Thursday, May 08, 2014

A ROMANCE REKINDLED - Kimberly Rose Johnson - One Free Book

Bio: Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

Welcome back, Kimberley. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Since the seventh grade when I discovered romance books, I have been addicted to reading them. I know sweet romance, so that is what I write.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I know I should say the day I was married, or the day my kids were born, but I think the happiest day of my life to date was the day my oldest son got his first job. He’s eighteen and has been looking for a job since last summer. I told my mom I was happier for him when he got hired than I was when I received my first book contract, and I was ecstatic about that. J Incidentally the same day he was hired, I found out my editor planned to contract two more books with me. So it was a doubly wonderful day.
We don’t get many days like that. I had one when I received an offer for a book contract one morning and another that afternoon. How has being published changed your life?
I used to teach piano lessons, but this past year my husband encouraged me to write full time. Now my days are filled with writing, social networking, marketing, and all the fun stuff writers get to do. I’m a little more stressed now that I used to be, but I’m living my dream.

What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading No one to Trust, by Lynette Eason.

Actually, I’m reading a Lynette Eason romantic suspense on my Kindle right now. I love her books. What is your current work in progress?
I’m writing a newly contracted book for Heartsong Presents. My working title is Valentine’s Day Blues. This book will release in March of next year.

I would love to schedule this book on my blog. What would be your dream vacation?
This past year I had the opportunity to go on my dream vacation. My husband and I went to Orlando Florida the first week in December and visited Disney World. It was a much needed break after the release of my Debut novel The Christmas Promise, last November.

It was the trip of a lifetime and something I’d wanted to do since I was a little girl.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like reading books set in small towns, so the setting for my current series in Leavenworth, Washington. Leavenworth is nestled in the Washington Cascades and is a themed Bavarian village that tourists flock to. It just so happens my husband has family there, so I was able to visit with them and it a true feel for the area. 

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question because choosing just one person is a challenge. J I really admire Debbie Macomber, so I think I’ll pick her. I would love to pick her brain and just visit with her. She seems like such a nice lady.

I started reading Debbie when her first Christian romance book came out in 1984, and I got to meet her the last time the American Christian Fiction Writers conference was in Denver. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love talking long walks with my husband and our dog every evening. It’s possibly the highlight of my day.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Creating conflict in my stories has been my most difficult challenge. I like everything to be smooth and happy, but that doesn’t work well in a story.

My critique partners are great at pointing this out to me and commenting when something needs more conflict.

I was like you when I started writing, but I did learn to add conflict. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
First of all only write if it’s your passion. Writers face a ton of rejection and criticism and if you’re not passionate about what you are doing, it won’t be worth the pain.

Assuming, writing is your passion then I recommend getting involved in a writers group. Attend writers’ conferences and read a few books on the craft.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Romance Rekindled is the second book in my Leavenworth, WA series, however it stands alone.  
Here is the back cover blurb.
Susan Hill Isn’t Ready To Forgive.

The small-town CPA can't forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter. 

Since his parents’ deaths six years ago, Blake’s been raising his little sister on his own. But he’s never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can’t undo the past, but maybe he can change the future … if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Susan Hill waved goodbye to her best friend, Keira, as she walked out the door of Keira’s candy shop. “See you.” She laughed at the silly look on her friend’s face then turned and smacked into a hard body. Oof.

Strong fingers gripped her arm and a masculine voice close to her ear held remorse. “Susan, you okay?”

She jerked free of his touch, yet her skin tingled where his fingers had held her arms. She let her breath out slowly then braced herself to look into the deep mocha eyes that still haunted her dreams. “Blake.” Why had he returned to Leavenworth? She took a step back. “Um. What are you doing here?”

“Katie wanted candy.” A corner of his mouth lifted, lighting a smile in his eyes. “You look good. I see you’re still into Goth. The purple streaks are cool.”

The young girl standing beside him couldn’t be more than eight or nine, but Susan was never good at guessing ages. A sick feeling gripped her stomach as she counted the years since she had last seen him. He wouldn’t—it’s not possible.

I can’t wait until my copy arrives. How can readers find you on the Internet?

The best place to connect with me is my website. I have links to all my social networking sites as well as a newsletter signup.

Thank you, Kimberley, for sharing this new book with us.

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Kimberly said...

Hi Lena, thanks for hosting me on your blog!

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like a great story. I would love to win a copy.
Susan in Texas

Kimberly said...

Thanks, Susan.

Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, VA

Diana montgomery said...

Loved the interview. I live in Indiana

Anonymous said...

great interview! I live in Mississippi! shelia hall

Anonymous said...

would love to win Angela from KY

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kimberly said...

Hi Diana. it's great to see you here.

Kimberly said...

Hi Sheila, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

Kimberly said...

Hi Linda, I hope you are able to read it.

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing Kimberly's lovely interview and the chance to win a copy of A ROMANCE REKINDLED!

Britney Adams, TX

Mary Preston said...

I do love stories with second chances for love.

Mary P


sm said...

I've been to Leavenworth, WA a couple of times when I visit my aunt in Seattle. We enjoy the good food and quaint feeling of the town. I would love to win and read a novel set in Leavenworth. sharon, CA wileygreen1)at)yahoo(dot)com

Lourdes said...

Great interview, I too enjoy reading Lynette Eason's books. A romance rekindled sounds like a great story.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!
Thanks for the giveaway


Tonja Saylor said...

Please enter me. Sounds like a really good book!
Tonja S. From Virginia

Kimberly said...

Sharon, I know what you mean about the food. I'm heading to Leavenworth next month and my husband and I are already talking about where we want to eat when we are there. :)

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Merry said...

I enjoy second chance at love stories, A Romance Rekindled sounds like a sweet read.
Merry in MN