Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog Tour for Nothing Like the First Time by Keren Hughes

Carly Summers and Greyston Sterling were each other's first kiss, first sexual experience, first love, first everything...

They were a match made in Heaven, that was, until Grey took a job as a freelance photographer which took him to the other side of the world. When it came down to a choice between his career and his girl - he chose his career.

Now, 10 years later, Grey's back in town and wants to see if they can rekindle what they had all those years ago. Carly has had relationships but nothing that lasted. No one ever compared to Grey.

But how can they if he's engaged to somebody else?

“So your career comes before me?” I asked, already knowing the answer. “At least look me in the eye and answer me, it’s the least you owe me Grey.”

“I don’t want to have to choose Carls,” he said as he caught my eye. “I just don’t want to miss out on the experience of a lifetime. I get to see amazing things, capture them on film while I experience the different cultures.”

“Just answer the question Grey – you want your career more than you want me.” I started to cry again, I had wanted to get through this without crying but I was fooling myself when I thought that.

“I’m sorry Carls,” he said as he took my hand into his. “I love you, I always will. But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, it may never happen again. I need to do this. I’m not making a conscious choice to put you second but if you weren’t so stubborn, you’d come with me like I asked.”

Melody asked Keren:

 "How did you come up with the idea for Nothing Like The First Time?"

I love Lady Antebellum, they are one of my two favourite bands. I love their lyrics and one song in particular struck me as story-worthy. Nothin’ Like The First Time has lyrics that just haunted me and refused to let up until I picked up my laptop to write. So I did.

Of course, no two people will take the exact same message from one song, but my novel is my interpretation of it.

For me, the song is about how there is nothing like your first love, nothing that can compare. This is why Carly and Grey were each other’s first kiss, first relationship, and first love. They are two people that love so strongly that even the amount of time and space that has come between them won’t stop them from finding their way back to each other.

Carly is a woman that is much like myself. She has many of my own traits. I still hold a candle for my first love and I wish our story had turned out the way Carly and Grey’s did. No matter the relationships I have encountered, no matter the time lapse of nearly 13 years, a small piece of my heart will always belong to my first love.

Grey is a composite of a few of my exes, but mainly my first love. He has similar character traits. That’s what made him so easy to write, because I know the real Grey so well, but also so hard to write because a part of me will always love and care for the real-life Grey.
I was going through a relationship break-up when I first decided to write Nothing Like The first Time and it helped me open a chapter in my life that is labelled ‘Closure’. It helped to be able to sit and pour my heart out, my grief and frustrations and turn them into something more positive.

So NLTFT was based around song lyrics, but also real-life events and emotions. 

Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm; she has been since she read things like Black Beauty, What Katy Did and The Hobbit as a child. Her first real memories of reading are the summers she used to lie on her bed and re-read What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit OCD about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage.

She is a book reviewer and has been for the past 18 months or so.

The idea for Stolen came to her one day but she never thought she’d actually write it let alone publish it. If it wasn’t for her author friend Kira Saito, the idea would still be stuck in her head not on paper. But constant love and support from Kira is why you are now able to read Stolen.

Stolen is her first novel but now that she’s written one, she knows she needs to write more. There will be one sequel, called Freed which will be from Bodhi’s POV. This will be set a couple of years on.
Then, the plan is for her to write either NA or Adult Contemporary Romances. She has a big crush on Lady Antebellum’s music at the moment and their songs have inspired a few book ideas.

Keren loves hearing from her readers and if you want to contact her, you can do so at any of the following places:

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