Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm A Reader Not A Writer - Kindle Fire Giveaway Hop

I'm participating in my first blog hop and it's a good one. A couple lucky folks could win a Kindle. If you're visiting as part of the contest thanks for stopping by!

I am a WRITER and a READER. My debut novel MARRY ME was published in October by Astraea Press. It's a fun romantic comedy set in the fictional Southern town of Covington Falls. Julia Richardson is the world's most reluctant wedding planner. She's vowed never to fall in love after watching her parents treat marriage like the flavor of the month. Seth Graham is the sexy widowed minister who is testing that vow against love and marriage. He's a guy just emerging from the grief of losing his beloved wife, and Julia is as different from his Beth as the sun is from the moon. The two can't seem to stay away from each other or ignore their attraction, however. Check it out and I know you'll fall in love with Julia, Seth and Covington Falls. If you like MARRY ME, look for Book 2 in the series, ACTING UP, which debuts April 22nd and Book 3, IMAGINE THAT, on July 1st.

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Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 2/28/14
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Acting Up - A Covington Falls Chronicle - Debuts April 22

Okay...I can't wait. So excited that ACTING UP, book 2 in my Covington Falls series will be available on April 22 from Astraea Press. ACTING UP features a new couple, Addison Covington a Hollywood star who's lost her career and her self-respect after a nasty divorce. Ethan Thomas is a widower and single father to twin boys. If you read MARRY ME you might remember him as one of Seth's friends. ACTING UP is such a fun book. I know you will adore Addison and Ethan. 

Here's the blurb

Addison Covington is the reigning Ice Queen of television. Until her producer husband falls in love with her on-screen daughter and a well-placed punch on national television casts her as the wicked ex-wife. Fired and disgraced, she escapes to the idyllic Southern town where she found comfort in a time of turmoil as a teenager.

Life is constantly on the brink of chaos for widower Ethan Thomas. Being a single father is one challenge. As a high school principle he also has to deal with hundreds of students, not to mention their interfering parents. Now he’s short one drama teacher and if he doesn’t find a replacement to direct the spring musical he’s going to have a riot on his hands. His childhood neighbor, Addison Covington, could be an answer to prayer. Or one more complication he can’t afford.

Before Addison can say “Casting Call” she's drafted to direct the high school musical. Soon she’d dealing with some off-key caterwauling, a bitter stepson showing up on her doorstep, and the boy-next-door turned sexiest high school principal she's ever met. One thing Addison and Ethan agree on is that there’s no room in their lives for romance. He’s got too much at stake, and she needs to reclaim her former glory in Hollywood. In the end, these two lost souls will choreograph a happy ending with the help of Grace, Love and a Curtain Call.
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Flowers in the Attic – Books I Can’t Believe My Mom Let Me Read

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews is one of those books almost every girl of a certain again read. Looking back it’s amazing to me that my mom let me read it. I don’t know if she read it first or if she knew what the book was about. If she did, I’m even more surprised she let me touch it. Lifetime aired a TV movie based on the book this week, and it’s brought back memories of a story I remember loving. 

I couldn’t help watching the TV movie. Squeamish doesn’t begin to describe what it was like watching the movie as an adult. I remember devouring the book when I was younger. I’m not sure how old I was when I first read it. The book came out in 1979, which would have made me 9. Can’t imagine reading it at that young. I was probably closer to 12-13. Still, considering the taboo nature of the subject matter, I can’t believe my mom let me read it at all. I just remember being too engrossed in the story to be “grossed out” by Cathy and Chris (brother and sister) falling in love. I guess it’s a testament to V.C. Andrews that most of us “girls of a certain age” who read it back then almost didn’t care. It was a horror story after all. Four beautiful children locked away in an attic. The horrific grandmother who was evil personified, spouting her pseudo-religious filth about how the children were devil spawn. The spoiled mother who turns out to be every bit as scary as Grandma. I was devastated when the younger brother died. And the discovery that the arsenic-laden doughnuts meant to kill them all came from the MOTHER and not the GRANDMOTHER was a true bombshell reveal.

Actually, I think there’s a reason no movie could ever be anything but gross…and that’s because no
movie can truly capture the state-of-mind of Cathy (and Chris). The resulting romance between them actually makes total sense when you understand what they went through. If I read the book now as an adult I’m not sure I would feel the same way, but as a kid I bought it.

Did you read the book when you younger? Were you horrified or engrossed?
Friday, January 17, 2014

Baby it's cold out there…warm up with something sweet…Marry Me

We're having a cold snap. Even South Florida where I live has not escaped the drop in temps. So what's a person to do when your trapped at home? Why… read of course.  Why not try MARRY ME, my debut contemporary romance.

Marry Me is a sweet, contemporary romance set in the fictional, Southern town of Covington Falls.

Julia Richardson is no fan of weddings. A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught her that love is for fools. Then a crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town she’s been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia’s been pressed into service running her stepsister’s wedding planning business. Julia doesn’t know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle. In the midst of it all, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all…love, with widowed minister, Seth Graham. Julia’s been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It’s not until she finds the courage to stop running and learns to believe in the power of love, faith and family that she finds her own “I Do” moment.

Marry Me is available as an ebook and in print at Amazon & Barnes & Noble  

About Kristin...

Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter for clients that have included the Miami Marlins, Discovery Networks, The Peabody Hotel, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Sea World. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and worship team and playing flute in a community orchestra. Kristin is a member of Florida Romance Writers where she has served as chapter president.