Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ISLAND REFUGE - Kimberly Rose Johnson - One Free Book

Welcome back, Kimberly. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write contemporary Christian romance because I enjoy reading them and it seems to be the genre I’m best at writing.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I really don’t know. One day in particular doesn’t stand out to me. I do remember being pretty excited when I got the phone call about my first writing contract.

How has being published changed your life?
I’m not the same person I used to be. I’m more open and outgoing, not nearly as shy as I used to be, and I now spend copious hours a day on the computer. When I started writing I didn’t even know how to open an email attachment!

What are you reading right now?
Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay.

What is your current work in progress?
Island Dreams, the second book in my Wildflower Island Romance series

What would be your dream vacation?
This changes constantly depending on my mood, but right now, I’d really like to go back to Disney World. I also think it would be fun to go to Ireland or Scotland too, but I doubt it will ever happen.

You’re young, and our God loves to fulfill dreams. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I try to choose places that I would want to visit. Wildflower Island doesn’t really exist, but it was inspired by Washington state’s Anderson Island. That island wasn’t quite big enough for me, so I embellished things and changed the name to Wildflower Island.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
That is such a hard question! I think it be most fun to be able to visit with someone I know, but have never met. I would love to spend an evening with my critique group. I have never met two of them in person, but I suppose that’s cheating. Hmm, I am stumped. I’m really sorry, but no one comes to mind. I wouldn’t want to spend and entire evening with someone I don’t know. That would uncomfortable. So if you will let me cheat, I’d choose my critique group, Miralee Ferrell, Margaret Daley, and Vickie McDonough—I can’t choose between them.

What a great group. I love all three of them. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love playing the piano, talking long walks, riding my bike, watching Hallmark movies, and traveling, although I don’t get to travel often.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Coming up with a plot long enough to fill a book before I actually write the book. I’m not sure I’ve actually overcome this. I have a good idea of where my books begin and end, but I’m a seat of the pants writer for the rest. I sometimes get my critique partners to assist me with ideas and other times I do something not related to my book. My mind usually chews on it while I’m otherwise occupied and sooner or later I begin to realized things about my characters and their lives and I take off again.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, but it’s so important. Learn the craft of writing. I also think it’s important to make friends with writers.

Tell us about the featured book.
Island Refuge takes place on a small island in the Puget Sound at a B-and-B. Here is the back cover blurb.

Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Did she make a mistake?

Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B-and-B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the future ... together. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
Dr. Nick Jackson sat behind the wheel of his Range Rover with the windows lowered, waiting to board the ferry from Wildflower Island, Washington. A red convertible exited the ferry, its top down and radio blaring. The woman behind the wheel ducked her head and swerved in his direction, nearly taking off his paint. He laid on his horn, and the car skidded to a stop.

The woman bolted upright, her vivid green eyes wide. “I’m so sorry!”

“No harm done.”

“I was reaching for my directions.”

Nick glanced forward and noticed traffic maneuvering around the woman’s car. “Perhaps
I can help. I live here.” He’d only been on the island a week, but it was small so he felt safe offering assistance.
She waved a piece of paper. “No need. Again, I’m sorry for nearly hitting you. Maybe I’ll see you around. I start my new job today.” She flashed a nervous smile then eased back into the line of cars and drove off.
Her last words reverberated in his mind. What were the chances the blonde was his new cook and housekeeper at the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast? Nick shook his head. Very unlikely. The woman he’d hired was the executive chef of a five-star restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Surely the crazy driver wasn’t Zoe Griffin. Whoever she was, he hoped she’d be long gone by the time he returned on the ferry later tonight. Distracted drivers were a menace— attractive or not.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you for sharing this book with us. And thank you for your patience when I couldn't sit at the computer to upload the interview on time.

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Island Refuge (Wildflower B&B Romance Book 1)

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Kimberly said...

Hi Lena,
Thanks for having me on your blog! It's always fun to visit. :)

R Merr said...

This was a sweet read. I do prefer paper though. I live in Maine which is beautiful, except for the six weeks of winter! This book was a nice break from winter! :)

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Debbie Wilder said...

This is a great interview. It is great to learn a little about the authors. I'm in Salinas, California.

Trixi said...

I have seen this book on one other blog not too long ago & really would love to have a copy for myself, it sounds so good! Takes place in Puget Sound which is just up my alley (I live in Oregon) and in a bed and breakfast. Hubby & I try to stay in a B&B whenever we can. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Island Refuge" and for the author interview :-)

Trixi said...

Sorry, I forgot to say where I'm from

Trixi from the Oregon coast

Kimberly said...

R Merr, I'm glad you were able to read it in the winter so you could at least mentally escape from the cold winter. :)
I used to prefer paper, actually for a very long time and then the worse my eyes became the more I started enjoying my Kindle paperwhite or whatever it is called. I can adjust the font, so I don't strain my eyes and I can't do that with paper. :)

Kimberly said...

Waving at Debbie, it's great to see you here.

Kimberly said...

Trixi, I love visiting the Oregon coast. The sound of the crashing waves is my favorite. :)

Patty said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new author!

Patty in SC

Melanie Backus said...

This book sounds wonderful and I love the cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

Melanie Backus, TX

carrie said...

Great interview! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Island Refuge. I live in northwestern NC.

carrie said...

Great interview! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Island Refuge. I live in northwestern NC.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a lovely story.


I hope you are feeling better and able to get around a bi more now.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Hey Lena! Hope you are feeling better. Thanks for the wonderful interview with Kimberly. ISLAND REFUGE sounds great.

Caryl in TEXAS

tammy cordery said...

I live in N.J. Would love to win this great book. Sounds wonderful

Kimberly said...

I glad you are all enjoyed the interview. It's cool to see people here from all over the country. :)

sm said...

I love B&Bs and love Seattle, Puget Sound area. We are visiting there in June again. Love to read your book. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Angela in Ky would love to win.

Deanna Stevens said...

Hello Kimberly! I enjoyed reading about you on the post today.. I'd love to read your book :)
dk stevens from Nebr...

Connie said...

Thanks for this introduction to Kimberly and for the chance to win her book. I live in Kentucky and have never visited the Puget Sound.

Rachel Dodson said...

I haven't read the book yet but I would love to.

Anonymous said...

The cover of the book is so warm and inviting. I would love to read Zoe and Nicks story. The setting sounds wonderful!
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann In NY

Mary Preston said...

Such a pretty cover. I'm looking forward to a wonderful read.

Mary P


Loraine Nunley said...

Kim is a new author to me. This book sounds like a neat read. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Unknown said...

This sounds like a great read! Love the cover..
rita dot navarre at yahoo dot com

Rita from Wisconsin

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome contest!!
Conway, SC.

Mama Cat said...

This sounds like a great book - thank you for the opportunity to win! And Lena, blessings for complete healing and peace! Jeanie in Phoenix AZ

Kimberly said...

Hi, Deanna! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I hope if you don't win you'll pick up a copy. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can borrow it for free. :)

Anonymous said...

Lena, it's wonderful to see you back online again. I have been praying for you to feel better.
This is a new to me author. This cover is so pretty and the book sounds terrific. I would enjoy reading it in my Fort Loudon, PA home.

Library Lady said...

Sign me up! Not only to win Kimberly's book but also for a tour of that house!
Janet E.

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Kimberly said...

Hi, Library Lady, The house and location are fictional, but I think you'd get a nice mental tour of the Bed and Breakfast from reading the book.:)

I was very specific with my instructions for the cover designer and she delivered exactly what I asked for. :)

apple blossom said...

beautiful cover. It looks peaceful.

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Dawn said...

Interesting that you chose the islands of WA state for your setting. My third novel, just a WIP at this point, is set in the San Juans and in Victoria. Lots of ferry-hopping ensues :)

Kimberly said...

Hi Dawn, I love the Pacific NW setting especially WA state. All but one of my books have been set there. It's interesting that you are looking at setting your wip in the San Juans, that was where I had first thought to set this series, but later changed it to be at the opposite end of the state.

Merry said...

I would love an island B&B getaway, please add me for Island Refuge.
Merry in MN