Monday, May 12, 2014

BOOK BLITZ [Guest Post + Giveaway!] Kissed (The Thorn Chronicles #1) by Kimberly Loth

Kissed (The Thorn Chronicles #1)
Release Date: 05/01/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.

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Ah, the love triangle. You either love them or you hate them. Or you love to hate them. Personally, I like stories with love triangles. It adds tension and keeps me turning pages. I’m not always happy with who gets the happily ever after, but I still enjoy the story. And in my head I rewrite the ending. 

I did a little bit of research on the history of the love triangle for this post. (Thank you, Wikipedia). Historically, love triangles have an obvious winner and loser. Romeo and Juliet is considered a love triangle story because of Paris. Modern day movies like Titanic and Beauty and the Beast also supposedly have a love triangle. But seriously. Belle end up with Gaston? I think not. 

I’m not sure when it changed. Probably Twilight. Bella had a real choice to make. And she made the wrong one . The change in what makes a love triangle to two viable lovers instead of one makes for such good tension and reading. 

Because I enjoy them, I naturally wrote one into Kissed.  My main character, Naomi has to choose between two boys, Kai who is mysterious and gallant and Puck who is completely forward and bold. It never occurred to me to not have one. What I was surprised by was how passionate my readers were about the two boys. Some loved the ending and some hated it. All were very vocal about it. 

The ending to Kissed was very easy for me, because I knew there’d be a sequel. But guess what? When I finished Kissed, I still didn’t know ultimately who she’d end up with. I knew her story wasn’t finished and I figured I didn’t have to know. 

I’m working on the sequel and I have to make a decision. It’s so hard. I wonder if other authors have this problem.  I emailed my critique partners and asked their thoughts. Twenty email later and some not nice words between two of them who are on opposites sides of the triangle and I still don’t have an answer. 

So I have a job for you. Go buy Kissed. It’s only 99 cents. Read it and tell me your opinion. I’d love to hear it.

About the Author
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.
She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
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Kim said...

Thank you for having me!