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And now let's revisit with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Valentine for Kayla (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, March 2015).
Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab.
She writes heartwarming 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.
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
-- I have a sweet tooth.
-- I seriously dislike Valentine’s Day, just like my character.
-- I sometimes talk in my sleep.
I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day, either. Too much pressure, year after year!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Valentine for Kayla.
What should be Kayla's favorite holiday is just another reminder that she hasn't met someone special. The beautiful florist—and hopeless romantic—has nearly given up on love, when the man of her dreams walks into her shop…to buy flowers for another woman!
Former music superstar Derek Wood poses as a local deliveryman while he cares for his ailing mother. Derek is drawn to Kayla's genuine spirit and natural beauty, but he can't hide his identity forever. The man Kayla's falling for doesn't really exist, but the feelings they share are real.
Will Derek finally give Kayla a reason to love Valentine's Day?
What is it about Derek that will make your readers care about him?
Derek is a likeable guy. He takes care of his mother, has a great voice and looks to match, plus he has a heart for the Lord, and he’s an all around nice guy.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Chris Pine because of his amazing blue eyes,
and for Kayla, Victoria Justice. She’s a little young, but I think they look enough alike. ☺
What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?
I’ve learned that I’m a workaholic and I’m capable of more than I once thought.
That's a rather nice discovery!
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
I’m currently reading The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter. I would recommend it because it’s well written, and I read half the book in one sitting—that’s saying a LOT.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on an indie project for a box set with five other writers that will release July 1st.
Where else can readers find you online?
The easiest place to connect with me is on my website. kimberlyrjohnson.com From there you can email me, sign up for my newsletter, subscribe to my blog, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Or Did a special someone every make your Valentine’s Day extra wonderful? Please tell us about it.
Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 9. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your answer to Kimberly's question, take a look at some of the wonderful Inspirational fiction releasing this month!
8 Weddings and a Miracle Romance Collection by Janet Lee Barton, Lena Nelson Dooley, Nancy J. Farrier, Pamela Griffin, Diann Hunt, Loree Lough, Tracie J. Peterson, Sandra Petit and Gail Sattler -- Weather the storms of life alongside nine modern couples who hope to make it to the altar-someday. Be it a meeting in the wrong place at the right time, an accident that opens hardened hearts, or weather that seems to blow things off course, sometimes love needs a little divine intervention. (Contemporary Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Dandelions for Dinner: A Farm Fresh Romance by Valerie Comer -- When man-hater Allison Hart gains custody of her nephew, she decides to build a house and farm school at Green Acres. Too bad contractor Brent Callahan builds a rapport with the boy. Can Brent tear down the walls around her heart or will their secrets push them apart forever? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
The Cowboy's Forever Family by Deb Kastner -- Rough rodeo cowboy Slade McKenna is determined to protect his late best friend's wife and baby, even if Laney Beckett is too stubborn to admit she needs his help. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) A Splash of Substance by Elizabeth Maddrey -- She's a caterer who doesn't vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for love or disaster? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
In Defense of Love by Pat Simmons -- While playing saxophone at an anniversary party, criminal attorney Shari Carmen grabs the attention of U.S. Marshal Garrett Nash. Only, she's learned never to mix business with pleasure. As God draws them closer together, the Almighty makes a request of Garrett, one to which it will prove difficult to say "Yes, Lord." (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)
Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg -- The only thing Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker have in common is a knack for wordsmithing, which landed them a popular "He Says/She Says" column back in college. At their ten-year class reunion, they pick up squabbling right where they left off and strike up an unlikely friendship. When Ava rents the apartment above the restaurant he's been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa, she finds herself warming up to Maple Valley as well as Seth. Which would be exciting...except he only sees her as a friend. After all the words they've swapped through the years, will they ever be able to say the three little words that matter most? (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)
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Romancing the Schoolteacher by Mary Davis -- A young teacher with a secret meets a miner with a secret. Will their deceptions destroy the love they have always longed for? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis -- Which would be worse for Johnny-being arrested for murder or marrying Sally Golding? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Hill Country Courtship by Laurie Kingery -- Maude Harkey has given up on being married, but when an orphaned baby needs her as a mother and a job is offered that will provide a home for her and her daughter, should she take it, even if her employer has no use for romance in his life? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Beast of Stratton by Renee Blare -- Architect Aimee Hart, determined to locate her father, infiltrates Miles Stratton's engineering firm as a secretary. Betrayed by his best friend, Miles would rather hide from the man's daughter than help her. But something's not right. Someone's trying to destroy Stratton Industrial from the inside. A decorated war veteran, Miles has defended his own before and the Beast of Stratton can do it again. Even with the enemy at his side. (Romantic Suspense from Inspired [Prism Book Group])
Shadowed (Heart of a Warrior) by Kariss Lynch -- Nick Carmichael is a Navy SEAL, committed to God and country when he meets Kaylan Richards. Idealistic and sheltered, Kaylan has just graduated college and is ready to save the world. Nick faces the demons of his past on a mission to catch Janus, and Kaylan comes to terms with loving a man who leaves. Will light shine in the darkness or will Kaylan and Nick's love forever be stalked by shadows? (Romantic Suspense from Realms [Charisma Media])
Persephone's Fugitive (Book #2 Cayman Islands Trilogy) by Dianna T. Benson -- Cayman Island paramedic Sara Dyer is taken hostage by an escaped murderer and forced to mend his injuries-or die trying. (Thriller/Suspense from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)
The Induction by Melinda Louise Bohannon -- Maggie comes to the frightening realization that, by marrying Peter, she has become a member of The Inner Society. She is then forced to prove her allegiance in order to get off their hit list. Meanwhile she is also being tested by The Resistance, dissidents of The I.S. who wonder if she will jeopardize their cause with her reckless rebellion. As The I.S. begins secretly giving vaccines to their own people, The Resistance becomes privy to an impending biological attack that The I.S. is about to wage against the country. (Young Adult Fiction from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)