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• May 25, 2002 - Oct 22, 2010 •
Forever in my heart
I’m pleased to have Kaira Rouda, author of All the Difference, here at Peeking Between the Pages today. Kaira is such a nice person and so easy to work with – I adore authors like that! I haven’t had the chance to read her first novel Here, Home, Hope but I have read many good reviews from bloggers. Her new novel All the Difference sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to get to it. Unfortunately my reading schedule right at this minute is full to brimming but I thought it would be nice to have Kaira do a guest post and offer up a copy of her new book for giveaway. So enjoy Kaira’s post about what it’s like to have her second novel out in the world…
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to visit your blog today, Darlene! Of course, I’m here to talk about my new novel, ALL THE DIFFERENCE. What’s it like having my second novel out in the world? It’s awesome. Here’s why.
When your first novel is finally published, it’s a big deal. It’s the first born. It’s especially gratifying if you, like me, have been trying to get published for years and years. So, I focused a lot of attention on marketing my baby – telling the world HERE, HOME, HOPE had arrived. I visited 22 states last summer and had book signings, private parties and the like. It was a wonderful, amazing experience and the response to my debut was more than I could have ever dreamed.
And number two? Of course, ALL THE DIFFERENCE is just as special to me. This story was quite fun to write. There are much more shenanigans and a dose of suspense. I’d always wanted to try my hand at different perspectives and points of view. And being a huge fan of Law & Order, as well as Sara Paretsky, Susan Isaacs and others, I loved the chance to add a little murder to the suburban mix. So far, readers have enjoyed the story, too.
I’m most gratified that many reviewers have remarked that they are enjoying the range of stories I’m sharing. I’d like to remain non-genred (not sure that’s a word). I love chick lit, but I also enjoy a good mystery/suspense book and I have an historical fiction novel up next on my bedside table. I think many readers are like me, too. I hope so, at least. In HERE, HOME, HOPE – described as “warm, witty and enlightening” – the protagonist Kelly is wrestling with a midlife crisis of sorts and comes through it with the help of her friends. In ALL THE DIFFERENCE – described as “fun, sexy and suspenseful” -the question is: Would you go to extremes to live the life of your dreams? Both novels are very different stories, as is my next novel, IN THE MIRROR.
I’m in the process of final edits for IN THE MIRROR, my third baby. This baby also is very close to my heart. I hope, if you’ve enjoyed one or both of my other novels, you’ll want to give this next one a try. I am having so much fun living the life I’ve dreamed of since a child, writing stories and hopefully, inspiring and entertaining readers along the way. Thank you again for allowing me to visit! Happy reading.
Thank you so much for this great guest post Kaira! I can’t wait to get started on All the Difference!
About All the Difference
Beautiful Ellen abandons her life as a successful fund-raiser for that of isolated housewife in the country estate she shares with her husband, whose affairs become increasingly hard to ignore.
Television anchor Laura is driven to succeed, and her choices are motivated by her one dream in life—to move out of small-time media markets, and on to the big time, whatever the cost.
Angie is the luckless waitress who spends her time waiting for Mr. Right in “shiny shoes” to save her from temporary jobs and a life spent making bad choices, particularly when it comes to men.
ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.
About Kaira Rouda
Non-official bio: Due to the career ladder of her professor father, Kaira was born in Chicago (Northwestern), moved to L.A. (USC), then to Austin (University of Texas), Boston (Harvard University) and finally Columbus (The Ohio State University) where Kaira, her mom and her siblings put their collective feet down and grew roots. Kaira spent the remainder her childhood in Columbus, and following graduation from Vanderbilt University, returned to spend another 20-plus years in Central Ohio in the marketing and publishing fields. She believes she has written just about everything: for public relations and advertising clients, including copy for electronics manuals (yawn), press releases for dog ice cream and hamburgers, carpet cleaning television and radio spots, to real estate websites and more; for business newspapers, regional and national magazines and blogs; for countless charities near and dear to her heart; a business book for women entrepreneurs; and now, finally, she is writing what she dreamed of writing since fourth grade: novels of her own. Here, Home, Hope is the first of several novels, all set in the fictional suburb of Grandville, that will be published. Kaira is ecstatic her dreams are coming true.
Kaira is a philanthropist who started Central Ohio’s first homeless shelter for families in the early 1990s, served two terms on the board of the MidOhio Food Bank, the YWCA, The Wexner Center for the Arts and numerous other charities, with a particular interest in empowering women and girls. The creator of the Real Living Real Estate brand — one of the fastest growing in the country — Kaira has earned numerous awards in business. For more on her career, please visit RealYouIncorporated.com.
Two years ago — of course not following her oldest child who had picked a college there — Kaira and her husband and four kids moved to Southern California where she is busy writing, volunteering, and growing new roots.
I have one paperback copy of All the Difference by Kaira Rouda to share with my readers. To enter…
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, May 26/12. Good luck everyone!Guest Posts | Comments (54)