Friday, March 30, 2018

Straight Chatting from the Library: Kristie Booker

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kristie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child? Frog and Toad are Friends

Tell us about your current book in 10 words. Fun, Inspirational and wholesome story for women of all ages.

What are you reading right now? Good Luck with That by Kristin Higgins. This book hasn’t been released yet. I was one of the lucky ‘super readers’ from my local independent book store to be selected to read it. So far, it’s great!

What books do you have on hold at the library? Little Fires Everywhere, Keeper of Lost Things, Me Before You, In the Light of the Garden, Map of the Heart

Do you have any bad book habits? When I find a great book, I read when I should be working.

E-Reader or print? and why? Print. I love to hold a book in my hand. I love the smell of the pages. Also, I’m a book collector. If I love a book, I put it on my book shelf.

One book at a time or multiples? One book at a time.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much) Mostly bookmark, but if I don’t have one, the page gets dog-earred.

When do you do most of your reading? I read every night before I go to bed.

Favorite place to read? On the beach or by the pool on a beautiful day.


Growing up on a farm in Brockville, Illinois, did not prepare Colleen O’Brien Adler to be the wife of a wealthy entertainment lawyer living in Chicago. It certainly didn’t prepare her to be Dinah Adler’s daughter-in-law. The stay-at-home mother of two has more than she’s ever wanted—a personal stylist, a prestigious country club membership, a multimillion-dollar home—but she finds herself not only struggling with depression and body image but also failing as a parent and fearing for her marriage. Her life is about to change when an invitation to a wellness meeting arrives in her inbox. With some coaxing from personal coach Kory Stone, she commits to a new beginning. But will she be able to overcome the things that are holding her back?


“How many of you are here to lose weight?” Kory asked.

Colleen raised her hand along with every other woman in the room. Noticing how skinny over half the room was, Colleen wondered why they were raising their hand.

“While your goal is weight loss, my goal is to help you find yourself, your true self,” Kory said.

“What if our true self just needs to lose weight?” Beth said.

The women around the table laughed. Kory smiled at her. “I want to help you see beyond your physical body and dig deep into what makes your heart happy.”

Beth’s smile faded as she considered Kory’s words. Colleen had no idea what made her heart happy. She loved the girls and Jay. They made her happy. They also made her exhausted. Besides her bed, a vanilla latte and a bottle of wine, she couldn’t put her finger on anything that truly made her happy.

“The hardest part about finding out what makes you happy is being truthful about what isn’t making you happy,” Kory said. “In order to lose weight and keep it off, you have to commit to working hard to overcome the things that are holding you back.”

Colleen wasn’t sure she could commit to doing whatever work Kory was talking about. Some things in her life were too difficult to overcome.


Kristie Booker is the author of Blooming Into Life, a blogger and a Wellness Coach. She enjoys coaching and inspiring women through her writing as well as in person. Kristie is a wife and mother of two sons. She grew up in rural Illinois, but now lives in Chicago.


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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Well, it's the last day of your tour and I must say I've enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and your book. Hope to see you on tour again soon.

  3. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

  4. I've really enjoyed following the tour for Blooming Into Life and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)