Release Blitz & Giveaway: The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K McKellar

 

Title: The Problem With Crazy

Author: Lauren K McKellar

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

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design:
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Release Date:  February 13, 2014

 

The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.


Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.

When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

*A portion of sales from this book will be donated to a Huntington’s disease-related charity (details TBC)

 

 

Where did you get
your inspiration?
I was inspired to write this story when I met a friend of
mine’s father, who unfortunately, has the disease. I didn’t go through the
struggle with him when he got tested, or anything, but meeting someone who
suffered from such an obviously horrible illness was really sad.
My cousin suffers from a mental illness, and one of the
things I dislike most is the special treatment, and the frequent use of the
term ‘crazy’. And so, The Problem With
Crazy
was born.
 
Was writing about
such a horrible illness difficult?
I think writing about any illness is
difficult. When you create fiction about something that not only alters
people’s lives, but can kill them, you’re treading on sensitive ground.

 

That’s why I did a lot of research; I interviewed victims, spoke to state
bodies, and observed people who weren’t affected, but who knew people who were.
I hope this means I’ve done the subject matter justice.

 
Why New Adult?
This illness is all about change in life, and for me, New Adult, or Upper YA,
is one of the biggest change periods a person will go through. It’s coming of
age, it’s defining life moments, and I couldn’t think of a time when people are
more socially aware and conscious, and yet still at a period when life- and
person-making choices are made. For me, eighteen years was the ultimate age to
set this story with maximum impact.
 
So is the moral to
the story to not get Huntington’s disease?
No. This disease isn’t
contagious. It’s hereditary, which is horrid enough.

 

However, the moral isn’t to do with this particular illness. It’s twofold; it’s
partly to do with the literal use of the term ‘crazy’, and, more importantly,
to do with living life to the fullest. To not knowing when or where you could
die, but to living life anyway. To trying, and persevering, and working, and
laughing, and smiling, and loving, and living—it’s to being. To being as if each day is your last—and in spite of the
fact.

 
So, heavy stuff.
Let’s talk about romance. Is there some lovin’ in this book?
Well, you know
what? Love is a central theme, as it is in most of our lives. Loving, however …
well, let’s just say, it’s certainly not an erotic romance. Still, I don’t know
that I could write and not include love to help bind the elements together.
 
For me, love has always been a part of my life. I’d dream of
finding ‘the one’ when I was younger; and now that I’ve finally found him, it’s
everything I could have wanted, and more. To write a story and not incorporate
a part of that, a fragment of something I probably feel strongest about—I don’t
know that I could do it.
 

Finally,
the dedication. Tell us about that.


Well, I dedicated this book to the person who inspired me to write it. I wanted
to raise awareness about something that struck someone so cruelly.

 

Also, that person is someone’s father. While my father never had Huntington’s,
he did pass away from cancer when I was in my late teens, and I feel like the
altering of a father figure is something that’s personal. This book is being
released on the anniversary of my father’s death; so it’s for dads everywhere.
Happy, healthy, loving, paternal, diseased, and healthy. Because who can argue
with that?

 

I raised my hands
to my sides and lifted up my T-shirt, throwing it over my head and letting it
land on the floor next to me. Swaying my hips to the side, I threw my hands out
in a ta-da movement, like I was the host on a game show.

 

“And the jeans.” Dave nodded and
took a few steps back to the bed, sitting down and crossing his arms. His face
was blank, and his eyebrows were raised. I’d never seen him look so
unimpressed.
I flipped the button and undid my
fly, slowly pulling my skinny jeans over my thighs, my knees, my calves, and
finally my ankles and feet. There was no way to do it and be sexy, so I settled
for not falling over. I stepped out of my pants and stood up straight, in only
my underwear.
Dave checked his cell for messages.

I
felt sick.

 

Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, and recently returned to her first love: writing books that make you feel.

Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and blogs with Aussie Owned and Read, as well as vlogging with the YA Rebels.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.

 
 

 

 

Writing about illness and disease is
obviously dancing with danger. After all, when you’re talking about a condition
that can change, and eventually, strip someone of their life, it’s important to
treat the topic with sensitivity and do it justice. Stuffing up things like
symptoms, treatment and other conditional specifications can not only leave you
labeled a liar, but also leave you responsible for potentially causing a sufferer
insult and/or injury.
The Problem With Crazy deals with
Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that results in a loss of
brain function and, approximately 15-20 years after onset, death. And that’s
putting it in simple terms.
When writing about this disease, I
wanted to keep as close to the facts as I could. Being a lesser-known condition
than, say, cancer, or Parkinson’s, it was difficult at first to gather facts.
Eventually, I approached a few
organisations, state bodies for sufferers of this illness, to fact check and
gather information. This was difficult as a writer; asking people to give up
their time for something that may never be published is hard, especially when
you’re asking such personal questions. Still, I was lucky enough to speak with
a person at the Huntington’s foundation in Victoria, and they helped me a lot.
I also learnt a lot from talking with
sufferers and relatives of sufferers. They showed me a unique angle to the
disease I hadn’t at that point considered: a compassion, and positive focus I
may not have been aware of otherwise.
In the end, I asked another state body to read through the book for any
factual errors. At the end of the day, this illness isn’t my story to
tell–it’s theirs, and I don’t want to misrepresent it. Still, I do expect
there to be an element or two of information that perhaps isn’t quite accurate.
When it comes down to it, I haven’t suffered from this illness, nor has anyone
in my family, thank goodness. It is for this reason that I hope you, as a
reader, understand that this is a work of fiction, and for more information on
this disease

Checking Inn By Emily Harper Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Checking Inn Blog Tour!

After storming up the Amazon charts with the brilliantly funny White Lies, Emily Harper has now released her second rom-com novel Checking Inn. Find out all the details, read reviews, guest posts and enter the tour giveaway as the book visits a selection of fantastic blogs . . .

 

‘Kate Foster runs the Summerside Inn (and her life) by well-organized checklists.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00025]Make sure the caterers don’t serve devil’s food cake to the Christian Women’s Alliance– check.

Tell my mother that having a séance to get rid of any unwanted spirits in the kitchen during dinnertime is not okay- check.

Send a friendly reminder to all staff that the pens are colour coded for everyone’s enjoyment, and therefore it is not a good idea to put them all in one jar in order to “spice things up” as was anonymously suggested– check.

But, when an acclaimed hotel critic dies at the Inn, just before she’s about to publish a scathing review that would ruin the business, Kate’s life and checklists are thrown into disarray. And it doesn’t help matters that the detective assigned to the case is messy, unorganized, and too charming for his own good. Now Kate has to prove her innocence and save her Inn, or else the only thing that she’ll be organizing is the prison’s next bake sale.’

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As way of introducing us to the ever-organised Kate, Emily has written a series of 3 guest posts to be featured on separate tour stops. Although, the posts can be read as standalones, they are also connected and you’ll find the links to the next instalment at the end of each part. In today’s post Kate painstakingly puts together her ‘relaxation list’ . . .

I know what people call me. I know what they say about my− er− habits. Luckily I’m one of those people who can just let things slide off their back. I’m like a duck covered in oil. Except, I’m happy… and clean… I’m very careful to avoid any dirt.

But, I can find the humour in situations. Like when someone stole my clipboard yesterday and sent me a picture text of Clippy with the newspaper and a ransom note demanding $5.00. And we all had a good laugh.
At least, the volunteer policemen in town were laughing when I called them to report a ‘major crime’.
Anyways, the point is, I have decided to relax a little. It is my New Year’s resolution, after all, and I just know by the end of the year I am going to be the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. I have done extensive internet research on the art of relaxation (I mean, if I am going to do it I might as well do it right), and have compiled a to-do list.

Obviously the to do list would look much better on my clipboard, but we won’t get into that. See, I’m already letting it go…

But I am not withdrawing the police report.

So here it is. My perfect relaxation list.
1) Lift daily wardrobe restrictions (suggestions: a weekend blouse is acceptable with Monday’s grey pencil skirt. If feeling particularly daring try Tuesday’s underwear- but only if you feel comfortable.)

2) Allow Mother to be in charge of the afternoon activities’ schedule (though it might be a good idea to lay a few ground rules with this one. We only just got our permit back after the cupcake inferno incident).

3) Join the local yoga studio and practice meditation techniques (considering it’s run through the Summerside Retirement Home, I can pretty much guarantee I will be the best yogi within a fortnight. I mean, most of them can’t touch their toes. Not that it’s a competition…).

4) Drink eight glasses of water a day to remove any unwanted toxins from my body. Apparently the water in coffee doesn’t count.

5) Do one crazy, spontaneous thing every day. Suggestions include, but not restricted to: not wearing pantyhose, eat dessert before dinner (though salad should still be first for digestive purposes), not correct my mother when she misuses the word ‘touché’, well− you get the idea.

Obviously this is just a starting point. I mean, I will have most likely mastered these in the first day or so and shall expand the list from there. Or maybe not…
I’m relaxing already.

Read Emily’s follow-on guest post over on Jera’s Jamboree tour stop tomorrow!

 

 

Emily Harper has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!

Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son, and a very naughty dog.

Emily is also the author of the funny and charming novel White Lies, which has proven to be a huge hit with fans. The book will even be appearing on The Marilyn Denis Show as a giveaway next month! For more information on the book please visit Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

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Spotlight: Legal Affairs: Objection by Sawyer Bennett

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An Adult Contemporary Romance Serial Series

By Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett

  

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Legal Affairs: Objection is FREE for a limited time.

synopsis

One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans.

Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing.

Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club.

Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger.

Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss.

Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex.

My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot.

But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.

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Why I Decided To Write A Serial

By Sawyer Bennett

 

Serials can be frustrating to some readers. Me personally? What bugs me about them is the waiting time between releases and wondering when the end will come. So I kept that in mind when I launched into Legal Affairs and decided to release them quickly, cheaply and with a definite ending.

 

I wanted to try a new project, coming off the heels of the Off Series which was very successful. I had a very specific formula in mind… sexy + funny. I also wanted to try my hand at writing a legal themed book since I’m a lawyer by first trade. With this new formula, I thought… “Why not try a serial, where I could make each volume like an episode of ‘must see TV’ where you had a single story line that was actually part of a bigger picture?”

 

Legal Affairs was soon born of those thoughts. I decided to limit the series to just six volumes, each about 12,000 words or so, with the series finale coming in at just over 17,000 words. I bumped up the heat factor, so beware… this is hotter than the Off Series. I blushed when my mom read it. Blushed again when the lawyers in my firm read it.

 

Overall, I loved how it turned out. I felt I was able to convey a realistic struggle between the hero and heroine, with each volume having a true conflict that was resolved for that particular story line, but still made you wonder if they would get their HEA in the end.

 

More than anything, Legal Affairs is a test of sorts. I wanted to see how well I could mesh my knowledge of the law into a steamy romance. My hope is that if Legal Affairs is successful, I will do a full length novel series with a similar theme. Maybe a law firm filled with sexy, quirky lawyers that may be a bit unethical but in the end want justice for their clients. I’ll add in plenty of snark, humor… and oh, yeah… hot sex!!  Think of it as Sex In The City meets Ally McBeal.

Legal Affairs is a serial romance with a whole lot of hot and a little bit of funny. It has six volumes that will be released every two weeks, the first one, entitled Objection, on January 10, 2014.
Legal Affairs – Objection – releasing January 10, 2014
Legal Affairs – Stipulation – releasing January 24, 2014
Legal Affairs – Violation – releasing February 7, 2014
Legal Affairs – Mitigation – releasing February 21, 2014
Legal Affairs – Reparation – releasing March 7, 2014
Legal Affairs – Affirmation – releasing March 21, 2014

 

Legal Affairs: Objection is FREE for a limited time. Each installment thereafter will be priced at .99 cents.

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meettheauthor

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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