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:
The book so many readers have been asking for is coming soon. I am happy to announce the Rose sisters are getting their own full length novel. The Keeneston Roses will be released on August 18th, 2015. There will not be pre-orders for this book so that I may get it to the readers as quickly as possible. I will keep everyone aware of updates on the release on my website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. The best way to know when this book releases is to sign up for my new release notification list in the website footer.
When asked what he thought of The Keeneston Roses, Kathleen’s husband said, “This is the best Bluegrass book yet.”
The exciting conclusion to the Women of Power series is now available. Find out what happened between Mallory and Reid so many years ago, and then what brings them back together.
Mallory Westin was born into power. But when her family’s quest for more power caused her a broken heart, she turned her back on the only life she ever knew. Now a successful owner of a security firm, she’s determined to forge her own path. But sometimes one’s past isn’t so easy to leave behind. Mallory has to take control of the power she was destined for after discovering her politician father is involved in an assassination plot. Things only get worse as the one man she’s always loved becomes a target as well.
Reid Simpson had loved Mallory since they were teenagers. Then one night changed everything as she suddenly broke his heart. For years, he escaped the pain as he built his resort and casino empire. He pushed her from his mind, if not his heart. As Reid encounters increasing danger, he finds that Mallory is the one by his side trying to protect him.
Can Reid and Mallory work together to uncover the assassination plot while avoiding the pain of the past? Or will they discover that love has a way of conquering all?
1. Great news for Nook readers! You will now be able to pre-order books at the same time as other retailers. My upcoming release, Destined for Power, is now available for pre-order on Barnes & Noble HERE.
2. Also, the release date for Destined for Power has been moved up to March 31st, 2015. So you will get Reid and Mallory’s story one week sooner than expected.
3. There will be a surprise release this year. Info on this new book will be announced in the Destined for Power release email, so make sure you sign up for my New Release Notification Email List. You already know too much. You’ll never get the rest out of me!
4. Check the Events page on my website to see where I will be traveling this year. I hope to see lots of you as I travel around the United States in 2015.
Fashioned for Power is now going live around the world. Pre-orders should be filled around midnight leading into January 19th and everyone should start seeing live links on each retailer shortly after.
Allegra Simpson is the Vice President of Simpson Fashion and she’s always handled life like her mother taught her — with manners and a smile. But Allegra learns being nice can get you in trouble as someone haunts her from the shadows and turns her life to one of secrets. She fears she’ll never be able to have a relationship with Finn, because it would put everyone she loves in danger.
Finn Williams had a promising professional baseball career until an injury disrupted everything. But Finn wouldn’t let that stop him. He went to law school and started his own sports agency with the support of the Simpson family. The only thing missing was Allegra’s love. The chemistry between the two had been undeniable. But Finn knew there was something that Allegra is holding back from him. He just has to get her to trust him enough to tell him.
The man in the shadows is watching. He’s always watching. He knows Allegra’s every move. He’s been in her house, laid in her bed, and has plans to make her love him. She rejected him, but they are destined for each other. He’s seen her with Finn and knows this new man is no match for him. Soon she’ll come to see they are meant to be. Because if he can’t have her, then no one can.