Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2013

TOYS AND BABY WISHES now available as an audiobook


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.


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.


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

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©2013 Karen Rose Smith


  1. I'm looking forward to the upcoming releases -- especially the "Mommy Club" series.

  2. So far I'll have three books in the series.

  3. love the cat figurine

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  4. Couldn't resist this one! Glad you like it.