The California Wife is Available Today in Canada!

I’m so pleased to announce that the HarperCollins Canada version of The California Wife, the stand-alone sequel to The Vintner’s Daughter, is out today! Click on the buttons to the right to order your copy now! To read more about The California Wife, click here.

And for all my U.S. readers, The California Wife will be available in the U.S. on May 10, 2016! To pre-order, visit your local bookseller, or click here.

Thanks for reading, everyone!!

 

Interview with DCAT’s Veronica Andrews!

I’m so pleased to share this interview with Veronica Andrews of Danvers’ Community Access Television’s wonderful cable show, Off the Shelf. Thank you, Veronica, and the amazing team at DCAT!!

Kristen Harnisch Interview

 

Join me at Grub Street’s #Muse15 Next Weekend!

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I’m excited to attend Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace conference in Boston next weekend! On Friday, May 1, publicist Sharon Bially and I will be presenting “Using Out-of-the-Box Author Promo to Connect with More Readers”! Click here to learn more or to register! It promises to be a fun and inspiring weekend – I hope to see you there!

Editing Advice from the Pulpwood Queens’ Book Club Authors!

As I’ve mentioned, I was thrilled to attend this year’s annual Pulpwood Queens‘ Girlfriend Weekend in Nacogdoches, TX. The PQs are the largest meeting and discussing book club in the world, led by book maven Kathy Murphy, with over 650 chapters. Not only was I able to connect with readers from all over the country, but I also met over thirty accomplished authors. As the “new kid on the block,” I thought it would be fun to solicit their best editing advice. Here are the pearls of wisdom they were kind enough to share!

PulpwoodQ“I had thirty people go over my book with a fine-tooth comb, looking for errors. You want to make your book as clean and neat as possible. Today, it’s up to the author to make sure everything is truly edited before publication, which is not the way it used to be. That is my advice: check, check, and double check. You will lose credibility if your book contains errors.”

–Kathy Murphy, author of The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life

www.beautyandthebook.com

 

catestoffaithRead your writing out loud. If it sounds clunky to you, it will to the reader.”

–Christa Allan, author of Test of Faith 

www.christaallan.com

 

 

 

 

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Engage the reader’s senses–sight, smell, sounds–as much as possible.”

–Holly Michael, author of Crooked Lines

www.writingstraight.com

 

 

 

 

book-copyGet a professional edit. Whatever it costs is money well spent. Do not have a friend, family member or your English teacher edit. You need a pro who can be objective.”

–Jennie Helderman, author of As the Sycamore Grows

www.jenniehelderman.com

 

 

 

Don’t become discouraged. Killing_Fields_Cover-210Most of us have been rejected at one time or another. It’s part of the writing life.”

–Kathryn Casey, author of Deliver Us

www.kathryncasey.com

 

 

 

 

magnolia‘Only you can keep you from writing.’ This advice, from PQ author Kimberly Willis Holt, helped me quit making excuses and jump into fiction.”

–Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market

www.judychristie.com

 

 

 

 

thestorykeepercoverlr‘When you think it’s perfect, go back and cut ten percent,’ is the best advice I’ve ever received. Combing through the first version of the book with a goal of cutting ten percent makes you take a hard look at the fluff.”

–Lisa Wingate, author of The Story Keeper

www.lisawingate.com

 

 

 

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Consider all your back-story as salt and sprinkle lightly through the entire book on a need-to-know basis. Too much in one spot spoils the spot – it’s the stuff readers will skip over because it’s passive and uninteresting until they love your character. And let it come out naturally in introspection or conversation — no info dumps!

–Caryl Lawrence McAdoo, author of Vow Unbroken

www.carylmcadoo.com

 

 

heart-wide-openDon’t get it right, get it written. Knock those words down and then scrutinize them!”

–Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of Heart Wide Open

www.belleofallthingssouthern.com

 

 

 

 

lakehouse2First write with your eyes shut. Stare at a ceiling or out a window and ask: what is this scene about? Then close your eyes, dive into the setting, the emotions, the tastes, then sit back and listen. When you sense it all, begin to write.”

–Marci Nault, author of The Lake House

www.101dreamscometrue.com

 

 

 

cuban-connection-m-l-malcolm-paperback-cover-artRead dialogue out loud. It’s the best way to test it for authenticity. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, the best thing I ever did to improve my writing was to take a short story class at a community college. Helped in the same way. Also, I often recommend the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King. Immensely helpful.”

–Mary Lee Wolfe Malcolm, author of The Cuban Connection

www.mlmalcolm.com

 

 

hatmakersheart“Good is better than fast. Take time to let the ideas/story marinate. And I often write with my eyes shut and picture/feel the scene before me.”

–Carla Stewart, author of The Hatmaker’s Heart

www.carlastewart.com

 

 

 

 

TheGravityofBirdsRead poetry while you’re working on your book. It reminds you of the power of brevity, and the importance of choosing each word carefully.”

–Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds

www.tracyguzeman.com

 

 

 

 

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Don’t read your favorite authors while you’re writing. That’s like trying to lose weight while reading Vogue. You’ll die a death of comparison.”

–Jamie Ford, author of Songs of Willow Frost

www.jamieford.com

 

 

 

 

The-Promise-Paperback-Cover-web“I read a poem every night before bedtime. The other thing I do is tell myself that each writer has his/her own process. Writing is not a contest to see who gets to the finish line first. It’s not a numbers game about who has written the most books. What’s important to me is that I’ve done my best. Whatever that might be!

–Ann Weisgarber, The Promise 

www.annweisgarber.com

 

 

mrshydecropped“Writing poetry teaches you the discipline of editing which is a great tool to have when writing a novel. In a poem you are forced to distill your idea and thoughts into the most compact form to create a picture.” –Holly Joy Bowden, author of Mrs. Hyde

 

Love stories and wine pairings for Valentine’s Day!

Don’t have a valentine? So what? Pair these love stories with wine and you’ll have a ready-made date and an evening filled with laughter, romance and intrigue!

xo Kristen

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart with 2012 SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford with 2010 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir

Persuasion by Jane Austen with Donelan Wines’ 2012 Nancie Chardonnay

Somerset by Leila Meacham with 2012 Beringer Vineyards Pinot Grigio “Founders Estate”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte with 2012 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

The Pulpwood Queens’ Texas Book Club Extravaganza!

PQ Stamp of Approval (1)I’m honored to announce that The Vintner’s Daughter has been selected by Kathy Murphy as a Pulpwood Queens bonus book selection for February! As many of you know, from my recent social media posts, I had the pleasure of spending the Jan 15-18 weekend with tiara-wearing Pulpwood Queen Book Club members and over thirty accomplished authors at the 15th Annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend in Nacogdoches, TX. Kathy Murphy started the Pulpwood Queens Book Club out of her beauty salon in East Texas fifteen years ago, and it has blossomed into the largest meeting and discussing book club ever, with over 650 chapters worldwide!

Girlfriend Weekend is a celebration of good books and friendship–with flashes of cheetah-print and pink feather boas–and a wonderful silent auction to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Our hosts, Pulpwood Queen Kathy Murphy and NYT Bestselling Author Jamie Ford, guided us through an exciting weekend of Texas barbecque, author talks and signings, The Great Big Ball of Hair Ball (amazing costumes), and the announcement that Dreamworks is making Kathy’s autobiography, The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life, into a big-screen movie!

Thank you, Pulpwood Queens and my fellow authors, for a fabulous time! To join a Pulpwood Queens Book Club near you, to start your own, or to sign up for Girlfriend Weekend 2016, click here!

15th Annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend

15th Annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend
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