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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Countdown: Day 8: Kimberly Derting Interview + Giveaway!

It's Day 8 of our countdown, and Christmas is just around the corner~ and as we near the end of our blog event, we are giving away MORE BOOKS!

We're making things a bit interesting today. Yesterday, Precious officially started receiving comments for a PRIZE PACK! Yes, we have a prize pack where you can win a couple of books!

Today, we have the amazing Kimberly Derting on our blog. I absolutely adored Kim and her writing and I think THE BODY FINDER is one of the best paranormal books of 2010. You can read my review below to find out just how amazing Kim and her book is. :)

Kim was born and raised in Seattle. Her debut novel, The Body Finder was published March 16th 2010 by HarperTeen.

Desires of the Dead, the second book in The Body Finder series, is scheduled to be released on February 15, 2011!


If you were asked to describe The Body Finder to someone who has no idea what it’s about, how will you do it?

It’s about a girl who can find those who have been murdered—and those who’ve murdered them—by the sensory “echoes” that attach to each victim and also to the one responsible for their murder. Oh, and there’s a really sweet romance!

This is precisely why I’m not asked to write the jacket copy. :)

Do you have any quirks or weird habit while writing the book?

I drink inordinate amounts of tea and keep a huge bag of Skittles in my top drawer, but other than that, it’s pretty straightforward. I just need some sweatpants, a comfy chair, and a laptop. (Showers are optional!)

Are any of the characters based on other people/people you know? Who and what are your inspirations for writing them?

For several of the tertiary characters in The Body Finder, I decided to use my friend’s and family’s first and last names (never together though). At my launch party for The Body Finder, many wore their The Body Finder shirts with their names or character descriptions on the back. For example, one of them had the word “Floater” on the back of her shirt. I’ll let you try and figure that one out on your own! :)

What's the hardest part of The Body Finder to write?

For me, it’s probably all of the waiting required. I’m impatient, and it seems like I’m always waiting for something! While that may not necessary be a specific challenge, it’s still one of the hardest parts, no matter what stage of the writing process I’m in.

Since it’s just around the corner, what do you think is the best part of Christmas? The worst?

I love just about everything about the Christmas season: the food, the lights, the music, the shopping! Oh, and did I mention the food???

The worst part, for me, is how busy we are that time of year. I’d like it to slow down just a little so I could spend some more time enjoying it, since it all feels like it’s over in a flash.

How do you celebrate for Christmas?

Christmas Day is sacred in our house. We do nothing. Absolutely nothing! Seriously, we stay home all day in our PJs, watching movies and eating junk food. It’s the best day of the year because we’re all together!

Would you rather give gifts or receive them?

Give them, definitely! Shopping is part of what I love about Christmas. (Although, I’m not opposed to finding something sparkly under the tree!)

What's the one gift you'd like to receive this Christmas?

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I really want a new pair of slippers. What does that say about how much time I spend in the house??? It’s kind of sad, really… ;)

Do you have a tradition you celebrate which you think is special or unique in your family or place?

It may not be very unique, but we all try to eat dinner together every night. That may sound boring and simple, but with a 9-year-old and 17-year-old, and trying to balance all of our crazy schedules, it’s a lot harder than you’d think.

The Body Finder Trailer:


Here's what you can win:

The Body Finder will be included in our prize pack, and you will earn an entry for each comment you leave on ANY of the posts of our Christmas Countdown. But that's not all!

We're also giving away a SWAG PACK (see the awesome stuff on the right?) with signed bookmarks, stickers, The Body Finder & Desires of the Dead buttons and rubber bracelets to a separate INTERNATIONAL winner! You can also earn extra entries (for the swag pack) by promoting the contest (tweet, facebook, goodreads, blog post) and being a GFC follower of both my and Precious' blog. Also, leave us a way to contact you (e-mail add)!

Ends January 1, 2011!


  1. I hope Kimberly gets the slippers she really wants ^.^

    GFC Follower

  2. I have wanted to read this for a while now—I hear such good things! Fingers crossed for winning this one. :)

    My email is tahleen{dot}ovian{at}gmail{dot}com

  3. I really have been wanting to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kristy [at] dreamingbyday [dot] com

  4. I can't wait to read this book! It's definitely on my TBR list for 2011.


    GFC follower of both blogs (Lexie@BookBug)

  5. Wonderful interview. I've been wanting to read this one!

    Follower of this blog.

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  6. I loved her first book. And she's so down to earth.
    Great contest.

  7. I have been wanting to read this for the longest time! I hope Kimberly gets a good pair of slippers--I am obsessed with comfy slippers!

    I'm a follower of this blog, and I've commented several times throughout the giveaways.

  8. The book sounds great!!

    I follow both of you

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Follower of your blog and Fragments of Life
    d.septer at

  10. GFC follower of your blog and Precious'.


    Thanks much Kai and Precious!


  11. I want to read this book so bad!

    I follow both blogs.

  12. Loved The Body Finder

    follow both
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  13. Xmas Countdown Day 9 - extra entry
    d.septer at

  14. Thanks for the opportunity. I'm curious about this book because everyone seems talking about it.

    I'm GFC followers and I tweeted as well:!/LynossaDBL/status/17599101096955904


  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower of your blog and Precious'


  16. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GCF Follower:)

  17. I'd like to read this.

  18. I follow on GFC.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  19. OMG I am loving this prize pack, i adore all the swags cuz they are so pretty just like the book
    I follower both of you guys :)



  20. Awesome prize!:) Here's hoping.

    I'm a follower of both blogs.

    Blogged here:


  21. from the first question, Kim makes me want to read the excerpt to know more about her books

    GFC Follower :Aleetha

    tweet :!/aleetha/status/17845628281294848

    blog post

    link it to my meme-yahoo at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a great holiday

  22. I'm a GFC follower!

    I also tweeted -

    justeena_25 at yahoo dot ca

  23. I'm really excited to read this!

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  24. Hi, Kai! Gosh! I'm really enjoying your giveaway :) I'm a GFC follower

  25. Please enter me, I am a GFC follower. This is such a good giveaway! Thanks for organizing the whole event, great:)

  26. Argh I forgot my mail adress: goldie-mail(AT)web(DOT)de :P

    And should I mention that I commented on each post of your Countdown or is this not necessary?
    Happy Holidays:-*

  27. Great interview. One of those Ive really been looking forward to but havent had the chance to get yet.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. i've been trying to win this book on all over the blogs !!

    i tweeted :!/becunique/status/19594350589644800

    a follower via GFC

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  29. I trying to find a copy og the body finder here in Aus but they don't have it in any bookstores :) But i will find a way to get a copy !!!

  30. I like the way Kimberly celebrate Christmas day ^^


  31. Count me in !(International )

    Gfc follower

    tweeted :!/raluk15/status/19789336115417088

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

  32. Great interview, I loved The Body Finder and I can't wait for the second book. Now I just have to hope my library actually gets it in, or I will have to wait ages to read it, I've already got so many other books on my to buy list, I might have to wait until next christmas to get them both.



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