Red’s Author Chit Chat with Kristine Raymond

Write what’s in your heart. Learn as much as you can about every aspect of the process, but make sure your words are authentically yours.

Hi Kristine, Thank you for letting me interview you today. I love finding new to me authors and sharing them with others. Let’s get started.

1) What Genre do you write? 

Kristine: Romance, both historical western and contemporary, for now…..

2) When did you start Writing?

Kristine: Labor Day weekend 2013. A momentous step into this journey I find myself on.

Red: I love that you call it a journey. 

3) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Kristine: Whichever I’m writing at the time because it’s all shiny and new …lol. Seriously, though, I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love all of my books for different reasons – some due to the stories themselves and others for the emotions I felt while writing them. 

4) How about a favorite character from your books? Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Kristine: This question I can answer with a ‘yes’. Jack Tanner from Hearts on Fire (and the rest of the Hidden Springs series) is my favorite. There’s just something about his personality that I fell in love with the moment I created it, and I haven’t written one to match his since.

As far as coming up with names for my characters, that happens in a variety of ways. Some are family names, some I choose by looking in the phone book (yes, I still have one of those lying around), some randomly pop into my head, and sometimes I refer to the lists and lists of baby names I have saved on my computer.”

Red: I never thought to look at baby names for suggestions. 

5) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Kristine: Sharing my stories with the world and when readers love the same parts of my stories that I do.

6) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Kristine: Strangest? I don’t know. A lot of scenes are written in my head while I’m mowing my lawn. Spending an hour on a riding mower has a way of clarifying things for me – though I’m out of luck in the winter. I’ve had scenes and characters come to me in dreams. That’s always neat – to wake up and know what happens next.

Red: I can picture you on a riding mower with a pad of paper on the steering wheel taking notes lol.

7)  I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Kristine: It depends on the story. Tempted took me four years to write, though I wasn’t working on it the entire time. Snowflakes in Winter, from the Seasons of Love collection, took me five days. I guess I’d say, on average, two months. That’s without writing every day. When my characters decide to stop speaking to me (which happens all of the time. I don’t know why. I’m a delight to be around), it can take a week or more for them to cozy up to me again.

8) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Kristine: Not so much any more. I used to obsess over them before realizing that regardless if they’re good or bad, I can’t do anything about them. A review is one person’s opinion based on their personal viewpoints and experiences and while I always hope they enjoy my story, that they ‘get’ what I’m trying to say, not everyone is going to like the plot or the characters or my style of writing.

9) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?

Kristine: Cry. No, not really, but when my imaginary friends stop speaking to me my feelings do get hurt a little bit. Being unable to fashion together words in a meaningful way when I have a story to tell is frustrating, but I’ve found that trying to force them out doesn’t work for me. So, I take a step back, work on a project that isn’t book related, and wait for the words and my brain to sync up.

Red: I’ve had a lot of authors agree that stepping away can reset your brain. Makes sense.

10) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Kristine: All of them. I know that sounds like a pat answer, but it’s true. I’ve written over a dozen books encompassing four different genres. That’s a lot of variety for a reader to choose from. Any and all are a good pick!

Red: Let’s hope this chit chat will bring some new readers your way!

11) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Kristine: Several. Laramie Briscoe showed me the ropes – what I needed in order to self-publish (cover designer, formatter, etc.) and she answered my endless questions. LL Collins came to my rescue when I was uploading Here to Stay to Amazon. It’s amazing how scary that is the first time you do it. And there have been numerous others who’ve helped me along the way and continue to help me. That’s what I love about this journey. Though writing is a solitary endeavor, there is an awesome community – authors, bloggers, readers, designers, formatters, editors, betas – just outside the door, so to speak, offering help and encouragement. I don’t think there’s a single one of us who does this alone.

Red: Thank you for the shout out to all of the people it takes to raise a book baby. 

12) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Kristine: Write what’s in your heart. Learn as much as you can about every aspect of the process, but make sure your words are authentically yours. Write your book. It’s okay to be scared but do it anyway. Write what comes from your soul, not what you think people want. Soak up every bit of advice you can, and then do it your way. It’s okay to not follow the crowd; to go off in a different direction. It’s okay to try new things. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Never stop learning. And never stop writing.

Red: Truth! 

13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.

Kristine: I want to be Betty White when I grow up.

Red: BEST ANSWER EVER!!

14) Anything Else

Kristine: Just, thank you. Thanks for helping out authors like me, for taking time out of your life to share about our books. I appreciate it more than you know. Thanks for the interview, Red. It’s been lots of fun being here.

Thank you so much Kristine. Having you here with us has been great!

~Red xoxo

CHECK THIS OUT !!

Enduring Traditions: A Hidden Springs Novella by Kristine Raymond

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It’s the turn of the century and progress has made its way to Hidden Springs.

Leaving his hometown two decades earlier to become a physician, Micah Tanner has returned, eager to educate folks in the ways of modern medicine. However, what sounds like an easy task is anything but when he discovers his neighbors prefer seeking help from the local medicine woman instead of sending for the doctor when they’re ill. Determined to put an end to her ancient customs, he’s unprepared for the effect she has on his heart.

**This is the final book in the Hidden Springs series

Tel-e-ka, or Ellie as she’s known to the townsfolk, is a young Yavapai medicine woman struggling to find a balance between the old ways of her ancestors and the new advances in the field of healing. It doesn’t help that the new doctor thinks herbal remedies are a thing of the past and has no problem telling her so, or that she finds herself attracted to him. A medical emergency outside the scope of her experience changes how she views her own beliefs – and his.

When age-old traditions meet modern-day practices, the sparks that fly rival those of the town’s New Year’s celebration. Can a couple from two different backgrounds share a love as enduring as their traditions?

About Kristine Raymond

Kristine Raymond didn’t figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up until later in life. If you haven’t guessed, it’s being an author. Since writing and publishing her first book in 2013, she’s gone on to complete two romance series – one historical western and one contemporary – write an anecdotal, non-fiction short about her first year as an indie author, and try her hand at contemporary erotic drama. When she’s not writing, she’s learning how to navigate the publishing and promotional side of the business. When she’s not doing that, she enjoys spending time with her husband and furry family, reading, gardening, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, and Google+, or visit her website at http://www.kristineraymond.com to keep up with her latest news. When you do, be sure to sign up for her newsletter!

New Release: Sheltered by the Lawman by Rhonda Lee Carver’s

The sexy man who has stayed by her side is the only person in the world she knows and she can’t help but cling to him.

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Struck over the head, Monica Warren wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of who she is or what happened. The sexy man who has stayed by her side is the only person in the world she knows and she can’t help but cling to him.

Cullen Cade thinks he’s landed the easiest mission he could hope for. Find the missing woman and bring her in. Simple. Then all hell breaks loose when he saves her from a burning building, almost takes a bullet, then learns that she has no memory—not even of who she is or that she is wanted for questioning in the death of her lover. Up until this point in life, Cull has made every decision with his head, but something about the woman, and her situation, tugs at his compassion.

Against better judgement, he offers her shelter, but soon secrets start to unravel as an attraction unlike anything he’s ever felt begins to grow. He struggles to keep his heart protected and stay professional because she is a criminal…isn’t she? What choices will he make that could harm his career? Or break his heart.

An act of mistaken identity, murder, and danger closing in will leave Monica fighting for her memories and her life.

“No. You’re right. There’s something here.”

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Claimed by the Lawman by Rhonda Lee Carver

When secrets and truth start to unfold, and Tyler’s safety is in danger, Kace will need to find the answers before trouble finds Tyler.

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BY RHONDA LEE CARVER
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He won’t stop until he claims what is his…

Years have passed since Tyler Posey last saw Kace Cade. Fifteen years ago, he was a relationship-shy boy with deep dimples who stole her heart right out of her chest. When an opportunity came knocking she went in search of her dreams, but destiny brought her back home to Bohannan, Wyoming—and to Kace who is no longer shy or a boy. In fact, he turned into quite the man.

Being Sheriff had its ups and downs, but Kace liked the challenge. Although he considered his life on track, there was something missing—and her name was Tyler. Not a day had gone by that he hadn’t thought about her, wondered if he’d made the right choice in letting her go.

Now that he had a second chance at loving Tyler, he had to make things right by helping her find closure in her sister’s death. Ruled a suicide, Tyler never believed that could be possible, and neither did Kace, not after new clues came to light.

When secrets and truth start to unfold, and Tyler’s safety is in danger, Kace will need to find the answers before trouble finds Tyler.

The biggest question, who is branding people like they’re cattle? And why? The answers could be where they least expect them…

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Excerpt:
Kace stepped out of his office, gun aimed at the floor as he glanced across the shadowed room. Seeing a silhouette in the cell, he growled. What the h***?
He switched on the overhead light and had to blink twice to make sure what he was seeing was real and not just leftovers from a dream. Sure enough. He wasn’t alone. “What the h*** are you doing?” He shoved his gun into the waist of his jeans and scrubbed the sleep from his eyes.
The petite brunette, the one who’d caused him lots of grief time and again, stood in the center of the cell, one palm on her slanted hip and the keys to the jail dangling from the hook of her finger. She wasn’t laughing otherwise he’d think this was a joke. They’d tipped enough cattle and egged enough bridges in the past that he could see how she might find this funny. He’d grown up though and he wasn’t in the mood for any funny business.
“Answer me, Tyler. What in blue skies are you doing in my jail?” He planted his palms on his hips as he took in the image before him. From her wavy, shoulder-length hair, across the bare skin exposed in the off-the shoulder white blouse, down the length of her long, tanned legs to the tops of her cowgirl boots. She looked just like she had fifteen years ago when she made his world turn. How was it possible that she hadn’t changed a bit? Not one wrinkle. Not a d*** thing to prove that she’d aged. How was it possible that even now he felt a familiar tension and a stitch in his heart. Hell-to-the-no. This couldn’t happen. He wouldn’t let it happen.
“What does it look like I’m doing?” She lowered the keys and that flared hip tilted west.
“It looks like you’ve gone and lost your mind. Now get out of my cell,” he growled.

(Lawmen of Wyoming Book 4)

 

Release Day HER DOGGONE COWBOY by Donna Michaels

He has a dog for companionship and doesn’t need a woman, but each time his sexy new neighbor walks into his clinic with an animal in need, he feels the wall he built around his heart start to crack.

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Trouble lives next door… and he’s too darn cute for her own good

After a stint in the military, Pamela Miller is content with her IT job and her quiet calm life, until she inherits a ranch in Harland County, Texas, along with all the livestock and surprises that come with it—including a mischievous goat with a penchant for swallowing the most embarrassing things. Unsure whether to sell or stay, she decides to “live in Aunt Nellie’s boots” for a while, and that decision has nothing to do with her encounters with the super-hot veterinarian who owns the ranch next door.

Animals were Dr. Sawyer Kirkland’s salvation Continue reading “Release Day HER DOGGONE COWBOY by Donna Michaels”

Pre Order: Claimed by the Lawman by Rhonda Lee Carver

When secrets and truth start to unfold, and Tyler’s safety is in danger, Kace will need to find the answers before trouble finds Tyler.

Coming August 21st

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Claimed by the Lawman (Lawmen of Wyoming Book 4)
by Rhonda Lee Carver
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He won’t stop until he claims what is his…

Years have passed since Tyler Posey last saw Kace Cade. Fifteen years ago, he was a relationship-shy boy with deep dimples who stole her heart right out of her chest. When an opportunity came knocking she went in search of her dreams, but destiny brought her back home to Bohannan, Wyoming—and to Kace who is no longer shy or a boy. In fact, he turned into quite the man.

Being Sheriff had its ups and downs, but Kace liked the challenge. Although he considered his life on track, there was something missing—and her name was Tyler. Not a day had gone by that he hadn’t thought about her, wondered if he’d made the right choice in letting her go.

Now that he had a second chance at loving Tyler, he had to make things right by helping her find closure in her sister’s death. Ruled a suicide, Continue reading “Pre Order: Claimed by the Lawman by Rhonda Lee Carver”

Are you ready for some changes?

I want to make this a book blog a place that helps the indie authors I love. To become your go to location for new books, new authors, awesome giveaways and so much more.

I took a break from this blog for most of July. That doesn’t mean I have stopped brainstorming. I want to make this a book blog a place that helps the indie authors I love. To become your go to location for new books, new authors, awesome giveaways and so much more. I always want it to be fun for the readers, authors, and me too.

I will be reformatting everything with these goals in mind.

One update will be started regular daily, weekly and monthly posts with a theme. I want you to know that on Fridays a list of FREE ebooks will be waiting in your email. Still working on other regular posts for you to get familiar with but you get the idea.

Some of the highlights will be:

Author Spotlights and interviews.

Free Books.

Books on Sale.

Cover Model Spotlights (you like that one?).

Reader Recommendations.

Reviews by Me, my team, my friends and you.

and more.

So… Who’s with me?

~Red xoxo

Reds Review of Army Ranger with Benefits by Donna Michaels

Emma Roberts is done losing her heart to military men who don’t stick around. Desperate to shake up her love life, she launches a plan to get her handsome, dependable crush to finally notice her. And her neighbor’s sexy older brother that just arrived in town is the perfect man for the job.

Army Ranger with Benefits (The Men of At Ease Ranch #4)Army Ranger with Benefits by Donna Michaels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love sometimes is right in front of you

Another Ranger book from Donna Michael and another 5 star must read.
I really love the strong caring men Donna writes about. They care for their family deeply and the women they find even more. I’m also a sucker for a series that is written well and ties each character together with little updates on each couple moving forward with each book. This book does exactly that. It would make for a fulfilling binge read.
Get all the way to the end to figure out who my ultimate favorite character in this series is Lula Belle. If you can really call her a character. You must read to find out more about her. She is too good to spoil it. She’s kinda a pain in the butt but she’s a lovable pain while makes herself know. It’s this little bit of humor that Donna Michaels adds to her books that make it even more fun to read.

Army Ranger with Benefits (The Men of at Ease Ranch)
by Donna Michaels
Link: https://amzn.to/2MpUPXt

blurb

Emma Roberts is done losing her heart to military men who don’t stick around. Desperate to shake up her love life, she launches a plan to get her handsome, dependable crush to finally notice her. And her neighbor’s sexy older brother that just arrived in town is the perfect man for the job.

But there’s a problem. Emma’s ridiculously attracted to her fake boyfriend.

Former Army Ranger Vince Acardi dropped everything to help his stubborn brother after he’s injured in the line of duty. Instead, he somehow gets stuck helping the adorably hot girl next door land a date with some doctor she’s interested in. Not that fake-dating her is a hardship, and soon, he’s holding her, kissing her, touching her…

There’s nothing fake about the chemistry between them. But Vince is leaving in two weeks, and Emma refuses to risk her heart on another military man. Worse, the good doctor she’s been after is finally standing up and taking notice…

Each book in the Men of at Ease Ranch series is STANDALONE:
* In a Ranger’s Arms
* Her Secret Ranger
* The Right Ranger
* Army Ranger with Benefits

 

Series Buy Link https://amzn.to/2MqtUuH

From Book 1:Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention.

Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.

 

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