Twelve romance movies to watch over … and over … again

A few weeks ago, I somehow found myself stuck on the couch with nothing in reach but my phone and the TV remote. (Nursing moms will understand this.) Ordinarily at a time like this, I’d wind up losing myself on the web, clicking on news stories I shouldn’t, and filling online carts I’d never actually check out.

But this night, I told myself I deserved a break. I deserved to get lost in a good movie … but not one that required too much attention. What I wanted was something familiar, something that would make me smile, something that would take my worries far away and keep me company like an old friend. So scrolled down to “Leap Year” and spent the next two hours with Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, and a countryside full of jaunty Irish brogues. 

We all could use that sort of mental escape every so often. It’s like visiting a spa that works on your psyche instead of your pores. So this Valentine’s Day, I’m posting a list of the top romantic movies I could watch over and over. (In other words, while I think “An Affair to Remember” is a fantastic movie, it’s a little too heavy for this list.)

Please feel free to leave comments below. I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

LEAP YEAR

This is one of those typical girl meets boy, boy and girl hate each other, boy and girl fall in love deals. But the humor and the actors make it so much more than that. Seeing the Irish countryside is an added bonus.

LOVE ACTUALLY

I can’t let a single Christmas pass without watching Love Actually. It shows love in almost every situation imaginable. And unlike the vast majority of ensemble movies, you’ll never forget this one.

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

I still remember the first time I saw this movie. I was in Cape Cod with my cousin, and the theater somehow managed to stretch the film so that it looked as if John Goodman was playing Sandra Bullock’s body double. But I’ve loved both her and Bill Pullman for decades, and am pretty sure it’s a love that will last a lifetime. Continue reading

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Galentines and giveaways

Happy Galentine’s Day everyone!

valentinesdaypromoclcsquareI’m thrilled to be participating in today’s Chick Lit Love Hop along with 48 other talented, funny, and downright awesome authors.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of the Amazon bestselling Desperately Ever After trilogy, which crosses Desperate Housewives with the Brothers Grimm and asks what happened to our most beloved fairy tale princesses after true love’s kiss. What if Cinderella had a midlife crisis? What if Beast’s redemption didn’t last? What if Sleeping Beauty had another lover before that royal “hero” broke her curse?

The books center around a funny, spunky, and very real (minus the whole castle thing) group of friends … which is why a “Galentine’s Day” post is so appropriate. I had a hard time choosing which character to spotlight, but in the end went with a note from Cinderella to Rapunzel. The former is married with four kids, while the latter is still making up for eighteen years locked away from the opposite sex.

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fullsizerender-1Drawing on the spirit of love and fairy tales, my GIVEAWAY features DVDs of three of my favorite romance films: “The Notebook;” “While You Were Sleeping;” and “Crazy, Stupid Love.” (Check out the full list of favorites on my blog tomorrow.)

To enter, just sign up for my email list via this link and type a handy little “done” in the comments section below or on the corresponding Facebook post. If you’d like a bonus shot, share this post via Facebook as well. The drawing is open through midnight Wednesday, February 15, and I’ll choose the winner at random on Thursday.

Once that’s finished, don’t forget to head on over to the official event page to meet more authors and enter more giveaways — including drawings for SpaFinder gift cards.

Best of luck!

P.S. The second and third books of the series are on a nearly half-price Kindle countdown sale that ends at midnight tonight. Don’t miss out!

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Mark your calendars: Another reason to love Valentine’s Day

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In less than a week, I’ll be joining 49 other chick lit and romantic comedy authors as they celebrate friendship and romance in the #ChickLitLove Hop on Facebook. Please stop by as we honor Galentine’s Day (February 13) and Valentine’s Day (February 14) with giveaways, freebies, and a chance to win several grand prize SpaFinder gift certificates.

Here’s a list of the participating authors:

GALENTINE’S DAY (Monday, February 13)
Traci Andrighetti
Melissa Baldwin
Tracie Banister
Kathryn R. Biel
Renee Conoulty
Geralyn Corcillo
Whitney Dineen
Lauren Faulkenberry
Amy Gettinger
Elizabeth Hein
Laura Kenyon
Liberty Kontranowski
Jennie Marts
Monique McDonell
Kirsty McManus
Becky Monson
Joy Norstrom
Kate O’Keeffe
Meredith Schorr
Carol Maloney Scott
Holly Tierney-Bedord
Barbara Valentin
Heather Wardell
Stacey Wiedower

VALENTINE’S DAY (Tuesday, February 14)
Cindy Arora
Glynis Astie
Laurie Baxter
Laura Chapman
Adria J. Cimino
Karen M Cox
Maggie Dallen
Lindsay Detwiler
Katlyn Duncan
Liz Durano
Laurie Finkelstein
Tina Ann Forkner
Hilary Grossman
Kate Hewitt
Cristina Hodgson
Erin Huss
Elaina Jadin
Andrea Johnston
Beth Labonte
Robyn Neeley
Elise Noble
CeCe Osgood
Amy Rivers
CF Rose
Charlene Ross

Check the Facebook event page (click here to join) on both days for prompts on where to hop and how to win. In addition to snagging a few goodies, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new characters, learn more about your favorites, and perhaps even find the perfect way to say “I love you” to the special people in your life.

See you at the party!

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Repaying man’s best friend

I stumbled upon this article in the wee hours of nursing last night, and just had to share. Whether or not you’re a dog lover, it’s a beautiful story that restores a little bit of my faith in humanity (and hope for our future) at a time when we all need it the most.

One Green Planet: Mall in Turkey brings homeless dogs in from the cold

 

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Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop

Updated December 9, 2016

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

First, check out my Facebook author page, where I will be giving away one paperback bundle of the entire three-book Desperately Ever After series (autographed, of course) … as well as four Kindle copies of the title that started it all, Book One, Desperately Ever After.

In addition, the participating authors have pooled their resources to offer several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting (and offering goodies!) each day:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Rich Amooi
Glynis Astie
Melissa Baldwin
Laura Chapman
Nikki Mahood
Carol Maloney Scott

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

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Paperback joins the party

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all gearing up for a festive, fun Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones.

I personally am thankful for so much this year — both in my personal life and in my writing. But at this moment, I’m thankful that I can say the paperback edition of Skipping Midnight is now available at the CreateSpace store. Amazon tends to be fashionably late, but should follow suit within the next couple days.

Happy post-tryptophan reading!

 

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It’s Release Day!

Today, the third and final novel in the Desperately Ever After series is available!

I could write pages about what an amazing and challenging experience it has been. Or about how much I’ve grown to love these characters — and grown in general. Or about how sad I am to see their stories come to an end. Or about how I truly hope to revisit them every now and then with short stories, holiday specials, or novellas. But that’s been said in previous posts, and today is a cause for celebration — not mourning!

And in keeping with that theme, I am delighted to announce the winners of the SKIPPING MIDNIGHT pre-order giveaway!

I recruited the cutest two-year-old I know, my daughter, to help choose the lucky pair. The blind drawing was conducted using a variety of Lego blocks and a purple basket with a giant yellow chick on it. She was very happy to help 🙂

Winner of the gift basket: Mariana, Illinois

Winner of the wine charms: Lyndi, Maryland

Thank you to everyone who sent in entries. I wish you could all win!

P.S. For those of you waiting for the print book, please check back next week. The ebook is being released first, but the good old-fashioned paperback is fast on its heels.

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One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives.
Three parts Brothers Grimm.

For the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack.

Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke an ancient magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.

Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss … and asks readers to rethink everything they believe about happy endings. 

At heart, it’s a tale of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.

Postcard - white border w NIEAPrevious Books in this series:
Desperately Ever After (Book 1)
Damsels in Distress (Book 2)

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What do you remember about the ’80s? ’90s?

Remember Oregon Trail? Kerri Strug’s ankle? The original Nintendo?

Check out my roundup of favorite things from the 80s and 90s today at Chick Lit Central. Also, scroll down for info on a pretty freaking awesome giveaway.

Thanks again to CLC for having me!

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Skipping Midnight pre-order giveaway

dea3-promo-domestic-bangleHappy November … and I have an exciting announcement to make!

Pre-order a copy of Skipping Midnight between now and November 15, and you could win one of two enchanting prize packages inspired by the Desperately Ever After series!

To enter, please e-mail your proof of purchase (a screenshot will do) to laura@laurakenyon.com by midnight November 15, 2016. Be sure to include your mailing address so you’re entered into the right contest(s). One winner will be selected via random drawing for each giveaway on November 16. Good luck!

Pre-order link: http://amzn.to/2dKeH5g

 

Prize Pack 1
(US only):

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A signed paperback copy of all three novels in the series: Desperately Ever After (Book One), Damsels in Distress (Book Two), and Skipping Midnight (Book Three)

A stunning “Live like there’s no midnight” charm bracelet, custom made by My Initial Charm and inspired by the Desperately Ever After series

An assortment of treats for your next girls’ night in (sorry, rampion not included!)

A snazzy memory box to ship it all in 😉

 

Prize Pack 2
(Worldwide!)

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This fantastic set of six wine charms, handcrafted by Etsy artist Sarah VandenBrink (specifically for this giveaway!) and representing each of the six main characters: Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Penelopea, Snow White, and Cinderella. I LOVE these!!

 

Skipping Midnight blurb:

One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives.
Three parts Brothers Grimm.

dfw-lk-sm-cover-midFor the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack. 

Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke an ancient magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.

Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss … and asks readers to rethink everything they believe about happy endings. 

At heart, it’s a tale of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.

Release date: November 16, 2016
Click here to pre-order

Postcard - white border w NIEAPrevious Books in this series:
Desperately Ever After (Book 1)
Damsels in Distress (Book 2)

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Halloween in the United Kingdoms of Marestam – costume roundup!

Happy Halloween everyone! 

In honor of this autumnal celebration, I thought it might be fun to imagine what the characters from the Desperately Ever After series would wear if they were taking part in tonight’s festivities. If, let’s say, the Charmés were hosting a charitable Halloween gala at Carpale Castle or Rapunzel decided to throw a Dance to Till You Die bash at her rooftop apartment?

Below are just a few of my predictions, but I’d love to hear yours as well! (Please keep in mind, I’m talking about the characters in the Desperately Ever After series … NOT the Disney films!!)

 

CINDERELLA

Between baking nut-free cupcakes for all of the kids’ school parties at school and making sure their outfits are in order, Cinderella is far too busy and flustered to think about her own costume. But when she finally does, it’s a no-brainer. She pieces together a few things from her closet and decides to be an explorer … because she still hopes she’ll get to travel the world someday. 

 

BELLE

Belle isn’t a big fan of the year’s spookiest holiday because Julianne and her other sisters used it as an opportunity to torment her even more than usual. But Rapunzel convinces her that with everything she’s been through over the past year, and with all the changes she’s made, it’s only fitting that she put on a butterfly costume and have a little fun!

 

RAPUNZEL

Rapunzel, who doesn’t need a socially accepted reason to dress up but enjoys Halloween anyway, spends several hours debating between a genuine nun’s costume (because it’s ironic) or a sexy devil’s. In the end, she decides on “naughty nun” because it’s the best of both worlds … and because she doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers.  Continue reading

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