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Interview: Author Jennifer Shirk [KISSING KENDALL Blog Tour]

Hi Jennifer! Welcome to RhiReading, where today we’re welcoming you as you pass through on your KISSING KENDALL blog tour.
Thanks so much for having me!!!

As your first release with Entangled Publishing’s Bliss imprint, KISSING KENDALL features a great friends-to-lovers plot. Kendall is a widow facing her fears of moving forward, while Brad is the cop who’s had a crush on her for ages. A romance between friends is always complicated but adding in a spouse that has passed away makes for even more difficulties. What challenges did you face bringing Brad and Kendall to their happily-ever-after?
Well, it was a challenge because Kendall did love her husband who passed away. He was a really good guy, so I had to walk a fine line when comparing him to Brad. I couldn't make him look bad but I couldn't have Brad look second best either.

KISSING KENDALL is actually the second book in the Maritime City series. I was really confused at first as to how I had missed the first, GEORGIE ON HIS MIND, but as it turns out  that was released with another publisher. When you were writing GEORGIE ON HIS MIND did Brad demand he get his own book? Since this is a series who can readers look forward to getting a HEA next?
Yeah, it is confusing. LOL  Brad didn't really demand his own book, but my friends who read Georgie on His Mind sure did! I figured they had a point and then I finally had to resolve it in my own mind.

I love a good book that features a chef or baker because there’s often a special recipe in the storyline that gets shared. KISSING KENDALL has a doughnut muffins recipe that I’m looking forward to trying. How did you come up with it?
I love to bake myself, so I was watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network and doughnut muffins was featured. They sounded so good I had to try it and then use it as Kendall's specialty. It was perfect timing.

With a tagline of ‘sweet & sassy short romance’ one of the key elements of the Bliss imprint that makes it different from its sister imprints is that any love scenes are closed-door or ‘fade to black’. What can you tell my readers about KISSING KENDALL that might convince those who love their romances filled with steamy love scenes to give it a try in spite of the lack of nitty gritty details?
What I've been hearing from readers and reviewers is that Kissing Kendall has "sizzle" and "romantic tension that makes your toes curl". I love that! That means I'm doing my job. :) I think the tension is the best thing about romance novels. All the Bliss authors do a great job of showing that kind of desire without the actual sex act written.

And now for a few just for fun queries:
Oh, goodie!

KISSING KENDALL’s Brad and his sister Georgie have quite the sibling relationship. Who are your favorite famous siblings (fictional or real)?
Bart and Lisa from The Simpsons are great. They fight all the time, but deep down they love each other.
And I LOVED Raj and Dee on What's Happening!!

If you were stuck on a deserted island with only 3 items mentioned in KISSING KENDALL what would they be?
Doughnut muffins, handcuffs, and of course, Brad. LOL!!

And lastly, if the Maritime City series was being turned into a television series and you had full casting decision making power whom would you want to sign on to play certain characters?
I've always pictured Brad as Bradley Cooper and Kendall as Emma Roberts.
But if they weren't available, I'd also settle for Zooey Deschanel as Kendall and Ian Somerhalder as Brad. They'd be perfect too.

Thank you so much for the interview Jennifer and congratulations on the new release!
It was MY pleasure. And thanks again for having me. :)


Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.

Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.

Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?

About Jennifer Shirk:

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy--which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book,
The Role of a Lifetime.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.

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