Well, Ooo-Da- Lolly!! Ain't that a hum-dinger of a cover?!
Welcome back TLNers! Hope you're as ready as I am to see another week slip into a week-END!
If you've have a hankerin' for a Highlander must read, you've come to the right spot. One of the joys of putting together these interviews for my fellow newbies is getting to learn about new books to add to my TBR pile (and with the wonderful authors we've had- my pile is gi-norm-o!)
So, let me introduce you to an author who is definietly worthy of a spot on a TBR list. Please make welcome RITA Nominee, KIMBERLY KILLION.
Grab a frosty beverage (especailly, if you're livin' in the Stew Pot called California!) and let's get rolling!
1) If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
Oooh, good question, but a toughy. This will require me to be a little vain, but here goes...
Kimberly Killion, award-winning author of sexy medieval romance, seeks adventure and romance. But what happens when she finds what she’s looking for in the seductive arms of a hawt Highland rogue?
Laird Braw Scot is looking for a woman with an imaginative mind and taste for scandal. He finds her tucked behind her computer, hiding her passion for life inside a motherboard. Does he have the skills to seduce her away from the keyboard?
Will she give up her dreams of hitting the NY Times list and seek passion in the treacherous wilds of Scotland? Or will she resign to live comfortably in the secluded privacy of her Midwest home and never know the meaning of love?
This is what my publisher is saying about my writing:
Kimberly Killion's gorgeous, dramatic novels have the sweep and dramatic intensity of Hannah Howell's megaselling Scottish romances.
2) Using three words describe your writer's voice.
Wow, Sarah! You are really asking me to be conceited here. LOL How about…dramatic, humorous, and riveting. I’ve been compared to Diana Gabaldon: “The book does have a kind of "Outlander" air to it, but without the time travel or the need to plow through 600-800 pages.”
3) What is your favorite aspect of writing?
As the heroine, I get to fall in love. As the hero, I get to be strong, handsome, flirtatious, witty… As the villain, I get to be sadistic and twisted. And as the author, I get to play with people’s lives, make them cry, make them laugh, make them fall in love. And if I’m lucky, I might just inspire one person—the reader.
4) Describe what it feels like to be nominated for a RITA? Did a choir of angels sing when you found out you were in the running?
I was in complete denial. Kelly St. John left a message on my machine and I called her back to tell her there must have been a mistake. She laughed and assured me there was no mistake. When it actually sank in I got that feeling. You know the one you got when you were a kid and someone bigger than you picked you up and spun you around by your arms. I think I continued to spin for several days. It was an honor to be recognized and has since made me a more confident writer.
5) In the years since you started writing, in what ways have you grown as a writer? Any advice for a newbie writer?
I have grown in voice and craft and I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my critique group and my critique partners. My advice: get involved with you a critique group and toughen your hide because it is sometimes hard to take the criticism.
6) You have a beautiful website! Among the features, you have an audio read excerpt and an awesome FOR WRITERS page with tons of fantastic links. Give us the scoop, what was your divine inspiration?
Well, in my ‘other life’ I’m a professional graphic designer so I wanted my website to be the bomb-diggity. (Do people still say that?) I wanted to give the website a historical feel and that’s pretty much the gist of it. As for the writers page, after I sold I joined a whole slew of author groups and learned more than I could keep straight. I knew I would need the same information when the second book came out, so I started keeping track of all that I learned. The more seasoned authors on these groups took the time to explain ‘stuff’ to me, and I thought it was selfish not to share it all. And hence, my writers page was born.
7) What can your fans expect from KK in the future?
I have a two book series called Scots Abroad that sets Scottish characters in foreign lands.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, historical romance with paranormal elements set in Italy and Scotland.
CARIBBEAN SCOT, a historical romance set in Mexico and Scotland.
But what I’m oober excited about is a three book Time Travel series I’m working on, but I’m still ironing out the details with my agent.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I hope you all can find a spare minute to check out my second book, HIGHLAND DRAGON, from Zebra Books. I just found out a couple days ago that HIGHLAND DRAGON sold out of its first printing before its October 6 release date!
HIGHLAND DRAGON ~ Oct 2009, Zebra Books
"A tale to cherish..." ~ RT Book Reviews - 4 star review
HER ONE DESIRE ~ July 2008 - RITA nominee & Booksellers Best Award Winner
Looking for sexy Medieval romance?
BOOK TRAILER; REVIEWS; CONTEST
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Publication Date: October 2009
Price: $5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
A desire that defies all limits… and a love that was meant to be…
Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan's children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.
Calin MacLeod has kept Akira's secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share—and truths that can no longer remain hidden—could rip all of Scotland apart...
A big Thanks goes out to Kimberly for taking time out of her busy schedule to be here with us today. And HUGE Shout Out goes to all of you TLNers for your continued support! I love my job! LOL (how else am I going to get look for books without hubby hollerin' to get movin' cause the kids are rippin' books off the shelves?!)
This week's Send Off is one of my personal favs. If I'm ever caught humming a tune, it's this one! Here's Conway Twitty croonin' I'D LOVE TO LAY YOU DOWN. Such a sexy song! What woman wouldn't love to hear she's H-O-T-T no matter what?! Catch ya back next week!
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