Friday, May 26, 2017

Tribute to A Wonderful Friend

It's been nearly a year since I got the call that my good friend Terri J. Lynn passed away. It broke my heart. Today, for some reason, she's been on my mind.

I remember the first day we met. She walked into one of our Utah Chapter of Romance Writers of America meeting and the only chair available was next to me. She stood, looking around the room, not knowing anyone -- ever been there? I have. You're a bit nervous, anxious to be seated, but wanting to feel comfortable.

I motioned to the chair by me. I asked her the usual get to know you questions -- introduced myself, asked where she was from, etc. We started to chat. We bonded. From there a friendship grew. Come to find out she and her family only lived a few miles away. I asked her if she was interested in joining a critique group. She jumped at the chance, and that's when I found out what a fantastic author she was, and how knowledgeable she was. What a great addition to our critique group.

We laughed. We criticized and made recommendations. We brainstormed along with Alysia S. Knight. Our group just clicked. We had fun. We got work done. She even suggested the name of my story, Dark Secrets. After reading it, she called me and said that had to be the name because of all the secrets revealed in my story. As soon as she said that, I knew it was what I'd name that book. Dark Secrets.

About three years ago she and her husband moved to Las Vegas. I missed her so much, but we talked now and again. We still shared bits and pieces of the books we were working on. Then I couldn't get hold of her. I worried about her, and a few months later, I received the call from her sister. Broke my heart. She had passed away.

Funny how a stranger walks into your life and your world changes. She was that type of person. Encouraged me to do better. Helped me along the way with suggestions. Pushed me at times to work a bit harder. Became a friend and mentor, and I can't thank her enough. She was a wonderful lady, and I still miss her so much.

So I wanted to write this as a tribute to her - my good friend, a wonderful critique partner, a super great person and gifted author. Rest in peace with God.

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 19, 2017

School Is Nearly Out!

It's that time of year when school is nearly out. You can feel the electricity in the air whenever you are around any school kids. They are counting the days left, looking forward to getting their yearbooks, reading the comments made by their friends. Seniors are in the midst of getting those senior pictures, getting their caps and gowns for graduation, sending out invitations and perhaps attending their last dance. Oh, as summer approaches, they aren't sure what they are planning for the rest of their lives. Fun, exciting time.

I'm looking forward to my oldest grandson's graduation day next week. It's fun to see him shrug when you ask if he is planning to go on to school, get a job, just what his plans are. I remember those same feelings so long ago I won't tell you how long it has been. It's a fun time of year.  Kids getting out of school, memorial day camping trip, and looking forward to the warm summer days.

My granddaughter is excited for yearbook camp, girls camp, family vacation. It's a time to spent at the pool or perhaps boating at one of the lakes in the area, having backyard BBQs, and when I was a kid - oh my so long ago- looking forward to nights at the drive in. Remember those?

Whatever you are looking forward to doing, I hope you enjoy family and friends and whatever plans you have made. Perhaps be lazy and curl up on your patio with a glass of ice tea or cool lemonade and read a good book. That's probably my most favorite time, and if I may, I would suggest my newest book, Cherry Wood Place.

Whatever summer days bring, enjoy!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring is for Flowers!

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I think Spring is for flowers - and, of course, beautiful clear blue skies, nice temperatures, and looking forward to spending time on my patio, grilling a good steak or just enjoying the break from winter before the hot temperatures of summer arrive.

Image may contain: plant and outdoorToday was just that type of day. Actually, yesterday was too. My husband and I spent yesterday on a nice, long drive, enjoying the beautiful day. Today, it was time to get busy and get my flowers planted on my patio.

I think they turned out nice, and it felt so good to clean up the leaves that had blown in, wipe off the patio tables, and spruce things up with some color.

What do you do to bring in the warmer days and enjoy the springtime before the hot summer is on us?

Now I've got my patio just about ready to enjoy, it will be a perfect place to relax, play with my yellow lab, Shilo, or open up a good book, or in my case, turn on my kindle.  And don't forget my newest story - Cherry Wood Place - is now available in both kindle and paperback.

Enjoy the spring. Smell the lovely flowers and perhaps plant a few yourself, and don't forget to curl up and relax with a good book.

Happy Spring! Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Writer Is A Writer

I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America and in our chapter newsletter last month, I found a little saying and I wanted to share it with you.

A Writer is a Writer not because she writes well and easily,
because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden.
A Writer is a Writer because, even when there is no hope,
even when nothing you do shows at sign of promise,
you keep writing anyway.

This really hit home for me. I love writing. I enjoy the process, but not everything flows easily. Somedays it would be easier to just give up, throw away my work, and find something else to do. But I can't. I can't explain why. There's just something in me that keeps coming up with stories I want to write and share with my readers, so I keep writing.

Today I received a box of my newest books in the mail. Cherry Wood Place. They look great. I'm excited for you the read them, and then I knew why that saying fit.

A writer is a writer -- and I'm one of them.

Happy Reading!
K. R. Bailey

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Spring!

I've been missing in action for awhile now and the only excuse I have is -- well -- not much. I have been busy with my newest book, Cherry Wood Place. It's now available for pre-order and will be released April 7.

Here's the back cover blurb:
Recently divorced with no job and no future, Emma Kingman knew she had to do something fast. Her meager savings won’t support her for long. Then her friend Ally asks her to plan her wedding. Ludicrous, but an idea starts to grow.

Destiny led her to the perfect place -- an old home large enough for everything she wanted. A call to the realtor began the process of achieving her dream – Cherry Wood Place, her own wedding center. Emma’s future was bright. Or was it?

Realtor, Matt Graham, is relieved to find a buyer for the family home that has sat empty for three years. He’s fascinated with the changes Emma is making to the old homestead. Even though he doesn’t want to get involved, he is intrigued with the determined woman.

Emma’s dream is marred by rumors of the house being haunted, vandals and weird happenings. Matt finds himself wanting to help. But neither Matt nor Emma are ready for the strange things that threaten her and their future together.


Just in time for spring, Cherry Wood Place has the happy ending that is a great way to spend a lovely spring day -- and thankfully we are finally starting to have some lovely spring days.

With the snow nearly gone, the skies are bright blue and the days are getting warmer, I wish you Happy Spring!

Happy Reading!
K. R. Bailey

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Don't you love this time of year?

People are bustling around, lights are twinkling bright, and everywhere people are calling out greetings to each other, whether it be Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Holidays. The focus is on getting everything ready, buying just the right present to make someone happy, and finding the time to accomplish everything and still get to that holiday party you just have to attend.

At this time of year, I like to remember all that I have to be thankful for. I'm lucky to have a good family and a place to call home. I have wonderful friends that I don't see as often as I'd like, but at this special time of year, we try just a little harder to carve out some time to say hi and maybe go to lunch to catch up. For those who don't live nearby, it's a time to send off a Christmas letter, make a phone call or write a quick e-mail.

I don't get much writing accomplished, and I know I should keep to my writing schedule whenever I can, but I do try to find some time to relax, open a book or turn on my kindle and catch up on some reading. That's how I like to relax especially when the weather turns cold and stormy. I like to turn on our fireplace and pull out a good book.

However you celebrate this time of year, take some time to wind down and relax. Remember all you have to be grateful for. Remember good friends, share the love of your family, and if you are far away and can't, write a letter or make a phone call. Remember this time of year is a time for caring and sharing the love in your heart.

Find a good book, and if you can't think of any, I know several great authors and would be glad to recommend one. Just go to my web page - and send me a note through my contact page.

Of course, you can always download a copy of my Christmas stories, My Guardian Angel and Lila's Christmas Dream. They're short, easy reads, and I think you'll enjoy them.

Here's a blurb for My Guardian Angel:

After thirty-eight years of marriage, Emma Clawson is alone. A widow.  Her husband has always taken care of everything, the fields, the yard, even plowing snow off the driveway.   She’s spent her life caring for her husband and family.  Now she must find a way to move on. But how? 

Joe Bailey, a handsome widower, involved with a rich, beautiful woman, finds their relationship is lacking.  His family has encouraged him to date, but the women he meets don’t fill the empty void deep in his heart.

When Joe is asked to help harvest the fields for a neighbor, he is drawn to the pretty brown-haired widow with the sad, lonely eyes.  She is fighting the ravages of loneliness and insecurity, and he longs to be there to help and care for her.  Can he find the way into her heart? Will she allow him to help her learn to live again?

Here's a blurb for Lila's Christmas Dream

Lila Hanford has dreams of seeing exotic places and meeting interesting people, but mostly she dreams of running and dancing like other young women her age. Childhood polio left her with a limp, feeling homely and awkward, but she refuses to give up on hopes and dreams. Meeting the freighters each afternoon and feeding the homeless is something she enjoys because they don’t care how she walks. The day Dax Carter, an injured war veteran, hobbles into her life, everything changes. Now she isn't sure if he'll break her heart or if there's enough magic in Christmas to make her dreams come true.

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

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