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Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Christmas With… Kimberly Derting


Kimberly graciously accepted to celebrate the release of her new series, starting with The Pledge with us on Tynga’s Reviews! If you want to learn more about the series, you’re at the right place ^^


1- The Pledge is the first book in a new series, was it hard to step away from The Body Finder's series and immerse yourself in a new world?

I wouldn’t say it was hard, but it was definitely different...and a whole lotta fun!  I loved creating an entirely new world from scratch, with new rules and societal structures.  Even better, one with new hot boys!

2- In The Pledge, social classes are divided by the language they speak. I have to say it's extremely original and I find myself wondering what triggered this idea?

The original idea for The Pledge came to me in pieces.  The first piece was just a simple question: “What would it be like if someone could understand all languages?” But I definitely wanted the story itself to be bigger than just that component.  I spent a lot of time thinking about how Charlie’s ability would work, what kind of world she would live in, and creating the monarchies and her friends and family, before I’d ever written a single word.

3- Would you qualify The Pledge as a dystopian novel?

Booksellers and publishers love to classify books with neat little labels, but I have a tough time with that. If I had to categorize it, I’d almost call The Pledge more of a fantasy-dystopic with a splash of romance. But I guess that’s kind of hard to find on the shelves.

4- This is just the beginning, but how many books are planned in the series?

There are three books planned, and I can’t wait to torture these characters some more! ;)

Now onto some Xmas-y questions:

5- What's a typical Christmas like in the Derting family?

We actually have a great family tradition!  As a family, we...do absolutely nothing. All day. Seriously, we just sit around in our pajamas, and watch movies and eat junk food.  It’s the best day of the year, because we’re all together and we have no distractions!

6- What's your best Christmas memory?

A few years ago we got a gorgeous white Christmas, which is pretty rare around here.  It just made our Christmas all the more memorable. And is it just me or does hot cocoa taste even better when it’s snowing outside???

7- Is there one gift you received that really stuck to your memory?

This is so weird (and random) but I remember getting the X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars when I was in the 5th grade. It was kind of a big deal, since it was the hot gift of the season and I knew how hard they were to get. So when I got one, I felt pretty special!

8- What is Christmas like in The Pledge's world?

Well, there is no “Christmas” in Ludania because I’m pretty sure the queen would not want to share the spotlight with Santa. :) But they still have winter. Their climate is similar to parts of the northern United States and Europe, so it’s snowy and cold. 


If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about The Pledge

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository


Kimberly would like to offer one of you a signed copy of The Pledge, also with some bookmarks, stickers, and a Passport.

Open to US & Canada only

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)

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Kimberly DertingI was born and raised in the Seattle area, with the exception of a few short stints in Phoenix, Boise, and San Jose. I had a colorful childhood, raised by a single mother who worked her butt off to make ends meet. She showed my brother and me how to enjoy life on a shoestring budget. She was the kind of person who, given the choice between paying a bill and taking us to the circus, would always opt for the circus...and somehow, she always managed to pay the bill. She was the one who taught me how to laugh.

You can visit Kimberly here.



More of Kimberly Derting‘s books:

The Body Finder (The Body Find...Desires of the Dead (The Body...The Last Echo (The Body Finder...


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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57 People left their mark' :

  1. My fav winter drink is french vanilla cappucino, from Tim Horton.... full of sugar and no real coffee in it... Really good for arteries.... But I like the taste! Thanks for this giveaway!



  2. My favorite winter drink is eggnog.

    GFC name: Stephanie

  3. I love hot chocolate in the winter. Perfect drink for a cold day.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. My favorite winter drink is hot chocolate.

  5. pepermint hot chocolate!

    mel91284 at yahoo dot com

  6. Great post! Thank you so much for sharing! I really love this event!

    My favorite holiday drink is Hot chocolate with marshmallows!

  7. I have a new favorite drink this winter... Starbucks venti salted caramel mocha, add shot, stirred. I am addicted! I used to go to Starbucks once or twice a month, maybe. Lately? Two or three times a week! So bad, but soooo good! ;)

  8. My favorite winter drink is Caribou Coffee's dark spicy iced mocha. They make it special for me since it's really supposed to be a hot spicy milk chocolate mocha ;).

  9. My favorite winter drink is a peppermint mocha. Yum!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love her Body Finder series and "The Pledge" is definitely on my TBR list :-)

  10. Ironically, the year my state had a white Christmas, the snow missed a hole right in the center of the state. Like there was a massive white donut centered over everyone but my family's area. lol Oh, well, there will be other times to hopefully have a white Christmas. :) I love to drink cinnamon spiced hot cocoa in the winter, just perfect for the chilly time. Thank you for the great giveaway, I'd love to read The Pledge. :)

  11. The Rafflecopter didn't come up with a space for me to enter how I follow, so I'm entering it here:

    GFC: Amber Hughes
    Twitter: @ReadingAddict17

  12. Eep, I forgot to say how I follow.

    GFC: DJ Librarian

    DJ Librarian Dishes

  13. My favorite winter drink is hot chocolate with marshmallows.

  14. My favorite winter drink has got to be hot chocolate.

    GFC follower - Barbara E.

  15. Cool thanks for the giveaway! My favorite winter drink is hazelnut coffee or hot chocolate :)

    GFC follower
    Kristy at dreamingbyday dot com

  16. Spiked Egg Nog :)
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  17. I love mint hot chocolate, white russians and egg nog :)
    Gfc ebaker

  18. Favourite winter drink is definitely Starbucks Caramel Brule Lattes. So yummy!

    I follow through GFC (thekams) and feedreader.

  19. I love hot tea. But this time of year I also like warm, spiced wine and a huge mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows.

  20. Eggnog with rum or hot chocolate.


  21. Thanks for the giveaway, Tynga!

    Hmm... my fave winter drink? I would probably say hot chocolate! :)

  22. The raffelecopter wasn't working properly and wouldn't let me put in my info. so...
    Sharon Stogner
    sstogner1 at gmail dot come

    my favorite winter drink is Hot Chocolate!

    GFC/email follower :)

  23. I love peppermint mochas from starbucks. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  24. My favorite winter drink is eggnog! I love it and only allow myself to drink it during the holidays!

    The form wouldn't let me enter the following info:
    Name and email: Julie Witt, jwitt33 at live dot com
    GFC follower: Julie Witt

  25. I like hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream.

    GFC: Na

  26. Hot chocolate(maybe with a little peppermint schnapps). Thanks for the chance. The book sound interesting.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  27. I love a good cup of hot chocolate with some of the mini marshmellows.

  28. Sounds like an interesting book. And what a great package to win! I love bookmarks and stickers.

  29. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    My fave winter drink is Egg Nog!

    GFC: Kelly

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite winter drink is hot chocolate.

    GFC follower - SusieBookworm

  31. I love, love, love raspberry hot chocolate :) This book looks fantastic, thanks for the giveaway!

    happy Holidays1

  32. My favorite winter drink is a cinnamon sugar white mocha :)

  33. Hot chocolate, definitely! I've heard such good things about this book!

    GFC follower - Kara DiDomizio

  34. Hot Chocolate with peppermint marshmellows
    I am a Gfc follower as Audie
    Audra Holtwick

  35. My favorite is hot chocolate with whipped cream! Thank you very much what a great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  36. Hmmm, hot chocolate with vanilla ice cream, and a candycane dipped in chocolate to stir it with. So much sugar, but so yummy. :]

  37. Winter, spring, summer, or fall my favorite drink is coffee and at the holidays a well made Eggnog latte will always win! Thank you for sharing today, I really want to read The Pledge :)

  38. I love hot chocolate!! :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark
    Michelle Reed

  39. My favorite Winter drink is mocha cappuccino :)

    GFC: Lecea

  40. I love the Peppermint Hot Chocolate! So good! ;)


  41. I love to drink hot chocolate when it's cold!

  42. I follow by email.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  43. favorite winter drink is hot chocolate. Especially after shoveling snow or being out in the cold - it's just yummy, especially sitting in front of a fireplace.

  44. I've been wanting to read this one! Love her writing :) Favorite winter drink is definitely hot chocolate! Great giveaway!

  45. My favorite holiday drink is egg nog, usually with some brandy in it or not either way is delicous. This book looks great it's definitely going on my tbr. THanks for the give away.

    stephanie eckstein
    email subscriber, gfc follower, and fb follower

  46. Hot coco with mint, peppermint, cinnamon, or melted chocolate candy bar in it. :D Weird, but good. :D

  47. Thanks for the great giveaway!!
    My favorite winter drink is hot chocolate! not coco lol!!!
    GFC: red_tigergirl2
    email: red_tigergirl2 (at) hotmail DOT COM

  48. I'm addicted to blue Powerade. But since my college doesn't have Powerade, I've started drinking Naked smoothies. They're delicious!

  49. Um, To quote captain Picard, "Tea, Earl Gray, Hot." :P

  50. Hot Chocolate is my favorite winter drink! :)

  51. My favorite winter drink is definitely hot chocolate. Thanks!

  52. My favorite winter drink is hot chocolate with a piece of chocolate mint candy cane melting at the bottom. Of course there has to be a ton of whipped cream on top as well!!

  53. mm I am a sucker for the mochas in the winter, or really anytime of the year.

  54. Hot apple cider! I love it. Although, I love different kinds of hot teas also. Thank you for the giveaway! DeAnna Schultz sacredmoon1(at)gmail(dot)com

  55. My all time favorite is always mexican hot chocolate. I LOVE the sweet and spicy. Altho this year I did try peppermint hot chocolate at McDonalds and it was delicous! As was the caramel apple cider. YUM! Thanks for the giveaway. The Pledge was an amazing bk. LOVED it!

  56. Sorry, can't choose just one.

    I love steamed apple juice with a shot of cinnamon dolce syrup and a chai latte (has to be vegan, though!).