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Thursday, February 28, 2013

March/April 2013 Spring Special

                                                         Contemporary Women's Fiction


WHAT'S NEW???

I have a new release! HER SISTER is Book 7 in my Search For Love series.

I've always wanted to branch into women's fiction and here was my chance.  This book is about three women of different generations--Amanda, Clare and Shara--trying to find where they belong and who they might belong with! When Clare's little sister Lynnie was abducted from her house in the middle of the night, the world changed. Now 27 years later, the retired detective on the case brings them a lead. Lynnie might be alive. The Thaddeus family had been torn apart by divorce, teenage rebellion, and a sense of loss no one could heal. But now, they could be brought back together again in ways no one expects.  You'll recognize Gillian Bradley, Jake Donovan and Tessa Winthrop from other Search For Love titles.

 
Also new in March is the Audiobook of ALWAYS HER COWBOY, book 4 in the Search For Love series. My Australian narrator is perfect for my hero Zack and does an excellent job of portraying all the characters in the book with emotion and storytelling talent. 




WISH ON THE MOON and NATHAN'S VOW will be in audio this month. So watch for them on Audible, Amazon and Itunes.  I have several more in production. Choosing the right narrator can be a challenge. But I want to give my readers the best listening experience possible.  I've decided to use different narrators for each book so if you don't relate to one,  you might relate well to another!  Though, Johnny Peppers who narrates TOYS AND BABY WISHES will also be performing WHEN MOM MEETS DAD.

If you're wondering if there will be more books in my Search For Love series, I'm plotting Book 8 now.  My main focus is work on COLOR SCHEMER, Book 2 in my Caprice DeLuca Home Stager Mystery series.  Lots of family conflict in this one...as well as a murder to solve!  STAGED TO DEATH, Book 1 in the series, will be released in December 2013.  I'm planning promotion for that book now.

My new series--The Mommy Club--with Harlequin Special Edition will begin in August 2013 with WANTED: A REAL FAMILY.  In October, you will be able to find a new Montana Mavericks release.  I hope to have that title soon.  Check my Facebook page and Twitter for day-to-day announcements.

Speaking of announcements...
If you LIKE my Karen Rose Smith Author Facebook page, you will have a chance to enter a giveaway for books and an iTunes gift card.  Watch my Facebook pages for details.

Last but not least, I'm particularly pleased to announce that RILEY'S BABY BOY won Cataromance.com's Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Special Edition.


AROUND THE HOUSE...    





We've had a wintry mix of wind, sleet and minor snowfalls--lots of gray days that urge me to search for signs of spring.  Even though the temperature has been below freezing, I found these reblooming lilacs starting to bud!  I've also planted seeds for our summer garden, including impatients and geraniums.  A grow light and a heat pad do wonders.





Zoie is growing and becoming a beautiful cat.  See my recent blog (Zoie Blog).  Recently she "helped" make the bed.  I think she enjoys the process more than I do.





Ebbie and London are doing well.  Most of the time, Ebbie naps on her thermal heat pad to help her arthritic joints.  London stands in awe before our new refrigerator that must make a different noise.  They all are looking forward to more sunny days in spring.

SPECIAL THIS ISSUE!!! 



The prize this month is a genuine stone stretch bracelet with a sterling silver disc engraved with the word STRENGTH.  With it, I'll include a copy of my award-winning Special Edition, RILEY'S BABY BOY.  Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted.  The contest ends April 30 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by May 15 and will have to email me his or her snail mail address.  If winner does not respond by midnight May 31, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck and have a wonderful spring.

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



©2013 Karen Rose Smith















Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2013

TOYS AND BABY WISHES now available as an audiobook

WHAT'S NEW??? 


Happy Valentine's Day!  
This month I'm excited to tell you that TOYS AND BABY WISHES is now available in audio.  I'm thrilled at the way this project turned out.  My narrator, Johnny Peppers, does a beautiful job of capturing the essence of the book with his voice changes and storytelling.  I've done an interview with Johnny on my blog (Karen's Blog).  The audiobook is available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.  

 Hear a sample of TOYS AND BABY WISHES or buy at:

TOYS AND BABY WISHES Audiobook on Audible 

TOYS AND BABY WISHES Audiobook on Amazon

TOYS AND BABY WISHES Audiobook on iTunes

The narrator has finished production of ALWAYS HER COWBOY and we're waiting for it to go live.  More about this book next month.  I also have four more in production.  Finding the right narrator for each book is the challenge, but one I'm hopefully winning.

I've gotten the title and release date for my next Harlequin Special Edition.  WANTED: A REAL FAMILY, the first book in my Mommy Club series, will be released in August.  It is set on a California vineyard.


This past week, I took a research jaunt to Hollywood Casino.  I needed descriptions and atmosphere for a scene in the second book in my Caprice De Luca mystery series.  Tentatively titled COLOR SCHEMER, it continues to spotlight Caprice's family relationships and how she becomes involved in solving a second murder.  I don't want to give too much away, but in COLOR SCHEMER, Caprice does rescue another furry four-legged friend.

This spring, I will be releasing Book 7 in my Search For Love series.  It is a women's fiction novel.  Readers will recognize Gillian Bradley from other Search For Love books.


AROUND THE HOUSE...



The big news this month is that we had Zoie spayed.  You can read all about it at Karen's Zoie Blog.  Fortunately, we had the best experience with it we could have hoped for.  Zoie is still her affectionate, lovable self.  She, London and Ebbie are continuing to build their relationships.


 



It's seed planting time again--heirloom tomatoes, petunias, geraniums and impatiens.  Today I planted a tray of geraniums since they take the longest to grow.  Petunias and impatiens are next.  As they grow, I'll snap some photos and tell you about the different varieties.

At least once a week, we make bread in my bread maker--plain white, French country and apple walnut so far.  Pizza dough will be next.  We can even make strawberry jam in this machine and we created our first batch.  Soups are on our menu a lot in the winter.  I developed a recipe for one that will appear in my December 2013 mystery, STAGED TO DEATH.




SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!



Since my readers know I love cats and other furry creatures, many of the contest prizes this year will follow that theme.  I'm continuing with the kitty theme--a kitten opening a box of Valentine chocolates.  The "Sweet Surprise" figurine is three inches high and purr-fect for any nook or cranny.  With it, I'll be giving away either an audiobook of TOYS AND WISHES from Amazon OR an e-book version. Once contacted, the winner can e-mail me their preference.  Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted.  The contest ends February 28 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by March 15 and will have to email me his or her snail mail address.  If winner does not respond by midnight March 31, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck and have a wonderful, happy, heart month.

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



©2013 Karen Rose Smith