Thursday, April 21, 2016

Straight Chatting from the Library: Kim Loraine

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My dad always read me The Hobbit at bedtime. We never got past the first two chapters and I always made him start over so I didn’t find out what happened to Bilbo until I got older and finally read it for myself.

What is your favorite book today?

My all time favorite book is The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Emotionally damaged heroine plus broody sexy firefighter, equals passionate relationship.

E-Reader or print? and why?

Both. Print for the bathtub, e-reader at bedtime.

One book at a time or multiples?


Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Dog-ear as long as it is my book.

Favorite book you've read this year?

The Lie by Karina Halle.

When do you do most of your reading?

At bedtime.

Favorite place to read?

In the tub.

Favorite genre?

Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Favorite book to recommend?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Keep books or give them away?

Give them away unless they are truly special to me.


Valerie Peters is done with bad boys and ready to start living for herself. She’s determined to settle for nothing less than a romantic, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, nice-guy. So when a sexy firefighter with the hottest reputation in town saves her from near-drowning, there’s no doubt he’s everything she shouldn't want.

Donovan’s looks and image have kept his nights entertaining and his ring finger empty. One-night stands serve as a short-term distraction to the flashbacks of his past he increasingly struggles to ignore. But a chance encounter with his best friend’s sister makes him realize that one night is no longer enough.

Together they discover that bad can actually be the best and forever is worth everything.


Donovan Miller braced his arms on the side of the pool as he pushed himself out of the water. His limbs trembled slightly from exertion. He reached for his towel and caught sight of the swimmer a few lanes away. She was tiny. Her body moved smoothly through the water, mesmerizing him as she rotated back and forth. He could tell she was an experienced swimmer by the consistency in her strokes. As he toweled off, he admired the curves of her body. Alarm bells rang in his head when he realized she was rapidly approaching the wall and showed no sign of slowing.

"Hey! Hey! Watch out!" he shouted as he ran toward her lane, hoping desperately to intercept her.

With a dim thud, her head hit the side of the pool. He watched as her eyes rolled back and she sank under the water.

"Shit! Shit!"

Jumping into the swimmer's lane, he pulled her to the surface, attempting to immobilize her neck as much as possible. He assessed her pulse and checked to make sure her airway wasn't compromised.

"Call an ambulance," he barked at the dumbstruck lifeguards headed in their direction.

She floated in his arms, eyes closed, bleeding. He took a moment to feel thankful he'd seen the effects of blood mixed with water before. Even a small amount of blood can look like a murder scene when water is added. He held her while they waited for the ambulance. He stroked her hair and checked her pulse again, disconcerted by the feeling of her soft skin under his fingers. Her eyes fluttered open, affording him a concerned glance before she winced in pain.

"What happened?" Her voice was thin and raspy.

"Shh, don't try to move, sweetheart. You slammed into that wall pretty hard."

"I . . . mmm . . . lost my count."

"It's gonna be okay."

She frowned, eyebrows pulling together. "Can I get up now?"

"There's an ambulance on the way. They'll be here in a minute. We need to wait to move you. I want to get you on a spine board and in a neck brace." He smiled and locked eyes with her. "What's your name, sweetheart?"

"Valerie. Valerie Peters." Her face pulled into an adorable frown again. "Don't call me sweetheart. I don't even know you."


Kim Loraine is the author of the “Golden Beach” series, including “Restoration” (2015) and “Renovation” (2015). She started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.

The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like someone you actually know, who find that life is a journey not without its challenges.

When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.

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  1. Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?

    1. I typically use my computer, but there are times when I don't want to type or lug my laptop with me that I will use a notebook. I don't get in a set number of hours per day but shoot for a word count depending on where I am with the book at the moment. Right now, I'm adjusting to life with a newborn and 2 older kids so there's a lot more talking through the plot vs actual writing going on at my house :)

  2. Great interview and excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a really great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  4. How sweet that your Father was reading to you. In my house it was always the mother. I really loved this excerpt.

  5. I'm glad you loved the excerpt! I hope you enjoy the book.

    My husband is the bedtime guru at our house, and I think part of that stems from my childhood experience. I'll never forget the resonance of my dad's voice as he read in his calm, baritone. My husband knows how important that was to me. He reads to the kids and tucks them in so I can relax with a glass of wine and a book for a few moments.

  6. Happy Friday and thank you for the giveaway