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Monday, December 8, 2014

It's the Swoonys, Baby!!



Guess what?
Reese's Cowboy Kiss has been nominated for a Swoony Award! Not only that, it's ranked among the top twenty of over three hundred books!
Never heard of a Swoony Award before? Have no fear. This post will answer all your questions, and introduce you to some of the best in the book-blogging biz...


What Are the Swoony Awards?
The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. There are so many books published every day and it can be hard to find the ones worth reading. We want to help recognize authors who write entertaining books that are wholesome. It’s our hope that each year we will help provide everyone with a great list of books to read and maybe introduce them to new authors.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
-Publication Year: Only books published during the current contest year may be nominated. To be fair to all books, contest dates will run from December 1, 2013 – November 31, 2014.
-Clean romance: No sex or closed door, low/mild innuendo. Only M/F romances.
-Language: None/mild, anything over a handful of profanity (especially the more offensive words) would not be considered clean.
-Violence: None/mild
-Other: Nothing overly dark, depressing or heavy subject matter

Novels, novellas and short stories are all eligible for nomination, no limits on page number. Any (clean) genre is eligible (i.e. contemporary, fantasy, mystery, historical, etc.).

Each voter is able to choose up to 100 books to vote on or nominate each contest year. There is no cap on the overall number of books nominated.

How Are Winners Selected?
We will be accepting entries throughout the year and the winners announced the first week in January. There are fifteen award categories (i.e. Best Novel of the Year, Best Historical, Best Contemporary, etc.). Winner’s will be announced via our blogs (Bookworm Nation, KJ’s Book Nook and Katie’s Clean Book Reviews) and through Goodreads Swoony Awards Group.

Since this is a reader’s choice award the winners are determined by a combination of the number of votes received and how high the voter rated the book and what rank the voter gave each book they voted for.

Who Are We?

Kathy 
Kathy (Bookworm Nation)
I've been hosting a book review blog, Bookworm Nation, for over five years. I love to read and review books. And of course, I love to discuss books! A few years ago I started the Goodreads group, Happily Ever After Book Club. It's through Goodreads that I met Katie, Kathy Jo and Heidi and while discussing our love of books one day we thought it'd be fun to host our own Reader's Choice award. We're excited to introduce the Swoony's this year, it's going really well and we look forward to hosting it for years to come. 
Contact Info for Kathy:
Twitter: @bookwormnation
Kathy Jo 
Kathy Jo (KJ's Book Nook)
This may come as a shocker but I have NOT always been a little bookworm. In fact growing up I was not the kid you saw jumping at the chance to read. I was the one that just did it to make my teachers happy. That silent reading time during school?! Yeah.. I was the kid napping! ;) About 12 years ago someone loaned me a book and said I just HAD to read it. I took it just to get them off my back and much to my surprise I could NOT put it down! And from then on I would read... but only that one author. I refused to read anything else! It wasn't until 2009 when 2 of my favorite people introduced me to the Twilight Series that I actually started branching out. And ever since then I haven't been able to STOP reading! ;) About 5 months ago I decided to start a book blog and I have been loving it! I get to be another voice for all the amazing authors that I love! How cool is that?! And of course through my adventures in reading I have been able to meet some amazing women who love books just as much as, if not more than, me! I love chatting with them about all the books we read! We have become such great friends that at times I forget that I've never really met them in person! Books just have a way of bringing people together! My reading choices vary... I love a lot of different genres.With that said... I am not ashamed to admit that I am a romantic and I love fluff! As long as it's clean and has a HEA, I'll definitely give it a try! Any book that gives me a break from reality and puts a smile on my face is definitely a book for me!   
Contact Info for Kathy Jo:
Email: kjsbooknook@gmail.com
Blog: kjsbooknook.blogspot.com 
Twitter: @kjincali

Katie Watkins 
Katie (Katie's Clean Book Collection)
I started blogging about a year and a half ago. I've always loved to read and talk about books--it's my obsession. The first book I learned to read on my own was Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. I love a lot of different genres, but my favorite is clean romance, which is perfect for the Swoony's! I've had a blast meeting new friends who enjoy the same types of books that I do.

Contact Info for Katie:
Email: lilacqueen75@gmail.com
Twitter: @lilacqueen75
Blog: www.katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiescleanbookcollection

Heidi 
Heidi 
I'm a mother of four amazing kids and married to my own Prince Charming. I love to read, kiss my handsome Prince, bake, run (because I love to bake), ride horses, play sports, and spend time with my little family. I first fell in love with reading at a very young age because of my sweet grandmother who always took the time to read me my favorite books over and over again. She could never tell me no. My wonderful mother is also entirely addicted to reading and we love to "talk books" late into the night....and plot how we are going to buy more. :) I adore clean, happily ever after books, and I've loved getting to know so many other women who do as well. Who knew books would be the reason I would meet some of the dearest people in the world?! 
Contact Info for Heidi:
Email: curlyhide9@hotmail.com

Note to Authors:
If you’ve written a book that matches the above criteria fill free to nominate it for a Swoony! Don’t be afraid to promote the award or to let your fans know your book is up and that it needs votes. We are doing some promoting, but sometimes a Facebook, Twitter or blog post directly from the author is the best way to let your fan base know your book has been nominated. Only books with a minimum of THREE votes will be added to the official nomination list found on the Goodreads Swoony Awards group page. Winners will be announced January 2015.

To stay up to date on voting and nominations, please join our Goodreads Swoony Awards group page!

Note to Readers:
If you’ve read a book this year that you think is awesome…VOTE! This is a great way to let authors know you appreciate all that hard work. You can vote for up to 100 books on the list. We’ve also learned that the order you rank the books you vote on does affect the overall score of the book. So take a minute and make sure you have your books in the order you want them. Invite your friends to vote! Voting ends December 31, 2014.

The 2014 Swoony Awards is now accepting nominations and votes for your favorite books of the year. Polls will be open until December 31, 2014. 

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

As a thank you for making the Swoony Awards a success,
we'd like to offer an Amazon gift card! The winner will
have 48 hours to claim the prize. Only valid
where Amazon gift cards may be used. You must
be 13 or older to enter.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Rough Edges Cover Reveal

I'm thrilled to present the cover to my upcoming novel, Rough Edges. A companion to the Sweet Montana Bride Series, this sweet story provides a closer look at Allie Emerson. Some of you might know her from novels Reese's Cowboy Kiss and Jade's Cowboy Crush. From one story to the next, we see this adorable character go from supportive wife of a selfish man, to a recently divorced woman raising two girls on her own. With Terrance out of her life for good, it's time for Allie to finally get her happy ending. And what better place to start than Fox's Custom Woodwork, where Braden Fox acts as both owner and carpenter. Oh, and did I happen to mention that he's Terrance's old best friend?

Now for the cover to what will be the forth part to the Sweet Montana Bride series.




Since most of us skip the paperback and go right for the ebook, the back covers are often left unseen. For that reason, I thought I'd include the backside as well, along with the spine. I love this one because it includes a rare and beautiful glimpse into Braden's wood shop, a place I have come to love through discovering more about these characters and their past.




And in case you can't read it from the pic, here's the book blurb:

Divorced mother, Allie Emerson, never imagined she’d be raising two teenage girls on her own. Between parenting and paying the bills, she hasn’t even thought about meeting a man. That changes once she hears local carpenter, Braden Fox, is in need of a secretary. Back in high school, Allie had done all she could to deny the sparks burning between her and Braden; perhaps now they could explore the possibilities.

Braden has heard all about what Terrance did to Allie and the girls, has been planning to stop by and see how she’s getting along, but Allie beats him to it by showing up at his shop in search of a job. Her single visit reignites the old flame Braden used to torch for her; trouble is, old feelings of resentment return as well. Allie did choose Terrance over him, after all. And as much as Braden wants Allie in his life, he’s not sure he can open his heart again.

With this second chance at romance, will the bumps in their relationship be too much to get over, or will this carpenter learn to smooth out the past?

Rough Edges will be available on Amazon soon. For updates, sign up for my email list by clicking here. Also receive updates on my FB author page here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sweet Montana Bride Series Sale

Romance that's clean without losing the steam just got more affordable.

For two days only, get Reese's Cowboy Kiss FOR FREE!

Also get................................... Cassie's Cowboy Crave FOR FREE!

Complete the collection with Jade's Cowboy Crush for just 0.99.

In short, own the entire Sweet Montana Bride Series for just .99 cents. October 12th and 13th only.
FREE

FREE

.99 Cents

Friday, October 10, 2014

Character Blog Hop

A big thanks to the lovely Shannon Guymon, for tagging me in this character blog hop. Here, readers get to jump around and discover characters that authors have recently written about, or a character they're currently writing about. You can find Shannon's character post here.

I must say that I've always been impressed with Shannon Guymon's work, so it was flattering to have her select me to join in on the fun. I'm sure you're already familiar with at least some of her many novels, but here's a bit about the author you might not know, from the woman herself:

"I live in the West with my six children and I'm the author of over 30 books - so far. I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my children.



I'm a HUGE believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate didn't float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don't even get me started on Romeo and Juliet. Alas, since I can only control my own imagination, happy endings are found in my Love and Dessert Trilogy, my Love and Trust Trilogy and my Love and Flowers Trilogy. I also write Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O'Guinn."



Find SHANNON GUYMON at these places:

Twiter
Facebook
Blog
Amazon

~ CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT~

So here's a bit about the character I'm highlighting today:

What is the name of your character?

Reese Taylor

When and where is the story set?

Reese is from Texas, but the story takes place in Montana, current day.

What should we know about your character?

Reese is sweet, sassy, and has a sexy southern accent. She's a Pageant girl who defies the stereotype in many ways. This tall blonde is loving, kind, and looks for the best in others. While she is confident and bold and loves to flirt with the guys, at twenty-four years old, Reese has never been in love.

What is the main conflict?

Well, after discovering that an old high school classmate wants her dead, Reese is placed in witness protection on Emerson Ranch. And though a group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, Reese falls for Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance. Sadly, once the going gets good it's all put at risk when the man after Reese sneaks back into the picture.

What is your character's personal goal?

Reese hopes to find that heart-tugging, long lasting love she is certain exists.

Is there a working title, and where can we find out more about it?

Yes - the title of her novel is Reese's Cowboy Kiss, and it can be found here for 3.99


Now it's my turn to tag the next author. I've selected historical western romance author, Kelli Ann Morgan.

KELLI ANN MORGAN recognized a passion for writing at a very young age and since that time has devoted herself to creativity of all sorts. Being a wife and mother are two of her most important and favorite roles, while being a writer is in her blood. She also moonlights as a Creative Designer - creating covers and more for other authors- and works as a photographer, jewelry designer, painter, and motivational speaker. Kelli Ann graduated Summa Cum Laude with her degree in Business and is the owner of Inspire Creative Services. She is a long-time member of the Romance Writers of America and was president of her local chapter in 2009. Her love of and talent for writing have opened many doors for her and she continues to look for new and exciting opportunities and calls to adventure.
Find out more about Kelly and see the selection of Western Romance she has available here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sweet Montana Bride Series Sale!

Looking to rope yourself some Labor Day reads? Well saddle up, 'cuz the entire Sweet Montana Bride series is on sale at last. We've got Reese's Cowboy Kiss, Jade's Cowboy Crush, and Cassie's Cowboy Crave. Three sweet and steamy clean romance novels complete with cowboys, romance, and happily ever afters. Featuring the witness protection program - rancher style, these ebooks sale for $3.99 a piece, but this week you can snag 'em for just .99 cents each on Amazon.



Here's a bit about each book just to whet your appetite. Happy romance reading!

Reese's Cowboy Kiss:
Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance. Blake Emerson has no time to go lookin’ for love. He’s got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to. With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams? * Though this novel is considered clean romance, it does contain passionate kissing and a few minor curse words. *

Jade's Cowboy Crush:
Single mother, Jade Miller, has just witnessed a murder. Now, set to testify against the cold-blooded killer, Jade must be placed under protection. While she is grateful to the kind folks who’ve offered to take in her and her son, Jade is surprised to find the man escorting them from L.A. to Montana is Gavin Emerson. A womanizing, far-too-attractive-for-his-own-good, rebel cowboy. Jade assures Gavin that she has sworn off men until her son is grown, but all too soon she finds herself fighting back feelings for the man who’s agreed to care for them. Gavin wants nothing to do with ranch life. Not since the ugly fallout he had with his father over eight years ago. But when he agrees to come back, harboring Jade and her son for a time, Gavin falls in love with life on the land once again. Above that, he finds his heart has been captured by his lovely house guest, Jade Miller. After reservations on both parts, the two are finally ready to open up and give their new-found love a try. Only they aren’t in the clear just yet, and as a dark and deadly threat falls upon them, Gavin finds that his bad-boy past may have led the danger right to their door. *Though this novel is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing & a few mild curse words.*

Cassie's Cowboy Crave:
Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who’ll be posing as her newlywed groom. Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he’s agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family’s way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham? In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss. In return, Cassie steals his heart. Yet before they confess their undying love, a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart. *Though this novel is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing & a few mild curse words.*

Monday, August 4, 2014

To post this Grand Finale (we'll send you the HTML code) and add your Social Media to the Rafflecopter, 
email us at PrismBookTours(at)gmail.com with "Reese's Cowboy Kiss GF" in the subject line.
A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Sweet Montana Bride Series by Kimberly Krey is complete at last! Reeseís Cowboy Kiss is available now on kindle or paperback. Did you get a chance to check out the tour and enter the $100 Amazon gift card? If not, go check them out now!

Launch - The Emerson Brothers
Some of you have already read Cassie and Shaneís love story. Some have read Jade and Gavinís tale too. Now for the first and final book of the series. Thatís right ñ first chronologically, and final in order of release. In Reeseís Cowboy Kiss youíll find out just how Reese and Blakeís romance begins. From that first, tender kiss to the conflict that threatens to tear them apart, their story is filled with passion, romance, and action too.

Kelly P's Blog - Interview
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Reese: Genuine, Tender-hearted, Flirtatious, Spunky, Charming
Blake: Loyal, Hard-working, Honest, Masculine, Passionate


It has been an absolute pleasure to read comments about the setting for my Sweet Montana Bride Series. Emerson Ranch has willing protectors, welcoming folks, and all the beauty a land can possess. Oh, and letís not forget about the good-looking cowboys...

I Am A Reader - Dream Cast
As a writer, I know just what my characters look like. Sometimes I can picture a certain actor who fits the bill, other times it requires a little more thought. With Reese Taylor, it was easy. Sheís a Texan pageant girl who defies the stereotype in many ways. Sheís loving, kind, and looks for the best in others. While sheís beautiful and bold and loves to flirt with the guys, at twenty-four years old, Reese has never been in love.

"The romance in this book is sweet and clean (with much kissing!), and the suspense near the end of the book is very exciting. The main characters in the book are well-written and the secondary characters are good supporting cast members. The story is a quick, cute read."

Musings of Immortals - Spotlight

Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima - Recipe for Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket
In the Sweet Montana Bride Series, the Emersons like to welcome newcomers with a nice, big meal. So when Reese came with a family recipe of her own, they were thrilled to serve up the savory beef brisket. In the book I refer to it as Texan BBQ, but I always had this delicious dish in mind. It is one of my favorites, and definitely worth trying at home.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Yes, actually! Iíll be doing a few novellas connected to the Sweet Montana Bride Series. The first one, Rough Edges, is about Allie (the Emerson Brothersí cousin). After her divorce, she reconnects with her ex-husbandís old high school friend, Braden Fox. Braden is a carpenter, and though he has always liked Allie, he has hard feelings about Allie picking Terrance over him. Itís called Rough Edges, and it will be about Bradenís ability to smooth out the past.

Wishful Endings - Review
"If you're looking for romance with some suspense and plenty of laughs and sizzle, then you'll definitely like Reese's Cowboy Kiss."

"I loved this book and I recommend it to everyone that likes a clean romance with a dash of angst, a cupful of looming danger, and a whole lot of cowboys."

"Loved this book! Romance and suspense! Well written and easy to follow. Clean little romance that you will love as well!"

"This book is everything I loveñclean romance, mystery, comedyñall rolled into one. And I can honestly say that this book is just a notch below my favorite."

The Written Adventure - Dodging An Unwanted Kiss
"We all know what itís like to go out on a date only to find the chemistry isnít quite what we hoped for. But what if our date has a different view? What if, at the end of the evening, he leans in for a goodnight kiss? In Reeseís Cowboy Kiss, Reese, our Texan bombshell, has to deal with this very dilemma when Rowdy, one of the ranch hands, asks her out. Sadly, sheís already fallen for the foreman of the ranch, Blake Emerson, so the guy doesnít stand a chance."

Sarah's StoryLines - ìHelpingî Him Notice
Relationships can be rather tricky at times. Men are often clueless as to the time and attention we women need. In novel Reeseís Cowboy Kiss, Reese realizes the truth of this when Blake, the man watching over her in witness protection, spends hours late into the night out on the land. And though the two have had a connection, he continues to leave her to either eat alone, or go against his wishes and invite the ranch hands to join her for dinner.

"I loved watching the romance blossom and the suspenseful element was fantastic! I was on edge reading through those parts--very romantic and very creepy. The author did a great job in drawing me completely into the story."

Southern Chelle - Review
"I loved this book! Iím a huge sucker for a good cowboy/country/western book anyway, but Reeseís Cowboy Kiss was an absolutely amazing read!"

Bookworm Lisa - Review
"Kimberly Krey does an amazing job at creating a story that is fun and entertaing. Reese's personality takes the cuteness and fun factor for a female MC to a fantastic level."

Reese's Cowboy Kiss (Sweet Montana Bride Series #1)
Reese's Cowboy Kiss
(Sweet Montana Bride #1)
by Kimberly Krey

Adult Romance
Paperback, 307 Pages
May 13th 2014 by Candle House Publishing

Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance.

Blake Emerson has no time to go lookiní for love. Heís got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to.

With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams?

*While this book is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.*



Other Books in the Sweet Montana Bride Series:
Jade's Cowboy Crush (Sweet Montana Bride Series #2) Cassie's Cowboy Crave (Sweet Montana Bride, #1)
Amazon                       Amazon
Barnes & Noble           Barnes & Noble

About Kimberly Krey

Image of Kimberly KreyI'm a writer of contemporary clean romance, a lover of home, family, & friends, & the ultimate hater of laundry.

A few of my favorite things: Diet Coke, Cafe Rio, and novels by Marcia Lynn McClure.

I do not go anywhere without: SoftLips Chapstick and Altoids Smalls.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

- $100 Amazon Gift Card
- Open Internationally
- Ends August 10th

Monday, July 21, 2014

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Sweet Montana Bride Series by Kimberly Krey is complete at last! Reese’s Cowboy Kiss is available now on kindle or paperback, and to celebrate we’re throwing a BOOK TOUR! Oh, and did we mention the giveaway? $100 Amazon gift card goes to the lucky winner!

Come along for the ride!

July 21 - Launch

Reese's Cowboy Kiss (Sweet Montana Bride Series #1)
Reese's Cowboy Kiss
(Sweet Montana Bride #1)
by Kimberly Krey

Adult Romance
Paperback, 307 Pages
May 13th 2014 by Candle House Publishing

Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance.

Blake Emerson has no time to go lookin’ for love. He’s got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to.

With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams?

*While this book is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.*


Other Books in the Sweet Montana Bride Series:
Jade's Cowboy Crush (Sweet Montana Bride Series #2) Cassie's Cowboy Crave (Sweet Montana Bride, #1)
Amazon                       Amazon
Barnes & Noble           Barnes & Noble

More About the Sweet Montana Bride Series

The Emerson Brothers 

Some of you have already read Cassie and Shane’s love story. Some have read Jade and Gavin’s tale too. Now for the first and final book of the series. That’s right – first chronologically, and final in order of release. In Reese’s Cowboy Kiss you’ll find out just how Reese and Blake’s romance begins. From that first, tender kiss to the conflict that threatens to tear them apart, their story is filled with passion, romance, and action too.

Book Number One?

You might notice that this book is marked as the first in the series. Yep; I decided to put things in their proper order once and for all. A huge thanks goes to those of you who have been with me from the beginning; for not minding the quirky order of things. Thank heavens for you! Good luck in the giveaway, my friends. And Happy romance reading to you all!

About Kimberly Krey

Image of Kimberly KreyI'm a writer of contemporary clean romance, a lover of home, family, & friends, & the ultimate hater of laundry.

A few of my favorite things: Diet Coke, Cafe Rio, and novels by Marcia Lynn McClure.

I do not go anywhere without: SoftLips Chapstick and Altoids Smalls.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

- $100 Amazon Gift Card
- Open Internationally
- Ends August 10th