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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Boat Builder's Bed by Kris Pearson - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Sophie is on the verge of opening her own decorating business, Subtle. She hopes that this will be her big break. She always had to settle for the cheaper things in life, so she could set aside every penny she had to spare. She saved the money to set up her own company and to send to her mother, who raises Sophie's daughter Camille. On Subtle's opening day she meets Rafe. Rafe is a very successful boat and yacht builder and he needs a decorator for his new home. Does Sophie have what it takes to land such an important assignment?

Sophie was very young when Camille was born and it devastated her to leave Camille with her mother until finding the financial stability to take care of her herself. Rafe didn't feel loved by his parents when he grew up. He was raised by his grandparents and Rafe is a strong believer of the idea that children need to live with their parents. Sophie and Rafe have an instant attraction towards each other. She was his the moment their eyes met, just as much as he is hers. Every day they grow closer together, but how can Sophie tell Rafe that her daughter lives with her mother?

The Boat Builder's Bed is a sweet story about two people who deserve a second chance at love. Sophie is such a strong woman and even though Rafe is a billionaire she isn't fazed by his money and stands up for herself when she needs to. I love to read about strong females and caring alpha men. Rafe is used to getting what he wants and he's ready to settle down. It was endearing to read about how much he starts to care for Sophie in such a short time and how he immediately knows he has found his match. There's an obstacle though, Sophie is scared he won't understand her choices and I was wishing for her to find the courage to trust this amazing man. Kris Pearson knows how to write an addictive and compelling love story. She's a new author for me and I already can't wait to read more of her books.


If you love to read heartwarming love stories I highly recommend The Boat Builder's Bed.

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The Boat Builder's Bed is free on Amazon and is the first book in The Wellington Series.

About Kris Pearson

Kris writes sizzling contemporary romance, pure and simple. Well, maybe not that pure! They're sexy stories about couples who fall in love, and into bed along the way, just like real people do.

And just for good measure, she's cloned herself! You'll now find some of her books in new, much sweeter editions under the author name of Kerri Peach.

Kris/Kerri is an advertising copywriter and a decor specialist, and the author of 'The Boat Builder's Bed', of which more than two million were downloaded free. Giving away this taste of her work kick-started sales of all her other novels.

Her Wellington books are set in her capital city so she can make use of the beautiful harbor in the plots.

Her Heartlands series follows the girls who live deep in the New Zealand countryside.

Her all-time bestseller is 'Taken By The Sheikh', and there's now 'Desired By The Sheikh' too.

She's currently writing The Scarlet Bay series. Book one is Hard to Regret. Book 2, Hard to Resist, launches October 31.

Four of her novels are available in Spanish. There's a Spanish version of her website - click the flags at the top right of it to change languages.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I’m a compulsive writer - at twelve I wrote my autobiography – an easy subject which required no research. It filled a whole school exercise book. I’ve no idea why I thought I was interesting enough to write about!

I was born in New Zealand to an English father and a Kiwi mother. My first job was at the local radio station as an advertising copywriter. I saved frantically for two years – even cutting my own hair, and the passport photograph looked terrible as a result – and then went to Europe with two school friends. New Zealand is such a long way away from the rest of the world that many of us feel the need to escape for a while. We went first of all to Italy and took a language course at the University for foreigners in Perugia. Quite a culture shock for a girl from a small rural town!

On my return I moved to Wellington, our beautiful and vibrant capital city. It’s not the largest city but it’s where the seat of government is. Wellington is built around an almost circular harbour, and the houses climb up the hills all around it. I’ve used it as the setting for six of my novels.

I’ve worked in radio and television, a series of advertising agencies, and as a retail ad manager for a chain of big furniture stores, so it was writing all the way. It wasn’t until I stopped writing for a living that I started writing fiction.

2) On your website you write about you've met your husband. What does true love mean to you?

I met my husband when we were both working in television, and forty-five years later we still find each other fascinating. We started as friends, and we’re definitely still friends. That’s probably my definition of true love. For the last twenty years we’ve worked together as curtain installers – using a combination of my furnishing background and his incredible practical skills. I’ve never yet fallen off my ladder dreaming up romantic plots.

3) Can you describe Sophie and Rafe in seven words each?

Sophie is independent, ambitious, loyal, pragmatic, hopeful, maternal and self-sufficient.

Rafe has a lot to prove – to himself and his family. He is driven, determined, controlling, encouraging, bitter, handsome and unstoppable.

I don’t make him sound very nice, do I? He had a tough upbringing and has emerged as a real force to be reckoned with. Sophie absolutely has the measure of him and could bring him to his knees with one flick of an eyebrow

4) Sophie and Rafe have an instant connection. Are you a believer of love at first sight?

I certainly believe in fascination at first sight. I’ve met people in my past – men and women – who I instantly connected with. Sometimes there’s just that ‘click’. It feels good. Conversely I’ve met people I can’t wait to get away from. Yes, I think I do believe in love at first sight, because if there’s not that click there’ll be nothing further.

5) In what way does your home inspire your writing?

I do all my writing at home. I love being home. I’ve spent much of the past twenty years in other people’s homes installing tracks and rods and blinds and curtains. I’ve had some wonderful conversations and seen some amazing things. I’ve stolen quite a lot of them for the books – just snippets here and there – but it all adds to the realism of my stories. These days I’m home more often, and I really like retreating to my special writing room and sinking down into the current story. Having my own things around me seems to make a difference.

6) Your story is set in a small town, where does your love for small town romance come from?

The Boat Builders Bed is set in a big city as far as I’m concerned, but a big city in New Zealand is a pretty small place compared to big cities overseas. We have maybe a quarter of a million people in

Wellington, so it’s not London or New York. However, I grew up in a much smaller town and I was able to draw on that atmosphere for the three books in my Heartlands series. This is where you meet the girls and guys who live in remote country areas. I like that there can be close connections between people when a town is smaller. I also think readers enjoy ‘meeting’ the same people again in a different story. Something I did a while ago was to write a ‘prequel’ to my Wellington books. You can read this free on my website - it’s called ‘Maybe by Christmas’. The Wellington books are all standalones but the prequel draws them together and shows that they are indeed interconnected.

7) Do you have a specific writing routine?

My writing routine always starts with checking and answering emails, checking the previous day’s sales figures, and re-reading the most recent pages I’ve written. That settles me into where I want to be and I can then go forward again. I never write a rough first draft. I’m an edit-as-I-go person, which means by the time I write ‘the end’ it really is the end. I write whenever I can grab the time. Wet days are good! I write much better in the afternoons than the mornings, and better again at night. No idea why.

8) What are some of your other hobbies when you're not writing?

I used to paint a lot, and more or less gave up painting to write. These days we’re taking on fewer paid jobs so I’m hoping I’ll get time to paint again. I’m a mad keen gardener like my mum was, and we live in a mini botanic gardens. I’m much less keen on house work, but thankfully my husband has ridiculously high standards of cleanliness and tidiness and he often dives in to do things before I notice they need doing. Every Sunday he says ‘lift your feet’ and vacuums underneath me.

9) You own a decorating company together with your husband. How do you combine your writing with your busy home life?

I’m lucky that I’m a fairly flexible person. If there are paid jobs to do, off we go. If they’re only small jobs I might be lucky enough to be left behind these days. I can do a few sentences if we come home for lunch. Or while I’m waiting for dinner to cook. Or even during an ad break on TV. If it’s a fine day, the garden will claim me for a while. I’ve been known to snap on the bedside light and jot down words in the middle of the night. I’m never far away from a sheet of paper. Even out in the van heading for a curtain job I might get a bit of scrawl down on the reverse of the job sheet.

10) What are your plans for the future?

As to the future, I’m currently working on the third of my Scarlet Bay romances – beach-themed stories that feature a large extended family. I’d love to write a third sheikh novel. I’ve started it, but the current political situation in the Middle East is making it hard to continue. And for a complete change of pace, I’m trying cozy mysteries. I have two that I’ve partly written, and they’re real fun. They’ll be so different from my romances that I’ll need to publish them under a different name. I’m still deciding what that will be.

I already have a second name – Kerri Peach. This came about because a publisher in China wanted some of my books with the love scenes removed. Well – can’t do a romance without them, but I’ve toned them down to sweeter reads and Kerri Peach now has two books just released in China. Three more will follow. They’re also available in English. For instance, The Boat Builder’s Bed has become The Boat Builder’s Bargain.

And that’s me. Always busy, never enough time in the day, projects galore, generally happy. I know I’m very lucky.


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  1. The Boat Builder's Bed sounds like a sweet, single parent romance with a fascinating plot and likeable characters.

  2. This looks delish! A great book to sit in the sun and read!

  3. It sounds like a great reading for my summer holidays

  4. I love books set here in New Zealand! :)

  5. Sounds good, many thanks for the review!

  6. Sounds like my kind of read xx

  7. This sounds lovely, I always love it when people find what their heart is looking for even when things don't look like they'll match up. Beautiful.

  8. This sounds a great story and just look at the cover. :) Can't wait to read it, so it'll be going on my TBR list.

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  10. That's really interesting about having to 'tone down' your novels for the huge Chinese market.