The superawesome Readers Appreciation Giveaway (put together by 10 of your fave authors) continues today with more chances to win and a message from Kara Isaac to you, the readers! Aaaaaand it’s Kara’s BIRTHDAY today (and Jennifer Rodewald’s) so show her some bday love!
As a lifelong reader before I ever started writing I always thought that authors never needed to hear from me. Surely they had plenty of people who mattered more than I did telling them how amazing their books were! Now with my debut novel, Close To You, out there in the big wide world I can’t even begin to tell you untrue that is and how much I love my readers. The ones I know about and the ones I don’t! Every Tweet, or Facebook like or comment, or message telling me how much they enjoyed they writing is what keeps me going through the times of staring at a computer screen with obstinate characters and tangled plots.
It’s readers that make this crazy writing journey so so worth it!
Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.
Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.
When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?
Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two Hobbit-sized children. She also loves Double Stuf Oreos, cheesecake and Mexican food and tolerates running in order to indulge in the former. Connect with Kara online at her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Kara will be attending the big author/reader event that I’m co-hosting on August 24th in Nashville!! If you’d like to fangirl over her in person (lol), go here for more info or send me an email via my contact form!