Welcome to my stop for 12 Honeymoons by K.L. Brady. 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. http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/07/nbtm-tour-12-honeymoons-by-kl-brady.html
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?
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.”
Where do you get your book ideas?
Everywhere. I think writers are inherently observational. We look, we listen. We’re thinkers. Over-analyzers. And exaggerators. Couple those traits with functional schizophrenia (the voices in our heads that become characters) and writers are rarely short of story ideas. I think every book I’ve written is loosely based on my life and my observations of my life or the lives of those around me in some way or another.
For example, 12 Honeymoons blossomed from my “theory” on how people find their purposes in life or callings. I think that some people know what they are meant to do with their lives practically from the time they are born. Others of us have zero idea what we’re meant to do so we appear flighty and unfocused, switching from thing of the moment to the next thing of the moment, when the fact is we’re searching for that “one thing” that’ll make us whole. Then again, there are yet others of us who know what we’re meant to be from a very young age but we don’t have any confidence in our abilities to fulfill the calling so we appear flighty and unfocused and switch from thing to thing, until we fail or succeed miserably enough to turn, in desperation, to the one thing we knew we were supposed to do in the first place.
I fall squarely in the latter category…and so does the main character in 12 Honeymoons—Miki Vincent. Her search for her purpose and love makes for some interesting twists.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
When I write romances I tend to write by the seat of my pants and just let the story come to me. However, I also write spy thrillers that are crazy complex, multi-layered, and track a lot of characters. In those cases, I definitely believe in and live by outlines. Otherwise, I end up with a ton of plot holes I have to go plug up which makes the production take that much longer. But when I’m in the zone while writing a romance, I want to be as surprised as the characters—so pantser city.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
I generally can write a first draft in about two months, maybe three months for longer books. But the editing process generally takes 4-6 months, depending on the length. I’ve written my YA novels in three weeks, but the word count is only about 50,000 words on those so it’s not too tough. My romances and thrillers run upward of 80-90K words so they take a little longer no matter what.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
I am both traditionally and self-published. I have two books that were published by Simon & Schuster. The Bum Magnet which was originally self published was picked up by S&S after about 5 or 6 months on the market. After I earned out my advance for that book and it was out of print, I got the rights reverted back to me and it’s now published once again under my own imprint. My 2nd book with S&S is called Got a Right to Be Wrong and it’s the follow up to my first book. It’s still on sale. My YA novels and spy thrillers, in addition to 12 Honeymoons, were published under my LadyLit Press or Frankie V Books imprints.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I started writing during a bout of depression halfway between a break-up with an ex-boyfriend and my 40th birthday. I was watching an Oprah Live Your Best Life show when it occurred to me that I’d always had a burning desire to write a book but never had the cajones to try. I’d told myself I couldn’t do it for so long that I started to believe it. But the time had come to shut up and do it. Finally, I sat down at a computer, opened up and just bled all over the page. I literally laughed through my pain, poured it all on the page. I’m not sure I’ll ever write a funnier book. So, I don’t recommend going through a break up or waiting until you turn 40 to start your writing career. But I do recommend channeling negative energy to do something positive. The best way to be a writer is to just sit down write—notebook, napkins, laptops, whatever. Allow yourself to write crap. Welcome the crap. We all have to begin somewhere and you have to write poo before you can write perfection.
Thank you so much for hosting me!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
The book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour.
AMAZON: 12 Honeymoons: A Novel