The RIGHT or WRONG Man: Bridget Jones

ENTANGLED TAKEOVER EVENT & GIVEAWAY

Several awesome authors and I are taking over Entangled’s Facebook page today and debating love triangles and if the heroines ended up with the RIGHT man or the WRONG man! (Each of us is offering a giveaway. Comment with your own opinions on our FB posts to enter!)

I’m looking at 2 triangles, but the same heroine: BRIDGET JONES!

bridgetjonesdiarymovieposterI recently watched the latest installment of the Bridget Jones movies, an on-page and on-screen romance I’ve always loved. Though maybe Colin Firth had a lot to do with that. I’ve been in love with him since Pride & Prejudice. So, I have chosen to look at the RIGHTS and WRONGS of both the romantic triangles from that series of books/films. Bridget-Daniel-Mark and Bridget-Jack-Mark.

After 10 years as an analyst, I decided to approach this scientifically. To help us decide if Bridget chose the right man, I’ve ranked each relationship on a “compatibility” scale I totally made up (when I couldn’t find an official list I liked online). Because, after all, I write romance, so I should know what makes for good compatibility. Right?

Five categories with a potential top score of 10 each, potential total score of 50. (Oh, and I’ll be using the movies for this fun exercise, just so we’re all on the same page.)

 

Let’s do this…

Bridget & Daniel Cleaver – 32 TOTAL SCORE

 Physical Chemistry – 8

Hard not to have chemistry with a good looking, charming, charismatic fella like Hugh Grant, or even the character of Daniel.

Similar Upbringing / Share Core Values – 4

We don’t find out Daniel’s upbringing. His education and friendship with Mark hints at a wealthy background, but he’s not uptight. Unfortunately, the cheating/womanizing thing drops his score here even more.

Interests Overlap / You Have Fun Together – 9

Daniel is a ton of fun, and the kind of guy that Bridget relaxes and enjoys spending lots of time laughing with.

Accept Each Other’s Quirks – 10

The fact that he loves her large/stomach-holding-in panties is kind of adorable.

Honesty with Each Other – 1

Again, the darn cheating/womanizing thing.

 

Bridget & Jack – 32 TOTAL SCORE

 Physical Chemistry – 7

She falls into bed with him, because he’s adorable. Which, let’s face it, Patrick Dempsy is. Not quite as off the charts as with Daniel or Mark though (IMO).

Similar Upbringing / Share Core Values – 8

Not sure about the upbringing, but he steps up on the dad thing despite her not being sure who the father is. So, we’ll give him top marks for those values.

Interests Overlap / You Have Fun Together – 3

He’s an uber-brilliant billionaire. I just don’t see it.

Accept Each Other’s Quirks – 6

I think Bridget’s quirks would have eventually driven him nuts. But again, he accepted the baby news well.

Honesty with Each Other – 8

He takes a lot of big, complicated news in stride. However, he lied to Mark in an effort to keep Bridget to himself.

 

Bridget & Mark Darcy – 36 TOTAL

Physical Chemistry – 9

It’s not immediate (that stupid sweater), which is why I don’t give them a 10. But when Colin Firth turns on that “Mr. Darcy” gaze, be still my heart.

Similar Upbringing / Share Core Values – 4

I would argue they are very, very different people, which is why it takes so long for them to marry (and he even marries someone else in between). He’s still a good person, and helpful in the kitchen, so I didn’t give them a 2.

Interests Overlap / You Have Fun Together – 6

They do have fun together eventually. But in general, they don’t share many common interests, and he can be a little too uptight for her fun-loving personality.

Accept Each Other’s Quirks – 10

Not quite in the same style as Daniel, but I think Mark loves her because of her quirks. “Just the way she is.” Just for that line alone, he gets a 10.

Honesty with Each Other – 7

They do have communication issues, which lowers the score. But none of that is deliberate or malicious, which is why I’m not giving them a score in the bottom 5.

 

CONCLUSION

It ended up being a close race, proving that sometimes RIGHT and WRONG aren’t as clear cut as you’d think. None of them really stood out as the perfect man. But who wants perfect anyway? That’d be boring.

Despite the cheating, Daniel still managed to tie with the very nice (and rich) Jack, mostly because he and Bridget get along so well and he enjoys her quirks (like the underwear). I think Jack tied with Daniel because he has less in common with Bridget, but still hung in the race because he is so darn nice and handled the pregnancy/two dads thing so well.

But neither of them are the right guy for our Bridget.

Based on my highly scientific and objective (ha!) scoring methods Mark Darcy emerges as the right man for Bridget! Granted, his score is still in the 30s and only 4 points above the other men, mostly because he and Bridget have so little in common. A fact that’s obviously continued to cause issues. But sometimes WRONG can be so RIGHT!

I also agree with Bridget’s choice because Mark Darcy is my personal favorite despite the wrong turn they took with that last movie. Never break up a couple once they’ve found HEA-for-now (I’m talking to you Star Wars franchise) in such a way that their getting back together isn’t as satisfying or is impossible.

What do you think? Do you agree with my scoring system? The scores I gave? If you score them differently, does a different man win?

GIVEAWAY

Hop on over to the Entangled Facebook event and comment with your own opinions on my post to be entered for a random drawing of this fantastic prize pack:

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  • eBook copy of “The Wrong Kind of Compatible”
  • Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right Mugs
  • A red journal (just like Bridget’s)

Don’t forget to check out the other author’s right/wrong debates and comment to be entered for their giveaways. 🙂 And make sure to check out my new romantic comedy—The WRONG King of Compatible!!!

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The Wrong Kind of Compatible – RELEASE DAY!

It’s Finally Here….

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WrongKindofCompatible-NewTaglineData analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

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REVIEWS

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✭✭✭✭✭ “Kadie Scott has delivered a wonderfully witty romantic comedy that just sparkles with charm, fun and hard won love. Her writing is masterful, flowing seamlessly from one point of view to the next with dialogue that is both fresh, funny and entertaining from the very first page until The End.” ~Emerald Book Reviews

✭✭✭✭✭ “LOVED this book! This is fun, funny, and smart – all wrapped around a great story…This is a must read for fans of the genre. Snag this one on release day – you’ll be glad you did.” ~Linda Quick, Goodreads Reviewer

✭✭✭✭ “Funny one liners, charming scenes, some nasty secrets and corporate espionage, what’s not to love? Ms. Scott may have the perfect summer read.” ~Tome Tender

✭✭✭✭✭ “Funny, smart, and sexy. And OMG the sexy nerd jokes. Loved it! If this author is not on your read list, then I highly suggest you check her out. Definitely pick this book up. It is a wonderful read.” ~Moonshine’s Corner

EXCERPT

CompatibleTeaser2It took Cassie all of five steps away from him for Drew to move.

He was crossing a dangerous line, or on a slippery slope, or whatever other cliché you wanted to throw at the situation. He could’ve held on. After a week of ignoring every instinct he had that screamed at him to spend time with Cassie, get to know her better, and—hell, yes—kiss her a lot more, he’d thought he could make it through the investigation. After everything was over, then he could approach her.

But no way could he watch her walk away after every spark of hope in her stunning eyes had died. Stealing candy from a baby while kicking puppies and burning a hole in the ozone layer couldn’t even feel this horrible.

“Cassie.” Her name tumbled off his lips even before he’d made a final decision, or maybe his heart made it for him. No brain required.

She glanced over her shoulder, her hand on the doorknob, and raised her eyebrows.

Words failed sometimes.

Instead, Drew stalked across the room, enjoying how her eyes widened with every purposeful step he took. She turned to face him fully just as he invaded her space. Drew stepped close enough to feel her heat, relishing the faint gasp that parted her lips. He leaned into her, hand on the door behind her to ensure it stayed closed.

He gazed down into bright blue-green eyes, where a wary spark of hope had ignited, and scoured his brain for a smooth, suck-the-breath-out-of-her-lungs, thing to say. Inspiration struck and he smiled even as he spoke the words. “I’d like to unzip your files.”

She froze and blinked up at him so long Drew started to worry she didn’t get it. They hadn’t had any word play all week. Well, she’d tried, and he’d ignored. But this one was out of context, right out of the blue. Maybe…

Cassie burst out laughing, deep belly laughs that he couldn’t resist chuckling along with, even though he wasn’t quite sure yet if she was laughing at him or with him.

“That has to be the nerdiest pickup line in history.”

Drew grinned back like a moron, and relief whooshed through him as two things became evident. First, she got it. Second, she seemed receptive given the big smile and sparkly eyes, along with the fact that she wasn’t running away screaming.

“Did it work?”

They both sobered. Longing swept away any urge to laugh, and Drew swam through those eyes of hers. His body tightened in anticipation. Their breath mingled as he dipped his head, unable to wait a second longer to taste her lips again.

“Drew, are you still in here?”

Kevin’s attempt to open the door stopped short when it bumped up against Drew’s hand and Cassie’s backside.

 

Abigail Owen – Finalist in 2 Awards!

I try to keep my two pen names separate on my websites. But sometimes good news just has to be shared!

My alter-ego, Abigail Owen, has received two fantastic pieces of good news today! I am thrilled to announce that my paranormal romance novella, Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1), is a finalist in the “Novella” category in 2 awards!!!

Click the links to read more…

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I Lost 20 Pounds!!!

That’s right! And I learned that it’s all about choices and exercise. I know no one wants to hear that, but…

Seems like each decade my “resting weight” goes up about 10 lbs. I was happy with where I was in my 20s and most of my 30s. But over the last 2 years of my 30s, everything went downhill. Part of the downhill is that I moved home to Texas–where all food is fantastic but extremely fattening. Another, bigger part is I started working from home, sitting for long periods of time. Within 3 months of moving home, I put on 20 lbs. (a very big deal on a 5’2″ frame).

Over the last two years, I tried several diets which had worked in the past. Zero results. And I mean zero. So darn frustrating. I figured this was just my metabolism slowing since I was nearing 40. I had honestly come to the conclusion that this was the weight I’d be in my 40s (because I like food), but starting in March decided to try one last ditch effort. I made two major changes…

First, I went on Weight Watchers. I had tried the system before in my 30s, and it didn’t work for me. However, they claimed to have changed their formula, so I figured worth another shot. I’ve never been able to maintain a diet for more than about 4 weeks. Imagine my surprise when, 3 months later, I’m still happily going. I don’t feel starved or deprived. This is a lifestyle change more than a diet. Apparently even 40-year-olds who think they already know better can learn thing or two.

Second, I bought a treadmill desk. Every day I spend my writing time walking at a very slow pace. I do get motion sick easily, but this doesn’t bother me. I walk a total of 2 hours a day–usually between 4 and 5 miles. I’ve added some hand weights to the mix on Fridays. But that’s it. Walking. Lots of it. 6-7 days a week of it. (I will admit my feet have protested the pounding. So now I’m trying more supportive shoes, icing, and yoga to give them a periodic break. You try to get healthy, sheesh!)

Today, 3 months later, I hit my goal weight loss of 20 pounds!!! That’s 3″ from my waist, 3.5″ from my hips, 2.5″ from each thigh, 2″ from each arm, and 4″ from my bust.

I honestly thought I’d never see this weight again, and yet here I am. It’s working so well, and has been so relatively easy, I’ve decided to give it another month or two and see if I can lose another 5-7 lbs. A feat which would get me down to a weight I haven’t seen in 10 years (since before my babies were born). After that, I have every intention of going into maintenance mode–continuing the walking and sticking to weight watchers to keep my weight where where I feel healthy.

So hooray! I know this had little to do with writing, but I just had to share!

   

On the left is me in March after I’d already lost 5 lbs. On the right is me now. You can see the difference in my face. 

PREORDER: The Wrong Kind of Compatible

I am thrilled to announce that THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE, book 1 in my Love Undercover series, is now available for PREORDER!

Reserve your copy now!!!

WrongKindofCompatible-NewTaglineData analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

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Release Date: June 12th!

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You Might Be a Romance Writer If…

Depositphotos_22233231_l-2015I’ve been writing all my life. I think just about every writer/author will tell you that. We write long before we are published. The publication part just lets the rest of the world know that we are writers.

I’ve been a romance writer for most of that time. Actually I’ve been a romance reader ALL of that time, and the writing followed naturally. So…after 7+ years of doing this gig for publication, I’ve started to notice a few signs about being a writer, and especially a romance writer.

Do any of these sound like you?

You might be a writer (especially a romance writer) if:

  1. Every time you start writing a non-romance story, it doesn’t get good (in your head) until a romance suddenly appears.
  2. You change the endings of movies and books in your head (or add characters, new plot lines, a better romance…whatever).
  3. Proper grammar has been drilled into your head, and you’ve yelled at the TV “It’s ‘I’ dude. The crew and I. ” When a newscaster just said, “The crew and me went on location.”
  4. Other writers, and definitely editors, still find mistakes with your grammar, so you are far from perfect in that department. Just perfect when it comes to “I” vs. “me”. Lol.
  5. At a reunion, an old schoolmate asks if your mom (previous high-school English teacher) is proud of your writing, and you answer that absolutely she is, but it’s a little awkward to know your mother reads all the sex scenes you wrote. Followed by dead silence and stares.
  6. Your husband walks into the living room to find you straddling the couch with your hands “tied” behind your back to see if you could physically reach your foot in that situation while riding a horse (in a “stealthy” manor). (Yes, it is possible, though cramps ensue.)
  7. You post on Facebook declaring for whoever is watching (big brother-style) that all your searches involving knives and knife throwing (plus martial arts, ninja skills, breaking and entering, climbing tall walls, special positions, and whatever else) have to do with research for a fictional book.
  8. You check out Wikipedia for the plot of a series of books, because you can already tell it’s going in a direction you wouldn’t have written, and hope you’re wrong. But you don’t want to read ALL those books if you’re right.
  9. You stop reading a book or don’t like a movie because they royally f’ed up the romance bit.
  10. You commonly wake in the middle of the night exclaiming “That’s it!” But if you don’t write it down, your brilliant idea is gone come morning.
  11. You’ve missed actually hearing/participating in a meeting at work, or a conversation with your spouse, because you realized the fix for your latest WIP and you were working through the details in your head.
  12. You start hearing sexual innuendo in everything people say, and it makes you snicker every time.
  13. You stop at a red light and desperately search for a scrap of paper and a pen so you can write down your latest brain wave before it disappears.
  14. Every October 31st you warn your spouse, children, family, and friends that you’ll be unavailable for the  next month while you write a book. And on your fifth consecutive year of this, your husband declares that if you get to write a book for NaNoWriMo, he gets to grow a mustache for Movember.
  15. You get to a point where every month is NaNoWriMo.
  16. You tell people that the voices in your head are why you feel compelled write, and they nod and smile like that’s normal, then exit the conversation as soon as they can without appearing rude. (They don’t want to upset the voices.)

 

Fellow (romance) writers, what other signs have you noticed? Readers, what about you?

Cover Reveal: The Wrong Kind of Compatible

My first published contemporary romance novel and my first book with Entangled Love Struck, and I am super excited to share the cover, blurb, and release date with y’all!

COMING JUNE 12, 2017

THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE

A LOVE UNDERCOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

ADD TO GOODREADS

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Cassie and Drew’s story will go on pre-order May 8th. Check back for more blog posts, excerpts, and other fun as we get closer to release day!

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New Contract with Tule Publishing!!!

I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to announce a new series coming with Tule Publishing!!!

The Hills of Texas is a contemporary cowboy romance series set in the small town of La Colina, Texas, featuring the 5 siblings of the Hill family. Look for the first two books from Tule some time in early 2018 hopefully.

The Hills of Texas
Book 1: Saving the Sheriff (Cash & Holly)
Book 2: Resisting the Rancher (Williams & Rusty)
Book 3: Loving the Lawman (Carter & Logan)
Book 4: Partnering the Playboy (Autry & Beth)
Book 5: Claiming the Cowboy (Jennings & Maggie)

I am super excited to be joining the Tule family, and can’t wait to get started! Thank you to Dawn Dowdle, my agent working on this series, for all your hard work and believing in me.  Readers, look for more info coming later this year as we get closer to release dates. 🙂

New Tagline: Sassy. Sexy. Seductive.

While I was in the process of splitting out my personalities, I realized something… I needed a new tagline for both personalities. Originally, as Abigail Owen, the tagline I chose was:

love…write. read. imagine.

I picked that tagline because it was generic. At the time I had no intention of writing under multiple pen names. Obviously, I changed my mind. *grin*

So when I started creating my new logo for my new contemporary romance pen name, Kadie Scott, it struck me that with my pen names being genre-specific, I should have taglines which were genre-specific.

For Kadie Scott, I already had an idea of what I wanted included. So the tagline for that persona was easy.

Sassy. Sexy. Seductive.

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My Abigail Owen new tagline was a bit tougher as I couldn’t decide between several. In the end, I had my newsletter subscribers for Abigail vote. If you want to see what that ended as, visit my website.

I’m thrilled with both taglines, and had a ton of fun picking them. Hopefully they stick. Lol.

Signed with Evan Marshall

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed as an author with literary agent Evan Marshall of The Evan Marshall Agency.

My husband and I met Evan and his lovely wife on the FRW Fun in the Sun cruise/conference. We had a chance to spend a little time with them–especially playing trivia. I won an opportunity to pick Evan’s brain for 1 hour, and really enjoyed hearing Evan’s take on some different questions I posed to him.

Evan will be representing all my genres (and split personalities) moving forward, and I very much look forward to working with him to further my career!

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