Guest Blog: Kiss Me in Paris by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov

Welcome. Today we're having a guest post by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov, authors of the new adult romance, Kiss Me in Paris. Let's get to know a little bit more about our guests and their fabulous book first.

Dmytry and Kimberly are the husband and wife writing team behind the KISS ME Series, Eye of Newt, Sunrise and Nightfall, Wanderlust, and The Fallen Series.

Kimberly is the award-winning, bestselling author of the New Adult paranormal romance series The Seduced Saga, the YA paranormal thriller/romance The Forbidden Trilogyand children's fantasy series The Three Lost Kids.

Dmytry writes fantasy—be it urban, dark or epic—is a musical composer, pianist, and designs books covers (exclusively for his wife's and their co-authored books).

They live with three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.
This is where you can find this couple on the web:
Here's a blurb from this fabulous sounding romance:
Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Kiss Me Series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

When the city of love brings two lost souls together, only their darkest secrets can tear them apart.
Winter Deveaux tried love once. It didn't end well. Unable to open herself up to another heartbreak, she hides in her romance novels as she struggles to break out as a real author. She thinks Paris holds the answer to a new start, but when her nightmare follows her across the world, she's forced to face the darkness living like cancer inside her soul. If she doesn't, she might miss her chance to become the kind of writer she's always wanted to be. But more than that, she'll miss out on the greatest love she's ever known.
Cade Savage is heir to the largest ranching family in Texas. Part cowboy, part architect, Cade has his feet forever in two worlds. When he receives an acceptance letter from the school of his dreams, he must decide between family and destiny. But ghosts from his past still haunt him, and circumstances beyond his control may decide his fate.
When Winter and Cade meet, everything they believe about life, love and what it means to be happy is put to the test.

Will the magic of Paris pull these two lost souls together? Or will their darkest secrets tear them apart?
Now for the very special guest post, for what would a romance novel be without the music? We're all lovers at heart, and this should put you in the mood to hop on over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble for your copy:
Top 10 Songs that Inspired Kiss Me in Paris
There are songs that inspired the ideas in our book, Kiss Me in Paris, and songs that inspired us as authors while we were writing. For the purposes of this guest post, we've included both kinds of songs.
 Kiss Me in Paris is the first book we (Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov) have co-written. We've worked together on other projects (Dmytry edited and did story consulting for a number of Kimberly's books), but this was a full-on joint project, and was all the more fun because of it.
Music played an important part in this co-authorship.
While writing, we'd both blast one song continuously through our headphones, for hours on end, inspiring our work. Dmytry did the bulk of detailed outlining, crafting the story and often much of the dialogue, while Kimberly would fill out the prose, add her own dialogue and scenes and flesh things out.

After, we'd both edit each chapter, adding, changing and tweaking until we couldn't tell who wrote what. 
 During this process, music inspired us and carried us forward, unlocking that creative part of our minds to let the worlds flow.
For Dmytry that song was Stubborn Love by the Lumineers. For Kimberly it was Demons by Imagine Dragons. We must have listened to those songs at least one hundred times on repeat. But we also listened to a few others, and they all influenced our work. Here are the top ten songs that inspired our novel, Kiss Me in Paris.

Stubborn Love by The Lumineers

Demons by Imagine Dragons

Gone, Gone, Gone by Philip Philips

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray

Ho Hey by the Lumineers

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Video Games by Lana Del Ray

Ride by Lana Del Ray
Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
All of these songs are fantastic in their own way, and each added a certain energy to the work. Some reminded us of the characters in the book (Gone, Gone, Gone for our favorite cowboy, Cade, and Demons for both Winter and Cade as they faced the demons of their own past), and others represented some of the themes of the book—young love, summer love, hope. (Summertime Sadness, Stay and Stubborn Love, to name a few.)
We hope you take the time to listen to a few or all of them, and that you enjoy them and are inspired by them as much as we are.
As you read Kiss Me in Paris, we'd love to hear which songs resonate for you. We'll respond to any comments posted here!


Thank you so much for posting!