Good morning, and welcome to Living the Dream. It’s a beautiful, sunny fall day, the perfect kind of day for raking leaves and then curling up with a good book. I suggest you check out Bad Traveler by Lola Kerns, available now from Amazon. Here’s the blurb.
Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?
Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.
When a secret ingredient is thrown into the mix, can their recipe for a happily-ever-after rise to the occasion, or will it end up a hot mess?
The reason for suggesting Bad Traveler is that in its pages, you’ll meet today’s guest,
Kiera Jones, the main character from Lola Karns’ new novel Lucky Traveler.
Start by telling me a bit about yourself.
Hi Susanne. Thank you for inviting me over today. I work for the school district as a specialty teacher and normally call west-central Ohio home.
When it comes to romantic sparks, what do you like best about Logan? Logan always finds new ways to surprise me, whether by doing something sweet or something scandalous. In case you can’t tell from the cover, that man is walking sin. No one makes me madder or makes me smile more.
This story is a contemporary romance, how do current social values impact you? I love technology, I am a school district technology specialist after all, but it is a double edged sword. The internet is full of lists of things you must do by a certain age. I’m as guilty as anyone of comparing myself to those fun lists but then I get depressed when I think of all the things I haven’t done. I’m trying not to let “Fear of Missing Out” dominate my decisions, but it is a process.
What’s more important to you, the things a person says or the things a person does? Tough question. Once, I would have said what a person does, no contest, but I’ve come to appreciate the value of honest words.
Are there children in this story? If so, how do they impact your romance? No. I absolutely adore children, especially my niece, and I can’t wait to meet my nephew. I really want children of my own. My sister says I’m baby obsessed but after being with Logan, I’m trying to be more patient.
How did the author choose the title to your story? Lola introduced me in her novel Bad Traveler. My sister, Gwen, needed a little nudge to go after the dishy new basketball coach in town and I was happy to oblige. My story is set in Las Vegas and luck certainly has a role, although whether good or bad, I’m still not sure.
Did your author listen to you when you tried to redirect her/him or make suggestions? She tried to get Logan and me together in a novel for a long time. One day, I had enough of her pestering and told her that under no circumstance would I appear in a story with him after I caught him pawing the wrong bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding. It made me so mad! We hadn’t discussed a formal commitment, but for him to do that with another woman. I was aghast. Somehow she managed to get me into a hotel room with him and I’m no longer mad at the author even though she tricked me.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and best of luck with both of your “traveler” books!
Thanks for having me!
Nearly a year after she found her boyfriend with his hand up someone else’s dress, Midwestern school teacher Keira Jones contacts a dating service in a faraway town for a much-needed confidence boost and night of adoration.
Logan Collins doesn’t remember much about the night he screwed up his cousin’s wedding and his life. But with five months of sobriety under his belt and most of his amends made, he celebrates with a 1Night Stand.
When Madame Eve sends these ex-lovers to the same Las Vegas hotel room, the two of them must discover whether good luck or bad luck guides their travels.
Brief Bio: Lola Karns
Having held myriad jobs as Lola Karns moved through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia, she decided she needed a portable career. Writing fit the bill.
Lola currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, two children, two hairless cats and a fluffy ex-stray cat. When not writing, she enjoys baking, reading and drinking coffee.
She is the author of Lucky Traveler, Bad Traveler and Winter Fairy.
Twitter @lolakarns https://twitter.com/LolaKarns