Welcome to Day 5 of the Sara Book Blog Tour #AuthorInterview, #BookReview, #WesternSeries

Welcome to Day 5 of the Sara Book Blog Tour #AuthorInterview, #BookReview, #WesternSeries

Day 5—Patty’s Worlds

Welcome to Day 5 of the WordCrafter Sarah Book Blog Tour

A western town in the background. Print copy of Sarah and WordCrafter logo in foreground.
Text: WordCrafter Book Blog Tours Presents Sarah, By Kaye Lynne Booth, Book 2 of the Women in the West Adventure Series

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kaye Lynne Booth to Patty’s Worlds.

When Kaye sent out the call to action on this book blog tour, I wrote and asked if she’d sit for an interview. I knew it would be just the ticket to getting to know Kaye better.

Stay tuned after the interview for my review of Sara.

OK. Let’s get started.

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My Interview with Kaye Lynne Booth

First, in your own words, tell us a little about you.

Hi Patty. Thank you for having me here and hosting this stop on the tour. I love these tours because they allow me a chance to engage with potential readers and they have a chance to get to know me and learn about my books.

My name is Kaye Lynne Booth, and I live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I’ve spent many years building an author business and today I am a published author, editor, and publisher. It was a long road in getting here, and I currently hold a dual emphasis M.F.A. in creative writing, and an M.A. in publishing. I earned my degrees at Western State Colorado University and was privileged to study under international bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, and publishing industry consultant Mark Leslie Lefebvre.

Author Kaye Lynne Booth in cap and gown with Kevin J. Anderson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre

I’m the founder of WordCrafter Press and WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services, offering publishing, editing, and promotional services. And I run the Writing to be Read blog site, which provides content of value to both readers and writers of all genres, with posts by myself, Robbie Cheadle, Arthur Rosch, DL Mullan and Jeff Bowles. It’s a great team.

I love the indie author community and the blogging community because there are so many people willing to lend support to one another and ‘pay it forward’. With my author business, I try to do the same, with book reviews, author services and collaborations.

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat named Rowdy, who likes to sleep across my hands when I’m working on my laptop. He adopted me. Just appeared one day and came up to me and meowed loudly. I opened the door, inviting him in, and he has been my cat ever since.

Rowdy the cat lying in a pot

Photo by Kaye Lynne Booth

What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?

Everything in life has the potential to inspire. Many of my poems have been inspired by nature: a hike at the lake, a pretty flower, or even an interesting stone. The Women in the West series was inspired by a love of western books, television shows, and movies. The Rock Star & The Outlaw was inspired by the music of The Pretty Reckless. And the My Backyard Friends children’s series was inspired by the birds and animals that visit my mountain property.

The work itself is what keeps me going. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that if I stop for too long, I may never get back on track. Besides, writing takes me off into another realm, where the problems of everyday life can’t follow. It allows me to escape the worries of reality, and lose myself in the imaginary worlds which I create.

What is your favorite song?

These next ones aren’t fair questions for me. I’m very eclectic in all of my tastes, and just as I write in multiple genres, so too, do I read, watch and listen in multiple genres. Naming a single favorite just isn’t going to happen.

Although, in the music world, The Pretty Reckless sit at the top of my favorite bands these days, I also like The Eagles, Heart, The Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeplin, Buck Cherry, Joan Jett, Gretchin ?, R.E.M., Jeff Beck, Blue Oyster Cult, Metallica, Eon Hunter, Uncle Cracker, Kid Rock, Neil Young, Rod Stewart… and the list goes on.

When I was a teenager, I worked at Arby’s and every paycheck would find me at the Ticket Master window, purchasing two tickets for each concert I wanted to attend in the Denver area on the upcoming schedule. Back then, tickets were $20 a piece, and I saw many of the bands listed above in concert, back in the day. Today they are upwards of $60. I haven’t been to a concert in years, but I’d love to see The Pretty Reckless, Green Day, or maybe Nickelback in concert if it wasn’t so danged expensive.

What is your favorite movie? Feel free to list multiple titles.

Again, not fair. There are so many. Ones I can recite the dialog for because I’ve seen them so many times include The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; The Outlaw Josey Wales; Pale Rider, (big Clint Eastwood fan, can you tell?); The Quick and the Dead; The Three Amigos; The Great Outdoors; Face Off; Shanghai Knights & Shanghai Noon; Silver Bullet; The Ghost and Mr. Chicken; Support Your Local Sherrif & Support Your Local Gunfighter; Ghost; Road House; Dirty Dancing, (also a big fan of Patrick Swayze); Dumb and Dumber, and all the Scary Movies.

What is your favorite book? Feel free to list multiple titles.

I just set up a bookshelf with all my favorite authors of commercial fiction. They include Stephen King, Ann Rice, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Jonathan Kellerman, and John Saul.

What’s missing is Louis L’Amour, who is the ultimate inspiration for my westerns.

From books I have reviewed, those who I’ve reviewed more than one of their books, which means I came back for a repeat performance include, Loretta Miles Tollefson, Jennifer Ruff, Dan Alatorre, Robbie Cheadle, Jeff Bowles, Chris Barili, Joseph Carrabis…

What is your favorite food? Feel free to elaborate on all your favorites.

I love Mexican food. Especially cheese & onion enchiladas and guacamole. Served with a chilled margarita. Who could ask for more?
A plate of food on a table: cheese and onion enchilida, refried beans and rice with guacamole bowl in the back.
The perfect Margarita

Photos by Kaye Lynne Booth, curtesy of Fiesta Mexicana in Salida, Colorado

What is your favorite quote?

“It’s not about how you dance in the storm, but rather how you dance in the rain.” – Anonymous

What is your favorite affirmation? Does it in some way relate to your work?

“Endeavor to persevere”. I have struggled to get to where I am today, and I continue to struggle toward future goals. It’s all I can do at times – endeavor to persevere.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

There’s a lot of these, but most recently, marketers who cold call your inbox on social media. I’ve started trying to sell them books, in hopes of turning the engagement into something positive for me. But I really hate it when they tell me how fabulous my book is, then ask me to share a link, and when I ask which for which book they want a link, they don’t have a clue. Or they do it on social media by commenting on a post, and they tell me how great my book is in response to a blog post or review of someone else’s book. If you are going to cold call me, at least do your research.

What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?

Stubbornness is a strength for me because I don’t give up. I recently had a Kickstarter campaign which did not fund. Instead of packing up shop and licking my wounds, I rethought my marketing plan and added an additional Kickstarter campaign, which wasn’t in the original plan, getting right back on the horse that threw me, so to speak. That campaign was for Sarah, yet I still released the book, which is the reason for this book blog tour. I didn’t give up on the book or on using Kickstarter to sell my books directly before I release them through distributors. I am stubborn.

What are your weaknesses, do they hinder your work, and how are you making them stronger?

Imposter syndrome. I get that frequently, but I’m learning to overcome it as I find that people do want to hear what I have to say.

Maybe fear of success, too. This is one thing I’m just now realizing about myself, as I ponder why I hesitate to do certain things which I know will help me to be successful. I’m too stubborn to let that stop me, though. I “endeavor to persevere”.

What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?

My dream for the future is to make a living from my writing and not need to seek work outside the home. All my business and marketing plans are aimed toward that. Book sales are beginning to pick up, so maybe I’m headed in the right direction.

What is your preferred way of communicating and how can someone best reach you if they should wish to buy from or work with you in some way?

If you are interested in a book review, or reviewing one of my books, you can contact me at kayebooth@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in editing or publishing services, collaborating with me, booking a book blog tour, or other author services, you can contact me at KLBWordCrafter@gmail.com.

You can find out more about me, my blog, my books, or about WordCrafter Press and services at the links below.

Writing to be Read

WordCrafter Press

WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services

You might also find me on the following social media sites:

Facebook Pages:

Kaye Lynne Booth—Author & Screenwriter

WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services

WordCrafter YouTube Channel

X: @DIY_Author

Instagram: WordCrafter_Press

Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?

I guess I should tell you about Sarah and the Women in the West Adventure Series, since they are the reason for this tour.

Western town in background. Print editions of Sarah, Delilah, and MArta in foreground.
Text: Women in the West Adventure Series

The Women in the West Adventure Series is western historical women’s fiction with strong female protagonists, and each book features a historical female person as a supporting character. Sarah is Book 2 in the series, and the supporting female character is Big Nose Kate Horony, with a guest appearance by the character of Doc Holliday.

The character of Sarah first appeared in Book 1, Delilah, where she was abducted and sold to the Indians, and her friend, Delilah, spent a good deal of time and effort in finding her. When she did, Sarah didn’t want to be ‘saved’ because she had found acceptance among the Utes, and so she remained with them and that is where we find her in Book 2 three years later.

Sarah is now 17 and becoming a woman. When she is torn from her Ute family and finds herself alone in the wilderness, she sets out to find her Ute tribe. But along the way, she must face ‘civilization’ and the white man’s world she grew up in, causing her to question who she is and who she will become. She faces many dangers along the way, traveling with her new friends, a dog named Blue, and a horse named Beepi until she arrives in the town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where she is met by a less than welcoming reception from some, but she finds others who stand by her in the face of adversity.

About the Author

Author Kaye Lynne Booth standing in front of a fireplace.

For Kaye Lynne Booth, writing is a passion. Kaye Lynne is an author with published short fiction and poetry, both online and in print, including her short story collection, Last Call and Other Short Fiction; and her paranormal mystery novella, Hidden Secrets; Books 1 & 2 of her Women in the West adventure series, Delilah and Sarah, and her Time-Travel Adventure novel, The Rock Star & The Outlaw. Kaye holds a dual M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing with emphasis in genre fiction and screenwriting, and an M.A. in publishing. Kaye Lynne is the founder of WordCrafter Quality Writing & Author Services and WordCrafter Press. She also maintains an authors’ blog and website, Writing to be Read, where she publishes content of interest in the literary world.

Western town in the background. Print copy of Sarah and a black box with an excerpt in foreground. 
Text: Sarah, Savor the flavor of the Colorado frontier, Book 2 of the Women in the West Adventure Series

My Review

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About the Book

Digital Copy of Sarah
Book Cover: Indian village in background. Young red-haired girl in Indian garb in foreground.
Text: Sarah, Women in the West Adventure Series, Kaye Lynne Booth

Sarah is a young girl trying to make a place for herself in the world.

Sarah is not the young girl stolen away from Delilah anymore. Now she is Hair of Fire, mate of Three Hawks, even as she blossoms into a young woman and tries to make a place for herself among the Ute tribe.

When she is stolen away from the life she’s made, she struggles to survive in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. A streak of stubbornness and determination take this tough, feisty heroine up against wild beasts of the forest and the rugged mountain landscape to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where she receives a less than welcoming reception by some.

Will this young woman find her way back to the Ute tribe, which she’s come to think of as family, or will she discover a place among the colorful inhabitants of the Colorado hot springs and mining town?

Follow along on her journey to learn who she truly is and where she belongs in this rough, and often hostile frontier.

If you like strong and capable female protagonists, you’ll love Sarah.

I must begin this review by saying, other than the sci fi fantasy world of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, westerns aren’t usually my genre. However, I wanted to lend a helping hand, so I decided to practice what I preach, and read out of my comfort zone. I didn’t regret it.

We see right from the start that Sara is a strong-willed young woman. She is certain about what she wants, and who she is.

Then, tragedy strikes, and the life she has grown to love is turned up-side-down, and just like that, she’s tossed straight into survival mode.

I immediately began to relate to Sara in ways I didn’t expect, and that along with the constant thread of suspense kept me turning page after page.

To say I was delighted to meet Blue and Beepi would be an understatement. To have a smart horse like Beepi would totally change my outlook on riding horses in a big hurry. It would also allow for laugh out loud moments such as what are found in this book.

The character development in this book is strong and constant, and though I’d not read the first book in the series when I signed on for this, the information provided in the book by Sara’s thoughts, and such is quite enough to let the reader know what went before. I will, however, be going back and picking up the first book in this series, and I will be eagerly waiting to learn if there will be more.

Gallop straight away to pick up your copy of Sara today, and make sure to follow Kaye for all her wonderful work.

If you’ve trouble clicking the link, you may copy the link below straight into your browser for immediate access.

https://books2read.com/Sarah-Women-in-the-West

Book Trailer

https://youtu.be/JjYmuelUTcE

Wrap Up

This wraps up the WordCrafter Sarah Book Blog Tour. We’ve had a great week and I hope you enjoyed the interviews with author Kaye Lynne Booth and learning more about the book and the series. If you missed any of the stops, you can catch them through the links in the schedule below, and be sure to leave a comment for a chance for a free digital copy of Sarah.

Schedule

Mon. May 6 – “The Soiled Doves of the American West” – Writing to be Read

Tues. May 7 – “Utes in Glenwood Springs & the Legend of Chapita” – Roberta Writes

Wed. May 8 – Interview & Reading – Book Places

Thurs. May 9 – “‘Modern Medicine’ in the American West” – Writing to be Read

Fri. May 10 – Interview & Review  – Patty’s Worlds

7 Comments

  1. Robbie Cheadle Reply
    May 10, 2024

    Hi Patty, this is a very interesting post. Wishing Kaye much success with this book.

    1. Hi Robbie. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    2. Thanks Robbie. 🙂

  2. Hi Patty and everyone. I want to thank all of you who have dropped by this tour stop and those who have followed the whole tour. Don’t forget to comment for an entry in the giveaway, and if you’d like a signed print copy of Sarah, you can stop by yesterday’s stop on “Writing to be Read”. It’s exclusive for the tour and only available through this weekend. It’s been a great tour and I hope you all found my posts informative and entertaining, and I hope each one of you will pick up a copy of Sarah, of course. 😉

    Patty, thanks so much for the interview. I enjoyed answering your questions and picking out photos. Thank you, too, for hosting this stop. Your support is always appreciated. 🙂

    1. Hi Kaye. It was my pleasure.

  3. Hi Patty,
    I enjoyed your interview with Kaye and the review. Thanks for hosting on the tour.

    1. Hi Kay. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping into Patty’s Worlds. Enjoy your stay.

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