Special Feature Today: The “Kiss Me in Paris” by Dmytry Karpov and Kimberly Kinrade Guest Post and GIVEAWAY!!!
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1187 KB
Print Length: 314 pages
Publisher: Daring Books (25 Jun 2013)
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.
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.
There are songs that inspired the ideas in our book, Kiss Me in Paris, and songs that inspired us as authors while we were writing. For the purposes of this guest post, we’ve included both kinds of songs.
Kiss Me in Parisis the first book we (Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov) have co-written. We’ve worked together on other projects (Dmytry edited and did story consulting for a number of Kimberly’s books), but this was a full-on joint project, and was all the more fun because of it.
Music played an important part in this co-authorship.
While writing, we’d both blast one song continuously through our headphones, for hours on end, inspiring our work. Dmytry did the bulk of detailed outlining, crafting the story and often much of the dialogue, while Kimberly would fill out the prose, add her own dialogue and scenes and flesh things out.
After, we’d both edit each chapter, adding, changing and tweaking until we couldn’t tell who wrote what.
During this process, music inspired us and carried us forward, unlocking that creative part of our minds to let the worlds flow.
For Dmytry that song was Stubborn Love by the Lumineers. For Kimberly it was Demons by Imagine Dragons. We must have listened to those songs at least one hundred times on repeat. But we also listened to a few others, and they all influenced our work. Here are the top ten songs that inspired our novel, Kiss Me in Paris.
Stubborn Love by The Lumineers
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Gone, Gone, Goneby Philip Philips
Summertime Sadnessby Lana Del Ray
Ho Hey by the Lumineers
Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Video Games by Lana Del Ray
Ride by Lana Del Ray
Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
All of these songs are fantastic in their own way, and each added a certain energy to the work. Some reminded us of the characters in the book (Gone, Gone, Gone for our favorite cowboy, Cade, and Demons for both Winter and Cade as they faced the demons of their own past), and others represented some of the themes of the book—young love, summer love, hope. (Summertime Sadness, Stay and Stubborn Love, to name a few.)
We hope you take the time to listen to a few or all of them, and that you enjoy them and are inspired by them as much as we are.
As you read Kiss Me in Paris, we’d love to hear which songs resonate for you. We’ll respond to any comments posted here!
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Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes romance (contemporary and paranormal), fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.