Welcome to my stop on the Boys of Syracuse, Kansas by Kristi Cramer Blog Tour! This tour features both books in the series(so far), Last Shot at Justice and Last Second Chance. The Boys of Syracuse, Kansas is a standalone series of clean romance novels featuring characters in the small town of Syracuse, Kansas.
Blue Thomas is new in town. Denver’s bright lights and big city bustle are 250 miles and a world away from his family’s cattle ranch in Kansas, and he is out of his element. He came to find work and save the ranch from foreclosure, but on a rainy night a desperate woman finds him. Back home, he would never let anyone—especially a woman—face danger alone. Without fully understanding what he is in for, Blue pledges his help, whether she wants it or not. As a trap closes around them, Mitzi must abandon her usual strategy of careful planning and situation management, instead relying on quick thinking and a bold, head-on approach that may just get her—and Blue—killed. Before the last bullet flies, Blue will find out just how far he is willing to go to live up to his old-school ideals of gallant chivalry.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I never feel like reality is sufficient to answer this question. “I’ve been a writer all my life, wrote
my first novel in the 6th grade...” blah blah. I mean, it’s true, but I suspect many writers have a
similar story. So here are some things I suspect most writers can’t claim: I know how to drive a
semi and have been to every state in the “Lower 48” (I wrote a blog post with memories from
each state); I have touched objects that are now in space (made delivery of rocket parts to the
launch site on Cape Canaveral); I flew a Cessna when I was 15 (was going to be a pilot but
couldn’t scratch up the cash for school); I desperately wanted to fly when I was a kid, and once
made myself cardboard wings, with magic marker feathers and everything, and jumped off our
2nd story deck – well, halfway up the steps thanks to Mom’s intervention; and I went on a 3 week
holiday in Scotland, N. Ireland, Ireland, Wales and England – by myself, mostly by the seat of my
pants. (I only had two reservations and a basic itinerary and idea of where I wanted to be and
when. It was AWESOME!)
What does writing mean to you?
Writing began for me as an escape from the tedium of reality. School was easy enough that I
wasn’t challenged, and my home life was not exciting, especially compared to the workings of
my imagination. So I wrote about shapeshifters and magic and epic journeys to save to world –
ala The Lord of the Rings. As I got older and fell prey to teen angst, writing became my voice for
things I had no confidence to say. I could write about characters who were everything I wanted
to be, overcoming challenges and finding love. Now that I am grown and have found my voice in
life, writing remains as a necessity. I write because I must, not because I want fame and fortune
– although a little fortune might be nice. I have characters in my mind who have stories to tell,
and they demand to be heard. In a way, writing has come full circle. It is back to being an
escape—but more like an escape into the rich imaginings I’ve learned to cultivate, rather than
running away from my life.
Which of your heroes is your favourite and why?
Of my published books, I would have to say Blue Thomas is my favorite. He’s mellow, strong,
and humble. He has a good heart. I wrote him as a combination of my husband, my father, and
Constable Benton Frazier, from the TV show Due South. But I think I fall in love with each hero
as I write his story. I very much look forward to learning more about Colton Thomas III (Trip) in
Book 4, and I’m even more excited to get deeper into Colton Thomas Jr in Book 5. They’re old
school cowboys who are just trying to make their simple way in the world, and protecting their
family. That deep sense of being rooted in who they are is really attractive to me.
Which of your heroines is your favourite and why?
I’m really looking forward to writing Savannah Dawn – she’s in Book 4, which I hope to start
soon. She is going to be different from anyone I’ve written so far. She’s a Creole from New
Orleans, and that is just about as far south away from ranching as you can get. The most
interesting thing about her is that she’s a liar. Not compulsive, but by necessity. So when I’m in
her POV, I get to be the unreliable narrator, and readers won’t know for sure if what she’s
thinking and saying is the truth. In general, my characters are very honest, so Savannah will be a
departure from my norm for sure.
What can we look forward to in 2016?
Well, I’m definitely going to release Book 3 of the Boys of Syracuse, Kansas series – hopefully in
Early February. It’s called One Last Song, and features Kylie and Jax getting kidnapped. (No
spoilers!) My goal is to get Book 4 out in 2016, too—working title is Last Refuge. Plus I want to
release a YA Historical Fiction series – the first one in time for Summer Break – and hopefully a
suspenseful mystery with truck driving amateur sleuths, too. It should be a busy year, as my first
writing full time.
About Kristi:Kristi writes about hard-working people living realistic lives. Her heroes are cowboys and bush pilots, her heroines are tough cops and office workers and veterinarians. She puts ordinary people into extraordinary situations, and lets them discover true character in the face of danger. It might be somewhat out of style these days, but Kristi's heroes and heroines have lines that they don't cross, things that they won't do to save the day. They will find a way to achieve their goals that may take longer and be riskier, rather than cross those lines into doing "whatever it takes" and landing in the murk of questionable morality. They are human, and they do make mistakes. They are practical people and if their loved one is in imminent danger and the only way to save them is to shoot to kill, then somebody is going to die. But death and mayhem are never the first choice for Kristi's heroes. Her villains, however, are under no such restraints. With each novel, Kristi goes deeper to create characters who have real motives, goals, and backgrounds that give the reader a glimpse into the heart of darkness. Villains who hold life cheap, and leave chaos in their wake. But villains aren't always so clear cut. What about when conflict comes from within families? What happens when loved ones believe something so opposite they refuses to see common ground? Or when a community rises up to support the devil in the disguise of prosperity? What if everything you hold dear is threatened by modern progress? The end result is nail biting, edge of your seat suspense that will keep you turning pages, rooting for the good guys and that happy ever after ending. In addition to writing, Kristi drives truck with her husband over the road, which gives her inspiration for her writing:
- Witnessing people in all walks of life, and how they react to the situations they find themselves in.
- Covering thousands of miles across the United States to see many cities and countrysides.