The Secret to Letting Go Book Blast!

I’m so excited for my agent sis, Katherine Fleet, on her YA contemporary debut, THE SECRET TO LETTING GO.

When my agent blogged about signing Katherine a while back I knew her novel sounded like something I’d love.

I was right. I started reading this two days ago and I cannot put it down. It’s exactly my kind of read. The writing flows so beautifully and the story is addictive.

And, um, how gorgeous is this cover???



Book Synopsis:

One summer can change everything…

 

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

 

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

 

Goodreads Book Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26877648-the-secret-to-letting-go

Amazon Buy Link:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682810704

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-to-letting-go-kathleen-fleet/1123170247

iTunes Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-secret-to-letting-go/id1073591332

Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-secret-to-letting-go

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704

Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-secret-to-letting-go/

 

Author Website:www.KatherineFleet.com

Author Twitter:@KatherineFleet

Author Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatherineFleet/

Author Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14439407.Katherine_Fleet

Author Instagram: @Katherine_Fleet

Newsletter: www.KatherineFleet.com

 

Author Bio:

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her atwww.KatherineFleet.com.

 

Congrats, Katherine!!! I can’t recommend this book enough. THE SECRET TO LETTING GO  is a winner!! <3

Hi There!

Hey everyone! Remember me??

So I spent the last couple of months buried in revisions, then of course I go and get a cold right after.

Leaving the house officially feels like this:

 

How has everyone been???

Food.

Once fall/winter roll around I get more and more into cooking. As a vegetarian (not to mention THE PICKIEST VEGETARIAN YOU WILL EVER MEET), I have more limitations than most, and am hard to impress. This mac and cheese recipe is one of my favorites, and always comes out SO GOOD. It’s also not too hard.

look how pretty!

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and here’s the recipe if you’re interested. It’s from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Mac and Cheese recipe

Ina’s definitely one of those people you either love or hate

but even if she grates my cheese sometimes, I try to just take her with a grain of salt (ha. ha.) and this recipe is too good to pass up.

I used storebought breadcrumbs b/c aint nobody got time for that homemade b.s….but it still comes out great!

What’s your favorite fall/winter recipe??

Best and Worst Halloweens (But Mostly Worst)

Even as a kid, I didn’t adore Halloween. It was just always one of those things where expectations were so high it had no choice but to fall majorly flat.

If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the way I feel about Halloween is how Chandler feels about Thanksgiving.

I’ve honestly never had a good one. Or at least one that met or exceeded expectations. But still, there were some fun moments.

Below is concrete evidence I have always hated Halloween. I am in the blue dress and tiara right in the middle, looking bored out of my mind.

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This next one was possibly my favorite Halloween, except for the fact that all the horrible kids called me Vanessa (Ursula in disguise) b/c of my brown hair, but I still loved the costume, and the fact that I got to wear a little makeup. Oh and you also get two random bonus pics b/c I scanned them all together years ago and am too lazy to crop. That’s me and my brother horseback riding, and me having breakfast with the White Rabbit in Disney World (I was, apparently, very shy/excited to meet him.

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For this particular Halloween, while every other normal child was planning their costumes for at least a month, I was over in some corner, not caring. So last minute I tied two pillows to my person with a robe tie and called myself a pillow. Exhibit A:

mepillow

 

What was your best or favorite Halloween costume???

How Are You Your Character?

I love when an author infuses some little personal trait(s) into their characters.

Here’s a list of my own personal traits I put in my main characters in AT FIRST BLUSH.

Lacey:

She loves makeup and I love it too (although she wears it a lot more often than I do) and the back of my hand always has stripes of eye shadow swatches on it like hers. We’re also both vegetarians and eggplant parm lovers.

Cynth (Lacey’s best friend): she interns for The Good Evening Show with Blake Kingston and I interned for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Also, she’s insanely overly dramatic and I can be dramatic. Although I don’t cut my hair every time something doesn’t go my way the way she does.

Tyler (Lacey’s love interest): He is STUBBORN. And so am I.

He has a thing for super old and classic TV sitcoms and I love super old and classic sitcoms. He also believes the world would be a better place without egg salad. I’m cool with egg salad, but I feel this way about numerous foods, including but not limited to: Cheerios, tuna casserole, and onions.

Kendall (makeup artist and Lacey’s supervisor at On Trend magazine): We’re both really pragmatic and can see big pictures really clearly. Kendall knows what’s best for Lacey and she does an awesome job at subtly scheming so Lacey will open her eyes and see what’s good for her. I too am good at scheming to get my way.

what traits of your own have you given your characters?

3 Lightbulb Moments

There are 3 noteworthy lightbulb moments I’ve had on my writing/publishing journey so far.

1. Said works best.

It seemed too good to be true, and unbelievably repetitive, but it’s a thing, people!

Giving your characters dialogue tags that end in: murmured, screamed, cried, bellowed, questioned, cooed, declared, groaned, wailed, implored, whined, inquired, mumbled, complained,…etc…

It’s telling. Obviously once in a while it’s fine, and I’ve read plenty of awesome books where the author deviated from “said” every now and again, but 8 out of 10 times, “said” works best.  This Article is a great resource.

2. Industry people are all really nice and helpful.

I never thought otherwise, to be honest, but I always imagined they were all really OFFICIAL. POWERFUL. and INTIMIDATING. And I was SO NERVOUS the first time I spoke to my now-agent on the phone. Like heart-pounding-so-hard-I-thought-she-could-hear-it-through-the-phone nervous. Everyone I’ve encountered on my journey has been incredibly kind, and down-to-earth, and they all just want to bring great books to life and help deliver those books to the masses. They’re not out to hurt anyone, and they don’t thrive on crushing people’s dreams.

3. Grammar doesn’t have to be perfect in dialogue writing.

YAY. Writing dialogue is my favorite, and not having to obsess over perfect grammar makes me love it even more. It’s one less thing to think about during endless revisions, right?

What are some of your lightbulb moments on your writing journey??

Spoiler Protocol.

Hi! Last week was my birthday so I took an extended blogging vacation, but I’m back! And I can’t wait to come blog-visiting everyone!!

I read a lot on my break, and I was thinking about spoilers, and how horrible it is when a reader accidentally stumbles on one. It’s happened to me more than a few times, usually when discussing a book I’m in the middle of with someone who’s already finished.

My mom has been reading the Outlander books, and recently followed the author on Twitter. A fan tweeted something about how it was the anniversary of a character’s tragic death, and the author (or possibly her social media team?) retweeted it.

My mom was a few hundred pages from that occurence.

Naturally my mom (among others) was VERY upset and angry. The author’s/social media team’s defense being “the book came out over a year ago.”

So what if it’s been a year, five, or ten?? You have new readers picking up your books EVERY SINGLE MINUTE.

Personally I believe authors should avoid discussing their own spoilers. Obviously, there are exceptions. If there’s an event or a chat I would expect the author to discuss the ending, but then again anyone attending an event or chat would have most likely finished the book or series.

I would just always assume that at any time, anyone could be picking up my books. Now, I know as a reader, spoilers are sometimes IMPOSSIBLE to avoid, but I think it’s an author’s responsibility to at least put out a Spoiler Alert warning as a courtesy.

Another thing I like to do is wait till I’ve finished a book or series to follow an author on social media. Then, if a new book is being released by them, and I know it’ll be a while till I can get my hands on it, I’ll mute the author on Twitter till I’ve finished the book.

What’s your opinion on author’s discussing spoilers???

last week of summer

and I’m chasing the last, sad little rays of sun.

I’ll see you all next week!!!!

Cover Reveal for S.K. Anthony’s STATIC!

I’m so thrilled to help with S.K. Anthony’s gorgeous cover reveal for her novel, STATIC!

STATIC

The Luminaries

Book Two

 

Title: STATIC

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: September 2015

Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design

 

Synopsis:

 

Kevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend . . . or so he thought.

As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .

 

Add it to your Goodreads *here*

 

 

 

About the Author:

  1. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

 

Stalk S.K. Anthony here:

 

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You can find Book One here:

Amazon            ~  Barnes and Noble  

Createspace    ~  Amazon Ca 

Amazon UK    ~  Goodreads

CONGRATS, S.K.! And I can’t wait to read this one!

One Good Thing…

In a follow-up to my post from last week, there is one plus to fall. One thing no other season has.

Fall has the start of the new TV season.

I’m still not 100% sure what a room without a roof is supposed to feel like (free? limitless? a billion feet tall??) But I’m pretty sure Pharrell penned “Happy” for the fall TV season.

So here are a few of the shows I’m looking forward to:

The Middlefrom IMDB: The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

The Goldbergs

from Google: set in the 1980s, Adam uses a video camera to document his family’s crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam’s terrifying sister, Erica; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family’s beloved grandfather, Al “Pops” Solomon.

 

Modern Family

from Google: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life.

 

(I’m not as into Modern Family as I used to be, but I still l watch, and it still has the best gifs.)
And of course my one guilty pleasure: singing competition shows.

What show are you looking forward to returning?? And if you’re not into TV, is there any movie or album you’re excited about??