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Friday, February 22, 2019

Lone Star Book Blogger Tour: VORTEX by Kimberly Packard ***AUTHOR INTERVIEW & ENTER GIVEAWAY***

VORTEX
by
KIMBERLY PACKARD
Genre: Women's Fiction / Psychological
Publisher: Abalos Publishing
Publication Date: January 31, 2019
Number of Pages: 308 pages

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Constant spinning, round and round and round, temperatures rise and fall from stifling heat to chilling cold, emotions run high in anticipation of what will happen next… there’s a fine line between surviving a tornado and falling in love.
A close encounter with a tornado, during the final months of her doctoral studies, jogs a lost memory to the surface. Desperate to relive the vision and find answers, storm chaser Elaina Adams continually puts her safety at risk by placing herself in the path of dangerous storms.
When betrayal strikes, Elaina is forced to pair up with Robert Tucker. “Tuck” owns a storm chasing tour group and only cares about two things: chasing tornadoes and making his next buck.
Seth Maddux was climbing his way to the top as the star meteorologist for the Forecast channel, but an embarrassing outburst on camera sent his career on a downward spiral. Hoping to reignite his career with a promising field assignment, he meets Elaina and a different kind of flame sparks.
Family secrets surface and passions explode in this twister of a tale.
Vortex is a story of family, love, identity and determination set against the thrilling backdrop of Tornado Alley. 



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INTERVIEW WITH KIMBERLY PACKARD

How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
Being a Texan has influenced my writing in a number of ways. First off, there’s that grit and determination all Texans are born with. Tell us something can’t be done, and we’ll do it. There’s also a rich texture of characters in Texas -- the people we grow up with and get to know. Texans are kind, diverse, smart, fierce, and loyal. And, there’s the landscape. A thousand worlds are right here in this beautiful state.

Where did your love of books come from?
My love of books came from my parents. As a kid, I didn’t get every toy I wanted, but I could have any book I wanted. And I think my love of storytelling has always been there. I knew since I was a kid that I wanted to be a writer. I even wrote to children’s author Beverly Cleary as a child to ask her how to become a writer. She wrote me back and her advice was read everything I can and write every day.

How do you decide if your main characters will be male or female?
In Vortex and my Phoenix trilogy, these main characters are women. For a few reasons, the genre I write in (women’s fiction) is mostly about a woman’s journey. But also, for these characters, it’s about finding their voice, their identity. But then, for my work-in-progress, when the story first came to me, I was certain the main character would be a man (because he was the first to speak to me). But while I was forming this story, I realized another character, a woman, had the most growth in this story, so she moved into the spotlight; but Jimmy is still there, just on the outer edges. And what I love about this story’s dueling POVs is these characters’ relationship is plutonic. Women and men can be friends; they don’t always have to be romantic partners.

What do your plans for future projects include?
I read a little bit of everything, so it makes sense that I want to write a little bit of everything. My next few women’s fiction ideas are stand-alone titles, but I’m toying with an urban fantasy, nine-book series that I’d like to do in the future. You know, in all my free time.

What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like?
I’m actually in the process of completing my writing room, but it does have something I’ve wanted since I was a little girl – a window seat.

Do you have a mantra for writing?
My writing mantra, especially when I’m just starting a new story, is that I’m writing a first draft, not a final draft. It’s Ok to get a little messy with it; I can come back and clean it up later. Write with reckless abandon, and edit ruthlessly.





PRAISE FOR VORTEX:
"Set in the heart of America’s Tornado Alley, Kimberly Packard’s latest psychological fiction swirls with discovery and betrayal. VORTEX may make you question who among those closest to you are really your friends." -- Addison Brae, author of Becker Circle "Vortex is a fast-paced story with a strong woman at its center. Readers will be in for a wild ride full of secrets, the labyrinth of memory, and the spark of romance. Definitely one to add to your reading list." -- Christine Brodersen, author of Lip Gloss, Shame and Murdered Tomatoes "Kimberly Packard is an accomplished author who writes strong women characters. She blew me away with her Phoenix series (three books you don’t want to miss) and now in Vortex, we meet Elaina Adams, who, like all of us, struggles with her past, her career, and her family secrets. Action, and emotion-packed, this page-turner is a different kind of love story." -- Vanessa Foster, author of More than Everything 

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of edgy women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in Texas with her husband Colby, a clever cat named Oliver and a yellow lab named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. She is also the author of a Christmas novella, The Crazy Yates, and the sequels to Phoenix, Pardon Falls and Prospera Pass.


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TWO WINNERS: eBook copies

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