Contemporary

Going After The Heart By Kristin Beairsto

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Evolution of a Reader

First off, thank you so much to RomCon® for having me!!

I started reading the romance genre when I was 15. Up until that time, my reading tastes ran along the lines of Sci-Fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Being the daughter of a scientist and a nurse, this was the genre I was introduced to first. Then one of my best friends gave me a Nora Roberts book to read and I discovered a whole other genre that I didn't know really existed. As I started reading more and more of the romance genre, I began to think of the stories as the adult version of Disney's One-Day-My-Prince-Will-Come and I loved them.

I’ve always been drawn to stories I could relate to on some level. A history geek, I quickly discovered historical romance and devoured nearly every book I could get my hands on in that sub-genre. Historical aspects aside, I loved historicals that featured heroines close to my age at the time (older teenagers).

Older now and having been with the same man for going on 11 years , I find myself more and more interested in stories involving estranged spouses and couples that had been broken up and thrust back together by circumstances. So when it came to writing my next story, I couldn't help going with an idea I had for a married couple possibly facing divorce.

I knew I took a big risk with this storyline. I think many of us would agree that part of what's so appealing about romance in general is "that spark". And finding "the spark" with a couple that's been married for a while realistically can be difficult. But in the end, I knew challenging myself to write the story I would be interested in reading was what I needed to do. And I’m proud to say I’m happy with the results. I’m hoping readers are happy with it too.

How has your reading habits changed over the years? Switched genres, sub-genres, or favorite plot lines? Two lucky readers who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win an electronic copy of Going after the Heart. Good luck!

Kristen Beairsto

In between her to-be-read pile and trying to bring the characters in her head alive, Kristen spends as much time as she can with family and friends. Much to her husband’s dismay, she enjoys collecting purses, shoes, and jewelry. During those rare times she’s not working at her day job, rushing her daughters somewhere, watching movies with her husband, and trying to meet a deadline, she can usually be found energetically cheering for one of her favorite New York sports teams.

As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader. She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read! The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre. Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.

You can connect with Kristen through her website www.KristenBeairsto.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorKristenBeairsto, or Twitter www.twitter.com/AuthorKBeairsto.

Going After the Heart Blurb

Lizzy Bergstrum thought she finally reached a point in her life when she could honestly say she had it all. A thriving writing career. A wonderful daughter. And a marriage to the love of her life. But looks can apparently be deceiving because her husband just walked out on her and their eight year old daughter hates her.

Gavin Bergstrum can’t handle the direction his life has taken. Not only did he get laid off from his job, but his wife seems to barely remember he exists. Convinced he’s tried his best to change things, he begins to wrestle with the possibility of divorce. But he can’t think straight in the same house as Lizzy. Hating to leave his daughter, but needing time to think and come to terms with what he feels he needs to do, Gavin decides to return to his small home town in Oregon and stay at his family ranch with his father and brothers.

In shock, Lizzy gives Gavin his space. But as time passes and he doesn’t say a word about their marriage, Lizzy decides it’s past time she takes matters into her own hands. Without a word, she follows Gavin to Oregon.

Now facing a daughter who blames her for everything, an irritated husband, and a small town that feeds on the drama, Lizzy finds herself trying to figure out how to convince Gavin to give her another chance, teach her daughter it takes two to make a successful marriage, and overcome her own insecurities – all without compromising who she is.

Going After the Heart Teaser

He could kill her.

At this exact moment, Gavin Bergstrum could easily reach out and gladly kill his wife of ten years. Well, almost ten years, in another two months anyway.

If she lived that long.

Gavin watched as the woman—who may or may not survive the next two months to be his spouse of ten years—pulled her Cadillac Escalade to a stop a few yards in front of him in the wide open dirt area serving as the driveway of his father’s ranch. She climbed out of the driver’s side door of the big vehicle as though she belonged there, as though there weren’t a wall of issues between them.

Despite the dark trendy shades covering what he knew were deep violet almond shaped eyes, Gavin felt the heat being aimed his way and felt a morbid satisfaction in the fact she clearly wished violence on him at the moment too.

Well, at least they still had something in common.

For a longer excerpt, visit www.KristenBeairsto.com.