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Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 2012


WHAT'S NEW???

Hi, everyone. Happy beginning of summer. In honor of June which is the month of brides, JAKE'S BRIDE will be free on Amazon from June 9-13. A contemporary marriage of convenience romance, this novel is both sweet and sexy. From a secret baby to a wedding to forgiveness, I hope readers will enjoy Jake and Sara's love story.

Also this month watch for the print copies of THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL. Print books will be available on June 19 and ebook sales will begin on July 1. More about this third book in my REUNION BRIDES series for Harlequin Special Edition next month when my heroine, a music therapist helps the hero's son recover from trauma. It's an emotional story and one I hope will touch you deeply.

I'm working on my editing of KNIFE-EDGED, the first Caprice De Luca home stager mystery. My research has taken me from the occupation of home staging to conversations with members of law enforcement. Writing this book has been exciting and my mystery website will be live soon.

My new project is a series for Harlequin Special Edition, THE MOMMY CLUB.  What is The Mommy Club?  It's an organization where moms help parents in need.  I'm immersed in writing the first book of the series that is set on a vineyard in California.  More about the series and these books in the upcoming months.


AROUND THE HOUSE...

This is gardening and planting time around our house.  The picture above was taken on our patio where I like to work in the beautiful weather we've been having. Editing just seems easier there! The scent of roses permeates the patio and it's lovely to either work or relax there.




I raised about 150 heirloom tomato plants from seed.  I tried different varieties this year from Marianna's Peace, Big Orange, Great White, Anna Russian to Ghost Cherry, Brad's Black Heart and Chianti Rose. We had plenty to give to friends and family at our Memorial Day picnic.

Any of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter know how I love roses.  I save their petals to make into sachets for Christmas presents. I bring them inside in vases and their scent is usually wafted about in more than one room. The top pic is Queen Elizabeth and the bottom one is Blue Girl. New additions to my garden this year are Paul McCartney and Music Box. I hope to have pics of those in months to come. They are still babies but I hope will bloom soon.

London and Ebbie are helping me write!  Since my sleuth in my mystery takes in stray animals, cats and dogs have a front and center place.  Mine are busy watching butterflies and birds at this time of year. Yet still taking those cat naps.







SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!



Prize: An artisan crafted sun catcher from Sedona. My July release THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL takes place in beautiful northern Arizona.

Signed, advance copy of THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL

Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per e-mail address.  They are sorted.  Contest ends on June 30 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by July 15th and will have to e-mail me his/her snail mail address.  If winner does not verify by midnight July 31, a new winner will be drawn.  THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.

Good luck. 
Don't forget to drop by my blog CATS, ROSES...AND BOOKS!  Karen's Blog
For excerpts, short stories, bio and booklist, go to
Karen's Website

© 2012 Karen Rose Smith


Friday, May 4, 2012

May 2012



WHAT'S NEW ???

May is usually a special month because of Mother's Day.  In honor of the holiday, I'm running a sale on CASSIDY'S COWBOY for 99 cents.  This is the sixth book in my SEARCH FOR LOVE e-book series.  It is a women's fiction/ranch romance and I hope you enjoy it.  My heroine has kept a secret since childhood that she is dyslexic.  Literacy is important to me, as well as childhood learning problems.  Cassidy finds happiness and I hope that can give everyone hope.


CASSIDY'S COWBOY --Amazon

Each month I'm amazed at what can happen in thirty days.  In May, I'll be finishing my editing for my first cozy mystery, tentatively titled KNIFED-EDGED.  I've had so much fun working on this.  I'm still in the process of verifying every detail, as well as polishing my words.  By June 1, I hope to have my mystery website up and running to give you a preview of the first book, as well as my sleuth, Caprice De Luca.

This month I'm also beginning a new series for Harlequin Special Edition--THE MOMMY CLUB.  The first book takes place on a California vineyard.  I can already tell the lovely setting will add sparkle to the characters.  More about this series in the months to come.  And speaking of series, the next book in my REUNION BRIDES series will be released around June 19th.  I'll display my beautiful cover next month for THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL.  Pre-orders are available on Amazon now.

Pre-order THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL print copy


AROUND THE HOUSE...










Spring is in full bloom in Pennsylvania.  The Weigela is blossoming.  In my Iris garden, a new one blooms every few days.  The petunias I raised are begging to be planted outside, but our nights are still a little cool.  I have been using them in planters, though, that I can tuck under my porch at night.  I also planted Caladium.









The tomato garden is almost ready for the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes that I raised from seed.  Marianna's Peace plants are growing strong, as are the Carmellos.  These two did well for me last year.  Anna Russian will produce a heart-shaped tomato.  New varieties this year are Great White Tomato, Ghost Cherry, Big Orange and Chianti Rose.  I hope to plant zucchini and sunflowers soon.

My kitties are saving up their energy to have summer fun.  I caught Ebbie taking a nap and London waking up in the sun.








SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!









Prize: A $15 Subway Gift Card and a signed copy of  
HIS DAUGHTER...THEIR CHILD.

Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per e-mail address.  They are sorted.  Contest ends on May 31 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by June 15th and will have to e-mail me his/her snail mail address.  If winner does not verify by midnight June 30th, a new winner will be drawn.  THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.

Good luck.  Moms--have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Don't forget to drop by my blog CATS, ROSES...AND BOOKS!  Karen's Blog
For excerpts, short stories, bio and booklist, go to
Karen's Website

© 2012 Karen Rose Smith