See how Jake & Marcy Davies started their lives together in Keeneston with this Bluegrass Singles novella!
Versailles, KY – November 1st, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET
This is a book signing event with several other authors in and around Central Kentucky. Here is the list as of 10/7/2014:
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.
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:
Thank you for reading and I hope you visit their website and see how you can help.
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.
“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.
This book will also be available in the Nook store on September 8th.
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.
Barnes & Noble Nook will be available on July 14th.
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?
Barnes & Noble Nook Will Be Available April 21st
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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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.