This has been a very exciting year for me, and I hope for you as well. The Forever Bluegrass Series has taken us back to Keeneston and will continue to do so on July 19th when Forever Driven releases. I am so thankful for all your kind notes about Keeneston and am happy to announce the next Forever Bluegrass book will be released early 2017. Cover and title reveal will happen next week after Forever Driven’s release! But today I’m very excited to announce what will happen between the two Forever Bluegrass releases.
Coming October 11, 2016, the first book in the brand new Web of Lies series! You’ve loved strong female leads like Annie, Bridget, Mallory . . . and now meet Elizabeth James, the new lead in Whispered Lies:
Government secrets are being sold and the newly-sworn-in President of the United States already feels out of options. Without knowing the full scope of the scandal, the president decides to turn to the one person he knows he can trust—former FBI Agent, Elizabeth James. Her deep distrust of the system is rooted in her unfair discharge from service. Now she sees a chance to restore her reputation and send a message to those that would use their power to destroy others’ lives.
Elizabeth is ordered to do whatever it takes to end this criminal organization, but she’s also told that this is completely off the books. Nothing can point back to the president until the entire network is dismantled. Elizabeth can only rely on her team comprised of a computer whiz and a former Air Force Pararescueman to get to the bottom of the leaks. Every decision could cost them their freedom . . . or their lives.
What Elizabeth didn’t count on was her heart becoming as entangled as the lies she tells to uncover the truth. With her heart now in the game, Elizabeth works on guarding those she loves as she dives headfirst into danger. Can Elizabeth follow the leads and take out the leaders of the secret group before the whole world is thrown into chaos?
As many of you saw from my social media pages, I visited Washington D.C. this spring. This new series was the reason for that trip. I toured D.C., the small town of Quantico, VA inside the Marine base where many government agencies have training facilities and headquarters, and interviewed FBI agents. The Web of Lies series is packed full of action, espionage, treason, and a small group of women the President depends on to operate secretly in a world filled with lies and betrayal. I can’t wait for you to experience Whispered Lies this October!
Preorders are now available. See below:
Nice little bit of press for my newest USA Today bestseller. I hope you all are enjoying the Forever Bluegrass series as much as I enjoy writing it. There are plenty more on the way over the next few years, so be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive notification of new releases.
Twas the night before release, when all through the house
A single creature was stirring, repeatedly clicking her mouse.
The top literature blogs had been notified with care,
In hopes that many readers soon would be there.
My family was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Keeneston danced in my head.
And I in my flannel pajamas with a warm, fuzzy throw,
Had just finished watching the night’s last show.
When out on nowhere there arose a tiny beep,
I sprang from my chair to steal a quick peep.
Over to the coffee table, I flew with a flash,
Tripping over the kids’ toys, I nearly fell on my… 😉
The light on my eReader began to glow,
Finally, the download had begun to show.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a beautiful Forever Bluegrass cover, that elicited a cheer.
With One A.M. approaching rather quick,
I knew in a moment I should read just a tick.
More rapid than the Keenston grapevine, it began like a dream,
And I whistled, and I shouted, and began to scream.
“Now Sienna! Now, Ryan! Now, Deacon and Sydney!
On, Zain! On, Mila! On Matt and Riley!
From the beginning of the book! To the end of it all!
I can’t stop reading. Asleep, I’ll never fall!”
My kids appear, their night’s sleep suddenly stalled,
Only to find their mother completely enthralled.
So back to their bedrooms, away they flew,
With a sugary snack, “Oh God, what did just I do?!?!”
And then, in a twinkling, I was back to the book,
The stories of the Bluegrass providing just the right hook.
As visions of characters began to abound,
I paused to make sure my kiddos were no longer around.
I ran to the cabinet to grab a libation,
It was time for my favorite release night tradition.
The Rose sisters’ special iced tea was easy to make,
Just some bourbon, sweet tea, and then give it a shake.
My eyes go wide! Oh, how I feel merry.
The warmth of the liquid, think tonight I’ll add a cherry.
The words blur and I realize it’s not even the booze,
I should have gone to bed hours ago for a snooze.
But I cannot shake the call of the Davies,
they’re the perfect gentlemen, surrounded by ladies.
The first family dinner with them is always a little rough,
Only because every newbie has to show they are tough!
And suddenly, I heard an alarm in the distance,
I shook it off, my mind filled with persistence.
Then what was that I heard my husband say?
Time for the children to get ready for their day?!?!
He spoke not a word to me, only flashed a smirk,
He knew he’d torn me away with a sudden jerk.
And as I strapped the kids into the car that morn,
I realized one was not there, so I laid on the horn.
I raced through the neighborhood with unusual haste,
For every minute away from the book felt like a waste.
I slow down just a bit, to avoid the dreaded ticket.
I debate on a shortcut through a field full of thicket.
But sanity reigns, and I continue on my way,
My lack of sleep already creating an interesting day.
With the day’s duties now done, I return to my books,
“Happy Release Day to you, from Kathleen Brooks!”
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The Happily Ever After blog on USA Today has been running features on authors and their pets. My vizslas received an article recently and I wanted to share that news. I have always loved animals and find my past experiences with animals to be a great way to insert humor in the stories I write. Nearly every animal I’ve written into my books is, or has been, a part of my family. I hope their quirkiness brings you the same joy they brought me. For those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know my youngest dog, Hank. He is quite the character and definitely has more energy than the entire human population. Now, the questions is, who should be the unlucky Keenestonian stuck with trying to control young Hank?
I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you and those you love. I am very excited about what this year has to offer… or rather, what I have to offer the best fans in the world! More Forever Bluegrass are on the way and a yet-to-be-identified new series will make its debut later this year. I hope y’all are ready to read.
For all readers enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, this is your chance to pick up the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Brothers series books with your subscription. These tens books will be in the program for a limited time, so grab them while you can. Here is the list of books in the program and the order you should read them:
In honor of The Keeneston Roses coming out on August 18th, there is a sale for the Bluegrass Series and Bluegrass Brothers Series novels. Bluegrass State of Mind, the first book in the Bluegrass Series, is still free and all other novels are discounted 20-25% depending on where you live. This sale is active in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada until August 6th, 2015. Tell everyone you know and get caught up just in time to fall in love with the Rose sisters’ book that comes in a couple of weeks.
Each novel will be priced at the following in each country:
Here are US retailer links for all of the books involved in the sale: