Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things… by Kiki Howell + Giveaway

My very first guest to open the month long blogoversary celebrations is none other than Kiki Howell! Please give a warm welcome to Kiki and be sure to stick around until the end, you don't want to miss this giveaway! ;-) Kiki decided that what better way to let readers know her better than share with us her favourite things, if she missed anything in the 20 questions, ask away and you could win.


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things and Then Some…
by Kiki Howell

– Warning, I am no good at narrowing down to one answer on most of these. Never been a decision maker! LOL

Ice Cream Flavor – Wow, where to start? Chocolate Almond Fudge (but now I have a child with nut allergies), Chocolate Chip, but one with the tiny shaved chips. Same goes for Mint Chocolate Chip. Okay, I promise to stop after one more. Edy’s French Silk, it is like a mocha chocolate chip.

Food – Pizza (from Guy’s Pizza in town), Baja Chicken Gordita from Taco Bell and General Tso’s Chicken Meal from Chinese place in town, wow, and I could go on and on….

Dessert – Oh, cake, any combination pretty much :-)

Drink – I love, but try to restrain myself from those sugary and fattening mochas! Carmel and Mint are my fav’s!

Song – Changes weekly, but as far as music goes, I go through moods of 70’s music from when I was a kid like Carly Simon and Neil Diamond, to the Heavy Metal bands of the 80’s from when I was in High School, to what is on the radio now, from Pink to Nickleback!

Musical – I love musicals! Going to go with Grease being my favorite.

Book – No way I could pick there! LOL Won’t even let myself get started!

Movie – Practical Magic and Pride & Prejudice I have watched over and over and over…just ask my poor hubby!

Hobby – Knitting, if only I had more time.

Pastime – reading and watching movies, but in that order.

Date – going out to dinner and a movie, not real original, but I love it.

Sex Position – well let me see if I can explain…ha ha, right, like I am going to answer this!

Time of Day – Evening. I love it when everyone is home, and safe, and winding down form their days.

Vegetable – Seriously? Okay, lettuce covered in cheese and Marzetti’s Country French Dressing, heavy on the olives. Just being honest.

Fruit – Strawberries, but only when I can eat them with M&M’s

Flower – I am no good with the gardening, but I love visiting them. Partial to white flowers, like the White Gooseneck Loosetrife my husband refers to as a weed in the yard! LOL

Halloween Costume – a witch, no real surprise there ;)

Search Engine – I use Google for everything.

Subject in School – English, of course, as that was my major in college.

Color – Cream/Off-white

Animal – Dog, big ones that come with their own maid!!!!!!

Day Of The Week – Saturday

Month – December

Season – Winter, and I collect snowmen which I leave up in my writing room all year round to remind me of this season.

Store to Shop At – Borders

Catalog to Buy From – In my dreams, the Victorian Trading Company and Pyramid Collection. In real life, Woman Within and Collections, Etc.

Video Game – Rock Band

Sport – Eek! Competition makes no sense to me! I watch and cringe as my boys play 

I got these off the internet, and of course deleted a few. If you have one I didn’t get, ask away in the comments and be entered to win a PDF copy of Torn Asunder!

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

“After a long break having my boys, I finally just had to write again. And, as soon as I gave the stories the space, they entered it. It’s both awesome and humbling to find the words in my mind become characters on a page and create their lives.”

She has now had over twenty stories published between five different small presses. She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. Please look around. Although, a bit of caution, most of her stories tend to hang out on the graphically sexy side of town.

Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.

Her biggest dream is to have a novel she writes be made into a movie that her husband creates the soundtrack for, and then cruise to Alaska with her family on the money they make.

You can reach Kiki at her website: http://www.kikihowell.com/

Torn Asunder
Kiki Howell spins a wonderful tale of passion, magic, betrayal, and a love that conquers all. Enjoy." ~NY Times Bestselling Author, Hannah Howell

Aubrey Griffen is a witch whose true reasons for coming to London soon fall to the wayside when she catches the eye of Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. He seduces her into a whirlwind romance until the lies and threats of his mother force her to flee to Triaill Brimuir, a secret island of her ancestors off the coast of Ireland. Edmund goes after her only to be hit by Aubrey’s confusion and anger when she magically transforms him into an elemental beast of her own creation.

However, it is when Edmund’s lust mysteriously turns him back into a man that the couple are forced to deal with a family secret and untold of powers. Now, Edmund must learn to shift himself into the beast in order to save her in a battle of black verses white magic.

Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.

Genres: Historical (Regency), Paranormal (Witches and Shifters), Erotic, Romantic Suspense


Kiki offered an ebook copy of Torn Asunder to one lucky commentator.

All you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info
2. share with us one of your favourites or leave a comment/question for Kiki regarding her favourites.

Giveaway is open worlwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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