Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kendall Grace

Hey folks, we have a special guest blogger with us today. She's also a fellow author at Ellora's Cave. Please welcome Kendall and check out her new book. Hot cover!

Balancing Life and Writing

Is there such a thing? Or is there such a thing as doing it well? I have to admit if there is, I’ve yet to find it. But what I do know is that it somehow works out (and if I’m fooling myself… Well, ignorance is bliss). The lure of writing pulls at me so strongly I find myself wanting to indulge my passion every chance I get. This is problematic for two reasons. First, I work full-time in a profession where no one knows I’m an author. And no one can know I’m an author. So the deep-stealth mode does not allow me to squeeze in writing time while on the job. Second, I have a family with young children. My husband is very supportive of what I do, but there will always be that “mom guilt” when I take time for myself. And let’s face it, to get published you have to take time for yourself. Lots and lots of time.

What is really comes down to, I believe, is that if writing enriches you personally, it will also positively affect the other areas of your life. I know I am a better wife, mother and employee because I have something I’m so passionate about that makes me so happy. Knowing that I am a writer makes the good things in my life that much better, and the bad things more tolerable. I also like to believe I’m setting a good example for my children, especially my daughter. See? I can do everything. And in heels, no less.

Blurb -

My sister became dependent on painkillers after a skiing accident left her leg broken in three places. I didn’t understand and, yes, I judged her. After all, we were talking about her will. No one was forcing those pills down her throat. It seemed very cut-and-dried to me back then. But I know differently now.

The first time Chase touched her, Jane finally understood addiction…understood the aching need, the keen want for more…more of his hands…his mouth…his tongue. His complete mastery over her body. She knew the suffocation of crushing anxiety as she waited for her next hit, the flash of terrific pain when it didn’t come.

Chase seems unwilling to give Jane what she needs; what she ultimately craves above all else. But addicts can’t think beyond the fix. They’ll resort to desperate measures to feed their need…even if they lose themselves in the process. Even if they come undone…


“So,” Chase said. “You’re an artist.”

I nodded and walked to the porch railing, leaning my palms against it. “On my good days.”

He joined me at the rail. “And on your bad?”

I turned to face him, crossing my arms over my chest. “I was an accountant.”

The corners of his lips curled up. “On your bad days you were an accountant?”

“Yes. I mean, no.” I shook my head. “I used to be an accountant. I quit my job right before Sara and I came down here for the summer.” Picking at some paint on my cuticle, I faced the ocean again. “Art is my passion. I’m here for the summer to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.”

Chase trailed the tip of his finger lazily across the line of my jaw. “You look all grown up to me.”

“Appearances can be deceiving,” I replied with a calm I didn’t feel.

He pulled the paintbrush from my bun, running his fingers through to separate the curls. “That’s true,” he said against my ear, “because right now you appear to be nervous around me. I find that hard to believe, seeing as my head has been between your legs.”

I sucked in a breath and stepped back. Smug. That was the look I found on his face. Straightening my spine, I met his gaze. “I’m not nervous,” I lied.

This only seemed to fuel him further. He smiled. Smiled like the cat that got the cream, damn him, and closed the distance between us. His lips barely touched mine, a feathering caress, but it was enough. Enough to make me forget I should be angry with this man.


Kendall Grace said...

Thank you for having me, Tory. I'm excited to be here.

Tory Richards said...

My pleasure Kendall:)

diva donna said...

That's very interesting. Its good for your readers that you're able to balance your life and still do what what you love to do. Write Stories. And we benefit. I'll have to check out your books Kendall. I'm always looking for new talented authors. Thanks Debtor for introducing us to Kendall.

Kendall Grace said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna. I appreciate you taking the time to check out my current and upcoming release. Thank you again for having me today, Tory.

Nancy Bristow said...

Hi Kendall...Nice to make your acquaintance. I'm one of the regulars here on Debbie aka Tory's blog and many of my favorite authors publish with Ellora's Cave. Enjoyed the blurb about Come Undone and will check it out further...straight talk dialogue always draws me in:)

Okay, is it just me or is there something seriously wrong with the woman from the waist down on the cover? Otherwise, it sizzles;) I know it's late so perhaps it's my eyes...I'll take another look tomorrow.

I agree about balance being the key in life but I don't find that it's easily achieved. I'm always glad when I have a new day to start over.

I have no doubt that the passion you feel for writing will reflect in your stories. ~Nancy

Pauline B Jones said...

Balancing family with writing is always the challenge, though it gets easier as the kids get older. So many issues get smoothed over by time. And I try to keep it in balance, though there are times when family does have to come first and times when writing has to edge ahead for a short time.
best of luck with your writing!

Pauline Baird Jones

Kendall Grace said...

Thanks for stopping by Nancy and Pauline :)LOL about your cover comment, Nancy. No, it's not your eyes playing tricks on you. My editor joked that I should have written the heroine with more "junk in the trunk" to match the cover. Personally, I think it's a light reflection thing. I do know that I felt free to have a couple extra pieces of chocolate when I saw it. If she can land a hottie like that with a bootie like hers... ;-)

Nancy Bristow said...

@Kendall. Well thank God I don't buy books by their cover because seriously, it's a WTF?

I know it's not your fault and there is nothing you can do about it so we should make lemonade:)

If I had been in your shoes, I would have needed an ENTIRE BOX of chocolate before scraping myself off the ceiling.

I can't decide whether her booty looks like a super-sized marshmallow or a giant alien beach ball. Actually I thought there were possibilities of her being a mermaid...before I read the blurb.

The lighting may well have something to do with making her booty so bizarre but there's no asscrack!!!

Forgive me but I adore cover snark and once I knew I wouldn't offend you, I had to go for it. The good news is that the book will draw attention...possibly not the attention you hoped for but still....

If you're familiar with the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog, I think the cover would be an excellent candidate for "cover snark." Over the years, they've showcased some major screw-ups and the resulting comments from blog members are pee in your pants funny. Check it out if you'd like a hoot...just be sure not to be drinking any beverage while you're reading.

I checked out your web site and see currently that Come Undone is an e-book. Currently I'm a print-ho but when/if I eventually get a Nook, I will read your book (or if it becomes available in print:) About your WIP...let's just say I eat grits by choice:)