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Monday, November 12, 2012

HOLIDAY EDITION 2012



WHAT'S NEW??? 

So much is new and I know I'm late!  So this will be my "holiday" edition that will take us through December.

The biggest news is that I have a release date for my mystery--December 2013.  I don't have a title or series title yet, but I'm hoping I will soon.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I will announce it as soon as I have it.  I'm so excited about my first Caprice DeLuca home stager mystery.  You can take a peek at what Caprice is all about at my mystery websiteShe takes in stray animals, comes from a large Italian family, likes to cook and is an experienced home stager who uses unique themes.  In the first mystery, Camelot is the theme to sell the mansion that resembles a castle. Who is murdered? Who did it? Does Caprice fall in love? Mystery with a touch of romance next December.

Also new are boxed sets for my SEARCH FOR LOVE series with continuing characters throughout all the books and my FINDING MR. RIGHT series where all my heroines are trying to find Mr. Right.  I boxed my ebooks so readers can find them more easily.   






As you can see from the holiday banner above, many of my ebooks have holiday themes.  The holidays present a wealth of emotions, scents and descriptions to work with so I love doing those books.  I hope over the holidays you have a chance to read one.  

I'm working on my Montana Mavericks release for October 2013.  Rust Creek Falls has been devastated by a flood and Thunder Canyon residents rally 'round to go to the small town to help.  In this book, a volunteer form Thunder Canyon, Jazzy Cates who you might remember from previous series, falls in love with a cowboy/veterinarian.  Actually they wed in a marriage of convenience while they are falling in love!

I'm also working on edits for the first book in my MOMMY CLUB series for Harlequin Special Edition.  More about that next year.  It looks as if the release date might be late summer 2013.     





AROUND THE HOUSE...

The hurricane whipped up the east coast, but we were fortunate not to have any damage.  Usually we have flowers in the fall--late zinnias, marigolds and stray petunias--but the storm ended their growing season.  A few mums did survive and it's nice to see their color in the gardens.  It's leaf mulching time here and the color on the trees brightens up fall. We brought in our herb bin and the pineapple sage is blooming. So pretty to have bright color there.



We had an early Thanksgiving with friends and family so the holiday will be quiet for us.  Apple pie is always a favorite.  We had a ham dinner instead of turkey because the kids really like it.



My potting bench has transformed in to a wrapping bench.  I've already started because I like to enjoy the process.  With three kitties who would love to "help," I decided to take the process to the basement this year. I've been using the rose petals and buds I gathered this summer to make sachets for Christmas gifts.


Zoie, Ebbie and London are becoming real sisters.  Zoie and London have a run-and-play friendship when London will cooperate.  Zoie and Ebbie are still working on what kind of relationship they will have, but they spend a lot of time napping in the same room.  This time of year, all of them like to chase rainbows from my suncatchers.

Zoie discovered running water!



Zoie and London napping together


Ebbie chasing rainbows

SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!




For the contest this month, I'm offering an artisan-crafted suncatcher from Sedona, along with a $15 Burger King gift card and a copy of RILEY'S BABY BOY (Reunion Brides, Book 4).  Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted.  The contest ends December 31at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by January 15 and will have to email me his or her snail mail address.  If winner does not respond by midnight January 31, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck and have a wonderful holiday season.

Don't forget to drop by my blog CATS, ROSES...AND BOOKS!

For excerpts, short stories, bio and booklist go to Karen's Romance Website

Click here for a preview of Karen's Mystery Website



©2012 Karen Rose Smith

10 comments:

  1. Hi, Karen! I didn't see a button on the right, so I will make a comment and try to get in later. Thanks for the giveaway!

    kscathy@yahoo.com

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  2. Hi Karen, I entered your contest and have to add this note. I love the cats picture. We were in your area on Saturday. Went to see Bill Anderson the country singer. I still have my community library and if you ever get promo items I will gladly place them on the author's table. Sue Leech, 1273 Strahan rd., New Columbia, PA 17856 garysue@dejazzd.com

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  3. Thank you for the contest Karen.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Penney

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  4. Hi, Karen,
    Looking forward to the first Caprice mystery.

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  5. Cathy--Hi! There is a column to the right of the text that's pink. There's a blue button at the top that says Enter Contest. If you don't see that, please let me know. You can post here or email me at karen@karenrosesmith.com.

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  6. Hi, Sue. I will probably be doing a promo item for the mystery series, but I'm not sure what yet. Maybe bookmarks or those playing cards. But I'll definitely keep you in mind when I do. And if I forget and you see that I mention it on Facebook or elsewhere, feel free to email me about it! The cats are my favorite photographic subjects. :)

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  7. Penney--The contests are my way of thanking my readers for staying in touch. I'm thinking about running a coupon in the new year for my e-zine readers so they can download a book free. Good luck in the contest.

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  8. Angela--I can't wait until I have a title and then the cover. I'm so excited about the mystery series. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Penney--Did you know that TOYS AND BABY WISHES is free on Amazon now until Thursday, November 15? Enjoy.

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  10. Hope this is the place to go. Just recently started Riley's baby boy and I'm loving it. But the real reason for this post is to let all those of you who are putting your books on audio, to thank you. Until I was forced to retire a couple years ago, I worked as a custodian in our local library. As I sometimes worked cleaning in the stacks, I had a chance to talk with some of those who used the audio books. Not only did some use those for listening while driving, sometimes on vacations, those with failing sight used these frequently. The outreach libraian constantly uses those for homebound older folks. We just happend to be friends with her husband, a computer geek, who after going thru cancer treatment, start loosing his sight, started using these heavily. They are great for long hours at the hospital too. So thanks to you all who do audio books.

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