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New Books! New Series! New Titles!!

If you haven’t seen the news yet, I am so stoked to say I sold a book to Carina Press! With any luck, they won’t realize what sort of redneck, hillbilly they have brought into their fold until I have at least several books in. If you’ve been around, yes, this is the book I’ve been talking about when I had been saying “I hope I’ll have news soon on something!”

What’s the new book about? I’m not sure what all I can share, so I’m going to keep this short. Country, small-town and Southern but the fun new part? it’s LONG!! Right now before we go into edits, it’s 90,000-words. Several readers have mentioned wanting me to go longer and I have listened! So I’d like to welcome you to the new town of Bella Warren, Arkansas. I’m going to take you to a small family run fruit and vegetable farm. There’s some romance, there’s some scared feelings about facing the past, and a lot of hope for the future!

I think everyone’s favorite part so far is the heroine, Kara, cans jam. I have to tell you, as a canner, I’m thrilled about that! I was afraid many would find it old-timeish and that’s sad because canning is so awesome. While my hero’s most important role (other than trying to sweet talk Kara!) is keeping the farm in shape and the produce growing, Wade also invents tractor parts. His family is like Henry Ford in the tractor world.

And the title? I don’t know. :) I’m brainstorming some up now and that’s what started this post! Have you ever heard of wordle.net? It could just be me behind on the times, but I loaded part of my manuscript in there and it spit out this neat graphic!

(if you click the picture, it’ll be bigger). Well, I thought it was cool.

And I should point out that if you want to keep up with the lastest info on this new adventure, get some canning recipes, and get all the news on it the fastest–join my new newsletter! Just click here and sign up! (I’m not going to be flooding your mail every week. Just every now and then when I have something awesome to share!)

So. what do y’all think? And any title ideas off that graphic? By looking at that I’m getting Wade Backs Kara Just Like Time Wanted

maybe I should load a new set of words in?

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Some call her a killer. Others call her a hero. She’s finally here.

Goodness, I can’t hardly believe it. This past summer I decided to publish one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written. Who would have thought the months would have gone by so fast? I guess between working with editors, my many fabulous readers and pulling it all together, the time just sped by.

They have, and now it’s here. In Her Sights is now available at most online ebook stores.

Some call her a killer.
Others call her a hero.

Lexie Olympia calls herself neither. She’s getting the job done because she can. A beloved philanthropist by day who’s nicknamed Melville’s Sweetheart, Lexie has the city wrapped around her little finger. Having been a victim in the past, left behind with the killer still on the loose, Lexie knows what it’s like to live with that fear. Instead of biting her nails over it, she takes action. Drug lords, gang leaders, con artists, kidnappers, serial killers, anyone who leaves behind innocent victims are marked on Lexie’s list.

When a neighbor leaves a stolen ancient dagger on her doorstep and skips town, Lexie’s left picking up the pieces. The police, a local private investigator, and a gang are all after this artifact and Lexie uses her nighttime persona, Artemis, to get to the bottom of things. Everything is going smoothly until she gets caught.

Chapter One:

Lexie Olympia stood over her nightstand and debated between the .38 special and the Taser. Whoever was breaking into her safe downstairs deserved to have the .38 for an early breakfast, but it would create a huge mess. Not just blood. Particles and pieces. It would splatter over whatever was near his head. Considering the location of the thief leaning in her safe, the snub nose gun would have brain matter landing all over her diamonds.

Ruining millions of dollars in precious stones was bad, but it wasn’t the worst of it. It was after three in the morning. Daylight was way too close to be dumping a dead body. And calling the police after shooting him would guarantee the newspapers. Like hell would she have a photograph of a chalk outline on her marble floors printed. Or worse, the photographers could make some tacky request for her to pose with the gun.

A chill went over her shoulders.

She shook and grabbed the Taser. Fifty thousand volts pulsing through his nervous system would do the trick. Looked like she’d be the lucky Ms. Olympia tonight who bravely caught a man sneaking around her home.

She unclicked the probe cartridge and pulled the trigger. Electricity sparked and sizzled, signaling it was ready to go. She re-inserted the probes and hurried down the hall. Her pink slippers with fluffy white lambs jumping over fences silenced her steps. That and years of training that taught her how to move quickly, but silently.

The rest of Chapter One is available to read here

Or get it right now from these stores: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | ARe | Smashwords | Sony | ibookstore | Diesel

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If you get a chance, I hope you check it out. What goes better with cooler weather than a little mystery?

 

**if you won a free ARC from me earlier (I have a list of you still) and you want a clean copy, just email me back!

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A Little About Charley

Last week (or maybe the week before, I’ve been busy) I promised to update you on my new name, Charley Colins! If you clicked through my book pages, then you might have guessed that I have a few releases from Charley coming soon. The first is the Lexie Olympia Novels. The tag line is already on my website

Some call her a killer.
Others call her a hero.

In Her Sights, book one of the Lexie Olympia Novels will be out this fall! It’s a longer book than what you’ve gotten from me—around 90,000-words and it’s Mystery Romance. Not only that, but it will be a serial book. Lexie Olympia and Clayton Addison are one of my favorite couples I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to start sharing their story with you.

On top of that, Mystery Romance is one of the first genres I started writing in, so I’m excited to be getting back to my roots in it, so to speak. Hopefully it’ll be out end of September to middle October. I’m self-publishing this and it depends on things like formatting times and such on my release date. I have an “official” day I want to release an all, but as my first self-published book, I’m still on a massive learning curve. I’ve hired 3 editors and have several beta reads on this puppy. I want this done right. So bear with me on this new and exciting journey!

Then at the first of 2013, I have another Mystery Romance coming your way! This will be released from Turquoise Morning Press. It’s a different set of characters. A 3-book series currently titled the Borrowing Trouble Series.

If you’re thinking, wow, this is a lot. No more Keri Ford books? (I’m picturing massive amounts of sobbing. Don’t correct me, I’ll just keep pretending) then you would be wrong! Yes, I do have a Keri Ford book in the works that I hope will be a 2013 release. Since I’m on submission in a few places with it, it’s all Fight Club up in here with details and I won’t talk about them right now. I will say that those of you who want me to write longer will be happy about them. More Sexy, Country Contemporary Romance!

And speaking of Keri Ford releases…Rough Play, book 2 of my Roughnecks Series, releases next week! It’s now on Goodreads so if you want to add it to your shelf, please do!

Crazy to think that two short years ago plans were falling into place for my first release and this is where I am now!

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Snippet from my Feb 2013 book

I’m supposed to be writing, but I’m not. email and twitter and facebook and pinterest and oh boy!

Or maybe it’s just because I’m out of coffee. That’s probably it. Which makes me wonder if my mom has any at her house next door. I’ll check that out in a bit. Anyway, here’s a little clip of my February 2013 book, Taken By Trouble. It’s the first in the Borrowing Trouble Series coming out next year!

This is rough, so typos, grammar erros and all that jazz are probably likely.

***

Clark parked in front of the pizza place she’d wanted and she was out of the truck and heading for the door before he even got his seatbelt off. He shook his head and chased after, catching up to her just inside. “You forgot me.”
She smiled up at him. “Move faster. I’m hungry.”
She stepped up the counter, ordered the cheesy breadsticks, medium pizza and dessert pizza just as she said. Then she looked over her shoulder. “What are you going to eat?”
He ordered a thin crust cheese and as he pulled his wallet out, she had her debit card swiped through the machine and the waitress passing her a number. “I was going to get it.”
“After all you’re doing, paying for the pizza is the least I can do. Come on, we don’t have long.”
“Where….” His words were said to no one as she was already off, moving through the tables as fast as she does while serving at the bar and slipped in the arcade.
He followed her in and found her dropping a quarter in the pinball machine. He leaned on the side, watched her knocked the ball with the paddles all of six times before she lost the ball and the machine flashed her low score.
She grunted, pulled the handled and took another turn. “We came here all the time as kids. Robbie and Jeffery are so good at this game. Could sit here and play for an hour it seemed and rack up big scores. I suck.”

And with that, the ball dropped down the center of the flippers. She pointed at the machine. “It hates me.”

He laughed. “I don’t think it has feelings.”

“Oh, yes it does.” She dropped another quarter in. “Whenever I come here, I always play and figure one day I’d beat their score. Hasn’t happened yet.”

He glanced to the flashing lights and the score adding up. Then she lost the ball. “You’ve probably gotten close.”

She just looked at him, pulled the knob for her next turn and played. “I come here once every few weeks or so and try. I still suck at it.”

“Maybe this just isn’t your game then.” He glanced around the small arcade filled with kids. “Surely there’s something in here you can master. What about skeet? Now that’s a good game.”

Her gaze never left pinball. “I am the master at whacking the frog on the head and sending him back under his lily pad.”

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Smarter than what you’re working with…

…just isn’t an option sometimes.

See Exhibit A:

I’ve pulled. I’ve tugged. I’ve pushed. I’ve twisted. I’ve pried stuff under the clipy thing and I cannot for the life of me get my pen off this notebook.

Somedays we win at life. Today is not mine. Hopefully it’s yours. And if so can you come over and free my pen from notebook jail?

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Week 4: The Roughnecks Blog Tour!

Well. This is it! The last week of The Roughnecks Blog Tour for Rough Ride. And what a ride this month long tour has been! I’m so excited for August when we get to gear up and do it all over again for Rough Play.

First up, winners from last week!

Liz Talley’s Vegas Two-Step goes to Yadira A.
Voirey Linger’s And She Liked it goes to flchen1
Ruth J. Hartman’s Better Than Catnip goes to bn100

Thanks everyone for commenting! If you won, email me at authorkeriford @ gmail. com! (no spaces)

Up this week!

Monday, June 4th – What’s On The Bookshelf with Jen Duffy with the last Play Peek

Wednesday, June 6th – At Everybody Needs A Little Romance. I’m sure this post will be juicy, awesome and written at the last minute since it’s at a group blog I belong to. :)

Thursday, June 7th – with Sorcha Mowbray and Friends-To-Lovers. One of my favorite troupes! And if you’ve read any of my novellas, you probably realize that!

Books this week are!

 

Thanks to these awesome authors for donating to my tour for this week’s giveaways!

I’ll post all the winners of these contests on my blog this Sunday. Tip: if the winner of one of the books fails to contact me, I’ll pick a new winner out of those subscribed to my blog (top right–enter your email).

 

And finally, a little about Rough Ride. Like to read before you buy? Chapter One is here

You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.

Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | AllRomanceEbooks | TMP | Smashwords

**Comments are closed so not to confuse anyone. If you want to win a book, you have to post at the blog I’m visiting. My posts will go live on the day they’re listed. So if it’s Tuesday, don’t be looking for me on the blog I’m scheduled for on Thursday until it’s Thursday**

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Week 3: The Roughnecks Blog Tour

Not part of my blog tour, but visiting me during the middle of mine, the winner of Lucky In Love by Jill Shalvis goes to ClaudiaGC email me your snail mailing address!

Up next, Week 2 winners from The Roughnecks Blog Tour!

The winner of Stone Kissed by Keri Stevens from Melissa Schroeder’s blog is Shelley B.

Inez Kelley’s Turn It Up from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews goes to Maria D.

Choice of Winnie Griggs backlist from my post at Arlene Hittle’s goes to Jackie Tessnair

Two Brothers by Christina Wolfer at Everybody Needs A Little Romance goes to bn100

Long-Distance Lovers by The Karens goes to Annie Nicholas

If we haven’t already been in contact, please email me at authorkeriford @ gmail. com (no spaces)

And the tour continues!

Monday, May 28th, I’ll be right here at my blog for the Week 3 Play Peek! (To catch up on the first chapter from the next book in the series, check the posts I made on Week 1 and Week 2)

Tuesday, May 29th I’m crashing Kaily Hart’s blog

Wednesday, May 30th I’ll be Babette James!

Books up for grabs this week are

Thanks to these awesome authors for donating to my tour for this week’s giveaways!

I’ll post all the winners of these contests on my blog this Sunday. Tip: if the winner of one of the books fails to contact me, I’ll pick a new winner out of those subscribed to my blog (top right–enter your email).

The book featured for this part of the tour is Rough Ride

I don’t know how long it will last, but Rough Ride is discounted at $2.69 at All Romance Ebooks!! Thanks everyone for picking the book up. It’s inched it’s way up to #78 in their Contemporary Romance Category. Go book go!

Like to read before you buy? Chapter One is here

You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.

Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | AllRomanceEbooks | TMP | Smashwords

**Comments are closed so not to confuse anyone. If you want to win a book, you have to post at the blog I’m visiting. My posts will go live on the day they’re listed. So if it’s Tuesday, don’t be looking for me on the blog I’m scheduled for on Thursday until it’s Thursday**

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Week 2: The Roughnecks Blog Tour

First up! Winners from Week 1!

Through The Wall by me: KSears
According To Plan by Madison J. Edwards: Savannah Chase
The Past Came Hunting by Donnell Ann Bell: SlinkyDennis
Silent Partner by Renee Vincent: Cera Daniels

And from my guest blogger, Sidney Bristol, the winner is Cathy M

If we haven’t already been in contact, please email me ASAP or I’ll pick a new winner from those subscribed to my blog! authorkeriford @ gmail .com

Back to our progam. Yes–you’re getting this on Sunday, because tomorrow I have TWO very special guests here on my blog! I’ll give you hints:
Hint about my first guest: Angela. 
Hint about my second guest: Lucky.

So up for this week I’m very excited to visit:

May 21 – Melissa Schroeder for the Week 2 Play Peek! (see Week 1 Play Peek HERE)

May 22 – Guitly Pleasures I was intervied by Slick and she asked some great questions!

May 23 – Arlene Hittle I’m doing something that our hero, Lane, has seen Gretchen do. Because of this ‘thing’ is part of his reasoning for why she’s not the kind of girl for him.

May 23 – Everybody Needs A Little Romance

May 24 – The Naughty Girls Next Door

The books I’m giving away this week!

 

Winner’s Choice of:
I’ll post all the winners of these contests on my blog this Sunday. Tip: if the winner of one of the books fails to contact me, I’ll pick a new winner out of those subscribed to my blog (top right–enter your email).

And then again, my book–the reason all this is happening!

Like to read before you buy? Chapter One is here

You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.

Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | AllRomanceEbooks | TMP | Smashwords

**Comments are closed so not to confuse anyone. If you want to win a book, you have to post at the blog I’m visiting. My posts will go live on the day they’re listed. So if it’s Tuesday, don’t be looking for me on the blog I’m scheduled for on Thursday until it’s Thursday**

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Welcome To The Roughnecks’ Blog Tour!

Welcome to the Roughnecks’ Blog Tour!

**Before I lose you in all this information–there’s a giveaway at the end! Don’t click away yet!**

I am so excited about everything happening, so just follow right along. See that subscribe button in the top corner? That will be the best way to keep up with this blog tour. Enter your email in the box and every post on this blog will be emailed to you. From giveaways to enter, sneak peeks, recipes and everybody’s favorite—winners!

For the next four weeks, I’ll be celebrating the release of Rough Ride. Come August, it’ll be Rough Play. And then in November if I haven’t died from all the blogging, another blog-fun-filled-few-weeks for Rough Tumble

Recipes, you say? Keri you write sexy, southern, contemporary romance books. Why are you posting recipes? Because the heroine of Rough Ride is a fattening, sugar baking machine. And her friends love her for it because Gretchen can crank out some seriously large number of pies. And you want those pie recipes. Trust me!

Don’t miss Monday Play Peeks! Over the next four weeks I’ll post the first chapter from book two of the seires, Rough Play, wherever I’m guesting on that Monday.

Lots of wonderful, wonderful author friends have donated their book for me to giveaway. Every single blog stop I have will feature a book giveaway from yours truly or one of these fabulous authors who have thankfully donated their book. Some are print. Some are digital. Some are US only and some are international!

The book Giveaway list includes!

Through The Wall by Keri Ford
On The Fence by Keri Ford
In The Hay by Keri Ford
Making Her Nights by Keri Ford
Satisfying Her Tastes by Keri Ford
Chasing Her Trail by Keri Ford
Rough Ride by Keri Ford
Rough Play by Keri Ford
Rough Tumble by Keri Ford
The Past Came Haunting by Donnell Anne Bell
Texas Two Step by Cynthia D’Alba
Acceptable Risks by Natalie Damschroder
Under The Moon by Natalie Damschroder
Stone Kissed by Keri Stevens
Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey
Winner’s Pick by Winnie Griggs
Vegas Two-Step by Liz Talley
Kentucky Cowboy by Jan Scarbrough
When The Officer Says ‘I Do’ by Jeanette Murray
Daniel’s Dare by Sasha Devlin
Series Of Short Stories by Kari Lyn Dell
Long-Distance Lovers by Karen Booth & Karen Stivali
Silent Partner by Renee Vincent
Better Than Catnip by Ruth J. Hartman
The Baby Who Saved Dr. Cynical by Connie Cox
Target Of Betrayal by Melissa Ohnoutka
According To Plan by Madison J. Edwards
Two Brothers by Christina Wolfer
Turn It Up by Inez Kelley
In Love And War by Suzanne Barrett
Sierra Bride by Suzanne Barrett
As She Liked It by Voirey Linger
Desert Blade by Ella Drake
A Hint Of Frost by Hailey Edwards
Bone Dust And Beginnings by Angela White (music auto plays if you’re at work!)
The Survivors by Angela White (music auto plays if you’re at work!)
Ice Princess by Jennifer Anderson
Altered Destiny by Shawna Thomas **2012 RT REVIEWER’S CHOICE WINNER!!**
Fool Me Once by Lacey Wolfe

The wonderful blogs I’m visiting for Rough Ride include:

May 14 – Authors Promoting Authors
May 15 – Ramblings of a Chaotic Mind
May 17 – Silken Sheets and Seduction
May 21 – Melissa Schroeder 
May 22 – Guitly Pleasures 
May 23 – Arlene Hittle
May 23 – Everybody Needs A Little Romance 
May 24 – The Naughty Girls Next Door
May 28 - Here at my blog for a Play Peek!
May 29 – Kaily Hart 
May 30 – Babette James -
June 4 – What’s On The Bookshelf 
June 5 – Penelope Merrin
June 6 – Everybody Needs A Little Romance
June 7 – Sorcha Mowbray
July 19 – Limecello

How about we go ahead and kick this thing off right?

Leave me a comment on the blog to be entered once. Tell me you’re excited about the tour, tell me hi, or just tell me I’m nuts.
If you subscribe to my blog (top right, enter your email) and all those subscribed will automatically be entered two times!
Do both and you’ll be entered three times!

If I draw your name, you’ll be entered to win my entire Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas Series. That’s six novellas that will be sent in two easy ebook volumes AND in your efile format of choice. You have all week before I’ll close the comments. I’ll pick a winner on Friday afternoon. If you already have the set, then you get to pick a friend to give them to!

Blog tour kicks off Monday, May 14 with a Monday Play Peek! Can’t wait to see you all then!

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Rough Ride Reviewed With A Giveaway!

Thanks so much to Slick at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews for her 4 Star rating and review of Rough Ride!

Guilty Pleasures is also hosting a weekly giveaway. If you want a shot at winning Rough Ride, hop over there. The form to enter is after Slick’s Review.

Rough Ride releases this week! I know many of you are waiting for this release. I’ll post links on here on my blog, the coming soon page, the home page and the website page as soon as they become available. The Roughnecks Blog Tour starts up soon, starting with a giveaway here on my blog tomorrow! Enter your email address in the Subscribe box at the top right of the blog so you don’t miss any of it!

You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall, with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.

$2.99 at Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | AllRomanceEbooks | TMP | Smashwords

Coming soon in print from Amazon | B&N | TMP

Add to your Goodreads Shelf

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