Kelly Maher
May 2017 update

This month has simultaneously felt like one of the shortest months ever because of the “HOW AM I GOING TO DO ALL THE THINGS?!?!” feeling, as well as one of the longest because of all the things I was doing! If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, you missed the news that I have a release date for THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE! The release date is July 4th! A slightly early birthday present for me ๐Ÿ˜€ I had been waiting until I turned my revised file over to my copy editor to make the release date decision, and since then, I’ve gotten both the copy edits *and* proofread edits back from my contractors. Which means, all I need to do is read through it one more time before tossing it over to my formatter. Who happens to also be my cover designer. We were in the stock photo weeds today looking for a cover model for this book, and I think we found a winner. I’m hoping to have a final cover ready to announce when I get back from Book Expo (it’s actually alter ego who is going for work). And that announcement is going out to my newsletter subscribers first, so :hint,hint:! What all this activity means is that I’m hoping to have THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE up for pre-orders in the next couple of weeks. As soon as that happens, I’ll add the links to the book’s page. I’m really excited to share Radhika and Colm’s story with you!

In other news, I’ve finished the first draft of a short story that is *not* set in the Capital Kisses world, but *is* set in the DC area. The aim is that it’s going to be in an anthology, but nothing is quite set in stone yet. Once I have more details, I’ll update here. It *will* be available some way later this year.

April 2017 Update

Busy, busy, busy! Not only am I busy working on THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, but I’m also very busy with an office move at work. Because of the latter, I’d hoped to be done with developmental edits of TBatH this past weekend, but due to tweaking the subplot, I need to rewrite the last 10,000 words of the novel. FUN TIMES! I will be done with those this weekend and will be sending it off to my copy editor early next week. As soon as I do that, I’ll make a final decision on the release date. My cover designer is hard at work coming up with lovely covers and I’m looking forward to showing you this first one when it’s ready. As a reminder, my newsletter subscribers get first dibs on news, so sign up today! I’ve got a lot of backend things brewing as I prepare for the release of TBatH, so keep watch as I update the site and send out news!

March 2017 update

The books in the inaugural trilogy for the CAPITAL KISSES world have titles!

1. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE – Heroine: Radhika, Hero: Colm
2. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE SPY – Heroine: Stacey, Hero: Jay
3. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE GOALIE – Heroine: Jorie, Hero: Sean

THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE is currently with the developmental editor, and I should be getting it back in the next week or so. Once I get a look at how much work is needed to whip it into shape, I’ll make a final decision on a release date. While reserving the right to change it in case of catastrophe ๐Ÿ™‚ Stacey and Jay are getting squirrely with me on their story. Every time I think I have them pinned down, they go laughing into the shadows. Probably appropriate as Jay’s job is in the shadows. I’m in the middle of conversations with friends, both writers and non-writers who may have happened to have worked for the same government agency that Jay works for, to help me pin down the issues I’m having with these two so I can get back to drafting their story and the production process rolling along. At this point, I’m hoping to have their story ready to release some time this fall and Jorie and Sean’s story ready in early 2018.

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February 2017 update!

Things have been quite busy for me since I posted here last. First things first, I will be self-publishing a trilogy of novels set in the CAPITAL KISSES world. The first story will belong to Radhika, the older sister of Rory from BLIZZARD BLISS. You’ll find out what Radhika was doing during the blizzard and how it impacts her a year and a half later. I swear, this is not a secret baby story! There may be some issues with a new, and very hot, coworker, however. :whistles innocently: The other two stories will be about two of her three best friends, Stacey and Jorie, and you’ll get to see how they support the final member of their quartet, Hilda, as she prepares to get married. Radhika’s story has been fully drafted and gone through one round of revisions thanks to my alpha readers. I’m currently waiting on my beta readers for their input and will revise again before sending it out to a contracted developmental editor. After that, I plan on sending it out for copy edits and at least one proofread. Fingers crossed, Radhika’s story should be out in July as I want the release to be a birthday present to myself!

I’ve also started the cover design process for all three books and will be announcing the titles first in my newsletter when I have Radhika’s cover available. This month I’m drafting Stacey’s story, and I’m having a lot of fun with her! I am so thankful for all of you who have joined me on this ride through the years and I’m looking forward to this next stage of my career!

Facebook Group

If you’re on Facebook and would like to interact with other fans of mine and the romance genre in general, I’ve created group called Kelly Maher’s Bibliophile Coterie. The group is currently set to “Closed” but I reserve the right to switch it to “Secret” if needed. Feel free to email me at kellymaher at gmail.com if you have any trouble accessing the group!

#ReadWritePlan August 2016

I’m going to be participating in the #ReadWritePlan “blog hop” during August. It’s been planned by Alexandra Haughton and Lindsay Emory. I’ll probably be participating mainly on Instagram, but with the possibility of a few posts here as well. Everyone’s welcome to participate and the schedule is below!

Schedule for #ReadWritePlan blog hop for August 2016

1. Calendar
2. Desk space
3. Stickers
4. Washi
5. Pens
6. Planner
7. #BeforeThePen
8. Planner/Org bag
9. Organization hack
10. Best app
11. Stationery
12. Fave kid book
13. Fave adult book
14. To-do list
15. Study/Writing beverage
16. Long-term planning
17. Current notebook
18. I’m inspired by…
19. Today’s workspace
20. Music to work to
21. Dream retreat location
22. If $ were no object…
23. Favorite mug
24. Daily spread
25. Doodles
26. Can’t live without…
27. Out in the wild
28. #BeforeThePen
29. Study/Writing snack
30. What’s in your bag?
31. Vision/bulletin board

#ListifyLife July 2016

Huge catch-up for the month of July!!

Week 3: FAVORITE SUMMER DRINKS

1. Mimosa
2. Water
3. Cold can of pop
4. Vodka Lemonade
5. Homemade Lemonade

Week 4: THINGS I DO TO RELAX

1. READ!
2. Watch GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF
3. Bake
4. Watch favorite movies
5. Call my family
6. Nap
7. Hang out with friend
8. Knit/play with yarn

Week 5: FAVORITE FOODS FROM THE GRILL

#ListifyLife July 17th FAVORITE FOODS FROM THE GRILL 1. Burgers 2. Brats 3. Corn 4. Yup, that's pretty much it!

A photo posted by Kelly Maher (@kellymaherauthor) on

1. Burgers
2. Brats
3. Corn
4. Yup, that’s pretty much it!

Week 6: THINGS I DO THAT PEOPLE THINK ARE WEIRD

1. I skip watching romantic movies and tv shows despite loving the romance genre.
2. I’ve eaten nearly the same thing for my weekday breakfast for the last four years.
3. I can knowledgeably talk about events that no one else specifically remembers even though they know it happened.
4. I can spout out some truly trivial bits of trivia with little prompting.

Week 7: FAVORITE BEACH READS

1. Latest Anne Calhoun
2. Latest HelenKay Dimon
3. Latest Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle
4. Latest Stephanie Laurens
5. Latest Nora Roberts/JD Robb
6. Latest Nalini Singh
7. Whatever new-to-me author I’m binging on

#ListifyLife Summer 2016

This summer I’m participating in the #ListifyLife “meme”. My initial posting will always go out via my Instagram feed and cross-posted to Twitter. I’ll follow it up here as time allows and may do multiple posts if I need to catch up. So far, I’m having lots of fun with my paper notebooks and colored pens!

Be sure to search the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the lists of other people participating!

Week 1: WHAT SUMMER IS TO ME

#ListifyLife for June 19 "What Summer Is to Me"

1. Birthday! (Upon family birthday, upon family birthday, upon family birthday…)
2. Sunburn
3. RWA
4. Fireworks
5. Swimming
6. The Olympics (TM, (R), whatever)
7. Air conditioning so cold you need to carry shawls and gloves to wear in it.

Week 2: MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP

#ListifyLife for June 26 "My Favorite Places to Shop"

1. Target
2. Kobo
3. HerRoom
4. Willow (DC boutique)
5. Bed, Bath, & Beyond
6. Williams-Sonoma
7. Sur la Table
8. Marshall’s/TJ Maxx
9. Specialty food stores/farmer’s markets
10. Nordstrom’s
11. Papyrus

RT in Las Vegas

I mentioned in my last post that I would be attending the RT Convention in Las Vegas in disguise as alter ego. Well, alter ego can’t have all of the fun! I will be doing a grab bag giveaway throughout the conference. The way that it will work is that I will post a picture of myself with my location in the conference to both my Twitter and Instagram accounts (cross-posted from Instagram to Twitter) with the #RT16 and #kellygrabbag tags. The first person to find me within 10 minutes after I post my picture will draw a number from the gift bag I will have on me. The number the person draws is associated with one of the following digital prize packs. In addition to the digital prize packs, each winner will receive a goodie bag with a stylus pen and an “I โค UPPERCASE HOTTIES” button.

Digital Prize Packs:

  • 1 copy of Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy of Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 1
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 2
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 3
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $10 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $10 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $25 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)

The nitty gritty details:

  • No purchase necessary.
  • I have no idea how to calculate your odds of winning as it depends on your paying attention to Twitter/Instagram and you happening to see when I post, how many other people are doing the same and are interested in winning, and how many prize packs are left each time I announce the giveaway is open.
  • The grab bag will contain 10 pieces of card stock with the numbers 1-10 written on them. I have associated each number with one of the above described prize packs by writing each prize pack on a piece of paper, drawing one of those out of a bag, and then drawing one of the pieces of numbered card stock out of a bag. The number you draw is the prize pack you will win.
  • You must provide me with a valid email address, preferred book format, and online bookstore (if applicable) so I may email you the book file(s) and gift cards (if applicable) within 5 business days after I return from the conference (April 25, 2016).
  • By providing me with your email address to claim your prize, you are not giving me permission to add you to either of my mailing lists. When I send you the book file(s), I will include information on how to sign up for the newsletters, if you are interested in doing so.
  • I will never sell or give your contact information to another party.
2016 Conference Season Begins!

There’s about three weeks left to the start of the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas. I’m attending the conference, but as my alter ego, so you’re interested in meeting me, tag me on Twitter as @kmmaher. There may be some surprises if you keep an eye out!

After I get back from Vegas, I’ll be attending the WRW In the Company of Writers Retreat. About a week and a half after *that*, alter ego’s POW is sending her to Book Expo America in Chicago. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s new and hot in publishing.

The weekend after BEA is the Chicago Spring Fling conference which has a booksigning that’s open to the public. Other participating writers include Robyn Carr, Christina Lauren, Courtney Milan, Beth Kery, Christie Barth, Julie James, Jade Lee, Laura Kaye, Sarah M. Anderson, Sonali Dev, and so many more!

After I recover from that whirlwind of activity, I’ll be attending the RWA conference in San Diego. I’m not participating in the book signing, but you should totally attend if you’re in the area! There will be over 500 authors signing (list of participating authors to be posted in May), and I’ll be working with the WRW Powers That Be to help set up a fun treat with our participating authors.

One more event that I’m attending in my librarian capacity is open to registration is the WRW Readers, Bloggers, and Librarians luncheon. It will be held Saturday, October 8th at the Maggiano’s in Tyson’s Corner, Arlington, VA.

There are a couple of other events that I may be making an appearance at, but I’ll wait to post details when they’re confirmed ๐Ÿ™‚