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Shiny Things Apr 23, 2016 April 23, 2016

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The view from my couch

Those who’ve read a number of my blogs know I do most of my writing on the treadmill (Which doesn’t make me thin, just keeps me healthy), but here’s what it looks like when I write from my couch. This is my brindle basenji Ranger on my lap. Our vizsla Lali usually pushes in too, but she was prowling for unguarded food in the kitchen.

 

Today, I want to tell you more about the two books I have coming out this Spring/Summer. Last week I shared the blurb for THE LION’S SHARE (CHIMERA CHRONICLES 3) May 2016 Soul Mate Publishing.  email Karin@Shahs.com to be put on the list for an eARC in exchange for an honest review when they’re available. I haven’t worked up even a draft blurb for my July release THE LION’S PRIDE (CHIMERA CHRONICLES 4) as yet, but it takes place immediately following the bank robbery in TSL.

The hero, Ty, is on the run from the law. He’s been balancing on the edge of going feral for a while and is further reeling because he believes his twin brother, Con is dead, killed in an explosion as they fled the bank. Now, forced to kidnap a female news reporter to escape the feds, he becomes stranded with her in a tiny Ozark town. The town is conservative and they’re compelled to pretend to be husband and wife to get accommodations from a blizzard. But what was supposed to be one night, turns into a full-time thing when the town is cut-off by a flood. Pretending he loves her starts to feel more and more real.

The heroine, Zara Coventry, quickly discovers there’s more to this supposed bank robber than meets the eye. He rescues her, helps the town fight a flood and even more amazing than the way he makes her feel, he can transform into a lion. He’s the story of a lifetime, if she can keep her distance.

But invading flood waters aren’t the only thing driven into town by the storm. Drug traffickers have lost a plane in the area and they’ll do anything to retrieve their product. With the law on his trail and traffickers trapped with them, Ty and Zara must fight their attraction and for their lives.

The first book in the duo was meant to be an homage to a Supernatural episode called Nightshifter and this one was supposed to be a classic Romantic Suspense, but I think the ending got a hint of another Supernatural episode called Jus in Bello. What can I say? I’m a fan.

Last night I was lying in bed wondering why my heroes  are so often running from something. I guess, I’m always writing what I want to read and I love books and movies like that. I’m an action girl. A glimpse into my Netflix queue at any given time will have shows like Burn Notice, Leverage, XIII the series, Supernatural, and movies like the Bourne Identity, etc.

I love action, but I like fun action. I want to enjoy the fights, knowing the hero or heroine is going to make it out alive, and even better, fall in live while doing it. Which is why a glimpse into my kindle library will show a ton of Kresley Cole. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nalini Singh, and Jayne Ann Krentz (in all her incarnations), authors that deliver great action, emotional intensity and fun. I try my damnedest to deliver the same.

The only way I know if I’ve  succeeded, is if readers let me know, so if you’ve read one of my books, drop me a line or find me on social media, or be kind to your fellow readers and leave an a review on Amazon, GoodReads, or both!

 

 

 

Shiny Things April 16, 2016 April 16, 2016

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Today I redo what I wrote yesterday. We writers are used to re-writing, but I went to edit a simple error–the date from yesterday–and managed to erase my whole blog!

The thing is I’m not a newbie at this whole computer thing… Moving on…

Buenos Dias, amigos! Today I am peeking out from my editing cave. (Chimera 3) THE LION’S SHARE is super close to going back to my editor at Soul Mate, which means–very, very soon I will have eARC’s to send to readers willing to review!

I’m not going to lie, my luck with reviewers has been pretty poor lately. Reviewers are busy, but the fact is, without reviews I can write as much as I want, but no one will read it. Reviews are the life blood of an author. So I am making a list of readers willing to read the eARC of THE LION’S SHARE and post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Both would be awesome! It doesn’t even have to be a positive review. Just a few paragraphs about what you liked or didn’t. That’s it!

THE LION’S SHARE was based on the Nightshifter episode of the TV show Supernatural, so if you share my love of Sam and Dean, but wish there was a little romance (and the shifters weren’t the bad guys) or just love Paranormal Romance with a lot of action, this might be the book for you!

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The boys

Here’s the draft blurb: Former Army Ranger and Chimera shifter Connor Gunn is fighting a battle with his lion side. Just released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to get blackmailed into a bank robbery along with his twin brother, Tyler. Worse, there is a FBI agent already in the bank and she affects him as no woman ever has, awakening his body and drawing his lion even closer to the surface.

FBI agent Embry Lane has learned a few things over the course of her six years with the bureau. 1. The FBI is more than a career. 2. Men are nice for a distraction, but eventually they leave.
3. No man can match up to the lover who comes to her dreams at night anyway.
When she runs into Connor on the street her instant attraction to him makes her doubt what she’s learned–until she meets him in a tactical mask at the bank with a rifle in his hands.

Trapped in the bank, Connor and Embry must fight for the hostages and battle their attraction because with SWAT outside and enemies within one wrong move could see them all dead.

Interested? Just email me at Karin@shahs.com. I need your name and you email, so I can send you an eARC when I get them in the next few weeks.

Am I crazy? Shiny things Thursday May 24 March 24, 2016

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My newsletter subscribers know this, (please subscribe. I only post infrequently, no spamming I promise!)but the reason I haven’t blogged for so long–and haven’t added any videos to my youtubechannel, is because I have two books coming out very soon! The third and fourth books, in the Chimera Chronicles series will be released by Soul Mate Publishing in May and July respectively!

The Chimera Chronicles are about seven shapeshifting brothers who were separated as young children. In each book, they find each other and love. Chimeras, they can shift into dragons or lions and have the talents of both, even while in human form. A frightening counterpoint to all this power–if they don’t find their mates soon, they will lose themselves to their creatures and become lost in dragon or lion form for the rest of their lives.

Book 3 The Lion’s Share focuses on Connor, who may or may not be the third youngest brother of the Chimera siblings (You’ll have to read the book to understand why I put it that way). I was super eager to write his book, because it was inspired by “The Night Shifter” episode of the TV show Supernatural. It’s one of my favorite shows. I love Sam and Dean!
Now, of course, my shifters are good, so instead of being hunted in a bank during a bank robbery like in the episode, our hero has been blackmailed into the robbery.

The draft blurb: Former Army Ranger and chimera shifter, Connor Gunn is fighting a battle with his lion side. Just released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to get blackmailed into a bank robbery with his twin brother Tyler.

Worse, there’s an FBI agent already in the bank and she affects him as no woman ever has, awakening his body and drawing his lion even more perilously close to the surface.

FBI agent Embry Lane has learned a few things over the course of her six years with the bureau. 1. The FBI is more than a career. 2. Men are nice for a distraction, but eventually they leave. 3. No man can match up to the lover who comes to her dreams at night anyway. When she runs into Connor in the street her instant attraction to him makes her doubt what she’s learned–until she meets him in the bank wearing a tactical mask with a rifle in his hands.

Trapped in the bank, Connor and Embry must fight for the hostages and battle their attraction, because with SWAT outside and enemies within, one wrong move could see them all dead.

More on Ty’s story The Lion’s Pride next week…

Visit my Amazon page to see the beginning of the series!

http://www.amazon.com/Karin-Shah/e/B009K80F08/

I’ve got news about Chimera 3 and 4! December 9, 2015

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bJaTM5.qr.2So you like sexy shifters, and you’ve discovered my extremely affordable full-length Shifter series THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES (Or would like to. Hey, if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited, they’re free. $2.99-3.99 regularly http://www.amazon.com/Like-Lion-Chimera-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00AQJ756C/) Well, I’ve got news! But I’m going to be coy because I need people to sign up for my shiny new newsletter. I promise only to send it out when I have news, a giveaway, or some super special extras. How do you sign up? Take out your shiny smart phone and use your qr reader (free to download at the app store) on the qr code at the top of this blog. The qr reader will take you to the form. Fill it out and off you go! If you don’t have a smart phone or want to be bothered with a qr reader, God willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ve also put a link on my facebook fan page. www.facebook.com/KarinShahAuthor

The newsletter will go out next week!

 

Chimera 3 coming soon! November 20, 2015

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I have been bogged down in edits for Chimera 3 for months. Today it’s off to my publisher. I gave myself a very difficult challenge, which you’ll see when you read my draft blurb. How to make my heroine  and hero fall in love over the course of a few hours, especially when cries against “insta-love” are almost as prevalent on the Internet as cat videos. I hope my readers will go with me on this and love Connor and Embry as much as I do!

Coming soon! The Lion’s Share (The Chimera Chronicles 3)

DRAFT blurb:

Former Army Ranger and Chimera shifter Connor Gunn is fighting a battle with his lion side. Just released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to get blackmailed into a bank robbery along with his twin brother, Tyler. Worse, there is a FBI agent already in the bank and she affects him as no woman ever has, awakening his body and drawing his lion even closer to the surface.

FBI agent Embry Lane has learned a few things over the course of her six years with the bureau. 1. The FBI is more than a career. 2. Men are nice for a distraction, but eventually they leave.
3. No man can match up to the lover who comes to her dreams at night anyway.
When she runs into Connor on the street her instant attraction to him makes her doubt what she knows–until she meets him in a tactical mask at the bank with a rifle in his hands.

Trapped in the bank, Connor and Embry must fight for the hostages and battle their attraction, because with SWAT outside and enemies within, one wrong move could see them all dead.

IN LIKE A LION is .99 cents until Friday! July 20, 2015

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IN LIKE A LION http://www.amazon.com/Like-Lion-Chimera-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00AQJ756C/ is .99 cents this week and I have been lucky enough to have my fabulous Publisher (Www.SoulMatePublishing.com) submit it for a bookbub promotion and have it accepted!

It’s been a wonderful experience!

I hope if you buy ILAL (or one of my other books) in the next few days (or if you already have) you’ll drop me a line to tell me what you think or post a review and let me know (check out my reviewer incentives on my amazon author page). The incentives are dependent on reviewing, not any number star review. Honest reviews are worth their weight in gold, good or bad!

I’m elated and grateful that ILAL was accepted for a bookbub promotion! It’s fun to see things like this screen shot from amazon.

I’m also excited about the beginning of the RWA National Conference this Wednesday, 7/22. The “Readers for Life” Literacy autographing (proceeds go to promoting Literacy) is Wednesday afternoon-evening. Hundreds of Romance authors will be signing at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, including me!

Stop by while you’re at the signing and let me bend your ear with the traveling mishaps of a ditzy author. (Hint: I’m the ditzy author)

For full deets on the Literacy autographing: https://www.rwa.org/literacy

I’m also going to try and visit Kyle’s building while I’m in NYC. I took the inspiration picture from the web, so cross your fingers that I can find it!

Hope to see you in NYC!

Kyle's building in NYC

Kyle’s building in NYC

Shiny Things 6/6/15 June 6, 2015

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Say it again, John!

Say it again, John!

Shiny Things 6/6/2015

(things distracting me from writing this week)

Live in Central Ohio?

Westerville Local Author Event today!

http://www.westervillelibrary.org/events?event=20942

I have some print books to giveaway. (PNR) and am looking forward to chatting with readers. J.

The Belmont is today! I’ve kind of given up on the idea of a triple crown, but I live in hope. At least I hope it will be a safe and exciting race.

I’m super tired today because I binged on a new Netflix show called sensa8. It started out a little slow and I wouldn’t recommend it for my younger readers, but adult Paranormal Romance readers should enjoy it. (fair warning: it’s very explicit)

Have a great day!

Giveaway! April 30, 2015

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My new YA Romantic Fantasy amazon link http://tinyurl.com/qftoasz

My new YA Romantic Fantasy amazon link http://tinyurl.com/qftoasz

Stop by Daphne finalist Abbie Roads’ awesome blog. Learn about my deepest neuroses as she shrinks my head on her couch.

http://abbieroads.com/2015/04/author-on-the-couch-karin-shah

Comment to get a chance to win an e copy of HALFLING, my new YA Romantic Fantasy!

And if you’ve come here from Abbie’s already. Please scroll through my old blogs to find extra goodies about HALFLING and my adult Paranormal Romances.

I also have a blog called Shiny Things where I speak about random things that are distracting me this week. Sometimes it’s personal, or about my books, sometimes it’s pop culture or social. Today, it’s Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. I get all excited about the triple crown races! And Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron opens this week. Hurray for May!

Shiny Things 4/17/2015 April 17, 2015

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Ahran, sans wings. Ahran's story is more similar to Deyna's than she knows.  His is loyal to a fault for good reason, but he is deeply empathetic. At the beginning of Halfling the two traits are at war with each other.

Ahran, sans wings.
Ahran’s story is more similar to Deyna’s than she knows. His is loyal to a fault for good reason, but he is deeply empathetic. At the beginning of Halfling the two traits are at war with each other. Notice the hoodie!

Shiny Things 4/17/2015

(Random) Things distracting me this week.

Hoodies. Just in case you haven’t realized how weird I am, I love hoodies! To wear definitely. But mostly on other people. I think they turn ordinary people into objects of mystery. Guy or girl, there’s something about the nature of concealment. The banal everyday is transformed into a puzzle. That regular high school student is secretly on the run from the law (due to some undeserved misfortune of course). The soccer mom is living a double life as a police informant. My writer’s heart and mind spins at the possibilities. I hope they never go out of style!
People singing in cars on the internet. This trend drives me crazy. Why? Why record yourself singing in the car? Does the enclosed nature act as a makeshift recording booth? Does the road noise make people sound better? Where do they put the phone/camera? Is it smart to drive and sing well? Sooner or later, I’m afraid there will be an accident. I can just see the news: three people injured because driver was trying to sing professionally while driving. If it keeps up, they may need an acronym for it. DWS? Driving While Singing? Can someone explain this to me?
I’m still working on extras for my Halfling page. More heraldic symbols, maps and other tidbits to come!
Happy Friday!

Halfling Extras April 16, 2015

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With Halfling away in the world, I thought I would mention my reader extras. I’m working on the Halfling page, but I thought I would show new items here first.

A Valayan soldier from the front, wings out. I am drawing some concept art for Halfing. My process involves drawing the figure on paper, then manipulating it on the computer. This illustration is before color has been added.

A Zidaran soldier from the front, wings out. I am drawing some concept art for Halfing. My process involves drawing the figure on paper, then manipulating it on the computer. This illustration is before color has been added.

Valaya and Zidara were once one country. The story of how the country spilt into two, and how the Zidarans got their wings is integral to Deyna’s story.

In the next illustration you can see that the soldiers wear chain mail. Deyna does as well on the battlefield.

Other projects I’m working on are schematics of Morlor’s palace and a map of Valaya and Zidara. The two countries that were once one called Amirhu.

Originally, I named the old country Amirhat, but my 10 year old son said he liked an alternate, Amirhu, better.

A Zidaran soldier from the front wings closed. I've colored this one in. He's in Morlor's colors, pale green and black with a crescent moon emblem to symbolize the Zidarans' worship of Radia, the moon goddess. Morlor's colors were inspired by Maleficent from the original Disney version of Sleeping Beauty.

A Zidaran soldier from the front wings closed. I’ve colored this one in. He’s in Morlor’s colors, pale green and black with a crescent moon emblem to symbolize the Zidarans’ worship of Radia, the moon goddess. Morlor’s colors were inspired by Maleficent from the original Disney version of Sleeping Beauty.

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