Blog Tour: A Hero For Holly

A little birdie told me Kristy K. James has released a new book. 🙂 A Hero for Holly. Many congrats!!! She’s has graced our presence a few times. And today she’s taking over Ramblings of an Amateur Writer. Please welcome her.

A Hero For Holly by  Kristy K. James (clean romance) Digital format only

Single mom, Holly McGinty, has no life.  No personal life, that is.  After her husband left her pregnant, with a four-year old son, there was never much time for her.  Between raising two boys and saving her restaurant from bankruptcy, she’s been too busy taking care of everyone and everything to give much thought to her own needs.   In fact, the highlight of her week is swooning over her oldest son’s sexy scout leader.

Sam Jensen never believed in love at first sight…until the first time he saw Holly.  But even though he gets along great with kids, and is successful as both an architect and investor, figuring out relationships with women has never come easy to him.  Now it seems as though his luck has changed.  As long as one little tiny secret remains a secret.

Look for A Hero for Holly July 30, 2012. Add it on Goodreads.

Hi, Reena! It’s so nice of you to help me announce the release of my newest book, A Hero For Holly. I wasn’t sure what to write about this time, so I decided to go with something near and dear to my heart. Hope that’s okay.

I’m not sure what part of the country you live in, but too many states are experiencing record-breaking heat, and suffering droughts. In Michigan we’ve seen one hundred+ degrees a few times already, and upper nineties so regularly I have to keep checking the zip code on my mail to make sure I haven’t been transported to Texas or Arizona during my sleep.

So far I’ve spent most of the past twelve weeks going from my air conditioned house, to my air conditioned van, to air conditioned places of business….and dreading the upcoming family reunion, which has been moved from an air conditioned hall to…a park. Parks aren’t air conditioned, at least not with air that’s actually cold.

No, it’s never been a secret that I’m not a summer lover, or that I prefer the more comfortable temps of autumn above all other seasons. Still, there’s no way to avoid the months between May and October, so I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to make it more bearable.

My reading list changes in the summer. If there’s a book on my shelves that is set in the winter, I’m reading it. Same with my movie choices. White Christmas, The Day After Tomorrow, which is on my soon-to-be-watched list…as soon as the kids find it again (there are far, far too many DVD’s in my house). Then there’s YouTube. Did you know you can watch countless videos of snowstorms? I love it!

Music choices change, too. It used to be fun to embarrass my kids by driving around, windows open, and Christmas music blaring from the speakers…you really do get some strange looks from pedestrians. But now my daughter is totally cool with it. That or she thinks that by pretending she’s okay with it, I’ll stop. She’s wrong. Cause mostly I didn’t do it to embarrass anyone.

I do it to change my mindset. I do it to get my focus off what I don’t like (80+ degrees), and put it on what I do like (snow and windchills). If I can lose myself in the moment, I’m not thinking about the next trip to the grocery store. Of course I’m not out in the sweltering heat for long, but those few minutes it takes to get to the van, and for the van to cool off, seems like an eternity sometimes.

From breathing exercises during labor, to singing every song you can remember…in your head…during an MRI (voice of experience here), to daydreaming about sexy celebs we have a crush on during boring classes, people seem to be very good at distracting themselves from situations they find unpleasant.

How do you handle circumstances you’d rather not have to deal with? If you’re experiencing this endless heatwave, what are you doing to make it easier to handle?

Thanks so much for stopping by Reena’s today. And, Reena…thanks again!


About the Author

All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her plots as she can get away with.She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head.Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her family, too many pets and the occasional spider. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.

Reading is one of her favorite pastimes, as is traveling around the state, especially to coastal beaches to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and gulls screeching overhead.

Tour Schedule:

July
18th Rekaya @ Are There French Fries in Heaven
19th Ruth @ My Devotional Thoughts
20th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery
Reena @ Reena Jacobs
21st  Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner
22nd Andrea @ Andi’s Book Reviews
23rd Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!
24th Julie @ A Tale of Many Book Reviews (guest post only)

Did you win? Enza blog tour

It’s time to select winners of the Enza Blog Tour! Woot. 🙂 Everyone loves a winner. So what’s Enza?

It is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away.

On the homefront, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. Until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human adversary, threatens Mankind’s very existence.

Elliot Owens – The only thing in the world that matters to Elliot is his wife and their five children, and he will do everything in his power to protect them.

Daniel Pullman – When his plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury, meeting the love of his life makes the disappointment easier to bear.

Colby Thornton – A devoted minister whose congregation loves him nearly as much as he loves them, Colby struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn’t love him at all.

Marcus McClelland – One of the local funeral directors, Marcus lives his life avoiding close relationships because if he doesn’t care about anyone, it won’t hurt when he loses them.

Jonathon Owens – At ten years old all Jonathon dreams of is to be a war hero…by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.

When all is said and done, will any of them survive?

Order Your Copy Here: Amazon

For more information on Enza, I encourage you to read the interview I had with Kristy K. James. She shared wonderful insight to the cover art as well as the name of the book.

So, the winners!

A Print copy of Enza

Emma

Digital copies of Enza

Mary Preston & Shadow

Congratulations, winners! Emails have been sent and winners have until May 15 to respond.

Don’t forget to enter the Mid-Month Commentator Giveaway which ends May 15.

Enza Blog Tour ~ Who Art Thou Thursday: Kristy K. James

The Enza Blog Tour is winding down, but not before Kristy K. James agreed to do an interview with me. Woot!

Reena Jacobs: Congratulations on your new release, Enza. Please tell us a little about it.

Kristy K. James: Thanks, Reena! And thank you for your generosity in helping me get the word out about Enza.

Enza is a story that is told from the perspective of five characters. The first part of the book is getting to know them, and everyone in their lives. The second part deals with their reactions when an influenza pandemic makes its way to their town.

RJ: Sounds devastating. How did you come up with the title?

KKJ: The idea for the story came about because of a documentary I watched on PBS. It told about the 1918 influenza pandemic, a horrible tragedy in world history. At different times throughout the program you could hear little girls chanting this poem:

I had a little bird, its name was Enza. I opened the window, and in-flew-Enza.

The more I learned, the more I realized that I had to write a story about this. And Enza was the obvious choice for a title.

RJ: That’s a beautifully tragic poem. I definitely appreciate the title more now. I love the hopefulness of the cover. Share with us the inspiration behind it.

KKJ: The title came about because of the poem. So I suppose it could be considered a little deceptive, not that I intended it to come across that way. I just kind of wanted it to be simple, yet dramatic.

RJ: It is. Cruising through your works, I noticed your stories tend to focus on family and mending. I rather like the themes. Will you tell us a bit about your writing style and how you’d describe your genre?

KKJ: Oh, this is a tough question. Someone else mentioned my writing style, and it threw me a little bit. As far as I knew, I didn’t know that I one. I was very honored when they compared Enza to the works of Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder. So, at least for this book, whatever style they had would work. As for the rest, I don’t really know. I just write the stories that need to be told.

Genre? Hmm. So far most of my stories would be considered romance. Enza is more historical/literary fiction. But I hope to branch out and begin writing a young adult/fantasy series sometime in the next year or so. People have called me eclectic for a long time. I guess that’s reflected in my writing life.

RJ: How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

KKJ: I think all writers put part of their lives into their stories. We can research forever, but I think we still fall back to using some of the things we know. For instance in A Fine Mess, Ian doesn’t like pasta salad. Neither do I. And Annie has an awful fear of flying. She got that from me. In Enza, the outhouse scene with Marcus is based on a story my grandpa told me. We all have a rich storehouse of feelings, ideas and history, and sometimes those things can enrich our stories.

RJ: I know exactly what you mean. 🙂 Which of your characters do you relate to most?

KKJ: Another tough one. I think I tend to relate to the characters who try to solve problems the most. Thinking about that list, I’m a little dismayed to realize that those would mostly be the male characters in my stories. It’s not that I don’t write fairly strong female characters, I think it’s mostly that I’ve never outgrown the whole ‘knight in shining armor’ mentality. I was a die-hard romantic from the the moment I discovered paper dolls and Barbies.

RJ: In a strange way, I get that… taking some of my best qualities and instilling them into a fantasy dream man. 🙂 With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

KKJ: I wouldn’t have waited so long to look into indie publishing. A few people have noticed that I have four that were released around the same time. But they were written several years ago…and just collected dust because I was too busy being a mom to invest much time in courting agents and publishing houses. I could have had a five year head start if I’d listened to some timely advice. On the other hand, I tend to believe that things happen the way they do for a reason.

RJ: Do you have any advice for other writers?

My best advice for other writers is to read a lot. If you read enough good books, you’ll learn how to write well. Also, I know a lot of authors say they are ‘pansters,’ meaning they just sit down and write. I’m a firm believer in outlining, plotting and planning.

But the most important thing I think any writer can do is to develop very well-rounded characters, and then spend enough time getting to know them. I can always tell when I’ve skimped on that part of a story because the words just refuse to flow. When I spend adequate time imagining my characters in various situations, after writing detailed profiles on them, sometimes it feels like they hijack the story. When that happens, it’s magic happens.

RJ: Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

KKJ: Never give up. If writing is in your blood, if it’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, keep writing. Keep reading and learning.

RJ: What are you working on now?

KKJ: I am getting the second book in my Coach’s Boys series ready for a May 30, 2012 release date. And I have two WIP’s that are each about a third of the way finished. One is the third in the series. The other is a tribute to the knight in shining armor dreams of my inner teenager. The plan is to have all three finished by the end of the year. Whether that actually happens is another story.

RJ: May is already here! How exciting. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming release. 🙂

Order Your Copy of Enza: Amazon

About the Author

She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head, with the fact-based fiction novel, Enza, to be released later this year.

Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her two children, too many pets and a husband who gives her the freedom to write to her hearts content. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.

Find Kristy K. James Online!

Blog: http://kristykjames.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristyKJames
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/kristykjames

Giveaway Time!

Giveaways for each blog on the tour will include 1 paperback and 3 digital copies of Enza. All comments from the tour will be entered into a drawing for ten-$10.00 and two-$25.00 Amazon gift certificates.

To enter here, simply leave a comment with your email. And of course, you’re encouraged to participate in the interview. 🙂 Surprise Ms. James with a question. Giveaway ends May 9, 2012.

Miss a Stop on the Tour?

Participants in the blog tour for Enza are:

Monday, April 23rd:  Patricia @ Live and Dream a Little Dream
Tuesday, April 24th:   Andi @ Radiant Light
Wednesday, April 25th:  Heather @ It’s All About Me
Wednesday, April 25:  Debra @ Sparks in the Fire…
Thursday, April 26th:  Lisa @ Seeking With All Yur Heart
Thursday, April 26th:  Shannon @ Cocktails and Books
Friday, April 27th:  Paula @ The Phantom Paragrapher
Saturday, April 28th:  Kathleen @ The Celtic Lady’s Reviews 
Saturday, April 28th:  Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews
Sunday, April 29th:  Molly @ Reviews by Molly
Monday, April 30th:  Hayley @ Hanging Off The Wire
Tuesday, May 1st:   Tracy @ Booked Up
Wednesday, May 2nd Donna @ My Life. One Story at a Time
Thursday, May 3rd:  Ruth @ My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, May 3rd:  Reena Jacobs, Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
Friday, May 4th:  JakiCheli

Enza Blog Tour – Release Party + Giveaway!

Today marks the start of the Enza Blog Tour. In celebration, Kristy K. James (author of Enza) is giving away a $50 gift card and 10 copies of Enza!

About the Book

It is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away.

On the homefront, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. Until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human adversary, threatens Mankind’s very existence.

Elliot Owens – The only thing in the world that matters to Elliot is his wife and their five children, and he will do everything in his power to protect them.

Daniel Pullman – When his plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury, meeting the love of his life makes the disappointment easier to bear.

Colby Thornton – A devoted minister whose congregation loves him nearly as much as he loves them, Colby struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn’t love him at all.

Marcus McClelland – One of the local funeral directors, Marcus lives his life avoiding close relationships because if he doesn’t care about anyone, it won’t hurt when he loses them.

Jonathon Owens – At ten years old all Jonathon dreams of is to be a war hero…by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.

When all is said and done, will any of them survive?

Order Your Copy Here: Amazon

Find Kristy K. James Online!

Blog: http://kristykjames.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristyKJames
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/kristykjames

About the Author

She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head, with the fact-based fiction novel, Enza, to be released later this year.

Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her two children, too many pets and a husband who gives her the freedom to write to her hearts content. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.

Follow the Enza Tour!

Giveaways for each blog on the tour will include 1 paperback and 3 digital copies of Enza. All comments from the tour will be entered into a drawing for ten-$10.00 and two-$25.00 Amazon gift certificates. Participants in the blog tour for Enza are:

Monday, April 23rd:  Patricia @ Live and Dream a Little Dream
Tuesday, April 24th:   Andi @ Radiant Light
Wednesday, April 25th:  Heather @ It’s All About Me
Wednesday, April 25:  Debra @ Sparks in the Fire…
Thursday, April 26th:  Lisa @ Seeking With All Yur Heart
Thursday, April 26th:  Shannon @ Cocktails and Books
Friday, April 27th:  Paula @ The Phantom Paragrapher
Saturday, April 28th:  Kathleen @ The Celtic Lady’s Reviews 
Saturday, April 28th:  Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews
Sunday, April 29th:  Molly @ Reviews by Molly
Monday, April 30th:  Hayley @ Hanging Off The Wire
Tuesday, May 1st:   Tracy @ Booked Up
Wednesday, May 2nd Donna @ My Life. One Story at a Time
Thursday, May 3rd:  Ruth @ My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, May 3rd:  Reena Jacobs, Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
Friday, May 4th:  JakiCheli

Giveaway Time!

As the banner says, all of the comments from each participating blog will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card and 10 digital copies of Enza. To enter, simply leave a comment with your email.

For more opportunities to win, be sure to visit the following blogs:

Ramblings of an Amateur Writer (You are here)
My Life. One Story At A Time
Book Zone
Book Sake
Silver’s Reviews
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my! 
Kristy K. James

Be sure to return May 3 to learn more about Kristy K. James!

*A comment here also enters you into the Mid-Month Commentator giveaway!