by Vivian Kohlman
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
That guy—the one that most girls would run away from—captured Kara’s attention and wouldn’t let it go. As expected, he turned out to be a player. So she cut him off.
But he wasn’t done with her yet. He waited until the memory of their start would have been forgotten—at least, softened a bit. Then he returned to her life, and captured her heart.
Finally blissfully happy, they fall in love and decide to make it official…until his past catches up with him and he destroys her again. But this is it…this is the last time she’ll fall for him.
And she keeps telling herself that until she almost believes it.
This book is for mature audiences.
“Let’s do a round of shots,” I suggest while sitting down. I don’t do shots, like ever, which could explain Anna’s jaw dropping to the floor. The waitress was approaching so I took it upon myself to order us a round of lemon drops and another round of drinks, even though our first was only half empty.
I did my best to have a good time, but I had this underlying feeling of stupidity. My worst fears are actually coming true. How could I have trusted this guy? After we finished the shots and well into the second drink, I checked my phone and have a text from Naheed, along with a picture of Nik and me laughing together (surely sent to him by Lauren).
Who the heck is this guy?
Of course, I couldn’t resist responding.
Your replacement. I hope you and your wife find a great condo in Beirut. Say hi to her for me, as soon as she arrives.
My phone started ringing so I turned it off. I apologized to the group about texting, saying I just had to take care of something. Nik, who’s sitting in a chair right next to me, touches my arm and asks if everything’s OK. I pulled my arm away—pretending to re-adjust in the seat—and say everything’s fine. I guess I’m just not comfortable with another guy touching me quite yet.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Vivian Kohlman writes romance novels based on stories of love and loss under the backdrop of Washington, DC. She grew up in Maryland just outside DC, but lived in Los Angeles on and off in her 20’s before returning to the Washington, DC area to live out her adult life.
Vivian attended a private university in Washington, DC for undergraduate and graduate school, and lived a very active social life. During her teens and twenties she and her friends lived through a lot of ups and downs—these experiences have fed the stories of this series.
Currently, she loves to travel with her husband and reads or writes romance novels as often as she can. When she’s not writing, she works a fulltime job and enjoys all of the bars, restaurants, and other hot spots of the nation’s capital. Born and raised in the DC metro area, she adores the culture of the city and is passionate about highlighting the city’s attributes, lifestyles, and norms—not including politics.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013M8PJDE Flawed, Book 1 of the Y&P series (Kara’s story, part 1)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01801MRO2 Found, Book 2 of the Y&P series (Kara’s story, part 2)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GUDGQGW Let Go, Book 3 of the Y&P series (Billi’s story)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZN48CD Girls Like Me, Book 4 of the Y&P series (Ava’s story, part 1)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C1C5WSX Guys Like You, Book 5 of the Y&P series (Ava’s story, part 2)
Note from Author:
The book, Flawed, is not erotica, but does include some steamy scenes, and contains adult situations (curse words, drinking alcohol, etc).
Every author has their reasons for writing, and methods for doing so. Today’s blog is a discussion about her writing experiences with guest blogger Vivian Kohlman. A few tidbits from Vivian:
- What inspired your stories?
I have written five books so far (and plan to write more) in the Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series. The inspiration for each story is slightly different:
Flawed, book 1: Flawed was the first book written, and true events and people inspired the stories and characters. Enough was changed during the creative process to make it a complete work of fiction. Only my friends and family can detect the real life people and scenarios.
Found, book 2: this finishes Kara’s story and was inspired by little more than real life. This book was creativity-driven.
Let Go, book 3: the inspiration for this book was strange to me. I was visiting my sister in Los Angeles and met a friend of hers. A week or so later, I was watching a hockey game with my husband (I think this fed the inspiration—we were watching the Capitals with Alex Ovechkin). And my favorite song at the time was “Laura” by Bat for Lashes. The night of the hockey game, I fell asleep and dreamed about the part of the book when Billi meets Lexo…that whole scene was my dream. The very next day, I started writing and the first draft was complete a few weeks later.
Girls Like Me, book 4: a song inspired this story, sort-of. Actually, I had written the entire story, which was inspired by the Haley character from Modern Family, and was reviewing the first draft when I first heard the song Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous; this song made me rewrite at least half of the book, completely changing the ending.
Guys Like You, book 5: this was just a natural progression of Ava’s story, so it had the same inspiration.
Untitled, book 6 (being written now): same inspiration as book 4…I just can’t stop telling their story!
- What advice would you give other writers?
I have a few pieces of advice. First, don’t take your first book so seriously. Trust me, you’ll write it over and over again—I still wouldn’t mind rewriting my first book again! I’ve actually officially published a few different versions. Now, I don’t take my books too seriously, knowing that I can always write future stories differently. Second piece of advice: have fun with it. I tried, once, to put a release date on one of my books, but I missed that date by about a month! The reason I was late is because having that date hanging over my head took the fun away from writing…I just couldn’t get the creativity to flow.
- Why do you write stories located in Washington, DC?
I was born and raised in the DC metro area and absolutely love my city! It is so unique with so much diversity. Growing up, I was exposed to so much—friends from all over the world, excellent education system, and culture. We have the gems of the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, and so many other amazing cultural venues. We also house the vast majority of other countries’ Embassies and many of the best hospitals and medical institutions in the country.
You can’t walk down a main street in Washington without hearing more than one language, and you can probably find someone from just about any country in the world here. This drives the need for a large variety of restaurants and bars, and quite a lively nightlife. Kids who grow up here are usually very open-minded and accepting of others, and they have a world-view.
Vivian Kohlman will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.