Join RNIC in welcoming author Keshia Robertson to the site! Keshia is introducing us to her novel, Just as Good (our reviewer loved it and gave it 4 stars!) and doing a giveaway, but first, let’s get to know her.
Keshia, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing my whole life but for ten years I’ve written with the goal of becoming a writer. Now with the release of my first book in 2012 I’m gearing up for more books and also learning more about the online publishing world.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to all types of music but my favorite type of music to write to would have to R & B. Some of my favorites are Janelle Monae, K. Michelle, Melanie Fiona, Nabiha and Luke James for the guys. My current music is “Oh My God” by Luke James feat. HitBoy.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
Gag Concert is a variety comedy show from Korea and basically helps me unwind in the week that I watch on YouTube in subtitles. It’s really funny and some of the guys are so hot that I want to write about them especially from the segment “The Three Friends.” Other than that it’s the usual Scandal and Sleepy Hollow as well.
What can readers expect from you next?
For 2014 I’m working on a project that I’ve always wanted to do as a writer which is write about Asian male leads. Therefore I’m focusing on Here For Yoo Press my line of Blasian romance novels with the first two books “My Brother’s Mistake” which is Romance/Family Drama and “My Year of Horses” which is New Adult/Romance. I’m going to round off summer 2014 with the first books in an annual Canadian line series so watch out for that too.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
I have romance, young adult, thrillers and old teen magazines. The books that I like are varied in genre but my favorites have folded over pages for the love scenes.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I would live in Scandinavia. A land of handsome blonde men would be complete my paradise. Only the winters make me want to think twice about moving there permanently since I’ve never gotten used to Canadian winters.
What are your pet peeves?
Waiting in long, slow lines without sitting would be a pet peeve of mine for sure. I’m a get in and grab it kind of shopper with only a few moments of lingering in between.
Short answer choices:
Leather or lace? Leather
Long or short hair? Long
Fruity drink or strong liquor? Fruity drink
Heels or flats? Flats
Jeans or skirt? Skirt
Coffee or tea? Tea
Glamorous girl or girl next door? Glamorous girl
Picky eater or adventurous? Adventurous
Glamorous makeup or au naturale? Au Naturale
Sexy bed-head or sophisticated coif? Sophistacated coif
How do you celebrate each book release?
These days I’m focusing heavily on promotion so I don’t have time to actually celebrate book releases but for my first book I got dressed up and had dinner with my best girlfriends who are really supportive of my writing career. That night was really fun so sometime after publishing ten more books I’ll probably repeat the dinner and hopefully be able to add readers in the area as well.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
I have a limit when it comes to writing sex in contemporary romance to a good 2-3 long scenes because I like to focus on the story. But when it comes to more erotic/sexually driven stories as long as the story line doesn’t suffer from the sex scenes or it reads as natural with the characters then it doesn’t matter how many sex scenes there are—especially if the readers like them.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
One of my favorite things to do is cook but guys who love cooking and making their own recipes are such a turn on. Because of that my ideal man would be Chuck Hughes from Chuck’s Day Off a born and bred Canuck with awesome cooking skills and tattoos.
Blurb for Just as Good
Evan Hermes traded in romance for pragmatism when he suggested marriage at their New Year’s Eve party to his girlfriend Kitt Preston. It was a “suggestion” which wasn’t well received by the love of his life. Though it’s taken him most of the year to figure out the perfect proposal, this time romance is front and center to obtain a yes!
Kitt has been in love with Evan ever since he asked her out during their first year of college. Tall, handsome, and a family man, Evan is the kind of person that most women would be falling over themselves to marry…but not her. Kitt is only willing to say yes to a marriage proposal that is worthy of their love and years together.
Excerpt for Just As Good
4 days before Christmas
A second chance for Evan to propose felt about as miraculous as Santa Claus standing in the middle of his living room with an inheritance grand enough for him, Kitt, and their future children’s children to each share comfortably.
As a grown man, it was kind of silly to believe in things such as the miracle of the holidays, but even after discovering Santa’s nonexistence at the age of eight just as his mother lost her battle to cancer, he still saved some hope for Santa during the holidays.
Kitt had left the house that week to spend it helping her mother and stepfather get ready for their trip to Barbados. Evan shivered before pressing the doorbell to Kitt’s parent’s house. She had been the friend he lusted over for a greater part of first year until he confessed to her and they became a couple. He would forgive Santa for allowing people to say that he was someone who didn’t exist if the old man had his back for just this one holiday. He wanted to make it a Christmas that Kitt wouldn’t be able to forget.
Kitt opened the door with a large pink suitcase rolling behind her.
“Are you immigrating to my parent’s cottage?” he asked.
Evan smiled at her as Kitt stuck her tongue out at him. He knew her to be a person who traveled only after packing half of her closet even if it was just for a day.
“I always win your parents and brothers over with my runway model wardrobe,” Kitt teased. “And you know I have a lot of hair products.”
“I would figure,” he said.
Her thick, curly hair formed small spirals around her shoulders. It had been their first source of conversation after Kitt asked to stand under his umbrella on the first day of university classes. He had looked down at the shorter girl beside him seeing only curls, large glasses, and flawless brown skin before he decided that he had fallen for her.
He reached for her suitcase. “I’ll take that.”
“Ah…holding doors and carrying all of the heavy things…” she said. “Good boyfriend.”
She turned to lock her front door and then walked to his car. The word “boyfriend” was appearing in a grateful afterthought in her sentences. If he had done more than suggest marriage, he would be called “future husband” sweetly instead.
Buy it Now!
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: A $15 Amazon gift card!
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: In the comment section below, answer the following question: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Deadline to enter: December 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced, Monday, December 30, 2013
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to U.S. and international entrants.
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About the Author
I’m Keshia Robertson a writer born and raised in Canada who lives in one of the most multicultural cities in the world so I’ve always had POC as lead characters in my stories. Only in 2005 did I find out more about the IR writing community and decide to join up with my fellow multicultural writers. When I’m not writing I’m watching Korean dramas, learning more about fitness, creating eBook covers, and dating aka living my own romantic comedy.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”