Monday, August 15, 2016

Interview With Kim Turner and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Kim Turner!

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Love those Dark Hunters!
Diana Gabaldon - I dream of falling through those stones!
Dana Fuller Ross - Listening to the Wagons West series on Audible.
John Jakes - Taking time to learn some history as I read.
Craig Johnson - Enjoying the Longmire Series in written form!

What is your go to book for reading over and over?
Lately it has been the Outlander Series and I read and check up on how the program on television is different. Its been fun, but there are so many books and so little time, I rarely read something again.

Who Influenced your writing most and why?
I’m not sure I was influenced by anyone who writes. I grew up with a television addiction for mostly dramas and period pieces and especially westerns and war movies which I watched with my dad. I was raised on Little House on the Prairie and love Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. My critique partners laugh because I will not watch a musical. My famous quote is “do not break out in song and dance in the middle of my drama!” I have always fallen in love with alpha heros and have dreamed of writing my entire life, so the last few years have been a dream come true.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.
Because I work full time as a Registered Nurse Quality Analyst M-F and I have two young daughters 11 and 8. My days and evenings are full. When I began writing, the only spare time I had was from 9pm at night until I couldn’t hold my eyes open. I think because of that it seems I am most productive

Tell us about your current book.
My debut novel came out March 18, Sawyer’s Rose, a western historical romance. It is a sheriff meets mail-order-bride story with a twist or two along the way and while it is romance, I think I have the family saga thing really going on in my worlds.

Here is the Blurb for Sawyer’s Rose:
As if he doesn't have enough to handle between running outlaws out of Cheyenne, keeping his brother's out of trouble and avenging his father's death, sheriff Sawyer McCade's meddling mother just dumped a mysterious mail-order-bride on his doorstep. One woman can be more trouble than a band of renegades and while this one has him all stirred up, he'd rather get to the bottom of the story she isn't telling. Rose Parker had it all. Until she discovers a web of danger and deceit that sends her running to Cheyenne, posing as a mail-order-bride. Escaping the evils of New York seems sensible until she meets the unsuspecting sheriff who didn't ask for her, has no intention of marrying her and won't rest until he uncovers her secret and sends her back home.
later at night, but I have been known to take my laptop to soccer, gymnastics, and camping. Have laptop, will travel. I also have 3 batteries so I have juice at all times on my laptop.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.
“I’m a lawman, remember, and I read people very well. I know when I’m only hearing part of a story.”

Her blue eyes narrowed, and that too-enticing flush lit her cheeks to a bright pink. She darted past him to look out across the ranch and then spoke. “I came here looking for a new life. Accepting a husband is a means to survival for any woman in the West. But getting here and finding out you didn’t send for me—” She swung around. “Well that’s certainly a relief. I thought I was going to step off the train in Cheyenne, be whisked to the judge and right into your bed. Frankly, that idea was
rather frightening.”

Was she trying to be funny? It wasn’t that the  thought hadn’t crossed his mind. Bedding her would be more than interesting, but he didn’t need a wife. Not right now. “Then why are you here?”

“I wanted to see the West and find adventure like I told you. So why not start here? Did you read the
papers I sent?” She shook her head realizing he hadn’t. “I suppose your mother got those.”

“I filled in my application.” She took a deep breath, “And I realized I had led an incredibly normal life. An only child, raised by my father, schooled in the proper etiquette, sent to university, and spoiled to the point I hadn’t lived for myself. I am here to create a new life— my life. If you do not wish to marry, I will find my own way, which is probably best anyway.” She stared out across the horizon, blinking back tears.

“You can’t stay here alone, not in Cheyenne. I’ll get your fare paid and send you home.”

She snapped around and glared at him. “I will not be returning home, regardless of a marriage. You have no idea what I am capable of, and I think that makes me somewhat of a—thorn in your side?”

Sawyer wasn’t sure which was more annoying, her presence and will to stay or the thoughts she made him think. She wasn’t a thorn, but damned if he’d be able to sleep with her in the same house for any length of time.

When he only nodded, a knowing smile spread across her face. “Good.”

As furious as he was, he couldn’t take his eyes off the sway of her hips as she spun around and went
inside. She couldn’t possibly think she would be staying in Cheyenne as an unescorted woman. Well, he had no intention of marrying her either, and one way or the other he’d see her on a train back to New York if it was the last thing he did.
He supposed so, too.

Side note.
I recently found out I got a contract for the second brother in the series, Wyatt’s Bounty, is the name of this one and I am currently working on edits for this story. There are 4 McCade brothers and so there is more to come!

And the last question, what to I believe makes a man sexy?
Doesn’t everyone want a hero to make them swoon? Whether it’s an alpha or beta or something in between, I think we all want to fall in love with the characters and especially the hero. For me it is the alpha type male who is only brought to his knees by that one woman and I also prefer strong heroines. Mostly I prefer heroes who have a few flaws and can be believable.

Here's her short bio.
I am a Registered Nurse, A mother through birth and adoption, happily married, and finally a published writer.

Look for Kim at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook    Website

Today's giveaway is a copy of Kim's Sawyer's Rose in e-book. 

Question: What is or was your favorite Western movie or TV show?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.


Connie Thompson said...

The good the bad the ugly anything with clint eastwood

Heather said...

I have a tie between Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, mainly because I can't choose between either Doc Holliday.

bn100 said...

don't have one
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Mary Preston said...

I'm actually going with the mini-series of LONESOME DOVE. Also a great favorite of mine to read.


Ali Hubbard said...

Little House (I watch it still. Lol). But I loved Big Valley too. And Bonanza.

Ali Hubbard said...

Little House (I watch it still. Lol). But I loved Big Valley too. And Bonanza.

Jennifer Klein said...

Anything with Clint Eastwood

Carla Swafford said...

Heather! You're the winner of Kim's E-book. Email me at and I'll notify Kim.