Monday, September 30, 2013

Tour Kick-off {Meet & Greet and Giveaway}—Kiss Me in Paris by Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov

We're kicking off the The Kiss Me in Paris blog tour! Meet the authors, read about their book and collaborative writing, and enter to win a signed paperback plus swag or an Amazon gift card. Visit Kiss Me in Paris tour schedule for a list of reviews, excerpts, guest posts, and more!

Kiss Me in Paris
by Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov
Deveuax #1
Publication: June 25, 2013 by Daring Books
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

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 Deveuax series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

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Welcome, Kimberly and Dmytry! The blog tour for Kiss Me in Paris kicks off today! How are you both feeling?
We're very excited! Thank you so much for all the great work you've done in planning this. We hope everyone who received a copy of our book for review enjoyed it.

Alternating turns, describe Kiss Me in Paris in five words total. (Ladies first, of course. ;D)
KK: romantic, humorous, dramatic, heart-breaking, epic
DK: romantic, inspirational, beautiful, informative, exotic

What inspired the idea behind the book?
KK: The initial inspiration for Kiss Me in Paris came from an illustration of the Eiffel Tower with a couple in silhouettes kissing in front. I came up with the title, Kiss Me in Paris, and the idea nagged at me. I thought it would be fun to have a series, a Kiss Me series, that takes the readers on a tour of the world's most romantic cities. That's when I conceived of the Deveaux sisters—world traveling sisters who find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

I'd been wanting to explore contemporary romance after writing two urban fantasy/paranormal series (The Forbidden Trilogy and the Seduced Saga), and this seemed the perfect place to start. I'd spent a summer studying at the Sorbonne (much like Winter and Cade do—in fact their dorm experiences were loosely based on mine), and I thought it would be fun to go back to Paris for this first book.

When I told my husband, Dmytry Karpov, about the idea, he and I started brainstorming characters, story lines and plots and we wound up writing the book together, which was the most exciting part of this experience. I loved writing a romance with my own Sexy Russian Prince.

DK: I've always been interested in writing a contemporary novel in order to explore themes that most people can relate to, like following your dreams, going against your families wishes and more. When Kimberly told me about her ideas for Kiss Me in Paris, it was the perfect novel for me to explore those themes in.

What was the most challenging part of writing it?
KK: Since Kiss Me in Paris was my first contemporary novel. I couldn't just make up stuff when I wanted, it all had to be grounded in reality. This meant researching Paris, architecture, and Texas. I'd spent time in Paris studying at the Sorbonne (in the same dorms Cade and Winter live in) but I still needed a refresher course to capture the essence of Paris and their time there.

The rest wasn't nearly as challenging. I'd published multiple books already, so the logistics were already in place.

DK: I had to do a lot of research. Also, I had to come up with ways to keep the plot exciting without monsters or magic. That was a huge challenge.

Collaborative writing—can you tell us the nitty gritty details (the how, who, what, where, and when) in your experience of writing a novel together?
The journey was an intense one. It was the first contemporary romance either of us had written (since both of us come from fantasy/paranormal writing), and we wanted it to be more than just a love story. We wanted Kiss Me in Paris to be a novel that would evoke deep and varied emotion from its readers, that would make you laugh and cry and fall in love, all the while living vicariously through Cade and Winter as they learn to follow their dreams, heal from the past and open up to each other and to life.

First, we were on the same page when it came to what we wanted from this book. We rarely disagreed about the novels content. When we did, we asked for outside opinion (usually from our editor, Tracy Riva, or our awesome beta readers) and discussed the pros and cons of our different approaches. The approach with the most pros always won out, but we often found creative ways of fulfilling the intent of the other person, even if not in the exact way they'd wanted.

We also learned to comprise. Kimberly really pushed to get the novel finished, while Dmytry really pushed to keep editing. We balanced each other out, and finished a high quality product. It's never good to launch before the book is polished, but also, you have to know when to let it go and move on, otherwise you'll spend your whole life on one book. Together, we created a book that we can both be proud of, even if we did have to delay the launch a few times.

During this, we both acknowledged what the other person brought to the table, and how together we were doing something we couldn't have done on our own, at least not in the same way.

Every writer will have their own strengths, and in a co-writing situation, you need to play to those. In our case, Dmytry is the faster outliner and Kimberly is faster at prose. We also each enjoy those parts of writing more, so that's how we divided our tasks. We'd talk through the book, the characters and the story and make sure we both contributed to the big picture of what happened, then Dmytry would write detailed outlines for each chapter.

He also added a lot of dialogue, as he is very good at writing dialogue.

Kimberly would then flesh out the chapters, add prose, add more dialogue and even scenes and tweak as necessary.

We would then re-read the chapter together, changing and editing and adding and deleting, until we were both satisfied that the chapter was a 10. Once we'd done that level of editing on it, we sent it to the first round of editing, then beta readers, then editing some more. At the last, when we knew the content was exactly what we wanted, we sat together for two days straight and read through every single word of the book OUT LOUD. We then polished and perfected the prose, and sent it once again to our two editors for a final review.

It was an intense process, and there were nights we lost our patience, but it was worth it in the end. By playing to our strengths and using our team well, we created a book we're very proud of.

Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Deveuax series. How many installments do you plan on being in the series, and what will the next book be about?
There will likely be six books from each of the Deveaux sisters, and a serial novel from the cousin, Damon Deveaux. There might also be a spin-off series starring Daring Deveaux and her ghost hunting travels. The next book is a secret, but it'll be announced sometime in late October or November and will be a psychological mystery with a coming of age theme and a subtle romance. We're very excited about it. It will likely be available for pre-orders and will launch on December 1. You can also expect a more R rated serial from Damon Deveaux called 'The Naughty Live Longer' to launch sometime in November.

Besides writing, what other artistic talents do you have and share?
We're both musically inclined. Dmytry plays piano and composes and Kimberly sings. (She used to be a wedding singer!) We also both do graphic design and design almost all of our covers and marketing material.

Are you currently writing another book?
We just launched another installment of Seduced by Lies, our bestselling paranormal romance series, and are working on the next Deveaux novel!

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
KK: Learn the craft and the business. They are different beasts and equally important if you want to succeed as a published author. Never stop writing, never stop learning and never sign anything until a lawyer who knows this business has reviewed it.

DK: Keep writing. Don't get hung up on marketing your first book. Don't give up if it doesn't become a bestseller. Keep writing. Release more books. You'll make a living as an author. You'll make a living doing what you love. Keep writing.

Current Obsession:
KK: My husband. Always.
DK: Besides my wife?
Last thing you Googled:
KK: assassin techniques and ways to kill people undetected. (Research, of course!)
DK: computer prices
You’re stressed. What’s the first thing you do or reach for?
KK: I reach for Dmytry. And what we do, well, that's a bit X rated ☺
DK: What she said. ☺
KK: You write best with __GOOD SLEEP__ while __LISTENING TO MUSIC__ and in your __PAJAMAS__.
DK: You write best with __A FULL STOMACH__ while __LISTENING TO MUSIC__ and in your __PAJAMAS__.
Inspiration hits, but you're not home or near your computer. You _____.
KK: Take notes on any piece of paper or flesh nearby. If all else fails, I text my dad or mom so I have it stored somewhere.
DK: Memorize the idea or tell Kimberly for later recording.
Favorite writing resource:
KK: Scrivener. It's a software that I write all my books on.
DK: Scrivener
Guilty pleasure:
KK: Chocolate and addictive television shows.
DK: video games
Automatic buy-list author:
KK: Patti Larsen, Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Anne Bishop
DK: Patrick Rothfuss
Character you wish was real so you could meet:e fix.
KK: Sydlynn Hayle from the Hayle Coven series by Patti Larsen
DK: Gandalf from Lord of the Rings
Your favorite Stark—Eddard, Rob, Sansa, Arya, Bran, or Jon Snow?
KK: Arya
DK: Eddard or Arya

Dmytry Karpov and Kimberly Kinrade are the husband and wife writing team behind the Deveuax 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 Trilogy, and 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.

Connect with Kimberly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon
Connect with Dmytry: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

One (1) signed paperback of Kiss Me in Paris + a Sunrise & Nightfall keychain, Kiss Me in Paris magnet & signed bookmark {US only}
One (1) $15 Amazon gift card + signed postcard {INT}