Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to K. L. Brady and her story 12 Honeymoons!
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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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I asked K. L. Brady, “What is the best and most rewarding thing you find about being a writer? Want to share what you think is the worst and most frustrating thing you find about being a writer?” and here is the response.
It only took me 40 years to figure out that writing is my purpose. I don’t know whether fame and fortune are much writing certainly is. It is one of the most cathartic, enjoying, and fulfilling things I’ve ever done. As most of my books are largely based on my life experiences and what I’ve learned from them, my books tend to be edutainment for my readers…and really funny edutainment at that. So, pouring all of my sense of humor and emotion into books and then having readers connect with that…and get it…and love it. Well, I don’t think there’s anything better than that. It’s like writer’s crack.
Getting to actually meet and interact with readers is always an amazing experience. I still see myself as a regular girl sitting at a table, selling books, yet I always get some readers who come to the table as if I’m a celebrity telling me how much they love my work. What’s better than that? Writers take a huge risk putting these chunks of their souls out into the world and hoping with all our might that readers embrace them. When the gamble pays off, it’s amazing. Simply amazing.
There is nothing that isn’t frustrating about being a writer. I mean, it’s all frustrating at some point. And it’s kind of the nature of creativity. It’s wonderful when those words are flowing, and your success mirrors your effort, but you don’t want to be within a 25-mile radius of a writer when the words aren’t flowing and they are in the midst of a struggle for success.
Oh, it can get ugly.
Publishing is wonderful when the reviews are great and your audience is enamored with the glory of your prose, but bad reviews can make alcoholics out of otherwise sane, relatively normal human beings.
If you’re not a NY Times best seller, the wait to become one is completely frustrating because there’s no formula. It’s like catching lightning in a bottle. You just never know when you have the right story at the right time, which gets the right press, which goes viral…so many factors outside of your control once you put that piece of your soul into the world. And few things are more frustrating than that.
Finding the time to do what you love when you have to work a 9-to-5 job to make ends meet is like the ultimate frustration, at least for me. There is nothing that makes me crazier than the belief that there is nothing standing between me and a successful career except time and money—and I need a 9-to-5 job to achieve one or the other at any given time.
But, here’s how you know you’re a true writer—no amount of frustration makes you quit, at least not for long. After going through a wide variety of frustrations, I’ve threatened to quit countless times and then I wake up the next morning with a character in my head and a story on my heart. And I write with the ethic and determination of NY Times best seller. And I don’t quit no matter how crazy or disappointing it gets. Writers are compelled to write, even when they may not want to. They can’t help themselves. It’s like trying to be alive but not breathe. You can’t not do it.
That’s how I know this is my purpose.
That’s how I know I’m a writer.
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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?
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A Friday in April that year…
Crushing fear and chronic romantic failures taught me in a single hour what my mother tried unsuccessfully to teach me in twenty-nine years: If I wanted to be truly happy, I needed to think like a woman—a smart one. And if I emerged from this courtroom with my freedom, that’s exactly what I planned to do. As my glance traveled across to the prosecution’s side and zeroed in on the bogus victim, four numbers seared into my brain: 90—15—3—6. Thinking like a man and following the 90-day rule was about 15 minutes and 3 strikes from landing me in jail for 6 months.
“Your Honor, I’d like to cite Pena versus the Commonwealth—” I started before he gave me the hand.
“There is no burden to prove intent in a simple assault case, Ms. Vincent. Nice try.”
Strike one. On to Plan B.
S-S-Sorry, uh, sir…your honor,” I stammered. “I swear to you…I did not unjustly harm Mr. Wiggins.”
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The book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour.
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K. L. Brady will be giving away a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a Kindle Fire HD (International Giveaway) to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD or a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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K. L. Brady, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤