Sunday, August 4, 2013

Guest Post for Kiss Me In Paris by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov!!

Kiss Me In Paris
Authors: Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Full length novel: 87, 000 words
Tour dates: July 29 - August 11, 2013

Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Kiss Me Series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

When the city of love brings two lost souls together, only their darkest secrets can tear them apart.

Winter Deveaux tried love once. It didn't end well. Unable to open herself up to another heartbreak, she hides in her romance novels as she struggles to break out as a real author. She thinks Paris holds the answer to a new start, but when her nightmare follows her across the world, she's forced to face the darkness living like cancer inside her soul. If she doesn't, she might miss her chance to become the kind of writer she's always wanted to be. But more than that, she'll miss out on the greatest love she's ever known.

Cade Savage is heir to the largest ranching family in Texas. Part cowboy, part architect, Cade has his feet forever in two worlds. When he receives an acceptance letter from the school of his dreams, he must decide between family and destiny. But ghosts from his past still haunt him, and circumstances beyond his control may decide his fate.

When Winter and Cade meet, everything they believe about life, love and what it means to be happy is put to the test.

Will the magic of Paris pull these two lost souls together? Or will their darkest secrets tear them apart?



Writing a Romance Novel for Non Romance Readers

Romance is one of the most popular and bestselling genres today, right next to mystery and thrillers. Some people criticize romance as 'mommy-porn' or 'fluff', but there's so much more to this genre. In real life, what do most people value and seek out above all? Love, family, relationships, being with someone who understands them and can stand by them through life. This is what makes romance novels a core part of our literary experience: because everyone wants to be loved and give love to someone.

But there's more to life than just finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. There's managing family conflict and graduating from college and building a career and the everyday problems that pop up for us all. There's heartbreak and pain and demons from the past. There are big and small decisions and random life happenings. There's humor and embarrassment and trying to fit in.

We wanted our book to have all of this—to be a romance, yes, but to also be a book about life and real people.

We wanted readers to leave Kiss Me in Paris feeling like they'd just spent a summer in Paris with Cade and Winter and had rooted for them and cried with them and laughed with them.

In order to appeal to a wide audience, we decided to infuse Kiss Me in Paris with qualities that most readers enjoy. These include:

Humor (There's quite a bit of romantic comedy, some laugh out loud parts that we even laughed through while writing and editing them.)
A fun setting (Paris. Because whether you've been or not, who doesn’t want to travel to the most romantic city in the world?)
Mystery (Cade and Winter have their own secrets, but so do other characters in the book, and like life, these secrets aren't always revealed right away.)

We also wanted our characters to experience conflicts that our readers could relate to, real life issues that we all face at one point or another. These included:

Family Issues (Cade must deal with his family dysfunction and a past that's keeping him from living his future.)
Trying to achieve your dreams (who hasn't dealt with this conflict? Both Cade and Winter have big dreams, but living those dreams requires them to change and grow in real ways.)
Feeling accepted by others (most people seek acceptance in life, and our characters are no different. It's what gets Winter into so much trouble!)

By including these elements, we made Kiss Me in Paris an extremely personal novel. While reading it, you really feel what the characters are going through, because likely, you've experienced it yourself, or at the very least, know someone who has. However, in order to actually make you care, we had to make sure Winter and Cade were likable. So we made sure they had qualities that people admire. Cade and Winter are both:


Of course, Cade and Winter also have flaws that get in the way of their goals. We had to carefully balance their flaws along with their likable traits to create interesting and realistic characters. That turned out to be one of the hardest things about writing Kiss Me in Paris.

But in the end, we are both proud of the book we created together. Our "book baby" as it is. It might not be for everyone. No book is. But we feel confident that while romance readers will enjoy it, it's not just for romance readers. We've seen fans who aren't avid romance fans have life changing experiences reading this book. We can't promise that to everyone, and we were honestly shocked at how powerful some of the early reviews of Kiss Me in Paris were, but we do hope that you will find more than just a love story here. You'll find a story of life, love, family and drama. A story with humor, mystery, sadness and inspirational moments.

A story that you can relate to, whoever you are.

What do you look for in a great book? What characteristics make you fall in love with characters? We'd love to hear what you have to say, so leave a comment here and we'll pop over and respond!

If you've read Kiss Me in Paris (which is on sale right now, by the way), then let us know what you think. Did we do what we'd hoped in creating these characters and this story? What stuck with you at the end?

Pick up your copy of Kiss Me in Paris on Amazon, B&N, and wherever ebooks are sold.

Dmytry and Kimberly are the husband and wife writing team behind the KISS ME Series, Eye of Newt, Sunrise and Nightfall, Wanderlust, and The Fallen Series.

Kimberly is the award-winning, bestselling author of the New Adult paranormal romance series The Seduced Saga, the YA paranormal thriller/romance The Forbidden Trilogyand children's fantasy series The Three Lost Kids.

Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade
Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade

Dmytry writes fantasy—be it urban, dark or epic—is a musical composer, pianist, and designs books covers (exclusively for his wife's and their co-authored books).
They live with three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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