Stacey Kayne: Book Cover Bliss

The cover for my June anthology has finally arrived!


The cover arrived in my in-box the same day as Pam’s Wedding Post, how’s that for timing?! I was already having wedding nostalgia, and this cover put me into total wedding cover bliss.  I adore it!

Aside from loving the cover art, I was excited to get my first glimpse of the other two stories in the book. Other than the theme of cowboys and spring courtship, the three stories are not related. Here’s a sneak peek of the story blurbs from the back cover:


Rocky Mountain Courtship by Jillian Hart

Joseph Brooks suspects his mother of bringing a pretty young lady to town–as a mail-order-bride. But Clara Woodrow is not that lady! Enchanted by her and determined to have no other Joseph must use the magical last few days of spring to make Clara admit the desire they share for one another…

Courting Miss Perfect by Judith Stacy

Fleeing a humiliating incident in Virginia, the last thing Brynn O’Keefe needs is an interfering Pinkerton detective suspecting her of some ridiculous crime! Concerned for her reputation, Brynn is horrified when handsome Travis Hollister tells the locals she is his sweetheart–and even more astonished when she begins to like the very idea of it!

Courted by the Cowboy by Stacey Kayne

Constance Pauley becomes enamored with the man who once saved her life–then finds out the very same dashing Kyle Darby had inadvertently caused her injuries all those years ago! Now she can’t forgive the way he has stolen her heart, and how easily she wants to become his bride…


This is my first time contributing to an anthology. When my editor invited me to include a novella in the spring anthology, I was hesitant–I have a hard time keeping my books under 300 pages! The thought of packing a story into a hundred pages had me sweating bullets. My agent talked me into it, making it a personal challenge. I had already started Kyle Darby’s story, the hero’s cousin from THE GUNSLINGER’S UNTAMED BRIDE. Those who read GUNSLINGER might recall Juniper and Jake harassing Kyle about the wildflower he brought home from Montana, and Kyle’s agitated reaction.

Courted by the Cowboy takes us back to the day he meets this so called Montana Wildflower…in the following chapters that past comes to call, thanks to Kyle’s meddling yet well-intentioned family. While coping with their good intentions, he’s also got dastardly villains running amuck–I do love my villains! 

So, what are some of your favorite anthologies? I read a bunch before embarking on this challenge, and a few of my faves are A Western Winter Wonderland, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,  Give Me A Cowboy,and Western Weddings (yes, I’m partial to westerns!).

Have you missed one of the first two books in my Bride series?  Mention it in your post and be entered to win a book of your choice: GUNSLINGER or BRIDE. Two winners will be randomly drawn.

Stacey’s BRIDE Series ~ Collect them all!                     

"Courted by the Cowboy"  Stetsons, Spring & Wedding Rings Anthology   THE GUNSLINGER\  Bride of Shadow Canyon 

Next month, prepare to go WILD…

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73 thoughts on “Stacey Kayne: Book Cover Bliss”

  1. hi Stacey! What a gorgeous cover. And the stories inside sound fabulous, too. Congratulations. I love anthologies, esp. Western and Christmas ones. Not only do I get several stories at once, but they’re a tad shorter for the times I’m not able to do as much reading as I’d like.

    I love the Wild books but would love to have a Bride LOL. Considering my daughter is soon to be one and all.


  2. I really like the cover of the new book.

    I haven’t read your first book so I would like to get lucky on this comment !

    All the best.


  3. Hello Stacey. The cover is beautiful. I unfortunately havent read any of this series but would love to change that, so please enter me in the drawing.
    As far as anthology goes I love to read them, especially historicals.

  4. Stacey,
    I love your books. I was introduced to your books a year ago when I was judging for one of the different awards. You are now on my list of authors to buy as soon as you have a new book out.

  5. What a beautiful cover Stacey! And the stories sound wonderful. But I know what you mean about attempting a short story. It intimidated me until I took on a personal challenge of writing a 1000 word story–now that’s short! But I did it and it even took first prize in a contest and I learned a whole lot about writing short which helped in my own short story and subsequent anthology. As for favorite anthologies–they are all westerns, of course–Give Me a Texan, Give Me a Cowboy, Wild Wayback Nights, The Magic of Christmas and Western Weddings to name a few. I’ve become a big fan of anthologies. Loved the Gunslinger’s Untamed Bride–BTW–in fact all of your stories, but you know that already!

  6. Terrific cover, the pearls, the silk the flowers and rings, with a Stetson on the top. Love it!

    My favorite anthology is….hard one…but I’m going to go with ‘The Invitation’ by Jude Deveraux. A visit with two of her Montgomery / Taggart alpha males. And one other, if I remember right, that wasn’t a Taggart, but still wonderful.

    Very fun read.

  7. My favorite anthology is “Where is my hero” By Lisa Kleypas along with other authors.

    I haven’t read your first two books in the Bride series so it would be cool to be in the contest.

  8. Hi Stacy, leave me out of the contest I have the first two and loved them both, I can’t wait for the new one I love the cover. I love the anthologies,
    All the best

  9. Congrats on the anthology! I’ve been slated to do one for Christmas 2010. I’m having fun getting the story plotted out in my head.

    I’ve yet to read your books. If I won I could put it on the top of the TBR pile. 😉

  10. I love the new cover. It looks great. I have missed the other two books in your Bride series. Your a new author to me, but your books definately sound great.

  11. Hi Tanya! Congrats to your daughter and hubby-to-be 🙂

    I have developed a new love for Christmas anthologies! I read one whose title escapes me–the story that stands out in my mind is about this woman living alone and trying to grow lemon trees in the desert (hand-carries buckets of water from the town well to her six trees every day) and a town drunk (lol) — This man who suspiciously looks like Santa comes to town and says he’s hosting a contest. The one who picks the most holly berries will win a grand prize–these two, who don’t trust or repsect each other at all, team up to win the prize. A really fun read, watching them both grow–and win a prize that infuriated both of them *g*. Can’t remember the title or author–dang it.

    Those holiday anthos are now part of my holiday shopping list 🙂

  12. THANK YOU, Carol! I was pleasantly surprised 🙂

    Hi Sara! Thanks for stopping in–got you in the drawing too! Just put an over-due package in the mail for you, btw 😉

  13. Hi Stacey,
    That is a gorgeous cover. I will definitely be looking for it. I don’t read a lot of anthologies but I have read a couple of Harlequin ones with Cheryl St. John. I have your second book but not the first, Bride of Shadow Canyon.

  14. I love anthologies, esp Christmas ones. My favorite is Red Hot Santa, Cherry Adair, et al. Please sign me up for your contest – I haven’t had the chance to read them yet!!

  15. Hi Jo! Thanks for stopping in. At the end of GUNSLINGER Juniper and Lily have started a community for their lumber camp workers. In COWBOY Kyle has unwittingly become a sort of town-overseer, so there are lots of familiar faces. I’ve got you in the drawing 🙂

  16. Thanks, Pam! You know, it is always TERRIFYING hitting that “open” button when a new cover arrives. I try to not have pre-conceived expectations, but this one surprised me. I expected to see people *lol*.

  17. Hi Stacey. I have’nt read Gunslinger and have been wanting too for awhile. My favorite anthology is Karen Ranney’s The Highland Lord series.

  18. Hi Stacey, I love to cover its beautiful! I haven’t read any of the books in your series so I would love to have one.

    Some of my favorite anthologies is Give Me A Texan, Give Me A Cowboy, and Five Golden Rings to name a few.

  19. Hi Anne! Thank you 🙂

    Wow–1000 words, that is a challenge! Congratulations on the contest win!! I’m in awe 🙂 As with song writers, I’m amazed at how much story can be told in such a compacted space. So great that answering that challenge led to new opportunities!!

    I had fun writing the novella, but it still felt “short” *LOL* The long-winded side of my brain kept wanting to expand 😉

  20. Oh wow, Jude Deveraux – now there is an author I have not picked up in a long time. I read quite a few of her early books when I started reading romance–don’t think I’ve ever read an anthology–I’ll have to look that up. Thanks, Mary!!

  21. That is a beautiful cover! I love anthologies, as for favs… too many to choose from! 😀 I would love a chance to win a copy of GUNSLINGER! Have a great weekend all!

  22. Stacey, woo-hoo, this is a fantastic cover!! It just says “Buy Me” to everyone who picks it up. You’ve been so fortunate in cover choices. I’m so happy for you. And I can’t wait to read Kyle’s story. He was a great character in Gunslinger! I really love your writing. You have awesome talent. And to think I knew you before you sold.

    Bless you for mentioning Give Me a Cowboy. You’re so sweet. I’m thrilled that it’s one of yours and Anne Carroll’s faves.

    I’m wishing you lots and lots of success!

  23. Stacey, I love that cover! That may just be one of those books that mysteriously appear in the cart while shopping with my husband!! Then he pays!
    I truly enjoy this type of book, especially the Christmas anthologies.

  24. As most have mentioned – that is absolutely a beautiful cover!! It would call to me to be picked up.

    I haven’t had a chance to read Bride of Shadow Canyon or The Gunslinger’s Untamed Bride – but would love to 🙂

    I really don’t have a favorite anthology – I usually love the one I’m reading. They’re a great way to read a variety of authors and to learn new ones.

  25. Stacey, what a beautiful cover! You have every right to be pleased. When we got our coverflats in for “Give Me a Texan”, thank you Quilt Lady, Anne, and Stacey for the kind words on both Texan and Cowboy, I couldn’t help but stand in my kitchen and admire the cover…well the model. It has beautiful embossed lettering, so I ran my fingers over and over the words. My daughter from San Antonio called my other daughter here and asked what I was doing. Her response, “Mother’s fondling her cover.” I couldn’t defend my actions. WTG Stacey! Covers do attract the readers. Hugs, Phyliss

  26. I totally agree with everyone-that is a GORGEOUS

    My favorite reads during my teen years were all Westerns. They are still among my favorites.

    I enjoy anthologies, especially when I only have
    a short time to devote to a book. I just do not
    like to leave a story unfinished! I have to know
    how it ends!

    Pat Cochran

  27. Congrats on the beautiful cover, Stacey! I’m a huge fan of anthologies–they’re perfect for introducing me to a new author or an author’s series or characters. And I can finish them quickly while juggling the other stuff going on. I really enjoyed Give Me a Texan, and I’m excited to read Give Me a Cowboy (on top of the TBR)… And I’d love a signed copy of Bride of Shadow Canyon for my keeper shelf 😉

  28. This is an outstanding cover.

    I haven’t read the Gunslinger yet, but would love to.

    I also love anthologies, although I usually only pick these up around the holidays ( Christmas & Valentines’ Day). I don’t really have any that are special favorites, but I love Christmas and all it entails.

    Renee G

  29. Stacey, the cover is awesome. It sure made me want to delve inside and see what’s up? Oooh, I just realize how that sounded! Add my thanks, along with Phyliss’ and Linda’s, about everyone’s kind comments on GIVE ME A TEXAN and GIVE ME A COWBOY. There’s nothing like a wonderful cover to do an author’s heart proud.
    Believe me, I’ve had a stinker or two in my day.
    Can’t wait to read Kyle’s story.

    DeWanna Pace

  30. Wow,I hate to admit I havent read either of those two books,the cover is beautiful,I would love to read them,an the rest to follow,thanks

  31. Stacey,

    Just wanted to bop by and say that I just read “Maverick Wild” and loved it! I can’t wait to read your two Brides books. Hmmm, those are definitely going on the TOP of the teetering tower of to-be-read books. Love your new cover, too. *Sigh* So many books, so little time…


  32. Hi Penney! Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the first in the series 🙂

    Hi Paty! Cheers for the Christmas anthology slotted for 2010!!

    Hi Minna! THANK YOU 🙂

  33. Hey Stacey…I’m in the rarely buy (new) anthology camp. I’m a book a day reader so I know what authors I like and if the author is new-to-me, I prefer to read the stand alone if available. It’s cool that we readers have such a wide range of choices.

    So far I’ve read three of your books and loved all of them. Bride of Shadow Canyon (which I won last year by the way:), The Gunslinger’s Untamed Bride and Maverick Wild. Westerns and heros/heroines with grit are among my favorite reads.

    I never mind winning an anthology, of course….Nancy:)

  34. Hi Lexee! Thanks for stopping in to comment and good luck in the drawing 🙂

    Hi Maureen! As with writing romances in general, I wasn’t a reader anothologie until I was trying to write one 😉 Like the others of said, they are a quick way to sample new authors 😀 Best of luck on completing that series line up today 😉

  35. Thank you, Charlene! Kind of a catchy title, uh…sorta sing-songy..kinda makes you want to do-si-do 😉 I actually used to square dance *g*–in the fifth grade my buddy Charles and I joined this club. We were by far the youngest in the crowd of um, older folks 😀

  36. Hi Kimmy! Thanks for sharing–I’ll have to look for that one 🙂

    I have not heard of Five Golden Rings — thanks for sharing Quilt Lady! And thank you for the cover compliments–wishing you luck in the drawing 🙂

  37. I love you, Linda! *g* Ya know, you are one of the first authors I contacted through their website and your support and encouragement meant a lot during those tough pre-published days 🙂


  38. My favorite anthology is always the last one I read—-Give Me A Cowboy.
    I have read Gunslinger, but would love to have Bride.

  39. Stacey I think the cover of your book is beautiful can’t wait to read it. I would like a chance to get the bride book. My daughter to is getting married in 5 weeks and I just found out this week. I have a ton of things to get done like buy the dress……
    Again great cover!!

  40. I love anthologies. Three Mothers and a Cradle was a good one. I’ve read all you listed, plus there were several other western Christmas ones. I enjoy westerns and also the medieval ones, but read just about anything. Have boxes of them. There always seems to be one story in the collection that just grabs me and I want to read it again. Every year I pull out the Christmas ones and reread some (most) of them. I work at a small county library in East TN. The westerns are very popular, both historical and modern. I’m always looking for new authors to introduce to our patrons. I’ll be looking for Stetsons, Spring and Wedding Rings. Your co-authors are two of my favorites, and two I’ve put on the shelf of our library (second home for my books). Like your Bride of Shadow Canyon cover. (Am not a big fan of the bare chested macho types.) Am a less is more type person. I look forward to reading your books.

  41. Hi Fedora! Thanks for the cheers 🙂 I admire anyone who can juggle and read–my family groans when I pick up a new book because this DO NOT DISTURB sign binks on in my forehead–or so I’m told 😉

  42. Hi Renee! Thank you 🙂 You know, I don’t think I’ve read any Valentine’s Day anthologies. Now that I know they celeberated Valentines in the old west, I’m gonna be looking for some!

  43. Hi DeWanna! Hugs on the stinkers. I cringe at the thought of not loving all my covers. Harlequin has been good to me 🙂 Kensington is certainly doing a bang-up job with your recent books–cheers and congrats on your success!!

  44. Thank you, Kate!

    THANK YOU, Nancy!! I do strive to keep my westerns dusty *g* You gotta read MUSTANG WILD–it’s still my favorite 😉 If I draw your name, that’s the book you’re getting 😀

  45. Hi Estella! Give Me A Cowboy is a great book! Thanks for sharing!

    Hi Brenda! Thank you–and congratulations to your daughter–(hugs) on the short notice!! I gave my mom three months and she wanted to choke me *g* Sending you Blissful Wedding vibes!

  46. Thank you, Amy! Wishing you luck for GUNSLINGER win!

    Hi Patricia! I’m so with you on the less-is-more covers. Scenery covers still draw me in the most…guess I like seeing the location I’ll be escaping to 😉 Any cover like LL Miller’s ONE WISH is guaranteed to stop me in my tracks and have me reaching for the cover 😀 Thanks for stopping in to share!

  47. Stacey… I Read June’s story, but not the first, so I’m ready to read it, and get in the mood to re-read!! I enjoyed Snowy night with a Stranger and Give me a Texan, both really great anthologies. I have to say that most of the time that I will pick an anthology for the authors rather than the stories. Hope everyone has a great week-end!!!
    Amy L.

  48. Hi AmyL! “Snowy Night With A Stranger”–now there’s an intriguing title! Thanks for sharing! Sending you wonderful weekend wishes 😀

    THANK YOU to all who came out to share in my cover excitement and your fave anthologies 🙂

  49. Stacey, I’m a sucker for anything yellow like the prim and proper dress under the Stetson hat. The cover of your anthology is a still life reflecting wedding finery and all the magic that goes with it. I can’t wait to page through this western.

  50. Oh I love the cover and I would love to read this book!!! I’m adding it to my tbr pile!
    Thanks for the teaser!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

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