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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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UnknownWhen I finish a book, I’m that dangerous combination of giddy and mentally exhausted. Maybe physically, too…I learned recently that sitting for…oh, let’s say 15 hours a day may cause cramping in the derriere. (Truly. There is nothing I won’t share with you.)

But then that magical moment comes. For me, a book isn’t finished after the first draft; as soon as I’m done, I overhaul the entire thing before anyone’s eyes get to see my pages. My revisions are much more brutal and much less kind than my editor’s. Comments may include “I hate both these people” or “So boring I want to stab myself in the eye.” There are a lot of red slashes and scribbled writing.

Unknown-3Revising takes a couple of weeks of very, very long days. I like to work as much as possible so as not to lose the flow of the book. My eyes are red. My butt aches. My neck is stiff.

But finally…finally, I’m done. The last thing I do is spell check, and then I email the book to my editor and agent. There is usually a slightly hysterical note attached, something like, “Ta-da! I hope you like it! I like it! Mostly! Hope you do too! Have a great day!” (There are many exclamation points.)

Then I stagger back home. “I’m done! I finished!” I announce. I pour myself a glass of wine and may have a second.

Then come the rituals:

  1. Clean the office. I cannot describe the satisfaction of cleaning the office. It’s carpeted, and I like to make patterns with the vacuum cleaner. I dust. I clean the windows of Willow’s nose prints. The whole place smells like grapefruit cleaner.
  2. Unknown-1Change the desktop background on my computer. I went from sunset at the beach to this adorable duckling.
  3. Read for one entire day. This is rare for me; my job is such that 99 days out 100, I’m on the computer at least for a little while. Not this day, however. I read. All day long, coffee till bedtime. It’s glorious.
  4. Throw away the printed out first draft with deep satisfaction. Sort of an “Out, out, damn spot!” moment.
  5. Go to a scary movie. No one in my family likes scary movies, so I go alone and buy a silo of popcorn to eat unto the point of illness.

And that’s about it! The truth is, by now, a new book has been percolating in my brain for some time, and while it’s filled with ridiculous ideas such as “kidney transplant” and “coma,” it nonetheless beckons.

Do you have any rituals when you finish a project? Do you celebrate milestones? I’d love to hear from you.

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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Kristan will be doing four signings and one panel at BEA at the Javits Center in NYC, May 28-31st: three signings of IF YOU ONLY KNEW, her upcoming novel, and a panel with Robyn Carr and Meg Cabot at BookCon (open to the public), as well as a signing of THE BEST MAN at BookCon. Hope you can make it!

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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Aleen Davis, you’ve won! Contact Jamie at www.jamiebeck.com to claim your prize!

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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Behind the Scenes of Worth the Wait—and Giveaway 

Thank you, Kristan, for hosting me again! I had so much fun with your fans the last time I visited, I can’t wait to dish about my latest release, Worth the Wait [http://www.amazon.com/Worth-Wait-Jamie-Beck-ebook/dp/B00M2INCL2].

This unrequited love story is dear to me for so many reasons, but I thought it might be fun to share three “behind the scenes” things that few people know. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 4.17.18 PMFor example, the Block Island vacation home described in the book is real. It belonged to one of my oldest friends, so she and I share a sentimental attachment to the “St. James’ house.” The interior is just as gorgeous as the exterior, and the island and ocean views are magical! If you’ve never been to Block Island, I’d recommend going. Aside from the spectacular topography, the town is quaint, and most of the beaches aren’t crowded. Sadly, my friend sold her house several years ago, so now I can only visit it in my memories.  

Now let’s talk about the hero, David. What inspired him? Or rather, what inspired a significant chunk of his story? A song, that’s what. If you’ve never heard The Script’s love ballad “I’m Yours,” go listen to it on iTunes or Spotify right now. The lyrics are flawless. To me, it is a nearly perfect love song. If you read Worth the Wait and then read those lyrics, you should be able to envision David reciting them to Vivi when they finally achieve their happy ending. 

Want something more personal, perhaps even a bit embarrassing? ‘Cause I have no shame. The love note Vivi stuffs into David’s computer case when he heads off to college is a nod to an impulsive gesture I made in ninth grade. I had a huge crush on a senior soccer player that year. Everyone, including him, knew it, because I’m not one to hide my feelings. At the end of the year, I’d written him a song about how I would miss him (a really bad song). Of course, I lacked the courage to give it to him in person, so a mutual friend passed it along after graduation. The following Thanksgiving, that boy showed up at a party I attended, pulled me aside, and retrieved my song from his wallet. He told me it was the sweetest thing anyone had ever given him. Unlike Vivi, I didn’t get an HEA with him (although I got one with my husband many years later).

Thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your day with me. I hope you had fun getting a peek inside Worth the Wait!

If you’d like a chance to win a free, signed copy of the book, please answer this question in the comment section below:  What’s your best advice to someone suffering from unrequited love?

 

Excerpt:

Following behind Cat, Vivi heaved her no-name duffel over her shoulder and ambled down the gangway. She tugged at the bottom of her cutoff denim shorts while discreetly searching the crowded parking lot for David.

As a teen, Vivi had been prepared to wait forever for him. Of course, forever had proved too ambitious. Now, on the cusp of letting those dreams die, she’d see him again, here on a crowded dock.

“Hey, Cat!” David waved his arms above his head. “Over here!”

His eyes widened upon catching sight of Vivi, which made the fine hairs on the back of her neck stand at attention. “Vivi? I didn’t know you were coming.” He then glanced at Cat with a confused expression. “Where’s Justin?”

“Don’t ask,” Cat barked. “Don’t say a word, in fact.”

David raised his hands in surrender before kissing Cat’s cheek. “Sorry.” Then he turned to Vivi and grinned, reaching for her hand.

Only thirty-one, not a single gray strand marred his beautiful head of hair. Dark stubble covered his jaw, framing his sumptuous mouth. Although no longer captain of any lacrosse team, he’d retained an athletic build—broad shouldered and narrow in the waist and hips—and stood a full foot taller than her five foot one.

“Vivi,” he murmured in her ear while curling her against his chest and kissing the top of her head. The contact of their standard hello hug filled her with longing, as always. “It’s so good to see you.”

When he squeezed her more tightly, her entire body resonated. Home. “Welcome back,” she said while easing away.

“Thanks.” David favored her with his shy smile.

“So, are you happy to be home, or missing Hong Kong?” she asked.

Following a pronounced pause, he replied, “I spend most waking hours at the office, so it doesn’t make much difference where I sleep.”

The image of him tumbled in bedsheets smacked her in the face, but she maintained her cool. His flip remark hadn’t fooled her. After more than a decade of friendship, how could he not remember she could see his soul?

“I doubt that’s true.” Noting a faint hitch in his breath, she wanly smiled.

Although curious to discover the reason behind his hesitancy, she knew he’d never disclose it in front of an audience. Patience, Vivi.

“Where’s Jackson?” Cat threw her luggage into the back of Jackson’s beat-up green Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“At the house with Hank.”

Vivi noticed Cat blanch, but David spoke again before Vivi could pry. “And Laney.”

“Laney . . . from Hong Kong?” Cat croaked before shooting Vivi a worried glance. Laney from Hong Kong? Although the words struck like a blow to the head, Vivi plastered a smile on her face. Thankfully, neither Cat nor David noticed her clenched teeth.

“Yes,” he replied.

Cat donned her giant black sunglasses before opening the passenger door. “She sure traveled a long way for a short vacation.”

“Actually, she moved to New York, too.” David’s quiet response rocked Vivi to her core. No, no, no, no. Oh, God, she couldn’t breathe.

Beck-WorththeWait-19274-CV-FT-V7Author Bio

Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing stories about love and redemption. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

Visit her at www.jamiebeck.com and follow her at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

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


Social Media


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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?

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