Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cheating Husbands to Catastrophe - When The Heart Falls by Kimberly Lewis - Interview & Giveaway



Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. Kimberly. Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. I just love the cover of your book, (horses are my weakness) and it sounds amazing!

BK: Please tell us a little about your book....
The story is about a woman named Misty who leaves her cheating husband and moves back to her parent’s ranch to rebuild her life. During her stay there she meets hired hand Vance Kinney and begins a relationship with him. But just as Vance and Misty start seeing each other, her best friends older brother Dylan McCoy walks back into her life and Misty finds herself struggling with her feeling for both men. Strange occurrences begin to happen around the ranching community and when Misty chooses the man she loves, she finds herself involved in one horrific event after another. Now the two of them must fight the obstacles that threaten to tear them apart, and the danger that threatens their lives.   


BK: What inspired you to pen this particular novel?
I had always wanted to write a novel but I just couldn’t figure out what type of novel I wanted to write. During the whole Twilight craze I attempted to write a novel directed towards young adults dealing with the whole paranormal scene. But it was horrible and I just couldn’t get into it enough to write anymore than a few pages, lol. Then a friend of mine gave me a romance novel telling me it was amazing and I just had to read it, thus starting my love of cowboy romances. After that I knew that I wanted to write a western romance and the idea for When the Heart Falls just came to me one day out of the blue. 


BK: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I actually didn’t consider myself a writer until people started calling me one. I mean, yeah I kind of thought of myself as one once my novel was published. But it didn’t really hit home until other people started recognizing me as one.


BK: How do you keep your story flowing?
Wow, this is really kind of hard to explain. I don’t know how I do it really, I just do. When I’m really into writing I just let the story play out in my head like a movie scene and just write what I see.


BK: Do you ever run into writer's block, and if so, what do you do to get past it?
I do run into writer’s block. I actually have a novel that I started after When the Heart Falls and it’s been sitting on my laptop untouched for a year. I’m about nine chapters into it and I just have no idea where I want the story to go. So I just set it aside and started writing a new novel, which I have just recently completed. I really need to be into a story and like what I’m writing in order to continue.


BK: What is your writing process like? Do you have any quirks, or must-haves to write?
 I only write when I’m feeling creative. If I attempt to write anything when I’m not in the mood it turns out terrible, probably because I’m forcing it. But when I do feel creative and start to write it’s hard for me to stop once I get going. I normally write one chapter in a sitting, sometimes more if I have the time. I don’t necessarily have any writing quirks that I can think of. Maybe I have a few but I don’t know that I’d consider them quirks. I can’t listen to music when I write because it distracts me. I prefer to be alone because it helps me concentrate on the story. And if I’m working late I need to have coffee, lots and lots of coffee.


BK: Where do you hope your books/writing will be in the future?
I’d really love to make it on a Best Sellers list of some sort, lol. I think that would just be absolutely amazing. But as long as people are still reading my novels and liking my work than that is more than enough for me. My goal is to continuing writing novels that make people happy and give them that break from reality that we all need every once in a while. 


BK: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I’d like for readers to feel like they’ve been able to escape from their lives for a while and step into the lives of the characters. I want them to walk away from the novel having loved it so much that they wished the story never ended. Those are my favorite kinds of novels to read and I’d love to be able to have that affect on people.


BK: What is one piece of advice you received that you carry with you in your writing?
This isn’t actual advice that was given to me specifically but it’s a quote that I believe in very much. “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” – Meg Cabot 


BK: What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers?
 Always keep your chin up and believe in yourself. The writing world comes with the good and the bad, and if you let the bad stuff get to you then you’ll never succeed. Don’t let one little bad review ruin this experience for you. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and not everyone is going to like your novel. But for every one person that dislikes your work there’s always five others that loved it. Keep that in the back of your mind and you’ll do just fine.


BK: Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
 I am actually. I just finished up a new cowboy romance the other day and sent it off to my editor. I’m still playing with the title so I can’t reveal that just yet, lol. If all goes as planned I should have this new novel out sometime in July. It is the first of a series so there will be two more novels following this one.


BK: Where can readers find you?
My Blog: www.kimberlylewisnovels.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/978131.Kimberly_Lewis
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimberly-Lewis/290011734397673
Twitter: klewisnovels 
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.

Giveaways: 

Kimberly will be giving away one $15 Amazon Giftcard during her tour. You can follow her tour HERE for more chances to win.

When Misty Prescott moved back home to her parent’s ranch after catching her husband cheating on her, she couldn’t have possibly known that she’d fall for not one, but two cowboys at the same time. Nor could she have known that getting involved with both men would bring unwelcome excitement, turning her already messed up world completely upside down. As Misty’s relationship with Vance Kinney begins, she can’t help but develop an intense attraction to her best friend’s older brother, Dylan McCoy. But just as Misty makes her choice, she indirectly becomes the target of one horrific event after another. Now, Misty must fight the very obstacles that threaten to tear her apart from the man she loves, and survive the danger lurking around every corner that threatens their very lives.

Excerpt:
“Howdy, stranger,” a deep masculine voice said behind her ear.
She jumped just a little and turned to see who it was.
“Dylan! What are you doing here?” she asked excitedly.
“Heard there was a band playing here tonight, decided to come check it out. You here by yourself?” he asked, hoping that she would say yes.
“No, I came with Vance,” she said as she gestured towards the bar.
His heart sank just a little but he quickly recovered. “You think he’d mind if I asked you to dance?”
Misty was elated. All she wanted to do tonight was dance and have a good time. And she knew that Vance wasn’t going to dance with her so why should he be mad if she danced with Dylan. They were just friends so she saw no harm in it.
“Nope, I don’t think he’ll mind at all,” she said as she got up from the table and let Dylan lead her out onto the dance floor. They followed right in line with the other dancers, circling the dance floor and swaying back and forth. She couldn’t help but notice how nice Dylan looked tonight. She had been used to seeing him in his worn out tan cowboy hat, t-shirt and worn out boots. But tonight he had on a white cowboy hat, pale blue western style shirt with pearl snap buttons, Wranglers, and what looked like new brown boots. He looked even better all cleaned up than he did in his work clothes. The song ended and the couples started to depart the dance floor. The jukebox kicked back on with Tracy Bird’s “Watermelon Crawl” and dancers swarmed back onto the dance floor.
“You know this one?” Dylan asked Misty.
“It’s been a long time, but I’m sure it’ll come right back to me,” she said as she watched what the other dancers were doing.
Dylan joined right in with the other line dancers and Misty was surprised to see how good of a dancer he was. She caught up and blended in to the sea of people as the steps of the dance came back to her. She laughed and continued to dance for the next few songs, Dylan by her side the whole time. Another slow song came on and Dylan took Misty by the hand and pulled her close.
“This ok? Or do you need a break?” he asked as he looked down at her face.
“No, this is just fine,” she said, tilting her head back to look at him.
He took her right hand and molded it with his left, then placed his right hand on the lower part of her back and turned them in a small circle there on the dance floor. She leaned her head against his chest and took a deep breath. He smelled absolutely wonderful. She couldn’t explain it, but the way he held her in his arms as they danced made her feel safe. Like he would do anything for her and protect her at all costs.
Dylan leaned his head down and rested it on the top of Misty’s hair. The aroma of citrus and flowers that nestled there sent his senses spiraling into a whirlwind. He hadn’t expected to see her here of all places tonight. But when he caught sight of her, all dolled up and sitting alone at that table, he thought that someone was surely looking out for him. He loved the way she had left her long brown hair loose instead of pulled back into a ponytail like he was used to seeing. The silver sequined tank top she wore hugged her in all the right places. And Lord bless those jeans. A part of him wondered how she even got them on being as snug as they were.
He twirled them around the dance floor one last time as the song faded. When the room was quiet he stopped and Misty lifted her head to look at him. She was still wrapped in his arms and her face so close to his that she could feel his warm breath on her lips. Her heart started to race like a horse that had just been released from the starting gate. The moment was ruined when she caught sight of Vance from the corner of her eye sitting at the table with a furious look on his face. She quickly pulled back from Dylan and staggered before catching her balance. He looked at her confused and when he saw her glance towards Vance’s direction he understood.
“Thank you for the dance,” she said and gave him an apologetic look.
He watched her walk away from him and he felt an overwhelming sense of defeat. Surely she had to feel what he was feeling. Why else would she have lingered there in his arms after the song had ended?





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3 comments:

Kimberly Lewis said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today BK! It was a fun interview to do:)

MK said...

Don't include me in the giveaway, but I just wanted to say great interview and I'm looking forward to reading the book. I have it in ebook, so I have to wait until my eyes are ready to read it on my PC. :) Any plans to put it in print?

Kimberly Lewis said...

Thanks MK:) And yes I do have plans to make it available in print. I'm hoping to have it ready soon.