Spotlight & Giveaway: A Match Made in Texas by Katie Lane

Posted March 20th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today is is my pleasure to welcome USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane to HJ


What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

Katie-LaneLove. Laughter. Community.

Would you rather… visit the world 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future? Why?

One hundred years in the past. I get queasy riding in the backseat of a car so I think space travel might be a recipe for tummy disaster. The early nineteen hundreds was a happenin’ time, what with flappers and speak-easies. Of course, if I land back in New Mexico, I could find myself living in an adobe hut and grinding my own corn with a mono and metate.

Let’s talk about your newest release: A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

AMMIHTo avoid a scandal and disappointing her family, a thrill-seeking southern girl travels to a small town in Texas where she’ll find more thrills than she can handle when she tangles with a preacher conman and a play-by-the-rules hot sheriff.

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Brianne Cates is the youngest and only sister to the Cates brothers. Therefore, she’s more than a little overprotected, which contributes to her need for chills and thrills—skydiving, cliff jumping, racecar driving. Dusty Hicks is a sheriff and single father who is trying to regain joint-custody of his daughter, save a town from an unscrupulous conman, and keep from being Brianne’s next thrill.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I have never written a lawman hero before. So I didn’t know what to expect. I was surprised and thrilled when Dusty Hicks turned out to be this wonderful, dedicated, loving, kick-ass hero that completely won me over. Hopefully, he’ll do the same for my readers.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

The scene where Dusty discovers Brianne drooling over his handcuffs. For me, it just exemplifies their two opposite personalities. Tough, no-nonsense sheriff. Soft, daring woman. It turns steamy in a hurry, and then ends up funny. I just love scenes like that.

Bri’s heart jumped to her throat as she whirled around to the doorway. Just that quickly the fantasy was erased by the reality of a fully clothed sheriff with a very grumpy scowl. His mirrored sunglasses pinned her like a fly on a glob of honey.
She hid the cuffs behind her back. “Umm . . . I was just straightening up.”
His head dipped as he gave her the once-over. “In nothing but a towel?”
She tried to control her blush. “I thought you wouldn’t mind if I showered.”
He stepped closer, and without her heels, she felt like a naughty schoolgirl addressing the principal, which caused another fantasy to pop into her head. She blinked it away.
“Well, you’re wrong,” he said as he pulled off his sunglasses and tucked them in the open collar of his shirt. “I do mind. You’re supposed to be cleaning, not enjoying my shower. Or messing with my things.”
“Now why would I want to mess with your thing—things?”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

Hmm, I guess the courtroom scene because I had to tie everything up. Which was hard to do when the entire town, the hens, and the Cates family were all there at once. I’d love to share a snippet, but I couldn’t find one that wouldn’t spoil the book for readers :o(

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

Since my cover model looks like Ryan Gosling, I’m going to have to go with him for Sheriff Dusty Hicks. For Brianne Cates, I’m thinking Katy Perry.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I would’ve told Dusty to relax a little and never judge a book by its cover. If he had looked beyond Brianne’s family name and money, his stress level would’ve been a lot lower. Although, then the story wouldn’t be as much fun.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I’m currently working on Heat Up the Holidays, which is the third book in Hunk for the Holidays series. In September, Ring in the Holidays (the second book in the Hunk series) comes out. And in December, Last Cowboy in Texas, the seventh book in my Deep in the Heart of Texas series, is released.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

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To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and post a comment to this Q: In A Match Made in Texas, Brianne Cates is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Sheriff Dusty Hicks from giving her a reckless driving ticket. Have you ever be pulled over for a ticket? Did you try to talk your way out of it? Did it work?

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He unlocked the door to the jail to find Brianne escaping. Or not escaping as much as stuck. Obviously, the crumbling stucco hadn’t been strong enough, and she had managed to get the bars off and her upper body through the tiny window. Fortunately, her hips were too wide to fit through. She wiggled and squirmed as her bare toes pressed against the wall just above the bed she’d pulled beneath the window.

Dusty watched for a few moments, his gaze pinned on the curves of her butt, which pushed out so temptingly. As much as he hated to admit it, she had one nice ass. Beneath the soft material of her pants, her cheeks curved out in lush fullness. And Dusty couldn’t help wondering what it would feel like to curl his fingers around those hips and still her wiggles with a hard thrust.

The train of his thoughts caused desire to ooze slow and thick through his veins straight to the bulge beneath his fly. His reaction drained all the humor out of the situation and had him walking over to unlock the cell. He pushed open the bars, and at the creak of the hinges, she stilled.

“Is someone there? ” She tried to pull her head back in, but she really did appear to be stuck.

Dusty walked over and set the bag and soft drink on the end of the bed. “Problems? ”

She hesitated for only a second before she answered. “No, no problems. I was just getting a breath of fresh air.” A smile crept over Dusty’s mouth. “Really? And how’s the weather? ”

“A little windy.” She remained teetering in the window, her toes a good foot from the mattress. Since her fingernails were painted a pastel color, he was surprised to find her toenails painted an electric blue with . . . he leaned closer . . . little white lightning bolts on the big toes.

“Do you think you could help me out here? ”

Her words had him jumping guiltily as if he’d been looking at something more than just her bare toes. Of course, he had no business examining anything on the woman—nice butt or weirdly painted toes. She was his prisoner, and he needed to remember that.

49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Match Made in Texas by Katie Lane”

  1. Monique D

    I’d probably try to charm my way out of it, all angel face and sweetness… but I don’t drive !

    • steadmanjamie22

      I was pulled over by an officer and before he was at my car door another officer pulled up too. I was thinking what is going on and that’s when I noticed I had not put my seat belt on when I drove out of the parking lot. The first officer came up to the window and I knew him and the second officer came to the window and I knew him also. I had worked with the first officer during a hurricane preparedness and the second I was friends with him and his wife. It’s a small town. Both officers asked me how I was doing and asked about my husband and the kids. After the small talk, the second officer said put your seat belt on and tell everyone high for me. I didn’t get a ticket and I’m glad he stopped me to put on my seat belt.

  2. mrsmac19

    I’ve been pulled over twice – I talked myself out of it once and was less successful the other time. I got out of it when I was 20 or 21 but completely failed at 32. Oh well!

  3. DebraG

    I did get out of a ticket when my daughter asked if he knew her daddy. He was a state trooper too.

  4. stormy27

    I totally tried the whole girly ‘bat-my-eyelashes/show my cleavage’ thing and it probably would have worked…if my ‘boyfriend’ at the time had not been in the car – LOL!!!

  5. Leanna

    Yeah I had 3 tickets by the time I was 21. One with my best friend in high school, one in college with my roommates and their biyfriends and the last one less than a month later with a date. I was never able to talk my way out of them.

  6. Kai W.

    I got pulled over several years ago. When the officer found out that I worked for the police department, he gave me a stern warning.

  7. robin the book nerd

    Of course I have been pulled over. I have talked my way out of a ticket a couple of times but I think I was just lucky.

  8. Janice Hougland

    Yes, I’ve been pulled over for a ticket, once. And no, I didn’t try to talk my way out of it because I knew I was going 50 in a 40 mph zone. I do know a funny story though. A girlfriend of mine who was pulled over by a cop after dropping her kids off at school, started crying when the copy asked her why she was speeding. She told him that she was embarrassed, but she was in so much of a hurry to get her kids to school that she forgot to put any underwear on. The cop could hardly keep a straight face and told her to go on home (without a ticket) but to watch her speeding. I died laughing when she told me that story! Thanks for asking and for this blog stop. This is a fun tour!

  9. Tammy Y

    I was pulled over when I was 17. The cop asks me, Do you know what you just did. My Dad was behind me, so he stopped to see why I was pulled over. He spoke to the cop. The cop then let me go. Not even sure what I did.

  10. marcyshuler

    I love this series!

    I was pulled over on Halloween when I was dressed as a chicken, complete with a yellow feather duster tail. I was so mortified I didn’t even try to talk him out of giving me a ticket. I was just relieved he didn’t make me get out of the car. LOL

  11. Krysten M

    Haven’t been pulled over yet (cross your fingers), but I did have a close call of sorts… A police car right behind me turned on its lights, and then proceeded to drive around me when I slowed down. I almost had a panic attack right there, but I guess he was called for back up or whatever 🙂

  12. Anita H.

    I”m happy to say I’ve never been pulled over and I hope to never be! I don’t think I’d have the nerve to talk my way out of a ticket!

  13. Sharlene Wegner

    I got a ticket for running a red light on my way home from the gym & all I could thing was to get this thing over with so I could get home to the bathroom!

  14. Ada

    Nope never been and fingers crossed I never will get pulled over! But I would totally try and talk my way out of it. Be as nice as possible and hope for the best 🙂

  15. cnapper67

    Fortunately the few times I have been pulled over I have gotten warnings except for the time I was picking up my engagement ring and was going to fast. When the officer came up I told him to give me the ticket because the store was closing and I had to go. 🙂

  16. Margaret

    I have been pulled over but haven’t really tried to talk my way out of it other than to just apologize. I still haven’t heard the end of it from my kids who were in the back seat…!

  17. Katie Lane

    Ha! I’ve loved reading all your posts–no panties, chicken costumes, small town friends. Thanks to everyone who stops by and good luck in the giveaway. And thank you, Sara. It’s always a pleasure to be at HJ!

  18. dutcheja

    Unfortunately I have been stopped more than once. I tried to talk my way out of one ticket. I was too mad to talk my way out of the other one.

  19. Kelly C

    Oh yea I’ve gotten out of a few in my younger ears. I come from a law enforcement family and veryone knew my daddy. LOL

  20. Christine L.

    I was pulled over several times for exceeding the freeway speed limit during my university years as I was shuttling between school, home, and work and always in a big hurry. My success rate at talking my way out of being cited is pretty low. At least I could attend traffic school so the tickets never affected my insurance!

  21. gmfuhlman

    I Haven’t tried to talk myself out of a ticket. But I was told once, because I told the truth, that he would let me off with a warning. I was going to be late for a meeting. The question was asked do you know how fast you were going. I said no. (That is why I was giving a warning).

  22. Sandie W

    Yes, I have been pulled over. Actually twice in the new Year. I didn’t try to talk them out of a ticket because I didn’t get one. They pulled me over after 1:00 in the morning to tell me that one or another of my break, tail lights were out. (in reality, they were checking to see if I’d been drinking. Nope I was not)!!

  23. Cindy Hamilton

    I did get stopped for speeding but I did not try to get out of it. In fact the officer told me I could pay the fine that night. Right!! He just wanted me to pay him off. Also I still don’t believe I was speeding!!

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