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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Laurie G and Eileen A-W, congratulations! You’re Jamie’s winners! msjamiebeck@gmail.com to collect your book!

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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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photo(23)An Accidental Love Story

Thank you, Kristan, and all of the Jaunty Quills’ authors, for hosting me today.  It’s a special treat to speak with your readership during this festive season.

Who doesn’t love the twinkling lights, parties, and extra effort friends and family make to get together during the holidays?  For many, the dawn of a new year is also a time to reflect on the past and resolve to change whatever isn’t working so well.

My list of resolutions is usually lengthy.  Worse, a pesky few seem to pop up year after year (I’m convinced I’m allergic to organization).  The biggest resolution I’ve yet to conquer?  Learning to better “roll” with unexpected twists and turns.

The need to control every aspect of my life is my Achilles’ heel, and probably one reason why I enjoy the creative process.  When writing, I can dictate each element of a story, including the ending.  Then again, I don’t always control the endings.  In fact, that was the case with my debut, In the Cards.  

When I started writing the book, I set out to explore how fate and unlikely friendships can impact a person’s outlook and self-perception. Naturally, I began with divergent characters.  Levi, born in rural Georgia, spent his youth living on the run with his con man father, all the while yearning to break free and build himself a better life.  Lindsey, a natural born pleaser, grew up in a privileged area of Connecticut, while striving to live up to her parents’ expectations.

I’d intended their complementary strengths and evolving friendship to enrich each other’s lives, and then for Lindsey to return to the East Coast alone as a stronger, more purposeful woman.  However, while writing, I starting falling hard for my very cynical, broken hero.  Isn’t it just like a man to come in and change carefully laid plans?  But I digress.  Ultimately, my desire for Levi to be loved, after the isolation and rejection he’d endured, turned the book into a love story.  And that’s kind of what I consider it—a love story more than a “romance.”  

Here’s an excerpt from one scene in which Levi nudges Lindsey toward heeding her intuition:

 

“Aw, sweetheart,” he whispers into my hair. His heavenly voice wraps around me like a dense fog. “I knew you weren’t all right.”The warmth of his breath and term of endearment tease my hair follicles into tingling. In panicked response, I push away from the comfort of his body. He folds his arms across his chest, blocking me from changing my mind and going back for seconds.

“Better now?”

I nod, but it’s not true. Rather than ask for an explanation, he simply waits for me to decide if I want to talk.

I’m puzzled. No one in my life lets me decide anything, ever. My head’s still tilted downward when my eyes look up in shame.

“Sorry. I didn’t mean for you to overhear that discussion.”


“I didn’t hear it all, don’t worry.”


I feel sheepish and heartbroken, and the waterworks flow again.

He stands solemnly, allowing me the freedom to cry, share, or leave. Needing to fill the silence between us, I divulge the truth.

“Today should’ve been my wedding day. But a couple of weeks ago I found out Rob, my fiancé—ex-fiancé—cheated on me. I was so blindsided, I called off the wedding and left town to think. He claims he’s sorry and it happened only one time, but I don’t know if I can trust him anymore.”

Levi’s face remains impassive as he hands me a tissue to blow my nose, and another for my eyes. I stare at him while I wipe my runny nose.

“What? You don’t have an opinion? Any advice?” I ask, then crush the tissues in my hand and toss them in the trash. “Not even a wisecrack?”

He watches me for another minute, holding my eyes steady with his. When he speaks, his voice is relaxed and calming.

“You seem to have enough people in your life telling you what to do. You’re not a stupid girl and, in the end, my opinion and theirs don’t mean a damn thing. It’s your life. You’re a grown woman. I suspect you already know whether you trust him. When you’re ready to accept what you know and make a decision you can live with, you will.”

He cocks his head slightly then returns to the living room with the help of his cane, leaving me alone to think. Unaccustomed to being told to trust my gut, I’m out of my depth in the cold waters of independence.

 

Levi eventually succeeds in teaching Lindsey to trust her own voice, which is not only a beautiful gift, but also a big reason she falls in love with him.    

And speaking of gifts, I’ve got signed copies of In the Cards and decks of playing cards to give away to two lucky winners.  To be eligible, just answer this question:

Has anyone unexpectedly influenced your life, and if so, in what way? Winner will be announced on Sunday.

jamieThank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me.  Happy holidays!

About the author:  Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing stories about love and redemption. In addition to writing novels, she also pens articles on behalf of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and strengthening families. Fortunately, when she isn’t tapping away at the keyboard, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. 

Visit her at www.jamiebeck.com, or follow her at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks and www.twitter.com/writerjamiebeck.

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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meet-carlos-dangerWhenever a politician cheats on his wife and has the inevitable press conference in which he apologizes to his constituents and family, I can’t look away from his wife. She stands dutifully next to him, white-faced and a little shocked to have become another pitiable woman who’s literally standing by her man. When the scandal broke involving the aptly named Congressman Anthony Wiener—sorry, I mean Carlos Danger—I wanted to take Mrs. W. aside and say, “Excuse me, ma’am, but you could do so much better than this utter loser.” And yet she stayed. Maybe for religious reasons, maybe because she felt they could recover. I don’t know.

Congressmen and senators seem especially susceptible to infidelity…and also female superstars. These wealthy, beautiful women who aren’t yet forty, and are planning their fourth “big day.” What Unknownare the vows like? Forget “forsaking all others” and “all the days of my life”…Do they say, “Till I’m bored and my latest bodyguard is looking really great these days”?

I’ve known people whose spouses have cheated, or have cheated themselves. I’m naïve enough to always be shocked. How can you stay together now? How do you get over that? Can you really find happiness again?

It was something I researched quite a bit this past year for a book. One of the most interesting aspects was the collateral damage. The fall-out. Say your friend’s husband cheats on her, and she opens up to you. You’re sympathetic and try to say the right things, check in with her, etc. etc. Tell her you hope things work out however she wants them to work out. She’s talking divorce? You completely understand. She’s trying therapy? You hope it helps.

And then, all of a sudden, she doesn’t want to be friends anymore. Because whenever you’re together, all she can see is the person who knows what her husband did. She can’t forget his infidelity if you’re a reminder of it, no matter how innocent. You tried to be a good friend…but you know. And she doesn’t want to be around people who know anymore.

Ouch, right? Your friend’s husband cheated, and suddenly you’re the bad guy. 

It sure made for some juicy material.

But then there’s the one couple I know who survived infidelity, who are truly happy now. Of all the couples I know, they’re the only one who made it. I’m wholeheartedly glad for them, too.

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How about you? Do you know any couples who survived infidelity? Did you ever lose a friend as described above? And what do you think you’d do if your honey ever cheated on 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.

Kristan's Website


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Latest Books

Eileen Aberman Wells, you won the copy of IN YOUR DREAMS! Congratulations, and thanks to all who posted photos and left comments. It was really fun!

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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Social Media


Latest Books

 The other day, I got word that The Hartford Courant, which is my state’s biggest newspaper and the oldest newspaper in the United States, wanted to do a photo shoot of me. How thrilling! “Okay!” I told my publicist. “What should I wear?”

“Take your computer and a stack of your books and maybe wear some fabulous shoes,” she wrote back. “They’ll be using their staff photographers, so it’ll be great!”

My heart…sank.

See, having a formal picture taken is really, really hard for me. All I want is to look the way I do in the mirror. Or like Sophia Vergara, is that so much to ask? Instead, I end up looking, well…weird. I always talk when I’m nervous, so a lot of my pictures look like this. (I have no pride, so enjoy!)

KH talking 

The woman who takes my official author photo (above) is an old friend, so we generally have fun every two years or so when the time comes. But she says confusing things to me, like, “Put your head down and tilt it left—your other left—and raise your chin, and eyes over here, and drop your shoulders,” and honestly, it’s harder than a frickin’ Pilates class. “How about if I just look at you and smile?” I suggested after we were both a little worn out.

But then my smile felt weird. I felt like a serial killer. My eye was twitching. My teeth were showing, but did I look like I was smiling, or snarling? We tried for a more demure look, in which I didn’t look like I was about to go on a biting spree.

 

 

 

hellobigboyI ended up with this. I emailed it to Robyn Carr, who said, “Oooh, hello, there. Come on over, big boy. Yes. I charge by the hour.” I laughed so hard I choked and accidentally hung up on her.

Then we have the candids. This one is from a signing in Paris. Someone had brought me cupcakes! And look at the joy on my face. cheese!You’d think I’d just given birth or something, right? “Cupcakes! Cupcakes are my favorite! Cupcakes are better than sex!” says my expression. “Everyone back off so I can stick my head in this box!” (Note: I ate these. They were fantastic.)

10431550_865165250195132_3558225584005157022_nHere’s another one, taken by my editor (she took approximately 6000 pictures of me, and there were two that I’ll show you. My fault, not hers.). Higgins, for the love of God, can you close your mouth for one second?

withbloggersRarely, we get this on the right. A genuinely nice candid photo. Actually, now that I’m looking at it, I don’t like it quite so much. Ah, well.

So yesterday, I drove up to the newspaper, dressed in a cool coat and excellent shoes and balanced a laptop in one hand and a stack of books in the other. McIrish was there to hand me stuff, make sure I didn’t tip over in my heels and check that my hair didn’t look too goofy. “Turn your hips, shoulders and feet this way,” Mark the nice photographer said. I mentally calculated if I was able to do that. It already felt like playing Twister. “And smile!” he added. “Gorgeous! We’re done.”

imagesEasy as pie.

But we’ll see what those photos say. I’ve got a sinking feeling about this.

Well, I think I’ve been very brave. Your turn! Post a picture of yourself, and one of you will win a signed copy of IN YOUR DREAMS! Winner announced on Sunday. 

Oops! Looks like you can’t post a picture in the comments here… how about if you post on my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks instead?

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