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Guest Author: Kaily Hart Visits Book Binge!

Posted September 4, 2012 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments


Please give a warm welcome to Kaily Hart, who is guest blogging with us today on Book Binge.

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If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be…

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot over the last couple of weeks. A LOT. While I’ve been doing edits on book 2 of my Fabric of Fate Series. Looonng, involved edits . And if my editor reads this, I’m kidding. Sorta kinda 😉 LOL. Before becoming a writer, I’d already had one successful career in the IT industry. I was a consultant for many years before starting my own company. IT to romance author—a pretty spectacular 180 wouldn’t you say? In a way, being a writer is similar to that scenario in that I’m my own boss. I get to set my own goals and strategic direction, I get to formulate a plan to achieve those objectives, I have to be conscious and knowledgeable about the economics and viability of the business. And the buck stops with me. Yeah, it’s all on me. I really enjoy that aspect of being a writer, heck I LOVE that, but …what if I wasn’t a writer? What in the world would I be?

When I renovated my ENTIRE house a few years ago, it was a major undertaking. This is my kitchen by the way—BEFORE!! I was excited, apprehensive, and okay a tiny bit terrified. Or perhaps it was a LOT. I designed every aspect of the renovation which ranged from some structural changes to a lot of cosmetic things. I updated/upgraded EVERY SINGLE room in the house. Actually the outside underwent some pretty substantial changes as well. I selected every fixture, fitting, color and finish. I designed every tile layout. I picked the design for each molding and trim we used. I even designed the layout of the kitchen myself from a completely blank slate. I worked with the guys every day on each step of the process and you know what I found? I absolutely LOVED everything about it. I learned I love looking at furnishings catalogs, tile books, paint chips, architectural accents, fixtures. I loved everything about the process, especially the sense of immense satisfaction I get when I can sit back in any room of my house and think… I did that. So… if I wasn’t a writer and I couldn’t pick writer as a career (cause that’s totally what I’d pick if I could)? I’d definitely be in the design/decorating/home improvement industry .

What about YOU? What do you think YOU’D be doing if you could choose?

About Kaily

Kaily Hart, a seemingly straight-laced mother of four, left corporate America and a high-powered, lucrative career to be a stay at home mom. Right… That lasted about four weeks, during which time she realized she had a deeply repressed dream—to write. And (gasp) romance at that! Who knew? By day, Kaily plays conservative wife and soccer mom, but at night crafts hot and steamy tales of romance and love with gorgeous heroes who wouldn’t dream of leaving the toilet set up. Ever. She’s smart and sassy, at least in her own mind, and is creating as many happy ever afters as she can, one hot story at a time. Kaily never would have thought she’d be doing this, but now that she is? Well, you couldn’t pay her enough to do anything else.

You can find out more information about all Kaily’s books here and read more about her latest release, RISE OF HOPE here.

If anyone would want to contact me (which I would love by the way) or just keep up with what I’m doing, you can find me all over:


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Thanks so much to Kaily Hart for stopping by Book Binge to guest blog with us. I’m mighty curious to see what the finished kitchen looks like. I’m sure it’s beautiful! =) Don’t forget to get your own copy of Rise of Hope, which is on sale today everywhere.

Best of luck Kaily!

-The Book Bingers

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Guest Review: Picture This by Kaily Hart

Posted August 21, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Judith‘s review of Picture This by Kaily Hart

Desperate and young, Jillian Moore did something she knew would one day come back to bite her in the backside. She had posed nude. For money. Years later, and on the last track to a successful career, she is still haunted by her mistake. She can’t help but wonder when her past will catch up with her.

Samuel Steele is not short on female attention, but the women who warm his bed pale in comparison to the fantasy he has created of the seductive temptress in the painting hanging prominently in his bedroom. A fantasy that has ruined his once-satisfying sex life. When he discovers that her exact likeness works in his building–works for him, in fact–things get interesting. Perhaps there is hope for his sex life after all.

This is really kind of a cute story, built on the need of a successful business woman to locate and reclaim a painting for which she had posed nude in her “hungry” days, and which continues to allude her efforts to do so. Now she has found out that the latest owner bid $75k for the painting, a sum she doesn’t think she can raise even if she wanted to buy the painting, and even if the new owner would allow her to buy it. It is also the story of a man who has fallen in love with a painting, with his fantasy girl. Even though he never lacks for partners in his love life, he can never truly be satisfied. Where was the real woman? And then he remembers: he thinks she is one of his employees. And so he finds his fantasy girl, right under his nose.

So what is Sam’s ultimate challenge here? Is he willing to continue seeking Jillian as a fantasy as he sleeps with other faceless bodies, or is he willing to seek reality with the real person? Jillian certainly knows the hurt of realizing that Sam may have just been seeking to find out if the real person was a glorious as his fantasy. And perhaps that is the issue at the root of this story. Are any of us willing to give place to the realities in our lives, especially when that reality is a real person? I have often believed that many hang on to their fantasy partner–marrying and divorcing, or hopping from one bed partner to another–because they would rather retain that perfect fantasy in their lives rather than deal with the imperfections of a real person. Sam has to make that choice here.
This is Kaily Hart’s inaugural short story as a romance writer and she has done so very well. The plot is concise and can be readily explored in this brief literary format. The main characters are well developed without a lot of extra and unnecessary information. The reader is able to grasp the fundamentals of the work place context and the surroundings of their rendevous. All in all, it is a well-written short story and is very entertaining. The love scenes sizzle and yet they don’t swamp the basic story. I look forward to reading future work by this author.

I give this short story a 3.75 out of 5 rating, not because it is inferior, but rather because it is short. I would have loved to have seen it extended.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place
This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

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