The journey of Kissing Cassie.

My latest release Kissing Cassie was delivered (hopefully) into the hands of readers yesterday. For me, it was a beautiful moment. It’s been a whopping fifteen months since my last book Falling into You came out.

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Poor Cassie and Jared were thrown in and out of my mind so many times that I’m surprised it’s ever seen the light of day. I started writing it almost immediately after finishing Falling into You, the story was born from a dream I had the night before going on holiday to the island of Majorca. It involved Alexander Skarsgard, me and my old office under the stairs. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. I wrote up the full plot whilst I was on holiday and all Cassie had to do was wait for the end of Falling into You to come.

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During that writing time a lot happened, by then I was working full-time, had two children to care for. My daughter started school just before we moved house. The house move is an entire story by itself and can be found somewhere on this blog. It was traumatic to say the least.

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Anyway, I managed to finish around January and started editing right away. It went to two beta readers, Ameel Koro and Glenda Hutchings. They both offered sound and extensive advice, after so much re-writing it definitely needed another read through. It landed in the hands of Allan Coulton, Nicci Skelding, Darlene Suber, Nicole Kiyo and Lynn Mulligan Peterson. I made a few further fixes from there and read it what felt like a million times. Then I began the most terrifying task of any writers life…I submitted to publishers.

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I had an offer within a few days. If Cassie was going to a home, it had to be a good one. After further investigation I reached the decision that neither she or I belonged there. I was then to suffer the pain of rejection on several occasions. One in particular made me want to throw it in the bin.

On the 26th of June my dreams came true. I had an offer from an excellent publisher. One that I knew I’d be more than happy to work with!

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This is where being an indie author and a published author becomes very different. I’m a self-confessed control freak. Lets just say, RP were amazing, and I’m confident that they’ve helped make Kissing Cassie the best she possibly can be. Michele Paulin is my editor and I adore her, she helped what could have been a rocky transition for me as smooth as glass <3. The fact that this was my first time writing contemporary romance, and third person, became abundantly clear throughout the editing process. I wanted to punch myself several times!

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I really hope you’ll see the difference in my writing, I’d be really interested in your thoughts. In good old L.T. Kelly fashion, I’m still a little non-conformist and I love a good twist ;).

So without further rambling. Here goes. Introducing Kissing Cassie…

Kissing Cassie

This Hollywood heart throb doesn’t know how to take no for an answer and is willing to leap any hurdle to get the woman he wants…

When high school drama teacher Cassie Thornton finds herself drowning in a failing marriage, she struggles to get her head above water. Her husband, Robert, is a workaholic science professor at Oxford University with a sordid secret. After eight years of marriage, Robert’s blatant disinterest in her forces Cassie to demand they go on a vacation, hoping it will reunite them.

Gorgeous Jared Peterson is the cream of Hollywood actors. His squeaky clean image, coupled with his outstanding results at the box office, has earned him respect industry wide. That’s until his cunning fiancé and co-star goes on a rampage, setting out to destroy his reputation. How else could he cope with her betrayal except to escape Tinseltown?

When Cassie and Jared meet on the island of Majorca, it sparks a life changing chemistry between them. Jared refuses to continue with his career without her by his side. Cassie must decide whether to give up life as she knows it or leave it all behind to give their love a chance.

Buy links

Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/vELpwf

Amazon.co.uk: http://goo.gl/kbZlYF

Resplendence Publishing: http://goo.gl/h8VW5E

Add to your TBR shelf: https://goo.gl/3AaLUy

***NEW RELEASE*** Angry Movie Guy by Izzy Church

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Author Name:  Izzy Church

Book Title:  Angry Movie Guy

Genre and Sub-Genre: Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Publisher and Publication Date: Square Monkey Publishing, August 25

Book Content Rating:  2 PG17 Some adult situations but no details

Web Address:  http://www.angrymovieguy.com/

Tour Duration:  August 25-31

Review:  http://wp.me/p4d0wu-2Y

BLURB:

Angry Movie Guy  is a romantic comedy about  a struggling film critic who decides to take on a bad attitude to achieve fame and success as the Angry Movie Guy. When his review destroys the career of a woman he’s fallen in love with he must rethink his life. Can he mend his hateful ways and win her heart?

BIO

Isabella “Izzy” Church is an actress, singer, and writer born in Sacramento, California, USA who is focused on film, television and music.  Izzy began her career as an actress and model in New York as a teenager. While in New York she attended Marymount Manhattan College graduating with honors with a degree in Communication Arts, specializing in writing for film and television. To further her writing career she interned at DreamWorks for the head of the film and television department. Additionally, she pursued her acting studies with one of the top acting instructors in the country. Currently, Izzy is living in Manhattan and heading up a boutique Media Development Company called, Third Culture Creative.

LINKS:

BUY LINK – http://www.squaremonkeypublishing.com/menu.html

CONTACT LINK –  http://www.angrymovieguy.com/contact.html

***Guest Post*** A lovely visit from Andrew Joyce.

My name is Andrew Joyce, and I write books for a living. Lucy has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new book, MOLLY LEE. The story is a female-driven account of a young naive girl’s journey into an independent, strong woman and all the trouble she gets into along the way.

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Now you may possibly be asking yourself, What is a guy doing writing in a woman’s voice? And that’s a good question. I can only say that I did not start out to write about Molly; she just came to me one day and asked that I tell her story.

Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

My first book was a 164,000-word historical novel. And in the publishing world, anything over 80,000 words for a first-time author is heresy. Or so I was told time and time again when I approached an agent for representation. After two years of research and writing, and a year of trying to secure the services of an agent, I got angry. To be told that my efforts were meaningless was somewhat demoralizing to say the least. I mean, those rejections were coming from people who had never even read my book.

So you want an 80,000-word novel?” I said to no one in particular, unless you count my dog, because he was the only one around at the time. Consequently, I decided to show them City Slickers that I could write an 80,000-word novel!

I had just finished reading Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn for the third time, and I started thinking about what ever happened to those boys, Tom and Huck. They must have grown up, but then what? So I sat down at my computer and banged out REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in two months; then sent out query letters to agents.

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Less than a month later, the chairman of one of the biggest agencies in New York City emailed me that he loved the story. We signed a contract and it was off to the races, or so I thought. But then the real fun began: the serious editing. Seven months later, I gave birth to Huck and Tom as adults. And just for the record, the final word count is 79,914. The book went on to reach #1 status on Amazon twice, and the rest, as they say, is history.

But not quite.

My agent then wanted me to write a sequel, but I had other plans. I was in the middle of editing down my first novel (that had been rejected by 1,876,324 agents . . . or so it seemed) from 164,000 words to the present 142,000. However, he was insistent, so I started to think about it. Now, one thing you have to understand is that I tied up all the loose ends at the end of REDEMPTION, so there was no way that I could write a sequel. And that is when Molly asked me to tell her story. Molly was a character that we met briefly in the first chapter of REDEMPTION, and then she is not heard from again.

This is the description from MOLLY LEE:

Molly is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.

It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life.

Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice.

We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

As I had wondered whatever became of Huck and Tom, I also wondered what Molly did when she found Huck gone.

I know this has been a long-winded set up, but I felt I had to tell the backstory. Now I can move on and tell you about Molly.

As stated earlier, Molly starts out as a naive young girl. Over time she develops into a strong, independent woman. The change is gradual. Her strengths come from the adversities she encounters along the road that is her life.

With each setback, Molly follows that first rule she set against self-pity and simply moves on to make the best of whatever life throws her way. From working as a whore to owning a saloon, from going to prison to running a ranch, Molly plays to win with the cards she’s dealt. But she always keeps her humanity. She will kill to defend herself, and she has no problem killing to protect the weak and preyed upon. However, when a band of Indians (for instance) have been run off their land and have nowhere else to go, Molly allows them to live on her ranch, and in time they become extended family.

This is from a review on Amazon:

“A young female in nineteenth-century rural America would have needed courage, fortitude, and firm resolve to thrive in the best of circumstances. Molly Lee possesses all of these, along with an iron will and an inherent ability to read people accurately and respond accordingly.”

I reckon that about sums up Molly.

I would like to say that I wrote MOLLY LEE in one sitting and everything in it is my pure genius. But that would be a lie. I have three editors (two women and one guy). They kept me honest with regard to Molly. When I made her a little too hard, they would point out that she had to be softer or show more emotion in a particular scene.

I set out to write a book where every chapter ended with a cliffhanger. I wanted the reader to be forced to turn to the next chapter. And I pretty much accomplished that, but I also wrote a few chapters where Molly and my readers could catch their collective breath.

One last thing: Everything in MOLLY LEE is historically correct from the languages of the Indians to the descriptions of the way people dressed, spoke, and lived. I spend as much time on research as I do writing my stories. Sometimes more.

It looks as though I’ve used up my allotted word count (self-imposed), so I reckon I’ll ride off into the sunset and rustle up a little vodka and cranberry juice (with extra lime).

It’s been a pleasure. Thank you for having me over.

Andrew

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***COVER REVEAL*** Kissing Cassie by ME!

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Title: Kissing Cassie

Author: L.T. Kelly

Genre: Contemporary romance

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

Release date: 26th of August 2015

Add to your Goodreads TBR shelf: https://goo.gl/3AaLUy

I’m so insanely happy to present this cover for your viewing pleasure.

Admittedly, I was terrified about how this would turn out. I was used to selecting my own photographs and having control over every aspect of the process working in conjunction with a freelance designer.

My conversion from indie to publishing house has been quite smooth so far. That’s despite me shuffling around in the dark and feeling clueless. My editor as been amazing! We’re so completely on the same wavelength, that really shone through during the cover making process.

The cover designers over at Resplendence are receptive and understanding. They want their authors to love their covers. I adore mine.

Within ten minutes of it dropping in my inbox I ordered an poster size image. I can’t wait for it to be framed and next to my other titles on my office wall!

I hope you all love my cover as much as I do!  Join me on FB and Twitter to help me share it and grab your chance to WIN a $5 Amazon gift card!

Blurb:

When high school drama teacher Cassie Thornton finds herself drowning in a failing marriage, she struggles to get her head above water. Her husband, Robert, is a workaholic science professor at Oxford University with a sordid secret. After eight years of marriage, Robert’s blatant disinterest in her forces Cassie to demand they go on a vacation, hoping it will reunite them.

Gorgeous Jared Peterson is the cream of Hollywood actors. His squeaky clean image, coupled with his outstanding results at the box office, has earned him respect industry wide. That’s until his cunning fiancé and co-star goes on a rampage, setting out to destroy his reputation. How else could he cope with her betrayal except to escape Tinseltown?

When Cassie and Jared meet on the island of Majorca, it sparks a life changing chemistry between them. Jared refuses to continue with his career without her by his side. Cassie must decide whether to give up life as she knows it, or leave it all behind to give their love a chance.

Connect:

Facebook: https://goo.gl/uWDDiw

Twitter: @ltkelly2