You like what?

Stop by and find out a little more about me at–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?

What do you think, are pro trailers better than homemade trailers?
Watch the new BLOOD AND KISSES trailer and tell me what you think!
And if you’ve read BLOOD AND KISSES stop by and join in the discussion starting tomorrow August first!

Guess Whose Book is Book of the Month on Good Reads!

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!


Guess Who I Winged Chocolate at at RWA 13

Although I almost didn’t have a hotel room Tuesday night, I ended up having a blast at the conference. Luckily, Tuesday morning I called my my close friend, roomie, and Soul Mate editor extraordinaire, Debby Gilbert, and we realized I’d gotten my wires crossed (are you surprised?) and didn’t have a room in the conference hotel that night only hours before I was due to leave for the airport. I managed to secure one, but I could have done without the adrenaline rush.
I arrived at the hotel (much thanks to the fabulous Donna MacMeans for posting intricate directions on the COFW loop for those of us taking the MARTA from the airport) Wednesday was the literacy signing.
I as expected, I didn’t sell out, but I had a blast talking to everyone. Mostly thanks to Ranger, whose pic I had up on my IPad as an icebreaker.20130722-162933.jpg
I was up against the windows at the end of the aisle, so I didn’t get that much traffic, but Maggie Shayne was across from me and when her line got long, I’d say, “Hey, if you like Maggie Shayne’s books you might like mine.:-)
She was a good sport and when things got a little slow and she got hungry, I chucked some Hershey’s nuggets across the aisle like it was Mardi Gras. She’s a good catcher.:-)
There is more to share from RWA, but that will have to come in a later installment.

Did you have any adventures this weekend? Who did you meet? Where did you eat? Did you throw candy at anyone?


So you live in Gotham/Metropolis/New York City

I love Superheroes. Probably obvious to those who have read my books. My heroes and heroines are always Superhuman.

Marvel’s the Avengers, Captain America, and Thor are all on Netfilix now and after re-watching them and seeing Man of Steel in the theater, I came up with these tips for surviving the superhero version of NYC

1. When you take your young son to the theater, wait until the show is over to leave. You can hang in the lobby. I’m sure there are drinks or something available to occupy your time.

2. If you are a business owner, make sure your insurance covers “smashing” and other damage from Superhuman fists or bodies crashing through your building.

3. Resist the urge to watch Superheroes battle. Stay away from the windows. In fact evacuate the building, and run. Run away as fast as you can.

4. If a superhero directs you, follow his advice. Now is not a good time to ask who he is and why you should listen to him.

5. Move.

Hope you enjoyed my tips! I’d love to hear some of yours!


Context confusion!

I have two fancies. I show my dogs. And I write. Of course, the second is more of an obsession, but both subjects fill my inbox. The problem? Both subjects have very similar lexicons. For example, I see the subject heading “stacking”. I think they’re talking about stacking a dog so the judge can go over it. But, no. When I open the email, it’s actually about stacking books. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just like expecting food to taste a certain way when you put it in your mouth. If it tastes different than you expect, sour instead of sweet, etc. It might not be bad, but it’s–surprising.
Both my interests have newsletters. Both have “Bitches.” one being Smart and Trashy and the other being actual female dogs. Many of my wring friends have the same first names (and sometimes similar last names) to my dog friends.

And then there’s my own failing memory, (see The Screw-Up)

I suppose a solution would be to have two different email addresses, but I can hardly remember to check one, so I guess I’ll have to live with the confusion. Just please don’t be offended if I ask about your bitch….

How ’bout you? Got interests that confuse? I’d love to hear about them.:-)



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!

And if you liked it, check out the first of the spin-off series, IN LIKE A LION (the Chimera Chronicles 1)

Meet Thalia

I’m deep in the throes of writing book 2 in Chimera Series, but the series is a spin-off from BLOOD AND KISSES, so today I thought I’d go back in time and re-introduce Thalia Kent, the heroine of BLOOD AND KISSES.
Thalia is the local witches’ champion, meaning if there’s anything rotten, magically-speaking, in her town, it’s her job to get it smelling like a rose. Possession, curses, spells run-amuck, call Thalia. But Thala has a bit of a confidence problem, see she inherited the title, along with her raspberry birthmark in the shape of a crescent moon, from her late mother and Thalia has always considered herself one of the weaker witches of her line.
Thalia has been in training to be the champion her whole life, but witches are long-lived and she never expected to take over for her mother, so soon. When a vampire kills her mortal cousin, Thalia has to bring him down, but the vampire and witch communities don’t exactly see eye to eye, so Thalia knows very little about vampires that isn’t from TV. She’s forced to cross species lines and ask Gideon Damek, the oldest vampire in Rochester for help.
I am doing a blog tour and that has entailed several interviews. One of the interviews asked me about my favorite character I’ve written. Of course, I love them all, but I have a soft spot for Thalia. Despite the fact that she doesn’t appear to have the magical chops to do her job, she doesn’t let that stop her. If she needs to work harder, use more of her innate magic, or reach out into forbidden territory, she will do it. I’ve got to love that. Which is why I couldn’t give her up and she and Gideon make appearances in the Chimera Series.
How about you? If there a character that won’t let you go? Please share!

Happy Sunday!