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!

 

 

 

Shiny Things April 16, 2016

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

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/

IN LIKE A LION is .99 cents until Friday!

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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

Hot former navy SEAl shifter hero for .99 cents! www.amazon.com/Entity-Mine-Karin-Shah/dp/1619354950

To celebrate my new release, a YA Romantic Fantasy HALFLING, ENTITY MINE is on sale for .99 cents until 4/7!

Available now for .99 cents!!
Available now for .99 cents!!
Ethan is dies embodied and believes himself a ghost and Devon to his disappointment hasn't been able to see him, so he thinks she's a fraud.
Ethan is dies embodied and believes himself a ghost and Devon to his disappointment hasn’t been able to see him, so he thinks she’s a fraud.

Never fall in love with a man in a photo. Especially, if he’s dead . . .

Balanced on the knife-edge edge of going feral, chimera Ethan Wade has no idea what he is. All the former Navy SEAL turned maritime treasure hunter knows is his explosive temper has destroyed his life, driving him to an isolated rental house in Western, NY, to lick his wounds. When a molotov cocktail of rage and alcohol triggers an uncontrolled shift, he is caught between shapes.

Disembodied, he can only come to one conclusion: He’s died and become a ghost.

Blowing the whistle lost lawyer Devon Daughtry 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 run home to 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 crushed to discover the man whose lonely eyes strike a chord deep within her soul is 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.

Are you a self-saboteur?

Say it again, John!
Say it again, John!

Are you a self-saboteur?

Those of you who know me, know I enjoy a variety (far too many) of TV shows. One of them is American Idol.

Yesterday, I was watching an episode from a couple days ago. It was group night in Hollywood week, and as usual there were various train wrecks being enacted; people staying up all hours of the day and night (and still not knowing the lyrics), passing out from anxiety attacks, fights, etc. One of these incidents, included a woman who displayed a phenomenon I am all too familiar with–self-sabotage.

Ostensibly, the contestant was not happy with her group and when they went to bed, spent most of the night looking for a new one, and most of her time the next day either fighting with them over it, or trying to find a new group. When it was time to go on, her performance was not up to par because she was clearly still hanging on to her emotional issues.

Naturally, she was the only one in the group to get cut.

I was struck immediately by the fact that she had sabotaged her own performance.

Why did she do that to herself?

Well, we self-saboteurs (yes, I struggle with this) don’t know we’re doing it at the time.

Procrastinators are some of the biggest self-saboteurs. To the rest of the population, procrastination is easily solved. It’s merely laziness. Just give yourself enough time to do what needs to be done. Even procrastinators can identify this solution. We always think, next time I won’t wait until the last minute, but the next time never seems to come.

This is the most vital clue that there is more than simply sloth involved. If a person continues a negative behavior even after identifying it, there’s mostly likely something more deep-seated at work.

Why do we self-sabotage?

Fear.

Deep down we’re afraid we’re just not good enough, at our job, our vocation, being a parent. Sometimes, we can even do it in relationships, because we’re not good enough to be loved, either.

We hide from the fear by giving ourselves a monologue. I didn’t fail because I’m inadequate, but because I was in the wrong group, chose the wrong song, waited too long to apply, and so on.

Are you a self-saboteur?

Here are some signs.

Do you have an excuse? Do you repeat it in your head?

Instead: When you’ve finished something, you should be able to say, “I did everything I could.” Not, “if only I had or hadn’t…”

2. Do you find yourself worrying you might do something wrong in advance? “I better not forget to take breath there or I won’t have enough air to hold the note.”

Instead: Focus on the positive. Be your own coach. “I’ll take a breath there and finish strong.”

3. Do you compare yourself to someone else?

Remember: No one else is you. Focus on doing your best. It’s all you have control of.

4. Do you ignore or downplay your past achievements. “Yes, I have four and five star reviews, but I don’t have enough.”

Instead: Celebrate you achievements. Success kills fear, but only if you embrace it.
Are you a self-saboteur like me? Do you watch Idol? Do you have some examples or tips for the rest of us struggling with this problem? I’d love to hear from you!