Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview + Review + Giveaway: Stetson's Storm (Lasso Springs #3) by Kathleen Ball

Meet The Author

Kathleen Ball has been writing a little over three years. She has four published novels: The Lasso Springs Series--Callie’s Heart and Lone Star Joy are available now.  Stetson’s Storm will be available in Feb 2013 all from Desert Breeze Publishing. She also has the Dawson Ranch Series from Secret Cravings Publishing. Those titles are Texas Haven and Ryelee’s Cowboy.

Kathleen lives in Texas and loves the fact that she can drive out of her subdivision and see cattle. She is a native New Yorker from Rochester, New York.

Kathleen is married and has one son who is a Marine. She started writing when she realized that she was facing an empty nest. Always an avid reader, she writes what she likes, Contemporary Western Romance.

Visit her at her website at www.kathleenballromance.com.

Tell us about your writing process…


How long do you generally let a story idea germinate before you start the writing?

I think about the next book while writing the one before it

Do you pre-plot the book or write as you go?

I pre-plot the characters, the setting and the reason the characters can’t be together.

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?

Names usually just come to me. I also believe that names can be regional so if I hear a good “Texas” name I write it down. Personalities – I start with character flaws- the back story. I try to have the characters learn and grow as the story unfolds.

How do you go about revising/editing?

I usually write until almost the end. Then I’ll do the word spell/grammar check. Then I print it out and read- making notes and corrections with my red pen. I write the ending, making sure all loose ends are tied up and then I edit again according to the house rules of the publisher.

What is the average time it takes to write a book?

Two- three months

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I have four books coming. The series is Cowboy Seasons and the first book Summer’s Desire will be available in June

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

I love writing but best of all I love the friends I have made along the way.

Stetson's Storm (Lasso Springs #3) by Kathleen Ball

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Dessert Breeze
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 64,000

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Hunky, Rodeo Star, Stetson Scott is back in town after a 5 year absence. Storm McCrory has what he unknowingly left, his son.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.
I’ll be honest, I am a big fan of contemporary western romances…and authors like Kathleen Ball are the reason. This is my first book by the author and I was very impressed that she put such a delightful twist on old favorite – hero returns home to discover the girl he left behind was pregnant.

This is a very sweet and touching romance between two people that soon discover that neither distance nor time impedes true love. Both let secrets from the past get in the way of their feelings for each other but, you can feel the very deep emotional connection between the characters. The story did take longer than I expected to expose the bad guy(s). 

I could go on and on about this book, but it's better for you to just go buy it and then read it.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by CBLS Promotions for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.



Excerpt

The bells above the diner door rang eerily in the still of the night. Storm startled then whirled around. It'd been quiet all night; the graveyard shift usually was. The money wasn't the greatest, but somehow she managed. Her eyes widened and her heart raced faster. It couldn't be, but it was. Stetson had returned.

He noticed her. Storm saw no sign of recognition in his eyes. Maybe it was a good thing. She knew she looked drawn and tired. The circles under her eyes never seemed to disappear anymore, her hair no longer shone, and she was rail thin.

His lack of recognition cut deep. The pain in her heart overwhelmed her. He didn't remember her, but she hadn't forgotten him for one day during his five-year absence. Grabbing the glass coffee pot, she quickly walked over to where he sat at the counter. "Coffee?"

"Sure, honey," Stetson replied, looking over his shoulder at a group of new customers.

Disappointment filled her being as she poured the hot liquid into his mug. "Anything else?"

"Uh, no."

Storm nodded, put the pot down, and walked into the kitchen to regroup. He unnerved her.

"She's not the one for you." Storm heard one customer comment.

"I'm not interested," Stetson's familiar voice responded.

"Good thing. She's got a bit of a reputation." The busybody female's voice sounded sultry, as though she wanted Stetson for herself.

Tears welled up in Storm's eyes waiting for his reply. All she heard was the ringing of the bells. She hoped she hadn't been stiffed again. Last time it had come out of her pocket. She walked back behind the counter. Stetson had left. He was always leaving.

Storm had finally and firmly written him off, but her heart didn't agree. Thankfully, she had a strong mind. No man would ever play her for a fool again. Stetson had cost her everything, her home, her family. Most of the members of the town wouldn't talk to her.

If it hadn't been for Nellie, Stetson's sister, she wouldn't have survived the last five years. She had to admit he looked damn good in his jeans, boots, and blue chambray shirt. Blue always brought out his striking, sky blue eyes. He had a few more lines on his face, his handsome, tanned, chiseled face. His thick blond hair curled out of control, and she had to stop herself from remembering how it felt to run her fingers through it.

He'd filled out. He had a man's body now, with big shoulders and a slender waist. He probably had his share of women over the last five years. The thought crushed her. She'd been left to suffer and he'd gone on to fame.

It still stung that Stetson never even said goodbye. He just up and left town one day. Storm had waited and waited to no avail. Finally, she had to tell her daddy she was pregnant
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