Hey there, all you lovely readers!! A while ago we had the privilege of being part of the cover reveal for Hearts On Fire, by Kristine Raymond. Today, we get to be part of the blog tour! Read on to find out more about this incredible author and her new release, Hearts on Fire!
Happy Release Day!!!
Hearts On Fire by Kristine Raymond is LIVE!!!
Here to Stay
Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.
When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.
Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?
***MATURE CONTENT*** ***Sex; violence***
About Kristine Raymond
Pretty awesome stuff, right? Well, how about 20 fun facts about this author?
1. I don’t fly…in airplanes. I don’t fly not in airplanes, either.
2. I use a computer mouse upside down. I’ve tried to learn how to use it the way other people do…my brain is not wired that way.
3. I’m a vegetarian
3. I’ve never ridden in a convertible …with the top up or down
4. I wear socks all of the time…even in the summer. Love the aloe infused ones!
5. My socks have to match
6. The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes
7. I used to own a pig named Wilbur
8. I hate to exercise
9. I own six different exercise machines
10. I was raised near the ocean
11. I cry when I visit the ocean
12. I still read children’s books that I liked as a kid
13. I love Disney animated movies …the original ones like Bambi and Sleeping Beauty
14. I have seen a real roadrunner …I was disappointed when he didn’t say “Beep Beep”
15. I don’t wear make-up
16. I like to eat the same thing, day after day, for weeks until I become sick of it…then I won’t eat it again for a year
17. I have tablets of paper and bunches of pens all over my house. It never fails that when I need to write something down, I end up using a napkin and then promptly misplace it
18. I love to be organized
19. My office is so disorganized
20. I finally started listening to the voices in my head …and became an author.
Excellent! Now, DSP had the chance to interview Kristine as well, so let's see what she had to say!!
DSP: For starters, tell us a bit about you, we like to get to know our authors as a person!
Kristine: I’m married, 40 something but still feel like I’m 20 something. Five months ago I finally decided what I want to be when I grow up. An author, in case anyone was wondering. I’m a vegetarian, not quite a vegan but almost (I like real cheese too much to give it up completely!)
DSP: Nice to meet you! So tell us, where did you find the inspiration for your most recent book?
Kristine: Ahhh, the inspiration question. I can honestly say that I don’t know. Ideas just kind of come to me and I run with them. I never quite know where they’re going to take me.
DSP: So, do you have any kind of ritual for writing? Such as, you have to write with music on, or you can only write when you’re completely alone, etc
Kristine: For the most part I write in my computer room/office/craft room on a desktop computer. I can’t use a laptop…it drives me nuts! I have to have it quiet. I get distracted very easily…especially by the voices in my head..
DSP: Who is your favorite character in your book, and why? How about the character you had the most trouble with.
Kristine: I really liked writing Jack. Truthfully, I’m a little in love with Jack. He’s cocky, funny, tender, and sexy all rolled in to one amazing package. The rest of the characters came pretty easily to me…I don’t think that any of them gave me too much trouble.
DSP: Now, when you sit down to write a book, a paragraph, or whatever you‘re working on at the moment, do you just sit down in front of the computer, or do you need an outline of some sort? Is there any other prep you need in order to organize your thoughts either before you write or in the process of writing?
Kristine: I have a rough idea in my head as to what the story is going to be about. The only thing that I have to write down is dates. I’m terrible at math and I can easily get my years mixed up.
DSP: Do you foresee any more books to continue this story? If so, do you think we can get a taste of what’s to come?
Kristine: I’m planning eight books total for this series. Each one will focus around the life of one of the characters who has already been introduced (and a couple of new ones, too) Book three is about Boots and book four will be about Ben.
DSP: Other than this most recent story, do you have any ideas for different books that might be published in the future? Care to give us a teaser?
Kristine: I do have a couple of ideas for stand-alone contemporaries. Let’s just say that they might not always have a happy ending.
DSP: What has been the biggest high since becoming a published author?
Kristine: Holding the print copy of my first book in my hands was a pretty big high. Seeing my first sale and finding out that I have fans were a very close second (and third).
DSP: Have you named the computer you use for writing?
Kristine: No, I’m not that far gone yet…give me time!
DSP: From the first word to the moment it became available for purchase, how long did it take you to write and publish this most recent novel?
Kristine: It took me 24 days to write, edit, and send the book for formatting. I didn’t publish it until several weeks later.
DSP: Are you planning to bring sexy back?
Kristine: Not anytime soon!
DSP: If you could be any cartoon character for 24 hours, who would you pick and why?
Kristine: Depending on the day…Yosemite Sam or The Road Runner. Yosemite Sam because there are days when I’d like to ‘git that idjit’ and The Road Runner because some days I really wish that I could move that fast!
DSP: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Kristine: I don’t know but she sells seashells at the seashore.
DSP: What are your thoughts on string?
Kristine: It’s good to tie stuff with.
DSP: Boxers or briefs?
DSP: What is your favorite song?
Kristine: Depends on the moment. Right now it’s “Say Something” by A Great Big World
DSP: Do you have any tattoos? If so, how many, what are they, and where are they on your body? (PG-13)
Kristine: Not a one. And no plans for any, either.
DSP: Would the 8-year-old version of yourself kick your ass or praise you for what you’ve done with your life?
Kristine: I’d be proud of how I turned out!!
DSP: What is the last song you listened to?
Kristine: “Sweater weather” by The Neighbourhood. I like this one, too.
DSP: Imagine you’re the sole survivor of a plane crash at sea, and you awake stranded on a deserted and uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle. Nobody knows you’re there, and you have nothing but the clothes on your back. You’re all alone, and there’s terrifying sounds coming from deep within the jungle. Late that night as you’re starving, a large suitcase washes up on the shore. You open it up. What’s in the suitcase?
Kristine: Trick question…I don’t fly. And most days I’d love to end up on a deserted island! But Jason Statham is always a great answer!!!
Jason Statham is DEFINITELY a great answer! Yummy! Hehe, well, Kristine, it was a blast getting to know you, and we're so happy you let The Penguin and me be a part of your tour! Make sure you stop by later and let us know about all your successes, and we wish you nothing but the best of luck in this tour as well as with all your endeavors!