A whole new … everything

In the kingdom of Connecticut, autumn is symbolic of the end. It’s when the flowers stop growing, the trees start to fall asleep, and the playgrounds become a little less busy. It is not ordinarily a time for renewal.

For me, however, autumn 2019 is a season of rebirth. Like Snow White in the glass coffin, Sleeping Beauty at the end of her 300-year nap, and Cinderella after trying on the lost glass slipper, my books are getting a whole new lease on life. As am I.

Without going into too much detail, a change in representation made it necessary for me to remove my entire series from one account and upload it to another. It could have been a simple switch. But anyone who knows me well knows that I have a tendency to turn even the simplest tasks into long, all-consuming projects because I need them to be perfect. (That, and I’m slightly OCD with a penchant for second-guessing everything.)

So in May, I thought about the fact that my books would have to be moved anyway. I thought about how they’d need to get new identification numbers anyway. I thought about how I was never really happy with the third book’s cover. And I thought about the fact that between the launch of Desperately Ever After and the conclusion of the series, I moved, navigated two pregnancies, had more than a few health scares, and tried to keep up with the impossible task of raising a newborn/toddler. Needless to say, I may have been a little preoccupied (aka crazed, sleep-deprived, manic, spiritually depleted) at times.

So on October 15 — after a summer filled with road trips, beach vacations, and revisions — I am relaunching the entire series without a two-year gap between books 2 and 3. I’m relaunching the series with a new cover for Skipping Midnight, a better map, character lists, and tighter prose. I’m relaunching the series with every plot hole I could find sewn shut, every mediocre word rethought, and many opportunities for future stories sprinkled in.

But most importantly, I am relaunching the series. I formatted the manuscript. I uploaded the art, keyed in the descriptions, and chose what programs in which to enroll. I will be in full control of my creation from here on out — no longer waiting on a white-gloved intermediary  to make every minor change.

Technically, I was a self-published author in 2014 and 2016, when these books first came out. But I did not have full control over them. I was “self -published” through an agency. Now that I’m pulling the strings, autumn of 2019 just feels different. It feels invigorating. Like a crisp October breeze or cascade of orange leaves twirling through the air … it feels like I — and my characters — are free.

Available now for pre-order:

Desperately Ever After

Damsels in Distress

Skipping Midnight

 

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Don’t Miss the Book a Trip Hop!!


Chick Lit Chat HQ is throwing a party on Facebook to celebrate summer and lots of fun, romantic beach reads, and you’re all invited! The Book a Trip Hop is happening this week, July 15th-July 21st, and we’ve got a multitude of great prizes up for grabs. In addition, you’ll have the chance to meet and interact with 40+ bestselling, award-winning authors who all have wonderful books to share that will transport you to fabulous locations all over the world, including charming small towns, glamorous big cities, and relaxing spots near the water.

Want to know more about the hop prizes? Each participating author will be doing a giveaway* of books, gift cards, swag, and/or vacation/summer-themed items. And our Grand Prize* (which you can enter to win on the hop’s Facebook group page) is a designer beach bag filled with summer must-haves! (The Soul Journey ikat print scarf, Privé Revaux sunglasses, Havaianas rose gold glitter flip-flops, rainbow unicorn pool float, Mar Y Sol Hadley tote, and Deco Miami nail polish/cuticle oil set shown in the graphic below are just a few of the items included in this incredible prize.)

And that’s not all! We’re also giving away TWO Bonus Prizes* on the hop group page: Yonanas Fruit Soft Serve Machines. With Yonanas, you can churn out 100% frozen fruits to create a yummy, summertime dessert without fat, dairy, refined sugar, or preservatives.

So, what are you waiting for? Click on this link and join the party at the Book a Trip Hop group on Facebook. We’ve got a virtual piña colada with your name on it, and you can chat about a variety of summer-themed topics with authors and readers! You’ll, also, find a list of each day’s featured authors and their page links in the pinned post on the group each day of the hop and that’s where you can enter to win the Grand/Bonus Prize giveaways. See you there!

*The Grand and Bonus Prize giveaways are open to US residents only. However, ALL of the individual author giveaways are open internationally.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Several people have reached out to me regarding the sudden unavailability of the Desperately Ever After print and e-books. So here’s the deal: due to a change in representation, the entire Desperately Ever After trilogy is in the process of switching accounts on Amazon. I’m working as quickly as I can to have the entire series put back up — with a few improvements and additions (more on that later) — later this summer. I’m so very sorry for any inconvenience it has caused. I know Damsels in Distress ends in quite a cliffhanger, and hate making you wait for the conclusion. But rest assured, they will be back!

If you can’t wait, the original audiobooks are still available through Tantor Media and Amazon. I’ve been listening to them a lot lately, while I make those enhancements to the original story, and think Sarah Mollo-Christensen does a phenomenal job. She truly captures the voices of the main protagonists, and even brings Ethan’s accent to life 😉

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I’ll send out an alert via my email list as soon as the print and e-books are available again. You can sign up for that using this link: https://bit.ly/2Yb7i78

Thank you for your patience and happy (summer) reading!

 

DESPERATELY EVER AFTER IS A
READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS FINALIST!

 

One part Game of Thrones

 Two parts Desperate Housewives

Three parts Brothers Grimm

These are NOT DISNEY’S PRINCESSES

 

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich says:
“Laura Kenyon makes happily ever after desperately delicious!”

2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Chick-Lit Finalist
Amazon #1 Bestseller for: Women’s Fantasy Fiction, Women’s Humorous Fiction, and Paranormal Fantasy

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Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop 2018!

 

Wait, didn’t we just do this? How is November almost over? Is Christmas really just five weeks away?!

Perhaps I’m the only one, but it seems like I just announced the Pumpkins and Pages Hop winners a couple weeks ago. Well, there are some instances in which a speedy clock can be a good thing. Like while you’re sinking into a communal leather couch waiting for the world’s longest oil change. Or while you’re gearing up for the next epic Chick Lit Chat HQ event — in this case the third annual Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop, which runs December 3-9 and features more than 60 amazing authors and contests.

In past years, I handed out e-books, paperback books, and holiday movies. But if I learned anything during the Pumpkins and Pages Hop, it’s that you guys love clothes! You want to cuddle up in sweaters, scarves, and hoodies when it’s cold out, and hit the beach when it’s hot. Rather than pick out something that may not fit your style, however, I’ve decided to let the winner work directly with my favorite online “personal stylist” by offering a $40 gift certificate to Stitch Fix. If you’ve already tried them, you know how exciting this opportunity is. If you haven’t, use my referral link to cover the styling fee, and tell them what you like. You only pay for what you love, so there’s nothing to lose. And in my experience, they do whatever it takes to make you happy — sending one free shipment after another until you fall in love with something and find your personal stylist match. Plus, the style quizzes are pretty fun 😉

In addition to my giveaway (which opens Saturday, December 8, on my Facebook page) and those of the 60-plus other authors, Chick Lit Chat HQ is offering a grand prize gift box stuffed with holiday-and winter-themed goodies, and four runner-up prizes. So join the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop group on Facebook, mark your calendars for December 3-9, and put a giant red circle around December 8. Trust me, it will be worth putting down the eggnog.

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Blog Hop Alert!!

Hooray for fall! Hooray for pumpkins! And apples! And jeans! And cozy fleece sweatshirts you should have gotten rid of years ago!

But most of all, hooray for Chick Lit Chat HQ and their absolutely amazing blog hops!

Yes, today marks Day 1 of the Pumpkins & Pages Bog Hop. I’m delighted to be giving away some scrumptious dark chocolate pumpkin biscotti, a $10 Starbucks gift card (buy a maple pecan latte, you won’t be disappointed), and a useless but totally adorable pumpkin-shaped knickknack 😉

But that’s only one of MORE THAN 50 contests going on during this hop. Toss in a group-wide grand prize giveaway featuring THIS hand-crafted wreath, and you just can’t say no!

For full details, visit my Facebook page. And best of luck!!!

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Chick Lit Chat HQ does it again

What’s your favorite fall activity? What’s the coolest pumpkin design you’ve ever done? What’s your favorite autumn treat? What are you dressing up as this year … or what’s your most memorable costume to date?

If you can answer any one of these questions, you’re ready for Chick Lit Chat HQ’s next killer Facebook hop: PUMPKINS AND PAGES!

From October 1st through the 7th, more than 50 Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy authors are banding together to bring you our most awesome event yet! Along with individual author prizes, we’ll be giving away a beautiful fall wreath by Etsy superstar TwoInspireYou (valued at $160), as well as THREE grab bags overflowing with pumpkin-scented, pampering goodies from Bath & Body Works. Pumpkin spice lattes, chunky sweaters, and crunchy leaves ain’t got nothing on this week-long party!

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Have you seen these?

Check out this new line of Disney Toms, so far featuring Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and now Snow White.

I wonder who’s next. Penelopea perhaps? 😉

Use this link to save $20 off a $75 order

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Readers’ Favorite announces 2018 winners (and look who’s listed!!)

I’m very excited to announce that Desperately Ever After has received the Finalist Award for Fiction – Chick Lit in this year’s Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest, which receives thousands of entries from over a dozen countries.

According to press materials, “Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the ‘Best Websites for Authors’ and ‘Honoring Excellence’ awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.”

Respectively, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals went to The Summer of New Beginnings, by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby; Seeds of Intention, a 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winner, by Andrea Thome; and The Royal Treatment, by Melanie Summers.

For more information, visit https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/desperately-ever-after

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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Mother’s Day

 

My plan, several weeks ago, was to organize a casual Mother’s Day get-together with my brothers, buy the wine my mom said she liked last month, get her either the orchid or sweet mason jar arrangement I spotted during my always frantic errands, and have my girls draw something just for her.

Maybe, if all that panned out, I’d even have time to write a glowing but still private tribute to her on this blog. I would tell her how, now that I’m a mother, I’m ten million times more appreciative of how she kept all four of us alive each day … let alone fed us, took us to school, scheduled play dates, broke up our fights, cleaned up our vomit, nursed our wounds, kept us clothed (especially pre-online shopping!), read bedtime stories, helped with our homework, planned adventures, made us laugh, taught us values, tucked us into bed every night, and made sure we always knew we were loved. 

I’d also tell her how, now that I’m a mother, I don’t know how she did all that without someone like HER helping out. Because she still helps me so, so much. She is the strongest woman I know. I am so grateful to have her, and also grateful that my daughters have her now. 

So while the flowers didn’t quite work out as planned (blame: a witching hour toddler tantrum for the ages), and I couldn’t find the wine I wanted (blame: poor inventory and poor time management), I did manage a nice Saturday afternoon get-together at her house. And my toddler did come through with a beautiful crayon portrait of her and Grandma. These days, two out of four ain’t bad — and I know she understands that. 

I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

For all you moms and moms-to-be, may you enjoy as restful a Sunday as this role allows. It isn’t an easy one. The hours are ridiculous, there is no employee handbook or HR department to vent to, and the parameters shift every time you finally start to figure things out. But you can’t find a job with better perks anywhere, the rewards last a lifetime, and the memories will always make you smile.

The following video from Motherly draws on that point. It is absolutely beautiful, but be warned: you’ll need tissues.

 

 

A few reminders:

  • Click Lit Chat’s Happily Ever Hop ends tonight! Dozens of prizes are up for grabs, including gift cards, a “royal treatment” grand prize package, and a copy of Desperately Ever After’s first audiobook. Check Facebook for details.
  • Tantor Media has released the Desperately Ever After and Damsels in Distress audiobooks, with Skipping Midnight coming out Tuesday. They are available at both Tantor.com and Amazon.
  • If you want to save some $$ on the audiobook or ebook, read this before buying.

			

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Happily Ever After Hop — and giveaway!

 

In addition to some gorgeous weather this morning, today comes with a very exciting event: the start of Chick Lit Chat HQ’s Happily Ever After Hop!

I am thrilled for several reasons. First, because there are so many wonderful, funny, talented writers participating beside me. Second, because I love giving things away. And third, because this hop truly seems tailor-made for my books.

Each day during the hop, a handful of us will take to Facebook to discuss how our books relate to the themes of “searching for Prince Charming” and living “happily ever after.” Well, in my case the question should actually be: How DON’T they relate? The Desperately Ever After series is a direct result of these concepts. It’s what happens when you take our most beloved fairy tale princesses and imagine how things went down after true love’s kiss. Did Snow White’s prince ever lose his luster? Was Belle eternally happy after Beast traded his fur for skin? Did four kids and the pressures of running a kingdom ever weigh too hard on Cinderella? Like us, the women in these books struggle with family, kids, career, regret, and especially … men. Like us, not everyone who’s achieved her “happy ending” seems to know it, and not everyone who hasn’t seems to know what she wants.

Thankfully, my CLC friends and I have put together a truly fantastic prize package that you most definitely WILL want — unless you have an aversion to jewels, chocolate and gift cards, this is.

The Happily Ever After Hop runs all the way through Mother’s Day, with new giveaways opening up each day (mine’s May 10 — mark your calendars).

For all the details, head over to the official Happily Ever After Hop event page via this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1962370290669865/

Thanks and good luck!

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