Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Kaya Quinsey Holt's new title...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to have Kaya Quinsey Holt back at CLC today. Her latest novel, Maybe in Monaco, released about a month ago and she's here to talk about it today. She also told us about a recent exciting event in her life. Kaya has one ebook to share with a lucky reader!

Kaya Quinsey Holt is a bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for audiobooks. From house hunting in the South of France to weddings in Positano, Kaya’s books offer a romantic escape from day to day life. (Bio courtesy of Kaya's website.)

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Charlotte Levant left Monaco ten years ago in order to allow the man she loved to pursue his dream but she left with more than a broken heart. Only a select few knew that she gave up her baby. Facing a personal crisis, Charlotte returns to Monaco, thinking she can quietly sneak back without a fuss. But it’s hard to keep a secret in Monaco.

For recently retired Formula One driver Freddie Ridgeport, losing Charlotte was more painful than a car crash, but he quickly found company among his fans. Now back in Monaco, the responsibility of caring for nine-year-old Nicholas has been thrust upon him after he is unexpectedly named as the legal guardian in a will.

Will fate finally reunite these star-crossed lovers? And if so, can the truth make up for a ten-year-long secret that runs deeper than the adjacent Mediterranean sea?

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
Whenever someone tells me that reading my books has made them happy, it instantly feels like my favorite compliment at that moment. My goal for my books is to bring readers joy--hopefully equivalent to the joy that I feel while writing them. A reviewer recently said that Maybe in Monaco made her "smile and cry" which made me particularly pleased, because it meant they were invested in the characters and their journeys the same way that I am.

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing Maybe in Monaco?
Finding the voices of multiple, very different and distinct characters was a fun challenge. I have never written a book with so many character perspectives, let alone characters with such different stories. The biggest reward with this book is knowing that I'll get to continue with the characters as I write the sequel, A Monaco Minute, which features an all-grown-up Nicholas as he embarks on his own quest for love. 

If Maybe in Monaco were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Such a great question! Hmm... I would have to say Dakota Johnson would play Charlotte and Chace Crawford would play Freddie.

Which TV series are you currently binge watching?
Workin' Moms! I became a mama myself in October 2022 so it's a lot of fun watching the challenges the characters face.

What are you most thankful for this year?
My beautiful baby boy, Leo, was born in October and I could not be more grateful. I dedicated Maybe in Monaco to him.

If we were to visit you right now, what are some places you would take us to see?
Since the readers of this blog are book fans, I would suggest The Yorkville Library, which is the oldest library in Toronto (also one of the most beautiful) and is a designated heritage site. The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) has stunning paintings and sculptures by my favorite artists, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, and also houses an impressive collection of Group of Seven paintings. For an extended visit, the perfect day-trip away would be Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its wineries, glasses of chardonnay would be enjoyed in sun-dappled vineyards before we would pop into the shops of the absolutely stunning historic downtown. 

Thanks to Kaya for visiting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends November 27th at midnight EST.

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Jess R said...

Time spent with family!!! All the laughter is good for the heart..oh and the mashed potatoes are good too!

Anonymous said...

Susieqlaw: my family ❤️

Mary Patricia Bird said...

I am thankful that I finally got to a point where I could say my novel is finished and start querying agents. It's a tough row to hoe though.

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