Meeting fellow authors at book conferences or online has always been one of my joys. It is always great to see what everyone is working on at any point in time. It's why writers' groups and conferences or posting this blog have always been important to me. Today, my guest is Kim Janine Ligon. She has appeared before in My Writing Corner where I featured her book, Polly's List. Now she has a new book out that sounds like a great read.
Kim has been writing stories for most of her life—some on paper and some only in her head. She tells us that she has lots of source material from growing up as the oldest child in a large family in a small town in Wisconsin. Her father was a veterinarian so there were not only lots of children around, but all manner of house pets and farm animals too. Her love of reading comes from her mother who was seldom seen sitting down without a book in her hand. After a demanding career in healthcare information technology, Kim is now getting to do all the creative things she loves which includes writing her stories to share with you. She tells us that she lives with her chief encourager and personal romantic hero, her husband of almost forever, in Alabama.
Her newest book is Landing on Her Feet. It will be published on July 3, 2023 but is in pre-order now. Let's get a blurb:
Kat Russell narrowly escaped death at Dirk Crowe’s hands six years ago. He’s out of prison. To protect her family, she must flee Philadelphia—the only home she’s ever known—with her five-year-old son, Timmy. Is Wisconsin far enough away to escape evil?
Chase Merrick, father of Timmy’s new best friend, wants to help. What is Kat hiding? Why does she insist she must face whatever it is alone?
When can Kat stop constantly looking back over her shoulder? Will secrets and shame stop her from accepting Chase’s protection? Or unite them in the face of danger to keep their sons safe?
Want to know more? Today we are going to try something new. Instead of interviewing the main characters, let's talk to Emma, who was a good friend of Kat's grandmother, Hannah and lives in Wisconsin.
Emma, how did you get your two boarders from Philadelphia?
After six months alone, I finally ran an ad in the newspaper and my late friend, Hannah Schnekker's granddaughter, Katrina Russell and her five-year-old son, Timmy, replied to the online listing. Her mother lived here until she married and moved to Philadelphia. I've known Katrina since she was a baby, but hadn't seen her in years. She used to visit every summer while her grandparents were alive.
Do you know what has frightened Katrina?
It took a long time for Katrina to confide in me. I only knew she was in danger and had to get far away. I finally learned a man who tried to kill her six years ago just got out of prison and she's afraid for her life and her son's. She left home to keep her father safe from Dirk Crowe's wrath. There's a lot more to the story but it's Katrina's to share with you. It's very personal and not mine to share.
I think it is very likely that evil, motorcycle riding creature will come. It doesn't seem like the type to easily give up. But I don't worry because God is watching over us. Katrina and Timmy are not alone. We all love them and they have extra Divine protection.
Do you think Katrina and Chase are a good match?
I had an inkling from the beginning they would hit it off, if only Katrina could forget the past and recognize Chase's affection for her.
They are both single parents of young boys who adore one another. Chase's mother, Claire, is a dear sweet friend who has hoped Chase could find a woman to love after losing his first wife. Katrina deserves to be happy and Timmy wants a good dad. Chase definitely fills that bill.
What do you hope happens in the future for you all?
I hope Dirk Crowe is captured and Katrina will share the rest of her story with Chase so they can move forward to become a family with their two wonderful sons. I'm just so glad I can be here to help Hannah's granddaughter and great grandson.
Want to know more? Here's an excerpt:
The unmistakable roar of a motorcycle echoed through the diner. Kat stopped where she stood. Her lungs wouldn’t refill. She gripped the counter to steady her trembling legs. Out the front window she saw a red- helmeted rider atop a motorcycle pull out of a space in front of the diner and drive away.
Impossible. Not here. He couldn’t know she’s gone. Not yet. Other people with red helmets ride motorcycles. Get a grip, girl! People are staring. Stop scowling. She wiped away the tear that slipped down her cheek, plastered on what she hoped was a pleasant smile, and resumed pouring coffee. She needed to make a good impression. She had to keep this job.
If you'd like to read on, you'll need to buy the book which is available for pre-order. Here are the Buy Links:
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If you'd like to know more about Kim, please follow her further adventures at www.spinningromance.com
Thank you Kim, for being my guest today. Any questions or comments for Kim?