Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Beautiful Rainy Day in Charleston South Carolina



On Sunday I drove to meet the bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.  She was reading from her latest novel Beautiful  Day.   The event took place at Charleston South Carolina’s main library.  

Image of Elin Hilderbrand
Elin opened by reading a few pages Beautiful Day.  She explained that this novel covers the spectrum of marriage from wedding to divorce.    A central part of the story is this notebook.

After the reading was finished, Elin answered questions from the audience.  I asked about her writing style.  Her response was that she never likes using first person and will always write her novels in third person.  Another asked what made you want to write?  She felt she was an author from the time she was a little girl.   After finishing her studies at the University of Iowa School of Creative Writing.  She found an agent  who liked the idea of her writing about Nantucket.

So her writing career began with a publishing contract with St.  Martin.   They published  her first five novels before switching and going over to Hachette  Little Brown. 

Product DetailsThe discussion then to turned to which is  better  Hard back copy, paperback copy, or e-book?  This issue is a concern not only to Elin but other authors as well.   The group basically said paperback was there choice.   What would you choose?

I look forward to seeing Elin again soon and look forward to reading her next novel!

What Would You Dream of Doing One Day?


Kathleen Kole generously donated a set of her books for the Readathon on May 18th.  The last of the books she donated is Favorable Conditions which is her most recent work.

Synopsis:

Pat Keegan recently sent her daughter Crystal off to college.  Oh and by the way she is divorced too!  What will she do with the time?  After a night of partying by herself; Pat decides that she needs to make some changes.  The first change being a new career.  Her friends are very supportive of her making some changes after the divorce.   Gerry and Travis the gay couple who help Pat with making her first steps into a new career by supporting her purchase of the local used bookstore.  She also has Melanie for moral support who is another shop owner.  Will Pat be able to weather all the changes in her life?

My Thoughts:

I liked the book.  I loved the characters that seemed all very well thought out.   I had a hard time reading about Pat’s insecurities but these insecurities would be appropriate considering what she had recently been through, in her life.   Ms.  Kole does a great job of creating characters that you would love and those characters you love to hate.   I had a very hard time liking the daughter.   I only wish more was said about all that went into the bookstore.

My dream would be to open my own bookstore.  What would your dream be?  Would you be afraid to make the changes necessary to accomplish this?

You can reach Kathleen Kole by facebook   and twitter.
 
Rating:
4.25/5

Friday, May 10, 2013

Kathleen Kole Blog Tour for Breaking Even

I am glad to welcome the Kathleen Kole’s blog tour to Writer’s Corner. I am thankful for the opportunity to have Kathleen here today. I haven’t ever read anything by Kathleen Kole before. I want to tell everyone that this is an author worth checking out.


Synopsis:           



Penelope agrees to run her nephews to school in the process she locks the keys in the car and meets a handsome stranger. She can’t stop thinking about him and shares her morning adventure with him at school to Kris and Renee her two sisters-in-law to bes. They express their concerns that Penelope would give this much attention to this guy. She is convinced she can have a friendship but her fiancĂ©e is in the dark about this infatuation.

Kathleen has a couple of themes running through this book. The handsome stranger who helps Penelope out but keeps showing up in her life, and the other theme in the book is about how you define your life. How would you make changes to improve yourself? How would others feel about those changes? This theme characterizes the conflict between Kris and Penelope’s relationship.
 

I really enjoyed this book. A great read for all! This book is a page turner that will be enjoyed by all.

Ratings:  
3/5

Breaking Even is also featured in the Readathon Giveaway at Stonecrest Library.  This book is part of a set that Kathleen Kole has set aside for a lucky winner.