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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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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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