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What’s distracting me this week?

The olympics were fun and in about a week and a half, it’s time for the World Figureskating championships! I hope I’ll be able to catch some of it, despite the Easter festivities. If you’re a fan, too, here’s the broadcast schedule link World championships

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I hope Nathan Chen has a strong performance!

On a more personal note, my poor baby basenji (ok, he’s five) has an autoimmune disease and has been sick, but after much tinkering with his meds and food, he’s now gained back three pounds!

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Here’s Ranger on the bottom with my vizsla, Lali. Unfortunately, you can also see the seal on my double pane windows are shot, but oh, well.😜

In other news, I dyed my whole bathroom blue. Actually, I dyed my hair blue, but apparently I can’t be trusted with hair dye.03D34AE5-4B2E-46EC-B331-AB09EB361D24

Not the greatest picture of me, but you can sort of see the blue (and not just where I stained my hairline).

Ok, — writing. I’ve been writing a ton since the new year. I semi-finished a m/m novella (I need beta readers!) You may wonder why all of a sudden I’ve diverged from heterosexual PNR. (Or maybe you didn’t, but I’ll tell you anyway) I got big into Yaoi manga like this C856669D-D0D7-458C-B9D1-6916E3DD3AA9

And The Dragon’s Flame (now out in paperback!) trickled out of my brain at a glacial pace, so I wanted to just write for fun to get back to my old pace.

I’m planning on self-publishing the m/m and I need beta readers, so drop me an email if you’re interested. (Karin@shahs.com)

blurb: College Freshman Seiichi Seigo is at the end of his rope. Suddenly orphaned, he’s grieving and one paycheck away from homelessness. When his best friend sprains his ankle, he begs Seiichi to take over as a personal assistant for his older brother, 26 year-old prodigy director Kei Karasawa. Things seem to be looking up. Seiichi has room and board and an interesting job that allows him to stay in school. There’s only one problem. The sexy, magnetic Kei, who seems to hate him, arouses feelings Seiichi never felt for his high school girlfriends or for anyone for that matter.
Can he stop himself from falling for his new boss?

As for The Chimera Chronicles book 6, I solemnly swear I am up to no…I mean, I’ve got a little written and I will turn all my attention back to it once I get my short projects completed. Look for a sort of Beauty and the Beast theme. (But with secret underground fight rings and circuses)

How’s your week shaping up? Gonna dye your hair a weird color? How are your animals? Planning to watch the world championships? Easter preparations? I’d love to hear!

All the best!

Karin

 

Shiny Things week of 12/10 — 12/16/2017

Shiny Things week of Dec 10-16, 2017

 

I haven’t been regular on my blog for quite a while, so I’m hoping to change that.

What’s distracting me this week.

Netflix: I’ve been getting notifications about all the cool and awesome shows coming this month and I haven’t even watched the second season of Stranger Things or The Punisher yet!
On my radar Trollhunters (Yes, it’s a cartoon, but I watch Anime and Disney movies, so it’s right up my alley), Ash v. Evil Dead, and the Magician season 2 just to name a few.

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Ice Skating: I’m a cord cutter, but with the Winter Olympics coming up, I’ve got my antenna all set up so I can watch NBC. I was disappointed with the short coverage of the Grande Prix Final, but happy to see it at all. I’m excited to watch the National Championships in January!

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My dogs: Lali the vizsla is always distracting as she is a Velcro dog and has a very loud bark, but she’s soft and sweet and huggable. I’m worried about Ranger the basenji tho’. He seems to be losing weight, despite acting normal in every way, so I have a vet visit schedule for Tuesday.

 

Christmas: My daughter is sure there’s a competition going on in the neighborhood for most decorations (one we are losing) She lead the charge to add more lights and another couple projectors and claims we might have made third place. (There are 17 houses in our neighborhood) Personally, I think we’re maybe 5th, but I won’t burst, her bubble.
She also has a concert Wednesday night which her school is charging admission for. This is supposed to be in lieu of a fundraiser and since “fundraiser” is the “f” word to me, I guess I’m okay with it.😀

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Find the “unseasonal” item

My release: December 13 marks my seventh release for Soul Mate!
The Dragon’s Flame is Book 5 in the ch8era Chronicles series.
Each book stands alone (although reading in order enhances the experience) and I hope this latest in the series will please my readers!

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read blurb here   

Hope you have a very shiny week!

Karin

Shiny Things October 3rd, 2016

There are so many Shiny Things to distract me this time of year, I don’t have time to list them all!

I’ve  started writing book 5 in the CHIMERA CHRONICLES. The draft title is DRAGON’S FLAME. This is the oldest brother Kyle’s book. I had been going in reverse order, youngest to oldest, but Ky’s story has been calling to me. He’s the first chimera I’ve written with a dragon default instead of lion (or in Ethan’s case no default– ENTITY MINE), so I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Dragon’s habits and idiosyncrasies. This will also be a quest plot with a lot of action, which will be fun to write! In addition to the fact that his mate is an old enemy!

Of course, my biggest distraction is that Ta-ta-Ta-da! LION’S PREY (Book 4) Ty’s story, will be up for pre-order very very soon and I will have ARC’s for readers willing to review! This is an awesome chance to read the story before anyone else and put me forever in your debt. I love my readers, but those who take the time to review hold a special place in my heart!

I also made a trailer for THE LION’S SHARE (Book 3)  Connor’s story. I hope you’ll take a second to watch! If you watch to the end, you’ll see the cover reveal for LION’S PREY.

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Other distractions: The start of the fall TV schedule! Shows I’m watching/eagerly awaiting– Timeless, The Voice, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, Teen Wolf, Designated Survivor and so many more! Do you have any shows you’re excited about?

Diwali preparations! The Hindu festival of lights is coming and I’ll soon be busy setting out lights and decorative candles, making shrikhand (Indian strained yogurt. I like mango the best. This dish is super easy and soooo yummy!) Simply put whole regular (not Greek or low fat) plain yogurt in a cheesecloth (I use a flat textured hand towel) and fasten up the corners to make a ball. Hang the ball (I use a colander that has a hook I can hook on my kitchen faucet) and let it drain into a sink or bucket. I’m impatient so I squeeze the ball with my hands every so often to speed it up. When you open the towel and the yogurt has the consistency of cream cheese, you scrape it into a bowl with a spatula, add enough Mango purée (Called mango pulp if you buy it from the Indian store) to give the mixture the texture of Greek yogurt and maybe a little sugar if you think it’s not sweet enough. Just stir until well-blended and that’s it! Easy peasy! I store it in the fridge in the yogurt container (Washed out, of course) that I bought the yogurt in. My mother in law makes her own yogurt, but that is a whole ‘nother animal as, Connor, the hero of THE LION’S SHARE would say.

PowerSchool: My children started school in August, but my son who is making the transition to sixth grade is having some adjustment problems. The school has convinced all us parents to download an app called PowerSchool which is intended to give us heart attacks–I mean, keep us updated with a minute to minute accounting of our children’s grades. Of course, this is a wonderful tool that is introducing me to the anxiety of seeing grades go up an down like a roller coaster. I’m glad I can be on top of their work, but I’m not sure my blood pressure can take it!

Wow! This post is getting long, so I’ll leave you here. What’s distracting you this week?

 

Best,

 

Karin

 

 

 

she went to the RWA literacy autographing and saw this!

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I’ll be wearing this (Pictured above): my Supernatural T-shirt. I’ll want to know if you’re a Sam girl or a Dean girl, or a lion-shifter or dragon-shifter (Or both like my chimeras) if you’re not a Supernatural fan, no worries, we can discuss our houses at Ilvermorny, or Hogwarts if you’re from across the pond.

If you take a picture of my shirt on this post and show it to me at the conference, I have prizes (Books) to give. I also have prizes for people I just feel like giving prizes to, so no worries if you forget!

hope to see you there!

Karin

Shiny Things June 28, 2016

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A look at the things distracting me this week.

My books arrived in the mail! It’s lovely to hold your physical book in your hands. The thrill never goes away!

I’m busy as a beaver working on getting Lion’s Prey ready for its August release. I hope the extra weeks I took will translate into a real keeper.

We romance readers are different from regular readers, we really do keep and re-read our old favorites. In fact, when I’m done with writing for the day, I’ve been reading some of my old category romances (and I mean old! One of them was from 1984!)

The book from 1984 is Ghost of a Chance by Jayne Ann Krentz. I have to say, the sexual tension holds up as does the central plot, but the hero is pretty high-handed and the heroine actually slapped the hero! Times have certainly changed.

I’ve also been watching So You Think You Can Dance. I didn’t think I’d enjoy the kids, but they’re amazing!

Life has been rather overwhelming recently, good and bad. On the good side: My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this week.

Here’s a pic from our Hindu ceremony which was followed by a wardrobe change and a Christian ceremony.

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Meanwhile my clothes washer died and my passport application I sent in six weeks ago was returned sans passport. I have to redo it and pay more money! Ugh! We were hoping to take a cruise this summer, but given the wait time for a passport…sigh.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have keepers? How old are they? Who are they by? Do they still stand the test of time?

Best,

Karin

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All My Favorite People Are Dead

Or I guess I should say that they don’t exist. You see, though of course I love my family and friends, a large number of my loved ones are fictional characters.

Many people get excited about meeting the actors who play characters they love, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural for example, but for me, while I admire them, I have no need to meet them. Now, if I had a chance to meet Sam and Dean that would be a different story.😊

I feel the same way about Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and all my other fictional loves.

And then there are my fictional children, the ones I write. I love them, too and I feel a little guilty about them, I mean I kind of put them through the wringer before they get their happily ever after.

Maybe none more so then my latest children,  ex-con, former army ranger and shape shifter, Connor Gunn and his match, Embry Lane, an FBI agent,  who meet while Con  is in the middle of a bank robbery – – and he’s one of the robbers.

Blurb: Former Army Ranger, and Chimera-shifter, Connor Gunn is fighting a losing battle against his lion side.
Just released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to be blackmailed into a bank robbery, along with his twin brother Tyler. Worse, the lovely, FBI agent already in the bank affects him like no other woman ever has, awakening his body and compelling his lion to the brink of taking full control.
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 real man can top the dream lover who comes to her at night, anyway.
When Embry runs into Connor on the street, their instant connection 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 combat their mutual attraction and protect the hostages, because with SWAT outside and deadly enemies within, one wrong move could see them all dead.

I wonder if I did meet Con what he would say to me? I have a feeling he’d be pretty pissed. Still, he gets a gift I can’t give to my real friends and family. He gets to live a long, magical life with the one person he’s meant to love. I think, fictional or not, that’s an ending we’d all like to have.

Don’t be shy. Are you a convention goer? What actors do you yearn to meet?  Or are you more like me and if so which fictional character or characters would you most like to meet?

Karin

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Shiny Things Apr 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!