The Novel Approach is delighted to have Kenzie Cade with us today on the Hummingbird House blog tour. Will Parkinson asked Kenzie a few questions that she was kind enough to answer. Enjoy, then be sure to enter Kenzie’s Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win an e-book and a $20 Amazon or ARe Gift card.
WP: Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or some other reason?
KC: I’m such a cover slut. I’m not ashamed. It’s what attracts me to books to begin with. So I’ll admit that I do buy a ton of books on the merit of their cover, but sometimes I read the blurb. A good blurb is an easy sell for me. I also have a list of authors who are auto-buys for me. I’m a one-click-aholic, that’s for sure.
WP: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
KC: Geez, you don’t ask for much do you? I can’t say I have one favorite. There are so many greats out there, but I do tend to look to this genre first, then outside last. Josh Lanyon has been, and will probably always be, one of my favorites. Without the blanket of angst, Lanyon writes amazing mysteries and gripping relationships. Josh’s characters are so three-dimensional, I feel like I know them by the end of the book. I’m always enamored with Lanyon’s books. It’s why I forget to sleep sometimes.
There are so many authors out there that I consider favorites: Cardeno C. (the relationship and happy every after factor), Mary Calmes (lovable, quirky characters with top notch dialogue), Amy Lane (queen of angst and broken characters), Piper Vaughn (lovable characters with a deep connection and real stories), Rhys Ford (beauty in the mystery, fun, upbeat stories, and killer endings), K.A. Mitchell (beautiful characters with heart wrenching stories/pasts who come out on top), Megan Derr (outrageous fantasy and world building with relatable characters and exciting plots), Lexi Ander (the most fantastic creativity in storylines and world building; captivating, heart pounding plots)… I could go on and on. Like I said, I have a million favorites.
WP: Anyone can buy the rights to name a star. What would you name a star bought for you?
KC: Nuwanda. I am obsessed with Dead Poet’s Society, have been since the first time I ever watched it. I know it’s a little morose of me and very bleak, but I can just imagine someone pointing up to my star and saying, “Hey, Kenzie, look at that star.” And I’d come back with “Dammit, Neil, the name is Nuwanda!” I’m a dork. It’s okay to say. I already know.
WP: If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
KC: Just one place? Ireland. I love the Emerald Isles. They’re beautiful in a way that we don’t get to experience here in the States. Also no one does pubs like the Irish. Just sayin’.
WP: What are your current projects?
KC: I have a couple really exciting things I’m working on right now. I was lucky enough to meet and become friends with an author I’ve idolized for a while. And then something fell into my lap by surprise, so now I have the opportunity to work with that author. That’s all I’m going to tell you about that one for now. Except that it’s super exciting, and it’ll be my first paranormal piece—which I’m super nervous about. I’ve also been putting together my first novel (for almost a year now). I’m actually in rewrite mode right now, but I’m much happier with this version. It’ll be my first suspense-themed romance, and I’ll hopefully be finished with my first draft by the end of the year. Fingers crossed.
Blurb: To honor his grandmother’s final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family’s ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason.
Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was.
Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent’s grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.
Author Bio: Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes to fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel, The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.
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