Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Welcome Christina Kirby

Christina Kirby is my guest tonight on Carly's Corner. Christina will blog on the importance of a great book ending.  She is the author of Safe at Home with Soul Mate PublishingRead the summary of the book. It sounds interesting. Thank you for joining me Christina.


A good ending matters. Sure you have to have a strong beginning to lure people in, make them interested, but there’s nothing more satisfying than a good finish. Leaving a reader fulfilled and a little sad the story’s over, is an ending well written. I’ve read two books lately that have made me feel this way. Two books that were the big end, meaning they were the final installments in a trilogy or saga. And let’s be honest, as an author you have to make it count. At the end of multiple books your readers have stuck with you for years and spent hours of their life reading what you’ve written. You owe them a stellar conclusion.  

I started the Legend trilogy a couple of years ago and while I liked the first book, it didn’t have its hooks in me until the second. The end of the second book made me long for the third, and Marie Lu brought the fire with the final book, literally, there was war people. With each book Lu upped the ante until I had no idea how the story would end. It got to the point where I was concerned it couldn’t have a good ending, but she knew what she was doing and gave all the characters I’d gotten to know over the course of the books the perfect sendoffs. June, Day and Tess all got what they needed.

Now, the second final installment that I had the privilege to read this year was by Cassandra Clare. I will mention up front that I am a huge fan of hers. Her Clockwork trilogy was amazing so the bar for the final Mortal Instruments book was set high. And she did not disappoint. At over 700 pages she could’ve run it into the ground or become long-winded, but she didn’t even come close. The action starts on page one, it also sets up her next batch of books nicely, and it doesn’t slow down. What I appreciated even more was that after the major action ended, she took her time hashing out the characters endings. It was nice to have such a complete Epilogue. I can now imagine where some of my favorite characters are and see a glimpse as to where the next adventure in the Shadowhunter’s world will go. Hopefully, we can all write the perfect end to the stories we’ve slaved over. Giving our readers and our characters the ending they deserve.

Driven by fear and desperate to protect her family, Samantha is forced to leave Chicago and everything she’s worked to achieve, only to start over by tossing a dart-at-the-map. The Georgia townsfolk’s true Southern charm is the unexpected prescription needed to heal her soul, and the sexy carpenter who touches her heart are distractions she didn’t plan on, but they might offer her a chance at a new life, if she can let go of her past. 
Town heartbreaker, Spencer Malloy, isn’t looking for anything serious. His days are perfect working as a contractor, attending his nephew’s baseball games or taking him fishing. He never expects to fall for the big city girl, Samantha. She’s not his type, timid and closed off, but in her unguarded moments, he’s intrigued by the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The urge to get closer to her grows stronger each day, and when the shadow of evil resurfaces, he vows to protect Samantha, even if it means abandoning his home and joining her on the run.
When confronted by the man who’s bent on revenge, Samantha must choose between running again to save the people she loves, or if she has the strength, to stay and fight for her new life.
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Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states. Fortunately, writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives. Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.

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