Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kim Watters' Home Sweet Home

At twelve years old, Kim Watters fell in love with romance after she borrowed a romance novel from the book shelf of her older sister, Karin. An avid reader, she was soon hooked on the happily ever after endings. For years she dreamt of writing her own romance novel, but never seemed to have the time until she moved from the City of Chicago to a small town in Arizona just north of Phoenix where there are no sidewalks or public transportation and the cowboys still ride their horses to the bars. The wide open spaces of Arizona gave her the inspiration to sit down and finally begin to write.

Eight years and three manuscripts later, she sold her first novel to Avalon Books and then a few years later to Harlequin’s Love Inspired. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., PASIC, American Christian Fiction Writers, Valley of the Sun Romance Writers, Desert Rose RWA.

You can find Kim online at

Home Sweet Home

Finally ready to settle down, Abby Bancroft has just inherited a place to put down roots. But her hopes for a successful bed-and-breakfast are placed on hold when she learns that her grandparents' run-down inn is in serious need of TLC. So is Cole Preston, the handsome contractor who offers to help make her dream a reality. His past mistakes won't let him consider settling in the close-knit town. Yet as he and Abby work together to repair the house, they also begin to mend each other's hearts. And they just may find that consulting their hearts is what creating a home is all about.

Here's an excerpt of Home Sweet Home:

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."—Luke 6:37

"This is it?" Wide-eyed and a little confused, Abby Bancroft stared out the passenger side window of the Ford Escort parked in front of the large Victorian house. Her stomach churned as her gaze flipped between the obviously outdated brochure in her cold hand and the three-story wooden structure to her right in need of a new paint job and some other cosmetic work. If the outside reflected the inside, her vision of reopening the Bancroft Bed-and-Breakfast by the Founder's Day Festival the first weekend in May died a quick and painful death.

Disappointment pooled around her shoulders and matched the dismal early March skies. Puffy gray clouds threatened more snow in the sleepy town of Dynamite Creek in northern Arizona. The bare limbs of the tree standing guard by the long porch running along the front of the house looked more inviting than the empty windows that stared back at her. She should have guessed the house would be as welcoming as the people who once lived inside.

"Yep. This is it. We're here." Delia Wentworth, the receptionist from her late grandmother's attorney's office unbuckled her seat belt and opened the driver's side door. Frigid air blew through the interior, making Abby shiver inside her inadequate jacket and miss the warm Southern California weather. Here wasn't exactly the picture perfect place she'd expected to find as she sat frozen inside the car.

"It's really a great house. It just needs a little TLC," Delia responded enthusiastically before leaving the car.

"A little?" Abby's skepticism showed in her voice. She knew nothing about general construction, but she had eyes, unless something in her brain had gone haywire in the long drive between Los Angeles and Dynamite Creek. Maybe she needed a pair of rose-colored glasses like Delia wore because Abby didn't quite see the old Victorian in the same way.

Pulling her collar around her neck, Abby grabbed her purse, exited the car and walked to where the young woman stood. Abby held up the brochure and compared it with the house. Then she flipped the piece of paper over. The photo credit was from 1987. Figures. Over the years, beautiful and welcoming had morphed into dismal and uninviting. The yellow paint had faded over time and had begun to peel in several places and some of the porch railing sagged. And that was just what she could see.

A gust of wind frosted her legs and whipped a loose strand of hair into her eyes. Abby should have waited until May to collect her inheritance, but the letter from the attorney's office hadn't really given her much choice and she wasn't fool enough to walk away from a place she could finally call home. If she found a way to fit into Dynamite Creek.

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Kim is giving away a copy of Home Sweet Home. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good!

cjajsmommy said...

Sounds great -- I love old house stories. I wonder what treasures she will discover here. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Linda Kish said...

The book cover looks so inviting. I'd like to go visit.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thaks for stopping by everyone. Good luck to you.

nickandkatherine said...

I love the book cover. Makes me want to pick it up and start reading right away. Please enter me in the book giveaway.

CarlybirdK said...

This book sounds wonderful and I love reading authors who are new to me. Thank you.

Tracy Smith said...

Kim is a new author to me so I would enjoy reading her new book to get to know her work. Would love to win it!

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

lgm52 said...

Love the cover...and would like to read the book..

apple blossom said...

This cover looks so Summer-y love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Mona said...

I love reading books about B&B's/Inns. Yummy contractors are a bonus ;)


Charity said...

Please enter me! Love the cover on this book:) Really sweet and down home. Thanks!


karenk said...

a great interview/posting...thanks for the chance to read this story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

Would love to win. Thanks for the chance, Esther and Kim. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River Country, Alberta

ann said...

I would like to enter to win this book, sounds like a good one!


Jo said...

The cover looks so inviting. Please enter me.


Anonymous said...

Wow. Thanks for such a positive response to my cover everyone. I do love the cover. It's the best one I've gotten so far. Good luck with the contest all. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. Blessings!

Amy said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

Great excerpt! I'd love to read this book!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Judy said...

I would really love to read this book. Kim is a new author to me and I am looking forward to her books. Thanks for a great interview and a chance to win in this give-away.


Emma said...

Home Sweet Home sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

misskallie2000 said...

I love stories where the heroine has to work hard to get herself or in this case Bed and Breakfast ready in time. When pushed to the wall we women can do
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Leanne said...

I'd love to read this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

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