Friday, 6 September 2013

Badass Marketing Kiss Me in Paris Blog Tour: Interview with Dmytry Karpov & Kimberly Kinrade

Hello, Therians!

Welcome to my stop in the Badass Marketing Kiss Me in Paris Blog Tour!
Today I am honored to have Dmytry Karpov & Kimberly Kinrade on my blog for an interview :)

There's also an amazing giveaway that you don't want to miss out on!!


Kiss Me in Paris by Karpov KinradeAbout Kiss Me in Paris

No one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn't hide anymore. He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he'd see the real me, and I couldn't let that happen. My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can't have. Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep. Oh shit. I'm falling for the cowboy. Cade. But we can't be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes. The letter he refuses to open.

* * * Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Full length novel: 87, 000 words

Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Kiss Me Series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

Kiss Me in Paris is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. Add it your Goodreads to-read shelf here!

Reviews are in for Kiss Me in Paris
5 stars "I experienced every emotion as each character felt it. Every tear, every laugh, all of the fear, anxiety, and stress, I experienced every last bit of it. And even though this is a romance, there are tears. I cried more times reading Kiss Me in Paris than I did watching Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song. Kiss Me in Paris left me hollow when I finally finished it. I feel as if a piece of me was left in the words as I read <this is where the book STEALS SOULS>. And for once, I have a book to call my favorite." ~Merumei on Amazon
5 stars "A timeless and beautiful love story that will sweep you off your feet, but it's also much more than that<We're not making this part up. These are real reviews.>" ~Amy Conley, Amazon
5 stars "Beautifully drawn characters and stunning pallets that bring you in to Paris itself. <Where else are you going to get a trip to Paris for $2.99. WHERE?>" ~Stormy, Amazon

Some favorite quotes from Kiss Me in Paris
     "One star breaks off from the others, shooting across the sky, a bright light trailing behind it, and I finally understand why people wish on dying stars. Because something always has to die for life to give birth to a new dream. "

     "Paris is pregnant with layers of history, colored with the ink of artists who dared to dream of a world only they could see."
     "It's like I'm giving birth from my mouth." <You'll understand this when you get to chapter 5. Then you'll pee your pants laughing.>
     "It's the nature of being human that, in our own blindness, we lash out and blind others."
     "I think of Winter, of her smile, her eyes, her arms wrapped around me, and I know where home is. It's wherever she is, and right now she is too far away. My heart has escaped my body and is walking Paris without me."
     "She opened herself to him, and, in that moment, she opened herself to the world. Let it hurt her. Let it burn her veins, boil her blood and scorch her heart. For where there could be pain, there could be pleasure and love. She would be cold no longer. She would melt the hearts of others, and in turn, they would melt hers. She would feel the full spectrum of emotions and cry. She would be human. And she would be happy."

Let's get to know the Karpov Kinrade team a little better :)
Thank you, both, so much for joining us today. It's a pleasure having you on my blog!!

1. Tell us a bit more about yourself.

KK: I'm a happily married (to my co-author) mom of three who loves to read, write and spend time with my family. I also have the best job in the world--making up stories!

DK: I love cats, and my favourite food is chicken. Bacon is a close second. My favourite genre to read is epic fantasy. My favourite thing in the world is spending time with Kimberly and our kids.
2.      Have you always wanted to be an author?
KK: I've always been a writer, ever since I was little. When I ran out of teeth to sell to the Tooth Fairy, I wrote short stories and poems and sold them to family and friends. I was working professionally as a journalist for a major daily Los Angeles newspaper my first year in college and have been writing ever since. But it wasn't until about two years ago that I finally started publishing fiction novels, which has always been my first calling, but took a while to get there for me.

DK: I started taking writing seriously in the seventh grade. However, I wasn't sure I'd do it professionaly for years to come. Growing up, I liked both acting and writing, but at the end of highschool, I decided that writing would provide me with a more relaxed lifestyle. Also, I was better at writing than acting, so that helped sway my decision.
3.      What genre do you love to read? Who are some of your favourite authors?
KK: I love fantasy, paranormal, thrillers (psychological), mystery, young adult and new adult, and some science fiction. My favorite authors include Patti Larsen, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, C.S. Lewis… the list is long!
DK: I read all genres but my favourite is epic fantasy. My favourite authors are Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence, and George R.R. Martin.
4.      If you could be a character from any of your books, who would you be?
KK: I'd probably be Rose from the Seduced Saga. She's got some pretty cool powers! But I also love Lucy from the Forbidden series, and she'll be in the Fallen series with some great storylines, so I might pick her. She can always tell when people are lying, is a kickass martial artist and a computer hacker. Yeah, I'd have to say Lucy!
DK: I'd be Hunter from the Forbidden series which I served as a consultant on. He has cool powers that make him very agile and an awesome high-tech sword.
5.      What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
KK: Learn the craft and learn the business. They're different animals, but you won't make it in this new world of publishing without being a student of both. And never stop learning. Also, don't give away your rights to anyone without really knowing what you're doing. In other words, don't sign anything until a lawyer who specializes in publishing contracts and has ONLY your interest at heart has looked over it and given their feedback.

DK: Keep writing. Don't get hung up on marketing your first book. Don't give up if it doesn't become a bestseller. Keep writing. Release more books. You'll make a living as an author. You'll make a living doing what you love. Keep writing.
6.      How was the idea for Kiss Me In Paris born?
KK: The initial concept was inspired by a picture I saw of a couple in silhouette kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower. From there, we created Winter and Cade and their stories.

DK: We wanted to write a book that appealed to many types of readers, and I think we succeeded.
7.      Did you put any of your own personal romance into this book?
KK: I think anytime we write romance, our own romance seeps into the pages a little. We didn't use any specific scenes from our own life, but certainly the passion, the excitement of first love, the attraction and chemistry, is all inspired by our own!

DK: Our romance definetly helped inspire a lot of the witty banter between Winter and Cade. They have great chemistry.
8.      Kiss Me In Paris is a step away from the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre, how did writing this book differ from your others?
KK: It was a unique challenge, one we weren't sure if we'd enjoy initially. (We did, though, so much!) Without paranormal abilities, shapeshifters, witches, magic or any other fantasy element, we had to rely on human emotion, relationships and the depth of human drama to tell the story. It was a wonderful experience, getting so 'real' with our characters and putting them through so much pain and pleasure as they worked out the truth about their lives. It became one of our favorite books.

DK: Trying to keep the story exciting was definetly the hardest part. But by writing a contemporary novel we were able to write something that most human beings can relate to.
9.      Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
KK: We have a few projects in the works. Kiss Me in Cairo (Autumn's story) is on the schedule and will be a mix of murder mystery and romance. But we're also working on a serial Kiss Me book called Kiss Me Forever that will feature the sexy Damon Deveaux, a cousin to the Deveaux sisters. His book will come out in volumes and give us a chance to explore a different kind of romance while we work on the full length books. We also have another Seduced by Lies volume coming out soon (part of the bestselling Seduced Saga) and I have another Three Lost Kids trilogy in the works called The Forbidden Book. So much fun!

DK: Kimberly listed all of our current projects, so all I can say is, they'll be awesome. Make sure you read them!
10.  Is there any exciting news you’d like to share with us?
KK: Mostly, we're excited about all the books coming out this year, and how much our fans are enjoying the books we already have out now! I'd say, sign up for our newsletter and/or street team and keep an eye out, because we've got a lot of fun planned for our fans this year!
DK: And make sure to check out Kiss Me in Paris. It's was our first co-written book, and we can't wait to hear what you think.

Stand the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, an autographed paperback of Kiss Me In Paris (US Only),
and an e-copy of Kiss Me In Paris
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About Karpov Kinrade

Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry KarpovKarpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of bestselling, award-winning authors Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov. Together, they write fantasy, paranormal, mystery, contemporary and romance and hook readers into new and exciting worlds that will leave you laughing your ass off, crying your heart out and falling in love. Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in the Kiss Me series, Seduced Saga, the Forbidden Trilogy and more coming soon. They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting us on your blog today! :) We had a lot of fun.

  2. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour, Roxy! It was a pleasure having you!


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