Tom Jones Club by Kathy Holmes

Kathy Holmes: She often says that she was “Born in the City of Angels, raised on Walt Disney, and inspired by the dreams of both.”

Maybe she should say something about being conceived in San Francisco, but it doesn’t sound quite as poetic. Her agent said that she had a poetic, almost lyrical writing style and she’ll be forever grateful to her for saying that.

Kathy grew up halfway between Disneyland and the beach with influences from nearby Hollywood during the Mad Men era. No wonder there’s usually some sort of retro scene in her writing.

Her mother was part Betty/part Joan -  sometimes she was a full-time stay-at-home mom – sometimes she had to girdle herself up with garters, hose, and heels and take the plunge into the male chauvinistic office politics of that era.

Kathy’s step dad was a mix of Elvis and Don Draper – southern California-style. She ventured all over southern California on the back of his motorcycle – no wonder her favorite Mad Men scenes are the ones where Don Draper is visiting SoCal.

It’s also no wonder she sometimes feels like Sally Draper – about the same age back then. She understands the father issues since Kathy didn’t formally meet her sailor boy father until after the age of 40 and subsequently wrote Myths of the Fatherless. Kathy wonders what will become of Sally. As for Kathy, she found her way back to the place of her conception and worked for advertising agencies, printers, and publishers in San Francisco, leading to a career in the high tech world of Silicon Valley.

Tantalized by the tropics since Adam Troy set sail on the Kon Tiki in James A. Michener’s “Adventures in Paradise,” Kathy has traveled to tropical destinations such as Hawaii, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Asia Pacific. Eventually, she moved to Florida where she wrote and secured representation for Real Women Wear Red. She also wrote for Walt Disney World and the Orlando Sentinel.

The Tom Jones Club begins in Orlando and finds its way to Las Vegas. But no surprise there – the first time she saw Las Vegas she about seven-years-old when her step dad, attempting to quit smoking, drove the family to Las Vegas to keep his hands busy playing craps. Somebody said that this was the funniest bio they’d ever read, and she happens to agree with them about the “playing craps to quit smoking” part.

Life is fully of ironies because she’s now living in Las Vegas with her husband and their three furry kids.

*** Dedicated to her paternal grandmother, Rev. Freda Walker Holmes, 1915-2000 – who said “never give up, in spite of age or the naysayers, and “attitude is just how you see things.” As you can see, “Cattitude is everything.”

About Tom Jones Club

International wine director Lucky Stryker, the “Lucky Lady,” is lucky in the boardroom, but unlucky in love. But the last thing she expects is to land in the arms of a cowboy during the Tom Jones Club convention. A hot week with a cowboy in Las Vegas is one thing—eternity is another.

Fearing that any woman he gets involved with will leave him–the way his mother left his father–Eric Blake chooses women who are guaranteed to fulfill that prophecy. And Lucky Stryker is no exception.

When Lady Luck throws the red hot dice, Lucky and Eric cash in on a red hot sizzling romance. So when their pasts catch up to them, and neither is who they appear to be, they are forced to answer these questions, “Can their hearts keep the promises their bodies have been making?” and “Will they finally get lucky in love?”

Lucky was called a Keeper by one agent and The Tom Jones Club won a query submission contest by another agent.

PURCHASE your digital copy at Bookstrand, Mobipocket, Nook Book (BN.com), and amazon.com (Kindle available now – Print – available late December on amazon.com)

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Posted on January 3, 2011, in Book Synopsis, Contemporary, Romance. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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