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She’s funny. She’s delightful. She’s a damn good writer. She’s Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

In today’s ongoing series of Q and As with bestselling authors  – we feature the delightful and talented Kristan Higgins (contemporary romance author and women’s fiction author).  Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than fifteen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus and Romantic Times. She is a four-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. You can connect with Kristan via her website and blog. On her facebook profile page. or her facebook author page, on twitter

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

AIEWfcreissueKH: ALL I EVER WANTED hit the USA TODAY list…I forget where, but let’s say it barely squeaked in there. It stayed on for two weeks, and I was utterly thrilled!

What were you doing when you found out you hit the bestseller list? And how did you celebrate or mark the occasion?

KH: I think I was sitting on this very porch, and my editor called me. I said, “Are you even kidding? Don’t joke about that stuff!” We were both so excited!

For that first time, my husband took me out to a fantastic restaurant, and told the maître d’ “My wife’s book just hit the USA TODAY list!” The restaurant people brought over champagne, and when dessert came, they wrote “Congratulations!” in icing. It was like a dream. Plus, I didn’t have to cook.

What does being a “successful author” mean to you?

Kristan Higgins at a book signing.

Kristan Higgins at a book signing.

KH: I think success means knowing that my books have had an impact on readers. Books are meant to be read, after all; I’m not writing just for my own entertainment. But loving my work is a part of success, too, because if I hated writing and didn’t care about the end result, well, where’s the joy in that? And there’s a financial component in there, too, somewhere. My original goal was to earn enough so that I wouldn’t have to wait tables part-time. That goal has been surpassed. It’s nice to be paid for the work I do, but if I only made as much as a part-time waitress, I’d still be writing.

Some authors are great at it, while others can’t find the right formula, but in order to be a success in today’s market, you have to do promotion. So, what are the top three things that you do consistently when it comes to promotion?

KH: I write everything myself—I answer all my email, posts and messages, I write my own newsletters, every Tweet and Facebook post comes from me. I think that’s important, because it connects me with my readers, and that bond can’t be underestimated. I also think you can tell when you get a note from someone’s assistant, and that strikes me as ungrateful in a way . . . here the reader has told you how much she loved your book, and you don’t even read it? You don’t have five minutes to answer? I just couldn’t do that.

Kristan with her dear friend  (the wonderful) Kim Castillo

Kristan with her dear friend (the wonderful) Kim Castillo

I deliver a consistent product. When you go to my Facebook page, read my newsletter, follow me on Twitter, read my blogs, you’ll always know it’s me (see #1). All those posts contain the same tone as my books—they’re warm, approachable, often funny, heartfelt and talk about everyday life. I’m not whining about how mad I got in traffic or “vague-booking” about my problems, because that’s not what my readers want to hear about. They want the me of my books. My friends and family are there for the bad traffic days.

I write more books. It’s easy to believe that if you just promote enough, your book will get attention. I don’t think that’s true. Readers can’t be fooled or manipulated into loving an author. It’s always about the book. I know authors who are great on Facebook and write ragingly popular blogs about publishing, authors who have ten times the Twitter followers I have. But that’s not what I’m doing for a living. I don’t want to be a social media whiz; I want to write books. My readers want me to write books. You have to choose how you spend your time.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

Kristan is a dog lover and dog owner. She says most of her books have dogs in them because "life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate."

Kristan is a dog lover and dog owner. She says most of her books have dogs in them because “life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate.”

KH: I love when I understand my book. It usually takes 265 pages, and then I smack my forehead and say, “So that’s what this book is about!” I would sincerely love it if this moment could take place on page 10 and have killed several roosters under the full moon to try to change this, but all for naught, I’m afraid. Page 265 seems to be a thing with me. (Author disclaimer: I really haven’t killed any roosters. But I’ve been tempted.)

The thing that makes me a little bonkers is the phrase “churning them out” in regard to writing two books a year. First of all, in the romance genre, that’s not terribly fast. Secondly, it implies that I’m just going through certain motions. I don’t. Every book is different. Every book is hard. Every book has a chunk of my heart in it. There’s no formula or button or crank. It’s my heart on the page, almost literally. I want to say to those people, “Churn? Churn them out? It’s more like I gave birth to an alien baby covered in spikes, okay?”

beyondsunrise2014Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

i_cant_complain_lgKH: Mary Balogh for her beautiful prose and wonderful characters; Elinor Lipman for her wry, wise, joyful voice; Marian Keyes for her sense of humor; Robyn Carr for her moral compass; Stephen King for scaring the pants off me.

What are you currently working on?

KH: I’m working on a women’s fiction novel called ON SECOND THOUGHT. It’s about two women who find themselves abruptly single and end up living together while they try to come to terms with the reality (and end) of their relationships. And it’s about second chances, too.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why? A. write/plot/creative B. social media/promotion C. email/admin

IYDfc-smallWOYfcKH: C first because I always have to check and see if there’s something from my editor or publicist that needs taking care of quickly. Then B would come second, usually because there’s a note that says something like if you could have this by today, that would be so great! Then comes A, because I like to have uninterrupted time to work creatively, so I clear the runway, as it were.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

KH: I’m on my front porch!

Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

Kristan Higgins's upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW will be out on Aug. 25. Pre-order and you can win a $500 VISA gift card. Check her site for details. http://www.kristanhiggins.com/

Kristan Higgins’s upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW will be out on Aug. 25. Pre-order and you can win a $500 VISA gift card. Check her site for details. http://www.kristanhiggins.com/

KH: I think I’d go a little crazy if I couldn’t be. I don’t know what nonwriters do all day? Talk to real people? That seems so uninspired!

KH: Thank you so much for having me today! I loved your questions, and it’s a huge honor.

Kristan is running an awesome contest for her upcoming book. If you pre-order her upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW, (before Aug. 25) you can enter a contest to win a $500 VISA gift card!

You can connect with Kristan via her website and blog. On her facebook profile page. or her facebook author page, on twitter. Kristan also writes for The Jaunty Quills blog. 

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PARIS IN LOVE by ELOISA JAMES (memoir)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the beautiful memoir PARIS IN LOVE by New York Times best selling author Eloisa James

PUBLISHER: Random House
http://random-house.atrandom.com/2012/04/06/paris-in-love-by-eloisa-james/

BUY “PARIS IN LOVE” ONLINE:

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iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/9x9kt6w
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Posman Books: http://tinyurl.com/9gwslhe
Word Brooklyn: http://tinyurl.com/9yg4ptl (for copies signed by Eloisa James)
Books-A-Million: http://tinyurl.com/93gf4su
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AUDIO BOOK:

AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/96cd52q
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SYNOPSIS:

In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. “Paris in Love: A Memoir” chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).

“Paris in Love” invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour.

READ AN EXCERPT:

http://parisinlovebook.com/excerpts.php#top

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER:

http://parisinlovebook.com/excerpts.php#top

STELLAR REVIEWS FOR “PARIS IN LOVE”:

“After fighting cancer, James took a sabbatical from her university job as a professor and Shakespeare scholar to spend a year in Paris with her husband and two kids. In this delightful charm-bracelet of a memoir, James, also the author of 20 romance novels, offers quirky, often laugh-out-loud funny snapshots of her adventures as an American suddenly immersed in all things French-food, clothes, joie de vivre. Her portrait of her family is equally lighthearted, and her reference guide is indispensable.” – People Magazine, 4 of 4 stars

“Eloisa James’ enchanting memoir about living in France for a year features a funny fat Chihuahua named Milo, enormous chunks of dark delicious chocolate, American and French culture-clashing, and, of course, the envy-inducing éclat of elegant French females… Written like a spool of lovely prose haiku, Paris in Love gives the reader a sense of being immersed along with James in Paris for the year rather than reading her memories. As if in real time, you see the rain, taste the food, observe the people…In the end, Paris in Love isn’t about going abroad, it’s about making the most of the time we’re given in life. This would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.” – USA Today

“Paris in Love: A Memoir is a series of charming outtakes…including [Eloisa’s] children’s initial struggles and later triumphs in school, as well as her own increasingly bold forays into French-ness, from food and flea markets to embracing her femininity—where better than Paris to rediscover the pleasures of lingerie, post-mastectomy (and reconstructive surgery)? Along the way, James savors the moments of dissonance and satisfaction that come from the shared adventure of figuring out life in another country.” – Vogue.

“Written with a dry sense of wit and an elegant sense of style, James’ literary love letter to the City of Light is inspiring and insightful.” – Chicago Tribune

“[James’s] online musings on food, fashion, and family became the basis for this chronicle of an unforgettable year in Paris, where, without the constant claims of academic life and the rigorous demands of the publishing treadmill, James rediscovered the simple pleasures of life. Her chic, charming, and completely captivating memoir of a healing year in the City of Light is bound to inspire readers to dream of setting off on their own escapes.” – Bookscan

“What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book: the kids, the plump little dog, the Italian husband. Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

AUTHOR BIO

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

CONNECT WITH ELOISA ONLINE:

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/EloisaJamesFans

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/eloisajames

PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/eloisajames/

WEB SITE:
http://eloisajames.com/
http://parisinlovebook.com/

BLOG:
BARNES AND NOBLE REVIEW: http://tinyurl.com/cda3q9x

UPCOMING CONTEST/BOOK TOUR/BLOG TOUR INFO

Join Eloisa’s Ambassadors to help spread the word about new releases. Ambassadors have their own special contests and swag! You can sign up here: http://on.fb.me/R0caoA

Australia: August 17, 2012
Booksigning, hosted by the Australian Romance Writers of America
4:30-6:00 PM
QT Gold Coast Hotel
7 Staghorn Avenue
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
61-7-5584-1200

New Zealand: August 24 – 26, 2012
Reading and Booksigning
Time TBD
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Auckland, NZ

St. Louis, Missouri: Sept. 4, 2012
Author Visit
7:00-9:00pm

St. Louis Public Library http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
1640 S. Lindbergh Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63124
tel:314-241-2288
http://www.slpl.org/

Okemos, Michigan: Sept. 5, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
7:00 PM
Schuler Books and Music http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864
tel:517-349-8840
http://www.schulerbooks.com/event

Frankfort, Illinois: Sept. 6, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
7:00 PM
Frankfort Public Library <http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com>
21119 S. Pfeiffer Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
tel:815-469-2423
http://frankfortlibrary.org/calendar
Seating is limited. Please reserve online: http://frankfortlibrary.org/calendar

Edina, Minnesota: Sept. 8, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
2:00 PM
Barnes and Noble <http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com>
3225 W. 69th St.
Edina, MN 55435
tel:952-920-0633
http://www.voiceplaces.com/eloisa-james-minneapolis-st-paul-2542117-e/

Boonsboro, Maryland: Sept. 15, 2012
Booksigning with Nora Roberts!
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Turn the Page Bookstore http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
18 North Main Street
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
tel:301-432-4588
info@ttpbooks.com https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&amp%3Bfs=1&amp%3Btf=1&amp%3Bto=info%40ttpbooks.com
http://www.ttpbooks.com/

Washington, D.C.: September 23 or 24 (details to come!)
Library of Congress National Book Fair: Talk & signing
I’ve never been to the National Book Fair—and I can’t wait! I gather the book fair takes place under a series of big tents on the Mall in Washington. I’m giving a talk, so please come along and find my tent.
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Dallas: November 9, 2012
Readers and ‘Ritas
Friday, November 9, 2012
This is a fun celebration of romance and reading, held in a small hotel outside Dallas. Come hang out with me for the weekend! Tickets are available here: http://readers-n-ritas.org/blog/

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ALL SUMMER LONG by SUSAN MALLERY (contemporary romance)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the contemporary romance ALL SUMMER LONG by New York Times best selling author SUSAN MALLERY.

TITLE – All Summer Long, Fool’s Gold book 9

RELEASE DATE – NEW RELEASE

PUBLISHER – HQN Books http://tinyurl.com/7b8tqrz

BUY IT ONLINE:

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SYNOPSIS:

Can a summer fling turn into love that lasts a lifetime?

Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he’ll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool’s Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he’s frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous.assets.

Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling reinforced long ago by a man who left soul-deep scars. Now she has good friends, a solid job and the itch to start a family-yet she can’t move toward the future while she’s haunted by painful memories.

Clay finds an unexpected ally, and unexpected temptation, in tomboyish Charlie, the only person who sees beyond his dazzling good looks to the real man beneath. But when Charlie comes to him with an indecent proposal, will
they be able to overcome their pasts and find a love that lasts beyond one incredible summer?

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER:
http://tinyurl.com/73xrabs

AUTHOR BIO:
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN ONLINE:
http://www.susanmallery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/susanmallery
http://www.twitter.com/susanmallery
http://www.goodreads.com/susanmallery

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SUMMER DAYS by SUSAN MALLERY (contemporary romance)

TUESDAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is the contemporary romance SUMMER DAYS by New York Times best selling author SUSAN MALLERY
POSTED TUESDAY MAY 29TH, 2012
TITLE – Summer Days, Fool’s Gold book 7

RELEASE DATE – May 29, 2012

PUBLISHER – HQN Books
BUY THE BOOK ONLINE:
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7ouaheg
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/7ujebs9
 

SYNOPSIS:
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to-the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi-and life as a cowboy-much more compelling than he wants
to admit.

For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her
yearn to be a little less.wholesome.

As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://tinyurl.com/73xrabs

AUTHOR BIO:
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN ONLINE:
http://www.susanmallery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/susanmallery
http://www.twitter.com/susanmallery
http://www.goodreads.com/susanmallery

 

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