Hi everyone! It’s the day before Christmas Eve, and I was wondering how are you spending your day? Hopefully by catching up on each author during the 31 Days, 31 Authors event! There have been so many wonderful authors who have joined this event as well as each of them giving a little background to how they first started writing.
When I first read, Maybe Baby by Kim Golden, I was instantly hooked to Laney and Mads’ story. Not only was it a bit unpredictable, but it had all of the elements of finding true love. Yes, they had their problems, but what relationship doesn’t? That’s why I loved their relationship in this story as well as Maybe Tonight and Maybe Forever. That’s why I’m really excited to have Kim be apart of this event, because I’m literally a fan!
Now, here’s Kim! 🙂
Kim Golden was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1995, she left the US and moved to Sweden for love with a capital L with her gorgeous Swede. She writes stories for people who know that love comes in every color.
When she isn’t writing fiction, she writes copy about perfume and lipstick for a Swedish cosmetics firm. Or -since she loves to travel- you might find her enjoying good food,wine and company in places like Italy, Spain or her favorite hideaways in Copenhagen and southern Sweden.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
When I’m not writing, I love reading, travelling, taking walks, doing yoga. But most of all, I love enjoying good food and wine. I am such a foodie. 🙂 Give me a bowl of mushroom and black truffle risotto or a slice of Sacher torte and I am in seventh heaven.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I think I always wanted to be an author. I’ve loved writing since I was a child. I used to write stories and send them to my grandmother, who lived in Virginia. And since I also loved reading, writing my own books was a natural step. I studied creative writing in school and had a few short stories published. In 2012, I began self-publishing and I haven’t stopped since. 🙂
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
I was excited. It didn’t matter that I was publishing it myself, I was excited that I’d achieved my goal. I still get that sense of excitement every time I publish something.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I would love to be writing full-time, maybe living in a farmhouse here in Sweden or in Italy. And I’ll have published 6-7 novels and a few novellas.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
If you’re going to be an author, you have to be willing to make sacrifices–sacrifice sleep to get your writing time, sacrifice social life sometimes to give more time to your writing…You need to get those writing hours in. And it’s not easy. If you want something easy, then writing is not the thing to do. And a lot of people think there are short cuts–but there aren’t any. You need to give it your everything.
Here’s an excerpt from Maybe Tomorrow:
“Well, it’s just us here…but it’s not a scary film so we should be okay.”
Once the film started, she was so lost in it, I think she forgot I was even there. I couldn’t blame her. The story of a war photographer whose family can no longer accept the danger of her work, and the emotional maelstrom it sets off when she puts one of her children at risk, was so compelling that I was too caught up in it to remember to even eat my popcorn.
Halfway through the film, Eddy shifted in her seat and nestled into me so that her head rested on my shoulder. On the screen, a love scene unfolded between Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as they grappled with their issues and the weight of their love for one another. And it hit me–soon Eddy would leave. She’d already made it clear she was returning to New York once Laney and Mads were back from their honeymoon. These weeks in Copenhagen were only a brief respite until she could have access to her apartment in New York. I wanted to convince her to stay despite how fleeting whatever we had was. I was no different from the husband on screen, trying to persuade his wanderlust wife to stay. The only difference was there was nothing to hold Eddy here. And I knew that the only thing we had were these days together. Whatever was going on between us–was it a fling? Were we simply friends?
When she sighed, I turned my head just enough to capture her lips with mine. I cupped her cheek with my palm and held her there. Even in the dark cinema I could see her shining eyes, the questioning they held…but then her hand crept up to mine and her fingers slid into the space mine left and it felt like in that moment we made a promise to one another.
Win Kim’s Maybe Tomorrow, as well as ebooks from each featured author in the 31 Days, 31 Authors giveaway! To enter, please click on the Rafflecopter link.
Not only can you win Maybe Tomorrow through the event’s giveaway, but Kim is also giving away two ebook copies to two winners! To enter in this giveaway, simply give your favorite color under the comments section below. Two winners will be randomly chosen. Good luck!
Title: Maybe Forever
Author: Keyanna Butler
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 19
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When Harper got pregnant at fourteen, her family abandoned her to be a single mother with no support system. She survived the only way she knew how—hard work and determination. Now she is a nurse in her early thirties, and her son Jamie is ready to embark on high school. Harper can finally say they’ve made it. She can’t take all the credit, though.
Dakota Daughtry isn’t family, but when he signed on to be a Big Brother to Jamie, he finally felt at home…
Joining the Big Brother community program was only meant to boost Dakota’s resume while working on his GED. Once he met Jamie and his mother Harper, he finally found a place where he belonged. Years later, Jamie is graduating the program, and his obligation to hang around is over, but he can’t make himself leave. Jamie is more like a son than a little brother now, and Harper…well, he’s been trying to deny his feelings for her all along.
Jamie is thrilled about the blossoming relationship between his mother and Dakota. His birth father Aiden, not so much…
Aiden doesn’t want Harper—he’s too focused on his career for that—but he doesn’t want Dakota to have her either, and he’s willing to play dirty to ruin Harper and Dakota’s chances at becoming a real family. But things get complicated when Aiden starts to develop actual feelings for Harper’s best friend, and a secret is revealed about Dakota’s past that could change everything…
Harper must choose…family or love? Or can she finally have both?
Harper walks into her house smiling from ear to ear. She drops her car keys on the table by the door and walks into the living room. She sees no sign of Jamie or Dakota, so she walks straight to the kitchen.
“You can’t be serious, D. Come on,” Jamie says, his face contorted.
“I’m dead serious.”
“If you could be in any action movie it would be The Fast and the Furious?” The two are seated at the kitchen table, a tub of vanilla ice cream between them as they argue. Harper leans up against the archway, watching them while they are completely unaware of her presence. Dakota nods enthusiastically as he sticks a spoonful of vanilla ice cream into his mouth.
“Yes, and I don’t like your judgy little tone. Hot cars, hot races, hot chicks? Enough said.”
“Whatever, man. I would be Bruce Willis any day.”
“Bruce Willis? B. Willis? He has one facial expression and he talks in that same monotone voice like he’s constipated.”
“Oh and Vin is sooo much better? He’s incapable of wearing anything other than the tightest white or black t-shirt in the entire world and come on, you’re not fooling anyone with your racial ambiguity. Trying to be all mysterious.” Dakota almost chokes on his ice cream as he snorts, laughing at Jamie. Jamie starts laughing too. Harper can’t help but laugh too, blowing her cover.
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About the Author
Keyanna is a simple girl living in mostly fantasy worlds. She’s been writing since she was 13 years old, jotting down full length stories on construction paper and reading them to her childhood friends for entertainment. She’s a self-proclaimed dork extraordinaire and a library card carrying book nerd taking mental residence in the Wizarding World, coffee in an IV, collecting movie stubs like memories, and constantly contemplating what life would be like if she were one of the Avengers. Her hobbies include TV, sushi, Facebook, and incorporating movie quotes into everyday conversation.
Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/keyanna-butler/