Kathryn Starke talks about character connections and has some books to giveaway

Today we have the pleasure to welcome Kathryn Starke to our blog. We met Kathryn on twitter and immediately clicked:) She’s the author of ‘Because of You’ which was published last November and is currently working on her new novel. She’s here to share her post with us and there’ll be a UK/US giveaway too (info found at the end of post). So read on Kathryn’s post and make sure you enter the amazing giveaway.


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Lilly never wanted to settle, not in her education, her career, and especially not in her relationships. She observes the countless number of couples in her circle of family and friends, but she has always been unsure if marriage is for her.At thirty-one, she is convinced she has finally found the man of her dreams. But on her actual wedding day, she shares a conversation with a mysterious stranger in a hotel elevator. Suddenly, she begins to question her “happily ever after.” 

An instant connection with this stranger leads her to doubt what and who she believes in. She recalls flashbacks of her courtship with fiancè Patrick and begins to wonder if she is indeed settling for the first time in her life.Lilly struggles internally with her decision and begins questioning her future. Will she marry Patrick or will she ultimately start her search for love all over again?


Character Connections


As a literacy specialist, I always encourage my students to make a connection to any book they are reading, whether it is to an event, setting, problem, or even a character.  As readers, we love to read fictional books that have both main and supporting characters that remind of us our best friend, mother, neighbor, or even ourselves in some capacity. When we relate to these make believe personas, we develop a reading relationship that lasts for the entire duration of the book. We laugh, cry, shout, and are even surprised alongside the character on their journey. These characters that resonate with us are the ones that we want to tell other readers about. Lilly is just one of these characters in my debut novel, Because of You. I invite you to read this chick lit release to find a character that reminds you of someone you know in your life and cheer for him or her as decisions are made. I read a poem recently entitled “You’re Never Alone” that explains how people are never alone when they’re reading a book because of the characters and friends they meet along the way. I hope the next character you meet in your new favorite chick lit book makes a lasting impression.


About Kathryn Starke 

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Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, and author. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for a decade in an inner city/Title I school system in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. She is the 2013-2014 urban literacy trainer for the VCU Ameri-Corp program.

Kathryn serves as the founder/CEO of Creative Minds publications, which exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children. CMP publishes engaging and educational children’s literature. Kathryn presents at reading and writing conferences throughout the nation and is a keynote speaker for many nonprofit organizations and events. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines includingEducation Digest. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012. She is excited to write for a different audience with the debut of her first novel, Because of You, November 14, 2013.


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Buy ‘Because of You’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com




Thanks to lovely Kathryn, we have 2 paperbacks of ‘Because of You’ to give away. The giveaway is open UK/US only and closes on April 16th. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Kathryn Starke. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

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Posted on April 8, 2014, in giveaway, guest post and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Jo from Little women.a feminist well before women were independent.

  2. Right now I’d have to say Scarlet from Gone With Wind. She always trying so hard to keep things together and always makes the wrong choice in men.

  3. Sheerie Franks

    Well at the minute I’m reading IVY LANE, SPRING PART 1 by Cathy Bramly. I’m loving Tilly Parker, she has lost somebody very special in her past. She is trying to get her life back on track but wants to do it, under the radar, quietly and without any fuss. I don’t have an allotment but I do understand the way she wants to get back on with her life with no fuss. Thank you Ana for your lovely blog and the chance of the give-away. X

  4. I try to “become” the female character in any book I am reading. Makes it more involving for me to read 🙂

  5. I love the sound of this book! I haven’t read any of Kathryn’s before, but this one is officially on my TBR pile now 🙂

  6. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Fictional character? Becky bloomwood! 😊

  7. Jessica Meddick

    Angela from the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk!

  8. Ok I figured out how to comment. Lol. As a teenager I fancied myself Scarlett O’hara and had that mindset all growing up. Just fell in love with those big eyes and that sassy spirit but being fierce all the while … Probably now I most would like to be living within the hallowed pages of a UK romcom. I am an American and proud to be, but the books by UK authors are so fun. I think probably two more memorable ones would be Flora in Floras lot (Katie Fforde) or From Restoring Grace Those books exemplify my dream world. I would love to find something on the edge of disaster and be able to breathe new life into it. That’s what all my fav UK authors have in common the theme of restoration. Oops. This might be more than a comment !!

  9. Ok. Here goes again. Growing up I fancied myself to be Scarlett Ohara. I think I fell in love with first those big eyes and then her sassy determined spirit. She didn’t live by her emotions, but by what needed to be done. She was such a fierce character, love her or hate her u can’t say she didn’t have tenacity.
    Nowadays I would say that the characters I most would like to be would have to be practically any of the female leads in my fav UK books. Most notably Flora from Floras lot. Live how she finds an auction house on the brink of ruin and despite no knowledge of the business is able to breathe new life into it.

    I also love restoring grace and how these women who are most unlikely allies come together and develop lasting friendships all the while restoring not only graces home, but themselves in the process and getting the man. That’s always important. The right man.

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