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ENTITY MINE cover reveal February 12, 2014

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Some of you know I have shingles and am either extremely sleepy, in pain, or both. As a result, my cover reveal for my FEB/MAR release ENTITY MINE doesn’t have much of a build up. Stop by
http://lisacardiff.com see my new cover, tell what you think and let’s dish about ghosts.

Snippet 2: ENTITY MINE coming Feb/Mar 2014 January 7, 2014

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As promised, another unedited snippet from CHIMERA 2 otherwise known as ENTITY MINE

Caught between forms, shape-shifter Ethan Wade believes he’s a ghost. Lawyer turned psychic medium, Devon Daughtry thinks she’s falling in love with one.
A demon has them both in the cross-hairs…

Blurb:

The ever-present anger exploded through Ethan as he swiped at the cobweb-draped box, his ears too full of buzzing to process the continuing conversation.
Those were his things, everything he had in the world. How many times had he stuffed those meager belongings into a suitcase and moved on? First to a new foster home, then to a new posting, a new dive site, a new opportunity. They were the only constant in his world. He didn’t want a stranger rifling through them.
His hand sliced though the air, but made no impact. His arm hadn’t so much as raised a breeze. The woman continued talking as if nothing had happened.
The reminder of his true state took him back. Some of his fury seeped away. What good were material things to him? Though he had some sensation of touch, could feel the floor beneath his feet, had the illusion he could touch his chest, his face. He couldn’t handle the objects, couldn’t use them.
His shoulders slumped and he noticed for the first time the photo she’d handed Beth.
The last photo anyone had ever taken of him.

Better late than never? Contest Winners January 6, 2014

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Where were we? Oh, yes, the contest winners. Before I was swallowed up by the holiday season, and my children’s birthdays, which are inconveniently on either side of Christmas and require parties with enormous amounts of children, I was running a contest. The prize was to have your name or that of a family member of your choice in my next Chimera Chronicles book, number 3, draft title, THE LIONS SHARE. The winner from author page likes was–Susan Berger. Susan, please instant message me on Facebook. Somehow, the comments here on my blog were closed, my apologies to those who attempted to comment and couldn’t. I will be running this contest again, and will make sure those comments are open. THE LION’S SHARE takes place during a bank robbery and I have lots of characters to name.:-) The winner from my regular facebook page was Jamie Fugate. Please message me, Jamie.

and coming tomorrow a new snippet from my draft of ENTITY MINE (CHIMERA CHRONICLES #2) due out in Feb/Mar 2014.

Draft blurb: Never fall in love with a man in a photo, especially when he’s dead…

 

Former Navy SEAL turned maritime treasure hunter Ethan Wade has had a piss-poor year. After nearly choking out his financial backer costs him his livelihood, he retreats to an isolated rental house in Western, NY to lick his wounds and make sure he can’t hurt anyone else. When his old crew track him down to convince him to come back, a Molotov cocktail of rage and alcohol drives him drives him to do something he’s never done before, and doesn’t even know he can do–
Shape-shift.
Unfortunately, in his ignorance, rather than shift into a lion or a dragon, he ends up disembodied. Not knowing what he is, he can only come to one conclusion. He’s died and is a ghost.
Lawyer Devon Daughtry’s year hasn’t been one for the record books either. Blowing the whistle lost her her boyfriend, (not too much of a loss), her job, (a bit worse) and with the rents in Manhattan, a primo apartment (the straw that broke the camel’s back).
Now she’s home in Cassadaga determined to re-build her life by hanging out her shingle as a psychic medium.
When she discovers a photograph of Ethan while moving in, she’s immediately drawn to him and is crushed to discover he’s missing and presumed dead. Soon, she begins having passionate dreams about him. Dreams that Ethan shares.
But Ethan isn’t the only being in the house, a demonic presence has followed her home and it has diabolical plans for both of them.

 

 

Shiny things 1/02/14 January 2, 2014

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Things interesting me this week.
1. Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2014! I actually made a resolution this year (normally I don’t since I figure I’ll only break it anyway).
Not being one to deny myself, this year I’m focusing not on taking things away, but adding things. I’d like to lose weight, but concentrating on that has never worked for me, so I’ve decided to add more fruits and vegetables and that’s it. I walk while I write and I do TaeKwonDo, so I hope eating better is the missing part of the puzzle. Besides, I read a study that said 20,000 new cases of cancer could be prevented if people ate just two more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Better safe than sorry.:-)
2. We don’t take the tree down until after the girl child’s birthday party, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ornaments before it goes down. Some I think are just pretty, others remind me of people I love.

Well, my internet speed is in the toilet today, so I just posted one.:-( It’s at the bottom.

3. Www.thefussylibrarian.com I subscribed to this site as a reader and submitted as an author.  They send you emails with recommendations of books you might like. You choose the categories, even down to level of violence, sex and profanity, then they send you matches.

4. Ninja 2 Those who follow my twitter know all about my Martial Arts crush on Scott Adkins. I’ve been waiting for this release for a while and was delighted to see it on Netflix. It’s pure action. Centered on a revenge plot, there’s lots of pure fighting sans CGI. I loved it. It goes up there with  Assassination Games as my favorite of his. He fluidly switches between Japanese and a credible American accent (he’s British), all while fighting his way through bad guys galore.

What’s shiny in your life this week? Streaming anything new? Taking down the tree? New adventures on the horizon?

A new one from 2012. We all went to the store and picked one special one. It reminds me of something we did together.

A new one from 2012. We all went to the store and picked one special one. It reminds me of something we did together.

Goodbye My Friends : the characters I’ll miss in 2014 December 31, 2013

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As the year ends, I’ve been thinking about beloved shows that ended this year, taking with them characters I’ve come to love.
Some I had only just met and actually were cancelled a few years ago, but I met them this year on Netflix and will miss them in 2014 just the same.
1. Michael Weston: the bogeyman for many a Russian spy on Burn Notice, Mrs. Weston, Sam Axe, Fiona, and Jesse go with him. He always had a plan and pulled his friends from the fire (he’d probably threw them into) every time. I will never think of Miami again without thinking of him. Jeffery Donovan made him real for me.
2. Nate, Sophie, Parker, Eliot, and Hardison, the mastermind, grifter, thief, retrieval specialist, and hacker from Leverage. I discovered this show on Netflix and have been holding off on watching the last two episodes for a month because I don’t want it to be over.
3. Chuck, Casey, Morgan, Sarah, Ellie and Devon(Awesome) of Chuck. Funny, sweet, and full of action, this is another Netlfix find I wish I could go back and watch again for the first time.
4. Ethan Mara and Devon Daughtery, you haven’t met them yet. They’re the hero and heroine of my latest novel, ENTITY MINE, due out Feb/Mar 2014. I had great fun with my shape shifting hero who got stuck in between forms and believed he was a ghost and the lawyer turned medium who fell for him.

What about you? What great characters did you meet in 2013?
Who will you miss?

Who’s that guy? December 15, 2013

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Who am I?

Who am I?

Contest winners will be announced soon. Meanwhile, another game. This famous person is the inspiration for the appearance of the Mara Brothers’. Any guesses?

Which one of these is not like the other? December 10, 2013

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Find the "unseasonal" item

Find the “unseasonal” item

We put our tree up this weekend. Later, my daughter told me she had put up an “unseasonal” ornament. Can you find it in the picture?

What’s that you say? A prize? How about this–I have a big cast in Chimera 3 (draft title THE LION’S SHARE)  Shapeshifters Connor and his twin Tyler are coerced into robbing a bank. I need names. If you’d like your name or a family member’s name in the book, find the thing that doesn’t belong, then go to my Facebook page, Http://Facebook.com/KarinShahAuthor, like my page and I will number the new likes and randomly select someone to have their name in Chimera 3. If you’ve already liked my fan page, comment here or on my facebook page and I will have a separate drawing for you. So two people have a chance to get their name in a book.:-)

Deadline? Yes, there is a deadline. You have until December 12th at midnight pacific time. Hope you have fun playing the game!

Karin

What does Veteran’s day have to do with Chimeras? November 11, 2013

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Happy Veterans’ Day!

I want to offer my thanks to those who served and to those who lost family in the service of the United States.

My current WIP, draft titled THE LION’S SHARE, stars Connor, a Chimera brother, who along with his twin Tyler is a US Army Ranger.

At the moment the book begins in Afghanistan (that may change as first chapters often do) but I did a lot of research about Forward Operating Bases and various aspects of the scene.

I named a character in the scene after a man who, instead of jumping off his humvee as they are instructed when a grenade landed on top, smothered the deadly explosive device with his own body in an attempt to save his friends.

There are far too many of these heroic stories to be found and I wish I could name a character after them all.

In my version, he lives.

Thanks again Veterans!

Who is the man in the photo? November 7, 2013

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Here’s another small unedited snippet from my FEB/MAR 2014 release ENTITY MINE.

Devon, the heroine, has just found Ethan’s photo and been told that he’s dead.

His eyes were light, green or blue, maybe hazel–she squelched the urge to ask. No need to make her oldest friend question her sanity–and thick lashes, half-lowered, made him look reserved. His hair was dark and short, military in its ruthless precision. His face had a lean, sculpted quality, as if he were the product of some artist’s imagination. His straight nose slashed toward his mouth and his cheekbones sheered diagonally across his face, carving his jaw into almost perfect triangles on either side. His lips were held tight, the only softness in his face the slight fullness of his bottom lip above the mere whisper of a cleft chin.
He reclined beside a huge, glass jar of coins on the concrete front stoop of the small ranch-style house — one long leg bent, the other straight, his large right hand tucked across his lean ribs, the left propped on the step beside him — making a black t-shirt and jeans look as sexy as nothing at all. Sexier.
Something gripped her heart as she gazed at the photo. She swallowed against the feeling.
Had she ever seen anyone who looked more alone?

Cover reveal coming soon!

Karin in Chimeraland November 6, 2013

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Book two of the Chimera Chronicles ENTITY MINE now has a semi-official cover–which I’ll be posting very soon. In the meantime: here’s a pic of my Vizsla, Lali and a small snippet from ENTITY MINE
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Devon ripped away the paper. A man she’d never seen before gazed out of the black and white photo. His eyes seemed to sear into her, making her stomach swoop as if she had missed a step going downstairs.

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