Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Meet the Fab Five from Victory Tales Press @MarkeeAnderson @StephBurkhart #giveaway #authors


KAREN: I'm thrilled to have the authors of the 2014 VTP Summer Collection here at KMN Books Blogspot. Meet the authors and check out the Five Fabulous stories to start your summer reading!
***Giveaway: eBook copy of the 2014 Summer Collection to one lucky commenter!  Read on to find out how you can win a copy. Can't wait? I've provided a link to where you can purchase the book in your favorite eBook format. Enjoy!



Now let's meet the Fab Five!!

Markee Anderson
Story: Meet Me In Seattle

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

Markee: “Crazy romance with twists, turns, and a happy every after ending.”

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?

Markee:Fast paced, lots of dialogue, and unobtrusive settings.”

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

Markee: Meet Me In Seattle by Markee Anderson
Madysen Duke has been coerced to participate in a reality show with her teacher friends. But little does she know, her high school flame is also along for the ride, with intentions much different from hers. Even though she's out for the money, he's trying to thwart whatever crime is happening right before their eyes.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?
Markee: I’m working on another cupid story, to be the second in the series.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Markee: Join me on twitter (@MarkeeAnderson) and on Facebook ( for updates.

I live in Wisconsin, with a husband, three kids over 18, and a few pets. Because my life is kind of boring, I live vicariously through my characters.

Wouldn't it be nice to go back in time and relive the wonder of new love and romance? My husband doesn't know the meaning of romance, so I'm trying to teach him what women like. I firmly believe men could have whatever they wanted if they only read romances and took notes. I also think every man should take a Romance 101 class, filled with wonderful romance novels. Their wife or girlfriend would have to rate them at the end of the class.

Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if that were true?

You can find Markee Anderson on the web at:
Facebook: (Markee Anderson, Author)
Twitter:  @MarkeeAnderson

Stephanie Burkhart
Story: Arrow Through The Heart

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

STEPH: Down on her luck, Stephanie hopes to find her way in the U.S. Army. Honor. Integrity. Courage. Duty. Responsibility. Stephanie embraces the best the Army has to offer. She evens find love and marries in Denmark.

Marriage offers its own unique challenges. She leaves the Army and joins the LAPD as a dispatcher. The job allows her to explore her childhood dream – writing. Can Stephanie build a successful life for herself after a tough childhood or will she struggle for the rest of her life?

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?
STEPH: In the face of never ending challenges, hope buds like a delicate flower.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

STEPH: "Arrow Through the Heart" is set on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Ella is a tennis pro set to play in a match during the 4th of July holiday. She meets the handsome Logan Donovan and is quite smitten, but a stalker tries to sabotage Ella's play. Will her stalker destroy her life?

I think there's nothing that sums up the ambiance of summer than the 4th of July holiday. There's BBQ, fireworks, water, sunshine, ice cream, and pie. With that in mind, I chose a lakeside setting for the holiday. I wanted my heroine to be sporty and athletic and have that in common with my hero. Ella and Logan grew from that.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?

STEPH: I'm working on a short story for the VTP Autumn Anthology. It's called "Young Witchcraft" and it's set in Salem, Massachusetts. Rachel is a witch who doesn't like to be touched and Joe is a young man with a sensory processing disorder. Can witchcraft bring them together or will it tear them apart?

Book 3 of The Windsor Diaries, my steampunk romance series out! It's called "A Lady Never Lies." Jocelyn Dunkirk prefers leather dresses to tight corsets. Men avoid her like a dirty rivet. Prince Richard doesn't care. He intends to win Jocelyn's heart, but is Jocelyn willing to her father and her world for Richard?

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

STEPH: You can find "The Windsor Diaries" series on Blog Tours all this summer with Goddess Fish Promotions. Victorian Scoundrel and A Gentleman and a Rogue are participating in review tours. A Lady Never Lies will have a book blast on 11 JUN. I'm giving out Amazon gift cards so I hope to see them on the tours.
About the Author:
 I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.

I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. 

You can find the author on the web at:

Gerald Costlow

Story: Taking Liberty

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

GERALD: Follow the life of Gerald Costlow as he searches for meaning in a world gone mad!  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer as our hero discovers that perhaps what he was searching for is inside him all along.

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?

GERALD: I like to get out of the way and tell the story from the characters’ point of view, using their words and thoughts and observations.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

GERALD: The theme in this story is how the struggles in life change people, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  Our protagonist, Libby Bell, is faced with a violent ex-boyfriend who refuses to let her go.  She’s tried running away and discovered that doesn’t work.  We also are introduced to a man who has fallen in love with Libby and struggles to find a way to help.  What does she do now?           

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?

GERALD:  This year I’ll be publishing the promised next novel in the Appalachia Romance series, and republishing a newly revised edition of my first novel, The Weaving. 

KAREN:Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? 

GERALD: I hope everyone who reads my stories enjoys the characters and worlds I’ve created.  If Liberty “Libby” Bell comes alive and makes you care about her problems, I’ve done my job.  

About the Author
Over the past five years or so, has short stories published in magazines such as Shimmer and Flytrap, and several online webzines such as Silver Blade and Mytholog.

You can find Gerald Costlow on the web at:
Facebook:  Yes.  Feel free to send me a friend invite.

Larry Hammersley
Story: Marcy's Struggle

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be? 

LARRY: Marcy Mason is in her final year of graduate school pursuing a PhD in chemistry.  She has brains and she has looks but her struggle is in the romance department.  Can she convince Ross Franklin, the college’s star quarterback that she’s over a past flame and their vastly different backgrounds don’t make a difference?

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?   

 LARRY: Descriptive.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about? 

LARRY: Marcy Mason, a chemistry graduate student is pursuing her PhD.  She met Ross Franklin when they were in undergraduate school.  She was a senior and he was a freshman and second string quarterback.  At the time Marcy was hung up on Leroy Doyle but he only had eyes for Jody Stinson.  They moved away and got married.  Marcy can’t convince Ross that she’s over Leroy, but can she convince herself?   

When Leroy shows up on campus to give a lecture, Marcy must make all the arrangements.  Ross says it is her chance to prove she’s over Leroy.  After Leroy leaves Marcy knows she’s over him and wants Ross in her life.  Ross isn’t convinced and he also cannot get past their vastly different backgrounds.  He refers to himself as a dumb jock and her a very smart chemistry student.  Marcy tells him he’s not dumb and their different backgrounds makes no difference.  At one point Marcy is injured in a laboratory explosion.  Ross also takes Marcy to a party thrown by his coach.  Marcy barely prevents Ross from getting in a fight with the coach and one of the players because they gave him a hard time for bringing Marcy instead of Vonda the drum major.  Two days before their graduation Ross tells Marcy he’s joining a pro football team on the east coast.  Marcy has accepted a job at Berkley in California.  She despairs at their pending separation.   

The next day she rushes to the train station to say goodbye to Ross but she gets delayed by a snarl in traffic.  When she reaches the train station the train is already moving.  Fighting back tears she slowly walks away from the boarding platform when she hears her name spoken.  It’s Ross with his suitcases standing on the platform.  She runs to him and he accepts her into his arms.  He’s decided to take an assistant coaching job at the same college where she will be.  He’s convinced she’s over Leroy and their background differences don’t matter.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress? 

LARRY: I am writing a new science fiction story and am 50,000 words into it.  I have planned to write a novel or novella based on a Bible character in the Old Testament but must do some research for that time period.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? 

LARRY: I have two novels out from two different publishers.  One is a sweet romance (mine are always sweet) about the characters Leroy and Jody which I mentioned above.  Marcy appears in that novel and I wanted to give her closure in the short story.  My other novel is science fiction and also a sweet romance is involved.  My various short romance stories at various sites are also with links at my website and blog.  I have a couple of free reads as well on the internet.

My website is still under construction but most of the links work.

About the author:
I am age 76, married to Sue for 51 years, have two children and five grandchildren. I have a BS in chemistry from Purdue University and MS in chemistry from Indiana University.  I enjoy jogging, amateur radio, occasional woodworking, am active in our church and I’ve been writing for 39 years.   

I have several short romance stories at various sites on the internet.  I started out writing short science fiction stories and more recently sweet romance stories.  My first accepted novel is a contemporary romance and my second novel is science fiction.  Both novels released in 2013.

You can find Larry Hammersley on the web at:

Jory Sherman
Story: The Garden
Summer brings forth fresh vegetables in the garden and with them, the ultimate fight against insects and wild critters to protect those vegetables. Harvey enjoys his garden, especially the corn – watching it grow, providing food for his beloved wife Ruth. Then, something unusual happens in the garden and his corn begins to disappear.

About the Author
Jory Sherman has been a full-time writer for over fifty years, began his writing career as a poet in San Francisco. He has had four books of poetry published, all of which went through multiple printings. A Professor of Literature (University of Florida) Warren French, noted: "Jory Sherman has a strange and powerful knowledge of language and an almost perfect ear."

Sherman began writing at age 8, when he was grief-stricken over the death of his puppy, Doopers. He read James Joyce's Ulysses at the age of 10 and fell in love with language and mythology.

Sherman has published more than 1000 articles and 500 short stories for various magazines and anthologies as well as over 300 books with Doubleday, Zebra, Avon, Berkley, Walker and Co., Tor, Forge, Bantam, Major Books, Pinnacle, The First Ozark Press, White Oak Press, and others. He has created and packaged series for Avon, Harlequin Gold Eagle, Pinnacle, Paperjacks, Zebra, Bantam, and others. His works have won numerous awards including the Western Writers of America Spur, Missouri Writer’s Guild “Best Book”, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination in Literature. His memoir, Bukowski and Me, is available from Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery.

He lives in Pittsburg, Texas, on Lake Bob Sandlin where he continues to write and paint. You can find out more about his books on Facebook.

***Giveaway: eBook copy of the 2014 Summer Collection to one lucky commenter!  All you have to do is answer this question: What's your favorite summer holiday spot and why? Don't forget to leave your email.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sneak Peek at 'Blame It On Texas'! @AmieLouellen @KMNbooks #books

Karen: It's release day! Enjoy a sneak peek of Blame It On Texas by Amie Louellen!

Blame it on Texas

a contemporary romance by Amie Louellen

Every first love deserves a second chance.

© 2014 Amie Louellen
Shelby Patterson has come back to Texas for one reason and one reason only—to get her husband to sign divorce papers. She’s worked hard to build her California bakery, where clients clamor for her one-of-a-kind creations. Seven years after her disastrous marriage, she’ll finally have everything in perfect order—just as soon as Ritter McCoy signs the dotted line.

Ritt is still pissed that Shelby walked out all those years ago without giving their marriage a chance. Sure, they were young and had just lost the baby that had rushed them to the altar, but they’d loved each other beyond reason. Ritt gave up his college baseball scholarship, only to have Shelby and her mom take his parents’ bribe money and run. If Shelby wants those papers signed, she’ll just have to wait until he’s good and ready.

Or maybe, before she flies the coop again, he can convince her the love they had between them is still there—and still hot enough to melt their hearts back into one.  

Warning: This book contains a sexy Texas boy determined to recapture his first love. May also produce feelings of nostalgia and longing for slow kisses and sweet tea.

Enjoy the following excerpt for Blame it on Texas:

She should have known she’d find him like this. Shelby looked down at the oil-stained driveway to the denim-clad legs protruding from underneath the ancient Ford. The hem of the jeans was frayed, the worn cowboy boots dusty and with a few stains of their own. She propped her hands on her hips, doing her best not to tap her foot in irritation. It would do no good. If there was one thing she’d learned in her time as Ritt McCoy’s wife, he had his own timetable and to hell with anyone else’s. “I said, I need to talk to you.”

“And I said, just a minute,” his muffled voice returned.

Shelby bit back a growl and used the thick packet of papers to fan herself. That was one thing she didn’t miss about Texas—the heat. But with any luck and the good Lord’s grace, she’d only be here another few minutes, an hour at the most, and then she’d be on her way back to California. A trickle of sweat ran down between her shoulder blades and into the small of her back. Shelby fanned harder and checked her watch. She’d been waiting twenty minutes for Ritt to finish whatever it was he was doing to the truck and sign on the dotted line. That was nineteen more than she cared to wait.
“I need you to sign these.”

“In a minute.”

“Now. I have a plane to catch.” She jumped back, nearly snapping the heel off one peep-toe pump. They had been a special purchase for this trip along with the form-fitting black dress that hugged her like a second skin. Scrambling to get out of the way, she managed to maintain her balance as Ritt pushed the creeper from under the truck. And there he was, the boy who stole her heart, took her virginity and married her all in one summer. Well, he’d had her heart for years before that. And he wasn’t a boy any longer; though the years, she grudgingly admitted, had been very kind to him.

“What?” he asked.

Even lying down, he looked taller, broader, more. She was glad to have the advantage, standing over him like she was. “I’m in a hurry.”

“Not my problem.” He disappeared in a quick swoosh back under the truck. But he left his image behind. Dark blond hair curling from under a ratty Longhorns baseball hat. Dirt smeared T-shirt covering a chest she didn’t remember as having quite so many muscles. Long legs, firm lips, square jaw.

“I’ve flown over a thousand miles to get you to sign these. The least you could do is get out from under there and do it.” Her voice rose in pitch, the whine she’d been tamping down rising to the surface. Couldn’t he see how they needed this? That it was time to move forward?

There was a loud clunk, which sounded like head versus oil pan, then a muffled curse. He rolled out again, and before she knew what had happened he was towering over her. She took a couple of steps back for good measure, unable to meet his blue-gold gaze as he studied her face.

“What is it, Shelby? What is so important that you flew all the way out here to grace me with your presence?”

She was wrong. The years had been more than kind to him, they had outright adopted him. Had he always been this tall? This broad? This…masculine? He had, she decided. But after seven years away, she had forgotten what a man her Texas boy had been. She licked her lips, the sight of him bringing back more memories than she cared to delve through. Prom night, at the lake after the baseball games, Saturday afternoon in the canyon…

Check out Blame it on Texas on AMAZON and Barnes and


I am a published author, a proud wife and mother, and an expert corn bread maker. I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I grew up in the South, but moved away after school. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)

You can visit me on Face Book Amie Louellen-author or follow me on Twitter. Or come checck out all my fun boards on Pinterest!

Amie Louellen is the pen name for romance author Amy Lillard. Amie Louellen books are fun, contemporary, and sexy romances. Warning: Happily Ever After ahead!
2013 ACFW Carol Award winner 
Live a little; Laugh a Lot; Love for a Lifetime.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vampire Trouble Special Pre-Order Gift! @authorsara @KMNbooks #giveaway #vampires

Vampire Trouble Special Pre-Order Gift!

Send proof of your pre-order of Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (PUBLICATION DATE: July 1 2014) and Sourcebooks will send you a special Dead in the City bookmark and an 'I Love NYCVamps button.

Sourcebooks will send these gifts to anyone who shows them their pre-order receipt until June 30th, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to

Additionally, everyone who sends us their proof of pre-order will also be entered in a random drawing to win a necklace just like the emerald one Maya wears in Vampire Trouble. These necklaces will be given away as the preorders hit the 250, 750, and 1,000 preorder mark!

And if preorders hit the 2,000 mark, then one lucky entrant will receive a $250 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Be sure to follow Sara Humphreys on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website for more details leading up to the release of Vampire Trouble, including more exclusives, and MUCH MORE of her fabulous paranormal romances!

The winners of the jewelry will be announced on Sara Humphreys Facebook page and website as each threshold is reached!

So spread the word about #NYCVamps!

Pre-Order your copy today! (Links below)

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A fledgling vampire ignites a war...

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

And that's not all that heats up...
Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

Praise for Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City #1):

"Shines with fascinating new characters... from the very talented Humphreys!" —RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month

"Laughter, action and a steamy love story." —Long and Short Reviews

"Riveting, outstandingly written... A must read for all vampire lovers." —Bitten by Love Reviews

"Engaging... Humphreys skillfully blends intrigue and romance." —Publishers Weekly

Cover reveal: Risking It All by JM Stewart @JMStewartWriter @KMNbooks #cover reveal

KAREN: Looking for a new read? Check out JM Stewart's upcoming tale...

Author: JM Stewart

Publisher: Penguin Intermix

Date published: Sept 16, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word count: 80, 000
ISBN: 9780698147980

Originally published in a shorter form as Staking His Claim


She’s everything he wants…

For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose.

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…


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About the author:
JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook