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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Author Interview & Contest with Kimberly Frost

My guest this week is author Kimberly Frost! I was lucky enough to win a copy of her debut novel 'Would-be Witch' and wrote this review!

Not only does the series (book 2 is due out in September) have amazing covers but it has a great lead character and a cute cat! I can't wait to read 'Barely Bewitched' when it is released and I hope this interview will entice you all to pick up the first book or even win a copy....


Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you as a guest here and I hope you will enjoy your time here ;) Maybe you can start things off for us by telling my readers a bit about your debut release WOULD-BE WITCH?

Kimberly - WOULD-BE WITCH is one of those “kitchen sink” novels that mixes different elements; it combines fantasy, mystery, romance, and action-adventure. I jokingly say it’s Charmed meets The Dukes of Hazzard.

Tammy Jo Trask, a small-town Texas girl from a family of witches, has always lacked the gift—until now. When the family locket, which is linked to the soul of the family ghost, is stolen, Tammy starts casting spells to recover it. Unfortunately, the spells go horribly and humorously wrong. Next thing she knows, she’s involved with a forbidden wizard and fighting werewolves, all while trying to find the locket before the ghost is lost forever.

Amber - How was the idea for the series born? Was it a long process or something that just came to you?

Kimberly - It just came to me. I had the idea for the series about a year before I began to write it. I had been reading a lot of humorous mysteries and dark urban fantasies and wondered if I could combine my favorite elements from each.

Amber - Are you anything like Tammy Jo or any of the other characters in your book? Are any of them based on people you know?

Kimberly - Tammy Jo cares about people--no matter how crazy and eccentric they are--and she has a high level of personal responsibility. If there's a problem, she'll try to help fix it. I'm like that.

In terms of our backgrounds, we're very different. She grew up without a dad and never felt like she could live up to her family's expectations. She married and divorced very young. She wasn't great in school, but is a creative genius in the kitchen. None of that comes from my experience.

Likewise, the other characters in series were inspired by a lot of different influences, not on any one specific person.

Amber - Although Tammy Jo is the star of the series there is a certain feline character who I am totally in love with! I guess you are a cat person? Will Merc be a fixed character? Will we find out more about him?

Kimberly - Yes, I love cats, but I'm allergic to them. So wrong! Merc will be a fixed character, and we learn more of his backstory in BARELY BEWITCHED (Book 2).

Amber - WOULD-BE WITCH is just the first book in the series. What can we expect next? How long will the series go on?

Kimberly - BARELY BEWITCHED will be available on September 1st, 2009 and I'm waiting to hear from the publisher about whether they want more books in the series. I'd love to do more!

Amber - You have been blessed with an amazing cover artist! Did you get any say in picking the covers? Were there other covers taken into consideration?

Kimberly - The cover is fantastic! I did have some input in that I provided a lot of information about the book, including character descriptions, pictures of ocelots, etc. But then the cover artist went off on his own and worked his magic. When he came back with the WOULD-BE WITCH cover, we all knew it would catch readers' eyes, which was very exciting.

Amber - How did you end up being a writer? Was it something you always wanted to do?

Kimberly - Yes, I've written since I was a child. I treated it as a wonderful hobby for many years. In 2002, I decided to seriously try to get a book published. I started going to writers' conferences and presentations. I learned about the business, etc.

I got my agent in the fall of 2006, and she sold WOULD-BE WITCH and the sequel in the summer of 2007.

Amber - How did you end up writing paranormal romance? Was it planned?

Kimberly - Not exactly. I actually didn't begin reading romance until 2003, but I'd always had romantic subplots in my stories. I've always liked seeing characters fall in love, but didn't realize that the romance genre was so vast and would allow so much flexibility for an author.

WOULD-BE WITCH isn't really a romance. It doesn't end with Tammy Jo getting married and living happily-ever-after with one of the guys. It ends with the love triangle still in play. It's more of a fantasy/mystery/adventure series with romantic threads running through it.

I do plan to write some paranormal romances that are focused on the romance itself and that have a happily-ever-after ending where you know whom the girl ends up with.

Amber - What books do you like to read when you have time? Do you have any must read authors/series?

Kimberly - I love all kinds of books! I read mystery, romance, fantasy, young adult, literary, mainstream...

Here are a few favorites: OUTLANDER (Diana Gabaldon), TITHE (Holly Black), GUILTY PLEASURES (Laurell K. Hamilton), ONE FOR THE MONEY (Janet Evanovich), SON OF THE MOB (Gordon Korman), DEATH AT WENTWATER COURT (Carola Dunn), THE PROTECTOR (Madeline Hunter)

I also love Suzanne Enoch, J.K. Rowling, Rex Stout, Christina Dodd, Kerrelyn Sparks, Annette Blair, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Christopher Moore, Jim Butcher, Sabrina Jeffries, and so MANY MORE!

Amber - How do you relax?

Kimberly - Obviously, I love to read. I love watching television series on DVD. I'm addicted to Netflix. I also often unwind on the phone with close friends. I've had some marathon phone conversations.

I like meeting people for brunch or dinner, having a margarita or a coffee. Writing is a solitary profession, but I'm very social by nature, so I have to connect with people when I'm not in front of my laptop.

Amber - Lots of authors have playlists for their books. What music or bands would find their way onto a playlist for your Southern Witch series?

Kimberly - The Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, and Robert Earl Keen were often playing in the background when I was first trying to get into the Tammy Jo universe.

Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be and why?

Kimberly - Definitely a witch because they have a lot of freedom. They can go to sun-drenched beaches (unlike vampires), they can dance under the full moon (unlike shifters), and they can perform all sorts of different spells depending on what the situation calls for.

Amber - You are stranded on a desert island. What 5 things do you hope to have with you?

Kimberly - A friend, a toothbrush, a box of books, a box of matches, and a knife

Amber - Thank you so much for being a guest on Amberkatze's Book Blog. I hope you will pop by again sometime!

Click here to Read or listen to an excerpt of 'Would-Be Witch'!!


Contest Time!

Kimberly has kindly said she will send the lucky winner of this weeks contest a copy of Would-Be Witch! This is your chance to get a copy of one of the best books I have read so far this year!

All you have to do to enter let us know what kind of spell you would use the most if you were a witch?

No Spell = No entry!

The usual rules apply!

Earn another entry for each place you link this contest on the net. Make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries!

You can also earn extra entries by emailing your friends about the contest. Just make sure you send a copy of your email or receipt to me at Amberkatzes_book_blog at gmx dot net.

The contest will stay open until Sunday 26th of July 2009 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.

If you are claiming a prize, have emailed me and have not heard back before the 7 day limit is up then post a comment here on the blog. Your email may get sucked into my spam filter.


Patricia Altner said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber

Just stopping by to say Great Interview! Also I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Would-Be Witch.

No need to enter my name in the contest.

Best of luck to everyone!

Tynga said...

PLease sign me in the book sounds great.
If I were a witch I think some kind of Cooking spell would be the one I use to most. I ate cooking =P

I posted about the contest here: http://tyngasreviews.blogspot.com/2009/07/more-giveaways.html

thank you!

Estefanie said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber. So glad to have found this blog. I love Would-Be Witch. I can't wait to read the next book.

If I was witch my choice would be a spell to able to travel/transport anywhere. lol

I posted the link here at my blog:


And Also at MySpace Blog here:


Awesome interview, Kimberly!

Thanks, Amber! Btw.. I love your blog!!

Kimberly Frost said...

Good afternoon, you guys!

I meant to stop in sooner, but I fell back to sleep after doing some early-morning writing. I'm still a little groggy, but I need to get back to it.

Thanks so much for the kind words on WBW and for the spell choices. :)

If it were me, I'd probably do the travel spell, but I SHOULD probably do the cooking spell because, unlike Tammy Jo, I'm not a natural in the kitchen. :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Estefanie said...

Hi Kimberly!! Nice to meet you!!

chey said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber,
If I were a witch, I'd use a cleaning spell most often!

Ellz said...

This sounds like a fun book. I am glad to hear there will be another book in the series in September.

I would use a travel spell that is altered so I could bring several people with me! Oh, the places I would go!

I am going to try to post a link about this contest, if I suceed, I will post the link in another post!

Ellz said...

Hey, it worked...


tlaws said...

Hi everybody!
I would have a time travel spell, that way you could go back and fix mistakes that somebody thought at the time were good ideas.

Could I please have an entry, thanks.

Sara M said...

Would-Be Witch sounds amazing! I'll definitely be picking it up if I don't win.

I would most likely use an lots of cleaning spells because I just never have enough time to clean as much as I'd like.

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Kimberly,
Oh I just love the cover :D

As for the spell, an easy one, the food would make itself and it would be yummy. Also if the flat cleaned it self would be great too

Marnie said...

Thanks for stopping by - a texas witch sound fun.

If I could write a spell it would be a money spell.

The spell would be simple. No matter what I spent that day my bank account would always be the same amount the next morning!!

Then I would always feel secure.

Carmen R said...

I just wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoyed reading Would-Be Witch. I can't wait until Barely Bewitched comes out. I hope there will be more books after that one.

No need to enter me into the drawing

Kytaira said...

Sounds like a great series! I never even though of using some of the spells others mentioned. Cooking, cleaning.. love the ideas! My first thought was an invisibility spell. Sort of like Harry Potter uses his cloak of invisibility to learn what's going on.

I'm a subscriber using both google connect and getting the feed via emails.

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Estefanie said...

I know I already posted a spell but I would love to a spell to have talented in writing novels. ;)

Kimberly, I hope you get the chance to write lots of book see we can see what kind of adventures and trouble only Tammy Jo can get into.


Donna said...

I love the cover of Would-Be Witch! The story of a Texas witch sounds interesting (I'm a Texas girl) and I would love to find out more about Merc. My curiosity meter is spiking. Thanks for the interview.

It hard picking just one spell. I think I would use a "get ready" spell. So, in a snap of my fingers, I'll be dress, brushed and ready to go.

I posted about this interview & contest on my blog's sidebar.

Pam P said...

Not entering contest, just stopping by to say how much I enjoyed this book, now waiting for the next, and to see about that love triangle, especially that wizard's motivations.

Good luck everyone, fun, entertaining read.

Llehn said...

I'd have a spell to improve my memory!

donnas said...

Great interview. Would be Witch sounds great and congrats on the soon release of book 2.

I would use a cleaning spell most often. Need more time to read!

MrsMixx said...

Oh that was a great interview! i have to admitt i didn't know about these books before...i'm adding them to my "to be read" list!
Sound really interesting !

As for the spell it made me smile because when i read that, the first thought i had was a "eat whatever you want and not take weight" kinnda spell! ahah i'm one of those girls who take weight just looking at food, and i loveeeeee food so that cound come in handy! ;)

Unknown said...

Hi :)
Thank you for this great interview!
Those covers are terrific.
I am definitely putting Kimberly Frost on my authortoberead list.
Which Witch spell would I use?
Love of course. :)
And with that,
Love from Canada

Chris J. said...

Hi Amber and Kimberly!

Great interview and I love your covers Kimberly!
I am allergic to cats as well, but they are sooo cute! :)
I haven't read any of your books yet but I would love too.

For the contest I emailed ya with my friends I emailed the contest too.
As to the Spell I would use most...well it is a tie I am afraid. :) You see I am the mum of 2 and a spell for making them do the chores, home work and not fight would come in handy everyday!
Second spell would be one that covered housework and cooking. It would give me sooo much more time to Read!! Woo-hoo, life is good!

Thanks for a great contest!

Audra said...

The spell I would use the most is an cooking spell I'm useless in the kitchen.

Margay Leah Justice said...

If I were able to cast a spell, I would like to cast one for good health for my family and myself (several of us suffer from auto-immune diseases, which are very debilitating).


Sage Ravenwood said...

Loved the interview.

Spell? I believe I would use the truth spell all the time, make it so whoever was talking to me couldn't help but tell the truth.

Since I'm deaf a spell that would give me the ability to read someone's thoughts would come in handy as well.

Please include me in this drawing. Thanks for the opportunity. Indigo


Anonymous said...

Great interview!

If there was a spell like it, I would find one to get my cat to talk! She'll look up at me and I have no idea what she's thinking of saying!


Anonymous said...

Great Interview, Kimberly is a new author to me but this looks like such a great book. I would have to say that I would cast a spell that I would always be glamorous ;-)... I am too tired to make the effort most days and how wonderful it would be to wake up lookin goooood!!

Daelith said...

I'd have trouble choosing just one type of spell. I think over all that I would go with a finance spell so my bank account would never get below a certain amount. Nothing greedy mind you. Just be nice never have to worry about money to pay the bills.

Thanks for the interview and opportunity to try this series.

Amy J said...

If I could do a spell it would be to give my daughter her hearing back. I know it is a serious spell but one I would do in a heartbeat!
Amy J

Adele said...

Don't enter me, i just read and reviewed this book, loved it!!!

I'd cast a spell to keep my cats from destroying the stairs carpet. Grr. They are not as smart or well behaved as Merc.

Anonymous said...

please enter me in the giveawy
A spell I would like to use is a teleportation spell.


Unknown said...

I would use an instantly thin spell all the time.


Amber said...

If I was a witch I think I would definitely use an invisibility spell most!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Unknown said...

Loved the excerpts from your books....I like your writing style.
The spell I would use the most would have to be a cleaning spell, but a spell to keep my family and myself healthy would be the most important.


Unknown said...

I would probably go for a cleaning spell to use the most. I really don't like cleaning!

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I think I would go with a memory loss spell. That way after a bad fight or an embarrassing moment, I can just wipe the memories - but I would be careful with it, I promise! Thanks for the giveaway!

luckymegs1981 AT yahoo DOT com

Misusedinnocence said...

One that got rid of chronic pain!


demmi said...

I would use a happiness spell con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen W. said...

I would cast spells to not gain weight no matter what I ate! :)

Thanks for the contest. I've been dying to read WOULD-BE WITCH!

Karen W. said...

Sorry, forgot my e-mail. It's karenwitkowski AT aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would use a spell to make animals talk as we do. I would love to know what my dog is thinking and what the cats would say. drala625 at yahoo dot com

Ginny said...

I loved Would be Witch, great book! I'd use a spell for truth or hearing thoughts the most I believe. I hate when people lie to me!

Nancy said...

I'd use healing spells for friends and family ... and friends of both.

Sorry to be late, but I did love the interview!


Lentil said...

That is awesome cover art -- it will definitely draw people in to take a look at the book! If I were to cast a spell it would be to read people's minds -- I'm always curious what's going on in people's heads!

dag888888 said...

Definitely a healing spell for folks who need it!
Count me in!


Carol EL said...

My spell would be a "keep us all healthy spell". jelly15301@gmail.com

Katmagick said...

I use a healing spell quite often.I actually make healing mojo bags for friends and family. I would love to read this book.

Katmagick said...



clynsg said...

That's simple--if I had a spell to use, it would be one to keep my house clean!

clynsg at yahoo.com

Unknown said...

My spell would be to make Brad Pitt leave Angelina for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I blogged: http://wut-givz.blogspot.com/2009/07/amberkatzes-book-blog-would-be-witch.html

Unknown said...

I emailed friends about the contest.

Unknown said...

I would love to winner this book! My spell would be a cleaning spell because it's something I hate to do.

Please enter me!


Dottie :)


Unknown said...

I posted this on my sidebar at http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/

Dottie :)


Unknown said...

I tweeted @gymmom_027


Dottie :)


Karen said...

My spell would be for money :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My spell would be one to alter my hair to my liking: One day dyed and short, another day long and with my natural colour.

tetewa said...

Since I enjoy traveling I would like a potion that can take me wherever I want to go!

D Q said...

I would use a spell to make me invisible.

Meaghan F. said...

I would most likely use a spell that allowed me to have a restful night. As a college student, I can't think of anything more amazing than getting some much needed sleep. :)

Anonymous said...

I would probably use the spell that would make object do my chores for me.


mrsshukra said...

A happiness spell, that's it!


Shelly said...

i would have a spell that would transport me to wherever i wanted to go instantly

andrus.shelly at gmail.com

Ms. Asphyxia said...

I would do any spell that gets me money most. It would sure make a lot of things easier!

And I blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/07/21/book-giveaways-07-20-07-26/.


binabug said...

my spell would to take the ugly out of the day

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber

Just stopping by to say Great Interview! I would love to enter.

Wishing spell.

wanda f said...

Hey ya'll this one is on my must read list so please enter me

Beth (BBRB) said...

This looks fun! Please enter me!

Ah! Definitely a cleaning spell!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Jo said...

If I was a witch, the spell I would use most often would be some sort of mute spell; I'd make sure I couldn't hear anything, no traffic outside, not the TV my family are reading, not my Dad shouting at the football, I would hear nothing... so I could read in peace!

I tweeted this contest:

I linked to this contest in my contest section, right sidebar:

Sarah said...

If I were a witch I would cast a sleep spell so my children would sleep through the night then so could I.

CinemaSista said...

Well I do kind of think of myself as a witch in training lol, but the spell I would do the most would be protection spells!


CinemaSista said...

I tweeted about the contest!



Huguette En said...

Sounds like an awesome book!

My spell would be the spell of weight loss!

Donna said...

Came back by to say I posted about this contest today on my blog: http://fantasydreamersramblings.blogspot.com/2009/07/sff-interesting-tidbits-more-072209.html

It's also listed on my sidebar.

And I tweeted about it on Twitter: http://twitter.com/FantasyDreamer/status/2726037234

Shawna L. said...

Shawna Lewis
310 N 55th W
Idaho Falls ID. 83402
I would like to a spell that makes me able to fly!!!!

throuthehaze said...

I would definitely love a cleaning spell!

rita_one said...

The book sounds great! I'm in!

If i was a witch i would want a calming spell with a pinch of invisibility... Sometimes we just need to calm down and be alone just by ourselves!

Smooshy said...

i'd want a flying spell!

Nikki in Niagara said...

If I was a witch I would use a transportation spell the most because I hate airplanes.

Curling up by the Fire said...

I'd want a spell where I could add more hours to a day or to stop time.

CherylS22 said...

That cleaning spell someone else mentioned sounds good - I hate to clean! My cleaning spell would also have an organizing component to it, since I'd love to have an organized home as well as a clean one!

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

AmandaK said...

A spell I would have to use would be a weather spell. I'm getting tired of this constant heat and want fall already!!


Anonymous said...

Would love to add this book to my collection regardless of winning it or not.

I like the transportation spell idea but I would vary it a bit by simply using a spell that would enable me to fly. Ever since I was a child I would dreams of being able to fly.

Alicia said...

I want a spell that would make all the stupid people at work go away.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

M.A.D. said...

zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Oh, this sounds like such a fun book and I truly LOVE the cover art!
Okay, I would pick the spell of "Answers" - so I could know the answer to any question I could think of! :)

Huguette En said...

posted on twitter

Gabriel S-J. said...

Gread read, great contest!

LuAnn said...

If I could cast any spell, I would do something to fix my husband's hearing problems. It drives me nuts when he can't hear me and I have to keep repeating myself!


blogggggg said...

I would do a spell that made the house clean itself!

wordsmoveme at gmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

A cleaning and organizing spell definitely!! I need help with both. Great interview, books sound really good. Would love to win!!

mlawson17 (at) hotmail.com

delitealex said...

If I were a witch I would use some kind of gain money spell. Would be witch sounds like a great read.

Jenny said...

For my spell I'd take the old, traditional flying broom; airlines are just too annoying to deal with these days. Better yet, some sort of instant transportation so that I could just be wherever I wanted.

SantaFe said...

Thanks for introducing us Kimberly Frost and the amazing sounding series. Thanks for the chance to win.

If I were a witch, I would using healing spells the most followed by time travel.

erma said...

If I were a witch I think some kind of good luck spell would work.

PamelaTurner said...

Enjoyed Would-Be Witch and am glad to see Merc will still be around. Also, I hope some of the characters get their comeuppances. :-)

If I were a witch, I think the spell I would like is to always create perfect stories and works of art on the first try.

djgroz said...

Cast A spell to make me feel full and always stay full so I could Lose weight!!

heatherzilla said...

If I were a witch, I would want to be able to cast spells to alter time (stop time, travel back in time, go to the future).

wanda f said...

definacleaning spell my three teens and husband can never clean anything lol

Mia J. said...

If I could do spells the one I would do most often would be a clean my house spell. That would be fabulous.

tawndam said...

*looks around at room...* Definitely clean my house... ;-)

saturdaynightfever said...

I would want to bring back people who have passed.


yellowlabs said...

I would use the forever young spell.

purplepassion126 said...

I would use a love spell--always looking to spice things up. Thanks!

Ina said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber,

that's a great interview! Can't wait for your book. I would use a "book spell" - to have daily new books on my nightstand ;)

Have a nice day!

masonsgranny59 said...

I'd have a spell to improve my memory and health!

Unknown said...

I would use a spell to make all sick children well. garrettsambo@aol.com

Sheila Hickmon said...

I'd like to have a mind control spell. Maybe not too moral, but my husband would totally take out the trash everytime I asked him to!
hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

lilyk said...

I would use an invisibility spell the most.

Heather said...

I saw someone elses choice of a spell and knew then I would choose the same thing.... CLEANING!

Unknown said...

Oh I would definately choose a cleaning spell then my house would never be a mess again!

Kathy P said...

i would probably turn a few people into frogs then SQUISH EM..LOL

Kathy P said...


/\Heather/\ said...

I would cast so many, many spells. The most popular, I believe, would be one to keep idiots away from my car while driving, or just away, period. lol

Marie said...

I would use a Good Luck spell a lot! :-)


Unknown said...

This contest is now CLOSED!! Please check the main site for the winner announcement and new contests!

Maja said...

I would love to win it. Travelling for free spell is the best one for me.

bkh61959 said...

Hi Kimberly and Amber, I would like to be able to cast a spell to clean, since this is also my job, thanks, enjoyed the interview

Molly C. said...

I would use a spell to make my dh & kids keep the house clean while I am at work.

M.A.D. said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Hi Amber :) THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! I am really excited to have won this book (I've sent you an email just now) and please also tell Kimberly thank you as well! This will be a great addition to my 'library' and the cover art is simply wonderful!Again, thank you so much ~

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