Pursuit of Happiness

Practice Makes Perfect

I must admit that my scheduled blog post date for December completely snuck up on me! I could blame the fact that the holidays are in full swing, but really it was just that I had my head stuck in my laptop as I finished up my June 2019 release, Practice Makes Perfect, the first of a set of contemporary romances about a group of friends from law school who form their own firm in Austin, Texas.

I’ve so focused on getting these gals to their happily ever after, that I almost forgot to celebrate the release of novel #21, Pursuit of Happiness, which is my anecdote to our often frustrating and sometimes scary current political climate:

Senator Meredith Mitchell has been groomed from young adulthood for a future run for PursuitOfHappiness Coverpresident, and as scion of a political dynasty, every public and private move she makes is carefully calculated. But Meredith’s focus on the right causes, the right people, and the right timing evaporates when she meets Stevie Palmer, a dashing public defender with a hard knock past. A firebrand like Stevie is the last person she should be associating with, especially when Meredith’s political future turns into right now, and her party urges her to enter the presidential race.

Attorney Stevie Palmer refuses to be limited by the low expectations of others or by taking the politically safe route. Cautious, media-perfect presidential candidate Meredith Mitchell is the last woman she expected to fall for, but Stevie has never hesitated to pursue her passions. When her client reveals a Mitchell family scandal that could derail Meredith’s career, everything Meredith and Stevie value hangs in the balance, including Meredith’s shot at the presidency and their chance at love.

If Pursuit of Happiness sounds like a book you’d like to read, leave a comment about what things you’re focused on this time of year, and I’ll draw a name to win a free copy of the book. Leave your comments by midnight CST, Friday, December 7th and I’ll post the winner on Saturday. Cheers!




  1. Trying to finish my prospectus for my mentor for the dreaded dissertation. He seems like an APA junkie. Also trying to finalize my house sale. Signing escrow papers next monday. Crossing fingers. In 2017 i went tiny footprint and bought an RV. Sooooo the old Betsy i bought is getting upgraded when i sell the house. Wish me luck. Congrats on the book.


  2. Great to see 21 is hot off the press Carsen and looking forward to your new series, as one of my favourite must read authors I am beyond excited about a new series. Wishing everyone on the blog and especially you and yours a very special and happy festive season.


  3. I’m looking forward to spending time with my wife and my family right now! Since my parents passed I’ve tried to hold my family together. This year is going to be special, because I get to meet my Great- Great nephew! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!


  4. I’m focussing on getring back to “normal” (as normal can be) after my father passed away a few weeks ago. Wish you and your family a great holiday season


  5. I am focusing on the next huge chapter in my life. I just quit my job to move to a new state and start my own business. I am very excited about what the future holds for me.


  6. I’m focusing on reading, as always. And on the upcoming hootenanny! Congrats on number 21, I’m looking forward to reading it. Your new series looks good too.


  7. Focused on trying to get through a pile of work before the office closes for the year. Usually, I would just be focused on sorting out Christmas and a family birthday that’s a week before Christmas. Actually, scratch that. There’s always a pile of work right before (and once during) Christmas.


  8. Congrats on this new book, Carsen! I’m focused on celebrating all 8 nights of Hanukkah, and not going “all scrooge”, at the oppressive consumer acquisition focus. Happy celebrations to you and all.


  9. Thanks to everyone for chiming in! I entered all your names into a random name picker and the winner of a copy of Pursuit of Happiness is… Ro! Ro, watch your email for a message from me on how to claim your prize. Happy Holidays to all of you!


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