VBT – Kennedy Deveraux
Posted by authorcamilson
by Bernadette Marie
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Kennedy Devereaux, owner of Kennedy Devereaux Designs, is a sight to behold in her signature pink colors, accented with custom designed jewelry. Intriguing enough that Joel Kingsley, the man building the new business next door, can’t help but keep coming around, just to get to know the woman in the designer clothes. He finds she’s not such a mystery, and his charm easily wins her over–until she finds that he’s forgotten to let her in on the secrets of his past.
Pink doors, crystal light fixtures, white shelves. Joel cupped his hands around his eyes to get a better look at the feminine interior of the store he stood in front of. Kennedy Devereaux Designs, the lettering on the door said. Costume jewelry, purses, and a few pieces of clothing were elegantly displayed on uncluttered shelves. He could see a small sitting area toward the back of the store with white chairs on a plush pink rug.
When he stepped back from the door, he inhaled. Could he even smell the store and all of its femininity?
“Can I help you?” A soft voice had him turning to see a woman, as feminine as the store, standing behind him.
She was the smell—sweet and floral. Soft golden hair framed a delicate face, and her lipstick matched the soft pastel pink of the doors he’d been looking through. Sharp blue eyes watched him as he stared at her.
Joel Kingsley was no idiot around women, but this one seemed to render him speechless.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.
Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.
When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.
Bernadette Marie will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Tell us about you as a person.
I am a boy mom x 5, though my boys are mostly men. My youngest turns 16 on the 9th! My husband and I are college sweethearts and have been married for 27 years. Aside from being an author and a publisher, my husband and I own 5 carwashes which is an adventure. I am also training for my certified 2nd degree black belt.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I’m not sure I could make a choice between Oprah and Michelle Obama. I find them to both be charismatic and smart. I would just love to absorb some of their aura. So, whichever one invites me to hang out for the day first, wins.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Kennedy Devereaux is the first book in my Devereaux Family series. This is the story of Kennedy Devereaux, fashion boutique owner, and her newly found love with the business owner next door, Joel Kingsley.
What is your writing process?
I write in silence, well, I mean I don’t add more sound like music. I can write anywhere in any circumstance, so I easily tune out other sounds. I start writing each day at 6am, and I shoot for 2000 words before I’m done. On days that I go into my office, some of those words are finished in the evening.
Tell us about your main character:
Kennedy Devereaux has a signature pink nail color, designs jewelry, and is always fashionable in her little boutique. However, at home she’s messy and out of sorts. I think this brings some realness to her, as so many of us are functionable at the office, but can’t pick our clothes up off the floor.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I have to admit, I know so few actresses by name, I can’t even come up with one off the top of my head. Though, Anne Hathaway comes to mind when I think of someone who could pull off the class that is Kennedy Devereaux.
What are you working on next?
Kennedy is the first book in the Devereaux family series. Each book is names after one of the family members. Chase has already released. Max releases in January, and Paige in February. After that, I will pen a few Christmas titles for next year before starting a new saga, TBD.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Network, network, network. Create a village of other authors who will work with you and support you. In turn, you support them. Find them in all genres too, because people don’t always read just one genre, so you never know who you might connect with.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
On my shelf are my son’s books. He writes RPG LIT. The obvious reason they are my favorite is because he is one of my favorites, hands down.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I can write backwards and upside down, in cursive!
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I’ve always played the superhero that could be invisible. I would love to get from place to place and no one has to see you.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
Go back to Lucca, Italy
NYT Bestselling Author Status
Learn to ballroom dance (at least one dance)
Go to New York for Christmas (on a quiet, normal year)
Sit on a live movie set.
Any final thoughts?
Thank you for having me on your blog. I appreciate it.
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