Kat Baldwin debuts her Fairy Godmother

KathleenBaldwinPhotoSmlI have a confession to make, Banditas and Bandit Buddies. Today I am indulging myself. Yep. Because today, I am bringing one of my most favorite people in the entire world into the Lair. (Sending an evil eye at Sven, Pablo and all the half dressed males lulling about…you guys better behave!) See, my friend Kat Baldwin is one of the funniest, kindest and most talented humans in the entire world. And I am sharing her and her newest book with y’all!!

*Me doing a happy little dance on my bar stool*

So please help me welcome Kat Baldwin to the Lair!!

Suz: Kat, I’m not sure I ever told you this, but I don’t read a lot of YA. But I loved your book DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER. This is no simple wave-your-wand-and-make-the-girl-glamorous-to-solve-her-problems story, is it?

Kat: No. Life is never that simple.  We all know that a beautiful dress doesn’t make a girl beautiful on the inside.  In this case, Jess has some seriously prickly edges to smooth off.  I don’t think she would put a dress on much less let it soften her personality.  She’d be more likely to rip it to shreds and toss it out the nearest window.

Suz: DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, what a great title and great concept. How did you come upon this idea?

Kat: Originally the story was a contemporary romance/coming of age story focused on the very intelligent but wounded Jess, and her friendships with Cai and Maggie. My agent at the time thought the story should include a paranormal element. Andrea has a soft spot for fairies, so… we wove in a teenage fairy godmother. Before we knew it she’d taken over the story.

Suz: You have two heroines Lilliana, the fairy godmother, and Cinderella’s descendant, Jess. What are their similarities and what makes them so different?

Kat: Lilliana is extremely feminine. The fairy race being predominantly female, she grew up surrounded by women. Whereas Jess grew up with two brothers and rejected anything that even remotely smacked of softness.

Both girls have had to cope with death up close and personal. But they handled it in radically different ways.

Lilliana lost her mother as a child and carries a quiet sadness with her that has kept her from realizing her potential. Whereas Jess’s grief fuels her anger. She’s brimming over with potential but hasn’t allowed herself to mourn – a powder keg.

Both girls must face their grief, and except who and what they are, or they won’t survive. 

Suz: Was it hard having two strong female protagonists in one book?

Kat: Oh yes! Writing two protagonists was like walking across a high wire. Keeping both heroines in the forefront of the reader’s mind is tricky. In the end I know Lilliana took over, but I adore Jess. She’s such a kick-ass-take-no-prisoners girl.

Suz: Jess has two best friends, Cai and Maggie. I love how you use them to help both Jess and Lilliana. Maggie, in particular, has a unique ability in that she’s dyslexic. How does that help her in this book?

Kat: It isn’t uncommon for a person who has a ‘disability’ like dyslexia to develop some really cool compensating quality.

I love Maggie’s ability to read people, to know instantly whether they’re telling the truth or not. Because her dyslexia makes it a constant struggle to know what’s real or true. Think what it would be like if the letters on a page played tricks on your mind, if a d turns into a b, or if the letters all swam together and become nonsensical. Frustrating? Sure. And that frustration is why Maggie has to know the “truth” of things, so she’s become an expert at determining when someone is telling the truth, or not. 

Suz: Unlike the usual Cinderella story, in DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER you’ve complicated Lilliana’s job by giving her a love interest. Who is it and how does this affect the mission?

Kat: Jake – sigh.  I love that moment when they meet and her inner music starts harmonizing with his. Falling in love with a human is forbidden, against the rules, not to mention it’s deadly. Lilliana knows first hand what happens. Her mother fell in love with a human. Consequently Lilliana was raised by her mentor at the school for Fairy Godmothers.Dairy of A Teenage Fairy Godmother 72_ sm

To make matters worse, Jake is Jess’s brother.  Jess is fiercely protective of the only family she really has left. Her parents fell apart after the death of their oldest son. So there is no way she’s going to let some lunatic who thinks she’s a fairy mess up his life.

Suz: Some of your secondary characters, Cai and Maggs, as well as Jess’ brother Jake seem to have some unusual abilities. Is there the idea for more stories from this group?

Kat: Sadly, Andrea, my writing partner has a serious type of cancer, so we won’t be able to do it together. She needs to rest and recuperate. But I love the characters and dream of a second book for them. Yes, there are definitely secrets about all them, especially Jake and Jess that are begging to come out.

Suz: Speaking of Andrea, you’re a writing team. How does that work for you? Do you each have specific duties in the story or is it completely collaborative? 

Kat: Andrea writes mystery, but she is also a flamboyant actress. When Andi walks in a room everyone knows she’s arrived.  I wouldn’t be writing YA if it weren’t for her. At the time she was also a well known book reviewer on both internet and TV. She reviewed my Regencies and tried to persuade me that they were YA material. 

I balked. But Andi persisted. To convince me that I should and could write YA she offered to plan this book together. She lives out of town. So she flew to Texas and we got together at her hotel. Andi is hysterically funny. She acted out scenes – hid behind curtains, jumped around, threw things, bounced on the bed and spoke in all kinds of voices, portraying all the characters at once. Amazing! She gave me tons of material and my job was to glean, smooth and polish it into a salient story.

 Excerpt:

The Music of the Mission

Waiting.

Watching.

Lilliana Skye stood in the upper branches of a tall oak overlooking Lake Elm High and peered through the leaves. She listened closely to the strange music of human emotions as students shuffled through the front doors of the small Texas high school. Some of them emitted low, plodding oboe sounds with sad notes of doubt and aloneness. Others pulsated like wild offbeat snare drums.

Her first mission. She’d studied and prepared for this day her whole life. Soon, very soon, she would walk among the humans. Her own inner music soared up, whistling excitedly, flying out of harmony with the trees and wind. With a deep breath Lilliana calmed herself and tucked her training manual securely under her arm. Any minute now her orders would arrive.

She tugged down the short, uncomfortably tight skirt—a perfect disguise. A new dress may not solve any problems, but it sure was fun. Lilliana had duplicated the outfit, every last detail, from page thirty-eight of the latest Teen Vogue. She was totally prepared. Ready. Nothing to worry about. After all, these humans were just teenagers, like her. Well, except, none of them had a pair of five-foot-seven-inch wings sprouting out of their backs. Lilliana retracted hers.

Just then a bright red cardinal burst through the thick canopy of the old oak tree. He swooped down and dropped a small scroll into her hands.

“Thank you, Napoleon.”

The feathered messenger landed on Lilliana’s shoulder as she unrolled the parchment and read “School records altered. Proceed.” Gryndelyn’s official seal glowed on the bottom. As soon as Lilliana finished reading it, the message disintegrated into dandelion fluff and scattered on the breeze.

Suddenly, thunder shook the air. Except there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Lilliana’s attention snapped back to the school. The deep rumble blotted out the noise of the students. She searched for the source of the explosive roar. There! The loud, angry vibrations came from a girl in army boots and a camouflage T-shirt, the one who resembled a third world dictator stomping up the school steps.

Lilliana drew in a quick breath. She knew that girl. She’d memorized that profile, and she recognized the wild unruly hair, hair the color of deep red autumn leaves. It was Cinderella’s offspring, Lilliana’s C.O., the girl she was supposed to help. It was Jessica Harrison whose soul thundered as violent and black as a winter storm.

Yet, beneath Jess’s throbbing drums of rage, Lilliana heard the unmistakable strains of anguish—taut strings of grief. Grief that resonated so sharply it hurt to listen.

 

Intruder Alert

10:17 a.m.

For the third time that week, Jessica Harrison sat in Principal Jamison’s office listening to him lecture about how he expected her to treat other students courteously and stop undermining his staff. Apparently, this time he thought Jess shouldn’t have told her history teacher to get her facts right or find another line of work.

“Unacceptable behavior,” Mr. Jamison complained. “Insensitive. You made poor Ms. Hargrove cry.” Blah, blah, blah…

Jess growled low in her throat. It wasn’t her fault Ms. Hargrove was menopausal and needed a refresher course on the events leading up to World War II.

Jamison sighed. “A little diplomacy, Jess, that’s all I’m asking.”

“Whatever,” she conceded.

“Most girls in your situation would be depressed. Depression would be perfectly normal, but you…”

Depression? Didn’t he know the black hole of depression yawned its mouth at her every morning, threatening to suck her into its dark abyss? Jess would never give in to it.

Never!

She would scratch everyone’s eyes out if she had to, but she would stand out here in the land of the living and fight. Right here, right now, where she could do something. Change things. Protect the family she had left from the rotten people in this rotten world. And if she couldn’t protect them, she’d—

Jamison interrupted her thoughts, saying something that made her want to punch a hole in the universe. “I’d like you to meet with the school psychologist to discuss your anger issues.”

“Issues?” Jess sputtered. What did he know about her issues? And what right did he have to bring them up?

He leaned forward with so much syrupy sympathy contorting his features that it made Jess want to puke. “After all—” He hesitated. “It’s been almost a year since, uh, since your brother’s unfortunate accident and—”

“Unfortunate accident!” It was all Jess could do not to hurl her backpack against the wall and shatter all of Jamison’s neatly framed diplomas. Instead, she jumped to her feet. “Is that what you call it? Are you referring to the night Ryan decided to show off for his stupid girlfriend? The night he accidentally blew through a red light going a hundred and twenty miles an hour? The one where he lost control and cremated himself and her? You mean the unfortunate accident that has my parents walking around like numbed-up robots? That one? Really? Because you know what I call it? I call it the night my world exploded!”

Jess slammed her palm against his desk so hard the oak should’ve split. She clamped her lips together, letting the pain in her hand fuel her. “And if you think I want to talk about that with some second-rate school shrink, then you’re the crazy one.”

Jess stormed out of the principal’s office. Let him suspend her. She didn’t care. High school was a gigantic waste of time anyway. She was only a sophomore, but she’d taken the SAT early and scored higher than anyone in the senior class. Jamison could expel her right now for all she cared. She wasn’t going to put up with him butting into her issues.

Jess shoved past a group of kids milling by the drinking fountain. Other students hustled out of the way as she stomped down the hallway.

Everyone at Lake Elm High knew her well enough to know they’d better move. Respectfully cautious. That’s what they were, and that was the way Jess wanted it.

But then she saw something that made the volcano churning inside her turn into an iceberg.

A ghost.

A ghost opening Ryan’s locker.

Memories of that night slammed into Jess—police pounding at the door at two in the morning, red and blue lights churning across the dark lawn. Once again, as in countless nightmares, Jess felt the searing heat of flames. Flames she’d never actually seen. Flames that had consumed her brother. And now, standing at Ryan’s locker was the girl who got him killed.

Cheryl.

Except Cheryl was dead, and there’s no such thing as ghosts. There’s a scientific explanation for everything. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect. Physics, that’s what Jess believed in. Not ghosts.

So, why was one opening her dead brother’s locker? A ghost who looked exactly like his dead girlfriend? Same skinny body. Same dark hair, pinned up loose and messy, half of it falling over her ears in the same stupid attempt to look sexy. It was Cheryl. Only…

It couldn’t be. Jess marched over and yanked the interloper’s arm. “What are you doing in my brother’s locker?”

Just like Cheryl, the girl had dangerous green eyes. They widened. “Jess?” she gasped.

Jess jerked her hand back as if she’d been burned. “How do you know my name?”

Ghost girl caught the corner of her lip in her teeth and gnawed on it like someone hunting for a plausible lie. Jess closed the distance and bore down on her with all the diplomacy of an irate drill sergeant. “I said how do you know my name?”

The girl edged back and bumped into the locker. “I, um, I was sent…” Finally she blurted, “I’m here to help you.”

Jamison’s shrink? Jess stepped back and shook her head. No, it couldn’t be. She was way too young. A student counselor? No, this girl looked clueless. So who was she? And why had Jamison sent her?

It didn’t matter. “Tell Jamison to butt out.”

“Jamison?” The girl blinked, pretending she didn’t know the principal.

“Nice try,” Jess snapped. “I don’t care who you are or why you’re here.” She pushed the intruder aside and slammed Ryan’s locker shut. “Stay out of my brother’s locker!”

“But…” Cheryl’s clone held up a newly printed schedule and pointed to a number in the upper left corner. “This is the locker they assigned me.”

Jess scanned the schedule. Not only had the idiots in the office given away Ryan’s locker, but half of the new girl’s classes were the same as Jess’s. Worst of all she’d be in Biology with—

Oh no.

This was not good—not good at all. Red-alert sirens screamed in Jess’s head. “Go ask for a different locker,” Jess shouted. “And stay away from my brother.”

“Your brother? You mean his locker?”

Jess didn’t wait around to explain. She elbowed her way through the crowd. Her combat boots thudded against the tile as she double-timed it down the hall to recruit backup.

BACK COVER BLURB:

ISBN-13: 978-1484038918 Available as eBook or Print at Barnes & Noble or Amazon

Diary Of A Teenage Fairy Godmother

A Fairy Godmother is not some pixie in a pink tutu. She’s a guardian and a warrior. Lilliana Skye is sent undercover to a Texas high school to save one of Cinderella’s troubled descendants, but everything goes wrong.

Jessica Harrison hates Lilliana. She doesn’t believe in fairytale magic or happily-ever-afters. Jess is tough, angry, and so intelligent it’s scary. If she ever did see a mythical fairy she would probably stomp it into oblivion with her army boots. Matters go from bad to worse when Jess’s older brother meets Lilliana and falls hard for the new girl. And Lilliana can’t keep her wayward heart in check. Jake is, well, just plain dangerous.

Falling in love with a human is forbidden, not to mention… deadly.

 

Kathleen loves adventure! Her mom died when Kat was thirteen, but life rolled on. She roamed the Rockies skiing and rock-climbing, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a cougar, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, was proposed to eleven times, finally met and married her own personal hero. Still in love, they’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.

An award-winning author and illustrator – Kensington published four of Kathleen Baldwin’s Regency romantic comedies, including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion finalist. Her upcoming series for Tor/Forge Books, STRANJE HOUSE, A School for Unusual Girls, won the Marlene in 2012. And just last week Diary of a Teenage Fairy Godmother was chosen Pick of the Day by Fresh Fiction readers.

www.KathleenBaldwin.com

So dear readers, IF you had a Fairy Godmother, what would you want her to help you with? Would she have to deal with any special issues inside of you to help you find fulfillment?

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  • Fedora says:

    Wow–GREAT premise, Kat and Suz! I don’t read as much YA these days, but I think I’ll be adding this to the TBR 🙂

    As for a Fairy Godmother–one of those would surely be helpful! I think I would like one who could help me with the decluttering I still need to do! I guess my special issue would be wanting too much STUFF!

    • Fedora says:

      Thanks again for the visit, Kathleen!

      f dot chen at comcast dot net

      • Okay Fedora, who’s Herr Chook?

        I googled him and all I got was a bunch of chicken recipes.
        I better not find out you’ve sneaked another bare-chested fellow in here?!?

        You wild Bandit girls…

    • Hey Fedora!

      This was such a good story, you’ll love it even if you don’t read much YA!

      And I’ll have to borrow your FG after you’re done with her. I have way too much clutter in my house thanks to hubby!

      • Fedora says:

        LOL! No worries, I’m sure FG is a speedy one! (Unlike me! ;)) I’ll send her your way in a month or year ;p

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Fedora! You nabbed Herr Chook again!

      And I”m with you, doesn’t this concept sound cool???

  • It’s great to be here! Thanks for inviting me into your lair.

    I will give away Diary of a Teenage Godmother to 2 randomly selected commentators today.

    • If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for a free book please leave an email.

      You can leave spaces like this Kathleen 2 Kathleen Baldwin dot com – so it can’t be crawled.

      Thanks

    • I’m so happy to have you visiting us, today, Kat!! AND congratulations on the big new sale to TOR books for your STRAJE series!!!

      Doing the happy dance today!!

      • Thank you!
        Yep, I’m still jumping up and down! Very excited about TOR picking up the series: Stranje House, A School for Unusual Girls. 😉

        It’s a reform school for gifted girls set in the Regency Era. Of course, during the Regency years being extraordinary was an insult. Being unusual made one a pariah.
        But what actually happens at Stranje House? Hint – it isn’t at all what the girls’ parents expected would happen.

  • Helen Sibbritt says:

    Hi Kat and Suz

    Welcome Kat and I love the sound of this book I don’t read many YA but I am sure I would enjoy this one. Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a fairy godmother I would dearly love her to help me retire so I had more time to spend with my family and read LOL

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun
    Helen
    rsibbrit@bigpond.net dotau

    • Hey Helen!! How are things in Australia today?

      A FG to help you retire. That’s a cool idea, then she could stick around to help you wrangle all those grandkids!!

    • Australia! how fabulous is that? You must already have a Fairy Godmother.

      • Helen Sibbritt says:

        Kat and Suz

        It is pretty good over here we are having one of the warmest autumns in 45 years the days have been really warm and just nice and cool of a night time lovely weather and yep I guess the FG could help especially when I have the 6 grandkids here at the same time it is fun but noisy LOL

        Have fUn
        Helen

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome to the Lair, Kat – any friend of Suz’s is a friend of ours! Pull up a cabana boy, order a drink and make yourself at home!

    Ooh – I don’t read many YAs, but I love the premise of this one! Will definitely be adding this to my TBR mountain! Love Cinderella stories and have always loved anything to do with fairies.

    Hmm – I think my fairy godmother needs to help me with a time-turner, so I can fit what I need to into a day! Oh and a special magic spell so that I can order any shoes I want for free 😉

  • Mary Preston says:

    I do read a fair bit of YA recommended by my daughter.

    If I had a Fairy Godmother I’d put her to work. A flick of that wand and the housework is done, the weight is off, dinner is cooked….

    Wicked!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • Hi Mary!
      Oh I’m so with you!
      Housework – gone! (Especially dusting)
      Weight – gone!
      Dinner made!
      Poof!

      Perfectly rational use of a wand.

    • Hey Mary, I’m sort of chuckling over the wand and the weight is off…

      Have you seen the car commercial where the guy asks for the old spare tire is gone and poof it disappears off the back of the car? hehehe…then the genie has him running to lose weight? Yeah, I’m afraid that’s what my FG would make me do if I asked to get rid of the weight!

  • Hi Kat –

    This sounds like great fun – and quite a challenge for Lilliana. Love that she can hear emotions. Wonderful creativity!

    If I had a Fairy Godmother, I’d have her here whispering in my ear as I worked on my book. Or maybe she could stretch time to make it easier to hit deadlines. I’d put her to work on housework but if she’s a smart fairy Godmother ,she wouldn’t stick around for that 🙂

    • Hi Donna!
      Nice to meet you! thank you for noticing that about Lilliana.

      Conveying emotion is my favorite part of writing – it’s why I write. The fact that Lilliana hears emotion as music made it doubly enjoyable to write.

      • I have to agree with Donna here. That was one of my favorite parts of the book when Lilliana hears the emotions and every character has a different one!

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I read some YA, my first love is historical (Regency) but I am sliding into paranormal and YA with increasing regularity.
    I am liking the sound of this story. The fairy godmother looking like the deceased girlfriend added another degree of difficulty to Lilliana’s assignment. I am anxious to find out how she gets around Jess’ issues. She certainly has her work cut out for her.

    • Nice to meet you Dianna!
      I share your love of Regency.

      Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen were two of my favorites growing up. I got my start in publishing writing Regencies.

      While working on this book my critique partners kept having to say, “Oops, you slipped into your Regency voice in this snippet.” 😉

    • Hey Dianna!

      Oh, you have no idea the work our poor Lilliana has cut out for her in this book. Be prepared to get WAAAAAAAAY more than you thought with this book!

  • Mozette says:

    So dear readers, IF you had a Fairy Godmother, what would you want her to help you with? Would she have to deal with any special issues inside of you to help you find fulfillment?

    Oh man…. my love life… I’d love to have one. I would love to have a man just interested in me for me and not for what guys think about 24/7. Yeah, I’m looking for a nice guy, who has enough in common with me to get along with me, but also enough not in common with me to have a life of his own… it’s just how life is isn’t it that when I meet someone, they are great, but they don’t have their life in order, or they have some hang up or another…. so I’d love to have a Fairy God Mother to help me find the right one. 😀

    Otherwise my life is okay right now. 🙂

    • Hey Mozette!

      That’s a great use of a FG!! Discernment for the right mate. Will keep our fingers crossed that she comes through on that one!

      • Mozette says:

        You know it’s not that I’m fussy… I’m not. So long they can look after themselves, cook and actually know how to dress themselves and not act like a Neanderthal at the wrong times, I’d be happy with them… otherwise by all means have a guys night out at any place you like! But do come home to me. 🙂 I’m not going to banish them to my basement or attic just because they’re with me. I’m not that possessive.

        It’s just so hard to find that kinda man now. And seeing I’m 40 this year, I’m hoping to find a guy who is mature enough to look past my medical stuff, collections and funny mindsets… just like I am (and you’d be amazed how many guys don’t want a woman with emotional baggage even now!), I just want to be happy with somebody; even if I live in sin with them and never get married. 😀

    • Yep, finding the right mate does take magic.

      Kissed a lot of frogs before I found mine. Decided I was done with love, gave up, and of course, that’s when I met him.

      • Mozette says:

        Yeah, I’m kinda tired of kissing the amount of frogs I’ve had to…. I’d like to find that Mr Right… over the next decade would be good. 🙂

        I’m not asking for much in time, but I am asking for a nice guy (or if a woman does it for it, that’s cool too, I mean, I’m not just stuck on being around men, soul mates can come in all kinds of packages) who I can spend my life with. Is it so hard to find one? 🙂

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Kat and Suz! Great interview and good timing! We’re having a birthday celebration tonight for the just-turned 15 yr old in my life. She loves to read and loves YA so I bought her a Kindle for her birthday and pre-loaded some books onto it. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER is now sitting on her Kindle waiting for her to enjoy. 🙂

    I could use a fairy godmother about now. I’ve just moved and am still living among the boxes, wondering where I’m going to put everything. (I significantly downsized) A little fairy intervention would be much appreciated. 😉

    pjpuppymom (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Hey PJ!

      You are a supercool to not only buy the Kindle, but to preload it with such a cool book!! She’ll enjoy it!

    • Wish her a Very Happy Birthday from me!

      15 is such a wondrous place to be, full of expectation and change, that intense felling of something right around the corner. Our hearts are so vulnerable at 15.

      15 – my favorite age. Lucky you to have a daughter and she’s 15! Birthday blessings for you both.

      But you’ve got my sympathies about those boxes. Moving should include a couple of fairies. sigh. One box at a time and they will soon be gone – but a little wand action would be nice.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Kat, welcome to the Lair! Any extra-special friend of Suzanne’s is extra-specially welcome. 😀

    I cannot wait to read this book! The excerpt totally hooked me. I also want to share it with my youngest, who is 18. Although she feels like she should be past the YA stage, she still loves it. YA and Shakespeare and Irish poetry. I think many of us remember those days!

    If I had a fairy godmother, I would put her in charge of moving my kids home from college. That way I wouldn’t have to drive 9 hours next Monday and wouldn’t have to worry how we’re moving the middle child home on Tuesday when both the DH and I have to work and have a concert to go to that evening. She could take care of all that. Oh, and the lawn. It needs serious work. Poof! 😀

    • Hi Caren!
      So nice to be here. Thank you for allowing me into the lair.
      Have fun with moving your kids home. I love having them home again. One of mine just took off for his summer job last Tuesday. Sigh.
      sounds like you have a busy household. Thank you for taking the time to say hi!

    • Caren,

      Tell your daughter it’s okay to read a YA book no matter her age, as long as it’s a GOOD YA book like Kat’s! Lyndsey just left her 20’s behind and she devours YA books!

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Kat!!! Welcome to the Lair!!! I’ve missed you 😀

    Like Suz, I’ve not been a big reader of YA Only Hunger Games series, a friend Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits but now? Dang girl, I am so on it!!!

    My Kindle bill is rapidly escalating….

    I would ask my Fairy Godmother to clear out some debt, trim my kitties nails on a regular basis, zap me into a solid size 10.

    Now, for your pleasure ….a personal gladiator saved for special visitors…Malachi….front and center 😀

  • Hi Joanie! Waving!
    It’s so nice to be in the lair and…

    Oh my! (fanning self) is that Malachi?

    Y’all have too much fun here.

  • CateS says:

    Oh yeah, my fairy godmother could make me a size 12 again… I’d like smaller, but those are the clothes still in my closet and I don’t want to be greedy…
    I’m impressed by 11 proposals… unless they all weren’t marriage ones…

    • LOL, yeah, marriage. But here’s the thing. Back then there weren’t many girls rock climbing – it was a predominately male sport. I loved my freedom. And men…

      (Sven, Pablo, and Malachi will you kindly cover your ears for a moment)

      About men…
      I think there’s nothing a man wants more than a woman who doesn’t want to be captured. And by that I mean physically as well. Men are all about the hunt. It’s that fish that won’t be caught or the elk that got away that they hanker after.
      I certainly wasn’t the prettiest girl. So that’s my only explanation.

    • Hey Cate!

      I was quite impressed with the 11 marriage proposals, too!! I was thinking Kat had kept that little tidbit hidden. 🙂

      • Oh gosh. Did I forget to mention I was single for a very VERY long time. Twenty seven before I said yes and actually went through with it. After taking care of my younger brothers after my mom died I wasn’t in any hurry to be tied down. Too many classes I wanted to take, too many mountains to climb, horses to ride, ski slopes to conquer.

        Life is good!

  • Wow! What a great excerpt! In just a few sentences I was intensely drawn into Jess’s world and pain.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Liese

    • Hi Liese!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

      Right back at ya, girl. That Russian thriller of yours is a keeper. (Saving Hope)

    • Hey Liese!

      Something about the “loud angry vibrations” and “combat boots and cammo t shirt” made you want to find out what happened to Jess and how Lilliana was going to “fix” it, didn’t it?

  • catslady says:

    Oh, I could totally wear out a fairy godmother lol. Sounds like an intriguing read and it’s been a while since I’ve read a YA but I have enjoyed the ones that I did read. Love your cover!

    catslady5(at)aol.com

    • Thank you for stopping by! Glad you like the cover.

      That’s one of the things I love about YA, the stories are enjoyable for anyone – no matter the age.

      Hey watch out for Sven over there. He’s oggling you.

    • Hey Catslady!

      What would you have your FG do? I might have mine start finishing the edits on my next book and then zap the house into shape, then me!! So, I could probably wear mine out, too. I wonder if they have a mileage limit or a warranty?

  • Pamela Stone says:

    Hi Kat! Awesome premise. I just love those girls who don’t quite fit in. If I had a fairy godmother, I’d ask her to help me with my introverted shyness. Oh, oh, and give me rhythm so I could dance. My daddy was a dance instructor at one time and even he gave up on me. Ha. So all of my heroes and heroines dance. Go figure.

    • Hi Pam!
      Thanks for stopping by. Aren’t the Bandits fun? I love this place.

      Daddies. Hhmm. that’s interesting about your not being able to dance and he’s a dance instructor. My Daddy was a banker and a whiz with numbers. I’m seriously dyslexic with numbers.

      Are we seeing a pattern here?

      Of course, the beauty of writing and reading. We can experience all the things we only dream of doing. One of my heroines, Jess, is a genius who can calculate complex equations in her head.

      And your heroines can dance!

    • Hey Pam!

      See, that’s why you’re such a good writer, you channel that shyness into great stories! I think all writers are like that…(Okay, some of us to a little less degree….GLARING at Joanie and the other Banditas…don’t say it!)

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Kat,

    I have to tell you that I saw this pop up on my email—maybe from Fresh Fiction or some other promotion you were doing. I don’t remember who it came from but the title grabbed me immediately. I even read it out loud to my husband because I thought it sounded like such a great book!

    Congrats on the release. I can’t wait to read it. What a compelling idea!

    • Hi Cassandra!
      Thank you! We had a great time writing it.
      Fresh Fiction chose it as their Pick of the Day last week. so nice of them!

      If you don’t have a copy yet leave an email addy and I’ll enter you in the drawing for a copy.

    • Hey Cassondra!

      I’ll give you a little hint…there’s a major BOOM factor in this book. And that’s all I’m saying!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Ooooh, a fairy godmother! What would I wish for?

    I’d want to be a faster writer.

    Seriously. I’m SO….SLOW. I’d love to see my story more clearly, earlier and be able to put it on the page.

    Is that asking too much?

    If it is, I’d settle for curly hair.

    • Me, too! Hi Susan!
      Raising hand and waving it wildly.

      I’d love to have curly hair.
      And sometimes I think I am the world’s slowest writer. Really. Snails can etch sandstone faster than I write.

      You may be slow but you do get it done Susan! And done well.
      Look at you so many books out. And I love Love LOVE your covers on Kiss The Girl and Taste For Trouble.
      So fun!!!

    • Hey Susan!

      Curls? Really? I like your cute little straight hair cut.

      But I would love a FG who tells me the story long before I’m 2/3 done!!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hi Kat! Hey Suz, thanks for indulging yourself and bringing Kat into the Lair!!

    I’m with Cassondra and several others who said they love the hero/heroine who’s one who doesn’t quiiiiiiite fit in.

    I love the premise of this book, and the excerpts are great. I hope Andrea can rebound brilliantly and ya’ll can continue this because this sounds like big fun.

    And hey, if you say it’s got BOOM!?! I’m so there!

    • Hey Jeanne!

      Yeah, I figured I’d get you, Cassondra and Nancy with the Boom factor. Trust me when I say you’ll be fist pumping through the ending!!

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hi, Kathleen and Suzanne,

    Love the excerpt for this book and I know
    my granddaughters will love it as much as
    I already do!

    As for the FG, I could use another twenty
    years tacked onto the end of my life, my
    own wand to zap away the housekeeping
    tasks, and assistance with weight manage-
    ment! Too much? Then add me to the
    curly hair list, I’m getting tired of having to
    buy my curls!!

    Pat C.
    p-cochran (at) juno (dot) com

    • Hey Pat!

      Another curls wish? I used to pay for mine too, but then when my coworkers were all getting “Brazillian blowouts” (and doesn’t that sound nuaghty), I thought, I can have super straight air AND save money!! Yeah, feels good to make the younger girls jealous. 😉

      I’m loading this book onto my mom’s Kindle so her youngest granddaughter can read it in Ohio!

    • Hi Pat!
      Do your granddaughters like to read?

      I can relate to your wanting the additional twenty years. me, I’m greedy, I’d like a cool hundred, please. I figure two hundred years that’s about right, eh?

      Wouldn’t that be fabulous, to see the world in 2113? think how much everything has changed since 1813. Wow! Two hundred years would really give humans some perspective.

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome to the lair, Kat! Love the excerpt – thanks so much for sharing it with us *g*

    I would love a fairy Godmother to help me find the best airfare deals. With my daughter going to college this fall and my son returning for his senior year, I foresee a bit of traveling in my future 🙂

    • Hey Beth!

      Ooooooooooo can I get in line with Your FG? Three conferences and multi trips home to see my Mom… yep, I could use my own private plane!!

  • Kat, welcome to the lair. And congratulations on Diary of a Teenage Godmother. What a great title – you had me at hello. Suz, great interview! I love twists on fairytale themes so this book is right up my alley. Thanks for visiting to tell us all about it and I wish you all the best with your book!

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    Oh I forgot to say what I would wish for from my Fairy Godmother. I would want health and enough money to go to the grocery store without my trusty calculator.

    • I’ll pray those two important things for you, too, Dianna.

      Hey Dianna, i can’t see where you’ve left an email. I’ll enter you in the drawing if you leave an email.

  • Allie Burton says:

    Kat,

    Just saw your fabulous news about Stranje House on the YA loop. Congrats! And congrats on this book. I can’t wait to read!
    Allie

  • Cagney says:

    Hey Kat!

    Just downloaded your book today. Can’t wait to get all wrapped up in it! Sounds very intriguing:)

    Cagney

    • Oops, my reply to Cagney went to Anna!

      Hi Cagney!

      Thanks for coming by the lair! Let me know what you think of the book.

      How’s your gardening coming? Is it warm enough there to start planting yet?

      • Cagney says:

        It’s just now the time! Spent yesterday planting an herb garden at my dad’s house. Favorite time of year!

  • OH, this is so easy. My Fairy Godmother would have a broom in one hand and a dust rag in another. I’d keep her cleaning my house 24/7. That way I’d have more time to write and more time to quilt.
    (Do you happen to have the number of a good Fairy Godmother?)

  • THANK YOU Suzanne!
    You made me feel all kinds of warm happy welcome-ness. You are an excellent hostess and a fabulous writer.

    Thank you to all of the Romance Bandits for allowing me into your lair today. I had a great time. You made me laugh – and smile a lot.

    I’ll sneak back often to say hello and maybe catch a glimpse of Malachi or maybe Quinn Halliday.

    Cheers!