Click Date Repeat

Click Date Repeat Revision & A Sincere Apology

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Dear Readers of Click Date Repeat,

I’d like to start by thanking each and every one of you for reading, rating, and/or reviewing my debut novel. Whether you loved it, had lukewarm feelings toward it, finished with a definitive MEH, or even hated it, I appreciate you giving it a chance.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

When I wrote CDR, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was I had a story stuck in my brain, and I had to get it out. I didn’t follow a genre-specific formula, so it walks a few lines between genres. While this has made the book somewhat challenging to market, it has also helped me gain insight into the minds of a variety of readers, from lovers of chick lit and romantic comedies to those who prefer contemporary romance and women’s fiction. How have I gained insight? By doing something a lot of people recommend authors NOT do . . . I read reviews–the good, the bad, and the ugly. I read them all.

I never expected every reader of CDR to love it, but I also never imagined there would be such a mixed bag of critical feedback. While some of the more negative feedback has been tough to swallow, I’ve been able to process and let most of it roll right off my back. People like and dislike different things. That’s why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream, right?

For example, a few readers have voiced irritation over the cliffhanger-ish ending. The truth is I didn’t mean for it to come across as a cliffhanger. In fact, I didn’t even initially have plans to write a spinoff in which readers could find out what happens with Chloe post-CDR. So I’ve just let criticism over the ending roll.

Other repeated criticisms are about Chloe’s characterization. She worries too much about what others think, drinks too much, carries on with her ex way too long, and she’s selfish, immature, shallow, and sometimes bitchy. I can’t deny any of this about her because she is/does all of these things. I mean, come on, she’s in her early twenties and trying to figure out her shit. Am I saying every woman in her early twenties is like this? Of course not. But many, including Chloe, are. So these criticisms roll.

As for those who’ve said CDR is boring or that it has too much bad language, too much porn, too many characters, too much drama? Again, we all have different likes, dislikes, and perspectives. Roll roll roll . . .

Now for the feedback that I have not been able to shake off and the thing I want to apologize for.

There’s a situation in Click Date Repeat that has ruined the book for many readers. Some have found the scene to be too sexually graphic, some have said the main character is “too loose,” and some . . . (I’m taking a deep breath because this is the feedback that has been haunting me) . . . some say she was raped.

I can handle it being called too sexually graphic, and I can handle Chloe being called “loose” because, like I already said, she’s in her early twenties and people in their early twenties tend to have sex–a lot of it. What I can’t stomach is the number of readers who feel she was raped, because that was not my intent. One Amazon reviewer even said, “For a mother of 3 to downplay and ignore the horror and criminality of date rape is simply unconscionable.” UGH. That comment stings horribly. 😦

After much contemplation, I shared the scene with my reader group and asked for honest feedback regarding whether they felt it could be considered date rape. As I suspected I would, I received mixed responses. Those who felt the scene had too many gray areas posed some extremely thought-provoking points to consider. A few even mentioned laws in various countries that would most certainly make it date rape (if a woman in Chloe’s position felt she was raped and reported it as such). As a result, I’ve revised the scene and all parts of the book that reference the scene.

Please know that I didn’t make these revisions to avoid negative feedback. I did it because I felt a moral obligation to remove any action or statement that could be perceived as evidence of date rape. That was never my intent, and I apologize wholeheartedly to those who saw it as such.

Sincerely,

K. J. Farnham


If you have a digital copy of Click Date Repeat OR the Click Date Repeat Series Box Set and would like a revised version, please do the following:

  1. Send proof of purchase OR a screenshot of the last page of Click Date Repeat to author@kjfarnham.com.
  2. Include your Kindle email address.
  3. Add author@kjfarnham to your Kindle’s list of approved senders.
Click Date Repeat

The Angel Lady

It’s no secret that Click Date Repeat is loosely based on my own online dating experiences. Loosely. Meaning, the book is a work of fiction with splashes of real life here and there. What people (especially those who know me) wonder most often is which character(s) and situation(s) are based on fact. So I’m here today to reveal a sliver of truth…

Let’s start with this review of Click Date Repeat:

“I wasn’t really enjoying this read to start with, but then the Angel Lady prediction crap pushed me over the edge. She suddenly remembers this clairvoyant she had gone to a while back and so that’s the day all of the predictions start happening? Yeah, ok.” (Goodreads Reviewer)

I laughed out loud when I read this. I know, crazy, right? I mean, she didn’t enjoy the story from the start. So why would I laugh? Because the Angel Lady “crap” is real.

Here are the the Angel Lady’s notes from the reading she gave me over a decade ago. (Blacked out text for privacy.) I was highly skeptical from the time of the reading up until the things she mentioned started happening.

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A lot of what she said did not get written down, such as predictions about my liver dysfunction and my future husband. But as you can see, she predicted two boys as well as aches and pains in my feet/legs. Today I have two sons, and you can read about the rest of her predictions in Click Date Repeat. Sure, it could all be a coincidence, but there’s more.

The next image shows some notes I took when I had a second phone reading with the Angel Lady in 2007. At the time, my husband and I both had jobs we loved, we owned a home in Milwaukee, and we had no plans to have another child. We also didn’t think we’d move anywhere else until our two little boys were much older, and even if we did, it wouldn’t be far considering most of my family and friends live in the Milwaukee area. So when the Angel Lady told me we weren’t “settled” yet and that a move to the west was in store for us, I thought she was nuts. I even told her we had no plans to move. But guess what? Four years later, my husband was offered a job transfer, and certain undesirable things were happening with my job as a teacher (look up union battles and teacher protests in the state of Wisconsin if you’re interested). So after much deliberation, I resigned from teaching and my husband took the westward job transfer.

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As for that third child, we actually decided to try for a pregnancy before my husband was offered the job transfer. For nearly two years I tracked my cycle, and I finally got pregnant in 2010 only to miscarry at eleven weeks. So we figured it wasn’t meant to be, and we were done done. Imagine our surprise when I ended up pregnant with our daughter a couple of weeks after we moved into our new house.

So there you have it. The Angel Lady is real. I didn’t originally plan to include her in Click Date Repeat, but then about halfway through, I remembered her and decided all the “crap” she predicted would be an interesting and somewhat amusing addition to the story. 🙂

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Be Still My Heart: indieBRAG Valentine Blog Hop

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I am honored to be participating in my first indieBRAG Blog Hop. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers! My indieBRAG approved novel is called Click Date Repeat. While CDR is a contemporary romance novel, I have to be honest, I’m not a very romantic person. As a result, it’s laced with awkward, often humorous, moments.

In honor of the hop, I’m sharing a scene when an embarrassing Chloe moment is morphed into a butterfly-worthy encounter. Enjoy!

Excerpt from Click Date Repeat: NiceGuy26

“Chloe, do you mind if I use the restroom real quick? I’ll just be a minute.”

“No, not at all. How about if I wait for you by the hostess station?”

“Sounds great. See you in a bit.” He slowly lets go of my hand so that our fingertips linger together for a second.

Still thinking about the way his fingers felt laced through mine, I watch as Sean walks to the bathroom. Then I begin to wonder what to expect next. Will we talk more in the foyer before saying goodbye? Is he going to try to give me a hug or maybe even a kiss? Should I invite him to the Home Bar?

Chloe? Is that you? My thoughts are interrupted by a vaguely familiar voice. I look to my left and see a former student teacher of one of my colleagues.

“Renee! How are you?”

“Wonderful! How are you? I heard from Stacey that you’re getting ready to work on your thesis. How awesome! What is your research going to be about?”

“I’m doing a comparative analysis of direct instruction versus balanced literacy.”

“Oh, cool.” Her response is not very convincing.

“What about you? You’re teaching high school geography, right?” I already know the answer to this question because Stacey–the cooperative teacher Renee worked with at my school–already told me. She also filled me in on the fact that Renee had been messing around with her very own student teacher and that her marriage is on the rocks because of it.

“Yeah, I love teaching at the high school level. Little ones just aren’t up my alley, I guess.” She shrugs.

Finally, Sean returns, but he doesn’t seem to realize I’m talking to Renee. “Ready to go?”

Renee clears her throat to get Sean’s attention. Then she raises her eyebrows at me. “Are you going to introduce me to your friend?”

“Of course! Renee, this is Sam. Sam, Renee. She did some of her student teaching at my school last year.”

My face becomes hot. Did I just call him Sam?

My fear is confirmed when Sean extends his hand to Renee and introduces himself. “Hi. I’m Sean.

Renee shakes his hand. “Nice to meet you.” She gives me a confused sideways glance.

I want to die right then and there, but I have no such luck. Instead, I am forced to wrap up my conversation with Renee and endure an awkward trip out to the parking lot with Sean. As we walk, I prepare myself for an uncomfortable goodbye and wonder if he might even keep walking straight to his car without ever making eye contact with me again. But when I muster enough nerve to look at him, he is smiling at me.

I try to apologize. “I am so . . . ” But Sean interrupts.

He extends a hand and says, “Hi. It’s nice to meet you. My name is Sean. What’s yours?”

I let out a sigh of relief as I take his hand. His grip is tight for a second and then he releases me, pulling me in for a hug. Then he whispers in my ear. “You do know you’re going to have to learn my name in order for us to go on another date, right?

The warmth of his breath and the sound of his voice gives me butterflies. Finally. Online dating might finally be paying off.

For a chance to win a signed copy of Click Date Repeat, click HERE to subscribe to my newsletter. And if you’d like, comment below with a Valentine’s Day memory or an embarrassing dating moment. The winner will be notified by email on February 29. Thank you for participating!

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Next Stop:

Now hop on over to author VL Thurman’s website for a chance to win a copy of her book, The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield.

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Once you’ve made it through the entire hop, visit the indieBRAG website for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Hop Schedule and Details:

February 13  VL Thurman
February 14  C.L. Talmadge  
February 15  Janet Leigh 
February 16 Lucinda Brant
February 17  Anna Belfrage
February 18  Joanne Phillips
February 19  K.J. Farnham

 

  • The hop starts February 13 and ends on February 26.
  • Each author participating in the indieBRAG Valentine Blog Hop is giving away a paperback or ebook, so be sure you visit every website to enter all the giveaways.
  • After you’ve visited each author’s site, go to the indieBRAG website to enter for your chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!
  • Winners will be announced on February 29.
  • You must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • Winners have 48 hours to claim prizes or new winners will be chosen.
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Holiday Giveaway!

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In celebration of the holidays and to thank all of you for your support, I’m giving away copies of both of my books. 🙂

For a chance to win an e-copy of the book of your choice, visit my page on Facebook.

*This giveaway is open until 12/23 at 8:00 pm CST.
*Winners will be chosen by one of my kids and announced on Facebook.

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Haven’t read Click Date Repeat yet? Get it now for just $0.99!

As an added bonus, you can visit my Facebook page for a chance to WIN an EBOOK of YOUR CHOICE. (Up to $4.99) All you have to do is tag a friend in the comments of the promo post. Each friend you tag in a separate comment counts as one entry. Enter as many times as you like!

The $0.99 promo price is valid until Monday, August 17. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER–JUST TAG A FRIEND on Facebook! The Ebook winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Tuesday, August 18.

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Get a FREE book when you purchase Click Date Repeat!

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Follow these steps to claim your free Kindle book:

  1. One-click Click Date Repeat.
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A Girl Worth Waiting For by S. M. Smith

Affairs of the Heart (Anthology of 15 Romance Novels and Novellas) by Various Authors

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Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash

How to Save a Life by Lauren McKellar

Lark by Erica Cope

More than a Moment by Kristin Albright

Nineteen by E. S. Carter

Secrets That We Keep by Tara Lin Mossinghoff

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If you’ve already read Click Date Repeat (or even if you haven’t), please help spread the word about this promotion! Thank you!

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Click Date Repeat Earns Awesome Indies Approval

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I’m pleased to announce that Click Date Repeat has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction. Hooray!


A little about Awesome Indies and what it means to be Awesome Indies Approved.

  • “The Awesome Indies showcases great stories that are well written and engaging. Our books step outside genre boundaries to offer you something different. We are the unique voices of independent fiction.” Tahlia Newland, founder.

Criteria for Approval:

  • The book is correctly formatted for fiction;
  • The cover looks professional;
  • The plot is well structured, well paced, conceptually sound and engaging;
  • The characters are well developed and their dialogue and interactions with others are believable;
  • The book is not overwritten or unnecessarily wordy; for instance; no obvious dumps of information, unnecessary repetition or irrelevant scenes;
  • Changes in point of view are clear;
  • The prose is well written and engaging. Where appropriate for the genre, voice and intention, the story is shown rather than told and the writing active rather than passive;
  • The book has been line edited, copy edited and proofread, and the grammar, spelling and punctuation usage is consistent throughout.