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 my next romance novel, I’m going into real fantasy territory. Yes. You guessed it. What every woman wants and few get.

A man who can fold laundry.

Only in fiction. Because in real life, they can’t, can they?

laundryroomHere’s how I do laundry, gang. First, a disclaimer: the children have to do their own laundry. I am not their slave, and I taught them years ago, and it’s on them. No. I’m talking about husband and wife laundry. Marital laundry. The grounds of many a divorce, I’d wager.

Being rather perfect in the laundry department (ask around), I sort by color. I place an appropriate amount of lights, brights or darks into the washing machine and add the recommended amount of soap. When the washing is done, I transfer the laundry to the dryer…unless it’s sunny and breezy, in which case I hang it out. Some of my sweaters or shrinkable items are laid out to dry.

When the clothes are dry, I put them into a laundry basket. We have several. Why do we have several? So one won’t have to jam a week’s worth of clothes into a basket meant for a day’s worth of clothes.

UnknownThen I fold the laundry, and I put it away in the clearly identified, tidy piles in our closet and bureau.

And this is how McIrish does laundry.

Shove as much laundry as possible into the washing machine. Hey. It’s a machine. It will figure things out. When the machine is full, apply as much force as possible to squish down the laundry (all colors, mind you…my lacy pink unmentionables in with his filthy wood-chopping, dirt-shoveling coveralls). Shove in more laundry. Apply more force. Add a few glugs of laundry detergent. Press buttons, regardless of fabric, color, etc. Those “soak cycles?” Those are for sissies. “Delicates?” What’s that?

Unknown-1When the washing machine has finished its cycle, mop up floor with water that has leaked out due to overstressed machine. Or not. Maybe just leave it. Then, shove every piece of laundry into the dryer. The yellow cashmere sweater your wife just bought? Dryer. Linen pants? Dryer. Wife’s boxing wraps that, if left out of the laundry bag (what is that thing, anyway? Just another device meant to confuse men), will tangle all the laundry into one giant, damp ball? Dryer.

An hour and a half or so later, check laundry. It’s not dry yet. Turn it on again. Then, jam all laundry into a basket. Why use two baskets when you can kneel on the laundry pile and squash it down into one? Wrinkles? What are those?

Ms. Higgins is quite sure Tom Hiddleston would never subject her to such torment.

Then, a husband might (or might not) carry the laundry into the bedroom, where it will stay for five or six days. This is known as “psychological warfare” between Husband and Wife. If Husband is forced or shamed into folding, he will wad up the clothing and shove it all catty-whompus into the closet, more psychological warfare for when the wife says, “Where’s my Ben & Jerry’s t-shirt?” or “Why is my yellow cashmere sweater the size of a tissue?”

So in my next book…yes. A man who sorts the laundry. Who can fold a towel. Who respects cotton.

As I said, it’s fiction.

(Disclaimer from McIrish: “She’s exaggerating. Again.”)

Readers, please. Ask him where my yellow sweater is.

Who wants a book? I’m giving away a signed copy of ALL I EVER WANTED to one of you… what’s that? You already own it? How about giving it as a gift? Leave a comment, and I’ll pick one of you and post the winner on Sunday. Have a great week, gang!

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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Congratulations to Mia Marlowe for her RITA nomination for Best Historical with her wonderful novel, Plaid Tidings! We’re so proud of you, Mia!

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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reallysmallFCWOYA certain author has once again sat down with the JQ mascot to talk about her new book, out tomorrow.

 

Jaunty P. Quills: What now, Higgins?

KH: I mentioned you in a book again, Jaunty. None of my sister quills has managed that, have they?

JPQ: Really? Oh, Kristan! Thank you! Go ahead, I’m ready.

Gail narrowed her eyes, then looked away in distaste, as if Colleen were a shmooshed porcupine rotting on the side of the road.

JPQ: (pause) What is wrong with you?

KH: Hang on, there’s more.

So Colleen was put in a neck brace and on a backboard, which was ridiculous and more uncomfortable than a baseball to the head. And now she was just lying here like that dead porcupine, Ned Vanderbeek holding an ice pack on her head and trying not to laugh.

JPQ: You’re fired. 

KH: Jaunty? Wait, am I still your favorite? Jaunty, come back… Well, he’s gone. In that case, gang, let’s have a little fun. The lovely Katharine Ashe interviewed her characters the other day on this blog, and heck, it was so much fun, I thought I’d do it with Lucas and Colleen.

KH: Welcome, you two! It’s been a while since you’ve seen each other, hasn’t it?

Lucas Campbell: Ten years.

Colleen O’Rourke: Ten happy, peaceful years without my heart being dragged behind his pickup truck. I think that’s what he meant to say.

Lucas: You broke up with me, Colleen.

Colleen: You married someone else. Kristan, did I marry someone else? I did not. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Spaniard.

Lucas: Is that really the best comeback you have?

KH: Settle down, kids! Let’s talk about you two. You met in high school, stayed together all through college…Lucas, what’s Colleen’s favorite color?

juan-pablo-di-pace+9Lucas: Dark, soulful brown. Same color as my eyes.

Colleen: Wrong. But thanks for the laugh.

KH: Colleen, tell us about Lucas. Good kisser?

Colleen: Look at him. Do you think he’d be a bad kisser?

KH: No, I, um, I see your point. (Can I get a glass of ice water?) 

Colleen: That’s half the problem. The other half is his ego.

KH: I see. So. Does Lucas have any tattoos?

Colleen: No. It’s just pure, beautiful, olive skin. Le sigh.

Lucas: I’d be happy to show you more of that later, mia.

Colleen: You’re funny.

KH: Lucas, what would you say Colleen’s greatest flaw is?

Lucas: A rush to judgment.

Colleen: And yours is a rush to the altar.

Lucas: And you like to rush other people to the altar, I’ve heard. But you haven’t made it there yourself, have you? Interesting.

Colleen: Is it? I hadn’t noticed. Is anyone else hungry?

KH: Actually, now that you mention it, yes. What’s your favorite food, Colleen?

Colleen: My brother’s nachos grande.

Lucas: Anything Colleen scorches.

KH: Got any bad habits?

Lucas: I’m sitting next to mine.

Colleen: Optimism. As in hoping the cheating dog men in your life will change.

KH: What are your hobbies?

Colleen: In addition to matchmaking, Kristan, I enjoy art classes and flirting with older men. Oh, and baseball, of course. I’m known as the Jeter of Manningsport. Lucas, on the other hand, has no hobbies.

Lucas: Except you. You qualify.

Colleen: Was I just insulted?

Lucas: You were just propositioned.

Colleen (pause): You want to get out of here, Spaniard?

Lucas: Sounds like a plan, mia.

KH: Hey, thanks for coming…oh, okay, they’re already gone.

Gang, I sure hope you love WAITING ON YOU! The New York Journal of Books said “Waiting On You has everything that Higgins’s fans expect: smoldering sexual tension, messy, hilarious family ties, and laugh-out-loud humor.” I sure hope you think so, too! 

FHF logoAnd don’t forget—if you preordered the book or buy it before next Monday, part of the sale will benefit Fisher House Foundation, which provides a home away from home for military families when a service member or loved one is in the hospital. A great cause! 

xox

Kristan

 

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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reallysmallFCWOYWhen you think of couples’ chemistry, sure, there are the most famous: Scarlett and Rhett, Bridget and Mark Darcy, Ryan Gosling and a certain romance author. In my upcoming book, we have Colleen and Lucas, who are positively crackling with chemistry. From Moment #1 when they first lay eyes on each other at the tender age of 18, they both know. This is The One. However, they’re young and have plenty of time to screw things up and they do. Of course they do—this is a romance novel, not a wedding album. Things have to go wrong before they can go right.

In thinking about the chemistry of attraction, a few less-renowned couples leapt to mind, and so I present to you, the Best Chemistry Couples, Higgins Edition!

rufus sewell and kate winsletRose from Titanic and the guy who always plays the Hot Bad Guy, The Holiday. This is the meaning of the word chemistry. The guy is no good, and Kate Winslet knows it…and yet she hopes. She yearns. She gives him chance after chance. Sister! Wake up! But yes, yes, his eyes are very beautiful.

Walter White and the Screechy Mom, Malcolm in the Middle. She’s my role model for parenting. Seriously, I love that woman.

Tom Hanks & Wilson, Cast Away. (sob) Forget Helen Hunt. I think we know who the real love interest is here.

Brienne-of-Tarth-Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-34183906-1920-1080The handless guy who sleeps with his sister and the kick-ass lesbian soldier, Game of Thrones. She fights a bear. A bear! How awesome is she?

Liz Lemon and Jack Donaughey, 30 Rock. Friend-mistry, if you will.

Mrs. Hughes and Carson, Downton Abbey. Forget Anna and Bates. Mrs. H. and Carson are meant for each other.

jakeandheatJake & Heath (more sobbing), Brokeback Mountain.

Jim & Pam, pre-hookup, The Office.

And the worst…

Jim & Pam, post-hookup, The Office. Once the obstacles were removed, did we care anymore? We did not. Well, we cared a little. But their unrequited state was much more interesting.

Miley & Robin. Ick. Not posting a picture of these two. You’re welcome.

Season-3-matthew-and-mary-32074474-701-384Matthew & Mary, Downton Abbey. What? Sorry, I dozed off there for a moment. This is about as sexy as watching my grandparents kiss.

Matthew McConnaughey in any romantic comedy. So glad he’s a serious Actor now, because he was always so slimey as a love interest..

jVoldemort & J-Lo. It’s probably that because he’s Voldemort (and the evil Nazi in Schindler’s List, which didn’t help matters), but no one wants to see him in a romantic comedy. Sure, he’s got smouldering mojo potential…just not with J-Lo, apparently, making him the only man on earth who apparently doesn’t find her attractive. Hm.

Got any couples who fizzled instead of sizzled? Or couples who set the pages or screen on fire with their chemistry?

And hey! Order your copy of WAITING ON YOU now, and part of the sale will benefit Fisher House Foundation, which provides a home away from home for military families when a service member or loved one is in the hospital. AND…my beloved publisher will match what I raise! How great is that!

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

I just finished Me Before You, and let me tell you… the book devastated me in all the best ways. Four Friends by Robyn Carr was a book that stayed with me for weeks… I kept thinking “What would I do in that situation?” and I love that. For my book club this Friday, we’re discussing The Husband’s Secret, which has been on the NYT for a long, long time now. 

What have you read lately that’s stuck with you? Go ahead and share… We all love hearing what’s got your heart and mind, book-wise.

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