What Readers are Saying About KissedI’ve been absolutely floored by the positive response I’ve gotten for Kissed. I knew I wrote a good book, but I wasn’t quite expecting all the love I’ve received. I checked yesterday and I’m up to forty reviews on amazon. All five of those stars are colored yellow. (The average is actually something like 4.75, but Amazon rounds up). I have no words to express how grateful I am to great readers who take the time to write reviews.
Here is what a few readers had to say about Kissed:
I could go on and on about how rant worthy and fandom worthy this book is but I think you get the point. This book is a sensational, swoon worthy, whirlwind that keeps you guessing till the very end. –Robin H
This book is packed full of raw emotion and beautiful language. the story is amazing; I don't know how it could get any better! –Abi
From the first page I was completely hooked to the story. I felt for Naomi, a sweet girl who was trapped in a abusive life. Despite all the injustice she suffered, she still held on to hope that things would get better. The paranormal aspect of the story was one I've never seen before, very original. There's plenty of romance and cute boys. –M.H. Soars, Author of The Prophecy of Arcadia
This is a page-turner from the beginning. Naomi's growth throughout the story draws you in, and the romance will leave you fanning yourself. Loth does a great job of creating a sympathetic heroine who, in learning to love also learns to fight for that love in a powerful way. –Karen Akins, Author of Loop
This book is so good I couldn't stop reading---I read all night to finish it, then I read it again! Such an exciting story, and I felt completely drawn to the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone. –Virginia W.
KISSED is a wild ride that takes the reader form a small town in Arkansas to the bright lights of the big city. This is a story to read over and over again. –Mandy S.
Don’t take just take their word for it. Your very own Amanda reviewed it too. Here’s her review: http://bit.ly/1y7dDyq
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About the BookNaomi is rescued from her impending nuptials by the mysterious Kai who sends her off to Vegas with a sweet kiss and a promise of only a short time apart. But there Naomi meets Puck, a boy with wine colored hair and kisses that rival Kai’s. Soon Naomi is swept into a glamorous world where kisses hold power and not is all is at it first appears. Soon she must choose, freedom but heartache or love and captivity.
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Guest BloggingI spend about half my writing time guest blogging these days. I write a lot of posts. I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m not crazy about blogging. I love reading blogs, I don’t like writing them. I’d rather write a book. When I finish a writing a post I’m usually fairly happy with it. But every once in awhile there are those posts that I adore. The ones that take me only a few minutes to write because they come so easily. They are rare. I thought I’d share a few of those with you today.
On Being Brave:I’m a chicken. My heart races at the thought of heights, snakes, and the dark. I don’t like going outside at night and I think people who go on solo adventures in the mountains are crazy. Don’t even get me started on social functions.
You know how many parties I went to in high school? One. I called my dad halfway through that and asked him to pick me up. Why? I’m shy and socially awkward. The thought of having to talk to all those people and figure out what to say brings out all my anxieties.
Books changed me though.
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The Power of Gratitude:The other day I had an interesting conversation with my husband. We were talking about the old days when were young, broke, and miserable. We always had families that we were friends with that we admired, people that seemed to have it all together. Truthfully, at times, we were green with envy. We wanted to have it all together too. How was that everything just fell into their laps. Plus, they were always so happy. I remember thinking, “why did I get the short end of the stick?”
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My favorite couples in YA lit:I read almost exclusively YA novels, but I read a wide variety of genres within that. Today I’d like to share with you my favorite couples in YA lit.
Historical Fiction: Jacky Faber and Jamie Fletcher From Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. I could never write historical fiction and I’m not crazy about it as a genre but this is one of my all time favorite series. Currently there are nine or ten books in the series and I love every single one of them. Jacky is a feisty girl who pretends to be a boy so she can work as a ships boy in the early 19th century. She’s got serious spunk and attitude and poor Jamie can’t seem to hang on to her. In spite of the fact that they often end up on opposite sides of the globe, she still loves Jamie fiercely.
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Learning new things from reading fiction:I consider myself a lifelong learner. I love learning new things. And I love books that teach me about new things or places. One of the first things I often do when I finish a book is Google the setting, a hobby a character had or something else interesting I found in the book. My favorite books are ones that not only captured me up in the story but one that taught me something I never knew before. For example, in North of Beautiful by Justina Chen her main character loves maps and learns how to geocache. I’d never heard of the concept before that book. Now, it’s a hobby that I enjoy.
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Kimberly is a wonderful author whose stories are truly captivating and completely unique, with characters that you will never want to leave behind.
This is a book that you will not want to miss out on so make sure to go out and get your copies today! and don't forget to enter our giveaway!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what made you delve into the world of writing?
I’ve always loved making up stories and as a child I often lived in my own little make believe world. I never really did much about it until I listened to a talk about being creative and sharing talents. I was touched and started writing the very next day.
Q: Can you please tell us a little about your book Kissed and what inspired you write it?
So many things. It started as a runaway daydream. Kai was actually the first character I developed. The setting was inspired by the place I lived at the time, it was such a pretty place to live. The roses came from my own love of roses and wanting to learn more about them.
Q: Can you tell us about your writing process? Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
Usually the story comes first. I write a super fast short first draft while I’m getting to know my characters. Then I go back and all the details. From the first to final draft the book usually doubles. I use A LOT of beta readers.
Q: What made you want to write as story with a Cult like back ground?
More than one person commented on the fact that it would be extremely weird to have a boy sneak into your room and kiss you. Which is so true. I needed to make Naomi’s background strange enough that it wouldn’t seem weird. I wanted her to have seen enough weird things that the unusual didn’t feel so unusual. It also had to be bad. She had to want to escape. The cult actually evolved quite a bit over the course of the many drafts I wrote. Every draft it got creepier and creepier.
Q: Why did you have Naomi choose Kai in the end instead of Puck?
That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? All will be revealed in book two. Though I did offer a sneak peek to my mailing list that explains a lot of the reasoning behind it. (Hint, hint, if you want to know, go sign up for the mailing list. You get 34 pages of deleted scenes and the sneak peek. http://bit.ly/1p6Jvgr)
Q: The Roses where a wonderful and inspiring touch to the story. What made you incorporate them into the story?
I’ve always loved roses. I’ve also enjoy reading books that teach me something new. I wanted to bring that aspect to Kissed. The roses did that for me. I learned so much about them and they just fit into the story so well.
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I get a lot of ideas in the shower, but I don’t write there. I would say the strangest writing habit I have is that I do a lot of writing on the bus. We live in Egypt and I teach at an American School. We have 45 minute bus ride to and from school. That’s an hour and a half of dedicated writing time (no internet) and so I get a lot done on the bus.
Q: What books/authors have influenced your life?
What books haven’t? So many. Judy Bloom, R. L. Stine, Stephenie Meyer, Clare Dunkle, Tamora Pierce, L. A. Meyer, and I could go on and on. I’m a voracious reader and I love anything YA.
Q: What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
Nothing scheduled yet. Book two will probably be out in December, but I don’t have a firm release date yet. Otherwise, I have a contemporary and high fantasy in the works.
Q: Thank you so much for the interview, Kimberly Loth. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and where everyone can buy your book?
Thank you for having me! Here is where you can find the book: http://amzn.to/1oeQAPf