Dear Kristan

Dear Kristan Higgins,

I wanted to write to you because all I’ve read is criticism about your unreleased book Good Luck with That. I’ve read a number of your books, I follow you on Twitter and I read your blog, so to say I’m a fan should be noted. I’ve found your books to be sensitive, I have found your Twitter account to be unapologetically political, and I’ve found your blog to be authentic.

So, I was surprised at the backlash of the synopsis of Good Luck with That. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. It clearly struck a cord, though, because there was an outcry by a number of people including authors I respect and read. But it seemed to me, as someone looking from the outside in, that the complaints had little to do with your story and much more to do with our culture.

I agree with the cultural criticism and I have a feeling you do too. The world judges us by our appearance. It is a sad, sad fact. And I know of no woman, “fat” or “thin,” who has not felt ugly, imperfect, or inadequate at some point. The thing about our culture is no matter how much I may want to reject those impossible standards of beauty, I still have that critical voice I’ve been socialized to have inside of me saying I’m not skinny enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’m not sexy enough, I’m not enough.

Your book is exactly about that feeling and I applaud you for putting yourself in the crosshairs, because reading someone else’s negative self-talk is not fun. It produces a lot of anger and resentment—I mean how dare a woman would ever be made to feel that way! But it seems like some are blaming you for writing characters that portray the sad reality of life.

I haven’t seen feedback from people who have read the book beginning to end. I’ve seen the screen shots of a few pages. And I’ve seen the negative feedback from those screen shots. People feel what they feel and they react the way they are going to react. But it seems that because a few people identify themselves as being “fat” (whatever that means), any character who is fat must react exactly the same way and so they ridicule your characters because they don’t.

I don’t know what it feels like to live in our culture overweight, but I don’t think that everyone who is of a similar weight as me reacts to things the same way I do. I can honestly say that I think there are a lot of “thin” people (whatever that means) who spend almost every minute of every day thinking about food. I, personally, have looked at my body and been disgusted by it. I’ve looked at the dips and swells and dimples of my body and thought, “when did I my body become like this?”

The sad truth, to me, is that many of us have become strangers in our own body. But the true truth, to me, is that we are enough. I am enough. And it makes me hopeful that the last line of your book’s new synopsis is that the characters “learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.” I look forward to reading your book.

Sincerely,

Christine

Kristan’s statement

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Cover Reveal: Sweet Temptations

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Title – Sweet Temptations: The Boss’s Daughter

Author – L.M. Mountford

Blurb –

Once bitten, Twice Shy.

Still reeling from the Night of the Work’s Christmas Party, Richard Martin once again finds himself torn between his conscience and his desire. Only this time his temptation is in the guise of someone much more formidable… Scarlet.
The Boss’s Daughter.

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Everest by S.L. Scott Release Blitz

 

Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

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SYNOPSIS

From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes a ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE that will have you on the edge of your seat and swooning over this ALPHA BILLIONAIRE.

Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.

Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.

I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.

Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.

Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.

I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.

Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?

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EXCERPT

Singer

Slipping off my shoes, I dim the lights on the wall panel. I take my clothes off and hang them on a hook near the door before returning to the tub.

   The tub, warm and inviting as I step in, eases my aching feet from my high heels and the tension in my shoulders. I pour some of the bubble suds and giggle. That was so cute and showed me a whole new side to Ethan—the at-home Texan who relates to his roots—instead of the strong, quieter, broodier man I see sometimes.

   While the suds foam and the tub fills, I look out the window. The sky is clear up here. The buildings are far enough apart to avoid spying on neighbors. It’s like floating in heaven.

   I hear his knock on the door, so I call, “Come in,” while making sure the bubbles cover all the important parts.

   Ethan walks in with two glasses of champagne in one hand and the bottle in the other.

   “You came prepared,” I note, leaning back on one side of the tub.

   “I thought I might join you.” He waggles his eyebrows.

   I giggle and reach for a glass. “Come on in,” I reply and wonder if he will really take me up on my dare.

   He sets the bottle and his glass down on the side of the tub. His tie was removed before he came in and I notice his shoes are long gone, along with his jacket. When he starts on the buttons of his shirt, I sit up, scooping suds over me. “Wait, for real?”

   “Yep. I think that tub’s big enough for the two of us.”

   “But you said you don’t take baths.”

   “I also said I’ve never used this one. Seems like an opportune time.”

   “But I’m naked,” I say, worried about everything—his body naked next to mine, not shaving my legs before I went out tonight. My mind flickers through my flaws. Ugh. No. Just no. Not like that. That stuff should be shared in the dark of a bedroom under the influence of alcohol and desperate sex. We’re too sober for this. I’m too sober for this. What does he possibly see in me when he has women like Nicolina waiting?

   He’s more than I’ve imagined, and in some senses, it scares me. He’s the sort of man women like Nicolina land. For once though, it was as if she saw me as competition. The feeling is exhilarating.

   “Like I said, seems like an opportune time.”

   His shirt is dropped, his undershirt following quickly behind. Good God Almighty. What does a guy who looks like that see in me? “I see you like to work out.” I clear my throat and want to bonk my head on the side of the tub for saying it out loud.

   Chuckling, he says, “I have a gym down the hall. It’s how I relieve stress.”

   “I thought that’s what sex was for.” I gasp and cover my mouth, wishing I could keep my crazy thoughts in my head where they belong instead of on my tongue. His eyes are heavy, a smirky smirk restraining a laugh. “God, you cannot let me talk when I’m nervous.”

   “If this is what happens when you’re nervous, I’ll make you nervous more often.” His pants come down and my curiosity is answered. Tonight he’s in boxers. When he catches my eyes on his package, I’m thankful I’m wearing waterproof mascara because I immediately go underwater. Screw my makeup. It’s really the only way to keep my mouth in check at this point. I count to five and then pop back up. With my hands covering my boobs, I ask, “You’re really coming in?”

   “Yes, scoot over.”

   Good God Almighty.

 

ABOUT S.L. SCOTT

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.

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Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Cover Design: RBA Designs

Cover Image: Scott Hoover Photography

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Amy Harmon Newest Cover Reveal: The Smallest Part

Pre-order links:
Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.
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Release date: February 13, 2018
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Blurb:

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

The Smallest Part

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

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Holiday Maiden Lane Novella Out Today!

Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth Hoyt

Historical Romance

 

Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella

 

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. I decided to share this review because I like this book and think you might too.

Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Adam Rutledge doesn’t particularly like Christmas, but he does like his grandmother. When the Viscount and his mother are stuck on a snowy road near the holidays, Adam resigns himself to spending the holidays as an imposing houseguest. Sarah St. John has an aversion to rakes and there is no one more rakish than Adam. But when the two of them are stuck in the same house, feelings about Christmas and each other change.

The characters in this book really make it a fun read. They are complex and their complexity is revealed, or built, gradually. Adam isn’t the cold-hearted rake that he appears in society, and Sarah isn’t the uptight prude that she acts.

This is a quick read that will help get you into the holiday spirit. This book is a standalone, so you don’t need to have read other books in the series. However, if you have read other books in this series, it’s very much inline with the style and has a few characters you might be curious to hear about again.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

Yes! If you like historical romance and you like the holidays, this is the perfect book for you at a reasonable price.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like to read a full-length Christmas historical romance, try Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter. It has a common theme of rakes, but you’ll find the characters are very different.

Giveaway: Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

I’m giving away 3 ebook copies of Penny Reid’s book Kissing Tolstoy. Penny is contributing one paperback copy. The proceeds of this book go to hurricane relief so the goal is to get these out to the winners by the end of the month.

To enter, head over to the blog’s Facebook page. It’s as simple as saying what you’re thankful for!

2017 Book Challenge: A Book Based on a True Story

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

The Magnolia Story

Synopsis: If you’ve seen the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” you might be wondering if Chip & Joanna Gaines are really that silly in real-life. Has Joanna always been a designer? Is Chip that impulsive all the time? And how did Chip land a beauty like Joanna in the first place? This is the story of how Chip & Joanna became Chip & Joanna (as seen on TV).

 

I enjoyed this book primarily because I enjoy their show. I laugh at Chip and wonder how Joanna keeps her cool. It was fun to find out how they met and married. How they make decisions and how Joanna and Chip wound up being on TV. It was ALL interesting to me because I find THEM interesting. While each chapter jumped around from topic to topic a little more than I would have liked, it is still a quick and fun read.

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

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Philomena Lee knew her son Anthony was destined to be beautiful; his father captivated her with his looks and promises that night at the fair and their child would look the same. Anthony’s looks would be her only reminder of his father. As was common in 1950’s Ireland, Philomena was thrown out by her family as a “fallen woman”, and sent to the convent at Roscrea. There she gave birth and raised him for three years under the supervision of the nuns, all the while laboring to pay off her debt. After swearing she’d never give away her son, even she was coerced by the Church to sign the documents agreeing to never look for her child.

Oh, this story is heartbreaking! My youngest son is 3 (same age as Anthony Lee/Michael Hess was when he was sent to America) and the thought of him forgetting me and forever feeling inadequate makes me feel ill. Philomena’s story seems like the perfect platform to point out the horrific policies of the Catholic Church, but the author’s story doesn’t focus on the obvious and instead pieces together the story of the man who came to be known as Michael Hess. I found the details of his adult life especially interesting as he struggled with the strange dichotomy of his homosexuality and working for the Republican Party. What I took away from this book is that we are complicated beings, juggling in the situations we find ourselves, and looking for acceptance.