Kathleen Rice Adams: The Last Three Miles

Western romance author Kathleen Rice Adams burst on the scene two and a half years ago and since then, I’ve been a fan of her work. She writes the kind of westerns I love to read–stories of tough cowboys who sometimes have to straddle the law to find justice. Women who are equally tough and determined. Her first full length, PRODIGAL GUN, firmly cemented her as a force to reckon with in this genre. She recently won The Peacemaker Award presented by Western Fictioneers for her short story, The Second Best Ranger in Texas. If you want something to satisfy and haven’t read any of her work, you need to pick one up. Here’s her newest that will be out Friday. It’s a short read.

The Last Three Miles


Danger waits along the last three miles of track…and so does love.

When an accident leaves Hamilton Hollister convinced he’ll never be more than half a man, he abandons construction of a railway spur his lumber mill needs to survive.

Believing no woman shackled by convention can be complete, railroad heiress Katherine Brashear refuses to let the nearly finished track die.

The magic of Christmas in a small Texas town may help them bridge the distance…if their hearts lay the rails for the last three miles.

What do you look for in a western romance? Is it a cowboy hero? Dispensing justice to a bad guy? The romance or all of it?

Again, I’m offering a $10 gift card to one person who comments. I’m going to be in New York City this week and won’t be able to comment or draw a winner until late Sunday.Β 

ALSO, A LATE NEWSFLASH! Kathleen has added two more prizes to the giveaway. An e-book of both THE LAST THREE MILES and THE SECOND BEST RANGER IN TEXAS!! That means we’ll have THREE winners this week when I get back from NY. YIPPEE!



Kathleen Rice Adams: The Last Three Miles — 37 Comments

  1. Linda, thank you for featuring my new release! What a pleasant surprise first thing on Monday morning. You are a sweetheart, dear friend.

    May I add prizes to your drawing? I’d like to give one commenter an ebook of The Last Three Miles and another commenter an ebook of The Second Best Ranger in Texas.

    Speaking of authors who spin can’t-put-down tales… I’ve been a fan of your stories since your very first. Your luscious heroes and the strong women who capture their hearts simply can’t be beat. Every book in your new Bachelors of Battle Creek series — Texas Mail-Order Bride, Twice a Texas Bride, and the upcoming Forever His Texas Bride — is a must-read.

    BIG HUGS, fellow Texas owlhoot! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kathleen! Evidently you don’t check your email. All this month and next I’m featuring some new books that I think historical western romance readers will like. I’ve given away three gift cards so far. It’s an easy way to draw people to my website without doing a lot of work. Yep, I’m pretty sneaky but I learned it all from you!!

      Yes, you certainly can add to the giveaway! Thank you so much. I’ll go and add your two e-books to the list so visitors will know. You’re so generous, lady.

      And thank you for the kind words about my books. I do try to spin a good yarn, but I’m still learning ways to improve my heroes and the strong women doggin’ their trail. It’s a continual work-in-progress. Maybe by the time I retire I’ll learn a little something about writing a good book. πŸ™‚

      BIG TEXAS HUGS to you, my friend!!

      • I can’t think of two other people who should form a MAS (mutual admiration society) than Linda Broday (now dubbed as “that sneaky Texan”)and Kathleen Rice Adams (known affectionately by her ‘posse’ as Tex).

        I would love to get them together and just sit and listen to the “palaverin'” that would go in.

        Thanks for your support of writers and writing, Linda. And thanks to Kathleen for her great stories and books.

        • KB, we’d have to let you in on that palaverin’, seein’ as how you’re a Texan and all, too.

          Thanks for the kind words, you ol’ librarian, you. And thanks for stopping by to say “howdy!” πŸ™‚

  2. A big congratulations to Kathleen on her win! Her other works have been recommended to me by other readers. I’m finally reading her fabulous book, Prodigal Gun now to get her off my TBR list and onto my favorite authors list!

  3. What a great surprise! Linda, you’re just full of them! LOL It’s hard to one-up Kathleen on sneakiness, I must admit, but you did it.

    We are so glad to have Kathleen with us at Prairie Rose Publications. Her stories are always so realistic and the kind that are EASILY recommended to others. Her debut novel, Prodigal Gun, is one of my favorite WHR’s anytime, anyplace, EVER. It’s definitely a keeper.

    But what happens when you read the rest of her work? Well, you build a keeper shelf for KATHLEEN, that’s what! One of my favorite stories of hers is The Second Best Ranger in Texas, that she won the Peacemaker Award for. It’s one that will stay with you.

    Kathleen’s THE LAST THREE MILES will be out on Friday, the 24th, when Prairie Rose Publications kicks off our week-long CHRISTMAS IN JULY event. Kathleen will also have another short read out, THE DUMONT BRAND, on that day–and we’ll have over 20 other short stories and “exceptional price” books, too!

    Congratulations to Kathleen on a stellar start to a fantastic writing career, and oh, by the way–her debut novel, PRODIGAL GUN, was a finalist in the Best Western Novel category for the Peacemaker Awards, too!


    • I like that idea about building a keeper shelf for my stories, Okie! Get to work on that, would you? πŸ˜‰

      I’m enjoying this “writing thing” — and much of the credit for that goes to you and Livia at Prairie Rose. If y’all hadn’t pushed me off the cliff to publish, I probably would’ve still been sitting back and admiring Y’ALL’s work (and Linda’s — long-time fan of her writing).

      Here’s to many, many more years of success for PRP!

  4. Prodigal Gun kept me up all night. It should’ve won, IMHO.

    The Second Best Ranger in Texas is the first best novella I’ve read. Hands down. I want Kathleen to teach me how to write those little gems that satisfy, yet leave the reader hungering for more.

    I can’t wait to read The Last Three Miles. My kind of story. A railroad story. πŸ™‚

    Congratulations Kathleen. You’ll always be on my keeper shelf. Right there along with Linda. But she’s a “B” so she comes first. πŸ˜‰

    • Elisabeth, thank you for the kinds words. (The check is in the mail. πŸ˜‰ )

      You’re one to talk about someone else writing good stories. I admire your work tremendously. It’s full of action, danger, suspense…and, of course, that heartwarming happily-ever-after that makes romance readers sigh. I’ve read everything you’ve published so far, and the only thing I can say is, “Get to writing, woman! You’re too slow!” πŸ˜€

      (BTW: I’m gonna arm-rassle Linda for shelf position. Think we could sell tickets?)

  5. Yeah! A new book by my favorite YT in the world. This “petit hibou” is, indeed, very very owlhappy.

    OK, let’s be serious a moment. I love Kathleen’s writing style – very realistic, her facts are well-researched (and it doesn’t even show – which is something I highly appreciate – there’s nothing like a history lesson without it being a history lesson, if that makes any sense). As to what I’m looking for in a western romance? Hmmm, I think it’s the whole package: the cowboy hero, the feisty/spunky heroine, the plot, the historical aspect, and the romance, of course.

    Congrats Kathleen. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Petit Hibou! It’s always nice to get a compliment from a Canadian owl. πŸ™‚

      That you enjoy my stories makes me very happy. I’m in complete agreement with you about what makes a good western historical romance — heavy on the hunky cowboy hero part! πŸ˜€

  6. I love Kathleen’s work and this short promises to be a favorite. I am so looking forward to PRP’s Christmas in July and the upcoming FANDANGO. Getting the chance to interact with writers and readers is such fun. I wish you the best on this on Kathleen. Somehow I missed it. Dang!
    Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

    • Doris, you always warm my heart. You’re supportive, knowledgeable, and NICE. How did you fit all of that into one body?

      I can’t wait to read your new novel. It’s due out later this year, right? I so enjoyed Home for His Heart, and I’ve been looking forward to another heartfelt read from you ever since. πŸ™‚

  7. Kathleen is in a category all her own! A great writer, a true Texan, and a truly helpful friend to the throng of writers who flock to her. Her debut novel, PRODIGAL GUN, is a keeper!!

    • Bet you didn’t think I could read between the lines, huh, Kristy. “Kathleen is in a category all her own: Big Troublemaker.” πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the compliments. One of the things that makes the publishing odyssey so much fun is the gang of writers I get to rub elbows with — many of them more experienced and knowledgeable than I. You’re one of those. You’ve taught me a lot — not only by sharing your knowledge, but also by writing stories that are full of history and heart. I learn from reading exceptional authors’ work — and yours definitely is in that category. πŸ™‚

  8. Prodigal Gun is among the very best. I totally immersed myself in the story from page one–the place authors should hook the reader. And yes, I was hooked. She managed to mix romance with a real Western story…loved it. I admire Kathleen’s writing talent very much..I might say I’d try to emulate her, but no…there’s only one Kathleen Rice Adams.

    • And there’s only one Celia Yeary — thank goodness, because I don’t know what we’d do with two tough Texas belles with enormous hearts. I’m so happy to count you among my friends and fellow authors, Celia. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for your talent, your charm, and your humility. I keep hoping you’ll rub off on me.

      And I have a great deal of affection for you, dear friend. Keep being warm, generous soul you are. πŸ™‚

  9. I like to read historical westerns that feature the overcoming of an obstacle. The obstacle could be a bad guy, a failing ranch, grief over losing a spouse, or finding love after a marriage of convenience. And of course, love is the “key” to overcoming these obstacles. πŸ™‚

    • Great answer, Cheryl C! A sigh-worthy happily-ever-after ending — especially after a mountain full of challenges — is the best thing in the world, isn’t it?

      Thanks for coming by! πŸ™‚

  10. I’ll have to say all of it. I love westerns, historical westerns are my favorite.

  11. I loved this snippet. Oh the anticipation of those last three miles… I have thoroughly enjoyed every story I have read of yours. I want more!
    What the heck is a gal from Texas doing in New York City? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re having great fun.

    • If I know Linda, she’s kicking up her heels and having a great time in New York among all those other authors at the RWA convention. She’s a wild woman, that one. πŸ˜‰

      Speaking of wanting more… When is your next Wildings story coming out? Love me some Wildings!

  12. I want it all in a Western story. Those who settled the West didn’t always play by the rules. They did what was necessary to survive and their true character came out. When justice did come it could be in unexpected ways. I read the blurb for THE LAST THREE MILES just before coming to this blog. It sounds good. Women had more of an opportunity to assert themselves. It was often good for them and for those around them. I could certainly shake things up.

    • You’ve got that right, Patricia! Who started the vicious rumor women on the frontier needed saving? Just like today, women were strong and capable. (And just like today, they adored hunky cowboys. πŸ˜‰ )

      “Those who settled the West didn’t always play by the rules. They did what was necessary to survive and their true character came out. When justice did come it could be in unexpected ways.” I love that!

  13. I’m a day late, but I just saw Kathleen’s post and I wanted to say Congratulations on the new book release this Friday, and I’m reading the Prodigal Gun, as I speak, and it is so wonderful! I’m only 1/4 of the way through but I’ve been glued to the pages (kindle) since I started! This is the first book of Kathleen’s I’ve read. Her ability to put the reader right ‘there’ in the story, where I can almost smell the prairie flowers, taste the biscuits, and feel like I’m right there in the barn, well it’s awesome (I over use that word, but I can’t come up with another). She creates such descriptions, but doesn’t make it seem long and drawn out, it’s brilliant! It really is the best western book I’ve read in a while. This is why I love westerns!! Thank you Kathleen <3

    • Lesia, you’re never late — especially when you say such nice things! Do you see me blushing all the way over there? I’m honored by your compliments. πŸ™‚
      You are so sweet and so supportive of all of us who write western historical romance. What would we do without you? Even if you never said another nice thing in your life, we’d still love you. You’re just a joy to be around. πŸ™‚

      BIG HUGS, lady!

  14. Kathleen, I too couldn’t put Prodical Gun down.I felt as if I was right there the entire time. Great story and terrific characters. Guess I’ve missed The Second Best Ranger in Texas, but will get it as soon as I send this. Also looking forward to reading The Last Three Miles. Not only are you a fantastically talented author but a God send to all of us at PRP. I know I more than count on you for so much. Thanks and enjoy release day Friday. Bev