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Cyber Party at…

Nalini Singh’s blog. She giving away lots of goodies in celebration of her upcoming release Branded By Fire on July 7, 2009.

Stolen Heat by Elisabeth Naughton coming July 28

What is everyone reading – looking for recommendations?

So what is everyone reading? I’m looking for recommendations. I need some suggestions of authors books who write: Shifters (wolves, cats, dragons), Highlanders or Vikings, time travel books?

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Winners: Karen Kelley guest interview

Congratulations!

Using List Randomizer at random.org the winners of a copy of Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind by Karen Kelley are:

Barbara Monajem

&

Natasha A

There were 37 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Barbara Monajem
  2. Natasha A
  3. Ann Marie
  4. Maija P
  5. Lori T
  6. scottsgal
  7. Flygirl
  8. RachaelfromNJ
  9. Frana
  10. Fedora
  11. chey
  12. Bethany
  13. Karen H in NC
  14. Cybercliper
  15. Chris
  16. Heather Brewer
  17. Marial
  18. Suzette
  19. marybethlee
  20. Armenia F
  21. Dottie
  22. Teresa W
  23. Cheryl McInnis
  24. I Heart Book Gossip
  25. Elisa Jankowski
  26. kh
  27. Elaine G
  28. Lyoness 2009
  29. Estella
  30. Terri W
  31. Barb P
  32. Booklover1335
  33. Ilona
  34. Karin
  35. Crystal B
  36. Blodeuedd
  37. Linda Broday

Timestamp: 2009-06-23 23:18:44 UTC

Please e-mail me at gw12cats03 @ charter.net (without the spaces) with your mailing address so I can forward the information on to Karen Kelley. Please include “Karen Kelley Book Winner” in the subject line. Winners will have seven days to contact me or new winners will be drawn.

Kari Thomas is visiting today

Kari, Thank you so much for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

K:  THANKS for the great opportunity! I am a multi-published author in the Paranormal Romance genre. At present I have five books, and I’m working on book #6 now. I live in Arizona and I’m the caregiver for my dad. Between my writing and taking care of dad, I stay BUSY! (grin)  I also do Freelance Editing for a small press publisher, and Book Reviews on my site under “Kari’s Korner Reviews”.

How long have you been writing?

K:  Actually since I was old enough to start writing! My mother was a writer too. And she taught me to read and write before I started school. And being blessed with an over-active imagination just fired the need to create my own stories. Officially, I started writing for publication about five years ago after I joined my local Romance Writers of America branch.

What is your writing process like?

K:  My writer friends shake their heads and say its CRAZY! I’m not disciplined at all. I can’t plot — it takes away my creativity. So, I’m a definite seats-of-the-pantser. I usually write very early morning while dad is at dialysis. On good writing days I can get out a couple thousand words. Then, in the afternoon I edit those pages before I finally allow myself to go online and do Promoting.

Can you tell us a little bit about your books?

K:  GRIN! Don’t get me started!  Seriously, though, they are all Paranormal Romances because it’s my favorite genre and because I absolutely love a hero who can be so sexily Alpha and still be, so incredibly loving, too. And if the “Beast” in him comes out a few times, then it’s all the more sexy!

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HUNTED MATE (http://www.blacklyonpublishing.com/ ) has a Cat Shifter as the hero. Logan Cross owes a life debt to Wolf Prince Damien and finds himself assigned with the daunting task of bringing Damien his missing Mate. When he kidnaps her, he thinks he’s got everything under control. But he doesn’t count on having to deal with his feelings or the feisty heroine who is determined she wants him — not Damien!

 

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TEMPTATION UNLEASHED ( http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/ ) also has a Cat Shifter for the hero but this story is very different from the norm. Aiden Calhoun is the very perfect example of the word ALPHA. Head of his shapeshifting family, his only goal is to protect them when an Evil strikes bringing death to one of his brothers. When the heroine, a witch, comes into his life, Aiden finds himself falling in love with her.

 

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HER HEART HIS SOUL ( http://www.bookstrandpublishing.com/ ) is a darker paranormal, and instead of shifters, the hero is a rare being: he’s half Angel, and half Demon. He fights the battle of both his souls on a daily basis. When he has to protect the woman who holds his entire future in her hands, everything he believes in is called to explain. A battle of Good and Evil is on the horizon and Drake must protect the humans — first. Even if it means losing Sara. And his soul.

 

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SEDUCING THE HERO ( http://www.eternalpress.ca) is actually a Novella length (also available in Print at Amazon) very sensual love story that isn’t entirely paranormal. The heroine is a kitchen witch, and there’s a “touch of magic” throughout the entire story, but the hero is a human male. Colt is an ex-detective-turned-cowboy and he takes on the assignment to protect Baylie from a dangerous stalker. With the help of her “magically blessed” animals, Baylie decides that Colt has to learn to trust love again — and fall in love with her.

PREY FOR THE WOLF (http://www.eternalpress.ca) is also Novella length and will be available in Print when it comes out in the next few months. The hero is a Wolf Shifter, very Alpha, and very determined to make sure his brother doesn’t marry the too-human woman who has come so mysteriously into their lives right when they’re facing danger from their enemies. Poor Kane doesn’t stand a chance of backing away once he meets the heroine. She’s his Lifemate. This one is VERY hot for so short a story (approx 26,000 words).

Do you have any books coming out this year?

 K:  One in the next few months —- PREY FOR THE WOLF. Then, my HER HEART HIS SOUL (already available in Ebook) will be out in Print in late August. I’m in the middle of another book, but I don’t know if I’ll finish it in time to come out this year.

What are you currently working on?

K:  Another Paranormal Romance, of course! This one is one of those books authors call “the-book-of-my-heart”, so it’s probably going to be my longest length. HER HEART HIS SOUL is the longest to date at 83,000 words. This one MIGHT be longer, but I don’t know yet! LOL!

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

K:  (GRIN!) it all comes back to that way-too OVER-active imagination!

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

K: I’m a professed BOOK-A-HOLIC! I own over 3,000 books in my personal library AND I buy more every week!  I love ALL romance genres. And I enjoy reading Non-Fiction as well. Some of my auto buy authors are Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, Shannon Leigh, and oh soooo many more!

What books are on your keeper shelf?

K:  “Gone with the Wind” (which I read at age 10!), ALL of the JRR Tolkien “Ring” books (read during my second grade of school and have re-read a thousand times since then!), and there are others but I’d have to go check and that would distract me!

What was the first romance book you read or the first romance book that has stood the test of time?

K: Definitely “Gone with the Wind”. I’m a Southerner and that book was REAL to me!

If one of your books’ was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

K: I’ve been told — many times — that HUNTED MATE would be great for a movie. I do have a Trailer for it (see my site). Hmmm. I’d have to think about who would act in it. The characters are so special, and they’d have to be just perfect for the parts. Too bad the Model (Sean) who is on the book Cover isn’t an actor — he’s so perfect for Logan!

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

K: OH NO! That’s one of those “sneaky” questions, huh! So, I’m going to tease and say I would definitely choose the heroine from the book I’m writing now. She’s got a lot of me in her! (GRIN!)

If you were not writing, what would you be doing?

K: Not-so-quietly going insane! Honest! LOL! My life is so crazy at times I know that if I didn’t have my writing I wouldn’t survive the constant ups and downs. But, if I did have another career choice I think it would be to be an Archeologist.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

K: Sleeping! Okay, that’s not true because I’m an insomniac and have been for years. Being dad’s caregiver pretty much takes up A LOT of time otherwise.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

K: Is there any other genre you’d like me to write, or do my Paranormals keep you happy? LOL—that’s sappy isn’t it!

THANKS for having me here! You can visit my site at: http://www.authorkari.com or write me at authorkari@yahoo.com

Please Welcome – Karen Kelley

How To Seduce A Texan

Karen, Thank you so much for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

My life is actually a Cinderella story.  You know, from rags to…wait a minute, where are my riches?  Truthfully, I wouldn’t want to change anything about my life except maybe being able to shop more, having oodles of money, maids to clean my house….

How long have you been writing?

I sold my very first book in 1999 and I wrote for 6 years before I sold.

What is your writing process like?

Like pulling teeth sometimes, and when the words are flowing and the characters are speaking, it’s the most fantastic feeling in the world. 

As far as actually writing, though.  I’m doing something writing related every day.  I don’t think it’s anything that I can turn off.  Even on vacation I’m soaking up descriptions, ideas for new plots etc.

Can you tell us about your newest release How To Seduce A Texan?

I was raised on a small farm so I thought it would be funny if I took a big city reporter and put her undercover supposedly researching a story about pioneer days.  Except the sexy football player in hiding on his brother’s dude ranch discovers her deception and introduces her to the old haunted homestead, the crazy-assed rooster, the outhouse from hell and the stupid cow.  I think I laughed the whole time I was writing How To Seduce A Texan. 

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

How To Seduce A Texan came out this month.  And I’m really excited that my Planet Nerak series is being brought out in mass market starting with Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind in June, Earth Guys Are Easy in July, and The Bad Boys Guide To The Galaxy in Aug.  Then in Dec is the brand new Dating Outside Your DNA.

What are you currently working on?

I’m just finishing the second book about shapeshifting aliens.  The first book will be out in April 2010, The Jaguar Prince.  These books are also connected, but stand-alone.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere.  Newspaper articles, a conversation I might overhear, growing up on a farm 🙂

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Sharon Sala is my all time favorite author.  I love Lori Foster’s books.  PC & Kristin Cast’s YA series.  I’ve just discovered Jennifer Lyon’s book Blood Magic and I devoured it.  She’s definitely an auto buy for me now.  You should see my bedside table.  In fact, everywhere you look in my house you’ll find a stack of books. 

What books are on your keeper shelf?

You know, I have so many I couldn’t list them all. 

What was the first romance book you read or the first romance book that has stood the test of time?

Rosemary Rogers, Sweet Savage Love.  But a lot of the earlier romance authors were so much inspiration. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey….

If one of your books’ was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

How To Seduce A Texan.  It’s a steamy romantic contemporary comedy.  The hero would have to be rugged.  The heroine feisty and ready to tackle a challenge.  Hmmm, I think I’ll let everyone’s imagination run wild 🙂

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I don’t think I would switch.  I absolutely love my life and being able to write stories.  I would steal some of their energy, though 🙂

If you were not writing, what would you be doing?

Nursing, probably, since I still have my license.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Traveling.  My husband and I love the coast, so anywhere near the ocean.  I love watching movies.  Visiting with family.  Shopping.  Tearooms and antiques.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?

I’d ask them who their favorite author was and why? I love hearing other people talk about the authors they love.  Especially if it’s one of mine.  It’s like instant bonding. 

Thanks so much for doing this interview, Greta!  I loved answering the questions.

Karen

To find out more about Karen Kelley and her books you can visit her website at http://authorkarenkelley.com/

***Karen has graciously offered up a copy of Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind to two lucky commenters. So leave a comment answering Karen’s question. Good Luck :)***