I’m very excited to introduce you to an author that is one of my favorites. I’m sure you’ve read one of her books but if you haven’t, Kerry lights up the charts when she has a new release. I met her last year in Chicago and she’s amazing. I can’t wait to dip into this book…just the blurb alone tells me it’s going to be a good one! Keep reading…not only is Kerry sharing some secrets below but we’re giving away a copy of her latest book too!
Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy.
ABOUT HER BOOKS
Everything We Left Behind
Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.
Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.
“In this suspenseful sequel to Everything We Keep…readers will be captivated as the truth unravels, hanging on every word.” –RT Book Reviews
“Love, loss, and secrets drive Kerry Lonsdale’s twisty follow-up to the bestselling Everything We Keep. Everything We Left Behind is an enthralling and entertaining read. You’ll be turning the pages as fast as you can to see how it ends.” —Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow
NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF…HER SECRETS…
Say you have a secret stash of treats around the house. Where would it be and what would you hide?
Lindor Chocolate Coconut truffles. I stash them on the top shelf in the pantry where my husband keeps his candy. My kids know not to eat his candy, and since my husband never eats his candy either, my truffles are safe.
What would be the perfect food and drink pairing for your book?
There are two main settings featured in EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND: Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico and Hanalei in Kauai, Hawaii, so I’d say there are two perfect pairings. Fish tacos and Corona for the chapters in Mexico and Hawaiian Style beef short ribs with a Lavaman Red Ale for the Hawaii chapters.
Do you collect anything?
I am not a collector. Quite the opposite. I have a real phobia to clutter and easily let go of material items I don’t need or want.
What’s one word your friends would use to describe you?
Organized. Though I haven’t felt too organized lately. With three book releases in less than a year, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed, in a good way.
Tell us one secret behind the writing of your latest book:
EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND is the sequel to my debut EVERYTHING WE KEEP. I didn’t write the first book with the intention of writing a sequel. What happens after that infamous epilogue in EVERYTHING WE KEEP was to be left to the reader’s imagination.
Wouldn’t you love a copy of Kerry’s novel, Everything We Left Behind? I know you would! Let’s make this as easy as possible…
Who is someone in your life that you could trust?
Post your response below in the comments and be automatically entered to win!
I could trust my best friend.
My husband of 40 years. He knows me inside out and holds all my secrets
I don’t trust anybody.
My Daughter is my most trusted person I turn too.
Always my husband, but also any of my 3 adult children
My Dad is someone that I could definitely trust! Love him!
I can trust my Dad. He’s honest, fair and real, never mind I’m his daughter. He tells it like it is.
My Aunty Jane, there’s only 10yrs between us, I had a teenage mother, so we grew up together and are close like sisters
Someone I can trust, is my Godsister. Thanks for the chance! 🙂
I can trust my husband.
My daughter, Maegan, is my best friend and we spend so much time together that we say the same thing at the same time very often and we always get tickled by it. She is my rainbow baby…the baby after the storm.
My mom and my best friend. They both are there for me in different ways and for different reasons. But I always know they will be there, as I am for them.
I also know my dog will be here for better or worse. She is very dedicated. I have earned that by giving her a safe and loving home. When I adopted her a year ago she was afraid of her own shadow, literally. Now she is confident and happy. It took her awhile to get to that point, but she trusted me and I know she will always be there for me, even if it is something scary for her initially.
My wonderful husband. He is truly my best friend!
My friend, Dawn
My husband first of all and of course my best friend Deb also.
My husband is the one I give 100% trust to for everything.
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For sure my husband – He is my big supporter
I have several friends whom I would trust with anything. Thanks for the contest!
I have 3 good friends that I trust.
My daughter Nadine
I trust my sons.
My twin sister
My daughter Andrea.
Fifty-one years of marriage my husband Jim of course. He’s a rock and thoroughly trustworthy!
My husband. We will be married50 years this December. 10 years ago he gave me a kidney. Had a transplant in September 2007
My husband, my youngest daughter & my parents.
My girls and close family!
Without a doubt, my wife, whom I have been married to for almond st 38 years (July 14).
I trust my husband, my daughter and my son more than anything. God bless them.
I feel so lucky to have more than one person I trust…my Mom when she was alive, my brother, my two best girlfriends, my sons, and my husband! So grateful!
My best friend June. She is going through chemo and I am waiting on knee replacement surgery and yet through all of this we count on wach other daily for support
My mother. I have been her caregiver for 7 years.
I trust my daughter Véronique wholeheartedly.
My husband, without question. You cannot build a successful marriage without trust. Period.
I can–and do–trust my husband, my sisters, and my best friend.
Honestly, I don’t trust anyone. I have been done wrong by everyone that I know. I guess I could trust my cats.
My Husband and my parents
I trust my husband whole heartedly
My husband and daughter
I trust my husband and my daughter!
I trust my sister
Honestly, I don’t feel I have anyone I can trust anymore. Its sad, but true. Too much has happened for me to trust the ones I thought I could.
My Son who is always there for me when I need him!
I would trust my husband!
I would trust my husband.
I have serious trust issues, the only one I would trust is my grandmother