The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

January 8, 2019, the day we’ve been waiting for...and not just because it’s Elvis’s birthday. Today, author Julia Kelly, with The Light Over London, makes her hardcover debut. 

Yeah, that’s right. Hardcover historical fiction. aka a really big freaking deal.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (and you totally should be: in my stories today I’m giving away a hardcover of Julia’s book!) you’ll know that Julia is one of my dearest writing besties and this book has been a long time in the making. 

I waked in a bookstore and picked this beauty up! In my hands. It has shimmery dustwrap paper!!! And her beautiful face on the back flap. And between those gorgeous navy blue covers is an incredible story of women and friendship and finding truth. 

There are going to be thousands of reviews that will tell you all about the book. Go read those, if you like. My official review is simply this: each time I read The Light Over London, I didn’t want to put it down. It is elegant, engrossing, a fascinating picture of the lives of women in conflict (both past and present), and a dang good yarn.   

My unofficial review is this (and I know you want this because it’s the gossipy good stuff only authors know about other authors): I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see your friends succeed—and know that it’s not just a whim of the publishing machine or a lucky break. It’s because Julia is (first and foremost) a dang good writer committed to her craft and is one of the most focused, driven, incredible HBICs out there. 

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There’s nobody else I want on my team more than the women in this picture—and Mary Chris, who hadn’t made it to our summer house when this photo was snapped. (Can’t be HBIC Nation without all six of us.)  

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Julia is our trailblazer. And even though I’m a thousand years older than her and will never achieve her glorious hair curtain, it’s safe to say I want to be Julia when I grow up.

Anyway. Go buy this book before I start really weeping about how much I’ve loved and learned from Julia snce our One Week in Love days (and before!). Go read this book. Go tell your friends about this book. It’s got enough drama and historical precision to delight the women’s/fiction reader and just enough swoon to make a romance reader happy sigh. 

Hardback. eBook. Audio. Paperback this fall—but don’t wait that long to read it. All your favorites will stock this book. Go forth and click.

A forgotten diary, a forbidden love affair, a desperate fight to save her country

2017 When Cara Hargreaves discovers a diary from the 1940s, its contents will change her life forever...

1941 When Louise Keene meets dashing RAF pilot, Paul Bolton, she is swept off her feet. Then Paul is sent to war and Louise, defying her mother's wishes, ends up a gunner girl in London.

Watching the pitch-black skies for bombers, Louise finds comfort recording her dreams in her diary. And as Cara reads her words, decades later, she learns that hope can be found even in the darkest of times, she just needs to take a chance...

Be Happy. Read Romance.

I've been dreaming up some super-duper reader swag...this is but one of my awesome new pretties.

Yeah. Yeah. I know. I've got these crazy amazing vinyl stickers for swag. Click on the image above or here to enter my latest giveaway.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about this, but I had a little fun and unexpected health stuff crop up in February. On Valentine's Eve, as a matter of fact. No chocolate and cheesecake for me. <insert heartbreak emoji>

And while it didn't result in a meet cute with a super dreamy attending physician in the ER-- although my surgeon was totally romance novel hero material--it did end up with me putting the brakes on, big time.

To that end, Puck Buddy, my second offering to the Mistletoe Key series, is being slightly delayed. I want to make sure Mia has the best story ever. Because I adore her. (You might remember her as the best BFF a gal could ever have in Blue Christmas.)

If you'd like to apply to be part of my review team for Puck Buddy, a zany romantic comedy set in the world of Mistletoe Key (where it’s perpetually Christmas at the beach) make sure you sign up using this link.

WANNA MEET ME IRL?

If you're in the Boston Area (or want to take a little trip out east) the weekend of April 27th, head on over to the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America's Thank Goodness It's For Literacy book signing.

The event will be held on Friday, April 27th, from 6pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. The book signing is free of charge and open to the public.

It features a cash bar and an incredible group of 58 authors who will be signing books for purchase; a portion of the proceeds benefits literacy charities. Each reader will also receive tickets to enter a raffle for book/gift baskets assembled by some of our authors. The drawing will take place at 8:30pm.

I'd love to meet you there!

See a list of all signing authors here.

 

Can't make it to Beantown? I'll also be in Denver this July for the RWA Readers for Literacy event AND I'm super excited to let you know I'll be at a super special event called Buns and Roses in October in the DFW area.

I've been attending the event as a reader for years, and I'm delighted to have an author table surrounded by historical romance greats like Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell, Sherry Thomas, and Elizabeth Hoyt and contemporary giants like Lauren Dane, Teri Wilson, and Nicole Helm. Tickets will go on sale in June, so make sure you sign up for the RALC's newsletter for a reminder.

xxoo

 

Galentines, Valentines, and Love for Snail Mail

Any excuse for pretty stationery!

And hey, if paper mail isn't your thing, that's cool too. Enjoy this digital postcard I made just for you...

Celebrate Love and Reading Romance Novels

It’s February! You know what that means: whether you’re in love with someone special—or just in love with the idea of love—hearts and flowers are all around. And while there’s not a National Romance Novel Month (yet!), it’s certainly fun to celebrate love when the rest of the world is.

(Not gonna lie, even though the commercial hoopla leaves me a little meh, I do enjoy pink festooning every stationary object during the lead-up to the 14th of the month!)

The holidays went by in a blur. I didn’t even get holiday cards in the mail this year (or, rather, last year), so I’m going in extra hot on the V-Day love.

I’m sending out old-fashioned valentines in the mail. If you’d like to get some snail mail, leave me your mailing address here and be on the lookout for something awesome. (I promise no glitter bombs!) One out of every five valentines will have something EXTRA SPECIAL in it—could be a gift card to Amazon or iTunes, some cool swag, a blind-date-with-a-book I think you might love, or something else totally fabulous. Make sure you’ve got your deets filled out by February 9th so I can get your goodies in the mail in time for the big day.

Smooches!