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Monday, March 12, 2018

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

The Reluctant Groom is a modern day marriage of convenience, for two friends facing an uncertain future.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Kill Shot, by Susan Sleeman, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 chat with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, The Reluctant Groom (Independently Published, March 2018).

Faith Hope and Love Reader's Choice Finalist, Kimberly 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 that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

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

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

I’ve been thinking about traveling a lot lately but one thing holds me back. Although I love to be at my travel destination, the process of getting there makes me think twice about going at all. LOL I want someone to make a real transporter so I can travel without having to drive or fly to get there.

You and me both. The more I travel, the less it bothers me, but it's still not my favorite thing to do!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Reluctant Groom.

Sure. Here is the back cover blurb

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.

Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

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

Ray is an all around great human being. He cares about others before himself and it shows in his everyday life. Katie pulls at my heartstrings. She had it rough growing up and in spite of everything she has going against her she manages to keep moving forward.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

That’s a great question! I’ve actually learned a lot. A couple of things I’ve learned are that I’m a self-starter, and I’m not afraid of putting myself out there. When I first started writing I wanted to write romantic suspense. I had some questions so I went straight to the sources—the FBI and the CIA. People were shocked that I would do that.

I've done that with the NRA for historic gun information, and the California Marine Biology Institute for help with marine life for one of my settings. I was surprised by how helpful those agencies and organizations can be.

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

I am currently reading The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald. It really holds my interest, and I’m drawn into the story so much so that I think about it when my mind isn’t otherwise occupied. Every time I have a change to sit down and read it again it’s like revising old friends. It takes me a couple weeks to finish a book due to time constraints.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the second book in a contracted series with Mountain Brook Ink, that will begin releasing this June. The series is a romantic mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best place to find me is my website where I have links to all my social media.


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

If you enjoy traveling either abroad or in the US where do you recommend going and why? I have spring fever, and I like to dream about traveling.

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Amy @ Books, College, and Other Random Things said...

I've travelled in the US and enjoyed going to Nashville.


Kimberly said...

Hi Amy, What did you do while you were there? I went to Nashville for a writer's conference a couple of years ago and visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jan Hall said...

I love travelling in the US. I haven't done much travelling in the last few years. I was stationed in Germany but didn't get to travel out of the country.
I am a subscriber.

Paula said...

I used to travel, but like you I don’t necessarily like traveling but I like the destination. I would recommend where I live now: The Missouri Ozarks, it is beautiful with many lakes and caves and hiking trails. Then there is always Branson , if you like that sort of thing. We moved from St. Louis . There are lots of free museums and the zoo and science center and parks. A great place to visit.
Thanks for sharing about the book. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

Paula said...

Oh, yes, Im a subscriber, too.

Kimberly said...

Jan, Germany is one of the counties I'd like to visit someday. :)

Kimberly said...

Paula, The Missouri Ozarks sound fantastic. I enjoy hiking. :)

Anonymous said...

I’d love to take a fall train ride in Canada to see the leaves change. We don’t get much fall color in Texas. Then take a summer trip to Alaska. I agree with Paula that the traveling is not enjoyable, but the destination is.

Kimberly said...

I never thought about taking a fall train ride to Canada. That's a great idea! I looked into a cruise on the east coast that features fall foliage. But the west cost, based on pictures I've seen, is just as beautiful in the fall.

Pat said...

When my Dad was stationed in Germany I was blessed to see the Swiss Alps. Now that I'm an adult I would love to go back and see them again. Also, Southern Germany was beautiful and would love to visit again and see if it lives up to my childhood memories. I was 9-11 when we lived there. Another place I would love to visit is Rome and see the ancient Roman antiquities.

Kimberly said...

Pat, do you know if it's easy to travel in Germany if you don't know the language? I hesitate to visit a county when I can't speak or understand the language. Germany is one of the places I really want to go.

Caryl Kane said...

In May, I'm going to Israel.


Gail H. said...

My husband and I are getting ready to do some traveling around the US. We have an RV and will stop at different campsites along the way. I have some places on my bucket list: Niagra Falls, Macinaw Island, Alaska and Hawaii.

Kimberly said...

That sounds like fun, Gail. I told my husband about Macinaw Island not too long ago. I'd like to go there too. :)

Susan Johnson said...

I don't get to travel very much, but my husband and I went to Hawaii in October. I have several places I would like to visit.
Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.
susanmsj at MSN dot com

Susan Johnson said...

I forgot to say I am a subscriber.

Trish Perry said...

All of these traveling ideas make me want to travel, too! But, of course, there's the actual traveling part of it to deal with, lol. I've only been to Europe once, but I was absolutely charmed by Venice. Beautiful, historic, romantic.

MJSH said...

We either travel to FL (Disney World), Boston or DC for short weeeknd trips, or to Stowe, VT. My children love all the places for different reasons and we always have a good time, no matter how many times we’ve visited the city.

Kimberly said...

All of those places sound great!



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