FREE Blood and Kisses and In Like a Lion until July 2nd

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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!

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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

Shiny things 1/02/14

Things interesting me this week.
1. Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2014! I actually made a resolution this year (normally I don’t since I figure I’ll only break it anyway).
Not being one to deny myself, this year I’m focusing not on taking things away, but adding things. I’d like to lose weight, but concentrating on that has never worked for me, so I’ve decided to add more fruits and vegetables and that’s it. I walk while I write and I do TaeKwonDo, so I hope eating better is the missing part of the puzzle. Besides, I read a study that said 20,000 new cases of cancer could be prevented if people ate just two more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Better safe than sorry.:-)
2. We don’t take the tree down until after the girl child’s birthday party, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ornaments before it goes down. Some I think are just pretty, others remind me of people I love.

Well, my internet speed is in the toilet today, so I just posted one.:-( It’s at the bottom.

3. I subscribed to this site as a reader and submitted as an author.  They send you emails with recommendations of books you might like. You choose the categories, even down to level of violence, sex and profanity, then they send you matches.

4. Ninja 2 Those who follow my twitter know all about my Martial Arts crush on Scott Adkins. I’ve been waiting for this release for a while and was delighted to see it on Netflix. It’s pure action. Centered on a revenge plot, there’s lots of pure fighting sans CGI. I loved it. It goes up there with  Assassination Games as my favorite of his. He fluidly switches between Japanese and a credible American accent (he’s British), all while fighting his way through bad guys galore.

What’s shiny in your life this week? Streaming anything new? Taking down the tree? New adventures on the horizon?

A new one from 2012. We all went to the store and picked one special one. It reminds me of something we did together.
A new one from 2012. We all went to the store and picked one special one. It reminds me of something we did together.

It’s a B-what now?

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)

And this one:

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?

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?