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Ruby Release: Hot Buttered Yum by Kim Law

Our very own Kim Law is releasing her second serial with Amazon Montlake this week, and I sat down with her to talk about the process of writing her new book. If you want to know more, check out the launch party for EX ON THE BEACH, or her previous post about writing e-Serials.

Before we get to the interview, however, let me tell you a bit about her new book, Hot Buttered Yum. I got the opportunity to read the first episode, and let me tell you, it’s a scorcher! 😀

Hot Buttered Yum

HotButteredYumOh, Santa baby!

Turtle Island’s Yummy Santa contest is underway, and master of ceremonies Roni Templeman is ready to rock around the Christmas tree. After years of hiding the pain of loss behind her carefree lifestyle, she’s shocked to find one broad-shouldered contestant is much more than just a hot body. But is she ready to finally let someone unwrap her guarded heart?

Single dad (and gorgeous nerd) Lucas Alexander would do anything to help the charity that’s done so much to help him-even if that means stripping down and suiting up as a sexy Santa. His battle to keep his daughter healthy has been a long, lonely one, but in Roni he’s met the easy, breezy beach girl that he wants by his side. Now he has twelve days to prove to her that their love is worth the risk, and this Santa is determined to claim his Mrs. Claus.

EB: How do you create a hero that will keep a reader engaged from one episode to the next… and all the way to the end of the book?

KL: Hi Liz!! And first of all, is that not the yummiest cover ever?!?! 🙂 And the title! *swoon* I just love everything about this book. 🙂 Including my hero, Lucas Alexander. So okay, I guess I should answer your question and quit preening over my pretty, pretty cover. And the answer is…I really do nothing different. I, of course, make sure he’s on the page plenty in each episode, and I definitely make sure to have a scene or two in his POV, because you totally need to get to know him if you’re going to love him, but I can’t say that I really do anything different for serials than I do for a regular book. Except maybe…oh! I know!…I always try to end each episode (most of the time) with the hero on the page. Both of them, actually. But yeah, definitely that. Since I don’t write suspense (and can’t be killing people off), I try to end with a big emotional moment between the two. And if it’s something HE’S doing/thinking/saying, to make you want to know more about him, all the better!

EB: Will all of your Turtle Island books be e-Serials?

KL: Oh goodness…I hope not! That sounds bad, and it shouldn’t because I really do enjoy writing the serials. It’s a multi-month adrenaline rush as I turn in bits and pieces before the whole thing is done, and keep my fingers crossed that all will work out. But I would love to see them (at least one!) released as a full, just because I know readers would love that too. Not everyone can handle the serial thing, and that’s understandable, but doing them this way is allowing me to get them in the readers’ hands much faster than the normal production schedule. So who knows? Maybe they will all be serials 😉

EB: Was it hard to write a Christmas Novel in the middle of the summer? (especially one set on the beach?) What (if anything) did you do to put yourself in the right frame of mind?

KL: Uh…yes! But luckily, since it was on the beach, I didn’t have to worry about snow and cold weather. But I did buy a Christmas T-shirt that I’ve worn A LOT in the past months. It’s helped remind me to sprinkle in some Christmas details along the way.

EB: I know when you wrote Ex on the Beach, that you hadn’t finished the book by the time the first episode went live.  Is that the same with Hot Buttered Yum?

KL: Unfortunately, yes. I had every intention of getting it all done and turned in by the end of August. But with the way these edits work (episodes going back and forth all the time) it throws off my schedule and just didn’t happen. I do have it almost done, though. I’m working on the last episode right now! Hopefully it’ll be finished in a matter of days.

EB: What are some of an author’s worries with an e-Serial that aren’t present with a regular book?

KL: Will anyone buy it? But then, that worry is always there, isn’t it? But what I mean is, so many people don’t want to read books as a serial. Which is fine. I can understand the frustration. Of course, they could always just buy it and save it until the last episode is delivered 🙂 That works for me too! But I do hope they’ll give it a try. It’s kind of fun (though also a bit frustrating 🙂 ) to mix up your reading and try something this way. But also, I worry that people won’t enjoy the book as much as a whole, because though it isn’t that hard to get back into the story when each episode delivers, it’s never going to be exactly the same as just reading from page 1 until the end. So yeah, that worry is always there. The response on EX was really good, though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one too!

EB: Thanks so much for hanging out with us! Now get back to work and finish the rest of this book! I can’t wait to read the rest of it!!!  Kim is giving away a Turtle Island gift pack, which includes a Georgia Sea Turtle Center mug filled with rum taffy, and an EX ON THE BEACH (Turtle Island series, book #1) audio book to one lucky commenter!

66 responses to “Ruby Release: Hot Buttered Yum by Kim Law”

  1. Happy book birthday, Kim! And, BTW, you had me at gorgeous nerd. 🙂

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  2. Amanda Brice says:

    Awesome interview, ladies!

    Yes, how do you get into a holiday mood so early? 😉 Inquiring minds want to know. Of course, that cover art is definitely quite inspiring. 🙂

    Congrats on the release, Kim! I’m one of those readers who prefers to wait until the whole thing is released as a novel because I’m way too impatient — once I get started I want to glom on and read the whole thing! LOL So it’ll be a little while before I get around to reading this one, but I’ve already ordered it!

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    • Kim Law says:

      *sigh* That cover art came way too darned late to inspire anything! Well…I did just stay up all night and finally finish the last episode. So maybe it inspired that.

      And I hope you enjoy the book when you do read it, Amanda 🙂 Thanks for buying it!!

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  3. This sounds amazing!!!! Happy book birthday, Kim!!! Cannot wait to dive in!

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  4. jbrayweber says:

    You keep on preening, Kim. The cover is awesome!
    I have a high respect for you and the challenge of writing a serial. It seems to me it would be harder to write a serial than a book as a whole. I lift my glass to you.

    Happy release day!

    Jenn!

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    • Liz Bemis says:

      I know what you mean, Jenn! I’m working on edits right now, and I’ve gone back to the first chapter about 40 times… the idea that I COULDN’T go back after it released but before the book is done makes me want to hyper-ventilate into a paper bag!

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    • Kim Law says:

      Ha! Thanks Jenn. It’s certainly crazier to write a serial than a whole! I, apparently, like crazy. Or maybe I am already certifiable and just don’t know it. Probably.

      Now back to preening… 😉

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    • Amanda Brice says:

      I know I’d never be able to do it. More power to Kim!

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  5. Cia says:

    Congrats on the release, Kim! Great title and cover. Yum indeed!

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  6. Liz Talley says:

    It’s a seriously yum-yum cover and the title is so cute. How can readers not want it? Love the concept and the fun that it’s Christmas at the beach…instead of fireside.

    Congrats on another fun serial, Kim!

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    • Kim Law says:

      Thanks Liz! And here’s a little secret. I did sneak in a fireplace. The house my heroine lives in has one (because the eccentric lady who built the house wanted one, though you don’t learn this in the book) and every morning when my heroine is practicing the piano, she opens the windows to the early morning chilly breeze and turns on her tree and lights her fire.

      And in the last scene (that I just wrote)…there is a snuggly fire 🙂 Just couldn’t help myself. But I LOVED the idea of Christmas on the beach instead of in the usual snow!

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  7. June Love says:

    Congratulations, Kim! Love the cover, love the sexy nerd, and love that you wore a Christmas shirt. 🙂 Just curious, and I’m sure you answered this on your post about serials, but I don’t remember the answers and I’m too lazy to go back and read it, so what is the total word count, and does each episode have a set word count? The process sounds difficult in every way imaginable. You’re amazing!

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    • Kim Law says:

      Full length book, June. I just counted them all up and it’s around 103,500. Gah! I meant to come in shorter than that!! But this is what I do. And I chopped about 3k words out of episode 8 yesterday!

      Each episode is about 10-12k words.

      You should totally go for it, June! It grows hair on your chest 😉

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  8. Elise Hayes says:

    Congrats on the release, Kim!

    E-serials are *so* interesting. I didn’t know anything about them until your blog post this summer (so a big thank you for that post!).

    I studied Victorian literature and one of the things that always amazed me was how Charles Dickens (and other writers) wrote in serial format, publishing a new chunk of the book every month. It still boggles my mind, especially since in the end Dickens’ books often ended up in the 500-800 page range, and there would be incredibly minor details in Chapter One that would turn out to be incredibly important at the climax of the book on page 750.

    But what I loved about thinking about the reading experience of those Victorian serials was that since you only got a few chapters every month, you would really linger over those chapters. There wasn’t the rush to get to the end, because the end wasn’t there yet.

    I wonder if readers of today’s e-serials feel the same: you know you’re not going to get the satisfaction of the end of the whole book yet, so perhaps you linger more on what’s there, enjoying it to the full before you get to the cliffhanger that leaves you jonesing for the next installation…?

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    • Kim Law says:

      Hey Elise. You know…I don’t know! But very good question. I do know that when I read a serial, I have kind of a ramped up anticipation, just knowing it’s going to end with a cliffhanger. And since I go into them knowing I don’t get the whole thing, it’s like a little OMG thrill to get to the end of the episode. Yes, I want more, but now I get the juicy pleasure of waiting and wanting. But who knows if others think like me 🙂

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  9. Kim Heniadis says:

    When I read that the love interest is a gorgeous nerd, I yelled out to my husband, “I found my next read!” 🙂
    Wonderful article and I look forward to reading “Hot Buttered Yum”.

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    • Kim Law says:

      Hahahaha!!! Thanks Kim! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

      His nerdness comes across in the beginning (and here and there throughout the book), but I have to admit that his hotness comes across more. 😀

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  10. Congratulations on HBY finally making it’s debut to the world!!! I’m so happy for you!

    Forget the hero and heroine, though (ok, not really, because they’re awesome, too). I’m anxious to hear what everyone thinks of Mrs. Rylander! Delightful, scene-stealing, often inappropriate Mrs. Rylander. I love that crazy ole gal 😀 I can’t wait to hear how much everyone else loves her, too.

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    • Kim Law says:

      Ah, Gretchen…here you are telling secrets again 😉 But yes, oh my, I can’t wait to hear if people love her as much as me! She did get her hand smacked, though. She got totally ripped from a scene yesterday. Two, actually. Just one little mention in one, but the other one? Almost 3K words of her had to go! 🙁 It wasn’t my call (but it was the right one).

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      • Oh, does she not appear in the first installment? My bad. I’m all about divulging your secrets (mwahaha), but that one was completely unintentional! Sorry!

        I hate that she had to be censored (though she probably needs it!). Any chance those cut scenes could become “behind-the-scenes” or “deleted scene” featurettes on your website? Once readers get a taste of her, they’re going to want more 🙂

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        • Kim Law says:

          Yeah, I thought about keeping that scene and sharing it on my website. But it’s the one that tells her own story. So maybe I’ll hang onto it for something even more fun 🙂

          And she’s actually in episode one, but people won’t realize it. Roni sees her heading back across the yard. Mrs. Rylander really doesn’t make an appearance until 2, and then it’s 3 where people will fall in love with her 🙂 I can’t wait!

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          • Ah, I see. So, her story (or background, I guess) isn’t told in HBY? Really?! Like, at all?!

            Oh, I love that! It can work either way, but I really like that being a mystery!

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  11. Tamara Hogan says:

    Congratulations on Hot Buttered Yum, Kim! Great title and cover, and OMG I’m always up (down?!) for a nerd hero.

    A question: with serials, is there a length limitation you need to stay within?

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    • Kim Law says:

      For the whole thing Tammy? I shoot for 90k, and end up with 105k. I think Amazon is good with anything from 70-110k.

      Thanks for the cover and title love 🙂

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  12. Laurie Kellogg says:

    Congratulations, Kim. It sounds like lots of fun but very stressful. I hope this one does as well as the last!

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    • Kim Law says:

      Thanks Laurie! It gets a little crazy before it’s over. But if I wasn’t such a bona fide procrastinator, it wouldn’t be so bad :-/

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  13. Shari says:

    Happy release day, yesterday. Already read the first installment, loved it. I am already falling in love with Roni and Lucas. An added plus, I love sea turtles.

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    • Kim Law says:

      Yay! Another sea turtle lover!! I LOVE them! I want to move to the coast just so I can volunteer to help with the preservation of them. But alas…The Mister says no. *sigh* So I’ll shoot for a beach house 😉

      Thanks for coming by, Shari, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

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  14. Patricia Wagner says:

    Added to my reading list. Sounds so good.

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  15. Tina M says:

    Congrats on your new book. Hot Buttered Yum!!

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  16. Rita Henuber says:

    You are amazing. Congrats on another books. Wishing you many sales.

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  17. Congrats on the book…the cover is awesome! Can’t wait to start reading it!

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  18. Mary Jo Jeffers says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to finish the book, either. Great interview, and congratulations again on the release!

    ~MJ~

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  19. Mary S says:

    Congrats! Looks like a great book,

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  20. Haha – I love the idea of wearing a Christmas T-shirt all summer/fall while you wrote this book. And a yummy nerd – what’s not to love?!

    Can’t wait to read it and I’m so excited for you! Happy release day!!

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    • Kim Law says:

      Thanks Anne Marie! I was wearing my T-shirt one day while I’d barricaded myself in a hotel to finish the book (almost finish the book) and I got to a big wow moment where I saw that it was going to end differently than I thought, so I took a bit of time and left the hotel. I ended up at the drive-thru at a Chick-Fil-A and the teens working the window got quite a kick out of me rocking the Christmas shirt in September. I’m sure I looked like a crazy old person to them. 🙂

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  21. Vivi Andrews says:

    Congrats, Kim! I’m one of those readers who will buy the serial early and then wait until the last episode comes out to read it because the cliffhangers make me batty. I loved Ex on the Beach and can’t wait until I can read Hot Buttered Yum! I adore a good naughty Santa.

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  22. Gail Demaree says:

    Congrats Kim! This new series is awesome. It has me wanting to move to Turtle Island…your stories are amazing. When I am reading them I feel like I have become one of the residents of the town. Looking forward to the rest of Ron’s adventure and the Mr. Yummy Santa contest.

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  23. Would love to read your books, i’m always reading and love to discover new writers. Your books seem like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your latest with us!

    My best,
    Belinda

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  24. Judy says:

    I love the cover and it sounds very delicious to read 🙂

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  25. Signi S. says:

    The title itself is enough to make me drool and want to run right out and get it!! Hot Buttered Rum “and” a hot yummy nerd is a great combination! Who says you can’t have both?? ;)The Turtle Island gift pack really looks terrific, and I would love to win it!! :)The mug itself looks beautiful and then I could have some hot buttered rum and yum in/with it!!!

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  26. I just love Christmas books. Can’t wait to read this one. Wishing you mega-success with it.

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  27. Cheryl C. says:

    Sounds wonderful Kim!! Wishing you lots of success. And as for it being a serial, well, “A Christmas Carol” was written as a serial and it didn’t do half bad. I’m thinking a yummy nerd tops Ebeneezer every time!

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  28. Gina Meier says:

    Loved Ex on the Beach and so ready for some more Hot Buttered Yum. Thanks for the great stories

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  29. Kim Law says:

    Yay…we have a winner for yesterday’s Turtle Island gift pack! Shari!!! Congrats Shari! I’ll be getting in touch!

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