Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Story Behind An Encore for Estelle By Kimberly Rose Johnson

A few years ago, on Valentine’s Day, I allowed my own feelings on the day to inspire a new book. I wrote it with no thought to where it might get publish. As it turned out my editor at Heartsong Presents needed a book to fill an unexpected vacancy, and since my book was finished, and she liked it, I sold the book. Unfortunately, the imprint closed soon after the release of that book, so I didn’t write a sequel.

Jump forward to January 2017. I received the rights back on all of my Heartsong Presents books, and I wanted to re-publish my Valentine’s book before February fourteenth. I re-titled the book A Love Song for Kayla, and I had a new cover made. I re-published the book February first. Then something I hadn’t considered happened—people started asking when the sequel would release.

I didn’t want to disappoint readers, so I wrote the story I had mulled over as I was writing the first book. In A Love Song for Kayla we meet A-list actress Estelle Rogers. She had such a strong personality I knew she needed her own book.

An Encore for Estelle takes places six years after A Love Song for Kayla. A lot has changed in Estelle’s life since we first met her. She left Hollywood behind when the acting parts stopped coming her way, and she opened her own restaurant.

Here’s a teaser for the book.

A former A-list actress seeks to redeem herself in the most unlikely of places—a children’s theater. The writer/director didn’t anticipate a famous actress would ever show interest in his musical much less him. Will their pasts pull them apart or join them together?

My passion for the arts inspired this series. Book one features music, book two acting, and book three will feature dance. I’m a musician and taught piano for eighteen years. I was also a singer at one time and received a college music scholarship. My dream was to be a famous singer one day, but that was long before we had shows like The Voice or American Idol. That dream was never realized. From sixth grade to my junior year in high school I took ballet and loved it.

There you have it, the story behind the story. What is your passion? 

An Encore for Estelle 

Melodies of Love #2

 Kindle Edition

by Kimberly Rose Johnson'

  • Publisher: Sweet Rose Press
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2017
  • ASIN: B071Z3C5SG

The theater ties them together but a painful past could pull them apart.

At a crossroads, former movie star Estelle Rogers, returns to the place that set her life on a new course. Although she expects a rough reception she is pleasantly surprised and quickly settles into her new position at the local children's theater. But her road back to acting isn't as smooth as she would like.

Tragedy brought Blake Price to Oak Knoll, Oregon, but it's love that keeps him there. His late wife and daughter loved acting, and he owes it to them to honor their memory with the children’s theater, but his new assistant is making changes he isn’t ready for both at the theater and in his heart. Can he forgive himself and move forward, or will he forever be tied to the biggest mistake of his life? 
Link to buy: An Encore for Estelle

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. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Kimberly said...

Thanks for hosting me, Laura!

Marilyn R. said...

It's always nice to learn about the story behind the story of an author. Thank you for sharing.