Thursday, February 14, 2019

When Love Inspires: Kristen Ethridge's story

When Love Inspires: Kristen Ethridge's story

I’m so excited to be here today talking about what inspires me to write sweet romance stories. It’s a great month to be talking about the stories we love and books that leave us with a smile on our faces.

It wasn’t hard for me to narrow down my "why" for writing this kind of story. In fact, I can sum it up in three little words:




Those three words are what I consistently use to describe my author brand to readers who have never picked up one of my stories. They are my promise to readers that when they pick up a Kristen Ethridge book, they’re going to get a story that’s uplifting, is centered on the emotional journey, and will always deliver on the promise of true love.

I write Sweet Escape Romance and for me, it’s a privilege to provide those moments in the day where readers can get swept away. I’m a mom of three. Sometimes, I just want a few minutes to myself. Sometimes, I have a few minutes to wait during a dance rehearsal or in the school pick-up line when I get there early (Okay…early? Who am I kidding? I just said I had three kids!) Sometimes, life is tough and I need a smile. (Did you know I wrote my Hurricane Hope series based on my own experience of going through a hurricane?) Sometimes, I just like to stay up past my bedtime and make new friends with interesting characters.

In short…I write stories for the same reasons I love to read them. I write stories I want to read. I write stories I want to share. I write stories I want YOU to share. That’s why I write sweet romances with a kiss of real-life faith—because I want you to be able to spread the word of hope, heart, and happily-ever-after with your friends, your daughters, your mothers, your sisters, your co-workers, and other readers you happen to know. For me, it’s a privilege to touch hearts and make people smile with a story.

Sweet romance is all about the transformative power of true love. And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to celebrate that. In fact, I have launched the Holiday Hearts series this year to spread stories of finding love on the most special days of the year all year long. Think of it like your favorite Hallmark movies—just not for Christmas anymore!

So now you know why I write—and read—sweet romance. 

What about you? What do you think about the idea of hope, heart, and happily-ever-after?

Author Bio:
Kristen Ethridge writes Sweet Escape Romance — stories with hope, heart, and happily-ever-after — for Harlequin's Love Inspired line, Hallmark Publishing, and Laurel Lock Publishing. 

She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award nominee and both an Amazon Christian Fiction and Inspirational Romance #1 Best-Selling Author.

You can find Kristen in her native habitat 
— a Texas patio — where she's likely to be savoring the joy of a crispy taco, along with a glass of iced tea and scents from her essential oil diffuser. She's almost convinced her family that it's normal to talk to imaginary people, as long it goes in a book.

Find her online at where you can get a free story for signing up for her newsletter.

Blurb for Kristen's book, Dance with Me, Valentine:


Clair Bell has struggled to put the past behind her since her boyfriend left without a trace years ago. She's built a life around helping others as the director of the Port Provident Retirement Community.

Rob Landers knows it’s time to make amends. He left in the middle of the night years ago, and although he knew his reason for ghosting out of Port Provident was literally life-or-death, no one else knows the truth. When a popular online game gives him a chance to return to his hometown, he decides to make peace with his past.

As the annual retirement prom approaches on Valentine's Day, Clair is shocked to find that one of her residents has invited a date that she met while playing an online game. But when that date happens to be the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Clair knows she can either use this moment to clear all the what-ifs and move forward in her life
 — or be dragged down by the clinical depression which has held her for years. 

Can two people who have faced life's storms in their own way come back together for forgiveness and a chance at true love once again? 

Buy Dance with Me, Valentine today and start the latest series set in Port Provident — it's filled with swoon-worthy stories about finding love on the most special days of the year.

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  1. We don't really do anything special for Valentine's Day, but I do like that our whole family makes it a point to say "I love you" to each other.

  2. We got each other cards and candy, I would pick chocolate.

  3. We have a nice family dinner together with the China.


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