Friday, February 3, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway with @KimWoodhouse

It's always a bright day for me (Jaime) when I can feature some favorite authors! Today we have Kimberley Woodhouse joining us as she chats about two new releases coming your readerly direction!!! 

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Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?

Well, I actually had two books release in January:

The American Heiress Brides Collection from Barbour (my story is ALL THAT GLITTERS)
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IN THE SHADOW OF DENALI – from Bethany House

For this interview, I’ll focus on In the Shadow of Denali – but I’d love it if you all would go grab a copy of the other book as well!

As for the inspiration for this book—it’s actually book one in The Heart of Alaska of Series that Tracie Peterson and I are writing together for Bethany House Publishers—we both love Alaska and we wanted to bring a bit of the history alive to our readers. We chose Curry, Alaska, because of the fascination we had with this little Railroad town and the fact that it no longer exists as it once did. It’s in the middle of nowhere – very hard to get to, except via the Alaska Railroad – and yet it was indeed the heart of Alaska for many years.

 Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  
Cassidy Faith Ivanoff – our heroine. She was also the toughest character to write because she’s dedicated to a young teen in our community who was killed in a tragic accident in September of 2015. But bringing Cassidy to life in fiction to honor that beautiful girl’s memory was a joy. Cassidy Ivanoff in In the Shadow of Denali has a lot of real-life Cassidy’s personality – and I love, love, loved writing it.


Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why?

The marketing peeps at BHP did a fun Facebook promotion asking all of the authors this question and it was fun sitting down to figure it out – (but these are more movie characters rather than literary) first, I said I was like Anne – in Anne of Green Gables (I could totally see myself breaking a slate over a boy’s head). Then my husband said that I was also Giselle from Enchanted because she sang everything and was always optimistic… THEN he said I was all of that with a mix of the author (played by Emma Thompson) in Stranger Than Fiction.

All of it together is rather an odd combination… but I’m pretty odd. <smile>

  
Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way?

Tracie Peterson (for almost twenty years now has been there through it all), Colleen Coble and Donita K. Paul (were huge mentors to me in my first few years of contracts and publication), and then the incredible Karen Ball—who is now my agent extraordinaire—has been a mentor the past decade. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am without these incredible people in my life.

 We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?

I’ll be honest: My faith is everything. I believe that everything we do should be done to the very best of our ability for the glory of the Lord and my purpose statement is to point the non-believer to God and to challenge the believer in his/her walk with the Lord.

Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say?

I love weird questions. Now if only I could make this as clever on paper as it sounded in my head:
“She finally ran out of words on this earth… But now she’s got eternity with her Savior—and she’ll never run out again.”

 Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own?

My beloved Grandparents (both sides) have fascinating love stories: one set – they wrote beautiful love letters back and forth, the other set – they eloped and were married seventy years!!!

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Thank you so much for visiting today! It was a blast! And I especially love your romantic grandparents! Happy sighs!!
Kim  is giving away a copy of In the Shadow of Denali AND The American Heiress Collection!
It's a TWO BOOK GIVEAWAY Be sure to enter to win! :)
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30 comments:

  1. I have not read anything from either of the authors

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    1. That's perfectly okay - it's never too late to start! (Of course, only my twelfth book just released, Tracie has over 110 out now! Might take you a while - but we love writing together!)

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  2. Read both books Kim wrote with her daughter... loved them!

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    1. Susanne - you made my day! We've had a lot of requests for more together - so as soon as Kayla finishes her BA in English literature next May, we've got several ideas! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  3. I haven't read either author's work yet.

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    1. I just told Lisa that it is okay! We'd love for you to start now! Thanks so much!

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  4. I have not read anything by either authors. I have started Tracey's book but I do not think I have completed them as of yet.

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    1. Sonnetta, well thank you so much for coming by! I told Lisa and JJ that it's never too late to start ;)

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  5. I have read many books by Tracie Peterson but I think this would be my first by Kimberly Woodhouse. Love Tracies books..
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Virginia - isn't Tracie amazing? I love writing with her :) She's a dear friend and has been my mentor for almost two decades now. Thank you for stopping by, too!

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  6. I have been reading Tracie Peterson's books for about 10 years now and have read way too many to name them all. Obviously, I really like her books. ;)
    As for Kimberley Woodhouse... I have only read the book she wrote with Ronie Kendig: Denali Dreams. I did really enjoy it-- especially loved the characters!-- and would like to read some more of her books. :)

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    1. aerykah - I'm so thankful you came by to visit! Thank you! And super excited that you loved Denali dreams - Ronie and I had a blast with those stories. Hope you enjoy the co-writes that Tracie and I have out :)

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  7. I've not read books by either author.

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    1. Caryl - very thankful that you stopped by as well! I'm not surprised that you haven't read any of mine (I only have twelve out so far) but Tracie has more than a hundred - if you love historical - she's the queen :)
      This is our third co-write together and we love it!

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  8. I've read books by Tracie but not Kimberly. I love that the heroine of this book is based on a teen that lost her life in an accident. What a special tribute!
    I am not on twitter and don't plan to be so I kinda feel like I'm not getting my full potential. How generous to offer a two book giveaway! Would love to read and review both. Alaska is on my bucket list to visit. I love reading any book based on Alaska.

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    1. Gail - thank you for coming! This book is near and dear to me as Cassidy was very special to me and her family is very close to ours. Cassidy's story continues throughout this series as well :)
      All my fiction books, except one, take place in Alaska - so watch my page for more giveaways - I'd love to send you one!

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  9. I have never read books by either of them! I need to remedy that. :)

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    1. Susan - is it wrong for me to say, "yes, you do!" :)
      So thankful you stopped by today!

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  10. I've read MANY books by Tracie Peterson and quite enjoy them!! I'm not sure I have by Kimberly though. t

    This one looks good, thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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  11. I have read a few of Tracie Peterson's books and really enjoyed them. I have the Land of Shining Water series in my TBR pile and can't wait to start reading them. I have never heard of Kimberley Woodhouse until now when I saw In the Shadow of Denali book. I can't wait to read this book also! It sounds so interesting.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Isn't Tracie great? We have two other books together - ALL THINGS HIDDEN (1935 Matanuska Colonization - Alaska), and BEYOND THE SILENCE (1891 California), and there will be two more in this HEART OF ALASKA series! I'm so thankful you stopped by!

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  12. Would love to win this giveaway. One of my favorite genres and authors.

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  13. You know I LOVE your books! Would love to read these two as well!

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  14. I read Beyond the Silence by Kimberly Woodhouse and Tracie Peterson. It was captivating. This story had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

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    1. Cheryl - I'm so thankful for your comment! Thank you for reading!

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  15. I have read almost all of Tracie's books and love them! I have actually read some of her books multiple times. Definitely a fan of hers. I have Beyond the Silence that I'm excited to read to get to know Kimberley better! Just now to make time!!

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  16. Kimberly I would love to win your books! haven't read any books of yours! but they sound really interesting! my older sister name is Kimberly! TAMMI

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