Quote Why Climax?

Throughout my Cates Brothers Series every so often a reader/reviewer will comment or ponder why in the world I picked the name “Climax” to set my small town series in. I actually have a list of reasons –not necessarily good reasons, lol– but reasons for choosing Climax. Here we go…

1.Climax happens to be an actual town in NC within a few hours of where I live. I didn’t know that until my husband and I got lost driving home from looking for a couch in High Point. (FYI: we didn’t find a couch we could agree on.) We passed the sign for Climax and it made me smile. Yes, I’m easily amused. I did a bit of research and it turns out almost every state has a city/town named Climax. So I liked the idea that my fictional town of Climax was, in theory, a town within driving distance of every reader.

2. The first book in the series, BRINGING DELANEY HOME, touches on some serious issues. My heroine, an army nurse, lost a foot while serving in Afghanistan, and after almost a year of surgeries and therapy she’s given up. Serious stuff. But in between some serious stuff there’s quirky humor. My thinking was naming the town Climax would give a nod to that humor. You know, like give the reader a hint that the book wasn’t going to be dark and angsty. Nothing wrong with dark and angsty. Sometimes that’s the perfect type of read. But I didn’t want a reader to pick up DELANEY expecting dark and angsty and being surprised/disappointed/confused with the quirky humor. Climax is quirky, right? 

For example, the first time the hero, Quinn, sees Delaney in eight years, she’s given up on her recovery and beyond tipsy. Here’s part of that first conversation…

    Delaney scrubbed her hands over her face and shook her head. “Funny how one second can change your life, you know? Boom. So now I want to be left alone. Why won’t Greer understand that?”

     “She’s worried about you.”

     “I told her I was fine.”

     “You don’t look fine.” Quinn watched the tears run silently down her face, realizing in all the years he’d known Delaney he’d never seen her cry before.

     “Of course I’m not fine. My life makes no sense anymore. And I’m tired of trying to make it make sense, you know? I just want to be left alone. That’s all.”

     “Delaney?”

     “Yes?” She sniffed and blinked tear-filled eyes up to his face.

     “It’s time to come home. Greer sent me to get you.” He used the bottom of his shirt to finish wiping her tears away.

     She looked up at him in confusion. “One of the many Cates brothers. In high school, you couldn’t sneeze without spraying a Cates brother. One of you was always at the principal’s office. Was that you? You look like the bad boy of the bunch.”

     Quinn quirked an eyebrow at her, wondering what game she was playing. She damn well knew who he was. “No, that was Tynan.”

     “The one who cheated off my chemistry tests?”

     “Tynan.”

     “The one who dated the student teacher?”

     “What? Seriously? Had to be Tynan.”

      She studied him, tilting her head different angles. “Hmmm, not Tynan, and not the super hot one, or that other one the girls nicknamed Mr. Darcy, and definitely not old what’s-his-name. That makes you the one who dated all those perky cheerleaders. Quinlan.” She poked him in the chest with her finger.

     “Guilty.” He stood up and took a step back, rubbing his chest where she’d poked him.

     “You don’t say. Of what?”

     “Nothing.” Guilty of being stupid if he let her touch get to him again. He’d gotten over her five years ago. He was not taking that road again.

     “Don’t poker up on me now. Go ahead and confess. It’s a few years too late, but . . . No? Fine. I’ll go first. I confess I’m pretty sure I made out with one of you Cates boys, but I’m not sure which one.”

     Quinn crossed his arms over his chest and frowned. “How could you not be sure which one of us you made out with?”

     “Well, you all looked a lot alike. You know, tall, square jaw, and dark hair. You know what you needed? Name tags. If you Cates brothers had worn name tags, then I’d remember which one.”

     Quinn grunted. “I think I might be insulted.”

     “Why? Was it you?” She stared at his lips as if this would reveal the truth.

     “I don’t kiss and tell.”

     “See, you don’t even know. I told you y’all needed name tags.”

     “I’d say you need some more coffee.”

     Delaney looked around the floor at all the wineglasses and coffee cups lined up. “Oh, good gravy, I know what I need more than coffee.”

     “What’s that?”

     “The bathroom. Help me up,” Delaney said. “No! Do. Not. Touch. The. Legs. Just grab my hands and pull.”

     Quinn gently pulled her up by her hands. He kept holding on to her while she swayed precariously.

     “Okey dokey. Step out of the way, Great Wall of China.” She looked up at him as she pushed against his chest. “Someone’s been working out.”

3. I liked adding in a local connection–although I didn’t base any of my fictional town on the actual town. In fact, I sort of picked it up and moved it about an hour south. 

4. BRINGING DELANEY HOME was the first romance book I wrote. When I wrote it I was just writing one book. So Climax, NC for one book was an easy decision. I didn’t dream back then that my Cates Brothers could be a series. I’m blessed that my editor and publisher loved the Cates brothers enough to let me tell all their stories. 

But…I’ve had a small subplot running through each of the Cates Brothers’ books about an adorable kid, Henry Lee, who’s looking for a mom and a wife for his widowed dad, Hawk Savage. As the Cates Brothers series came to a close, I knew I wanted to wrap that story up for readers of the series and a Christmas novella sounded perfect. But now there are lovely unsuspecting readers choosing that book, WANTED: MOM FOR CHRISTMAS because they love Christmas stories and have never read a Cates Brother book looking side-eyed at a Christmas in Climax book. I get it. It’s like the perfect title for a steamy read, right? LOL. So, maybe if I’d planned out the whole series ahead of time down to the holiday novella, I might have chosen a different name. Or not.

And that is the story behind my small town Climax, NC setting and the Cates Brothers Series. 

To celebrate the release of WANTED: MOM FOR CHRISTMAS in 21 days I’m running a series of Goodreads giveaways for the previous books in the series. First up is a giveaway for 1 *signed copy* of COULD THIS BE LOVE? Here’s the link: 

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/259303-could-this-be-love   

 

Gallery Meet Debut Author Shelly Chalmers!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a debut author whose book, MUST LOVE PLAGUE, releases on October 11, 2017.  Have you ever read something you just loved and knew you needed to read more of? That’s what happened to me the first time I read this author’s writing. I kid you not–I am literally counting down the days until her book pops up on my kindle. 7 Days. 
Please meet debut author Shelly Chalmers
Thank you so much for having me, Lee, and letting me talk about myself and my first book, Must Love Plague, which is out everywhere, October 11, 2017.
So, dear reader, you’re probably wondering who the heck is writing this. 😉
My name is Shelly Chalmers. I write paranormal romance that runs the gamut from space opera to contemporary paranormal (like Must Love Plague), but all of my stories always have a heavy dose of humor, a touch of magic, and a dab of geek. I write paranormal with humor because that’s what I also love to read. Besides, the world could use some more magic and laughter, don’t you agree?
If you like your romance served with humor and the occasional talking animal—this book has an empathic skunk—then please, check out this book. A novel about the four horsewomen of the apocalypse, and the small town they live in, where myth holds a grain of truth, magic is real, and the history of the four horsemen is about the get messy.
Here’s the blurb:

 

Spreading disease isn’t all it’s cracked up to.

Piper Bane wants nothing to do with her pesky Pestilence bloodline and would give anything to be a Normal. In fact, she put Beckwell—land of the paranormal and home of the weird—in her rear-view ten years ago, and hasn’t been back since. Until an invitation to her best friend’s wedding coaxes her back home and reminds her what it means to continue the legacy of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. She receives a typical Beckwell welcome the second the reaches the city limits where she’s stalked by a toad and wraps her car around a tree. And is rescued by the one person she most wants to avoid: Daniel Quilan. Town doctor, genuine nice guy, and her ex-fiancé.
Ten years hasn’t been long enough for Daniel Quilan to forget the only woman he’s ever loved. His responsibilities as Beckwell’s only doctor keeps his mind off he hole Piper Bane left in his chest when she broke his heart and skipped town all those years ago. His no-so-ordinary patients and his trouble-making twin brother keep Daniel occupied twenty-four-seven, not to mention magic going haywire throughout town. But his plan to stay busy as the town’s golden boy is shattered when his latest patient turns out to be Piper. How good she looks isn’t his concern. How she still makes fire shoot through his veins isn’t his focus. But the fact that someone wants to end the world and will use Piper to do so…that makes her impossible to ignore.
Excerpt:
The tree-lined highway and the fields looked unchanged in the ten years since she’d stepped foot in Beckwell. Ten years since she’d seen the place where she grew up, where her three closest friends still lived. Ten years since Piper Bane, Pestilence clan, had anything to do with the world she’d been born into. A world where myths held some grain of truth, magic was real, her family was part of the horsemen dynasty, and unicorns could fly. Okay, that last part wasn’t true and probably wishful thinking, but the rest?
Yep, she was related to those four horsemen of the apocalypse: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence. Who, when they weren’t off causing disaster, had apparently gotten it on with every surviving female they met, creating clans that were now large and spread worldwide. Kind of like royal family lines, where some members were rich and powerful—in both human and non-human ways. The more powerful stood the best chance of becoming the true embodiment of their clan, to ride into the apocalypse as a true horseman and carry forth destruction.
The radio station turned to static. Piper shuddered. Definitely getting close now. She pushed the button and shut the static off, leaving only the collected ghosts of memory filling the car. Her stomach hardened.
What a nightmare. She’d held out hope that someone else would gain the powers of Pestilence, because when they did, they absorbed all the powers of their clan. Poof. Piper would finally be normal. You know…for that little while before the world ended. But she’d be normal. Life would be easier if she were normal. Average. Those people got to fall in love, have kids, have happy lives.
So far, though, no one had taken a ride on that damned horse, which left her in limbo.

 

If you’d like to read a longer sample chapter:

https://shellychalmers.com/novels/must-love-plague-sample-chapter/  

 

Where you can find Shelly:

website / blog: shellychalmers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShellyC.Chalmers/

Twitter: @scchalmers

Buy links: 

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Meet the Cates Brothers: Quinn, Sijan, Tynan, Kaz, and Paxton…

Quinn, small town cop and the youngest Cates brother. Quinn is the happy brother. He’s positive, optimistic, and undaunted. If Quinn were a dog he’d be a Golden Retriever. Loyal and outgoing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sijan, the movie star. He has no problem showing his emotions. If he were a dog he’d be a Weimaraner. Weimaraners are athletic with an air of elegance and can be demanding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tynan, former army but now owns his own construction business. He’s the wild one. You know where you stand with Tynan because he’ll most likely tell you. Unfiltered. He’s the oldest brother and takes his duties seriously. He’s got your back. Even if you don’t think you need it. If Tynan were a dog he’d be a German Shepard. Hard working, brave, and protective. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaz, computer wiz and hacker. Twin brother to Paxton. Laid-back cool, genius, quiet yet observant. The whole still waters run deep. Analytical and logical. If Kaz where a dog he’d be a Standard Poodle. Intelligent, quietly elegant, and peaceful. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paxton, lawyer. Kaz’s twin. Paxton is a mix of all his brothers. He can put on a show and love every second of it. He’ll happily tell you what he’s thinking and usually use multi-syllables to do it. He’s also logical which he uses to slice and dice in the courtroom. He’s driven and optimistic. If he were a dog he’d be a Heinz-57. He can be a loyal faithful companion, a show dog comfortable in the spotlight, or a protective guard dog when needed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the last Cates brother! Paxton Cates can be very persuasive…and single-minded…and driven…

Paxton Cates making his case…

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Gallery Name The Baby Contest!

*********Contest Closed********

A big thank you to all who sent in names to help name Delaney and Quinn’s baby!

So many great ones! So good I might have to use them for the other Cates brothers’ babies. 😉

The winning baby names were submitted by Jill Brittain! Mackenzie if it’s a girl and Jameson if it’s a boy! Thanks, Jill! The baby’s name (and sex) will be revealed in the 5th #CatesBrother book, YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE.

But there were so many great names that I decided to put everyone who submitted an entry into a drawing and drew 2 random runners up. Donna Killian and L.L. have also won e-copies of one of the Cates Brothers books.

Thanks to all who entered. And to to my publisher, Lyrical Press, Inc. for the help.

Name The Baby Contest! 

The answer to who is having a baby from my last newsletter is…Delaney and Quinn Cates! And I’d like your helping naming the baby! Readers will find out Delaney is pregnant in Love 2.0, but the plot is such that you won’t find out the sex of the baby until YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE releases.

So, in order not to spoil that reveal, just go ahead and submit both a possible boy and girl name. The winner of the contest will get…

#1 Their winning baby’s name in YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE.

#2 My everlasting gratitude, and trust me when I say, the whole Cates family will hold your name high that finally…finally…Delaney & Quinn can reveal their baby’s name and stop using “cutie pie” or “little baby Cates” as a placeholder. 😉

#3 *Winner also wins a signed copy of YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE!*

The Details: This contest will run from now through the month of April. (Ends 5.1.17) I’ll pick the name I like the best. If there are too many good names to choose, I’ll put all the favorites into a hat and pick randomly.

How to submit names:

1. Email it to me! leekilraineauthor@gmail.com

~Or~

2. Facebook! I’ve got a pinned post for the contest on my FB author page. Add your baby name entry to the comments.

~Or~

3. Right here! Leave a comment on this post, or use the contact form on my blog to send me an email.

~Or~

4. Goodreads.

No limit to the number of entries per person.

You Can’t Hurry Love        Love 2.0  

      (Paxton’s Book)                     (Kaz’s Book)

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