How Charlotte Dodd Stuck with me

How I refused to give up on the character of Charlotte Dodd.

One of the spots on my blog tour with CLP Blog Tours was Connect with Click Lit Club. Here’s the guest post featured on the site.

I really think I’d like to be a superhero.

holly kerr1Or maybe a secret agent. Nothing too dangerous of course. I am a forty-something mother and I like to think my kids still need me around! But have you ever wondered … wanted … fantasized a bit about having a little more excitement in your life? A little danger? Have you thought about what it would be like to jump out of a plane onto the roof of a building, sneak in, have to fight your way through the bad guys with such awesome moves that you manage this with your hair still in place and not a bruise on your body to rescue your man or someone equally deserving?

I have to admit, I have had such daydreams.

The Secret Life of Charlotte DoddAnd that’s why I wrote The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.

I’m not a violent person in any means. I’m an average, baseball mom of three. I’m an author. And one of the more enjoyable aspects of being a writer is that you get to imagine your characters (yourself!) in all sorts of situations.

I first came up with the idea for The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd years ago. I had finished writing my first novel (then titled Baby! Baby? Baby?!, now Unexpecting), a chick lit novel about a woman who wants to have a baby, and was debating what my next book would be. At this time, I had been quite taken with the Jennifer Garner show Alias. Watching the show – along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, another of my favourites – really strengthened my little secret agent/super hero fantasy. I loved the idea of a strong, confident, independent woman being able to take control of any situation.

There were a few moments in those two television shows that inspired The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd. Sydney Bristow sucking the air from a submerged car tire keep from drowning. A car doing a 360 turn during a car chase. And Buffy’s signature fight move – rolling back onto the shoulders and flipping to her feet. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to do things like that?

And that’s when I came up with the character of Charlotte Dodd. She was part Sydney Bristow, part Buffy with a little Jason Bourne thrown in.

She would be an agent with a super-secret government organization. She was recruited at a very young age and from a family of spies. Her grandfather was the co-creator of the National Intelligence and Information Agency, a super secret government organization that catapulted Canada to the forefront of worldwide espionage. (I know, I know – Canada? Fiction, remember?!)

I came up with other characters – Charlotte’s brothers and their roles in the NIIA, fellow agents Benjy and Payton. I came up with a bit of a love triangle with Ham and Luke. I devised the fight scene where she first meets Benjy, who reminded Charlotte of Neil Patrick Harris. You can tell how long ago I first came up with the story because the early reversions mention Neil Patrick Harris’ childhood character, Doogie Howser!
And that’s where the story stalled. But never forgotten, never far from my thoughts. I had all these characters – I had Charlotte – and they needed something to do.

Over the years, Charlotte has stayed with me but the story has gone through a lot of changes. I wrote at least five versions of Charlotte, trunking each one. Charlotte lost her memory, got it back. One memorable version had Charlotte as part vampire, which made her an excellent vampire hunter!

And then last year, after my third book was published – Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder – I pulled Charlotte out again. I had found critique partners and I needed to give them something to critique! This time, Charlotte was still a spy but had no memory of her time as a secret agent. I took few parts of my original story and started again.

I think this is the best revision of Charlotte I could have come up with. She’s a character that I fell in love with, one who wouldn’t leave me alone. It’s been over ten years since I first came up with the idea of Charlotte and so finally publishing the story was a very happy moment. It was great to finally finish what I started so long ago, and let my daydreams of the life of a secret agent run wild!

But Charlotte wasn’t enough for me. I’m ready for my next mission. I’m working on a sequel!

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The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd features on Jersey Girl Book Reviews today

The Serect Life ofCharlotte Dodd cpl tourI’ve taken The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd on a blog tour with CLP Tours! This is the last day of my tour and today I’m featured on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.  I thought I’d share the guest post and review!  Another 4 stars!

Jersey Girl Review: The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd

 Book Review:

The Secret Life of Charlotte DoddWhat’s a girl to do when she doesn’t remember that she has a secret life …. as a spy?!

Author Holly Kerr weaves an intriguing chick lit tale with a spy thriller twist that will easily keep the reader engaged and guessing what will happen next.

Set in Toronto, twenty-seven year old Charlotte “Lottie” Dodd takes the reader along for the ride when her quiet life is turned upside down after she helps a man named Benjamin “Benjy” Lionel get away from two big Russian mobsters. A touch of deja vu and a wild car chase through the streets of Toronto leads Charlotte and Benjy on a wild adventure, and it gets even crazier when Charlotte’s flashbacks become reality when she is told that she is really a spy for the Canadian government, and that her services are needed because her family is in danger!

The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is a fast paced and action packed tale that follows Charlotte as she tries to remember her past secret life in order to save her family and the agency from a rival secret intelligence organization that views them as a threat and is trying to destroy them. As the story unfolds, the reader is kept on their toes with intriguing twists and turns that will keep them guessing what will happen next to this sassy spy during her crazy adventure.

The story starts out slow and is a bit confusing as the reader tries to figure out what the heck is going on with Charlotte, but then the author turns it up a notch and gets the reader engaged when Charlotte is told about her past and the secret life that she has led as a spy. That’s when the thrilling adventure begins as her recollections resurface and she has to sort out the questions involving her family, her boyfriend Luke, and the rival organization that is after her family.

So if you are interested in reading a chick lit tale with an intriguing twist added into the mix, then look no further, The Secret Life of Charlotte Doddis the book for you!

Guest Post

 Getting to know me

One of the nicest parts about gong on a blog tour is being featured on different blogs, being able to do interviews and guests posts. Like this one! Authors are always looking to find new readers and a great way to do that is let the potential readers get to know you, the person behind the books.
So let’s get to know me.
The most important thing, the reason I’m visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews Is that I wrote a book. I’ve written a few actually, but my fourth and latest novel, is The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd. It’s about a spy who had her memory wiped and needs to remember her previous life in order to save the man she loves. I call it chick lit/spy thriller because there’s lots of action.
When I don’t have my author hat on, I’m wearing my mommy cap. I have three amazing kids running havoc in my life. That’s also very important to know about me. I’m a mother first, writer second, but since I’m here promoting my book and not my kids, I thought I’d put the writing first!
My eldest daughter thinks I’m weird, which translates in me having a greater than average knowledge of pop culture, including super heroes, Star Wars and Joss Whedon television shows. In the eyes of a fourteen year old, this knowledge apparently makes me a geek. I’m okay with that moniker.
The number one thing on my bucket list is to run a marathon. I’ve come close – if you consider finishing a half marathon close. I’ve actually run three halves and I’m thinking this may be the year I make it all the way. Running relaxes me and it’s a great time to plan out my novels. I don’t plot out my books, but I do need some time to plan out scenes or get into the heads of my characters. Plus, the exercise does a great job offsetting the glass of wine I enjoy while cooking.
Along with the running, some other things I enjoy are cooking (I make the best mushroom risotto), movies (one of the reasons I have that geek thing going on), spending time in my gardens and spending time with friends. We live in a great neighborhood and got into the habit of inviting neighbors over on Friday nights for wine and pizza. The kids run around in a pack, the adults get to unwind and socialize after the week at work and everyone has a good time.
Along with my three other novels (since I’m on a book tour, let’s go ahead and talk about all of them, shall we?) Unexpecting, Coming Home andAbsinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder, I’ve also written a children’s book. I wrote The Dragon Under the Mountain for my kids’ Christmas present last year. They always complained about not being able to read my books, so I decided to write them one, and gave them a starring role. I read a few chapters to my youngest daughter’s class, and I’ll also be going on a ‘Dragon Tour‘, visiting a few classrooms in the area.
So that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for allowing me to introduce myself!

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Blog Tour – Interview and 5 star Review for Absinthe!!

Absinthe Doesn’t Make The Heart Grow Fonder by Holly Kerr (Author Interview / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

I was featured on Jersey Girl Book Reviews yesterday.  Check it out!!

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Absinthe Doesn’t Make The Heart Grow Fonder by Author Holly Kerr!


Book Review:

You never know what’s going to happen when four BFFs get together to celebrate a fortieth birthday … What should have been a fun night of eating, drinking, and dancing, turns into something more for these lifelong friends when a lot of drinking has a way of bringing secrets, fears, issues, and insecurities to the surface …

Absinthe Doesn’t Make The Heart Grow Fonder is an entertaining tale set in Toronto that follows four best friends: Josie, Lana, Poppy, and Meredith, over the course of an evening spent celebrating Josie’s fortieth birthday. Told in an alternating first person narrative by the four women, the reader follows the four best friends’ tradition of celebrating their birthdays together, but over the years it has become increasingly hard for them to get together, so this year Josie is desperate to keep the tradition alive, only to have tension, drama, buried secrets, and personal issues revealed that will ultimately test their bonds of friendship.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it has a wonderful mixture of humor, drama, tension, and intrigue that only women friends are capable of sharing with one another. You can’t help but get drawn into these four women’s stories as their night out unfolds with flashbacks and conversations that bring unexpected secrets and truths to the surface when drinking is added into the mix. The style of writing is clever, it draws the reader into the circle of friends as they listen to the various topics that are brought up during the night, you can’t help but wonder what will be revealed next! And just when you think that you got all the women’s stories straight, the author throws in an unexpected twist of an ending that will leave you shaking your head and wondering what the hell just happened!

Absinthe Doesn’t Make The Heart Grow Fonder is an exhilarating roller coaster ride of a tale that could only be told when four women best friends get together for a girl’s night out!

Author Interview

Welcome to Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Holly!

Before we get to the interview, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me on your blog!!

A little about me – I live in chilly Toronto with my hubby and three kids. Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder is my third book; my previous novels areUnexpecting (formerly Baby! Baby? Baby?!) and Coming Home. I love all things related to Star Wars, superheroes and anything Joss Whedon is involved in, which makes me a bit of a geek, but my son thinks it’s cool! I also like to run, play in the dirt and enjoy a nice glass of wine while cooking dinner.

How long have you been a writer?

I’ve been a writer for as long I’ve been able to write, when I first started putting the stories I told myself in my head down on paper. But I’ve been an author since 2012, with my first book, Baby! Baby? Baby?!came out. ( I changed the title ofBaby! to Unexpecting last year)

Do you have a day job, or is being an author your career?

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with my kids, with the exception of a short part-time stint when I worked in a bookstore. FYI – best ever job for a writer/book lover!! But now that my kids are full time in school and pretty self-sufficient, I’ve been focusing on my writing career.

What inspired you to become a writer? Describe your journey as a writer.

I had a great English teacher in high school who played a big part in inspiring me to write and practice my skills. I should say something about how my family inspires me and they do, but the biggest inspiration comes from other writers. Maybe its envy or my competitive spirit, but when I read something that moves me – makes me laugh or cry or just sticks in my head – I get inspired. I want to do that too! It doesn’t have to be books – I’ve been inspired by television and movies. Joss Whedon is a huge inspiration for me. I love his dialogue and his characters. Every time I watch The Avengers, I’m inspired by him all over again.

A few years ago when idea of self-publishing had become popular, another writer asked if I wanted to leave all my unread work sitting there forever. I had been working with an agent but had broken off because we wanted different things for my book. So my journey as a writer was inspired by this other unnamed writer and began with my monumental, terrifying as poop decision to self-publish my novelBaby!. Even though I decided on a small press to publish my second bookComing Home. I went back to self-publishing for Absinthe because I like the control.

Please give a brief description/storyline about Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder.

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder takes place during one night. It’s Josie’s 40th birthday and her friends Lana, Meredith and Poppy are taking her out for a night on the town. The friendships have become strained over the years as each of the women have their own worries and concerns but after a few drinks, the four begin to reconnect. Drinking, dancing – it’s like it was back when they were young. And then the secrets start to come out, secrets that have already begun to crack their relationship. And then something bad happens.

What was the inspiration for this story?

I was inspired by my own 40th birthday, and wanting a night out like Josie and her friends have. Without the bad parts though!

How did it feel to have your first book published?

Having my first book published was an amazing feeling. The only time I’ve felt more pride was when my kids were born! I cried the first time I held it. And I had to stop myself from hugging my mailman when he delivered it!

Do you write books for a specific genre?

I set out to write women’s fiction but my writing style – easy, informal – is more chick lit. I write for women, although men have read and enjoyed it!

What genres are your favorite(s)? What are some of your favorite books that you have read and why?

I will read anything that interests me, from YA to NA romance, thrillers to historical fiction to fantasy. I can’t say what genre is my favourite because I love so many of them. Some of my favourite books are Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter series, Rivals by Jilly Cooper, V by A. C. Crispin. They’re all over the place – I guess I like variety!

Do you have a special spot/area where you like to do your writing?

My computer is set up in the living room, right by the window so I can distract myself by watching people walk by and checking out my garden. It’s so sunny in the afternoon but it gets a little cold in the winter!

How do you come up with the ideas that become the storyline for your books?

I really have no clue! Something will strike my imagination and it takes off running!Absinthe came about when a girlfriend mentioned going out for her birthday and the story just started coming together. I know the idea is something I have to explore when the characters start creating themselves!

When you write, do you adhere to a strict work schedule, or do you work whenever the inspiration strikes?

I’m not sure if I have a strict work schedule, but it does revolve around my kids. I work best when they aren’t around to distract me! I’m a morning person, so I like to get up early and get started before they are awake. I also need some time to plan out what I’d be working on during the day; what scene to start with, what will happen to the characters. I don’t like to plan out every aspects of my books because my characters tend to do what they want but I like to have a basic idea about what’s going to happen and when.

What aspects of storytelling do you like the best, and what aspects do you struggle with the most?

I love creating characters. It’s my favourite aspect of storytelling. And I like writing dialogue. What I struggle with is showing what’s going on in my character’s heads. I know what’s going on, and I forget not everyone knows the characters as well as I do!!

What are your favorite things to do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I like to spend time with my family. I love to read, and watch movies; I like to garden and I’m training for my first marathon so I like to run.

What is/was the best piece of writing advice that you have received?

Best piece of writing advice? I think everything in Stephen King’s On Writing! But what I keep repeating to myself is Show Don’t Tell.

What is the most gratifying thing you feel or get as a writer?

The most gratifying thing I get from writing is when someone talks to me about one of my books I’ve written. And not just a cursory ‘I liked it.’ The best feeling when someone talks to me about one of the characters, or a scene in the book and they’re excited about it. To be able to provoke an emotion in someone – whether I make them laugh, or have them love to hate a character – there’s nothing like it. I wish I could talk to more of my readers about what they thought about my stories.

How do you usually communicate with your readers/fans?

I love it when readers contact me via my website

Is there anything in your book based on real life experiences or are they purely all from your imagination?

Some of the places the girls visited in the book are based on real places in Toronto; drinking absinthe with friends also really happened! And the boys from the bar are based on two of my former co-workers!

What authors have been your inspiration or influenced you to become a writer?

Reading Judy Blume when I was younger gave me something to aspire to. My friends and I read all of her books and we’d talk about them. It’s not like I wanted to write YA or Middle Grade books, but I wanted to impact someone like Judy Blume did for me. As an adult, I’m inspired by Joss Whedon, who writes for television and movies.

What is your definition of success as a writer?

If I manage to touch one reader with the words I’ve written, that’s a success for me! For years I wrote without anyone ever reading my stories and for me to have people read my books – that’s pretty good for me!

Are you currently writing a new book? If yes, would you care to share a bit of it with us?

I’m currently working on two books. The first one is a chick-lit/thriller about a former secret agent called back to duty, but with no memory of her past life. It’s called The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd. The second one is a New Adult romance, which is a new genre for me. It’s about a girl grieving about a lost love and torn between her past and her future. I’m still working on the title for that one.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!!

Thank you Holly for visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews, and for sharing some things about yourself and your writing career!

Today’s Stop in the Blog Tour for Absinthe…

I’m moving along with my blog tour for Absinthe!  Today I’m featured on Living Life with Joy; check out the excerpt and the Q & A!  I had the most fun doing this!!!

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Blog Tour Interview | Holly Kerr

Today I’m excited to share an excerpt from Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder and a fun interview with the author, Holly Kerr. Thank you to CLP blog tours for letting me participate in the fun!

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder by Holly Kerr

Publication Date: February 17, 2015

absinthe doesn't make the heart grow fonderBook Blurb

What would you do for your friends?

What could be more fun than celebrating your fortieth with your three BFF’s?

Josie sets off with Lana, Poppy and Meredith for an evening celebrating her birthday with the best intentions. Dinner, dancing and a little drinking.

A little more drinking, in a few questionable locations. It’s good to catch up with the girls. But then…

Josie realizes her husband isn’t cheating on her, but Poppy won’t talk about the fact that her husband is. Lana won’t talk about her ex, Ted and Meredith is trying to hide something.

The secrets start to come out.

And then something bad happens.

Secrets can really ruin a friendship.

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Interview with Holly Kerr

Hi Holly, a huge, warm welcome to Living Life With Joy! Thank you so much for participating in this interview.

1. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?

Hi, Arielle!
Thanks  for having me on Living Life with Joy!  I’m Holly Kerr and I’m a writer.  I’ve just released my third novel, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder.  I live in Toronto where it’s very cold these days, with my three kids and my hubby.

2. Can you give us a brief overview of your latest novel and the inspiration behind it?

Absinthe is a chick-lit book with a dark side about four longtime friends out for an evening of celebrating.  As the night goes on, secrets begin to emerge that will affect their lives forever.  Then something bad happens.

I was inspired to write the book because I recently celebrated my 40th birthday, just like Josie in the book, but I didn’t get an evening out with my girlfriends.  So I came up with the idea of a group of women trying to revisit their youth and all the trouble they could get into!

3. What’s your favorite quality about your heroine?

There are four main characters but I would have to say Josie is the heroine.  She’s spunky and sassy; she’s a hockey mom desperate to reclaim the person she used to be, the woman her husband fell in love with. Josie’s family is her priority but her friends are her family too, and she would do anything for them.

4. How long did it take you to write Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder?What is your writing process like?

Writing the first draft of a novel doesn’t take that long for me.  I’m lucky to be a full-time writer, so when I’m working on a project I can plough through a first draft pretty quickly.  But it’s the   revisions and editing and cutting and read-throughs that take forever!  And then there’s always the part where I’m about half-way through and convince myself what I’m writing is garbage, so I need to take a little break and work on something else until the mood passes!  I’ll just say I was working on Absinthe for most of 2014

5. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

Of course!  I’m working on two books at the moment.  I have a chick-lit/thriller about a secret agent called back to work, but with no memory of her past life, called The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.  This is being critiqued now, and I have hopes it might be released by the summer.  I’m also on the second draft of a New Adult romance, which is a new genre for me, and something I’m very excited about.  It’s about a girl caught between a past love and her future.

6. If you were given an offer to turn Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder into a movie, who would you want to see playing the roles of the lead characters?

I love this question!!  I love casting my books.  For Absinthe, I would have:

Jennifer Garner as Josie Best; Sara Ramirez as Lana Hawke ; Kim Raver as Poppy Carter ; Gisele Bunchen as Meredith ; Christian Bale as Kent Carter ; Chris Pratt as Duncan Best

7. What would you be doing if you weren’t an author?

Last year, before my second book was published, I actually went back to work part-time in a bookstore.  If I wasn’t writing, that’s where I would be.  I’d want my own bookstore.

8. If you could marry a fictional character who would it be?

This one is tough!  I asked my kids and they suggested Han Solo and Iron Man – both good suggestions for me!  But I would have to say Jamie from the Outlander series.  He’s so dedicated and loyal and sexy and capable (which usually isn’t a turn-on but from him it is!!)  He’d need a little more of a sense of humour though, because I like to laugh!

9. What authors inspire you and what genres do you enjoy reading?

Colleen Hoover is inspiring me these days, and Stephen King.  Not that I want to write horror, but I’m constantly amazed by the depths of his imagination.  Also Joss Whedon, the writer/director who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Avengers.  I love him and everything thing he does.  Every time I watch one of his shows, my creativity is renewed because of the characters he creates and how he writes dialogue.

10. What kind of environment do you write in?

It needs to be bright – preferably sunny – and free of distractions like my kids!  But I need music; loud music if no one is home.  And it can’t be too comfortable!

11. Is there one book that stands out in your mind that you wish you’d written?

I don’t have a book that stands out in my mind, but I want Colleen Hoover’s career!  She began in self-publishing and then her career just took off.  I love everything I’ve ever read by her.  I want to be Colleen Hoover.  She’s the reason I want to write a NA romance; so if it’s horrible we can blame her!! J

12. If you could be plopped down into any book, which one would it be?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  I think it’s my favourite of the series.  It’s got everything – it’s got magic!  If I could take the place of any fictional character I’d want to be Hermione Granger!

13. What are the things you can’t live without in your kitchen?

This might sound like I’m a dangerous person, but I can’t live without my knives.  I love to cook and sharp things are important to my cooking abilities.  Also I love my wine rack, which needs to be stocked regularly!  I also need music of some sort.

14. What are the things you can’t live without in your wardrobe?

I’m a jeans and T-shirt type of girl – pretty boring.  But I love pretty shoes, and comfy warm sweaters.  Also my running pants.

15. What would we find if we looked in your handbag right now?

A big mess!  And it’s my big bag, so it’s a really big mess!  I’ve got a bunch of receipts, a tennis ball, a squash ball, 2 lego figurines, about 3 lipsticks, pens, loose change…I actually went to look!  I’ve also got a half-eaten bag of M &Ms from the movie I went to last week, my daughter’s wallet, clip-on sunglass case but no glasses and 2 little containers of dental floss.  ???  I have kids; it’s a communal bag!

16. Where is your favorite place in the world? 

On the beach at my cottage.  Listening to the waves, before there’s anyone around – perfect!

17. Do you have any pet peeves?

Rude and inconsiderate people that won’t move out of my way when I’m running.  And people that spit – those loud, gross horks!  Ugh!  Hate that!

18. A few of your favorites…

Favorite scent? Apples; I love apple scented candles and my favourite perfume is DKNY Delicious.  Apple crisp is my favourite desert!

Favorite color? Red or purple.  I like bright colours; I don’t wear a lot of black or neutrals

Favorite food? Mushroom risotto

Favorite word? I’m not sure I have a favorite word; I use the word ‘crap’ a lot, which isn’t good!  And awesome.  Let’s say awesome is my favourite word!

Favorite song? Calling You, by Blue October

Favorite book? Tough one!  Today I’ll say Rivals by Jilly Cooper.  I have a few favourites!

Favorite/dream vacation spot? Somewhere by the ocean.  I love the water and I recently discovered I love scuba diving so it would have to be warm so I could do that!  But it would have to be a kid-friendly place so I could bring my family.  If it was just me on vacation, I’d pick New York City.  Walking around the city by myself is a dream for me!

Favorite time period in history? That’s tough.  I read a lot of historical fiction and my favourite is the Tudor period so I would have to say around the 1400-1500 in England

Favorite article of clothing? My Birks and this bright orange hoodie I love.  And these little ankle booties I never get a chance to wear but I love.  I’m pretty casual!

Favorite drink of choice? I can’t pick!  Tea or Pepsi for non-alcoholic; dirty martini or wine for alcoholic.

Favorite celebrity crush? These days it’s a toss-up between Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pratt.  Depending on my mood!

19. Either or…

Dogs or cats? Dogs.  More social and I can walk them

Red wine or white? I love a nice pinot but I drink more white

Coffee or tea? Tea.  Can’t stand the taste of coffee although I love the smell

Summer or Winter? Summer.  I love water, and it’s too cold in the winter

Sleep in or get up early? I’m an early bird

Apple or PC? PC but I love my iPhone and iPad, so can I say both?

Thank you so much for participating in this interview, I’m delighted to have you on my blog and truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!

Thank you!  This was a lot of fun!!

Connect with the Author – Holly Kerr

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Author Bio:

Holly Kerr writes contemporary women’s fiction/chick-lit/romance and doesn’t particularly enjoy talking about herself in third person.

Her books include Coming Home, Unexpecting and Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids.  She doesn’t consider herself a typical chick-lit writer since loves everything about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Joss Whedon and has a thing for superheroes; however a story about falling for a superhero might be interesting for her to write. When she’s not writing, she likes to play in the dirt in her garden and enjoy a glass of wine while cooking, although she’s trying to cut back while she’s training for a marathon.

If you require more information about Holly and her books feel free to visit her website or follow her Blog. At times she discusses the craft of writing but usually she muses about her life and what’s she reading, writing or watching. Holly hopes you enjoy her books and she welcomes a chance to interact with her readers, but not in any creepy way. A simple comment “Hey, I really like/don’t like…” would be a lovely way to begin a conversation.

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder – Book Excerpt

“Enough kissing – let’s dance!” Poppy cried. She picked up her glass and headed to the dance floor. Depeche Mode had replaced Kenny Loggins.

We followed her.

I hadn’t danced in years.  I danced, but only alone in my kitchen when the spirit moved me, or with the boys when they were younger, or at the few dentist conventions I had attended with Duncan.  But it had been a long, long time since I’d been on a crowded dance floor, drink in hand, with my girls by my side.

And so I danced. I danced like I wasn’t forty, and a mother of three. I forgot about trying to conceal my muffin top and wondering if my ass really looked good in my jeans. I danced like the Facebook statuses say you should – like no one was watching.

I wasn’t sure how long we stayed on the dance floor. Meredith and Lana both left and returned with fresh drinks for us, but Poppy stayed by my side, with a huge smile on her face, looking beautiful again, without the worry furrow between her brows. She looked young and carefree, like the worries of the world weren’t pressing down on her narrow shoulders. She danced like no one was watching, even though everyone was. For once she didn’t care.

And I didn’t either. I was having a great time.

I suspected the drinks had something to do with it.

“Ellie would have loved this,” Poppy said suddenly.

“She would have,” I said, feeling the surge of bittersweet memories that always came when the four of us were together. Because for two and a half glorious years, there were five of us. “She would have liked more men,” I decided with a laugh.

Meredith joined my laughter. “She definitely knew what team she was on and stuck with it!”

“I miss her,” Poppy said sadly.

“We all do,” Lana said firmly. “But the last thing she would have wanted was for us to be moping over her in the middle of a dance floor. She’d want us to have fun, and pick up all sorts of boys. Right?”

“Or girls,” I said, raising my glass.

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