Spotlight & Giveaway: Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Posted June 29th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 84 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Susan Mallery to HJ!

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery creates the small-town destination for romance in charming Fool’s Gold, California—where a loner cowboy finds the one woman who can capture his heart

Kiss-MeAfter Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.
Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.
In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

5 Fun Facts about KISS ME by Susan Mallery, plus Sneak Peek

1. Kiss Me is a fish-out-of-water romance, with city girl Phoebe stepping foot for the first time on an honest-to-goodness cattle ranch. Rancher Zane is bemused when the gorgeous newcomer opens her heart to every animal on the spread—including Manny, his prize steer.


2. At Fool’s Gold High School, Zane Nicholson was voted the guy girls most wanted to be with four years in a row… including the year after he graduated!
3. Zane’s teenage brother Chase is a genius—at wreaking havoc. To fund his robotics project, Chase sold tickets for an imaginary cattle drive. He fully planned to refund the money long before tourists began showing up at Nicholson Ranch. Ummm… errr…. oops.

(By the way, for longtime Fool’s Gold fans, you’ll be delighted to learn that Eddie and Gladys will be joining the cattle drive.)
4. Chase isn’t the only troublemaker on the cattle drive. There are also a couple of kleptomaniac raccoons.
5. Their first time is in a tent. ‘Cause you know… cattle drive.

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Giveaway: Winner’s choice of Fool’s Gold backlist title (2010-2014).


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A sneak peek at Kiss Me by Susan Mallery:

What would it be like on the ranch? Phoebe had never been on one before, hadn’t even seen one except on TV or in the movies.

“So are there lots of cows?” she asked before she could stop herself. “On the ranch, I mean.”

Zane didn’t spare her a glance. “Some.”

“Like twenty?”

He glanced at her then, before turning his attention back to the road. “We run several thousand head of steers. Those are the ones that end up on your barbeque. I have another few hundred head of cows for breeding purposes.”

“No bulls?” she asked, unable to keep from grinning.

He sighed the sigh of the long suffering. “A dozen or so.”

“A dozen bulls for a few hundred cows?”

Mr. Hunk-in-a-hat, who had put his hat on the seat between them when he’d climbed into the cab of the pickup, chuckled. “Yup.”

“Yet another example of our patriarchal society ignoring the rights of cows.”

“You worried about cows’ rights?” He sounded both incredulous and amused. “You a lawyer?”

“No. And I’m not concerned about cows’ rights. Of course I want them treated humanely, as any civilized person would, but I’m not crazy.”

“What are you then?”


He glanced at her. “If you’re not a lawyer, what are you?”

“Oh.” For a second she thought he’d been referring to her mental state. “I work in real estate.”

Fortunately Zane didn’t ask any questions about her career. She didn’t think that telling him she’d been suspended for litigation would improve his opinion of her. At least he was talking. She tried to think of more cattle-related questions.

“How long have you been in the ranching business?”

“All my life.”

Silence. Zane Nicholson wasn’t exactly chatty. Was it her or was it his personality?

“Do you ever sell the cattle for something other than food?”

Zane shifted in his seat. Had he been anyone else, she would have assumed the question made him uncomfortable. But he was too in-charge—too self-assured. Besides, what about it was embarrassing?

“Sometimes I’ll sell off a few cows if we have too many.”

“That makes sense. What about the bulls? Ever have too many of those?”

“Most of them become steers.”

She didn’t want to think about that. “So steers are boy cows?”

“That’s right.”

“What makes you decide who gets to have a really good life and who gets to be a burger?”

“Various factors. I’ve been working on genetically improving the herd.”

“So a new bull with favorable characteristics would get to stay a bull.”

He nodded.

“Sounds interesting,” she said, because it really was. Who knew that ranchers worried about genetics?

“You’re probably not going for things like eye color,” she said without thinking.

Zane didn’t even roll his eyes. “Not really.”

“I didn’t think so.”

“I work with several universities. We have breeding experiments. I also sell to other ranchers.”

“Your bulls?”

There was that seat squirm again. “No.”

Not bulls? “Cows?”


Phoebe blinked. “From the bulls?”

He nodded.

“You sell bull sperm?”

He nodded again.

Wow. There really were infinite ways to make a living. So how exactly did one get the sperm from the bull? She shook her head. Not something she wanted to know, she decided. Although she was intrigued by the question of what sort of marketing campaign would be most effective. Still, some subjects were better left unexplored, and this was definitely one of them.

She tried to think of something else to say. Anything, really. But how did one top bull sperm as a conversational gambit?

Maybe it was better if one didn’t try.


Meet the Author:

Susan MallerySusan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including the uber-popular Fool’s Gold romances. Her latest book, Thrill Me, introduces the five fabulously sexy Mitchell brothers. Del Mitchell, the eldest, has just returned to his California hometown after making a fortune designing a sky surfboard that cemented his status as an extreme sports superstar. Visit Susan online at









84 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Kiss Me by Susan Mallery”

  1. mrsmac19

    My first kiss was with my first boyfriend. It was just before we turned 14. We were in a park on a summer day. It wasn’t all that great.

  2. Kermitsgirl

    Gosh, my first kiss was so long ago – I was 6 and we were moving away and my next door neighbor and best friend (also 6) kissed me goodbye because our parents told him to. We’re still friends (military brats for life!).

  3. glam009

    party…with a boy I was dancing…nothing special…I wish mi first kiss was with someone I care about it!!…

  4. Nicole Ortiz

    I was in 6 or 7th grade really don’t remember. Just remember it was with my brother’s friend and in an alley. Thanks for the chance. Adding to wishlist

  5. Kate Sparks

    Good lord, that’s a long time ago!!! I can’t remember the specifics, but it must have been a decent experience because I’m still kissing today!

  6. BethRe

    Well, I has said something dumb to take his mind off of thinking about what I said I kissed him. LOL I ended up marrying him

  7. Jen

    I was in high school, and the guy I liked asked me out on a date. At the end of the date, he gave me my first kiss.

  8. cathylykens

    I was 13 and this cute guy whose parents were friends with my parents were visiting. I remember going for a walk in the woods, holding hands and feeling special…it was just a gentle sweet first kiss.

  9. rebe

    My first kiss was with my first boyfriend. It was a massive disappointment, lol! We broke up shortly thereafter. I was relieved when a few months later I discovered that “I” wasn’t the reason for how bad it was!

  10. cheryl c.

    My first kiss was in a spin-the-bottle game when I was a young teen. There was nothing at all special or nice about it other than it being my first!

  11. lrhubble

    the first one that meant anything was from the guy who I later married and we had just had a first day which was a day trip as I was new to the state and he took me out to show me the state and it was at the end and I still remember it. 🙂

  12. Terri C

    It was pretty awful. I’m pretty sure the guy had the thickest tongue ever and he tried to cram it down my throat. I’d much prefer to remember the first with my husband. We had pulled over to the side of the road because of a massive rain storm. About 20 minutes later I realized cars were buzzing past us.

  13. ndluebke

    Over 40 years ago and I can’t really remember clearly. I don’t think I was very impressed. Course it could have been the guy. Hated telling the guys you’r not really interested.

  14. BSBbabe

    My favorite kiss was my first kiss with this boy. We were both 17 years-old and it was the last day of high school. I had a huge crush on him although I had a boyfriend. He had a crush on me but never acted on it. He was 6’5″ even in high school. I was 5’4″. We were chilling out in the rec room of a mutual friend’s house. We were going to watch a movie and gossip about high school. For some reason or another, we were some how alone in the room. I popped a piece of gum in my mouth and stood in front of him and straddled his legs. He pulled me down, hugged me, and we had the sweetest, sexiest, best kiss of my life. We never dated or anything. I’m 42 now.

  15. Jacqueline D. Olsen

    I was in the sixth grade, spending the night at a friend’s house and her brother and his friend snuck into her bedroom and her brother gave me my first kiss-not very exciting but obviously memorable!

  16. Marybeth

    He was a few years older, and I had always been under the impression that he didn’t even like me. I wasn’t sure how to handle it so I literally ran away!

  17. Rho

    Second grade, I was the new girl in school and a boy who ended up being my best friend all the way up through high school gave me my first kiss on the cheek.

  18. Rhonda Burkhardt

    Second grade, I was the new girl. A boy who ended up being my best friend through high school gave me my first kiss, on the cheek.

  19. Kathleen Bylsma

    First “real” kiss was a sailor during Seafair, in the back seat of a Ford convertible…not that bad, but I learned later there were many that were better!

  20. Cindy Weeks

    My first real kiss was when I was just starting high school. On vacation and had a summer romance, or as romantic as 2 fifteen year old kids can be!

  21. Sylve T.

    it happened by freshman year of high school at a public library, It started out really nice then became all tongues lol Since i love books i loved that it happened in a library ; )

  22. Shirley Hearn

    My first kiss that really meant anything to me was from a guy I had a Major crush on at my first job after college. He called and asked me to come to his office because he needed to tell me something. He was going to a new job and wanted to tell me before it hit the water cooler. I started to cry and he got up and came his desk and took me by the hand pulling me up from my chair. He gave me the sweetest, most gentle kiss ever! We ended up dating for 10 years before breaking up.

  23. Amanda Thompson

    Haven’t had a real first kiss and I’m 24, still waiting for that special someone. Truthfully I haven’t really dated anyone, I’d rather read right now XD

  24. Carrie E.

    My favorite first kiss was with my husband sitting on a bench by the river in the moonlight.

  25. whistleinthewind74

    My first kiss…how do I describe it, in one word, awkward! On the side of the Rose bushes with a guy named George…and he was shorter than me and he was a wet kisser…yuck!!! I was 10. He trapped me there and I was sure I got coodies!

  26. eawells

    I was in 8th grade and it was after he took me to a play at Children’s Theater at Goodman Theater in Chicago. It was awkward & a little uncomfortable since I didn’t like him as much as he liked me.

  27. Glenda S. Hefty

    First kiss…weird and awkward and never saw the guy again although he did ask but I decided to just quit while I was ahead.

  28. Terry L.

    We were fighting over a ball and when we both reached up our faces were an inch apart and he kissed me. It was kinda shocking being best friends and all.

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