Let the Christmas feel continue this week with another peek into the A Christmas to Remember Collection. Today I’m featuring a story by lovely author Kimberly Rose Johnson. First, let’s learn a little bit more about Kimberly.
About the Author
Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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Guest Post from Kimberly – An Interview with Brandi Prescott
Until I Met You was inspired by the characters in The Reluctant Groom. Brandi and Ian are the best friends of the main characters in that book, and I realized as I was writing them they needed their own book too.
I sat down and asked Brandi a few questions so you could get to know her a bit better.
Kimberly: Hi, Brandi. Thanks for agreeing to visit with us today.
Brandi: I’m happy to, although I can’t imagine what we’re going to talk about.
Kimberly: I can think of plenty. For starters, what made you decide to take a six-month break from dating?
Brandi: In short, when my boyfriend dumped me, I discovered that I put so much of myself into my relationship that when I found myself suddenly boy-friendless, I was lost. I didn’t know who I was anymore, and my relationship with the God had been pushed to the side.
I needed to figure out who I was—get to know me as well as get back into God’s word and focus on Him rather than what I want.
Kimberly: That seems like a tough thing to do when you’re attracted to someone. What happened when you met Ian?
Brandi: Let me back up a second. Being alone was wasn’t difficult at first, because I was so hurt and dismayed that I clung God’s word and prayed a lot. Healing gradually came and then spiritual growth followed. When it got difficult was after I met Ian. Even though we met under strange circumstances, I was attracted to him from day one, and my six months wasn’t over yet!
Kimberly: I see how that could make things difficult. Thanks for visiting with us today.
Snippet Where Brandi and Ian Meet
Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. She raised her hood and tightened the belt of her trench coat as rain pounded the ground.
“Bring it on.” She tilted her head and spoke to the black cloud overhead. Nothing was going to ruin her good mood. It might be a dreary fall day, but it was the weekend, and she planned to spend it reading beside a cozy fire in her apartment a few blocks away.
She walked to the crosswalk and frowned at the huge puddle of water blocking her path. How had it rained that much in such a short time? When she’d crossed the street, ten minutes ago, it had been fine. No way could she use the crosswalk without soaking her feet. She should have worn rubber boots instead of sneakers.
A vehicle careened through the yellow light. “Oh no!” She ducked her head as a wave of water splashed over her, knocking her latte from her hand. She balled her fists at her sides and glared after the red SUV.
“Of all the nerve!” She wiped water from her face, which had managed to get her even though she’d ducked her head.
The car braked and pulled into a parking spot. A man with dark hair hopped out. He jogged toward her. “Are you okay? I didn’t notice the standing water until it was too late.”
She squared her shoulders and raised her chin. “My coffee is ruined, and I’m soaked. Otherwise, I’m fine.” She bent down and picked up the paper cup and the plastic lid that had popped off.
“I’m really sorry. Let me get you a new one.”
She studied the man a moment. His neatly trimmed beard and mustache framed a young face with kind brown eyes. “That would be nice. Thank you.”
“It’s the least I can do, considering I nearly drowned you.”
She chuckled. “Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. My coat did a pretty good job of keeping me dry.”
He raised a brow. “Come on. Let’s get out of the rain.” He walked toward the coffee shop and pulled open the door. “After you.”
Um…..anyone else ready to read the rest of this story? I am!!!
About the Collection
Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!
Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.
Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer
The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancée, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?
Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s fiancé’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.
Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson
Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?
Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?
The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner
Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.
Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson
Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.