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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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I confess, I was at a two-day writing seminar this weekend, which was so great, and so much fun, and so mentally stimulating that I, er, forgot about my blog this week. But I came up with a fast and fun list instead!

So here goes (and don’t hold me to any answers, because they’re likely to change by tomorrow.

Favorite book I read this year: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Favorite movie I’ve seen so far: Kingsman

Favorite meal I have had in recent  memory: roast chicken at The Elms restaurant in New Canaan, CT, while visiting that pretty town.

Favorite song: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

Favorite TV show: House of Cards.

 

Okay, your turn! What are your favorites in these same categories?

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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PhoenixInheritance72lgI thought it would be fun to provide a peak into my writer’s process and share some of the disparate elements that went into my new book, Phoenix Inheritance, the fourth book in my superhero romance series, The Phoenix Institute.

One: My knowledge of the military comes firsthand.

I was a cadet for two years at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. I don’t talk about it much because I was a lousy cadet and didn’t graduate. I was a far better journalism student.

However, the experience left me with an abiding respect for those who serve in our military, and provided me insight into how those in the military work together, which is especially valuable in writing a military hero like Daz Montoya of Phoenix Inheritance, who’s from a family known for its military service, both on his American and Filipino sides. Plus, there were several foreign exchange cadets from the Philippines when I attended the Academy. Daz was partly inspired by them.

Two: Phoenix Inheritance has a number of personal book firsts.

First heroine who is a mother.

First child as a central element of the story.

2014-10-04 20.35.39First book to contain pets, in this case a cat and two dogs trained in Search and Rescue.  Odin the stray cat in the story is based on our family’s rescued feral, Jacob Marley the Ghost Cat, who came to us at Christmas, starving. Sadly, poor Ghost died of a kidney condition last November. I’m glad that he’s at least immortal in fiction.

First book in the series where neither the hero, Daz Montoya, or heroine, Renee Black, have a psychic “superpower.” Instead, that’s reserved for their son, Charlie.

Three: I Wanted to Avoid the Kidnapped Kid Cliché

            I tend to avoid “children in peril” stories because they scare me too much. But I write suspense and I knew Charlie, who’s eight, would likely be menaced at some point and the usual thing to do is have the Big Bad kidnap the child. Yet I didn’t want to scare readers like me away either; plus I’d kidnapped a heroine once before in Phoenix Legacy and didn’t want to do it again.

            It took a bit of brainstorming but I used the telepathy in the story in what I hope is a unique way to create a confrontation.

Four: I Used a Semi-Famous Setting

            I used to work for a weekly newspaper in the area where Renee’s house is located in Phoenix Inheritance. I once drove up the long, winding driveway to the home of the late Millicent Fenwick’s to pick up a book and promptly stole that driveway to use in my book.

            This is also the area—Bernardsville, Mendham, Peapack-Gladstone—where Mike Tyson owned a mansion when he was married to Robin Givens. I covered the press conference the day after Tyson allegedly attacked Givens and the local police came to escort her from the home. 

            The late Malcolm Forbes had a mansion in the area too and tried to pick up one of our male reporters one day. That reporter ended up being hired by Forbes magazine to run its in-house employee newsletter.

            But my strongest memory is of the elderly man who lived in a shack on acres and acres of land in a place dubbed Liberty Corners. The land must have been worth millions. But the landowner was content with his shack and his way of life. He could be often seen riding around town on his bicycle. (I believe he also refused to pay his taxes, too, out of principle. I’m not sure how all that eventually turned out.)

Five: Easter Eggs!

I put a number of comic book “Easter eggs” in the Phoenix Institute books. The most obvious in Phoenix Inheritance is the names of the heroine’s rescue dogs: Thor and Loki.  But the names of the main characters are references too. If Renee Black, my heroine, eventually marries the hero, Daz Montoya, she’d become Renee Montoya. In the DC Comics universe, Renee Montoya is one of the best police detectives in Gotham City and eventually inherits the mantle of The Question.

My personal favorite of all my comic references is Charlton City in the novellas Luminous and Ghosts of Christmas Past. Charlton, of course, is the name of the Connecticut-based comic book company responsible for publishing heroes like The Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and, naturally, The Question. (Wiki link to Charlton Comics:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlton_Comics

link for Phoenix Inheritance: http://amzn.to/18gc8Wh

 
 

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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Gail Ingis, congratulations! You’ve won a copy of LAWFULLY YOURS! Stacy will contact you with information. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

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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LawfullyYours1800I am so excited to be on Jaunty Quills to talk about the release of my second contemporary romance novel, “Lawfully Yours.” For me, connecting to readers is the best part about being a writer. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Kristan Higgins for giving me this opportunity.

My new book takes place in Hartford, Connecticut. It’s focused on life in a prestigious fictional law firm, Grovas & Cleval. This firm is rife with office drama, catty gossip and, of course, a steamy, secretive love affair. Did I mention the affair is between a young associate and one of the firm’s most powerful partners? Even better, this partner is her boss 

A lot of my inspiration for this book comes from a TV show I grew up with, the 1980’s drama L.A. Law. I was so taken by the show when I was a teenager that I had a mild obsession. How strong an obsession you may ask? Enough of one I actually became a lawyer myself. And now I’ve been practicing law for almost twenty years.

 Ironically, I do not work for a firm that’s anything like L.A. Law. In fact, I practice as far away from sunny L.A. as one can get—snowy New England. And I’m as far away from private clients as possible—I am a public lawyer. I don’t even go to court like Michael Kuzak, Grace Van Owen or Victor Sifuentes. Nope. I stay in my municipal, coffin-sized, office all day long drafting countless contracts until my eyes cross. And unlike the lawyers on the TV show, I don’t bring in business, aspire to become partner, or have hot hook-ups with co-workers. (I’m happily married anyway.)

Instead, I created Susan Linkovitch—a character as quirky as her last name. Sue is insecure and introverted, timidly starting her legal career at this powerhouse firm. Succeeding here requires her to come out of her shell. Can she become a seasoned lawyer who can fetch business with aplomb? Can she break down her protective walls to connect with anyone? Especially Jordan Grant, the powerful partner (and boss) she’s been pining over?

Stacy_Cartoon_v2Creating Sue helped me work out my own internal question as to whether I could thrive in an environment like Grovas & Cleval. Would I even want to be a business maven? Act like the proverbial “shark”? I don’t think so, because the best part of my legal life is serving the public every day.

But geez, it’s not very exciting. So thankfully, after hours, my imagination gives my career a boost. It’s like my own internal TV show kicking in—N.E. Law! (Cue theme song music here.) Because crafting characters will always be more fun for me than drafting contracts. More importantly, creative writing allows me to connect with a key part of my imaginative, daydreaming self.

I’d love to hear from readers who can relate to vicarious living, like me. It’ll make me feel better about my daydreaming! 

Leave a comment by Saturday (3/15/15), 8:00 PM, and I’ll randomly draw one winner from the U.S. to receive an advance reader e-copy (ARC) of “Lawfully Yours.” Winner announced on Jaunty Quills on Sunday (3/16/15).

Lawfully Yours

Chapter 1

What on Earth was I thinking when I quit my job? That working in a place with nice lawyers is even possible?

At least I’m a nice lawyer—ethical, caring, dedicated. And I hope people think I’m a good person, too. I always write checks to the local animal shelter despite being allergic to dogs. I volunteer at the poverty law clinic every week. I help out my co-workers. Just call me super-helpful Susan: that’s me. Financially suffering from an insane quest for pleasant employment.

Surely there are other attorneys like me out there. Will I ever be lucky enough to get a job with them? For that matter, will I ever be lucky enough to land another job? Who quits her job in the first place? Of all the pie-in-the-sky, unrealistic things to do.

But it’s not the time to self-flagellate, nor is it time to procrastinate. It’s time to concentrate, because finding the perfect book on how to interview will take time and effort. Hopefully, the poise and skills I’ll learn will make me appear confident. And I really do need to at least look the part during tomorrow’s interview because after quitting my last job I don’t feel confident at all.

Pushing myself through the revolving door of Barnes & Noble, I immediately head over to the “Career Advice” section. Having professionally shot myself in the foot, I’ve made my road to success a much harder journey.

The bookstore has a single restroom, lucky me, because I’ve just realized the zipper on my pants is down and I don’t want to yank it up in public. As I’m about to open the door, an elderly woman reaches for it, too.

“You take it,” I say, gesturing toward the door. My other hand covers my crotch.

“Thanks, honey. I won’t be long,” she says, smiling.

“No problem. Take your time.” It’s great to do something nice for someone. True to her word, the woman comes out shortly and I hurry in. After fixing my pants I ball up the tissue I had earlier sobbed in and aim for the trash can. It lands on the floor. Good thing I’m not seeking employment with the NBA.

I will do great tomorrow—I will land this job. My old office was terrible—catty office cliques, low pay, and lower morale. My new office will have professional, courteous people, decent pay, and high morale. I cringe at the sudden image of myself wearing a curly red wig, belting out “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” My hair is brown, not red. But my mood is blue.

Time to wash up. Is something wrong with this mirror, or has something gone very, very wrong with the chignon I’d hoped was chic?

“I’ve taken on a life of my own,” my bun screams at me. “Look, I’m a snake hanging from a tree branch!”

Hey, Sue, PETA called. They said you’ve offended snakes with that metaphor. They’re going to serve you with a “cease and desist” order in the morning.

The bathroom door rattles from the outside. “Hey!” sounds a deep voice.

Can a voice that deep really belong to someone needing a ladies room? 

 DesireintheEverglades200Stacy Hoff is a writer and attorney. In addition to “Lawfully Yours,” Stacy is the author of “Desire in the Everglades,” a full-length contemporary romance novel with action, adventure and a healthy dose of humor. In May, 2015, her short story, “Love Delights,” will be released in the anthology “Season of Love.” Stacy lives in New England with her husband and two boys, writing her romance novels in the wee hours of the night.

 

Find Stacy on social media:  www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff   

Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff  Web: www.stacyhoff.com  

AMAZON LINK FOR LAWFULLY YOURS: 

http://www.amazon.com/Lawfully-Yours-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00U7U2WCC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425508177&sr=8-2&keywords=book+-+lawfully+yours 

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES: http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.  

 

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.

Kristan's Website


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Latest Books

UnknownThere are some things I’ve never done or seen that are part of pop culture that make people look at me in befuddled puzzlement. And here they are! Ten things I’ve never done.

  1. I never went to a prom. For the record, I was asked (once), but the boy had recently broken up with one of my best friends, and I felt it would be disloyal to go with him. Also, I wanted to read Gone With the Wind again.
  2. I’ve never eaten at Chick-a-Filet, Popeye’s, White Castle, In-and-Out Burger or Pizza Hut. Once, a Southern friend took me to Waffle House and announced to the crowd that this poor Yankee friend of hers had never had the pleasure of Waffle House cuisine. There was a shocked silence. (Those hash browns…amazing!)
  3. how-i-met-your-mother-banner-10-best-moments-of-how-i-met-your-motherI’ve never seen an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory or any version of CSI or NCIS. I stopped watching Law & Order when Lenny Briscoe left the show. I’ve never seen a complete version of Friends. It’s not that I think they’re bad shows; I’ve just never managed to see them.
  4. I’ve never bought a first generation of anything—car, phone, TV, camera, computer. Those people who stand in line to get the latest thing…that will never be me. My feeling is, let them figure out the bugs. I’ll buy the version where all that stuff is fixed.
  5. I’ve never gone shopping on Black Friday (and intend to keep it that way). You guys who brave those crowds—you’re nuts! Be careful! Wear your body armor!
  6. Mickey_MouseI never took the kids to Disneyworld or Disneyland. Honestly, we couldn’t afford it when the kids were little, and as they got bigger, we wanted to them to see some of our beautiful country, so our family vacations were to the National Parks. I do love Mickey Mouse, though.
  7. I’ve never taken a Zumba class (or its predecessor, Jazzercise). This is because I generally get kicked out of those things.
  8. I’ve never seen a tornado. On the one hand, I want to. On the other hand, are you crazy? There was a tornado warning once when I was visiting my sister in Georgia, and we had to seek shelter in the neighbor’s basement. I prayed so hard for that tornado to miss us!
  9. 2009-07-28-dog_cageI’ve never bought a pet from a breeder or pet store. Rescues all the way, baby! Those Sarah McLachlan commercials hit me where I live.
  10. I’ve never had ketchup with breakfast. That just seems so wrong to me. The rest of my family loves ketchup on their home fries and, yes, even their eggs. I’m the odd man out.

What about you? What’s something everyone seems to do that you’ve never done?

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