Friday, September 18, 2015

Yours Forevermore, Darcy Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

Hey, Everyone!  I'm delighted to be part of the Yours Forevermore, Darcy Blog Tour! KaraLynne Mackrory is one of my favorite Austenesque authors! I think I've read every one of her books, and I'm totally looking forward to reading this new one, Yours Forevermore, Darcy! 


When planning for this post, I asked KaraLynne a few questions, a couple of which were, "How do you juggle writing and being a mom? Do you have a special time to write?" Here was her response:

On Juggling Motherhood & Writing: A careful dance of dual neglect

I was asked to write about how I balance being both an author and a mother to a million kids. This is something that I have been asked before and something that I find is actually a pretty hard question. The answer is simple despite the difficulty of the question. I don’t.

I love writing. I find it relaxing and yet invigorating. It’s a sort of escapism that works well for me to relieve stress and make me happy. This has always been the case for me ever since I first wrote horrible poetry as an angsty teenager. (Man, it was so bad!) It does not matter if it is fiction or non-fiction writing; I always find joy in it.

Being a mother – sigh – now that, THAT is where I have found true happiness; even though I am not a natural born nurturer. In fact, I am one of those people that don’t take a lot of emotional drama from their kids or others. I cannot stand screaming, crying for attention, or emotional outbursts. Lydia and I would absolutely HATE each other. So happiness in motherhood? Where every day is full of those bipolar fits? Yup. Love it. My kids make me laugh and like Lizzy, I dearly love to laugh. They are inventive and amazing and their creativity is inspiring. They are also freakin’ adorable – which helps immensely, I tell you what. I would have to love being a mom or be crazy to have as many kids as I have. Scratch that – I fit both criteria.


So how do I balance two different things that I love? That is where I have to go back to my original answer. I don’t. When engaged in one, I have to neglect the other to some extent. When I write, I have to leave my kids to the ever helpful babysitter The TV. When I am being a mother, my writing is left to the recesses of my mind – unfinished. I can’t seem to find a way to do both adequately enough to satisfy being both at the same time.
  
Which means that when it comes time for me to write a book because I have a plot bunny driving me mad inside, I have to be focused. I write frequently over the course of a few weeks – while my house falls slowly into ruin – until I am finished with the book. Usually, my books take me about 2-3 months to write.  I write nearly the entire day for at least 1-2 days a week during that time. Anymore time than that and my house will end up in flames, my children feral and my husband begging for real food. Then when I am finished – I walk away from writing, from being an author and focus entirely on being a mother full time again.

Except for those few months – and really only the few days a week during those few months – I like to keep my profession singular. I like to stay “just a mom.” Because while writing is fun, having readers enjoy my books is immensely gratifying and honing my talents in that area satisfying – nothing, NOTHING compares to chubby arms about my neck, sticky hands on my face saying “I love you” and shy snuggles from a preteen son. Someday those kids won’t be around and I will have all the time in the world to write. How sad that time will be.

Which is why, dear readers, if you find me on Facebook I will probably not accept your friend request. It might seem rude and truly I don’t intend to offend.  It is just that I try to keep my author world separate from my everyday world as much as possible. I do, however, LOVE to engage with you on my author profile on Facebook, via email or twitter. So please, please - DO find me in these places. ☺

And definitely DO enter the giveaway here to win a copy of my new release, Yours Forevermore, Darcy. I hope you love it as much as I did while writing it.

Sincerely, 
KaraLynne Mackrory
Mother and Author Extraordinaire


Connect with KaraLynne


Author Bio:

KaraLynne is an amazing mother who never makes mistakes, never gets upset with her children and never ever has a dirty house. Ever. She always has her dishes done and the floors spotless and dinner is always prepared and ready on time. Her kids are always clean, polite, respectful and loving, especially to each other. She never gets irritated with her husband when he doesn’t turn his socks right side out for the laundry and they always agree on everything. She delights in nothing else but to serve her family and never wants or needs time for herself. She takes great care to shower every day and put makeup on so that she is always beautiful and presentable. She never wears her pajamas all day or for days in a row and she is the epitome of womanhood. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor and loves to write.

Okay, in all honesty –  KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world.  She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. Angsty and emotional – teenage-drama filled – they were unbelievable disasters.  Such contributions to the literary world were deemed so terrible that today they are kept behind lock and key to protect others from their awfulness. As a young adult, she steered clear of soap opera drama inspired works and achieved a degree in Social Work.  It was not until her late twenties that she returned to her roots in writing.  Since then she has published three Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a toothache and a grin and hopefully a few contented sighs. She is thrilled to report that Falling For Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, and Haunting Mr. Darcy: A Spirited Courtship are a mite better than the bad poetry.




Book Blurb: 

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has a secret. The letter he presents to Miss Elizabeth Bennet after his ghastly proposal is not the only epistle he has written her. In this tale of longing, misadventure, and love—readapted from Jane Austen’s dearly loved Pride & Prejudice—our hero finds a powerful way of coping with his attraction to Miss Bennet. He writes her unsent letters. 

The misguided suitor has declared himself, and Elizabeth Bennet has refused him, most painfully. Without intending for these letters to become known to another soul, Mr. Darcy relies on
his secret for coping once again. However, these letters, should they fall into the wrong hands, could create untold scandal, embarrassment, and possibly heartbreak. But what happens if they fall into the right hands?


ISBN: 978-1-68131-000-8


Buy: Amazon
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Blog Tour Schedule:

9/7: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club
9/8: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm
9/9: Excerpt & Giveaway at Laughing with Lizzie
9/10: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
9/11: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
9/13: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen
9/14:  Guest Post & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
9/15: Review at Wings of Paper
9/16: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
9/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at Songs and Stories
9/18: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time…
9/19: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars
9/21: Review at Austenprose


Many thanks to Jakki at Leatherbound Reviews for organizing this Blog tour and to Meryton Press for the giveaway below!

Also, a special thanks to KaraLynne for being a guest here on So little time...! And congratulations are in order for both her new little bundle of joy and the release of her new book!! 



* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

It's giveaway time!! Meryton Press is kindly giving away one paperback copy of Yours Forevermore, Darcy to one lucky person! To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment!

  • One person will win a paperback of Yours Forevermore, Darcy.
  • Open Internationally.
  • Last day to enter, September 25, 2015, midnight PDT.


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45 comments:

  1. I agree KaraLynne;s books are some of my favorite JAFF, I have them all so far and enjoyed each one

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    1. Yay, Vesper! I agree, I've enjoyed each one myself! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks Vesper. It amazes me to hear people say things like this. #honored

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  2. I haven't read KaraLynne's books yet, but I plan to now! I love finding new-to-me authors!!

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    1. Wendy I hope you enjoy them. I too love finding new authors. :)

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    2. Oh, Wendy! I think you will really like KaraLynne's books! I hope you get a chance to read one soon! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  3. I applaud the commitment to family. I was curious how being author and mom of young ones worked. Fun post!

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    1. Hi, Sophia Rose! Yes, I was curious too! Especially with little ones in the house! Good luck to you! :)

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    2. Thanks Sophia! My kids do think I'm a celebrity though and that is fun!

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  4. I can't write, so at least my kids aren't being neglected in that way. However, with so much JAFF out there for me to read, I manage to neglect them with my Kindle! And good JAFF is hard to put down. I hope to win this new book, to allow me to ignore the boys just a little more.

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    1. Lol, G! I love this! I can definitely neglect my family with a good book too! ;) Good luck with the giveaway!

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  5. Well said. It's hard to keep a balance between family & writing career. If it works for you, don't change.

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  6. Love KaraLynne's books. It is amazing you can balance your life as you do. I am retired now but remember how hard it is being a working mum. I have read Yours Forevermore, Darcy and it is a definite keeper.

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  7. I loved the shear unbridled honest of your post, KaraLynne. It did tire me out when I read it. I can only imagine how much juggling went into finding time to write it. Well done!

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    1. How about "honesty" instead of honest. Can I even type? Good grief! And, I don't have a multitude of children at my feet. Sheesh!!!

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    2. Lol, Joy! I'm constantly leaving off suffixes or contractions! It's frustrating!! So, I understand!

      I really enjoyed this post too! I love learning how writer's do their craft. You all have different challenges to work around. I loved the honesty of the post too.

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    3. I think I started the post about 4 times. Each time my baby sensed I had started and began crying. Exhausting for sure!! Lol

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  8. So excited for KaraLynne's new book! It sounds wonderful :)

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    1. Hi, BrendaNZ! It does sound wonderful, doesn't it! I'm looking forward to reading it myself! :)

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  9. I´m not an author, but a mom - and I can understand how hard it is to balance work and family, esp. if trying to work from home. I took two attempts at studying for an exam. As of yet I postponed it for a while. Toddler and pregnancy don´t cooperate lol.
    Thank you for the honest post and I´m really excited for your book!

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    1. Hi, Katrin! Yes, having little ones is a full-time job! It's hard to get anything else done. I enjoyed hearing how Karalynne manages to balance writing and being a mother, and I appreciated her candor. I hope you find time to study for your exam! :)

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  10. I'm not a multi-tasker myself so I understand how it is. Totally love the cover and book blurb. All the best in being the best mom and extraordinary writer.

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    1. Hi, Luthien84! I'm not a multi-tasker either! So, I get it, too! When my kids were little, I would stay up late into the night sewing or working on whatever project I had going on. Now, I can't stay up as late. Well... occasionally you'll find me up late with a good book! ;)

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  11. I enjoyed learning more about you and, even though it seems chaotic, you seem to have worked out your careers as a mother and author worked out. I have so far loved each of your books and am looking forward to reading this one.

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    1. Thank you Deborah. It does seem chaotic but it's a good chaotic, you know?

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  12. I'm so intrigued by this book and hope to read it soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get the chance to read it soon.

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  13. So excited for this variation. Thank you for the giveaway! Congratulations!!

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  14. I don't have kids so I can't really imagine what it'd be like to juggle so much. Going to college and working full time was stressful enough for me! That was 10 yrs ago & I don't know that I could do it again now.

    Whatever KaraLynne's doing seems to be working for her- and for the readers, 'cause her stories are great! I think the description of the garden alcove at Rosings in YFD was the first time in all my years of reading JAFF, that I actually found myself wishing to go to Rosings! It's nothing to Pemberley, but at least it has one Pemberley -esque spot! Who knew? Lol

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    1. College and working... Oi! I remember those days. That was a busy time too. I think you can relate to motherhood and writing if you did that. I remember it required the same time budgeting and multi tasking.

      I'm glad you liked my Rosings. It was fun to create a space with the rigid strictures Lady Cat required while also making it romantic.

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  15. I think KaraLynne has found the right balance. I would find it hard to believe a person could write novels with one hand and simultaneously prepare dinner or wash plates with the other:) Reasonable division of time and attention between two honorable causes is the best what could be done in such situations. And considering that every year KaraLynne publishes a new book which is as good as or even better than the previous and taking into account that there seems to be a new addition to her family this month, I think that is the proof of her right balance:)

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    1. Wow! Your comments on my books were so nice. Thank you! I am glad you have enjoyed them and hearing such makes the busy juggling worth it.

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  16. I'm glad that you have time to write, I've read two of your four books so far and enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading your this one and Haunting Mr. Darcy as well!

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    1. Oh I cannot wait for you to get a chance to read HMD and this one. They contain some of my favorite scenes to have written.

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  17. This sounds really interesting! I would love to read Mr. Darcy's letters! I must know who gets them! LOL
    I will add to my tbr list!
    Thank you!!!

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  18. This sounds like a wonderful approach. I look forward to reading it soon!

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  19. This made me feel better about being a mom (and never anything else). My life really is so rewarding, even if I'm not a famous writer or the best teacher of the year. Little baby smiles make my day meaningful and valuable :)

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  20. I'm a big fan of KaraLynnes books! I have to say they are some of the ones that get re-read. I have no children and there are days I meet myself coming and going so I have mad respect for those of us who can write fabulous books and still maintain a family life. LOL Picture is adorable!!

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  21. I love KaraLynne's books! I am very much looking forward to this one. It is very hard to balance work and motherhood. The giggles make it worth it though :) Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  22. Thank you so much! Happy Dance!!!! Looking forward to reading!!!! WooHoo!

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    1. Congratulations, Becky!! I would be doing a happy dance too! Lol! Enjoy!! :)

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