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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Best Halloween films for wussies (like me!)

Yes, I’m reblogging my own post here, but my opinions haven’t changed … probably because I’m too wussy to watch anything new that’s supposed to be scary😉

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I have a confession to make. I’m a wuss. Not when it comes to roller coasters, thrill rides, or soaring around Hawaii in a doorless helicopter, mind you. But put me in a haunted house and I might clock some poor 15-year-old “zombie” in the jaw … while screaming at the top of my lungs and flinging metal props to aid in my escape.

Yet despite all that, I love Halloween. I love the colors, the fanfare, and the ability to embrace some inner wild side for a day and not care what anyone thinks. (So yes, the same reason your nice muffin-baking neighbor is reading 50 Shades of Grey … again.) That said, I could do without the psychopaths in hockey masks. And the pea soup vomit. And the creepy  children with long black hair who move like spiders and climb out from abandoned wells.

That’s why my top Halloween…

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Gilmore Girls update: It’s really happening!

I thought the cover reveal for Skipping Midnight was the most exciting thing I was going to post about this week but … the “Gilmore Girls” revival trailer is here!

One of the best shows ever made, in my humble opinion. Funny, topical, quirky, sexy (well, Dean was sexy anyway) … it almost makes me consider the name Lorelai for my next baby. Almost.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or only recognize Lauren Graham from “Parenthood” (shaking my head in shame), it’s worth a peek. Personally, I think it looks FANTASTIC and absolutely can’t wait until November 25! 

P.S. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comment section. Sadly, my dog and toddler don’t have much of an opinion on the matter…

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Skipping Midnight COVER REVEAL

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

Blurb:

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.

Release date: November 16, 2016
Pre-order begins: November 1, 2016 — check back then for links and details about the great series-wide gift basket giveaway. Trust me, you will NOT want to miss this!

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

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

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Right now, I am tossing a ball for my dog in the backyard where I grew up. The air feels like spring but smells like autumn, and the ground has a blanket of yellow and orange leaves. My brilliant but headstrong toddler is napping in what used to be my little brother’s room. The baby in my belly is starting to get antsy. I have no idea what to make for dinner when my husband comes home from work. And there are a still million things I need to do before I release my third book … before I officially say goodbye (at least in novel form) to the women I’ve considered friends since I first started molding them in my head almost twenty years ago.

The combination of all these things is creating one of those deeply introspective moments during which I can hardly believe how much has changed since I was a kid … since I was racing around this same swath of grass with my brothers and waiting for my mom to call us in for dinner.

It’s amazing how quickly life can move sometimes. In the past three years alone, I published my first two books, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, came to terms with two autoimmune diseases, moved to a new town, became pregnant again, and finished another novel. Needless to say, it’s been a mixture of amazing and bittersweetand always, always memorable.

And now I stand on another precipice: the publication of the third and final book in my Desperately Ever After series. This, too, is bittersweet.

I realize it might sound silly to say I’ll miss the characters in my books—just as I once thought it silly when authors said they began a project with one plan but their characters eventually “took control” and steered it somewhere else entirely. I realize it might sound even sillier because my main characters were plucked from other people’s work. The original Cinderella story is not mine. Nor is Rapunzel’s. Or Belle’s. Or those belonging to Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the princess who slept on the pea. Continue reading

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