Wednesday, August 31, 2011

INTERVIEW with Author Kim Killion

Today I’m interviewing KIMBERLY KILLION. Her book, Caribbean Scot is a Scottish Historical and was released on May 20, 2011.
Kim Killion with cover model Brooks Johnson
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book


Forced to flee Scotland and forfeit the chieftainship of his clan, renegade Reid MacGregor prospers as a fortune hunter in the rich waters of the Caribbean. But there are two treasures he has yet to claim—the lost library of an ancient Mayan priestess and the wild lass he left behind. 

Mary-Robena Wallace is a member of the rebellious MacGregor clan and a warrior in her own right. Desperate to free her clan from the cruelty of their king, she raids the borders alongside her kinsmen...until the devilishly handsome man from her past returns with an offer she’s hard-pressed to refuse.

Reid promises gold in exchange for her expertise as a cave diver to locate a treasure in the Caribbean—but they both know he’s after something more. They strike a deal to save her clan, but the fruits of an exotic paradise and the sinful kiss of a traitorous rogue force her to choose between returning to Scotland, or surrendering to the Caribbean Scot.

"A sexy, suspenseful story with great plotting 
and lots of witty dialogue. A winner!"
—Toni LoTempio, Reviewer, Night Owl Reviews,
Author of Raven’s Kiss & No Rest for the Wicca

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?  This is a Scottish historical and is the genre I like to write in. It’s what I prefer. I did write a novella in the erotic genre titled, Educating Aphrodite published from Elorra’s Cave. (mention the video from RomCon.)  SIDE NOTE; Kim goes to many conventions and just went to RomCon in Denver Col. And this is the video…….

When did you start writing toward publication?  
 I started writing in 1998 but didn’t sell until 2007. The first book I wrote came out in 2008 with Kensington. It is called “Her One Desire,” and was my RITA nominated book.  ***The RITA award is the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction.***

Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself? 
I had one book written and it is under my bed where it will stay. LOL! I had Highland Dragon written and Her One Desire only had 5 chapters finished when I sold. I wrote 80K in three months to finish it. Her One Desire  was published first.

Why have you become a published author?    
I like to write, to tell stories. I have always been a creative person.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and teach Graphic Web Design in St. Louis, MO so I love to be creative.

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help? 
I mainly do social networking for promotion. I try to keep my website updated. There is always reader communication through email and I go to conferences. Best accessory is a HAWT male in a kilt!!!

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?  
By far, the fan mail! It is fun to receive an email from someone who said I was able to take them away for a couple of hours.  It’s very rewarding.   

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped? 
Of course! Romance Writers of America, Missouri Chapter of Romance Writers of America which I was the President for 2 years. It was their critique group that helped polish my craft and I credit my success to them. I am also a member of PASIC, Novelists INC, Hearts Through History, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.  (PASIC stands for Published Authors Specialty Interest Chapter.)

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?   
Biggest advice I could give to a new author is perseverance. Don’t let NY or a rejection get you down. Write because you love to write and not because you want a career in writing. 

What’s next for you? 
My Cursed Highlander is coming out in January 2012. It is a Scottish Historical with Paranormal elements that’s set in Scotland and Italy. The heroine is the blind ward of Lorenzo the Magnificent.  (For more information on this book, please go to


Dunbartonshire, Scotland, Summer—1603
At ten and six, Reid MacGregor only had one person occupying his mind, and she stood at his boot tips preparing him for the dive into Loch Lomond.

"Think ye a bit of treasure might be worth one kiss?” Reid snapped a wink at the lass tying the leather straps at his neck. He ignored the gagging noises Eoin and Fergus made behind them.

Torchlight filled the cavern with a yellow glow and showed the blush tinting her fair skin. She pulled the laces tight. A wee bit too tight. “’Tis just like a MacGregor to bargain without means of payment.”

Mary-Robena Wallace had always been quick of wit, especially when it came to tossing barbs at Reid. She didn’t give him the answer he wanted, but neither did she tell him no.

Anticipation and excitement tickled his stomach. He’d never actually kissed a lass, save for Nanna, and that wasn’t the kind of kiss he wanted to share with Robbie. Nay, he wanted the kind of kiss the kinswomen gave the warriors when they returned from battle. The kind of kiss that involved a wee bit of tongue.

Reid squirmed inside his leather suit, swallowed, and slipped a gloved finger between the ties and his neck to make room for the knot in his throat. But Robbie slapped his hand away, flipped her red-blonde braid over her shoulder, and then picked up a pail of tar off the cavern floor. She smeared the thick black pitch around his wrists and then his ankles, sealing the leather suit to his iron boots so water wouldn’t seep in. The pungent smell of turpentine burned his nostrils as she circled the warm tar around his throat.

Not once did Robbie attempt to hide her dimples as she glued his hair to his neck. He would have to soak in animal fat for a sennight to remove the sticky substance. But it would be worth it if he found evidence of the treasure Robbie’s grandda assured them was in the depths of Loch Lomond. Robbie had mapped out a grid based on her grandda’s theories, and they’d covered more than half the area where he believed a Spanish lieutenant might have hidden treasure he’d stolen from Cristóbal Colón’s new land. In the past three months, they’d found little, save for a boot and a piece of armor.

A little bit about the author.
Kim Killion wears many hats. Mother, professor, web designer and owner of HOT DAMN Designs. Kim lives with her two children and pets in Illinois and teaches Graphic Web Design in St. Louis, MO. If you are interested in contacting Kim, you may do so at

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to the publisher’s home page at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

You can find more information about Kim Killion and her books, by visiting her website, or her blog at

Photo courtesy of Kim Killion

Photo courtesy of Kim Killion

JUST FOR YOU! Kim is giving away TWO copies of Caribbean Scot, ONE copy of Educating Aphrodite* and ONE copy of Taming a Highland Devil.

For your chance to win one of these prizes, you must leave a comment. GOOD LUCK!
*Educating Aphrodite is an erotica romance.

ALSO- Come back Friday to learn more about HOT DAMN DESIGNS. Leave a comment for your chance to win one of TWO stock photos. Your choice!!


  1. Hey Kimmie!!! *WAVES LIKE A JACKASS* Great interview Sarah. Well I tell you, If I didn't already have ALL of Kim's books, I would say give me more copies!

    All of them had me blushing and fanning myself. When I was reading 'Educating Aphrodite' on the train, I missed my stop and kept looking over my shoulder to see if anyone was reading those hot steamy sex scenes. LOL

    It was worth getting to work late just to read another chapter. Anyone that doesn't have Kim's books need to pick them up ASAP!

    As for winning a picture from HOT DAMN...Kim You know which one I want. I practically begged you for this photo. I know I am early but I am putting in my request NOW!!!! LOL

    I want that Brooks photo with the cowboy hat and yes ma'am that is the link below. *G*!!

  2. Enjoyed the interview, Kimberly and Sarah.

    Kimberly, I loved Highland Dragon and your other titles are on my wish list for when I have more time to read. :)

  3. Enjoyed the interview ladies. Kimberly like Dawn, I thoroughly enjoyed Highland Dragon, and just picked up Her One Desire.

    Nothing like a good Scottish Historical. Thanks for the inspiration and keeping us entertained.

  4. Great interview with Kim, love her books, they are fun and sexy and it's a pleasure to read them, I can't wait her upcoming rleases....Hugs Jojo ;))

  5. Hello everyone! First and foremost, thank you, Sarah for having me on the blog!

    **Waving back furiously at Lizzie** Two words: You rock! LOL

    Good day to Dawn and Derek! Thanks so much for reading my books! I hope you get the opportunity to pick up my latest, Caribbean Scot. It's one of my all time favorites!

  6. Great interview, Kim and Sarah!

    Kim, you write the best Scottish Historical books. HER ONE DESIRE is one of my all-time favorite reads. I look forward to reading CARIBBEAN SCOT. Love the cover!!! All of your Hot Damn Designs are soooo amazing.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. The giveaway...omg, I really really would like this you know:!/photo.php?fbid=199270393470467&set=a.199270040137169.50728.100001625230186&type=1&permPage=1
    hugs jojoj

  8. HOLY HELL I did NOT see the one on the bed???? Kim Killion's been holding out on me. SMOOCHES babe, love ya!

  9. I can see I need to add a new author to my Hot Scots reading list. If I don't win a book, can I get the cover model as a consolation prize?

  10. I will repeat what I told you after I read my first (and not last) story written by you. Your voice is so easy to read and so enjoyable. I sent a thank you for such a great read before the tears on my cheeks dried. I am a fan for life and urge you to write faster, Kim!!!!

  11. First I have to apologize for not being here sooner. I am canning tomato juice at my parent's house and I kept losing internet.

    I want to thank KIM again for allowing me to interview her. She was AWESOME!!!!

    Lizzie- The photos are for Friday... you have to wait. LOL!

    Amanda- Umm, no. Hee hee, he's for the interviewer!! LOL!!!

    Anonymous- Come back Friday for your shot of the photos.

    Thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment. Look here tomorrow to see if you won and how to claim your prize!!!

  12. Hello to one of my favorite authors, Kimberly Killion!!!!! I've read both Taming a Highland Devil and Caribbean Scot and LOVED them both!!!!!

    I've had the privilege of meeting Kim in person at Lori Foster's this year and she is delightful!

    She is a must read author!!!!

    Excellent interview Sarah!

  13. Wow, my post from earlier today isn't here! Blogger hicup? ugh! Anyway, guess I'll repost am message, sort of...

    Hi Sarah and Kim,

    I really enjoyed your interview, thanks to both of you for sharing it.

    I'd really love a copy of Caribbean Scot! I've been waiting to pick up a copy, hoping to catch you (Kim) at a local book signing so I can show my support. Note: Patience is not one of my strengths, especially when it comes to books I've been hearing such a great things about.

    Have a wonderful night both of you.


  14. Well, here are some more for my TBR List. It's getting longer by the hour. LOL. Seriously,I would love to win a copy.

  15. I lovee Kims books awesome interview!

    id love to win a copy of any of these expecially Educating Aphrodite

  16. I will email the winners. Be on the look out.