Wednesday, June 02, 2010

ANNA FINCH AND THE HIRED GUN - Kathleen Y'Barbo - Free Book

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo first discovered her love of books at the age of four when she stumbled upon Granny Simpson’s World Book Encyclopedias. Letters became words, and words became stories of faraway places and interesting people. Eventually, she hit the road for real, earning a BBA from Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business before setting off to such locales as Jakarta, Tokyo, Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore.

More than 950,000 copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into several languages including German and Dutch. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y'Barbo lives near Houston.

Welcome, Kathleen. How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I’ve always loved western movies, and Tombstone is at the top of the list as much for its attention to historical accuracy as for the fabulous story line and acting. So when a trip to the Margaret Mitchell house during ICRS with author Tracey Bateman uncovered a story about Doc Holliday’s connection to the novel Gone With the Wind, I was intrigued. The research I did on Doc and his friend Wyatt Earp dovetailed nicely into the story I was crafting for Anna Finch, the girl-next-door from The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. From there, a story was born!

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

Only six?? Impossible! However, if I must choose, I would go down the list of great writers at Waterbrook Multnomah and send them all invites. Can you imagine the fun we’d have with the likes of Robin Jones Gunn, Cindy Woodsmall, Donita Paul, Karen Kingsbury, David Gregory, Deb Raney and others in attendance?

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

Again...only six?? This is so hard! Again, I’d have to go back to my fellow Waterbrook Multnomah authors and send shout-outs to Jane Kirkpatrick, Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, and so many more. Can I invite the editors too? What a grand time that would be!

You'll have some of my favorites at those parties, so I'd have to be a party crasher. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?

My most difficult problem right now is finding balance in my writing life. Like many others in this business, I have a life outside of the writing world that must be kept in perspective when making decisions on schedules, marketing efforts, and the like. Ultimately, I try to go back to the formula I learned in church: God first, then family and then everything else. Most days, I get fairly close to achieving this. I’m a work in progress just like my manuscripts, however.

Aren't we all? Tell us about the featured book.

Anna Finch and the Hired Gun picks up five years after the end of The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. Anna has watched her best friend Gennie Cooper Beck and many others marry and find happy lives with their husbands. Anna, however, has not only a secret in her past but a deep desire to make a difference. Then her father hires a Pinkerton to keep Anna out of trouble until a suitable husband can be found to tame her...and the trouble really begins!

Here’s a teaser courtesy of When an aspiring reporter and a Pinkerton detective get tangled in Doc Holliday’s story— and each other—sparks can’t help but fly.

Despite her father’s attempts to marry her off, Anna Finch dreams of becoming a reporter. A chance encounter with legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday gives her the opportunity of a lifetime, but Pinkerton agent Jeb Sanders is about to ruin everything.

Though her father hired Jeb to keep her out of mischief, Anna’s inconvenient attraction to her hired gun only multiplies her troubles. She doesn’t realize Jeb has a score to settle with Doc Holliday, or that her association with the famous outlaw will affect more than just her marriage prospects. Between her father’s desperation to see her wed and Jeb shadowing her every move, getting the story and fulfilling her journalistic ambition just got far more complicated than she ever imagined.

Sounds like a book we'd all like to read. Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter 1

We had a little misunderstanding, but it didn’t amount to much.
—Doc Holliday

April 30, 1885
Denver, Colorado

Daybreak found Anna Finch astride her horse Maisie, heading for the plains west of Denver. Her father had given her the mare before he decided riding horses across the high plains was not for well-bred women of marriageable age.

As the youngest of five daughters, Anna had always been able to tug on her father’s heartstrings and get whatever she wanted from him, and what she’d wanted was a proper saddle. Not one of those sidesaddle contraptions where a lady had to balance herself and her bustles to avoid falling and injuring more than just her pride. Despite her mother’s vocal protests, Anna soon had exactly what she wished for. That old saddle still served her well, though Father long ago believed she’d retired it, along with her habit of watching the sun rise out on the prairie, astride a trusty horse.

As an observer of people, Anna had learned by watching her sisters, who’d been forced to give up all but the most docile pursuits, that there would come a day when this would be asked of her, too. And once that day came, she’d no longer have the freedom to ride like the wind. Instead, she’d be left knitting in some parlor, praying for a breeze.

Shrugging off the thought, Anna urged her horse to a trot and let the mare find her own pace across the plain. Wild streaks of orange and gold teased a sky painted deepest purple as she loosened her hairpins and tossed them behind her.

If the maids wondered why they had to fetch so many hairpins from the mercantile, they never said. Nor did anyone question why Anna’s skirts were often coated in trail dust or why the occasional set of youth-sized trousers found its way into the carpetbag she carried on her rides. Those who resided under the Finch roof, be they servant or family, preferred a sort of self-induced blindness that relegated all but the most obvious to the edges of their vision. And sometimes even the obvious was missed.

Anna, on the other hand, prided herself in seeing details. As a girl, she’d begun the custom of writing in a journal. Once the risk of Mother or Father coming across a written record of her life became a concern, Anna had turned to poetry and, on occasion, fiction. Writing poems and stories couldn’t be counted against her, she reasoned, so she’d created characters and events that gave her staid life in Denver a sparkle it might not otherwise have.

Her dream, however, was to use her love of writing to make a difference. Wouldn’t Mama and Papa be shocked to know their youngest daughter’s fondest wish was to become a journalist? She smiled at the idea of someday seeing her byline beneath a headline on the front page of the Rocky Mountain News or the Denver Times.

All right, Anna just moved to the top of my to-be-read pile. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Readers can find me at . I’m also on Twitter and Facebook and love interacting with readers through those sites. Also, in conjunction with Waterbrook Press, I will be giving away a huge basket of cowgirl goodies along with autographed copies of Anna Finch and the Hired Gun and The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. If your readers like chocolate, books, rhinestone cowgirl hats, an amazing piece of cowgirl-approved jewelry, and chocolate - did I mention chocolate? - keep checking my webpage, Twitter, and Facebook sites for information - coming soon!

I know I'd be interested in all that. You did say chocolate! Thanks, Kathleen for this fun interview.

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Brittanie said...

Enter me please.
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collettakay said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book.


Casey said...

I would love to read this book, thanks!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I have been waiting patiently for this book ever since I read The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper! I loved the teaser from chapter 1! I want this book sooooo bad :-P

XOXO~ Renee

MJ said...

Please sign me up.

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Virginia said...

I would love to read this book! Please enter me!


K said...

I read the first book and it was so good! Please enter me in the drawing for this one! :)
Thanks and God bless!

Katrina said...

My Grannny would love this book!!!! We have a shared love of books! Sounds like a good one!

Merry said...

Anna Finch sounds like a fun, feisty character. Please include me in the drawing, thanks.

Cherie J said...

Sounds really good. Please enter me. Thank you!

Abi said...

oh, cool. Please include me. Thanks
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Kathleen Y'Barbo said...

Thank you so much for spotlighting Anna Finch and the Hired Gun, Lena! I'm so excited to be here!!

And yes, I did say chocolate....

Details coming soon!!!

Sue said...

I would love the opportunity to win this book, it sounds good. Thank you for entering me.

lotus82 said...

I love the Western inspirational books. This one looks great.


Cindy W. said...

What a lovely cover. Anna Finch and the Hired Gun sounds like a very enjoyable read. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Linda Kish said...

Please include me.

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debbie said...

I love that time period. I would love to read this book.

rbooth43 said...

Great review! Anna Finch and The Hired Gun sounds like a wonderful read to put on my TBR list.

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Robyn said...

Great sounding book. Love the setting and Anna is so feisty.

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Cynthia said...

Love the title and cover page, please enter my name.

Wendy said...

Sounds like a fun book.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Oooo! I can't wait to read this one! I plan to pass it on to my sister, so she can add it to her collection -- she has all of Kathleen's books. :)

Thank you!

sugarandgrits at hotmail dot com

Anna W. said...

Ooh, it sounds so good! I can't wait to read it, either! Please enter me in the giveaway!

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grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book, The interview is really good. I like to know about the authors when I read a book. I am an avid reader. I read all the time, Thanks for the entry!

kristen said...

This book sounds like so much fun. What a great plot.
Thanks for the interview. Please enter me:)

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading. Please enter me. Thanks!


Kameko said...

"Anna Finch and the Hired Gun" sounds like a fascinating book. I loved the movie "Tombstone."
The teaser from Amazon and the first page just make me want to grab the book right now and read until it is finished. The cover grabs my attention, also. Thanks for the interview!

Please enter me for the drawing.


Nancye said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Anonymous said...

please count me in...thanks :)

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Megan said...

What a gorgeous cover for that book! I love it! And I recently read Louisiana Brides (which I won here ) and loved it! Thanks Lena!


misskallie2000 said...

Loved your interview Kathleen. I hate to admit that I have not read any of your books but I have added you to my new author list and your books with Anna Finch & The Hired Guy at the top of my list.
Love westerns, mystery, suspense and romance with HEA so your books sound like my favorite reads.
Thanks for stopping by to chat.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Megan said...

This looks like a fun book...we are continuing to post about your giveaways at Winning Readings.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me.

Pam said...

Loved the first book. Would love to read this one too.

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holdenj said...

Sounds good, please count me in! Thanks!

Abby said...

Sounds great! Please enter me.


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Molly(Buukluvr81) said...

please count me in!

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Sarah said...

Sounds like a great story. I would love to read it. Please enter me in the drawing.