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Hi, y’all! Today we welcome back our author friend, Kara Isaac, as part of a special takeover tour and giveaway celebrating two of her novels which just so happen to be among my all-time favorites!

Can’t Help Falling

Author: Kara Isaac
Publisher:  Howard Books
Release Date:  October 11, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

Can't Help Falling by Kara IsaacA funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.

Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.

Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.

When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with a curious wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in this inspiring and romantic story about second chances.

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Close to You

Author: Kara Isaac
Publisher: Howard Books
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

Close to You by Kara IsaacA disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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Kara Isaac

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Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and three Hobbit-sized children.

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Edits and Reviews by Leslie | By The Book | Book by Book | Heidi Reads… | Fiction Aficionado | Cafinated Reads | Remembrancy | Just Commonly

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Kara Isaac is graciously offering (1) winner a choice of either all (3) of her books in ebook format or (1) signed copy of a choice of one of her books in print format, PLUS a bar of New Zealand chocolate. (Opens internationally).

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One winner in the U.S. will be randomly generated through Rafflecopter within 3 days of close of giveaway.  Once announced, the winner has 48 hours to send mailing information notification email or risk forfeiture of the prize.  Due to shipping costs, only US mailing addresses will be win physical items.
Prize is courtesy of Kara Isaac.  Kara Isaac and JustRead Publicity Tours reserves the rights to terminate this giveaway at any time, and are not responsible for lost prizes in the mail.


Have YOU read these wonderful stories, reader friends?
Are y’all fans of Narnia or Lord of the Rings?


  1. // Reply

    I have read Close to You, but I have not YET had the chance to read Can’t Help Falling. I love Kara’s witty writing in her books. I’m a fan of both LOTR and Narnia and love how these books use those stories!

  2. // Reply

    Thank you for the spotlight on “Can’t Help Falling” by Kara Isaac and for being part of the book tour!

    I’d love to have the chance to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. // Reply

    Enjoyed the article very much and have not yet had the opportunity to read either of these books.

  4. // Reply

    I have only been able to read Can’t help Falling. I loved it!

  5. // Reply

    I love Kara’s book so much! She has such a delightful sense of humor. If you haven’t read all of them, do yourself a favor and grab them and read!

  6. // Reply

    This sounds really good–I’d love to read it.

  7. // Reply

    I haven’t read these stories yet but would love to. Narnia is one of my favorites!

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    I have read all of Kara’s books except Then There Was You (I promise it’s on my TBR). And I am embarrassed to say I’ve never read the LOTR or Narnia books. I have watched the movies though…(Don’t worry, both series are on my TBR list, too.)

  9. // Reply

    Oh these sound so good! I love romances! Kara Isaac is a new author for me! So excited to read her books!

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