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Loving You Always Blog Tour (Book #2 of the Bennett Series)

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Kennedy Ryan’s Top Five Recent Reads

I haven’t been reading really at all. I’ve been writing – a ton. I usually manage to still read every night before bed, but the rest of life has intruded so much lately that hasn’t happened. So…here goes. Some may not be super recent!

 

  1. The Dark Light of Day – T.M. Frazier
  2. Carnage – Leslie Jones
  3. Thief  – Tarryn Fisher
  4. Unbreak Me – Lexi Ryan
  5. The Hook Up – Kristen Callihan  

Loving You Always

Loving You Always Excerpt:

Moving like an old woman, she shuffled into her bedroom and lay on the bed. She didn’t bother removing the kimono, but just slipped under the covers and went to sleep.

“If you were ready for your someone special, what would she be like?”

Walsh looked away from Shelby’s probing stare and directly into Kerris’s eyes. He smiled that slow smile she’d never seen him give to anyone else, reaching out to tangle his long fingers with hers. He pulled Kerris to him, towering over her, sheltering her. She had missed this feeling. In these few moments, she forgot about Shelby. Forgot about the world outside of these arms. There was only now. There was only them, and things were right. She wasn’t sure how it had happened, but things were finally right.

Walsh whispered her name like an incantation.

Kerris. Kerris. Kerris.

“Kerris!”

“Walsh,” she muttered, still clawing her way out of the dream. She sat up in bed, rubbing her eyes and pulling the kimono close around her neck.

“What’d you just call me?” Cam stood in the semidark, the lamp illuminating the mounting rage on his face.

“Cam! Oh, gosh. No. No, it’s not…not—” she sputtered, still blinking heavy sleep from her eyes.

“In your sleep!” Cam chopped a stiff hand through the air and leaned down until their noses almost touched. “And you have the nerve to accuse me of cheating? When you lie down beside me every night and dream about him

His hot, alcohol-soaked breath fanned her face. She realized his words were not crisp, but slurred, slopping around in his mouth, crowded out by anger and outrage.

“Cam, you’ve been drinking.” With false calm, she reached up to touch his face, wiping at the dampness on his forehead. “It’s been a volatile night for us both. Let’s talk about this tomorrow when we’re both in our right minds.”

Cam pushed her hand away.

“Oh, I’m finally in my right mind. I came back to talk things through. Give it one more chance, at least for the baby’s sake, but I had it right the first time. I’m done.”

About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It’s a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride.  In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.

 

Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. Ryan is donating a portion of her proceeds to her own foundation and to her charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Her interview series MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS is featured each month in Brooke Burke’s online magazine Modern Mom.

Ryan_LovingYouAlways_ebookAbout LOVING YOU ALWAYS

*Please note, LOVING YOU ALWAYS is book two in The Bennetts Series, book one is WHEN YOU ARE MINE

The man she can never have . . . 

Kerris Moreton should be the happiest woman in the world: She has a successful business and is about to start the family she’s always wanted. But the man of her dreams-the one whose green eyes see straight into her soul and whose gentle hands make her body hum with pleasure-is not hers.

Each secret moment with Walsh Bennett serves to remind Kerris of what she’s missing. And every stolen hour makes it harder to see her future without him. But being with Walsh would betray a sacred promise and upend her perfect life. When tragedy strikes, the razor’s edge between love and loyalty grows sharper than ever. And Kerris must decide where her heart will fall

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Work In Progress (WIP) Blog Tour

Family TiesMy friend Bianca Sloane, who weaves masterful thrillers about the dark side of love, tagged me in the Work In Progress blog tour. Her books are page turners and I am eagerly awaiting her next one, Every Breath You Take. You can read more about it here.

The Rules: Link back to the person who nominated you. Share a little bit about your WIP then the first sentence from the first three chapters. Nominate four writers to do the same.

Family Ties started out as a way to deal with carrying my clients’ pain and the stress involved in my profession. I kept writing in spurts when I could handle the emotional fallout. I told myself if nothing else, it would be okay if I finished and never published it. Finishing it was enough.

When I completed the first draft fourteen years later, it wasn’t enough. I discovered I wasn’t writing it for me like I thought I was. I was writing it for my boys. I told their stories the only way I knew how, by creating a new one. Their story needs to be shared with those in similar situations with little to no hope. I shared more about this story here.

Chapter 1

“The roar of a moving van pulling into the house across the street averts my attention from the cherry popsicle in my hand.”

Chapter 2

“I jump and scan the living room, den, and hallway.”

Chapter 3

“Arissa and I walk to Encinitas High School for our first day of school together.”

I’m tagging four a writers and friends in alphabetical order so no one can accuse me of playing favorites, because they are all amazing in their own right.

Douglas B. Wimmer: He’s funny and fun to banter with on Twitter. He is in the process of writing an amazing novel full of action (and Easter Eggs for me, not me specifically – you get my drift).  He has excellent taste in music and isn’t afraid to throw himself under the bus if it means everyone else gets a giggle from it. We got to know each other much better when he thought he was talking me off the ledge from deleting one of my WIPs (not Family Ties) along with mutual friend, Tara Harlow. Those are good friends, people!

Katie Oliver: Katie had me laughing with her blog before we became friends. Now we tweet each other regularly and on the occasion when stars collide, we collaborate. Her talent for writing RomCom is off the charts (in my books) and her books, Prada & Prejudice, Love & Liability, and Mansfield Lark, are worth every cent.

Sonya Craig: Sonya is a sci-fi writer and talented artist. She’s an extrovert and I love seeing her tweets on my feed because I know they will make me laugh or make me think. Both are good for the soul. And if you like hot cars, you need to follow her on Twitter. She loves posting pictures of hot cars. And fat cats. Particularly her cat, Fat Cat.

Stephanie Neighbour: There are times when I read Stephanie’s blog then tweet her something like, “Our mothers could have been sisters.” Or, “What if our mothers were the same person?” In either case I’d have a super cool cousin or a rad sister. I’m certainly okay with either one because Stephanie is an awesome person who makes me laugh (notice how everyone here makes me laugh?). She also has two adorable Dachshunds, Chip and Autumn, who visit the blog on occasion. And don’t get her started on her mail or snow in Jersey. hehehe

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

EditingBrilliant author of the romantic comedies Prada & Prejudice, Love & Liability, and Mansfield Lark, Katie Oliver, tagged me in a global blog tour on the writing process. If you didn’t read her post, go check it out. I met Katie nearly two years ago on Twitter through a mutual real life friend of both of ours. I fell in love with her RomCom series on her blog that had me swooning, angry, and laughing in just one post.

What are you currently writing?

I have two manuscripts in progress right now. My focus is the second manuscript because it’s more malleable as it took me a month to write as opposed to fourteen years for the first. It’s the story of fiercely independent Lara Pendergast who grew up in the dangerous part of town and trusts only two people in her life, her cousin and her best friend. Loyal and protective Robin Embry plays bass in a punk rock band and works in a record store. He met Lara in college and they’ve been best friends since. Lara meets genteel Chase Ashton when he comes to the gallery she manages looking for a painting for his house. Chase and Lara are drawn to each other, but Chase has trust issues of his own. Problems arise when Robin declares his love for Lara just moments before Chase picks her up for a date. Troubles continue when the devious Alexandra DuBois, Chase’s ex, arrives on his doorstep with shocking news for him and nothing but trouble for Lara.

This started as flash fiction on my blog that I titled How Long Will I Love You? The story kept needling me before I posted it and took on a life of its own.

What makes your work different?

I have so many answers for this, but the major difference is I’m not a series writer. Series are not a bad thing. I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and Nancy Drew. Some my favorite current series are The Mortal Instruments, The Lunar Chronicles, and the Patrick Bowers Files. I read all the Star Wars books, too. But, I also read a lot of stand-alone books. I like my beginning, middle, and end in one book. I want my readers to use their own imagination to come up with their own ideas of what happens next.

Why do you write what you do?

I like the journey of one or more characters broken in some way. Lara thinks re-inventing her persona will push her away from her past, but she falls back into old habits when pushed to the edge by so many stressors at once. Chase falls hard for Lara, but the memories of Alexandra breaking his heart so callously holds him back. In my first manuscript, my main character is horribly abused by her family, which is carefully kept a secret until one day when her father loses control. Her journey of healing that brokenness is not only learning that not all families are like hers, but accepting that she’s not “damaged goods” as she’s been told repeatedly. I like the message that circumstances don’t dictate who you are. They become part of who you are, but you get to choose what you do.

What is your writing process?

I need three things when writing: dialogue, music, and candle light. Whatever fiction I’m writing, whether it’s novel, flash fiction, or serial fiction on the blog, always starts out with dialogue in my head. The current novel started with this line from Lara to Robin: “You don’t get to come in here right before my date and profess your love for me. You should’ve had the fucking balls to tell me before I got involved with Chase.” Once it is firm in my head, I sit down in my writing cave at the laptop or with a pen and notebook. I try to keep my writing hours to the daytime when I’m alone, but when I have that dialogue in my head for scene after scene I tend to write for as long as it takes to get it all out, even if it means walking away to fix dinner then returning to write until 2a.m. This happened a lot the week of New Year’s when I was working on the first draft and I had word counts of six thousand to ten thousand each day that week. When I start a new story I find an album that fits my plot and put that on repeat. Once I have a good chunk of the story together, I compile a playlist of different music that fits my characters and listen to that. Music is an absolute necessity for me. I can write without it, but my writing flows better with it. I started off listening to Ellie Goulding on repeat then built up my playlist for Chase & Lara. Candlelight helps me as much as music does for some reason. It’s a habit that started in college. My dorm-mates knew I was in a serious zone if my door was open and a candle was burning. They called it The Light of Knowledge. It may not be a real need, but sometimes when I’m struggling and realize I didn’t light a candle, the lighting of one changes the game.

You know how when you’re blocked and you know it’s YOU that’s blocking yourself? I felt that a lot while working on this and realized the first time it happened that I needed to confront it head on. Any time I felt stuck or blocked I stared at the screen and thought to myself, what would make my mother squirm? Then I wrote the first thing that came to my head. It worked like a charm every single time.

I kept notes in a notebook on my characters because their attire is a big part of their character and as it grew, I transferred it to another notebook with pictures from magazines of clothing styles for each character, as well as pictures of who I think matches each character. It’s almost like an art journal for my book. I even drew floor plans for Lara’s apartment and Chase’s house.

Next stop on the global blog hop, talented writers, Callie Armstrong and Kimberly S. Belle. Look for their posts next week Monday, April 7th.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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