Blog Tour & Excerpt: If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

If it Makes You Happy
by Claire Kann
Published by: Swoon Reads
Genres:  LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
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High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?


My temper landed me in more trouble than I would have liked. No trouble would have been great, but actions had consequences, and I accepted that fact of life. But. If people would just chill out and listen to me, I wouldn’t be forced to snap so often and hurt their little feelings.

And honestly? My parents told me that I’d straight up inherited that trait from Granny, so it was pretty amazingly hypocritical of her to get mad when my sass showed up to party.

And punishment number one of the forthcoming eleventy billion?

One-hundred percent unfair.

Instead of letting me spend the afternoon shadowing Nadiya to finish learning my managerial duties like I’d planned to, Granny kicked me out.

“Go outside and get some air. Take a nap. Do something. I don’t want you or your attitude in here.”

That cut me deep. Right to the bone. Nothing could have possibly

hurt me more than being banished from Goldeen’s.

Also, for the record? Air was everywhere. That made zero sense,

but even my parents said it.

I walked to the Sugar Shoppe on Second Street even though the weather could be described using the words muggy, hot, and balls, with a few conjunctions thrown in for clarity. Kara loved chocolate- covered walnuts and red whips, so I bought those and some jaw- breakers for Winston because he hated them. Sweetening Kara up and irritating Winston would at least open the communication door.

Granny was mad at me. That overrode everything else. I needed my people back on my side and talking to me. She would get over it eventually, but I wasn’t above playing the victim card to gain sympa- thy points from my people until that happened.

After buying the candy, I wandered through Misty Haven, saying hi and catching up with everyone.

That lasted like twenty minutes.

Granny had kept me up to speed throughout the year. I already knew everything about Miss Shin’s new online store, Sunshine Cross- Stitch; the automotive shop’s expansion into the tow-truck business; the day care that opened up last fall and was currently really pissed off at Sam for taking some of their business; how the floral boutique Forget-Me-Nots had reached their first million-dollar revenue mile- stone after thirty years. . . .

All of it so wonderful.

All of it so boring and not what I wanted to be doing.

I ended up at the park, sitting on a bench, with a cup of praline ripple ice cream. Not even Sam could save me from my boredom. Her shift babysitting the Honey Bunches of Kids didn’t end until five.

Side note: I really needed to make more friends in HC.

I could’ve moved on to Merry, but thanks to Kara I knew all about

the happenings over there, too. Move-ins, babies, foreclosures—all of it started to bleed together after a while.

The indelible charm of Haven Central tended to suck people in until, when you thought about it, only one pervasive whimsical feel- ing stuck out. Nothing felt unique or exceptional about it. It was a place to live, just like any other.


Butterfl , birds, bees, name a winged creature, and it fl

inside of my stomach at the sight of Dallas. That initial gut reaction

from seeing him always took me by surprise.

Having a type was a strange, strange thing. So far, I knew I liked pretty boys and beautiful girls, and thought that love at first sight was a myth on par with the Loch Ness Monster. Maybe it was real in a prehistoric, tale-as-old-as-time kind of way. But maybe it was a fan- tastical hoax created to uphold unreal romantic expectations, because there was no way that’s all there was to it.

Right then, all I knew for sure was that I really, really liked Dallas’s face.


Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)

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