Kentucky Heat

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In the second book of the powerful new series that reunites the beloved Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings readers into the turbulent lives of a Kentucky horseracing clan headed by the incomparable Nealy Coleman Diamond. A woman of substance, Nealy rides fast, loves hard, and lives with an appetite for winning no one can match. Now in Kentucky Heat, she tests her deepest beliefs with one ...
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In the second book of the powerful new series that reunites the beloved Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings readers into the turbulent lives of a Kentucky horseracing clan headed by the incomparable Nealy Coleman Diamond. A woman of substance, Nealy rides fast, loves hard, and lives with an appetite for winning no one can match. Now in Kentucky Heat, she tests her deepest beliefs with one shocking decision and one daring last race....

Kentucky Heat

With Nealy, horses come first. So when her two grown children's irresponsible acts nearly cost her Shufly, the foal that carries all her hopes for the Triple Crown, she throws them both off Blue Diamond Farm, a decision that changes their future—and her own.

To the world, Nealy looks unbreakable. Inside, her heart has shattered. Estranged from her daughter Emmie and son Nick, she struggles alone to build her racing stables into the best in Kentucky—and Shufly into the horse of the century.

When Hatch Littletree, her ex-husband's law partner, pays an unexpected visit, he brings Nealy much-needed comfort. But he also brings turmoil. A tough Native American and a brilliant attorney, Hatch is determined to see Nealy heal the painful rift with her children. He's also a man Nealy cannot resist.

Raw with emotion, and yet filled with an unstoppable energy, Nealy will face bitter disappointments, exhilarating triumphs, and a night of bloodcurdling terror—one that could mean the end of her dreams…and maybe her life.

In Kentucky Heat Fern Michaels keeps readers enthralled, as the power of a woman's indomitable spirit leaps off the page...and rushes like a thoroughbred toward a finish you will never forget.

About the Author: Fern Michaels is the New York Times bestselling author of Kentucky Rich, Plain Jane, Finders Keepers, Yesterday, and many other novels. Surrounded by five children, three grandchildren, and six dogs, she shares her 300-year-old South Carolina plantation home with a resident ghost named Mary Margaret who leaves messages on her computer.

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Building on the success of her Vegas and Texas series, Michaels (Kentucky Rich) enlarges the Coleman and Thornton family legacies in her second novel set in bluegrass country. The indomitable Nealy Coleman Diamond Clay has her hands full: the foal that carries her hopes for the Triple Crown is born early while her grown children and helpmeets are away. When they return with news (her son has eloped with the family's cook and her daughter's husband abandoned her on a cruise) Nealy is furious as far as she's concerned, they were due home a week ago. "The horses always [come] first," sighs daughter Emmie. The multiple catastrophes strain plausibility, but the stalwart Michaels, whose plots are chock-full of dramatic tension, knows how to pull off the impossible. Nealy meets her match in her late husband's former law partner, Hatch Littletree, a larger-than-life Native American whose physical magnitude and considerable wealth is matched by his big heart and largess. The internecine family feuds, present and past not to mention the author's compulsion to fill in the blanks about the Thorntons and Colemans and their stormy histories takes away from the larger story about the developing relationship between Nealy and Hatch, and her endeavors toward a second Triple Crown sweep. In addition, a subplot involving a potential movie about Nealy's life (introduced in a rambling prologue and inexplicably ignored for over 200 pages) fails miserably. The brisk narrative also goes awry when a sudden cataclysm following a thrilling race victory robs the climax of its punch, dragging out the final section of the book to its inevitable happy conclusion. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Continuing the saga begun in Kentucky Rich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821773680
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Kentucky Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 383
  • Sales rank: 137,389
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Prepare to enjoy!

    A great read. But, then of course I like anything she has writtten. The Kentucky series comes close to the Texas books, so if you don't know them, you'll be pleased with them as well

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Love it

    Well written. Interesting characters with passion for family and determination to survive all odds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    First I read "Kentucky Rich", which was an outstanding

    First I read "Kentucky Rich", which was an outstanding book. I started to read "Kentucky Heat" on The first of May.

    I got to the part in the book where Neal wins the first Kentucky Derby on May 4th, the same day as the real "Run for the Roses." I laughed, I cried, and every emothion went through me as I read this book. I have just finished it and am more than ready to go on to Kentucky Sunrise. A really exceptional book. So glad I found this series.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    The best

    I loved all the series that she wrote, the best!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Blacksoul

    Wow guys, I just cant beleive you would sacrifice a kit to foxs.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Prairesky

    I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Luna

    "But you must, its the only way to save her. Didnt you see? She only has 2 cats left in her." Luna said urgently, forgetting how to speak cat properly. "When the cat pup older I will return it" she promised. "I give you my life if I donnot keep my promise."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Windwing

    Bring bearkit to red fox res 6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    To velvetstar

    Can i at least help with the mdcat position mabye be a second med or when maplejay is on trip i cold do it~cliffrock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Spiritwhisper

    "Windymoon! Maplejay!" She cheered happily. ~Spiritwhisper and Heathershine (Riverstar needs to leave NOW, I remember him. He caused a lot of TROUBLE that Horseclan didn't need.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Willowleaf

    "Okay. We must save Velvetstar!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Dapplesong

    "The clan will come first. Windwing you are deputy, you mist decide"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Windypaw

    Wow. Look at my post in the first result. Thanks a bunch. @Windypaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Sprayfur

    Fur: blue-grey Eyes: ice blue 3 Personality traits: protective, gentle, and strong Gender: tom Mate: none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Maplejay

    ((Extremly bad snow strom. :D))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Braveheart

    ((I))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    To Velvetstar

    Its me. Applekit. Look in the first result for my post. Please reply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Luna

    "Yes I understand that your clan is first. But Velvetstar is cat who take care of clan and she is dying now. If you dont trust me then I understand, but Steel will let her die, then she only have one cat left in her! I promise to take cre of cat pup, and to return it soon. I must go back to steel and mercury, please make a good choice." Luna said sadly. Then she whispered a saying in fox then dissapeared into the forest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Very good series thus far

    Excellent reading especially if you are fond of horses.

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