Montana for Real

The blog also known as Montana for Real.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Release Day Countdown

For everyone who wants to know when my next book will be released. Right down to the second. But if you want a chance for a sneak peek, pop on over to my website and sign up for my mini-mag, Rock Soup for the Cowboy Soul. I will be giving away Advanced Reader Copies to a few lucky subscribers as soon as I get them in my sweaty little hands.

Find the link and pre-order information at

Monday, April 11, 2016



Break out the fireworks! I just finished a quick rewrite of Book 2 in my Texas Rodeo series, which appears to be permanently titled Tangled Up in Texas. I finally figured out what was niggling at my brain about this book, and added a new scene to fix it. Sounds simple enough, except that scene required more research than the rest of the book combined. In it, the hero is driving a truck and talking on a CB radio. At one point I had nine tabs open on my internet browser: several CB lingo sites, a couple of 'life as a trucker sites', Google Earth so I could 'drive' from Raton, NM to Pueblo, CO, the Love's Travel Station site, Mapquest so I could figure distances and times from Amarillo to Albuquerque to Pueblo, and WalMart because I needed to know which exit would get me to the Wally World in Santa Fe. All to write about two paragraphs, which took me most of one day.
At some point during that day my mother wandered through and we had a conversation. Obviously, it didn't take, because at four o'clock I jumped in the car and drove the twelve miles down to the bus stop. Imagine my surprise when ol' yeller pulled up and my kid wasn't on board. And THEN I remembered my mother had said she was picking him up. Which I had completely forgotten, along with calling the school to tell him not to get on the bus, so they had to flag it down and drag him off.
Then it arrived at his stop to find me waiting faithfully. Which is why there is now a substitute bus driver in our school district who is quite sure there is a drug problem up here on the border.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The First Step is a Doozy


You know what they say, the first step is a doozy.
This calf was about five minutes old when the video starts. I cut out all the parts where he stopped to catch his breath between attempts, the original video was fifteen minutes long. He was born breech, which means he was head down, and if you're not Johnny-on-the-Spot to assist the cow by pulling the calf out, they'll usually drown. Even when you are they tend to have fluid in their lungs, so seeing this one get right up and at 'em was fantastic.
I know the birth of a living creature is supposed to be an incredible sight to behold. Personally, I think it's mostly slimy. But this part never fails to amaze me. And to come back an hour later and see him trying to buck...that's downright miraculous.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The New Cover...For Real!


We now have visible proof that the first book in my upcoming Texas Rodeo series, Reckless in Texas, actually does exist!

Reckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe’s everything a superstar should be—and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s way out of Violet’s league.
Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.

If you're all fired up to reserve your copy, you can find the pre-order links in the big cover reveal post on Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kicking it Up


This is me today, kicking up my heels in the sunshine because I finally finished the quick, fun (insert eyeroll) epilogue to my novel The Long Ride Home. 

You can find it in my e-minimag, Rock Soup for the Cowboy Soul

Or on Wattpad: The Long Ride Home for Christmas

Now I'm off to frolic in our unusually balmy weather until I have to drag my butt back to my computer and get moving on Hellbent, the third book of my upcoming Texas Rodeo series.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

My Grandpa, the Legend

This coming Saturday my grandfather, Melvin Icenoggle, will be inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. He's always been a legend in our minds, and it's pretty cool to see others recognize his accomplishments.

His father died of appendicitis before he was born, so by the age of twelve Grandpa was earning his own keep, exercising race horses at the Tanforan race course in San Francisco and farming with four and six horse teams in Oregon.

As a cowboy, he competed in all three roughstock events, wrestled steers, occasionally roped calves, and put a little extra money in his pockets by also providing entertainment in the form of stunts like Roman riding races, climbing aboard a bucking horse in a steel washtub filled with flour to imitate smoke as the horse blew out of the chute, and one of his crazier inventions, a 'bull chariot'.

As a rodeo producer, he often acted as both stock contractor and contestant. If they were short of entries in any of the roughstock events, he'd ride, then hustle behind the chutes, change shirts, and ride again under a different name, just to be sure the crowd got their money's worth.

My grandfather was one of the founding members of the Montana Rodeo Association and also built the original, wooden jackleg indoor arena that was used at Montana State University and College National Finals rodeos for over twenty years. He was a horse trainer, a logger, a farrier and in his later years, long time custodian of the fieldhouse at Montana State.

We will be gathering in Great Falls on Saturday to celebrate his exploits, and no doubt learn about a whole lot more that can't fit into a press release. Hope to see some of my Montana friends at the induction ceremony, and that you'll stop by afterward as our family gathers poolside at the Heritage Inn.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Me...and You!


It's already been almost a year since my debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was released, so I'm throwing a little online anniversary party over on Facebook and I've invited three of my best author friends--people who've supported me, inspired me, and whose work I think my readers will enjoy--to join me. I'll be giving away a bunch of their books, a few other trinkets, and a special prize pack called the Glacier Country Winter Survival Kit.

I hope you can join us. Even if you're not available during the live chat portion of the party, you can enter to win. Pop in any time before Wednesday, January 27th for the details:  My Heroes Have Always Been Romance Writers.

Sorry, fireplace not included.