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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IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins got a starred review from Kirkus!

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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Joanne Guidoccio, congratulations! You’ve won an ARC of Stacy Hoff’s new book! Contact her at www.stacyhoff.com for details. Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello to Stacy!

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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Tracey Samuels, Dianne Wagner and Linda Osborne, you’re the winners of a signed copy each of FOOLS RUSH IN. Drop me a line at k.higgins@snet.net and I’ll get your snail mail addies. Thanks to everyone who commented! 

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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Please welcome debut author Stacy Hoff to the Quills!

 

Self photoHello Jaunty Quillers! I’m excited to be guest blogging. Do you read novels for the same reason I write them? I’m here to find out.

 

For me, writing started out as a fantasy life. Living out–albeit on paper–every perilous, crazy thing I ever wanted to do. And why not? My most dangerous activity is staring at the computer until my eyes go dry. Trust me, I’m never skydiving. So when I create characters, they’re no mini-me’s. They’re mega-me’s!

 

Take, for example, Colin Brandt, the hero in my new contemporary romance novel, DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES. He is as alpha as they come. Ripped and rugged, he’s not afraid of anything (other than love). So I had fun when I paired him with Stephanie Lang, a New York City television executive who embodies my own over-cautious nature. Stephanie is afraid of most things. Her father’s poor health. Performing well on her latest, crazy job assignment. Having relationships with men, since her ex-fiancé cheated on her (with Stephanie’s cousin, no less). And, of course, she afraid of deadly, wild animals. Like the ones in the Everglades–crocodiles, venomous snakes, and panthers.

 

Croc photoThe story makes Stephanie confront her own fears, both emotionally and physically. She learns what it takes to be brave, even when a crocodile charges. Inspiration for myself? You bet. I’m like a lot of writers I know, hoping to one day personally accomplish what my characters can. That their growth arc will somehow morph into mine. 

 

Does this magical morphing actually work? Yes. And no. Certainly, I’ll never be like Colin in a major way—I’m not about to jump atop a charging crocodile. But in other fundamental ways, I am growing more like Colin. I am learning to take action. To never accept defeat, no matter what the adversity.

 

In my real life, I have real challenges. They do not take place in the Everglades. My latest battle is getting my young son the reading and writing help he needs because he suffers from dyslexia. When my local board of education refused to help (or care) it felt as if a man-hungry crocodile was charging at my boy. But running off screaming wasn’t going to help. Standing to fight was. So I learned, like Stephanie, I needed to grow strong.

 

After a few months of battling the school district, I was finally able to secure some of the help my little guy requires. Not everything, but enough to get him started. And I found some private services to fill in the gaps. Because giving up isn’t an option. After all, if my characters can battle the Everglades’ wild animals with just their bare hands and a knife, why can’t I battle a little ol’ board of education? 

 

DesireintheEverglades1800Tell me what behemoths you battle. How do you keep going in the face of adversity? Leave a comment by Saturday (9/13/14), 8:00 PM, and I’ll randomly draw one winner from the U.S. to receive an advance reader e-copy (ARC) of DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES. Winner announced on Jaunty Quills on Sunday (9/14/14).

 

Stacy Hoff is a writer and attorney. Her romance novels are written in the wee hours of the night. She lives in New England with her husband and two boys. She’s excited for her release date of Friday, September 17th, for DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES. Her next book, DIARY OF A YOUNG LAWYER, will be released from Soul Mate Publishing shortly thereafter. 

 

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

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

 

Pre-order for Desire in the Everglades available now. 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.  

 

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES

Chapter 1

“Did I hear you right?” Stephanie Lang sputtered. “You’re saying our next reality TV series is about a modern day ‘Crocodile Dundee’ guy. Only sexier.” Could her job get any more insane? Thankfully, the big fancy desk the Teleworld Broadcasting Company bestowed concealed her shaky hands and white knuckles.

Her boss nodded with enthusiasm.

She cleared her throat, enlarging the gateway for her stuck, strangled words. “I’m having a hard time believing this, Mark. You want croc guy to tackle the Everglades. Alone. For twelve days. No camping or hunting equipment allowed and only a knife to protect himself. That’s what you’re seriously proposing?”

“That’s right. Though we’ll let him use more than a knife.” Mark stopped nodding and let loose a large grin. “He can always use his bare hands.”

Stephanie wanted to use her bare hands, too. Wrapping them tightly around Mark’s neck. Was this guy kidding, or what? Stifling a sigh, she garnered her patience and tried to look at the bright side. Mark was less stuffy than the other executives, which was good. Not afraid to crack a joke. Also good. Not concerned about anybody but himself. Bad. Very bad. And he steamrolled people to get his way. Much, much worse.

She hoped he didn’t steamroll her now, because this idea was plain old crazy. Seriously whack-a-doodle. “Is this show going to be safe to shoot?” she asked tenuously. If she showed too much emotion, she would join the thousands of New Yorkers standing on the unemployment line waving pink slips. Teleworld did not welcome emotional reactions to their business directives.

“Of course it’ll be safe to shoot,” he answered breezily. “We’re not even having our crew film it. Once they set up the cameras, we’re outta there. Of course, while they’re setting them up, there will be some risk. We’ll make sure they’re protected as best as can be reasonably expected.”

Cringing, she tried to ignore the word “reasonably.” Worst. Qualifier. Ever. Before this meeting was over, her whole body would be twitching. “I meant whether this was going to be safe for the guy we’re filming. He’ll be the one left out there, unprotected.”

“Dunno. Luckily, that’s not our problem. The guy’s willing to take the gamble, so I guess it’ll be safe enough. He’d know best how to calculate his player handicap.”

“This isn’t a round of leisurely golf. I don’t want this guy to wind up handicapped at all.” 

 

 

 

 

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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 IYDfc smallForgiveness is a big theme in my upcoming book, IN YOUR DREAMS. I didn’t know that when I was writing it…most of us authors don’t sit down and say, “I’m going to write a book about FORGIVENESS and it’s going to be GREAT!” Nah. Instead, we sit down and say, “I’m going to write a book about a person who has to go to her ex-fiancée’s wedding, and she’s still in agony over their breakup.”

But sometimes, a theme emerges. Forgiveness is one, and it got me thinking about the art of the apology. Because it’s a lot easier to forgive someone if they’re sorry for wronging you, and in this book, Emmaline and Jack have both been wronged. They both deserve an apology. They both might need to make one, too. Oh, and sure, don’t worry…there are a lot of fun scenes and goofy family moments and sexy time, too. Of course!

UnknownBut the forgiveness thing…have you noticed that apologies seem rare these days? Facebook and Twitter are filled with sayings like say If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best. I see a lot of people posting vaguely hostile things like, I refuse to apologize for who I am. But really, who  asks you to apologize for being you? Perhaps they want you to apologize for what you’ve done…for acting like a jerk, or saying something hurtful, or lying. No one has ever said to me, “Higgins, I want you to apologize for being yourself. Be more like Tim Gunn instead.” Granted, we should all be more like Tim Gunn, but…

People who are what psychologists call “non-apologists” operate on the idea that bad behavior = bad person. They can’t apologize for the bad behavior because that would essentially admit that they are bad people. An apology would cause them shame for having done this wrong thing, so they pretend their behavior wasn’t that bad…certainly not one that would require an apology. And an apology would open the floodgates of insecurity, and that person would be revealed as imperfect. People who have trouble apologizing, the psychologists say, often have trouble telling the truth, too.

A true apology addresses three things: the admission of the action; regret that the person took this action; and a request for forgiveness.

When I was a kid lo those many years ago, apologies were required, often preceded by one of us being grabbed by the ear and the words, “You apologize to your mother/father/sister/brother right now!” Granted, our apologies may not have been the most sincere in those moments, but they were given. The lesson was, you screw up, you apologize. And you will screw up.

parent-2So here’s an anecdote for you. There was one student in my son’s karate class who always broke the rules. Matthew. Every single class, he was sent to sit on the sidelines because he wasn’t listening to Sensei, who is a wonderful teacher, and every single class, he disrupted the other kids. Then one day, the sensei spoke to the dad about Matthew’s inability to listen, and the father erupted in rage. “How dare you tell me how to raise my kid! I don’t pay to have him sit on the sidelines. We’re done here! I want my money back!”

I too have an imperfect son who sometimes didn’t listen in class. Once, when he was about six, he too broke a rule, and his teacher rightly sent him out of class. Dearest Son was mortified and ashamed (and six years old). I picked him up and said, “Honey, everyone screws up. It’s what you do afterward that matters.”

blackbeltSo he went into Sensei Tom and said, “Sensei Tom, I’m very sorry I wrestled with Michael, and I’ll never do it again. Please let me back in class.” And Sensei Tom hugged him, and Dearest Son spent eight more years with him, and when he was eleven, he got his black belt. For the rest of Dearest’s life, he’ll have that rare accomplishment, because he admitted he was wrong, and he toughed it out. Poor Matthew was deprived of that.

 

So tell me about a time when an apology was really required. You know I love this stuff. I’ll send three commenters a copy of FOOLS RUSH IN, newly reissued and with bonus content, no less! Winner will be posted on Sunday, as always here on the JQs. 

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