Upcoming Blog Tour and ARCs

Happy Monday, everyone! We’re at T-minus 30 days for the release of HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT (November 7th), and early reviews have me smiling. If you’re a blogger or reviewer, don’t miss out on your chance to join the blog tour and/or grab an advanced copy (ARC) of the book!

For more information on the blog tour, click here: BLOG TOUR

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And if you’re a NetGalley member and would like to offer a review for the tour, click here: NetGalley.

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Also, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, be sure to do so! I’ll be giving away books as part of the pre-order fun! You can sign up here: Kyra’s Newsletter. (Don’t worry, you won’t get inundated with emails. Just updates on new releases and sales!)

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Romance Is…Part 8

This is it, everyone–the final post in my picture blog series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, was fun for me to try something a little different. (Also gave me tons of great ideas for future scenes in my BLISS books!) Be sure to watch for HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT on Monday, November 7th (for fans of book 1, be prepared to see Miles Masterson meet his match), and remember: romance can be as sweet as you like, as shown in example #8 :

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It’s Here! #CoverReveal for HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Oh, do I have a surprise for you today: the cover reveal for my next Checkerberry Inn novel, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.

Any guesses as to who that might be on the cover? 😉

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Yep, for all those Miles fans out there, your wait is nearly over!

HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT releases November 7th. Until then, how about a blurb to introduce you to our main characters? And no worries, your favorites from book 1 (HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR) are back at the inn waiting for you.

BLURB:

Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…

Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye. Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.

Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.

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Hmm, somehow that just doesn’t feel like enough. Perhaps a short excerpt, to get to know them a bit better?…

EXCERPT:

Half an hour after the service ended, Miles sat among the locals in the far corner of the Checkerberry’s dining room, a cup of coffee in his hands and mind a million miles away. What could she possibly want to ask him? And why did it have to be down by the old pond, of all places, where hopes and dreams left unfulfilled still haunted him the most?

A gentle hand lit upon Miles’s shoulder, and the floral fragrance his grandmother reserved for church tickled his nose. He was surprised she’d taken this long to come and start a game of twenty questions.

“Stephanie isn’t joining us?” said Ruby.

“No. And before you ask, I did extend the offer.”

The Checkerberry always provided a free lunch for anyone who attended Tom Granville’s services. Ruby claimed it was her penance for taking time “off” to attend the service, but Miles was willing to bet his next paycheck it was because she was sweet on old Tom. Not that she’d ever admit it. No, Ruby was always too busy playing matchmaker with everyone else.

Himself included.

“Such a shame. I do so hate seeing you here, sitting by yourself.”

Miles cast a glance down the long table toward the rest of their motley crew and found most of the others to be evenly paired. Hell, even old Tom was at the moment, his stoic grandson at his side looking less than thrilled to be there. Though, seeing as those two were wedged in between two other unfamiliar couples, he couldn’t really blame the guy. Heck, Miles didn’t want to be here himself, and it was his family’s inn.

“I’m perfectly fine sitting here alone, Ruby. Just like every other Sunday.”

“Of course you are, dear.” She gave his shoulder a small pat. “Though, it’s not often I see you staring off into the woods, pining for anyone.”

His gaze narrowed. “Since when have I ever been a piner?”

The corners of her eyes crinkled as a knowing smile stretched across her sun-worn face. Ruby gave his shoulder another small squeeze, then made her way back to an open seat near old Tom.

Pining. Miles cast a scowl out the window. So yeah, maybe a small part of him wished Stephanie would have joined them for lunch, get her joking and laughing like old times and introduce her to Kayla. Both dangerous lines of thinking, especially when he was mentally preparing to leave this sad little college town. What he really should be doing was reviewing the updated cover letter Freddie had sent over this morning. But he’d promised to meet Steph down by the pond, and no matter how anxious the idea of being alone with her there made him, he would keep his word…

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Did you miss book one? No worries, you can learn more about HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR here.

Romance Is…

A few weeks ago, I was out with a non-writer friend when the topic of my writing came up. She congratulated me on my upcoming releases, then admitted with a giggle that she’d overheard a mutual acquaintance joke about the “smutty books” I write.

Smutty? Wow, that was a new one.

Of course, the commentor was a guy, and someone who clearly wasn’t into romance novels. Still, the remark ate at me a bit, especially when there are FAR grittier books out there than mine. I mean, on the 50 Shades scale most of my titles rank about a 2. LOL

(Except the dragons, of course. But we’ll leave them out of this conversation…)

Anyway, this little remark got me to thinking – what IS romance, and how do people perceive it? A quick search on Google resulted in these definitions:

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Interesting. For me, I approach my novels more in the sense of a noun that leads to a verb. The feeling of excitement and mystery drive the stories forward. The guy calling my novels “smutty”, however, likely associates them with the verb form (and many variations thereof).

So I starting thinking of non-smutty romance examples. You know, stuff non-smutty folks could relate to. (Bothered by the label? Who, smutty me? Nah…) Surprisingly, I had plenty stored up in the not-so-deep-recesses of my writer’s mind.

Thus, in honor of my upcoming next release, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT (an Entangled BLISS novel, November 2016), I am going to start a picture blog series to offer a few clean examples of what “Romance Is”. Because romance in and of itself isn’t all about sex. It’s a noun and a verb, and can be as sweet (or not) as we choose to make it. Sadly, the sweet side often gets swept under the rug, when in fact these simple acts can mean so very much to the recipients. What do I mean? Here’s image number one, take a look:

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Thoughts? Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments of each. Of course, keep it clean people–you wouldn’t want to get the “S” label, too. 😉