I'm incredibly thrilled to share my launch day for Shelter My Heart (Caught Up in Love, Book 2) with fellow Kindle Press author, Randileigh Kennedy, and her amazing book, Half-Truths!
On the surface, Whitley Rose appears relatively put together. People are in awe of her songwriting career, her Nashville apartment has a one-of-a-kind view, and her rock star boyfriend – well, he’s a dirt bag, and truth-be-told her tiny apartment actually sucks. Meanwhile, on the chance her crumbling dreams aren’t devastating enough, she’s called back home to face the reality that her father is seriously ill.
Sawyer Grant is dangerously handsome for a guy in jogging pants, and far too focused for a spontaneous girl like Whitley. However, having experienced the loss of his own family, he knows what it’s like to face the hard truth of losing someone. Despite the heaviness of their circumstances, they still find themselves smiling and laughing together under the summer sun.
Perhaps an open sky, laughter, and love are the only truths they really need.
SHELTER MY HEART
Two Weeks. One Life-Changing Proposal. Devon, an ailing, young CEO-in-training due to inherit his dead father’s conglomerate saves the day for Jenny, an engaged young woman on her way home to see her family. To repay his kindness, she agrees to be his date for his family’s annual society gala and convince the board that he’s healthy and going to marry. Two weeks are all Devon needs, and two weeks are all Jenny can give—until the stakes rise, forcing Jenny to answer the question: How far is she willing to go to save Devon’s life?
I nominated Randi's book during her campaign, which ran with mine. As soon as I read the opening scene, and I saw that her book opened in an airport and her heroine was on her way home to see a sick family member (just like mine!), I was hooked. I feel so blessed to have been part of the 2-3% of authors chosen to publish with Kindle Press, and to be part of the incredibly supportive community we have on Facebook.
Randi and I decided to partner up on our launch, and she was kind enough to drop by here to chat! Welcome, Randi!
How many books have you published? All contemp romance?
I have 5 self-published books, all contemporary/new adult romance. They are also all “clean” romances which isn't always easy to do, but I never want 18+ labels on my books – they are all perfectly suitable to be read by teenagers. I loved reading romance books at a young age, so it's important for me to write them that way and I hope my audience can rely on their imagination when the lights go out. 🙂
What made you decide on Kindle Scout?
I wish I discovered it sooner, quite honestly! I read about it on the bottom of one of my Amazon pages and it sounded like a good fit for me. Obviously I'm quite happy now I submitted my book! It's a great avenue for self-published authors to explore, or even for those who have just completed their first book.
Inspiration behind your story Half-Truths?
I got a call awhile back that my father, only in his 50s, was in serious heart failure – I flew back home (from the Midwest back to Nevada) and they told us he only had a 5% chance of making it. It was a very emotional few weeks. I had to write about it. Naturally for me the only thing that heals sorrow like that is love – so it's still very much a love story.
Your story also opens in an airport. What gave you that idea?
Since the book takes place in 2 different cities, Mountain Ridge (Nevada) and Nashville (Tennessee) the airport made the most sense to me since they would have a connection to both cities.
Heard you have a pet pig! Tell us about him / her. What made you get a pig vs. a dog or cat?
I do, his name is Kevin Bacon and he is adorably charming (as far as pigs go, lol). They actually make amazing pets – he uses a litter box, pigs are hypoallergenic, and they don't shed! All a bonus over a cat or dog. They are very smart animals though and are born with the brain of a human toddler, so pigs (like toddlers) aren't for everyone – but for me, I like a little weirdness in my life, so it suits me well.
What's next for you?
I'm already halfway through a new romance called “The Weight of Madness.” It's a little darker than my other love stories. I hope to have that completed this summer.
One thing you wish you know before you were published that you know now?
Patience is a test I rarely pass. Sometimes the “waiting” is agonizing, but it's just part of the process. (Even knowing that though, I'm never fully prepared for just how it feels…)
Finally, tea or coffee?
NEITHER – It's got to be either Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. I like a little fizz in my life. 🙂
About Randileigh Kennedy
Randileigh Kennedy grew up in Nevada and now resides in the Midwest. She has had many eclectic experiences – she has been a pig farmer, a world traveler, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, a radio DJ, an expert at Monopoly, a party planning addict, a hypochondriac who overuses WebMD, a wife, a mother, a songwriter – and the list continues to grow.
She currently has five books available – all three books in the SIX Series (these are light, easy-to-read summer love stories and can be read independently, although they are more enjoyable when read in sequence), along with two separate standalone books, Ten Seconds of Crazy, and The Falling Kind. All of these books are more of a “clean” romance – no 18+ rating (they're more like a PG-13 movie :-))
For more on Randileigh Kennedy, please visit her website at randileighkennedy.com.
About L.G. O'Connor
LG O'Connor is a corporate marketing exec by day who takes her author cape out at night. An avid reader, she loves books with memorable characters that make her heart sing. She's the author of the urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and Caught Up in RAINE, her contemporary romantic women's fiction debut. Shelter My Heart (a Kindle Scout Winner) is the second novel in her romantic women's fiction series, Caught Up in Love, a series which follows three women in the same family on their road to redemption and a second chance at love. A native ‘Jersey Girl,' she's always in search of the perfect cup of coffee and fine Italian leather. Her perfect hero always keeps the heroine fed. You can find Recipes from Raine's Roost (which first appeared on Joyce Lamb's USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog), by Caught Up in RAINE hero, Raine MacDonald, on her blog: lgoconnor.com
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