Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Interview with the Multi-Talented Angela Raines #hotwesternnights @KMNbooks @PrairieRosePub

Angela Raines, author of Duty, which is featured in Hot Western Nights, is here to chat with us today. Grab your favorite drink, and read on.

Karen: What hidden talent do you possess outside of writing... something you do for fun, but are good at?

Angela: I have worked as a professional actor and musician. I love being in front of an audience.


Karen: Your are a multi-talented woman! What are you working on now?

Angela: For over seven years I’ve been researching and writing a book on the women doctors in Colorado prior to 1900. I’ve done articles and papers on the subject also. As for fiction, I’ve a fiction book about a man in Cripple Creek during the 1894 labor strike and another with a women doctor in the Wet Mountain area of Colorado.

Karen: Have you ever been to a Ghost Town? If so tell the readers your experience there. If not, where would you like to visit and why?

I have been to many ghost towns. Two of my favorites were Pie Plant in the Taylor Park area and Dyersville, on the west side of Boreas Pass near Breckenridge. When I visited Pie Plant years ago, there was an old trailer and the remains of an old mill for milling ores mined in that region. Also nearby there was Tin Cup, which has a history that I’m still mining for stories. (And yes that’s a pun)

Dyersville, was started and named for Father Dyer, and itinerant preacher who used to travel into the area. His son was a judge and killed in the Lake County War. When I was there, the site still had old cabins standing and a camping site nearby.

Karen: Tell the readers where they can find you.

Angela: You can find me on the website angelaraines.net when construction on the site is finished. You can also contact me at angelarainesauthor at gmail dot com. My books are listed on my Amazon and Goodreads pages, along with additional information. Amazon  / Goodreads


Karen: Thank you so much for being here today. Readers please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment. Enjoy a excerpt of DUTY below.
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About the story DUTY:

Dan Loomis is searching for a dangerous deserter when it leads him Miranda Foster. Can Dan leave his search to help Miranda fend off a range war? Or will his devotion to duty keep him from the woman who could mean everything to him? Duty is everything to both Dan and Miranda. Will it hinder or help as these two strive to negotiate events?  

EXCERPT: 

Miranda Foster climbed the hill overlooking the ranch her stepfather left her to run for his heirs. Clouds flew across the sky. Standing on the hilltop, she watched a storm building, its track headed toward the ranch house. She didn't begrudge her duty, but by the time her step-brother Byron was old enough to take over, she'd be an old maid.

 

No one knew she wasn't the owner. It was her step-father's way of keeping the ranch safe. She remembered their conversation. "I know I'm asking a lot of you, but you'll be taken care of."

 

Miranda thought back on that conversation as she caught movement near the leading edge of the storm. Watching, she saw five specks detach and draw closer. The wind was pushing her back the way she'd come, trying to guide her to safety.

 

Miranda would not be moved. "You may threaten, cajole, or do me harm, but I will not be swayed from my duty," Miranda sent back to the wind as she waited for the oncoming riders, shotgun in hand. She never left the ranch house without it since the coming of Tate Browning. She stood, a calm determination not to give in.

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About the Author: 

 

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris is an author, historian, poet and actor/musician. She moved from the historically rich region of West Central Illinois to the equally history rich Colorado. Many of her works focus on the history that has surrounded her all her life.





Tuesday, July 30, 2019

J. Arlene Culiner pens Great Romance & Characters to Love #hotwesternnights @PrairieRosePress

Let's offer a big hello to J. Arlene Culiner who pens engaging tales with quirky characters. She's here today to tell us about her story The Lady Piano Player, featured in Hot Western Nights.

Karen: Let's begin with you telling the readers about what inspired your story? 

J. Arlene Culiner: My wandering higgledy-piggledy life has led me to rusty trailer ghost towns
decorated by bullet holes; to rundown rooms where ceilings soar high, and lumpy wallpaper is a century old; to nowhere communities where wooden doors tap in the breeze, and suspicious eccentrics dish up tall tales. All those places inspired me to create the town of Blake’s Folly, Nevada.

Blake’s Folly is a backwoods community of abandoned clapboard shacks, endless wind, and scraggly vegetation. It’s the setting for my two most recent romances, Desert Rose, and All About Charming Alice (both published by Prairie Rose Publications). However, those stories are set in today’s world, and I wanted to depict the town the way it was in its heyday, back in the late 1800s, when there were three mining companies, a railway line to Reno, a lot of money, many saloons, and quite a few brothels.

I also wanted to write about the sort of people who lived in Western towns in the late 1800s — the ones who dreamt of making a fortune, or those who sought adventure, or a new life, or an escape from their past. Essie, the heroine of The Lady Piano Player, is just that sort of person: she has managed to escape her loveless marriage, and although she has no idea how to survive in a boomtown, she has the guts to give it a try. My delicious hero, Matt, is a true adventurer. He’s restless, ever on the move, always seeking new experiences. But he’s also a kind man, for experience has made him that way.

Karen: What was your all time favorite Western? Favorite western actor and why? What did he or she star in? 

J. Arlene Culiner: I suppose you are referring to movies, and I have a confession to make: I haven’t seen a movie in well over forty years. Therefore, I know no actors, no stars, no film titles, and I’ve never owned a tv. The only westerns I’ve ever seen are those from my early childhood: Zorro, Hoppalong Cassidy, and The Lone Ranger. After that, my parents forbade me to watch television because I was such an awful student (I daydreamed my way through school).

As an adult, I’ve always believed that my inner life would be blurred, even destroyed if I sat passively in front of a screen. I prefer going out in the world, crossing countries on foot, sitting in fields, reading, listening, and sniffing the air. Yes, I know this is an anachronistic way of functioning, but the dreams, thoughts, and images in my head are so very strong, and I know that they are all my own.

Karen: What hidden talent do you possess outside of writing... something you do for fun, but are good at? 

J. Arlene Culiner: I play quite a few musical instruments in several different formations. I play the flute and piccolo in a local village band. I play the bombarde, a Breton instrument, and I play the euphonium (small tuba) in a big band in the Paris area. I also play the baroque oboe and the baroque oboe da caccia (a tenor oboe) in an early music orchestra. Needless to say, practicing all those instruments does take up quite a bit of time. But, believe me, I do have fun.

About The Lady Piano Player

Essie Delevaux left Baltimore dreaming of freedom and romance in the Far West, but an arranged marriage to a violent drunk shattered her hopes. Tired and worn out when her marriage ends, she still has determination. How do single women survive in rough Western boomtowns? Some become laundresses, or cooks; others go begging or turn to prostitution. The chance to become a piano player in a saloon-cum-bordello seems like the perfect solution for Essie, even though it puts her in constant contact with the dangerously attractive Matt Curley. Still, she is wise enough to keep her emotions in check, isn’t she?

Journalist Matt Curley is a man of the world, and adventure takes him from Philadelphia to steamboats on the Colorado River, and from Canadian snows to boomtowns. He’s every woman’s dream, too, but all know he’s not here to stay. Matt needs all the excitement new horizons can bring. Before he does leave Blake’s Folly, though, he wants to make certain Essie Delevaux is settled in and happy. How he enjoys their mornings together in the empty saloon, drinking coffee, sharing secrets. And what if he wants more than just innocent friendship? 

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“You know how to play the piano?”
 
The woman turned clear eyes to him. Sized him up, took in his fine clothes, his well-shined boots, his casual pose. Then, slowly, she nodded. “I do.”
 
He turned to his friend Ned. “Well, how about that. Just what you’re looking for.” Matt couldn’t hide the note of laughing triumph in his voice.
 
Ned blinked. Then shook his head. “I’m looking for a piano player, all right. But not a lady player.”
“Man, woman — what difference does it make? You need a piano player. Men come here to dance with the girls. Without music, you’re losing custom.”
 
Ned was looking at him as if he’d lost his mind. “Matt,” he said calmly, “this is a saloon. A lady player in a saloon?

Matt looked down at the woman. She wasn’t in the least intimidated by these two men now deciding her fate.
 
“Waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, any dance tunes, that’s what I know how to play,” she said quietly. 
“Sentimental songs too. And, if anyone wants it, classical music.”

Matt felt a smile growing on his lips. Good girl. Tired, skinny, wearied out, she still knew how to defend herself.
 
“Look lady, this is a saloon—” Ned began.
 
“Yes, I know perfectly well where I am,” she said, effectively cutting him off. “And I heard what you said. But dance tunes are still dance tunes. A piano player is a piano player.” 

 About the Author: 


Photographer, social critical artist, musician, actress, and writer, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest where, much to local dismay, she protects all creatures, particularly spiders and snakes. She enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with very strange characters.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Ghost From the Past Speaks to Elizabeth Clements @PrairieRosePub @KMNbooks

Karen: Elizabeth Clements' visit to Frank Slide was where the inspiration for her tale, Diamond Jack's Angel was born. This story is one of six romances featured in Hot Western Nights. Elizabeth is here to tell us about her unusual encounter.


Elizabeth: While strolling through the Frank Slide interpretive center, I paused before the life-size cut-out of four immigrants. I was drawn to one particular woman’s face. I gazed into her dull eyes, level with mine, and a stillness crept over me. I sensed her sadness, imagined the drudgery and pain she had endured. Time and place slipped away and there was just her and me in silent communication. I felt her pain, her loneliness upon leaving her homeland behind in search of a better life—and not finding it in the black choking dust of a coal mining town. Someone must have jostled me, or perhaps one of my boys asking a question, and the moment burst like a bubble. But I’ve never forgotten her face to this very day. For months I couldn’t get that “moment” out of my mind and I wrote a book inspired by that mining disaster, finished it and put it away and began a new story. I answered a call-out for submissions to a Hot Western Nights anthology and took elements from that book and it became Diamond Jack’s Angel.

Karen: What is your favorite western?


Elizabeth: There are so many great ones, especially the Sacketts, but the western that had the greatest effect on me was and still remains: Dances With Wolves. I love the way the family life of the indigenous people was portrayed. And the scenery. Oh my. A classic western.

Karen: Who is your favorite western actor and why? What did he or she star in?
 

Elizabeth: That would have to be Tom Selleck, followed closely by Sam Elliott. I love all of their westerns because the men they portrayed were decent, upright men who believed in human kindness, decency and respect for their fellow man. They stepped up to the bar when justice was needed yet were always loving to their wife and kin. I love The Sacketts, Crossfire Trail, Quigley Down Under and Conagher, just to name a few.

Karen: Tell the readers where they can find you.


Elizabeth: I am on Facebook and have author pages on Amazon and Goodreads where my books have been reviewed. I’d love for you to visit my website that my son designed for me. All the beautiful photographs (with the exception of the covers) were taken by Nick Clements when we took a day trip to the Cypress Hills and Fort Walsh. Only a fraction of the 600-plus photos are featured on my website.


Karen: Elizabeth, thank you so much for stopping by today. Readers, feel free to leave a comment or ask Elizabeth a question. She'd love to hear from you. 

 

 

About Diamond Jack's Angel

Angela Summers has cared for her grandfather in the mining camp for several years. But when danger strikes, saloon owner Jack Williams vows to protect the woman he loves in DIAMOND JACK’S ANGEL.

Enjoy a Snippet:

Brookstown, Colorado, 1888

“I tell ya, Boss, that crazy old coot’s trouble. Every time it thunders, he says the mountain’s talkin’ to him. And it’s gittin’ worse.”

Sam Brooks sighed and set down his whiskey before looking up at his burly foreman. “All right, Bart, what’s he saying now?”

“He says there’s a fault in the mountain and it’s gonna come down. I tell ya, Boss, that kinda talk’s gonna spook the miners. They’re grumblin’ and talkin’ about goin’ on strike.”

Sam gritted his teeth, fed up with this constant trouble at the mine. Staring into his glass, he sighed like a tired old man and tossed back the rest of the whiskey. “Then take care of it. Make it look like an accident. There’s a bonus in it when the job’s done.”

Bart nodded. “You betcha, Boss. You can count on me.”

“I sure hope so,” Sam muttered, nodding dismissively toward the door. 


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About the Author:
Elizabeth Clements resides deep in cowboy country in western Canada with her husband who is her real-life hero. She admits she’s an incurable romantic and thus her sensual stories always focus on romance, whether her heroines drive a buggy or a convertible. Elizabeth is often inspired by her surroundings, or a photograph, or a song and the thought—what if— begins a delicious new journey into romance.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Kaye Spencer inspired by Cash's song. #interview #hotwesternnights @KMNbooks @kayespencer @PrairieRosePubs

Kaye Spencer is the author of western romances and her story GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE is featured in Hot Western Nights. Let's give her a warm welcome!

Karen: What inspired your story?

Kaye: Songs often provide inspiration for my stories. My story ‘Give My Love to Rose’, which is included in the Prairie Rose Publications’ western romance anthology HOT WESTERN NIGHTS, came about from a Johnny Cash song of the same title. The song provided the [quite loose] plot fodder for my story. I changed things around and Rose became the main character, and the man who comes across the dying man is a deputy U. S. marshal.

Karen: What was your all time favorite western?

Kaye: My all time favorite western movie is ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’. There is an unwilling hero (Ransom Stoddard), an antihero (Tom Doniphon), a marvelously evil villain (Liberty Valance), and a strong woman (Hallie Stoddard). The line spoken by the newspaper editor is a classic: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

Karen: Cool line from the movie. I love it. Who is your favorite western actor and why? What did he or she star in?

Kaye: I thought about this question long and hard. Sam Elliott was my immediate answer, and then I backed up and reconsidered.

I grew up in the golden age of western actors: Maureen O’Hara, Jane Russell, Claire Trevor, Vera Miles, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Richard Boone, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Richard Widmark, Glenn Ford, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, William Holden, Kirk Douglas… This list could go on for several more lines.

As I narrowed down the list of contenders for my favorite western actor, I ended up with two names: Dean Martin and James Stewart. Putting my childhood and teenage crush on Dean Martin aside left me with James Stewart as my favorite western actor.

As for the why… Jimmy Stewart brought humor, humanity, and dignity into each role he portrayed whether it was a contemporary story, mystery, thriller, suspense, comedy, romance, or western. He could be the straight-laced hero, the love interest, and the *almost* villain. He didn’t allow himself to be typecast into a certain kind of role during a time when typecasting was the norm in Hollywood.
His western movies that I like the most are: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Winchester ’73, The Naked Spur, The Far Country, The Man from Laramie, Two Rode Together, How the West was Won, Cheyenne Autumn, Shenandoah, The Rare Breed, Bandolero, and The Cheyenne Social Club.

Thank you, Kaye, for being here today. Readers, feel free to leave a comment. Kaye would love to hear from you. Who is your favorite western actor?
 
About GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE:

A deputy U. S. marshal comes upon a dying man and finds unexpected love when he carries out the man’s last request.


Enjoy a Snippet:

Rose’s chin lifted with the set of her shoulders. “Was he dead when you found him?”

This was the hardest part, explaining. A woman’s reaction revealed much about her character. He’d seen it all from throwing themselves on the body in fits of wailing grief to outright joy the no-good scoundrel was dead.

“No. I found him at dusk not far from the railroad tracks.” Clint dismounted. “He’d fallen out of the saddle and lacked the strength to get up. When I knelt beside him, I could tell he didn’t have much time left. I asked his name and where he was going. He said he had to get home to Rose. I told him I’d take him home, but he was in too much pain to move. I offered to fetch you. He said no. He didn’t want to—”

“—to die alone,” Rose murmured.

Clint nodded. “Yes, ma’am. There was a buffalo wallow off from the tracks where the night wind wouldn’t hit us straight on, so I got him laid out on his bedroll. I put up a makeshift lean-to over him and built a fire close by.”

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About the Author:

Native Coloradoan Kaye Spencer lives in a small, rural town located in the heart of the infamous Dust Bowl area of the 1930s. While drawn to cowboys and the Old West, all genres and time periods are within her story-creating realm. Reading Louis L’Amour’s westerns, listening to Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads, watching the classic television westerns, and growing up on a cattle ranch all inspired her love of the American Old West—truths and myths alike. Kaye retired from a career in education, which allows her the time to write full-time and as well as spend time with her grandchildren. 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Julie Lence's secondary characters find love #hotwesternnights @PrairieRosePub @JulieLence @KMNbooks


Let's welcome Julie Lence, who is a multi-published author of western romances and her story, A Summer to Remember is featured in Hot Western Nights. 

Karen: Julie, tell us what inspired you to write A Summer to
Remember?

Julie: The inspiration for my story, A Summer to Remember, actually came from my own curiosity. Ryan and Amy are secondary characters in my novel, No Luck At All, where a an argument has caused a rift in their marriage. Amy schemes to win back her husband’s love, but her plans go awry when Ryan leaves home. Determined she will not lose Ryan, Amy follows him to a Denver hotel room…. 

I never knew what happened between them in that hotel room. Was Ryan happy to see Amy? Did they argue again? Was she able to convince him she loved him?  I really wanted to know, so I dug deeper into their characters and let them guide me to the answers. 

Karen: Favorite all-time western? 

Julie: If we’re talking movies, it’s John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in McClintock. If we’re talking tv show, it’s Big Valley. Back then, I had a huge crush on Nick Barkley and still do.  

Karen: Favorite western actor? 

Julie: John Wayne. I love everything about him and the characters he portrayed. From the swagger in his step to the grit in his eye to the morals and code of ethics he lived by, many of my heroes in some way reflect one or more of his characteristics. 

Julie, thank you for stopping by today. Readers sit back and enjoy a snippet of A Summer to Remember featured in Hot Summer Nights.

About A Summer to Remember featured in Hot Western Nights: 

Amy Jansen is known for her high-brow ways and her infatuation with Creel Weston. Truth be told she loves Ryan Jansen and realizes her dream of becoming Ryan’s wife after Creel moves away. But words misspoken during an argument cause a rift between her and Ryan that she’s hard-pressed to mend. Apologies fall on deaf ears, and when Creel returns, even jealousy doesn’t provoke a response from Ryan. She’s finally deduced the best way to prove her love and loyalty to him, only he sends her away, vowing he doesn’t love her.


Though he loves his wife, Ryan Jansen has come to realize he never should’ve married her. Amy has loved Creel Weston since childhood and there’s nothing he can say or do to change that. To keep his sanity, it’s best he and Amy divorce, until a preacher shows up on his doorstep with a startling truth—Amy does love him. But he sent her away, and now he must find her and convince her they’re meant for each other, that this really is A Summer to Remember. 

 

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Ryan rubbed a hand over his jaw and stared blindly at the land passing by the window, recalled every smile Amy bestowed on him, every sweet kiss. Hours later, heart still hammering, the train chugged into another station. His mouth dry, he peered out the window across the aisle for a water barrel and froze. A green dress, holding a carpetbag as she approached the train; he slouched down and tugged his hat low.


Footsteps of passengers boarding reached his ears. The conductor shouted. The whistle blew, and the train inched forward. Ryan waited a long spell before stepping into the aisle, his gaze honing in on a blonde braid in the middle of the car. Striding forward, he for words and heard himself say, “Mrs. Jansen, a woman as pretty as you shouldn’t travel alone.”


Amy gasped, and jerked her attention his direction. Her surprise over seeing him was expected. So was her unease, but past those emotions, he detected favor―for him—and caught himself before he tumbled face-first into her lap.


“What are you doing here?”


“We need to talk.” He stretched his hand toward her and caressed the curve of her cheek, savored the softness of her skin.


“Why? You made your feelings for me perfectly clear. What more is there to talk about?”


“Plenty,” he thumped, lowering his hand to her elbow. “Join me at the back seat.”


“I don’t think that’s wise.”


“Not many things about us have been wise. That’s about to change.” 

 

About the Author: 

 

Julie was born and raised in upstate New York. She married her high school sweetheart and accompanied him on his twenty-year career with the United States Air Force. Presently, she resides in the Pikes Peak region, where she’s a stay-at-home mom enjoying a career writing western historical romance.  

 

Throughout her school years, Julie enjoyed reading and writing. A friend introduced her to the romance genre in the late 80’s and she was instantly hooked, crediting Judith McNaught and Johanna Lindsey as her inspirations to pen her own novels. As she puts it, Ms. McNaught’s voice is flawless and Ms. Lindsey’s Malory family is endearing and addictive. Combining her fondness for horses, John Wayne and the television series, Dallas, Julie settled into writing about cowboys, outlaws and the ‘old west’ early in her career.    

 

 Julie self-publishes her work through Amazon.  She also designs her covers. When she’s away from her computer, she enjoys taking care of her family and home, exploring the Rocky Mountains and meeting fans of the romance genre.

 

You can find Julie on the internet.

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer Love #bkwrpt #giveaway #books #kindle @JudgeYourBook @KMNbooks

Summer Love

All-Genres Romance Giveaway

July 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Kate Spade Book Tote • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Prize Packs



Who hasn’t dreamt of a summer romance? Enter our giveaway and you could win a Kindle Fire to load up with a dozen new summer flings, Amazon gift card, ebook prize pack, 
or a sweet Kate Spade book tote!

Then, shop our book fair and you’ll definitely find that next summer crush. All ebooks priced at 2.99 or less, some FREE. We even have a bonus scavenger hunt giveaway! And don't forget to download the FREE shortie story I'm offering for a quick summer read.



(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

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