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Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Tour, Guest Post, & #Giveaway The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter @authorKerri @InkSlingerPR

The Best Kind of Love Synopsis:

After twelve years away, organized consultant, Penelope Walker, doesn’t expect to return to Blue Lake, Virginia. But when her parents unexpectedly die, she returns to her hometown and finds out that general contractor and former love of her life, Ethan Callahan, is back too. Their relationship transcended the typical high school romance and his mere presence is enough to have all those feelings of passion return full force. Only she can’t forget that Ethan didn’t show up for their secret elopement and left her brokenhearted.
It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize he wants Penelope back, but he knows she won’t let go of the past that easily. When she finds out what her parents asked him to do all those years ago, she’ll never let him back into her life. Even though he did all of it for her.

Penelope’s determined to unravel the mystery of their shared pasts, while Ethan wants nothing more than to move on to their future. If these two former lovers can learn to forgive and forget, will they be able to remember that they had the best kind of love?

Guest Post

My Characters, Just Like Me

Kerri Carpenter

As a writer, I’m often asked if I base characters on my friends, family, coworkers, enemies, or pretty much anyone in my real life. My answer is usually a resounding, all-caps, bold-faced NO.

But as I was going through the final revision stage of my new book, The Best Kind of Love, a realization dawned on me. There is someone in my life that seems to shine through every character. Me.

The Best Kind of Love is not only a love story between former high school sweethearts Penelope and Ethan, but it’s also the story of four sisters reuniting. And apparently each of those sisters has something in common with little old me.

Chloe - Ballerina Chloe is the sweetest of the Walker sisters. Even though she’s been through her share of hardships, she still believes in the good in everyone. She’s optimistic, honest, and kind.
How are we alike? I aspire to be more like her. As much as I may pretend to be cynical, deep down, my glass is half full.

Scarlett - Wise-cracking baker, Scarlett, has the best one-liners and she seems to be the reader-favorite so far. She lives life on her own terms but at the same time, she’s incredibly loyal to those she loves. She’s quick-witted, bold, and speaks her mind in all situations.
How are we alike? She is my inner monologue.

Liza - As an actress and model who lives in California, Liza doesn’t get much play time in this book. But I can give you a little hint that not all is as it seems with this sister. She may come across as enigmatic, but that’s only because she feels misunderstood.
How are we alike? You’ll have to wait for her story to see....

Penelope - Penelope is the main character in The Best Kind of Love and out of all of the sisters, she’s the most like me. She’s organized, a planner, and loves anything that’s color-coded. Penelope left her small hometown and moved to the Washington, DC-area for work, just like me. And yet, we both think about where we come from all the time.
I love writing this kind of character. She has a hard time when things don’t go according to plan. So it was fun to shake up her world with the return of her high school love.
How are we alike? Overly organized and small town girls at heart.

So there you have it, the four Walker sisters of Blue Lake. Sweet, sarcastic, mysterious, over-achieving. I hope you enjoy reading about them in The Best Kind of Love as much as I enjoyed writing them. Especially because they may just be a little bit like me. 
Kerri Carpenter Bio:

Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times.
Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn’t get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.

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  1. I really enjoyed this post, and it made me even more excited to read the book. And I can relate. I don't bring friends or family into my writing. But I do find that I add some of my own characteristics. Nervous habits I might have, one of my characters might have. A favorite perfume I wear, it may be the signature scent of one of my characters. I think I am more aware of those things I add but there are more subtle parts of myself that trickle through to my characters. Sometimes I don’t see it until much later. I re-read something and I will realize.
    Great post, doll! I can't wait to get to know the sisters more...and Ethan ;)

    1. Thanks so much, Aimee! I hope you love the book!

  2. I absolutely love these posts!!! I learn about new Author's and great books!!!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Melanie! And keep reading! ;-)

  3. The synopsis looks interesting, thanks you for sharing!

  4. I liked the synopsis for The Best Kind Of Love. This sounds like a great book. Thank you

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Hope you love it! ;-)

  5. it looks interesting. I absolutely love these posts!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Spg Chlomo!!!

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle - I hope you love it!

  7. Interesting story. I would love to read this.

    1. Thanks so much, Roselle - hope you love it! ;-)

  8. Wanted to offer a huge thank you (and so sorry it's late - crazy day job!) for having me on this fabulous blog! Happy Holidays!!! ;-)