Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Birth of A Love Song for Kayla ♦ Kimberly Rose Johnson ♦ Giveaway

Once again, I’m pleased to bring you another story-behind-the story guest blog post. I love these glimpses into the making of a story, don't you?

 This time my guest is Kimberly Rose Johnson.

Oh, and there’s a giveaway, too. See details below

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The Birth of A Love Song for Kayla
by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I haven’t been a fan of Valentine’s Day since I was a young child when it was fun to decorate a shoebox for my classmates to slip cards into. As I grew older and didn’t have a special someone it became a day that reminded me I didn’t have a boyfriend. What teenage girl doesn’t want a boyfriend? J As a married woman it wasn’t any better since my husband, although very loving and kind, doesn’t have a romantic side and days like Valentine’s pass unnoticed.

All those feelings culminated on Valentine’s Day in 2014 when I was sick of seeing happy posts on Facebook about all the wonderful things my friends’ husbands were doing for them for Valentine’s Day. That day I sat down at my computer and created a character who felt exactly the same way I did about the day, but made it even harder for her. She owns a florist shop where she can’t escape her least favorite day of the year.

That was how A Love Song for Kayla came to be. In short it was me working through my own feelings through my character. Kayla is a true romantic and even though she finds Valentine’s Day to be a let down, she rejoices in the pleasure others get from it. After all, she’s in the flower business. I’m happy to say, writing Kayla’s story was cathartic for me. I no longer have such strong feelings about Valentine’s Day. Kayla’s tune also changed when she met Derek.

Title: A Love Song for Kayla
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Publisher: Sweet Rose Press
Release Date: Feb. 2, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Book one--series is untitled
Target Audience: Women ages 18-60

Here is a little bit about the story:

Ever since she was sixteen Kayla Russell has dreamed of her perfect man. She even went so far as to make a list of desired qualities. The list has proven to be a bust since no man is that perfect, at least until she meets Derek. But will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful?

When music superstar Derek Parker comes to small town Oregon to escape the paparazzi, he goes incognito as a deliveryman. He wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he realized when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived and no longer wants anything to do with him.

For all of you who don’t enjoy the take, take heart, it’s only one day. J For the rest of you, I hope you have a wonderful day with your sweetheart.

About Kimberly:

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. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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About the Giveaway:
Kimberly is offering an eBook copy of A Love Song for Kayla to one of my readers. To enter, simply leave a comment below with your contact information–your email disguised. For example: you (at) abczyz (dot) com. This is so we can contact you should you turn out to be the winner in a drawing through

Giveaway runs from today, February 16, 2017, ending at Midnight CST, on February 23, 2017. Winner will be notified via email on Friday, February 24.