Tuesday 6 May 2014

Guest Post: Holly Gilliatt 'Til St Patricks Day

Last week I brought you news of a fab box set of four books. You may remember that I reviewed one of these books last year and also did an interview with the author. I will be having a post from each of the four authors from the Boxset over the coming weeks and we are kicking off with Holly Gilliatt, author of 'Til St Patricks Day.

Thanks so much for having me on Fabulous Book Fiend! I’m thrilled to be sharing this boxed set with your readers. Four great books for under a buck—it doesn’t get much better than that.
My book that’s included in the Love Finds a Way boxed set is ’Til St. Patrick’s Day.Here’s the blurb:

For three best friends, one winter changes everything.

Chronically optimistic Jayne is surprised she's still single at twenty-eight. But as always for Jayne, there's hope. This time his name is Gray—a successful, gorgeous marketing VP that she can't believe is going out with her. She's never given up on the belief that the right man for her is out there. Maybe Gray could be the one...if she just works hard enough to make it happen.

Her cynical friend Karen is suspicious of Jayne's new guy with his model looks and over-inflated ego. She's concerned for Jayne, but has her own relationship to worry about. Not that anything's wrong with her boyfriend. He's actually perfect for her, which is why she's terrified. Not sure she can ever fully trust a man again, she considers bailing on yet another relationship.

Claudia is always there for her friends, mothering them like the children she craves to have. Happily married, Claudia anxiously awaits the day her husband finally agrees it's time to start a family.

'Til St. Patrick's Day explores the depths of friendship and what happens when love doesn't go according to plan.

This women’s fiction book is full of humor and reminds me of the romantic comedy movies that I love. It was actually inspired by a John Mayer song called St. Patrick’s Day. If you don’t know it, you should give it a listen. It’s a soft, melancholy tune that theorizes if you start dating someone in the fall, you’ll stay together through the holidays and your romance will be safe—at least ’til St. Patrick’s Day.
So that got my mind to thinking (which can sometimes be a scary thing!)…if a woman started dating a guy in the fall, and maybe he was a little reluctant, could she convince him that she was “the one before St. Pat’s Day? That was the impetus for the book, and resulted in the uber-optimistic Jayne, willing to work hard to make her new man Mr. Right. Then I added her two best friends, Karen and Claudia, with relationship issues of their own. In the end, this book is really as much about their friendship as it is about their romantic relationships. And I just love it when art inspires art, like in this case where a song gave me the germ of an idea that I ran with.

If you like ’Til St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be happy to know that although it was originallyconceived as a single book, we decided each of the women needed their own book, centeredaround them. So the St. Louis Sisters series will be releasing book #2 this July! Entitled Dreams, Interrupted, this second book centers around Karen. She is without a doubt the most fun character I’ve ever written and I can’t wait for everyone to see what the girls are up to.

What I’m writing now is book #3 and it doesn’t even have a title yet. This last book in the series shows us more of Claudia’s journey. I don’t want to give away much, but I’ll let you know that the three women go in on a venture together.

Speaking of sequels, the exciting thing about the Love Finds a Way boxed set is that each of the books has a sequel available. So if you love the stories and hate to see them end, you can always download the next book and spend more time with those characters. The other three writers in the boxed set—Margaret Etheridge, Karen Booth and Karen Stivali—are all gifted writers with wonderful books, and they’re even more fun in real life! Fabulous Book Fiend is featuring them over the next three weeks so you’ll get to learn more about them, too. 

Thanks again for having me and go buy the boxed set now—this introductory price won’t last long!

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