Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ Renovation by Kim Loraine

Please welcome Kim Loraine author of Renovation.

Kim Loraine will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Renovation

by Kim Loraine

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I think reading The Joy Luck Club when I was in the 7th grade really inspired me. I must have read that book a hundred times.
2. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I love stories that make you feel like you could be a participant in the lives of the characters. When I was writing Renovation, I wanted a heroine we could all know in our every day lives—someone we could all be friends with. Valerie is that person. She’s normal, not without her flaws and scars.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Because this book is about a small town and the hero is a firefighter, I did a lot of one-on-one research courtesy of my uncle who is a veteran firefighter. He was an invaluable resource. His thirty years of experience covered pretty much every aspect of life in the firehouse, bad calls, PTSD, and the dangerous situation they put themselves in.
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I’m a recent Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber convert. I resisted as long as I could, but just can’t deny that their songs are damn catchy.
4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I hope to continue writing at least two books a year. I’m in the middle of writing the fourth and final installment of The Golden Beach Series and have just finished edits on Resonance, book three of the same series.
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Hmm, that’s tough. I’m really mean to my characters. I like to make them suffer.
6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

AnnaSophia Robb has always been Valerie to me, and Colin O’Donoghue is Donovan.
7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I have a fantastic critique partner and a great team of beta readers. My critique partner offers her suggestions, tells me when I go to far or don’t take it far enough. I love her.
8. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I submitted my first book, Restoration after working on it for over a year. I was encouraged by my good friend Kristi Rose. She’d just gone through the process of publishing her first novel and was a great resource and support person. She answered my billion questions and really helped me through the painful rejections and my eventual contract offer from my publisher.
9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice: Don’t be afraid of negative feedback.

Worst advice: Accept your first contract offer without question.

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

I usually start writing one scene to get the feel of my characters. Then I outline, plot-plot-plot, change everything, and outline again.
11. 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’m a classically trained singer so the musical aspect of book three, Resonance, is something I can really relate to.
12. Do you have an all time favorite book?

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

My next project is book three of the Golden Beach Series. It is called Resonance. This book is a friends to lovers, rock star romance. The main character is Valerie’s sister, Angela. Here’s the blurb.

Fame.

It’s all Angela Peters has wanted for the last twelve years. Determined to keep their focus on their band, Panic Station, she and Garrett made a pact that they’d never sleep together. No relationships. No distractions. Now, on the brink of getting everything she wants, she wakes up in bed with her drummer the day before their big tour begins, a recipe for disaster.

 

Garrett Donalson has been in love with Angela since they were twelve-years-old. The moment she broke their pact, he thought he’d finally found his forever with her. Unfortunately, the road to success is paved with lies and deceit, leaving Garrett to fight to keep the girl he’s wanted for so long.

 

Sometimes holding on to what you have is harder than getting what you want.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I LOVE David Tennant, and my favorite actress is probably Viola Davis. She’s amazing in everything she does.
15. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

In Renovation the black moment occurs when all of Donovan’s demons come together and cause him to implode.
16. What is your favorite reality show?

I’m not a big fan of reality shows. I think the closest I get is watching Cupcake Wars.
17. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I didn’t plan to write a series originally, but Valerie wouldn’t stop talking to me! After I wrote Renovation I realized I had such a great group of characters, I couldn’t stop.
18. Anything else you might want to add?
Thanks so much for having me! Renovation is on sale for 0.99 all week!

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BLURB:

 

Valerie Peters is done with bad boys and ready to start living for herself. She’s determined to settle for nothing less than a romantic, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, nice-guy. So when a sexy firefighter with the hottest reputation in town saves her from near-drowning, there’s no doubt he’s everything she shouldn’t want.

Donovan’s looks and image have kept his nights entertaining and his ring finger empty. One-night stands serve as a short-term distraction to the flashbacks of his past he increasingly struggles to ignore. But a chance encounter with his best friend’s sister makes him realize that one night is no longer enough.

Together they discover that bad can actually be the best and forever is worth everything.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

 

Donovan Miller braced his arms on the side of the pool as he pushed himself out of the water. His limbs trembled slightly from exertion. He reached for his towel and caught sight of the swimmer a few lanes away. She was tiny. Her body moved smoothly through the water, mesmerizing him as she rotated back and forth. He could tell she was an experienced swimmer by the consistency in her strokes. As he toweled off, he admired the curves of her body. Alarm bells rang in his head when he realized she was rapidly approaching the wall and showed no sign of slowing.

 

“Hey! Hey! Watch out!” he shouted as he ran toward her lane, hoping desperately to intercept her.

 

With a dim thud, her head hit the side of the pool. He watched as her eyes rolled back and she sank under the water.

 

“Shit! Shit!”

 

Jumping into the swimmer’s lane, he pulled her to the surface, attempting to immobilize her neck as much as possible. He assessed her pulse and checked to make sure her airway wasn’t compromised.

 

“Call an ambulance,” he barked at the dumbstruck lifeguards headed in their direction.

 

She floated in his arms, eyes closed, bleeding. He took a moment to feel thankful he’d seen the effects of blood mixed with water before. Even a small amount of blood can look like a murder scene when water is added. He held her while they waited for the ambulance. He stroked her hair and checked her pulse again, disconcerted by the feeling of her soft skin under his fingers. Her eyes fluttered open, affording him a concerned glance before she winced in pain.

 

“What happened?” Her voice was thin and raspy.

 

“Shh, don’t try to move, sweetheart. You slammed into that wall pretty hard.”

 

“I . . . mmm . . . lost my count.”

 

“It’s gonna be okay.”

 

She frowned, eyebrows pulling together. “Can I get up now?”

 

“There’s an ambulance on the way. They’ll be here in a minute. We need to wait to move you. I want to get you on a spine board and in a neck brace.” He smiled and locked eyes with her. “What’s your name, sweetheart?”

 

“Valerie. Valerie Peters.” Her face pulled into an adorable frown again. “Don’t call me sweetheart. I don’t even know you.”

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Kim Loraine is the author of the “Golden Beach” series, including “Restoration” (2015) and “Renovation” (2015). She started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.

 

The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like someone you actually know, who find that life is a journey not without its challenges.

 

When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.

 

Pick up Kim’s books through amazon.com and B&N

You can follow Kim on Facebook www.facebook.com/kimlorainewriter

or Twitter @kimloraine2

 

Renovation will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour.

LINKS:

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Loraine/e/B00VSDBGWY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

http://www.amazon.com/Restoration-Golden-Beach-Novel-Loraine-ebook/dp/B00VS8X28U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457555187&sr=8-1&keywords=Kim+Loraine

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Kim Loraine will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1638

 

 

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13 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Renovation by Kim Loraine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    April 19, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    April 19, 2016

    What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?

    • kimlorainewriter
      April 19, 2016

      Great question Mai. There are always things that take away from my writing time, but promotion is really important so I think it is worthwhile. Having a presence on social media, not just an author page, but participating in reading groups and supporting other authors, as well as connecting with bloggers, are really effective ways I promote.

  3. achristay
    April 19, 2016

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

  4. Becky
    April 19, 2016

    Your books sounds great.

  5. Rita Wray
    April 19, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  6. Victoria
    April 19, 2016

    Really great interview – thanks for sharing!

  7. nikolina84
    April 19, 2016

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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