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!!

 

What a wonderful way to wake up!! Review for Baby!

Review for Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Baby! Baby? Baby?!

Checking my email early this morning, I found a note from Elizabeth from mylittlebookblog telling me her review of Baby! Baby? Baby!? was up on her blog.  I liked it so much I had to post it here!!

Hope you enjoy this lovely little reviews I’ve knocked up (oh the puns) hope you enjoy!

This book is honestly wonderful; I cannot quite describe how much I enjoyed it and how excited I am to read it again. Although being only 21 the subject of this book is something that me and my friends discuss quite regularly, oddly enough, and I am sure other women do too; the ticking biological clock. I’m not sure whether it affects all women but for me (as my mother with tell you) it’s something I frequently think about and worry about despite still being relatively young. Undeniably, in my past reading history, romance novels have touched on the subject a number of times, but I don’t think I have read a book that focuses wholly on it from almost the first sentence. It surprisingly made for a thoroughly enjoyable and humorous read and I think that there are a lot of readers that would really enjoy it!

The book ultimately follows Casey, a thirty-five year old teacher who has always wanted a baby of her own. With a life behind her devoted to teaching, caring for and clearing up after little ones, she is desperate for a little darling of her own. Slight problem’ Casey can’t seem to find the right man, and after the break-down of her first long-term relationship with David, after a travelling trip in Europe with her friend Brit, Casey is starting to lose hope. With her biological clock ticking loud and clear, something has got to give and after another devastatingly bad date, Casey starts to investigate paths of her own to become a single parent; although not before spending the night with her hunky room-mate J.B. Low and behold, a number of days later Casey bumps into her ex-lover and the two enjoy a dinner out together; has her bad luck come full circle, or with fate have her own hand to play in this delightful story, you’ll have to read to find out.

I absolutely adored this book, firstly because the characters are so wonderful. Although the story revolves mainly around the characters introduced above, the story introduces a number of other characters. There is Brit, Casey’s maddeningly self-obsessed friend who will let nobody ruin her wedding, contrasted with Morgan the sweet but ruthlessly devoted lady who together make-up Casey’s best-friends. The syrupy sweet Cooper who is loveable and charming, matched with the equally delightful and adorable Emma who are also Casey’s roommates, and then Casey’s sister and mother Libby and Terri (with an I) who are chalk and cheese, constantly rubbing each other up the wrong way. Although it seems like a lot of characters for the plot to deal with each of them is individually built up so you have a real understanding of their traits individually. Most of my enjoyment of a book revolves more around learning about the characters and a strong understanding of each of the different stories is pivotal to this.

The plot moves with pace and the writing style is smoothly written which is really needed. At times the plot does become a little haphazard because so much is going on, but because the pace moves with speed it really just moves you along with it. I normally would find concluding a book was unbelievable a problem but here because of the strong characters and the pace it works and instead just makes the whole thing a little more wonderful. I liked the way the author places the four, (Casey, J.B, Cooper and Emma) in the same house living together, it allowed for many intimate moments between the characters and allowed each of them to shine in their own special way. I wish I could have seen more into Cooper and Emma’s relationship because I would love to have both of them as my friends but this is a small personal complaint. I want to take a second to really compliment the author on her ability to weave and mix characters stories so well, I thought that it was going to become muddled but it was all handled and planned out very well.

I really enjoyed the little snippets from Casey’s old fashioned pregnancy book; contrasting the current events with the beliefs of the time of this olde-worlde book just showed how times have changed and the irony of the comments made me giggle and was a lovely little addition to the story as a whole. The book manages the difference between dialogue and description very well, there is never too much or too little of the other and writing it all from one perspective means the book stays coherent and there is no room for mistake as to who it talking which is always a bonus for me.

Two minor issues, I haven’t given away too much above because if I say one thing it will all come spilling out but I thought the plot-line with David could have been explained a little more because it’s quite quickly done despite the length of the book (trying not to give too much away!) I also thought the mother-daughter war that was waging throughout the book could have been looked into more because it felt more prevalent than it was given due. Overall I thought this book was sparky and interesting with a great subject matter, it moved with pace and with a serious understanding and attention to character detail which I loved. A little more attention to certain plot-lines and little less heavy handedness in terms of making the events believable but overall I seriously enjoyed this book!

Thanks Elizabeth at mylittlebookblog!!  So glad you liked it!!  xo

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 And you don’t have to be a blogger to do it!  If you’ve read Baby! Baby? Baby?! (Unexpecting) or Coming Home, I would LOVELOVELOVE if you would write a review and post it on Amazon and/or Goodreads for me!  Reviews help readers find books, which lets me sell more, which allows me to keep writing!

 

 

Back from my Blog Tour

I had an amazing time on my blog tour promoting my book Coming Home!  Thanks a wholeComing-Home-banner-2 (1) bunch to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book!  She did an awesome job organizing my tour, keeping everything on track and generally giving me hold-my-hand support when necessary.

And to finish it all up, Jersey Girl Book Reviews let me visit and gave Coming Home a great review!  It was a good month!!!

Book Review: 

So whoever said coming home can’t be a blessing in disguise?

In Coming Home, author Holly Kerr weaves an enjoyable story that follows the family drama and trials and tribulations of five sisters, and how after a tragedy strikes, it brings them back together.

Set in the Canadian small town of Hill n’ Valley, the reader is easily drawn into the story that is mainly surrounded around the family dynamics of three of the sisters: Brenna, Maggie, and Cat. Their family has had a difficult time with the death of their mother and disappearance of their father, and when you add in the tension, drama, strong personalities and sisterly squabbles, it’s not always easy to maintain a strong family bond. But when tragedy strikes and their dad comes back home, it’s time for the sisters to resolve their issues and get back to being a family.

Coming Home is an engaging story that has a realistic feel for life in a small town and the real life issues that occurs within a family. There is a nice mixture of drama and humor interwoven within the story, it is easy to follow along as the sisters work out the issues that has permeated through their family dynamic for a long time. No family is perfect, but when times of trouble and tragedy come along, it is heartwarming to see how the issues and personalities can be put aside and bring a family back together again, strengthening their family bond.

Coming Home is an enjoyable women’s fiction novel about sisterly relationships that will give you a warm fuzzy feeling and will leave a smile on your face.


RATING: 4 STARS 

                                     

Coming Home by Holly Kerr (Author Guest Post)

Author Guest Post

 

12 Favourite Books To Have With You 

When Planning On Being Stranded On A Deserted Island

A few weeks ago I saw a picture of an author’s 10 favourite books – she had taken a photograph of them and then an artist had painted a watercolour of it. It was beautiful, and I would LOVE for someone to do that for me! (Hint hint, painting friends!)

But then I got thinking – what ARE my favourite books?

It’s impossible to pick just one. That’s like asking a mother to pick their favourite child! Ten seemed more doable, but still tough…

So I asked myself this question – if I knew I was going to be stranded on a deserted island, what books would I take with me?

(I’m not sure if you noticed, but there are 12, not 10 books in my pic!)

All these books are well-read and well-loved. I’m the type who rereads books and some of these books do look a little worse for wear! If I do get a painting out of it, I hope the artist can make them look a little less read!

Here’s my list of 12 favourite reads and reasons why:

In no particular order …

Michael Grant – Gone

I know in the picture it’s called Hunger, but that’s because I let a friend borrow Gone and she hasn’t given it back yet.

This is my latest addition to my top list. I found it last summer at a toystore while we were at the cottage, and it took me a day to read it, in between looking after kids and packing up for home! I seriously couldn’t put the book down, and on the 3 hour drive home, I stopped in the first Indigo I could find and bought the next 2 books in the series!

It’s a YA book about a town where everyone older 15 just disappears one day, and the kids that are left must fend for themselves and deal with their newly discovered powers. There’s also a sinister evil apparition that is hell-bent on acquiring these powers.

It was the tag-line that sold me – If Stephen King had wrote Lord of the Flies. ‘Nuff said.

A.C. Crispin – V

They made a miniseries out of this in the 1980s, about the lizard aliens who invade Earth to steal our water, hiding behind human faces. Remember the scene of the lizard baby being born? Or the alien commander eating a guinea pig?

This was the first sci-fi book I ever read when I was a teenager and it still has a big place in my heart. So does Mike Donovan – the anti-hero hero of the book!

Emily Giffin – Something Borrowed

Even though I wrote a chick-lit book, (Baby! Baby? Baby?!), I was finding so much of the genre focused on characters that were really annoying and self-serving and selfish and…it’s difficult for me to read a book when I am constantly irritated by the main character. So I stopped reading chick-lit for a while. And then I picked up this book at an airport and it restored my faith in the chick-lit genre!

Rachel sleeps with her best friend’s fiancé and it turns out to be a good thing.

J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The only deliberation I had was whether to include this one or number 4 –Goblet of Fire. I told myself only to pick one Harry Potter book. If I was planning on being stranded on a deserted island, I would do my best to sneak the entire series into my bag!

Jilly Cooper – Rivals

Jilly Cooper is a British writer whose books are ‘gripping yarns’, set in glamorous settings and are chock full of adultery, infidelity and general betrayals. My favourite of her books are the Rutshire Chronicles, featuring the devastating Rupert Campbell – Black. Rivals is my top pick of Cooper’s books but any one of them are the ultimate beach read.

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I don’t feel I need to explain. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must! Plus, Mr. Bennett reminds me so much of my father-in-law!

Stephen King – The Stand

This is more thriller than horror and one of Stephen’s King’s best. A plague has decimated the human population and small groups of survivors make their way to Colorado where there is an epic fight between good and evil. Classic.

George R.R. Martin – Game of Thrones

If you’ve seen the show you’ll understand why I picked this one. It’s fantasy with dragons and gods and the three best characters are a little girl, a witty dwarf and a Kingslayer who is involved in an incestuous relationship. And the main character is killed off before the end of the book. If it’s not for you, than I won’t bother trying to persuade you to try, but it’s good!

Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games

The first one is the series is the best

Michael Critchon – Timeline

Time-travel, quantum physics and thirteen century France. The movie was pretty sad, but the book is really cool

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

I first read this in high school and it’s been a favourite ever since. It was my first time reading about dystopian society and my first time focusing in the status of women in literature; two things that remain an interest of mine to this day

Katherine Neville – The Eight

It’s a mixture of historical fiction, medieval mystery and modern romance. It’s hard to explain, but definitely a cool read.

So there are my 12 favourite books. What about you?

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

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

BUY THE BOOK: Coming Home

Book Description:

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…