This week I’m featuring authors from Harlequin/Kimani Romance™ books.
Genre: African American Romance/ Multicultural
Synopsis: ‘Tis the Season for everlasting love…
All Devon Granger wants for Christmas is a peaceful, low-key escape to his North Carolina coastal hometown far from LA. But how is the injured Hollywood action star supposed to rest with Hadley Monroe tending to his every need? His caring childhood friend has blossomed into a stunning, self-possessed woman who’s making her amorous feelings known…and lighting a fire Devon has no interest in putting out.
As the youngest in a family of overprotective brothers, Hadley has to work twice as hard to prove herself. The heiress to the Monroe real estate dynasty plans to transform Sapphire Shores, while preserving its small-town charm—a vision she shares with Devon. Until the media and Hollywood camera crews descend on the beachfront community, putting their love to the ultimate test. With suspicion and mistrust dividing them, will Hadley and Devon ring in the New Year…together?
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Kianna Alexander. She tells everyone that she writes like her life depends on it. And, frankly, she doesn’t know how to live without writing. Welcome to my blog, Kianna.
CH: This book is the first of two books about a holiday romance at Sapphire Shores. Why should we read this book?
KA: I set out to write a Christmas romance that had holiday cheer, but didn’t allow that to overpower the love story. I think readers will find this tale has a very nice balance of those elements. Plus, you’ll get introduced to the Monroe family, who will return in several more books.
CH: An injured Hollywood action star goes to his North Carolina coastal hometown to recuperate and meets his childhood friend. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?
KA: I took inspiration from the actor Michael Jai White for my hero, Devon. I just let my mind wander. Michael does a lot of really physical work on screen, and I let my imagination answer the question of what he would do, if he were prevented from doing his job.
CH: Since this is a short series, where did you get the idea for the series?
KA: I always wanted to write something set on the Crystal Coast, and I’ve been visiting there since I was a child. This series also lets me indulge my curiosity and interest in the film and television industry. I’ll be exploring various perspectives, from actors/actresses, directors, producers and crew members.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?
KA: I researched stunt work, injuries that are common to stuntmen and women, weather patterns and geography along the NC coast, and the real estate industry.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
KA: I don’t think it was too hard. Injuries in stunt work have been talked about for years. I thought back to accidents I’d heard about or seen. Check out the blooper reels to the Rush Hour films and you’ll see Jackie Chan took quite a few bruises doing his stunt work. As far as creating the backdrop of a small town, living in North Carolina is my reality every day—although I don’t live on the coast.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
KA: Hadley’s friend Belinda. I loved her straight-shooting voice of reason personality.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
KA: Probably, Hadley. Her relationship with her family is very complex, and being the youngest Monroe makes it seem like she has three fathers, at times.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
KA: That you should trust your inner voice, no matter how many naysayers there are. Both Hadley and Devon, know deep inside what they want, but they have to learn to trust their inner voice before they can pursue it.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?
KA: The feedback has been very positive, and I’m grateful for that. There’s also a good amount of excitement for Campbell’s book, which his coming in September 2018.
CH: Will the next book in this series be centered around a holiday?
KA: No. My editor asked me to set A Love Like This at Christmas, but that wasn’t my original intention. Campbell’s book takes place in the fall. It’s titled Love for All Time.
CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?
KA: Dreams, overhead conversations, films and television, but mainly from music. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a #Wildheart, aka a ‘HUGE’ fangirl for the singer Miguel. I’m listening to his music, most of the time, when I write. I also love Ro James, Trey Songz, and Mint Condition. That’s what makes up my writing playlist.
CH: Do you write in any other genres?
KA: I’ve written historical romance, erotic contemporary, paranormal, and women’s fiction/suspense.
CH: This book is a Harlequin Romance novel. Have you written for them before? Can you tell us about writing for Harlequin?
KA: This was my fifth published book with Harlequin. Writing for Harlequin/Kimani Romance means writing tightly, keeping subplots to an absolute minimum, and being flexible with edits.
CH: What is your favorite romance book? And why?
KA: Night Song by Beverly Jenkins. It’s just a fantastic book. And it was my gateway drug to romance.
CH: Where is your book sold?
KA: You can find my books at all major retailers: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. You can also find them at Walmart, Target, and other big box or chain stores, though you may have to order them online or do a little digging.
CH: How to Find Kianna Alexander:
- Kianna’s Website: http://authorkiannaalexander.com
- Kianna’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/8mrcsy
- Kianna’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/rnrcsy
- Kianna’s Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/KiannaWrites
CH: What is your next writing project?
KA: My next Kimani Romance, A San Diego Romance was released in print on yesterday, April 22, 2018.
CH: Any closing remarks?
KA: I’d like to thank my readers so much for their support! It means the world to me. Cheryl, thanks for having me on your blog.
CH: Thank you so much, Kianna Alexander, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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