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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FREEBIES and a giveaway!!

By Kristy McCaffrey

February is the month of love and that usually means a lot of promotions from romance authors LOL. I've got a few more to share with you.

My publisher has priced the following books FREE until February 17. Grab a digital copy from Amazon today.

Includes my short novella THE CROW AND THE COYOTE, a steamy historical western romance.

In Arizona Territory, Hannah Dobbin travels through Cañon de Chelly, home to the Navajo, in search of a sorcerer who murdered her pa. Bounty hunter Jack Boggs is on the trail of a vile Mexican bandito, but with the shadows of Hallowtide descending, more dark magic is at hand than either of them know.


Includes my short novella A CURRENT SO SWIFT, a sweet young adult contemporary romance.

On a river trip with the popular crowd, Amy Whittaker can no longer maintain her usual, low profile. When an accident strands them, she and Sawyer—her secret crush—must survive a current so swift.

As an added bonus, I'm giving away 2 print copies of THE DOVE over at Goodreads.
ENTER to win.

Disappointment hits ex-deputy Logan Ryan hard when he finds Claire Waters in the midst of a bustling Santa Fe Trail town. The woman he remembers is gone—in her place is a working girl with enticing curves and a load of trouble. As a web of deceit entangles them with men both desperate and dangerous, Logan tries to protect Claire, unaware his own past poses the greatest threat.

Plagued by shame all her life, Claire is stunned when Logan catches her on the doorstep of The White Dove Saloon dressed as a prostitute. She lets him believe the worst, but with her mama missing and the fancy girls deserting the place, she's hard-pressed to refuse his offer of help. As she embarks on a journey that will unravel the fabric of her life, one thing becomes clear—opening her heart may be the most dangerous proposition of all.

A steamy historical western romance set in 1877 New Mexico Territory.

“Ms. McCaffrey writes from the heart…a definite must read.” ~ The Romance Studio

“The storyline is fresh and holds several surprises.” ~ Romance Junkies

"The Wings of the West series is a fresh take on women in the Old West and the men they love. I'm addicted to Kristy McCaffrey's sexy westerns and adventurous heroines!"
—Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Award-winning Deadwood Mystery Series

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enter to win 50+ Historical Western Romances

Today, I have a fun surprise I'd like to share with you.

I've teamed up with 50 fantastic historical western romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel THE WREN, plus books from authors like Jacquie Rogers, Debra Holland, Peggy L. Henderson and Linda Broday.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here

Good luck, and enjoy!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

FREE Wings Novella - Download it today!!

Sign up for Kristy's newsletter and receive a FREE brand new short e-novella - Song of the Wren.

I wrote this for the fans. I hope you enjoy it! Revisit Matt and Molly, along with Nathan and Emma, and even hunky Cale makes an appearance.

Two years after THE WREN, Matt Ryan finds more than rustlers when his cattle begin disappearing. Forced to confront an enemy he thought long gone, he must ready for a fight, but he’s never faced a battlefield like this before, and only his wife, Molly, can save him this time.

Please note: If you're already signed up, check your inbox (including the promo and/or spam folders) for the most recent newsletter, which went out yesterday. It contains the download code.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monkey Jungle

By Kristy McCaffrey

Over Christmas, my family and I went on our first-ever cruise. My husband and I were celebrating our silver anniversary and wanted a way to bring our college-aged children, significant others, and grandparents together in an easy way. One of our stops was the Dominican Republic, where we visited Monkey Jungle, a sanctuary for squirrel and capuchin monkeys who have been rescued from the exotic pet trade and the inevitable abuse that occurs from it.

A squirrel monkey mama and her baby.

Squirrel monkeys.

We first entered a large enclosure with each of us bearing a plate of banana slices and raisins. Although we were told not to touch the squirrel monkeys, the monkeys didn’t get the memo. While they have little affinity for humans, they’ve been conditioned to approach for food, and to everyone’s delight they hopped all over us. It was a unique opportunity to see these little creatures up close.

My mom making a new friend.
My daughter Kate making an offering.

The mamas were quite agile with the babies on their backs.
My son Ben.
Ben's girlfriend, Layla. She was very nervous, but check
out the photo below.

My son Sam.
Sam's girlfriend, Alex. I think she got this little
guy to pose.
This is me, trying not to startle them, although they
certainly startled us.
My dad.

The monkeys didn't seem to mind all the attention.
In a smaller enclosure nested inside the larger one, the sanctuary also housed several capuchin monkeys. These much bigger primates were so aggressive that we were cautioned not to approach the cage. Capuchins can be quite manipulative and will entice you close with air kisses and the waving of their hands only to steal your iPhone and break it.

Capuchin monkeys.

The capuchins, unfortunately, were all severely abused and bear long-term emotional scars. Our lively guide—a young biology student from Minnesota—shared that socially they are all a bit off. For instance, one of the males has no interest in female capuchins and has instead imprinted his romantic longings on the human biologist. She says there are times when their interactions become a bit weird.

Another male, who is the largest and should therefore be the alpha, has no idea how to attain that position, so a smaller male has filled that spot. Apparently, one day the larger one accidently fought back and by rights became the alpha. He was so distraught that he cried all day because he had no idea what to do. Within a day, the group of females had turned away from him and given alpha status back to the smaller male.

Monkey Jungle is a well-run facility and their work in helping these challenged monkeys is admirable.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Massive Giveaway

Lit Ring Giveaway

I’m participating with over 300 authors for a huge promotion this month and there are awesome prizes!!

All you need to do is answer a few questions on a very fun quiz. You’ll discover new-to-you books based on your answers.

And what can you win?

1 ~ $500 gift card
4 ~ $100 gift cards
1 Kindle Fire
1 Nook Color
1 iPad Mini
1 Kobo Aura

Don’t wait - enter today!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Resolve Your Resolutions

By Kristy McCaffrey

It’s that time of year again.

I recently came across the concept of Sankalpa from the yoga tradition. A sankalpa practice begins with the premise that you are already enough to fulfill your life’s dharma. The trick, then, is to focus your mind, connect to your most heartfelt desires, and channel the divine energy within. Sounds easy enough. Hah.

My writing goals last year were lofty and I didn’t reach them. My latest release (The Bluebird) was a cool ten months late. So, as I look at what I want to accomplish in 2017, I’m feeling both ambitious and cautiously guarded, knowing how easy it is for such plans to go out the window.

A few items on my to-do list for 2017:

**A new website.

**Distribute my Wings series at multiple vendors (they are currently exclusive on Amazon and the Kindle Unlimited program, but that will end this week; my goal has always been for wider distribution).

**Create an audio option of Alice: Bride of Rhode Island (if all goes well with this book, I’ll move on to the Wings series).

**Create a newsletter-exclusive novella tied to my Wings series (this is almost complete and is titled Song Of The Wren—it features Matt, Molly, Nathan, and Emma two years after The Wren and The Sparrow, with a cameo from Cale—be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get all the deets as soon as they’re available—this story will be FREE to newsletter subscribers).

**Release the first book in a new contemporary series. The first novel is titled Deep Blue and features a marine biologist studying great white sharks. It’s a sexy, adventurous story that I hope to release in the spring. It will be followed by two more books, tentatively titled Cold Horizon (about high-altitude mountain climbers on K2) and Ancient Winds (a female archaeologist in Bolivia). These three titles will be tied together with siblings, but I hope to write more books that will be loosely linked to these characters as well. I’ve been sitting on these story ideas for quite a while; with my Wings series now complete, I decided it was finally time to focus on these books. Creative concepts tend to gnaw on a writer and make them irritable if not eventually released.

I have a few more goals, but I’m not going to overload myself. I owe it to my husband to not be so burdened by work that I’m a grump all the time. So, I will focus on the new books, which are truly a desire of my heart, thus allowing the writing muse an easier path (and maybe an easier flow during the first drafts).

If we accept that we already have the tools we need to succeed, then the inner path of resistance can be quieted and we can simply get to work.

Here's to a productive 2017!


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Monday, December 19, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things

By Kristy McCaffrey

As 2016 comes to a close, it's natural to think about the hardships we've endured, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite things. Not to sound cliche, but an 'attitude of gratitude' can move mountains, big and small.

1. Eggnog. Creamy, short, the perfect beverage.

2. Space Opera Novels.

3. Catalog Shopping.

4. Family Feud. It airs when we eat dinner. The husband and I get quite involved.

5. Great White Sharks.

6. My husband's sense of humor.

7. Going to yoga class with my dad.

8. Achieving my Goodreads reading goal.

9. Running in the desert.

10. Popcorn at the movies.

11. Instagram. My favorite app. Ever.

12. The week after coloring my hair - no gray.

13. The bird feeder outside my home office window - visited by sparrows, rock wrens, finches, mourning doves, gilded flickers, and a gorgeous pair of red cardinals.

14. Autumn squash soup sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.

15. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - making a difference by saving one orphaned baby elephant at a time.

16. Apple and cinnamon air freshener.

17. Jumble puzzles.

18. Blueberry pie.

19. Hearing 'Sleigh Ride' on the radio.

20. Having all my children at home at the same time.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

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