by K.L. Brady
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Miki Vincent’s entire life stalled because she’s addicted to the beginnings of things, especially relationships. She relishes in the emotional highs, first hugs, first kisses that new love brings. But sex always ruins it. That’s why abstaining during the first three months of a relationship—following the 90-day rule—was supposed to help land her down the aisle with Mr. Right. Miki finds out the hard way, Mr. Wrong can wait that long, especially if his ultimate prize is her inheritance.
One assault charge and depression later, Miki devises the Honeymoon Plan, guaranteeing her a lifetime of firsts and zero heartaches. But following her own rule sends her life into an out of control spiral in which she’s sentenced to more than perpetual break-ups. A new pursuit and a string of sexy suitors offer her the opportunity to jumpstart her life and test her new strategy. The only problem? It just might work.
Miki’s best friend Pam, a repressed artist, struggles to keep her honeymoon alive but she can no longer ignore the blatant evidence staring her in the face: Her husband is having an affair. A different kind of “honeymoon plan” designed to free her from her troubles, and a chance meeting with a handsome artistic stranger, help reignite her passions. But will they destroy her marriage in the process?
My Grandma Pearl once told me there are two kinds of men: the ones who will make you count your blessings, and the ones who will make you want to start counting from zero to forget they ever existed.
Mitch Wiggins fell into the latter category. He made me determined to not only start again…but to start better. The end of our disastrous liaison quite literally drove me from love’s hangover straight to Circuit Court… in a brand new S-Class with a dented rear fender. The real shame of this sham was that I had him pegged within days, maybe moments, of meeting him. The red flags went up and flapped like crazy, batted against the winds of Deceiving Bastard, but I convinced myself to ignore the warnings and continue with the charade. And finally, I figured out the real problem.
See, at that time, I still viewed “the honeymoon period” in a relationship as a wonderful pit stop on the yellow brick road to everlasting happiness—and I was wrong. So wrong. The actual truth was concealed behind the blare of my biological clock, which was ticking like an Old & Barren bomb merely seconds from exploding over the remnants of my life.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
K. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years in the Ohio Valley. Her writing career started in the pages of diaries when she was 7 or 8 years old. But it wasn’t until her 40th birthday and an Oprah “Live Your Best Life” moment that she finally answered her calling and wrote her first novel–The Bum Magnet. The originally self-published novel was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal, and K.L. hasn’t looked back since, penning the follow-up, Got a Right to Be Wrong and self-publishing the first books in two young adult series and a spy thriller series based on her 20+-year career in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
She has a B.A. in Economics, an MBA, and is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. She is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.
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Here is my interview with K.L. Brady:
Share with us your personal journey into publishing. Was this a fun time in your life?
My personal journey into publishing came on the heels of a major break up and right before turning the big 4-0. After a “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” moment, I dug deep down and finally decided to explore this gift of writing that I’d had since I was 7 or 8. I never thought I could be a published author. To me, authors were like gods on Mt. Olympus that worked a special brand of magic unavailable to mere mortals to write my favorite books. They didn’t sit down and grind every day and type. Oh, what a rude, but happy, awakening it was when I realized how wrong I’d been. This is definitely something that everyone can do, but you have to work really hard to do it well, and consistently well, through every book. I wrote my first book in four months, published it a year later—and the rest, as they say, is history.
That was five years ago, this year (2014), and I’m eight books in now. Pretty incredible journey. Has it been fun? I can say without hesitation that finding my voice as a writer has not only been fun, but it’s been satisfying, enjoyable, and often cathartic. I found myself, and my true purpose, through writing. How often do people get to do that? More than that, it is often the only thing that stands between me and insanity.
Could you tell us something about your most recent work? Is this book available in digital forms like Nook and Kindle?
I have this theory about how people find their purposes and destinies.
Some people know what they are meant to do, almost from birth. They go through every day of their lives knowing what their gift or talent is and spend most of their time trying to figure out how to bring it into the world.
For others, they have zero clues about who they are meant to be. These people seem flighty and switch from job to job or “thing” to “thing” because they are desperately searching for their purpose and won’t stop searching until they find it.
For yet others, they discover their purposes at a very early age, but they talk themselves out of believing they can’t do it. Some fear failure, others fear success. They don’t have faith that if God has given them a purpose, he has also equipped them to fulfill it. So they bounce around aimlessly from “thing” to “thing” trying to discover what they’ve already known for most of their lives.
This book is about Miki Vincent, a woman who fits squarely into the latter category. She’s known her purpose from a very early age but fears failure and perhaps success. She’s addicted to beginnings because she’s afraid of endings—in life and love. So, instead she’s accomplished nothing, committed to no one and gets into a lot of trouble because of it. This book chronicles the part of her journey where paying for her mistakes and some rude awakenings help her to embrace what’s she’s already known her entire life.
Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
Miki Vincent is the main character. Her caring, generous nature is cloaked by an exterior that, at times, seems shallow and thoughtless, even a bit narcissistic. She’s lost, hasn’t discovered her purpose or the love of her life. After too many disappointments, she tries to flip the script on life but learns the hard way, that
Pam, her best friend, is Miki’s savior and going through issues of her own. She knows her purpose is being an artist, a painter, but she’s so busy creating this secure home and giving her husband the chance to find his purpose that she’s sacrificed her dreams for his. But that all comes to an end when she finds evidence that suggests he’s having an affair. She flips the script on her hubby and begins to find herself again with the help of a handsome stranger.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I started this book five years ago and then put it down because I got stuck. I couldn’t figure out what the story was supposed to be. Took five years later, but I figured out what it was supposed to be. I really allowed the story to come through me rather than impose my will on it, and I think that’s why it’s one of my favorite romances to have written. And it truly is much more romantic than any book I’ve written today. There’s more “heat” in it than in any book I’ve written to date. It feels close to a category romance, but not quite because of Pam’s story.
Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?
My stories are all character-driven no matter the genre. For my stories, the character is king. When readers care about or identify with the characters, they will follow them through the twists and turns of just about any plot because they want to figure out how the story ends and the character’s fate. I write very tightly plotted books in other genres but what I believe makes readers love them even more is the fact they want to know what happens to these characters they care about.
How does your book relate to your present situation, education, spiritual practice or journey?
In my writing journey, I too fell into the category of someone who knew who they were meant to be from a very early age but allowed my dreams to be drowned alive in self-doubt…at least until I hit the big 4-0. I’m hoping that anyone who reads this book and denies his or her true purpose, will be inspired to stop being afraid to pursue it.