About the Book
Book: More Than A Heartthrob
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 28, 2021
Whoever said beauty is only skin deep lied. Beauty begins from within.
Jazzy is comfortable in her own skin, but the world cringes at it. Her personal armor since her teen years, makeup hides the scars that make anyone who sees them wince. The true test of any friend is: will they accept her without it?
Chris races to Hooper Island to escape a life-altering situation. The only person he knows and can trust there is a woman he met once. It wasn’t a good meeting. Lost and lonely after being the center of attention in Hollywood, he won’t risk losing the one friend he has.
Befriending Chris poses a risk Jazzy is loath to take. If anyone will reject her for her scars, it’ll be a guy whose life is focused on beauty. But as she helps him work through his own problems and his struggles with faith, will she gather the courage to pluck the plank from her own eye?
Once alone and vulnerable, will Jazzy and Chris rely on one another? Or will the force of their polar opposite lives push them apart—for good.
More Than a Heartthrob continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
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About the Author
Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.
Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.
More from Kari
Welcome to the blog tour for More than a Heartthrob. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about the book a little. Thank you to today’s blog host and to Celebrate Lit for the tour and for publishing this great set.
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring at you for whatever reason? For me, it’s my weight. I’ve been overweight since my second year of marriage when I made a personal (and poor) decision to take a medication that made me gain a lot of weight quickly. And because of back pain, I’ve never been successful in shedding it.
For Jasmine (Jazzy), it’s her scars and lack of hair that she hides under makeup and wigs. She’s carefully kept them a secret her entire life. Only her friends and family know. She even has a beauty vlog (video blog) where she talks about faith and gives beauty tips.
But she isn’t happy. She’s lonely because it’s all fake. The skin she shows the world isn’t hers. I know I feel like that sometimes when I hide behind baggy clothes or sit behind a table so no one can really see me.
But, do people really think in their heads what we think they are? All that worry is spent, but it is fruitful? The answer to that, is no. Do some people judge us on our looks, behavior, or faith? Absolutely, but this book challenges the view that people “always” do.
Jazzy is challenged to forgo what she thinks makes her beautiful, it’s a twist on the old beauty and the beast story and I think you’re going to enjoy it. Especially because the guy who believes in her most, is the one society says should be the most critical, a Hollywood actor.
I hope, if you’re one of those people who wishes for a tall plant to hide behind when you’re in a crowded room, that you’ll find a kindred spirit in Jazzy.
Interview with Kari
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first got the idea to write a story in about 2012, but I completely ignored it for two years. It wasn’t until I was injured at work and couldn’t move for a few weeks that I finally penned the first chapter of what would become my second written novel (yes, not the first, the second).
After I improved, I put that chapter in the bottom of a drawer and didn’t look at it again for another year. In October of 2015, I decided to just write. I didn’t tell anyone, and I wrote a thriller suspense novel with a paranormal twist. How’s that for different from what I currently write? I can only laugh now.
My friend, who’d been publishing for a while at that point, challenged me to set that book aside and continue my streak by writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I did that and wrote the story that had been plaguing my dreams since 2012. In one month, I cranked out a 75,000 word novel because no one told me I couldn’t. I still like to write fast. That was when I decided I was in this for the long haul.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
This is such a tough question for me. As a “new” author (I published first in 2016) I’m still building my list of available books for readers, so I don’t honestly have a lot of time that isn’t earmarked. I love spending time with my family, reading, and visiting my most favorite place, South Dakota.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
My first suggestion would be to read widely, not just what you love. Reading as much as you can will give you a great handle on story structure. I pretty much lived in books from age five until I was twenty and I don’t regret a second of it. I wish I had more time to read now!
What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story starts with a character I can relate to. If I don’t have any connection at all to a character, no matter how much everyone else loves them, I just won’t be able to make it through.
What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
I’m currently finishing up my next women’s fiction book under the name Teri Blake. It’s called Winter Holiday and will be available at all major retailers. Watch for it at the end of October. For my Kari Trumbo romances, you can always find me at http://www.KariTrumbo.com.
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To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click the link below to enter.