Swoon Reads Authors: Temple West and Kimberly Karalius


Last year, we had the first three Swoon Reads authors on the blog. This year, we have two Swoon Reads authors from the second list, and I’d like to call them Swoon Twins, because their books have the same pub day!

Let’s welcome Temple West and Kimberly Karalius! ❤

Temple West

The debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Nashville and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

Temple West is THE QUEEN. I met her even before Velvet got chosen, and even if I wasn’t able to read the first version of it (because of my hiatus), I really felt its potential. So I joined the Queen as she talked about #TempleTakeover on social media, making Velvet awesome even before it got released. I’ve been supporting her ever since. I always call her Queen on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media, because why not? She’s an inspiration, and she proves that nerds rule the world. ❤

Want to read my Velvet review? Click here.

Kimberly Karalius

If you gave her a wish bone, Kimberly would wish fervently for snow in Florida. Her love for 90s cartoons (or any cartoons, really) knows no bounds. She might be the only person you know who can be completely engrossed in watching silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently.

Kimberly holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Luna Station Quarterly, The Medulla Review, and Hogglepot. Her chapbook, POCKET FOREST, was published by Deathless Press in August 2013.

LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS (Swoon Reads/Macmillan May 2015) is her debut novel.

Kim is super friendly and I love her pictures in Disney! I also didn’t get the chance to read her Swoon Reads manuscript (called We Could Fall in Love back then) but I really wanted to support her because the idea of her story is really amazing! The fantasy vibe made her story very fairytale-like and I love that. She’s one of the closest Swoon Authors to me, and I totally want to meet her in Disney when I get the chance, just like how she met with Karole Cozzo! I bet that would be super cute. 😉

Want to read my Love Fortunes and Other Disasters review? Click here.

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Velvet by Temple West


VelvetVelvet by Temple West

Publication Date: May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

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