Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Sexy Saturday - Kentucky 98 Proof

September 28, 2013

Happy My Sexy Saturday, the first one of autumn! Thanks for stopping by Between the Keys. This week, I'm posting seven (short) paragraphs from Kentucky 98 Proof you won't find anywhere else on the Internet. The action takes place as Vic is taking a bath to get ready for his first official date with Boone. (Ranger is Vic's dog.) Enjoy!
_*_*_*_



Ranger padded out of the bathroom, toenails clicking softly on the oak floor. Vic pulled his knees to his chest, held his breath, and slid under the water. He could almost float in the tub. He sat up, wiped the water from his eyes, and glared up at the tall man leaning on the door frame.

“You’re early.”

“You’re not ready.” Boone raised an eyebrow. “But since you’re naked I don’t think I mind much.”


“The washcloth has me covered.”


“Damn. That must be disappointing.”


"It's a big washcloth."


Boone snorted. "Wouldn't cover me."

_*_*_*_

KENTUCKY 98 PROOF

Contemporary gay romance available now at Amazon


KC
Website
Twitter
Pinterest


Friday, September 27, 2013

Title, title....what should be the title?

September 27, 2013

One of the things I like about Amber Quill/Amber Allure (please note this company closed March 30, 2016) is the opportunity to take two or three stories and publish them in a paperback anthology. And while the demand for paperbacks is currently not what it once was, I think it's great to have a printed copy or two on my personal bookshelf. Yes, it's a vanity thing, but I don't care what society says, we're all entitled to some minor vanities every now and then. 

So that brings me around to having to fill out one of those *(;^!%(*! publisher forms. Not my favorite thing to do. (I don't know any author who leaps at the chance to fill out the forms so I'm not alone.) I've known since I was halfway through writing Kentucky 98 Proof it would probably go into an anthology with Doors of Time. What's the hold up you ask? Why do I seem to be dragging my feet? Ready for some bad grammar? I don't got no title. 

Usually it's easy to come up with a title for a compilation. What You Don't Confess and Your Whisper in the Dark became Whispered Confessions.  Double Deuce and Deuce of Diamonds became Double Diamonds. Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea and Catching Fireflies became Catch the Moon. You see the pattern. But for the life of me I can't seem to hit on a combination I like for Kentucky 98 Proof and Doors of Time

Door to Kentucky? Kentucky Time? Proof of Time? Door Proof? 98 Doors? You see the problem. Nothing sounds quite right. I have a sheet of possibilities, all titles I've thought up over the years for stories but not chosen and nothing on the list strikes a chord in me either. I love both those stories and I want a hard copy on my shelf, darn it! 

Settling on a title is at the top of my list for this weekend. Will I get to scratch it off the list? Stay tuned. I'll let ya know. 

**When Amber Quill closed in 2016 all the paperbacks went out of print.**


KC
Website
Twitter
Pinterest
Blog

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Live, learn, improve

September 23, 2013

A little over a week ago I stumbled upon the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. Now I love simple to the inth degree so I signed up, and I'll probably continue to do so for the near future. It's fun going around to the different blogs and seeing what everyone else is working on AND finding some great new-to-me authors. That's the up side. The down side is boy did I discover I'd made a huge mistake by omission on my blog. 

Of all the incredibly stupid things to not do, I didn't have my name at the top of my blog. Okay it was one tiny scroll down the page, but I know better! Heck, when you go to my website my name jumps off the page at you. 

And even worse, I didn't realize this until I clicked onto another author's website and had to search to see whose site it was. That's when it hit me. I needed a simple block at the top of the blog with a welcome. You know, you are here and here is at KC Kendricks' Between the Keys. Simple. 

On my travels to the other My Sexy Saturday blogs I noticed so many things I really liked. There are a lot of really creative people at there. I like the look of Between the Keys so I don't know how many of those ideas I can build on, but there may be a few. 

Live, learn, improve. That's just the way it is. 

KC

follow KC on Pinterest

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cover up! Station to Station


**Updated April 24, 2016** Amber Quill closed on 3/30/16. 

Station to Station is out in a second edition. The new cover at the left is one I did. I think it came out pretty good! - KC

Station to Station is now available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and other online book sellers. 

KC

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Sexy Saturday - Desert Snow by KC Kendricks

September 21, 2013

Welcome to the My Sexy Saturday blog hop! I'd like to thank everyone for the warm welcome last Saturday. I'm looking forward to making my way around to everyone's blog and Twitter feeds. (Follow the #mysexysaturday on Twitter.)

My Sexy Saturday is easy. Each author selects seven words, sentences or paragraphs from one of his/her books, and posts it on Saturday morning. Then everyone can hop around the blogs and check them out. 

This week I've chosen seven sentences from Desert Snow. Enjoy!

- - - - - - - - - -
His gaze flicked to my lips as I licked the tart drops. “I wouldn’t want to come across as easy.”

His left eyebrow lifted. “Not a word I’d use to describe my take on you. I think I’ll get a few more drinks into you and see if you’re more agreeable to some fun.”

I grinned at him. “You give a guy my age too many drinks and the only fun you’ll get will be listening to him snore.”
- - - - - - - - - - -

DESERT SNOW
Contemporary gay romance 


Laird Bennett accepts a friend’s invitation for a vacation with his eyes wide open. His buddy is pimping for him - in a sneaky sort of way. Why else set up his business meeting in Palm Springs the week of the annual White Party and ask Laird to go along? Laird goes with every intention of enjoying the eye candy, the weather, and behaving himself. Those plans change his first night out while waiting to cross the street and a younger man in white leather greets him. 

Haydn Rinehart is at a crossroads. His pilgrimage to the White Party is to keep a promise before moving into the next phase of his life. Haydn strikes up a conversation with an attractive party-goer while waiting for a traffic light to change and invites him for a drink. When he discovers Laird is one of his favorite authors, Haydn volunteers to assist in some hands-on research in his hotel room. 

After all, they are at the White Party and some fun is in order. 

KC Kendricks
website at: http://www.kckendricks.com
blog: http://kckendricks.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kckendricks
mailing list at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/betweenthekeys
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kckendricks

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It was a long time coming

September 17, 2013


Five years ago I rolled the dice and submitted a contemporary gay romance in the 2008 Amber Heat Wave Contest. I figured I had nothing to lose. The congratulatory email came - Surrendered Victory was one of the winners. I was off and running.

Since then I've published thirty books, most of which placed on the monthly Amber Allure Bestseller list. But I didn't have a number one until now.

Yep. That's #1. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

*_*_*_*_*_*

AMBER ALLURE / August 2013

1. Kentucky 98 Proof - KC Kendricks (Gay / Contemporary)
2. Make Mine A Bad Boy - Carolina Valdez (Gay / Contemporary)
3. Unbreak My Heart - K-lee Klein (Gay / Contemporary)
4. Different - Kim Dare (Gay / Contemporary)
5. Simply Irresistible - Christiane France (Gay / Contemporary)
6. Knave Of Hearts - Adrianna Dane (Gay / Contemporary)
7. Snow Drive - A. J. Llewellyn (Gay / Contemporary)
8. Summer Of Love - Heidi Champa (Gay / Contemporary)
9. Sparring With Shadows - Erin O'Quinn (Gay / Mystery)
10. Raw Cut - K. T. Forbes (Gay / Contemporary)


***UPDATE January 7, 2017***  Amber Quill ceased operations but that doesn't negate the fact Kentucky 98 Proof was one of their #1 sellers. 

KC
website
twitter
pinterest

Monday, September 16, 2013

We drank the whole thing!

September 16, 2013

For the record, I am not a lush. I just enjoy a glass of wine from time-to-time. Recently I posted about our road trip to some Maryland wineries and the purchases we made. This is a follow-up to that blog. Yes, we guzzled enjoyed the whole bottle. It was only two big glasses each.

This past weekend started off like many others. I was up early, writing, and after a sufficient amount of daylight infiltrated the bedroom, Himself shuffled to the coffee maker and then to his chair. After he'd had a chance to get his eyes open, I joined him. 

We putzed around the house and yard for awhile but in due course, it had to happen. Someone had to say the words. 

"What are we going to do today?" can be almost the most annoying words in the English language after "What's for supper?". 

We decided to make lasagna. It's a great cook-once-and-eat-four-times plan and the first plating calls for a good wine. We consulted the wine rack and decided, by default, to pop the cork on the Elk Run Annapolis Sunset. I say by default because we didn't have Merlot. But hey - it worked! 

And it was sooooooo good. And for us, that's what makes the wine. We don't care about awards and critical acclaim, we go for the taste. 

Light and slightly sweet, Annapolis Sunset is definitely on our "buy again" list. It's perfect for supper on the patio on a crisp September evening. Give it a try if you get the chance. 

KC
website
twitter
pinterest



Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Sexy Saturday: Surrendered Victory by KC Kendricks

Saturday, September 14, 2013 

This is my first time participating in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. I saw it on Twitter last week and thought I'd give it a try. Why not? It sounds like a great way to meet new people. Besides, it's easy and easy is a good thing in my world. 

 So like with all new things, let's give the creators of My Sexy Saturday a nod. You can follow along on Twitter by using @MySexySaturday. To visit the My Sexy Saturday to get info and to see the list of authors participating on any given Saturday go to http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.com . They also have the addy there for their facebook group so visit the page to snag that. Let me say thanks to the ladies hosting before I get to my post today - THANKS!! 

 As this is my first My Sexy Saturday post, I thought I'd go all the way back to the first KC Kendricks book and start at the beginning. Here are 7 sentences from Surrendered Victory

"I’ve failed at a lot of things, but never at being me,” I said. 

 His face underwent a curious change, morphing from earnestly curious, to surprise, to something akin to pleasure, before turning sad. 

“You’re one of the lucky ones then.” He trailed his hand down my torso to my belly button. I nipped his shoulder. 

“Go lower, Dalton. Just a few inches lower.”

Have a great Saturday, everyone! 

Surrendered Victory
www.kckendricks.com/SurrenderedVictory.html

KC Kendricks
website
twitter

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Number 1 for the publisher at All Romance eBooks - Kentucky 98 Proof

**Note** 
Although Amber Quill and All Romance eBooks have both closed, I decided to leave this post up. After all, Kentucky 98 Proof was the #1 book for the company for a stretch of time. 
Can't change that fact. 


September 12, 2013 

 I'm starting to feel a little sheepish about how well Kentucky 98 Proof is doing. Seriously. First it hit the All Romance eBooks Bestseller list. Then it was a really spiffy 5 Heart review. And now Kentucky 98 Proof is number one for the publisher - Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure - at All Romance eBooks. I had to take a screen capture of it for my files! It's better than pinching myself to make sure I'm awake, you know. 

You'd think the follow-up story to this one would prove difficult, but it doesn't really work like that. Kentucky 98 Proof is really the follow-up to Seducing Light, Tango in the Night, Poseidon's Pleasure, The Back Stairs, What You Don't Confess, Double Deuce, Highway Nights, Desert Snow, Doors of Time. These are the books I think are my best works and the ones which set the stage for Kentucky 98 Proof.

And while this has been great fun I'm not losing sight of reality. The next book is submitted and the contract signed. Will it turn out to be a fun ride like Kentucky 98 Proof? Who knows? If it does, I'll enjoy it every bit as much as I've enjoyed this story. If it doesn't, it'll still be a book I'm proud of. I think that's what really matters. 

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Kentucky 98 Proof! 

KC
website
twitter 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's Five Hearts for Kentucky 98 Proof

September 7, 2013 

Hearts on Fire Reviews has given Kentucky 98 Proof a 5 Heart rating! My thanks to reviewer Diane for her kind words. In these times of nastiness, it's so very refreshing to get a straightforward book review from someone who actually read the book. 

Here's a snippet from the review: 

If you like romance, men in uniforms and smart guys, cabin settings and seemingly opposites attracting, you’ll like this story – and there are quite a few hot scenes, as well as straight ahead romantic and funny ones. Great story that I would recommend! - Diane, reviewer

Check out the entire review at http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=22867

It's been great fun watching this book take off. Some books do, and some don't, so I think it's important a writer keep it all in perspective. Enjoy the ones that do, and don't angst over the ones that don't. Just tell the story, send it out into the world, and move on to the next one. So I'm enjoying the ride. 

For more about Kentucky 98 Proof, and to read an excerpt, visit www.kckendricks.com/Kentucky98Proof.html 



KC Kendricks
Website