Monthly Archives: November 2011

When I offered to be an influencer for Pamela’s new release Thyme for Love, I was tossing the idea around about doing author interviews. She was more than happy to do an interview here even though she’d be the first ever. Thank you, Pamela for stepping out with a newbie to the world of author interviews and welcome to Kimberly’s Musings. Read on to find out how to win a copy of Thyme For Love.

Q: To begin with, please tell us about Thyme for Love.

A:  April Love has always dreamed of being a chef. When her Aunt Kitty hears of a in-house chef position for a non-profit organization housed in a lakeshore mansion next door, April returns to Canoga Lake, Wisconsin, where she’d spent many summers growing up, to apply for the job. When she discovers her former fiancé Marc Thorne working there, she wonders if this position was really God’s intention for her. After all, Marc all but left her standing at the altar to chase his own dreams in California. It doesn’t take long to realize Marc is hiding secrets and despite returning feelings for the man, April determines she will not make the same mistake as she did eight years earlier. But when their boss is found dead and Marc is framed for his murder, April has no choice but to turn sleuth to keep Marc from being accused of a murder he didn’t commit.

Q: What made you want to write this book?

A:  I’ve always loved romance and mysteries, and decided to write a story that married the two elements together. I grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and have always been fascinated by the many 20th Century mansions that dot the lake’s shoreline. I toyed with the idea of setting the story in one of those homes, but decided to create a smaller lake and village just to the east of Lake Geneva to gain more freedom with some of the details of the story and its characters. I loved having the area located close enough to Lake Geneva that April and Marc could go there for a meal at one of the actual restaurants there. I also gave them backgrounds that involve working on Geneva Lake as many college students do during the summer months.

Q. Do you have any plans for a sequel to Thyme for Love?

A. I’m so glad you asked. Thyme for Love is part of a three-book series called “On the Road to Love.” Books 2 and 3 involve April and Marc, and both are set in Canoga Lake. In Book 2, Love Will Find a Way, April moves into an old Victorian home with plans to turn it into a restaurant and catering business. It isn’t long before a discovery made while they are renovating the home threatens to hijack plans for the grand opening. In Book three, Love’s Reward, April and Marc’s wedding plans are in full swing, until it becomes apparent there is someone who doesn’t want them to marry.

Q. When will the next book in the series be released?

A. The release date has not yet been determined. I have a book from Summerside Press due out June 2012 called Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin which happens to be my hometown *smile* and the book from Oak Tara will likely come out a space of time after that. But nothing has yet been set.

Q. How do you get your story ideas?

A. There’s an old adage to write what you know. I might add to that, to always keep your eyes and ears open for a possible story line. That first novel I wrote was sparked by something someone said to me when she showed me a picture of my great-grandfather’s grave. My Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin story grew out of wanting to know the history behind the beautiful lakeshore recreational building that has become an icon of the area. Just today a newspaper article sparked an idea I’d like to develop into a proposal.

Q. What is your daily writing routine?

A. My best writing time is morning, but I’ve had to make myself work outside the box at times when that kind of schedule doesn’t work. Since I am a morning person, I find it best to set my alarm as if I’m going to work. I get up at 5:30 and spend at least an hour in my Quiet Time with God. Then I try to walk daily for exercise before settling down in my home office to write. I recently converted unused space in my dining area into an office and that has helped tremendously with getting the sense of “going to work.” This helps me stay on task. Too many years actually working Monday through Friday probably contributes to that. On days I have an obligation away from home in the morning, I have had to force myself to be creative in the afternoon and early evening. I think as I start working on deadlines more and more that’s going to be essential.

Q. When you aren’t writing, what fills your days?

A. I volunteer at my church in the multicultural ministry, helping Japanese women learn to speak English and lead a women’s small group Bible study. I’m also chapter president of my local ACFW chapter which meets monthly. Also, I enjoy reading (surprise, surprise) and movies. Love to cook and find new ways of making things. You’ll find an adaptation of a recipe someone gave me called Chicken George at the back of Thyme for Love. I loved having April prepare it in the novel, and look forward to experimenting with more recipes for the sequels.

Pamela has graciously offered to give away a copy of Thyme For Love. If you would like a chance to win please leave a comment for Pamela. There must be at least ten entries between now and December 5th, 2011 for the drawing to take place and you must be a resident of the contiguous United States to be eligible. Void where prohibited by law. The chances of winning depend on the number of comments. Your name will only be entered once.

Next week, I’ll be interviewing Susan Sleeman about her new release The Christmas Witness. In the mean time happy reading and thanks, Pamela for taking the time to share with us about Thyme For Love.

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A Biltmore Christmas

The four novellas in A Biltmore Christmas are sure to delight anyone who enjoys a sweet romance. Each story follows orphaned sisters as they venture out on their own, away from the orphanage.

In A Carolina Christmas, Charity Bradford moves to the Biltmore estate to be a servant and meets Clay while visiting the stable. She assumes he is an employee of the estate and the two strike up a fast friendship.

In A Proper Christmas, Selma Bradford is hired to be a chambermaid at the Biltford  estate during the busy holiday season. On her first morning at work she walks into Jacob Sinclair’s bedchamber and is shocked to find he is there. He is intrigued by Selma, and you’ll just have to read it to find out the rest.:)

In A Honey of a Christmas, Peggy Bradford works in the kitchen at the Biltford estate. She is the oldest of the sisters and considers herself an old maid. One day while on a break she meets a boy who is struggling with reading. She decides to help him and is shocked to find out he is the son of the gardeners assistant, the same man she’d met along the road who assisted her when she was sent to find out what happened to the honey delivery.

In the final novella, An Accidental Christmas, Melissa Bradford wishes she’d been born a boy since she has no household skills and excels with mechanical things. After an unfortunate laundry incident, she takes a horse from the stable and races away. When she rounds a bend she is surprised by a horseless carriage which subsequently crashes.

Even though these are sweet romance stories they each had a fair amount of tension and had me rushing through to find out what would happen. Although I generally don’t  read historical novels,  I enjoyed the innocence of the heroines and the old fashioned men in A Biltmore Christmas.

Be sure to check back next week, when I post an interview with Pamela S. Meyers.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and find a little time to read.

Attracted to Fire

DiAnn Mills’ romantic suspense Attracted to Fire is a winner from start to finish.

There is a threat against the Vice President’s daughter so her security detail is doubled. Meghan Connors and Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders seek to figure out and stop the threat before it’s too late.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The suspense was top notch and the romance stronger than what I’ve come to expect from a romantic suspense. My experience lately is that romantic suspense books have intense suspense, but lack in the romance. That is not the case in Attracted to Fire. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the romance and highly recommend Attracted to Fire.

Thyme for Love

Congratulations Salena you are the winner of the drawing for Love Finds You in Martha’s Vineyard.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ll be starting author interviews at the end of the month. One of the authors I’ll be interviewing is Pamela S. Meyers the author of Thyme for Love.

Thyme for Love is a romantic mystery with just the right amount of suspense.

April Love moves back to Wisconsin to fulfill her dream of being a chef. Her Aunt set up an interview at the Rescate de Nino and April is thrilled until she sees that Marc Thorne her former fiance works there. April is determined to fulfill her dream in spite of Marc. She is offered the job on a trial basis and agrees to start the next day. However, the job isn’t exactly what she expected. Her new boss turns up dead on her first day and there are rumors spreading through the Rescate that he was murdered.

I hope you enjoyed this teaser and will check back November 29th for Pamela’s interview about Thyme for Love.