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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Right now, I've snuck off into my son's bedroom with a bowl full of strawberries and whipped cream. I got caught. Strawberries were the only thing that used to be mine as a child. (My brother, a pack rat used to take everything.) He was allergic to Strawberries. I call this God's grace on my childhood.

But none of my four children are allergic and so tonight, after I made them dinner, I cut myself up a beautiful bowl of strawberries and snuck off like a criminal. And you know what? It feels good.

I snuck off because "The Scent of Rain" my book that isn't out until AUGUST is here in Advanced Reader Copy Form. It's a beautiful cover with a BRIGHT PINK SPINE. LOVE IT!

I think this book has my voice in it, and I LOVED all the research I had to do on the perfume business and the subject of smell. It's our strongest memory inducer. Which is why the strawberries reminded me of my childhood.

I do love the scent of rain and so many other scents -- including bleach. Go figure. It's like summer at the Rec pool! Got a favorite scent? Let us know what and why and enter to win a free copy of the ARC.

God bless.

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At 11:10 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

Strawberries is one of my favorite scents. So is vanilla.

I wonder if its common for siblings of food allergy kids to be kindof resentful? I'm allergic to chicken and it always really bothered my brother. He'd complain to people about how we never eat chicken. Every once in a while when my mom would make it (and I'd have something else) its all anyone wanted. We'd pray and they'd go straight for it and not want anything else, lol!

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Carnations are my favorite smell. They smell a bit like cloves.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Julie L said...

I love fruity scents. The flowery scents make me sneeze.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Sandy Fisher said...

Sandy Fisher - probably a shallow response would be Joy by Ives St Laurant. My favorite smell is not specific it is simply fresh and I do not know if one can capture that. I live in the winelands area of Cape Town and in early autumn where we are now there is a crisp fresh fragrance in the air - it is a fragrance of promise.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Abby said...

I love the scent of burning leaves/autumn. I love fall and all the smells that come along with it.

I also love the smell before/after a spring rain.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Mary F. Allen said...

Congrats on the ARC for Scent of Rain, I'm sure it'll be a hit when pubbed, Kristin.

My favorite scent is peach. There's just a fresh, fullness, a completeness about that smell.

Secondly, peonies have a soft, but not over-powdery scent that begs to have their velvety petals touched.

Thirdly, puppy ears. Very young puppies have this smell I can't quite define. I'll detour at a pups-for-sale sign simply so I can cuddle one to my face and sniff it's ears.

Next, because thinking of puppies makes me think of babies, I do love the smell of clean baby or toddler skin. Makes me want to laugh to think of it.

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

I'm thrilled you have another novel coming out so soon. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Favorite scents?
Citrus is probably at the top.
And Vanilla.
OH! And fresh laundry just off the outside line (except during hay fever & pollen time, lol)

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Freshly ground coffee....Yummmm. :)

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

I love the smell of fresh cut grass. It smells so clean, fresh and if the grass was just cut then it's gotta be sunny out :)

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Rebekah Sanders said...

I have many for many different reasons. But my favorite is that smell in the air just before it rains. It's usually really faint, but I can always smell rain coming. And it's not to be confused with the scent of when it IS raining or right after it rains. Those smell different.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger karenk said...

favourite scent...i love's fresh and simple.

thanks for the chance to read your latest novel, kristin :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, these are all great and I can smell them as you're describing them. Okay, except the puppy ears, but I totally buy it. I'm thinking of the fatty little back of the neck on babies. I love that smell!

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Christy said...

I love the scent of my husband's cologne, the aroma of fresh-baked cookies (or any dessert for that matter), and the fragrance of roses in my back yard. Ahhh... :o)

And Kristin, this has got to be your best cover yet! So different but intriguing...can't wait to read it!

southernsassythings at gmail dot com

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

There's a certain type of grass that reminds me of when I was an itty-bitty and living in Rhode Island. Once in a while I'll smell it and savor the moment. Wish I knew what it was because I'd plant it in my own yard!

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Lori said...

Chocolate chip cookies for sure! But if we're talking in the perfume realm - I prefer fruity over flowery - like Philosophy's Falling in Love.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Dorothy said...

So many to choose from.... I do love how a home smells on Thanksgiving day when all the roasting and baking is done...mmmmm, comfort smells, for sure!

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Alexis said...

I love the scent of gardenia's. It's so loveley, and my mother wears the lotion, so it always reminds me of her. And fresh cut grass. That always reminds me of good summer memories. :)


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At 7:18 PM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

I am allergic to floral smells so have to go with fruity smells! Love your book cover and thanks for a chance to win an ARC.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

My favorite scent is honeysuckle, but I've never really thought about why it's my favorite. Maybe because it reminds me of spring, and spring is my favorite season.

Congrats on the new book! :)

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Jackie, I'm so sorry you're allergic to florals!! Honeysuckle, I just LOVE that scent.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Julia M. Reffner said...

fresh baked bread or chocolate chip cookies gooey from the oven

the smell of burning logs in my fireplace

the smell of a baby after a bath

my hubby's aftershave


At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, Love that cover!

I can't choose just one...

The smell of coming rain and the smell of the freshly washed desert, especially the creosote bushes—automatic relaxation!

Gardenia, hyacinth, freesia, jasmine and lavender—oh, and the smell of the citrus blossoms wafting through my office window—immediate happiness!

The ocean…the real ocean not the artificial fragrance—reflection time.

My dad’s homemade two-day spaghetti sauce.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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