Going back to Coming Home

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.

The History

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. 

And now…

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! 🙂

 

Tell me what you think of me – Reviews!!!

happy catI am one happy cat this morning!!!

I got reviews! And I’m putting them here for everyone to see because I can!!

It might be sad how happy and excited getting a review makes me. I know authors aren’t supposed to read them, but come on!!  Who can resist??

Here’s what I got today for Absinthe!!!

from Two Children and a Migraine

This was such a great fun read.  Although I have to admit I have been missing out on some girls night out lately, I am thankful that I have not ran into the drama that these ladies went through.  Without a doubt this is a great reminder of what can happen when some cocktails are included.  Sometimes it may be good, but more often then not that is not the case!  Those it is a great reminder that secrets will always come out so it is really better not to keep them.

and from Chick Lit Plus

Well. All righty then. This book was…wow. Where to start? This is all positive thinking, by the way! This story was juicy, unpredictable and the ending literally caught me with my mouth hanging open. Though it started just a little slow for me and I wondered if I could get a hang of the narration since all four friends get their chance at the POV, I quickly caught on to each women and was hooked. I really don’t want to say much and give anything away, because I truly was blindsided by the ending. It was, for lack of better words, awesome! Please, go get your copy!

4.5 stars

Plus I got one for Coming Home!

This one is a tough one to write up. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. However, there was a feeling of “fractured” characters. In one moment they are normal and reasonable and the next moment they are off the wall, unbelievable caricatures.
Brenna, one of five sisters, comes home after being gone for 14 years. Her return is instigated by her husband’s betrayal. With nowhere to go, she goes home, even though she has never felt like she has belonged at home and even though she is not sure how her sisters will receive her. Things seem to go fine for the first hours she is home but then, little by little, things go wrong and she finds herself kicked out of one sister’s house and into the house of the sister she has never gotten along with.
Emotions, memories, hurt feelings, all come into play with each of the sisters and their interactions.
Like I said before, the plot was a good one. I did enjoy that. I found myself laughing at some of the sisterly interactions (I am one of four sisters myself so some of these things struck a note with me). However, I would be remiss if I did not also let prospective readers know that there are four very explicit sex scenes. No, I’m not a prude. I just think a reader should know going into a book that this might be a component. I know these particular scenes would keep me from recommending the book to quite a few people to whom I normally recommend books. If you are into reading explicit, raunchy sex scenes, then you won’t mind. But if you’re not into that, I would stay away. Sometimes less is more.
Someone mentioned numerous grammatical errors and typos. I actually didn’t find that many. There are some and I’m sure one more read through by the right person would have found them. They are there and I did notice them but they were not as distracting in this work as in others.

So here’s my plea: reviews are SO important for indie authors. It’s difficult enough to get your book noticed in the sea of amazing authors, and when you finally do, having (positive) reviews on Amazon and Goodreads is so important in helping a reader decide to take a chance on your book. So I’m asking nicely – if you have read one of my books, please please please take the time to write a review for me.  And those who have, and do, THANK YOU.

I even found this if you’re unsure how to go about it

 Customer Review Creation Guidelines

To create a Customer Review, you must have used your account to purchase any item or service on Amazon (free digital content doesn’t qualify toward this requirement).

Tips on creating a great review

  • Include the “why”: The best reviews include not only whether you liked or disliked a product, but also why. Feel free to make comparisons with related products or services you’ve experienced.
  • Be specific: Your review should be relevant to the product or service you’re reviewing and focus on specific features or your experience. For video and image reviews, we recommend that you write a brief introduction.
  • Not too short, not too long: Written reviews should be at least 20 words and are limited to 5,000 words. The ideal length is 75 to 500 words. Video reviews have a 10-minute limit, but we recommend 2 to 5 minutes to keep your audience engaged.
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Thanks to all!!!

Holly xo

 

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe Doesn't Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe is available NOW!  Buy yours now and get a free ebook!!!

I’m very, very excited!!  Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder is available NOW in print from Amazon.  Right now!  Before the Feb 17 release date!!

You can buy it NOW!  Right NOW!  Go ahead – click right HERE!

And if you do – if you click right now and buy your copy of Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder and then send me proof that you did – I’ll send you an ebook copy of either Unexpecting or Coming Home!  Today Only!  As a special pre-Valentine Day treat!

Sound good?

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

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

Sometimes things don't go according to plan

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four friends head out for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing…more drinking…

Secrets come out

And something bad happens

Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder – available in print now

Pre-order your ecopy now!!

 

Monday Musings – Wanting Control

 monday-musings

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should be Reading that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! Go ahead–it’s fun!

My Monday Musings haven’t always been on the subject of books.  A lot of time they are; what I’m reading as well as what I’m writing.  I might not follow the guidelines for it, but I like having my own forum to talk about writing and reading.  So here’s this week’s ramble.

Wanting Control for Your Fate as a Writer

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

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

I’ve written quite a few posts about self-publishing.  I first published my novel Baby! Baby? Baby?! using a Do-It-Yourself publishing company.  I was idealistic and naive; they were a big company looking for profits.  Never a good fit.  I was lucky enough to have my second Book, Coming Home picked up by Etopia Press, a small independent press focusing on ebooks.  Because of my unhappiness with the DIY company, I’ve re-released Baby! with a new cover and title (Unexpecting)to take control of the book and so far I think it’s a good decision.

Self-publishing is all about control.

To fully understand where I’m coming from in theMaking Friends debate whether to self-pub or not, I have to confess to having an alter-ego: my day job is writing erotic romance novels under the name Anna Ellis.  I have self-published 10 books already and will have 2 more ready by the time this blog is posted.

Holly Kerr can call herself an indie author but Anna Ellis really knows what’s the self-publishing world is about.

And because of this, I’m debating what to do about my next book, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder.

It is incredibly difficult to get noticed by agents and published.  Yes, it can happen, and does, but the slog to get there is tough and full of rejections.  The feelings of pride and validation when you do get picked up is worth it however.  There’s nothing like it.  But signing away your book to a publisher means giving up your control, and that control can be a heady thing.

bio JossI recently read the biography of Joss Whedon (which I talked about last WWW Wednesday).  Some might be aware that because of his creation of the Buffy universe and numerous other television shows, I revere this man as a god.  He’s it for me.  If I was answering one of those if you could have 5 people living or dead sitting at your table questions, he’d be #1 on me list.

Note to self: that might be an interesting blog post!!

In his biography, Joss Whedon was discussing his decision to think outside the box during the Writer’s strike of 2008? and produce his own webshow – Dr. Horrible’s Sing- Along.  (It’s pretty cool, but I won’t go into it now)  He said a comment that hit home with me.  It’s a long quote and he’s talking about the studio system in Hollywood but the remark “…there is a difference when you can just go ahead and do something.”

That’s what it’s like in self-publishing.  If I want to write a book and publish it, I can.

Of course, I have to make damn sure it’s a good book, properly edited and formatted with a good cover!  And here lies the problem with many books that are self-published –  a lot of writers don’t do that.

But let’s not consider them right now – the few out there that give the rest of us a bad name.  Let’s assume everyone who decides to self-publish is able to produce a professional- quality book with the writing skills to back it up.  The control to be able to do that it is amazing.

You – the author – is solely responsible for the cover, the final edit (after getting it professionally edited, of course), the formatting, the release date, the prices…everything. And it feels really good to do it yourself.

At least for me it does.  So there’s my dilemma – do I want the validation of being published by a traditional publishing company or an indie press or the control of doing it myself?

Stay tuned to find out what I decide to do and if you have an opinion, please let me know!!!

Blog tour Stop for Coming Home- Interview with Booklover Sue

Only 2 more days to go on my blog tour!  Where did this month go?

For today’s stops, Coming Home is featured on Cheryl’s Book Nook  and I’m interviewed for Booklover Sue

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

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

Coming Home
Author: Holly Kerr
Publisher: Etopia Press
Pages: 495
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Kindle

Purchase at AMAZON

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, but she’s made a life for herself inVancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.

Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.

But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…

Let’s learn a little about Holly Kerr:

What is your writing environment?

I prefer to work in the mornings, and when no one is around.  I have a desk set up in the corner of my living room, right by the window which is often a distraction!  I need a drink beside me, usually tea or Pepsi!

han and leiaWho is your perfect hero/heroine and why?

I’ll do hero, but I can’t think of just one.  He would be flawed, a reluctant hero and a bit of a smartass.sawyer

Like Han Solo, or Sawyer from Lost, or Rupert Campbell- Black, from Jilly Cooper’s books.  Strong and tough with a soft spot.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Jump out of a plane. Preferably with a parachute and strapped to someone who knows how to use it

Get a tattoo

Get certified for scuba diving and see some really cool stuff under water

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

I like the idea of big families, probably because I don’t come from one.  I have tons of aunts and uncles and cousins, but only one sister, and we never got along. So it was easy to write the disagreements and resentment between Brenna and Kat.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

The fight scene between Kat and Brenna!  The one where they get physical.  It was so much fun to write!

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to spend time with my kids; I like to go to movies, read, work in my garden and run.

What would you consider a perfect date?

A date?  I haven’t dated in so long!  It would have to involve food, because I love to cook and am a bit of a foodie.  And I would have to laugh a lot.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?

Argh!  It’s hard to tell what people would think is interesting!  Okay – so I was obsessed with Beverly Hills 90210 in the 90s and really wanted to be Kelly Taylor.  Read my blog – you’ll see!http://hollykerr.ca/monday-musings-want-kelly-taylor/

 When did you know you wanted to be a writer

As soon as I could print the alphabet.  I had all these stories in my head and they needed to come out.

What is your writing process?

I need to plan things out in my head, imagine the scene and then write it.  I guess that makes me a planner, doesn’t it?  It’s hard for me to sit down and come up with something off the top of my head.  I’m more easily distracted if I do it that way!

If you could be anything BUT a writer, what would you be?

That’s tough, because I don’t want to be anything but!  I was pretty happy working at the bookstore. And I guess I’d like to do something in landscaping.

What are some of your all time favorite books?

Pride and Prejudice.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  Jilly Coopers’ Rivals.  A.C. Crispin’s V.

There’s really no connection between them!

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

I am working on a book called, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder and it asks the question, how far would you go for a friend.  I’m hoping for it to be out this fall.

 

Coming Home – A Tale of Two Sisters

Only three days left on the blog tour!  Today I stop by Lori’s Reading Corner for to talk about my sister!

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!

comingFile Size: 568 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Etopia Press (February 5, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
ASIN: B00IA7AAN2
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Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.

Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.

Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.

But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the three sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…

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hollyAsk any writer and they’ll tell you they have always wrote and Holly Kerr is no exception. She’s written stories about bunniesdodging cars and sisters dying, distracting the cute boy in class and dark plots to kill your best friend’s husband.  Coming Home is her latest novel, a story about sisters who can’t get along and living in a small town, two things she knows more than a little about!  A self-professed geek, she loves anything to do with Star Wars, super heroes, Joss Whedon and Harry Potter. She also enjoys running, playing in the dirt and sharing a glass of wine with friends.

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Exceprt ~ 

One little decision changed my life.

The choice I made to follow my husband into the supply closet at work was it for me.

I was in the middle of finalizing the paperwork of a 2.5 billion dollar acquisition for one of my most problematic clients when my sister Cayleigh called. I almost didn’t take the call. I loved my sister dearly but talking to her on the phone meant a certain guilt trip about why I couldn’t find the time to come home for a visit. I much preferred our weekly email communications. Yes, it’d been fourteen years since I’d left home at eighteen and no, I hadn’t managed to come home even once since then. At first it was because I couldn’t afford the ticket to fly home halfway across the country and then it was because of being swamped with school and then work and then…

Instead of trying to justify it to myself, I picked up the phone with a last longing look at the neat file on my desk. I’d been surviving on pure adrenaline for the past three days trying to get the deal done and to everyone’s amazement, but mine, I had done it. I had found the one little loophole that had changed everything and put the power back in my client’s hands. Complicated yes, tedious to some, but I loved my work. It left me no time or inclination for a social life and my hours spent at work both in the office and at home aggravated my husband Toby to no end, but I loved it.

At least I told myself I loved it.

I was listening to Cayleigh tell me some story when my assistant Krystal poked her head into my office to drop another file on my desk with a big smile. There were two yellow post-it notes: “Call them ASAP” with a happy face and “I’m leaving in 10 mins”, with an even bigger happy face. It was already five thirty on a Monday and I wasn’t getting out of here anytime soon. I was going to have to cancel yet another dinner with Toby. We both worked for Davis and Daniels, Attorneys at Law, so it was possible he was as swamped as I was.

Doubtful. My hours at the firm were so long these days that Toby had given up driving me home from work, forcing me to take the bus if I worked late because I didn’t have my own car. I should have really found time to buy a car.

“Are you coming home for Addison’s wedding?” Cayleigh asked, over the phone. I pulled myself back to the reason Cayleigh had called. “Maggie said you haven’t sent your RSVP back.” Addison was the oldest daughter of my oldest sister Maggie and I didn’t remember being told she was engaged let alone being invited to the wedding. I definitely had no clue who she was marrying. I rummaged through my inbox as Cayleigh tried to guilt me into going home for the wedding. I had two inboxes on my desk—one for personal matters and one for work. The contents of the work one were spread over my desk in an orderly manner while the personal one was overflowing and neglected. I spent the majority of my time in my office so I had begun to get my mail forwarded there about a year ago.

“Oh, Cay…work is just so crazy and—” There was the invitation; still unopened in the middle of the pile with my name written in sparkly green ink, along with acredit card bill and an invitation to join the newest fitness center in the area. “It’s been really bad—really busy,” I corrected. “I’m doing this deal and no one thought it was going to come together but I managed it and—”

“You’re always busy. You work over Christmas and you never take vacations. Look at how late it is and you’re still there. It’s been years since you’ve been home, Brenna, and if it wasn’t for your Facebook page, which you never update anyway, I wouldn’t remember what you look like. Come home.” I was readying my arguments but Cayleigh didn’t give me the chance. “Addison’s wedding is in two weeks. Maggie needs you to be there. It’s her daughter. It’s Maggie.”

Blog Tour Guest Post – Turning Friends into Characters

Latest stop on my blog tour was My Life.  One Story at a Time where I talk about turning friends into characters for your book!

Turning Friends into Characters

I recently read a quote by J.K. Rowling that said there was a part of her in the characters of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

That makes sense.

I constantly use my own idiosyncrasies and habits in creating  my protagonists, antagonists, secondary characters…the write-what-you-know rule has always been drummed in me and who do you know better than yourself?

Writers observe; they take in as much as they can – sight, sounds, smells, etc – and use those observations to create.  The homeless man on the corner can spark something, as can the way your mother used to yell at you to pick up your dirty clothes.

What about using friends as the basis of your characters though?

Imagine your best friend wrote a book and your heart is bursting with pride.  As you’re racing through the pages, trying to finish as quickly as you can to be able to write a glowing review for her, you come across a character…that sounds a lot like you.

She never mentioned you were in her book.

Not everyone would want themselves portrayed in print.  Sure if, it’s a glowingly positive image of you, you might be flattered.  But what if it’s not?

Hopefully, if she’s that good of a friend, she won’t mention to all about how you once got so sick from tequila that you threw up and then spent long minutes investigating the inner workings of the toilet? Or about how you got a speeding ticket and embarrassed yourself trying to get out it.  Or about how you accidently let a fart escape as you laughed during a presentation.  What if you were reading along and found your worst memory embedded in the pages of her book?

Advice for the author:  Don’t make it obvious that you’re using a friend as the basis of a character.  Be subtle; don’t take everything about them!  And if you do make it obvious, tell your friend.  For my new book, I came right out and told the boys from the store they were going in as characters and they loved the idea.  Some people will love the thought of being in a book.  Some people won’t.  Always be respectful.

For me, it’s more fun to use friends as characters when it’s not obvious.  When the friend doesn’t even know you’re borrowing quirks and traits.  I have a character in my first book, Baby! Baby? Baby?!  that is based on a friend of mine, and she’s never once realized this!  It’s my little secret.

For the reader: be flattered if you’re included in a book.  Realize that you made enough of an impact in someone’s life for them to immortalize you.  They have observed something about you – hopefully not too embarrassing – that has helped them create.  You are an inspiration. You are a muse.  You are important to them.

Plus, sometimes situations or eccentricities are too memorable NOT to be used. My friend who counted all the holes in the toilet after she threw up?  That scene is so going in my next book!  Sorry, Cheryl!

Purchase COMING HOME on Amazon in these formats:

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 Coming Home

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

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

Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.

Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.

But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the three sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…

Holly KerrHolly Kerr:  Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have always wrote and Holly Kerr is no exception. She’s written stories about bunnies dodging cars and sisters dying, distracting the cute boy in class and dark plots to kill your best friend’s husband.  Coming Home is her latest novel, a story about sisters who can’t get along and living in a small town, two things she knows more than a little about!  A self-professed geek, she loves anything to do with Star Wars, super heroes, Joss Whedon and Harry Potter. She also enjoys running, playing in the dirt and sharing a glass of wine with friends.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Coming Home.

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Character Interview with The Literary Nook

character interviewToday on the blog tour I stop  off at The Literary Nook for an interview.  Or at least Brenna from Coming Home is interviewed!!!

We’re thrilled to have here today, Brenna Ebans from Holly Kerr’s Women’s fiction, Coming Home.  Brenna  is coming to us all the way from Northern Ontario, in Canada.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at The Literary Nook!Thank you so for this interview, Brenna.
Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think my sister Kat has always had the wrong impression of me.  She seems to think I live some sort of perfect life.  I don’t.  I’m not perfect.  She’s the one that has always had it so easy, being the youngest. You shouldn’t believe everything she says about me.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Our father left when I was three; Mom died when I was thirteen and I’ve been on my own since I was seventeen.  I think that made me strong and independent.  I don’t have to rely on anyone else to take care of me, although Maggie really helped growing up.  She was more of a mother to me than Mom ever was.Worst trait?(Pause)  Apparently, I am emotionally detached and focus too much on work.  At least that’s some of what Toby said when we talked about why he cheated on me, after I found him in the supply closet at work with my assistant.Do you have a love interest in the book?

(Another pause) I know Toby wasn’t my soul mate when I married him.  I think Seamus always has been, but now that Kat (my sister) is with him…Even though she stole him from me when I was fifteen, she definitely deserves to have me do the same thing!  But I don’t think I could take him away from her.  I mean, she’s Kat.  What man would prefer me over her?

Joss Ryan is kind of interesting.  He’s not my type at all but…he seems to understand me.  And I like the bald head.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I thought I had it all together until I found Toby with Krystal.  It wasn’t the perfect marriage, but I thought I was happy.  And work was going great.  And then I found them…I mean, she was giving him a – I won’t go into details, but it’s not a nice thing to see!  And then I kind of lost my temper and did some stuff and said some stuff.  I kicked Krystal’s purse across the office.  That felt good.  But the other stuff?  I trashed Toby’s office.  After that, I started to get worried.  I lost my job, my marriage and I had nowhere to go except back home.  I’m glad I had Cayleigh and Maggie – I do love my sisters.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Even though I love her and she’s really one of my favourite people in the whole world, I would NOT want to trade places with Maggie.  She’s amazing, but she’s got 5 girls!  I’m not one for kids.  It was the one thing Toby and I agreed on, not that we ever really discussed it.  But Maggie got pregnant when she was seventeen and Mike’s great, but that’s a lot on your plate, especially when she practically raised Kat and I because Mom was just…even before she died, Mom was never there.  She had these moods where she’d hide in her room and not give a damn about any of us and Maggie would take over because she’s 10 years older than I am.

Maggie’s had to take on a lot of responsibilities and even know, with the wedding and Brianna going away to school, I can tell she’s got going on.  But she never complains. I’ve never heard her complain.  I love being part of Maggie’s life, but I wouldn’t want it.  I could never take care of others a fraction as well as Maggie does.  My heart isn’t big enough.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Kat and I working together?  Without a fistfight?  Amazing.  I can’t believe it worked out that way.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

Put more of  Cayleigh in it.  If she’s going to write about me, she has to have my sisters in it, so there needs more of Cayleigh.  Besides, I want to know what’s going on with her and Erica!

Thank you for this interview.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

This was so much fun!  And it’s been a while since I’ve had fun.

I’m not sure if you’ll see me.  I think I might hide out for a while…see what happens with Joss.

About the Book:
Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, but she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.
Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.
But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…
About the Author:
Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have always wrote and Holly Kerr is no exception. She’s written stories about bunnies dodging cars and sisters dying, distracting the cute boy in class and dark plots to kill your best friend’s husband.  Coming Home is her latest novel, a story about sisters who can’t get along and living in a small town, two things she knows more than a little about!  A self-professed geek, she loves anything to do with Star Wars, super heroes, Joss Whedon and Harry Potter. She also enjoys running, playing in the dirt and sharing a glass of wine with friends.
Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Coming Home.
She’d love you to visit her website at http://hollykerr.ca/.

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Monday Musings – Two books to talk about…

monday-musings

 

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I’m going to use my Monday Musings post to indulge in the last point – ‘ramble on about something else pertaining to books’.  Today I felt like I need to make mention of 2 books that are very close to my heart and I hardly ever talk about.

Baby! Baby? Baby!?

Coming Home

My own books.

I’m doing this because I am not one of those authors who pepper their conversation with remarks about the books they have written.  In fact there are lots of people I know who don’t realize I’m a published author.   I can’t bring myself to jump on the buymybookbuymybookbuymybook bandwagon if there is such a thing.  So if you bear with me this Monday morning, I’m going to use my Monday Musings to talk about a couple of novels that I’d really love if you took a look at.

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

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

Coming Home

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

Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.

Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.

But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the three sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…

Available as an ebook from Etopia PressAmazonKobo, and Barnes and Noble and everywhere

 I’ve just started a blog tour for Coming Home with Pump Up Your Book

Coming Home is my latest but I still can’t forget about my first love!

Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Thirty-five year old kindergarten teacher Casey Samms has always dreamed about having her own baby.  With her copy of A Young Woman’s Guide to the Joy of Impending Motherhood on her bedside table, Casey has been steadily wading through the pool of eligible bachelors for years – with absolutely no luck.  Now as she bids farewell to a cheating boyfriend and to dating in general, Casey just needs to figure out how to get pregnant without having a man in her life.

Casey immediately discounts her male friends as potential fathers and decides to pursue having a baby the artificial way, even though her sister and friends do their best to try to talk her out of it.  But Casey is determined to see her dream come to fruition and begins looking at every male as a potential donor.  Just when she is beginning to give the word desperate an entirely new meaning, an old ex-boyfriend, David Mason, saunters back into her life.  All Casey has to do now is try to convince him that he is the one who can help her become a mother.

As Casey prepares to realize her lifelong dream, she is about to get the surprise of her life – a surprise that changes everything.

Available everywhere

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Thanks for listening to me muse!!!