March 4, 2016
Hello readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Holding Court by K.C. Held
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Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty–and completely unavailable–Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.
For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of…well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”–spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.
The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…
Book Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
A rollicking romantic mystery featuring a blurting girl, an unattainable boy, and a disappearing dead body.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I’d always wanted to try my hand at writing a mystery, and I love the fast-paced mix of humor and mystery in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series so I decided to see if I could take this wacky idea I had about a character who blurts out random statements that turn out to be premonitions and mold it into a YA mystery along those lines.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Jules Verity is a sixteen year-old girl with an embarrassing psychic gift she can’t control. Basically she blurts out seemingly absurd statements, usually at inopportune times, that eventually, somehow, come true. Desperate to earn some money so she can buy a car and avoid the embarrassment of having to drive her grandmother’s hot pink golf cart to school, she takes a job at a castle-turned-dinner-theater called Tudor Times. All she wants is the chance to earn some money, wear a fancy gown, and ogle her crush from afar, but that’s not quite how things work out.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
A later addition to the book was the inclusion of Jules and Grayson’s shared love of The Princess Bride. I’ve always loved the book/movie, but I’d forgotten how eminently quotable it is, and it fit so perfectly into the setting of Tudor Times that’s it’s hard now for me to imagine the book without it.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Without giving too much away, I wanted to play with the concept of the butterfly effect- the idea that small things can have far-reaching effects on future events. It may not be obvious at first, but Jules’s blurts set everything in the story in motion. Figuring out how to tie it all together so that everything came back to Jules and her blurts was a fun challenge.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I have a couple of projects in the works, one’s a YA, and the other is a middle grade story I’ve been playing with. They’re similar to Holding Court in that they both feature quirky characters in picturesque settings.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks so much for hosting me! I’d love to stop by again someday!
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