. The Nest depends on the generosity of its donors to sustain and build its programming. Here is a list of items that they are always in need of:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula
  • Baby toiletries
  • General toiletries
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Office Supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clorox wipes, cleaning supplies, etc.

Thank you for reading and I hope you visit their website and see how you can help.

Built for Power Teaser & Pre-Order

Built for Power

Hooray!  Built for Power is less than a week away from release.  For any readers that have not tried the Women of Power series, now is a great time to catch up because you’re only one book behind.  Chosen for Power is available at all online retailers.  Kindle Unlimited members can use one of their unlimited borrows to read Chosen for Power for a limited time.

BUILT FOR POWER TEASER

“That’s priceless. You’ll need that spunk to handle my family tonight. I really do wish you just said no. I don’t know what they’ll do or say.”
“It’s okay. I’ll handle it. I’ll even put on my big girl panties tonight.”
“No panties would be better.”
“Who said my big girl panties were anything other than metaphorical?”

– BREE AND LOGAN FROM BUILT FOR POWER COMING SEPTEMBER 8TH.

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This book will also be available in the Nook store on September 8th.

Bluegrass Returns!

Three-Southern-Beaches

Monday, July 14th will see the next release for the Bluegrass books.  This will be the story of Trey Everett attempting to ask Taylor Jefferies one very important question. . . if only life would stop getting in their way!  Kathleen’s novella is titled All Hung Up and sees all of your favorite characters from the Bluegrass Series in a slightly different setting.

Three Southern Beaches is a collection of novellas from authors Kathleen Brooks, Christie Craig & Robyn Peterman.  All three write slightly different sytles of romance, but the common characteristic for all three is definitely humor!  Order your copy today at the special price of $0.99.  This is a speical offer for the fans of each author.  The collection will be up a short time and then each author will list their own story separately, so make sure you get the most reading for your dollar.

More Bluegrass books will follow in the coming months in addition to the three remaining books of the Women of Power series.

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Chosen for Power Now Available

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The Women of Power series kicks off with Chosen for Power, now live on all retailers.

“Another Phenomenal Success for Kathleen Brooks!!” -Lifehouse Literature

I fell in love with the Rose Sisters in the Bluegrass Series.  Chosen for Power only proves that Kathleen was “Chosen” to be an author.” -Crazy Cajun Book Addicts

 

Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she’s worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However, this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it’s unlike anything she’s been up against before. Drake Charles’s work on mobile technology has made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life, which earns him the label as a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It’s also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants . . . true love. Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. But Elle must question everything and everyone as she battles to save her life and career. Can Elle trust Drake to help get her life back or will she lose everything?

 

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New Series Begins With Chosen for Power

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The Women of Power series is almost here!  Pre-order your copy of Chosen for Power today. Release date is April 21st, 2014.

Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she’s worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However, this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it’s unlike anything she’s been up against before.

Drake Charles’s work on mobile technology has made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life, which earns him the label as a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It’s also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants . . . true love.

Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. But Elle must question everything and everyone as she battles to save her life and career. Can Elle trust Drake to help get her life back or will she lose everything?

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Author Interview with Kate Angell

03/04/2014 -You asked and you got it!  This new series of interviews is 100% inspired by the readers.  Each interview and set of questions are a result of reader submissions on my Facebook page.

Kate Angell is the next author in this series of fan-inspired interviews.  Thank you to the readers for supplying the questions and to Kate for the great answers.

Life’s A Beach

Though his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He’s also practical to a fault and doesn’t believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future.

Jillian Mac is as free as the breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she’s ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identify revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it’s Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate.

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And now for the interview…

1. What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to what the author writes?

I have very eclectic tastes in reading. I especially enjoy chick lit. I also read mystery cozies and young adult. I am a fan of mainstream fiction authors Stuart Woods and Carl Hiaasen.

2. Where does the inspiration for a story come from? Did you ever take writing classes?

I write what I love. That pretty much involves baseball, as well as the beach and boardwalk. I took several creative writing classes in college. A professor encouraged me to pursue writing. I did so. However I worked a lot of jobs before I ever got published – it took me twenty years to sign my first New York contract. All worth it!

3. Do you know how many books will be in a series when you start writing it?

I usually propose a trilogy to my editor Alicia Condon. If the first two books sell well, then we discuss additional titles.

4. When writing a series, do you write all the books at once and then tweak each book’s storyline before it’s published or do you write them individually?

I write each book individually. I often give future characters cameo appearances as I go. I keep a notebook of character identities and plot points, so I can remember who did what and when it happened.

5. When your first book was published what special treat did you buy just for you?

I didn’t really celebrate my first three books being published. It was when I started my Richmond Rogues baseball series that I treated myself to a gift. My grandfather took me to my first baseball game many years ago. I was in middle school then. We saw the Washington Senators play. My granddad was a Frank Howard fan. Gramps has long since passed away, however when Squeeze Play was published, I purchased a vintage Frank Howard jersey. I framed it, the jersey hangs in my home office. Lots of happy memories there.

6. When you read books, are you able to sit back and enjoy them or do you re-write characters, plot, and the ending in your mind?

When I have time to read for fun, I sit back and appreciate what an author has written. I know how much time and effort goes into a book. I absorb every word.

7. Do you ever take a vacation away from the stress or do your stories just flow that easily? Do new ideas come to you while you try to vacation?

Some days when I write I stare at a blank screen; other days the plot comes together perfectly. My ideas come to me at ‘odd times’. When I’m at the drive-through at the bank, grocery shopping, sitting on a lawn chair in the backyard watching my dogs play. When I go on vacation…I vacation! Vacations usually come at the end of a book. That’s how  I clear my head between stories. 

8. Have you been to all the places you write about?

Both the Twins and Red Sox take spring training in Southwest Florida. Attending an occasional game keeps my mind in baseball mode. I live in Naples on the Gulf Coast, which is a beautiful beach town and retirement area. Sunshine and warm weather are inspiring! Lots of good mojo.

You can find out more about Kate and her wonderful book at her website (http://www.kateangell.com/) and her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKateAngell).

Acquiring Trouble on Sale for $0.99

Acquiring Trouble

From now until March 2nd, 2014, Acquiring Trouble in eBook format is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  This is a great chance to catch up on the series that hit the New York Times bestseller list twice.  Spread the word and make sure your Keeneston friends know about this deal.

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Author Interview with Jean Oram

02/22/2014 -You asked and you got it!  This new series of interviews is 100% inspired by the readers.  Each interview and set of questions are a result of reader submissions on my Facebook page.

 

Jean Oram is here today to give us some great insight into her writing career.  Big thanks to Jean for taking the time to provide all of these great answers.  I hope you all enjoy!

 

 

***SPECIAL 48 HOUR READER APPRECIATION SALE TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF RUM AND RAINDROPS. THIS BOOK WILL BE $1.99 FEB 22-23 ONLY (REGULAR PRICE $2.99). WHISKEY AND GUMDROPS (BOOK 2) ONLY $0.99. GET THE WHOLE SERIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE BOOK! THIS WEEKEND ONLY.***

One nature guide. One accidental forest fire. And one steamy investigator hot on her tail. 

Jen Kulak’s good at running from her problems, so when she finds her best friend and boyfriend in bed together she burns rubber, never looking back. When Jen finds the quirky town of Blueberry Springs, she finally feels as though she’s found a place she can call home, settle in, and get to know herself. With help from her boss, she rediscovers her love of nature and begins giving wilderness tours, which would be perfect if it weren’t for the fact that she may have accidentally just burned down the forest she depends upon for her fledgling business. And it would figure that Rob Raine, the man of her dreams, also happens to be the fire investigator hot on the case. 

Can Jen find the strength to fight the accusations that could cost her everything? Or will she run again, ignoring the sparks that fly between her and Rob, and torching her chances at a happily ever after?

 

And now for the interview:

1. What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to what you write?

I will read anything! But I’m a complete sucker for a good romance, some lighthearted chick lit, or really, anything that can make me laugh and cry in the same chapter. With my own books I try to inject humour and love together and give the reader that same ride I so dearly love myself. My motto for my stories has become: Read, Dream, Laugh, and Love. All the things I love in a good book!

2. Where does the inspiration for a story come from?

Usually it starts with my inner three-year-old coming out to play. She asks ‘what if’ and ‘why’ a lot. That gets me started. Usually, it’s just an idea. Small something and then everything builds around it. For example, my upcoming release, Rum and Raindrops (the 3rd book in the Blueberry Springs series–coming Saturday, February 22nd) is about Jen, a nature guide who maybe kind of accidentally burns down the forest she depends upon for her livelihood. My inner three-year-old, always wanting to make things harder for the heroine, asked: what if Jen fell in love with the man who came to investigate her? And thus, Rum and Raindrops was born! Well, the idea. I had to spend a lot of time in front of my computer to get the whole story out! ;)

3. How do you develop a series? Do you know how many books will be in their series when you start writing it?

For my Blueberry Springs series, I didn’t know it was going to be a series. I actually took some old (and new) story ideas and rewrote and transformed them into a Blueberry Springs story. Those stories are small town romances that are stand alone novels, so that made it easier to sort of slide different story ideas into one series.

For my upcoming Summer Sister beach reads series (coming summer of 2014), I knew it was going to be a four book series before I started. I also knew it would be similar to Kathleen’s Bluegrass series where there was one big story that would carry through the series, and that each novel would be a piece of it. This series has taken a lot more planning since it’s kind of like one big story carved into four chunks. (But each novel will still be it’s own story where each sister has to overcome her own obstacles and find a way to pursue her own dreams in order to find love.)

4. When writing a series, do you write all the books at once and then tweak each book’s storyline before it’s published or do you write them individually? Do you use a story board to keep it straight?

I wrote the Blueberry Springs series separately as they are all stand alone novels. (They do spoil each other’s endings though.) I did do some storyboarding to keep myself straight as I wrote. I do tend to wander off on tangents if I’m not strict with myself!

The Summer Sisters series is requiring a different approach though as the books follow the four sisters through one summer and there is a ‘big’ thing they all have to deal with together. In this series’s case, I need to know where I’m going so all the stories tie together in the end. So, for this series, I’ve spent about two to three days simply figuring out each of the four sisters’s story for each of the four novels and then the overarching story that spreads across all four books. So really, it’s one big story with four individual stories (as the sister’s fall in love and add their piece to the big story). The plan for this series is to write all four books before I publish any of them. Totally different than with the Blueberry Springs series which I’ve been publishing as I finish them. Blueberry Springs has three books and the fourth book will be published in 2015!

5. Do you know who the bad guy is when you begin a story, or does the story write itself?

I usually have a sense of who the bad guy is ahead of time, but I don’t see them as clearly as the heroine. For me, the bad guy is usually a ‘somebody’ who is standing in the heroine’s way when I start writing the story.

Although, Mandy kind of snuck in there to be Beth’s bad guy in Champagne and Lemon Drops. The fun part of having Mandy be a ‘bad’ guy was that she got to be the heroine in Whiskey and Gumdrops and readers really enjoyed seeing the other side to her. (She’s just another gal trying to find love and her place in this world.) So, in her case she also got to be the good guy. ;)

6. What inspired you to start writing? Did you ever take writing classes?

I’ve always enjoyed writing in a diary or journal, but I didn’t decide to write an actual novel (or fiction for that matter) until I became a stay-at-home mom with my daughter a few years ago. I had been working as a high school librarian and had always loved books. (It was COMPLETELY different trying to write one though!)

I have taken a few online classes and read a few books on writing. That has helped tremendously, but even more so has been my critique group (other writers) as they are willing to tell me what’s working and what isn’t within my stories. I love those ladies! They are awesome and they aren’t afraid to tell me the hard stuff which, in turn, makes my stories stronger.

7. At what point in your life did you start writing?

That would be about seven years ago. It was summer and I sat down at my computer and laughing like a crazy woman declared, “I’m going to write a novel!” The only problem–I had NO idea how long a novel was supposed to be. I thought it was about 20,000 words. They are more like 60,000 – 80,000 words (for romance)! So you can imagine how that story turned out when I reached 20,000 words and was like, I’ve only just started!! It was a ton of fun and the writing bug had definitely bit me. That’s when I realized I needed to read up on what I was trying to do.

8. What special treat did you give yourself when your first book was published?

I, um, didn’t. I am HORRIBLE at treating myself. I told myself when I got a literary agent I would buy myself a typewriter key bracelet. Well, I got a literary agent back in 2010. I didn’t buy the bracelet. I decided it would feel ‘real’ when he sold the book and then I could treat myself. He retired on April Fool’s Day and the book hadn’t sold…so I ended up asking my hubby to get me the bracelet for Christmas after I published my first book, Champagne and Lemon Drops (independently). I do think I should treat myself though, don’t you? It’s such a fabulous idea.

9. When reading others’ books, are you able to sit back and enjoy them or do you re-write characters, plot, and the ending in your mind as you read?

I am usually able to sit back and enjoy, although there are certain things that will cause me to put a book down. For me, it is usually when the author ‘tells’ the reader too much and doesn’t allow the reader to jump in and feel the book. That’s always been a bug of mine though. I don’t usually ‘solve’ the problems of the book unless I am trying to help another author. (I’m more likely to put it down or skim.)

10. Do you ever need a vacation away from the stress or do your stories just flow easily?

The stories usually flow easily. For me, the editing is the tricky part as sometimes figuring out what is not working as well as it could wraps my brain in tangles. That’s when I procrastinate like crazy!

A vacation can be good, though, as I rarely think about writing at all. However, if I go on vacation in the middle of a project that can make me feel as though I should be writing and I get kind of wiggy!

11. Do new ideas come to you when you do take a break from writing?

Usually when I take time off, I turn my writing brain off and get absorbed in whatever else I am doing. But if I am home, I can get sucked back into writing. I find I get a lot of ideas when I am driving somewhere alone.

12. Have you been to all the places you write about?

Blueberry Springs and the nearby towns are fictional. That said, in some ways, I have been there because I grew up in a small town and some of the characters and behaviours are based on the people and small town experiences I am familiar with. Just like with Kathleen’s characters in Keeneston, gossips are the same everywhere! ;)

That said, I have been to France (Beth goes there in Champagne and Lemon Drops). And for my upcoming beach reads series, which will follow four sisters (Summer Sisters series), it will be set in Muskoka, Canada–a place I spent a lot of summers as a kid in my grandmother’s 114-year-old cottage. (Muskoka is Canada’s cottage country north of the great lakes and has been a popular place to cottage since the 1800s. (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Douglas have a cottage in this area.) It’s a fun place with rugged beauty. Oh, and hot rich men! Boats. Cottages. And, of course, a big bad conglomerate for sisters to fight!)

13. How much research time goes into a book?

That depends on the book. Sometimes it takes less than an hour, sometimes it takes days. For the Summer Sisters series, I’ve spent a day or two doing research even though I know the area! I’ve had to do some research into paparazzi, endangered species, tax laws, watershed issues, and other strange things! My Blueberry Springs series, however, required less research as it was very much about the people (characters).

Thank you for having me on your blog, Kathleen!

Readers can stay in touch with me, Jean Oram, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jeanoramauthor) as well as find out more about me and my books on my website (www.jeanoram.com). And, of course, on major online booksellers as well. (And pssst! Champagne and Lemon Drops is a free ebook if you want to get a taste of my small town romances set in Blueberry Springs!)

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