Kimberly Rose Johnson – Real Life Romance & Excerpt – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Kimberly Rose Johnson shares how she met her husband and how her characters meet in her latest, Contemporary Romance, Island Christmas. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a kindle copy – US and Canada only. Deadline: Nov 14th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kimberly:

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I met my husband in August of 1988. We were both in the same orientation group at college. I won’t say it was love at first sight, but we did hit it off right away. 🙂 Our first date was to the Puyallup Fair in Washington State. We married two years later and celebrated out 25th wedding anniversary this past August.

The characters in Island Christmas are little older and in a different place in life than my husband and I were when we met. Rachel and Chris have both come to Wildflower Island for a fresh start.

Chris is there with the hope of investing in the hot real estate market, and Rachel is there for a new job as the Sous Chef at Wildflower Fresh. They are both guests at the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast and meet in the sitting room when her three-year-old son knocks over a lamp. Here’s a short excerpt of the meet cute.

Excerpt from Island Christmas:

“Welcome to Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast. You must be Ms. Narrelli.”

Rachel nodded. “Please call me Rachel. Ms. Narrelli makes me feel old.” At twenty-six, she was not old.

Jill nodded then handed her a key and a card. “All the information you should need is on the card, but feel free to ask if you have a question. Mrs. Jackson requested you be assigned the Poppy room. I trust it will be to your liking.”

Rachel nodded and wondered how this ultra-professional woman could possibly remind Zoe of her. A crashing sound in the sitting room accompanied by her son’s shrieking cry sent her running into the room. She sensed Jill close behind. A lamp lay overturned on a room-sized rug that covered the wood floor, and a frowning man bent over to pick it up.

When he stood his vivid blue eyes caught hers. “Is this little dude yours?”

Jason raced to her and clung to her leg.

Rachel rested her hand on his shoulder as his body trembled. “What happened?” Jason could be a handful at times. She bit her bottom lip, determined to remain calm and polite.

Jason looked up at her. “I was playing ring-around-the-rosie.”

“Sorry about this,” she said to Jill and to the man who stood nearby. “Jason, please apologize.”

He looked to the ground. “Sorry.”

“No harm done,” Jill said, but her pinched smile indicated otherwise.

The guy shrugged. “I’m sure I knocked over more than my fair share of things as a boy. Look, the lamp is fine.” He placed it on the end table beside a leather chair.

Jason’s head popped up, and he gazed with admiration at the man, who in turn winked at her son.

Jill turned to her. “I assume you know your way to your room?”

“Yes. Thank you.”

“Excuse me then.” Jill pivoted and left the room.

Jason held up his arms. “Up.” Her precocious son, though very verbal for a three-year-old, still needed an afternoon nap, which he’d missed. She lifted him into her arms and warmed as he snuggled close.

The man stepped forward. “I’m Chris.”

“It’s nice to meet you. I’m Rachel.”

He brushed a longish swoop of brown hair out of his eyes. “You’ve stayed at the Wildflower B&B before?”

She nodded as Jason went limp in her arms. Although he was a little guy, when he was completely relaxed, he quickly became heavy. “Excuse me. I should lay him down for a nap.” She turned and trudged up the stairs, torn between wanting to visit with the attractive man and taking her son to the room.

Kimberly: As I sit at my computer I’m trying to find a way to conclude this, I’m thinking about my husband’s and my meet cute. We were in our orientation group and we were each supposed to give a one-word description of ourselves that started with the same letter as our name.

My husband said “Radical Robert.” I thought he looked pretty rad with his spiked hair. LOL. I couldn’t come up with one for K. Later he told me what he thought when he saw me. 🙂

About Kimberly: Kimberly Rose Johnson, a recent empty-nester, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their yellow lab. Island Christmas is her Eighth published book and the third in her Wildflower B&B Romance series. Kimberly enjoys long walks, chocolate, and mochas, not necessarily in that order. Learn more and connect:

Kimberly’s Website            Kimberly’s Facebook             Kimberly’s Twitter             Kimberly’s Pinterest

About the book – Island Christmas:

Should Rachel take a risk, or play it safe and possibly lose the man who could help fulfill her dreams?

Sous Chef Rachel Narrelli returns to Wildflower Island looking for a fresh start for herself and her young son, but discovers that life has a lot of bumps in the road even on idyllic Wildflower Island. She is grateful when new friend Chris Campbell offers support as she faces obstacles with her new job and new life. She cares for Chris but must decide if she is willing to risk her heart to a man with an uncertain future.

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Can’t wait for the drawing – Purchase your copy:  Island Christmas

Question for readers: Where was your “meet cute” with your significant other? Or tell us about a family member’s “meet cute”.

Come back Nov 6th for an update from me!

16 Responses to “Kimberly Rose Johnson – Real Life Romance & Excerpt – Part 1 of 1”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    I meet my ex-husband at church and then went to a friend’s house for our first night of dating! Also had our wedding at this same house!

  • Kimberly Rose says:

    Hi Shelia,
    Thanks for sharing! It’s always interesting to know where people met. 🙂

  • Kimberly Rose says:

    Hi, Shannon!
    Thanks for hosting me on your fantastic blog!

  • Karen Hadley says:

    Beautiful cover. I love scenes like this, I life in Oklahoma where snow is rare.

  • Susieq says:

    My husband and I met at church and became friends. In fact, I was trying to help him get together with my roommate and it backfired……which is good because we’ve been married
    for 26 years now. Our first date was to an elegant restaurant.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    My husband and I met at church which is strange considering I was friends with his sister in high school never knowing she had a brother.

  • Melanie Backus says:

    My hubby and I met on a parking lot of one of the businesses of his home town. I had come home with a friend from college and she introduced us. . We hit it off quickly and eleven months later, we were married. We just celebrated our 40th anniversary last month!

  • Sharon Rose says:

    Still haven’t met a keeper!
    Enjoyed reading these stories and anticipate a great Christmas read from Kimberly – Perfect for the Christmas Spirit readathon coming up Nov 23 !

    From one ‘Rose’ to another.

  • Kimberly Rose says:

    I love reading about how all of you have met your sweethearts!

  • Jan Hall says:

    I met my hubby when he came to fix my washing machine, then my fridge when it went out.

  • Becky Richardson says:

    Met my husband through an old classmate. We had both just been through a divorce. He is definitely my soulmate.

  • Linda Kish says:

    My son met his wife online. Not sure if it’s cute but it’s current. They’ve been married seven years now.

  • Stella Potts says:

    My husband was a friend of my brother and I just simply told my brother I wanted to date him. So we will have been married 59 years this January 8. Now how cute is that!!!

  • Kimberly Rose says:

    I love it, Stella! 🙂

  • Kimberly Rose says:

    Jan, that sounds like a good start for a book. 🙂

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Becky Richardson won the drawing. I appreciate Kimberly for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by 🙂

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