Around the Universe Book Tours – “Kiss Me in Paris” by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov

Around the Universe Book Tours – “Kiss Me in Paris” by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov

I’m thrilled to host a stop on the “Kiss Me in Paris” virtual book tour, organized by Around the Universe Book Tours

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I love Paris and want desperately to get back there sometime in the near future, so this book is right up my alley.  But before we talk about it, let me introduce you to the two (count ’em – two!) authors:

Kimberly Kinrade…

Kimberly Kinrade

…and Dmytry Karpov…

Dmytry Karpov

Dmytry and Kimberly are the husband and wife writing team behind the KISS ME Series, Eye of Newt, Sunrise and Nightfall, Wanderlust, and The Fallen Series.

Kimberly is the award-winning, bestselling author of the New Adult paranormal romance series The Seduced Saga, the YA paranormal thriller/romance The Forbidden Trilogyand children’s fantasy series The Three Lost Kids.

Dmytry writes fantasy—be it urban, dark or epic—is a musical composer, pianist, and designs books covers (exclusively for his wife’s and their co-authored books).

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.

You can find them at Kimberly’s website, Dmytry’s website, Facebook (Kimberly, Dmytry), Twitter (Kimberly, Dmytry), Goodreads (Kimberly, Dmytry), Amazon (Kimberly, Dmytry) and Google+.  You can also join their Street Team and help them promote this fantastic book.


As for the book itself…

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When the city of love brings two lost souls together, only their darkest secrets can tear them apart.

Winter Deveaux tried love once. It didn’t end well. Unable to open herself up to another heartbreak, she hides in her romance novels as she struggles to break out as a real author. She thinks Paris holds the answer to a new start, but when her nightmare follows her across the world, she’s forced to face the darkness living like cancer inside her soul. If she doesn’t, she might miss her chance to become the kind of writer she’s always wanted to be. But more than that, she’ll miss out on the greatest love she’s ever known.

Cade Savage is heir to the largest ranching family in Texas. Part cowboy, part architect, Cade has his feet forever in two worlds. When he receives an acceptance letter from the school of his dreams, he must decide between family and destiny. But ghosts from his past still haunt him, and circumstances beyond his control may decide his fate.

When Winter and Cade meet, everything they believe about life, love and what it means to be happy is put to the test.

Will the magic of Paris pull these two lost souls together? Or will their darkest secrets tear them apart?


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.


You can find the book on Amazon (Kindle and Paperback) and at Barnes & Noble


We’ve got an interview with the authors…as you read it, remember that they are husband and wife!


KK- Kimberly Kinrade

DK- Dmytry Karpov


Who is your favorite author?

KK: That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. I’ll have to list a few, because it really depends on my mood. (This is not true of my children, I love them all equally, regardless of mood.) I love Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Patti Larsen, Nichole Chase, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss and C.S. Lewis, just to start.

DK: Like Kimberly, I don’t have one favorite. However, my favorites include, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, (Kimberly and I love their books) George R.R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, and Orson Scott Card. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of Fantasy novels.

KK: George R.R. Martin is awesome too, but his series has just gotten too convoluted. I’m enjoying the HBO version of Game of Thrones, though. I rely on Dmytry to find me great books to read, especially in the fantasy genre. (He capitalizes fantasy, though I’m not sure why. He has some odd tendencies when it comes to capitalization and what he thinks are proper nouns.)

DK: Fantasy deserves to be capitalized. It is awesome.


How do you describe your writing style?

KK: I write what I like to read, and don’t write what I tend to skim as a reader. So I’m not huge on description, I like witty, snappy dialogue, and I like an engaging plot but not at the expense of character development. I want to know my characters as real people and feel they have gone through something significant and changed as a result by the end. I tend to be more of a panster with plotter tendencies. Lol What I mean by that is I love working from an outline, but don’t always enjoy the process of outlining, and I have to know my characters before I can outline.

When my husband, Dmytry Karpov, and I co-write, he is more the outliner and I do more of the prose, though by the end, it’s impossible to tell who wrote what because we’ve both worked so much on it together.

DK: I outline… a lot. Usually, I’ll have an entire novel outlined before I start working on it.

My favorite thing to write is dialogue. I absolutely love it. My least favorite thing to write is description. I hate describing mundane things like tables. Everyone already knows what a table looks like. So I try to focus my description on interesting things unique to my novel, or at least, things that are new to most people.

I love writing about characters that are intelligent and determined. Sometimes this means they end up being ruthless, and that’s fine with me. I love anti-heroes.

Plot drives my stories more than characters. It is very rare that my characters take control of my novel, as some readers call it, but it does happen.

KK: Dmytry is brilliant at writing screenplays, likely for all the reasons he’s outlined here. We both have screenplay writing experience, but I think he has a real career in it. He’s working on a few right now, including a few novel adaptations from our books. I’m really excited about it. Also, I don’t like describing tables either.


Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

KK: Kiss Me in Paris will take you on an emotional journey through the most romantic city in the world. It’s a book filled with humor, heart-breaking sorrow, romance, heat, real love and life changing journeys, not to mention Paris itself is a key character.

DK: What KK said.

KK: Well, this is a cop-out answer if ever I heard one! I should have let Dmytry go first! Lol.

DK: It’s not a cop-out. It’s called conservation of energy.

KK: Whatever. Cop-out. 😛 But I still love you.


Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

KK: There are bits of me in many of the characters. Winter and I share a love of writing and a romantic world-view, though we’ve both had our hearts broken and suffered our own tragedies. Daring Deveaux, Winter’s cousin, is living the life I might have lived if I’d continued in journalism. She’s a world-traveling writer who ultimately will find herself ghost hunting in Europe, but that’s another book. And Autumn and I have a lot in common. She’s the oldest of her siblings, loves ancient Egypt and loves uncovering the mysteries of the past.

But more than personality, a lot of the life lessons Winter and Cade learn come from my own life, my own experiences and journeys through love and heartbreak. Also, I’m living an epic romance with Dmytry Karpov, so I feel fully qualified to write about one. A few of their adventures in Paris were also based on my experiences as a student at the Sorbonne while in college.

DK: There’s quite a bit of me in Cade. Both of us work really hard for our dreams, sometimes having to go against our families’ wishes. Winter is a writer, so we have that in common.

My romance with Kimberly definitely allowed me to write the romance between Winter and Cade.

KK: Is it too risqué to say that we had to rewrite a few sex scenes that were TOO close to real life? LOL. Also, Dmytry is loyal, like Cade. Loyal and protective. (And super sexy.)

DK: You’re so sweet, Kimberly. She’s beautiful and clever like Winter.

KK: Awww. *blushes*


If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

KK: Daring Deveaux. I’d love to travel the world ghost hunting and writing about it!

DK: I wouldn’t want to switch with any of them. I love my life. However, if Kimberly is Daring Deveaux, then I’d switch with whoever she’s dating.

KK: Well, now he’s making me sound like I don’t love my life. I totally love my life, but if it was just a day, then it would be fun to try something different. And I’m glad Dmytry would be with me, whoever’s life I lived in. I wouldn’t want to go without him!

DK: If I could choose other people’s characters, I’d try something different. I’d be a Jedi, since I always reach my hand out to the TV, wishing I could use the force to change the channel.

KK: Is this also considered conservation of energy? I think you’re abusing the Jedi powers, my love.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

KK: Getting past the daily distractions of kids and messes and meal times and life to actually sit down and write. The rest is the fun part!

DK: Finishing them. Once I’ve outlined a story, I feel like I’m done. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Writing prose is the hardest part for me.

KK: That’s why he has me. J


What books have most influenced your life?

KK: C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was my favorite growing up, and made me believe in magic worlds. His work has had a huge influence on me as a writer. The Nancy Drew books I read as a child also gave me a love of uncovering the mysteries around me, and I’m looking forward to having more mystery in the second Kiss Me book, Kiss Me in Cairo. And Neil Gaiman’s short story collection, Fragile Things, reawakened a love for short stories and made him one of my favorite authors of all times.

There are also several non-fiction books that have impacted my life. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is an amazing book on writing and life, and one I think everyone should have in their library. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz contains life-affirming wisdom that I try to follow in my life.

DK: The Deltora Quest books by Emily Rodda got me into fantasy as a kid. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan fueled my passion in middle school. And George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series expanded my ideas on writing as an adult. Currently, I’m most inspired by The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

KK: Rothfuss is a genius, especially with prose. And far more character driven than most fantasy authors. It’s partly why I love his work. I’m having a hard time getting into Prince of Thorns though. I don’t mind the anti-hero, but I’m not as gung-ho about them as my husband.

DK: Usually, Kimberly and I love the same books. I think Prince of Thorns is the only book we disagree on.


If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

KK:  The Lord of the Rings. I’d add more kickass women into the storyline, because I really enjoy books that have strong female characters.

DK: I’d rewrite The Wheel of Time series. I loved the earlier books, but the pacing really slowed in the later ones. Since I love the series, I’d rewrite the last books to make them more focused.

KK: I’d read the series Dmytry wrote for The Wheel of Time, because I absolutely agree. The early books were fabulous, but they did get bogged down later in the series. Also, the more I think about it, I’d also want to see Harry Potter written with Hermione as the main character. She was the best character in the series. And I’d rewrite the last Sookie Stackhouse novel to change who she ended up with and how. But in general, I’ve never been interested in fan fic and have too many of my own ideas to rewrite anything in anyone else’s world.

DK: Yeah, Fan Fiction has never interested me either. However, I would enjoy adapting certain novels into screenplays.


Beatles or Monkees? Why?


KK: Beatles. My dad always listened to them and they remind me of childhood. He’d always grill me when an ‘oldie’ came on. “Beatles or Beach Boys?” he’d ask.

DK: Beatles. My brother used to play their songs on guitar and I’d sing.

KK: I didn’t know that. That’s so cute! I can just picture you and Andriy doing that. We need to get a guitar so we can do that together.


Who should play you in a film of your life?


KK: Kimberly Williams. People always said I looked a lot like here with my blue eyes and brown hair. And I just like her a lot.

DK: Robert Pattinson. We both have crazy hair.

KK: Oh! Does that mean I get to sleep with Edward Cullen?? Hehe

DK: The actress playing you might. But you’re off limits. If Edward Cullen got any ideas, I’d have to stake him Buffy style.

KK: That’s hot! Can I watch?


And last, but definitely not least, here’s a brief excerpt from the book, just to whet your appetite…

THE FATE OF my career—of my entire future—is in the hands of this balding man sitting in front of me. My advisor, Mr. Posthumus, fidgets with his glasses and taps his red pen against my marked up manuscript, complete with his coffee cup stains. “Winter, why did you choose to write a romance novel?” He spits out the last words like they leave a bad taste in his mouth.

I want to grab my novel from him and clutch it to my chest. Sweat and blood and tears have gone into that pile of papers he’s treating like a coaster. Instead, I paste on a smile. “I love romance novels. My kindle’s full of romance novels. They say write what you read, right?” I take a sip of water and set the bottle on the table. I should pour it on his favorite book.

“They also say write what you know.”

People love that saying. My dad said the same thing to me years ago. So I asked him for bookshelves and books on all sorts of things: geography, history, mystery. He built me bookshelves until my room had no more bare walls, and he bought me a book about a princess who sleeps for years and wakes with a kiss. “You scare me, child” he’d said. “Read a kid book once in a while.” So I did, and it was the most romantic story. And I knew what I would write.

Lacing my fingers together, I return my attention to Mr. Posthumus. “Right. That’s why I read so much.”

He sighs, and his large paunch pushes against the buttons of his tweed jacket in protest of its confinement. “When they say write what you know, they mean write what you know from personal experience.”

I frown.”They should really clarify that.”

He shrugs. “It’s pretty obvious.”

“Not really.” “What do you know about romance, Winter?”

I sit up straight, flicking imaginary dust off my faded jeans. “Everything.”

Be sure to follow the tour tomorrow as it makes its way to The Ferryman’s Wife


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