Friday, February 16, 2018

#NewRelease from Kay Harris: DON'T LET HIM GO

Wild Rose Press author Kay Harris is my guest today. Her multicultural contemporary romance, DON'T LET HIM GO, released on Valentine's Day, a very auspicious day to release if you're a romance novel. I'm intrigued that this book is written in first person. DON'T LET HIM GO is book one in Kay's "I Want Morrison" series. Please welcome Kay Harris!

Character Clothes 
Kay Harris

My new release “Don’t Let Him Go” is an opposites attract multicultural contemporary romance. When I wrote it I simply put the characters down on paper as they appeared to me. I didn’t analyze their clothing choices too closely. So it has been a fun exercise to explore the threads Jack and Candace are sporting.

Candace Gleason is a corporate lawyer. Driven and self-confident, her wardrobe reflects that. Jack is an activist who runs a non-profit advocacy organization and fights for the rights of the poor.

The first time Candace meets Jack is at his office. Her appearance makes her stand out from Jack and his employees.

Every pair of eyes in the place turned to me. I realized I was obvious. I wore a pale peach suit with matching heels. My medium-length hair was tied up tightly in a bun. And I carried a leather briefcase. The people around me had all dressed for work in jeans and T-shirts, though the girl in front of me at least wore a sundress. 

At work my clothing fit in, it was my color that usually stood out. Here, I matched about a third of the people in skin tone but none of them in any other way. And they noticed.

Jack’s clothing, on the other hand, fits into that environment perfectly and reflects Jack’s bohemian nature.

After a few beats of uncomfortable silence, one of them moved. He had been leaning over behind someone else, looking at the computer screen over her shoulder. But he stood and moseyed toward me, like he had all the time in the world. 

He looked like a combination of an old-school hippie, a disillusioned GQ model, and a Greek god. He wore a pale-blue cotton button-down dress shirt just wrinkled enough to show he might take the care to pull it out of the dryer right away, but not care enough to iron. The rolled-up sleeves exposed his arms below the elbows and the unbuttoned collar allowed a peek at a sculpted chest. His jeans, despite being worn and tight at least didn’t possess any holes. To top it all off, a pair of sport sandals covered his feet.

Jack and Candace’s contrast in appearance is reflected in their personalities as well. Read “Don’t Let Him Go” today and find out how these two opposites find their way into each other’s arms.


The only thing worse than getting stuck with a bad client is falling in love with him. 

Candace Gleason passed the bar, landed a great job, and is making a killer salary--basically, all of her dreams are coming true. Until she’s assigned to keep the boss’s petulant son out of trouble.

Jack Morrison is the rebellious black sheep of a mighty real estate family. He runs a nonprofit whose mission is to save poor people from evil corporations, like the one his own family owns. He is obnoxious, ridiculously charming, and insanely hot. He is the bane of Candace’s very existence.

Sparks fly from the moment they meet.  Candace suddenly has more to worry about than keeping Jack out of jail. She has to keep him out of her heart.


I folded my arms across my chest and glared at Jack as he moseyed into the room. “You ambushed me.”

Jack came to a stop a few feet away and nodded. “I did.”

“That’s it?” I spread my arms out and leaned forward. My voice rose despite my effort to control it. “That’s all you have to say?”

“What do you want me to say? You’re smart. You can see what I did back there. I used you for my own gain.”

“You’re a prick!”

“I’m not surprised you feel that way. But I am sorry you had to get caught in the crossfire.” He moved to the couch and took a seat in the middle of it, purposefully giving me the high ground.
He slung his arms over the back of the couch casually, making him look like an arrogant ass. And that is exactly what I thought of him at that moment. So I called him on his supposed apology. “Are you?”

“Yes, I am. But you’re not innocent, Candie. You put yourself in this position by going to work for Morrison.”

“It’s Candace!” I shouted, on the edge of insanity.

He didn’t respond. He just looked at me with that infuriatingly handsome face and waited, an amused grin dancing on his face.

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Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun!

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.


  1. Thank you so much for having me Jana!

    1. I'm very happy to have you! Love your cover, btw. All the best.

  2. I love this description of Jack: He looked like a combination of an old-school hippie, a disillusioned GQ model, and a Greek god. Fantastic!

  3. I love using clothing to flesh out my characters! Well done. We learned a lot about Candace and Jack just from a simple wardrobe scene.

    1. Thanks Sandra! I’ve always done it but never stepped back afterward to really analyze it, so this was a fun exercise.

  4. Congratulations Kay - It was fun to picture your heroine in a beautiful peach suit and everyone else in jeans or casual clothes! Happy writing!