Saturday, December 8, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Kieran Kramer + Giveaway (US/CA)

It's always a joy to have Kieran Kramer on the blog and today is no different. Her books will leave your sides hurting from laughing so much and sighing because of the absolutely sweet HEA.

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG KIERAN!!!

Meet Kieran:
Double Rita®-finalist and USA Today bestseller Kieran Kramer is the author of the lighthearted Regency historical romance series, The Impossible Bachelors, published by St. Martin’s Press. She recently signed a six-book contract with St. Martin’s for another Regency series called The House of Brady, released in August 2012 with LOVING LADY MARCIA. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. Without doubt her greatest adventure, which she’s taken hand-in-hand with her husband of 23 years, a commander in the US Navy Reserves, has been mothering their three children.

Connect with Kieran: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter




Jamie and Kati: Hi Kieran! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance. Thanks for being part of our December Joyathon for a second year :)

J&K: Who is Kieran Kramer during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper,baker)
Kieran Kramer:
During the holidays, I’m all about family and friends. I just LOVE tradition…the baking, the Christmas carols, the girls’ shopping trip to the mall, the presents for the teachers, the hot cocoa, decorating the tree, and yes—I really am a last-minute shopper. Most women I know aren’t like that. I have more in common with men in that regard, I think, LOL!! Besides the fact that I’m totally too disorganized to buy presents throughout the year, I don’t like buying Christmas gifts all year long because 1) when I’ve done so in the past, I forget about the presents and find them stuffed in a bag in a closet two years later, and 2) technology changes fast, and my kids are mainly into tech gifts these days. Even when they were into Toys R Us, their tastes would change month-to-month. So I do mostly December shopping.

I’m a spiritual person, too, so Christmas for me is a time for reflection on how I’m living my life. Couldn’t I be doing more to be a good person? What direction should I go in next year? All those questions swirl through my brain. I also think about how blessed I am. That’s the most important part for me, actually. Christmas is the nudge in the cold, dark winter that warms me and reminds me how fortunate I am and how much there is to hope for. The spirit of Christmas is real. There’s a magic that falls over the whole world like a beautiful, spangled veil—you see it when you look up at the stars on Christmas Eve. Something whispers to me to stay optimistic, to get up and try again if I fail at something, to be happy with the simple things, and to trust in love…to celebrate love.

J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?
KK:
My favorite holiday book is a big ole copy of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I love to read it to the kids (big and little) in the house! We’re all kids when we hear that read aloud!
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J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
KK:
Definitely Elf. That’s one of our favorites!!

J&K: Which one of your characters would you want to spend the holidays with?
KK:
Just one character? That’s so hard to choose! :)

Okay, I’d choose Molly, my first-ever heroine. She’s so crazy. I love her. So she’d be lots of fun at Christmas. We’d go shopping and I’d ask her to bring all the Mistresses along: Hildur, Joan, Bunny, and Athena. We’d go to the mall, then we’d go street shopping downtown and stop for a great lunch and at some point, Starbucks, for my favorite white mocha salted caramel hot coffee.

J&K: Do you write more or less during the holidays?
KK:
Probably a little less, but there have been Christmases when I have a book due—the last two, in fact, and I’ve had to hide away in a room while the rest of the family has fun together. I’m thrilled this year that won’t be happening. My next book won’t be due until February.

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite for a holiday feast?
KK:
Victoria Holt, who wrote MISTRESS OF MELLYN; Harper Lee, who wrote TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; Jane Austen, author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE; Margaret Mitchell, who wrote GONE WITH THE WIND; and Betty Smith, author of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. All women! I like plenty of male authors, too, but these women authors are special to me.

J&K: What are you excited about for 2013?
KK:
Life! That’s the first answer that popped into my head. I get excited about every single day. I love seeing my children grow up and visiting with my family and friends, and just taking walks with my dog and hugging my cats and making good dinners and watching TV with the fam…stuff like that. I also always love when my books come out. I should have two out next year, and maybe another e-novella! I love those days! Oh, wait. I also love going to conferences. Next year, Kansas City is going to be fun with RT! And then RWA in Atlanta will be great, too. I get to catch up with old friends at the conferences, and I also LOVE meeting my readers. I always lose my voice at the booksignings, and I knock over my chair sometimes because I like to get up and hug people who come to visit me.

Quick questions:
Snowmen or snow angels? snowmen
Real tree or fake tree? real
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Gingerbread
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? Home for the holidays
Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve
Re-Gifting: Tacky or Is there a sneaky way to do it? Tacky
Author’s choice: What is one of your favorite memories of Christmas Eve???

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LOVING LADY MARCIA:
Genre: Historical
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 28, 2012)

Marcia gets schooled…
Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

On the subject of love.
A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?
Pre-Order A Copy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | indiebound | iBooks
Book Extras: Read the 1st Chapter | Kati's Review
Other Books in Series:
Coming 2/2013

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So dear readers, it's time for a giveaway to celebrate the season. After all, tis the season. Kieran is giving away a signed copy of LOVING LADY MARCIA to one(1) lucky reader. (US/CA) Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Kieran answering her question: What is one of your favorite memories of Christmas Eve?
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
***Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our December Joyathon authors. Lots of giveaways. Also, enter your name in for the grand prize.***

A huge thank you to Kieran for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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