But this week only one person will win one. HoldenJ will receive a digital copy of DRAGONSONG because she left a comment on my Things My Dad Says post. She’ll be hearing from me soon! DRAGONSONG is the last in my Songs of the North series and answered the burning question–Was Leif Erickson really the first person to discover Iceland? If that makes you shiver, it’s also a love story between an Irish queen and a hot Viking warrior.
The randomly chosen winner of my “Terms of Endearment” blog is Liette Bougie! Congratulations, Liette! If you’ll write to me at KathleenOBrien.com and let me know where you’d like me to send the Amazon gift certificate, I’ll get it emailed to you ASAP!
Thanks to everyone who commented. Your family nicknames are absolutely adorable, and I enjoyed reading all of them. It’s so cute to see how a perfectly natural word can morph into something unique and wonderful!
One of the hardest things for me as an author is balancing the promotional requirements when a new book releases. Usually about a month before the book comes out, I’m given a list of 25 or so blogs, a dozen or more which will require me to produce original content.
I don’t mind writing blog posts at all. I actually enjoy them for the most part. The problem is that I’m writing posts about a book I’ve usually finished about a year before. By the time I’m writing those posts, I’ve not only begun another book, but I’m probably doing revisions or copyedits on a third book. Sometimes I open my laptop to work, and I can’t remember what book I’m writing about!
That said, I’m always impressed by the creative topics my publicist and/or the bloggers come up with. Two of my favorite stops for the Earls Just Want to Have Fun blog tour are Saph’s Book Blog and Bitten by Romance.
At Saph’s Book Blog, I blogged on my favorite historical gowns. I must tell you this involved hours of research. Oh, the torment of having to look at gorgeous gown after gorgeous gown. Actually, the real torment was having to pick only 5 of my favorites.
Which gown is your favorite? And do you know which movie or TV show it comes from? I love all of these gowns, but I’d most likely wear Daisy’s dress from The Great Gatsby. In fact, I have a 1920s dress, and I love wearing it with the sparkly head piece.
At Bitten By Romance, I blogged about my favorite noblemen from film. In recent years I haven’t seen a lot of films, so once again, I had to search the web for fabulous noblemen. Of course, Mr. Darcy was at the top of my list, but which one? Colin Firth or Matthew McFadden? And I love so many of the Disney princes. Should I go with Prince Phillip, Prince Eric, or someone else?
How does my list of movie noblemen measure up to yours?
So now worries about this test. You can’t have a wrong answer!
Congrats to Liette B, who won a digital copy of VISCOUNT OF VICE. I’ll email you, Liette!
As a kid I didn’t always fit in. I was tall for my age. No, I mean tall. I was five-feet-four inches in third grade and wore a size 7 ½ shoe. My teacher also wore a size 7 ½. When her heels hurt her feet, we’d trade shoes.
The other problem was that I moved a lot. We moved every six months for a while, so just as kids got used to me, I’d leave and be the freak at a new school.
Kids were either afraid I’d beat them up or they teased me unmercifully. I had a wool beanie hat with a cat face on the little puff ball at the top, and I was so lonely that sometimes I’d walk around the playground, cradling my kitty hat and talking to my “friend.”
As I got older and kids grew taller, I made more friends. It helped that we moved to Texas and stayed put. And, just in case you’re wondering, I stopped growing. I’m five-seven. Here’s me with the Jaunty Quills in 2013. I’m in the middle back in red, between Kirstan and Robyn.
I know what it feels like not to fit in. I still know what it’s like not to fit in for lots of reasons—one of them is that I have a stop-the-conversation profession.
Readers often ask me where I get my ideas. The idea for a character who doesn’t fit in came very naturally to me. In Earls Just Want to Have Fun, which is out tomorrow, Marlowe is a thief from the slums of London. She’s not overly tall, but she might as well be a giant because she sticks out in the refined world of Mayfair and the ton, where she ends up.
To make matters worse, the man charged with keeping an eye on her is none other than the Earl of Dane, a man known for opposing any sort of aid or Parliamentary reform that would help the poor. To say they don’t get along is an understatement.
Marlowe just might be the long-lost daughter of a marquess, but even if she is, does that change anything for her? She can’t snap her fingers and suddenly fit in. You can’t erase years of your life, just like I often feel like I’m too-tall, even though I’m only a little taller than average.
Some things are just ingrained into us.
So what happens to Marlowe? Let’s just say Dane goes from her worst enemy to her best chance at finding a common ground and a place where she belongs.
Have you ever felt you didn’t fit in, or maybe you’re that rare breed who can mix and mingle with any crowd. One person who comments will win a digital copy of Viscount of Vice, a novella that’s related to Earls Just Want to Have Fun.
Restrictions: Must be able to read the novella on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Play, or iBooks. Winner announced Sunday!
His heart may be the last thing she ever steals…
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. It’s a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she’s alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
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