Tag Archives: Katie Lane

Eleven romance authors I “discovered” in 2011 – & giveaway!

Mistletoe Madness 2011This post is part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. If you’re here for the first time, welcome! I blog about contemporary and historical romance, and I have weekly giveaways. (This one is an added bonus.) I hope you’ll consider subscribing and visiting again sometime.

I’ve heard some lovely stories about parents who mark their children’s growth by writing them a letter every birthday and recounting all the things they’ve learned to do.

I’m a bit too old for my mom to do that, so I measure my own growth in my own ways. One of my favorites is by reflecting on much-loved authors whose books I hadn’t read a year ago. These are authors who gave me the thrill of discovery and inspiration – what more could you ask for?

Here are 11 romance authors I “discovered” this year. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of them, and I’m making it my resolution to interview the others in 2012.

1. Shannon Stacey: Heartfelt, funny contemporary romance

2. Jane Graves: Contemporary romance that tugs the heartstrings

3. Catherine Mann: High-octane military romance (Catherine will be here the week of December 26 giving away Hot Zone!)

4. Brenda Novak: Romantic suspense that’ll keep you up all night!

5. Katie Lane: Quirky, hot small-town Texas romance

6. Laura Lee Guhrke: Stunningly beautiful historical romance

7. Shana Galen: Absolutely fantastic historical adventures

8. Suzanne Brockman: Her contemporary romance Infamous made me cry.

9. Vicky Dreiling: Wickedly witty historical romance

10. Sarah MacLean: Laugh-out-loud-funny Regency romance

11. Joanne Kennedy: Fun and poignant contemporary cowboy romance


Since this is part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop, there are a few ways you can win cool stuff.


Win a $10 book gift certificate and some chocolate on my blog. (Open internationally)

Chocolate stars ornamentLeave a comment below telling me an author you became a fan of this year. On December 23, I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win a $10 (or equivalent in your currency) gift certificate to an online book retailer. I’ll also send you this ornament filled with chocolate stars (fake tree not included), which will hopefully arrive in time for you to share them at a New Year’s party!


Enter to win a Nook! (U.S. only)

If you live in the U.S., you can also sign up for the Nook giveaway on PJ Schnyder’s blog, as part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. The Nook is loaded with books, so you can discover lots of new authors in 2012.


Visit other bloggers giving stuff away.

On PJ Schnyder’s blog, you can find links to all the other bloggers giving away cool stuff during the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. Go give ’em some love, and you could win cool stuff from them!

Who are your favorite new authors that you’ve discovered in 2011?


Filed under Contemporary romance spotlight, Thoughtfulness

How a small community can smother your characters

As a contemporary romance writer, I know that series set in small towns and tight-knit communities are insanely popular.

But there’s also a danger that, as a series grows, those communities can begin to smother the vibrancy of later novels and their characters.

This isn’t just a danger with small-town contemporary romance. It can happen in any series that focuses on a particular community, whether that’s the ton in Regency romance or a fantastical world completely of the author’s creation.

Here are the ways communities can alienate me, the reader, and my thoughts on how to avoid it.

Continue reading


Filed under Contemporary romance spotlight, Writer's toolbox

Winner of the Katie Lane giveaway!

Make Mine a Bad BoyThanks to everyone who commented on my interview with Katie Lane. The winner is…Maria D!

Maria, I’ve emailed you, so check your spam folder if you haven’t received it.

Hope everyone enjoyed the post and will think about buying one of Katie’s books – you won’t be disappointed.

And a big thanks to Katie for the interview!


Filed under Author interviews

Interview with Katie Lane—and giveaway!

Anyone who’s been to a Romance Writers of America conference knows that you can end up going home with hundreds of free books. I actually saw women walking around with furniture dollies carting away boxes of books.

Katie Lane copyright Dry Heat PhotographyI wasn’t quite that bad, but I did end up discovering loads of fantastic new authors. One of them, Katie Lane, writes hysterically funny, sexy contemporary romance set in the small Texas town of Bramble. If you’re looking for a good time, Katie Lane’s your gal.

Welcome, Katie!

Thanks so much for having me, Kat.

1. Can you tell us a little about your journey to publication?   Why did you start writing novels and how long did it take you to find your agent and get published? 

Going Cowboy CrazyI’ve always loved telling stories.  I wrote my first short story in fifth grade.  It was a humorous tale, and when my classmates laughed, I was hooked.  Other stories followed, but I didn’t write my first novel until my kids were in high school.  Numerous novels and rejection letters later, I finally found my agent and landed a deal with Grand Central.

There’s a reason they call it a journey.  At least for me, it took a heck of a long time.  But I wouldn’t change a second of it.  I’ve learned a lot while traveling my writing path and made some wonderful friends.

2. One of the many things I love about your books is that your heroes are (as Lori Wilde said) handsome cowboys with hearts the size of Texas. Even bad-boy Colt Lomax is loving and compassionate. What draws you to kind-hearted alpha heroes? 

It probably has to do with my husband.  He’s a big, gruff jock with a heart of gold.  I mean, who wouldn’t love a guy who helps little old ladies load their groceries into their cars, airs up the neighborhood kids’ bike tires, and dresses up like Shrek for Halloween?  So when I write my heroes I want them tough on the outside but big ol’ marshmallows on the inside.

3. Your novels are set in Bramble, a tiny Texas town which you describe as being Mayberry on Texas peyote. Being a city-girl, I have to admit that Bramble is my idea of what small-town life must be like—full of well-meaning friends and family who get over-involved in each other’s lives. Is it based on a place you know? 

Make Mine a Bad BoyNope.  I loved Andy Griffith reruns as a kid—loved the close-knit community, the innocence, and the craziness of Mayberry.  And when I traveled to west Texas on my husband’s business trips, I fell in love with the friendly people of those small towns.  So Bramble is pretty much a fictional town that’s a mixture of life experiences and a wild imagination.

4. Faith and Hope—the heroines of your first two novels—are identical twins but are each other’s opposites in almost every other way. Which one do you identify with most? 

Oh, that’s a tough one.  I guess I identify with Faith’s naivety . . . Hope’s feistiness . . . and the way they both hate to disappoint the people they love.

5. Can you tell us a little about the next Bramble story? I gather there’s a short Christmas story, followed by another novel in April? 

I just sent in the short story, O Little Town of Bramble, which will be part of a holiday ebook anthology with Jill Shalvis and Hope Ramsay called Small Town Christmas.  My story is about a sweet, good-looking farmer who discovers the girl of his dreams amid the craziness of a Bramble Christmas.  It’s great fun!

Then in April, my third book in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series comes out—Catch Me a Cowboy.  It’s about a sassy widow who discovers happiness in the arms of the biggest redneck this side of the Pecos, and I’m just head over heels in love with these characters! (Of course, I feel that way about all my characters. LOL!)


Want to win one of Katie Lane’s fantastic, fun books? Winner gets to choose between Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy. Leave a comment by Monday September 19th to enter!


Filed under Author interviews