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Friday, June 22, 2012

Welcome, Kieran Kramer!


Gentle Readers, I have a treat for you today...

Kieran Kramer is in the house!

I am super excited about this because:

A) She is, hands down, one of the nicest authors I've had the pleasure to interact with since becoming involved in the Romance community. 

B) I love her novels. Hopefully, I won't sound too stalkerish when I say that I've read them all, and since I have discovered her as a writer, I've followed her career with interest. In fact, some time ago, Kieran wrote a blog post about her family and how she grew up, on the South Carolina coast, that literally moved me to tears. I asked her to share the link with us, because you need to read it too!

Hi, Olivia! You’re so sweet to remember that. I’ll go find it right now...


And by the way, thank you so much for having me here at Lady Scribes. It’s a thrill to be here!!!

You are so welcome, Kieran! We are happy to host you. (We'll just chat until you get back, readers. Seriously. Go read that blog!) Okay, looks like everyone is back... Can you tell us a little bit about what your childhood was like?

All right, about my life growing up. It was WEIRD! We had a crazy mule and a goat who jumped up on people’s car roofs and pooped. We had Phred, the mean rooster, and two mean geese. We also had Ozzie, a mean horse who showed up one day at my trailer door  after escaping his pasture (I lived in a camper next to the big trailer while my dad was building our house). And Ozzie stuck his head right in my room and tried to bite me.

We had so many cats and dogs that our land is like a pet cemetery now (but I say that not in a morbid way but with great happiness that we had so many wonderful pets over the years). 

No one in my family knows this, so keep it to yourselves <g>, but I got up to some risky business on our dock with my first boyfriend in the moonlight. I’ve never told a single soul that before. But I tell you now just to stress that this place, the Lowcountry, is a primeval, mysterious, sensuous place that once you get a taste of it, you don’t ever want to leave.

So with all my stories, I think I’m born to write a Lowcountry book. I did most of my growing up here. I have pluff mud between my toes, but I’m also not a native. Have you noticed that most people who write about the Lowcountry aren’t from here? Dorothea Benton Frank is, but she moved away and became a New York socialite/humanitarian. I can’t wait to start my Lowcountry women’s fiction career, although I love my Regency one, too. And I haven’t even mentioned to my editor that I want to write Lowcountry stuff. However, I announced it to the world in a workshop at RT in Chicago, and I firmly believe that once you announce something to the world, the universe will conspire to help you make it happen.

I find that so interesting, because when I read the blog about how you grew up, I thought "Wow. She needs to write this!" I loved the sense of the world you grew up that I was getting. I think this would be a wonderful avenue for you to pursue! 

I know because I stalk...erm...I follow your posts, um, sometimes, BUT not everyone here knows what lead you to your current profession. What brought you to the realization that you are a writer?


Well, I was the newspaper editor in high school, spent a summer studying Creative Writing in the SC Governor’s School, and was an English major in college, so I knew I was attracted to the world of words.  I remember how thrilled I was that an Appalachian poet who came to see us at the Governor’s School picked my poem out of a heap of them and said she really liked it (I’ve always loved poetry, and every book in my Impossible Bachelors series contains at least a portion of one). I then worked at the CIA, and for a year there I was in an editor’s position. I also did a stint as an analyst and got an article published in an internal intelligence magazine.

After I married and followed my Navy husband around, I stayed home with our kids. When the two oldest were toddlers, I wrote a little Regency that contained a dog’s point-of-view—it was rejected by Hilary Ross at Signet. So I gave up on writing books as a career because they were the people I wanted to publish my stories (I had no idea RWA existed at that point or that other publishers might be interested in my books).

And then I was a freelancer for a regional section of the Charlotte Observer for a couple years after my third and youngest child was born, although I did have two stories at the big Observer—one about a cow running across a shopping mall parking lot, and one about a fight I induced between John Rosemond and T. Berry Brazelton on the subject of potty training that grew so large, the New York Times wrote about it (see my mommy writer blog, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, for more information on that story: http://peanutbutteronthekeyboard.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/potty-training-do-or-die/#respond).

And then I went to a Charlotte RWA meeting and learned more about RWA and contests. So I wrote three chapters of a single title contemporary and finaled in the unpublished Maggies. That made me realize I might have some potential. So off and on, I would write. It was a passion, a hobby, and I dreamed of someday being published. But I was much more involved with my family in my 30’s and let that dream slide. When I got to my 40’s, I re-ignited that passion and decided the year my husband got called up to Afghanistan to really, REALLY make a stab at this as a career. That’s when I wrote When Harry Met Molly. That’s when I learned that the business of being a published writer is WAY different than my cozy hobby. I still love to write, but writing under a deadline is different from simply gazing out my window and taking time off when I’m stumped. That can’t happen anymore.

I bet! Even though I don't have an editorial deadline yet, I feel the pressure now that I consider myself a professional writer. I'm equal parts eager and terrified to have an actual deadline, lol!

Oh! Speaking of novels...can we pretty please have a peek at your upcoming book? Oh, please? We won't tell anyone! Just between us, the Lady Scribes, our readers, Facebook and Twitter, 'kay?
I think this is BRILLIANT!

Yes! Here’s a little snippet from a random page—I’m leaving out the guy’s name, though, so you won’t know who he is:

His eyes gleamed with something that sent shivers of awareness through her. “I’ll leave you here.” He lingered over the kiss on her knuckles, and her fingers clutched in response to the heat of his mouth. “I’m glad you paid me a visit.”
She was appalled that she felt so reluctant to leave him. “I’m stopping by again,” she blurted out, “to meet Joe.”
There was a great silence between them.
“You can’t do that.” His voice was quiet. “For many reasons, not the least of which is protecting your good reputation.”
“I know.” She swallowed. “But I’m going to do it anyway. So don’t try to stop me.”
He lifted her chin, the gleam in his eyes becoming more pronounced. “You’re both headmistress and troublemaker. Do you know what that combination does to a man?”
“No,” she said, feeling rather breathless.
“It makes him unable to think of anyone but you. In the morning. At the noon hour. And at night.”
At night? Her face grew hot. “_____________, you shouldn’t—“
“Go home,” he said abruptly. “Before I pull you into another alleyway.”
And so she fled. Once she was at a safe distance, she glanced over her shoulder to catch a glimpse of him walking away. But he hadn’t. He was still there in his black cape, his gaze dark and steady upon her beneath the rim of his hat.
She couldn’t help herself. She turned and faced him, walking slowly backwards a few steps, her eyes locked on his, drinking in the sight of him. The wind blew a lock of hair in her eyes, and she pulled it aside.
She saw the corner of his mouth tip up once more, and her heart surged.
She spun forward again, and somehow at that moment—when she could feel him still watching her—she was able to forget the reality of her hopeless situation.
And for a brief, shining moment, it was like walking beneath an invisible rainbow into a bigger and brighter life.

Yay! Thank you...I'm excited for this new series. And I want to read more, which is what I suspect you were aiming for with that awesome passage. You are one sneaky dame, Ms. Kramer!

Okay, time to play Olivia's favorite interviewing game! (I asked Kieran a bunch of random questions and she gave some very interesting answers...)



1)   What was the first (or your most favorite) book that you read as a child? Have you read it to your children?

 The entire Little House series. I’ve read several of them to them. One of my favorites is FARMER BOY.
Shh. Don't tell Kieran, but my personal favorite is The Little House in the Big Woods!


2)   If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go? And why?

I’d stay here in the Lowcountry. But if I had to visit anywhere in the world for an extended stay, it would be Ireland or Scotland. The land is so magnificent in both places. Plus, I spent a year in Scotland in college, so I have fond memories. I’m also half-Irish and my mother has a farm in Ireland, so I’d go there to feel my ancestors looking over my shoulder.

3)   What is your favorite type of movie? Would you rather see John Carter of Mars or A Room with a View? 

I like that question! I’m more into quirky, zany movies with a Western ending. DO NOT GIVE ME AMBIGUITY IN AN ENDING!!! I don’t know anything about John Carter. I want to go see that. And A Room With a View was good—I do remember it—but I can only take nuance for so long. I like to be hit over the head with something big and funny or openly poignant. I’m not sophisticated enough to like nuance. I’m a reverse snob—I think it’s pretentious. <g>
We all know my taste in movies. (I <3 HellBoy!) ;)


4)   Are you an early bird or night owl? Has this changed over the years? If so, why do you think that is?

Damn, I HATE this question, but in a way I’m glad you asked it because now I can talk about the bane of my existence—insomnia, which has now plagued me off and on for five years—and maybe get some pity. If you’ve never had it, it’s awful. Especially if you have to wake up early and help get the kids ready for school. And I’m not the type to take ANY medication. Not even Benadryl (I know some women who take that every night! I don’t think that’s a great idea). I’d rather combat it naturally, by being in balance spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Of course, easier said than done! All my good intentions get tossed by the wayside when I feel I’m behind on my deadlines. BUT…the good part is, I’m making strides getting healthier, and I think that is helping.


5)   If you had a time machine, would you go back or forward? Why?

Definitely backward, as long as I get to bring antibiotics and a cell phone that can pick up modern cell phone tower signals!!! I’d go back to tell every woman I meet in the Olden Days to rise up and stop taking so much s*** from men. And then I’d walk into pubs and tell the men to go home and pay attention to their kids and wives and to get over themselves!!!

On another note (massive random transition here, which I tend to do a lot in conversation), I’d also want to thank all the people that died to make our country free. I’m a big patriot. I treasure our freedom.

6)   If you had the chance, would you go into outer space or take a submarine to the deepest parts of the ocean? Are you an adventurer or homebody?

Hell no on the submarine! You’d have to load me up with tranquilizers. I have claustrophobia. I’d hate outer space, too. I’m a big baby and want to stay home and watch it all on TV. At the same time, I AM an adventurer. Just not an in-your-face kind, you know—the people who say things like, “I ran with the bulls at Pamplona!!!” I hate those people!!!!
This would require serious libation.


Of course, I did do that in 2010, so I’m a big hypocrite. Those bulls were scary and could have killed us. That’s why most people who ran were drunk off their butts. I wasn’t. I might do it again someday, and next time I WILL take a drink to take the edge off. My friend jumped over a fence and the guy next to him got gored through the thigh. My friend stood over him and said the Rosary, and the guy lived, but shoot…that was scary. It was a big challenge for me not only because of the bulls but because I hate crowds, too, and we were shoved up against hundreds of drunk young guys at the beginning. It was NOT my favorite moment, cute as many of those Spanish guys were.

8)   What is your perfect bliss? The depths of despair?

My perfect bliss is sitting on the beach on a pretty day with all my family around me and NO SCHEDULE!!!!

The depths of despair for me is when one of my children is in crisis. We’ve had a few serious crises in our family, and only praying and the love of my family and friends saved me from losing it completely.

10) If you were an animal, which one do you think you would be? Is it the same one you would like to be?

I thought about this question and couldn’t figure it out. Someone asked me what kind of flower I’d be, and I couldn’t figure that one out, either. I wonder what this says about me?  I confess that I immediately thought I’d better be a parrot because they live a long time.  
Nature's Punk Rocker

Or a chimpanzee. They do, too. 
The cuteness! It hurts!!! ;D

In the back of my mind, I’m always slightly worried about death, like Woody Allen. But I would hate to be either one of those animals because I just don’t want to be an animal. As for flowers, I’d like to be a camellia, but you didn’t ask that question. 
I can almost smell it through the screen. Delightful...

They smell so good and are so pretty!!!   :>)


11)   What makes the heroine and hero in this upcoming novel special, in your eyes? Their most marked traits or the thing that drew you to them?

I really liked Duncan because he was the underdog hero. He was always in his brother’s shadow. And he’s a devoted father. I love any man who loves his kids. He’s really hot on my new romance trading card. I didn’t like the old picture of him there, so I got a new one made.

I liked Marcia because like all my heroines, she’s not your run-of-the-mill simpering debutante--although she could have been the super popular one if she’d wanted to be. I also like Marcia because she represents for me the overcoming of shame that every single woman I know has for one reason or another. We are way too hard on ourselves.


12)   Who is your favorite, out all the heroines you’ve written? Who is your favorite hero? Why?

Molly’s my favorite girl, from WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY, because she represents the writer I was before I got into the game of publishing. She’s a total goof, yet she has a deep side. I think she’s the closest to my personality. Maybe that means I’m self-absorbed. I wasn’t setting out to make her that way, but I’ve always felt like a fish-out-of-water, and so she resonated with me.

And Stephen’s my favorite guy from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE because he’s a naval officer and I modeled him after my husband—not how he looks but how he acts. He’s intrigued by the fact that Jillian doesn’t put up with him trying to order her about at the beginning of the book (not that my husband ever ordered me around, but he’s a military guy, and they like to do things THEIR way). And Jillian reminds Stephen that he can translate his skills as a naval officer into skills he can use on land. He’s a fish-out-of-water almost in the literal sense—he and land don’t mix at first, but he and Jillian create a thriving community in their neighborhood.

13)   Who chooses the titles for your novels? (They are funny and adorable!) Were they the titles you originally came up with? What’s the silliest/funniest/worst title you remember coming up with?

Thank you! No, they weren’t original except for WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY. I’d submitted four titles based on movie titles, but three of them weren’t used. However, my concept of using titles that riffed off of pop culture really inspired Jennifer, my editor. She and I collaborated to come up with the others, although she came up with the final titles for DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME, PRINCES TO THE RIGHT and IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT.

My titles are more “normal” in this new series, the House of Brady. But the whole idea of the House of Brady is kind of off-the-wall, so that was crazy enough for us.

14) What’s your favorite season, and why?

Summer. I love having the kids at home. I love fresh vegetables and the beach and the downtime.
"Why are we jumping?" "Who cares?! It's summer!"

15)   If you won the lotto, what’s the first thing you would do?

     

I would pay off our mortgage, write big checks to a couple of charities we support (like the USO and some local soup kitchens and pet shelters), hand out a bunch to the nieces and nephews for college tuition, and then put the rest into real estate--probably a beach house and a mountain house for the kids to inherit. And then I’d travel!




Olivia, this was so much fun!!!!! 

Thank you for having me, and I would love to give away a copy of my last book, IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT, to one of your readers, along with some other swag, including a pink LOVING LADY MARCIA pen, some Post-It’s, bookmarks, and romance trading cards.

I’d also love to mention that I have a free “Kieran Kramer” app on the iPhone and Droid! It’s so cool! (It's really, really cool- check it out! ~ O)

And then there’s the amazing street team I have with Vicky Dreiling called the Regency Rockstars! 
We’re nearing capacity (we think we’re capping it at 100 members for now), but we aren’t there yet, and we would LOVE to have some of your blog’s readers come join us. Please check us out at www.regencyrockstars.com. You’ll see a link to our Facebook page, and you can join the group there. We’re sending out some fun goodie bags next month.

Thanks again, Lady Scribes, and I hope to visit with you again soon!!!

Many hugs all around,

Kieran :>)



Just leave a comment for Kieran, and don't forget to give us your email address, and you will be entered to win swag! (And I've read IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT, and you want to read it, believe me!)





49 comments:

  1. Oh kieran, I love your impossible bachelor series. Ima so excited that your here today. I was thinking about those impossible bachelors today and trying to figure out who was my favorite out them all. However, that is a tough call, because they are so lovable. However, I think my favorite is captain arrow or lumley. I would love to get the impossible bachelor trading cards, because they are in my top favorite guys.

    However, it was a lot of fun to read this post. I with you on not going in the deep sea or outer space. If it becomes an option to on mars one day you can count me out. I have no desire to into space. That stuff scaries me.

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    1. Melody, it's so great to see you here, and thank you so much for your sweet comment!!!

      Yeah, you and I can sit around and watch everyone else go to outer space. It's not MY fault I'm this way...Captain Kirk and all his cronies made me lazy. They can do all the hard work and send the pictures home via satellite.

      Speaking of Captain Kirk, did any of you watch the original Star Trek? Every time he was about to kiss a woman, they put a super soft lens on her. Did you ever notice that? Uh, why? That's all I want to know. They were cute without it.

      And then there was the Captain Kirk fight music: I know it by heart. He was the ultimate 60's alpha male dream hero, and as much as I liked him when I was little, I'm kind of glad we've moved on to a newer type of Alpha hero (who can maybe get thrown on the bed by a woman and seduced and still remain Alpha somehow). That never would have happened to Kirk.

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    2. I'm not an adventuress either, Melody! Just the idea of an "endless depth" of anything, unless it's my coffee mug, scares me...

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  2. I fell in love with the impossible bachelors right out of the gate with When Harry Loves Molly. Your humor in these books is simply fantastic!I think Harry will forever be a favorite simply because he introduced me to you. I love love Love the trading cards! They are easy and small enough to tuck into a pocket in order to have a book mark on hand. They are also great for marking a spot in those overly large textbooks lol. Let me add that I am proud to be a member of your street team! Congratulations on the new book series!
    temptnfate13 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Misty, thank you so much for your kind words! And I am absolutely THRILLED you're on the street team. When I scroll through the photos of all the people who joined and read about each of you, I get super proud to know that you would take time out of your busy lives to hang out with us. Thanks again for that!!!

      And anyone who wants my trading cards (Melody included), even if you might not win today, just email me your snail mail address at kkramerbooks@aol.com, and I'll send you all of them!

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    2. Harry and Molly were my first, also, Misty. I just adored Molly, she was so brave and funny, and she wouldn't allow herself to be beaten! Nothing could defeat her for long.

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  3. Olivia, I just want to say good morning and thanks for having me at Lady Scribes!!! You're so funny--even your captions under the pictures made me laugh!!! It's really awesome to be here.

    I was up til 2 a.m. last night because our oldest child came back from Spain, where he'd been for six weeks. He did a Maymester course for college credit. Now this was a super huge deal for lots of reasons, but the biggest reason was that he has mild Asperger's Syndrome, and social situations that other people take for granted can really throw him off. And we wouldn't be there to help him. Ack!! SO I was nervous.

    But anyway, he made it through with FLYING COLORS, and so I had to be typical mom and run out and buy all sorts of helium balloons to line the stair rail and balcony to our loft and make posters AND make peanut butter Kiss cookies and just be a proud mom in general.

    Which is why I'm a little late getting going this morning. But again, I am so glad to be here. :>)

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you were able to come by! Doing this interview has been so much fun for me too. And staying up until 2am to welcome home your son and hear all about his adventure is MUCH better than stinky insomnia. ;D

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  4. Thank you so much for joining us today, Kieran! I met you briefly at RT in Chicago, and readers, I can promise you she is as amazing and funny and friendly in person as she is in print. :)

    I didn't realize you were a military wife. My youngest brother is on his way over to Afghanistan soon...he's off in deployment training right now. I've found that I handle his deployments better when I have writing to distract me.

    And Olivia, did you realize you'd skipped question 9? LOL.

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    1. Well, question 9 was impertinent and was sent to its room. *snickers*

      I can't imagine having a spouse or sibling in the military. Having two sons, even though they are young, it is something that worries me. But I think those men and women can do their duty knowing they have such love and support back home. I salute YOU LADIES. XOXO

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    2. Catherine, it was so good to meet you in Chicago! That was a great conference, wasn't it? I danced a lot-that's my favorite memory.

      And yes, I hope you'll use the writing to distract you when your brother gets shipped out. God bless him and I wish him a great tour.

      Another great way to feel better while he's gone is to get involved with some kind of group that sends stuff to the soldiers over there. Even if you just ask your brother for his unit's address and send treats on your own, you'll have fun working on that. What's really cool is finding out what they need and want (including books!).

      Good luck, and when he gets back, let me know--I want to congratulate him and thank him. :>D

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    3. Yes, we usually send him boxes of goodies. He's one of those that is always telling us he doesn't need anything or want anything. We have to sometimes drag his address out of him so we can ship him anything at all. LOL. But we send stuff, and figure even if he doesn't eat it or use it, maybe someone else with him will. Such a stinker. I'll definitely let you know when he returns. :) Thanks!

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  5. I seriously am in love with everything Kieran Kramer writes. Perfect storytelling and romance and humor. I always find myself uncontrollably smiling or giggling while I'm reading your work. Stephen is my favorite too!! btw

    I'm so anxious for House Of Brady to come out. It's a guaranteed read for me and on my Amazon pre-order list. And just by reading the excerpt above I know everyone's going to love it... such a tease. August get here already please :P

    sharocks13(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Isn't that the most fun idea?! And Kieran can totally pull it off with her funny and sweet writing. I can't wait either. :) Thanks for coming by, Sharon!

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    2. Sharon, you're a sweetheart! Thanks for all your support. I sure hope you'll enjoy Marcia and Duncan's story. It's a whole new series, and it's a little different from the last one!! I'm so enjoying writing it!! I'm on Gregory's story now. It's called THE EARL IS MINE.

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  6. I love all your impossible bachelor books. :) My favorite is When Harry met Molly too. Molly is one of my favorite heroines! I like that she's smart but a bit of goofball at times. :)

    Thank you for the offer of trading cards! I will email you about them. They would be perfect for my set of your books at home! :)

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    1. That series is such a good one. I love Kieran's take on the Prince Regent in the Impossible Bachelor series- it's so funny! Prinny really was a prime target for caricature, wasn't he?

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    2. Thanks, Olivia! He sure was! Everything I wrote about him I feel fit his actual personality well. He was intelligent, shrewd, a great connoisseur of art and all things beautiful, yet he was also incredibly debauched and decadent, which led him to make some really awful choices.

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    3. May, thank you for always being there for me, and of course, I'll be happy to send you those romance trading cards!!! :>D

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  7. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Kieran! We are thrilled to have you!

    I'm in love with the sound of your Lowcountry books! I hope your busy schedule will allow you to write them!

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    1. Oooo, me too! Moonlight and long summer days, beaches, saltwater marshes, lazy gators sunning themselves on the red muddy banks, and sweet tea and tire swings under the shade of magnolia trees. I bet these books will rock WHEN she writes them. ;D

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    2. That's the hard part, Deb--carving out the time. But I'll get to it. My first stab at a novel was when I was 13 and I wanted to write about my life out on Johns Island. I still have that title, and I love it--that's the one I would use.

      Thanks, Deb and Olivia, for giving me a high five on that dream. I wish the same for you two!! Books of the heart must be written!!!

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  8. Mrs. Kramer: I love your books and Molly is one of my favorites heroines. Can't wait to read the next one!

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    1. Thank you so much, Grettel!!! And thank you for stopping by the Lady Scribes!!!

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  9. It's so great to have you on Lady Scribes today, Kieran!!! What a great interview, Olivia. :) I adored all the children's book titles re-purposed,;), on your grown-up books. Couldn't get them out of my head and that's a good thing!

    Too excited for The House of Brady. Question: Are there any footballs thrown in the vicinity of Lady Marcia's nose?

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  10. LOL!!! Marquita, I'm not giving anything away!!!!

    :>D

    But thanks for being excited about the House of Brady--it's so much fun to write.

    And I really appreciate y'all having me on here today. I love visiting with fellow writers and readers.

    I truly believe we all have amazing stories inside us--we're born to share that way. But to think that I can do that professionally still fills me with awe and gratitude. I'm esp. thankful for the connections I've made, including to a person as special as Olivia and to all my readers!!!

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    1. *Sniffles* Aww, it's one big lovefest here at Lady Scribes today! Lol...

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  11. My first time here, arrived via Twitter. So now I"ve found this new blog and also the Regency Rocks one - technology is just amazing! And I had no clue there was such a thing as author apps. What does it do? Read the books for you?

    My kids loved 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' so the riff off that title made me laugh.

    mayamissani AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Maya! So glad you found us. :) I too recognized the "Cloudy" book and got a good giggle from it, but I wonder if non-parents saw it the same way the first time they picked up the novel? Any non-parents out there that can chime in?!

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    2. Hi, Maya! On my reader app, you can read excerpts from all my books, check out the covers, pre-order, buy from several outlets, see my photos and book trailers, connect with my social media outlets, read my bio, get announcements of appearances, and whatever else I want to put on there! I think I'll be putting on exclusive excerpts and stuff like that. I just have so much to do, I haven't gotten around to playing with it much .

      Thanks so much for stopping by--and I'm glad technology connects us, too. Really. It's a great thing, however much I complain sometimes about how it's taking over my life, LOL!!! Honestly, how many times a day do I check email, texts, Facebook, etc.? A LOT!!!!

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  12. Loving Lady Marcia, sounds really, really good, Aand if Olivia says If You Give A Girl A Viscount is a don't miss read, then I don't want to miss it.....so....Swag me Baby, Yeah! (sorry, a little Austin Power humor there)

    joylynne66(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Joy- that's sweet, thank you! And you'll love it- it made me laugh out loud. (My husband gave me funny looks. He doesn't get it. Nobody laughs reading Stephen Hawking.) ;D

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    2. Joy, I love anyone who loves Austin Powers!!!! Thanks for visiting the Lady Scribes today. It rocks around this place!!!! And Olivia is a fantabulous friend to say such nice things.

      :>)

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  13. P.S. Weird fact about me. I love Burt Bacharach so much it's not even funny. He was a hottie when I was a tiny girl. And now I can see why. He's gorgeous and so talented. I loved seeing him on Austin Powers. You want good music to cook by (while you're drinking a glass of red wine--and occasionally pouring some from the bottle into your spaghetti sauce?)

    Just put on Burt Bacharach. Talk about mellow!!! Yet so feeling. So poignant. Okay, I'll shut up now about my guy, B-Squared.

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  14. Hi Kieran! Thank you so much for hanging at Lady Scribes! We're so tickled to have you. :) I have to agree with Deb that I love the idea of the Lowcountry books! Brings to mind lots of mischief--something I'm a big fan of. ;}

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    1. Thanks, Andris! I loved hanging out here with y'all!!!

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  15. This interview was so fun to read, one of the best I've read in a while. I also hate that what animal would you be...I just think about all the things animals eat and do and it does not appeal to me to even think about which one I could pick.

    4hrjc(at)mchsi(dot)com

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    1. Ha! Rhi, I know- I love putting people in a pickle. You get the BEST answers that way. ;D I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Yeah, who ever dreamed my final answer to that would be CAMELLIA? Did I even spell that right? I think that question brought back memories of my game show days, and I rebelled. When we were on Family Feud, Richard Dawson asked my mom, "Name a spectator sport," during that final bonus round. And she said, "Backgammon."

      Go. Mom.

      Yes, we lost the money, but afterward the producer (Howard) came up and said, "Rosie, your answers are so WHIMSICAL!" But I've never seen it on a Family Feud blooper clip. Maybe because we were on the Feud during the Stone Age. BTW, RIP Richard Dawson. I was glad I got to kiss you!!!!

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  17. This interview was fabulous ! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and thank you so much for brining Kieran over here now I have discovered your fantastic site !

    I adore everything Kieran writes and I am huge fan Kieran your books are incredible !

    Thank you also for the really stunning give away!

    desere_steenberg(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yay, Desere, thank you for the great comment! I think what I like best about Kieran's novels are the heart and humor. Well, okay, that's two things... Lol!

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    2. Awwww, y'all are so nice. Thank you!!!

      I'm telling you right now that LOVING LADY MARCIA is going to be a little different from the Bachelors, so be prepared for a new series. I can't wait to hear your verdict.

      Gah!!! So scary!! And exciting!!!

      :>)

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  18. Very fun interview. These sound like good books.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by! Good luck in the drawing...

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  19. Thank you, bn100!!! I appreciate your stopping by to say hello!!! :>D

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  20. Usually I tend to skip over long blogs but this one was so interesting I couldn't stop reading what Miss Kramer had to say. I've never known anyone who ran with the bulls in Spain but when we were little kids visiting our grandpa's farm we used to play with the little cows...swat them on the rump and so on. What fun kids have that stays with us thru adulthood. Would love to read your latest book.
    jFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Jackie, how fun you got to swat some cow rumps! You know they probably loved it--you knocked off some flies, no doubt. I remember visiting an old boyfriend's grandfather's farm. He took me out to this pasture, and all the cows formed a big circle around us. It was so surreal. I almost had a panic attack! All these cows staring at me, their tails swishing, their mouths moving as they chewed their cud....and I couldn't escape unless I walked over their backs, which I wasn't about to do, LOL!!!

      Thanks so much for swinging by to say hello, and thank you for your kind words!!! :>D

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  21. wow, look forward to read this series! :D

    lady_milano3 at yahoo dot com

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