About the Book
Book: Copenhagen Cozenage
Author: Kristen Joy Wilks
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: September, 2015
Morgan Ravn arrives in Denmark seeking clues about her mysterious heritage. What she finds is a flirtatious stranger who regales her with a story about a jewel thief from 1958 and then abandons her with a large unruly dog. Can Morgan locate the irresponsible pet owner before his monstrous canine drags her through every puddle in Copenhagen and sheds all over her last dress? And why are strangers dogging her every step, snapping photos? Is the shutter happy behavior a bizarre Danish custom or something more sinister?
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About the Author
Kristen Joy Wilks lives in the beautiful woods of the Cascade mountains with her camp director husband, three fierce sons, and a large and slobbery Newfoundland dog. She spent her misguided youth falling in love with Commander Spock via Star Trek reruns, being suspended upside down over a homemade pit filled with gardener snakes, and stampeding herds of elk while on horseback. Now most of her adventures consist of preventing her hubby from filling another wall of their dining room with board games, thwarting her 3 boys’ efforts to sneak their pet chickens onto their bunk beds whenever she turns her back to fold laundry, and trying not to trip over the random teenagers that swarm her house to play all those board games.
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Have you ever gotten stuck with someone else’s luggage? How about someone else’s dog? Let’s make that someone else’s ill-mannered, 150lb, Newfoundland dog!
Yes, Morgan, my poor heroine just wanted to discover her roots during a calm tour of Copenhagen, Denmark. What she gets … a wild chase through a foreign city with a giant and hairy beast in tow!
We have owned two wonderful Newfoundland dogs and they are truly gentle giants … once they grow up. But that training process is a sight to behold when your “puppy” weighs 100lbs before he reaches his first birthday and doesn’t even notice you bouncing along behind him as he charges for the lake.
Our first Newfoundland, Shamu, ended up weighing a hefty 163lbs in his prime and was a handful for those first few training years. Thus, I have taken some of our crazy dog stories and used them to harass my hapless heroine during her Danish vacation. Shamu would gallop toward any body of water he spotted. A lake, river, nice fountain, you name it! If you happened to be dragged along with him, he didn’t mind. The more the merrier! Don’t worry, there is plenty of water in Copenhagen to tempt a fun-loving Newfoundland dog. One might see various fountains, a paddle boat pond in Tivoli Gardens, or even a restaurant that is actually a pirate ship floating on a lake. Add a bunch of dog hair and slobber and this crazy RomCom hits a bit close to home for someone who actually owns a Newfoundland dog.
As a prize, I’m offering notecards that feature our current Newfy (Princess Leia Freyja) in all her hairy glory as well as a box of Danish chocolates and a paperback copy of the book.
May your day be full of adventure … but not quite as much as Morgan endures in Copenhagen Cozenage. God Bless!
In His Hands,
Interview with Kristen
Share something readers wouldn’t know about you?
Well, I live at a remote Bible camp in the Cascade mountains. We have to produce our own electricity, get water from a well, and plow our own roads in the winter. I have seen a cougar while out horseback riding and had a bear cross the road in front of our stroller while I was on a walk with the boys. It is an absolute delight to live here and I would much rather face a bear just going about his business than some of the rowdy tourists one encounters in the city, ha! Last summer, my husband was gone for four whole days. In that time, I had to run a paintball group, find a chainsaw for our camp intern because a tree fell across the road, and get the generator started when it ran out of fuel so that we could have power. The problem, the diesel pump also requires power to work. Without the generator, no pumping of diesel. Without the diesel, no working generator. However, there was a hidden stash of diesel in a small fuel can (that was of course not labeled correctly) that I had to find. Then I poured the tiny gulp of fuel into the generator, turned it on, and ran like a mad woman to start the diesel pump, hoping that the generator would stay running long enough so that I could pump sufficient fuel into its gullet to keep the thing going, ha! That was a mountain woman adventure for sure.
Wow! Talk about off the grid! Your life is more adventurous than most of us would want to risk, I’m sure. Share something about the book that isn’t in the blurb.
I chose several fun locations in Copenhagen and then had Leroy the monstrous dog cause epic havoc for my heroine in every single place. Imagine trying to find a potty spot for a 150lb dog on the Crocus Lawn at Rosenborg Castle? Where do you hide a large canine when visiting The Marble Church? What about your tour of the third oldest theme park in the world? How exactly does a dog who weighs more than you and has a passion for fountains, lakes, and large puddles accompany you into Tivoli Gardens? More importantly, after your visit, will they ever let you come back?
How funny! What were the key highlights and challenges you faced when writing this book?
This book represented the first time I wrote a romance, so that was new. It ended up being a RomCom, ha! Also, I had always taken years and years to write book manuscripts in the past, but this one had to be finished right away because I wrote it to pitch to a specific editor at a writer’s conference. It was wonderful to be able to use some of our crazy stories from training Shamu, our 163lb Newfoundland dog, in this story! Lots of good memories fueled these rowdy dog scenes.
I love that you included some of your own experiences to bring this story to life. What is the key theme or message of the book?
The themes of abandonment and discovering who you are run through this story. Morgan is trying so hard to connect with her long-lost relatives, but so many times the truth ends up being a lot more problematic than the fairytales you provide for yourself in your head. Much like taking a 150lb dog for a walk in a well-manicured garden. It sounds great … until you get catapulted into a decorative creek by a galloping behemoth in dog’s clothing!
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Be sure to watch the book trailer on my YouTube channel. It is super fun and will give you a good idea whether you will enjoy the book or not. I also have two free books on my website for newsletter subscribers. It was so great to meet you all. Happy reading!
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Kristen-Joy-Wilks/e/B016FREUPM?ref
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To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away the grand prize package of a box of Ingeborg’s Danish chocolates, plus six blank notecards with Newfoundland dog photos on the front, and a paperback copy of the book!!
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