Kathryn S Rose has released a new adult contemporary romance novel, Beautiful Facade, out this month! Stop in to learn more about the book and read her guest post about ghosting. Plus, enter the giveaway!
Title: Beautiful Facade
Author: Kathryn S Rose
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 2021
About The Book:
On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.
Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.
During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?
Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.
The Prompt: Kai kind of ghosts Winter after he moves away. Ghosting is something that happens to a lot of people these days, with the use of social media and dating apps. Have you ever been ghosted? Have you ever ghosted someone else?
I found this to be an interesting question as I didn’t write the story thinking that Kai had ghosted Winter; however, he kind of did. Winter and Kai were teenagers when social media wasn’t a thing, at least in the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia when you were lucky to have a slow internet connection. Email and internet messaging had only just started taking off. And mobile phones? Forget about it! Teenagers used the home phone to communicate, wrote letters, and left notes for each other. Kai had to leave Perth suddenly and had to sever ties with Perth, for the reason that is discovered at the end of the story. From his perspective, he had to start a new life and attempted to forget about Winter. Kai left her a goodbye note without any contact information, so she had no way to reach him. From Winter’s point of view, at the very least, he could have written to her. But as the story goes, neither character could forget the other.
Thankfully, I’ve never been obviously ghosted by someone I’ve dated. I didn’t really get into dating apps, but there would have been times that someone didn’t return a message, and that would have been the end of it. I have, however, been kind of ghosted by a friend. One minute we were close and regularly caught up; the next minute, weeks turned into months, and my few attempts to catch up were brushed aside. Their entire demeanour changed towards me. The situation made me doubt myself and wonder what I did to cause that response. However, I’m a big believer in looking at how people act in their other relationships. If they regularly have family and friend issues, or have dropped people in the past (like this person had), it’s probably more likely something to do with them over something you did. Especially, if you can’t think of something specific. So that is my relationship tip – get an idea of how people have behaved in the past to get an idea about how they will probably behave around you. I guess my pride has stopped me from confronting them, but in the end, I think it’s for the best that we went our separate ways.
About The Author:
Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.
Kathryn is interested in the study of human behaviour and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.
Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.
Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with family and friends.
When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.
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