Kieran Kramer – Love Will Save Us

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Romancing the Sparkle

Considering the crazy, mixed-up world we live in, joy isn’t exactly easy to come by these days. Not unless you’re one of those rare people who wakes up every day and grins 12_10_TroubleWhenYouWalkedIn (1)widely, no matter what, and says, “I’m happy to be alive!” then leaves sparkles in your wake as you flit across the kitchen floor like you’re a fairy or something similarly sickening  err…wonderful while the slouches among us cling to our turbo-cups of coffee—which you don’t need.

Sometimes I wish I were one of the Joyful People—if it meant I could leave sparkles–but I keep forgetting to be. When I wake up in the morning, I might push a cat out of my face and think, “Oh, my God. Jack forgot to sign up for soccer camp. We’re screwed. And I’m still twenty pounds overweight, and I have to go to a conference in a month and I have no clothes that fit. F***!”

Yep, I’m one of those people, the ones who might go to hell for having a bad attitude. I was taught by (mostly scary) nuns, so I try very hard to be nice on the outside. But I find lots of things to complain about secretly, like the gum I stepped on in the parking lot or the price of gasoline or the mean girls at the PTA or the state of the world in general.

It’s because of this tendency toward crankiness that I need the joy of romance. When I read a romance, I go deeper. I remember that the truth is, I actually rock. Yes, me. The one who’s not the Joyful Person most of the time. Why do I rock? Because I know the most important thing: Love wins. That’s it. And it’s all I need to know.

Love will save me from my worst self every time. Love will save us all. We simply have to SweetTalkMe_KieranKramer_300stop and remember. We could stop right now…but it’s kind of boring to remember this way, right? Like it’s a lesson from the Barney show or one of the nuns (bless their hearts, they tried their best with me!).

Here’s the truth: I’d rather remember that love wins with some kind of excitement involved. Give me drama. Laughter and the good kind of tears. A hot sex scene!

The joy of reading and writing romance jolts me back into being the rocking Kieran who can put aside her nitpicking and focus on what’s really important. 

So thank you for making me a better person—thank you to everyone who celebrates with me the joy to be had in opening a book and reading a story in which love rules in a splendiferous way, a way that makes you sigh, chuckle, cry, and sometimes yell things out loud like, “Kristan Higgins, I love you!” or “I want this man!” or “Please, please jump in the sack, you two!” because yes—some romances are that good. Some romances bring that much joy, the kind that leaves sparkles all over us, sparkles we’ll leave in our wakes until we run short again and pick up another romance to replenish.

Sparkle on.

Love, Kieran

Kieran recommends:

Elizabeth Bemis – elizabethbemis.com – Liz is so funny. I love her writing, and LOVE AND OREOS, the first in her Sudden Falls series starring the Mendoza sisters, is a great place to start!

Dorothy McFalls  – dorothymcfalls.com  – Dorothy write sensual Regencies, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary cozy mysteries. She’s a really clever, emotional writer! Start with THE MARRIAGE LIST (Regency) and FLOWERBED OF STATE (contemporary cozy mystery).

Kim Boykin – kimboykin.com – Kim is a fun Southern writer, someone you go to again and again for upbeat romance with lots of feeling. Her latest women’s fiction novel is the luscious A PEACH OF A PAIR. She also writes contemporary romance. Check out STEAL ME, COWBOY, part of the Copper Mountain Rodeo series!

Leah Marie Brown – leahmariebrown4.wix.com – Leah makes me laugh. Her character Vivia–who fakes being a virgin in FAKING IT, the first book in Leah’s It Girl series–is hilarious. This is truly chick lit at its best.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Jamming with the siblings and all our kids at family get-togethers with guitars (and piano, if we have one). That’s a HUGE joy, especially when we sing the Beatles. The last time was in December of 2014 at a niece’s wedding. I’m one of seven siblings born in nine years. As kids, we spent a lot of time just singing together. Our voices blended so well, my parents were often told to send us on the road like the Partridge Family or the Von Trapps, haha! As much as I love singing with my brothers and sisters, the biggest joy is to see that our children love music as much as we do. At an impromptu post-rehearsal gathering the night before my niece’s wedding, seeing my son play guitar with his musically accomplished uncles—and keeping up with them, and loving being in the moment with the music—brought me tons of joy, as did just chilling with the family.

Here’s that very session (ignore—or laugh at–the semi-drunken sound of my voice at the beginning, and forgive the dark, cave-like atmosphere). If you watch it, you’ll want to sing along, and please do! This link works even if you don’t do Facebook.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My dock on Johns Island, SC, where I grew up. It was buckled and splintery. But if you sat on it carefully, you were in heaven. The sun would warm you, the fiddler crabs would rush around and make their little noises in the marsh grass and pluff mud, and every once in a while, a fish would jump or a shrimp would skim across the water. And all the while, the wind would blow softly, and you were lulled into peace. Life didn’t get any better than that, and it still doesn’t. I get back to the dock as often as I can.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of all three of my children laughing together on their own. It makes me happy knowing they have such a strong bond that will last even after their parents are gone. That’s true joy, knowing that love lasts.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

A book every dog lover should read: The ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein, which is told from the viewpoint of the dog. It’s poignant, funny, and just plain beautiful. It brought me such joy that I fan-girled all over Stein on his Facebook page and Twitter.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

The old me would have said Christopher Plummer. He was a hottie. But I’ve outgrown that sort of remote Alpha guy crush and am more into guys who are sexy and funny, like the adorable Chris Pratt. I love him both from PARKS AND REC, where he plays a goofball, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, where he got buff and superhero-like but also treasured his mom’s ‘70’s track tape. In real life, he also loves his funny wife so much that I would vote for him for that alone!!! P.S. I hope to see him in JURASSIC WORLD soon.

Kieran is generously giving away four paperback copies of TROUBLE WHEN YOU WALKED IN for US readers, and one paperback copy for a drawing through The Book Depository for international readers.

KieranHeadShotKieran Kramer, a double Rita finalist and USA Today bestselling author, just finished her tenth fun romance for St. Martin’s Press. An avid people watcher, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her family.

 

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