Laurie here! It's my turn to host the Friday shenanigans on The Alley! First up, in case you missed it:Head to her Facebook page for fun helping her pick out a title!
Now, for our author spotlight! We asked award-winning author Kara Isaac a few questions to get to know her a little bit better:
Kara: I have three bags in operation at the moment, and they are all full of awfully random things as only having a five year old and two year old can create. The most random thing in the bag I've been using today is a lone sock :)
TWA: What are you reading right now?
Kara: I always have more than one book on the go! At the moment I'm reading Made Well by Jenny Simmons, The Seakeepers' Daughters by Lisa Wingate, and The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese.
TWA: Your movie snack of choice?
Kara: Ooooh, that is so hard. My favourite movie theatre does incredible gourmet ice cream sundaes, but they're more of a meal than a snack! So if I can't have that, I would have to go for Double Stuf Oreos.
TWA: What's your favorite recent discovery?
Kara: I'm seven months pregnant and this baby is, shall we say, "exceeding expectations" when it comes to size and I'm not exactly the tallest person in the world! My favourite recent discovery has been a cute pair of togs (I think in the US you call them swimmers? [Laurie: swimsuits!]) that I bought at Target for like $20 when I was in Nashville recently that I actually feel good wearing.
TWA: What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning of your publishing journey?
Kara: Be content in whatever stage of the journey that you are in. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that whenever you make it to that "next" goal that you'll be content then, but there will always be something to steal your joy in the journey if you let it no matter what stage you're in.
About her books:
We are big fans of Kara's debut romantic comedy, Close to You, about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien-themed tour of New Zealand. And we are very eagerly awaiting her sophomore novel, Can't Help Falling, which releases on October 11! In the story, which received a coveted 4.5-star TOP PICK from RT Book Reviews, we will find out how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.
On my (Laurie's) website, I'm giving away a copy of Close to You + a $15 Amazon gift card! I'll paste the Rafflecopter below, and you can enter before 11:59 pm on October 1: