Friday, November 18, 2016

Gideon's Second Hand Bride

I just finished reading Gideon's Second Hand Bride by Author Kristin Holt, and I loved it.

A Sweet Historical Mail Order Bride Romance Novella (Rated PG)

The last thing John Gideon wants is another wife.
Mere weeks have passed since John buried his wife, but he must trudge forward. For the sake of his three little ones, he has no choice but to remarry. His mail order bride must agree— this marriage will be strictly business.

Permilia is desperate to flee the bonds of marriage…
The War Between The States cost Millie her kind, gentle husband. He came back in body, but his soul was ravaged by war. To save herself and the life of their toddler son, she leaves her abusive husband though she has nowhere to go, no money, no family. A single option surfaces— a farmer has sent for a mail order mother, housekeeper, and help-meet. It’s a marriage in name only, so she justifies disappearing into the west and keeping her secrets.

...a marriage her husband vowed she’ll never escape.
Oliver Owens warned Permilia the only way she’d leave him would be through the undertaker. It’s only a matter of time before he catches his runaway wife.

He doesn’t want a wife.
She doesn’t want a husband.
Marriage of convenience?

I picked up this book and started reading. I knew it was a novella and I was in the mood for a short story. I had no idea it would hook me and I wouldn't be able to put it down. Well, that's what happened. I didn't quit reading until the middle of the night. I had to finish it. Loved it.

If you're looking for something that is easy reading and entertaining, pick up this novella. You will enjoy it!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hunting - Yes or No?

I just spent three days in the mountains of Northern Utah and so enjoyed it. The cool temperatures were exhilarating. The fall colors are starting to fade, but there were enough bright yellow leaves on the quaking aspens, the brilliant red orange on the oak brush, both set against a background of green pines and clear blue skies with puffy clouds making an awesome sight as we drove our ranger looking for elk. Didn't see many elk, but the deer were plentiful, mostly does and fawns enjoying the nice days. Now and again a big moose would show itself and turkeys and grouse could be seen hunting and pecking in the tall grass.

It was on one of these types of camping trips that my story, Hunting Honeymoon, was thought up. Oh, we now stay in either our cozy cabin or our motorhome with lots of conveniences (yes, flushing toilets) but in our younger days, we took our tent and had some really fun times camping.

Hunting Honeymoon brings back memories of trips where I had to find a brush to hide behind because there was no outhouse. The frustration of having my husband off hunting with his brother and friends. The warm feeling of sitting around a campfire. We cooked over the fire with Dutch ovens and I still feel like our food tasted better when we did.

I'd love you to read Hunting Honeymoon and let me know how you enjoyed it. It's available in ebook exclusively from

So, I ask -- Hunting -- yes or no!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Monday, October 10, 2016

Thought For The Month

I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful fall. I know I have. The leaves have changed, but while they were in the process, the vivid colors took my breath away.
Hunting season is upon us -- at least in my family. My husband and my boys are avid hunters and they have been out searching the hills for a big bull elk, a lone buck deer, and the have had some pretty good luck.

I just spent a fun-filled weekend at the Utah Chapter of Romance Writers of America Conference where I got to meet Kristan Higgins and Brenda Novak as well as other great writers like RaeAnne Thayne and Dean Wesley Smith. Such inspirations. Learned a lot. Mingled with other writers and friends, and topped off the weekend at our Utah RWA 2nd Annual Readers Luncheon. It was a fantastic weekend.

Since coming home, going through all the books and notes and collectibles brought the following thought to mind. I want to share it with you.

I still find each day too short
For all the thoughts I want to think
All the books I want to read
All the walks I want to take
All the friends I want to see.

I hope you enjoy your fall. Take time to fill your days with good things.

And, don't forget, my newest short story - Hunting Honeymoon is now available exclusively through
A week of perfection
Or Recipe for Disaster?

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hello Again

Hello again - I've been lax in posting and all I can say is, life gets in the way sometimes. I'm sure many of you find the same thing. Your time isn't always your own. Families need attention. There's always housework and yard work and so many things going on. But, I hope you all have had a great summer.

I have been busy and wanted to share a couple of pieces of news with all of you.

I have a new short story that should be out this month. It's title is Hunting Honeymoon.

Analise has her nails done weekly, her hair styled regularly, and dreams of a candlelight steak dinner. 

Mark’s total focus is hunting and fishing. He’s excited to show her the beautiful mountain majesty he loves hoping to teach her to love the outdoors like he does. 

They have planned a hunting honeymoon in the rugged mountains of Utah.

Problem is, she’s not ready for the shock of having to bathe in a cold mountain stream and share him with his hunting buddies. He has no idea why hot dogs and s'mores aren’t the perfect honeymoon dinner.  

Can these two completely different people find a way to make this the perfect beginning of their life together?

Check out my story. I think you'll enjoy Mark and Analise's hunting honeymoon. 

I am doing edits on another story, Cherry Wood Place. I love the cover designed by Kelli Ann Morgan of Inspire Creative Services.  What do you think?
Watch for Cherry Wood Place. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can announce it has been released!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great Advice

A friend gave me the following and as I read through it again tonight, I found myself thinking it is so true. I don't know who wrote it, but I wanted to share the thoughts with you.

Every super-successful person's gotta do what they love.

You'll never walk if you don't take the first step.

You can dream, you can talk, but at some point you have to do it.

Tenacity: you're gonna get knocked down. Take your knocks and get right back up.

You might get a hundred doors slammed in your face. So go to door 101.

You have to keep your credibility.

That's the Ronald Reagan School of Management.


Some people live in the negative. They are the naysayers. They say it can’t be done. They say it will never be good. Ignore them. Think for yourself. You can do it.


K. R. Bailey

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I Love Great Reviews!

I love great reviews by readers. Makes me so happy to know that someone enjoys the hard work I put into writing a story.

I have received some great reviews for my book, A Tug At My Heart. It's my first western historical and I'm so thrilled that readers are enjoying it.

Here's what readers are saying about my book, A Tug At My Heart.

A classic romance with only a bit of spice at the end. I love any kind of western and the author brought this historical 1892 western to life. Bailey has excellent character development and sense of place. I enjoyed the Utah setting and felt that I was right there with the characters, Catherine and Zed. I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time and couldn’t wait to get back to it to find out what would happen next. If you love historical westerns, you’ll enjoy this read!
                ....Author Cindy A. Christiansen

5 Star Review - Excellent

What a excellent story. Catherine widow is help by Zeb to buried her husband she is pregnant but Zeb is to be married and he has given his word. From the beginning these two have a connection. It is an excellent book from start to finish only wish it was longer hated to end it.     .... A Reader

I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK. I could not wait to see what happened. I hoped it would end the way I wanted it to end. Thanks K R Bailey I really enjoyed it.  .....Mardell

If you haven't had the chance to read my book, you might want to check it out and let me know what you think. I love hearing from readers.

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Pets - They Add So Much To Our Lives

Most of us have pets – dogs, cats, birds, horses, goats, even pigs. They add so much enjoyment to our lives.

I grew up around horses. My Morgan horse, Racal, became my friend and confidant.

Everything in life seemed better when I crawled on his back and went for a ride. I loved sitting in the hay barn, enjoying the smell of hay. I’d pour out my heart to my Rascal as he ate from the manager. I knew he was listening because his ears would move back and forth as I talked. Every once in a while he’d lean up and nuzzle me as if tell me everything will be okay.

I remember my sister telling her daughter, who was scared to be outside by herself, to watch their horses. If everything was fine, they’d be eating and meandering around the pasture. But if someone was out there, their ears would be forward, as if on alert, and she’d know to come into the house and be careful. Wasn’t that insightful of her? After that, my niece never was scared to be outside by herself.

Today my family has a yellow lab. He’s our second one. His name is Shilo,

and he’s my buddy. It’s always amazing to me that we can be busy and not play with him for a day or so, but whenever we go out, he’s there, wagging his tail, thrilled to see us.

Our first lab was named Max. My son bought him, then decided to get married and couldn’t keep him. We inherited him and had him for eleven years. He was part of the family. When my husband retired and I was still working full time, Max used to go everywhere with him. They were definitely buddies. It definitely broke our hearts when he died.

My most unique pet was a young turkey. His name became Beep Beep because when he was little, every time we went by the box we had him in, he’d make a chirping sound like Beep Beep. As he got older, we’d call him and he would coming running and follow us around. People used to laugh that we had a pet turkey.

Pets become part of our families, adding happiness, and becoming an integral part of our lives. As I write my stories, you’ll notice that my hero and heroines nearly always have animals in them. A story wouldn’t be real if it didn’t have a dog wagging its tail or a horse wanting to have his neck rubbed. Wouldn’t you agree?

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey