Hustlin Texas By KC Klein

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I am so excited to report that the group anthology I did with the very talented and gifted, Erin Kellison, and Jessa Slade, has won the 2012 RONE award for best novella. We received the news that Hotter On The Edge won last week, and I have been flying high ever since.

Hotter On The Edge

Hotter On The Edge

“HOTTER ON THE EDGE is an exceptional trio of Sci-fi romance novellas… Creativity, strong characters and interesting plots make this one a winner.” 4 1/2 stars—Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews

“I highly recommend this anthology to any fan of sci-fi romance—all three stories were fast-paced, full of beautiful world-building, and highly romantic.” Romanceaholic

To celebrate, Hotter On The Edge is now FREE on Amazon! So hurry and get your copy now. And please don’t forget to help spread the word about this amazing group of stories. Thank you so much in advance. Follow the link here to get your FREE copy.

Hotter On The Edge

Hotter on The Edge Series, Sci-fi novella, KC Klein, To Buy A Wife, Lake, Hudson, Dark Future Prequel

Book one in the Hotter on the Edge Antholog

Sex, Pseudonyms, and Politics

Sex, Pseudonyms, and Politics

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I’ve been keeping this Huffington Post article in my inbox for weeks now because I’ve been dying to write a post on this story. Life, deadlines, and edits have kept me away, but I am finally getting to comment on this fascinating story that both angers and makes me anxious at the same time.

Huffington Post reported on July 12th 2013 that Jaxine Bubis, who hopes to win the Senate seat held by Democrat John Morse in a fall recall election, has come under fire for writing romance novels under the pseudonym “Jaxine Daniels” 10 years ago, the Denver Post reported. Read the entire article here. It’s worth viewing for the video/author interview alone.

The article goes on to state ten years ago Jaxine was a stay-at-home mom who supported herself by writing erotic romance. She has eight titles, that I could see, to her name and was published by eXtasybooks. One of her critics, Paradis, goes as far as to call her writings “porn” and that he “was absolutely aghast” when finding out about her books.

As of now, her books are nowhere to be found on her publisher’s website, and only her Amazon Author page remains. There is speculation that her previous employment as a romance writer will hinder her in the coming up election.

So, here is why I’m ticked. First of all, comparing romance books to porn is something that continues to irritate me. Romance barely gets enough respect as it is, and this article seems to show that the author is trying to sweep her publishing career under the rug like some kind of shameful secret.

It's covers like these that give romance a bad name

It’s covers like these that give romance a bad name

This brings me to why I’m anxious. Is writing romance really something to be ashamed of? Here, in the arena of politics, it’s used as a smear tactic. What about in other professions? In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit I write under a pen name for this very reason. I work in a small professional community, and my romance novels are not something that I want associated with my real name. Now, I don’t write erotica, but does that make a difference? Jaxine’s erotica was written over ten years ago. By today’s standards, her books might just be considered a spicy novel.

Peoples continued misconceptions that romance is easy to write, pornographic, and trashy are hard stigmas to overcome especially when one has to work and interact in a professional setting. So I understand why Jaxine pulled her books and scrubbed the internet of her previous life (I might’ve done the same thing), but I still can’t help but feel like she let the romance community down. Here is obviously an intelligent, passionate woman who was in the perfect position to tell the world that writing romance is nothing to be ashamed about, and instead treated romance like it was the crazed relative in the attic—hushed up and not to be spoken of.

What are your thoughts? If you write under a pen name, what is the reason? Do you sometimes hold back from saying you are a romance writer? Would you do the same if you wrote mystery, science fiction, or westerns?

Romanaholics Review of Texas Wide Open

I recently just found a review for, Texas Wide Open, the first book in the Texas Fever Series. This was great news since I am trying to dig up the motivation to finish the rough draft for the third book in the series. Sometimes as an author you go so long between feedback and accolades that you feel like you’re writing in a vacuum. I spend so much time in my head that it’s nice to know that what I actually got down on paper resonated with someone.

Thanks Jess! I really appreciate it.

To read the full review click here. The Romanceaholic

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What Worked For Me:

  • The angst. Oh, the angst!  I loved every painful moment of the unrequited love, and the push and pull between Katie and Cole.
  • I’m not usually a big fan of flashbacks in fiction, but the author did a wonderful job of using them to create tension and tell the past story, without abusing them or making things confusing.
  • There’s also a strong presence of a good secondary romance. I admit, I was annoyed at first (and in the end — see section below) by the story getting sidetracked as it did, but in the end, even with the way things ended up, I enjoyed that subplot quite a bit.
  • The chemistry and the angst of this story were so intertwined that I can’t actually separate the two, but there was scrumptious tension between Katie and Cole.
  • loved that things weren’t always as they seemed, and this rather goes back to the flashbacks a bit, but I really enjoyed seeing things from both a youthful and an older perspective of all of the characters.
  • I loved how the ranch life was woven into the story. A self-proclaimed City Girl, I’ve never had any experience with horses outside of some rather ill-fated riding lessons when I was younger, and yet the world of the ranch simply… was. It never felt forced, or as though it were merely set dressing, but instead was simply the world that Katie and Cole were a part of.  Very well done.

As most followers of my reviews already know, I tend to shy away from contemporary novels in general, but as a fan of Ms. Klein’s sci-fi tales, I couldn’t turn this one down.

The use of flashbacks was brilliant, and expertly crafted to build tension without becoming tiresome, and the copious amounts of angst and heartache in the story were sublime.

The two biggest, and really only, drawbacks for me were the presence of infidelity on the part of one of the protagonists, as one of them was involved in a relationship with another person when Katie was unexpected thrust back into Cole’s path, and the secondary romance between Jett and Nikki.  The former is simply a pet peeve of mine, and the latter threw me off quite a bit.  Cole and Katie’s tale is interrupted somewhere around halfway through by a full albeit integrated secondary tale of Cole’s sister Nikki and Cole’s best friend, Jett.  As the story progressed, I began to really enjoy the secondary storyline, but was incredibly disappointed by the ending — so much time had been spent building up things between them, but the ending is at worst unsatisfying and at best bittersweet, and not at all what I was expecting as the book was obviously drawing to a close.

Even so, the emotional roller coaster that was Cole and Katie’s relationship made it more than worth the while to read.  This is not a light, fluffy romance by any means, but I think that those looking for a harder road to a happy ending will be quite pleased.

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4.5/5 Stars, and I’m really hoping that Nikki and Jett get a sequel.

And yes. Yes, Jett and Nikki get their sequel. Hustlin’ Texas is due out early Dec 2013! Here’s the cover to whet your appetite.

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