Interview with Kaycee Witherspoon

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Today I’m interviewing Kaycee Witherspoon, the heroine from Rising from the Ashes (Flame Kissed book 1).

Kaycee, thank you for joining us today. I understand that you just recently moved.

Kaycee: Yes.  I left my life behind in my old town and decided a fresh start was in order. I think everyone should do that at least once in their life.

And this new life includes a job at the fire station, is that correct?

Kaycee: Yes, it is! I love my job there. The guys all welcomed me my first day and made me feel right at home. Everyone has been really great.

There’s a certain fireman who caught you though, didn’t he?

Kaycee: Definitely. Zarek is everything I’ve ever wanted in a guy, and I’m lucky that seems interested in me too. The moment our gazes met, I knew that he was special, and not just because it’s his job to be a hero every day. Although, that part is pretty amazing too.

How did the two of you become so close so fast?

Kaycee: Well, my first day of work, I went out to the parking lot and discovered my tires were slashed. Zarek was there and he was really concerned. One thing led to another, and we ended up dating.

So, what can we expect from Rising from the Ashes?

Kaycee: Suspense. Romance. A little action.

Thank you for stopping by Kaycee! We look forward to learning more about you in your story, Rising from the Ashes.

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New Release – Rising from the Ashes

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Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, New Adult, Mainstream Romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Heat Level: 2

Kaycee Witherspoon barely escaped her last relationship with her life. Now that she has a fresh start in a new town, she feels like she can finally breathe. But is she relaxing her guard too soon? When she finds her tires slashed and her apartment broken into, she has to wonder if her past isn’t quite so far behind her.

Zarek O’Donnell doesn’t know much about the new assistant at his fire station except that her mesmerizing curves and bewitching smile have him under her spell. Even though she laughs easily and seems to light up around him, he can tell that there’s something darker haunting her. His protective side rises to the surface whenever she’s near, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

When the lines of past and present begin to blur, there’s only one thing Kaycee knows. This time she might not escape. If she wants the new life she’s forged for herself, she’ll have to fight to keep it.

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Excerpt:

“You have to be exhausted after working until this morning and then dealing with my apartment this afternoon.” I nibbled my bottom lip. “What if I made dinner? I haven’t eaten yet, and I’m sure you haven’t either.”

“I have a better idea. Why don’t we order some pizzas and watch TV for a while? We can sit on the couch and just relax for the rest of the night. Put on PJs and kick back.”

I arched a brow. “You own pajamas?”

“Well, I own pajama pants. Does that count?”

Holy Jesus, was he seriously going to run around without a shirt? Because I wasn’t sure my hormones could handle it. The hint of muscle I could see through his t-shirts was enough to make me drool. I didn’t think I could handle bare skin. Although, it would be a nice distraction from my problems, as long as I could keep my hands to myself. I wasn’t going to make any promises, though. A shirtless Zarek might be too much temptation.

He smirked, and I realized I was staring like an idiot.

“You just pictured me shirtless, didn’t you?” he asked with laughter flashing in his eyes.

My cheeks flushed. “No. Of course not.”

His grin widened a little, and he shook his head, clearly not believing me.

“If you tell me what you want on your pizza, I’ll place the order while you get comfortable.”

“I knew you were anxious to get me out of my clothes.”

My whole face felt like it was on fire. Before I could embarrass myself further, I bolted from the room and went to get a drink from the kitchen. I’d made a fresh pitcher of sweet tea last night and hadn’t touched it yet. By the time I’d poured myself a glass and returned to the living room, I could hear the shower going. I set my glass down and went to change into a tank and sleep shorts. They were old and comfortable, but they showed enough skin to be considered sexy. Do I want Zarek to see me as sexy?

I’d thought we would be roommates, co-workers, and nothing more. But the more I got to know Zarek, the harder it was to resist him. I’d felt that instant spark when we’d met at work on Monday, and I had to wonder what that spark would feel like if our lips touched. Would I feel the zing all the way to my toes? Just being near him was enough to make me tingle with awareness. I thought about him in the shower and wondered if he was as sexy dripping wet as I imagined him to be. I gave myself a mental slap, changed into my pajamas, and then returned to the living room. I couldn’t order the pizza yet since Zarek hadn’t told me what he wanted on his. I hadn’t paid close attention at work when the crew had ordered enough pizza to feed a small army.

I heard the shower shut off, and a few minute later, he wandered into the room.

My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, and I nearly choked on my own spit as he sank onto the sofa next to me. Holy hell, he was hot as fuck! His broad chest was well-muscled and his abs … I nearly fanned myself. As I whipped around to face the TV, before I got caught staring, I absently wiped at my chin to make sure I hadn’t been drooling.

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Spring is in the Air…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying all the springtime weather we’ve been having. Where I live, it’s been in the 60s and 70s since early March, which is unusual for us. Typically, March is when we get a lot of snow and ice, but not this year. I’m not sure that bodes very well for summer weather though. I have a feeling it will be scorching hot!

Did you have any big spring plans this year? I did a little spring cleaning, took the kids to the museum, and we’re planning a zoo trip over the weekend. What I really wanted to do was see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, but I may have to wait for the DVD. The animated version is one of my favorite Disney movies so I’ve really looked forward to the live action one, especially since Emma Watson is Belle!

My spring “to do” list also includes a lot of writing! I’ve been opening the windows in the mornings to let in the breeze and fresh air, putting on a favorite movie or playlist, and I’ve just been letting the words flow. As part of Camp NaNo, I’ve managed to write quite a bit of the second Flame Kissed book. With some luck, I’ll have it finished before the end of the month!

I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like. I’ve downloaded a few things to my Nook that I intend to read soon. Would you like to know what a few of them are?

Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Forever Country by Brenda Kennedy

Fielder’s Choice by Pamela Aares

Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm

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Playlist for Rising from the Ashes

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Want to know what I listened to while I wrote Rising from the Ashes? I’ll be happy to share my playlist with you! These are the songs I listened to on a loop while I worked on the story.

Halestorm – It’s Not You

Flo Rida – My House

The Offspring – Gotta Get Away

Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Harmony – Dreaming Awake

Green Day – Basket Case

Foreigner – Hot Blooded

Journey – Wheel in the Sky

Kansas – Carry on my Wayward Son

Madison Rising – Marines’ Hymn

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Pitbull – Timber

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be

When I got burned out on listening to music, I would switch to playing movies in the background while I worked. Want to know the movies I listened to?

Sixteen Candles

Corpse Bride

The Heartbreakers

Maid in Manhattan

While You Were Sleeping

Practical Magic

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COVER REVEAL Rising from the Ashes

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from Evernight Publishing

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Genre(s): Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, New Adult
Heat Level: 2
Length: Novella

Kaycee Witherspoon barely escaped her last relationship with her life. Now that she has a fresh start in a new town, she feels like she can finally breathe. But is she relaxing her guard too soon? When she finds her tires slashed and her apartment broken into, she has to wonder if her past isn’t quite so far behind her.

Zarek O’Donnell doesn’t know much about the new assistant at his fire station except that her mesmerizing curves and bewitching smile have him under her spell. Even though she laughs easily and seems to light up around him, he can tell that there’s something darker haunting her. His protective side rises to the surface whenever she’s near, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

When the lines of past and present begin to blur, there’s only one thing Kaycee knows. This time she might not escape. If she wants the new life she’s forged for herself, she’ll have to fight to keep it.

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Something New…

I’m venturing into the world of New Adult Romance, but my new series isn’t your typical NA story. I know most of them are over the top hot with anything goes sex in them, but since I have a lot of younger readers I didn’t want to go that route. My characters are college-aged, and while there is sex, it’s very mild with a heat level of only 2. With the first book in the series, Rising from the Ashes, I focused mainly on the suspense. It’s still very much a romance though.

Rising from the Ashes will be book 1 in my new Flame Kissed series. I’m already working on book 2, Killer Curves, and hope to have it submitted to Evernight Publishing by the end of the month. It’s my Camp NaNo project and I’m nearly halfway done already! The stories are told in first person, like my others, but instead of using alternating POV’s, this time I told the story strictly from the heroine’s POV. The stories are novella length (around 30,000 words). Book 1 will release on April 13th with Evernight Publishing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a cover reveal for Rising from the Ashes!

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Boxing Day Sale!

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Did you get a little money for Christmas, or maybe some ARe ebucks? Well, I have some wonderful news. My titles available at All Romance Ebooks are on sale for 25% off — today only! If you haven’t yet read The Boyfriend Deal or Battered Not Broken, now is your chance to get them for only $2.99 each! They are both contemporary young adult romances set in small southern towns.

So, here’s a little more about the books, both published by Evernight Teen, in case this is your first time hearing about them… If you prefer paperback, you can find the paperback copy on Amazon!

THE BOYFRIEND DEAL

When Hadley’s ex-boyfriend starts to become a stalker, she decides it’s time to take drastic measures and kisses the first boy who walks past her locker. But she isn’t prepared for the kiss, not at all, or what happens afterward.

Tyler Robbins, the captain of the football team, is every girl’s dream guy. He has somewhat of a reputation for using girls and tossing them aside, not that it stops them from flocking his way. All of that changes the moment Hadley’s lips touch his.

When Tyler proposes that Hadley pretends to date him as a way to save them both—him from his mother and her from her ex-boyfriend—Hadley is reluctant to give it a try. In the end, she agrees, but she’s nowhere near prepared for the journey she’s about to embark on.

14+ due to sexuality and adult situations

BATTERED NOT BROKEN

Battered and bruised, Wren has taken a lot from her father over the years, but when he throws her out of the house, she sees it as a blessing in disguise. She has no job, no home, and never finished high school, but what’s all that compared to a life without abuse? When she starts over in a new town, under a new identity, she makes it her goal to fly under the radar.

New town, new life. Only, there’s a corrupt deputy intent on stealing Deputy Gray Frampton’s family fortune, a slight case of aggravated identity fraud, and a night in the local jail. It’s enough to make any girl’s head spin. Wren Michaels has to find a way not to spend the next three years in jail, warn Gray that Deputy Pritchard is after him, and somehow hold onto the happily-ever-after that is finally within her grasp—assuming Gray wants a felon as his girlfriend. Who knew falling for a man in khaki could cause so much trouble?

14+ due to violence and adult situations

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