I am so excited today to welcome good friend and fellow Carina Press author Kelsey Browning as part of her Personal Assets Blog Tour. Kelsey writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance.
Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.
Since Kelsey’s book isn’t out yet (release date Aug. 26th!), she’s sharing some book love by giving away a copy of Kat Latham’s contemporary rugby romance Knowing the Score to one lucky, randomly-selected commenter. We’ll be taking comments through midnight tonight, and Kelsey will post the winner’s name in the comment thread tomorrow.
We have a winner! Congratulations to Michelle Harlan for winning Knowing the Score by Kat Latham!
Sass Kickin’ Love Stories.
I have to say, I’m totally in love with my author tagline. But I can’t take credit for it. I told my writing buds I wanted to use cowboy boots in my logo because—yeah—I’m kinda obsessed with them. Don’t get me started on my need (need, not want, no matter what my husband says…) for a pair of Lucchese boots.
So Nancy Naigle—who has a bit of a boot fetish too—hit on that fun tagline. If she’d been standing in the room with me at the time, I would’ve given her a big ole smooch. Pretty sure I did later.
So why are my logo and tagline perfect for me as an author?
I’m a native Texas gal, raised not on a ranch, but on a few acres with a handful of cows, some rabbits, a duck or two, a goat my mom hated, and Blackjack, the horse that ran me under a 2X4 board. In case you’re wondering, I broke that sucker across my chest. Kelsey – 1. 2X4 − 0. Yeah – so I had a hospital stay afterward. Maybe I’d give the board a half point for that.
When I turned six years old, I received all kinds of prezzies, but my two faves were cap guns with a hip holster and a little denim bra and panty set. Really, what else does a well-dressed Texas woman need? One thing—cowboy boots. I’ve owned many pairs over the years depending on fashion at the time. Ropers. Apache Bay lace-up Ropers. A yummy pair of gray snakeskins for my eighteenth birthday. My currents—brown and red snip-toe Corrals and squared-toed Dan Posts. Now, I have my eye on a pair of Luccheses and one day, I WILL have a custom pair made by Lisa Sorrell in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
To many people, cowboy boots = cowboys. Okay, I get the logic. But in Texas, boots are a way of life regardless of whether or not you rope and ride every day. In my Texas Nights series none of the heroes are true cowboys, but each has a pair of boots in his closet. And my heroines? Yeah, they can go toe-to-toe with these men.
In Personal Assets (releasing August 26!), Cameron Wright, a mechanic and auto body specialist, wears a scuffed up pair of brown Tony Lamas. We never see Allie in boots in this book, but she likes classic lines so a pair of simple pair of Justin R-Toes are about her speed. As for the two of them together? Let’s just say that Cameron cleans up real good, but Allie likes a man who’s willing to get down and dirty.
Jamie Wright, a hotshot Houston attorney in Running the Red Light, on the other hand, is more a Lucchese or custom-boot man. He gets a run for his money in Roxanne Eberly, the owner of Red Light Lingerie, who sports a pair of manslayer-red roach killers.
The book I just finished writing, Problems in Paradise, features Beckworth Childress. Beck’s the chief deputy sheriff, native Texas boy and former NY financial wunderkind. His boots are an immaculate pair of ostrich skins while California-born Eden Durant wears a seven-year-old pair of Uggs. (Yes, we need to do something about that girl.)
Michael “Mac” McLaughlin is the hero of Designs to Die For. Mac’s a builder and master carpenter. For work, he wears a pair of steel-toe Justins. But after, when he’s trying to impress Ashton Davenport at the local watering hole? He pulls the shined and buffed, black Tony Lama brushed goat boots from his closet. Ashton, on the other hand, has a row of handcrafted Italian boots in colors ranging from eye-blinding fuchsia to pure white.
So the boot and kickin’ part of my tagline make sense now, but what about the sass?
I was one of those lucky writers who found her voice right out of the gate. And that voice is a combination of light snark and playfulness, laced with a good dose of Texas-isms. My word choices, combined with hot love scenes and tongue-in-cheek humor, are my trademarks.
I’m a plot-driven writer, so the characters—especially the women—bring the sass to Sass Kickin’. They tend to be long on attitude and quick with the comebacks. Amy Remus, from So Many Reads, said this about Allie Shelby in Personal Assets: “…[an] independent, sassy chick who is loyal and protective to those she loves. Isn’t that what all southern women have in common?” Oh yeah, that’s my idea of a sass kickin’ Texas gal. One worthy to wear a kick-sass pair of cowboy boots.
As a reader, do you get a sense of characters based on their clothes and footwear? Do cowboy boots always mean ranches and cowboys to you?
Thanks, Kelsey! And who doesn’t love a great pair of boots? In addition to today’s book giveaway, Kelsey has a major blog tour prize of a bed lounger pillow via Rafflecopter.
Curious to learn more about the book?
Sex therapist Allie Shelby has the professional credentials, but she could use a bit more practical experience. Finding the right man to bring out her inner bad girl is tough in a population-challenged Texas town. So when sinfully sexy Cameron Wright rolls back into Shelbyville, Allie wastes no time inviting him to join her in some hands-on research. But while her personal life heats up, Allie’s business is about to crash and burn. And she has to convince Cameron that she’s one princess who’s not looking for a prince to ride to her rescue.