"Clayborn's characters are bright and nuanced, her dialogue quick and clever, and the world she builds warm and welcoming." -The Washington Post
"Warm and lively romance." -The New York Times
"Smart, sexy, and sublime." -HEA USA Today
BEST OF LUCK
Winning the lottery is the biggest ticket to freedom Greer Hawthorne’s ever had. Until her best friend’s brother comes to town . . .
Greer Hawthorne’s winning lottery ticket doesn’t just bring her wealth, it also means her chance at a long-postponed education. She’s finally on the cusp of proving to her big, overprotective family that she’s independent—until a careless mistake jeopardizes her plan to graduate. Lucky for her, there’s someone in town who may be able to help . . .
Alex Averin plans to show up for his sister’s wedding, then quickly get back to his job as a world-renowned photojournalist. But when gorgeous, good-hearted Greer needs an assist with a photography project, he’s powerless to say no. Showing Greer his professional passion ignites a new one, and rouses instincts in Alex he thought he’d long set aside.
Can a ceaseless wanderer find a stopping place alongside a woman determined to set out on her own . . . or are Alex and Greer both pushing their luck too far?
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/best-of-luck-kate-clayborn/1128106185
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kate_Clayborn_Best_of_Luck?id=riJPDwAAQBAJ
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The second book in the series is titled LUCK OF THE DRAW. It is releasing SPRING 2017. This is the blurb for that book:
Buying a lotto ticket with her two best friends didn’t change Zoe’s life. Only following her heart would do that . . .
Sure, winning the lottery allows Zoe Ferris to quit her job as a cutthroat corporate attorney, but no amount of cash will clear her conscience about the way her firm treated the O’Leary family in a wrongful death case. So she sets out to make things right, only to find gruff, grieving Aiden O’Leary doesn’t need—or want—her apology. He does, however, need something else from her. Something Zoe is more than willing to give, if only to ease the pain in her heart, a sorrow she sees mirrored in his eyes . . .
Aiden doesn’t know what possesses him to ask his family’s enemy to be his fake fiancée. But he needs a bride if he hopes to be the winning bid on the campground he wants to purchase as part of his beloved brother’s legacy. Skilled in the art of deception, the cool beauty certainly fits the bill. Only Aiden never expects all the humor and heart Zoe brings to their partnership—or the desire that runs deep between them. Now he’s struggling with his own dark truth—that he’s falling for the very woman he vowed never to forgive.
Social media: YES. I have twitter (@kateclayborn), Instagram (@kateclayborn.author), and I also have a Facebook author page (I can send you the link to that in a bit -- it's not fully functional yet because I hate Facebook -
Kate Clayborn first started writing stories on the extra wide-ruled notebook paper her first grade teacher used to pass out for handwriting practice. Over time those stories were packed away in a memory box while Kate grew up and did lots of things—a master’s degree, a PhD, work, travel, home renovation, life in general—always with a book at her side. Somewhere along the way, Kate remembered to settle down and start writing stories again.
These days Kate writes on a laptop (though her handwriting is excellent), and her favorite stories to tell are about smart, strong women and the men who love them. Kate now lives in Virginia, where she’s lucky enough to spend her days reading and talking about all kinds of great books. At home, she’s either writing, thinking about writing, or—during long walks around her fabulous neighborhood—making her handsome husband and sweet-faced dog listen to her talk about writing.
Kate loves to hear from readers—follow her on social media or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange Custard Questionnaire (for Nikki!)
1) Colors you enjoy. These colors can be various temperatures.
My favorite colors are green and purple, but I also like blue. Weirdly, when I send you the cover of my book as they have it done now, you’ll see that it’s got the shades of those colors that I like a lot.
2) Fonts you enjoy.
I did some browsing around and found this site which was helpful for me in conceptualizing this: http://www.promisetangeman.com/blog/2016/8/3/how-to-choose-fonts-that-reflect-your-brand. So the reason I liked this was because it helped me think of font combinations, I guess. I think of my books as being romantic, but also really modern--the women are smart, complex, and don't take a lot of bullsh*t (excuse my language!). So I kind of like the idea of pairing fonts that suggest that -- something modern, like a bold sans serif (Montserrat, maybe) paired with something more feminine/romantic (sort of a handwriting-inspired script?).
3) List websites that you like and find attractive; sites you find unattractive too. I know you sent me a list yesterday (sites belonging to your favorite online magazine, newspaper, fashion, etc.).
http://www.adrianaanders.com/ - this is a debut romance author whose first book just came out. I know her, so I thought I'd check out her site and it might be useful for us since she's new to this as well -- could give us a sense of what to have on the site.
www.anthropologie.com - probably you know of this brand. I like the aesthetic of this brand in general (though I can't afford anything in this store, lol), and so thought it might be useful.
www.younghouselove.com - this is the blog of a couple here in Richmond. Obviously they have more going on here than I need, but you're probably seeing a trend -- I like pretty simple, modern-looking stuff, with a rustic/romantic touch.
Also including a list of squarespace and wordpress templates I’m fond of:
Here are two sites I don’t like (both romance authors). I think you'll probably just see that I'm not fond of them because they're a bit busy for my taste. The first one, for Eloisa James, is probably useful to see though -- she's VERY successful and so her site has to accomplish a lot of things:
4) A very short list of other professionals in your line of work who you admire or not admire.
Here are three sites from very, very successful authors in my specific genre, which is contemporary romantic comedy. The first one, I think, is most modern, and so I'm most drawn to it, but I thought it might make sense for you to see how other authors who have "made it" in this genre are doing their sites:
5) List your favorite things: food, wine, flowers, books/writers, cars, places to travel, people/mentors. This list doesn’t have to be long. It can be 2 things or as many as you like.
Favorite flowers - hydrangea, particularly dark purple (I carried these at my wedding!). Favorite foods, etc. - I have a terrible sweet tooth, so probably chocolate. But also fruit of almost all kinds. And I’m a tea drinker - love big mugs of herbal tea! Choosing a favorite book would be impossible - just know that I love books, love libraries, love bookstores, love looking at people’s bookshelves. Pretty much me + cozy place to sit + tea + book = happiness. As for travel, I love the beach, but also love old cities with lots of history - row houses, cobbled streets, reclaimed spaces, that kind of thing.
6) Anything else you would like for me to know that has to do with your preferred cool, edgy but clean aesthetic.
As you know already, I do have a somewhat tense issue here with matters related to privacy because of my full time job. So I am hoping that won’t interfere with our work but I’m still working out the aesthetics of things like author photos, and the realities of how much information I can put in a bio.