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Me! Scary I know. So here’s the situation: you’re walking through the RWA Literacy Autographing in San Diego. I know you want to get the big names autographs, but when you’re done, if you like shifters, stop by and say hello to me.
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!
Shiny Things June 28, 2016 June 28, 2016Posted by karinshah in amazon, books, brothers, coming-of-age, ebooks, Entertainments, Fantasy, ghosts, kindle, paranormal, paranormal romance, shifters, spirits, Strong female characters, strong female lead, Supernatural, TV, Uncategorized.
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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.
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?
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Shiny Things Apr 23, 2016 April 23, 2016Posted by karinshah in amazon, books, brothers, demons, ebooks, Entertainments, Fantasy, ghosts, kindle, paranormal, paranormal romance, Sam and Dean Winchester, shifters, spirits, Strong female characters, strong female lead, Supernatural, TV, Uncategorized, Winchester, writer's life.
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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, 2016Posted by karinshah in amazon, books, brothers, ebooks, Entertainments, kindle, paranormal, paranormal romance, Sam and Dean Winchester, shifters, Strong female characters, Supernatural, TV, Uncategorized, Winchester, writer's life.
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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!
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.
Shiny Things1/7/2015 January 7, 2015Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
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Shiny Things January 7, 2015
Things that are distracting me this week…
Galavant on ABC. With music by Alan Menken, a pretty cast, and hilarious lyrics and one-liners, this irreverent cross between Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Once Upon a Time is not to be missed by musical fans! And we Psych and Supernatural fans get the bonus of Timothy Ormundson as the bad King Richard. He sings, he dances, he hugs. ‘Nuff said!
More TV. Josh Gates from Destination Truth returns in a new Travel Channel show called Expedition Unknown! If you don’t know him, you should. I love his tongue in cheek sense of humor. I wrote a ode to his old show Destination Truth (too ten reasons you should watch Destination Truth) and I listed him twice.
Still more TV. (I think we know what my Kryptonite is) American Haunting on Amazon Prime. This, new to me, ghost show fits the low bar I’ve set. It’s about ghosts, but the first episode was very satisfying, as instead of just investigating and leaving the family to their haunted life, they end up ghost free.
Edits for my new YA Fantasy Romance HALFLING. Technically, since this is my actual work, it’s not a distraction, but it’s certainly concerning me. I actually love this part. Unfortunately, I love it a little too much and spend waaay too long thinking of the perfect word, simile, or metaphor! 🙂
What’s distracting you this week?
Shiny Things 1/1/2015 January 1, 2015Posted by karinshah in books, Uncategorized.
Tags: action romance, Alpha hero, alpha heroes, bank robberies, Chimeras, conferences, demons, dragon shifters, dragons, ghosts, lion shifters, new releases, New Year, Paranormal Romance, serial killers, shapeshifters, Supernatural, Tae Kwon Do, vampires, virgin hero, witches, Writers' life
Shiny Things January 1st 2015
Things interesting me this week:
The old year.
New Year’s is always a time for reflection. Shortly after the start of 2014, I got the shingles. I still have some neuropathy (pain in the nerves) from that, so I suggest everyone get the shingles shot. They’ll tell you it’s uncommon for under fifties to get shingles. They’ll tell you insurance won’t pay, but they’ll also tell you it’s not so bad for under fifties, and I can’t list the number of opiates they would have let me take that did zero for the shooting, stabbing pain in the nerves affected. Nor can I count the sleepless nights resulting. I would gladly pay for the expensive shot to get those six months of my life back.
Ok, end of public service announcement.
Good things last year, I got a book out despite my illness. Yay! This book was particularly close to my heart because I got to revisit characters from BLOOD AND KISSES and IN LIKE A LION and it was inspired by my addiction to all things ghostly (though, I’m a skeptic).
Shows like A Haunting and Ghost Adventures are ripe with stories that light the fires of my imagination. ENTITY MINE was inspired by an episode of A Haunting in which a woman kept dreaming about a photograph of a dead soldier who used to live in her house. When haunting activity began, she felt he protected her from a malevolent spirit also in the house.
My daughter graduated from sixth grade and started seventh. My son passed his OAA’s despite us sweating it and moved on to the fourth grade.
Both my children got their black belts in Taekwondo.
I attended the Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s retreat and RWA 2014 National Conference. I can’t say enough how other writers continue to support and nourish my career. Hugs to you all! Especially, Debby Gilbert, publisher and owner of Soul Mate publishing who is a good friend and a fabulous editor.
My husband started trail running in 2014, so I have some fond memories of cabins and lodges we stayed at, with and without dogs.
Things I’m looking forward to in 2015:
I have a book coming out soon! I’m in edits for a YA Fantasy (draft title HALFLING)
I’m also working on Bk 3 of THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES in which we meet Connor, third youngest of the Mara brothers. He and his twin, ex-rangers, and ex-cons through undeserved circumstances, are blackmailed into a bank robbery. Those who know Supernatural will recognize the inspiration for this installment.:-)
RWA National is in NYC this year. Two of my favorite things together!
What events shaped your 2014? What are you looking forward to in the new year?
Shiny Things December 18 December 18, 2014Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: action romance, alpha, Alpha hero, alpha heroes, army rangers, bank robberies, bank robbery, basenjis, burn notice, chimera, Chimeras, Christmas, demons, dragon shifters, dragons, FBI agents, ghosts, heists, Karin Shah, lion shifters
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Things distracting me today, December 18th 2014
1. A serious message from the Authors of Soul Mate Publishing http://youtu.be/xDsabUwY_vE #kindle #books I worked hard on this homemade video. I hope you’ll take a gander! This video sucked away about ten hours of writing time What non-writing/work projects are sucking up your time?
2. Still Christmas shopping. I started early, but when I looked to see what I had it wasn’t as much as I thought. Going into panic shopping mode. This is difficult as I am the queen of indecision! How’s your shopping going? This is the first year I’ve shopped this far from Christmas. It was supposed to relax me, and make Christmas easy, but so far no dice.
3. I’ve got my latest hero and heroine inches from the clinch and every time I sit (or walk) down to seal the deal, I suddenly find something more important to do, like laundry.
Hope you’re enjoying the season!
Try to remember December 12, 2014Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: action romance, alpha, Alpha hero, alpha heroes, basenjis, brothers, Chimeras, Christmas, demons, Dogs, dragon shifters, dragons, fun, Futuristic Romance, ghosts, In like a lion, Karin Shah, laurel and hardy
Christmas isn’t like it used to be, for one, both my kids have birthdays on either side of the holiday. I’m responsible for all the trials and tribulations of buying presents and everything associated with spending the holiday at my parents’ house in NYS. (Including the worry of travelling through Erie and Buffalo on the way!)
But I still love Christmas. I love the lights, the food, the festive music, and even the cold (Sorry, Aussies. No matter what you tell yourself, Christmas isn’t the same without snow. 😉 )
Today I got thinking about my childhood and some of the things I loved best back then (besides waking up on Christmas morning to a family room over-flowing with presents.).
I loved the old black and white movie THE MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS. When I was little it was played right around Thanksgiving and signaled the start of the season. We had a channel called PIX back then, that came from NYC (despite the fact we were 5 hours’ drive from NYC). Every Christmas, PIX would have kids call in and play this game, where they had to say PIX when it appeared on the screen and then they would win something. I couldn’t take part being too far away, but the idea of calling in and winning something made me watch these kids say “PIX, PIX, PIX” as if my life depended on it.
My favorite holiday song was, “Do You Hear What I hear?.”
My favorite activity was making (and eating) cut-out cookies. We had all the colors and would try to make the angels, and Santas, boots, and reindeer look like their namesakes. (Now, I confess, I just frost everything white and put colored sprinkles on them.)
There was bad stuff, too. Our church had real evergreen boughs that almost always triggered a horrible asthma attack in me. No one ever knew what to get me for Christmas because I always asked for the same thing—a dog. (See horrible asthma attacks above) There were occasional fights, etc, but when I look back, it’s the good stuff I remember.
How about you? What were your favorite childhood Christmas activities, memories, songs, gifts? (Aussies, you can even mention the sand in your teeth. I was just kidding about the snow thing.)
Of course, being grown up does have its perks. I finally got that dog (or four. Though not all at the same time)
Nibble, Nibble… December 10, 2014Posted by karinshah in amazon, books, ebooks, Entertainments, kindle.
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In honor of the holidays here are four “bites,” five-ish line hors d’oeuvres to whet your appetite for the meal.
This excerpt is from my Paranormal Romance. BLOOD AND KISSES out now.
The heroine, Thalia, is walking down a dark street with a serial killer on the loose. This is her first meeting with the hero, Gideon, an ancient vampire.
The two-legged kick landed hard, and the figure, a man by his outline, went down easily.
Too easily. Took her with him. For a moment, the air was knocked out of her, but she sucked in
a breath, straddling his hips and raising her stake high to drive it into his heart.
“I would have gone for ‘Hello, how are you?’ but you’re the witches’ Champion not me.”
For those who like shifters, this appetizer is from my Paranormal Romance IN LIKE A LION, the first book in The Chimera Chronicles series.
This is the first time the heroine, Anjali, a research scientist, meets the hero, Jake Finn, her subject and reputed killer.
He looked up when she stopped before him. His hair parted and she could see one of his eyes.
She swallowed. The Group’s records called them brown, but they were closer to golden, almost yellow, like an eagle or a lion, with a dark, nearly black rim. And there was an intensity there, a feeling of leashed menace that rippled through her like a shockwave.
But the expression in his eyes bore no resemblance to the dead emptiness she’d seen in pictures of other killers. Instead they held the raw power of a predator, the impotent
rage of a captive animal.
Here in this “bite” from ENTITY MINE, a Paranormal Romance (shifters). It’s book 2, but can be a stand alone. Ethan, the hero, is a shifter who is unknowingly trapped between forms and not knowing what he is, believes himself a ghost…
Insane in life. Insane in death.The visceral pain in his gut drew his thoughts away from his mental state. Or maybe this all was a figment of his imagination. Maybe he only dreamed he walked the Earth. Maybe this was hell.
After months of this tortuous, aimless existence, he
started to think so.
For more: http://www.amazon.com/Entity-Mine-Chimera-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00LG4WQOM/
Second helpings from ENTITY MINE
Devon Daughtry, Psychic Medium for hire.
He rocked back on his heels. A bitter laugh rocked his shoulders and echoed in his ears as it rumbled out full-formed. He’d never believed in anything woo-woo. Never believed in ghosts and, Lord knew, he’d stood at the head of the line of those who thought the people who took advantage of the brokenhearted were the lowest of the low, and yet this
woman, who, in life, he would have dismissed as little more than a con artist, now represented his best chance to peel back the truth about his death.
I hope you enjoyed your hors d’oeuvres! Happy Holidays!
Do I Scare You? October 30, 2014Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: action romance, alpha heroes, brothers, Chimeras, demons, Dogs, dragon shifters, Friday the thirteenth, ghosts, Halloween, Horror, lion shifters, mediums, Navy SEALS, Ouija, paranormal, Paranormal Romance, shifters, spirits, Supernatural, treasure, writers, writing
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What scares you?
Just like humor, everybody has a different threshold for what scares them. I can watch all kinds of “reality” shows about hauntings and not get scared, but there have been times in the past when I have scared myself just by thinking about something (clips and images from things I’ve seen, like a black eyed man in A Haunting in Connecticut). I don’t watch horror movies for this reason. (I do watch Supernatural, but in that reality I can always imagine Sam and Dean will come and save me.:-) )
When I was writing ENTITY MINE I had to think about what specific things really scare me and hope my readers would feel the same (while knowing it will all be fine in the end).
Here are a couple of (I hope) scary scenes from ENTITY MINE.
The repetitive chirp of crickets alerted Devon to the fact that the long, Western New York twilight had snuck up on her and now the entire house stood cloaked in heavy shadow. She placed the last glass in the upper cupboard nearest the foyer and closed it with a decisive click. She swept her gaze across the dark kitchen, satisfied that everything was closed and put away.
“Looks good, huh?” she said to the Honey, who lay half in the kitchen and half in the bedroom.
The dog lifted her head an inch. Her back end was in shadow, but Devon could hear the thump of her fluffy, scimitar tail whacking the carpet.
Devon smiled. “Well, maybe not good, but neat anyway.”
She groped her way to the kitchen wall, fumbling for the light switch. The bulb in the fly-specked dome overhead flared on and then winked out, killing her night vision and leaving her standing in darkness so total her eyes conjured nonexistent patterns in the inky blackness. “Damn.”
She felt behind her on the wall for the switch by the front door, and flipped it up.
The light came on, filling the small foyer and spilling into the kitchen.
She gasped, her heart rate skyrocketing. Every carefully closed cupboard door hung completely open. She swallowed. “I hope that was you, Ethan.”
But somehow she knew it wasn’t.
A black figure coalesced in the doorway to the living room then crawled toward her, exuding oily menace.
A foul odor dragged her from sleep.
Devon blinked into the darkness, confused. How much time had passed? Had she been asleep for seconds or hours?
The smell intensified, seeming to wrap around her, sticky and pungent like dead things preserved in formaldehyde.
Honey growled, low and menacing, and Devon froze, the hairs on her arms prickling, her pulse mimicking the tempo of the drumming rain.
Her face was toward the window, but a sticky sensation of malevolence crawled over her skin, as if she’d walked through a woman-sized cobweb.
She could hear Honey pace, whining and panting.
“Devon.” A raspy voice breathed in her ear.
Adrenaline shot through her veins and rebounded in a continuous loop. All the moisture in her mouth evaporated. Her rational mind told her to turn and look, that she was
probably imagining things. No spirit she’d ever encountered had been strong enough to be active two days in a row, but terror held her glued on her side.
Finally, through sheer force of will, she wrenched onto
And found herself face-to-face with the black figure.
A scream beat against her control, but she gulped it back. She sat up and the nasty spirit vanished. Her hand rose to her collarbone. For a second, her heart slowed, marching back toward its normal beat, then something grabbed her throat, shoving her back on the bed with bruising force.
She flailed, grabbing the slippery edge of the bed for leverage, digging her nails into the mattress. Her airway constricted. She fought to suck air past the demon’s manacle-like grip and clutched the collar of choking pressure around her neck, scrabbling to get under it, but only scraped her own skin.
Honey barked, black lips drawn back to display sharp white teeth.
Barking and the sounds of her own choking reverberated in her ears, drowning out the cadence of the rain. Her vision frayed around the edges.
She gasped, to no avail, fighting to draw air, but the apparition’s punishing grip tightened.
There was nothing she could do. She heard roaring in her ears. The sound grew louder.
The inhuman spirit was too strong. Oh, my God! She was really going to die.
So what do you find scary? Are you a scaredy cat? Does your imagination get to you, the way mine has done, while sitting in your own back yard listening to the crickets and remembering clips you’ve seen of movies like Friday the Thirteenth? “Jay, jay, jay. Kill, kill, kill.”
Or do you laugh in the face of paranormal danger and watch movies like Ouija with impunity?