Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Lover’s Leap by Kimberly Keyes

Please welcome Kimberly Keyes author of Lover’s Leap.

Kimberly will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Lover’s Leap

by Kimberly Keyes

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

 

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I always had the desire to write. As a young girl I started novels that went nowhere…haha! I guess you could say that was my first experience with being a pantser and it didn’t work out too well.

In college I wrote poetry, lots and lots, and journaled. I still wanted to write a novel but didn’t have any idea how to go about writing one. Somehow I had the idea I should be able to sit down and miraculously churn out a novel, start to finish, and watch it unfold before my eyes.

Then I went to grad school. To graduate I went through the grueling process of writing a thesis, or mini book. Something about that—was it gaining the discipline to keep my butt-in-chair for hours and hours? Was it figuring out the main idea I wanted to get across before writing it? Or was it getting to a place (post graduation) where I never wanted to see a non-fiction book again? (I got over that part :-)) Let’s say a combination of all three spurred me to start writing my first romance novel. I never looked back.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

You know, there’s something miraculous and mysterious about where the ideas come from. I can be running (literally—jogging on a path) and suddenly a story begins to unfold in my mind. The other day I was flying from Orlando to Los Angeles and I was sitting beside a lovely woman who’d had a lifelong career of catering for musicians and events like Dancing with the stars. In a blink, I had the bones of a romance novel rattling around in my head. I saw the owner of a successful catering company having to fill in for an employee at the last minute for a high profile rock group, and she’s coming from a cocktail party. The band’s manager takes one look at her and sees groupie written all over her, and he’s had it up to here with groupies. He gives her major attitude. By the time he realizes he’s made a serious mistake, she thinks he’s a jerk. A cute jerk, but…You’ll have to find out how it ends by reading the book! But you see what I mean. That all came to me in less than five minutes. I never know when inspiration will strike, but I try to capture it when it does.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I’m a breast cancer survivor. Specifically I had inflammatory breast cancer and was a triple negative. Inflammatory accounts for less than 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed and has a pretty high mortality rate. Triple negative means the cancer I had didn’t feed on any of the main three hormones. It also means the doctors can’t give you anything to ward off a recurrence by withholding the food a particular form of cancer seeks. I’m five years out. As I understand it, inflammatory tends to come back fast and mean if it’s coming back, so the fact I’m this far out is a good indication I beat it!

 

I don’t talk about having had cancer in my bio, my website, my FB page, and never mentioned it to my editor. For a while i didn’t want to be pitied, and for a while I didn’t want the attention on me after having had so much attention,albeit in the form of love and care and nurturance, for the duration of my treatment and my recovery from treatment. Finally, part of me wants to move on from having been sick. To say, “Buzz off, cancer. You don’t define me!!”

 

But cancer changes you, and not all the changes are bad. Today, as I was running along the Pacific Coast, I had a moment. As in “Here I am! The day is beautiful, I’m healthy, I’m strong, I’m alive!” and I about started bawling with gratitude, right there during my run. Because for a while there I didn’t know if I’d live. I lost my health, my figure, my hair, and during treatment, my creativity. Yep. I Could. Not. Write.

 

But I got better, and as my strength returned, so did my need to write. I am so grateful to be alive, to be living my dream, writing love stories and snuggling my puppies and taking care of my mother who now also has cancer.

 

For those of you in this special sisterhood, I salute you and send hugs. There is life after recovery. And even if there won’t be a recovery, everyday of the present is truly a gift. (They don’t call it present for nothing.)

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Well, Candace, the heroine in my contemporary, LOVER’S LEAP, is on her way to being a multi-published, best selling romance author, so that’s an aspect I wouldn’t mind owning!

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

In my contemporary, LOVER’S LEAP, i could see Kate Hudson playing the part of Candace.

I also have an upcoming release, THE TROUBLE WITH TIGERS, a historical romance. I can see Charlie Hunman of Sons of Anarchy or Chris Hemsworth, (Marvel’s Thor) playing the hero. Mmm hmm.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I’m not in a group, but I do work with two partners. I highly recommend working with critique partners to writers at every level. The benefits are several-fold. First of all, reading and critiquing others’ works keeps you focused on your craft. The responsibility and obligation to get your partners’ works back to them so they can stay prolific keeps your butt in the chair. Reading others’ works and seeing what works and what doesn’t is also like a constant study tool for your own craft. Does this particular chapter make you want to keep turning pages? Why? Do that! Does this scene drive you nuts because there’s a room on fire and the hero is checking out the furniture? Remember that in your own pacing!

Then there’s the obvious benefit of getting another set of eyes on your work. We read and re-read our own drafts so often we can become inured to our own foibles. My critique partners have caught little things like spelling errors and name discrepancies. They’ve also noticed vital flaws—like kindly and subtly pointing out telling my readers how my heroine feels is a lot less effective than showing them. I hope my partners get as much out of my comments as I do theirs!

We’ve never met in person and we all live in separate states, but I feel very close to these ladies. We cheer for each other with every little success.

 

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

My first big step was to enter my first novel into a contest. I loved my first baby and couldn’t wait to hear how much everyone else loved it, too. Boy was I in for an eye opener! I don’t remember exactly which regional RWA chapter contest I entered, but I do know that at the end of the contest, they issued a list of all the novels in ranking order by score. The genre I entered was historical romance. There were fifty entries. My book came in fiftieth!! I distinctly remember crying on my husband’s shoulder, utterly heartbroken. But I read the judges comments and learned so much. It was a make or break moment. I saw how much I really needed to learn. Should I continue to pursue my dream, or should I give up since the learning curve was so daunting?

The answer was surprisingly easy to reach. I may not have been any good at the time, but I had found the one thing I was meant to do. When I sat down to write, it was like stepping into my perfect place. I still feel like that.

 

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I alluded to this in an earlier question, but I’d say I’m more of a hybrid. I can’t start a book unless I have at least the skeleton of the story in my mind. Then I start writing. As I write I get to know my characters. As I get to know my characters, the plot changes based on what they would do given the circumstances. Also, if I figure out my conflict is weak, or I’m writing myself into a corner, my plot changes.

As I think about it, I’d say I plot the over arching story, but I pants scene-by-scene.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I always say you can only write what you know. So my heroines tend to jog and do yoga and travel, and they like people. 🙂 They also like wine, gourmet foods, coffee and animals. But I’m lacking in certain hobbies I could really use, like baking, sewing, playing an instrument, wielding a sword.

More than occasionally a scene will call for a skill set I don’t have and that is a real challenge! Because then I have to research the subject and try to talk about it in my book as if it’s as natural as walking. All in a day’s work. 🙂

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I don’t think I have a favorite, though I have favorites. Lisa Kleypas’s AGAIN THE MAGIC, Judith McNaught’s UNTIL YOU, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s TO KISS AN ANGEL. I like everything I’ve read by these authors. I also love Jill Shalvis, Amanda Quick (one of Jayne Ann Krantz’s aliases), and J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts).

 

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I’m working on a historical series at the moment called “Hidden Treasures.” The first of the series, THE TROUBLE WITH TIGERS, is contracted with The Wild Rose Press and is in the final stages of production prior to its release.

I named the series “Hidden Treasures” because in each of the stories, the heroine (or hero) has to go into hiding for one reason or another. In TIGERS, my heroine is forced to hide in plain sight as a boy servant to evade her conniving guardian. Her future husband unwittingly leads her nemesis right to her—which catapults the two of them into a fake engagement, and that’s when the trouble really starts.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

There are really two black moments in LOVER’S LEAP. The first occurs when Candace is almost killed. Logan, my hunky hero blames himself, which brings his old demons back to haunt him in spades. And his demons drive him to hold back his heart. That leads to black moment number two, when Candace decides to test her theory that Logan loves her though he hasn’t spoken the words. When he blows it, she faces a life crisis. As in, does she stay and accept his crumbs, or does she take the pain (and her self esteem) and move on because she’s worth it. You’ll have to read LOVER’S LEAP to find out the answer. 🙂

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your site! I’ve enjoyed answering your questions, and look forward to hearing from your followers.

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BLURB:

 

After finding her fiancé in bed with another woman, Candace, a twenty-something, up-and-coming romance novelist takes off for a friend’s vacation home in Tahoe. The good news? She’ll share the place with fellow house guest, Logan, her best friend Eric’s latest lover. Except…

 

Logan, the nearly-irresistible-to-women photographer, isn’t Eric’s lover. Not now, not ever. He’s in Tahoe licking his own personal wounds, and before he’s allowed near Candace, he’s sworn off of her. No problem. Except…

 

There’s something about Candace. She’s not simply beautiful and enticingly off-limits. It’s in the way she doesn’t flirt with him. In the way she treats him like he isn’t a shallow pleasure-seeker. In the way, somehow, she brings peace to his world-weary soul.

 

Too bad she thinks he’s gay. But even if he can clear that hurdle, can he really entrust Candace’s heart to his own haphazard keeping?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

After a while she turned to gaze at Logan’s profile. One tanned forearm rested easily on the steering wheel, the other settled over the stick shift, just inches from her upper thigh. Her eyes drifted over his long, denim covered legs, stretched out in front of him in an almost leisurely sprawl. It struck her she couldn’t remember ever feeling so utterly feminine, and so totally safe, in a man’s presence. Being with Logan felt so…right.

 

The peace inside her snapped in the face of her inappropriate affection for a man she hardly knew. A man involved with one of her best friends–who also happened to be a man. She dragged her gaze away, pinching her eyes closed and fisting her hands in her lap. What in the world was wrong with her?

 

“Everything all right?” Logan asked, his words piercing the silence. She shot him a look and saw his eyes flicking over her clenched hands. Did the man miss nothing?

 

She forced her hands to unfurl. “Just thinking.” Over thinking. So she enjoyed his company. That was no crime. Besides, it was already Wednesday and he’d be leaving some time this weekend. How much trouble could she possibly get herself into?

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Kimberly Keyes knew before she was old enough to drive, writing was her passion. Specifically, writing romance. Once she got up the courage to start typing, she never looked back—although some of her earlier works will never get further than underneath her bed!

 

She writes single title contemporary and historical romance, Victorian era, and is most comfortable working on two books in the two different genres, simultaneously.

 

The bulk of her time she spends writing, and re-writing, plotting, and dreaming up ways to perplex the characters living inside her head.

 

She’s lucky to have the unswerving support of her family, and most especially her two faithful companions, Pappillon, a twenty pound rescue puppy from Puerto Rico, and Frank, a.k.a. “President of the Black Dog Club,” also a rescue. The two are constantly by her side offering love and encouragement, and occasionally demanding chewies.

 

LOVER’S LEAP, a contemporary romance, is her first published book. THE TROUBLE WITH TIGERS, a victorian romance will be released soon, too! Both books are published by The Wild Rose Press.

 

LINKS

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimberly-Keyes/448603045301169?tab=page_info&view

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/AuthorKeyes

 

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-Keyes/e/B0152HF95G

 

Website:

WWW.KimberlyKeyes.net

 

Blog

http://kimberlykeyesromance.blogspot.com

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14291041.Kimberly_Keyes

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Kimberly will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1416/

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21 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Lover’s Leap by Kimberly Keyes

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    December 8, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    December 8, 2015

    What are you most grateful for?

    • Kimberly Keyes
      December 8, 2015

      Hi Mai, this is a hard question, but a good one. 🙂 Most grateful…There’s so many wonderful things I am thankful for in my life. I have wonderful puppies that fill my life with love, my sister who lives a few blocks away from me, my writing, which is such a gift to my soul. Even before I got a taste of success I loved writing smooch I could not quit doing it (even if no one else would ever read it. :)) My health. What are you most grateful for?
      Thanks for the thoughtful question.
      Kimberly

  3. Kimberly Keyes
    December 8, 2015

    Christine, thanks for having me as a guest on your site. 🙂
    Kimberly Keyes

  4. achristay
    December 8, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Rita Wray
    December 8, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  6. Kim M
    December 8, 2015

    This book sounds interesting. I’m adding it to my reading list.

    • Kimberly Keyes
      December 8, 2015

      Awesome, Kim! I hope you enjoy it. Nothing I love more than people reading (& loving) my books!!
      Kimberly Keyes

  7. Betty W
    December 8, 2015

    Great review and excerpt, thank you!

    • Kimberly Keyes
      December 9, 2015

      Thank you for giving LOVER’S LEAP a try!!
      Kimberly Keyes

  8. Emilee Bond
    December 8, 2015

    Love’s Leap looks amazing!

  9. sandra
    December 10, 2015

    what inspired you to write?

  10. Kimberly Keyes
    December 10, 2015

    Probably my love of reading. I wanted to create stories that would make other people happy.
    Kimberly Keyes

  11. Ree Dee
    December 14, 2015

    I loved the interview, the blurb and the excerpt! I am excited to keep reading. Thank you.

    • Kimberly Keyes
      December 15, 2015

      Oh, thank you so much! Nothing makes me happier than to have a reader read and enjoy my work. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, too :-).
      Kimberly

  12. Kim M
    December 15, 2015

    Sounds like a very interesting story.

  13. Ree Dee
    December 18, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you for sharing!

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