Christine Young

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12 Honeymoons by K. L. Brady Presented by Christine

Please welcome K. L. Brady author of 12 Honeymoons.

The author will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a Kindle Fire HD (International Giveaway) to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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12 Honeymoons

by K.L. Brady

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INTERVIEW:

Interview Questions

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I would have to say my mother. She always said I was a strong reader from a very young age. When I was 7 or 8 she started buying me diaries, the ones with the locks on them, and that’s where my writing career began. My adult diaries would eventually serve as the inspiration for my first novel, The Bum Magnet, which I didn’t get the courage to write until just before my 40th birthday. When I announced to my family that I’d written the book, they all asked, “Is it an autobiography?”

I’ve been writing for publication ever since.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

12 Honeymoons began with me and my examination of my own path to becoming a writer and author. Although I’d written in journals my entire life and I’ve held jobs that required writing, I never thought I could be a published author. I talked myself out of it at every turn—said I didn’t have the talent or the education. I’d tried a hundred different things in which I would either fail miserably or succeed miserably until I finally embraced that I did have a calling and that calling was to write.

I think it’s the same for a lot of people out there, including the main character, Miki Vincent. She has known her calling from a very young age, but she’s quietly talked herself out of it and told herself she couldn’t do it. Instead, she’s experience a lot of fits and starts in random careers, jumping into new adventures with excitement and then abandoning them after the “honeymoon period” wore off. That’s where the “honeymoon” in the title comes from. It’s really about how, in both searching for love and our callings, the beginnings are always exciting, new, fun…but can we really experience or learn anything meaningful or experience true intimacy if we don’t allow ourselves to get past the initial “high” of the honeymoon and trudge through the difficult parts. That’s when you really find out who you are…or who you’re with.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I write in multiple genres – YA, Adult Comedy, and Spy Thrillers—and I have multiple series that I’ve started. I’m truly hoping to finish all of my series within the next two years and then move on to new subjects. I have a weird, strange, crazy idea for a suspense novel involving a woman who is a bit off of her rocker that actually came to me in a dream. It’s a departure from anything I’ve ever written before so I’m looking forward to digging into that. And I’m very excited about a sweet romance that I’m writing for a Valentine’s Day book bundle.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Honestly, it would have to be Miki Vincent from 12 Honeymoons. She’s a departure from any character that I’ve written and she the least like me of any of them. She says the things people want to say. Yes, she’s made a lot of mistake in her life in terms of men and her career decisions, but she’s still young enough to correct course and get her life on track. I’d love to be that young again. Plus, she fell into a huge inheritance so she’s quite wealthy, the richest character I’ve ever written. I’d love to have her money (although not for the reasons she has it).

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

After writing The Bum Magnet, I entered it into a now defunct writing contest, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. I made it past the first round, but what I really took from Amazon was the writing community. It was the one I ever interacted with. There, I learned that to get your book published, you needed to sign up with a literary agent. Of course, I thought this would be a BREEZE. After all, I’d written 336 pages of brilliance (*eye roll*). So, I sent out the first book I’d ever written in search of an agent and my Oprah moment. I can describe the experience in one word: Rejected! I want to say I got rejected about 100 times, but it was probably more. After many vodka and tear-soaked nights (I jest…but, not really), I turned my focus to the helpful criticism and used the advice to edit my manuscript. Eventually, I decided to self publish it. After some great reviews and buzz, it caught the eye of a senior editor at a publishing house and eventually got picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

I think the best advice I’ve ever seen “Writer’s write,” meaning if you want to be a writer then you have to put the time in with your butt in the chair and your fingers to the keyboard (or pen to a notebook). You cannot think about writing and become a good writer. You can’t read about writing and become a good writer. You just have to write…and that often means writing badly so that you can learn from your mistakes and get better. I’ve learned much more about writing from allowing myself to make mistakes than getting something right the first time.

I don’t consider any advice bad advice because it teaches you either way. But what I have figured out is that you have to be careful about how much you spend time looking at and following what other people are doing. Stay in your own lane. Do your own thing. Learn from others but don’t mimic others. Find your path and own it.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

It really depends on the book. My spy thrillers are so incredibly complex and layered that I have to write outlines, very loosely, so that I don’t end up with a bunch of plot holes. However, with my romances, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and let the characters take me wherever they may. With fewer characters to follow and less complexity, it is easier to keep all the pieces straight in romance.

12. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I have SO MANY favorite books it would be difficult to count. But one of the greatest lessons I learned about storytelling and one of the many reasons I love writing romantic comedies comes from reading Pride & Prejudice. I resisted reading that book for years because I thought I couldn’t relate to the stories. Then I saw You’ve Got Mail, and I finally decided to give it a try. Well, I’ve probably read it about five times since. I love it. It taught me a very important lesson about comedy and the craft of relationship storytelling: Funny is absolutely is timeless and the human experience is universal…and also timeless.

That’s my wheelhouse – comedy and relationships.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

What’s interesting about 12 Honeymoons, as I now think about it, the darkest moment of the book doesn’t occur when the character hits rock bottom. It’s not really until she’s finally coming into her own, feeling as if she’s making progress in her life, figuring out who she is…and who she loves. Right when she’s at this emotional high, she allows her faith in what she’s become to be shaken by a bump in the road.

How many times has that happened in our lives? We think everything is going swimmingly and then BAM! We’re drowning and we can’t figure out how we got from swimming to drowning so quickly But, in those instances, we have to be careful about how we react. Sometimes, it’s better to just be still and figure everything out, rather than to act rashly out of emotion. This is a lesson Miki learns the hard way.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I honestly don’t watch much reality TV anymore. I prefer the competition-type shows centered around cooking and music, such as Top Chef and The Voice. However, there is ONE family show that I really enjoy when I catch it and that’s Chrisley Knows Best. That is a funny and often heartwarming show.

18. Anything else you might want to add?

Thank you for hosting me! I’m so excited about 12 Honeymoons. After my mom passed away a few years ago, I didn’t know if I could write a romantic comedy again. This book not only brought me back to life, but it helped me find my funny again.

I hope it helps people think about the purpose for the only lives. There are some lucky people out there who know what their callings in life are from practically from the day there were born. Others of us must take the scenic route to our destinies, and that’s okay. Work hard, enjoy the journey, and you’ll get there.

BLURB:

Miki Vincent’s entire life stalled because she’s addicted to the beginnings of things, especially relationships. She relishes in the emotional highs, first hugs, first kisses that new love brings. But sex always ruins it. That’s why abstaining during the first three months of a relationship—following the 90-day rule—was supposed to help land her down the aisle with Mr. Right. Miki finds out the hard way, Mr. Wrong can wait that long, especially if his ultimate prize is her inheritance.

One assault charge and depression later, Miki devises the Honeymoon Plan, guaranteeing her a lifetime of firsts and zero heartaches. But following her own rule sends her life into an out of control spiral in which she’s sentenced to more than perpetual break-ups. A new pursuit and a string of sexy suitors offer her the opportunity to jumpstart her life and test her new strategy. The only problem? It just might work.

Miki’s best friend Pam, a repressed artist, struggles to keep her honeymoon alive but she can no longer ignore the blatant evidence staring her in the face: Her husband is having an affair. A different kind of “honeymoon plan” designed to free her from her troubles, and a chance meeting with a handsome artistic stranger, help reignite her passions. But will they destroy her marriage in the process?

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EXCERPT:

A Friday in April that year…

Crushing fear and chronic romantic failures taught me in a single hour what my mother tried unsuccessfully to teach me in twenty-nine years: If I wanted to be truly happy, I needed to think like a woman—a smart one. And if I emerged from this courtroom with my freedom, that’s exactly what I planned to do. As my glance traveled across to the prosecution’s side and zeroed in on the bogus victim, four numbers seared into my brain: 90—15—3—6. Thinking like a man and following the 90-day rule was about 15 minutes and 3 strikes from landing me in jail for 6 months.

“Your Honor, I’d like to cite Pena versus the Commonwealth—” I started before he gave me the hand.

“There is no burden to prove intent in a simple assault case, Ms. Vincent. Nice try.”

Strike one. On to Plan B.

“S-S-Sorry, uh, sir…your honor,” I stammered. “I swear to you…I did not unjustly harm Mr. Wiggins.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

  1. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years in the Ohio Valley. Her writing career started in the pages of diaries when she was 7 or 8 years old. But it wasn’t until her 40th birthday and an Oprah “Live Your Best Life” moment that she finally answered her calling and wrote her first novel–The Bum Magnet. The originally self-published novel was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal, and K.L. hasn’t looked back since, penning the follow-up, Got a Right to Be Wrong and self-publishing the first books in two young adult series and a spy thriller series based on her 20+-year career in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

She has a B.A. in Economics, an MBA, and is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. She is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.

Website: http://www.KLBradyAuthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KLBrady

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KarlaB27

Buy Links:

The book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour.

http://www.amazon.com/12-Honeymoons-Novel-K-L-Brady-ebook/dp/B00X6TCUPU

http://www.amazon.com/K.L.-Brady/e/B002O15D78/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1435439090&sr=1-

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

The author will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a Kindle Fire HD (International Giveaway) to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

 

Please use this rafflecopter code on your post:

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17 comments on “12 Honeymoons by K. L. Brady Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 2, 2015

    Thank you for hosting. Here is the correct link for the Rafflecopter so you can enter: Enter to win
    a Kindle Fire HD or a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

  2. K.L. Brady
    September 2, 2015

    Thank you so much for hosting today’s stop on my 12 Honeymoons virtual book tour!! I’m so excited about the book and will be around throughout the day to answer questions! Enjoy the interview!

  3. achristay
    September 2, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Anne
    September 2, 2015

    Very interesting post. I agree with the way you handle outlining your work. For the spy novels i can see that its necessary to use an outline, but I like the fact that you ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ when it comes to writing romance. It’s always a good idea to let the characters tell you what’s suppose to happen. I think it makes for a more realistic story.

    • K.L. Brady
      September 2, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne. Yes. My characters ALWAYS tell better stories than I do. And even though I outline my spy novels, i definitely allow myself to ignore the outlines if the character comes up with something better.

  5. jinjerstanton
    September 2, 2015

    I’m looking forward to reading 12 Honeymoons!

    • K.L. Brady
      September 2, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. bn100
    September 2, 2015

    nice interview

  7. Betty W
    September 2, 2015

    I really enjoyed your interview and I think your advice is spot on: Work hard, enjoy the journey, and you’ll get there. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Victoria
    September 2, 2015

    Great interview and excerpt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • K.L. Brady
      September 3, 2015

      Thank you Victoria!! Glad you stopped by.

  9. Ree Dee
    September 10, 2015

    It sounds like a very fun and entertaining read. I can’t wait to read more!

  10. Mai Tran
    November 18, 2015

    In your opinion, what is the best Disney movie to come out since Disney’s Golden Age?

    • klbrady27
      November 18, 2015

      That is SO HARD. I really love them all. I would have to say my Top 5 are 1. The Lion King; 2. The Little Mermaid; 3. Finding Demo 4. Tangled (great twist at the end) 5. Frozen. I could fidget with the order but these are the ones.

  11. amanda sakovitz
    December 1, 2015

    thanks for the chance

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