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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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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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January 22, 2017 · 10:10 AM

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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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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All good things…

Updated October 17

Earlier this year, my agent tipped me off to this super cool thing called Amazon Instant Preview, which lets you flip through a book right from your webpage. Unfortunately, WordPress took a while to get on board with it … but good things come to those who wait! Check it out. Oh, and mark your calendars:

October 25: Cover reveal for Desperately Ever After Book THREE, Skipping Midnight

November 1-15: Skipping Midnight pre-order period; series-wide gift basket giveaway (this is going to be so much fun – details to come); and blog tour

November 16: Skipping Midnight’s release!

 

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Second Impressions blog tour — and giveaway

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From the author:

When do you know you’ve fallen in love? Not with a person, but a book? Is it the first time it makes you sigh? Or gasp? Or is your love instant?

It’s an amazing moment when you fall in love with a book. I remember the moment I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice. I hadn’t even cracked it open.

I have never been good at reading something assigned to me. Let’s chalk that up to my innate dislike of authority. I just rented P&P 95 and figured I’d fake the rest. But my English prof tricked us. During a pop quiz, he asked for that immortal first line.

I did not pass this quiz, but then neither did anybody else in the class. I did, however, finish the movie and read the book.

And it was love at first sight.

I am by nature a lover of snark, especially elegant snark. And who is the queen of elegant snark?

Our dear Jane. I didn’t know that first line when the professor asked for it, but, after that first read, I certainly never forgot it.

So, that’s how our love story began.

Over the last 20 years, my love has gotten deeper and more comfortable. P&P is there when I need a laugh, when I need a cry, and when I just need to know that everything will be okay. It’s a most reliable and trusted friend.

I hope that my book, Second Impressions, becomes at the very least, a pleasant acquaintance you enjoy spending time with every now and again when you need it.

Lizzy & Darcy have fought so very hard to stay apart, but will they fight for each other’s affection (and yours) just as hard? I’m willing to bet they are.

Blurb:

Once, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were foes, then tenuous friends. After Elizabeth discovers Darcy is engaged to another woman, she flees to Boston to seek solace with her cousin, the brash and worldly Emeline Poston.

When she returns to England after years spent abroad, Elizabeth must face the man who shattered her heart, and she is shocked to find the proud man she once knew drastically altered.

Does she have the courage to seek out the man with whom she fell in love—whatever the cost?

Fitzwilliam Darcy has spent his days regretting what might have been and his nights being tormented by the decisions he has made. His life in tatters, he can barely face the once-respectable man in his mirror or the baby girl in Pemberley’s nursery. Now that Elizabeth has returned, will he atone for his mistakes and win her heart for good?

This alternate path reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is recommended for adult readers. Continue reading

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The update you’ve all been waiting for…

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Right now I’m sitting at my desk — dog at my feet, toddler slumbering directly above my head, purple water bottle by my keyboard — completely flabbergasted that the calendar on the wall keeps insisting it is July. I hope you’re all having a phenomenal, restful, one-for-the-memory books kind of summer.

Many of you have reached out in the past year to ask when (or, in some cases, whether!) I plan on revealing what happened to Belle, Cinderella, Dawn, Rapunzel, and everyone else in the Desperately Ever After series. For months, all I could do was explain that life (new baby, house search, health scares) has a way of knotting up even the best laid plans, but rest assured I’d been devoting every spare minute to Book 3 since before Book 2 even hit your Kindles.

But today … finally .. I can answer your questions with something new: Skipping Midnight, the concluding novel in the Desperately Ever After series, is complete!

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NOW I’m off to the land of revisions, proofreading, copyediting, and formatting — all of which I plan (ah, there’s that word again!) to finish as quickly as possible without sacrificing one lick of the story. If all goes well, you’ll be reunited with the ladies of Marestam before summer officially sets and Ariel loses her human legs. (Can you tell I’ve been living with a toddler? I can’t even tell you how hard it is to write with the entire soundtrack from Frozen playing on a constant loop in my head!)

But I digress. Thank you all for your wonderful emails, comments, and reviews. You have truly been my coveted midnight oil over these many, many months. Keep checking laurakenyon.com for updates, sneak peaks, giveaways, and the date of Skipping Midnight’s big cover reveal next month.

And again … enjoy your summer!!!

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E-books for Earth Day!

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My first e-reader came to me by force. It was many Christmases ago, when my logical-to-a-fault husband took a look at the guest room wall (floor-to-ceiling built-ins essentially vomiting paperbacks), noticed how much extra weight my suitcases carried on vacation (“But I don’t know what I’ll want to read first!”), and took the bold and courageous step of purchasing me a Kindle Touch.

disappointing presentI won’t say I felt like my dog, Shadow, unwrapping a box of flea and tick medication … or an electric collar. But, well, maybe a little.

But alas. While I hate to admit it. (Especially in writing to the entire world.) He was right and I was wrong.

As much as I railed against them in the beginning, it’s safe to say that I’m an e-book convert. In fact, it was my idea to upgrade my Kindle Touch to a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite a couple of years ago — and this time, opening the package was like opening a box filled with puppies sporting big, red bows on their heads.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 3.30.57 PMBefore e-books, spending a week in Punta Cana with twenty-three possible titles was a thing of fantasy. Before e-books, I wasted countless hours trying to predict what I’d be in the mood for this day or that. Before e-books, I actually had to use a book light if I read in bed while hubby was sleeping — a struggle that never seemed to work quite the way I wanted. And before e-books, millions more trees met untimely ends in order to stock our shelves. How’s that for an Earth Day connection?

Hypocrite warning: I’m not against paper books. And if I LOVE LOVE LOVE an e-book, there’s still a good chance I’ll purchase the paperback just so I can place it on that lovely guest room wall and make easy reference to it later. I did this with all three Hunger Games books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay), for example, and have absolutely no regrets. But I’m also likely to purchase the Kindle version of something I have in print because it’s more portable — and yes, the chance of me getting to everything on that bookshelf is slim to none.

Yes, it’s a sickness. But I love it 😉

Need help choosing an e-book for Earth Day? Try an Amazon #1 bestseller like Desperately Ever After or its sequel, Damsels in Distress. The trees will smile and so will you 😉 Continue reading

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What Romance Really Means After 10 Years of Marriage

lovers imageIt’s 11 p.m. My adorable menace is sprawled out like a drunk freshman in her crib. My dog, who’s still coming to terms with said menace’s arrival, is seeking solace in a ball at my feet. My husband is in the next room watching what sounds like a particularly terrifying episode of The Walking Dead. And despite accomplishing a fraction of what I intended before the day’s exhaustion set in, I’m capping the pen for the night.

But in honor of Valentine’s Day, I must first pass on Heather Havrilesky’s hilarious article for New York Magazine about the true definition of ‘romance.” Hint: It goes a heck of a lot further than the credits in a Rachel McAdams movie.

One of my favorite lines: “When it’s 10 p.m. and you crawl into bed like two old people and tell each other about the weird things that your kids said that day and laugh and tell stupid jokes and giggle and then maybe you feel like making out or maybe you just feel like playing a quick game of Candy Crush, all the while saying things like, ‘This game is stupid, it sucks’ and ‘Your feet are freezing’ and ‘My ass hurts,’ that’s romantic.”

Granted, her marriage still has three years on mine, but the sentiment still resonates — freezing feet and all 😉

Check it out: What Romance Really Means After 10 Years of Marriage

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Valentine’s Day Contest Alert!

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Whether you’re a fan or foe of the Hallmark holiday, there’s something for everyone during PageCurl’s Valentine’s Day blog hop this year — with 75 authors participating!

Head on over to my Facebook page for a chance to win one of three Kindle copies of Desperately Ever After, as well as one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

Hurry up though … the cupid’s clock is ticking! Best of luck to you all 😉

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