October 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Holly Hearts Headlines (Holly Hearts Hollywood #2) by Kenley Conrad – Interview and Giveaway



Hello readers and welcome to our Tour Stop for

Holly Hearts Headlines (Holly Hearts Hollywood #2)
by Kenley Conrad

presented by Swoon Romance!

We are thrilled to have Kenley on the blog tour for a quick Q&A.

Click on the banner above to follow the rest of the tour, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



Holly Hart has it all: designer clothes, affluent friends, a recording contract, and she’s dating the biggest pop star in America.

It’s too bad he can’t be seen with her in public. It’s even worse that he seems so very cozy with Lacey, the girl who seems to enjoy stealing Holly’s dream and taking all the credit for their platinum-selling album.

And Lacey? Well she couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that hasn’t stopped her from basking in the glow of the fame and fortune that comes with pretending to be Holly.

Yet, Holly signed a contract vowing to never reveal her true identity as the girl behind the hit songs. Her record label doesn’t want anyone to know their teen dream is really a chubby, insecure girl from Iowa.

Holly needs to focus on finals. She can’t let herself be distracted by the extremely hot and talented Grayson Frost or his prevailing attachment to Lacey. This is the deal Holly made, and she has to honor it no matter how much she hates it.

As if that’s not enough pressure, her grandparents have come to stay, her mom is dating a guy who makes his own deodorant, Shell Shocked Records want Holly to distance herself from Grayson, and she’ll probably end up failing Driver’s Ed.
In a town full of gossip and secrets, Holly wonders just how much longer she can continue to live a double life.

When the media gets a little too close for comfort, both Holly and Lacey are at risk. Soon Holly realizes her dream isn’t only about her and if she is to ever be truly happy, she’ll need to find a way past her insecurities.

Filled with laugh out loud and hold your breath moments, Holly Hearts Headlines is the follow-up to Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad.

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Holly Hearts Headlines
(Holly Hearts Hollywood Book 2)
by Kenley Conrad
Publication Date: Oct 27, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Romance





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

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

Actually, a Tweet about my book is the reason I’m here today! I just scrolled through two years worth of tweets to find my exact phrasing. Here’s what I tweeted: The record company doesn’t like 16yr old Holly’s plus-sized body, so she sells her voice to another girl to pass off as her own.


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

Actually, I was taking a walk when I had this idea! The origin of the idea was around fairy tales. I was on a modern fairy tale streak and I was trying to think of a unique fairy tale to write about. We’ve seen a hundred and one modern Cinderella’s. I was walking in downtown Phoenix is one hundred and ten degree heat when I thought to myself, “How would The Little Mermaid work if it happened in modern times?” That was when I had the idea of Holly selling her voice to another girl (the witch, so to speak) and the rest was history.


Tell us about the main character(s).

Holly Hart is my main character and narrator. She’s avidly writes in her journal and loves to watch Criminal Minds on Netflix. She’s a fish out of water, so to speak. She’s plus-sized and a bit awkward. She’s unsure of herself, but during the books you’ll really get to see her learn and grow! To be honest, she’s a lot like me. Our sense of humour is very similar. We both like to be sarcastic, dramatic, and make random pop culture references.


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

Oh wow, that’s a tough one. It’s dumb, I know, but when I need to re-read the book for editing purposes sometimes I’ll find a line or a joke that I wrote that I don’t remember writing and I’ll laugh out loud at my own joke. I’m smooth like that.

Personally, I like it a lot whenever Holly makes lists. She’s made lists of everything from funeral requests in the untimely event of her death to her list of most influential women.


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

Because the books are funny it was sort of hard to write when I wasn’t necessarily feeling super happy or in a funny mood. As a writer, it is really hard sometimes to not let your mood affect your writing.


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

I’m working on something very different than Holly Hart right now. I don’t want to say too much, but it will involve boarding schools in the mountains and blackmail. That is still a work in progress with no release date scheduled. The third Holly book will come out sometime early 2016.


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 having me!





Holly Hearts Hollywood is the first book in a series.

Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing.

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage and write in her journal while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey.

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey’s voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?



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  1. Juana Esparza

    I can’t wait to read this book. Story sounds like a keeper.

  2. Mai T.

    Question to the author: What was the last book you read?

  3. Karen Mikusak

    Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Maria Malaveci

    Sounds like a great read!

  5. Julie Bickham

    I look forward to reading this. Seems like a good read.

  6. Deb P

    The book sounds interesting, thanks.

  7. Wanda Bergman

    Looks like an interesting book.

  8. Jeanna Massman

    I really like the plot of this book! I definitely want to read it!

  9. Sherry S.

    I think this sounds like it will be a very good book.

  10. Nikolina

    Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  11. Mary Preston

    A fun idea for a story.

  12. Richard Brandt

    I’m all about the random pop culture references.

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