I am so happy to be kicking off this awesome week with the introduction of one of the men in my newest novel, Holding on to Georgia! Wesley Kade was born and raised in the south, meaning he exudes southern gentleman to a T and he is as handsome as he is charming.
But, before I let all of you in on your new book boyfriend, I want to give a big shout out to Deb Nam Krane who tagged me in this fun Character Blog Hop!
Deb was born in New York, raised in Cambridge and educated in Boston. You’re forgiven for assuming she’s prejudiced toward anything city or urban. She’s been writing in one way or another since she was eight years old (and telling stories well before that).
She first met some of the characters in The New Pioneers series when she was thirteen years old, but it took two decades- and a couple of other characters- to get the story just right.
A few super fun things about Deb!
1. She just recently revealed the cover art for the 4th novel in The New Pioneer series: Let’s Move On. It’s coming to your e-readers soon!
2. She has a sweet spot for the tv show Mad Men and here’s why
3. Her book trailer for Let’s Move On is absolutely fabulous! You must watch it.
Last Week Deb introduced us to her newest character from Let’s Move On: Zainab Oginabe-Kensit
About Let’s Move On
Zainab has spent years keeping Emily from going over the edge, giving Miranda a shoulder to cry on and nursing Jessie back to health. They’ll be the first to agree that she she deserves whatever makes her happy, especially after the drama Richard put her through. But did she have to choose the guy who threw everyone’s lives into the shredder?
Richard knows he screwed up and he’d do anything to get Zainab back—but first he needs to make sure his company—and his loyal employees—don’t go under. (Who knew kicking your primary investor to the curb would have consequences?) Good thing his family has such deep pockets; too bad he doesn’t want to take a cent from them. Why should Zainab take him back if he can’t get out of his own way?
Maybe Zainab can eat her cake and have it too—that is, until she’s given an ultimatum. The choice isn’t Lover A or B; it’s protecting her friends or letting them fend for themselves. With that hanging over her head, what’s it going to take to make sure she and everyone else can finally move on?
I for one and very anxious for its release!
Thank you Deb for tagging me in this blog hop. Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to one of the men in Holding on to Georgia, Wesley Kade.
What is the name of your character? By birth his name is Wesley Kade. But as you’ll quickly learn he is simply referred to by those who know him as Kade.
When and where is the story set? The story is set in present day Charlotte, North Carolina with a little cameo of Atlanta, Georgia.
What should we know about Kade? Kade is athletic to the core. A former baseball player and current collegiate athletic trainer, he enjoys anything to keep him active and outdoors. He was born and raised in Atlanta. He never had any desire to live somewhere else until life through him a curve ball and he had no other choice. Now he’s settling into his new hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and the girl down the hall is making it that much more desirable. That girl, Rylan Bradley, you’ll meet very early on in the novel and Kade is instantly drawn to her. However, it wouldn’t be a romance novel if something wasn’t standing in his way.
What is his goal? Kade wants nothing more than to accept the life that was handed to him. He wants to be happy, he wants to love someone and most of all, he wants to be able to love them back.
What is screwing up his life (main conflict in writerly speak)? A broken heart will remain broken until we find the strength and courage to put it back together again. No one else can do it for us, we have to do it for ourselves. Kade just can’t seem to understand; after all he has been through, how to do just that. He is holding on tightly to a life that no longer exists and because of that he is pushing anyone and anything away who may threaten that.
What is the title? Holding on to Georgia
When can we expect the book to be published? Oh good question! Well, this Thursday, September 18 is the official cover reveal and that is when I will be announcing the official October release date. So RSVP HERE to find out!
Now I’d like to tag my fellow Take Two Publishing authors to join in on this character blog hop! So take it away:
A.R. Rivera, the author of the novel Between Octobers, was born in Portland, Oregon. The absolute, unyielding love she received from her parents gave her a light-hearted attitude that doesn’t let her take take life too seriously and gives her the confidence to believe she can move any mountain in her way.
Some years ago, she read a little book by a lady with the surname of Meyer. Then she read the next three. In the process, she fell back in love with reading and it sparked a passion in her she never knew she had.
Today, she spends every minute she can with her sons and husband, sharing an abiding faith and love with them as she nurtures her soul with writing.
Jodi began her career as a corporate trainer, writing manuals and training programs for computer companies. After starting a family, she earned her MA from Cornerstone University and followed with teaching first grade, and then eventually High School English and Composition. While reading countless novels during course development, she decided to write one of her own.
The reward is the YA post-apocalyptic novel Dead Land to be released by Take Two Publishing in December 2013. The novel combines Jodi’s love of fiction, appreciation for young adults and the many challenges they face, and a passion for the spiritual components in life.
Dead Land follows the life of eighteen year-old Sarah Cain as she struggles to survive the pressures and temptations of high school, relationships, self-discovery…and the end of the world.
The Byrne family currently resides in Pennsylvania where Jodi is working on the second installment of the Dead Land series: Hollow Land.
Anita was born on Spring Equinox, on the cusp of Aries and Pisces. According to the Chinese Zodiac she’s also a monkey.
She loves the creative process in its various manifestations and enjoys spending time writing and teaching yoga.. Baking gets her out of my head, a remedy for writer’s block. Anita is also a loving wife, devoted auntie and proud cat mom. Her cat’s name is Noodles. He looks a bit like Garfield.
Other things Anita loves besides writing and baking are trees, whales and elephants. Her favorite color is green. She have no desire to travel to space, but a trip around the world ranks high on her bucket list. Writing is Anita’s chosen method of self-expression and has been from a young age. Last but not least, she bleeds red and white, as any proud Canuck.
Her debut novel For the Love of Cupcakes was released on July 15, 2013!