Author Archives: Kay Kleven

Love at Christmas


Just released! Love at Christmas: Twelve Stories of Christmas Collection was released November 5, 2014 on Amazon. It was published by Soul Mate Publishing.

Love at Christmas is a collection of twelve heartwarming Christmas stories that will introduce you to many wonderful and inspiring people during the holiday season. There are stories about the young and old alike. And you’ll even find a couple of furry friends along the way.

Love at Christmas is full of love, joy, and goodwill!


Writing and Breathing!

Hello Everyone!

Maybe you’ve noticed this, too, but lately I’ve been noticing that after spending a few hours writing, I can hardly catch my breath. I’m beginning to think I get so lost in my writing that I forget to breathe. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not…guess it’s good as long as I can catch my breath again when I’ve finished writing!

I will soon have some special offers to let you know about regarding my book, Gala in the Garden. Stay tuned!!

Hope the force is with all of you as we leave June behind and enter into July!


My Dedication!


I met my grandson for lunch the other day. I’d taken my Kindle along to show him my dedication to him at the beginning of my book, Gala in the Garden. He looked at it, read it, then said, “That’s cool. That’s really cool!” I told him I thought so, too.

It was a dream come true the day I saw Gala in the Garden on my Kindle for the first time, but I will always remember the look on my grandson’s face when he saw his name in my book for the first time.

He goes to college and had brought his grades along to show me. He’s studying computers, but I noticed that one of his best grades was in his writing class. He has a great imagination for stories! You never know!!

A good time was had by both of us!



The Art of Being Rebekkah by Karoline Barrett


Welcome, Karoline, and thank you for being here. I’m looking forward to learning more about your writing career and the publication of your new book, The Art of Being Rebekkah.

First, tell us a little about yourself. Hi Kay. Thanks for having me on your blog! I started writing about ten years ago. I began with short stories and finished my first novel a little over a year ago. My husband and I live in Connecticut and we like going to museums, the beach, and baseball games. I have two sons and one grandson.

When did you first know you wanted to write? I’ve always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until I took the Long Ridge Writers Group’s “Breaking into Print” and “Novel Writing Course” that I became serious about it.

Do you work with an outline, or just write? Definitely outline! I have to know where my stories are going; especially a novel.

How did you choose the genre or genres you write in? I love reading romance, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries, so I naturally gravitated to those genres for my writing.

Who are a couple of your favorite authors, and why? Ann B. Ross because her characters are funny and charming and Naomi Ragen, because her characters are compelling and her books draw you right in.

Tell us little bit about your book The Art of Being Rebekkah. When Rebekkah Gelles suspects her husband , Avram of not only lying to her, but also contriving not to have the children she so desperately wants and embezzling money from his business, she wants out of their marriage.

Her life gets complicated when she falls in love with detective Nick Rossi. Convinced Nick’s wrong for her–he’s not Jewish for one thing–she walks away after they share a night of passion. Nick warns her even though he loves her, he won’t beg. Their budding relationship seems to have ended.

When Rebekkah finds herself staring at a positive pregnancy test, she wavers between joy and sadness. Motherhood wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

Is any of it based on real life or is it all purely imagination? My imagination! I drew from life experiences, but the book is totally a piece of fiction.

What was your reaction on the day The Art of Being Rebekkah was published? I was very excited! It was hard to believe that my book was actually out there.

What project are you working on now? I’m working on the second book in my new cozy mystery series.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Prersevere and don’t give up! Connect with other writers and find a good editor before you query agents, or look for a publisher.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?  Where can they follow you? I appreciate everyone who buys my book. I love to hear from readers and other writers! They can find my website here and they can email me at

Thank you, Karoline, and good luck with your new book and with your cozy mystery series.


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Gala in the Garden

Gala in the Garden

I’d like to introduce you to my book, Gala in the Garden, being released in April 2014.

Kalli Cartwright is a young and talented New York fashion designer who has gotten caught up in the glitz and glamour of the fashion world and loses everything she’s worked so hard for, including her fashion house and lavish apartment. She’s devastated, but determined to get her fashion house back again. She’s also afraid to fall in love until she literally falls into the arms of a perfect stranger.

Gala in the Garden is full of fun, fashion, and romance!

Thank you for stopping by!