Spotlight & Giveaway: The Last Cowboy in Texas by Katie Lane

Posted December 22nd, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 76 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane to HJ!

Hi Katie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about Decadent

7 Things I’ve Learned from Writing my Deep in the Heart of Texas Series by Katie Lane

The Last Cowboy in Texas1. Cowboys make great heroes: To me, a true hero has strong morals and sense of family. They view women as equals, but that doesn’t stop them from opening doors, pulling out chairs, or sweeping a woman off her feet. And it’s just the icing on the cake that these values, manners, and alpha manliness is all wrapped up in a cowboy hat, snap-down western shirt, tight wranglers, and boots.

2. Small towns can worm their way into your heart: When I started writing my series, I had no idea how quickly I would fall in love with the townsfolk of Bramble, Texas. From a-few-cards-short-of-a-deck Kenny Gene to big-hearted Rachel Dean, I grew to love each and every resident of my little fictional town.

3. Readers love series and returning characters: I’ve had such a great response to my Deep in the Heart of Texas series. I get the sweetest emails, comments, and posts from readers. I even had a fan do the complete family tree of my characters. When I received it in the mail, it made me cry like a baby to know that my readers love Bramble as much as I do.

4. Inanimate objects and pets can be as important to the story as the characters: Bubba’s big ol’ honkin’ truck is a perfect example of an inanimate object becoming a major part of a series. The truck with its flapping American and Texas flags and obnoxious bumper stickers shows up in the first chapter of the first book in the series (Going Cowboy Crazy) and appears in almost every book after. Sherman the Pig shows up in the second book (Make Mine a Bad Boy) as a gift for Hope Scroggs and quickly becomes the town’s mascot and most adorable fictional pet ever. Which is why I gave him the honor of ending the series.

5. A house of ill repute is deliciously fun to write about: I had so much fun writing about Miss Hattie’s Henhouse (Trouble in Texas) and the old “hens” who live there. Miss Minnie, Baby, and Sunshine are completely uncontrollable and always make me laugh.

6. Villains can steal the show: Whether it’s a Mexican cartel drug lord or an unscrupulous evangelist who looks like Elvis, villains are almost as important to the story as the hero and heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Alejandro Perea and Reverend Josiah Jessup. Which just goes to show you that I have an evil streak a mile wide.

7. Ending a series is difficult: Not only because I needed to tie up all the loose ends and story threads, but also because I’ve grown very attached to my little town and it’s hard to say goodbye to the townsfolk I’ve come to know and love. Bramble will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thanks for having me, HJ! And Happy Holidays!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: 2 Print copies of THE LAST COWBOY IN TEXAS (Deep in the Heart of Texas)

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About The Last Cowboy in Texas, book 7 in Katie Lane’s Deep in the Heart of Texas series

Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He’s a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America’s sweetheart isn’t easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody’s backup. So now it’s up to Starlet to prove that she’s put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she’ll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who’s loved her even before her fame and fortune.

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About Katie Lane:

Katie-LaneKatie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

Learn more about Katie Lane at:
Twitter, @ktlane3

76 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Last Cowboy in Texas by Katie Lane”

    • Katie Lane

      Hi Kathleen! I feel the same way. **sniff** But I have another series in the cooker and I think you’re going to like my southern boy billionaires! Have a Merry Christmas, darlin’!

  1. Melody Gonser

    You are right, cowboys make great heroes . I always love when a man holds the door, opens the car door and the integrity to take care of family and wife. I like the premise of your story. I don’t blame Beckett not wanting to share, I don’t like to either. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you for this chance. It is hard when a series ends. It’s like friends and family, you have lived with are gone. I tend to get involved and I grieve.

  2. jdh2690

    Hi Katie! I grew up in a small town full of cowboys, went to school with cowboys thru college, and always loved a man who lived by the “cowboy code” and looked good in jeans. 🙂 I’m about to start my first book by you that I bought in this series called Going Cowboy Crazy and am really looking forward to it. I think I’m gonna enjoy it. 🙂 Thanks so much for the post.

    • Katie Lane

      Hi JDH! I didn’t grow up in a small town, but I did marry a man from Texas who looks good in a pair of jeans. I hope you enjoy Going Cowboy Crazy. Thanks for giving me a chance and stopping by HJ!

  3. orchid7

    Sounds like a fun book. I just got another book from this series this week. I haven’t started it yet, but it came with a few high recommendations from friends.

  4. nikkiphilton

    This is a great series! Trouble in Texas is my favorite so far, but I can’t wait to read your newest!

  5. ndluebke

    Wanted to know why the series has to end. Why not in maybe 5 years have an anniversary story involving a next generation. Anyway it sounds like a great series.

  6. Glenda S. Hefty

    I’m not familiar with this particular author but sounds like a fun one to follow. I pretty much agree with all her points. I personally love series and hate to see them end but if they must end, then all loose ends need to be tied off!

  7. Christine Woinich

    I am just getting into western romance, and this series sounds like it has a lot of humor as well. This is on my wishlist.

  8. Morgan VanLier

    I haven`t read this series but this book sounds good so I`m going to have to check out the rest.

  9. doveknoll

    I love cowboy romances especially those with humor. I haven’t really read any books in this series but I love finding authors and books I haven’t read before. Thanks for the review and giveaway. The book sounds great.

  10. Lori P

    I love cowboys! You are a new to me author so I’m looking forward to reading this series. Than you for sharing 🙂

  11. angela smith

    your a new author to me so i’m going to have to go and read the series because this book sounds good and that cover is ex marine playing kind of book

  12. Ada

    I love this series, can’t believe it’s the last book but I so can’t wait to finally read Beckett and Star’s story.

  13. Lisa Reigel

    I have not read this series before but am eager to check it out. I agree, cowboys make great heroes. Love a man with strong morals and sense of family. Who can resist a cowboy with values and manners? I am a fan of series and look forward to reading about previous characters and how their lives are going. I will definitely add this series to my read list.

  14. Cathy P

    Katie is a new author for me. I love cowboys and series. This series sounds like a must read. Will be putting these books on my TBR list.

  15. marcyshuler

    I really love this series! I’ve read all but the last two books and I want to read them back-to-back to finish the series with a bang. I don’t want it to end, but I’m also looking forward to what else Katie has up her sleeve for me.

  16. taswmom

    I’m sorry I haven’t found you sooner, but am thankful to Harlequin Junkie for introducing you. I’ve found several of my favorite authors here. I love a series set in a small town. I, too, fall in love with the town and it’s characters. Throw in a ranch or two, and some cowboys, and, sigh…… I’m barely getting over the end of Terri Osburn’s Anchor Island series.

  17. Glenda

    Love Katie’s list! This series is on my wish list and has been for awhile. Now that it is done, I’m going to try harder to get the books so I can binge read them!

  18. Eka Fony W

    I’m always love new authors book to read. This book sounds like the kind I enjoy to read. I love cowboy romance.

  19. Kai W.

    It is so true that in certain story, it is the villain that carry the story through instead of the hero and heroine. After all, without a villain where can the story go?

  20. darholley1

    This sounds like a book that I will really enjoy reading. I really like the cover of it 🙂

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