Author: Kaki Warner

Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and long time resident of the Pacific Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Her years spent riding horses and enjoying the expansive views of Texas became the inspiration for the backdrop of her novels - the wide-open spaces of historic New Mexico Territory.

Several years ago after their two children had left for college, Kaki and her husband, Joe, moved from the city to their hilltop cabin overlooking the scenic Methow Valley. Kaki now spends her time gardening, hiking, reading, writing, and soaking in the view from the deck with her husband and floppy-eared hound dog.

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Texas Tall

Texas Tall
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425281147
  • Release: 2016-10-04
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Award-winning author Kaki Warner brings her trademark blend of humor, romance, and Western charm to the tale of a Texas Ranger troubled by past deeds and a strong-willed woman with a history of her own...

Seeking vengeance for a tragic past, Tyree Benton joined the Rangers and became a different man—but his brutal actions still twist his conscience. Now he’s found a woman he could love, but she deserves more than a man who makes a living getting shot at. If Ty were honorable, he’d leave her alone. But he can’t seem to stay away....

Orphaned at fourteen, Charlotte Weyland has used her talent for numbers to build enough of a fortune to fund Ty’s dream of owning a ranch…if he’s not too stubborn to accept her help. But when Charlotte’s past catches up to her, she finds herself on one side of the law with Ty on the other. To keep their dreams alive, they’ll have to make compromises, but doing so might cost them everything they have...


Home by Morning - The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek, #3

Home by Morning
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425263280
  • Release: 2015-07-07
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The award-winning author of Where the Horses Run makes her eagerly anticipated return to Heartbreak Creek for the final book in a trilogy of soul-stirring historical romance.

Thomas Redstone—a former Cheyenne warrior seeking new purpose by following the ways of his white grandfather—is returning to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, when he decides to give the woman he loves one last chance to accept him into her life.

Prudence Lincoln’s beauty and education have brought her little joy. Envied by blacks for the advantages she’s had, and reviled by whites for her mixed blood, she’s proving herself by helping ex-slaves prepare for newfound freedom. Thomas has no place in her future, no matter how much she loves him.

He’s suffered only hardship. She was raised in privilege. Their only common ground is the spark between them that won’t die. Yet even as evil forces tear them apart again, they discover that courage can be a weapon, happiness is a choice, and love can triumph over anything.


Where the Horses Run - The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek, #2

Where the Horses Run
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425263273
  • Release: 2014-07-01
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western
  • Publisher: Berkley
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?A truly original new voice” (New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas), award-winning author Kaki Warner returns to the characters of Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, as a troubled cowboy and a desperate Englishwoman come together to mend their mistakes from the past and create an exciting new future?

Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and a beautiful Englishwoman will change his life forever.

Josephine Cathcart loves two things: her illegitimate son and her injured stallion. Faced with her father’s looming bankruptcy, she must choose between a loveless marriage to the man who ruined her, or risk her horse and her future on a handsome, taciturn Texan and a high-stakes horse race. But as vengeful forces conspire against them, will Rafe’s love and healing touch be enough to save her horse and protect her and her son?


Behind His Blue Eyes - The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek, #1

Behind His Blue Eyes
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425263266
  • Release: 2013-08-06
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Award-winning author Kaki Warner gives fans a reason to celebrate with the first in a brand-new Western trilogy set in Heartbreak, Colorado, starring an advance man for the railroad?and the woman whose trust (and heart) he longs to win.  For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas...

Hoping to escape his past, Ethan Hardesty left a career as an architect and went to work for the railroad. Only two things impede his desire to transform Heartbreak Creek into a thriving town once again?a vandal bent on stopping the railroad, and the beautiful but hardheaded woman who won’t sign over the final right-of-way through the canyon.

Audra Pearsall has good reason for not allowing a train to pass within yards of her home, no matter how persuasive the handsome Mr. Hardesty can be. But when vandalism escalates to murder and fear stalks the canyon, Audra doesn’t know who to turn to?until the man she thought was her friend proves to be an enemy, and the man she wouldn’t allow herself to trust becomes her reluctant hero


Miracle in New Hope - A Novella

Miracle in New Hope
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B008MFVH9S
  • Release: 2012-12-11
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Romantic Elements, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Award-winning author Kaki Warner presents an original story about following your heart, no matter the cost.

Amidst the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains in 1871, Daniel Hobart keeps to himself—a man with a hole in his heart that matches the scar on his face. But when Daniel starts having visions of a young girl crying out for help, he begins to fear that solitude may have caused him to lose his mind. Determined to find out the truth about the mysterious girl, Daniel travels into New Hope and learns that she’s the missing daughter of widow Lacy Ellis.

After a year of heartbreak, Lacy isn’t sure what to make of Daniel’s claims of seeing her daughter. But when he sets out to find Hannah on his own, Lacy decides to join him, allowing herself one last chance to hope. And as they retrace the long-cold trail of Hannah’s disappearance, two broken people manage to take some small comfort in each other, and in the possibility of a miracle…


Bride of the High Country - A Runaway Brides Novel

Bride of the High Country
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425247501
  • Release: 2012-06-05
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Kaki Warner’s newest novel in the series about unlikely brides who make their way west—and find love where they least expect it…

Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan widow, but only marriage can make her future secure. Railroad mogul Doyle Kerrigan needs a well-connected wife. It seems a perfect match...until a shocking revelation sends her fleeing from the wedding reception.

Desperate to make a fresh start, Margaret takes on a new identity and heads West, finally stopping in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, a dying mining town of little interest to anyone. Here, she finds new purpose, beloved friends to replace the family she’s lost, and a home at last.

But two men from Margaret’s past are on her trail. One is seeking vengeance, the other truth. When they both arrive in Heartbreak Creek, she must choose between the town she has come to love, and the man who might finally capture her heart….


Colorado Dawn - A Runaway Brides Novel, #2

Colorado Dawn
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425245224
  • Release: 2012-01-03
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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The next in Kaki Warner's sweeping new series about unlikely brides who make their way west-discovering newfound freedom and rediscovering love...

After only three letters and one visit during her six-year marriage to a Scottish Cavalry Officer, Maddie Wallace decides to build a life without him. Accepting an assignment from a London periodical to photograph the West from a female perspective, she sails from England, determined to build a new life as an independent woman.

After injury ends his military career, Angus Wallace returns home to find his wife gone, his family decimated by fever, and himself next in line to an earldom. His new mission is clear--find his wife and sire heirs. His search takes him across an ocean and half a continent, but he finally tracks her to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. There his biggest challenge awaits--to convince his headstrong wife to return home as his viscountess.

Amidst statehood struggles, claim jumping, and railroad disputes their passionate battle rages...until word comes that Angus has become the earl. Now they must decide between a life in the mountains of Colorado, or in the glittering ballrooms of London...and between duty and desire.


Heartbreak Creek - A Runaway Brides Novel, #1

Heartbreak Creek
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425254264
  • Release: 2011-07-05
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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First in a wonderful new historical series starring four unlikely brides who make their way West.

Edwina Ladoux hoped becoming a mail-order bride would be her way to a better life, but as soon as she arrives in Breakheart, Colorado, and meets Declan Brodie and his four rambunctious children, she realizes she's made a mistake. Luckily, Edwina and Declan agreed on a three- month courtship period, which should give them time to get the proxy marriage annulled. Except that as the weeks pass, thoughts of annulment turn into hopes for a real marriage-until Declan's first wife suddenly returns.


Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425238615
  • Release: 2011-01-04
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Daisy Etheridge always dreamed of singing on a real stage, rather than in a smoky San Francisco saloon. But along the way she fell in love, had her heart broken, and bore a child to a man who loved another. Now she has a second chance to develop her singing talent. With no other way to get the money she needs to support herself and her child during her training, she and her daughtertravel to New Mexico Territory to seek help from the wealthy family of the man who abandoned her.

Jack Wilkins, a carefree adventurer, has always wanted to travel the world, rather than stay home to work the family ranch with his brothers. He thought he'd escaped three years ago when he followed his childhood love to San Francisco, only to find that his devotion wasn't enough to keep her. Now, he's back, trying one last time to win her-when out of the blue a woman from his past shows up with a baby who has eyes like his.

Caught between his feelings for his old flame, his attraction to Daisy, and his new role as a father, Jack does the honorable thing and offers marriage. But Daisy refuses. Although she has never stopped loving Jack, she's unwilling to risk her dream for a man who might still love another, or who would rather chase the sun west than settle down with her.

But Jack won't give up. As spring drifts into summer, tensions build, and the Wilkins family is strained to the breaking point when old enemies and financial ruin threaten the ranch. Then a violent storm brings everything to a head, forcing Daisy and Jack to make hard choices about which dreams are worth fighting for, and what they want out of their lives-and out of each other.


Open Country - Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 2

Open Country
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425234303
  • Release: June 1, 2010
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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The award-winning Blood Rose trilogy continues in a bold romance of the Old West by the author of Pieces of Sky. 
 
From a "truly original new voice in historical fiction"* (New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas) comes the second novel in a passionate new saga of the three Wilkins brothers, living and loving on the dangerous American frontier. It's a tale of unlikely romance in an unforgiving land, where the greatest reward awaits those with the will to overcome all obstacles.
 
Penniless and on the run, Molly marries a man she has never met and who is dying from injuries sustained in a train derailment.  She hopes the insurance settlement will help her and her late sister’s two children evade their vicious stepfather, who has had men tracking them for three months.  Except the stranger, Hank Wilkins, doesn’t die.  And when he awakens to a wife and two stepchildren he doesn’t remember, Molly finds herself being coerced by Hank’s overbearing older brother to continue the charade.  Fearing for Hank’s life and knowing Molly is a nurse, he wants her to tend Hank at their ranch until he’s fully recovered.  Molly might be a gifted healer, but she knows little about children and even less about men—especially big, silent, brooding types like Hank.  But as he slowly recovers, the threat of the  children’s stepfather seems distant and the idea of a real marriage becomes more appealing to Molly.  Soon, though, Hank learns his marriage is a lie and the past begins to catch up with her…and everything starts to unravel.
 
Pieces of Sky
available January 5, 2010
 
Open Country
available June 2010
 
Chasing the Wind
available January 2011


Pieces of Sky

Pieces of Sky
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425232149
  • Release: January 05, 2010
  • Author: Kaki Warner
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Western, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Pregnant and burdened with a terrible secret, Jessica has left England for the American West in search of a new life. Brady, a hard-bitten rancher haunted by the violence of his past, is desperate to protect his land and family from a blood feud that has already claimed one brother.  She’s fancy hats and pamphlets on deportment.  He’s rough manners and twenty years of blood on his hands.  An improbable pair.  But after their stagecoach crashes and Jessica is stranded at his high mountain ranch until she gives birth, antipathy slowly becomes attraction.  He teaches her to trust and laugh again—she helps him find the joy he’d lost.  Faced with hard choices and unspeakable loss, they draw strength from each other to overcome the horrors of their pasts, and in the process find redemption, forgiveness, and ultimately love.