Saturday, 16 January 2016

Boys of Syracuse, Kansas by Kristi Cramer - with author interview

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Kristi Cramer Tour Banner 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.

Denver Detective Mitzi Reardon doesn’t know what she did to anger her boss, but he is gunning for her. Literally. Now a prostitute is dead, and she is the prime suspect with the law hot on her heels. With nowhere to run and no one to trust, Mitzi’s only hope lies in the hands of a sexy stranger.

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.
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Author Interview 
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.

Last Second Chance Cover
An ex-con's search for a new start leads to a chance at a life and a love he never expected. But the life he left behind won't stay quietly in his past.
Reach for a Better Future Tim Reardon made a real mess of his life, and spent the last five years paying for it in a federal penitentiary. Thanks to his sister, he has a chance to work on a ranch in a small town where no one knows his history and he can start over. Even his heart likes his prospects in Syracuse, Kansas. Release the Past All Janie Thomas ever wanted was to live a simple life as a veterinarian, taking care of her daughter and the pets and livestock in Syracuse. She had enough drama after giving birth at seventeen. Kylie's father, Cody Buford, couldn't be bothered with a kid and ran off to the big city, leaving her to raise their child alone. Janie hasn't risked her heart since. Brace for a Reckoning Now Cody is back, asking for Janie's forgiveness, but is she ready to give it? On top of that, the brooding, sexy new ranch hand out at the Lazy J is bringing up emotions she thought she had put to rest long ago. Tim thinks he might just be able to leave his past behind him and put his life together. There's just one problem. His past is hell-bent on finding him.

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.

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