A love letter to Absinthe (my book, not the alcohol!)

Happy Birthday to Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder!

This week, my novel Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder is having a book birthday! Being as it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and since it’s the only book I’ve written with anything about love in the cover (heart? close enough) I’ve decided to write a love letter to Absinthe. The book, not the alcohol, which itself is lovely in many different ways!

Three years ago, I introduced you to the world. I needed to tell the saga of Josie, Lana, Meredith and Poppy to the world. All of these women have a little bit of me in them, and like all my characters, I love them all very much.

I can’t believe it’s been three years!! I’m so proud how you’ve done, how many readers you’ve won over with the story of a night out going so very wrong.

I never meant to have the night go so wrong. It started out as a girls’ night out, full of fun and frivolity, but when I got to the middle, it just needed something else. They started to get serious, and secrets were coming out, things I can’t believe I imagined! Suddenly there were similarities to my very first book written ( and one I’ll never publish!), Get Carter. So I added more; taking the plot and the end of Get Carter and throwing it into the mix.

Kent Carter, the nasty husband of Poppy is my Carter Spaulding, re-imagined and a little more dastardly. He might be a villain, but I loved him from the moment I put him on a page. Fun fact: I loved the character of Carter so much that my son’s middle name is Carter!!

Of course, by doing that, I changed Absinthe from a fun, chick-lit read to something a little darker. I’m still not sure what genre it falls into. One of the reviews on Amazon called it “chick lit with a twist” and that sounds about right. She gave it a five stars so I’ll listen to her!!

Absinthe, you have a very special place in my heart. I may spend more time on Charlotte Dodd, or the reboot of Coming Home, or even the upcoming sequel of Unexpecting, but that doesn’t mean I love you any less.

xo the author

 

To celebrate Absinthe’s book birthday, I’ve changed the cover for the ebook again, for the third time.  Along with not finding the right genre, I’ve never really found the perfect cover that shows both the light-heartedness of the beginning and the darker ending. I’m not sure there is one! But I came up with this cover to give it a bit of a face lift. And a new blurb.

Best friends never let you down.
That’s not the case with Josie’s BFF’s. Their friendship spans over twenty years and it hasn’t always gone well; Poppy vs. Lana, Lana vs. Meredith, and Josie always trying to keep the peace. But with trouble looming in her marriage, Josie needs her friends around. Her 40th birthday is the perfect excuse for her to look at the cracks in the friendship, and fix them, once and for all. 
A girls’ night out will make everything better. Dinner, dancing…drinking…the night starts out great with the foursome setting out to revisit some of their school day haunts with hilarious results.
And then things get serious. Secrets never mix well with absinthe. Josie wants to revive the friendships, remind the others what they have together, and end the night with the four of them closer than ever. 
It might be too much to ask. 

I also put it on sale for 99 cents if anyone is interested!!  

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Happy Book Birthday Charlotte Dodd!

Today is a Book Birthday for Charlotte Dodd!

Author Holly Kerr has created a fabulous new genre “Women’s Adventure Chick Lit”. Yes, there’s some foodie elements, and some kissing and good-looking guys but what makes this an over-the top- exciting new read is the non-stop action, intrigue and adventure. And the stars of this thriller are strong, purposeful, beautiful… women!” – HappyReader

Two years ago today, I introduced my scrappy little spy to the world. Charlotte Dodd is Canada’s premier secret agent, having been recruited by her grandfather and the National Intelligence and Information Agency when she was only a kid.

But then she lost all her memories of being a spy.

Charlotte came out of my love of Buffy, Alias and butt-kicking heroines. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book, which is why I had to write the prequel, (The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd) and a sequel (The Best Worst First Date Ever)! And yet another book is on it’s way!

I may have only encouraged others to get to know Charlotte a couple of years ago, but her story has been with me for far longer. And she’s not going away anytime soon. I’m going to be writing other books (my first attempt at a romance will be out this summer) but I’m planning on continuing Charlotte’s story, in the hopes that you’ll want to continue with me!

Next up is the The Hidden Past of Pippa McGovern.

Super spy Charlotte Dodd may have met her match.

And she’s marrying her brother. 

To celebrate the big day for Charlotte, I’ve reduced the price of my action packed chick lit read to only 99cents.

Get to know your inner secret agent with The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd!

The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd is also only 99 cents! 

 

Merry Christmas kids! (A little late but here’s your new dragon book)

The second Dragon book is finally ready!

The Dragon Under the Dome available today!!

There’s another dragon.
It’s been two years since Emma, Matt, Macy and their friends Kass and Dash saved the dragon under the mountain. 
They never expected to see Archer, Gideus, or the others again. But when Archer shows up during a Blue Jays game, the kids are ready for another adventure. This time they travel to Archer’s world, but it’s not at all what the imagined.
Evil owls, giant squirrels and talking unicorns. And dragons. Not to mention faeries trying to take over the world.
The kids’ powers return in the new world as they join forces with Gideus and the other to try and defeat the dark faeries. 
But did they make it worse by being there?

Get your copy now!

(And there will be a third book, but hopefully it won’t take me as long to write it!!)

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Have you read my Charlotte Dodd series yet?

I’m working on book three so check out the series so you’ll be ready for new adventures with Charlotte!

Jena, from Jena’s Books says:

Author Holly Kerr has created a fabulous new genre “Women’s Adventure Chick Lit”. Yes, there’s some foodie elements, and some kissing and good-looking guys but what makes this an over-the top- exciting new read is the non-stop action, intrigue and adventure. And the stars of this thriller are strong, purposeful, beautiful… women!

Since her divorce, Tenley has been living a careful life and is an involved and nurturing mother of her young daughter. She also has her own café business and that’s the extent of her world. Tenley’s friends, her daughter and even her ex-husband organize an intervention to get her to lead a bolder life. Turns out they succeeded!

One weekend, Tenley agrees to a first date with Colin Firth, an Englishman who seems shy, nervous and friendly. The date begins with awkward conversation and a drink at a pub. And that’s the best part of this first date. The rest of the weekend brings non-stop action thriller spy missions for Tenley! Really!

“This is definitely the worst date I’ve ever been on. I’ve been assaulted, crashed a car, and kidnapped at gun point.”

Tenley has been chosen to receive the memories of another woman spy, Charlotte Dodd, aka “Canada’s favorite spy”. I applaud the author for this creative plot twist. Charlotte’s story was covered in an earlier book in this series, which I have not read. This didn’t stop me from being captivated by the story. I look forward to reading more books about Tenley- will any of the men she met turn into something special? Will she continue in the spy business?

In addition to the good character development, solid action writing and thriller plot, I also enjoyed the quotes that started each chapter, such as “Don’t be a woman who needs a man. Be a woman a man needs.” Grab this best book about the worst date!

And don’t forget The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd – Only 99 cents this weekend!

An Amazon reader says:

Let me start by saying Author Holly Kerr knows how to write! From page 1 to page 389, I did not want to put the book down. Holly hooks the reader right at the start of her story with the lead character- a five foot one inch, 109 pound cute little blonde that does not shy away from danger.

This action packed book is filled with intrigue and deception, a family of spies. If this sounds like a combination you would enjoy, I would recommend Holly Kerr’s book, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.

Stay tuned for more info on the third book!!

 

More about The Best Worst First Date Ever!

Yes, my latest book came out yesterday and I’m still pretty excited.

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.

 

The Best Worst First Date Ever is Available Now!

Happy Book birthday, Tenley!

The adventures of Charlotte Dodd continue with The Best Worst First Date Ever.

It was only supposed to be a date. Just a date!

Tenley Scott is a single mother and owner of Soup du Jour. She’s full of nervous excitement for her date with Colin, the handsome Brit who’s been hanging around the café.

She’s expecting casual conversation over drinks. Maybe dinner. Possibly a second date.
Not crazed ex-girlfriends, armed thugs, car crashes and a kidnapping. Worst date ever.

And then Tenley finds out about NIAA, the Canadian secret spy organization. Hello, Charlotte Dodd

In a move out of a sci-fi movie, Charlotte’s missing memories are implanted into Tenley’s mind, giving Tenley top secret information about the Agency, dangerous spy missions and Charlotte’s love, Hamilton Short. Now it’s a race to keep Tenley out of the hands of those who want the information and to find a way to get Charlotte out of her head.

It’s been a while since Tenley’s been on a date, but this night turns out worse – and better- than she ever expected!

Get your copy now!

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Kick-@ss review for Charlotte!!

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!

Synopsis

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?

Review

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.

Purchase The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd now.

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Boyfriends

Who’s on your list of book boyfriends?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks at The Broke and The Bookish because they like lists!

Today’s post from The Broke and the Bookish was Top Twn Book Boyfriends. The last time I had made a list of book boyfriends was back in 2015. Here’s the original list, in red. And here’s what I think about my choice now!

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

In no particular order:

Colonel BrandonSense and Sensibility  I always thought Marianne was crazy for not scooping him up at the start! I’m still on board for Colonel Brandon. In fact, I will add another Alan Ruckman character to the list. Even though he wasn’t a boyfriend, Severus Snape’s love for Lily Potter was never-ending and truly heart-breaking.

 

Jamie FraserOutlander, Diana Gabaldon  He can do anything.  He would do anything for you! I still agree with this one as well, but need to add someone to the list of ‘Will do anything for my woman list’ – Roarke, from the J.D. Robb In Death series. Yes, he’s a husband now, but the man will do anything for Eve Dallas, including buying her a pair of $6000 boots!!  

Stu RedmanThe Stand, Stephen King  I have had a crush on Gary Sinise ever since he played Stu in the mini-series way back when!  There’s talk to do a movie of the book and I can’t wait to find out who plays Stu! I have no idea whether they’re still doing a movie, but I do still love Stu.

Jake BriganceA Time to Kill, John Grisham  Yes, I was crushing on the character even before I watched the movie!! Eh – not sure I’d include him now.

Rupert Campbell-BlackRivals, Jilly Cooper  Rupert began as quite the shit in Cooper’s Riders, but it’s fun watching how he’s been redeemed by the love of a woman I still love the character of Rupert, but he is really a crappy boyfriend/husband! He cheated on Taggie in Mount – off the list!

Dexter – Something Borrowed, Emily Giffen  Even though he cheated on Darcy, because Darcy really needed to be cheated on! (I know that’s not nice!) Good boyfriend for Rachel, but a bit too boring to make in on the present day list. To replace him, I’d suggest Henry, from Emma Chase’s Royally Matched. Or Leo, from Alice Clayton’s Nuts. Both have a little more excitement to them.

Laurie –  Little Woman  Still so sad Jo never married him! Okay, Laurie can stay

PeetaHunger Games  Team Peeta all the way! Obviously, I was reading Hunger Games at the time I wrote this! 

ChubsDarkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken  Liam is almost too perfect, so I go for Chubs Uh, I can’t remember Chubs so I should maybe take him off the list! 

Neville LongbottomHarry Potter  It was almost Ron but Neville needs some love.  Plus, he grew up so nicely. I agree, but I’m going to add Remus Lupin to the list. Him and Tonks – sigh! 

I’m adding Augustus Waters, from The Fault of Our Stars.

Also, Rhysand, from The Court of Thorns and Roses series.

What about you?  Who are your favourite book boyfriends? 

Is that 10? How about you? Who’s on your list?

 

Three weeks until The Best Worst First Date Ever is LIVE!

TThe Best Worst First Date Ever

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

The adventures of Charlotte Dodd continue with The Best Worst First Date Ever.

Tenley Scott is a single mother and owner of Soup du Jour. She’s full of nervous excitement for her date with Colin, the handsome Brit who’s been hanging around the café.

She’s expecting casual conversation over drinks. Maybe dinner. Possibly a second date.
Not crazed ex-girlfriends, armed thugs, car crashes and a kidnapping. Worst date ever.

And then Tenley finds out about NIAA, the Canadian secret spy organization. Hello, Charlotte Dodd.

In a move out of a sci-fi movie, Charlotte’s missing memories are implanted into Tenley’s mind, giving Tenley top secret information about the Agency, dangerous spy missions and Charlotte’s love, Hamilton Short. Now it’s a race to keep Tenley out of the hands of those who want the information and to find a way to get Charlotte out of her head.

It’s been a while since Tenley’s been on a date, but this date turns out worse – and better- than she ever expected!

Pre-order now!!

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Here’s an excerpt to help you decide!