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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo Designing Love Cover Final_zpslebdevgj.jpgSomeone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Home, by Ginny Yttrup, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, Designing Love (Mountain Brook Ink, April 2017).

 photo IMG_4314-2 Publicity_zpstwrci9ac.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance the warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I can’t have gluten. I know it’s not exciting, but it’s a big deal in my life and very random. ☺

Oh, I hear you, Kimberly. I try to avoid gluten, but I dearly love it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Designing Love.

 photo Designing Love Cover Final_zpslebdevgj.jpgSierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer.

She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come?

Spencer Preston, lives for his job as a police officer in Sunriver, but when he responds to a house alarm and finds Sierra and her son there everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the upholding the law and protecting the woman he believes is innocent.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Sierra cares about others and goes out of her way to help them. Spencer is a tough guy, but he has a soft side that is fun to get to know.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo kevin-kinkirk-george-stults-30444227-500-375_zpsj9gxaiil.jpgAlthough he is too tall, I think George Stults would make a great Spencer.

And here he is as a police officer!

 photo haylie-duff_zpsnphmgbk8.jpgAs for Sierra maybe Haylie Duff, although, lol, she might be too short.

In your main character’s voice, give us a statement about the subject of romance.

I have nothing against romance, but my life is devoted to raising my son. I’m not in the market for romance.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The last book I read that I would recommend is Her Baby's Protector by Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman. It’s two separate novellas in one book put out by Love Inspired Suspense. I’m a fan of both of these authors. I love to read romantic suspense and these two novellas read like full-length novels. The stories are well developed and move fast.

It is difficult to produce that full-length novel feel with a novella, as you and I both know. Those are words of praise, for sure.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the sequel to A Love Song for Kayla. An Encore for Estelle, which I hope to release in June.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website www.kimberlyrjohnson.com I also blog at inspyromance.com. Readers can follow me on Amazon as well.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is it about inspirational romance that draws you?

Thanks, Kimberly, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ginny's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Gail H. said...

First of all I love to read romance. Plus I want it clean. And I like to read when a character has a strong witness or is finding God again or for the first time.

Kimberly said...

Hi Gail H. I'm with you, I love a clean romance.

Kelly Blackwell said...

I think one of the things that draws me to inspirational romance is that the characters are often more reflective of imperfect people but in a way that can really cause the reader to see themselves or someone they know. This can actually help someone understand themselves or that person close to them. And of course I love that they don't stray away from faith. Though I am wary when faith is included in a manner that is unnatural.


Trish Perry said...

Kelly, you make a good point. It's a good feeling, as a reader, when you know the heart of the author because you've read her/his past work. Sometimes a character's faith isn't stated overtly in a book, because it would sound jammed in there--unnatural, as you say. But when you know the author's past work, it helps you understand that certain faith facets can be taken for granted.

Kimberly said...

Hi Kelly, I completely agree with you about making characters reflective of imperfect people. I can't tell you how many times someone has told me they could relate to a character. This is the kind of thing that makes me say to myself, God did this because there is no way I could have.

Linda Moffitt said...

I Love it because I think lots of people have hard times some are worse than others but everyone has stuff. I like it because then I can escape at least for awhile while reading them and read about happy non troublesome lives. Thanks for sharing on your blog. I liked you on FB and mine is iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com :)

Kimberly said...

Thanks for liking me on Facebook, Linda. Escaping into a story is a great reason to read. My sister says life has enough trouble she doesn't want to read about it to. She likes feel good books. :)



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