Meet Tenley. Isn’t she pretty? The cover, not just the girl 🙂
So happy I went with Sue Traynor for the cover pic; so glad my revised Charlotte covers have had such positive feedback.
So happy I didn’t throw away my WIP of Charlotte way back when!
Yes, The Best Worst First Date Ever is a sequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd, but can be read as a standalone. I’d prefer you to read the whole series, including the prequel The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd. Charlotte is pretty special to me and I’ve already started working on the next book. I’m pretty excited about that.
I’m pretty happy about a lot of things today!
I’ve gotten my first sale out of the way, and have some reviews popping up already.
Want to see what readers are saying?
I’m excited about that too! 5-star reviews so far!!!! Here’s two of them. And yes, I’m tooting my own horn because I deserve to pat myself on the back!
Excitement, fast action and a touch of romance
“This book is every bit as good as the first one. It stands on its own, so don’t worry if you didn’t read the other.
Tenley is a single mother and a co-owner of a restaurant. She has no time for dating. But her family and friends think otherwise. Even her nine-year-old daughter chimes in. So when a good-looking, seemingly shy customer asks her out, she accepts. Thus begins the best, worst first date ever. I think that’s a fair assessment. Colin Darcy (Now, why do I love that name?) seems to be a likable guy. But the date quickly goes bad in ways that will make your head spin. From then on, the action is nonstop. I’m with everyone else. I kept switching my view of Colin, back and forth. The ending was very satisfactory but left me longing for more adventures. I will be waiting for more books from this author.
I highly recommend this book. And if you haven’t read the first, grab it. You’ll love it.”
Action chick lit!
“This book was nonstop excitement from beginning to end. At first, it seemed like a typical chick lit novel: Tenley is a single mom going out on her first date in a long while with a geeky but cute British guy. But then during the date, things take a really unexpected turn, and it ends up being the craziest date ever.
I loved Tenley’s tenacity. Even though she’s a civilian, she doesn’t just let things happen to her… she takes action. I loved Colin, although I spent the entire book trying to figure out if he was a good guy or bad guy. The action was rapid in this book, and there wasn’t one dull page. I couldn’t stop reading to find out what would happen next.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys chick lit with an action twist!”
Get your copy of The Best Worst First Date Ever now. Or if you want to start from the beginning, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is still only 99 cents.
Love for Charlotte Dodd!
I’m posting the latest review for The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd because it’s a good one! And because Charlotte’s only 99 cents for a limited time!
Visit ChickLit Cafe for more reviews! Thanks for the love ladies!
Fistfights, car chases, and secret spy organizations? This isn’t a normal night for Charlotte.
Office worker Charlotte steps out of a movie theatre and into a heap of trouble. Her boyfriend is away; she’s been having strange dreams full of exciting adventures, even though that’s the last thing she’s looking for. She’s happy with her uneventful life.
So why isn’t she running away from the two big thugs threatening the cute guy on the street? How did she learn to drive like that? And how did she get on a private jet full of secret agents…and they’re calling her by name! But more importantly, who’s the hottie with the blue eyes and why does he seem so familiar?
This is an enchanting chick lit read filled with fun and intriguing characters. It is a quality story full of elaborate twists and turns. I couldn’t put The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd down. I was hooked right from the beginning and read it almost straight through, but I finally decided I had to turn the light off at two in the morning.
Charlotte Dodd is an interesting and decidedly different character. She lives, what she thinks, is an ordinary life until she finds out otherwise through a series of crazy events. I love the way author, Holly Kerr, wrote the character Charlotte, she is charming and full of surprises. All the characters in this book are well written, interesting and fascinating. They are fully developed and believable.
The plot is remarkable, different and very enjoyable. Holly Kerr has one fantastic imagination and the creative ability to put her thoughts into a awesome book. There are so many things going on in this story, but it all flows together nicely and makes perfect sense. The book is written with skill and talent and a very unique voice.
This is a perfect chick lit read with all the important qualities of an amusing, lighthearted and pleasurable book for women. There is danger, deception, spies and so much more in this fun filled fast-paced read.
I read a lot of chick lit style books, but The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd takes the cake. It’s that good.
I highly recommend it to all women that love an entertaining, amusing story that has it all.
Canada is celebrating 150 years this weekend!! Being a proud Canadian, I want to help you celebrate! Need a new book to keep you awake while you’re hanging out at the cottage?
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!
My 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!
Liking them is the hard part.
Coming Home available April 11
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!
I’m forgoing WWW Wednesday in favour of a few quotes about the awesomeness of women!
And finally from my favourite creator of strong women, Joss Whedon….
Happy Women’s Day and spend the day celebrating being the best woman you can be!
Coming Home has come home to Holly
Picking a Favourite
For writers, books are like children – it’s impossible to have a favourite.
When my kids ask who my favourite child is, I always tell them I love them equally and for different reasons.
I feel the same way about the books I’ve written. I love Unexpecting because it was my first published and because of the secondary characters, Cooper and Emma and Brit. I love Absinthe because of the friendship of the women, and the twist at the end (which was fun to write!) I love Charlotte because I found I love writing action sequences, and I love Dragon for my kids.
I love Coming Home because…
And there lies the problem. Coming Home is the black sheep of my book family. I love it but…
…it has issues.
Coming Home was published in 2013, by Etopia Press. The first time one of my books had been sold to a publisher, which helped validate my new attempt at a writing career. I loved the story – five sisters who grew up in a tiny little town in Northern Ontario; two of which loved each other but really never got along.
I still love the story. I love the characters and the interactions and the fight scene between… (oops, spoiler!)
I dedicated the book to my sister, because after she left a tumultuous marriage, I felt like I was getting my sister back in my life. Not only getting my sister back, but finding a new friend. Coming Home has a lot of personal meaning for me and I was ecstatic when I sold it to Etopia.
Last year, I starting working on finding my brand and all those fun marketing things that authors now need to deal with. I had covers re-did, changed some things around; I’m an independent author/publisher now, so I can do that! 🙂 I looked at Coming Home.
I couldn’t do a thing with it. I couldn’t change the description on-line, drop the price for a sale, change the cover (which doesn’t really fit with my others). My hands were tied, which wasn’t a nice feeling after doing everything myself for the last 4 years! So I started wondering what I could do. Coming Home never really sold well for Etopia. It’s mainly a romance publisher, and my book isn’t a romance. Plus, there was the edit problem when it first came out…
I’m not about to trash Etopia because they are lovely people. But let’s just say I was never really happy with the final version of the book.
Long story short, I got the rights for Coming Home back from the publisher! And I’m about to re-release it into the world, under my Three Birds Press imprint.
New cover – same title
Same story – complete overhaul
I wrote Coming Home at the beginning of my career and I have to admit, I’m a MUCH better writer now! I’m almost finished the revisions – I’ve changed the POV from first person, to third, which is a bit of an undertaking. With critique partners now. Sending it to the editor next week. Cover reveal next week, and pre-order date.
I can’t say how much I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!
It’s like the first time, all over again. It’s getting excited about a scene or a line of dialogue in the middle of the night, rushing to wake up to begin working on it. I can’t wait for people to read it! I’ll have to do a giveaway. In fact, I’m so happy with my changes that I want to offer a copy (paperback or ebook) to anyone who read the other version, just so they can see how much better it is! (Corinne, are you out there?)
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. This is why my blog has been neglected. This is why I had to push off any thoughts of a book tour for The Best Worst First Date because it’s not ready! This is why my daughter is mad at me because I won’t work on her Dragon book! Coming Home has consumed me. I planned for a week of quick edits, a read-through by one of my crit partners which has now turned into two months and counting of daily re-writes of chapters. Cutting – I’ve cut so much! But it’s so much better for it.
I hope I’ve gotten you excited about it, too. Because you’ll be able to read it soon! 🙂
Happy New Year!
2016 is over
And the consensus is that is a good thing.
Everyone can agree that a great many bad things happened in 2016. And then to top it off, only days from the end, George Michael and Carrie Fisher passed away. And her mother, Debbie Reynolds. But instead of dwelling on the negatives, I chose to look at the positives. Like all these good things that happened in 2016:
- The manatee population is increasing! And there are more tigers. And more pandas
- In California, 6 million homes are now powered by solar energy. And a solar-powered plane circled the world
- India planted 50 million trees in one day
- The Ice Bucket Challenge helped ALS researchers get one step closer to help find a cure for the disease
- Leonardo Dicaprio won an Oscar!
A Few of My Favourite Things
Let’s start with a few lists of my favourite things from 2016.
Now, these aren’t the best movies of 2016, but the ones I was looking forward to seeing, and didn’t disappoint.
As you’ll see from my list, I go primarily for entertainment value when it comes to my movies – entertainment that often involves laughter, comic book heroes and things blowing up! What can I say – I go for mindless entertainment! I’m also a self-professed geek, and since 2 out of my 3 kids are headed that way as well, we go see a lot of ‘fun’ movies!
Favourite Movies of 2016
(in no particular order)
- Captain America – Civil War
- Rogue One
- Bad Moms
- Finding Dory
- Dr. Strange
- Batman vs Superman
- Suicide Squad
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Favourite Television shows
- Stranger Things – this Netflix show was amazing! Scarier than I expected (I ran from the room more than once, to my kids’ delight at seeing their mother scared!) Set in the 80s with a weird Lost/Stand By Me feel to it, I’m counting the days until the next season
- Game of Thrones (season 6) – Oh, Jon Snow. And Tyrion. And Daenarys. And Arya Stark. How do I love thee?
- The Crown – Another good one from Netflix. I’ve always been mildly interested in the royal family, but now I’m hooked!
- Madam Secretary – Does anyone watch this? Because I never hear anything about it, but it’s terrific
Favourite Books I Read in 2016
- Eligible (Curtis Sittenfeld) – best retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Ever.
- Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) – full of 80s references, this sci-fi thriller would appeal to anyone who likes action, not just the gamers. I’ve already passed it on to 2 guys I know will love it as much as I did
- It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover) -I read anything of hers
- The Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas) – the second in this YA fantasy series so much better than the first book! And I never like the second books in a series. Can’t wait for the next one
- Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell) – Short and sweet, about two fans waiting in line for the new Star Wars movie
- Mount (Jilly Cooper) – It’s been years since Jilly Cooper released a book and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting! This is smut, in it’s finest form
- Nuts (Alice Clayton)
- Dirty Rowdy Thing (Christina Lauren) – Sexy and sweet from two of my favourite New Adult authors
- Victoria (Daisy Goodwin) – I’m all about the royal families. Can’t wait for the series to come to Canada this month!
- Dark Matter (Blake Crouch) – Wow. Just wow. This blew my mind. Some of the quantum physics stuff went right over my head, but wow. So good.
It’s my Birthday today!
It’s my birthday and right now I’m on a plane coming home from vacation. I know, not the best way to celebrate, but it’s been a great trip. At least, I think it was because I’m writing this in advance of my big day. I’m sure I had a great time!
I’m very big on birthdays, for myself and others. Everyone needs a day to celebrate being you.
While I won’t go so far to reveal just what birthday this is for me, I do have a list to share.
I read a few lists on 50 Things to do before you’re 50. While that milestone is more than a few years away for me, I thought I’d make my own list.
Ten Things I’ve Learned in my 40s
- I’ve accepted 40 isn’t as old as I once thought it was
- How to say no/Refuse to feel obligated
- Admit I’m okay with fewer friends, but they darn well better be good ones
- Accept that irrational crushes are a good thing – and that I might have the same taste as my daughter!
- Losing weight just got a whole lot harder!
- Realize I often dress like I’m still in my 20s (comfy boho/grunge)
- Realize I really can’t drink like I’m in my 20s anymore
- To stop saying sorry for things I’m not responsible for
- Not to argue with my children – discussions are okay but I am the parent here!
- Pick your battles
While there’s still more for me to learn, I think I’m off to a good start. What about you? Got your own list to share?