Cowboys and Kisses – Audiobook


Written by Karin Kallmaker. Narrated by Ann Shanks Etter. This discount-priced purchase enables a choice of downloads: 1) a zip file that contains all MP3 tracks or 2) a single, chaptered M4B format file used by Apple-based and many other audiobook listening apps. Either way, the files are permanently yours.
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The Story...

Run time: 4 hours and 30 minutes

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    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.”

  • 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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Author's Notes
  • The West is probably one of the most romanticized eras in American literature and film. The love affair with wide open skies and rugged jawlines tended to leave out the survival odds, especially for women and girls. And of course mostly overlooked the realities of the indigenous people who already lived under those skies.

    When I wrote the novella in 2007, the reality of how brutal and unforgiving conditions were for females without the protection of man or marriage was foremost in my mind. I considered writing two endings to the story - my first concept of a conclusion more realistic and yet triumphant in spirit, versus a true happy ever after. I decided then to stay closer to my original vision of the story.

    In this updated version, which has turned into a short novel, the happy-ever-after ending finally sees the light of day. Two determined and smart women in a hostile world save themselves — and each other.


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