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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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A un detail près (THE BEST MAN) is the #1 bestselling iBook in France, and Kristan could not be happier!

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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DSCN8327I’m on vacation this week, a lovely family visit to the house on the Cape my family has had since I was little. That means this week’s blog will be a short one, since I have whales to watch and beaches to shiver on. (The water is 55 degrees here).

So here are five things I love about vacation, and I’d also love to hear what you like best. 

  1. Company. This year, we’ve had an extra kid with us, and it’s fun, having three teenagers instead of the usual two. Last year as well, we borrowed one of my nieces, and it was just great. Also, our neighbors from home happened to be on the Cape at the same time, and they stopped by for a visit, and it was really great, having them here, just chillaxing on the couch.
  2. Food. We’re on the Cape. I eat seafood a lot here. Clam chowdah and lobstah especially.
  3. The accents. I have a thing for Massachusetts accents.
  4. The smell of salt water. There’s just nothing like it. I especially love the briny smell of low tide on the bayside.
  5. DSCN8359The sunsets. We have amazing winter sunsets in Connecticut, but when you can see the whole sky, the water reflects the colors, it’s just amazing.

 

How about you? Name a few things you love about being away or tell me your favorite place to go on vacation, and I’ll pick one of you to win a signed copy of FOOLS RUSH IN, which is set here on beautiful Cape Cod.

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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The author, adorable at age 5, sporting the same haircut she has today, it seems…

The first boy I loved was Danny Rice, who was my uncle’s best friend. Danny would occasionally come over with his guitar when Chris was babysitting us three Higlets. I was five, Chris and Danny were teenagers, so it was one of those May/December situations. I demonstrated my love for Danny by throwing a toothpaste cap at him. It went into the hole of his guitar, and he had some trouble getting it out. I was very mortified by this, so I went to bed.

My love for Danny lasted, well…let’s just say I would still probably blush around him. In that small world way, my brother-in-law took a jeep tour in Sedona a few years ago, asked the driver where he was from. “Connecticut,” the driver said. “My brother and his family live in Connecticut,” my BIL said. A few questions later, they realized they had me in common.

My first teenage love was for Rhett Butler. I don’t think I need to explain this further. Rhett kept me from falling for any age-appropriate, nonfictional boys. I’m still grateful.

clark-gable-rhett-butlerThen came Steve my second year of college. This was my first unrequited love, and my God, it hurt! I stalked him all over campus. I was smitten with this guy, folks. He had a girlfriend. He was friendly and nice and completely uninterested, and it was that exquisite agony thing. I finally forced myself to get over him.

My first adult love was John. We started dating five days before my father died, so it wasn’t really normal times. He was a good guy, that John. Very funny. But we just kind of ran out of gas and weren’t really right for each other. I give him credit for hanging in there as long as he did.

DSCN6761And then came my first true love. You know. McIrish. The keeper. The one who loves me more now than he did 23 years ago. Who listens to me kvetch, laughs at my jokes, still thinks I’m smart and interesting, adorable and charming. Who will do just about anything for me, as I will do for him.

Le sigh.

Who was your first love, or loves, as the case may be?

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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The JQs are thrilled to welcome Lisa Ricard Claro today, talking about synchronicity!

Lisa Ricard Claro pic 2Have you ever experienced wild coincidences that turned a circumstance in your favor? Unlikely happenings that reinforced your goals? If so, then you’ve experienced synchronicity.

The first time I saw the word synchronicity was in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Ms. Cameron incorporates Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity which hypothesizes a fundamental link to the Universe that reveals itself through significant coincidences. More simply put, when we make bold statements of intent and act upon them, the Universe conspires to help us. Pretty cool notion, right? 

In 2013 I attended the RWA national conference in Atlanta. Kristan Higgins was the Awards Luncheon Speaker, and a couple of her books were given free to conference goers. I fell in love with her—or, more accurately, her books (although I’ll concede she is adorable in her own right). Anyway, I became a fan girl overnight, partly because she’s an amazing writer, and partly because there were a few components to her writing which I had been told by an editor I should not do. One of these was a dog in every book.

An editor once told me, “You can’t have a dog or cat in every book unless they’re a main character, like in The Cat Who… books. Trust me. Just don’t do it.” Type-A to the max, I took this advice to heart, but with great disappointment. I’m a proponent of animal rescue and wanted to incorporate this into my novels—not in a beat-you-over-the-head kind of way, but as a subtle statement through plot.

Then came my brush with synchronicity. I attended that RWA conference as proof to myself I was serious about this novel writing gig, and it just happened to be Kristan Higgins giving the speech, etc. And if she writes a dog in every book, and she’s brilliant, then . . . right? Maybe? I mean, I might never hit the brilliant mark, but I can still embrace the pooch.

The first novel in the “Fireflies” series, Love Built to Last, incorporates a dog rescue into the plot. My second and third novels in the same series, Love to Believe (due for release this fall) and Love to Win (look for it in early 2016) include rescued animals in their cast of characters. The books aren’t about rescued dogs and cats—they are contemporary romances that just happen to include rescued fur babies as characters. Thanks to synchronicity, I discovered I could write what I wanted and still find a publisher willing to run with it. Here’s an excerpt of Love Built to Last that includes the newly rescued Pirate the dog: 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00067]“Whoa, there, fella.” Cal pulled back. The gray beast dropped to a sit and thumped his tail. The errant tongue hung sideways from his smiling doggy mouth.

“Meet Pirate, very aptly named by TJ. We found this poor guy hunkered down in the alley outside Caravicci’s and decided he needed rescuing.” She handed Cal a frosty glass of sweet tea, urged Pirate off the porch to do his business, and took her place on the steps next to Cal. Pirate obliged and trotted off to sniff at the edge of the woods, making it his mission to pee on every bit of flora in sight.

“Huh. In this light he looks like he’s missing a leg.”

“That’s because he is. Dr. McManus said he was born that way, so he doesn’t know the difference. And he has conjunctivitis in his left eye, but it looks a lot better now that it’s been cleaned up and he’s getting medicine for it.”

Cal looked from Pirate to Maddie. “You’ve had a busy day.”

She laughed. “We had a great day. Pizza and video games at Caravicci’s, a dog rescue, a visit to the vet, a very exciting tee-ball game—which we won, by the way—and macaroni and cheese, and brownie sundaes at the Kinkaids’. We arrived back here around eight. TJ took a bath, played with Pirate, and crashed on the couch. All in all, a very pleasant Saturday.”

“You made it fun for TJ, and easy for me. Thank you.”

She smiled, engaging not only her splendid mouth, but those eyes that never quite lost their sadness. They glowed now in the meager light. For that moment, the perpetual grief that held her in thrall gave way to something else.

Luminous. It was the only word that came to his mind to describe her.

He knew the moment his heart opened. The rush cascaded into him, over him, and snatched his breath.

He took her face in his hands before the moment passed, before he talked himself out of it with all the stupid excuses he’d labeled as reasons and repeated like a mantra for the last week. Dante’s words floated back to him: With the right woman, a second’s long enough.

And beneath the callused pads of his thumbs, the skin of her cheeks warmed and grew pink with his touch. The pulse at the base of her throat whirred like a hummingbird’s wings. He paused, gave her the chance to pull away, half expected her to. Instead, like a miracle, she leaned toward him, the barest fraction of an inch. His gaze dropped to her mouth, spellbound, when her lips parted.

 See? A rescued pooch. And kissing. That makes me so happy.

Oddly, my next hit of synchronicity also involved Kristan Higgins.

I met Kristan at the RWA 2014 national conference Book Signing for Literacy event. She signed a book for me and consented to a photo, because she’s gracious like that.  Happy as the proverbial clam, I went on my way, thrilled to have met my favorite author. As it happened, four days later, she was on the same airplane as I. Starstruck, I behaved like a total dunderhead. Later in the week I babbled all about it on my blog in a post titled, The Four Things I Should’ve Said to Kristan Higgins.

 Somehow—synchronicity, anyone?—my blog post got back to the big KH herself, and she reposted it on her Facebook page. I woke up the next morning to so many messages I thought I’d been hacked. Suddenly, my little blog had hit the big time, and though I knew my fame would be short lived, as an author with a debut novel gearing up for publication, I was grateful for the spotlight, however brief. The best part is that I made a few new friends and fans through the experience. (*waves* Thanks, Kristan!)

 From the moment I made the decision to branch out with my work, away from the memoir, short stories, and articles I had been writing, into the world of full-length novels, almost every firm step I’ve taken—attending conferences and workshops, joining writers’ groups, reading and studying craft—has resulted in some synchronous event. A skeptic might say this is proof only of cause and effect with some good luck thrown in, that “synchronicity” has nothing to do with it. But does it really matter how we label it?

When we hold our goals and dreams close to heart and mind, and take definitive steps to achieve them, good stuff can happen. Now, I can’t promise that you’ll meet your favorite author, or that your goal of stealing Brad Pitt from the clutches of Angelina Jolie will ever come to fruition. But here’s what I can tell you for certain: No matter your goal, your efforts aren’t for nothing, they do matter, and whatever it is you’re trying to achieve can be aided by synchronicity. Grab that dream and hang on tight, find your path and step boldly. Watch and see what happens. Give the Universe a chance to help you. You might be surprised by what comes your way.

Do you believe in synchronicity? Have you ever experienced it? Please share your story! Leave a comment for your chance to win a signed copy of Love Built to Last, the first book in the “Fireflies” series.

Thanks for hanging out with me!

Lisa

To connect with Lisa, visit her website and blog at www.LisaRicardClaro.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/lisaricardclaroauthor, and Twitter https://twitter.com/lisaricardclaro.

 And to see Lisa’s hilarious post about her airplane encounter with Kristan, click here.  http://www.lisaricardclaro.com/the-four-things-i-shouldve-said-to-kristan-higgins/

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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 Every writer I know has some strange habits. Like baseball players, we like rituals. My pretend husband, Derek Jeter, had a very distinct way of adjusting his batting gloves and helmet when he came up to the plate. Like my beloved, there are certain things I must do before I start writing, or while I’m writing. And here they are!

9f6757707fdc5f3b29e372673e22c060Check the plants. Before I can get to work, I must check the plants in my office to see if they need water. This is called “productive procrastination.” Obviously, I want to keep my plants alive (that’s the goal, anyway, if not always the result). Plants need water. Therefore, I’m not really procrastinating, I’m just saving the planet.

Close all programs except Word. The temptation to browse the interwebs is too great.

Clean off my computer desktop. A tidy workspace is a sign of insanity, I’ve heard. That may well be, but I don’t understand people who have 57 icons on their desktop. I have three, neatly aligned. Dozens of carefully labeled, up-to-date files with files within files. Hey. It works for me.

Make coffee and pour into my favorite cup. Add half and half.

Tidy my chair-side table. Tissues, check. Hand lotion, check. Lip balm, check. Thumb drive for backup, check. Coffee, check.

Format the document perfectly. One inch margins all around, a footer with page numbers, title and author, 150% view, Cambria 12 font, double spaced, ½ inch indent. Only then can I begin a book or new chapter.

tumblr_mlf1x4oNT51r7wrbvo1_500Look at pictures of my hero. Le check. (One of the better rituals, I admit.)

If I’m stuck, my tradition is to lie on the floor with the dog. This seems to do the trick. Sometimes, we fall asleep for a few minutes. : )

Every time I get out of the chair, I must do ten pushups. The girly kind. Let’s not get carried away. 

Do you have any rituals you do before you get started on a project, or on your workday? Or are you one of those people who dives right in?

Also, if you’re interested, pop over to my Pinterest board to see where I work. www.pinterest.com/KristanHiggins

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