Hello fellow coffee drinkers! Can you believe a new decade is beginning already? Well, Coffee Time Romance & More is looking at some changes as well. If you are a reader, you trust us to give you honest, reliable reviews that you can believe will tell you about a book without giving too many of its secrets away. And if you are an author, knowing that we have your precious work in our hands and our written opinion out for all to see takes a lot of guts and trust. So…we have created Coffee Grounds. Like the grounds used to create the perfect brew, we as the coffee crew are the basis of Coffee Time Romance. That being said, each month we are going to get to know one of our Coffee Crew members and find out what makes him/her tick. First up is Kimberly.
Danielle: Hello Kimberly! What have you been up to lately?
Kimberly: Hello Danielle! Thank you for having me. It seems odd to be on the receiving end of an interview. Do you really want to know what I have been up to lately? I have been…hmmm…should I say it…but won’t people think I am odd…
D: It’s OK Kimberly, the people really are interested. And the quirkier and zanier you are, the better.
K: As some people know I move around to different places. Recently I jumped into the pages of Tolkien’s novel and am currently residing in The Middle Earth. The people here are just fascinating!
D: Hmmm…I can see why people might think that is odd. Where else have you been to?
K: Well before taking my trip through some pages I resided in Oklahoma. I hope to check out Montana, Idaho, or Washington. I ultimately want to see where my ancestors walked, Ireland, Scotland, and England. There is something about walking the same path as one of my great ancestors.
D: Anything else that some might consider…err…quirky?
K: Well, I consider myself to be a dark soul, not evil in anyway mind you. There is something about a dark book, music, or movie that just fascinates and pulls me in.
D: Interesting. I think I can see that about you. When you delve into a romantic book, is there a certain type of man you could just picture as your lover?
K: Yes! For me the characters that just get me going are hobbits, elves and…oh my!
D: And how long have you been stuck in the attic working for our lovely Mistress?
K: Well, I don’t like to use the word stuck in the attic because it gives the lovely Mistress a bad image, but I have been held…I mean slaving…working for CTR for about a year and a half.
D: How did Karenne come to find you?
K: Well I was checking out the Coffee Time Romance link and somehow when I hovered over the button, my mouse went crazy and sucked me in. I have been stuck…I mean…sigh, I have been working ever since.
D: And what are some of your duties?
K: It all started innocently enough. I began as a book reviewer, but suddenly I found myself wanting to please the Mistress so much that I took on the role of Contest Coordinator. There is just something about Karenne that pulls you in and has you wanting to please her every demand.
Stop! I know what you are thinking. Do I really want someone from Middle Earth reviewing my book? Well…I was only having a little fun because I just love Kimberly! And she is such a good sport. Here is her real interview.
How long have you worked for Coffee Time Romance?
I've been part of the Coffee Time family for about 1 1/2 years.
What are your duties?
Currently, I am taking a break from reviewing, but I am continuing with my Contest Coordinator duties. This entails scheduling the various authors for their contests. Then, collecting information from them, writing up their contests and monitoring them throughout the month. At the end of the month, I pick the winners, contact them and the authors, and then start the whole process over again.
What are some of your favorite books?
The Middle Earth series by J.R.R. Tolkien (Hobbits, elves, and dwarves, oh my!)
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (Hot Scottish men and lots of history)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Magick, mischief and mayhem... I love it!)
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (Vampires and weres, what more could a girl want?)
Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (Strong, independent women with powers)
The D'Artigo Sisters series by Yasmine Galenorn (Kick butt sisters with some equally kick butt friends)
The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward (the crème de la crème of the Vampire world... yummy!)
Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Nora Roberts, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephanie Laurens, Hannah Howell, Yasmine Galenorn, Lora Leigh, Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward
If you could pick one book that you have read to be turned into a movie, which book would it be and why?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because I would love to see the characters from the book come to life. I'd like to see if Hollywood's perception of Jamie, Clare and the clan would match the descriptions I see in my mind every time I read this book.
What do you love about being a book reviewer?
My favorite thing about being a book reviewer would have to be...well, the books. I have gotten the chance to read some authors who I would never have thought about reading. I've also picked up a few new genres since becoming a part of this odd little family. Gay romance and erotica were not genres I would have ever dreamed about reading, but they are actually some of my new favorites.
Which state/country do you live in?
For the time being, I reside in Oklahoma. I have lived here for almost 2 years. It is nice here and the people are amazing on so many different levels, but my ultimate destination is the Northwestern part of this country (Montana, Idaho, or Washington).
If you could travel to any location in the world (maybe even in the galaxy) which dream destination would you choose and why?
England, Ireland and Scotland. I have family roots in these areas. As odd as it sounds, I would love to be able to walk where my ancestors may once have tread. It's that deep down connection to who I am and where I have come from that really fuels the fire for me to visit these place.
Some authors write a book and you can just picture yourself in the pages. Which book would you love to be able to jump into and join in on the adventure?
Tolkien's Middle Earth. I become so absorbed in the pages of these books that I can see myself right alongside Sam and Frodo as they battle for Middle Earth. Their journey takes them to some of the most wonderful places to meet with a few of the most fascinating people and creatures.
Tell the viewers something quirky about you something that maybe we don’t even know. Quirky?
Me? Hmmm... That may take a moment or two. I am a very dark soul, not evil by any means, just dark. I love the darker side of things that I find in books, art and music. I think a lot of this comes from my husband who has always been fascinated by those things. In the last few years, I have really opened my mind and heart up to these things and have found an entire new world.
How did you end up becoming a book reviewer?
I was visiting Yasmine Galenorn's website and found a link on her site to Coffee Time Romance & More. I talked it over with my husband and submitted a test review. Karenne sent it back telling me to fix certain things and send it back. I sat on it for a couple of weeks before actually re-submitting it.
Do you have any social networks you belong to? Ex.: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc etc. I finally broke down and got a Facebook page.
I mostly talk about my uninteresting life and the canine kids, but I have fun.
Out of all the different events that Coffee Time hosts each month (CTRR, Book Brew, Tuesday Chats, etc etc) which is your favorite and why?
I love the Tuesday night Chats because I have gotten to talk to some really incredible people. I also love the Book Brews; just for the fact of I get to tell other people about some terrific books they may have never read. I've picked up new favorite authors by reading everyone else's posts.
What has been your best experience with Coffee Time Romance?
I have made friends with people all over the world. It is such a lovely family. We disagree on many subjects, but, in the end, we are a family.
What have you learned most from being a book reviewer?
I've learned to take criticism which is not always given gently (especially by authors who you give bad reviews to). I have learned to improve my writing and grammar skills. I've also learned that while I may not like a particular genre, there are always some books within that genre that will surprise me.
What type of music do you listen to? What is your favorite song?
I have so many types I listen to. From rock to country to Celtic to jazz, I cover just about every type in my CD collection. What I listen to depends on my mood. My favorite song changes from month to month. Right now, I am adoring Lady Antebellum's I Need You Now.
What is your favorite movie?
Once again, it varies. One day, it may be Transformers 1 & 2. The next it could be P.S. I Love You. How about I pick my go to movie? The movie I pick when I want something to sweep me away? That would have to be The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance! Anything romance! Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical... Romance.
What do you prefer: printed books or eBooks?
Printed by far. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of the paper and ink, the texture of the cover and paper. I am a printed book junkie.
What flavor of Coffee would best describe who you are?
That's funny. I don't drink coffee, but I would have to go with Chocolate Raspberry. Dark, sweet and tart all wrapped up in one big mug! LOL.
Thank you Kimberly for taking the time out of your very hectic schedule to answer my questions! Well readers and authors, I hope you enjoyed hearing about one of our outstanding Coffee Crew members. Until next time! Come back next month to see which other Coffee Crew Member I get to torture…err…get to know.