As the magazine’s publisher, I am happy to promote our very first Serious about Series feature! And as a reader, and a big fan of romance series, I’m excited to discover a new series.
Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Kara O’Neal’s Pikes Run series. Kara is sharing the inside scoop on Pikes Run, where you’ll find not two or three, but ten books...and more to come! These historical romances are filled with compassion and passion. They’re family-oriented and character-driven with honest feelings for true people who put others first. The heat level in the Pikes Run series ranges from sweet to steamy and are available through Resplendence Publishing.
Welcome Home – Book 1: September 18, 2013
The Sheriff’s Gift – Book 2: December 18, 2013
The Cowboy’s Charms – Book 3: February 23, 2014
The Miller Brides – Book 4: July 2, 2014
The Soldier’s Love – Book 5: March 24, 2015
Love’s Promise – Book 6: March 26, 2016
Love’s Redemption – Book 7: October 10, 2016
The Editor’s Kisses – Book 8: March 29, 2017
The Ranger’s Vow – Book 9: September 27, 2017
Kara found the in inspiration for this series by wanting to write stories about a primary family in a small town. Growing up on Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, Kara loved those stories and wanted to create something similar. “They had timeless and complex characters which helped create a familiar feeling of home,” Kara said. She really enjoyed that about those books and always felt like she was part of the family. These books also created opportunities for different kinds of characters, and the reader got to know them, got to see them grow and change. Kara learned so much from Laura and Anne and their family members. Kara is also in love with love, so her stories reflect plenty of romance.
With so many books in a series, coming up with titles couldn’t have been easy. Kara says each title of her books match a major theme or event in the book. Most of them also are possessive, “which was an accident,” she said. Kara was trying to decide on a title for book four when one of her critique partners pointed out that it might need to be possessive, as well. Kara went with it, and now all titles, but the first and the last one, which will be book number seventeen, will be possessive in nature.
While Kara writes romance, and the stories center around love and marriage, she wanted to create a familial feeling. She wanted readers to spend a lot of time with her characters, to delve into who they are and have hope for their futures. “I think it’s wonderful when we can watch characters grow up and change, make mistakes and try to do better,” Kara said. “I hope my series captures a feeling of triumph over uncertainty and fear, of the hero/heroine trying to be the best version of themselves.”
Pikes Run is located in Texas, a small town northeast of Houston, primarily in the Piney Woods region. The quaint and busy Main Street is surrounded by farms of cotton, wheat or corn. Located in the Piney Woods region, there are spots that are heavily forested, and the San Jacinto River runs perpendicular to the town. Two decent-sized creeks, Pikes Run and Glebe Run, border it to the east and west. The town was named after one of the creeks.
When you arrive in the quiet and quaint town of Pikes Run, you’ll get a sense of togetherness and community. The townspeople have their fair share of trials and heartache, but there is a support system that highlights the familial aspect.
Each book in the Pikes Run series can stand alone, so there is no specific plot that spans all the books. However, there are characters in multiple books. They create havoc and others characters bring peace to the chaos.
Some of the characters you’ll meet in the Pikes Run series are:
There are several characters with recurring roles throughout the series, and some end up with their own story. “However, Isaac Perkins, the nosy postmaster, makes several appearances,” said Kara. “As does Nestor Collins, the very pale and cantankerous Undertaker. Jessup Fuller, the crotchety owner of the lumber mill is a regular, as is Ebenezer Noblett, who owns the most acres of farmland. Pete Jerkin owns the livery and he’s the town blacksmith. He’s a jovial person that fills in for the sheriff at times. Then there are the “Sister Aunts”, Hazel and Ruth. Prim and shrewd, they are the matriarchs of a community near Pikes Run called Bordersville. They have a cranky ghost who won’t leave them alone.”
The complete cast in Pikes Run are working toward being the best versions of themselves. And, even though some don’t want to, they’re also falling in love.
But every good series needs at least one villain, and in the Pike Run series there are several villains. But the main villain in town, who happens to cause problems for many characters, is Beulah Taylor. Beulah sees herself as the queen of Pikes Run. She and her husband run a beautiful and immaculate hotel. She is a leader among the ladies of First United Methodist and does everything she can to rid the town of people she sees as inferior. She organizes protests, undermines good intentions if they don’t fit her goals, and tries to keep women in the kitchen.
Kara explained the three key elements in her series are: Love conquers all. Family is where the heart is. And no problem is too big to fix when you have faith, trust and hope.
“I hope my readers learn from my series is that we’re here to help others, and most important is what we bring to this world, not what others do for us,” Kara said. “I hope readers learn that love is all that really matters. And I hope they learn to love often and to love sincerely.”
Kara isn’t stopping Pikes Run at book ten. “Oh, goodness! There are seven more books coming,” she said. “The next book will take the reader back to the ranch owned by J.T. Davis. The hero is Deacon Tolbert. He’s the foreman of the ranch and has a painful past he thinks he’s dealt with. Lily Spero is a part of his past, and when she re-enters his life, they must learn to overcome some very big obstacles.”
Pikes Run is definitely a series worth checking out!
To learn more about Kara and her books, visit:
Web Site: http://www.karaoneal.com/
Blog Site: http://www.karaoneal.com/once-upon-a-time
Twitter Profile Name: @KaraONealAuthor
Here's a bit more enticement of Pikes Run by Kara O’Neal…
Welcome Home – A poor farmer holds the heart of an heiress, but can he forgive her for her betrayal?
The Sheriff’s Gift – Forbidden kisses with the sheriff weren’t a part of the schoolteacher’s plans…
The Cowboy’s Charms – She’s his enemy’s daughter, but this cowboy can’t help falling for her…
The Miller Brides – They’re the pitied members of Pikes Run, the “Spinster Sisters”, but love captures them…if they’re brave enough to fall…
The Soldier’s Love – Take one sexy soldier, add the not-so prim schoolteacher who broke his heart, and you have a battle that neither can bear to lose...
Love’s Promise – Three mysterious ladies open a bakery, but more than sweet treats are being cooked up at this pastry shop…
Love’s Redemption – After a five-year separation, Willa is back in Lonnie’s life. But if he’s not careful, he might lose her again. And this time, it’ll be for good…
The Editor’s Kisses – She's a suffragette with plans. He's the editor with a kiss that could make headlines...
The Ranger’s Vow – He made a long-ago vow never to let love catch him, but fate has other plans…
I want to thank Kara for sharing Pikes Run with us, but before we go, Kara wanted to let readers know her publisher is re-releasing each book in the Pikes Run series. The publication dates will change and new covers will be designed for books 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Purchase Pikes Run at the following sites:
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Kara+O%27Neal?_requestid=863509