Release: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Adult Contemporary Romance
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.
Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.
Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.
Author’s Favorite Quotes from Fix You Part 2
By Beck Anderson
He fishes his cell phone and sunglasses out of the car. "Can I get your number?"
"You don't want my number."
"Yes, I do."
"No, you don't." Seriously, is he kidding?
"Do too." He shakes his head. "This is insane. Why not?"
"Look at you. Come on."
He stares at me with those very blue eyes. "Don't be ridiculous. Give me your number."
Beck: One of the things I wanted to do with Fix You was create a real main character women could relate to. Kelly’s very self-deprecating and down-to-earth. It makes for some fun exchanges between her and Andrew.
Running finds me in my time of trouble, and I am rescued by the rhythm of it.
Beck: Running is a key part of the story. For Kelly, our heroine, it’s therapeutic. She uses it to cope after the death of her husband.
“Real means that sometime in the next ten years, I will develop the Harrison chin, which is actually no chin at all. Real is outweighing that big-head-on-a-toothpick co-star of yours by at least twenty pounds. Real is having things in your past that are ugly. Real is a mortgage and crow’s feet and sometimes getting sick and tired of driving kids and doing dishes and sometimes even getting sick of the person next to you every night.”
Beck: One thing about love is that the hearts and flowers phase can only get a couple so far. Making a commitment to loving someone means getting through tough places together, too. One exciting thing about this novel is that it explores how people survive together when tested.
“Andrew is your client. You probably shouldn’t hit on his girlfriend.”“You’d be my woman, not my girlfriend. You’re a lady, not a girl. Give yourself some credit.”I set my wine down and take a step back from him. “Do you have morals?”He grins shamelessly. “I left them in my other pants.”“I’m walking away now.” (I can’t get this to stay as one bullet and still break the dialogue into paragraphs. If you know how, thank you for fixing it!)
Beck: Jeremy is Andrew’s agent, and boy, is he a piece of work. I love him, mostly because he’s incorrigible. This outrageous exchange he has with Kelly is part of his “loyalty test.”
Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love. Her new novel, Fix You, grew out of those beliefs and the time to write afforded by the worst Thanksgiving blizzard she’s ever witnessed in West Yellowstone.
For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.
Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.
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