Cover Cowboys and Kisses written by Karin Kallmaker, narrated by Ann Shanks Etter

Now in Audio – Cowboys and Kisses read by Ann Shanks Etter

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Cowboys and Kisses 56 Comments


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It’s always just a little bit weird to hear someone else read my work aloud. Having lived with the voices of the characters in my head, sometimes for years, it’s like hearing familiar music but in a very different key.

So it’s a real relief when a narrator matches my sense of timing, hits the right notes on the humor, and adapts to the story tone to match my words. Ann Shanks Etter has done all that for the brand new release of the audiobook of Cowboys and Kisses. It’s now exclusively at Audible. Early in the new year it will make its way to the other retailers and into library catalogs.

Reminder – if you want a book in audio or ebook format through your local library, try asking! Services like Libby and Hoopla may have the title but your library might not know that LGBTQ patrons want access.

Cowboys and Kisses is a frontier romance where two women, separated by the bordello and the church, find a way to each other.

Run time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • A one-way stage ticket to the frontier leaves a young woman penniless and alone in Long Grass, Wyoming. With no other hope than to survive another day, she takes up the only profession open to her. Years later she encounters the cowboy she can love, and her first taste of pleasure - and happiness.

    Cowboys, however, are born to wander, and their kisses are as brief as the lives of young women without family or means. Accepting that her days will be numbered too few, Darlin' escapes into her scribblings where her dreams of freedom can soar over the limitless prairie.

    When she recognizes her own truth and a chance for love in the longing gaze of a townswoman, will she finally find kisses she can trust?

    Two determined women in a hostile world save themselves — and each other — in a lyric, sensual love story as only Karin Kallmaker can tell.

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AUDIO SAMPLE BEGINS . . .

It was supper and I should have gone down to partake. I was hungry but didn’t feel it.
Jinny had escaped, I reminded myself. I watched Greta’s chest struggle to rise for every breath and didn’t want to acknowledge the truth: for every Jinny there were a hundred Gretas in this house. In other towns, there were more Gretas, Millas, and Darlin’s.
Cherry’s authoritative rap on the door brought me out of grim, dark thoughts.
“Leave her. You can’t help.” Once again, Cherry stayed outside in the hall.
“I think she’s dying. She shouldn’t be alone.”
“You can’t change it. She’ll survive or she won’t.”
Cherry was much older than I was, true, but I felt as if I’d learned something she had not. “Either way, how these hours pass matter.”
“You sound like the preacher’s been at you.” Cherry frowned and I could see her adding up the money Greta had cost, wasn’t making tonight and what it appeared I would not make tonight either. “His way is of no use to you.”
“No preacher could understand what I mean. Or what she’s going through.”
Her expression softened only slightly. “That is a true thing you’ve said. But it don’t change the fact that you need to get downstairs.”
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Comments 56

  1. I’m grateful for this rainbow community of fellow authors, readers, editors, and family that make my world a little brighter in these dark times. Thank you, Karin. US code entry please. 🙂

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    Thank you all for participating in this giveaway! For the record, there were the comments you see here, plus another 4 entries by email.

    The winners of Audible download codes for Cowboys and Kisses are:

    Sharen Comment begins “I’m grateful that I’m getting a new right knee…”

    Maaike “Hi Karin! I would love to listen to Cowboys and Kisses! I’ve been…”

    Nicole “I’m grateful for all the Audiobooks in my library…”

    Claire “I’m grateful for the friends and community I found…”

    Tali “I am grateful for all the people who want to do good…”

    If you’re a winner, I have just sent the email associated with your comment to confirm. Please check your spam filters!

    Thank you all or the wonderful, uplifting comments! They were very much appreciated and I know that other people visited the page to share in your gratitude.

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    Arrived here from social media to enter the drawing for an audio code? Here’s the deets: I’ll choose 5 by Monday morning 11/21/22 and notify you using the email you used to comment. The codes are for Audible US or UK listeners, so tell me which you are when you comment.

    I asked you to tell me what you’re grateful for. Right now, I’m grateful to connect with you.

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    1. I’m grateful for the friends and community I found on the bird site. I’m in the UK if I’m lucky enough to win. Thank you 🙂

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    2. I’m just grateful to have reached the age of 72 and have had 32 years of knowing myself (in no small part due to finding your books as I navigated through the upheaval of realising I was/am gay)), and of ultimately finding my way and having wonderful support from my siblings, my sons and my partner (and now wife) of over 20 years.

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        Hi Sue! Every year I am more grateful for that as well. I found love early, community later, and they have made all the difference between my life and all those who came before me.

    3. I would love to listen to the audiobook. (US)

      Touchwood was one of the first lesbian romances I read. I’ve been enjoying your books ever since.

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    4. I’ve read Cowboys And Kisses and absolutely loved the book. I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made on Facebook and Twitter and for the opportunity to win the audiobook.

      1. I am grateful for all the people who want to do good, who have compassion for others and for all that people that really want to live life to the fullest and let other people do the same.

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          Those people don’t get the headlines or go viral so it’s easy to think they don’t exist anymore. Look around – they’re there. Like you, I’m grateful for all of them.

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    5. Hi Karin! I would love to listen to Cowboys and Kisses! I’ve been suffering from long Covid and only recently got enough of an attention span back to listen to audio books, which I am very grateful for since I love books. I’m in the Netherlands and use audible UK.

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    6. I am grateful for being able to being with my family this holiday season now that all of us have been vaccinated…the wonders of science, the love of family ❤️

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        I have so much to be grateful for when it comes to science this year, and that includes vaccinations. (E.g., whenever someone shares their shingles story I am so grateful I’m vaxxed against it!) My younger kid will not have ovarian cancer because of a jab – a true miracle.

        Thanks for commenting!

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    7. I am grateful for so many aspects. Grateful for family and friends in all their wonderful and complicated manifestations. I am grateful that I have a job that fulfills my professional sense of duty. And I am grateful for the authors, writers, and many voices that narrate or perform the written words. My days are filled with moments shared with of all of these. I am so very grateful for the gift of perspective toward the positive.
      Thank you for sharing your creative self.

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        What a lovely comment, thank you Heather. I remain amazed at the circle of joy the lesbian and sapphic community of writers and readers share with each other. It is a Perpetual Joy Machine.

    8. I’m grateful that I’m getting a new right knee on November 22nd. So I would be very grateful for an audible US copy of Cowboys and Kisses to listen to while I recuperate!

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    9. I’m grateful that as of 5:00pm today, I’m on vacation. Also, grateful for your generosity with this giveaway! (US code)

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    10. Grateful all 5 siblings and my folks had my back when I came out 48 years ago at 17, in 1o75. Folks are gone, siblings, spouses, neices nephews, and greats call my wife and I of 30 years, doting aunts #1 and #2. Disability kept me from having my own, wife arrived after 1st left when I became disabled. Grateful for all her years of love and support.

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  4. I’m grateful to have my wife supporting me as I travel the crazy tightrope which is balancing my Adulting job (assoc. prof. of English) with my Passion (writing my sapphic romances).

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  5. I am thankful for wonderful sapphic and queer writers giving us stories we can enjoy! This community has grown so much. I gobbled up every one of your early books and watched as new writers entered the scene. The growth in this genre is wonderful. May it keep on growing!

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  6. I‘m grateful for all the good in my life. The people that makes it really great and for my lovely wife. I‘m grateful that we have everything for a free and good life, without to much struggle!
    Amazing Books and audiobooks are the cherry on the cake 😉 I would love to listen to this audiobook 🙂

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      The small moments in life, the ones you hope everybody gets – for me, like a few minutes at the start of the day with my coffee – they are to be treasured. Sometimes, if I’m fortunate to have a wonderful fresh still warm cookie, that sort of thing, I wish I could give everyone that, right then and there. I know we’d all be better off, and my observation of people is that most aren’t asking for more than that in life, to have those moments with loved ones without too much struggle, as you say. Aptly put, thank you!

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  7. I’m most grateful for my health and my loving and supportive family. Being a 2x cancer survivor, my partner Sandy has certainly stayed true to her word in “for better or worse”.
    Happy Thanksgiving to All!

    Can’t wait to listen to the next book!!

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      The older I get the higher up “health” is on the list. Family and community make such a difference – I’m glad you have them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  8. Aloha! I am so glad you are not abandoning the facebook ground for lesbian audiobooks. I really rely on it to keep me updated on new releases as do many others. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I am lucky enough to win a us code for your giveaway.

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      What’s really wonderful is the devotion of the moderators. They keep it on topic and I know when I want to know what’s new, that’s where to go and scroll. Thanks for commenting!

  9. I’m grateful for all the Audiobooks in my library that have kept me sane during this incredibly tough year. I’m super thankful for my chosen family who love me unconditionally, have supported and continue to support me! Thanks also goes to all the fabulous authors out there who keep my credit balance at zero every month! 💞🌈

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      I hope that 2023 is kinder to you and yours. The communities we build are what will see us through the tough times – there are more to come, I’m sure. But we can choose to love each other anyway.

  10. Given the attention focussed on the Qatar World Cup I’m grateful I can live my queer life openly and without fear. I’m saddened to not watch the football (soccer) but will not give the tournament one moment of my time. I am grateful I have the freedom to do this.

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  11. I haven’t read this one before, but I very much liked the story on audio.
    I would really love to listen to old favorites Christabel and Unbeliever some day, too.

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  12. Loved this when first a novella and now the Novel soars on Audible! The voice of Conner and “Darlin” are perfect and the story still brings tears and triumph.

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