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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Chimera 4 Delayed June 20, 2016Posted by karinshah in amazon, books, brothers, demons, ebooks, Entertainments, Fantasy, kindle, paranormal, paranormal romance, shifters, Strong female characters, strong female lead, Uncategorized, writer's life.
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I’m sorry to say that after LION’S PREY (CHIMERA CHRONICLES 4) came back from my beta reader, I realized it needed substantial additions to address my beta reader’s concerns. Several thousand words were added and now need to be edited and polished before I can turn it in for the professional editing of my fabulous editor at Soul Mate, Deborah Gilbert.
Soul Mate has their own timetable for editing and getting a sparkling book out in July is no longer feasible. I promise you I am at hard at work to make sure a true diamond comes out to readers in August.
Meanwhile, Saturday was my one month book-versary of THE LION’S SHARE!
to celebrate, I’m putting up an excerpt from THE LION’S SHARE and an excerpt from LION’S PRIDE. Just a reminder, the LION’S PRIDE excerpt is unedited.
THE LION’S SHARE:
An hour later, Embry braved a brisk wind as she headed to the coffee shop. As the new “guy” on the team, it was her responsibility to “go fetch.” Still, as a bonus, she got to leave the smelly confines of the surveillance van for a few minutes. Ah, the glamorous life of an FBI agent. She almost laughed at herself. She hadn’t been doing it long enough to be jaded. She still loved every minute of it, from the paperwork to day long procedural meetings. Well, maybe not procedural meetings.
She raised her face up to the sun. It would barely scrape sixty today, if she were lucky. She shivered. The only thing she missed about LA was the weather.
As she savored the meager warmth of the sunlight on her cheeks, she almost rammed into a man in front of her. Confronted by the center of a spectacularly formed torso, though covered by a blue hoodie—zipped more’s the pity—she looked up and then further up. Something she rarely had to do at six-foot-one. And saw a clean square chin, high cheekbones, firm lips, slashing black eyebrows and golden eyes. She drew in a sharp breath. His face was familiar, but his eyes made her stomach quiver. They were the same eyes that haunted her dreams—and her nightmares.
“We’re live in downtown Leavenworth, Kansas, where a tense eight-hour hostage situation at the Cooperative Bank and Trust has just come to an end.” Zara Coventry smiled at the camera lens, hoping to convey a sense of compassionate authority, though she felt like something the cat dragged in.
“Here’s what we know. Five men entered the bank on Fourth Street just after 9:00 am. At 5:00 pm, after many hours of negotiation, shots were heard inside the bank and SWAT entered.” She glanced down at her hastily scrawled notes. “Suspects Gleeson Rainey, Demetrius Brown, Paul Cooper, and an unidentified accomplice have been apprehended due to the extraordinary bravery of FBI agent Embry Lane. We expect Agent Lane, who was trapped inside the bank when the robbery began, to exit any minute now. A full news conference is set for 6:45.”
She summoned a more serious tone. “Two other suspects, brothers, Connor and Tyler Gunn, are missing and believed to have eluded authorities. The men are former Army Rangers on parole from the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth and are considered armed and extremely dangerous. Law enforcement officials ask citizens to be on the lookout for these men and call the number below if you see them. However, and I can’t stress this enough, do not approach them. I repeat, according to officials these men are expertly trained and extremely dangerous. Call the tip line if you see them, but do not approach.”
LION’S PREY coming in August from Soul Mate Publishing!
Shiny Things 1/1/2015 January 1, 2015Posted by karinshah in books, Uncategorized.
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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?
FREE Blood and Kisses and In Like a Lion until July 2nd June 28, 2014Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
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I’m excited to announce that to celebrate the July 2nd release of Entity Mine (The Chimera Chronicles 2), Blood and Kisses, the book the Chimera Chronicles is a spin-off from, and In Like a Lion (The Chimera Chronicles 1) will be free on Amazon from June 28th until July 2nd!
Blood and. Kisses http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005VHL4DE/
The Things That Go Bump in the Night need love, too
ENTITY MINE (Chimera Chronicles 2) coming July 2014 Soul Mate
IN LIKE A LION (The Chimera Chronicles 1) available now! Soul Mate
BLOOD AND KISSES available now! Soul Mate
STARJACKED available now! Samhain
It’s a B-what now? August 13, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: basenjis, blood, Dogs, familiars, Paranormal Romance, prophecies, romance, serial killers, spells, spirits, vampires, witches
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Thalia’s familiar spirit is a basenji. Basenjis are about the size of a fox terrier. The standard male weighs 24 pounds and is approximately 17 inches at the shoulder.
Basenjis are members of the hound group and use both their eyes and noses to hunt. Originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they were used to flush game into nets.
Basenji-like dogs can be found all over the world, but the basenji is distinct from these village dogs, because it doesn’t bark. They may bark a few times as puppies, but almost never as adults. For the most part, basenjis are silent, but they’re not mute and make many other sounds. Their growl sounds a bit like a rabid duck. They make a noise basenji owners call a yawn meow. They can howl and they make a charming sound called a yodel when they are happy to see you.:-)
Here is video of a red and white basenji puppy yodeling:
Basenjis come in five colors, Red and White, Black Tan and white (Tricolor, think Bernese mountain dog colors) Black and white, Brindle and white, and Black Brindle and White (we call it trindle)
So why a basenji? The simplest answer is because I love basenjis. All the things I love about them make them great familiars. Small enough to pick up, quiet, they clean themselves like cats, they have no doggy odor, they shed some in the summer and the fall and the rest of the time very, very little. They are charming little clowns.
Check out this video: (give it a second to load) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deoESC_q_aE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
They are not for people with very small children. If you hurt them, they will nip!
But for respectful older children and adults they are fantastic companions.
Check out the interstellar support crew and furry familiars page to see Sky and Banner my late red and while basenjis. And scroll down to see my brindle puppy, “Ranger.”
You like what? August 1, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: alpha heroes, BLODD AND KISSES, familiars, magic, Paranorrmal romance, serial killers, vampire romance, vampires, witchcraft, witches
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Stop by and find out a little more about me at http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1425901-august-wii-read–blood-and-kisses-by-karin-shah Weigh in in my cover and if you’ve read BLOOD AND KISSES join the discussion. And if you like vampire Romance, why haven’t you read it? BLOOD AND KISSES Is a full-length novel filled with sparring witches, ancient vampires, pain-in-the-asss familiars, love and danger for only $2.99! Starbucks costs more!
Homemade trailers love ’em or hate ’em? July 31, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: alpha heroes, BOTM, famillars, Fantasy, Goodreads, magic, Paranormal Romance, rochester, romance, serial killers, trailers, Urban Fantasy, vampires, witches
What do you think, are pro trailers better than homemade trailers? http://youtu.be/DKMY07cdrKg
Watch the new BLOOD AND KISSES trailer and tell me what you think!
And if you’ve read BLOOD AND KISSES stop by http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/66901-paranormal-romance-new-and-upcoming-books-authors-pnr-nauba and join in the discussion starting tomorrow August first!
Guess Whose Book is Book of the Month on Good Reads! July 30, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
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Yep, it’s me! I’m so excited! My novel BLOOD AND KISSES has been chosen to be a Book of the Month (BOTM) for August at the Paranormal Romance: New and Upcoming Authors/Books group on Goodreads (GR).
To celebrate, I am giving an ecopy of IN LIKE A LION to a lucky commenter on the discussion thread over the course of the month. THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES, beginning with IN LIKE A LION, are a spin off from the world of BLOOD AND KISSES and my heroine from BLOOD AND KISSES, Thalia, is in it.
Read BLOOD AND KISSES and stop by to take part of the discussion. in September, I will randomly chose a number from the discussion thread. It’s that easy!
Hope to see you there!
BLOOD AND KISSES FREE TODAY! February 24, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
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Thanks to anybody who got BLOOD AND KISSES for free today! It was #number 8 in the free kindle paranormal romance Category! Act fast! It’s $2.99 tomorrow! http://www.amazon.com/Blood-and-Kisses-ebook/dp/B005VHL4DE/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1361556634&sr=1-2
And if you liked it, check out the first of the spin-off series, IN LIKE A LION (the Chimera Chronicles 1)
BLOOD AND KISSES FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW! February 23, 2013Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
Tags: basenjis, ebook, familiars, Free, killers, serial killers, Suspense, vampires, witches
My Paranormal Romance, BLOOD AND KISSES, is free today (and I think tomorrow) on amazon. 🙂
What’s a witches’ champion to do when a rogue vampire is stalking her community? Fight vampire with vampire.