Kristie Haigwood – A Rising Star

Dear friends,

Please allow me to introduce you to a very talented author, KRISTIE S HAIGWOOD.

I don’t do this often, but every now and then I trip over a book that really stays with me, a book that really does tick all the boxes.

I’ve read SAVE MY SOUL twice in one week and I will quite likely read it again. To say it was entertaining would not do it justice. It was fresh, it was absorbing, it was a rush of emotion from the beginning to the very end, it was twisty and complex and there are parts of it that still play around in my mind.

I am also a person who likes to share the good things in life, so I am offering you a three-course meal here: a little about the author, in her own words, a favourite part of the novel for you to sample and a couple  of reviews in case you don’t believe what I say and feel the need to check what others think. To top it all off, you have the chance to snap this book up for only 99c until May, 13th. Believe me, it is worth ten times that price. It won’t be wasted money.

Hi,all! *waving like a mad woman* I am so happy to be here. My name is Kristie Drennin Haigwood (a.k.a. K. S Haigwood) I have written 6 novels in a little under 2 years. I had to make myself stop writing so I could publish one of them. I have a full-time job as a CNC Machinist. I am married to my soulmate, who wouldn’t pick up a book unless promised it was filled with pictures. We have 2 children & 2 dogs (they’re children too). Anyway, enough about me, I want to introduce you to the reason I am here. Meet, “Save My Soul.” This is a story filled with tragedy and action, love and hate, humor and heartache, lust and…Oh, hell, it would be easier to tell you what it doesn’t have in it…bunny rabbits. Okay, that was a joke. It may have one bunny rabbit in it. I will guarantee …it will hook you in the first chapter and I will promise it will not let you stop until you are finished. Pretty big promises, huh? Hold me to it and check it out for yourself. Read the 17-5 star and the 3-4 star reviews. Read the sample. Hell, just buy the book. It’s only 99 cents until Monday. If you can’t check it out right now, click that share button and let all your friends know about it. If you want to be friends for life, click on my name and add me as a friend. If you want to hook up on twitter, hey I can do that too @Kshaigwood. What about Goodreads, you say? www.goodreads.com/kshaigwood Oh, hey, I have a blog too. www.kshaigwood.blogspot.com I love meeting new people. Make me a part of your life! Paranormal/ Romance/ Action/ Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery/ Horror/ Humor/ Guardian Angels/ Demons/ Soulmates/ Destiny/ Fate http://www.amazon.com/Save-My-Soul-ebook/dp/B007LB76A8/ref=lp_B007Q1UCZ4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335623095&sr=1-1

Here’s a sample I love – it’s taken me forever to decide what to show you

I was finishing up with my third client after lunch when my phone rang. I let the machine get it.  If it was important, they would leave a message, and I could call them back.

It was Kobhye again.  She was threatening my life if I didn’t return her call today.  She ended by saying that she was going to drive over and check on me later.  Panic shot through me.  Adam would be here later.  I ran for the phone and got there just before she hung up.

“Hello!  I’m here,” I said a little breathless.

“What were you doing, Kendra?  Is Aven over there?”  Why did everyone think I was always having sex?

“No. He isn’t.  I’m working.  I have a client.  Senior shots all this week and next.”  I took a breath.  “I’m fine.  I’ve just been working really hard since I got out of the hospital. That’s why I haven’t returned anyone’s calls.  I’m sorry.”

“Okay. Hey, what’s the name of that sexy-ass doctor of yours?  Can you get his number for me?”

Shit!

“Um, I’m sort of seeing that sexy-ass doctor.  It isn’t monogamous or anything, but I think it may be soon.”  There was silence on the line for a moment.

“Oh well, then how about that good looking nurse that was with you when you came into the waiting room.”

Shit! I was seeing him too, but I knew it couldn’t last with Mason.  I had to cut him loose eventually, better sooner than later.  “I’ll see what I can do about Mason,” I told her, then I said I had to get back to work and we said our good-byes.

I hung up the phone and laid it on the counter. It was good to know I didn’t have to worry about her showing up.  I turned and started for my studio when the phone shrieked again.  I answered it.  If I let the machine get it, and it was someone else threatening to drop by, I’d just have to come back and answer it anyway.

“Hello.”  I had a slight feeling of déjà vu.

“Kendra?”

“Adam…”  My elbows had been propped on the edge of the counter, but the moment I heard his voice, my knees buckled and I went down.  The cordless phone fell out of my hand, hit the floor and slid under the dining table.  I crawled quickly to retrieve it and put it to my ear.

“Adam,”

“Kendra, are you all right?”

“Yeah, sorry I…I fell.”  I felt like such a klutz.

He laughed.  He had such a good laugh, and I was sure he didn’t do nearly enough of it.  “Well, you’re really one for accidents this week. Are you normally so clumsy?”

“No.” I said as I rolled my eyes. “You need directions?”

“Actually, I don’t. I got your address from your medical records, and I used my GPS to find your house.  I’m standing at your front door.”  I looked at the phone then heard the knock at the door.  Well, shit. I thought I was going to have at least thirty minutes to mentally prepare for his arrival.

I walked, phone in hand, to the door and opened it.  Kobhye had been right; he was sexy.  He didn’t have to try to be, he just was.  He was still wearing the smile I’d heard over the phone a second ago, and I felt myself start to swoon.  I regained my composure enough to turn my head.  I had to get better control over myself.  I was going plain stupid over men lately.

I opened the door a little wider so he could enter.  “Come on in, Adam.  I’m just finishing up with a client.”  I looked at my watch.  4 p.m.  Where had the time gone?  “My next appointment should be here any minute.”  I glanced over his shoulder, and saw that my next appointment was indeed arriving now.  “And there he is.”

I could hear the girl I’d been shooting walking up behind me.  “That was great, Ms. Larkin.  I know those pictures are going to look awesome.”  She handed me some folded bills and walked past me.  She slowed a little when she passed by Adam, no doubt trying to make eye contact with him, but he wasn’t looking at her.  His eyes were on me. She turned back to me and smiled.  “Thanks again, bye.”

The girl stopped to talk to the guy that was getting out of his truck.  I wasn’t going to wait on him. He could knock or come in when he was ready.  I turned to head back into the house and asked Adam to shut the door behind him.  He closed the door and joined me in the kitchen.  I got down a glass from the cabinet.  “Want something to drink, tea, coke, Mt. Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, water…”

He laughed softly.  “Dr. Pepper is fine.”  I grabbed two of those from the fridge and handed one of them and a glass with ice in it to him.

“What time does your on call shift end?  I have a bottle of wine I was thinking of opening up after my last appointment leaves.”  I opened my soft drink and took a drink from the can. I noticed that Adam had set his glass on the counter and was drinking from the can as well.

“I actually got out of being on call tonight.  Richardson is taking over for me.”  So, I was important enough for him to find a replacement.  I must be making progress.  “I don’t have any objections to wine later.”

I heard my front door open, then footsteps coming toward us.

My next client was Quarterback of the Cougars and class president. Alex Marks stood, in all of his splendor, at the edge of my kitchen.  I could see why all the girls in school were in love with him.  He definitely had the looks, but I knew Alex and his family, and he was really a down to earth nice guy.  He also had a very large crush on me.

He had on that nervous smile he always wore around me.  “Hi, Kendra.” He eyed Adam a little suspiciously.

“Well hello, Alex.  Are you ready to get your picture taken?”  I said with a smile.

He nodded toward Adam.  “He gonna be here the whole time?”  It really wasn’t like Alex to be rude, but like I said, he was crushing on me big time; had been ever since he was fifteen and hit puberty.

Adam gave a snicker.  “I can leave if it’s going to be a problem for you, man.”

“No, you’re not.”  I said, then gave Alex “the look”.

He dropped his eyes, like a toddler who had just gotten in trouble for touching something he wasn’t supposed to.  “It isn’t a problem.”

“I don’t think so either.  Now, let’s go take some kick ass photos of you so you can give them out to all those girls who dream of you at night.”

He smiled shyly.  “Can I give one to you?”

I gave him my best smile.  “I would love a picture of you, Alex.  I’ll put it in a frame on my bedside table.”  I knew it was wrong to lead the boy on, but he would grow out of this nonsense sooner or later.  I looked at Adam. He was watching the whole thing with silent laughter.

Alex assessed Adam again, then said, “You a nurse or something?”  I took that as my cue to get my props set up for his first shots.  I was listening to their conversation, but wasn’t adding in any of my thoughts.

“Or something…I’m a doctor, a surgeon.  I actually saved Kendra’s life a couple of days ago.”  Adam said and I could feel Alex’ stare when he looked at me.  I cringed.  As far as I knew, he hadn’t heard anything about the accident, and I had wanted to keep it that way.

“That true, Kendra?  Did you almost die?  You didn’t call me? I mean, you didn’t call my mom?”  The look of horror was real in his eyes.  He was really smitten with me.

I shook my head.  “It wasn’t as bad as Adam is making out, but yes, he was there when I needed him.”  I gave Adam “the look” and he must have understood me, because he changed the subject.

“So, you play football…or something?”  Adam nodded to the Nike duffle bag Alex was carrying.  There was a helmet sitting atop it.

Alex nodded then went straight to talking football.  Guys were so easily distracted.  I finished setting up then gave a deafening whistle through my fingers.  It would be the only way to get the guys’ attention away from sports.  They both shut up and turned to stare at me.  Good, I still had it in me.  I hadn’t whistled like that in years.

“I’m ready for you.  We’ll take a few shots with what you’re wearing then you can change behind that screen over there.”  I wanted to make it perfectly clear where he would need to change.  I didn’t want any misunderstandings like I’d had the other night with Mason.  I was positive the boy had a nice body, but I was eleven years older than him, for Christ’s sake, and I wasn’t a cougar.  It was sooo not going to happen with me and Alex, no matter what he dreamed would someday happen.

I walked to Adam with a big smile on my face.  “What?” he said.

I took his hand in mine and led him to the props where Alex was standing.  I let go and went to set Alex in his first pose.  It was a pose that I used with every senior.  He was leaning with his elbow propped on a pedestal, with his fist to his temple.  “Class of 2012 was written in block letters running down the length of the wooden pedestal. I made sure he was perfect then went back to Adam.

I positioned my camera on the tripod and brought Alex into focus.  I leaned back and then handed the clicker to Adam.  He took it, but looked at it like it was a snake about to bite him.  He could make a precision cut in human flesh with a scalpel, but he couldn’t take a photo.  I found that freaking hilarious.

I laughed then pointed at the camera and told him to look.  “You have to wait for the perfect moment, then capture it.  A person’s features are constantly changing.  You tell them to smile or not, and they do what you ask, but different parts of their body are moving in tiny fractions every second.  I could have him stand like that, tell him not to move, take ten pictures, and every one of them would look different.  That’s why we take so many shots of the same pose. Then we choose the one that’s the best.  You’re going to have some fun today, Adam.”

“Wait, he’s taking my pictures?”  Alex said, aghast.

I laughed.  “Not all of them.  I’ll take most of them, but Adam here is going to learn to have fun, and learn something new while doing it; something that doesn’t require saving lives, but rather seeing the beauty in life.”

Alex rolled his eyes, but he didn’t say anything else.  Adam was still looking at me with a horrified expression.

“When I tell you to click, push this in like this.”  I looked back at Alex and said, “Smile!” he complied, and I said, “Click,” then pushed gently on Adam’s finger.  The camera came to life and made the familiar, comforting sound it did when it captured an image.

Adam’s face lit up like a kid at a carnival.  Had he never taken a picture before?  It was good to see him smiling.  I wanted to keep that smile planted there for the rest of his life.  I realized then, that I wanted to be there to see it for the rest of his life…or the rest of mine, however long that may be.

We worked with Alex through five different poses.  Adam was really kind of a natural.  There were a few times when I was about to say “click,” that he went with his own instincts and took the shot before I could say anything.  He smiled at me every time he did it.  I would compliment him and smile each time.  The majority of the time I had to tell him to click, when I would look at him, he would be watching me instead of Alex.  I wanted him to have fun, and if watching me was fun for him, we were heading in the right direction.

While Alex changed from his football uniform back to his khaki shorts and t-shirt, I put my props away and began setting up for my next appointment.  A girl named Amy was due here at five.  I didn’t know her, but then again, I didn’t know most of the kid’s names, only their faces.

Alex hugged me goodbye and paid me for the sitting fee.  “Mom told me to tell you to call her sometime.  I think she wants to catch you up on the town gossip or something.”

I laughed.  “That’s probably exactly why she wants me to call her.  Tell her I have a lot going on right now, but as soon as things slow down a bit, I will.”

He nodded and eyed Adam again, but finally smiled and stuck out his hand.  Adam grinned and shook it.  “You got a great girl here.  Treat her right, or someone else will be trying to save your life.”

“Alex!”  I exclaimed in disbelief.

Adam laughed.  “I believe you, Alex.  Maybe we will come to some of your games this year.”

I was in shock. I had to be.  Not only did he not deny that we were seeing each other, but he plainly stated that we were.

Alex nodded then grinned at me.  “I’d like that.”

I shook my head.  “Have a good year,” I said as he walked to the door.

After the door closed, I turned and stared at Adam.

“What?” he said with a smile.

“Maybe we will come to some of your games?  Since when are we a couple?  Today wasn’t a date, remember?”  I said as I crossed my arms over my chest and leaned on the kitchen counter.

He smiled sheepishly.  “No, you’re right, today wasn’t a date.”  He moved closer to me and I straightened up a little.  “Tell me why I can’t stop looking at you.”  He stopped about five feet away from me and leaned against the counter opposite the one I was up against.

My heart began to race, and so did my mind.  If I told him, he would bolt.  I had to handle this very carefully.  “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

His eyes got a little wider, like he hadn’t expected me to say that.  “So you know why?”

I nodded and forced myself to breathe steadily.

“Try me.” he said, and then the phone rang; saved by the bell. Hal-le-lu-jah!

I stared at him a moment then went to get the phone off the bar.  “Hello.”

“Kendra.”  It was Aven.  Shit.  I really needed to start checking my caller I.D.

And some reviews

Regan Walsh – 5 stars

Lucky me! I had the pleasure to be one of the first to read and review this awesome story. Save My Soul has so much going for it. Kristie Haigwood has such a uniquely charming voice in this debut novel. I honestly felt like I was reading about a real person. She is a force to be reckoned with that’s for sure. Although quirky at times, Kendra is a strong, likeable young woman and pulled at my heartstrings immediately. This story was so charming and had the magical influence of the old angel on my shoulder, devil on the other. It reminded me of a few old movies I’d seen; Heaven Can Wait, It’s A Wonderful Life just to name a couple. A quarter-way into the book, I started questioning whether or not this was a religious book, but then realized there wouldn’t be any swearing in it then. There’s not much, just a little. Kristie made Kendra so believable the way she showed her working with the students during their photo sessions, I had to wonder whether Ms. Haigwood was in fact a photographer on the side. She did a remarkable job with the details.

There were a few twists in the story, I won’t give anything away, but for me, the more twists and surprises a story has the better. The love Kendra had for her guardian angel was an honest love that no one could deny and his love for her was one you would expect if you knew your own guardian angel and could actually see and talk to him. If you love books about angels this is a great one to read. You will be charmed along with everyone else who reads it. Great Job, Kristie! Great Cover too! Thank you for allowing me to read this little gem.

Brandi – 5 stars

This book hooks you from the first paragraph. Wonderfully written with some unseen twists that keep you wanting more. I finished this book in one day, couldn’t put it down!! It begins with Kendra dying on the operating table, while guardian angels are negotiating with her soul. Kendra is forced to make a deal that will not only effect her, but the ones she loves. Can’t wait for more of Haigwood’s work!!

kgkdh – 5 stars

A must read! Saving my soul was a wonderful, thought provoking book. The story begins with Kendra, an independent woman who has a near death accident. In order to keep living, she must agree to save the soul of the surgeon who saved her life. Her surgeon, Adam, no longer believes in God. Her guardian angel gives Kendra one week to help Adam find love and faith, or both their souls will be lost. Determined to save her soul and Adam’s, Kendra discovers her soul mate and true love.

This is a beautifully written story that will keep you wondering what is going to happen next…a suspenseful romance. I could not stop reading it. I highly recommend this novel.

I have to say that I identified with the male protagonist in that there are reasons people lose faith. Yet, sometimes they find their way back…sometimes with a little help from love.

My own opinion – 5 stars

Save My Soul is classed as a romance. I think that is wrong. I think this novel creates its own genre. I’ll call it `action romance’ for lack of a better description.

Kendra Larkin has a problem: she’s just had an accident that should kill her. But she’s too young to die, so she feels pressured to make a deal with an angel who can save her life. The trouble is, you can’t trust just any odd angel and there are some little details Coen has omitted to mention in the heat of the moment.

The events begin to unravel at break-neck speed and Kendra struggles to make sense of life with a guardian angel by her side and at the same time her own feelings towards her angel, Rhyan, dashing nurse Mason and the object of the task she’s been given – Dr. Adam Chamberlain, M.D.

I have to say, whenever I see mentions of angels, I worry. To me, religion is a private thing and I don’t enjoy having God and Christianity shoved down my throat. I needn’t have worried. Despite being full of angels from about page two onwards, Kristie Haigwood makes the storyline so real and its characters so well-defined, that it feels perfectly natural to have a guardian angel read your thoughts, talk to you incessantly and even pop in and out of existence when you least expect it.

There are so many twists and turns, you’ll be pointing down the wrong path more times than not. Kendra doesn’t know her mind and you’ll be living her emotions and rooting for her every step of the way. You might even recognize some of her predicaments, though you might not be able to deal with them with quite as much humor and light-hearted absurdity as she does. The scenes in which Kendra tries to make the models of her photography business look more camera-friendly are the funniest I’ve read in many months.

I can’t imagine there would be anybody that wouldn’t enjoy reading this book. It is funny, exciting, fast, sexy, grown up and playful all at the same time. For me it was a wonderful find, a fantastic experience. If I was searching for a read perfectly suited to myself, I couldn’t have found anything better.

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5 Replies to “Kristie Haigwood – A Rising Star”

  1. Hey, Ella! This is super-duper great. Kendra has a smile a mile wide for you and you know I have a truck load of gummy bears for you. Thank you so very much. You rock!

      1. He knows I’ve read it twice already and he probably thinks I’ll keep it to myself forever. But good things are to share and I’m a sharing kind of girl, so I’ll let him read it. As long as he’s fast. Or I’ll take it back. : )

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