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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “When You Are Mine” by Kennedy Ryan

Jun 20
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Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Kennedy Ryan to CABR 🙂

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Find out about the inspiration behind her book, “When You Are Mine”

then enter her giveaway.

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When You Are Mine cover

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Blurb:

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Forever is a heartbeat away . . .

Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she’s always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancĂ©, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

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. . . but what about love?

As one of the East Coast’s most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family’s nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he’s been distracted by the one woman he can’t have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .

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Kennedy Ryan’s guest post:

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What inspired me to write WHEN YOU ARE MINE?

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The simple answer is the Chattahoochee River. I guess the more thorough answer is infinitely more complex. A couple of summers ago my son wanted to go to the river every single evening. Not shocking. He has autism, and lots of kids on the spectrum are water obsessed. So when the weather is nice, my husband and I can usually be found with our son near some body of water. Fountains, swimming pools, and that summer, the river.

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I always knew I would write fiction, but wasn’t sure how it would happen. I started with poetry, and I sometimes see the legacy of its lyricism still in my prose. Somewhere along the way, I started writing true stories. In high school I wrote editorials for a local newspaper and went on to obtain my journalism degree. I never forgot, though, that the stories I imagined were just as real to me as the true stories I learned to report.

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My son was diagnosed at age two on a Thursday. The next day, my husband lost his job, and I became the primary breadwinner. The one carrying much-needed benefits and insurance. We were reeling – emotionally, financially, relationally. I was shaken to the core, and in the process of shaking, I think my dream of writing fiction fell to the ground, unnoticed and for that season when my son’s needs pressed their way to the forefront, unimportant. But one of my favorite poems is Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred”. The last line asks if a dream deferred explodes. Mine did. After a decade of deferring; of making sure my son’s needs were met and even starting a foundation for Georgia families living with autism, my dream exploded by a river.

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It is no coincidence that the central location of WHEN YOU ARE MINE is a fictional North Carolina town called Rivermont. The rushing water and vibrant sunsets of the Chattahoochee inspired the town with a river at its pulsing center. And in the quiet on the river bank, I started to hear the voices I hadn’t heard in years; characters speaking to me, telling me their stories. I envisioned the first scene there. It is one of the most pivotal scenes in the book. A dark turning point that puts on the table all the tensions building between these characters up until that moment.

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A beautiful young woman, Kerris, suffered much in her rotten childhood. She carries shame that she shouldn’t for things that were never her fault. In so many ways, she doesn’t think she’s good enough. In so many ways she is frozen over. She doesn’t think of marrying a man she is not passionate about as settling. She just doesn’t believe in love. Until her fiancé’s best friend proves her wrong.

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For the decade I didn’t hear the voices or tell any stories, I was living. It was hard and dark at times, but I truly believe it made me a better person. My son’s condition often makes us the focal point when we are in public. The noises he makes. Certain mannerisms. They draw attention, and not always the good kind. We’ve been judged on more than one occasion, but we’ve also experienced such compassion from strangers. I am glad I didn’t write this story ten years ago. I think I would have judged Kerris for some of her choices, but since I know what being judged feels like, I did not. And I think I might have rescued her from some of her bad decisions and hard times. But in that decade I realized that sometimes making bad decisions right and living through hard times are what form our character. If I hadn’t lived for that decade, I might have made things too easy for her. I might have judged her. I might not have written her at all.

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But I did. And I hope you enjoy her story.

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Kennedy Ryan imageABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kennedy Ryan grew up in North Carolina, but loves living in Atlanta with her husband (tall – check, dark – check – handsome – check), and her handful of a son. Though she knew, like writers often do, that she was supposed to tell stories, the road to fulfillment has been paved with “some of everything” jobs that kept her family eating and living indoors.

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With her degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!), she has focused on writing for non-profit organizations and even doing some non-fiction ghost writing. Only in the last few years did she start telling stories again.

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In addition to being a devoted wife and mom, she’s also a passionate advocate for families living with Autism. Her son was diagnosed at the age of two, and she has made it her mission to help as many families as possible find the resources and services they need. 25% of her royalties will go toward her national charitable partner Talk About Curing Autism and Myles-A-Part, her foundation serving Georgia families.

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CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Website | Twitter @kennedyrwrites | Facebook |

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