Guest Author: Karin Tabke "I LOVE Medievals" & giveaway

Wednesday, July 8

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The first Karin Tabke book that I read was not a Medieval romance, but in fact was a contemporary romance Good Girl Gone Bad. As soon as I got done reading it I immediately went to my computer to see what other books by this author I had been missing out on. And no, I am not exaggerating. When I find a new author that I love, it's like an obsession with me. I have to read their entire backlist before I can move on to something else. Come to find out not only did she have several more books that I could devour, but she also had a new historical romance series called The Blood Sword Legacy coming out soon. I was so excited when I saw this! Not only was it an author that I already knew and loved, but she was going to be writing in different genres, and it was a was a moment of booklover heaven.

I could hardly contain my excitement when Karin accepted my invitation to guest blog during Medieval Romance week...but enough about me :)

First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Carrie for inviting me over to her place to share a day with all of you. I love to chat and meet new folks. I’m pretty much an open book, so feel free to ask me whatever. Can’t guarantee I’ll have the answer but I try.

So, the theme this week is celebrating medieval romances. I LOVE romance. Toss in medieval England, most specifically the 1066 era, and you have me hook, line and sinker! Is there a more turbulent, passionate time in England’s history? Men were men and women were women and while there was an abundance of political strife there was no political correctness. It’s what I love. Just about anything goes. To the victor went the spoils. In love, and in war. And boy do I lurve writing the love part.

Yep, the Blood Swords are warriors at heart. Warriors for their king, each other and the one woman who is destined to be theirs’ and theirs’ alone.

Here’s the first page in MASTER OF CRAVING, book three in The Blood Sword Legacy series (which btw is out now!):

Eight mercenary knights, each of them base born, each of them bound by unspeakable torture in a Saracen prison, each of them branded with the mark of the sword for life. Each of their destinies marked by a woman.

‘Twas whispered along the Marches the demon knights who rode upon black horses donned in black mail wielding black swords would slay any man, woman or child who dared look upon them. ‘Twas whispered their loyalty was only to the other and no man could split them asunder, nor was there enough gold or silver in the kingdom to buy their oath. ‘Twas well known each of them was touched not by the hand of God but by Lucifer himself.

‘Twas also whispered, but only by the bravest of souls, that each Blood Sword was destined to find only one woman in all of Christendom who would bear him and only him sons, and until that one woman was found, he would battle and ravage the land...

…but the darkest secret whispered was that there was one among them whose violent craving for the one woman he could not have would be the spark that would set an entire region on fire, and nearly bring down a kingdom, with the aftermath to be felt for the next thousand years.

See what I mean about men being men and women being women? Anything goes. ☺ I don’t make excuses for my guys and what they do, or how they go about it. It’s the way of the world back then. It was brutal. I’ve never been one for foo-foo medievals. I like them hard, I like them fast and I like them sexy! And that’s how I write them.

Here’s an excerpt from MASTER OF CRAVING:

But first a brief set up of the scene:

Having survived the great battle of Hereford, our hero, Stefan de Valrey lies naked in the wood at a pond’s edge where he has bathed away the battle stench, tended his grave wounds and ponders his next move. For the Normans were slaughtered by the combined forces of the mad Saxon Earl Edric and his Welsh allies King Rhiwallon and Bleddyn. His brother Blood Swords have been captured by the Welsh kings and, Stefan will do anything to see to their safe release. Anything. Enter Princess Arianrhod…

Stefan grabbed his sword and rolled over, prepared to do battle, but instead found nothing. Had he dreamt the low sensual laugh?

He heard it again, closer now. His blood warmed as he conjured up a face and body to go with such an exotic sound. He hurried to Apollo as fast as his damaged leg would allow, and pushed the huge horse back farther into the thick wood. He warned him to silence, knowing the horse would stand still until given the command to move. Stefan turned and made his way back to the edge of the thick copse of foliage he hid behind. For long moments he stood, wondering for the second time if he had dreamt the voice. The light sound of footsteps crunching along the rocky path to the secluded pond heralded a visitor. He crouched, wincing at the pull of skin and muscle on his damaged thigh, and rethought his position. As he made to adjust, he stopped all movement.

“Jane, hurry, I must get out of these mud-caked rags!” called a melodic female voice in Welsh.

Stefan crouched lower. Not moving a single muscle, he watched as a wood nymph danced into view. His eyes widened. She was tall, slender, and, as his gaze raked her body, buxom. He smiled. She was undressing in a most uninhibited manner as she hurried toward the inviting pool. And, he could see why. Her emerald-colored gown was covered in mud on one side, as was her long sunburst-colored hair.

When she yanked the kirtle from her body, he held his breath. The soft linen of the chemise beneath molded against her full curves in the soft breeze. “I cannot believe I fell from my horse!”

“You have become too arrogant, milady,” an old woman said, hobbling into the clearing holding a cloth bundle. “’Tis time someone brought you down a peg.”

A noblewoman? A Welsh noblewoman? He grinned wider, and silently thanked Rhys and Wulfson for their tutelage of the language. He would repay them handsomely when next they met.

The eager lady did not wait for her maid to help her undress further. She sat upon the stone he had himself just lain upon and unlaced her soft leather boots, untied her garters, then rolled down short white chauses. His body tightened when she stood and pulled the chemise from her body. Heat filled him as he slowly stood, unable to turn away, indeed, could he have. Transfixed, he took in every sensual inch of her body. She was tall for a woman and majestically golden. Golden hair, golden skin. Her breasts were full and rose high upon her chest. His hands opened and closed, wanting to feel the soft firmness of them beneath his fingertips.

He envisioned his large calloused fingers gently brushing across a pink nipple, feeling it come alive beneath his touch. His cock filled as his eyes traveled down her flat belly to her rounded hips and to the blush-colored triangle between her thighs. He hissed out a low breath. She was breathtaking, and at that moment, Stefan knew what it meant to want something so badly that he would give his right arm to possess it. His cock lengthened at the spectacular sight, and had she been alone, he would have been so bold as to show himself, Adam to her Eve. He wanted to join with her, and mate.

“You are shameful!” Jane scolded. “What if there are bandits in the wood?”

“Keep watch, Jane, I will be but a few minutes. We have been riding hard for days. The dirt of the road clings to me and you know I have not bathed since we departed Dinefwr.”

Dinefwr? ‘Twas where Prince Hylcon resided. This he knew, for the Dinefwr-Castile bloodline was amongst the finest; not only in all of Christendom, but even the Saracens of the Holy Land traveled to Dinefwr to breed their mares to Hylcon’s stallions.

Intrigued, he watched the lady gingerly stick a toe into the cool water. She gasped in a breath at the chill, when she did her breasts rose higher, as did he. He smiled despite the pain it caused him, as she slowly glided into the pool. Her golden skin puckered and her blush-colored nipples tightened.

“Go, Jane, and leave me. Go down the path and make sure that letch Dag keeps his distance.”

The errant lady slid the rest of her long body into the cool, clear water, gasping at the coolness. Stefan squirmed where he stood, the tension between his thighs overriding the tension of his wounds.

The servant set her bundle down on the rock and untied it, then spread out clothes and a long linen towel. “Here are your clothes, you will have to dry yourself. I cannot guard the path and dress you at the same time. Do not dally, milady, we must be back on the road.”

The lady splashed water at her maid and scoffed. “Dag has lost his way, and because of it, we have lost time. I fear we will never get to Yorkshire.”

“He is not the most intelligent of men,” Jane admitted, then, reluctantly, the old woman moved back down the path they had come.

Stefan knelt on the soft loamy ground and watched captivated, as the wood nymph swam in the small pool, and as he had done, she grabbed a hunk of springy moss from beneath a fern. When she stood and the clear water sluiced down her breasts to her belly, glistening like pearls under the sunlight, Stefan stifled a groan.

She reached over to the bundle and grabbed a bar of soap, and when she lathered it, he held his breath. Her slender hands smeared it across her breasts and down her belly to her thighs. She tilted her head back, her back arched, those luscious breasts pointed to the sun. Her hands slid across her body with brazen familiarity. He wanted to touch her so. She had no modesty, and he could tell just from the way she touched herself she would be an adventurous lover.

She sank deeper into the pool, allowing the water to carry the lather away. When she completely submerged and shot up, her body glistening in the sun, Stefan slowly stood and took a step closer. She put the soap to her hair and vigorously washed it. She went under again, and this time when she erupted from the water, like Venus herself, the erotic image was too much for Stefan. He groaned. She gasped, and turned crossing her arms over her chest. “Who goes there?”

Stefan grinned, ignoring the pain it cost him. How badly he wanted to show himself, and how badly he wanted to lose himself in all of that gold and honey, he could not measure, but even had he the time for a dalliance, he doubted he possessed the strength. ‘Twas a shame, for it had been months since his last woman, and none could he recall as comely as this one frolicking in the water before him. He was just about to move deeper into the wood when he heard another voice. A man’s voice.

“Would you like some company, Princess?”

Princess? Stefan’s interest suddenly went from his cock to his head. A Welsh princess? Mayhap Hylcon’s daughter?

“Dag! How dare you trespass! Turn your back and return to the others!” she commanded.

Stefan eyed the intruder as he emerged from the path into the clearing. Nearly as tall as Thorin, bald, but sporting a full blond beard, hard narrowed eyes, and dressed in the manner of a Norseman complete with battle ax. A Viking. What was a Viking doing with a Welsh princess in the middle of battle-fatigued Mercia? She had mentioned Yorkshire. An area, despite Hardrada’s defeat last year, still heavily populated with Norse.

“I cannot do as you command, Princess Arianrhod. As you have so thoroughly done to my uncle, so too you haunt my every waking thought.” He continued stalking her, as a fox would a plump hen.

“Stop now, Dag! Stop before you do something we will both regret,” she warned, and, though she tried to keep her voice strong and sure, Stefan heard the fear in it.

Dag laughed as if every day he plucked an unwilling maid from the water, and continued hisslow, deliberate pursuit. “I will have no regrets. I want you as I have never wanted anything in my life. I will have you.”

The princess backed up to the rock she had undressed on and grabbed the linen from where the maid had set it. She started to stand, to wrap it around her but thought better of exposing herself to the unwanted intruder. Instead, she dragged it into the water, soaking it, then wrapped it around her body. Stefan shook his head. ‘Twould only weigh her down and show off every curve.

She dragged herself from the water on the side of the pond closest to where he hid. He swallowed hard at the display. As forethought, she was a vision, to be sure, in the thin wet cloth. It clung to her full curves, and despite the position she found herself in, the princess’s royal nipples were hard and strained mightily against the cloth. Slowly, Stefan moved closer to the edge of the foliage that shielded him. And, as was his instinct when trouble brewed, he reached for his sword where it lay on the ground beside him.

The Viking nimbly hopped from the shore to one rock, then another, then to the one the princess stood upon. She opened her mouth to scream, but the Viking was quick; he grasped her, slapping his hand across her mouth. The little hellion bit him and punched him with her fists. The damp linen clung to her between them, but now it covered less than it had a moment ago.

Stefan’s impulse was to defend the lady’s honor, but too much was at stake for him to show himself.

You need to buy the book to find out if he saves her.

Also, feel free to come on by my website and check out my blog The Write Life. Do you Twitter? I do, or Facebook, and then there is MySpace! Yep, I’m everywhere. I can’t help it, I’m a social animal. How about you? You obviously hang out on the net coz you’re here, what’s your favorite venue to chat and meet folks?

Oh, and for one lucky commenter today I’m offering a signed copy of MASTER OF SURRENDER, book one in The Blood Sword Legacy series. Just comment! And remember, you can ask me anything. Within reason. ;)



Many thanks Karin for being with us here today! That was a such a great excerpt. I know what happens...but I'm not telling ☺. You guys are in for such a treat if you have not read Master of Surrender yet. It is my favorite of The Blood Sword Legacy series so far (although I'm not done reading Master of Craving, which has been really really good).

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment asking Karin a question. Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible

Rules and disclaimers:

  • The winner will be chosen by the author on Saturday 7/11 and posted on Sunday July 12, 2009

  • The book will be mailed directly from the author and no substitutions are allowed. This giveaway is open to anyone.

  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!

Make sure to join us tomorrow for guest author Amanda McIntyre & a giveaway of Tortured


HODGEPODGESPV July 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

when you are doing a new book, do you have to do new research or can you use your past research?

where do you go for research?

spvaughan yahoo com

Leontine July 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

I love the 1066 era too, an era I read since an teenager and will never get enough of.

Quote Karin: Is there a more turbulent, passionate time in England’s history? Men were men and women were women and while there was an abundance of political strife there was no political correctness.

That about sums it up for me why I will never grow tired of reading a medieval novel :D

diva donna July 8, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

I haven't read a true Medieval in years. This series sounds awesome.
Do you find writing your love scenes easy or hard?
With Lusty men like these. You probably put them through quite the rough and tumble.
So please enter my name: Diva Donna and email.
I can see my TBR pile will be increasing. And I've added a fine new author.:D

buddyt July 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

Hi Karen,

I see that some authors are saying that Historicals are coming back in fashion with readers after a bit of a downturn.
Have you found the same thing happening?

Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

Carol Thompson

buddytho {AT} gmail DOT com

Anonymous,  July 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

Sounds like a winner.
Do you write everyday on a set schedule or in spurts as the inspiration hits you? thanks pamela

Caffey July 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM  

Hi Karin!
Most of what I learn from the 1066 era is what I read in my Medieval romances (along with other time settings). I especially love Medieval probably because I know the least about it and too not as much Medieval romances out there. What are some of your favorite Medieval Romance books/authors? What interested you most about this era to write it? One thing I love is that these men to their king, who have sacrificed so much, find their HEA.

PS Don't put me in this contest, I have Karin's LORD OF SURRENDER!

booklover1335 July 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM  

you would think that since this is my blog that I would have asked you this already :)

Who's the next lucky Blood Sword brother who gets to experience your mighty sword...I mean pen?

I know you have another series that debuts before the next BSL book, but when you do write the next BSL whose book will it be?
(for those of us who can't get enough like me)

MoziEsm√© July 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

What's your resource for 1066 info?

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

etirv July 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM  

What is your least favorite genre?


bridget3420 July 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

Hi Karin,

If you could trade places with anyone, past or present, who would it by and why?



CrystalGB July 8, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Hi Karin. Great excerpt. I love medieval romances.
What is the strangest or funniest comment you have received from a fan?

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

getting more coffee. will be back in a few!

Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

Ok, have more coffee and am hiding from the cats. They think my keyboard is their personal back scratcher.

I wanted to say thanks again to Carrie for having me!!!

Hi, SP, when I research I use past information, but since each of my medievals are set in such a tumultuous time, a time where loyalties were constantly changing as well as lands and titles, I have to dig into that particular time before and during my writing. The good thing about history is it doesn't change.

Hi, Leontine! I'm with you, I'll never tire of medievals.

Karin Tabke

jilljames July 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

Karin, you ARE everywhere. I'm loving Master of Craving. Blogged about it at

Love ya, Jill/Amanda

Terry Odell July 8, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

Hi, Karin!

OK, you had me at "naked in the woods."

How do you decide where to draw the line between "Medieval reality" and romance reader preferences, which probably don't include thinking about life without toilet paper.

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Hi, Diva Donna (I like that, anything with diva gets my attention :)) If you like medievals i think you'll enjoy this series but more than a medieval, these are all passionate love stories. I love writing love scenes. especially that first one when the hero and heroine finally come together as one. sigh. those scenes leave me breathless.

Mornin' buddyt. I think a lot of romance readers who first cut their teeth on historicals, crossed over to contemps and paranormal's and now yearn for what turned them on to the romance genre in the first place. Historicals. I hear a lot of readers bemoan the fact, "there are no old fashioned good historicals out there!"
I personally don't go for the light fluffy type of historical. I like realistic passionate ones. and so I think I have delivered that with the Blood Sword Legacy series.

Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

Hi, Anon! I don't write to a set schedule. But when I am on deadline, I write Monday through Friday usually 2-4k words a day. Sometimes I pounce right on it and write all day or wait until the house is quiet at night and write through th night to 3 or 4 a.m.

Hey, Caffey! I learn a lot reading too! I love to learn that way. I love the old anita mills books, elizabeth chadwick (talk about a history lesson!) and of course my first love ever, the wolf and dove by kathleen wodiwiss.

Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM  

ah, Carrie the most asked question. Next book, MASTER OF DECPETION is Thorin's story. :)

Hi, MoziEsme. I have lots of a books. one that dissects the bayeux tapestry in such detail it's as if you are there, another book i really found to be invaluable is one by judith tarr on william from before his birth to the invasion of england. I have numerous books on the kings and queens of england norway sweeden and the normans pre william. that history is an integral part of who william came to be. I cannot get enough of it.

Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

happy hump day, etirv! I don't least like any genre, so long as the love story is kick ass, i'll read anything!

Hi, Bridget. Hmm if I could trade places with anyone? Well, my first thought is, I'm cool with who I am and if i weren't me then I wouldn't have my hubby and kids and I would not be doing what I love to do, write romance. BUT, if I had to chose to be someone else? I'd say Mary of Nazareth. How cool to give birth to the son of god and know him?

Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

Hi, Crystal! You know I love medieval romance too! hmm, strangest or funniest comments I've received? Weeeeellll, after SKIN (second hot cop book) came out, I had a reader ask me for my mafia contact. As if I would divulge that info? ;)

Jill, I *am* everywhere! I wish all of this cyber running around equated to thinner thighs! Oh, you read CRAVING? I'll be right over! ;)
Karin Tabke

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

Terry, I love the new avitar! R u going to National? I hardly had a chance to say more than hello in Orlando! We need to have a drink!

So, how do I decide to draw the line between reality and reader preference? I don't. I mean I don't discuss the toilette unless it pertains to the story. There are certain things you don't discuss unless you want to induce the ew factor. but as far as say the brutality of that era? i don't hide it. it was what it was. in fact my blood swords are part of that brutality.

Karin Tabke

Blodeuedd July 8, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

Hi Karin,
I have been eying these books since I saw your last one. They sounds great.

A question would be: Since I first fell for your lovely covers, do you as the author have any say in them?

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

Terry Odell July 8, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

Thanks, Karin - The Avatar depends on where I'm posting. Blogger uses that one, but wordpress and others seem to find my "T". Don't ask me more than that.

I really wish I could go to Nationals, but what with the hubster's job situation, etc., I couldn't really make any advance plans. Glad we at least said HI at RT.

'Nother time, for sure.

Cheri2628 July 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

Wow, Karin! This series sounds amazing! I love reading about Medieval England because it is such a fascinating time period. I recently visited England for the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the castles. Have you visited England for inspiration?


Edie Ramer July 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

I know what happens after this scene, too. It's an awesome book -- a passion-filled story and strong, compelling writing. I'm looking forward to Thorin's story!

Bonnie Jean July 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

Hi Karin!! Just stopping by to see what's up and read your golden words LOL So I ended up ordering 2 copies of the first 2 but only 1 of Master of Craving. How? I have no idea - but it works out great for me since that means I get to keep a copy *big grin*
I loved your answer about who you would trade places with. Totally awesome - but how heartbreaking too. I don't think I have any questions but hey - you look gorgeous in your picture! Just sayin'...

Silver James July 8, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

Karin, it took this series to bring me back to historicals. I bought the first two and have the third on my WiN list!

Uhm...question...Uhm...What's your favorite cocktail? (So I can be all stalker-ish fangirl at Nationals and buy one for you...*bwahaha*) Okay. Kidding. Mostly. :P Real question, how do you pick the names of your characters?

silverjames [at]

susan July 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

back again with my comment about all the good books out there. I need more time in a day to read or a maid. I think a maid would be nice. ha ha susan L.

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 4:39 PM  

Hi, Blodeuedd! I love those covers too! i do have some input. for example, on the CRAVING cover, the first round there was a weird tattoo on my hunky knight's arm. i freaked. NO. NO. NO! No tattoo! There is no mention of a tattoo in the story. Anywhere. Take. it. off. Off it came. :)

Hey Terry, sorry you won't make it to DC. It's going to be a lot of fun, but it's sooooo expensive. I think a lot more of us are feeling the pinch this year. I know I am. Sigh. Well, I'll have a drink for you.

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 4:39 PM  

Hey, Cheri! I'm so jealous! No, I haven't visited England, but it's on my short list of things I want to do NOW!

Edie, you are such a good friend!

Susan Helene Gottfried July 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

No need to enter me, although that's hard to say.

I'm dropping in to say hi and thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Valorie July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM  


Medieval romances are great. Knights and chivalry and just enough barbarism to make it exciting. What historical period would you like to write about other than the Middle Ages?

Estella July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

Hi Karen, I have read your contemporaries, but not your historicals. My TBR pile is going to get bigger.
Are you a plotter or a panster?


Karin* July 8, 2009 at 5:12 PM  

Hey Bonnie Jean, sorry about the glitch, but yay I get another sale! :)
Glad you liked my trading places with answer. heartbreaking yes, but wow. could you imagine?

Yo, Silver! Thanks for the support! Fave cocktail? a freezing cold Ketel One martini with extra olives!
How do I name my characters? For the medievals I do a lot of research to give the character type a name with a meaning that reflects them. In MASTER OF TORMENT Tarian means shield maiden. She is a warrior. Arianrhod is the name of a moon goddess and is associated with silver.

Can't wait to meet you in DC!

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

Susan, I am so with you on a maid/gopher/errand runner/do everything I want to do, goil!

Hey, Susan G, thanks for stopping to say hello!

Valorie! Hmmm, probably early 5th century Britannia.

Estella, try them, you'll like them! I am a total panster with a caveat: I must know who my hero and heroine are, what drives them, why it drives them, and how far they will go to achieve their goal. I also must know who the bad guy is, and know what he hopes to gain.

lrwirum July 8, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

I just wanted to say Hi to Karin and to say I absolutely loved reading Master of Surrender. I have Master of Torment and it is in my TBR pile. :-) Need to get Master of Craving so I can read more of this series.

No need to enter me as I have Master of Surrender. :-)

pams00 July 8, 2009 at 10:27 PM  

Hi Karin,

I haven't gotten a chance to read any of this series yet and would love a chance to win Master of Surrender.

Can I ask what your favorite indulgence is?

Pam S

Karin* July 8, 2009 at 11:00 PM  

Hi back atcha, Irwirum! I'm so happy to hear you loved SURRENDER! I miss Rohan and Isabel.
We'll still put you in the drawing, if you win you can pick one of my contemporary back list!

That goes for anyone else who has a copy of SURRENDER, for which I thank you very much!

Hi, Pam, consider yourself in th drawing. My fave indulgence? Louis Vuitton and two hour massages.

Cheri2628 July 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

Take my name out of the running for this book, please. I just got it in the mail today from Karin! I didn't even know I had won it, so it was a great surprise! :-)

flchen1 July 9, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

Hi, Karin!

Dragging in late to say hi!

Is there any kind of theme/trope you especially like reading or tend to avoid? For instance, I tend to love friends-to-lovers or they've-got-to-get-married-to-fulfill-some-legal-requirement stories but avoid the she's-having-his-baby-but-isn't-going-to-tell-him... And is there some theme you haven't tried writing yet that you'd like to?

Thanks, I do have MoS!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

I love what you said about "an abundance of political strife but no political correctness." Of course, I am a 'rebel at heart' anyways.

I just got back from vacation a few days ago, went to check out your blog, and saw that this Medieval Week was going on.

As you know, I love your series, and I don't need to win Craving 'cause I already bought it when it came out. It's coming up on my TBR pile. I also already have Jaded, which was fantastic and hot! I'd like to win Skin, if my name is picked.

I enjoyed reading the comments, questions, and answers. Considering who you'd trade places with, I'll bet you love that song, "Mary, Did You Know?" It's my favorite. Anyways, if it's not too late for a question: Considering that your DH is a cop probably with odd shifts sometimes, do you have a regular routine for writing, or do you find that because of his odd shifts that you can write nights when he's gone? Or do the kids make you stick to a regular routine, no matter his schedule?

BTW, congrats on the Mom of the Year award.

Oh, and thank you very much for the chapter excerpts and bookmarks. I'll be sure to give some to my writing groups here and maybe put some bookmarks in the bookstore.


MarthaE July 10, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

Hi Karen - You are a "new to me" author but I love the sound of this series! Good blurbs and excerpt!
I will have to check out your website. Do you write in any other genres?
Thanks for a chance to win.

nightdweller20 July 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Hi Karin!

You're a new-to-me author as well. I love the sound of this series, although I'm sort of dreading to put the books on my TBR list, because it's almost 200 books long. But I'll do it anyway :)

What kind of music do you listen to?

Karin* July 10, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

Cheri, Let me know how you like SURRENDER!

Fedora, I'm always dragging in late too. Good question. I like former lovers who parted on really bad terms reunion stories. There is the familiarity, the baggage, the anger, and the tension all built in before you start the book! As far as themes I'd like to write? I can't think of any theme in particular I've been itching to write.

Hi, Julie, i hope you had a great vacation! I need one sooooo bad. Julie if your name is picked SKIN it is! Confession time, I don't think I have ever heard Mary Did You Know, or if I have, I don't recognize the title. Now I'll have to google it!

Hubby did work shifts work. The Graveyard or as they called it, mids. And that is when I wrote.
Did you see that video Edie made? Kewl, huh?
Karin Tabke

Karin* July 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

Hi, Martha. I hope I'm not new to you too much longer! :) I write contemp hot cops, I have a paranormal novella in the WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE antho with my friends Allison Brennan and Roxanne St. Claire. I'm also working on a RS with paranormal elements, first book to release next June.

Mornin' nightdweller. That was me last night. I didn't come to bed until after 4:30 this morning! I listen to just about anything, except rap. I like the beat but ack! those foul lyrics! My fave is angsty rock ballads.

Karin Tabke

flchen1 July 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

Oooh, Karin, that's a good one! Like Stevie and Jack in Once Bitten Twice Shy, where they've got some history already, but are fighting the attraction because of that history.

And really, you aren't dying to write a secret baby, forced marriage, can't tell anyone she's really an alien space princess story? ;)

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

Karin, Which video did Edie make? As for "Mary, Did You Know?"---my favorite version is the duet with Lauri Carrigan. Simple and beautiful.
Thanks for the answer. I'd wondered about that. It almost seems like a writer and a cop would make an ideal partnership with regards to sleep schedules. Hey, there's Castle!!

Julie Robinson July 10, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

Sorry, but I didn't leave my email addy. I thought it was automatically recorded when I logged in. It's:


Maureen July 11, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Hi Karin,
I'm wondering if the medievals are more difficult to write than the contemporaries.

Karin* July 11, 2009 at 4:11 PM  

Fedora, and Stevie and Jack were in THE HARD STUFF ;) GOOD GIRL GONE BAD was a past meeting present story. I sure loved Ty and Phil. I'll let you know about the secret alien baby story...

Hi Julie! Edie made me a Mother of the Year video using all kinds of celebrities and headlines. It was really unique! I had my kids going for awhile. Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely check it out.
I LOVE Castle!!

Hi, Maureen. The medievals are more difficult. They require a lot more thinking, research, and trying to put myself there. The hot cops? I lived that life for years plus it's contemporary, which is my world, so much easier.

Karin Tabke

Julie Robinson July 11, 2009 at 4:22 PM  

Ahhh, that must be what I saw!! LOL
It was really good.
We are all waiting for Castle to come back.
At least it's one show I love that's been renewed.

Patricia Barraclough,  July 12, 2009 at 12:40 AM  

I just discovered this site tonight. Have read excerpt of this series and can't wait to get the books. I'll be buying the first book in the series just before we head out on vacation.

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