Guest post by author Kristan Higgins + Giveaway

Filed in Guest Post , Kristan Higgins , The HEA Lover Posted on April 26, 2012 @ 7:00 am 40 comments

Today we’re happy to welcome once again Kristan Higgins on Book Lovers Inc. Kristan’s new novel, Somebody To Love was released this week. If you don’t know this author, Kristan write wonderful contemporary romances that always mix humor and emotions. I’m a big fan and I can’t recommend enough these books. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kristan and stay tuned and you can maybe win one of her books.

 

One of the things I really liked about writing SOMEBODY TO LOVE was that the heroine is a single mom.

This was a first for me, as I like to (cough) escape from my own angel-babies through writing (don’t tell them!). But the time had come, I thought, to delve into the issues a single mother would have in finding love.

Parker adores Nicky, her lovely, five-year-old son, who’s about to start all-day kindergarten. She has a slight sense of dread about her little guy starting school, as I think a lot of us moms do…on the one hand, yay! School! Finally, some time to breathe. On the other…well, life will never be quite the same, will it?

For three weeks, Parker’s boy will be on a wonderful vacation with his father and new stepmom, and Parker’s fine with that. Sort of. She misses him, of course, a little desperately at times. In the meantime, there’s James. One night together a couple of years ago, she and James hooked up. What she doesn’t want and can’t fit in, she tells herself, is a repeat. But James has had a thing for Parker for years now, so when she needs help on a major project, he’s happy to step up. But as far as Nicky goes, James never saw himself as father material. He’s got a past that tells him he and kids don’t mix.

Finding the balance is something everyone struggles with, especially, I think, a single parent. Even if Parker wants something more with James, her son is her first priority. But, as one character points out, Nicky can’t be the only thing that brings Parker happiness. Can she figure out how to go from five years as a single mom to being part of a meaningful relationship? Can James envision a future that includes a kid? I think so many people deal with those issues…it was extremely satisfying to write about. Especially the ending. 😉

From the back cover of SOMEBODY TO LOVE…

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC…

Thank you so much for having me over today!

 

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****Giveaway****

Thanks to Kristan and her publicist we have 1 copy of Somebody to Love to give away to 1 lucky commenter! (US/Canadian)
AND since we want all our readers to have a chance at winning, I’m offering a copy of any book by Kristan (winner’s choice) to 1 winner.  (Open to  ALL)  (through Book Depository)

Please tell us if you are from US/Canada or International

All you have to do is leave Kristan a question or leave a meaningful comment about the post. Or tell us if you like reading about single moms as heroines?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is :

 – Restricted to US/Canada (for Kristan’s copy)

Open to all (for the copy through Book Depository)!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, May 5th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover


Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who’s desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she’s not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people’s expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Maria pronounced Mariah April 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Having several of friends who are single moms I like to read books featuring them as the heroine every now and again. Honestly I don’t know how they do it!

    Thanks for the chance!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com
    US

  • Karen Triolo April 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  • LSUReader April 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Kristan has such a beautiful way of writing characters that stay with a reader. I’m looking forward to reading about single-mom Parker. I don’t think I’ve read many books with a single mom as the heroine. Thanks for the post and giveaway.
    U.S.

  • Carol Wong April 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I love the way that Kristan writes with a lot of wit and humor. This would be the first time that I have ever read about a single mom. Think it is about time, that is a neglected topic. Think that she could handle any topic!

  • blodeuedd April 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    International.
    I so need to try a book by her! 😀

    As for single mums, yes I like to read about them. Cos they always struggle it seems in books and have no time for love

  • Na S. April 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I’m really looking forward to this book. Kristan’s books are so fun. Yes, I like reading about single moms heroines. They need love also 🙂 Plus with kids in the picture it can be very cute.

  • Karen C April 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Yes, I like stories about single moms. I was a single mom for a number of years. It’s not easy, but often times better than the alternative. Stories about single moms can be uplifting and inspiring. I also enjoy Kristan’s romances and Somebody to Love sounds like a great read!

  • StacieD April 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I haven’t read that many stories about single moms but I enjoyed them. I think it adds another layer of complexity to the story. You never know if the hero will be okay with her commitment to her child or be jealous of it. I think Parker sounds like a great mom who wants to do her best to care for her son.

    US
    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  • miki April 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I don’t remember a bout with a sigle mother as teh heroine. I guess i will depend on the writting because i don’t necessary need a virgin heroine who learn everything….one that has lived and perhaps made mistake but is learning from them could be great

    congrats on the new release and thanks you for the giveaway. I’m international

    all the best

  • Estella April 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I enjoy reading about the travails of a single mom., because I was one for several years.

    US

  • Pat Lieberman April 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Count me in – I love her books.

  • Diane April 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I have family and friends, single Moms that do an excellent job of raising their children ; yes, I enjoy reading about single Moms!

  • Dea S. April 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment ’cause I LOVE KRISTAN HIGGINS and her books!!
    Anyway, I haven’t read anything about single moms so if this is her first book about them then this will also be the first story about a single mom that I will read. 🙂
    I’m an international fan.

  • JessS April 27, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Single moms seem pretty amazing, and I’d love to read a book about one. Somebody To Love sounds good, and as I haven’t read any of her books yet I’d love to enter!
    I’m international.

  • Mary Preston April 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Single Mums make great heroines. They have a strength that continues to surprise.

    INT

  • Ren Puspita April 27, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I’m enjoy reading any type of heroine. Whether she is virgin or not, not married yet or widow, and of course if she is single mom, I still read it. There’s a charm and courage when I read about single mom characters. And love reading about her childrens too.

    I’m INT 🙂

  • Filia Oktarina April 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Kristan’s books look so fun. I read any genre and any heroin, so i will enjoy this book to.
    Congrats on the new release and thanks you for the giveaway!!
    I’m international

  • Maureen April 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I do like books that deal with issues that are common but can be difficult to deal with. I do like books that have single moms because I like to see them get a happy ending.

  • Maureen April 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I forgot to say that I am from US

  • ladymilano April 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I’m international follower.

    I’ve read the single mom as a heroine, and it turned out that I like it.
    I think, no matter what status the heroine has, but depend on the characters and the story.

  • aurian April 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Nice review Carolina, and I am glad you liked it. Even though I am not a mother (however, I suddenly am a stepmother) I like the single parent stories out there. Perhaps because I enjoy that there is a second chance for love.

  • Joanne B April 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I like reading about single moms. There are so many in the world that they should be written about more often. Everyone deserves a HEA even if it is in a book.
    I love Kristan’s books. I can’t wait to read this one.

    US fan

  • Desere Steenberg April 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hi Kristen,

    I love your books ! Question I have is how and where do you find most inspiration from for your work?

    Thanks for the great giveaway
    Desere (International)

  • Anne Fescharek April 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I am from the USA
    I am just finishing “Too Good to be True” and I love it!! I can’t wait to read all her other books. Callahan O’Shea is one of the best heroes I have ever read. Where did he come from? I like that Grace is not a perfect beauty since most of us are not. Anyway, I am look forward to a happy ending for Grace and her Irishman. And Angus, too!

  • Diah Didi April 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you so much for giving this giveaway.
    I love story about a single mom because I always curious and (finally) love the way the hero interacts with her child/children and finally get their affection and approval. Because, really, for a mother, I think that’s what most important, whether the children can get along with their new daddy. ^^

    Diah – international

  • bn100 April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I enjoyed the post and finding out more about the characters. I don’t mind reading about single moms as heroines. I think they’re stronger and more protective.

  • JOYE April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Yes I like to read about single mothers. I know some women that are in this same situation. I also like reading your books. I think you are an effective writer.

  • Victoria Zumbrum April 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    USA. I like reading single mother as heroines. I think they are alot tougher because they are protecting their children.

  • Diane Sallans April 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    It’s encouraging to read about single moms as heroines. They have the most important of jobs & doing it alone is so hard – I love it when they get a partner & their HEA.
    US reader

  • juliana April 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Kristin’s book is always entertaining.I like how the story flows and sees the progress of each characters. It’s light, simple and emotional story which makes me laugh and cry at the same time.
    Being a single mom is a hard job. I know it cause it happens to my cousin. After her husband passed away, she had to find a job and take care her girls which are still at 3 years old. Sometimes she wishes she had someone to support jher when she feels stuck and down. Her children are the source of her strength and hope for a better future.

    Juliana (international reader)

  • donnas April 29, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I love her books. Cant wait to read this one. I have no issues with single parents as either heros or heroines. I think if done right it can really add to the story and even the romance.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Marlene Breakfield April 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I enjoy variety in my heroines, and single moms make a great change.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Jen B. April 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I had never given it any thought until I read Flirting With Forty by Jane Porter. I loved that story so I started looking for other single mother stories. There are some really great ones on the market.

  • Chelsea B. May 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I do like books with single mom heroines. I like to see how the hero interacts with him/her. He usually thinks he has no idea what he’s doing, and it’s absolutely adorable! 🙂

  • Pat Lieberman May 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I didnt answer your question. Yes I like books with single mothers. The kids sometimes steal the show and can tug at your heart of make your laugh.

    Question for Kristan – what authors are auto buys for you?

  • Gmapeony May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I do like all kinds of storylines and do enjoy single mothers and fathers too. It adds a warm and fuzzy element.

    gmapeony@yahoo.com

  • Gale Nelson May 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I was once a single mom of three so I love these kind of books. I am in the US Thanks. Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

  • Pat B NY May 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Yes, I love books with single mothers

  • mickey macdougal May 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Ive never read books about single moms…dont know if i’d like them…

  • Laurie C May 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    It’s great to have new “mom” books to recommend to the frazzled mothers who only have two seconds in the “adult section” to pick out a book for themselves at the library. This one sounds good! Thanks! (U.S. commenter)

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