IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME KIMBERLY LLEWLYN TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!
MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..
MBA&M: Please, tell our readers a few tidbits about Kimberly Llewellyn?
KIMBERLY: Hey there! Thanks for inviting me today. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better topic to discuss than love, romance, and the happily ever after?
I’m known as the Wedding Writer…there’s just something about writing bride books that appeals to me. But let’s face it, sometimes our dream as a bride goes bust, which is exactly what happens to Ivy Hammond in Almost a Bride. She then decides to rebuild her life in a very unusual way. I think we can all relate to that dilemma over what to do once our heart has been broken. As for me, I was lucky and found my happily ever after, as I’m living in Florida where I am fortunate to write full time.
MBA&M: What if anything made you decide to write “Almost A Bride”?
KIMBERLY: I wanted to tackle a theme that, as women, we all face from time to time. The good-girl-bad-girl dilemma and how a woman handles the expectation of being a “lady on the street but a freak in the bed” (as Usher so eloquently put it in his song, “Yeah!”) Does a woman have to be labeled as one or the other? And why? Or, can she be really be combination of both? So I took a likable character and threw her headfirst into such a situation. What a fun, sexy way to explore this dilemma.
MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “Almost A Bride”?
KIMBERLY: The biggest challenge was to be sure I fully explored Ivy Hammond and Kip Lockehart’s character, so we can relate to them right away. I wanted the reader to know these two people so well, that they wanted more than anything in the world, for them to get together. Kind of like hoping two of your closest friends will finally admit they like each other and hoping to the bottom of your heart that they’ll fall head over heels in love once and for all. Of course, I don’t make it easy for Ivy and Kip. Despite their undeniable attraction, their personal situations and past experiences become obstacles that keep them apart emotionally.
MBA&M: Who would you credit your desire to write to most?
KIMBERLY: Norman Mailer. I’m originally from New England, spending several summers down Cape Cod (aka the Cape). During college, I spent the summer working and hanging out with Norman in Provincetown, MA. His advice? You better do what you really want to do in this life. Hearing his tell-it-like-it-is advice was a pivotal moment. That fall, I returned to school, changed my major from nursing to English, and followed my true calling to be a writer.
MBA&M: What was the quirkiest writing advice you received that actually worked for you?
KIMBERLY: It may not be too quirky, but it is very freeing as a writer. When it comes to writing, there are no rules; they’re more like guidelines. My critique partners and I learned that lesson early on. While it is important to learn your craft as a writer, you also need to trust your instinct and take risks as a storyteller. Following rigid writing rules can stifle creativity and no one wants to read a stifling story!
MBA&M: Who would you say your hero is, be it person, character, or animal? Why?
KIMBERLY: Thomas Jefferson. One of the Founding Father’s of the United States. A profound thinker, philosopher, and eloquent writer, he had the bravery to uphold his high ideals. He was well read and a lover of books. Plus, he was redhead, just like me! If you visit Washington, D.C., be sure to see Jefferson’s personal library located inside the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, which has the most beautiful interior in DC, in my opinion.
MBA&M: Kimberly, can you tell our readers a few tidbits of what is on the horizon for you and your writing?
KIMBERLY: Definitely, more books are coming! My current WIP (shhh) is an emotionally compelling love story between two medical professionals. I’ve gone old school with a classic storyline. Lots of drama. Lots of angst. That’s all I can say or I’ll seriously start crying right now because I’m so worried about the people in this story!
MBA&M: Please, tell our readers where to find you and where “Almost A Bride” is available?
KIMBERLY: Almost a Bride is currently available on Kindle. It will be available in all other formats in the Spring 2012. I’ve been thrilled by the reader response to this fun, sexy story. It remained on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller List for a week. What an exciting time!
I want to thank you once again for letting me hang out with you today. If you like to laugh, by all means, follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook. I would totally love that!
ALMOST A BRIDE
Publisher:DeWolfe Press (December 18, 2011)
Product Description(FROM AMAZON)
Ivy Hammond got dumped at the altar, all because she was too much of a good girl in the bedroom. So when a research study on sex appeal needs participants, she jumps at the chance to learn what it takes to be sexy.
Kip Lockehart owes his foster brother his life. He repays the debt by agreeing to participate in a new sex appeal study. From the first sizzling assignment, Kip is immediately intrigued by the lovely Ivy, who’s innocently curious about what makes a woman sensual. Kip is more than happy to show her. But as each passionate assignment brings them closer, he fears they may break the study’s number one rule―don’t fall in love. But when he can’t stop picturing Ivy as his bride, he sets out to convince her some rules were made to be broken.
“Almost A Bride” available at amazon.com
*Giveaway sponsored by the author*
We are offering 1 e-book copy of “Almost A Bride” by Kimberly Llewlyn. Giveaway to run from today, February 3 until February 10,2012.
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