A VERY SPECIAL Guest Blogger–Kris Fletcher

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Hello, folks, and MJ, thanks so much for having me here! I want to take a minute to talk about friendship.

MJ and I have been friends for – dang. I can’t tell you how many years. More than eleven, because it’s been that many since I adopted my oldest daughter, and we were already dear friends at that point. MJ has seen me through some wonderful highs (two international adoptions, kid stuff, the long and wild road to publication) and some horrific lows (two international adoptions, kid stuff, the long and wild road to publication).

The most amazing part of this is that we have met in person on maybe four occasions. There were some National conferences years ago, my family trip to San Antonio about seven years back – and that’s it. Our connection has been built overwhelmingly through email loops and Facebook and blogs and all those other electronic venues that make it easy to share each other’s lives. Some folks may think it’s kind of odd that I am closer to MJ, who lives umpty thousand miles from me, than to my next door neighbor. But that’s the way it is.

When it came time to start setting up blog visits to promote my releases this week, I turned first to MJ. I knew I could ask her how to go about this without her pointing and laughing. Not only did she immediately offer me a spot on this blog, she contacted folks far and wide and had four other places lined up within, oh, twenty minutes. I tell you, the girl knows everyone. Between her amazing connections and her heart – one of the most generous ones I have ever had the privilege of knowing – she has been a gem of a guide into the world of Published AuthorLand.

I know, I know, I should mention my books. Well, in A Better Father, my heroine, Libby, is very much a control freak who needs a sharp lesson in letting others be helpers and friends. She finally figures it out, of course, but it would have happened a lot faster if she had MJ to guide her  In The Call of the Wilder, my heroine Gemini is dealing with family issues more than friendship, but you know, she really could have used a shoulder at times. Too bad she didn’t know our MJ.

So folks, obviously I believe that friendships can be built without face to face contact, but what say you?

A Better Father blurb:

From superstar to superdad
Becoming a single dad was never hockey star Sam Catalano’s game plan. Now he’s turning his world upside down to give his two-year-old son, Casey, the best life he can. And buying his own childhood camp seems like the perfect way to do it. At least until he comes face-to-face with his new assistant director, and old camp flame, Libby Kovak.

Sam can’t afford to be distracted by Libby or the constant reminders of the passion they shared. His only priority is protecting Casey and making the transition as smooth as possible. But Sam’s starting to believe that the most valuable thing he can give his son, and himself, is a life with Libby in it.

Blurb for Call of the Wilder:

Fans finding it difficult to wait for the long-anticipated third volume of Bridget Jones’s Diaries will love the quick wit and heartwarming tales of Kris Fletcher.

Gemini Wilder always knew that marriage wasn’t for her. She’s a Wilder and Wilders don’t do marriage. They do adultery, pornography, and identical twins, but not “’til death do us part.” So when Randy, her sweet, loving, and perfect boyfriend, proposes, Gemini does what any good Wilder would do: she runs.

Straight to Vegas, home of family secrets and persistent ex-husbands. In the city where illusion is king and there’s a spotlight for everyone, Gemini faces a temptation buffet. But a seductive ex and the rebirth of her former wild-child self are nothing next to the siren song of the musical dreams she thought she had locked down forever.

When her internal soundtrack pushes her to put her peaceful life—and Randy—to the test, it’s time for the real Gemini to stand up. But is she strong enough to resist the call of the Wilder?

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily McKay
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 06:16:36

    Hi Kris!

    Congratulations on the release of your first Super!!! That’s so exciting! And the book sounds great. I’m running off to buy it right now.

    btw, you should totally come blog for me on the Jaunty Quills and Peanut Butter on the Keyboard!

    (Btw, we’ve met a couple of times at Bookends things.)

    Congrats again!

    Reply

    • kris fletcher
      Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:03:20

      Emily, what fun to run into you here! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the workshop you & Robyn did at last year’s National (STILL bummed I had to miss). Every time I feel overwhelmed by all the things to do, I plug that one in and listen to the talk of flow and 15-minute segments and all those other awesome suggestions, and it’s just so calming and reassuring. Thank you for doing that!

      Am I remembering correctly that Robyn has also come to some BookEnds things with you? I can’t wait to see what Jessica & the gang have up their sleeves this year.

      I’ll be at Jaunty Quills later this month (Mary hooked me up with Robyn 🙂 but I would love to talk to you about Peanut Butter on the Keyboard. I’ve popped over there quite a few times.With five kids ranging from 7 to 23, I can ALWAYS find something to empathize with, no matter who is the blogger of the day!

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  2. Leslie P Garcia
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 06:24:40

    Congratulations on the release of A Better Father, Kris. And yes, technology does make it possible to develop very real and important friendships–one of its biggest benefits. Wishing you much success ahead!

    Reply

    • kris fletcher
      Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:04:12

      Leslie, thank you! It’s wonderful to see technology bringing folks closer together, isn’t it?

      Reply

  3. Mary Curry
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 07:47:21

    Good morning, Kris.

    What fun to see you and MJ together on her blog this morning.

    I absolutely agree with you about online friendships. Maybe it’s because with online friends, we’re picking them based on shared interests and we know they get us during those horrific highs and lows.

    I also think those kind of friendships are especially helpful for writers. I don’t know about you, but I feel less alone when I’m sitting at my keyboard because I know my other writer friends are sitting at theirs and the internet that connects us is like one long backyard fence. (Or maybe a porch since I like that image better. We’re just sipping out drink of choice from different chairs along the way.)

    I know that years ago, when my husband was hurt at work and hospitalized for weeks, it was the support of my online friends that kept me sane. So thanks again for that!

    Happy Release Week!!!!
    (Is okay to still call it the bra book?)

    Reply

    • kris fletcher
      Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:12:03

      Mary, I LOVE the image of us all being on one long porch. What a great way to think of it. And yeah – isn’t it awesome to know there are other folks pursuing the same kind of insanity, and even more awesome to be able to share it. I can’t imagine what it was like to be a writer before the internet. Kind of scary.

      And yes, Harlequin gave the book a far more appropriate title, but it will always and forever be the bra book to me.

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  4. Lindsey Brookes
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 16:44:17

    So excited for you!!!

    Reply

  5. Diane Gaston
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 22:19:41

    Kris!
    I’m so thrilled to see you name on a book cover!!! The book sounds fabulous!
    (waving to MJ, too!)

    Reply

  6. Delle Jacobs
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 23:07:08

    Hi Kris!
    Hey, I remember the bra book! (Re-titled, right?) So excited to see your books published! Off to go get one now. and I know what you mean by the online friends helping you through everything. I don’t know what the last several months would have been without my thousand friends-RWA, FB, Twitter, Rose City, Emerald City, Beau Monde, etc- and I don’t want to find out.
    Delle

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  7. kris fletcher
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 05:33:51

    Diane! Delle! Oh wow, it’s old home week here on the blog!!! Serious grinning over here. Thanks so much for saying hi!

    Reply

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