Hi everybody! This week on my blog I am hosting author Christina Kirby and her book Safe At Home.
Just from reading the excerpt of this book makes me want to keep reading. Please be sure to check it out. Enjoy!
Driven by fear and desperate to protect her family, Samantha is forced to leave Chicago and everything she’s worked to achieve, only to start over by tossing a dart-at-the-map. The Georgia townsfolk’s true Southern charm is the unexpected prescription needed to heal her soul, and the sexy carpenter who touches her heart are distractions she didn’t plan on, but they might offer her a chance at a new life, if she can let go of her past.
Town heartbreaker, Spencer Malloy, isn’t looking for anything serious. His days are perfect working as a contractor, attending his nephew’s baseball games or taking him fishing. He never expects to fall for the big city girl, Samantha. She’s not his type, timid and closed off, but in her unguarded moments, he’s intrigued by the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The urge to get closer to her grows stronger each day, and when the shadow of evil resurfaces, he vows to protect Samantha, even if it means abandoning his home and joining her on the run.
When confronted by the man who’s bent on revenge, Samantha must choose between running again to save the people she loves, or if she has the strength, to stay and fight for her new life.
“Here it is.” Jenny announced. She stopped the car in front of an old white house with peeling paint and looked over at Sam whose eyes began to fill with tears.
“Like I said, it needs some work. When Pete got sick, no one really paid much attention to the house. It’s been sitting here idle for a while. His boys just couldn’t bring themselves to sell it at first, and then…”
“No, it’s perfect,” Sam’s voice sounded watery. “It’s the first house I’ve ever owned.”
After fighting off the foolish tears, Sam climbed out of the car, strolled through the freshly cut grass, and up to what could be a beautiful porch. Jenny unlocked the door as she chattered away about the house, but Sam wasn’t listening. This was it, her new home.
Entering through the wood and glass front door, Sam stepped into a little hallway and felt her heart swell. The inside was small and cozy. The perfect place to sit and feel safe from the outside world.
“Excuse me, earth to Sam. Do you want to see the rest of the house?”
Sam turned, face warm. “Yes, sorry. Lead the way.”
Jenny led her down the hall to show her the kitchen, which had a wonderful view of the backyard, they moved through the dining room and then the upstairs before returning to the den. It was a wonderful little house, so much more than what she imagined for herself.
A car backfired out on the main road and Sam jumped.
“Are you okay?” Jenny’s blue eyes widened, her voice threaded with concern.
“Fine.” Sam let out a shaky breath and waited for her heart rate to return to normal. “I must’ve been so lost in all my plans for the house that I was in another world.”
Jenny gave her a warm smile, but continued to watch her with a crease between her perfect eyebrows.
“Should we be off to your office now?” Sam tried to sound relaxed.
Jenny beamed. “The papers are ready for you.”
Relief washed through Sam as the thrill of the sale seemed to distract Jenny from Sam’s nervous behavior. She led the way out the door and took a deep breath of country air. It was going to be okay here. No one knew where she was. Not her family. Not her best friend. No one. She glanced over her shoulder at the little white house, which for her, symbolized so much more than a new house. She was home.
1. How important are character names in your books? How did you choose them?
I tend to play around with names until I think they sound good together. Naturally, I pay more attention to the hero and heroine, but I also think it matters where your story takes place. Different regions, different trends.
As far as choosing names, I use friends’ names or kids I’ve met in playgroups. Really anywhere I hear one that speaks to me.
2. Are there certain scenes that are harder for you to write than others? Action? Racy? Love/ Suspense?
Strange though it may be, I have the hardest time writing the in between scenes. The ones that are supposed to be natural all while not boring the reader. Action keeps attention, racy keeps attention, but the times between sometimes cause me the most effort. The hard part is making it seem effortless.
3. Is there any type of book that you never see yourself writing?
Historical. I have a huge amount of respect for authors that write historical romance. The amount of research that goes into the details is astonishing.
4. What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
When a reader loves a story I’ve written, it makes all the long hours and stress worth it. My goal is to entertain, so when someone is entertained, I consider it a job well done.
5. If your book could be made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
I have an entire board on my Pinterest page dedicated to this exact question. Check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/authorchris0192/character-look-a-likes/
Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states. Fortunately, writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives. Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.
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