Sunday, August 16, 2020

Words Have Teeth by Kimberly Rose Johnson


As a fiction writer, I’m keenly aware of the power of words. They can make us feel happy, sad, angry, excited, loved. Pretty much any emotion out there can be created through words.


Words also have teeth. Some words nibble and others cut deep. Have you ever said something and immediately wished you could take back?


Something similar happened to Jenna in my latest romantic suspense, Imminent Threat, when she lost her temper at work. She vented about a client. Someone secretly recorded it, and then uploaded it to the internet where it went viral. Yikes!


Can you imagine thinking you’re in a safe place to express yourself, when suddenly your world is turned upside down, and now no place is safe? That’s what happened to Jenna.


Once upon a time I worked at a high school. While I was there, I observed that students often had their phones out recording one another without the other person being aware they were being recorded. In a way I think my idea for this aspect of the story percolated out of my experience at the high school. 


I’m reminded of a childhood song with the line be careful little mouth with you say. Do you remember that one? It’s funny how those childhood truths still ring true into adulthood.


Here’s the back cover blurb for Imminent Threat.

When one bad decision changes the course of her life, Jenna must seek protection from a surprising source.

The Protection Inc. team is growing, and so is their client list. Former cop and new team member, Peter King, seeks to solve the mystery surrounding threatening notes being sent to Jenna Walsh.

Facing an uncertain future, Jenna is afraid for her life. Will the team at Protection Inc., specifically Peter, be able to stop the threats before things escalate, or will tragedy strike before Peter is willing to face his growing attraction to Jenna?

The team must divide and conquer when two big cases present themselves at the same time. Carissa Jones and Marc Olsen work to protect a young college student who is staying in the home of a federal judge. All work and no play has put a strain on their relationship. Can they find balance or will their fragile bond be extinguished?

Join the Protection Inc. team as they face one challenge after another, including challenges of the heart.

Available at Amazon.



  1. I sang that song in Sunday School as a kid and I taught it to the Sunday School children I taught for over 18 years. Congrats on your new release, Kimberly.

  2. I can’t wait to read this book.

  3. Yes, I remember that song from Sunday School, Kimberly. The lyrics are so true. Your book sounds great!