I’m really excited because my first book in the Texas Fever series, Texas WideOpen, is now on sale across all major retailers for only $1.99!
This story is about a girl, a horse, and her love for the rugged cowboy next door.
Katie Harris always knew she'd marry Cole one day—until he broke her dreams and her heart. But now that Katie's father is sick, she's back home, older, wiser, and nowhere near the love-sick fool she once was.
Cole knows Katie doesn't want anything to do with him. But after so many years, he can't pretend she's no more than a neighbor. Holding his ground was hard enough when she was seventeen. Now that she's her own woman, Cole's heart doesn't stand a chance...
My second book in the series, Hustlin’ Texas is being released December 5th.
Nikki Logan has always had a bad reputation in the small town of Oak Groves, Texas. Everyone knows that the Logans are a wild bunch, with too much charm for their own good and too much of a knack of finding trouble. Nikki is nowhere close to the type of girl political hopeful, Jett Avery, should hang around with. But I love writing about polar opposites who can’t keep their hands off of each other, and about a bad girl with a heart of gold and of a good boy who can’t for the life of him keep away.
Here’s an excerpt of Hustlin’ Texas:
Jett knew exactly when Nikki caught sight of him because two things happened. A warm open smile eased her features, transforming her face into the young girl he’d known years back. And his gut tightened as if he’d just been given an invitation—a thought he spit out of his mind like he would gum that had lost its taste.
Nikki strutted down the aisle as if she was walking down a red carpet lined with paparazzi. Dang, she looked like a wet dream. Not his wet dream of course—he appreciated his women a bit more put together and a lot more grown up—but he was sure she’d be gracing someone’s fantasies tonight.
“Hi there,” she said, without a trace of Texas accent. He wondered how long that would last.
“Hi there.” His greeting was edged with a challenge.
And there they sat like they had a dozen times before—like there was no past between them. Like they hadn’t had one night of extremely hot sex, and he hadn’t practically begged her to give them a chance. But now, with her greenish-blue eyes smudged with black eyeliner and the f-you attitude she wore like a superhero’s cape, he had to wonder if she even remembered.
Then her impish eyes softened, and her naked lips slipped into a sexy smile only Nikki could pull off.
Jett felt his jaw muscle twitch.
Every man had his thing, and if Jett was out drinking with the guys, he’d label himself a “boob man.” Saying he was a “lip man” didn’t quite cut it. But there was something about bare lips, unadorned with color or sticky gloss, ready for kissing, which made him want to nibble.
“Miss me?” Nikki pulled his cup closer to her and added cream and sugar. She took his knife and stirred. He watched his black coffee turn the color of mud.
“Like stomach cancer.”
She made a soft tsking sound. “Ah then, you thought of me often.”
Jett pressed his teeth together, not appreciating how close to the truth she’d come. He caught her eye and made sure she watched as his gaze traveled down her shirt—Christ, she really was wearing a black bra—then back up to her face. “All class, Nik.”
She didn’t blink, just picked up his newspaper and scanned the front page. “Ouch, Rangers lost 21 to 7 in overtime. Hope you didn’t have money on that game.”
He grabbed the paper and quickly found the headline: “Rangers Win in Blow Out,” then threw the paper back on the table, pissed he’d been taken in so easily.
Jett knew that laugh. It was the same laugh that had suckered him into thinking there was more heart to Nikki than she’d let on. He knew better now.
“Why are you here, Nik?”
“That’s a fine welcome, Jett.” She scooted down in the booth as if she hadn’t a care, but Jett knew better. She placed the heel of those damn platform shoes on his seat—right between his legs.
He almost smiled—almost. Who did she think she was playing with? One of her college boys? He shook his head instead. “Well then, let me try that again. When are you leaving, Nik? Seems to me, you got the running away part down better than the coming home part.”
Sounds like a great book! Why did you become an author?
I’ve wanted to be an author before I even knew what that meant. I remember reading Super Fudge in the 2nd grade and I knew right away I wanted to be Judy Blume when I grew up. Now, I’ve learned is that being an author is something that you are born into. No one does this by choice.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on the 3rd book in my Texas Fever Series, tentatively titled Riding on the Edge. This will be Cash’s and Lauren’s story, though there is quite a bit of Franki’s story woven in as well.
Where does the inspiration for your stories and characters come from?
I wish I knew. I keep thinking that my inspiration comes from chocolate and wine, or at least that’s how I console myself when I indulge every night. I get story ideas when I drive, listen to music, watch movies, in dreams. When the story ideas come easy that’s when I love being a writer, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. But when the stories are like slugging through mud with a hundred pound backpack, up hill, well…that’s when I start daydreaming of going back to school or of opening up a wine tasting shop in the south or France.
Do you have a favourite character from one of your books?
It changes, right now it’s Franki from book 1 and 2 in the Texas Fever series because I like her young smart aleck attitude, but in the past it’s been ConRad from my first novel, Dark Future. There’s just something about your very first hero that touches your heart.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am laughing while I am writing this because I’m a little embarrassed. Right now, I am reading Anne of Green Gables. I after working on my book all day I need a break from popular genre fiction, so I’m trying to try to read some of the classics to get a feel for different voices and paces of writing.
Who is your all time favourite author?
I love Philippa Gregory. Her books are so layered with history and character that I can only hope to write as well as she does one day.
What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not reading and writing?
Free time? What’s free time? Seriously, with two school age children, a husband, house, outside job, and community work I really don’t have much free time. Right now, I am writing this interview while in the waiting room at my OBGYN’s office. (And no I am not expecting, just my regular check-up, thank God!)
Where can readers buy your books?
Buy links for Hustlin’ Texas:
Barnes and Noble: http://kckleinbooks.com/BNHustlinTexas
Buy links for Texas Wide Open:
Barnes and Noble: http://kckleinbooks.com/TexasWideOpenBN
Where can readers find our more about you?
My website is www.kckleinbooks.com where you can sign up for my newsletter or come by and like my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKCKlein where I usually have a giveaway going on. I am pretty active on twitter @kckleinbooks so readers can catch up with me there also. To find a list of my books visit my Amazon Author page at http://kckleinbooks.com/AmazonAuthorPage
Thanks so much for letting me stop by. This was a fun interview to do.
Thank you KC for taking the time to tell us all about your great books!
KC Klein has lived most of her life with her head in the clouds and her nose buried in a book. She did stop reading long enough to make a home with a real life hero, her husband, for over seventeen years. A mother of two children, she spends her time slaying dragons, saving princesses, and championing the belief in the happily-ever-after. Her debut novel, Dark Future, was a 2010 Prism finalist and has been honored with a reviewer’s choice award. She’s the author of the sexy cowboy Texas Fever series, Texas Wide Open, and Hustlin’ Texas. She’s also a contributing author to the fun, sci-fi romance anthology, Hotter on the Edge series that has won two Night Owl Top Picks and a 2012 RONE Award. KC loves to hear from readers and can be found desperately pounding away on her laptop in yoga pants and leopard slippers or more conveniently at www.kckleinbooks.com.