Friday, August 20, 2010

Trust with Hearts: An Inside Look

Hi folks,

Today I’m sharing an inside look at my 10th Amber Heat romance. Trust with Hearts was released on April 25 and received a 4.5 star review from

“Trust with Hearts is beautifully written. You struggle with Sherrie as she tries to regain her footing, and Curtis’s charm is intoxicating as it flows off the pages.”

People ask me, how did this book come about? Trust with Hearts is different from my other Amber Heat romances in that it has a more “traditional” romance novel feel – but still plenty of heat! Although Sherrie & Curtis are attracted to each other, they’re total strangers and are hesitant about getting involved in a relationship. Trust with Hearts gives them the whole summer to get to know each other. Readers are given a look into their pasts and follow along as Curtis & Sherrie heal their hearts, love, and learn to trust again.

The idea for the book came to me before a country music concert. I was sitting in the front row before the show started, when all of a sudden the whole plot and all the characters jumped into my head. Naturally, I started scribbling down notes before the house lights went down.

Although inspired by real-life, the character of Curtis isn’t based on that one particular country music singer – rather he’s a blend of three or four cowboy-hat-wearing singer/songwriters. Elements of the “inspirational” singer are there, but I used my imagination to fill in background details and invented whatever else I needed to make the story work.

The subplot of the book – Sherrie’s devotion to save Kitty Corner – was crucial because I wanted to give her a purpose, something to build her self-esteem. Sherrie’s cat adoption project lets her help unfortunate cats who need rescuing and good homes. It parallels how Dave takes Sherrie in (aka “rescues” her) and gives her a second chance at a new life. And, on a more personal note, giving Sherrie the “job” of helping cats allowed me to make a social/personal statement. I’m a “cat person” and I’ve written three cat care books. I always advocate adopting pets (of all kinds) from shelters and giving them a real home. (Would you want to live out the rest of your life in a wire cage?)

Back on topic: Knowing how I often write sequels, a reader asked if there will be another book following up Trust with Hearts. Will Dave get his own story?

I do have an idea for a sequel in mind. What if Curtis’s cousin Jen suddenly had to move in with Dave? Hmmm… I already have a plot brewing in the back of my mind, so if readers would like to see another book (or novella) let me know!

And here’s a little-known fact: Once upon a time, Trust with Hearts had a different ending that picked up right after the funeral. Curtis & Sherrie were driving back to Dave’s house when they got into a car accident. The Ventura was demolished, Sherrie was thrown clear, but had to go back into the burning car and rescue Curtis. I’m happy to say that despite their injuries, everyone lived happily-ever-after. The “car wreck” chapters were deleted after several people (contest judges, among others) told me it felt too “tacked on” and was depressing. Maybe. Maybe not. But I opted to delete it for the final version.

I hope you'll check it out! It's available in ebook format and paperback (on or directly from Amber Quill Press. The book link is:

Happy Reading!

Welcome to My Blog!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I named it Kelli's Quill - The Blog so readers can follow Kelli's Quill - The Newsletter, and now, Kelli's Quill - The Blog.

So what will I be blogging about? Books, the writing life, writing advice, reviews, and whatever else comes to mind.

I've created book pages on the blog. Each page shares links and book summary. It's a fast way to catch up on all of my romances. 

My goal is to post at least once a week. If readers have questions about my books, writing in general, or just want to say "hi" feel free to email me via the "contact the author" form on my website (

For anyone who doesn't know, I'm a writer of romance, horror, non-fiction, and just about everything (and anything else.) Readers (and the curious) can catch up on all my writings on my website. My books are also on - along with some pretty good reviews, I must say.

I've also been known to post my newsletter on and (of course)

Feel free to share this blog with your social media friends and pin the posts the you like the best.

Until next time,

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels. 

Her trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was released in spring 2017. 

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: and Twitter:

Visit her website, to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: