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Friday, May 11, 2012

An Interview & Giveaway with Kathleen Ball

Callie Daniels' mother has one dying wish. She wants neighboring rancher, Garrett O'Neill, to marry her seventeen-year-old daughter. Callie knows it’s not supposed to be a conventional marriage. Garrett O'Neill would keep Callie's ranch safe and Callie would go away to college.

Four years later, Callie comes home with stars in her eyes and happily ever after in her heart. She plans to make their marriage real until finds the new housekeeper, Sylvie in Garrett's arms.
Heartbroken, Callie moves out. She sustains injuries from her horse and Garrett forces Callie to move back in to his house.

Callie finally gets her heart's desire. Alone in a line shack, they make sweet love for the first time. Unfortunately, the love light is gone from Garret's eyes the next morning.
Welcome Kathleen, how long have you been an author?
Kathleen: Three years

Congratulations, what is your favourite genre?
Kathleen: Western Romance
I love a good western romance myself, heck I love the romance genre period...lol
So um....
If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Kathleen: Callie’s Heart is my debut novel. It is book one in The Lasso Springs Series.



Callie's Heart sounds like a great read, and from what I've read of the blurb so far, pretty emotional too. What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
Kathleen: That people actually like what I write. I never expected such positive reactions and comments.
It certainly is an amazing feeling, isn't it? It makes the hard work of every writer worthwhile. I love it!

Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Kathleen: I’m releasing four books this year and one scheduled for next year. When I’m not editing I’m working on Summer’s Desire. I post a new excerpt every week on http://tuesdaytales1.blogspot.com/


I'll have to go check it out. *grins* Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Kathleen: I love Jersey Shore-- it’s my guilty pleasure
LOL, name your top three writing goals:
Kathleen:
1) To have my ebook in print
2)To be able to go to a writer’s convention
3) To keep making great friends through writing
Those are some great goals, I have no doubt you'll one day accomplish. *rubs hands together* Now, if you had a warning label, what would it say?
Kathleen: Don’t talk until she’s had her coffee
*grins* If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
Kathleen: I fall in love with each of my hunky cowboys. I’d just love them to take their shirts off and show their abs.
Yummy, I'd like to thank Kathleen for joining us today. For those of you who would like to learn more about Kathleen or her work, here are the links she can be contacted through:
Now, for the giveaway: Kathleen has offered a copy of Callie's Heart to one lucky commenter. So leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win it. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (May 12), but before you rush off to do so please enjoy the brief excerpt below:


He filled out wranglers like no one else. His blue western shirt wasn't as tight as some cowboys wore theirs, but Callie knew that he was buff with six-pack abs. He'd taken his shirt off a lot last summer and she never shied away from looking. Her expression must have shown her sorrow,
the look of sympathy Garrett gave her made her stomach turn. Somehow, she had to get him out of her system.

How she planned to accomplish it, she had no idea. She never dated before and she didn't have any female friends to ask. Callie knew she was on her own with this one.
Pasting on a smile, Callie went to the horse trailer and looked inside. She recognized Garrett's roan, Tiger, but she didn't recognize the beautiful silver filly. Smiling a real smile, Callie got in the trailer and talked to the silver horse. She formed an instant connection to the filly.

''Whose horse is this?''

Garrett helped back the filly out of the trailer before answering. He looked right into Callie's eyes. ''She's all yours honey.''


''I don't understand,'' she said, not taking her eyes off his.

''It's your graduation present.''

''Oh.''

She didn't want a horse because he had a guilty conscious. He didn't know how hurt she'd been. All through graduation, she kept scanning the crowd for his handsome face and she never found it. The worst part was the pity in her roommate, Gretchen's, eyes. Gretchen's parents had offered
to take Callie out to dinner, but she couldn't celebrate. His absence devastated her. She spent the night packing and crying her eyes out. She should have known that he had someone else. That it hadn't occurred to her only emphasized how stupid she'd been.


Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

12 comments:

  1. I was just thinking I wanted to read a good hot cowboy romance.

    Thanks for the chance!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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  2. I would love to read this hot cowboy book. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read it. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. Thank you so much Jennifer for hosting me!!

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  4. When I read this book I was hooked in from the beginning. I can't wait to read more in the series.

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  5. I love Kathleen's novels! Callie's Heart is a awesome read.I can't wait for the next book. Great interview and love your hunky cowboys (shirtless of course) :)

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  6. I love western romance! Callie's Heart looks fabulous! It's going on my wish list right now.

    Michelle V
    romanceinreview(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thank you I appreciate all the wonderful comments!!

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  8. Hi Kathleen,

    Your book reads like a heart-tugger. I can feel Callie's hurt emotions just from your little snippet.
    I'd certainly love to read a sizzling western. All the best.

    *Big wave* to Jennifer.

    Have a great weekend.

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  9. I love me some cowboys :)
    Callie's Heart sounds like a great read. A different type of Western Romance for me.
    I wish you the very best of success with your works Kathleen and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    ~Ava~

    dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

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  10. Hi Kathleen, the first cowboy love story I read was Danielle Steele’s Palomino and I remember absolutely loving it! Cowboys are hot (*sigh*)!! They have laid back mannerisms, and project tough personas to hide their romantic sides. Add sick pack abs and tight jeans with scuffed boots...goodness, I better stop there! I'll just finish by saying, based on what I've just read above, I might just meet another hot cowboy in your book!

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  11. I would love to read this book!! I love to read stories about arranged marriages/marriage of convenience.

    melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

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  12. It's WINNER TIME!!!!

    Congratulations, Ava. Kathleen will be in contact shortly with your e-book. I'd like to thank everyone for commenting. Please stay tuned we have giveaways on a weekly basis and would love to see you again.

    ~THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED~

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