Book Title: Zane
Series Title: The McKades of Texas
Book Number in Series: #1
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
Book Content: Curse words used throughout entire novel, mild violence and some sexual situations (not recommended for readers under the age of 18)
Synopsis of Zane:
Kellan Anderson is in hillbilly hell—or at least that’s what it feels like. After enduring endless accounts of abuse from her now ex-boyfriend, Kellan makes a run for her life and finds herself in cowboy country. Leaving her fancy clothes and expensive lifestyle behind her, she trades in her high heels for cowboy boots and changes her name to Andi Ford. With her painful past threatening to catch up with her, hiding out in this small town seems easy enough – until one blonde hair, blue eyed cowboy steps in the picture.
Zane McKade has sworn off women, determining that they are all liars and cheats—including the new waitress at the local bar. After a rather unpleasant first encounter with the beautiful brunette, Zane’s radar is set to high as he believes this woman is not who she claims to be. When his intimidation methods fail to break through Andi’s barrier he decides to turn on the charm to get her to tell the truth. But Zane’s plan begins to backfire as the more time he spends charming Andi, the more he finds himself breaking his own rules and falling for her.
*Zane is currently only available in ebook format*
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Excerpt from Zane:
Kellan saw the man coming her way and a nervous feeling began to grow in the pit of her stomach. She hadn’t noticed it when he rode up, but he was incrediblygood looking. The man had to be a least six two, with long muscular legs leading up to narrow hips that angled into a very masculine upper body. He looked like an athlete. He looked…solid. And although his pale blue shirt was soaked with sweat, it somehow added to his overall appeal. He stopped at her table and glared at her. Only then did she realize that this man was not coming over for friendly chit-chat and her mood shifted.
“Is that your red sports car out there?” Zane asked, tilting his head and jerking his thumb towards the parking lot.
“Yes,” Kellan told him. What’s it to you? She stared up at him, waiting for him to continue. But when he just stared back, his deep blue eyes shooting daggers at her, she decided enough was enough. “Is there something I can help you with?”
Zane’s jaw flexed. “You could have four miles ago.”
“What?” She was utterly confused as to what mileage had to do with his apparent anger towards her.
“I don’t look familiar to you?” He stared at her, his eyebrows coming together in frustration.
She looked the man over from head to toe. “No, I’m sorry you don’t.”
Zane let out an exasperated sigh. “How about now?” He raised his arms above his head and waved them just like he had done when he was trying to flag her down.
He looked completely ridiculous and she fought back the urge to laugh at him. But the more she looked at him she realized that he did look strangely familiar. Oh my… He was the man on the side of the road next to the pickup truck just outside of town.
“Oh,” Kellan said. “Yes, I do remember you now. I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you with your shirt on.” She loaded her voice with sarcasm and crossed her arms over her chest. If he was going to have an attitude with her, then she was going to give it right back.
Zane’s eyes narrowed. “Well, would you care to explain why you just blew past me like that?”
Kellan laughed, quietly as to not draw attention. “Why did I blow past you? Hmm, let me think. Um, maybe it has to do with the fact that you were partially naked and in the middle of nowhere.”
Well damn. He hadn’t thought about that. He’d been all riled up thinking that some guy just ignored him. Now, thinking about it from her perspective, he could see why she didn’t pull over to help him. As it was though, his built up anger from everything that had transpired today got the best of him and he continued with his rant.
“I was not half naked,” he said, his voice low as he briefly glanced around the room to see if anyone could hear them speaking.
“Look, cowboy.” She said the word as though it were an insult and not an affirmation of what he obviously was. “I’m sorry you’re having a bad day, but don’t come over here and take it out on me. I had a good reason for not stopping earlier and I’m not going to apologize for looking after my own safety. You could’ve been a murderer for all I knew.”
Zane knew that he should just man up and walk away, but he just couldn’t do that now after her snarky “cowboy” remark. Why’d she have to go and say it like that anyway?
“Look, princess,” he said with the same tone she had used. “This ain’t Hollywood. Take your sunglasses off. You’re inside and you look like a damn fool.”
Kellan’s jaw fell in disbelief.
Zane smiled, feeling triumphant that he got in the last word. He turned and started to walk away from her.
“Screw you, cowboy!” she yelled after him, saying the word exactly as she had before. “And that horse you rode in on.”
And—Whoops!—now everyone in the diner had turned to look at them.Zane turned around to face her with amusement on his face. “Very original, princess.”
About the Author:
In November of 2011, author Kimberly Lewis stepped into the writing world with her first original western contemporary romance novel, When the Heart Falls.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl at heart caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories.
After the birth of her son, Kimberly found the inspiration to pick up a pen, or in this case a laptop, and began writing her first novel. Since then she has continued to write and credits her husband, Rob, and her wonderfully crazy family, who with their love and joking demeanor provide her with the ideas that inspire her novels.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her amazing family.
Why I Love Reading and Writing Western Romance by Kimberly Lewis
I’m always amazed by the sheer volume of different sub-genres there are for romance—and it seems to be growing all the time. You’ve got your paranormal romances with vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters, your historical romances with Dukes, Lords and Ladies, your contemporaries with firemen, policemen, navy seals and your average Joe’s. The list goes on and on. But I’m not here today to talk about all of those—even though I’m a fan of those novels as well. I’m here to tell you why western romances are my thing. Making a list of reasons seems the perfect way to do this—so let’s begin, shall we?
1. “I’m from the country and I like it that way.”
Yes I’m quoting a Tracy Byrd song and, although it’s not my own original thought, it’s the lyrics to this song that describe why I love my country lifestyle so much.
“Everybody knows everybody. Everybody calls you friend. You don’t need an invitation, kick of your shoes, come on in. Yeah, we know how to work and we know how to play. We’re from the country and we like it that way.”
Every western romance I’ve read has that element of down home, hospitality that I grew up with and adore. So that’s one of the main reasons why I’m so drawn to the genre.
2. Laid back, Casual Romance.
Keep it simple—that’s the motto. In western romances we don’t need romantic trips to Paris, or fancy nights out on the town. Glitz and glamour are not needed here. Give us a quiet night cuddled up on a blanket beneath the stars or take us horseback riding on a cool summer day—we aren’t picky.
3. Gotta love a man who works hard for a livin’.
Ninety-nine percent of western romances revolve around ranch life. And what happens on ranches? You work from sun up to sun down to make a living for yourself and your family. Occasionally you’ll get that western romance with the million dollar cowboy who doesn’t have to lift a finger to make his money, but I much rather prefer a hardworking man who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty, get a little sweaty...maybe so sweaty that he’d have to take his shirt off....
Hmm? I’m sorry, what were we talking about? Oh right! Why I love western romances:-)
4. Let’s just go ahead and say it, Cowboys are HOT!
Everyone woman in this world has a “type” that they go for. While your type may be a super hot fireman, or an alpha shape-shifter that fights with his animal instincts, or a hundred year old vampire with a soul, my type is a sexy as sin cowboy. There is just something about a man who has the strength to tame a thousand pound wild animal yet reveal a completely softer side to the woman he loves. Plus we can’t forget that all those hard hours put into working on the ranch leads to hard, toned muscles that all of us love our fantasy men to have :-)
Okay, so those are just a few of the reasons why I love reading and writing western romances. What’s your favorite genre and what about it draws you in?