Friday, January 31, 2014

GUEST BLOG + GIVEAWAY: Featuring Kim Boykin


Okay, to know what the sweetest thing is, you have to know what the NOT sweetest thing is. And as a newbie novelist, it’s having ONE book out there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so FREAKING grateful to have a published book, sometimes, I just squeal for no reason. Or for that very reason. I didn’t have anything else for readers who say, “What else do you have for me to read?” And while I thank GOD for my fabulous editor at Penguin, sadly I’ve had to say to readers, “the new book will be out next AUGUST.” BTW, Palmetto Moon does come out 8/5/14. YAY!

But in a world when our baked potatoes can’t bake fast enough in the microwave, that’s too long for some people, I know it is for me. All of that changed today! Scratch that, all that changed at a cocktail party when I met the amazing author and rebel girl, Jane Porter. Being a rebel girl, Jane is making sense out of this crazy publishing business with her new company, Tule Publishing Group, which offers a better way. Like you can put out a book almost as fast as your can write it better way.

Jane’s first imprint is Montana Born Books, about a small fictitious town, Marietta, Montana, that is chock full of hot cowboys and heroines, with fabulous authors writing those stories like Jane herself, Lilian Darcy, Megan Crane, and C.J. Carmichael, and a whole bunch more!

When Jane suggested I write a novella for her, I laughed because I didn’t think I belonged in the same sentence with those lovely ladies. I’m still not so sure about that, and I’ll be the first person to confess I know nothing about Montana. Never been there, but I’ve seen pictures, and let me tell you it’s beautiful and now on my bucket list.

Anyhoo, Jane said, “write me a story about a sassy South Carolina hairstylist who goes to Montana for some reason.” Good thing Jane is a whole lot smarter than me, because this novella is a good example of an an editor, publisher, and friend giving you wings and then giving you a gentle shove off of the cliff. And that’s what it felt like writing Steal Me, Cowboy. Soaring.



With Jane’s vision and Rainey Brown’s great big sassy southern voice I was hooked and so caught up in writing Beck Hartnett that I found myself sighing A LOT. And when my husband gently reminded me I’d been writing for twelve hours and it was time to make dinner, I took one hand off the keyboard, just for a second, mind you, and shooed him away. Because, once Beck Hartnett gets hold of you, you really don’t want to let go.

And how should we celebrate all things Montana (and Beck Hartnett!), you ask?  Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Montana Born's first print anthology Love Me, Cowboy, a $10 Amazon gift card, and yummy chocolates!


Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes.



28 comments:

  1. Let's celebrate indeed. Look how happy he is!!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. Congrats on your first time out. And the company of such a sweet cowboy.

    I like all those things so ariella AT ariellapapa DOT com

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    1. Would love to read it!! We missed you at Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson Tx this year!!

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  3. Congratulations and best wishes. What a lovely celebration. Enjoy. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I loved reading Steal Me, Cowboy. I had so much fun while reading it. And I got very hungry too. Loved the scene where he makes her a cheese sandwiche.

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  5. Celebrate and much happiness. Congratulations. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Loved Steal Me Cowboy. Can't wait for Palmetto Moon and it will be warm again by then and I will be over this dang bronchitis,.

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  7. Loved Steal Me Cowboy. Can't wait for Palmetto Moon and it will be warm again by then and I will be over this dang bronchitis,.

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  8. Loved Steal Me Cowboy. Can't wait for Palmetto Moon and it will be warm again by then and I will be over this dang bronchitis,.

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  9. That 12 hours (plus) writing spree really paid off because this story is incredible. I'm glad you shooed off your hubby to keep writing. Keep up the great work.

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  10. congratulations! they're all wonderful stories!

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  11. Congratulations and best wishes.Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

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  12. I can't wait to read all 3 of your books. If Jane love you, I know I will too.

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  13. Steal Me, Cowboy is on my TBR list! 126 is alot of rose bushes, how did you decide on that quantity of rose bushes?

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  14. Congratulations on your success so far.

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  15. I have read only the first story in the Love Me, Cowboy anthology & once I get caught up on my review request I am going back for more.

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  16. Congrats! I must read this book!

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  17. Can't wait to start reading, Kim. Bought it this morning. And as soon as get my page count in (I'm thrilled to say Jane invited to play with this GREAT group of authors, too--mine's part of the Marietta Fair series this summer), I plan to settle down and read!

    Been sharing your links today. Happy SALES!

    Deb

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  18. Looking forward to reading your stories, Kim!

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  19. Congratulations Kim, you must be on cloud 9!!! I know you have to be a great author, you are a Montana B, Book's Girl, I am a fan of their writers to say the least. Would just love, love, love a chance to read your book. Hope to see many more from you as well. Again Congratulations. And thank you for a great giveaway. B [aka Babbie]

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  20. Was lovely meeting you today, can't wait to read anything you write.

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  21. Absolutely loved this book!! Great info provided here!!

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  22. Applause, Applause!!!! As a GRITS (Girl Raised in The South), I appreciate your sassiness. We love that in New Orleans!

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  23. Can't wait to read anything you write. Since I have been a young girl I have been fascinated with Montana and cowboys. I finally have met my true love from Montana and got to visit this wonderful state I have read so much about. I can't wait to move there someday. I would love to win your contest and start reading another Montana romance.

    Jackie Lewis
    Sky2cu4@aol.com

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  24. Beck does sound like a great character. Congratulations

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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