The girls are back and living large in Paris. I'm living just as large in Celia Kennedy's Kathleen's Undressed, The Accidental Enigma, all in the comfort of my favorite chair, wearing my favorite designer sweats.
Kathleen, a fashion maven and in the business of high fashion and beauty, seems to be at a crossroads in her life. Her friends are solid besties, but their lives are evolving and the often dark and morose Kathleen cannot even decide on the décor for her apartment. Is it a sign that something is missing in her life? Will a mysterious and charming Frenchman awaken her desires for closeness and love or will she fortify her defenses against love? Caught between enjoying her solitude and yearning for companionship, Kathleen must remove her well-worn armor and leave herself exposed to taking chances.Will she be willing to risk total honesty with her friends, knowing they could turn their backs on her?
Celia Kennedy whisks us to Paris and beyond, through the staged world of fashion, where reality can be avoided, but skillfully plunges us into the life of one woman, alone and inwardly damaged. Kathleen is complex, intelligent and yet, one can feel there is something missing in her life that she fights to admit. With a brilliant set of characters that jump off the pages, the flashing of the bulbs of the photographers, and the beauty of Paris at its shiniest, this emotionally charged tale is alive, breathing and begging to be read and embraced. Character-driven, and intense, Celia Kennedy's Kathleen's Undressed is the perfect thought-provoking look into one woman's life and the struggle she faces as her happy ending may be just around the corner....
From the Author
So, I looked atKathleen as I would a person I've never really gotten to know well. Why hadKathleen remained undeveloped? What wasn't I seeing? Was there something shewas hiding? From there, Kathleen'sUndressed, The Accidental Enigma was born. In my coming to understandKathleen, I realized that I could create a character who still meshed well withthe intelligent, quick-witted, high-fashion, well-travelled, group of womenfrom book one - but I could make her so much more - give her that sparkle, andadd twists! So, she becomes an enigma. As book two unfolds, readers quicklycome to see that there is much more to Kathleen than Charlotte, Tiziana,Hillary and Marian - her five closest friends - know. She has secrets, somequite dark.
As for location, Iwrite books that takes us travelling, help us enjoy a side of life we might notget to otherwise know. Kathleen and cast are a driven group of successfulbusiness women. Kathleen works for a well-known company in Paris, The City ofLights, and is far enough up the ladder of success to be invited to designershowing during Fall Fashion Week. What's better is that her friends join herfor a week of food, fashion, and fun... just as Kathleen meets a special someone.
Much like Charlotte's Restrained, this book is verymuch about the strong bond of friendship between these five women. As in reallife, there are highs and lows, love and heartbreak, chipped nails and bad hairdays, they just happen to take place in some of the most glamorous settings inthe world.
As an author, youget to steer your book in the direction of your choice. I love strong, capablewomen, who make the lives they want happen. I also love snappy, quick banter -sometimes snarky, sometimes loving, but usually funny. So, come travel with me!We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll meet women we wish were our friends, we'll meetmen swoon-worthy!