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December 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renee Keywell – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renee Keywell!

We have Stacy on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!

Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?

You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.

Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renée Keywell
Publication Date: November 16, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Hello! Thank you so much for having me! This is such a beautiful, busy time of the year. I love with hustle and bustle of shopping, bright lights, warm drinks, and a good read!

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Poppies for Christmas, a book to warm the heart with love, music, and the art of baking! #Autism #love #blessed #frostedChristmascookies!

 

Oh gee! I am so bad at twitter, I would rather read under a blanket on the couch with a plate of Santa’s favorite treats and an icy glass of milk!

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

My inspiration for the book was my daughter. She is a brave soul. I wanted to put a beautiful story into the world for individuals that struggle finding love and their place socially, or in society in general. It is a tough world out there, and we need more love without labels, more acceptance, more friendship, and less scared hatred and bullying.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

I really love all of the characters. Inside they are all beautiful people.

 

Poppy Paris is the juvenile whimsical centerpiece of the story. Her outer beautiful and her sweet disposition attract the attention of Declan and Dexx. I admire her carefree nature and ability to find the good in everyone.

 

Declan Davies, Poppy’s boyfriend, is a model who has capture the hearts of his thousands of admirers, but his heart is with the magnificent Poppy. He adores her and would do anything to keep her by his side and prove his love.

 

Dexx is a talented DJ and aspiring musician who wants to get closer to Poppy, even if that means stealing her from her world famous beau.

 

Denver Davies is Declan’s gorgeous sister who reigns as fashion queen at her school. She crushes on Dexx and would like nothing more than to find a true love this Christmas, just like her older brother and Poppy.

 

Their worlds collide at the magnificent Davies family holiday party.  I just hope they all find love and the goodness in each other’s hearts in time for New Years.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

I love the scene when Denver visits Dexx at his home. My favorite quote is, “You know, sometimes in life you need to go in the wrong direction to get what you want.”

I love it because I feel that way on a daily basis. Sometimes you need to go against the grain, and think outside the box to follow your dreams.

Here is the scene…

 

A sleek, black Lexus erratically plowed down my street. It drove in the opposite lane, going the wrong direction as the rest of the traffic, apparently being driven by a lost English-woman. The car slowed to avoid small clumps of snow.

The vehicle screeched to a halt in front of my driveway. The driver hurled forward before the safety belt snapped her back into place.

In lieu of a bewildered Brit, Denver emerged from the Lexus complete with rosy cheeks and a glossy smile. Her golden hair blew around her alabaster face, an advertisement for thick, lush locks to the world of messy bed-heads. She dragged out an enormous purse with a logo so elegant I refused to try to pronounce the name. She skipped over to my front door, swimming in her black, furry boots. Before her hand reached the bell, I opened the door.

“Hi,” she squealed.

Clouds of wintery smoke puffed from her pouty lips. A fresh, floral scent from her swinging tendrils wafted past my nose. I grabbed her sleeve, and hurried her through the entry way. I paused, momentarily, to inhale her girly perfume. A gutsy embarrassing move, but seriously worth it. Denver was unapologetically delicious.

“Denver, you should probably be more careful when you drive. You were totally going the wrong way.”

I loathed the sound of my voice, some concerned, old fuddy-duddy type. Too much like my moody, helicopter mom, or my overworked dad. Not my typical lax, chill persona who didn’t give a flip. Was I growing too attached too soon?

“Oh, that.” Denver waved her hand like it was no big deal. “You know, sometimes in life you need to go in the wrong direction to get what you want.” She winked and squeezed my wrist with her icy hands. Her cold touch had a welcoming warmth. Its soothing effect prickled my skin.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

Yes! The hardest scene was when Denver Davies, Declan’s sister and Poppy’s friend, had an emotional meltdown Christmas morning while opening presents, and the aftermath with her mother.

 

Through a misunderstanding Denver felt her mother questioned her beauty, her abilities, and her role in the family as the younger daughter. Mother-daughter relationships are intense and complicated. They are beautiful and challenging. I cried when I wrote the scene. And, I cried every time I encountered it, either through the editing process or rereading my work. It brought me to a place in my mind as the daughter in my own family growing up, I have a brother, and it took me to a place deep inside me heart as a mother of two very different girls.

 

I cherish the scene, and the resolution that took place. Taking on a story about a family and their relationships can be brutal yet therapeutic. Now that I am an adult with children I have experienced both ends of those roles. As the writing trance took over I was very excited to see where the complex relationship between these women took me. Plus, holidays are traditionally filled with glorious highs and heart wrenching lows. With the Davies family, hopefully they enjoyed mostly good times, good food, good company, and festive cheer, as they celebrate with the people they love the most.

 

As a writer you just never know what scenes will prove the most challenging until it happens, and mothers and daughters simply have a sweet and special spot in my heart.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I am working on another novel. The characters are not young adults. This time I am going for more of an adult themed chick lit/ women’s lit novel. It is a story about relationships, and the yearning for good friendships. This love story is with part fantasy, and part reality. It is a topsy-turvy Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland inspired tale with whimsy, heartache, and wonder.  I do not have anything new coming out right now. My new piece is a work in progress in between the holiday lights, the gift wrapped  chocolate covered goodness of December, and time with family.

 

 

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!!

Thank you so much for having me! I really enjoyed answering your questions. Have a very happy holiday and a remarkable New Year!

Xoxo

Stacy Keywell

 

About Stacey Renee Keywell

Author Stacy Renée Keywell lives a life of fabulous clichés. She enjoys asking rhetorical questions, and speaking redundantly. Stacy works hard at telling bad jokes, dancing oddly yet awesomely, and making up amazing new words in hopes that they will one day find their way into the dictionary. She strives to love without labels. She vows to bravely stand by the sides of those who need her, especially her two daughters. Stacy, her husband, and her children live in Michigan in a quaint house in the woods.

 

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