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Katie Porter | From Beginning to End

Bare Knuckle
Katie Porter



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Vegas Top Guns #5

October 2013
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Featuring: Eric "Kisser" Donaghue; Trish Monroe
341 pages
ISBN: 1619210940
EAN: 9781619210943
Kindle: B00BLHTFHA
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Also by Katie Porter:
Bind, November 2014
Own, September 2014
Own, September 2014
Bare Knuckle, October 2013


Since starting our first Katie Porter series of erotic romances, "Vegas Top Guns," Lorelie Brown and I have learned so much. (I'm Carrie Lofty, by the way, the other half of the Katie Porter partnership.) The release of BARE KNUCKLE marks the fifth and final book of the series. We have to admit some bittersweet feelings in having to let go of these characters. Our journey with them has been a long and exciting one.

I have only ever been on the reader side, when an author ends a series. There's disappointment and that question, "Can't there be just one more?" I didn't realize I'd feel the same way from an author's standpoint. Only, there can't be one more. We designed this series to flow just as it has, from the introduction of three wisecracking war buddies and one flaming hot romance, to a conclusion that sees a much larger family of colleagues and friends–with four more flaming hot romances to boot. We've taken them as far as we can. Now the rest is up to our imaginations as readers and writers.

But how did we get here? The process is boggling. Believe it or not, everything began with a song. One song. It dovetailed with Lorelie's then-recent trip to Las Vegas and her ideas about maybe setting a contemporary romance there. I wanted in on that! Writing historicals are my lifeblood, but doing something spontaneous and sexy sounded as much fun as a quickie trip to Vegas itself.

From there the ideas spun out from one young fighter pilot and his two best friends. They fit together so effortlessly that I don't remember them ever not being characters. Their personalities meshed as comrades-in-arms, and also determined what erotic theme their romances would take. Roleplaying, femdom–we were instantly supercharged with the need to make this happen. Now.

We wrote the first three books, DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET, and HOLD 'EM, in less than a month. (Before you get too freaked out, just think that we weren't working on any other projects, and we were co-writing–half the work! Lots of free time! It was the perfect opportunity for a huge amount of output.) But what crazy ladies write three books without even trying to sell the first one? It didn't matter. These stories needed told.

Only once we got to the end of book three did we realize the series wasn't quite finished. The arc of relationships wasn't done, and two characters remained in their little band of bandits who didn't have the endings we wanted for them–happy endings. HARD WAY took on some serious subject matter, including a failing marriage, a very daring kink, and our first real inclusion of PTSD, which came about organically as we told the story but felt absolutely necessary to include in hindsight.

Now we've reached BARE KNUCKLE. The last to find his way is Capt. Eric "Kisser" Donahue, who started out in book two as an arrogant SOB who looked, from there, as if he'd never be good enough to be the hero of his own romance. Too cocky. Too boorish. But as with all good redemption stories with angsty heroes, he just needed the right woman (and a near-fatal plane crash) to get him on the right path to forever.

Along the way he frees his heroine, Trish Monroe, from a life she'd been wanting to escape for a long time: that of a showgirl. Raised on the pageant circuit, hitting the ripe old age of 25, and never having "made it," she secretly nursed quiet hopes of finishing college and moving on. Despite her initial need for emotional safeguards like stage makeup and platinum blonde wigs, she sheds them in favor of being herself–although she keeps her stage name, an ode to Marilyn Monroe, because Marilyn remained her idol. Flaws and all. Trish accepts her flaws and Eric's in order to conclude the last of our five tales.

So...it's been an amazing journey, one that began on September 6th, 2010. One song, one life-changing IM conversation, and a thousand ideas later, we offer BARE KNUCKLE to our readers and say goodbye to our first series of fictional friends.

Vegas Top Guns

Double Down
Vegas Top Guns
August 2012

Inside Bet
Vegas Top Guns
September 2012

Hold 'Em
Vegas Top Guns
October 2012

Hard Way
Vegas Top Guns
April 2013

Bare Knuckle
Vegas Top Guns
October 2013

(Don't worry. Another is on the way. "The Boston Boys" will arrive in May, June, and July of next year. You can't imagine how excited we are to start another family!)

We'd like to give away a copy of BARE KNUCKLE in any digital format. Just answer the question: If a series of romances appeals to you, what do you miss when it comes to an end?

What the critics are saying:

"The duo behind Katie Porter goes out with a bang in the last of their phenomenal 'Vegas Top Guns' series." ~ RT Book Reviews 4½ Stars

"It's deliciously explicit details is guaranteed to ignite the fire within readers." ~ Fresh Fiction

"These characters have depth, the sex scenes are hot, and the reader will root for this pair." — Library Journal

About the Authors

For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, visit their website!

Thanks again to Fresh Fiction for featuring Katie Porter and BARE KNUCKLE!




24 comments posted.

Re: Katie Porter | From Beginning to End

This looks very exciting-light a fire under an oldie??
(Barbara Wells 9:01pm October 8, 2013)

A hot fighter pilot. I'm sold! Whew! When it comes to series, if all the loose ends are tied up at the end of the last book then I don't feel like I'm missing anything at the end.
(Rhonda Brittingham 9:29am October 15, 2013)

I love winning contests and would love to win your book!
(Sharon DiPrima 2:32am October 16, 2013)

I have been wanting to read this book sounds really good
(Denise Smith 8:47am October 16, 2013)

I read Hold 'Em and loved it!! Can't wait to read this one too. Thanks!!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:26am October 16, 2013)

Can't wait to read it!! :-)
(LeeAnne Hardin 10:13am October 16, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: BARE KNUCKLE. I like the
book cover too! What I miss when it comes to end is getting
used to the characters in the book and it hurts because it
would be like me losing all the characters in my favorite
Soap Opera: Days of Our Lives which I have been watching
since being a child with my Mom. You get used to regular
characters and actors and you don't want to see the show end
or the books to end too! They are like family and you don't
want to see them go away. I would love to win and read your
great book this Fall. Thank You very much. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 11:42am October 16, 2013)

I always wonder what happened to the characters after the series ended. (But I don't want to know that they died.)
(Laura Gullickson 11:45am October 16, 2013)

This book looks really interesting, I can't wait to check it out.
(Meredith Richardson 12:23pm October 16, 2013)

When a series ends, I miss the characters. It's almost like
some of them become friends, or are the kinds of people you'd
want as friends.
(LaRonda Atchison 4:55pm October 16, 2013)

I love series!
(Marcy Shuler 12:29pm October 17, 2013)

Your are new for me, I always enough starting a new series with a new author. I expect to enjoy yor seies of erotic books.
(Cheryl Stillwell 12:29pm October 17, 2013)

Well done on such a happy collaboration! if any series appeals I am sorry to se it end. But if readers like it well enough the author may return. Some series should be left alone though, not dragged out forever to milk the loyal readers, so I would not say continuation is good in every case.
(Clare O'Beara 10:30am October 17, 2013)

I do enjoy reading series of books, you begin to know so much about the characters that you feel connected. Your latest sounds like a nice book to enjoy in your favorite chair with a nice cup of tea....
(C Culp 11:52am October 17, 2013)

Series... I enjoy them... the only thing I am not a fan of is if the series is based on one character and I miss of few of the books and get lost... I like series to have a link between characters but to enjoy their individual stories... I like a nice wrap up...
(Colleen Conklin 12:43pm October 17, 2013)

By the end of a series, if I like it, the characters seem almost real---so I miss them when it ends.
(Sue Farrell 2:43pm October 17, 2013)

I miss all the characters that have grown from the first book... they become real to me ... but I can just reread and have them back. I know it is hard to end a series ... but knowing when to do so is a mark of a good author. I've read a couple of series that got old before they ended. Good luck on the new boys!
(Annetta Sweetko 2:50pm October 17, 2013)

I missed the characters. It is like they are leaving on a long trip and will not keep in touch anymore. I do like to know from time to time how they are doing. Need a novella for these characters.
(Kai Wong 10:08pm October 17, 2013)

It's like I'm saying goodbye to old friends or family!!
(Martha Lawson 10:55pm October 17, 2013)

love to read this
(Patricia Lambert 1:39pm October 18, 2013)

The characters, of course!
(May Pau 7:18pm October 18, 2013)

"Visiting" with friends. It feels like goodbye
(Lenna Hendershott 3:57pm October 19, 2013)

When a series ends, I miss the characters and their continuing adventures.
(Bonnie H 12:51pm October 22, 2013)

Looks like a good series written by a pair who know their
magnetic guys and can't help but have escapades with women.
(Alyson Widen 7:01pm October 31, 2013)

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