Thursday, October 30, 2014

Palmetto Moon Virtual Book Tour Highlights

It's so sad to see our authors go, but in tribute we do a recap of the highlights of their blog tour with us at Pump Up Your Book.  Today we're highlighting Kim Boykin and her Palmetto Moon Virtual Book Publicity Tour.

About the Book:

June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the
oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.

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About the Author:

Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy.
PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.

Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.

Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule, and Palmetto Moon, also from Berkley 8/5/14. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.
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Virtual Book Tour Highlights

"There’s so much food in the book, it’s a wonder I can fit in the pages. I’d say a little less of that, but with Frank Darling as a top-notch cook, there might even be more goodies. Love his peach cobbler."
-- The Literary Nook (character interview)

"I was pleasantly surprised and then shocked at one of those ethereal moments. Dana and Bonita Cheney, the nice couple from the Colleton County Historical Society who showed me around Walterboro, offered to show me Round O. To be honest, with the majority of the story taking place there, and having never been there, I was more than a little nervous."
-- The Book Faery Reviews (guest post)

"Palmetto Moon is a charming read. The characters make you want to hop into the book and stay with them forever. I am glad that Vada stepped out on her own. She blossomed into a good woman. There was a time of two where she did revert to being a young child like and needing assistance but luckily she had Frank there by her side. Speaking of Frank, he is such a sweetheart. He was like a giant teddy bear with a heart of gold. I had such an enjoyable time with Vada, Frank, Claire, and her boys that before I knew it I was already done reading this book in a matter of a few short hours."
-- Cheryl's Book Nook (review)

"What I really enjoyed about Palmetto Moon was the character of Vada. A strong woman who took control of her life at a time when women were not suppose to behave in such a manner.  But along with that strength was innocence which I found very refreshing, it is rare in books these days.  I totally enjoyed this book and suggest you give it a try."
-- The Road to Here (review)

"Palmetto Moon is superbly written and does a great job of bringing you along in the story. While the story takes place in the 1940′s I could actually picture them driving to Walterboro and to Augusta. The story is not rushed at all and carries a good pace. Along with that, the characters are all well written and none are presented as an afterthought. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read her others."
-- Southeast by Midwest (review)

"Palmetto Moon is an insightful novel with a charming cast of characters. Although it is written from different perspectives, the story flows nicely with smooth transitions between the various points of view. Kim Boykin’s descriptive prose easily brings the setting and the characters vividly to life. All in all, it is a very engaging novel that has depth and substance and a wonderfully heartwarming romance."
-- Book Reviews and More by Kathy (review)

"A well written story with engaging characters and a storyline that flows easily. An easy going read for a rainy fall day. The love scenes are sweet, the characters are endearing and the storyline is a bit predictable, but interesting. Well written, you can tell the author knows her southern fiction. An enjoyable read!"
-- My Book Addiction and More (review)

Visit the official Palmetto Moon Virtual Book Publicity Tour here

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