Todays Interview is with Kristine Raymond, author of a series of Western-styled romances filled with Love, Sex, and Drama. Here’s her Amazon Bio ~~~~
Hi. I’m Kristine Raymond and I love to read and that naturally transformed into a love of writing. I have always been a fan of the Old West and lived in Arizona for several years, where I was able to appreciate the beauty and history of the region.
I have released five books in the Hidden Springs series and am currently working on the sixth. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and furry family.
Read on for my interview with this outstanding writer ~~~
Hi Kristine!! Thanks for stopping by. First off, tell us about your newest release – story line, genre, and a character or two that the reader should be on the lookout for.
Hi John. Thanks for having me. Okay, my upcoming release is Dancing in the Dark, book six in the Hidden Springs series. It’s the story of Rusty Flanagan, the foreman on Ryan’s Ranch, and Charlotte Drake, a young woman who works as a prostitute at Ivy’s Gentleman’s Club. They fall in love, and each sacrifices something for the other that could ruin their chance of a future together.
What’s next on your to-do-list as far as your writing career?
Aside from finishing up DitD, I have two other writing projects in the works. Unfortunately, I can’t give you details about either of them but what I can tell you is that they are not in the historical genre, and that they will be released by June of this year. I also have a couple of more covers to shoot for my upcoming projects.
Roger Water’s (Pink Floyd) came out with a solo song in the late 1980’s called The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (Great Song – Check it Out!!). Name one pro and con of writing and explain yourself?
The pro is easy – I love telling stories. Even more, I love writing them down and sharing them with readers. The con is pretty easy to come up with, too. Promoting/marketing is very difficult for me. I have a hard time with the whole ‘look at me’ aspect of promoting. Is there a way that I could market my books without having to be in the public eye? Hmmm…
Readers love to hear about Heroes and Villains. Who’s the most outstanding character you have, and the biggest stinker?
My favorite to date is Jack Tanner, the main character in Hearts on Fire, although he is in all of the other books in the series. Jack is the perfect (at least for me) combination of smart-ass, sex appeal, compassion, loyalty, and vulnerability. I never know how he is going to act or what he’s going to say. He keeps me on my toes, and I love that! Melinda Sue Perkins, also from Hearts on Fire, as well as Abby’s Heart, is a real b****. I love writing a character like her, someone conniving, who is only looking out for her own interests. My readers hate her too, so I guess I did a good job with her.
Hollywood comes calling with a big check for your book —- but they want to tweak the story line and change/eliminate a couple of characters. Do you immediately accept the money, or take a chance and refuse their filthy lucre in the hopes they’ll change their minds?
It would really depend on the story line they wanted to tweak (and how they wanted to tweak it) and which characters they would want to eliminate. I’ve seen stories that I really loved made into very bad movies, and I wouldn’t want that to happen to mine.
Every writer has a mentor. Who is yours and how did they help you?
Laramie Briscoe is the person who was there for me at the start. She helped me with every single thing that I could imagine, and several things that I couldn’t, educating me on all of the aspects of self-publishing. She remains a very good friend of mine, and I love watching her rise to the top.
Time for a SHOUT OUT to your favorite Author!!!! Who’s your fave and which one of their books is a must have? (After yours, of course.)
I can honestly say that I don’t have a favorite. My reading choices depend on my mood. And as far as indie authors go, there are so many good ones, I wouldn’t know where to start.
Last question. What do you consider the worst part of being an author?
Doubting my own work. Never being satisfied with the finished product. Hitting ‘publish’ and then thinking of the way that I could’ve changed this paragraph or had a character say that. I could rewrite all of my books, and still not feel as if they were completed.
Thanks for an awesome conversation, Kristine. I wish you many successes in the future !!!
Now, let’s check out a few of her novels ~~~
SYNOPSIS — Carly Fitzpatrick had married the love of her life…and lost him in a tragic accident.
With no intention of ever falling in love again, she prefers to rely on herself to provide for her two young sons. She doesn’t count on meeting the one man who could change her mind.
Will Buchanon is a man on a mission. For twelve years he has been tracking an imposter; and the trail leads to Hidden Springs. His only objective is to bring the criminal to justice. Falling in love is not part of his plan.
Sparks fly from the first moment they meet but Carly resists Will at every turn, refusing to surrender to her desires. When her life is put in jeopardy, he risks everything to save her, and in the process proves that he is worthy of her love.
Can he win the heart of the woman who has a will of her own?
*****Exemplary***** April 15, 2015
By Stracey C Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Author Kristine Raymond you deserve an award for your exemplary writing skills. I am in awe of this amazing story. A Will of Her Own will hold your heart captive till the very end. Be prepared to fall in love with Will Buchanon he is the epitome of a beautiful soul. His warmth and charismatic charm will leave you spellbound.
Carly Fitzgerald has had her share of heartbreak, grief and sorrow to last a lifetime. But can Mr Buchanon heal a broken heart and bring smiles to two angelic faces? Only time will tell….. If you want to find out one click this unforgettable story. Author Kristine Raymond you have rendered me speechless yet again. Your amazing stories gives me goosebumps. The emotions you effortlessly portrayed was real and raw. I loved how I was able to experience the joys and sorrows, with these amazing characters through your soulful words. Thank you Kristine Raymond for taking me on another memorable journey with sensational characters. Do not hesitate to one click. Five stars guaranteed.
SYNOPSIS — Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.
Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.
When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.
Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?
Here to Stay December 8, 2013
By Denise Van plew Format:Kindle Edition
For a debut novel this author has done a bang up job. Enjoy reading romance novels with romance in another time period as a change of pace. This is when things were still new and exciting but many challenges coupled with adventure around the corner. In this small but growing quaint new town called Hidden Springs-she has filled the place with a lot of colorful characters. The two main ones-Sam and Kate are loveable, intense and you have a thrilling time seeing them meet each other and watch their relationship grow. Good flowing storyline and great supporting characters. No holes to fall into so not left wondering “huh” which is does not happen here oh joy or would have stopped reading. The romance is to die for and hot enough to burn with class. A little mystery thrown into this story too adds drama. Someone from her past reappears and a heart wrenching scene that brings a tear or two. No happy days after that, gotta love the drama. Soul searching happens for both these characters and when they come together at the end and a smile gets smacked on your face excellent epilogue included. Most definitely hope to see more from this author. received a arc for honest review. (ONLY 99 CENTS!!!!!)
SYNOPSIS — Jack Tanner has never had a shortage of beautiful women on his arm…or in his bed. As the marshal of Hidden Springs, he has his pick of any eligible woman in town. So why is it that the only woman he wants is the one who won’t even give him the time of day?
Landry Prescott has had a crush on Jack Tanner since the day she laid eyes on him. Feeling like she is unable to compete with the young, beautiful women that he surrounds himself with, she chooses to ignore him instead.
When Landry’s life is threatened, Jack comes to her rescue and the spark of interest that had been buried in each of them ignites into a blaze of passion. Is their newfound desire the result of circumstance?
Will their love burn out quickly or will they forever have hearts on fire?
By Monica Reents Format:Kindle Edition
Author Kristine Raymond has done an incredible job continuing the Hidden Springs series with Hearts on Fire! The characters are well developed, as is the story line. Book two continues the story from Here to Stay with the focus being on the amazing Jack Tanner and the beautiful and strong Landry Prescott.
Jack is the marshal of Hidden Springs and is known to be very popular with the ladies. Landry is a dressmaker and has had a crush on Jack since she came into town but she chooses to ignore him because she feels that there is no way he would look her way. She was very wrong!
When Landry’s life is put in danger, she relies on her friends, Sam and Kate, to help her, not realizing that Jack is ready and willing to fight for her life and her heart. Their attraction is strong and love soon grows.
I loved this book and had a difficult time putting it down. This story is set in the 1800’s, and however accurate the author has made the story to fit the time, it also has a contemporary feel, making it enjoyable for most romance genre readers. I enjoy the authors writing style, attention to detail, and her ability to tell a great story. I definitely recommend this book (this series) to every woman who enjoys reading about strong, sexy men and the women who love them.
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