Be Our Guest Fridays {3}: Author Kimberly Belle at My Novel Opinion


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Today’s Guest Post

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It’s Helen’s turn today to share a Be Our Guest post and she’s hosting Author Kimberly Belle. Kimberly is the author of The Last Breath, which sounds like an intense novel surrounding Gia, her accused murderer of a father who is dying of cancer and her deceased mother, the only one who knows the truth about who killed her and has secrets of her own. So head on over to My Novel Opinion’s feature of Author Kimberly Belle and see how growing up in eastern Tennessee influenced her writing.

About The Last Breath

From author’s website:

Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.

Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that turn her tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.

As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated….

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About Kimberly Belle

From author’s website:

Prone to whirlwind adventures, I am a writer, wife, and mother who lives a life that’s part American, part Dutch, with lots of travel in between.

Home is where the laptop is

I grew up in Eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Back then I couldn’t find an ounce of beauty in the blue ridges and green valleys and roaring streams, couldn’t find an ounce of appeal in the winding country roads. I was slave to my wanderlust. The summer after high school, I fled to Atlanta to attend Agnes Scott College, a small liberal arts school for women and a four-year pit stop on my quest to see the world.

It was in Atlanta I met the Dutchman, who whisked me off to the Netherlands. What was meant to be a six-month stay turned into twelve freezing but fabulous years, during which I began checking off the countries on my to-see list. Two decades later, I’ve still not seen them all.

Living abroad changed me in ways I can’t count, and though I don’t have the passport to prove it, I am in my heart and soul half Dutch. I know the culture, I speak the language like a native, I love that country like my own. You can read more about my Dutch life in my blogs, and here.

Ten years ago, the Dutchman and I moved back to Atlanta with our two children, but every chance I get, I hop a plane to Amsterdam, so I can stick my toes in sandy Dutch soil.

And of course, wherever I go, the laptop also travels.

Have you read The Last Breath? It’s going on my to-read list! What did you think of Kimberly’s post? Thanks for reading, you know how much I love comments!


  1. Thanks for linking up to our guest this week! I loved reading Kimberly’s post. I think most people can relate to her feelings towards her home town. I wanted nothing more than to leave my home town (my entire family lived within 5 miles of each other (with the exception of one Uncle who moved around with the Army)). It’s coming up to 8 years since I left, and we are over 3,000 miles away from our little town in North West England, now in a not so little town in North West NJ. I occasionally miss some of the things from “home” but here feels a lot more like “home” now, and if we went back I don’t think it would be an easy transition for us.

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