Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Waking Up Married

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

  • ISBN-13: 9781460301463
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Source: Netgalley


From USA TODAY bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly comes WAKING UP MARRIED, a free book in Harlequin’s brand-new contemporary romance collection—Harlequin KISS.

Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy …husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”

My Thoughts:

Waking Up Married was a quick and enjoyable read.  The premise is something that I can totally see happening in our contemporary world as it is today.  Megan wakes up after a crazy night in Vegas to be married to a man that she doesn’t know.  Yet, instead of getting divorce, Connor wants to make this marriage work even though they know very little about each other.  It’s not what Megan expects though, he simply wants a partnership, he needs someone to fulfill that woman spot in his life.  This turns out to be more than he thought it would be.  The relationship warps and the true characters begin to show though as well as their true feeling.  As always there is a twist in the story.

While the characters are not as believable as I would have liked, in a story of this length, I should have expected this.  Despite this they are both likable and the story flows well.  It is a quick, fun and simple read, perfect for a rainy afternoon.

My Rating:

3 Penguin


A Solid 3 Penguin Book

Nothing Outstanding but a good read

Grace Doll Blog Tour

Good Day Readers!  I am very happy to welcome Author Jennifer Laurens with her new book Grace Doll.  I have a lot to share today about this book starting with giving Jennifer an opportunity to chat with you about connecting with all of you!

Connecting With Readers = Making Friends

I admit, balancing writing, family life, life’s responsibilities and connecting with readers is a lot of work. But some of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had have been because I’ve extended myself to readers who’ve enjoyed my books.

I write because I want to, first. Second, I hope my stories will enrich the person who connects with them. When that reader reaches out to me, I appreciate the effort. Writing is so solitary, that one of the joys of writing is having a reader tell you how much your book touched them or made them laugh, or changed their thinking, or caused them to ponder something they hadn’t thought of before.

I used to send Heavenly out to all of my Facebook friends when it was their birthday. This was a great introduction to the series, but came at a serious cost to me. It didn’t matter. I could afford to do it, so I did – I met thousands of readers this way. One was a girl in in New York City. She started messaging me about how much she loved Heavenly and we started to chat regularly–one highlight was a birthday phone conversation we recently had. Someday, we hope to meet face to face. But until then, we email and text and keep in touch on a weekly basis. I’m so grateful to know her. She’s an outstanding young woman with direction and values that I admire.

Another dear friend/reader lives in Australia. I would never have met her if I hadn’t sent her a copy of Heavenly for her birthday. She fell in love with the book and after reading it, she reached out to me with a desire to get to know the person behind the book. ( Heavenly seems to illicit a lot of questions about autism, life after death, angels, etc. — which I’m happy to talk about with readers ) Since then, she has become someone I look forward to hearing from via messages and texts every day. We talk about EVERYTHING. I marvel that technology has brought special relationships into my life and am, once again, grateful.

I’ve had many readers tell me they appreciate that I take the time to connect with them. I hope my readers feel that I genuinely care about them because I do. It makes my day better when I think about my ‘friends’ all around the world, and how I’ve been a small part in bringing a bit of joy or magic or romance or light into their lives. That’s one of the reasons I write. There’s no substitute for friends, whether they are next door or around the globe–they’re important. I consider myself blessed to do what I do and have the opportunity to get to know a vast variety of people.

Is it worth it? Taking a few minutes to answer an email, to message a reader on Facebook, to tweet a “hello”, to respond to a blog post— definitely is. Connecting with readers can be an author’s way of acknowledging a reader’s ‘experience’ with their work.

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him.

With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known… and embracing the role she was born to play.



 Excerpt from Grace Doll

My cell phone rings. Solomon. He wants more? Bring it on.


            “You have something I want.”

            “Good skin maybe?”


            “Your father had something to do with Grace’s disappearance. I’ve spent the last sixty years putting pieces together and—”

            “Look, if you want to spend your time chasing ghosts, go for it. My dad is dead. So is Grace. If you want to see her so bad, go walk into another fire.” I click off the phone, toss it into the empty seat next to me.

            My hands shake. I’ve just thrown a log onto a blaze.

My Review

I have read numerous books by Jennifer Laurens and I have to say that this was by far my very favorite.  It was just a different that anything I have read by her before.  Grace Doll starts in a very Hollywood Glam way in 1949.  Grace Doll is at the height of her career but she is crazy unhappy and trapped exactly where she is.  From the very start of the book it was evident that there was something haunting wrong and I really wanted to know what it was.  It seemed as though Grace was acting through every moment of her life.  Rufus B. Solomon is seemingly Grace’s protector, keeping all of the crazy fans far from her, what the crowd doesn’t see is the abuse he deals her as they move along, he is controlling her every movement.  And it is not just the movement but the words he says that no one else can hear.  This is the first look at what is wrong in Grace’s life.  This is after Rufus had discovered her as just a 13 year old girl on the boardwalk and swept her parents off their feet and changed everything about Grace down to her birth date.  The abuse just continues and he subjects her to an experimental medication that will give her the ability to keep her beauty forever.  As a rescue attempt to free her from Rufus goes horribly wrong, and everyone believes that Grace Doll is dead.  That is everyone but Rufus Solomon, who will continue to search for Grace Doll.  With the help of Grace’s makeup artist’s son the mystery of what happened to Grace Doll will be unraveled and her secrets will be revealed. 

This was a powerful book full of pain and loss.  I was haunted by Grace Doll’s pain and just the unraveling of all of the details of this story.  It was a great read and I didn’t want to put it down.


About the Author:

I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don’t have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn’t write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.

I’ve written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say “write what you know” and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we’ve been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.



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Guest Author Maria Hammarblad


Thank you for welcoming me to the blog, I am delighted to be here!

Right now, I’m on a writing spree. It’s a good thing because I get a lot done, but real life becomes very annoying. I have fun with the imaginary people in my mind, and people want me to DO stuff. Like… Go to work. Have they no shame?

Besides a daytime job I’m enrolled at a local college, working on a Bachelor’s degree. As a writer I normally don’t have problems with scribbling papers together on short notice and at a high pace, but when I’m writing… Should I make sure the heroine survives and can live happily ever after (or at least until the next book), or should I write about negotiating problems in the Israeli crisis? Hmm. Surely, negotiations can wait just a little while I make sure everything turns out right in my imaginary future? Financial comparisons of Apple and Acer? Who cares? There’s an alien invasion going on in my mind, and if I don’t pay attention, humanity might lose! When I can’t put it off anymore, I write something quick, send it in, and hope for the best.

Luckily, the people closest to me are used to my sudden and intense bursts of typing. My husband tries to talk to me, and knows it’s time to give up when I’ve answered, “Mm-hmm” a few times. Today he poked my shoulder and said, “Your phone’s ringing.”

I’m sure my face was pretty blank when I looked up. He tried again. “Phone. It’s ringing.”

“Oh yes, it is.” Back to typing.

“Well, aren’t you going to answer?”

“I’m sure it’s someone selling something. If not, they’ll leave a message.”

The world will move on without me. It won’t stop spinning because I stop paying attention for a few days or weeks. The imaginary universes in my mind might not be so lucky.

It’s a good thing I have dogs. If they want attention, they want attention, and they don’t care about computers, pens, and notepads. They sense when mommy needs a reality check, and if I don’t snap out of it, they just paw at the keyboard until the screen is filled with “kjliijiojikokkojk.” I need to put more dogs in my books. Thus far I’ve had cats and a supernatural pooch with three heads. I need to write a companion dog. They’re remarkable beings, maybe too remarkable for me to capture them in print.



Maria Hammarblad
Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61252-216-6
Word Count: 77000
Cover Artist: Gwen Phifer
Book Description:
When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it’s love at first sight. The tall, dark and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.
Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
As an adult Maria’s creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.
Upcoming releases
Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
Fun Facts
Favorite color:              Blue
Favorite food:               Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn’t eat:                  Mammals
Favorite TV Show:        Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:            Border Collie
Quotes:            “Full Speed Ahead” and “Caffeine is good for you”
Find Maria on the web

Website:                       http://www.hammarblad.com
Facebook:                     https://www.facebook.com/mariahammarblad
Blog:                            http://www.scifiromance.info
Twitter:                        @mariahammarblad

Goodreads:                   http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4114780.Maria_Hammarblad
Publisher’s website:       http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com