About HollyKerr

Holly Kerr is the author of the chick lit/women's fiction novels, Absinthe Doesn't Make the Heart Grow Fonder, Unexpecting, Coming Home and her latest The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.

#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

Chick Lit Chat present – Book Boyfriend Blog Hop!

And what appeals to women more than the trials and usually very funny tribulations of women’s lives?

A great book boyfriend!

Welcome to the Chick Lit Chat Book Boyfriend Blog Hop!

Chick Lit Chat is made up of an amazing group of writers who live, breathe and more importantly, write chick lit. And we want to celebrate International Chick Lit Month with an awesome event and giveaway.

We want YOU to help us pick the best book boyfriend.

We’ve all picked the book boyfriend who we feel deserve the title of Best Book Boyfriend. Hop over to the other sites on the list and check out who the competition is. When you have all 30 names, email traciebanister@gmail.com for your chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite, complete with 30+ books from the participating authors.

It’s a great way to find your new, second favourite author! (Because I’m your favourite, right!? :))

So who’s my candidate for Best Book Boyfriend? Is it Hamilton Short, the sexy handler/long forgotten boyfriend of Charlotte Dodd?  Or Seamus Todd, the ex-boyfriend of Brenna Ebans, and current boyfriend of her sister Cat? There’s tons of possibilities in Unexpecting – J.B., Cooper or even David Mason, the best ex-boyfriend ever.

Who’s it going to be?

 

Hop over to the other sites and check out more Book Boyfriends! Collect all 30 names and email traciebanister@gmail.com with your list and your pick for Book Boyfriend and enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite complete with 30 chick lit books from these authors!!!

Good luck and may the Best Book Boyfriend win!



Get your copy of Unexpecting today!

Quick…the sequel is coming!!

Spring, a sequel and when flying by the seat of your pants doesn’t cut it

Spring has finally been sprung on the (im)patient public!

I love spring! It’s my favourite season, May is my favourite month. And it’s not just because my gardens have finally begun to bloom. (Also very fond of gardening, here’s a pic of one of my gardens. Tulips are out, alliums will be opening soon)

Spring also means the beginning of baseball season – I’m coaching Little S again this year – and running outdoors gets a whole lot more enjoyable. The days are warm but not hot, windows are open but no air conditioning is needed. Neighbours begin to socialize again, the sound of kids playing outside fill the streets. And I get to play in my gardens. I’m happy. 🙂

A sequel is coming, a sequel is coming!

I’ve been told I needed to write a sequel for Unexpecting since it came out.

For those of you who haven’t read it – READ IT! IT’S REALLY GOOD! – Unexpecting is about a woman obsessing about her biological clock. Without a man in her life, Casey begins to plan who and how she can get pregnant. Until, of course, like in every chick-lit book, her plans go awry.

Readers want it, I want to find out what happened to Casey and J.B. And I’ve been thinking it, on and off, with no real idea of a plot.

Until now.

I won’t give away any details because this is early, early stage and those details may not even make it into the book. But I’ve got a plot and I have the characters and on Friday I wrote two chapters. So a sequel is coming! Not sure when, but I’ll make a guess that it will be in 2017!

If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, now’s a good time!  Amazon

I’m a pantser

What?

There are two kinds of writers – those who plot out every detail of the story and know exactly what will happen to each and every character. They are known as Plotters. The other type are those who start blindly writing, leaving it up to the characters to tell the story. They are the Pantsters.

That’s me. I have a beginning, I usually have an idea where to end up but what happens in between –

via GIPHY

I have no idea.

And I’m okay with that because it’s worked in the past. But now…

I’ve jumped back into Best Worst Date, the sequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd. I’ve been neglecting Date since the beginning of the year because I’m been rather consumed with revising Coming Home, but now it’s finished and out in the world, it’s time to get back to Tenley’s first date with Colin Darcy. I have a great beginning, tight and sharp and critiqued by many and I sent off three new chapters just last week. But then I started thinking about the book…something’s not right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. And then it hit me – I have no idea where this book is going!

I probably shouldn’t admit that because I’m eventually going to finish the book and I don’t want potential readers to write it off before I even suggest they read it!

I will figure out what’s going to happen to Tenley but I think it’s going to take a little time, especially when I’ve got the Unexpecting sequel at the forefront of my brain. It’s new, it’s exciting and Date is giving me problems, so what would you want to work on?

But I’m not giving up on Date. I’ll wait until my writing partners give me their feedback and go from there. And it might take going back to character bios, and plotting some things out, but I’ll figure it out. Giving up is not an option!

In the meantime, anyone got some advice for me on how to figure out Best Worst Date?! 🙂

 

Hard at work and – SQUIRREL!

What distracts you?

I read a writer’s blog the other day about what distracts her while writing and came to the conclusion that just about ANYTHING can distract me.

 

For example:

My desk is right by a window, looking onto the street. Do you have any idea of the interesting things that go on outside?

  • birds
  • how much rain has fallen
  • how my flowers have grown
  • construction workers across the street. And they’re not even that attractive!
  • people walking on the sidewalk
  • class of kids walking on the sidewalk (We live very close to the school and kids passing by usually results in me getting up and opening the door to go out and say hi if it’s one of my kids’ classes)
  • whether that dog is pooping on my lawn and whether the owner is about to scoop

What else can distract me?

My phone. And this is sad because I can count on one hand the people who regularly text me during the day. And yet, I still check to see if I’ve missed a text or BBM even though the phone has never left my side!

The wrong song. Not even a bad song, because I made the playlist and even though it’s at least 24 hours worth of music, I like all of the songs. But maybe it’s too slow, or too upbeat, or I’m writing a sexy bit and I need that song from the Weeknd, or maybe I just need to sing along to ‘Castle on the Hill’ for the umpteenth time.

It’s a good song. Good to sing along to. Plus I’m currently crushing on Ed Sheeran. That hair. Let’s look up baby pics of him…

See what I mean?!

Some days I’m motivated to work through the distractions. (All right, hardly ever)

All I can say is that I’m incredibly lucky that I love what I do and I work from home, because if I was in an office, who knows if I’d get any work done!

And now I’m posting this in the middle of a rainy Friday afternoon to see if I can distract you! 🙂

Don’t forget –

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Coming Home, make sure you get it this weekend before the price goes up!!

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a WWW Wednesday that I have to check Goodreads to see what books I’ve read! And I was disappointed to see I really haven’t read that many. April was super busy, with not a lot of time for reading. I’ll have to make up for it in May!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Woo hoo!  Got my copy!

Blurb – Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Pretty excited about this one! But after the first chapter, I considered stopping tore-read the first two because the story and characters weren’t jumping into my mind. I kept going but if there’s a fourth in the series, I’ll have to reread everything before that one!

What I’ve been Reading…

I found a new author friend! Crazy in Love is sweet and touching story with characters like none I’ve ever read about before. It’s great to have writers look outside the norm (normal for chick-lit/rom-com, not the real world) for their characters.

Blurb – They call her Crazy Anna.

Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organization, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude.

Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy.

Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can’t even touch him?

Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.

Something new

Not to be confused with the TV show of the same name!

To be honest, I picked up this book because my alter-ego Anna Ellis writes about this premise in her books. She’s a little more…well, graphic, but I wanted to see how a fiction novel dealt with the idea. I’m glad I took a chance. The Arrangement is fun and funny, even when dealing with everyday challenges of marriage, losing your identity and having a son who wipes poop on the wall. Really good read.

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

A second book that’s better than the first in a series!

I think I’m on a role. For me, second books are usually the downfall of a series. But Royally Matched was even better than the first, with Henry even more charming and adorable than his brother. Funny and sweet and

Blurb – Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

and finally…

 It was okay. No Divergent, but okay. Not sure if I’ll get the second in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I’ll Read Next…

I’ve got a couple of good ones in the pile so I shall see where the urge takes me.

Coming Home is now available!

Coming Home – sisters, sibling rivalry, and a ghost – now available!

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part

I’m so excited! Coming Home is now live and ready for you to start reading! Paperback versions will be out within a day or two but here’s where you can get your ebook right now!  Don’t wait! I’ve been (im)patiently waiting to introduce you to my Skatt sisters – Brenna, Cat, Kayleigh, Maggie and Dory.

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Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.

After her cheating husband destroys her career, Brenna has nowhere to go but home.
Home means her four sisters in the tiny Northern Ontario town with no Starbucks and well-meaning townsfolk who know her every move. Every mistake.
And Brenna is making more than a few mistakes. From falling asleep at the local bar to hooking up with her niece’s boyfriend, Brenna’s life is giving the town a lot to talk about.
Her sister Cat wants nothing to do with her. Content living in the family home with the ghost of their mother, Cat’s left a trail of broken hearts and failed marriages on the road to Brenna’s ex, Seamus Todd. Brenna’s return brings back old insecurities and unanswered questions for Cat.
Sibling rivalries, old grudges and a least one knock-out, drag-down kitchen fight ensue as Brenna and Cat are forced to live under the same roof.
And to make it worse, Brenna’s not the only one coming home.

A Tale of Two Sisters

Three Days until Coming Home is Available!

I posted this the last time around (Coming Home is a re-release; same story, but a complete revision of the original novel) and it’s still relevant. 

Coming Home- A Tale of Two Sisters

My book Coming Home, is about two sisters learning to like each other.  Growing up, Brenna and Kat’s different personalities, interests, wicked sibling rivalry, and of course being in love with the same boy made living under one roof almost unbearable.  I had the same problem with my sister when I was younger except the loving the same boy.  Let’s just say the boys she was interested in – ewww!

kris and IMy sister and I resented each other from the get-go.  It didn’t help that she was adopted, so there was a lot of resentment about me being the ‘natural’ daughter and from her being the ‘special, chosen’ one.  I honestly don’t know how my parents survived those years.  Kristi and I were constantly at each other’s throats and did our best to get the other in trouble.  And to top it all off, our birthdays are only a week apart, so there was the added stress of having to share our birthday parties!

But there is a happy ending to our saga.  Like Brenna and Kat, it took a crisis to have Kristi and I find our way back to each other.  As we got older, and more mature, our relationship did improve enough to allow us at least be in the same room together without fighting, although there are a few stories of flying mashed potatoes during family dinners. I think it helped being an hour’s drive away from each other.  We weren’t exactly friends, but we were at least friendly and my parents were grateful.

But it took my sister getting divorced to really lead us back to each other.  Kristi endured almost twenty years with a real…let’s just say my former brother-in-law was not a nice person and leave it at that.  When I found out what she had gone through, without me knowing anything – well that was a real wake-up call.  Sisters should be there for each, no matter how volatile the relationship may be.  I’m sad that it took Kristi going through such a traumatic event to bring us back together, but forever grateful I got my sister back!

Loving your sisters is easy.

Liking them is the hard part.

Coming Home available April 11

Coming Home – Release Day in Five…

Five More Days until Coming Home is available!!

Here’s the new cover!  Isn’t it pretty?

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.

After her cheating husband destroys her career, Brenna has nowhere to go but home.
Home means her four sisters in the tiny Northern Ontario town with no Starbucks and well-meaning townsfolk who know her every move. Every mistake.
And Brenna is making more than a few mistakes. From falling asleep at the local bar to hooking up with her niece’s boyfriend, Brenna’s life is giving the town a lot to talk about.
Her sister Cat wants nothing to do with her. Content living in the family home with the ghost of their mother, Cat’s left a trail of broken hearts and failed marriages on the road to Brenna’s ex, Seamus Todd. Brenna’s return brings back old insecurities and unanswered questions for Cat.
Sibling rivalries, old grudges and a least one knock-out, drag-down kitchen fight ensue as Brenna and Cat are forced to live under the same roof.
And to make it worse, Brenna’s not the only one coming home.

Available ebook and print everywhere, April 11!

Pre-order your copy now!

WWW Wednesday – What I Wish I Didn’t Read This Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

The list this week includes new sci-fi world, a satisfying conclusion, a big disappointment, and a ‘sexy’ fun read that wasn’t sexy at all. Read on!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Blurb – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Thoughts – I wasn’t too sure about this one until I remembered how quickly I devoured Divergent the first time I read it. Maybe I’m not as hungry for Veronica Roth this time, because Mark is moving a lot slower. The different worlds and people and languages and currentgifts are a bit confusing, but I’m muddling through. Maybe it would be better if I stopped thinking of the ‘current that run through the world’ like the Force!

What I Finished Reading…

Something new in YA fantasy?

Blurb – Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

No. Just no. I’m regretting the trip to bookstore than led me to this.

My Thoughts – This is the big disappointment. Huge. And I am blaming myself for part of it. There was so much hype when this book was released; I kept seeing it on all these blogs, so much that I thought this was going to be the next big thing. I remember discovering Hunger Games just before the rest of the world did, and being so proud of being one of the first (in my world anyway!) to fall in love with the series. I thought Caraval would be like that – the next awesome YA series.

Wrong!The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty,

The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty, colourful prose that doesn’t do much. I gave this 2 stars on Goodreads, so disappointed that I didn’t leave a review. I will not be reading the second in the series because, frankly, I don’t give a damn about the characters. I wouldn’t have finished the book, but I was so pissed off that I actually went out and bought it, that I made myself. Never again will I fall victim to the buzz of an untried author!

Sexy fun from good NA author?

Blurb – When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry’s newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

Eh. Just eh.

I needed something light and fluffy between deep, dark fantasy reads. I like Alice Clayton…there’s a but here, and I’m not sure what it is. I didn’t love this one, won’t be dipping into the series. Older woman, younger man – you’d think it would be a no-brainer, but there was something about it that I didn’t love. Oh, well. Lots of other books out there.

Conclusion to an epic read?

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Yes!

Nothing can compare to Red Rising, the first book in the trilogy, but this one comes close. I didn’t love Golden Son, but then I’m often disappointed by second books in the series. But I was happy how this ended and I’ll be looking for more books from Pierce Brown. My only suggestion is that if you haven’t started the series, read the books close together! Much less confusing that way!

What I’m Reading Next…

I’ll need something light and fluffy again after Carve the Mark, and then I’ll dive into the pile of historical fiction on my shelf.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

A Beauty and the Beast March Break

Today is a good day!  Not only is it the first day of spring – coming to you in about one minute now! – but my kids are back to school after March break. #amwriting all day today!

I call it a Beauty and the Beast break; not only did we watch the movie (more in a minute) but while it’s lovely being able to spend time with my kids, at times it can be a bit beastly. Two teenagers plus one who wants to do everything they can, no vacation planned, frigid cold snap keeping us inside, and a mother getting twitchy because she isn’t writing – things got a little beastly at times!  But for the most part, it was a beautiful week off.

We started off the week with a bang at iFly Toronto. If you’ve ever thought about skydiving but not sure if you can make the jump, give iFly a try. So much fun! It was the second time for me but first for kids. And hubby did it too!

Beauty and the Beast – the Movie

Little S and I have been eagerly waiting for Beauty and the Beast to hit theaters on Friday. And we were so happy that it did not disappoint!

I’ve never been a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast. Not sure why – the feisty fearlessness of Belle should have been a draw for me. For some reason, Little Mermaid has always been my favourite. But watching Emma Watson as Belle has me converted! In my mind, no one else could have played the part. Like Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter series, Belle was the perfect role for her.

The other characters were amazing as well, especially Luke Evans’ Gaston. He was almost likable until he wasn’t. Le Fou was a perfect sidekick.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make a point to go. And it’s not just for women – my thirteen-year-old son tagged along and he didn’t hate it!

Watching Spring Springing

I know winter isn’t over, and I know there will be another dump of snow, but I feel so hopeful that spring is on its way! I’ve noticed a few crocus popping up in the gardens and there’ll be more before the week is out. We sat on the porch last night, so I’m pretty optimistic good weather is right around the corner. But maybe I’m just happy that the kids are going back to school! It’s been a good week with them, but today I am writing, all alone in the house! Coming Home is out April 11 (Pre-order now!) and The Best Worst First Date has been calling to me for weeks. But I wanted to show a little love to my blog first, and wish you all a Happy Spring!