The Heroes of San Diego Series & a Giveaway!


Happy Monday! I am gearing up for the release of Christmas Kiss from the Sheriff in November. This book will wrap up my Heroes of San Diego Series. It will be hard to leave my friends, but new stories are waiting to be written. I thought I’d go back to the beginning and post a bit about the story-lines and how they are connected because at the end of my post I have a question for you…


Book #1

Angel and the OutlawThe Angel and the Outlaw was my debut story, the “book of my heart,” that just begged to be written. When young, I loved the peninsula on Pt. Loma in San Diego where the old 1854 lighthouse stands. At that time, visitors could climb up the narrow circular stairs and walk around the catwalk. Not so anymore. In that story, a young woman from town dares to tutor the light keeper’s daughter who happens to be mute from a traumatic event in her past. Stuart is hiding out from the law and every bit a taciturn hero, but Rachel sees through his gruff exterior in the way he treats his daughter. When the law starts to close in on him, things get heated! (This book is NOT SWEET.)



Book #2

The Gunslinger and the HeiressThe Gunslinger and the Heiress takes place fifteen years later and is the story of Caleb and Hannah ~ the two children from my first book. I had many readers write in and ask if Hannah ever got over her muteness. I loved writing this story which has a dash of adventure and piracy in the mix. Who knew there were pirates off the coast of California? I learned that fact while researching and just had to include it in my story. The story takes place as the Hotel Del Coronado is being finished. Caleb is a scrapper and a reluctant bodyguard for Hannah. He’s always loved her…but she is as far removed from him as the moon now that they’ve grown up.



Book #3

fs-250-smFamiliar Stranger in Clear Springs starts out in La Playa ~ a town on the harbor that is closest to the lighthouse (and where Rachel of Book #1 taught school.) Elizabeth is Rachel’s good friend and heading into spinsterhood. She runs the family mercantile and has all but given up on love since a soldier from the nearby Fort Rosecrans left her without a word. Four years later, he suddenly shows up again and twists her heart into a tangle. Of course, she does the same to him! This story follows them into the back country where Tom has been sent to make sure the gold shipment from the mines gets through to the bank safely. Only trouble is, Elizabeth is smack dab in the middle of the fray!



Book #4 

Christmas Kiss from the SheriffChristmas Kiss from the Sheriff will be released on November 22nd! Gemma is Elizabeth’s good friend from La Playa who is the new school teacher in Clear Springs. Unbeknownst to the people of the mining town, Gemma is running from her past and has never taught a class in her life. When she skirts around a few questions and gets herself into a muddle at school, Sheriff Craig Parker becomes suspicious—so many things don’t add up about the beautiful new teacher. But she’s smart and independent and he is drawn to her!


As I write my stories, it always amazes me how the characters become “real” to me. I think of all these heroes and heroines as friends and wish I could meet them face to face. Weird, isn’t it? I guess it’s a writer’s mind…

My publisher, Harlequin, is having a big ebook sale (ending tomorrow the 25th of Oct.)
This is only the second time I have ever heard of Harlequin doing this, so it is a

My entire back-list is on sale for $1.99! I’ll leave you with a few links…

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Harlequin

For a chance to win one of my back-list books just let me know which one sounds like the story you would most like to read!
Feel free to go to my website’s Books Page and read the summaries and excerpts.

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23 thoughts on “The Heroes of San Diego Series & a Giveaway!”

  1. This sounds great Kathryn from book 1 to this newest book 4 and it all ties up nicely. I bet most of us will get and read all 4 now thanks to your reduced sale price. Many moves, missing books, so easier to just 1 click the series and read from book 1 until this last is released. Can’t wait to get to read them all. Thanks again Kathryn.

    • Hi Elaine!
      Thanks for stopping by today! You are so right–online shopping makes everything entirely too easy. Hence my long…LONG…to-be-read list that are waiting for me in cyberspace 🙂

      • But Kathryn you have the others on sale right now so we can all read the first 3 and have the story fresh in our minds while waiting to read this 4th one when it comes out. That is my secret of reading my favorite series and authors no matter how many come out even 25 like Christine Feehan I re-read all of them again before the next hardback comes out then I get the paperback then too haha, Sherrilyn Kenyon is another fave author I read all of her one Series too both Dark related too. Now you can expect a few more sales this week and month I bet until Christmas Kiss comes out. Good luck on both the book and series.

    • Hi Debra — That’s a good thing when the characters “come alive” for you. It means an author has done his or her job. It is what we all strive for–along with an entertaining story.

  2. Since Angel and the Outlaw was your first, I am going with the one dear to your heart! Thank you for the opportunity.

    • Hi Melanie,

      Angel and the Outlaw…that story started way back in my head as a teenager when my parents took me to the lighthouse and in the small auditorium there, we sat through a film documentary of the history of whaling off the coast there. Those images fascinated me…along with the tidbits I learned about the light keeper that raised his family in the lighthouse there.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      So glad to hear that you liked Angel and the Outlaw! In The Gunslinger and the Heiress (Book #2) it was such a joy to continue with Hannah and Caleb’s story as they had to overcome so much to become the people they were destined to be.

  3. I would like to read all of them. I guess I would choose the Gunslinger and the Heiress.
    I will go look at the sale:).

    • Hi Mary!

      If I had to pick a favorite after The Angel and the Outlaw, it would be the Gunslinger and the Heiress. It is probably because it feel like I know those characters best since I knew them as children. Good luck in the drawing Mary B! I’ll remember that!

    • Hi Catslady,
      Thanks for stopping by Wildflower Junction and commenting. I had thought about writing one more story set here–on Elizabeth’s brother, Terrance. But he is a stinker, and I don’t know if I can reclaim him from some of the dastardly things he has done over the years…After considering it, I thought it was probably best to let go of that idea. 🙂

  4. That is a hard decision, they all sound good. I think I would choose Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs. There is something about women who, for whatever reason, have been left to the side by society. Spinsters were so often forgotten, pitied, or taken advantage of, and lived lonely lives. The lucky ones had a job that kept them socially active and a valued part of the community.

    • Hi Patricia, Thanks for your thoughts. I think it was even harder on spinsters when they had no older brother to look out for them. My mother has done some genealogy in our family and there are a few spinsters. I was glad to learn they were taken care of by “the family”.

  5. Hi Kathyrn,

    All the brief story lines were enjoyable to read. I would love to win a copy of Christmas Kiss from the Sheriff. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Many blessings,
    Cindy W.

  6. Thank you all for participating! It seems the stories you chose as one you’d like to read are a smattering of them all. I had wondered if one plot line would speak to you more than the others. Just goes to show there is room for all types of stories!

    I’ve drawn a name, and the lucky winner this time is Mary B! Congratulations!

    Mary–if you will contact me at kathryn at kathrynalbright dot com, I’ll get your prize to you.

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