So, Kimberly, tell us a bit about yourself.Well, I’m a blonde, and I have a blonde dog and the strongest kid in the world whose nickname is bam-bam. I write all day and play piano when I need a break. LOL This description was just given to me by “bam-bam” my seventeen-year-old son. :) Okay in all seriousness now. I live in the Pacific Northwest and will soon be an empty nester when my youngest heads off for college in August.
I began my writing career with Harelquin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line. I wrote a four book series for them and a stand-alone before selling my current series to Mountain Brook Ink. Sunshine makes me happy. I enjoy coffee while visiting with friends and have a serious love of chocolate. My current vice is plain M&M’s.
Congratulations on your new release! You mentioned this is a series. Can you tell us a bit about what the series includes and what your newest story is about?Thank you! I love the Wildflower B&B Romance series. The first book, Island Refuge, takes place on a fictional island off the coast of Washington State at Wildflower B&B. The second book, Island Dreams, which will release in July, continues the story of Zoe and Nick who we met in book one and we meet newcomer Piper Hunt. Piper has come to the island to develop a large portion of the land into a destination resort. Chase Grayson will do just about anything to keep her from destroying the island with a resort. Here is the back cover blurb.
Piper Hunt arrives on Wildflower Island to develop family property into an upscale resort knowing this may be her last chance to prove her worth to her father. With grandiose ideas, she soon finds herself at odds with adjoining property owner, Chase Grayson. As she begins to appreciate the simplicity of the island, she struggles to maintain balance between her father’s wishes, preserving the natural beauty of the island, and her attraction for Chase.
Chase Grayson values the peace and quiet of Wildflower Island. That serenity is threatened when Piper Hunt discloses her plans to develop an upscale resort that not only butts up to his property, but will turn the island into a busy tourist destination. In fighting her plans, he also finds himself fighting his attraction to her. If he doesn’t stop her plans for the resort, his life will be altered forever. If he succeeds, it means he will never see her again. Can he live with either choice?
Sounds like a great read! Where did you get the inspiration for your story?Island Refuge was inspired while I was researching for another book series in Washington. I had taken the train up to Leavenworth, WA and while there I visited a B&B. My brain went into overdrive and over the next several months a story grew in my mind. I ended up stopping work on my contracted series to write Island Refuge. Island Dreams was born from the first book in the series. I knew I wanted to write a series and brainstormed with my husband until we came up with an idea.
The third book, Island Christmas, will release in October. I’m super excited about that one for two reasons, the first being Rachel from book one comes back as the heroine and it’s a Christmas book. I love Christmas stories. :)